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Kampala: Prepared to Be Mesmerised

Uganda’s capital Kampala is a fascinating blend of bustling city life surrounded by areas of breathtaking natural beauty. The contemporary shopping malls and modern districts with foreign embassies and government buildings sit closely alongside the chaotic and exhilarating backstreet life.

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Boda-boda drivers weave frantically through the traffic and pedestrians above the sound of excited conversations, haggling and the blaring horns of minibus-taxis. At the height of Kampala’s Nakasero Hill are the sumptuous dwellings of the elite and wealthy tourists. Luxurious hotels and a refreshingly verdant area of gardens, parks, and trees provide a stark contrast to the crowded chaos of the centre of the city.

A Taste Of Africa

The fragrant aromas from restaurants serving authentic Kampala cuisine drift through the open city. The city’s cookery culture is also infused with elements of Indian, Chinese and Mexican cooking. Fang Fang remains one of Kampala’s most popular and outstanding Chinese restaurants. On a balmy day in the golden African sun, don’t forget to sample Yasigi too – the first microbrewery in Uganda. The amber ale is the perfect accompaniment to the brewery’s famous pulled-goat burger. There is also the opportunity to see how the famous beers are made.

Wild at Heart

A trip to Uganda would perhaps not be complete without visiting the majestic gorillas who call the area their home. Uganda gorilla trekking is world-famous for its unrivalled opportunity to see these rare and powerful animals up close in their natural habitat. You can stay safe and confident on your travels by relying upon reputable companies like http://www.steppestravel.co.uk. Gorilla tourism has been praised for its ability to generate much-needed conservation and sanctuary funds. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme works tirelessly in the area.

Kampala offers a fascinating glimpse into the past as well as a thriving future. It is home to the historic Kusabi tombs, currently protected by the UNESCO World Heritage listings and enjoying a full restoration. For art and culture lovers, the Afriart Gallery features the work of local artists as well as a permanent exhibition of items for sale. The lively Owino Market provides hours of entertainment and unrivalled opportunities for people-watching. Featuring every imaginable item, from traditional handmade clothing and jewellery to natural medicines, you’re certain to find some unique and memorable gifts to take back home.

What To Do And See When Vacationing On Maui

What To Do And See When Vacationing On Maui

Have you recently booked a stay at a Maui vacation rental? Whether your next trip to Maui is intended to be a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a trip with a group of your friends, you will likely want to get out and explore all that this beautiful Hawaiian Island has to offer. The good news is that there are no shortage of activities for you to participate in and attractions for you to visit on the island of Maui.

Before focusing on a few of the many Maui activities you can enjoy or the Maui attractions that you can visit, it is first important to take location into consideration. Although Maui is relatively small in size, the location of your Maui vacation rental will have a significant impact on the Maui activities you are able to participate in, as well as the Maui attractions you are able to visit. With that in mind, no matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, boredom will be the last thought on your mind.

One of the most popular activities in Maui is that of sailing. If you have a love for the water or would like to experience all that the ocean has to give firsthand, you will want to plan a sailing adventure on your next Maui trip. What is nice about this Maui activity is that you have a number of different options. If you are an experienced sailor, you may be able to rent your own sailboat. If sailing is something new that you would like to experience, you can book a reservation aboard a chartered sailboat, where you are able to sit back and relax.

In keeping with boating, one of the most sought after activities in Maui is that of whale watching. If you are not originally from a coastal location, whale watching in Maui is an experience that you will likely never forget. The only downside to this fun activity is that whale watching is a seasonal activity. With that in mind, you will find that many boating companies and small whale watching cruises take reservations from December to May.

In addition to water and beach related activities in Maui, you will also find a number of fun filled land activities as well. Many tourists highly recommend taking a guided helicopter tour over Maui. These helicopter tours are often affordably priced and well worth every penny. In addition to Maui helicopter tours, you may also enjoy a horseback ride along the coast or a hiking adventure through the beautiful lands of Maui. No matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, you should have a number of national parks and other attractions nearby.

Speaking of national parks and other attractions, you will find that there are number of great attractions for you to visit while on Maui. One of the many Maui attractions you will want to take the time to visit, depending on the location of your Maui vacation rental, is that of the Haleakala National Park. The Haleakala National Park is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano. When exploring the Haleakala National Park, you have the option of doing so by car, foot, or bike.

If your Maui vacation rental is located near Lahaina, you will want to make a stop there. The biggest attraction in Lahaina is the banyan tree. Lahaina is home to one of the world’s largest banyan trees. In addition to visiting this world famous tree, you and your traveling party can also visit the many shops nearby, as well as a number of restaurants, many of which are referred to as fine dining restaurants.

If your Maui vacation rental is located along the southern end of Maui, you will want to visit the island of Molokini. This island is located around three miles out from shore. It is home to a number of great Maui activities, many of which are perfect for adventure vacations, as well as romantic getaways. While on a guided tour to Molokini, you can also enjoy a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.

As a reminder, the Maui attractions you will be able to visit, as well as the activities that you will be able to participate in will depend heavily on your Maui vacation rental and its location. If you have already booked a Maui vacation rental, you will want to examine nearby activities and attractions.

Scuba Diving in St. Thomas

Scuba Diving in St. Thomas

Each year, a large number of vacationers make the decision to vacation in St. Thomas. St. Thomas is located in the Virgin Islands. This Caribbean island is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in the world. If you are interested in vacationing in St. Thomas, you may be wondering what fun and exciting activities await you.

In St. Thomas, as well as most other popular vacation destinations, you will likely find an unlined number of activities that will peak your internets. If you are looking for something that is exotic and educational all at the same time, you may want to consider scuba diving in St. Thomas.

Due to its clear waters, corral reefs, and amazing sea life, St. Thomas is one of the best places in the world to go on a scuba diving adventure. St. Thomas is well-known for its seclusion and beautiful beaches, but scuba diving is a popular underwater activity that brings in tourists from all around the world.

If you are interested in scuba diving in St. Thomas, but you have never been before, you do not have to worry. Scuba diving lessons are obtainable for individuals who want to scuba dive, but do not know how to. After a couple of lessons, you could easily be able to enjoying diving in the clear waters.

Whether you consider yourself an experienced scuba diver or just a beginner, you are encouraged to scuba dive while on a guided tour. Scuba diving tours are given by trained and experienced professionals. In addition to knowing where to look for the best underwater treasures, you will be safe. There are too many accidents that can happen in the open waters. That is why it is advised that you travel with an experienced diver and never go diving by yourself.

Since it is advised that you go scuba diving with a trained professional, you will have to find a scuba diving guide or a company that offers tours. In St. Thomas there are a number of places. When searching for scuba diving guides, you are encouraged to examine the type of tours that are available. You may find scuba diving tours right off the coast or tours that are hosted off of a boat.

While searching for scuba diving tours in St. Thomas, it is likely that you will come across the Blue Island Divers. Blue Island Divers is one the most well-known and most recommended scuba diving groups in the St. Thomas area. In addition to providing their services to adults, scuba diving lessons and assistance can be given to children. Blue Island Divers offer dives that are focused on underwater wreckage and coral reefs.

In addition to Blue Island Divers, it is likely that you may come across a company known as Admiralty Dive Center. The Admiralty Dive Center is a state of the art facility that offers a large number of scuba diving tours. These tours often involve exploring underwater wreckage and underwater sea life. As with the Blue Island Divers, scuba diving lessons and tours are available for individuals of all ages.

As previously mentioned, there are a number of scuba diving tours that may be ideal for your next family vacation or romantic getaway. You can easily search for additional scuba diving tours by requesting a vacation brochure from the St. Thomas Island. Additional information may also be obtained through your local travel agent.

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Discover Southern Delight in Guided Tours of Argentina

Discover Southern Delight in Guided Tours of Argentina

In the deep south of South America is the large and amazing country of Argentina. For those who want to see whales in
their natural habitat and other natural beauty, guided tours of Argentina are available for travelers of all types and
interests.
Most guided tours of Argentina begin in Buenos Aires, where you’ll fly into the Ezeiza International Airport. After resting
up, you’ll take a guided tour of Buenos Aires and visit its most important visitor attractions, including the Plaza de Mayo,
La Boca, Telmo, the Obelisk, Puerto Madero, la Recoleta and the Palermo forest. It’s a lot to take in after just one day
but you’ll get a nice taste of what Argentina is like and you’ll probably get your first real taste of Argentine cuisine.
After taking in all that Buenos Aires has to offer, guided tours of Argentina will fly you out, perhaps to the city of
Trelew. There, you’ll stay in the town of Puerto Madryn, about forty minutes away from the airport. You’re now on the
eastern aspect of the country, along the Atlantic Ocean, where you can visit the Peninsula Valdes and Bird Island, places
where you can see marine life, including whales, when the season is right. Boats will take you out during whale-watching
season; have your camera ready.
Following your trip to the Peninsula Valdes, guided tours of the area will take you to Punta Tombo, a vital penguin rookery
and an important sanctuary for continental penguins in Argentina. Nearby is Trelew, a town with an amazing paleontology
museum—one of the most famed in all of South America. Called the Museo Egidio Feruglio, this is a great site for
paleontology buffs. You may also visit the Welsh colony of Gaiman, where you can enjoy tea and local sweets.
As you are still staying overnight at Puerto Madryn, guided tours will now move you on to Ushuaia, a city very near the
Tierra del Fuego National Park, located in the deep southern part of South America. You’re practically at the bottom of
the world there. While you’ll stay in Ushuaia, the national park is just six kilometers away.
Most guided tours of this area will allow you a great deal of time in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is where
you may be taking picture after picture in a part of the world that is 2500 miles away from Buenos Aires. The scenery is
fabulous and, in many cases, you’ll get a better look at it by boarding a ship in Ushuaia and heading back toward the park.
Onboard the ship, guided tours of this part of Tierra del Fuego National Park will take you through the Beagle Channel and
to Sea Lion Island, Bird Island and the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse. The view is spectacular and you stand an excellent
chance to see amazing wildlife in their natural setting. Still other guided tours will let you visit the lovely splendor
of the Escondido and Fagnano lakes. Dress warmly as you are very near Antarctica in this location.
After you’ve taken in the splendor of Patagonia and all of the wildlife it has to offer, guided tours of Argentina will
take you on a flight back to Buenos Aires, where you’ll fly home. This type of tour is both adventurous and informative.
You’ll see both the urban and highly rural aspects of this lovely country and you’ll see wildlife that is seen nowhere else
in the world in such natural and pristine settings.

Treat Yourself To A Greek Vacation

Treat Yourself To A Greek Vacation

More than what it seems

Greece is more than the “cradle of civilization”, one
of the archeology’s finest in the world, and infamous
history-packed country. Greece, with its illustrious
culture, has long been studied in schools and by
professionals. Because of the enticing records and
interesting places, Greece is fast becoming the top
tourist destination in the world.

Greece is located in Eastern Europe and is bounded by
the Aegian and Ionian Seas in the Mediterranean.

Most people that visit Greece have specific images in
mind on what Greece is all about. However, most of
them are surprised to find out that this is a country
with such architectural and religious diversity.
Charming blue-domed churches and famous whitewashed
homes can be found in the Cycladic Islands. In the
cities of Nafplio and Ermoupolis, Neoclassical
architecture is observed. Ottoman-influenced buildings
can be found in Kozáni and Grevená, pastel-colored
baroque homes and churches on Corfu, and whitewashed
Cycladic homes on the island of Paros.

Towering mountain ranges, idyllic beaches, vast
stretches of olive orchards in the south, lush forests
in the north, and wine-producing valleys, are just few
of Greece’s terrain that are as varied as its
architectural heritage.

Here are some islands that have played an important
part in the History of Greece and are famous to the
Greeks themselves.

Patmos

From 95 to 97 AD, Saint John the Baptist was exiled
here and had a vision of the Apocalypse.

Kalimnos

The island of the sponge fishermen – that is Kalimnos.
In celebration of the Easter Sunday, sheep are killed
and eaten in Greece. In the town square, lamb stuffed
with rice and herbs is served.

Simi

They say that the Three Graces have been born there.
In 1373, The Knights of St. John also stayed there.

Rhodes

Rhodes is the island of the sun god, Helios. The
original town dates back to 700 BC. In 1309, they say
that the building of the medieval citadel by the
Knights of St. John happened here. In 408 BC, this
ancient town was founded. The guests can visit the
ruins of the stadium and the gymnasium, the completely
rebuilt theater, and the temples of Zeus and Athena.

Kastelorizo

This place owns its name to the Knights of St. John.
They called it “Castello rosso” or “red castle”. Tour
the Parasta by boat, one of the most beautiful caves
in Greece.

Limnos

A desert, much like Greece’s own Sahara, can be found
in Limnos. This was the home of the Vulcan here in
Ancient Greece.

Lesbos

This island was made famous by the poets Alceus and
Sappho. It has notable contributions to the renown of
Greek music, poetry, and art. The temple of Aphrodite
lies in the center of the island.

Chios

Homer is said to have been born in this island.
Turpentine trees are grown in some parts of the island
for their resin. You will find your stay worthy if you
visit the ruins of the temple of Apollo and the
remains of monasteries there.

Samos

This was said to be the home of Aristarcus,
Pythagorus, and Epicurus. Samos is world famous for
its white wine which is produced from the Muscat
grape.

Ikaria

This island owned its name to Icarus whose myth came
from here.

Now, whether you long to see the historic sites of
those mentioned here or even for the fact that you’re
enthralled by the charm of Greece and the Greek
Islands, don’t hesitate to spend your vacation in
Greece. No doubt you’ll find it worthwhile.

Good Vacation Activities In Hawaii

Good Vacation Activities In Hawaii

Finding vacation activities in Hawaii isn’t hard. Basically, your number one activity will be hanging out on the beach. There is more than one way to do this, however. Swimming can be fun, and sunbathing is a necessity, but you should consider some other Hawaiian activities while you’re at it. For example, just renting or buying a snorkel and a pair of fins can make your beach trip much more exciting. There are so many things to look at under the water! When I was there, I saw sea turtles, coral, and literally dozens of species of tropical fish. The water was warm, the waves weren’t too bad, and the views were out of this world!

Of course, no Hawaiian vacation is complete without at least a few tours. There are literally hundreds of activities in Hawaii to choose from, and it really depends which island you are on. I went on my catamaran tour around Kauai when I was visiting, and I loved it. I would recommend it. You see, on that particular island, a lot of the shore isn’t accessible by foot. The mountains are too steep in the interior, so the gorgeous sandy beaches on the North of the island can only be seen from above. Not only were the beach is beautiful, but the majestic towering cliffs were absolutely awe-inspiring. My Hawaiian vacation trip definitely wouldn’t have been complete without seeing it.

One of the most classic activities in Hawaii is the luau. If you are only going there for a week or two, give up the idea of seeing a traditional Hawaiian luau – they are very hard to find, and generally closed off to tourists. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go to see one, however. You will be able to enjoy delicious Kahlua pork, fire dancing, drinks, music, and good company. Add to this the scenic backdrop of the beach and the sound of the waves crashing over and over again as the warm tropical trade winds blow ceaselessly, and you’re all set up for a heck of a good time.

In terms of nightlife, the scene varies greatly depending on which islands you are visiting. Kauai is actually pretty quite at night, but the big island is something else. There is a great music scene, as well as theater, movies, and anything else you might expect in a thriving community. All in all, there are more than enough activities in Hawaii to keep you busy!

Going On Holiday? Take A Kayaking Tour

Going On Holiday? Take A Kayaking Tour

When you go on vacation, you will probably want to try something new. Sea kayak tours are a great option for adventure that is safe.

A kayak sea tour is a great activity for a vacation. Such tours are popular in tropical locations. In fact, a large percentage of people use kayaks. You do not have to be a strong kayaker as long as you enjoy it. When you sign up for kayak sea tours, an experienced guide always accompanies you to help you if you have problems. Every year, more and more people are taking kayak sea tours. The tours are enjoyable, great exercise and a wonderful tropical adventure!

There are many different things to do on a kayak sea tour. You can select activities including scuba diving, fishing, deep sea snorkeling, island exploring and a whole lot more! These are excellent and very exotic trips that anyone would love! When you are kayaking, it makes everything seem different. Kayaking on the ocean is not the same as kayaking on a placid lake. You will find yourself surrounded by giant waves and being tossed around by them! But the waves are part of the fun. You of course wear a life jacket and learn all the safety rules before going out.

Sea tours are usually priced at a reasonable rate for tourists and can be found almost anywhere! It is excellent exercise and lots of fun!

Imagine waking at 7 a.m. and pushing a long kayak from the white sand beach into the cool blue water. Spending the whole day kayaking across the ocean and taking in the exotic scenery and water. The next time you are on vacation, look for these tours! You will have the time of your life, and there is no risk! No matter where you happen to be in the tropics, kayaking tours are something that you will discover that you always enjoy!

