Surfing in Ahangama – Ride the waters of the Indian Ocean

Image Credit | Cantaloupe Levels

Image Credit | Cantaloupe Levels

The tropical island of Sri Lanka; complete with soft sands and sunny beaches are the perfect setting for your island vacation. Ahangama is located about 20 minutes from this quiet town of Unawatuna, a popular tourist destination on the island, so if you’re staying at a hotel such as Cantaloupe Levels, you can easily get to Ahangama! With a number of options for a hotel in Unawatuna, you’ll be able to find one to suit your specific budget and style.

Most parts of Ahangama beach is known to be ideal for experienced or intermediate surfers as the waves are quite large and regular, but there are some parts of the beach which are perfect for beginners. With many surf schools and surfing camps around, you can get your beginners lessons before heading out to ride some amazing waves in Sri Lanka!

If you don’t have your board, there are plenty of surf rental spots around the golden shores where you can rent a good sturdy surf board to cruise the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean. When you’re done surfing, make sure to hydrate and fill your belly up with some island delights. King coconut is known to refresh and replenish instantly and is the best thing to indulge in after an exhausting day of paddling out to the big blue and riding the warm waves. With many restaurants in the area, you can also grab a quick bite to eat or make your way back to your hotel for some rest and relaxation.

The beaches in southern Sri Lanka are best known for being popular with surfers and snorkelers. Therefore if you’re looking for a relaxing activity after a day surfing, rent a pair of snorkels and explore the colourful variety of marine creatures swimming around the lively reefs in the south.

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Living the island life in Fiji – An adventure in paradise.

Fiji is a beautiful island in the South Pacific Ocean. The shallow blue green waters surrounding the coast, palm fringed beaches filled with warm, puffy sand, the rejuvenating island breeze together with the golden sun brimming mostly throughout the year, Fiji is simply paradise.

This is a major tourist destination in the world due to its pristine beauty and serene setting. You can catch the numerous holiday packages with significantly rewarding offers inclusive of flights, holiday accommodation in Fiji luxury resorts, meals, tour vouchers and spa vouchers in spa resorts in the area such as InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.

The natural splendor of Fiji tempts guests to stay longer and enjoy the island life. Who wouldn’t want to live in paradise and experience the simple beach bond way of life while on their summer holiday. The wonderful people of Fiji who are always known to wear a smile on their faces are guaranteed to make your stay here pleasant.

One of the key experiences that should never be missed when at Fiji is the ‘Cloud break, Mamanuca islands’; this is one of most challenging and exciting surfing waves around the world. This is a destination where it is surfable in all tides. The best winds blow from the south to southeast, between the months of march and October. And the tides are usually very high and should be accessed through a jet ski or a tow boat.

The great Astrolabe reef at Kadava is another vibrant marine wonder in the surrounding islands of Fiji. This is wonderful spot for scuba diving as the vibrant kingdom underwater stretches miles in the sea bed. Various rich marine life such as Billfish, Mahi Mahi and Tuna are available in the reef.

Other gorgeous destinations are must visit to complete the island adventure of Fiji are; the Sigatoka sand dunes national park, Viti Levu, Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple at Nadi, the Kula Eco park, the Navua river at Viti Levu and etc.

 

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Adventure Water Sports in Bentota – Adrenaline Take Over

A Kayak on the Bentota river

A Kayak on the Bentota river | Hafiz Issadeen | Flickr | (CC BY 2.0)

If you are visiting Sri Lanka, Bentota is definitely a place to check out for water sports. However the town is very touristy and can get busy. If you are looking for a quieter escape then Kalutara may be ideal as it is only a short drive from Bentota. Though there are a number of things to do in Kalutara, water sports are a major activity here as well as in neighboring Bentota. This is a good place to base yourself to get to neighbouring towns. Hotels such as Anantara Kalutara Resort will be more than happy to organize water sports activities for their guests.

