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For decades, no one has dared to run the treacherous lengths of the waters that helped launch the modern age of exploration. Civil war, freelance rebels, capricious bandits, irascible hippos, surly crocs, billions of malarial mosquitoes, and scores of rapids so deadly they're rated a suicidal Class VI—all have conspired…

An innovative dive outfitter lays plans to build a futuristic platform resort—right next to the reef

THE FANTASY DIVE-TRIP COCKTAIL...Take 1,190 coral outposts in the Indian Ocean, add one deluxe catamaran, one dive dhoni, a large splash of sapphire-blue water, and stir.

...And another feisty pescado in Argentina's Ibera Wetlands

You'll hit more surf than pavement on this 250-mile pleasure drive around the Big Island

Tracking Lewis and Clark on the Upper Missouri Backward

World Champion surfer Andy Irons—our May coverboy—has a pre-season workout that proves pro-surfing's not for slackers. See if you can keep up.

Can a monster swell be tracked down and hunted like some great beast? That's the mad mission of the $3 million Billabong Odyssey, surfing's rapid-response quest to find and ride the biggest wave in history?

Good! Let's talk about what our experience of the wilderness has lost now that it's cheap and easy to stay connected—no matter how far out there you go. Ted Kerasote explores the new wired wild.

The dream of a Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic to the riches of Asia has driven explorers and visionary adventurers for centuries. With climate change in the air, Natasha Singer braves the frigid 900-mile journey to find out if the old, mythic dream is becoming an epic new reality.

Exotic journeys, fitness and pampering included

Expedition: Surfing the closed coast Team: Ross Garrett, Keith Malloy, Dan Malloy Location: Central California Objective: Surf 40 miles of off-limits coastline Duration: Three days FOR SURFERS, the stretch of empty central California coastline beginning some 40 miles south of San Luis Obispo at Surf…

A wave off Rincón isn't the only wild ride in Puerto Rico. Here's an action primer on the island's untamed side.

After a decade of nursing apartheidÂ’s hangover, South Africa is finally coming into its own as an adventure-travel destination. An influx of outdoorsy Europeans, a good exchange rate, and South AfricansÂ’ growing interest in the outdoor lifestyle have fueled a boom in the past two years. About three times the…

Armed with a revolutionary new tracking device, cave divers map threats to Florida's main water source

Radical Chic PR Lesson #127: Put a bunch of VIPs in a raft. Send them down the Futaleufú. Stop a dam. Sounds fun—and is!

Any suggestions for a good pair of polarized sunglasses to use when fly-fishing? With so many lens colors to choose from, which one would you suggest? Also, to prevent the glasses from falling off if, or rather when I fall, is there a gadget to keep them on my head so a fish doesn't end up wearing them instead? Matt Albuquerque, New Mexico

Why jet to exotic reefs when home waters boast spectacularly diverse diving?

Immerse yourself in these eight close-to-home dive sites, where the water's world-class and your tent's just a splash away

Baja's Isla Espíritu Santo conjures up endless scuba sites and miles of sand for camping by

To land the big ones, you have to go deep. Into the wilds, that is.

Paradise—and paradox—in the realm of Flora-Bama

A North Atlantic monster puts European big-wave surfing on the map

You better grab a lifeline and hold on tight when Steve Fossett decides to make another manic bid for glory

Australian photographers Ian and Erick Regnard have followed surfing’s ASP World Tour for the past six years, shooting the planet’s most famous surf personalities on and off their boards. On days when the waves were too low for competition purposes, the Regnard brothers also shot contemporary musicians, models, and others…

There’s a swoosh of heaven that runs from Hawaii through Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean. Don’t let it bask in the sun by itself. Our 43 sweet spots are waiting—surrender and go. TRAILING OFF ON KAUAI By James Glave THE INS & OUTBOARDS OF…

Five years ago, Brad van Liew, a 29-year-old commercial pilot and flight instructor from Southern California, took a bit of a flier by entering the 1998-1999 Around Alone, the single-handed around-the-world yacht race generally considered to be the longest event in sports. Despite a lack of experience and an old…

One family's 18-month (and counting) Hawaiian Hiatus

Where to play, eat, and stay in the Hawaiian Islands

Going to the beach without the latest sunglasses is like walking when you could fly. You'll have it made in the shade with these six new designs.

A thousand miles from anywhere, the Azores are a natural layover for voyaging sailors and adventurous pilgrims. But beware: the island group's hydrangea-drenched hillsides and mist-shrouded volcanoes may capture your heart forever.

There's nothing like surf school to put parents in their place. At the end of the day, just like your eight-year-old, you may feel as mighty as Laird Hamilton—or like you've survived the spin cycle. We tracked down three top-notch schools that are perfect for parents and kids.

There's a magnitude of new adventure on this country's Pacific coast

Bahamas Island Out-Adventures (www.bahamasadventures.com; 242-333-3282) arranges trips by the day and includes all transportation, meals, activities, and equipment. One-day adventures cost $99 per person. Overnight trips start at $299 per person for two days, $399 for three days, and $499 for four days. The company can also…

Fresh off an empty island in the tropical Atlantic, our intrepid travel expert gives the inside scoop on the Bahamian adventures you never knew were possible.