I hope you will explore the opportunities of sea kayaking and join me in a most enjoyable sport.

Maui Vacation Condo that you can Use

Maui Vacation Condo that you can Use

Having good accommodations is essential when you decide to take a break. If you want something bigger than your hotel room, why not go for a Maui Vacation condo?

There are various ways to get a Maui vacation condo. The first option will be for you to book a reservation online. You can talk to the homeowner, ask for references and read reviews that are usually posted.

The other is to have someone else do it for you like a travel agent or a realtor. You can rent a Maui vacation condo for a couple of days to even several months. You better have the money to pay for it so there won’t be any hassles during your stay.

One place in the island where you can find a lot of vacation condos is in Kihei. Each of the units here are fully furnished and stocked so you don’t have to buy anything at the grocery.

The price range in these places varies from 0 to almost ,000 per week. This depends on the amenities, size, quality and location.

Is there a difference when you get a condo by the beach than those in a rural area? Definitely the answer is yes. This is because you will have to drive to see the scenic spots in the island where as if this is an ocean front property, it is just walking distance.

Tourists who are renting a vacation condo in Lahaina can walk over and join a tour that is two hours in length that allows you to visit 20 sites. This will give you time to learn the history of the island and even the origin of surfing.

Aside from Lahaina, you may also find vacation condos in the towns of Kaanapali and Kapalua. Here, you may engage yourself in kite surfing, sailing and a host of other outdoor activities. Keep in mind though that the closer the unit is to the beach, the more expensive and luxurious it will be.

If you enjoyed renting a Maui vacation condo, why not buy one? There are more than 2 million tourists from the US and Canada that travel here and more from other parts of the world and the island itself has been names the Best Island for 12 years in a row. This means that it is an investment that will continue to grow.

You will also be able to stay here for free when you decide to return to the island so you can enjoy the sun, the sand and the ocean. In fact, there are units available for sale in Na Hale O Makena that has amenities like a gym, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and a barbecue area for only million.

Once you have found a prospective unit to purchase, take some time out to see the property as there have been some who have been victimized. If you don’t like it look elsewhere because there are others for sale all over the island.

There is no doubt that you can get both comfort and privacy when you decide to rent or even buy a Maui vacation condo. The activities and experiences here will not happen anywhere else so make the most of it when you are here on vacation with your family for the next few days.

Things To Do In Oahu Hawaii

Things To Do In Oahu Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii’s 3rd largest island, could easily be considered the heart of Hawaii. With looping mountain trails, to monster waves breaking on the gorgeous golden beaches, to beaches where the turtles are swimming right along with you, down to country stores and discovering the uniqueness of Hawaiian culture, where do you begin?

With limited time and a wealth of things to see and do, here’s a list of things to do in Oahu, that I hope will help you determine what you’d like to put in your schedule!

Snorkelling in the exquisite Hanauma Bay

The Hanauma Bay Nature Park is actually a State Underwater Park and is a paradise for even the novice of snorkellers! The Bay is the result of the ocean’s breaching and incursion into two volcano craters. In addition to the beautiful swimming and snorkelling opportunities, there are also hiking trails with gorgeous vistas and plenty of picnicking sites.

Take an Eco Adventure Tour and swim with the Dolphins!

Discover whales, dolphins and sea turtles with nature-tour operators who are filled with knowledge and carry a deep respect for marine animals in their natural habitat. Cruise out to sea in a relaxed sailing atmosphere and view the mountainous shorelines and pristine beaches. This journey is sure to make an adventure of a lifetime!

No trip is complete without a Hawaii Luau!

The Luau, based on traditional Hawaiian feasts, has become a rite of passage for all tourists! You can expect a flashy show, a huge buffet and a true authentic Hawaiian experience!

Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at surfing!

Originating as the sport of ancient Hawaiian royalty, you can find lessons right on Waikiki Beach. The surf is great for beginners and kids as young as eight can try! If that’s too much adventure for you and you’re there in the winter time, why not head on up to the north shore and watch the pros compete on the giant surf!

Climb Diamond Head Volcano

The most famous volcanic crater in the world, Diamond Head is located on the southeast coast of Waikiki. It is an easy to moderate hike that is well worth the effort when you see the spectacular view of the entire west side of the island from Waikiki to Koki Head.

Visit the Hawaii Polynesian Cultural Center

An opportunity to visit seven Polynesian Islands in one afternoon! It gives you a chance to learn and interact with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga. You’ll also see the world-famous and largest night show, Horizons: Where the Sea Meets the Sky.

And of course we have Waikiki Beach!

The place where you can surf, swim and sail by day and dine, dance and party by night! Waikiki is truly legendary and one of the best things that you can do in Oahu. Beyond the gorgeous sand and surf, you can stroll along the flagstone walkway where you’ll see fountains, rock pools, statues and surfboard signs that teach you a bit about its history! Waikiki is the world’s most famous and most filmed beach. It actually consists of nine individually named beaches which stretch along two miles of shoreline. Do beware, it is also one of the most crowded!

While this is only a very small portion of things to do in Oahu, I hope that this has helped you to discover a little bit about what this truly magnificent island has to offer!

Majorca Without The Crowds

Majorca Without The Crowds

This stunning Balearic island, with its classic beaches, mountain scenery, idyllic countryside, and dramatic coastlines, attracts plenty of visitors. Action-packed seaside resorts, such as Magaluf in the southwest corner of the island, host hordes of package-tour holidaymakers, who come to party and be seen on the packed beaches and in the busy nightspots.

However, there are plenty of places on Majorca where you can escape the crowds. Deserted sandy coves, where mountains meet the sea, and remote beaches, only accessible by boat or on foot, are perfect for a quiet holiday. In the traditional rural villages, surrounded by olive and almond groves, with their centuries-old monasteries and delightful bars and cafes, you can mix it with the locals and get well away from the crowds.

If you’re short of time, you don’t have to head for remote parts of Majorca to escape the masses. Not far from busy Palma, Illetes has two pine-lined coves with beautiful sandy beaches. And in the west of the island, you can follow in the footsteps of poet Robert Graves, who used to take the coastal path across to Lluc Alcari. Stop for a swim in the deep azure waters of Cala Deia, where weathered rocks form amazing shapes, and continue to the seaside village of Port Soller for refreshments.

The north of the island, where the Tramuntana mountains meet the sea, near the resorts of Port de Pollenca and Port de Soller, you’ll find beautiful, sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and much less competition for that spot on the sand. On the east coast, the little bays of Cala Mesquida have good waves, and are popular with surfers in the know. At both Port de Pollenca and Port d’Alcudia are more idyllic fine sandy beaches, and further southward, Cala Rajada has more small bay beaches that are easily accessible.

Some of the most isolated places are away from the coast, and the mountains offer some great walks. Starting from the central northern village of Selva on the eastern flanks of the Tramuntana, you can trek cobbled cart tracks to the lovely monastery at Lluc. Along the way check out the pretty village of Caimari, an important centre of olive cultivation, and continue on through a dramatic steep-sided canyon. In the eastern part of the island, recently declared a nature reserve, you can walk from the secluded beaches at Estreta and Torta, along lanes, coastal paths and horse trails to Cala Rajada and rarely meet another walker.

The hottest summer months of July and August are the busiest time on Majorca, and resort and villa accommodation is at a premium. Crowds are obviously less than at other times of the year, and the weather is often still pleasant in May, June, September and October, when swimming is still possible. Even in the middle of winter, January and February, there are beautiful sunny days, although the nights can be very cold.

The best way to enjoy a holiday on this special island is to rent your own Majorca villa. Villa operators offer great value rental properties, each with a private pool. These villas are located all over the island, with easy access to un-spoilt coastal beaches and the small villages and mountain regions in the interior of the island. But you are never far from major towns, where there’s plenty of shopping, fine dining and exuberant nightlife should you need to see crowds again

Fly To Hawaii

Fly To Hawaii

A Hawaiian vacation really is a dream come true. There are endless beaches, spectacular sunsets and exotic images everywhere you look. For tourists and nature lovers alike, Hawaii is heaven on earth. If you have the time and the money to spend, you can fly in and take your own little taste of heaven.

Hawaii has a land area of nearly 6,500 square miles, however it’s actually made up of a series of volcanic islands. In total, there are 124 islets that make up Hawaii, stretching in a 1,500-mile crescent from Cure Island. The eight major islands at the eastern end of the chain are, from west to east, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the big island of Hawaii.

Located in the central region of the Pacific Ocean, just below the tropic of cancer, Hawaii is actually the 50th of the United States. It is famous for its beaches, and the challenging waves that lure surfers from around the world. The lush landscape is equally magnificent, with exceptional dormant and active volcanoes. While the climate is considered humid by U.S. mainland standards, the northeast trade winds pass along the great reservoir to create delightfully comfortable conditions. The temperatures average from 72 F (22 C) in the coolest month to 78 F (26 C) in the warmest, with extremes from 57 F (14 C) to 88 F (31 C).

Because Hawaii is an island, driving there is not an option. Traveling by boat can be a pricey alternative, and ferry service is not available. That leaves air travel as the most commons means of transport to sunny, sensational Hawaii. Fortunately, there are frequent and budget-friendly flights to Hawaii.

Tourism is a huge industry in Hawaii, and the steady stream of paradise-bound travelers has prompted the sun-drenched state to develop its own airline. This, combined with the many travel accommodations offered by friendly and eager-to-please locals, provides a selection of vacation packages catering to both the adventurous and the elite travelers.

Aloha Airlines’ most popular tour package is the Seven-Day Island Pass. This airline fare pass provides visitors with the opportunity for unlimited travel over a seven-day period. It’s a dream for island-hoppers, allowing travel without boundaries between all of the Hawaiian islands. Aloha Island Pass holders can book any number of reservations for travel on selected flights to all of the destinations served by Aloha Airlines. Passes may be purchased directly at any Aloha Airlines outlet, or through travel agents. Everyone is eligible to purchase Island Passes, however they are non-transferable and non-refundable.

There are frequent flights between all of the major islands, and most airlines charge similar fares. Air travel is typically relaxed in Hawaii, so it’s not necessary to book in advance to get a good deal. Just arrive at the airport, purchase a ticket and you’re on your way. Arranging air travel in Hawaii is so simple; you can even pick up your airline tickets at local 7-Eleven stores or at ATM machines. Of course, purchasing tickets from a travel agent or online merchant is always an option.

Vacations should be about having fun and enjoying solitude and peace of mind. There is no place for work or worry on your holiday. Take the time to make seamless travel arrangements, pack your hula shirts, and fly to Hawaii for an island adventure you’ll never forget.

4 Must Visit Big Island Hawaii Attractions

4 Must Visit Big Island Hawaii Attractions

Are you in the process of planning a Big Island trip? Hawaii’s Big Island is a popular vacation destination, partly due in fact to its size. Why? Because there is so much for you to do and see.

Once your Big Island travel arrangements are made, you may want to shift for your focus to what you can do and see. Creating an itinerary for your trip has a number of benefits. It is important to remember that Big Island is filled with so much for you to do and see; so much that you may not have enough time to do so. Familiarizing yourself with popular Big Island attractions before your vacation can help you make sure that you visit the mostly highly rated and recommended sites, a few of which are outlined below.

1 – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must see for all Big Island tourists. This National Park is situated on 377 square miles of a vast array of landscaping. Whether you are interested in traveling by car, foot, or bike, there is a large part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that you can examine.

When traveling by car, you can visit the summit of the Kilauea volcano. Chain of Craters Road is also a must visit in the park, as this is where lava once flowed over the road. With so much to do and see in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including guided tours and themed wilderness tours, you may want to stay onsite. What better way to end your day than camping? Camping is free as long as you paid admittance into the park.

2 – Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley is also known as “The Valley of the Kings.” This Big Island attraction is a must visit if the history and culture of Hawaii is of interest to you. Here, you will be able to explore an area that was once populated with native Hawaiians. There are unlimited hidden treasures in the area, including beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and tara fields.

To learn the history of the Waipio Valley, not just see it, a guided tour is recommended. Guided tours of “The Valley of Kings,” are available by way of car, horseback, and foot.

3 – Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is often referred to as “A Garden in the Valley of the Ocean.” Due to close proximately, a visit to the gardens is advised either before or after a visit to “The Valley of the Kings.”

Guided garden tours are available for multiple trails, including the Onomea Falls and Palm Jungle Trail.

4 – Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park

If you are unable to visits the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park is a must visit for you. Situated on 180 acres of land, this National Historic Park is considered sacred ground. It was once refuge and home to those who broke the law.

When visit the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, you can see the black lava rock, a sacred temple, wooden statutes of Hawaiian gods, and so much more! The area is filled with beautiful fish ponds; therefore, you can enjoy a fishing adventure in addition to hiking and examining the historical background of Hawaii’s Big Island.

In addition to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, and Waipio Valley, there are other popular and well-known attractions that you should place on your vacation itinerary. Those visiting the North Side of Big Island will want to examine Parker Ranch. Those visiting the South Side of the island should checkout the views at the Ka Lea South Point.

As you can see, there are a number of must visit attractions for your next Big Island vacation. The above mentioned attractions are just a sample of what you will find on the island. For that reason, you are encouraged to use the internet to your advantage or request free Big Island travel guides, which are relatively easy to find online.

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Majorca Number 1 For 2007 British Holidays

Majorca Number 1 For 2007 British Holidays

An annual battle between holiday resorts to attract visiting tourists and their wallets each summer is over, and it appears that the Spanish island of Majorca has won over the British market at least.

Since the advent of package holidays some fifty years ago initiated by holiday companies such as Thomas Cook and Thomson Holidays, whole areas of Spain and other European countries have built their economies around tourism, and each year they hope that the holidaymakers will come to their area. Some islands like Menorca and Majorca are almost entirely dependent upon having a modern economy and infrastructure through incoming tourism.

In June this year predictions were for a dire 2007 for the holidays and flights market, with Spain and the Spanish islands including Menorca and Majorca being badly hit. The important UK market was slow, and British tour operators had reportedly close to a million holidays left unsold for the rapidly approaching peak summer months.

But after an unseasonly warm April in Britain when many people were considering taking a holiday in traditionally popular areas of the UK for holidays such as Scotland, Devon and Cornwall, the move towards an overseas holiday changed as quickly as the weather. Widespread floods led to mass holiday bookings and flights to Majorca, to the extent where some tour operators were able to return their holiday costs to full prices – and from a million unsold holidays people were suddenly having to take what was available.

Further worries were for the German market – along with the UK a vital market for holidays in Majorca, with the environmental costs and carbon footprint dissuading some from taking flights to Majorca.

In recent years traditional holiday destinations such as Spain have faced new competition from Eastern European countries, with often lower cost holiday packages and flights, but despite initial signs of a real challenge, Spain seems to have seen them off for the moment at least, with overall visitor numbers for 2007 expected to rise compared to last year.

Among the tourists to the number one destination of Mallorca for holidays this year have been the Spanish Royal Family. The Royals traditionally spend their summer holidays on the island at the Marivent Palace, with this year being no exception. Previous guests some years ago during their holidays in Majorca have included Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry while they were still toddlers. The Spanish Prime Minister also traditionally visits Majorca for a meeting with King Juan Carlos.

The Royal Family holidaying on Majorca helps the island’s image with the mainland Spanish population, and gives it an upmarket image, with many families taking a villa holiday in Majorca.

Thomson Holidays

Majorca has a rich holiday history compared to most tourist destinations, and in Europe only the French Riviera can compare, where the Victorian English frequented Nice, to the extent where the main boulevard was named the Promenade d’Anglais.

Nearly 200 million people have taken a holiday in Majorca over the last hundred years, with British and Germans the two nationalities heading the list of arrivals. The British have tended to head east to Magaluf and Palma Nova, the Germans to Arenal in the west of the island.

And while Majorca has a rich history of tourism, it is keeping up to date with modern expectations to make sure it stays at the top of British and German holiday plans. Arenal has just opened a new 40 million Euro aquarium, while Magaluf has opened a new theme park based around Indiana Jones type adventures, with both new attractions family orientated, and enough to keep holidaymakers happy in case the weather in Majorca isn’t quite what they had hoped for.

The first hotel to cater for tourists dates back as far as 1903 when the Grand opened her doors for business, the first of many hotels in Majorca to spring up between now and then. The tourists then were Europe’s wealthy, and they were delighted with Majorca and what the island had to offer, securing the island as a holiday destination well before the days of low cost flights and package holidays had become a reality some sixty years later.

