Twenty of the world's top athletes and explorers share their wildest dream trips—a dazzling list of never attempted feats daunting to even these world-class competitors. For the rest of us, consider their must-do adventures—and start planning. —Kate Siber
Photograph by Wes C. Skiles, National Geographic
Kenny Broad sees the adventure beneath the surface—literally. The cave diver and cultural anthropologist has explored much of subterranean Florida and the Bahamas through its underworld of watery limestone caves and passageways.
His dream trip is something he dubs the “Caves, Waves, and Babes Expedition,” a water sport odyssey across Florida and the Bahamas with his wife, Amy, and sons Lincoln, four, and Jasper, eight. From Cedar Key and Manatee Springs on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the epicenter of cave diving, the group would “dive our way underground and paddle rivers on surface until we come out in the Atlantic, then cross the Gulf Stream in my trawler, and make our way to the Bahamas,” says Broad. “From there, we’d cave dive all the way down the Caribbean, with breaks to surf when the waves are good.”
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An environmental anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Kenny Broad dives in some of the world’s most technical and dangerous underwater caves for the sake of science. Broad has descended into some of the world’s deepest caves in Mexico's Huautla Plateau and in the Bahamas.