Dolphin Watching in Salalah – An experience not to be missed!

What will be more amazing than watching massive pods of delightful dolphins in their natural habitat gliding under your boat? If you are holidaying in Salalah do not miss this wonderful experience!

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Do you like to experience the thrill of encountering adorable dolphins during your vacation? The Oman coast is perfect for this activity and there are more than 21 species of dolphins in the unspoiled seas of Oman. It is better to arrange a dolphin watching tour with an experienced guide to know more facts about these gentle sea creatures.

The speedboat ride

A journey by a speedboat is the most convenient way to reach the dolphin watching point in Salalah. The entire trip will take about two hours and you’ll have plenty of breathtaking scenery on both sides. Therefore, don’t regret for the two hours you spend on the boat! In addition, you can have a clear view of the Salalah coast and eye-catching palm trees alongside the beach.

Accommodation

Before commencing your journeys in this part of the world, it is important to do take note of the available accommodation facilities. Amongst many Oman resorts in the area, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara will come across as an excellent venue from where holidaymakers and thrill seekers like you can map out an excursion to encounter these gentle dolphins in Salalah.

More things to do!

While identifying different types of dolphins like the acrobatic spinner and bottlenose, you’ll also have the possibility to go snorkelling around the bay of Bandar Khiran. It is well-known as one of the best snorkelling destinations in the world. If you are luckier, you can snorkel with sea turtles too!

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Exploring Johor Bahru – A city for the wanderer

Malaysia is not only all about shopping, no, sometimes it pays off to just roam the city you are in by foot. A city that is placed on the outskirts of Singapore, Johor Bahru is a city with the second biggest population in Malaysia and the best thing to do here is to take a walk and explore!

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Temples in Johor Bhru | Image Credit: Terence Ong, Sri Mariamman Temple, JB 2, CC BY-SA 3.0

The façade of Johor Bahru

Tioman is a city that is undergoing a very slow transition and therefore looks rather odd. The reason for this would be the urban looking builds that have sprouted up in the haystack of old buildings that are barely maintained (this is clearly evident with the missing shop signs you’ll spot here and there). Putting it simply, this city is not underdeveloped, but not looked after that well either.

Smiling faces

Well, one can say without a second thought that the upside to the city is certainly the kind local folk in the area. The people here are ever willing to help out in whatever you may need to know, especially whereabouts of the city. They are well versed in English as well and apparently, their favourite word just happens to be ‘yes’. It definitely is refreshing to see friendly faces greet you as you walk along the streets.

Places of worship in Johor Bahru

The attractions here are mostly places of worship that have been around for many years. Some of the temples, mosques, and churches are over a hundred years old. The people of Johor Bahru seem to hold religion very dear, they are always in and out of temples leaving fresh offerings to God. It fills one with joy to see the harmonious atmosphere among those from various religions even though all kinds of worship places may be jammed into one place.

Other information

Looking for accommodation? Why not try Berjaya Waterfront Hotel? Or select a Johor Bahru hotel from the few available. Their food here is great, try visiting the open-air hawker stall that serves the some of the most delicious local cuisines you would definitely enjoy.

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What to do in Hong Kong in 24 Hours – 4 Things in Particular

Hong Kong is a truly cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of things to do that are varied as much as they are numerous. Here are four experiences you shouldn’t miss out on.

Ride a Ding Ding

The Hong Kong trams are a fun and cost-efficient way to navigate the metropolitan sprawl, and they are referred to as ‘ding dings’ due to the bells which are utilised in place of car horns.

 

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit - Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan | Image Credit – Calvin Ieon, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Ho Wan

Who would want to miss a chance to dine in one of the cheaped Michelin-starred eateries in the world? At Tim Ho Wan you can gorge on expertly prepared dim sum, such as their world-famous pork baked-bun.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

This temple is legendary for the number of prayers that get answered. If you find yourself staying at a family room hotel in Hong Kong the likes of Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, with your loved ones and wish to try your luck, then you should definitely pay a visit to the temple.

Go for a Hike

Despite Hong Kong being a world-famous metropolis, there’s no shortage of hiking trails to be found here. Through embarking on a hiking adventure you can burn a load of calories and also experience some of the most astonishing sights the city has to offer.

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Maldives Snorkelling – Discover the amazing underwater world!