Perhaps not seeing that Majorca would become one of Europe’s top holiday destinations for allcomers, the island first tried successfully to pitch herself as a niche market for honeymoons in the 1950’s, with the second world war and Spanish Civil War having brought earlier attempts at incoming tourism into a state of suspension, and the first true package holiday tourists arrived in 1952.

But it was the advent of the jet that really boosted Majorca, and made flying to Palma a real possibility for millions of Europeans. With flights to Majorca coming down in price significantly in recent years and a host of airlines operating from airports across Europe, Majorca has never been so accessible, and the traditional fortnight has been surpassed by frequent 3 and 4 day trips two or three times a year for many people, and with many Europeans who are environmentally conscious moving away from long distance holidays in destinations such as Florida, the map of Majorca might well appear in more households when planning a holiday.

The increase in the number of tourists to Majorca has been measured, and it makes fascinating reading. In 1950, Majorca and her sister islands of Menorca and Ibiza received under 100,000 tourists. By 1973 this had grown to over 7 million for Majorca alone, and last year it had risen to over 9.5 million.

The possibility of reaching ten million visitors in a single year is a very real possibility for the island.

Kayaking in South Carolina: Break Away from the Ordinary!

Kayaking in South Carolina: Break Away from the Ordinary!

South Carolina is a state full of adventure, fun and relaxation for residents and tourists alike. There’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy no matter what part you live in or are visiting. With all of the beauty surrounding this all-American escape, it’s only natural that one would take full advantage of the great outdoors. That’s why South Carolina is known for some great kayaking, whether you’re a rookie to the waters or an aquatic guru!

Nearly every major city in South Carolina has all the necessities to make your kayaking experience the ultimate adventure. And because kayaking is an easy and calm activity, it’s the perfect outdoor excursion for people of all ages and ability levels. You can find professional guided tours through Calm Water Kayak Tours of South Carolina. Although you may have experienced the busy waters of South Carolina’s beaches, the guides of Calm Water have made it their top priority to show you the quiet and sparkling waters of South Carolina’s lakes and streams. Calm Waters provides tours around Lake Jocassee, Saluda River, Lake Russell, Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, and Lake Keowee.

While Beaufort, South Carolina is known as a busy city and is home to several United States Marines, it is also home to Beaufort Kayak Tours. You can choose from three different exploration routes, including Historic Beaufort, Salt Marsh Exploration, and Hunting Island. If you choose the Salt Marsh Exploration, keep your eyes peeled for the sight of a bottle-nose dolphin, as they are known to inhabit this area of South Carolina. You can also learn how to throw your own cast net to catch some of the saltwater crabs. The Historic Beaufort tour provides a detailed, narrated excursion of the interesting history that surrounds Beaufort – and you’ll never even have to walk the streets to take it all in! Hunting Island explores the tranquil sights of the lagoon surrounding the nearby beach, and is known for the entertainment of jumping mullets.

Check out Cool Breeze Kayaking in Hilton Head for a relaxing view of nature along with your trip to the beach. Here you can experience the two-hour Dolphin Nature Tour which provides a first-hand look at these amazing marine creatures. You can also catch a glimpse of otter and osprey! Please be sure to make advance reservations for this kayaking tour, as space is extremely limited.

Most kayaking tours in South Carolina are available for around per adult, per child. Packages vary and can be accustomed to suit your needs and budget. In fact, some South Carolina kayaking tours even offer overnight excursions for those who want to incorporate the great outdoors as part of their vacation. Be sure to ask what is included with your kayaking package, as some packages will offer a picnic lunch, t-shirt, or other souvenir. Although life jackets are typically provided, be sure to bring one in case a member of your party is a child or can’t swim.

With so many options available for a great kayaking adventure in South Carolina, you can’t go wrong by trying this out-of-the-ordinary outdoor experience!

Na Pali Kauai, The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Na Pali Kauai, The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Na Pali means “the cliffs” in Hawaiian. There is a fifteen mile expanse on the island of Kauai that is considered to be Na Pali. The area is difficult to get to and mostly inaccessible because of the steep drops that are characteristic of the cliffs. People who visit the island of Kauai, however, should not miss the magnificence that is found in this area. The natural beauty is breathtaking and should be seen if you have the opportunity. The best ways to view the area since it is difficult to get to, is by boat or hiking.

Hiking is a lot of fun for people who enjoy adventure and the outdoors. You can see up close the area and enjoy the natural beauty. One of the most popular locations to visit when hiking is Hanakapi’ai. There are two general treks that are most appealing to people depending on what they want to see and how much they want to hike. Within the area there is a beach though it is only available in the summer time. The waters in this are can be very dangerous so care should be taken when going there and it is not suitable for swimming. However, the majesty of the waters will instill a sense of old time Hawaii. This trek is recommended for intermediate hikers as it is easier to get to and you can still get the feel of the area. However, it is still a bit of a hike with slopes and slippery footing so novices are not recommended to hike this. The entire round trip hike is approximately four miles.

The second hiking trip that can be taken is for more advanced hikers and is an approximate eight mile trip to get there and back. This is a lot of fun for people who enjoy hiking and are not afraid to traverse the steep embankments that are littered throughout the area. The pay off, though, is well worth it. You will arrive at the
Hanakapi’ai Falls, which features beautiful streams and a roaring waterfall, that is magnificent to observe. The waterfall itself plummets down the face of a cliff one hundred feet into a pool of water. There is lush greenery and rocks that surround the area and a plethora of stream crossings and pools.

Boat tours or kayaking are another great way to enjoy the scenic view of the area and you will be able to see parts of the area that are inaccessible by foot or inaccessible to those who are not experienced hikers. During the boat tour you can see sea life such as dolphins, turtles and monk seals. During the months of December through April you may even see some whales. While roaming the waters amid the Na Pali coast, you will see magnificent cliffs stretching up to four thousand feet from the water. There are also sea caves that are available to explore while on the trip. You can choose to go on a boat tour where you will get valuable information on the area or you can strike out on your own in a kayak or canoe.

The natives of the island would travel the area by canoe. You can get the same old world feeling and experience the Hawaii of old by going on a kayak tour of the Na Pali coast. Kauai already has an old world charm because it is not as commercial as some of the other islands. You can take this feeling to the next level by experiencing the beauty of the island like the natives of old used to.

If you enjoy snorkeling, this is a great way to view the area and also see the under sea wildlife that is abundant in the area. For beginners, you can get expert help and those who are experienced at snorkeling will have no problem exploring the reefs, fish and sea turtles. The waters off the Na Pali coast are clear and beautiful. You will see the coral reefs that are among the oldest in Hawaii. There is also a strict conservation effort so the reefs will be pristine and gorgeous. The sea life found in the area touts hundreds of various species. Many of these species are only found in this area and can not be found anywhere else in the world. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these fish in their natural habitat.

The Na Pali coast is a stunning area filled with rich greenery, steep cliffs, waterfalls, pools, streams, reefs and sea life. The scenery is both beautiful and dangerous and much of it is inaccessible by foot. Portions are available for hiking and some for experienced hikers only. The best way to get the full experience, though, is by sea. Taking a boat or kayak will allow you to explore the area. You can even go snorkeling to view the life that is found under the sea.

Wheelchair Cruising – Exploring The Hawaiian Islands

Wheelchair Cruising – Exploring The Hawaiian Islands

Cruising is a popular vacation choice for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, however some cruise destinations are just more accessible than others. Take Hawaii for example. For starters it’s located in the US, so shore tour operators are bound by US access laws. Granted, not every shore excursion is wheelchair-accessible; however you’ll find more accessible transportation options in Hawaii than you will in the Caribbean or Mexico.

Of course, it goes without saying that as an island state, Hawaii is perfectly suited for cruises. Perhaps that’s why Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has two NCL America ships stationed there; the Pride of Aloha and the Pride of America.

The Pride of Aloha first entered service as the Norwegian Sky in 1999, but was retrofitted and reflagged in 2004. It features six accessible inside staterooms located near the elevators on Decks 8 and 9. The larger Pride of America was launched in 2005, and includes 22 wheelchair-accessible staterooms in a variety of configurations. The accessible staterooms on both ships feature wide doorways, level thresholds and bathrooms with a roll-in shower, a fold-down shower seat, a hand-held shower head, grab bars in the shower and around the toilet and a roll-under sink.

Because these vessels are registered in the US, they aren’t required to call on foreign ports (such as Ensenada of Fanning Island) while they cruise the Hawaiian islands. This result in a true all-Hawaii itinerary, with more time ashore, including overnight stops on two islands. This is especially good news for wheelchair-users and slow walkers; because with more time in port, there’s no need to rush. Passengers can relax and take things at their own pace, yet still have plenty of time to see the sights.

Both vessels sail seven-day Hawaiian Island cruises from Honolulu; and as far as shore excursions go, there is at least one accessible NCL shore excursion in every port. And thanks to NCL’s 2004 acquisition of Polynesian Adventure Tours, all accessible shore excursions feature lift-equipped transportation.

If you’d like to set out on your own, Hilo Hattie has free accessible shopping shuttles at all the ports and Wheelchair Getaways has adapted rental vans available on Maui, the Big Island and Oahu. Additionally, the major rental car agencies can provide vehicles with hand controls with 48-hours notice.

Here’s a port-by-port rundown of some accessible sightseeing suggestions.

Nawiliwili, Kauai
Waimea Canyon is a must while on Kauai. The most accessible place to view the canyon is at the Waimea Canyon Lookout. Although there are stairs to the top of the lookout, there is also a cement path with numerous switchbacks, just to the right of the stairs. The path is 38-inches wide so you do have to mindful of oncoming traffic, but at the top you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the canyon.

Kona, Hawaii
Kona is the only tender port on the itinerary. According to NCL’s official policy, wheelchair-users must use a manual wheelchair in order to tender, so this a good port for power wheelchair-users to stay aboard and enjoy the ship. Those that do venture ashore will find lots of shops and restaurants around the port, most of which feature a level entry.

Hilo, Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park is a must-see while in Hilo, and you can do this on your own or on a NCL shore excursion. Your first stop in the park should be the Kilauea Visitors Center, which includes a number of interpretive exhibits. The Volcano Art Center, located behind the visitors center, is also worth a visit.

For a great view, take the Earthquake Trail to the left of the hotel. This wide paved trail was a vehicle road until a November 1983 eruption closed it to traffic. At the end of the trail, you’ll find a few picnic tables along with a spectacular view of the crater.

Kahului, Maui
A great way to really see the island is from the air, and Sunshine Helicopters offers a number of accessible flightseeing tours. Wheelchair-users are transferred to a portable lift to board the helicopter, and then transferred to the helicopter seat for the tour. Other Maui attractions that offer good wheelchair access include Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation and the Sugar Cane Train.

And if you’d prefer to have some fun in the water, then check out Lahaina Divers or Ron Bass’s Kayaking Adventures. Lahaina Divers operates a variety of dive trips on their wheelchair-accessible Dominion while Ron provides kayaking instruction to wheelchair-users. Either option makes for a fun day on a beautiful island.

Bring Yourself Back To Life In Barbados – Barbados Travel Information

Bring Yourself Back To Life In Barbados – Barbados Travel Information

Situated to the east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, Barbados is an independent island nation and a tropical getaway with considerable historical sites to boot. With a long British history and settlements dating as early as 300 CE, Barbados offers travelers a tantalizing resort rendezvous and a taste of colonial and slave legacy. Book your airfare to Barbados before the high season ends and enjoy the tranquility of one of the most remote islands in the Caribbean.

Major airlines service the island’s fairly large international airport from most regions including Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the United States. If you choose to island hop through the West Indies, airfare to Barbados is easily accessible from Trinidad and Tobago to the south, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the west, and Grenada to the southwest.

Travel to Barbados for the Sweet Life

After cotton crops failed on Barbados, the British introduced sugar cane to the island, which grew very well and also led to the development of rum drinks and molasses production. The plantation economy allegedly gave birth to the first appearance of the spiced island drink and visitors today can take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum factory, which is Barbados’ domestic rum producer.

Barbados is not all sugar and spice; the island is also a haven of white sandy beaches, surfing, fine dining and deep sea fishing. On the southern shore of Barbados you will find privately owned vacation rentals and time shares as well as the middle and lower range accommodations along the water, broken up by small seaside towns like Hastings, Maxwell, Rockley and Oistins. In the capital of Bridgetown, you will find duty free shopping, delectable restaurants and a mix of colonial and modern government buildings. Bridgetown is also the hub for docking cruise ships and mooring private boats. Travel to Oistins on a Friday night for the famous ‘fish fry.’ Dance, drink and eat with the locals until the wee hours of the morning.

Beyond the Beach of Barbados

Barbados has many activities for the active and adventurous if relaxing by the beach is just not enough. Get in with the iguanas at the extensive Barbados Wildlife Reserve and enjoy a pleasant walk through the exotic bird sanctuary or along the many footpaths surrounded by forests of monkeys. Harrison’s Cave, in St. Thomas province, is a very popular subterranean attraction and likely to be a bit crowded during the high season. If you’re still not tired, take a trip to Welchman Hall Gully where stretches of walking path are surrounded by think wooded forest and hundreds of wild exotic species.

Remember that Barbados was a long time British colony and therefore English speakers will have no problem communicating. Additionally, the island nation has one of the highest rates of literacy in the Western Hemisphere, making this tropical tryst hardly third world. Travel to any destination on the island is cheap and efficient by taxi or bus. The equator awaits, what are you waiting for?

Tours Offer Unique Glimpses of Seattle

Tours Offer Unique Glimpses of Seattle

As tourist, when we visit a city, it is always interesting to check out the various tours of that city that are offered. Many cities have tours that are similar to basically any other city. Seattle, Washington, however, is different from most other cities. Not only do they have tours that really can’t be compared to anywhere else on earth, they have tours that are delightfully fun and entertaining in and of themselves.

One of the more interesting and most popular tours of Seattle is called Ride the Ducks of Seattle. This tour takes you on amphibious World War Two vehicles throughout the city giving you a great tour of Seattle from land and water. The tour lasts about ninety minutes and will be unlike any other tour you’re ever likely to take again.

The second tour of interest is a toss up with another tour for my favorite land excursion. I’ll tell you about both; hopefully, you will try both and decide which one you like best. This would be called Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. This tour is strange, hilarious, and fun all at the same time. It is also shocking and disturbing in ways too. The idea that a city was built basically on top of itself is a little strange, but to discover that the original city isn’t ruins makes the tale even stranger to those who don’t know the story. The story is great and the telling is even better. The only drawback to this tour is that young children might find it either disturbing or boring, or both. So be prepared to entertain. The terrain is also not suitable for strollers if you have very little ones.

My next favorite tour is called Private Eye Tours. This tour takes you to scenes of crimes some solved, some unsolved throughout the city. There are three tours that you can currently take. Each one costs per person and lasts about two and a half hours, except for the ghost tour, which lasts three hours. The different tours are: The Queen Anne Mystery and Murder Tour, The Capital Hill Mystery and Murder Tour, and Haunted Happenings, which is also known as the Seattle Ghost Tour. Each of these tours is great fun for those who are not squeamish and make a great gift for a true crime fan or someone who loves those old fashioned detective novels.

If you are interested in whale watching there are several excursions you can take. First of all, during the height of the season (June and July) you have an excellent chance of seeing whales if you watch from the western side of San Juan Islands. This is probably the best way to see whales from land. Beyond that you can take several chartered whale watching excursions. Here are a few of the companies offering whale watching cruises: San Juan Safaris (you can also do a five hour Orca search by kayak with this company), Salish Sea Charters, Island Adventures (this tour offers a discount for early birds and they offer a whale spotting guarantee), and Maya’s Whale Watching Charters, which for a slightly higher price gives you a much smaller boat and puts you much closer to the water for a better view of the whales.

Tours are a great way to get the most of your vacation experience. I hope I have showcased some of the more unique and colorful tours that Seattle has to offer. There are the general tours of the city and walking tours as well, these are just the tours that stand out and leave an impression.

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Cheap Holidays To The Bahamas

Cheap Holidays To The Bahamas

Have you ever been to the Bahamas? Bahamas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and because of this the Island is one of the most popular destinations among tourists. Bahamas is full of natural beauty and every nature lover would really enjoy themselves in the Bahamas. It is a fantastic place to spend a holiday and one can really have a great time in a place like the Bahamas.

Cheap Holiday in the Bahamas

What most do not realize is that is actually possible to find a cheap holiday to the Bahamas. You should visit the websites of the agencies and compare what they have to offer. Also you should try to stay flexible in order to get a cheap holiday vacation. You should try to search for flights that departs very early in the morning or search for departure dates that people do not normally choose to leave for a vacation.