Some of the popular adrenaline pumping activities in the area include, Jet skiing. The Jet Ski is usually rented out on hourly basis. You could either take it out for a spin by yourself or there are members from aquatic centres who could help you. Other activities include banana boat rides which are great if you are in a group. An inflatable banana like boat is dragged on the water with the help of a motorised boat. The ripples from the boat and the speed make the ride a true adventure. A similar activity is the doughnut ride.

Water skiing is also a popular activity and some of the water sports centres have veterans of the sport training. There are various levels of courses carried out such as those for beginners where special adjustments are made to the boat with bars fixed onto them.

There are also facilities to pick up a new water sport such as wind surfing if you are in the area as the beginners’ course is around 8-10 hours.

Other than that another activity that is popular in the area is diving and snorkeling. A great activity for both adults and children alike and also it’s a great place to catch a glimpse of some of the tropical fish and turtles.

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Devil’s Peak Hong Kong – A Fun & Fascinating Hike

There is nothing better that working up those calves, feeling the burn in the gut, trekking miles up a mountain and reaching that vantage point just to feel as if you are on top of the world. If you are busy away in the East on business and just want to take a break or if you have become the kind of modern trekker who loves a bit of outdoor adventure, hiking up Devil’s Peak in Hong Kong is the ideal activity for you!

While adrenaline junkies will not find the hike that challenging since it takes only one to one and half hours, there is no putting a price on soaking up the sight of the Kowloon skyline and filling up your lungs with fresh air at an elevation of 222 metres.

If you are planning to enjoy the indulgences of hotels in Kowloon, Hong Kong, try lodging at properties that cater to all types of travellers and which are centred amidst all the action and entertainment such as Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong. Even though this metropolis is one of the busiest, if you are looking for that laidback yet active getaway, a hike up Devil’s Peak is worth considering.

Hiking up Devil’s Peak is not merely an active pursuit. Since the area was once garrisoned by the British Army during the late 1800s, you can still see the remnants of some age-old batteries during your walk. As you move further up the peak, you will be awed by the staggering views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon harbour front. For complete immersion of Hong Kong’s natural beauty, you ought to experience that silver screen worthy perspective atop Devil’s Peak.

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Why you should try snorkelling – Witness the world under water

Snorkelling | Image Courtesy: I.DeSouza , Great Barrier Reef , CC BY 3.0

Maldives islands are one of the best places you could visit for an exotic holiday. The pristine sand and the lush green palm trees surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean will definitely be a welcoming site. Maldives places to visit and things that you can do are not limited for anyone who visits the islands. The beautiful ocean itself provides an ample amount of activities that you can do while holidaying in the Maldives.

Water sports and activities around water are very famous in the Maldives. Even if you are not much into adventure, you should not miss the opportunity of exploring the beautiful waters around you. Snorkelling is one such safe and easy way to get a glimpse of the world underwater. Most hotels in Maldives, including Adaaran Prestige Water Villas provides their guests with an opportunity to go snorkelling.

Snorkelling is for everyone, you do not need to be good in swimming for this, the life jackets that you will be wearing will keep you afloat while you explore and experience the world beneath you. With a little equipment and a few minutes of practice, you will be able to witness a mind-blowing world. There will be beautiful corals that are home to many underwater species, bright coloured beautiful fish schools will be swimming past you and if you are lucky you might come across turtles that will be swimming along. Learn about marine life through the first-hand experience and enjoy every bit of it.

While you connect with nature in a different perspective rather than what you usually see in the land, you will get many more benefits out of snorkelling as well. Snorkelling has its health benefits both physically and mentally. Snorkelling in the pristine waters will calm your mind and relax you also while strengthening your muscles, improving your cardiovascular health and much more.

Capture some cool photos using an underwater camera and take home memories that would last a lifetime.