Maldives is well-known for its blue lagoons and white powdery turquoise beaches. All those who like adventurous water sports like snorkelling visit this island to spend a dreamy holiday.

 

Why snorkelling in Maldives?

If you like snorkelling, you should always select a place where you can spot magnificent marine creatures and many other natural underwater wonders. Maldives is an island paradise with 1190 beautiful islands surrounded by pristine waters. Snorkelling in Maldives is ideal for beginners with the availability of many shallow reefs.

What can you see?

Maldives is home to a large number of whales and dolphins. Once in the water, you will encounter different species of fish. In addition, you will also spot giant creatures like sperm whales and blue whales. Sea turtles are commonly found in almost all the islands in Maldives. Keep in mind that they are generally friendly; except when coming up for a breath of air!

Location

If you are holidaying in one of the Indian Ocean resorts in Maldives the likes of Baros Maldives, you should explore the amazing marine life and crystal-clear waters which will certainly leave you mesmerized!

Best time to go for snorkelling

If you want to experience the best out of your snorkelling trip, March is the best month to visit Maldives. You should avoid visiting Maldives during the months of January and February because it’s the dry season.

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Must Visit Markets in Mongkok – A shopping experience like no other!

Being Hong Kong’s most congested shopping district, markets in Mongkok has everything from toys, jewellery to caged birds. Without further ado, here are some of them!

Markets in Mongkok | Image Credit - Sdata, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Markets in Mongkok | Image Credit – Sdata, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Mongkok Wet Market

Are you a foodie? If you are in Hong Kong, look no further than the Mangkok’s Wet Market. One can find vegetables, fresh fruits and rows of pork ribs hanging from hooks. If tourists wish to take something home from this market, they have many choices.

Jade Market

This market has all kinds of jade, pearls, carvings, little statues or at least just a little knick knack to take home. Female guests have a lot to choose from and they may not feel hours are passing. If you are staying at Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, it is just a 10-minute walk to reach the Jade Market. In addition, it provides easy access to some of the best restaurants in Kowloon Hong Kong.

Gold Fish Market

You will not come across any street market like this! Several tiny shops display water-filled plastic bags with different kinds brightly coloured fish. It also includes many pets such as dogs, kittens, and turtles.

Ladies Market

This is probably the most famous market among many Mongkok market. Ladies will surely be spoilt for choice with all fashions knock-offs, watches and handbags. The market often gets busy in the evening.

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Experience 21 Jump Street Kuala Lumpur – Jump your way to funland

This is not an article about the movie; this is about a trampoline park that can be found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About

Trampoline Parks are loved by people of all ages, as it takes one’s mind off everything but the instant, the moment where you are suspended in air, screaming in a mix of fear and joy.

Jump Street

Located near the Jaya One building, this urban play area is accessible from any 5 star hotel in KL the likes of Berjaya Times Square Hotel. You can book your session ahead of time, and it is best you get there at least 15 minutes before your time.

Going in

Basically, a warehouse turned into a trampoline park, the place is huge. They also offer trampoline lessons, with attractive discounts for students.

Things to remember

When you are jumping on a trampoline, never try to land on your head. Also, keep an eye out for jumpers near you; this is both for your safety and theirs. Empty your pockets before you jump; be it phones, wallets or keys. Follow the instructions carefully, no food or drink on the trampolines, and definitely no sitting and chilling on one either. Obvious rules would be fair play, no pushing or roughhousing with your friends or other jumpers when on a trampoline.

 

 

 

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Swimming with Dolphins in Glenelg – Make unforgettable vacation memories

Glenelg, Adelaide is well known for its marvelous dolphin spotting adventures where the gentle creatures swim up to your boat and invite you to join them for a swim.

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Glenelg

Adelaide has several coastal towns that are worthy of mention, but the family-friendly, seaside town of Glenelg is surely one of its most popular destinations. A lively mix of boutique stores, laid-back cafes and restaurants, and a beautiful beach are all just a short drive away from Adelaide’s city centre.

Accommodation

There are plethoras of hotels in Glenelg which range from budget to luxurious places such as Oaks Plaza Pier. Whether you are simply planning a day trip from the city or want to spend a few days here, there are plenty of choices to suit anyone’s budget.

Swim with the Dolphins

Of course, the main thrill is the dolphin cruise, which comprises of a day trip aboard a sunny catamaran. The vessel leaves Holdfast Marina at dawn and sets out to favoured dolphin sighting spots where unbelievably the mammals swim right up to your boat.

