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Diving into Paradise

Diving into Paradise

Diving into Paradise : A Guide to The World’s Best Scuba Diving Locations

Scuba diving is fast becoming one of the most popular recreational activities in the world and with good reason! The beauty of the open water, stunning marine life and shipwrecks attract adventure junkies and serenity seekers alike. Indeed, there is something magical and mysterious about the world that lies beneath–the untraversed and undiscovered watery depths beckons and calls out to our inner Jacques Cousteau! So, whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or a beginner, we’ve curated a list of some of the best scuba locations in the world! You may just want to add a few of these locations to your scuba bucket list!

 

The Wreck Trek, Florida Keys

Anyone who has seen the Titanic (everyone) understands the excitement of exploring a shipwreck. It’s the combination of adventure, discovery, and history that makes it a particularly popular scuba diving expedition. One of the best places to explore these wrecks is on the Florida Keys Wreck Trek. Just six miles off Key West and 140 feet down, you’ll be able to experience the USS Vandenberg, a former missile-tracking ship! For many divers, this is a trip of a lifetime!

 

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

We don’t mean to scare you with a Jaws reference, but Isla Mujeres, Mexico is one of the premier locations in the world to experience the miracles that are whale sharks. Every June to September, hundreds of whale sharks migrate up the Yucatan coast looking for food, and guides in Isla Mujeres can take you on a scuba experience you’ll never forget! You’ll have the adventure of your life as you swim with these giants of the ocean.

 

Indonesian Scuba Paradise

You’ll think you’ve died and gone to scuba heaven at Cape Kri – Raja Ampat, Indonesia! Featuring breathtaking coral gardens and marine life such as Manta Rays, Sharks, Barracudas and giant trevallies, you’ll never tire of exploring this location and its 374 different species of fish! The best location to dive from is the Papua Diving Resort. You won’t regret it!

 

 

Scuba Down Under

The Yongala in Queensland, Australia is worth the trek! There is a wreck 109 meters down (entry forbidden) and heaps of marine life, including Manta Rays, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, and turtles–not to mention the incredible coral formations! This is a must visit for scuba lovers!

 

Philippines Paradise 

Malapascua is a very small island off the coast of Cebu and is known in the scuba world for its sightings of Thresher Sharks. However, even if these amazing fish don’t make an appearance, you’ll be more than happy exploring the more than 500 species of hard and soft coral and other marine life such as mantas, hammerheads, jackfish, and barracudas! There are also many wrecks to explore in the area. This location has something for all scuba divers!

 

Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia

Because of an “upwelling” in this location, there is a wall dive which hosts thick coral with morays, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp! In addition to that, there is an array of amazing marine life such as sharks, barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, Jackfish, snapper and Eagle Ray.

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African Safari

African Safari

Hints and Hacks for a Successful African Safari (Part 1)

I was about 12 years old when I first watched The African Queen, starring the legendary Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. I was transfixed by the sublime African backdrop that was as much a character in the film as the two headliners.  In the film, Bogart’s character explains that the African air “makes your blood race, your face numb, and your spirit soar!” This description of the mysterious and magical continent inspired in me a deep longing to explore Africa, and more specifically, embark on a safari! Indeed, there are few experiences in life more moving and exciting than witnessing majestic lions, elephants, and zebras (oh my!) close up! However, while the movie may have engendered a desire to trek throughout Africa, I did not want to do so under the dire and harsh circumstances that Bogart and Hepburn had to endure!

 

The Elephant in the Room (Literally)

With that in mind, we thought we’d write a blog for those of you who are contemplating an African safari adventure for the first time and want to be as prepared and as comfortable as possible. The following are some hints and hacks that will prove helpful while on your journey!

 

Safety First

I guess the most important consideration for a successful safari is to observe safety rules. It’s imperative to remember that you are surrounded by real-life wild animals. This isn’t virtual reality! Observing safety rules and common sense will go a long way to ensure that you can enjoy your meals whilst on safari without becoming a meal. Some simple, yet life-saving rules to follow:

  • Keep your hands and your camera inside the car when near the big cats
  • Keep a safe distance from the Elephants (they look so calm and docile, but they can charge unexpectedly)
  • Don’t stand between a hippo and water

 

Snap Away!

A safari is definitely the time and place to take a lot of photos! For most, this is a once in a life change to get pictures of these incredible creatures. Because wild animals are, by nature, unpredictable, you’ll want to take lots of pictures when the opportunity presents itself, as you may never get another chance! Warn your besties that you may be jamming their Instagram and Twitter feeds for a while!

 

Perspicacious Packing

It’s important to remember that when on safari you’ll be subjected to particularly harsh elements. It’s very important that you pack the following items to ensure that you’ll be properly protected on your trip:

  • Sunscreen with a high SPF
  • Quality Sunglasses with UV ray protection
  • Plenty of drinking water (often safari tours will provide water, but it’s always a good idea to bring extra)
  • Mosquito repellant with DEET
  • First-aid kit (ensure that you have medication for diarrhea and car sickness)
  • A flashlight

 

Before You Go

Before you depart on your safari adventure, make sure that your vaccinations and inoculations are all up to date. Check with us to ensure you have the right ones for your African trip. We’ll be happy to do a pre-travel consultation with you so that you’ll have peace of mind on your trip.

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