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Trails Leading to Adam’s Peak – The Sensational Sri Pada and the Trails Leading to It

 

Adam’s Peak, commonly referred to as Sri Pada by the local populace, is one of the most sacred places on the island. Each of the major religions present within the island has their own beliefs about the nature of the mountain, especially in regards to the footprint-shaped formation that is located at the summit. It is one of the most essential experiences involving holidays in Sri Lanka and is bound to be a part of packages offered by any vacation provider the island has to offer such as Aitken Spence Travels.

The footprint is the hallmark of the mountain, and the name is derived from a belief that Sri Lanka was once the biblical land of Eden and the first man was the one who caused the footprint. The Buddhist majority of Sri Lanka believes that the footprint belongs to the Lord Buddha and is a mark of his visit to Sri Lanka after being invited by the god that resides over the mountain.

There are various trails which can be utilised to reach the summit of the mountain, and the most popular of which is the Hatton-Nallathanni route. It is also the shortest since it starts off at a fairly high elevation, reducing the required distance. For the most demanding experience, there’s the Ihala-Maliboda trail where the majority of the trail is through thick jungle. Venturing through this trail will also require you to cross a number of lakes, which are known to contain flash floods. The initial eight kilometres of the Ihala-Maliboda trail are through very isolated terrain.

The ideal season to visit Adam’s Peak is from December through till May. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, there are night tours that can be arranged as well for those looking to scale the mountain after sun-down. Regardless of what time you choose, scaling this mountain is an essential experience if you find yourself in Sri Lanka.

Adams Peak, Sri Lanka

Adams Peak, Sri Lanka, Img. Src;[Aitken Spence Travels]

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Aquatic adventures in Sri Lanka – endless fun under the Sri Lankan sun!

A holiday in Sri Lanka has so much to offer travellers seeking fun and adventure. Whether you are planning a sandy beach vacation at one of the beautiful beach hotels in Sri Lanka, such as the luxurious Amagi Hotels and Resorts, for example, or an exciting safari tour around the island, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it’s no wonder water activities top the list of sought after activities by visiting tourists. The West coast of the island is famous for its stunning beaches, coral reefs that are close to the shoreline; ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Img. Src:[Destinations at Amagi Hotels]

Coastal towns like Hikkaduwa, Ahangama and Weligama offer the best surfing conditions along the South-west coastline, with waves reaching as high as 6 feet. However, these areas are also popular tourist destinations and therefore generally crowded. If you’re willing to travel a longer distance to experience the great surf waves, head to the surfing paradise of Arugam Bay. Located on the east coast, A-Bay, as it’s fondly known by locals, is less crowded and offers world class surf breaks.

There are several coral reefs around the island that are located close to shore, which are perfect for snorkelling and diving. The top diving sites are Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, to the west and Trincomalee on the north-east coast. North of the international airport, are holiday destinations like Negombo and Kalpitiya. Negombo is great for fishing and boating whilst Kalpitiya, a peninsula bordered by the Indian Ocean and a lagoon, is a good spot for Kite surfing. Kalpitiya is also well-known as a prime location for whale/dolphin watching. For those who prefer leisure activities over extreme sports, southern towns like Bentota and Koggala offer water safaris along the lagoons, where tourists can view wildlife, try their hand at fishing and even take in a view lagoon islands.

 

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Diving with Manta Rays in Maldives – Marine Life Adventures in Paradise

Tipped to be one of the most exhilarating and unique underwater experiences on offer in the Maldives, diving with manta rays is not for the faint of heart. Though these gentle giants are in fact, one of the most docile marine species in the ocean, they do cut imposing figures especially when one interacts with them in their own turf. Available through a variety of Maldives villas and resorts with diving centres including the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives and innumerable others, diving with manta rays is specifically geared for seasoned divers.

The Maldives is not only home to large schools of manta rays but is also one of the few diving hotspots in the world where spotting the large creatures is almost guaranteed due to their large local populace. Visitors who wish to experience a scuba diving excursion with manta rays will typically be transported to a site in the Indian Ocean such as Hanifaru where many mantas are known to feed during high tide. After the speedboat ride, divers will typically wait for high tide as the rising waves cause the manta rays to gather in one location to feed on plankton. Hanifaru is, in fact, one of the top diving destinations in the paradise archipelago and is especially well-known as a popular spot to witness manta rays as well as other marine creatures in their natural habitat.