Swimmers and non-swimmers are encouraged to enter the water with the aid of a floatation rope and enjoy a swim and loads of fun with the amazing dolphins. Don’t worry all safety equipment and expert care is taken on this adventure.

Other Water Sports

Popular water sports activities in the area include Jet Ski rides along the shorelines while snorkelling expeditions are also available in the area. Surfers can catch massive point breaks while scuba divers explore the coral reefs that litter the seabed’s off the coastline.

 

 

 

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Best Adventure Activities to Try in Abu Dhabi – Adrenaline-Fuelled Endeavours in UAE’s Capital

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is becoming one of the most reputed cities in the world, with some truly unforgettable experiences for adrenaline junkies.

Drive an Exotic Sports Car

You can select from a series of exotic vehicles at the Yas Marina Circuit and receive training by a professional racing driver. The experiences available currently include the Aston Martin GT4, Jaguar F-Type, and the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Ride the World’s Fastest Rollercoaster

The Formula Rossa, located at Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World theme park, is the world’s fastest roller-coaster, with a top speed of 240 kph. You also get to visit the world’s first Ferrari-themed amusement park which is an additional experience right there.

Explore an Island Dedicated to Wildlife Preservation

This is definitely one of the best experiences Abu Dhabi has to offer, and the selection of adventurous experiences is astonishing, ranging from fat-biking to kayaking. You can go all the way and reside at an Abu Dhabi pool villa on the island, at one of the three Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts.

Desert Safari

A desert safari will always be one of the most popular and sought-after experiences Abu Dhabi has to offer. After tackling the dunes in an 4X4, visitors will be taken to a camp where they can experience quad-biking, camel-riding, belly-dancing and a heap of other sights and activities.

Desert, Desert Safari, Ride, Quads, Trip, Egypt, Dust

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Guide To Minneriya National Park – Visit The Gentle Giants

A safari through the wilderness and rugged jungles of Minneriya National Park will offer you plenty of opportunities to see Sri Lanka’s gentle giants; the elephants!

Where is it?

Minneriya National Park is located in the North Central Province of the island. There are many ways to get here, either by bus, car or plane! As flying the fastest and most convenient way to travel to the park, you’ll be able to arrange a flight through Cinnamon Air. Those interested in driving can rent a car through the many car rental groups in Sri Lanka.

Minneriya National Park | Image Credit - Photnart, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Minneriya National Park | Image Credit – Photnart, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Elephants

The Sri Lankan elephant is a treasured beast on the island. The Minneriya National Park has approximately 150 – 200 elephants and The Gathering inside the park is known to be one of the largest wild elephant gatherings in the world.

Threats

Sadly, the Minneriya National Park faces a huge threat of being wiped out; the animals with it, due to human encroachment, overfishing, poaching, water pollution and the clearance of the forest.

Other animals

The other wonderful animals that reside in this park include the Sri Lanka leopard, deer, sloth bear, toque macaque, monitors, jungle fowl and much more.

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River Safari in Galle Sri Lanka – Glide through lustrous mangroves.

Boat safari on Bentota River

Boat safari on Bentota River | Img. Crdt : Jetwing Hotels

Apart from the beach bound excitement, visitors of the west coast of Sri Lanka may engage in boat safaris in the many rivers flowing into the Indian Ocean. This is usually a laid back boat ride ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers.

Where to find river safaris
The Bentota river is popular for these outings and is only about one hour away from Galle; a key tourist city along the west coast of the island. Thus visitors seeking accommodation in Galle boutique hotels or other luxury accommodation such as Jetwing Kurulubedda may drive down for a relaxed nature infused experience.

Prices
The Bentota River is used by most hotels and resorts in the area for jet skiing and other water sports. Boats are stacked in the riverbank can be hired by those wishing to explore the river and its mangroves. A one hour excurision will cost you about Rs1500.

What to expect
The southern side of the river is infested with dense mangrove plantations. This is a lush green canopy screening the warm sun rays. You may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, vibrant butterflies lurking about and even huge water monitors chilling under the sun if you are lucky.

Keep in mind
Tourist boats are usually supposed to have life jackets. Do not get on a boat without life jackets and make sure to fasten your jackets before leaving the bank.

 

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