Now independent and arms-free, East Timor is emerging as Southeast Asia's new jewel

Two rival British teams launch a tenacious race to find Shackleton's long-lost ship

Mothballed America's Cup yachts return to the starting line

Women's surfing is riding a new pop-culture tsunami. So why can't the pros make it with a tour of their own?

The boundless joys of South Seas sailing

Where to Surf, Hike, Dive, Fish, Shop, Eat, Drink, Dance, Sleep, and Kick Back

In the dark of winter, monsters lurk near the glow of Seattle. And man, that's when the jigging's good.

In the company of coral: a diver fins past a school of grunts off Florida’s Tavernier Key Q: I’m a bloated son-of-a-gun with a physique like a manatee who’d like to try scuba diving. I have no experience at all outside of watching Sea Hunt and a…

Behind the green door: Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai Q: My husband and I are going to Hawaii for three weeks in October (mostly for hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling). We were thinking of spending some time on Kauai and the Big Island. How many days…

To be a surfer girl in Maui is to be the luckiest of creatures. It means you're beautiful and tan and ready to rip. It means you've caught the perfect dappled wave and are on a ride that can't possibly end.

Something happens in the high latitudes around Cape Horn. Eighty-knot williwaws blast down from the surrounding peaks. Thiry-foot waves rear up. Ships are tossed around like ice cubes in a blender. Why embark on a wind-powered expedition in these waters? For one sailor, it's a pilgrimage to the place where his great-grandfather came to grief in 1875—an

Sampling sea and shore along Chesapeake Bay

Exploring the jewels of South Dakota and Wyoming

Looping through Appalachia on a four-state spin

Roaming the Northwest's fiery mountains

A grand day for a paddle: Snake River with the Tetons looming in the background Q: My fiancé and I are going to Grand Teton National Park for our honeymoon. I remembered reading an article in Outside that said the best way to see the park and…

A cragged view of South Korea’s Seoraksan National Park Q: I’m headed over to South Korea for the World Cup and would love to work in some whitewater rafting while I’m there. The rivers should be runnable, as it appears to be the rainy season. Any recommendations?…

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7,100 Islands: One For Each Day of Your Next 19 Years

The Island's Resident Sports Gurus Spill Their Secret Favorite Places

Island R&R: a sandy spit off the coast of Grenada Q: How can I book a windsurfing trip to Grenada? — Marilyn Adam, Redding, California Adventure Advisor: A: No need to book in advance; Grand Anse Beach is littered with…

Have boat, will paddle: coastal cruising off Vancouver Island Q: Four of us are planning to fish, canoe, and camp for two weeks in June. We’re considering Canada but have been warned of the black flies. How can we avoid them? Thank you, — Patti Hansen,…

Diving on lost ships is one thing. Exploring the boat that shadowed your life is a murkier adventure entirely.

Eight daredevil surfers head to the Amazon for a shot at the longest, wildest white-knuckle ride in the world

Clip in and hang on for the 31st America's Cup—a game of skill, guile, wealth, power, pettiness, paranoia, espionage, and egomania. And the sailing's not bad, either.

Be the first to bag the Seven Plummets—the deepest spots in each of the Seven Seas

Illustration by Dan Winters and Gary Tanhauser Illustration by Dan Winters and Gary Tanhauser The thrill of adventure is worth a few calculated risks. But sometimes whitewater rafts flip, bike frames snap, and wilderness guides lose the map. In a society where people are increasingly aggressive about putting…

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER QUIET BRAZILIAN EVENING, IN JUST ANOTHER PORT. THE BOAT WAS JUST ONE MORE SLEEK YACHT, bristling with electronics and expensive gear. The pirates were just another band of small-time water rats. And after the shoot-out, there was just one man dead on board the Seamaster. But…

Paddlers Who Set the High-Water Mark

Murdered by pirates at 53, a champion long-haul sailor leaves behind a legacy of inspiration

A world-class mountain biking, surfing, and boardsailing hideout awaits in Baja. All you have to do is find it.

Feeling blue: a diver descends onto the reef off Belize Q: My two friends and I are trying to find the cheapest way possible to make it down to Belize to do some scuba diving. We will sleep on the beach if necessary. Can you give us…

Past and Future Collide on the Class V Rapids of the Philippines' Chico River

And deliver us pronto to these 44 island Edens—if they were any more perfect we'd be in heaven

Exploring the beaches and islets of the forgotten Jumento Cays, where sharks, drug runners, and fishermen rule the waters—and not even the captain knows where he's going.

The local gang: a tourist-free look under Biscayne National Park Q: We are looking for a four-day winter getaway on a beach in the southeastern United States. We have a limited amount of money. We would like to go sometime in December of this year. Any ideas?…

From the altiplano to the jungle, a soggy saga of Class V rapids, sandal-sucking mud, and a forestful of hoots, groans, and screams

A slice of Himalayan heaven: a temple sits amid the rock and ice of Nepal’s upper elevations Q: I was planning a river-rafting trip to Nepal, but I wonder if it makes sense to go, considering the recent terrorist attacks and likely U.S. retaliation. Would it be…