Crazy Orca Encounter
On Labour Day we had the most awesome encounter with killer whales, while paddling close to our summer residence. Maria caught it all on video. Check it out here.
NG Award for Hidden Places
We are grateful to National Geographic Traveler for choosing our latest Adventure for a Cause as one of its 2015 Tours of a Lifetime. This is the third time in a row that we have received this award. Join our Snow Leopard Snow Mountains trip: the last places will fill quickly.
Historic Moment in Sri Lanka
Our inaugural trip begins just after an election has ushered in a new era of democracy and justice. We are so happy to be here at this historic time.
Myanmar Adventures a Wrap.
We just completed two trips in Myanmar: snorkelling and paddling in the Mergui Archipelago and an Active Cultural Adventure on the mainland. Great travel companions on both trips. We have a few places left on the March 02 departure.
Follow us in Japan!
Follow our posts about our exploratory trip in Japan: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenplaces.
Calgary Events: Oct. 15 & 16
Join us in Calgary: Hidden Places on the Water Presentation. - Oct. 15, 7:30 pm. Click here.
Elephant Earth Events
OCT 4: Join us in Victoria on World Animal Day for the opening of Elephant Enigma exhibit , a panel discussion and a candle light vigil. Begins at 4 pm at Dales Gallery. OCT 5: Panel Discussion and presentation about our 100 Miles for Elephants treks.
Sri Lanka coming up in Jan.
The inaugural adventure will be lead by Hidden Places founders, Dag Goering and Maria Coffey. The first trip is now sold out but we are considering a second departure. Check it out!
Turkey and a bit of Greece
Together with a great bunch of guests we discovered a new gem that will be part of our future mothership-kayak trips: a tiny Greek island. See more!
New departure for Kenya Flying Safari
This is the year for big cats, elephants and the stunning Great Migration! We have a new departure for our Kenyan Flying Safari, August 26 to September 04, 2014
Kerala trip award from National Geographic!
Get out your bucket list!! For the second year running a Hidden Places trip has been selected as one of 50 Tours of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveller. Thanks to the NGT editors for including our Kerala: Kayaking, Culture and Cuisine trip on this prestigious roster.
Kayak Turkey - full!
Our Kayak Turkey 2014 trip is now full, but you can plan for next year! From our base on a luxurious gulet, enjoy world class kayaking along stunning sea cliffs, swimming and stand up paddle boarding in protected bays, fabulous cuisine and an immersion in Turkish culture and ancient history. Join us!
Bangalore Event Wraps
Our Elephant Earth Event in Bangalore was a huge, heart-warming success. Great responses to the art exhibit and to talks given, among others, by one of the leading voices in elephant conservation, Dr. Sukumar. Thanks to all those who signed up to help make the world a better place for elephants!
Elephant Earth Events: India
We are proud to announce that our Elephant Earth art exhibit is about to open in Fort Kochi, India. (Dec. 10 - 15). An evening of presentations is scheduled for Dec. 14, 5:30 pm. Contact us for more information!
Our 100 Miles for Elephants
trek in Kenya was at times tough going but our team of 11 adventurers all made it and it was the adventure of a lifetime. Not only that, we raised over $ 12,000 to protect elephants and their habitat in northern Kenya! Kudos and thanks to Eric, Linda, Jen, Kim, Karen, Jenny, Ken, Marian and Claire! Join us on our next trek in February!
Record Number of Bookings
Upcoming trips are filling faster than ever before. Make sure to register early to get a place on your dream trip!
Back from Turkey
We just completed another fantastic mothership-kayak adventure in Turkey. Beautiful boat, fabulous food and some of the best paddling this world has to offer. It was a delight to share this adventure with old and new-found friends!
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One-of-a-kind paddle adventure
No one else offers this: mothership kayak expeditions to one of the most pristine tropical coastlines - the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar. Our March 2014 trip is sold out but we are taking reservations for 2015.
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India feels like our second home, ever since we kayaked down the Ganges over 20 years ago. And it has taken us this long to offer our first trip there. So join us next November in Kerala for Kayaking, Culture and Cuisine!
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Elephant Earth News
To get the latest newsletter from our conservation branch, please Click here.