On the Bahamas you will find many picturesque locations. It will be a perfect experience to the island. Have you been there once, you want to go back. When you start planning your holiday to Bahamas you should gather all the information about the location you can find. This will help you to enjoy your cheap holiday in a new place and you will be able to enjoy it in a peaceful way. Use a tour operator to help you search the web to know about the various packages that is available. A cheap holiday to the Bahamas is also a great way to get a break from your daily work.

In the Bahamas there are numerous villas, hotels and resorts and the prices are quite reasonable. Of course we all have different ways to lead our lives and this is the reason why some prefer rented villas while others would prefer staying in a hotel on their cheap holiday vacation. Most importantly you should consider your budget and be sure that you make all the vacation preparations well in advance. It will surely be a memorable experience to have a cheap holiday vacation to the Bahamas. You can choose to spend your time anyway you like. Relaxing at the beach or enjoying water sports with calm and peaceful surroundings.

A cheap holiday vacation to the Bahamas consists of all the ingredients that you need. Do not spend too much time trying to find it by yourself instead you should use a local tour operator or an online tour service provider to assemble your cheap holiday vacation. A package that includes everything right from the beginning of your journey and until you head towards home again.

If you are fascinated about traveling, Bahamas is a fantastic destination to visit and a perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. You will have a lot of fun and have the experience of a lifetime. It is an ideal place for a family vacation and you can have lots of fun. Bahamas is a joy for visitors who loves to enjoy beautiful surroundings when they gather their family for a cheap holiday vacation.

Traveling To Hawaii By Air

Traveling To Hawaii By Air

Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. With its beautiful beaches, friendly restaurants and unique aquatic life, the Hawaiian Islands attract scuba divers, tourists, and some people who even consider living there. Although Hawaii attracts many people, it still maintains its natural beauty. There are so many tourist spots in Hawaii. Popular spots include; Pearl Harbor, the active volcanoes, and the beautiful beaches.

Most of the visitors that travel to Hawaii arrive by air, this is because you can’t drive to go there and cruises take a long time. The major airlines that travels to Hawaii are: United Airlines, Air Canada, Aloha Airlines and Island Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Quantas Airways. There are also limited or no ferry services between the islands, so if you plan on visiting more than one island you should consider flying to each of them.

This leaves you a lot of choices of airlines that appeal to you. Since Hawaii is a major tourist destination, you should expect international airports to be crowded and long lines in airports the whole year round.

The two major airlines that offer island hopping services are Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines. These airlines usually offer cheap tickets and tour packages that allow you to visit some or all of the major islands. You can also book your ticket with a travel agent, however, when you’re already in Hawaii, you can get airline tickets from their local 7-Eleven stores and even from ATM’s.

Aloha Airlines offer packages like the Seven-Day Island Pass. This travel package provides you unlimited air travel for seven days. This package is designed to allow visitors to go visit some or all the islands in a limited period of time. This means that during the seven-day trip, visitors who purchased this package can book any number of reservations to all the destinations offered by Aloha Airlines and its sister company, Island Air.

Here are some tips when you travel to Hawaii:

Planning your Trip

• Book early to get the best deal available. You can either call the airline or book online.
• Booking early also means you can get the best seats possible.
• If possible, fly on weekdays to get cheap tickets.
• If you have enough frequent flier miles, use them when going to Hawaii to save you a lot of money. You can also use this for inter-island flights.

There are six major islands in Hawaii (Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Oahu, and Molokai). You should choose which island you will enjoy most visiting.

The Big Island

This island is the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. Aside from the beautiful beaches, the big island offers a wide variety of tourist attractions:

• Onizuda Space Center
• Kona Historical Society Museum
• Puna Region to see lava flow into the sea from Mt. Kilauea

Oahu
The state capitol and the biggest city in Hawaii is located in this island.

• Waimea Falls
• Polynesian Cultural Center
• Banzai Pipeline
• Puu O’Mahuka Helau
• Sunset Beach Park
• Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
• USS Arizona Memorial
• Makapuu Lighthouse

Maui

This island is also called the Valley Isle. It is divided by remnants of two volcanoes and each side has its own unique attractions. Tourist spots include:

• Haleakala Volcano
• Skyline Trail
• Iao Valley
• Maalaea
• Olowafu

Kauai

Also known as the Garden Island, this island is home to beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and tropical rainforests. Tourist spots include:

• Kee Beach State Park
• Kalalau Trail
• NaPali Cliffs

Lanai

This island is the least developed of the Hawaiian Islands. Visiting this island offers the purest experience in Hawaiian culture. Tourist destinations include:

• Garden of the Gods
• Shipwreck Beach
• Luahiwa Petroglyph Field
• Manale Bay Beach
• Polihua Beach

Molokai Island

Molokai is also underdeveloped like Lanai. This island also offers traditional Hawaiian culture, least crowded beaches, waterfalls, and tropical rainforests.

• Kepuhi Beach
• Papohaku Beach
• One Alii Beach Park

There are so many places to visit in Hawaii. It is recommended that when you do visit the islands, you should have enough time to visit some or all of the islands in the group.

Royal Caribbean Cruises- A Luxurious Journey to the Island

Royal Caribbean Cruises- A Luxurious Journey to the Island

The earth is a big paradise only if our plan for its conservation is realized….

It is with much pride and honor to let you witness how beautiful the world is with the natural wonders of Caribbean. The long chained island and the wildlife, the green pastures and the culturally oriented people; all these are the breathtaking scenes showcased by the Caribbean island.

Caribbean wonders lie beyond the monotony of your imagination. It is more than being a surfing destination but also a true place for humanity.

This is a creation that is greatly enticing, a perfect place to live in despite all the odds of life. This is the place where you can spend a moment of serenity.

There is nothing wrong of daydreaming. Imagine yourself sailing with luxury ships. “Sir, madam, anything we can offer you?” The service is absolutely the best. You are served with hot cappuccino when the sun shines, exquisite and delicious seafoods for your lunchtime and a punch of white wine at night. You are treated like a king or queen.

Surfing Caribbean is one of the experiences in your life that you will surely never regret. The shining shimmering sand, the blue-sky waters, the wide area of green fertile land, all these await you at the Caribbean country.

Exploring the Caribbean will be a desirable task for you. As you cross the little islands found in the country, you would get to know many discoveries. It can even add up to your knowledge about geography, on why things seem to be like that in Caribbean.

Caribbean lies in the area of the southern fringes of Mexico and the northwestern part of Venezuela. This is the reason why there is a sprinkle of mixed cultural heritage in the lives of the people residing in the island.

When you tour in Caribbean, you choose from several preferences, including the kind of cruise package. Actually, there are two major cruises in Caribbean. One is the cruise that covers the Eastern Caribbean and the other is the cruise that will tour you to Southern Caribbean.

The former package will give you the chance to see the splendor of the eastern part of Caribbean. These are the places of the British and American Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and St. Martin. On the southern part, you will witness the humid and cold paradise of Antiqua, Barbados, Aruba, St.Kitts and Grenada.

From the typical package of seven days, you can extend the duration of your cruising schedule if you want to have a thorough exploration on the entirety of Caribbean.

In fact, it will take you quite long time before you are able to go around and hop the long chained islands.

The very good thing about the packages offered in Alaska cruise is that, it suits every pocket. If you want an affordable one, a package will offer you minimal cost. It just varies on the length of your cruise art the same time on the kind of service that you will avail.

The best among all the cruises is the luxurious and spectacular Royal Caribbean Cruise. All over the world, it is noted as one of the finest cruises that can guarantee an irresistible service to the cruisers. Although it is expensive to be in Royal Caribbean Cruise because it gives a first-class service.

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Most of the Caribbean cruise also grants their passengers with all forms of fine night entertainment choices. You will also have the edge to visit the noted destinations that the budget package cannot have.

No doubt about the superb delicacies that they can offer you and the very comfortable seat that they will provide you. The lifestyle during nighttimes on the Royal Caribbean Cruise is greatly different. You will socialize with your fellows and meet all other elite people who are also enjoying the trip to the beautiful islands.

With Royal Caribbean Cruise, your dream will turn to reality. Try to experience more than a kind of cruise to Caribbean but one that can boost your sense of appreciation to the natural beauty of the Caribbean island. Good luck and have fun with cruising!

Kayak Tours

Kayak Tours

When people think of “kayaking”, they tend to conjure up visions of chilly boaters taking on the frigid waters of the Great White North. In fact, kayaking is a popular sport across North America and throughout the Pacific.

Virtually anywhere you go in North or South America, there are kayak tours available. Some of the best kayak tours are found in tropical areas or on the ocean. Depending on your skill level, kayak tours can teach beginners the basic techniques of the sport, or can challenge even the most experienced athlete. When you book a kayak tour, expect to take part in a great adventure.

In popular tourist areas like Costa Rica, Florida, Belize and other tropical destinations, an abundance of kayak tours are available. These tours often incorporate other activities including:

* Leisure paddling
* Island exploration
* Snorkeling
* Scuba diving
* Swimming
* Fishing

These tours are guided by professional kayakers who can assist you with any problems you may have. Of course, these guides are familiar with the area and comfortable with their surroundings, so they may serve as excellent sightseeing tour guides as well.

Visit cities throughout Canada and the United States, and you will find more fantastic kayak touring opportunities. North American kayak tours can include sport and whitewater kayaking, or simply offer a relaxing paddle down a scenic river or across a quiet lake. Wherever tours are offered, lessons are generally also available for first-timers or those needed to brush up on their kayaking skills. Kayaking is a very easy sport to learn. In one day you can go from learning to kayak, to taking part in a great tour to test your new abilities.

Kayak tours are available wherever your travels take you. Even if you are not a skilled kayaker, or have never kayaked at all, you can still take part in a tour. Once you learn the sport you’ll fall in love with it; and because kayaking mixes so naturally with other sports, you can work it in to any vacation itinerary.

Search for kayak tours while planning your next vacation. There are dozens of options at many popular destinations. Book a kayak tour as part of your adventure, and treat your family to a day on the water they’ll never forget.

Tour Hawaii By Helicopter

Tour Hawaii By Helicopter

You know that Hawaii is so spectacularly beautiful and that is why you intend to have your next vacation in Hawaii. However, with so many interesting places to visit and discover in your short vacation trip, you will have insufficient time to visit all the tourist attractions there.

Well, there is a solution actually. You can have an overview tour of Hawaii without spending too much time traveling from one place to another. Yes, have a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking Hawaiian islands by taking a helicopter tour.

The birds in Hawaii are certainly very fortunate to be able to gaze down on one of the most awesome sceneries on Earth such as from the skies of Kauai, they can get to view the Waimea Canyon, Mount Waialeale’s majestic waterfalls, hidden reclusive sandy coves and the jagged Na Pall Coast. Now you too can have a bird’s eye view by taking a helicopter tour on your vacation holiday Hawaii.

Take a flight over Hawaii’s Big Island and view the resplendent volcanic activities of Kilauea, especially when it is erupting can be very exhilarating.

I want to sound word of caution here. Do not be like many tourists who regretted for the rest of their lives because they have forgotten to bring along their cameras. However, do not get too engrossed taking too many photographs and videos because you will miss the scope of your beautiful surroundings.

Many tourists have a tendency to glue their eye to their camera’s viewfinder that they forgot that the main purpose for the helicopter tour is to experience the space and the breadth of their surroundings.

Yes, a picture paints a thousand words but no photographs could ever hope to capture the panoramic view as you hurtled across the Hawaiian sky! How can the photographs or the videos capture the feeling of the land suddenly dropping off beneath you as you fly across the edge of cliffs and volcano craters? Your helicopter tour of Hawaii will certainly be wasted if you do not enjoy the experience of your freedom in space.

However, there is a controversy in experiencing your trip over Hawaii in a helicopter. As there is a profusion of companies offering chopper tours there are many such tours everyday and this creates noise pollution which is very jarring for tourists and locals alike who wants to enjoy Hawaii’s famed tranquility. There are loud calls for the number of helicopter trips and tours to be cut down.

So if you want to enjoy a memorable holiday vacation in Hawaii, try taking a helicopter tour.

Going Green: Featuring the Magnificent Kauai Gardens

Going Green: Featuring the Magnificent Kauai Gardens

Kauai is called the “Garden Isle” because of its vast tropical treasures and plant life. You get to see some very rare flora in different spots of the island as well as the most important ones in famous parks and tended gardens. 3 of the 5 national botanical gardens are actually located in the island containing indigenous and ancient vegetation dating back since its earliest days. Here are the best Kauai gardens.

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens

The 3 national tropical botanical gardens are namely Limahuli Garden & Preserve, Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden. Limahuli Garden & Preserve features about 1,000 acres of gardens in the Limahuli Valley on the north shore of the island. Allerton Garden features over 100 acres of oceanfront gardens in the Lawai Valley on the south shore of the island. McBryde Garden several endangered Hawaiian plant and animal species.

Limahuli Garden & Preserve is open all week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on Monday and Saturday. You get to see the high peaks created by thousands of years of rain and wind.

A guided tour for 2 to 2.5 hours or a self-guided tour for 1 to 1.5 hours will take you through 17 acres of garden and rainforest showing the natural beauty and riches of Kauai. Taro continues to thrive on very old lava rock terraces. Some native plants in the Kauai garden were actually brought by Polynesian explorers thousands of years ago. It is ideal to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent and hat or umbrella.

Allerton Garden is a landscaped estate location presenting special collections of Polynesian herbal plants, coffee varieties, breadfruit cultivars, native Hawaiian plants, palms and erythrinas. Guided tours last 2.5 hours including a 15-minute tram ride and an easy walk for 1 mile. The Kauai garden is open for tours from Monday to Saturday. It is recommended to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent and hats.

The McBryde Garden has some research and conservation collections as well as a laboratory where experts continue to study the various benefits of different native Hawaiian plants. The garden is located at Lawai Valley offering self-guided tours lasting 1.5 hours including a 15-minute tram ride plus a moderate walk for 1 mile. The garden is open from Monday to Saturday and visitors are advised to bring walking shoes, mosquito repellent, hats and bottled water.

Other Great Gardens of Kauai

Smith’s Tropical Paradise features 30 acres of fruits, flowers and other native Hawaiian vegetation in the Wailua River Valley plus a captivating backdrop of fish-filled lagoons. Kukuiolono Park is found on Papalina Road, Kalaheo on the grounds of the Kukuiolono Public Golf Course. The park is just adjacent to the golf course featuring Hawaiian legend stones, panoramic views of valleys, peaks, rainforests and the coast and a mini Japanese Garden. The place is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with no entrance fee.

Na ’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is located at Wailapa Road, Kilauea which is a 240-acre Kauai garden containing unique garden scenes, water features, hardwood plantation, beach and over 90 bronze statues. You also get to see the beautiful orchid collection and miniature ahupua’a.

Tours are available from Tuesday through Friday all-year-round. Moir Gardens at Poipu is found on the grounds of the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation which used to be the estate of Hawaii’s first sugar plantation manager. Moir Gardens publicly opened in 1954 showcasing orchids, water lily ponds, cactus and succulents.

Play the Best Golf Game of your Life in Fota Island Golf Club

Play the Best Golf Game of your Life in Fota Island Golf Club

Playing the best golf game requires skills and practice. However, there is one thing that you should also consider in order to play a magnificent golf game. This is to play in a very relaxing environment where you can concentrate on your golf swing with professional-like skills and accuracy.

Besides, if you play in a golf course beside a busy freeway with noisy vehicles passing by, you will lose concentration and will result in ruining your golf swing. It is true that there are golf clubs located all over the world. However, few of these golf clubs have high quality standards to bring the best out in your game.

One such place that you can definitely concentrate on playing golf and at the same time relax is the Fota Island Golf Club. Located in Cork Harbour, which is only a few minutes drive from Cork City, Fota Island is a world renowned golf club that offers the one of the best golf courses in Europe. A golf vacation here would truly be worthwhile.

Firstly, Fota Island Golf Club is a very traditional golf course. It is a sister property of Mount Juliet and both is known to maintain the highest standards in golfing to ensure golfing enjoyment the whole year.

Fota Island Golf Club lies in the heart of a 780 acre estate integrated with good quality woodlands and landscape that will surely make every golfer want to play every single day. This golf course is comprised of a challenging par 71 championship course in the traditional mode. It has pot bunkers and undulating putting surfaces to meet the challenge of every golfer around the world.

Golf was first played in Fota Island in 1886. And, during those times, it was continually developed and became one of the premier locations in golfing. In 1993, Fota Island Golf Club was further developed by Christy O’Connor Jr. (Irish Ryder Cup), and Peter McEvoy (two-time English Amateur Champion).

Fota Island is considered as essentially a resort course and hosts a number of tournaments which includes the Irish Club Professional Championship. Fota Island was then purchased by the Killeen Group (owners of Mt. Juliet Resort in Kilkenny). Since then, developments have started to take place and the course has been upgraded to European Tour standards.