Although manta rays appear fierce and imposing their nature is anything but hazardous to humans although divers must be careful when coming face to face and interacting with the creatures. Noticing the various patterns and spots on their bellies and skin has helped marine biologists and seasoned divers in the area to differentiate one manta ray from another. Diving fanatics who are based in the Maldives are certainly adept at interacting and recognising individual manta rays and also look to photograph them using underwater cameras. Tourists and those who are diving with the rays for the first time, however, should exercise caution and respect the distance between one’s self and the ray and enjoy the experience.

Stay Adventurous

Stay Adventurous, Img. Src:[Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives]

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Top Ski Spots in Queenstown – Let your adrenalin rush!

queenstown, lake view

Lake Wakatipu , Queenstown by Oaks Club Resort

In the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown has been a popular tourist destination for a number of years and has been steadily increasing in popularity. This city is regarded as Australia’s and New Zealand’s favourite winter playground, enticing many a ski enthusiast to plan ski holidays to the glistening alpine peaks of the region. When looking for accommodation for your visit, be sure to choose a Queenstown hotel which will cater to your individual needs. There is a plethora of Queenstown ski resort in the area such as the Oaks Club.

Skydiving is one of the biggest challenges you will face in the name of adventure. A free fall from 15,000 ft above the ground level, this sport is not only about adventure, but also a challenge t conquer your fears. A visit to Queenstown is almost incomplete without experiencing its famous bungee jump. You can leap from bridges, climbs or special platforms perches on the edge of a cliff or stadium roofs. You can leap off against the stunning backdrops of Queensland that will simply take your breath away.

This city warmly welcomes winter sports enthusiasts from all around the world visiting the four main ski fields: Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Queenstown offers a huge variety of activities for the adventure sports enthusiasts which include bungee jumping, tramping, sky diving, jet boating, snowboarding and much more. It is no easy game; you need to be mindful all the time if yourself. There are a number of restaurants and bars that feature the wine of the region for those visiting Queenstown for a more relaxed holiday and also malls for those who would like to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.

Queenstown is the ideal venue to let loose among the slopes and enjoy a ski holiday like no other. Surrounded by snow-capped hills and mountain ranges as far as the eye can see the breathtaking winter wonderland that is Queenstown is a dream come true for winter sports enthusiasts the world over.

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Exploring the underwater beauties in a whale submarine – Explore the treasure trove of Maldives waters

 

Maldives is a group of islands that are surrounded by crystal clear azure waters that are teeming with a rich variety of marine life. To explore the beautiful life below the seas, diving and snorkelling is always the more popular options as it allows you to discover the marine life at your own pace. However, for non swimmers and those who have an innate fear of swimming in the sea, this can be problematic. In Maldives, all inclusive hotel excursions feature a variety of water sports and activities, like diving and snorkelling, that will keep you entertained and busy during your entire holiday, such as those offered at Maafushivaru Maldives.

Travelling with little kids can also mean that they won’t be able to experience the beautiful life that lives under the glistening waters of the Maldives, but fear not! The German Whale Submarine, the first of its kind, was created to allow anyone and everyone a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the diverse population of sea creatures. This submarine that was invented by the Germans and can hold a total of 50 passengers is believed to be the largest deep diving submarine that’s used for tourist activity.

The submarine initially dives to a depth of 25m, then 40 meters and finally up to a depth of 150 metres. Each of the three stops promises you a completely different view of the sea, without ever getting wet!

Each tour will be accompanied with an expert guide in marine life who will be point out the various species you come across, such as lionfish, anemone fish, parrotfish, eels, manta rays, sting rays, sea turtles, butterfly fish, whale sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, eels and many more! So keep your eyes peeled for the exotic marine life. Some submarine tours even allow for night dives.

 

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