Insightful ventures

From conservation efforts to learning about vanishing trades, here are some enlightening tours for corporate groups to consider

1. Reef Unlimited
Reef Unlimited’s Reef Connect Program invites guests to immerse themselves in a stunning Great Barrier Reef experience while learning about conservation and First Nation Sea Country, as well as collecting underwater data with marine biologists.

Corporates also have the option of being a Marine Biologist for a day, or a Great Barrier Reef Ambassador. Departing from Cairns and Port Douglas, these guided full-day excursions cater to groups of up to 250 guests.

2. Little Vietnam Tours
Little Vietnam Tours likes to do things differently and ensure all guests enjoy Vietnam in their own way – perfect for corporate tours who want a deeper dive into the country.

After an online chat with a local Vietnamese expert, a personalised itinerary will be drawn up taking into account desired destinations and lodging experience, length of stay, group sizes, and F&B. Options include trekking with hill tribes in the northern mountains, photo tours of rural Vietnam, and learning about endangered primates.

3. Hong Kong Pearl Cultivation Association
This three-hour Pearl Workshop at the Sea – operated by the association – reveals the history and culture of pearl cultivation at the one and only pearl farm in Sai Kung.

The learning journey starts by taking a 15-minute boat ride from Hebe Haven to Ma Nam Wat in Sai Kung. Participants will learn from a professional instructor of how to harvest pearls, get to shuck their own pearl oyster, and design and create a pearl accessory with the pearl that they harvested on-site. The pearl farm’s maximum capacity is 40.

4. Junglewalla Desaru
The Lebam River Cruise in Desaru, Johor, involves naturalist guides with Junglewalla Desaru expounding on the mangrove ecosystem and its importance to the planet.

After the cruise, 60 participants will have the opportunity to get involved in a conservation project of planting trees with ReWild Desaru, a not-for-profit organisation, whose dual objective is to reforest Desaru with suitable food plants that will feed wildlife, while establishing a network of greenways and wildlife corridors useful for both man and beast.

5. Skil Travels
Skil Travels offers adventurous corporate groups the option to explore Mussoorie, one of India’s hill stations in Uttarakhand. The adventure begins with a sunrise visit to Lal Tibba, a scenic viewpoint that allows views of the snow-capped Himalayas on a clear day.

The group is then taken to the Himalayan Adventure Institute for four hours of adventurous activities. Run by army veterans, the institute offers rock climbing, a ropes course, flying fox, and various teambuilding activities. Afterwards, the group will sit down for a sumptuous lunch, before trekking to Kempty Falls. The day will end with pancakes and coffee at a boutique cafe called Café Ivy, where groups can wind down with sunset views.

6. SmallWORLD Experience
Be transported in a rickshaw – a popular mode of transportation in the 19th century in Asia – around the narrow streets of Macau’s old town. As there are only 10 rickshaws left in town, this environmentally-friendly activity is suitable for a maximum of 18 guests at one time. During the 45-minute tour, guests will make several stops at traditional shops in the city.

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