In November 2004, Fota Island Golf Club was purchased by the Fleming Group. The Fleming Group also improved the course by renovating some of the holes and also maintained the greens and reseeded the trees surrounding the golf course. Today, the Fleming Group has already invested in the construction of hotel and residential developments in Fota Island to complement the golf course.

With a magnificent course plan, Fota Island Golf Club definitely lives up to its name as one of the best golf destinations in the world.

The Fota Island Clubhouse has all the amenities that you can ever ask for. Inside, you will find that the clubhouse is more like a first-class hotel instead of a conventional golf clubhouse. On the first floor, you will see an informal bar and the reception area. Upstairs you will see a fully seated restaurant that serves only the highest quality meals with the highest and freshest quality Irish produce.

Other amenities you will find in Fota Island Golf Club will include locker rooms, and a fully stocked pro shop with products in the highest professional standards.

Fota Island Golf Club is definitely the place to be if you are looking for the best quality golfing experience. So, if you plan on going on a golfing vacation, you should consider going to Fota Island Golf Club.

Making The Most Out Of Your Kauai Vacation

Making The Most Out Of Your Kauai Vacation

How many vacations have you taken in the past? Each year, a large number of individuals take either a family vacation, romantic getaway, or a private vacation. Whether you are traveling alone, with your romantic partner, or with the whole family, you will want to choose a vacation destination that has the most to offer. Unfortunately, many individuals do not take the appropriate steps needed to ensure that they are getting the most out of their vacation. You are advised not to be one of those individuals.

To make the most out of your vacation, you will need to examine what your vacation destination has to offer. The first step in doing this is to select a vacation destination. If you are looking for beauty, privacy, romance, or family fun activities, it is likely that you will find what you are looking for in Kauai. Kauai is one of the Hawaiian Islands. It is known as a popular vacation destination. In fact, each year, a large number of individuals travel to the region. If you are interested in vacationing in Kauai, you will want to examine all of the activities that are available; this is the best way to make the most out of your vacation.

In Kauai, along with other popular vacation destinations, you will find that there is not a shortage of fun activities. In fact, there are so many Kauai activities that you may have a difficult time deciding on which activities you would like to participate in. If you are unable to experience them all, you will want to decide which activities would bring you the most satisfaction. It may be a good idea to participate in those activities first. If you find yourself with additional time on your hands, you may want to consider taking part in other fun Kauai activities.

Being an island, Kauai is most well-known for its beautiful coast. You will find an unlimited number of available activities along that coast. For instance, the Na Pali coast, located on the northern side of the island, is a great place to experience an amazing underwater adventure. That underwater adventure is known as snorkeling.

Kauai snorkeling is an activity that is enjoyed by many. In addition to snorkeling in beautiful waters, you will also find the underwater life breathtaking. Many tours are hosted along beautiful coral reefs. Also, it is not uncommon for snorkels to get a firsthand look at dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine animals. Guided snorkeling tours offer you a safe, educational, fun, and romantic way to spend your Kauai vacation.

Another one of the many available Kauai activities includes rafting. Rafting expeditions are held by many experienced rafters and tour companies. The Na Pali coast is ideal for rafters of all levels of experience. You will find, with a little bit of research, that a number of rafting tour guides also include other fun activities. These activities may include, but should not be limited to, snorkeling, coastal picnics, educational guides, and much more.

If you are able to schedule your Kauai vacation between the months of December and April, you may be able to enjoy whale watching. Specific whale watching tours are available by a number of different tour companies. However, it is also important to note that you may be able to encounter them on another tour. Between the months of December and April, whales flock to the Hawaii area. Whether you are enjoying a scenic boat tour or participating in a rafting adventure, you may be able to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.

In addition to whale watching, snorkeling, and rafting, Kauai has an unlimited number of other fun vacation activities. Many of these activities are geared towards individuals of all ages. Whether you choose just one of the above mentioned activities or all of them, you will most likely be pleased with your decision to vacation in Kauai.

Camping Holidays For You And Your Family

Camping Holidays For You And Your Family

For many people, summer is just not summer without taking a weekend camping trip. Camping holidays are an inexpensive and fun way to spend time outdoors and recuperate from everyday life. Sitting under the stars, cooking out, and eating smores can just make any day seem better. Whether you use a tent, RV, cabin, or lay out under the stars, you will find that camping can help you to get in tune with all the nature that is around you.

You can camp alone or with your family. There are a wide variety of campsites all over the country in every state and area. By visiting these different areas, you can tour and learn more about different parts of the country. Here are a few of the campgrounds that you may want to consider:

1. A.B.C. (America’s Best Campground) is located in Branson, Missouri. This campground has 162 RV and tent campsites that offer satellite TV, phone service, and electricity. The campsites also include a grill, table, and concrete patio. Pets are welcome to stay at the campground as well. Branson has a wide variety of activities for you and your family to take part in as well.

2. Petit Jean State Park is located in the first state park in the United States, which is near Little Rock, Arkansas. This campground has 127 campsites, along with 33 cabins. This campground offers many different activities for you and your family, including picnic spots, hiking trails, and playgrounds.

3. Montana de Oro (meaning “Mountain of Gold”) State Park is a wonderful beach camping spot. It is the right camping choice for those who love the ocean, with hiking trails, ocean access, and beautiful golden flowers. Sea lion colonies can be seen from the bluff. You have to hike in to the camping area and you cannot light a camping fire. This is a beautiful place for camping on a beach. This is truly roughing it, but the view and beauty is worth it.

4. Angel Island State Park is located in San Francisco Bay. You can only reach this beautiful island by ferryboat. The number of campers is restricted per night and you will enjoy the beautiful view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Nine campsites are available and there are trails that are located around the island that you can use to walk to shops, a café, and to rent a bicycle.

5. Fort Welikit Family Campground is located in South Dakota. You can camp around three lakes and it is not an hour away from the major attractions that you can tour, including Crazy Horse Mountain, Custer State Park, golf courses, and the majestic Mount Rushmore.

Camping is said to be the top outdoor activity enjoyed in the United States. People from every income level enjoy camping holidays. Pack your bags, grab your map, and get ready for a camping vacation that you will never forget.

Kauai Vacations: Fun Activities Along The Na Pali Coast

Kauai Vacations: Fun Activities Along The Na Pali Coast

Each year, thousands of individuals, families, and couples make the decision to vacation in Kauai. Many of those individuals visit the Na Pali coast. The Na Pali coast is located along the northern shore of the Kauai Island. The area is most well-known for its cliffs, underwater and above water adventures. If you are thinking about vacationing in Kauai, you will want consider visiting the Na Pali costal region; you will find that there are an unlimited number of fun activities in the area, all of which you are almost sure to enjoy.

The activities that are available for you, while on vacation, are extremely important. If you have yet to decide on a Kauai vacation, they may very well be the deciding factor. That is why it is important to examine everything that is offered. In the Na Pali coastal area, you will find a number of different fun and exciting activities, many of which are geared towards individuals of all ages.

As previously mentioned, the Na Pali coast is well-known for its underwater and above water adventures. One of those adventures includes scenic boat tours. Scenic boat tours are offered by a number of different companies in Kauai. You will find that each tour is likely to take a different tour route. They are also likely to charge different fees for their tours. While the cost of each tour may vary, scenic boat tours, along the Na Pali coast tend to begin at around one hundred dollars for adults.

One of the many reasons why vacationers enjoy scenic boat tours is that they are ideal for the whole family. Unlike a few other Kauai activities, you will find that most boat tours are equipped to handle individuals of all different ages. Many of these tours are designed with families in mind. In addition to offering a safe boat ride for children, many boat tours offer discounted prices that are available only to children. Not only may you find a Na Pali boat tour to be a family fun activity, but you will also find that it is affordable.

Hiking is considered a popular, family fun activity and it is just one of the many other Kauai activities that you and your family can participate in. Guided hiking tours are available along the Na Pali coast. These tours are ideal for adults and teenagers. Due to the rough terrain, you may find it difficult to hike with young children. However, as previously mentioned, there are other Kauai activities that are designed with young children in mind.

Finally, your Kauai vacation may not be complete without underwater snorkeling. Kauai snorkeling is not only a fun way to spend your vacation, but you may also find it a learning experience. This is due to the vast ocean life that you will likely come into contact with. Many underwater snorkeling tours are designed to provide you with spectacular views of many underwater adventures, including coral reefs, sea turtles, and dolphins.

What is nice about Kauai snorkeling is that you do not have to be an expert to experience the fun. Many of the companies that offer guided snorkeling tours also provide expert training. This means that if you are an experienced swimmer, but you are without snorkeling experience, you can easily learn. If you are traveling with children, depending on their swimming skills, they may also be able to enjoy a guided snorkeling tour.

Hiking, snorkeling, and boating are just a few of the many activities that you can enjoy when visiting Kauai and the Na Pali coast. For additional activities, you are encouraged to request a free Hawaii vacation guide. These free resource guides are a great way to familiarize yourself with the island and everything that it has to offer.

5 Hawaii Whale Watching Tips For An Unforgettable Adventure

5 Hawaii Whale Watching Tips For An Unforgettable Adventure

Each year, the Humpback Whales migrate around 4,000 miles, from summer feeding grounds in Alaska, to mate in Hawaii’s warm waters.

During mating season, Humpback Whales are more active resulting in elevated surface activity which makes Hawaii a popular destination for whale watching. This exciting surface behavior, such as breaching and tail slaps, make for exciting whale watching in Hawaii.

As a Hawaii local and avid waterman, I have 5 simple tips that will help you get the most out of your Hawaii whale watching adventure. So before planning your next Hawaii vacation, follow these tips and you might just have an unforgettable whale encounter!

1. Plan Your Trip During Peak Months

Humpback Whales begin arriving in Hawaii in November and head back to Alaska in late May. If you have planned a Hawaii vacation during this time, you should have no problem spotting whales. However, peak Hawaii whale watching season occurs during February and March. So if you have not made your travel arrangements yet, shoot for these months.

2. Visit Islands Known For Whale Watching

Maui, Kauai and the Big Island are the most popular islands for Hawaii whale watching, so plan to visit one of these islands on your vacation. If you are visiting Oahu, you can see whales there too, they just won’t be as abundant.

3. Plan A Boat Tour

Hawaii whale watching tours are ideal for seeing these spectacular animals in their natural habitat. Not only will you be in the whale’s environment, but because humpback whales are curious about their surrounding, they will sometimes approach your boat. Plan a Hawaii boat tour to truly get the most out of your whale watching adventure.

Boat tours are available departing from Lahaina Harbor many times throughout the day during whale season. On the Big Island and the island of Kauai, whale-watching opportunities abound with a full schedule of tours provided by seasoned, knowledgeable guides.

Humpback whales may also be observed from land if you prefer solid ground to the deck of a boat. On Kauai the Kilauea Lighthouse, Kealia Lookout and various high-points of land in coastal areas are good places to start. Once you’re in the right place, spotting the whales is easy: just look for the majestic plumes of water (“blows”) rising in the air and the playful splashes made by these gigantic creatures.

4. Respect their space

In Hawaii, whale watching is an avid activity, and like with most outdoors activities, there are rules. Observers may not approach by vessel or by swimming within 100 yards of a whale (known as the 100-yard minimum rule). However, there is no rule that keeps whales from approaching people. Experienced leaders of Hawaii whale watching tours know how to gently approach these animals and encourage them to come closer.

5. Preserve the Humpback Whale

The humpback whale almost came to extinction in 1966 after mass commercial whaling during the early 20th century. Today there are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 humpbacks worldwide. Federal laws protect them, but there are things we can all do to help preserve this amazing animal for future whale watching generation.

* Keep beaches and waters clean and debris-free
* Participate only in responsible whale watching activities
* Support efforts to stop illegal whaling
* Support legislation, research and preservation programs
* Patronize eco-friendly companies and organizations

You can read books about whales, but with so many opportunities to see them up-close and personal, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start thinking now about your next Hawaii whale watching tour. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s a great experience for the whole family.

The Best International Honeymoon Locations

The Best International Honeymoon Locations

A honeymoon is a great idea for couples that have recently been married. Celebrate your marriage together and relax, enjoying the sucess of your wedding. When you are selecting your honeymoon destination for you and your new spouse you will want it to be as perfect as your wedding so some planning is required.

1. Hawaii

Hawaii is the best and origional stop for honeymooners. If you want, you can lounge along the beach or enjoy the tropical scenery. You can take a tour to help you explore the island, its waterfalls, and other beautful natural resources. The ultimate experience is simply to watch the sunset, although in the morning you can experience one of the finest golf courses in the world, play tennis, or participate in a luau.

2. Italy

Italy offers both plenty of sandy beaches as well as snow covered mountains for skiing and snowboarding. There are a number of major cities worth visiting in Italy that is why it might be of interest to spend a day or two in a number of cities, rather than limiting your trip to only one. Rome offers a number of bus tours and walking tours that allow you to take in some ancient historical landmarks. Enjoy the Roman ruins, Baroque fountains and even visit the Vatican if you have the time. The Vatican, in addition to its religious importance, houses countless works of art.

3. Tahiti

The Polynesian island of Tahiti is as good if not better than Hawaii. It boasts endless beaches and palm trees as far as the eye can see. Nearby, there are cafes and shops where you can find the perfect memento of your island vacation. Take an island cruise through the islands of French Polynesia or go scuba diving through the coral reef for the ultimate experience.

4. Virgin Islands

As a lower cost version of Hawaii or Tahiti, the island of Anguilla offers flawless carribean beaches and twice the privacy of the mobbed beaches found elsewhere. A number of delectable restaurants are available where anyone will find exquisite dishes like alaskan king crab, and local delicacies as well.

Maui Helicopter Tours Provide An Incomparable View Of The Hidden Interior

Maui Helicopter Tours Provide An Incomparable View Of The Hidden Interior

Lying along the western quarter of Maui a hidden treasure resides, the West Maui Mountains. Among locals the mountains are known as Mauna Kahalawai. Together the mountains form a shield volcano, so named for the undeniable shape of its profile. All along Maui one will find numerous dormant volcanoes combined with lava flows; however, the West Maui Mountains, or Mauna Kahalawai, features a wild beauty that can seldom be seen elsewhere.

Unfortunately, many visitors to Maui remain unaware of this priceless gem due to inaccessibility. In truth, as much as 75% of Maui’s land area is isolated and even inaccessible as the result of some rather rough terrain and rainforests. Few trails and no roads lead into the interior landscape of Maui, leaving it virtually cut off from the remainder of the island.

That doesn’t mean; however, there is now way to take advantage of the many spectacular attributes to be found here, including fantastic hiking, glorious beaches, lush valleys and even a few towns scattered throughout the interior. In order to view the wild beauty of the hidden interior one must only take advantage of the Maui helicopter tours.

Maui helicopter tours go where cars and even ATVs can only dream, providing access to the most spectacular and extreme terrains of the hidden interior. Beyond providing accessibility to the incredible beauty of the hidden interiors, Maui helicopter tours also provide a level of personal service that simply cannot be found in many other tour operations. Most other tour bus operators provide a view of the most common tourist attractions, unable to touch on any of the beauty of the islands that is simply inaccessible except by helicopter. With the highly personalized tour experience provided by Maui helicopter tours, visitors frequently comment they never feel as though they are lost in the crowd, a feeling frequently experienced by travelers on many tour experiences, but instead are treated to a highly unique and personalized helicopter limousine service.

Just a few of the features offered through Maui helicopter tours that you simply won’t find elsewhere include views of the wild and remote rainforest, hidden valleys, cascading waterfalls, exotic landscapes and so much more. After a Maui helicopter tour, you will take away memories of your vacation that will truly stay with you forever.

Flying above rainbows and blankets of gossamer clouds, a tour of the hidden interior of Maui will provide you with a true understanding of the depth of Hawaii’s beauty, much of it millions of years in the making. Maui, like the entirety of the Hawaiian Islands was formed over a long period of time by spirals of lava that rose up high above the interior of the earth. Trails of volcanoes were left in the wake, creating an unparalleled beauty.

Unfortunately, due to problems with erosion some of the wildly beautiful and exquisite sites located in the hidden interior will not always be with us. Haleakala is one of these examples. This summit rises sharply on the west side of the island, towering above a massive depression crater measuring some seven miles across and two miles wide. This natural feature allows the sun to only be seen as it rises up over the eastern side, giving meaning to the mountain’s Hawaiian name, house of the sun. According to traditional Hawaiian folklore, a Polynesian demigod named Maui and his grandmother lived in the crater and captured the sun in order that it would not travel so quickly across the sky. Through this they were able to draw out the day. Haleakala remains one of the most unique beauties to be found in the hidden interior of Hawaii.