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100 Miles for Elephants Trek Info Evenings
Join us to learn more about our new fundraising treks in 2013. Victoria, BC: Oct 24, 7 - 9pm, Swans Brew Pub, The Collard Room, 506 Pandora Street Vancouver: Oct.29, 7-9pm, The Wicklow Pub, 610 Stamps Landing, www.thewicklow.com RSVP as space is limited: 1 877 830 8747
Our presentation in Vancouver: Oct. 30 - Mothership Kayaking in the World's Best Destinations 7:00 pm at Ecomarine, Granville Island Call: (604) 689-7575
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100 Miles for Elephants
Are you ready for a real challenge? Are you willing to go the extra mile to save elephants? This fundraising expedition is a one of a kind adventure in the wilds of Kenya.
Our inaugural Hidden Places trip in Turkey surpassed all expectations - so much so that most of the guests on that trip signed up for another one next year! Join us there in either June or early October 2013. Click here for more information.
Fundraising for Elephants
Our "Elephants and Other Adventures" tour has been getting rave revues and generous donations are coming in for our Anti-Poaching Project.
Agnes goes to university
Agnes Lekorere, a young woman from the Samburu community of Nalare, Kenya, has begun her four year course at Nairobi University, sponsored by Hidden Places and guests from last year's Flying Safari.
Elephant Earth in Kenya
In January we're in Kenya working with a Samburu community as part of our Elephant Earth Initiative.
Great response at Banff!
Our presentation "Into the World of Elephants" and the "Elephant Enigma" exhibit was really well received at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible!
Presentations near you:
We will be on tour with shows about our expeditions and our work with elephants. - Kelowna, BC: Oct. 26 - Calgary, AB: Nov. 1 - Banff, AB: Nov. 3 - Call us for more info: 1.877.830.8747
$ 3000 for Elephants
Dag Goering and 6 team members just completed an amazing Elephant Earth Fundraising Expedition in Thailand and Laos. Join us for the next one later this year!
We collared Nelson!
In January we partnered with Laikipia Elephant Project to collar a notorious bull elephant called Nelson. It was quite an adventure requiring an airplane, two armed rangers for support, a vet with a dart gun and a ground crew of almost 10 others. Read more!
Vietnam 2010 sold out.
The Nov. 8 departure is now sold out. Places are still available on our Mar. 02, 2011 departure.
Croatia: 3 sold out trips
in June were a great success. Be sure to book early if you'd like to join our exploration of the Dalmatian Coast next year!
Are you active, adventurous, fun loving and ready to be amazed? Do you appreciate fabulous food, flexible activities, unique accommodations and unflagging attention to detail? If so, step into the world of Hidden Places for your adventure trip of a lifetime!
We are a boutique adventure travel company, renowned for our innovative small group tours with their many special touches, and our involvement with conservation efforts and local communities. Our expert trip leaders, guides and crews are highly professional and knowledgeable, providing windows into the cultures we explore while ensuring your comfort and safety.
Founded by the seasoned adventurers and award winning photographer/writer team Dag Goering and Maria Coffey, Hidden Places carefully crafts authentic, inspiring adventure tours for small groups in the world’s most fascinating destinations. Every adventure trip is a work of art, honed to perfection and filled with the ‘hidden gems’ that are our trademark.
Listen to Dag describe his close encounter with an orca pod on CBC's As It Happens
Raw video of the orca encounter off Lasqueti Island
A gentle journey into the heart of India.
Join us this coming November or February!
Third year running!
National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s
“50 Tours of a Lifetime” award! Our Snow Leopards, Snow Mountains Trek is one of 2015’s best guided tours, "a sustainable, authentic, innovative and immersive travel experience" and "a model for the rest of the travel industry."
Second year running!
National Geographic Traveler selected Kerala: Kayaking, Culture and Cuisine as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
National Geographic Traveler selected 100 Miles for Elephants as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”
The Dalai Lama lent his support to Elephant Earth, the conservation branch of Hidden Places travel.
Oprah Interviews Maria! Check out their conversation on Oprah's Soul Series (Or download the videocast from the iTunes store)
"Let the beauty we love
be what we do..."