In it’s entirely the beautiful hidden interior of Maui is without equal. Mist shrouded mountain peaks rise above magnificent valleys situated in rainforests that will both awe and inspire. Due to changes in the weather and wind that occur frequently, every single tour is likely to be unique and completely different from preceding tours. With waterfalls cascading from towering overhangs into gushing brooks below, many visitors are often surprised by the spectacular rainbows that are often an exquisite part of hidden interior adventure tours.

To add even more drama to your visit to the hidden interiors be sure to schedule your tour at sunrise or sunset. There is truly no other sight in the world quite like watching the sun rise from atop the West Maui Mountains. Layers of unbroken clouds slide past as the sun slowly rises to its ascent in the sky, leaving visitors with a slightly other-world feel they won’t soon forget.

Horse Riding on your Vacation to Jamaica

Horse Riding on your Vacation to Jamaica

When you think about taking a vacation in Jamaica, images of golden or white sand and clichéd crystal blue-green oceans and lagoons come to mind. You imagine yourself sun-bathing, meeting Bob Marley’s relatives on the 9-Mile excursion, dancing the night away with other tourists at some kind of Americanized reggae club – but have you considered that you could just as easily be spending some of your time really immersing yourself in the Jamaican landscape, really getting back to nature? You could do this by reserving yourself a place on one of the island’s horse riding tours.

Of course you could simply take a horse riding lesson, and perhaps a slow canter down to the beach – but wouldn’t you rather experience something a little deeper than that? There are specialized horse tour companies on Jamaica that offer a variety of different packages (including the simple riding lesson option!) to suit all kinds of abilities, skills and interests. You can join a group tour that lasts for only a few hours, or if you’re wanting something a little more private – perhaps as part of your honeymoon, you can hire a guide and have a tour that’s just for you and your partner.

If the idea appeals but you don’t think your riding skills are up to a horse trek through some rainforest terrain, don’t worry – the staff at the horse tour companies won’t let you go if they don’t think you’re up to it. It’s not worth their credibility to allow riders who aren’t experienced enough for any particular tour take part in it. Instead, they’ll advise you on what they think you can manage, making it a win-win situation all round!

So don’t think that Jamaica is all about water and sand, there’s a few hooves in there as well if you’re ready to get up in the saddle and find them!

Enjoying Paris Travel

Enjoying Paris Travel

Taking tours to Paris can be very educational and enjoyable as well. When taking a tour they are already planned out for you and sometimes you will have a guide to tell you about each stop you make along the way.

One of the most important stops you may have on a tour is the La Louvre. Take a walk around the outside and you will see as much as you would when going inside. Notice the fountain standing at the front entrance with the walkway going around it. Inside the La Louvre, you will be able to see the one and only La Pyramid. Check out the shape. At night when it is, all lit up you will see beauty you will never forget. Looking out of the Louvre you can see the Buran Statues in the Paris Royal.

Go inside the Pyramid and you will see the winding staircase going straight to the top. Get a haircut while inside at one of the many salons.

Visit the Palasis Royal and see most beautiful fountain Le Jardin des Tuileries. The Place de la Concorde is in the same area. Visit them at night and see the beautiful lighthouses and fountains all around them. Another great place to go is the Les Champs-Elysees at night where an archway stands with trees lining both sides of the street to the entrance; ride a train or drive through the arch.

Want to see the famous Montmarte Cabaret of Moulin Roughe. It is a huge building with the great windmill sitting on the rood.

You can also visit Paris from the sky by flying over the Seine River. See the fantastic view over the rooftops. Take a boat ride down the River and see the Passer Elle des Arts known as the Lover’s meeting place. The view down the River is out of this world with everything lit up drawing everyone’s attention. The Eiffel tower is located on the Seine River as well and when passing you can enjoy the many fountains all around it.

When taking your tour down the river notice the water level, it is 30 feet below the street. The river is lined with walls of stone with ivy growing through in places; the walls have iron rings hanging on the walls to represent the past ages. On each side of the river, it has many trees and shrubs and up on the street more trees looking over the river. There are 32 bridges crossing over the Seine River with old buildings and riverboats between them. Look at the water while taking your tour down the river and notice the beautiful colors coming from the buildings and trees with some gardens here and there.

Paris is the capital of France and is over 2,000 years old sitting on an island off the Seine River. The island is 233 miles from the English Channel.

Have you ever wanted to see the L’Hotel de Cluny in the Notre Dame area? The hotel was built to house the monks when coming from Cluny to visit the capital. The L’Hotel de Cluny was turned into a museum in 1844 representing the Medieval France.

Stand outside and look at the beautiful cross-windows in the front and the others are all done in Gothic style. Inside the hotel, you will see many tapestries done in the 15th and 16 century

Visit the great Chapel while on your tour of the Seine River. Inside the Chapel, you will see more tapestries of the Lady and the unicorn of the 16th century, which will inspire you to learn more about Paris.

Gateways Of Bali

Gateways Of Bali

Bali is a tiny island among some 13,000 islands of a large archipelago stretching from Sabang (the West border) to Merauke in West Papua (the East border). Due to its location in the middle of southern series of islands of this country it has several ports of entry.

Before visiting Bali, some visitors may prefer to start their journey in the country’s capital, Jakarta and take an overland tour by bus along the Java Island. If you have time and want to enjoy the amazing culture and panorama of the island. There are many places to discover, for example ancient Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, magic crater of Bromo and so many others. Then cross the Bali strait by ferry at Ketapang (East Java) to Gilimanuk (West Bali).

Other alternatives are to take a cruise. Bali is frequently chosen as a stopover for cruise lines. Prior to continuing to the next destination, passengers take the opportunity to have a sight seeing on this island. Padangbay and Benoa harbor are two main harbors for that. Padangbai is located in the Karangasem regency, Eastern Bali. It connects the island to Lembar in Lombok Island. While Benoa harbor is located on the southern Bali tip (inter island and international gateway). Other than used as tourism port, Benoa harbor is also used for anchorage of fishing vessels.

Ngurah Rai International airport is the airport located in southern Bali, in Tuban exactly. Named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, a hero of Bali that led the troops against the Dutch in 1946. It becomes the main international entrance for tourists that visit Bali. During the past few years the number of visitors arrival through the airport tended to increase, after the bomb blast at Kuta it dropped in a big way, now recovering once again.

The airport becomes an important hub for the next destinations beyond Bali. It connects flights to Jogjakarta for the destination of one of the seven worlds’ wonder of Borobudur and its neighboring Prambanan temples. Visitors can buy one day tours where they already return to Bali in the afternoon. Or they may take one night stay in Jogja and return to Bali on the next day. The airport also connects some cities in East Indonesia like Mataram in Lombok Island, Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Makassar in South Celebes.

Visitors who would like to enjoy and explore the jewels of eastern destinations may choose the next island of Lombok by air or sea, using a speed jetfoil boat on the route Benoa to Lembar. Lombok Island is famous for its stunning coastal mountain scenes, lots of undeveloped nature, Taliwang food (crispy chicken) and pottery. One of the many trips you can plan while having Bali as your main destination that has air connections to all main Asian and international airports.

The Best All Inclusive Honeymoon Package In Belize Is Coco Plum Island

The Best All Inclusive Honeymoon Package In Belize Is Coco Plum Island

Coco Plum Island is a 16 acre cay, and is situated just 8 miles off the coast of Belize.

We were planning our honeymoon, and we both love ‘bare feet and casual’ and we found Coco Plum by accident when we were researching for a Caribbean Vacation, which then extended to Belize, and then the idea for a Belize Island Honeymoon came about.

We felt an all inclusive Belize honeymoon package would be our choice, a bit more research and the decision was made, and we have never regretted it.

We flew into Belize City from Newark, changed planes and flew to Dangriga, where we were met by one of the staff from Coco Plum, from their to the boat dock, and then 15 -20 minutes by small boat to the island. In fact from the moment we were picked up in the Coco Plum ‘van’ we realised this was going to be special. It’s weird how sometimes you just get that great feeling really quickly.

When we reached the island it was straight to the bar, whilst our bags were sorted. Looking around we realised how beautiful it was, sitting in the thatch roofed bar looking out over a crystal clear turquoise/blue sea.

Our Cabana was very comfortable, and we really felt the staff had only one concern, and that was our well being. There is an impression that there is no electricity, and in fact the island generates all its own power, and produces its own water. This is not 24 hour service, shopping mall, duplex five star comfort, but we felt that everyone on the island were kind of ‘no shoes’ laid back like us.

Overall we had a great time, the food was absolutely delicious, something very important to me. The beach lovely, the water warm, and crystal clear. We don’t scuba, but we do snorkel, and we were taken to some lovely places where the fish were just amazing.

We read a lot, and even went on an expedition into the interior of Belize, to the Mayan ruins tour, a must see. We couldn’t go home and say we hadn’t been and done anything!!

I will however especially remember the beauty of Coco Plum Island, the friendliness of the staff, and the effort they put in to make our stay memorable. The three great meals every day, and the people who we met who felt like we did.

This is just the best possible Belize honeymoon package we could have wished for.

Golfing In Maui

Golfing In Maui

Anyone who is planning a trip to Maui, Hawaii probably has a plan in mind for what they want to see and do on this magnificent island. There is history, beaches, mountains, biking, volcanoes and more all on the second largest island of Hawaii. There are water activities, land activities and even activities from the air. You can tour the island in a bi-plane, go whale watching or snorkeling in a coral reef and much more. However, one of the most favorite activities to see and do in Maui has always been golf.

If you are a golf fan, you will absolutely love Maui. There are so many great places in Maui to enjoy golf. Maui is home to some of the best courses in Hawaii and even in the world. You have likely never seen courses as beautiful and amazing as those that you can find Maui, even if you are a seasoned golfer. If you want a great golf vacation getaway, then you are sure to love and enjoy the many options that Maui has for you. It is literally a golf lover’s paradise.

Before you pack up your bags and set off to Maui, you might be wondering what exactly this island has to offer and where you will stay and play. There are many different resorts all over the island of Maui that offer you the finest in accommodations as well as some fantastic golf courses and package deals. In fact, you can see that these are some of the best places in the world to go play golf. If you are traveling with someone who is not a golfer, there are many resort packages that also have spas and other options for the non-golfer you bring along.

Maui is home to lush green oceanfront courses, mountainside links and much more. You can even golf while taking in the view of a volcano! Maui is referred to as the “valley Isle” because of the two volcanic mountain ranges that for the east and west of the island. Here in the middle of these mountains is the Valley which makes up most of the island’s activity and this is where you can find the many great golf courses to choose from.

The weather is always mild and nice and with over 20 golf courses on the Magic Isles, you can choose from the best in the country. Whether you are new to golf or has been doing it for a lifetime, you will love the many options you have in Maui.

There are even many discount golf locations to choose from. There are places where you can enjoy golf on the greatest island in the world without spending a fortune. If you are planning a great golf adventure but you are on a tight budget, you might want to look into cheaper, affordable golf locations in Maui.

Maui Golf Courses

Below are some of the golf courses you have to choose from. If you are taking a golf vacation, looking to get in a few holes while on a family vacation or you want the ultimate golf resort getaway, you can find something that will meet your needs. You might want to contact the courses to find out more information about them as well as exactly where on the island they are located.

Bay Course
Course characteristics: rolling and hilly terrain; 68 bunkers total; 8 water hazards total; picturesque fifth hole has golfers at the edge of the Pacific.

Kaanapali Resort South Course
Beautiful ocean views, rolling fairways, premium on accuracy not distance.

Kaanapali Tournament North Course
Scenic fairways, sweeping views of the ocean and mountains.

Makena North Course
Located on 1,800 acres of unspoiled, natural beauty; both the North and South Courses at Makena will whet any golfer’s appetite.

Makena South Course
Sharing the spirit that embodies the Makena Resort, the South Course provides the serenity and tranquility many golfers are looking for.

Plantation Course
Course characteristics: large-scale terrain features; deep valleys; expansive greens and fairways; Home to the Mercedes Championships; the start of the PGA Tour season.

Village Course
Course characteristics: hilly terrain; links-style playability; 61 bunkers total; 4 water hazards total; panoramic views of Molokai, Lanai, and the Pacific Ocean.

Wailea Blue Course
Scenic resort golf course that has great ocean and mountain views and great family rates.

Wailea Emerald Course
Picturesque resort golf course. Wailea is the most women-friendly award winning golf course.

Wailea Gold Course
Award-winning golf; host of Champions & LPGA Skins Games.

You should now have a better idea of some of the many places to golf in Maui. If you are looking for more information on a specific resort or others that we don’t have listed above, there are many websites that offer pictures, full information including prices and reservations and more all from their site.

Hawaii Tours You Will Want To Examine

Hawaii Tours You Will Want To Examine

Would you like to take a vacation in the near future? If you would and if you have yet to choose a vacation destination, you will want to take the time to examine Hawaii. Hawaii is known as a popular vacation destination. One of the many reasons for that is because all that you can do and see while on a Hawaii trip. Although you do have a number of different options, you will want to take a close look at Hawaii tours.

Before focusing on a few of the many Hawaii tours that you can take on your next Hawaii trip it is first important to focus on your overnight accommodations. As important as it is to plan out what you want to do and see while in Hawaii, it is extremely important that you first make your travel plans. These plans should include your airline reservations, overnight accommodation reservations, and possibly car rental reservations.

In addition to having a number of different options, in terms of Hawaii activities and attractions, Hawaii is also popular among tourists as there are so many places for you to stay. When vacationing in Hawaii, your overnight accommodation options include hotels, vacation resorts, Hawaii vacation homes, vacation condos, vacation villas, and vacation apartment rentals. When choosing a Hawaii vacation home or another Hawaii vacation rental to book a stay at, you may want to take a look at your wants. For example, if you are interested in enjoying the beautiful Hawaii beaches, a beachfront Hawaii vacation home or a rental with an ocean view may be your best option.

Once you have made all of your Hawaii travel arrangements, including your Hawaii vacation rental reservations, you will then want to start focusing on what you want to do and see while on vacation. That is what is nice about Hawaii tours. They not only allow you to participate in fun activities, but they also give you the opportunity to explore a number of popular Hawaii attractions. For example, if you choose to rent a Hawaii vacation home on Big Island, you can enjoy a nice hiking adventure, while exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at the same time!

Speaking of hiking, hiking is one type of Hawaii tour that you will want to examine. What is nice about hiking is that it is activity that many already enjoy and find peaceful. Depending on which Hawaiian Island you choose to visit, you may find a wide array of landscape and scenery. As previously stated, Big Island is famous for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Additional views that you may enjoy on foot include scenic gardens and waterfalls.

All Hawaii tourists are encouraged to take a Hawaii helicopter tour. Hawaii helicopter tours come highly rated and recommended. Although you are able to explore many parts of the Hawaiian Islands by car, foot, bike, or even ATV, some of the most beautiful areas are only accessible by air. Whether your next trip to Hawaii is intended to be a family vacation, a fun adventure with friends, or a romantic getaway, a Hawaii helicopter tour should be on your list of things to do in Hawaii.

Hawaii boat tours are another Hawaii activity that you will want to examine. Many Hawaii boat tours are offered as one day chartered voyages or you can even take a dinner cruise off the coast! If you are interested in enjoying a fishing adventure or if you would like to sightsee in the waters, a charter boat tour may be your best option. When it comes to boating on the Hawaiian Islands, you will find that your options are virtually unlimited.

The above mentioned Hawaii tours are just a few of the many that you will find available. Additional tours that may be of interest to you and your traveling party include Hawaii ATV tours, Hawaii bus tours, Hawaii submarine tours, and Hawaii horseback riding tours. As a reminder, if you have already booked a stay at a Hawaii vacation home or another Hawaiian vacation rental, be sure to examine Hawaii tours that are located near your Hawaii vacation rental, like your Hawaii vacation home. Doing so may be able to save you both time and money.

Surfing in Barbados

Surfing in Barbados

Barbados Surfing conditions are ideal for any level of surfer. Barbados is almost guaranteed to have surf somewhere on any given day of the year. Coral reefs practically encircle Barbados’ coastline giving the island the Caribbean’s most consistent surf conditions with swells all year round. You can find point breaks and reef breaks on the island, rights and lefts. To cap it all off you can travel to anywhere on the island in 45 minutes or less.
Check our list of hotels that are popular for the surfers who visit the island
Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer there is something here for you, also available are surf lessons and surf tours. Even the most advanced surfer know that there is nothing like local knowledge of a break. Zed is the man to talk considered by many to be one of the top and most knowledgeable surfers on the island he can organize a surf tour for you to suit your skill level.
The premier Surf Spot in the island is the Soup Bowl, which is like a magnet, if there is swell out there the Soup Bowl will catch it. The east coast boasts the most powerful and biggest waves. Sitting on the eastern coast of the island this is where the Atlantic unloads it’s power. With an offshore wind this is the spot every surfer dreams of riding. Careful this is an advanced spot and should not be taken lightly.
The north and west coasts of Barbados have some great spots as well, like Mullins, Sandy Lane, Batts Rock and Tropicana to name a few, but these only go off with a north swell.
On the South there are breaks like South Point, Freights, Brandons and Surfers Point. Check our listings of Surf Breaks for more information on these and other beaks on the island.
The warm waters of the Caribbean and laid back lifestyle of the people coupled with the stunning tropical scenery make this a surf destination well worth your time. Beware many who make the trip return again and again and again……..
While Barbados has swell all year the best time for solid ground swell is from October to March when waves can range anywhere from 2 to 12 ft in the north and east of the island and 2 to 8 ft for other breaks. This is also the time for the West to cash in on north swells. From April to September the surf is between 2 to 6ft, coupled with lighter winds, especially in the summer this can make for near perfect glassy conditions – ideal for a great surfing vacation.

The Hawaiian Island of Ni’ihau

The Hawaiian Island of Ni’ihau

Not all of the Hawaiian Islands have been as westernized as equally as others. Most people would say that Oahu is by far the most commercialized of the islands and that Molokai is the least. They are only partly right. The little known island of Ni’ihau is actually the least modernized and the least populated of the islands. Ni’ihau is located less than twenty miles from the island of Lanai. It is a private island not open to tourism. Thus the island has earned the name as the forbidden island. Ni’ihau is the only island where the predominant language is still Hawaiian. There is one school here that runs grades K-12 and the lessons are taught in Hawaiian.

English is introduced as a second language. The entire island is owned by the Ni’ihau ranch, which is owned by the Robinson family. The Robinsons provide food, clothing shelter, education and just about anything else their people need. There is no widespread electricity here. Don’t expect to find cell service for your phone either.

Ni’ihau is the smallest inhabited Hawaiian Island; it’s about 70 square miles. The economy of the island depends on farming, but that has not been very prosperous for over thirty years. The Robinson family has looked to the government for support in exchange for allowing military drills and mock practice operations. The Robinsons do not allow visitors on the island. In fact if a resident marries someone from even another Hawaiian Island, they will not be invited back into the community.

Ni’ihau is such a closed community that there really is no way to visit the island. The Robinsons have, however allowed a small window of opportunity to peak into the island. One is through a helicopter tour, but don’t expect this one to be listed in the budget category of a tourism book. The pilot will fly the visitors to a beach location of the island. Here they will have the opportunity to go snorkeling, and lunch is provided. When leaving the island, the pilot will fly over most of the uninhabited parts of the island.

The second opportunity to see the island is to go on a Nihau Safari. Again, don’t expect this one to be cheap. Everything needed to hunt for Polynesian boar and sheep will be provided for you. There are also snorkeling and scuba diving tours around the island of Ni’ihau. Most of these tours depart from Kauai and you cannot come ashore during your excursion.

There is a supply boat that runs from Lanai to Ni’ihau once a week. The boat runs from Kaumakani, which is headquarters of the Ni’ihau ranch. There is also a settlement of former residents that prefer to live in Lanai. The residents of Ni’ihau are free to go to Lanai and shop and do really whatever they want.

There are about 250 residents of the island, most of whom live in Pu’uwai, which means heart in Hawaiian. The village is on the western side of the island. Each house is surrounded by a stone wall to keep out the neighboring wildlife. The living here is pretty basic. They still collect their water and they have no indoor plumbing.

Trip To Cozumel In Mexico

Trip To Cozumel In Mexico

The island of Cozumel is only 12 miles (19 km) off the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula’s east coast and 44 miles (71 km) south of Cancun. For years, Cozumel was a quite sleepy island that didn’t get many visitors until Jacques Cousteau did a documentary on it after discovering the world class scuba diving at the Palancar Reefs nearby. Since 1961, Cozumel has been known as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. In fact for decades since that time, the only tourists visiting the island have been primarily scuba divers. Mainstream tourists went to the resort intensive Cancun in the mainland instead. However, Cozumel became a regular cruise ship port of call in recent years and today it is one of the busiest with two separate terminals. It is common to have five or even six different cruise ships at port on any given day. I’ve been to Cozumel twice, the first time staying several days on a scuba diving vacation and the second time for a day via cruise ship (also scuba dived during my second visit).

As a result of the cruise ship boom, there has been lots of retail development along the main waterfront road of Avenida Rafael Melgar in the island’s only town of San Miguel de Cozumel. There are countless jewelry and t-shirt shops most with staff standing in the entrances enticing visitors to enter their stores. Both silver and liquor can be good bargains here. There are also some nice Mexican crafts shops too. The one problem that we found was that after about 4 jewelry shops, they all started to look the same. It was almost a retail overload. For those who came for a wilder time, there are some bars such as Carlos ‘n’ Charlie. The town’s main outdoor square, Plaza del Sol, is just opposite the main ferry dock to the mainland. There are usually street vendors and artists in the Plaza as well local entertainment during some evenings. The artists do some amazing artwork with spray paints and their prices are very reasonable. San Miguel’s main tourist area can be very busy during the day when the cruise ship passengers are in town but since most ships depart at dinnertime, the evenings are actually very quiet. The only tourists left at night tend to be the scuba divers staying in Cozumel.

Most of the hotels and resorts are south of San Miguel and are not within walking distance. However, there are numerous white taxicabs that are readily available. The larger and more luxurious resorts tend to be even further south of town along the southwestern shores. This is actually not surprising since most of the best scuba diving sites are southwest of the island. An easy way to see the 33 mile (53 km) by 9 mile (14 km) island is by renting a scooter or a 4×4. I once rented a scooter and zigzagged along most of San Miguel’s streets to see the neighborhoods. Then I went on the main road leaving town and went south. After passing by the larger resorts and going around the southern tip of the island, I found the beaches along the southeastern shores. The shores near San Miguel along the crowded west coast are not known for beaches but the southeast part here have some really spectacular ones. Even better is that there is very little traffic here so the beaches are pretty quiet. Sometimes people can park their scooters and enjoy a beach all for themselves. There are a few stops with refreshments and more souvenirs at prices even better than in San Miguel. After traveling north again, there is a road about halfway up the island that goes across and takes you back to San Miguel entering the town’s east side. My scooter tour of the island took just over 2 hours and cost US for the rental. Cozumel has several ancient Mayan ruins but they are not nearly as large or spectacular as the ones on the mainland. After seeing some photos of them in advance of my trip, I didn’t even bother to see the ruins.

Cozumel is a nice port of call for cruise ships as there are many shopping opportunities. Passengers who scuba dive or snorkel can easily book directly with the many dive shops in San Miguel without going through their cruise ships which will cost much more. For cruise ship tourists who do not intend to do any water sports and have some time after shopping, it is highly recommended to rent a scooter or 4×4 to tour the island. This is also a nice way to spend the last day of a scuba dive vacation in Cozumel.

Top Wedding Destinations And Honeymoons

Top Wedding Destinations And Honeymoons

After planning your beautiful wedding and celebrating with friends and family, you are probably ready to enjoy your newly-wedded bliss away from everyday cares. For planning honeymoon vacations, the United States offers a number of classics. Whether you want to stroll down the beach hand in hand or take part in an adventure together, the United States has plenty of wedding destinations.

1. With its glorious beaches and exotic scenery, Hawaii is a traditional wedding destination for a reason. Couples from all over the world converge on the island to enjoy its varied amusements and countless tourist destinations. With so many tour packages available, it is possible to find one that works for the two of you. No matter which island you choose, you will be greeted with luscious waterfalls and stunning tropical views. Couples that enjoy golfing together will find some of the most beautiful courses on earth.

2. Another classic location for honeymooners is Niagara Falls, which sits right on the border between Canada and the United States. Home to the second highest waterfall in the world, the falls can even be the perfect place to get married. Immediately next to the falls are plenty of attractions for visitors. Take a cruise tour of water or gamble the night away at Casino Niagara. If you want to take a hike, go on a short trip to the Catskill Mountains, or even cross the border to get a different view of the falls.

3. When looking for fun and sun, do not forget Florida. There is so much in the sunshine state that you might not even know where to begin. Start by checking out Disney World. It’s not just for families! There are plenty of resorts that specialize in romantic getaways as opposed to the usual family fare. If you aren’t ready to begin your marriage in an amusement park, look southward to Miami and Key West. These locations have expansive beaches, and plenty of luxurious resorts to choose from.

4. As you think of California, do not immediately think of Southern California and congested Los Angeles. Consider the luscious scenery of California’s Wine Country. In Napa Valley, you will find beautiful mountain views and darling little towns. Of course, the region is most known for its gorgeous wineries and welcoming hospitality. You can tour through the country, stopping to taste all the best wine. When the day is done, bed down in a little bed and breakfast before continuing on your tour.

5. If you are ready to start your marriage off with some serious fun and excitement, then Las Vegas welcomes you. Here you will find many honeymoon specials to choose from. Besides the obvious black jack and slot machines, Los Vegas offers some of the best shopping in the world. If you would like to work in some nature, take a day trip to Death Valley or the Grand Canyon.

Visit Alcatraz, San Francisco’s Notorious Ex Federal Prison

Visit Alcatraz, San Francisco’s Notorious Ex Federal Prison

Converted from a military installation to a federal prison in 1934, Alcatraz is one of America’s foremost notorious prisons. Despite the fact it was only used as a prison for 29 years, it’s probably the most famous. There are two main reasons for its being so well known; firstly the notability of prisoner which were housed there, and secondly, its image recorded by Hollywood’s moviemakers.

By current standards, the prison wasn’t large, housing only 250 inmates, but because of its island location, there were never any escapes recorded from it – thus adding fuel for entertainment industry to create movies such as “Escape from Alcatraz” where real life escape attempts were transposed into movies for the big screen. TV’s “Mythbusters” have since proved that escape was in fact a possibility, despite Alcatraz’s reputation to the contrary.

Today Alcatraz, known also as the Rock, is overseen by the National Parks Service who have representatives on the island. Visitors will be able to ask NPS staff any questions they have, but there are no formal tours around the prison. There are self-guided tours – including the cellhouse audio tour – however, which together with videos and exhibits make for an interesting trip around this famous building. The evening ferry ride out to Alcatraz offers a greater insight into the island than the daytime ones as it circles the island, and has a narration about the island’s history – this should be balanced against the fact that there are some areas of the island that not open at night because of safety issues. There’s no fee for actually visiting Alcatraz, but the ferry companies that transport visitors across the Bay do charge for their services.

Whether you are interested in the Alcatraz myth, the celebrity inmates such as Al Capone, and Alvin Karpis, movie locations, or the historical past of San Francisco, you’ll find Alcatraz an interesting way to spend a few hours.

Maui By Air, The Best Way Around The Island

Maui By Air, The Best Way Around The Island

Maui helicopter tours are a great way to see the island from a different perspective and have a fun adventure. If you have never been on a helicopter before, this is a great place to do it. You will see all the beauty that Maui has to offer and can have a great time for the entire family. Tours are not too expensive and last from forty five minutes to over an hour. You can see places that are typically inaccessible with Maui helicopter tours. Places that are not available by foot or vehicle can be seen by air. Breathtaking sights await those who are up for some fun Maui helicopter tours. If you will be staying on the island for a considerable amount of time, you may want to think about doing multiple Maui helicopter tours. There are multiple destinations and you can see all the island has to offer.

East Maui helicopter tours will give you a view of the ten thousand foot volcano, Haleakala or House of the sun. This volcano is dormant and last erupted in 1790. You will be able to see the crater of the volcano and the dry, arid earth surrounding the south side of the volcano’s slop with Maui helicopter tours. The view of this is truly breathtaking and is a sight not to be missed. It is also highly educational with a chance to see a dormant volcano up close, something that can not be seen every day. On the northern and southern sides of the volcano, you will see an incredible different view however. These sides are lush and green and you will be able to see some beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous brush. Tropical rainforests abound on this side of the island and it is something that is not easily accessible by any other means than by air. Maui helicopter tours will allow you to see all of these sights. Make sure to take a camera or video with you when going on Maui helicopter tours to capture the beauty of the scenery and to show friends and family at home all the wonderful things you saw while on vacation.

West Maui helicopter tours have a slightly different view than what you will see in the east. The smaller of the two volcanoes on the island is on this side. Unlike the east volcano, this one is no dormant but extinct with millions of years of erosion cutting deep valleys and into the mountains. The rainfall is high in this are and it results in many waterfalls that cascade over the steep ridges. This area is entirely uninhabited and pure. There is no way to reach this destination except by air so if you want to see this breathtaking view, Maui helicopter tours are the way to go. It is said that this area of Maui is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world and should be missed if you have the opportunity to take Maui helicopter tours to this part of the island. Since it is only accessible by air, this is the only way you will be able to see it.

Molokai Maui helicopter tours will take you to a different island but one that is only nine miles away and easily accessible by air. This island has a very small population with a different culture and scenery. The entire coast of the northeast is lined with cliffs and remote beaches. They are completely inaccessible by any other means of transportation than air. People who live on the island have never even seen this remarkable scenery unless they have taken Maui helicopter tours to view it. When the weather has been rainy and there is a lot of rainfall for he season you will see many astounding waterfalls. The cliffs in this region are among the highest in the world and to see water cascading from the high peaks is simply breathtaking. The short jaunt from Maui with Maui helicopter tours is well worth seeing the beauty of this natural environment.

Maui helicopter tours are a great way to tour those places that can not be reached on foot or by car. The tours last approximately one hour and range from approximately one hundred eight five dollars to two hundred forty dollars person. For many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see natural scenery that will not be available again. Taking cameras and videos to capture the moments will also allow you to relive the tour again and again as you reminisce throughout the years.

Jeep Rental Versus Taxi In Aruba

Jeep Rental Versus Taxi In Aruba

Aruba is an island of paradox. Despite the presence of numerous luxury resorts and gourmet restaurants, much of Aruba remains uninhabited. For the tourist, this simply means there is more to explore. For example, nearly 20% of the island is devoted to the sprawling Arikok National Park. Inside and outside the park, you will find gorgeous views, unique historical landmarks and ecological wonders. The roads winding through Aruba’s distinctive desert landscape offer visitors a chance to enjoy the hidden Caribbean without the crowds. Jeep rentals and taxi tours are the most popular ways to explore this island’s outer reaches and each have their benefits. This article should help you decide which method of travel is right for you.

Like anywhere else, you can certainly rent a car during your vacation in Aruba. Yet, an average car rental won’t allow you to traverse many of Aruba’s most interesting and scenic paths. Throughout the interior of the island and along the northern coast, you will be able to navigate dirt roads providing excellent views and wonderful wildlife watching opportunities. Furthermore, you won’t be bothered by many other travelers in these less-populated areas. Jeep rentals are typically affordable, too – usually between and per day with discounts available for 3-day and 1-week rentals.

If you intend to go it alone with a jeep rental, keep in mind that most roads will be dusty, unpaved and unmarked. However, this shouldn’t discourage you. Start with a good map of the island’s roads and enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle. But if you do get lost, sometimes that can be almost as much fun.

If you are concerned about driving around Aruba on your own, it is also possible to travel with a jeep safari where you will drive amongst several other vehicles and a guide. If you think you need help finding certain attractions or don’t feel entirely confident with your off-road driving skills, this might be a good option. Yet, keep in mind that such jeep groups require you to move with a crowd, something that many visitors and jeep enthusiasts hope to avoid. If you decide to rent a jeep or travel with a jeep safari, consider making reservations beforehand to ensure you get your 4×4 of choice.

As fun as a jeep rental might sound, taxis certainly have their benefits in Aruba. All taxi fares are flat rate in Aruba, so you will never have to worry about the meter or having to haggle with your driver. Most cab drivers are well versed in local history and certainly know their way around the island. In fact, all cab drivers have participated in the government’s tourism awareness program.

Drivers are always flexible and can offer you private tours of the island, based on your sightseeing suggestions. Such tours can last anywhere from a few hours to all day. Taxis also operate throughout the night in Aruba to get you home safely from any bar, casino or nightclub. Fares are between -20 between the airport and most resorts on the island, with set rates comparable to jeep rentals for driving tours. All drivers own their own taxis and you can find any size vehicle for your family, from luxury cars to large vans. If you plan on taking a taxi tour, prepare yourself for a strong dose of friendly Caribbean attitude and some fascinating stories.

It has been claimed in numerous guide books that all of Aruba can be explored in half a day. For a true explorer, that certainly won’t be the case. Try to spend some time at each site, enjoy the view and the privacy. Once you get outside Aruba’s Hotel Zone and the capital city, you will certainly realize there is plenty to see.

If you have the time, experience the best of both worlds – take a guided tour and then spend more time exploring sites of interest on your own. However you decide to explore Aruba, you won’t be disappointed.

Kauai Snorkeling: An Amazing Underwater Adventure

Kauai Snorkeling: An Amazing Underwater Adventure

Hawaii, particularly the island of Kauai, is most well-known for its beautiful coasts and amazing beaches. These coast lines make for some of the world’s best snorkeling adventures. If you are in the process of scheduling a vacation to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, you will want to examine snorkeling. If you are currently unfamiliar with it, you may be surprised just how fun, exciting, educational, or romantic it can be.

Snorkeling involves swimming near the surface of water with the use of special equipment. That equipment may include a diving mask, swim fins, and a snorkel. Additional equipment, such as a wet suit, may be needed. The equipment used will all depend on where you are snorkeling and the water temperature. When it comes to snorkeling, there are many who enjoy it on a regular basis. These individuals are likely to live around or frequently visit a tropic area because that is where the waters are most ideal for snorkeling.

There are many individuals, yourself included, who already know that they would like to take part in this amazing underwater adventure, but others are not so sure. If you are interested in taking a guided snorkeling tour, but you are unsure as to whether or not it will be worth it, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with Kauai snorkeling. Focusing specifically on Kauai snorkeling is important because what you will find, see, and do may be different than snorkeling adventures in other areas of the world.

In Kauai, you will find that there are a number of different coastal regions that are ideal for snorkeling and other underwater activities. Despite the fact that most of the coast is ideal for snorkeling, you may find that the Na Pali coast has the most to offer. The Na Pali coast is located along the northern shore of Kauai. Its rugged terrain makes it only accessible by boats. That is one of the many reasons why the Na Pali coast is ideal for snorkeling. The limited amount of traffic makes for calm ocean waters, which in turn may create an inviting environment for nearby marine life.

What you will see and learn, while on a Kauai snorkeling tour, will all depend on where you are snorkeling and who your tour guide is. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what you will discover while on a Kauai snorkeling tour. If you make the decision to book a Na Pali coast tour, it is likely that you will be able to see coral reefs, sea turtles, and dolphins. Additional ocean life, may include, but should not be limited to, fish, mollusks, sea urchins, jellyfish, and kelp.

While what you will see and learn on a snorkeling tour is important, it is also important to understand who can go on these tours. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who are misinformed when it comes to snorkeling. Many believe that, because they have never snorkeled before, they are unqualified to take part in a guided tour. This simply is not true. When on a Kauai vacation, you will find that you and just about everyone else you are traveling with may be able to take part in this fun underwater activity.

The first step in determining if you qualify for Na Pali coast snorkeling is to make reservations with an experienced tour guide or company that offers expeditions. Once you book a reservation with one of these individuals or companies, you may be required to take a small swimming test. This test may help to determine whether or not it will be safe for you to swim in the deep water. Additional training is provided by many tour guides and companies. This means that if you are not qualified to participate in a snorkeling tour, you very well may be at the end of training.

In a way, snorkeling is often referred to as a relaxing and romantic activity. This is often because the views below the water and along the Na Pali coast are literally breath taking. In addition to being considered romantic, snorkeling is also ideal for those vacationing as a family. In most cases, you will find that children as young as four or five can participate in this amazing and unforgettable adventure.

San Diego Harbor Bay Tour

San Diego Harbor Bay Tour

As vast as the San Diego harbor is, a simple walk
around it doesn’t do it justice! To partake in the
beauty that is San Diego Harbor, you need to take a
tour of the bay. San Diego Harbor Excursion can
help you do that, as they are the most established
tour company throughout the bay.

As a guest, they will treat you with as one of them,
helping to bring your cruise to life. There are
a few parts to the tour, ensuring that you get the
most out of your time on the cruise.

Tour of the North Bay
On your tour of the North Bay, you’ll see the North
Island Naval Air Station, Shelter Islands, and even
the Naval Sub Base. If you look closely, you’ll
also be able see the Cabrillo National Monument as
well.

The tour of the North Bay is around 12 miles in length
and lasts about an hour. This is a fine tour for
anyone interested in the Navy as well. During your
tour the guides will explain everything to you as
you see it. This way, you’ll always know what’s going
on.

Tour of the South Bay
Your tour of the South Bay consists of the Star of
India, the Naval surface fleet, Coronado Bay Bridge,
and the shipyards. This is a very busy and hectic
area, which makes a tour excellent to see everything
that this area has to offer.

The tour of South Bay is roughly 12 miles in length
and also lasts around an hour. The guides will explain
things here to you as well, ensuring that you know
exactly what you are seeing.

Tour of the Bay
Those of you who are looking to see it all should go
for the deluxe tour of the entire bay. You’ll see
everything covered in the North and South Bay, along
with everything else the bay has to offer. The tour
is around 25 miles in length and lasts around 2 hours.

To get started on your tour, all you need to do is
contact the Harbor Excursion. The price for the tour
is very reasonable, considering everything you’ll be
seeing.

If you happen to live in San Diego, taking the tour is
easier than ever. Those of you who are visiting or on
vacation should give the tour a shot as well. This way
you’ll get to experience everything that San Diego Bay
has to offer you without having to walk around. And
best of all – tour guides will explain the sights to
you – so you’ll never miss a second.

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Aruba: Paradise For Watersport Enthusiasts

Aruba: Paradise For Watersport Enthusiasts

Unlike any other destination in the world, the island of Aruba offers nearly every watersport imaginable – with recreation options for every age and skill level. The crystal-clear waters surrounding this Caribbean paradise are full of shipwrecks waiting to be explored, exotic fish ready to be photographed and rolling waves ideal for windsurfing and a host of other activities. Whether you are a scuba devotee, a deep sea fisherman or just someone in search of the most unique fun under the sun – Aruba is the place to be for all watersport enthusiasts.

Known for great weather and excellent conditions, Aruba has long been one of the most popular destinations in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing. In fact, one of the biggest events on the island is the annual Aruba Hi-Winds windsurfing competition. Scheduled for June 27 through July 2 this summer, the competition has brought together the world’s most accomplished windsurfers for 21 years. Located at the famous Hadicurari Beach, the event allows professionals and amateurs alike to take advantage of the consistent 15-knot trade winds of the northern and eastern coasts.

On Aruba’s southern shore, novice windsurfers and kitesurfers can enjoy calmer winds and gentler surf. There are also plenty of instructors and tour guides available for tourists looking to get into the water. Regardless of your skill level, you will find perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing throughout the island. Furthermore, as you can rent windsurfing or kitesurfing equipment and arrange lessons directly through your resort, there is nothing holding you back from a day on the waves.

In the pristine waters surrounding Aruba, deep sea fishers consistently reel in exciting catches. While all the different types of Atlantic game fish found year-round are too numerous to name, here are some of exciting species you might find at the end of your line: sailfish, white and blue marlin, wahoo, barracuda, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, kingfish, bonito, amberjack and a variety of shark. After returning to shore, you can visit a number of local restaurants that will happily cook and serve your catch. You can easily schedule a boat for a half-day or full-day tour directly through your resort.

Aruba is also known as the wreck dive capital of the Caribbean. With several ships submerged off the coast of the island, scuba divers and snorkelers can admire the diversity of the Caribbean’s aquatic life while exploring sunken vessels. The Antilla – a 400 foot-long German freighter known as the “ghost ship” – is not only the most popular dive in Aruba, but also the largest wreck in the Caribbean. Having been 60 feet below the surface since the end of World War II, the hull of the Antilla is now coated with tube sponges and ornate coral formations.

The 100 year-old wreck of the California is located off the windward coast of the island. Resting at depths ranging from 30 to 45 feet, the California is a great site for underwater photography. However, because of strong currents, this dive is recommended for experienced divers only. On the other hand, the famous Tugboat and Pedernales are superb wreck dives for all skill levels. The Tugboat wreck, with depths ranging from 40 to 90 feet, is one of the best locations in the Caribbean to photograph coral formations. For a little military history, rummage through the interior of the Pedernales – an oil tanker torpedoed by a German submarine over 60 years ago.

Besides wreck dives, there are plenty of gorgeous reefs to explore in the waters surrounding Aruba. Novices will find plenty of excellent coral formations and tropical fish along the sheltered southern and western coasts. Dives like Arashi and Harbour Reef offer plenty of scenery and depths ranging from 20 to 40 feet. Experienced divers will definitely want to explore the Natural Bridge – a series of enormous boulders that give way to sprawling coral formations at depths approaching 100 feet – and the Lago Reef – one of the deepest dives in Aruba. Regardless of your skill level, you can easily find equipment rentals and tour guides through your resort.

Whether you are a watersports enthusiast – or just want to give scuba diving or windsurfing a try – Aruba is the paradise you have been looking for.

The Teen Scene in San Francisco Offers Many Opportunities for Fun

The Teen Scene in San Francisco Offers Many Opportunities for Fun

Teens are beautiful and unique creatures. At least this is what we as parents keep telling ourselves. The problem with teens is that their tastes and wants change almost hourly so it is quite difficult to determine at lunch what will appeal to them at dinner. Fortunately, if you are planning a visit to San Francisco, California, there is most likely something that will appeal to them no matter what mood they are in at the moment.

I always recommend allowing older children and teens (even younger children in a limited capacity) to have some voice in deciding what activities to do while on vacation. After all, it is their vacation too and just because we think they will like it doesn’t necessarily mean they are remotely interested in it-this goes back to the beautiful and unique creature statement.

The great thing about San Francisco is that while your teen may swing in vicious cycles between being a child and thinking he or she is grown, there is quite a lot that will appeal to both sides of your teen’s personality. Fisherman’s Wharf is probably my favorite San Francisco destination. Pier 39 offers a great number of attractions for teens. From Frequent Flyers where your teen can experience the feeling of being air born to the Riptide Arcade, with shopping, sea lions, and entertainers in between there is a lot that this area has to offer the teen in your family. You can also rent a kayak and let your teen do the navigating, if you’re really brave that is. Another attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf that your teen might find more enjoyable than anyone else in the family is the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum.

I think even a teenagers won’t find trolley tours beneath them. In fact, your teenager might have a great deal of fun taking one of these tours as well as accidentally learning some small nugget of information about San Francisco history that will stay with them long after the vacation is over.

If you feel up for a ride, you might consider taking your teen to Paramount’s Great America in San Jose. In fact, this is a trip that the entire family might enjoy. Little kids can enjoy the Nickelodeon characters and the rides that are designed especially with them in mind. Teens and adults can enjoy some of the more thrilling rides created for the adrenaline junkies in your life.

Your teen might get a kick out of a trip to the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. This museum offers realistic recreations of people, events, and horrors beyond imagination-well my imagination. This is definitely one of the more interesting destinations in San Francisco. Take a walk through history or onto the set of the latest horror movie. It all seems so real and the characters so life like.

Your teen may really enjoy one of the Alcatraz tours. They offer a day tour and an evening tour. I seriously recommend the evening tour if at all possible as there are more features than on the day tour and it makes a much more ‘thrilling’ experience. You may also wish to combine a tour to Angel Island with your trip to Alcatraz. Angel Island also has a rich history as well as some breathtaking views and great trails for hiking and biking. You could also consider making a day of your trip to Angel Island, especially if your teen enjoys either of these activities.

And then there’s the shopping, a favorite pastime for teen girls and a potential bonding experience for mothers and daughters. Conversely, men can bond with teenaged sons and/or daughters over a nice sports game. The bay area offers many options for sports lovers.

No matter what your teenagers tastes at the moment, I have no doubt that you will find something in this great city that you can all agree on. Be sure to work in attractions that you wish to enjoy between the attractions of your teen. This will make the interests of the other more tolerable for everyone.

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Must See Things In Barbados

Must See Things In Barbados

Barbados is a great destination to visit on your holiday to the Caribbean. Barbados lies in the southern Caribbean, close to the South America continent. The climate is tropical, with mild temperatures kept bearable by the winds off the Atlantic Ocean. The island has the nickname ‘little England’ owing to the stamp that the British left on this former colony. The national obsession is cricket – like many other former British colonies in the Caribbean. This suits the relaxed lifestyle of Barbados.

Barbados is more than just an island in the West Indies. It’s almost a way of life, synonymous with exclusive hotels and fashionable restaurants. Barbados has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Yet what originally made the island so popular – its coral sand beaches, turquoise waters and warm, friendly people – is still very much in evidence. Even the tiny chattel houses retain their positions alongside the luxury West Coast hotels, ensuring that the island’s natural charm is never sacrificed. Barbados’ winter social scene continues to rival London’s, with its stylish collection of West Coast restaurants. There are some good venues to try on the South Coast too, as well as some lively nightspots. This is just one reason why being independently mobile is always a good idea here. Another good reason to hire a car is to explore the island, in particular the East Coast where you’ll find the island’s most dramatic scenery. Alternatively, take a helicopter trip, a VIP escorted tour, a day aboard a luxury yacht, or perhaps an island safari. It would be impossible to describe Barbados without mentioning the game of golf. The design talents of Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Junior have been used to optimal effect on the championship courses at Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane.

A holiday to Barbados gives you the best of both worlds… relaxation for those looking to unwind and plenty of activities for the more active.

Bahamas: Diving And Water Adventures

Bahamas: Diving And Water Adventures

Ocean adventures and the Bahamas just go together. The Bahamas are 700 islands and 2,000 islets (called cays or keys) scattered across more than 100,000 square miles of the western Atlantic Ocean. From a point roughly 70 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, this great archipelago extends 750 miles southward to the northern Caribbean, almost to the island of Hispaniola. With great weather all year, warm waters, fine beaches, and teeming coral reefs, the Bahamas offer endless delights for outdoor enthusiasts, especially divers and sports fishermen.

The islands in the Bahamas are generally low and flat. The highest point in the entire archipelago, on Cat Island, is only 206 feet above sea level. Of the islands and islets making up the archipelago, only about 30 are inhabited. Some are so tiny, they’re just boulders that appear and disappear with the rise and fall of the ocean. Some are long and thin, stretching for many miles. Others are home to thousands of people. The vast majority of the islands are deserted, with pristine beaches and tropical forests untouched by humans.

Tourism has brought prosperity to the Bahamas, but the great natural beauty of the islands has managed to remain unspoiled. In earlier days, unrestricted exploitation inflicted a lot of damage on Nassau and New Providence. All that has changed and today the people of the islands feel strongly that the unique beauty of their archipelago should be preserved: conservation is the new watchword of the Bahamas, and many conservation groups operate in the archipelago.

The more well-known cities and places in the Bahamas are Nassau, the largest city in the country, located on New Providence Island; Paradise Island, a long, narrow barrier island connected to Nassau by a toll bridge; Freeport, the second largest city, on the Grand Bahama Island. Grand Bahama has become something of an environmental headquarters of the islands. Beyond the cities lies another world: the Out Islands of Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas, Harbor Island, Long Island, and so on.

In a nation completely surrounded by the clearest of waters in the world, there are plenty of water sports and waterborne adventures. Before you immerse yourself in all the water adventures, remind yourself that the Bahamas offer plenty of opportunity to explore different habitats and spot rare birds. There are three endemic species – the Bahama woodstar hummingbird, the Bahama swallow and Bahama yellowthroat warbler. Other prized birds include the white-tailed tropicbird, Bahama pintail, Bahama parrot, great lizard-cuckoo, loggerhead kingbird, Bahama mockingbird and the stripe-headed tanager, to name but a few. The birds cannot be found on all of the Bahamian Islands, so a birding guide can ensure you make the best use of your time.

When to Go

The Bahamas are blessed with beautiful sunny weather and relatively constant temperatures year-round. The high season for travel runs from the middle of December to mid-April, when people in the northern hemisphere try to escape the chilly temperatures back home. Airfares are highest during these months. Fares drop during the May to September period, called the ‘shoulder season’ in the industry, and you can get the best prices during the low season from October to mid-December. It is good to remember that flying on weekends ordinarily adds a few dollars to the fare.

Planning Your Trip

Flight connections to the Bahamas are very easy to get, with daily flights to and from numerous American cities and several flights per week from Canada, the UK and Europe. The archipelago is also very accessible by sea, with cruise ships calling in at Nassau and Freeport every week, plus hundreds of marinas scattered throughout the islands.

It is invariably cheaper to buy package deals covering transportation and accommodations from a tour operator or travel agent than it is to buy your own ticket and accommodation separately. If you are going as a normal tourist, package holidays are worthwhile if you plan to visit the larger, busier resorts or known resorts in the Out Islands. If you’re looking to head off the beaten track, then you’re better off booking your own way.

In addition to the sun and sand holidays offered by tour operators, you can arrange with companies that specialize in diving and kayaking expeditions and eco-tours.