Bali Safari & Marine Park – A Day Out in the Wild

Experience the ‘wild side’ of the Island of Gods at the Bali Safari & Marine Park; here you can see animals from all around the world roaming freely in habitats similar to their natural environs. It is the perfect place to enjoy with the whole family and get up close with certain creatures too.

Where can it be found

Launched in 2007, the Bali Safari & Marine Park is located in the island’s Gianyar regency. Spread across a massive 40 hectare property, this popular attraction is open daily from 09:00am to 17:00pm. Be you staying at a budget rest house or boutique hotel Bali has to offer such as Alila Manggis planning a visit here is worth it.

The safari experience

This thrilling guided safari ride takes place on air-conditioned trams that drive through special open spaces. These areas have been carefully made to resemble natural habitats including those of Africa, Indonesia and India.

The Wildlife

There is much to see on a safari ride at the park; on your adventures, you can glimpse everything from majestic Indian white tigers to Himalayan bears as well as African hippos, lions, camels, black bucks, baboons, elephants and a whole lot more!

Highlights at the park

Not to be missed is ‘Ranthambore’ where you can see white tigers amidst a setting of an ancient Rajasthan fort and a special area where elephants are looked after. You also get several animal themed shows and even a chance to take photos with some of the friendly wild inhabitants.

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Snorkelling Trip to Khai Islands

Nestled a little away from Phang Nga Bay, Khai Islands, with bright blue transparent waters are best known for providing a great snorkelling opportunity.

Snorkelling Trip to Khai Islands | Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Snorkelling Trip to Khai Islands | Image Credit – Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

The islands

The three Khai Islands, namely Khai Nai, Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai are located approximately 30 minutes from the east of Phuket. Resort lovers who choose to stay at properties of COMO Hotels & Resorts will find that a day trip to these islands is the perfect escape from the crowds.

Snorkelling

Koh Nai Island and Koh Khai Nai Island are popular for snorkelers as the waters are teeming with a colourful range of marine life.

What not to do

No matter how tempting it looks, remember that you should not feed the fish, as this will harm the ecosystem since the fish will eventually become dependent on humans for their food! Also, you can be arrested for it.

Essentials

Everything from swimwear, sunscreen and sunglasses are essential. If you stay a property such as COMO Point Yamu, a tour to these islands can be arranged for approximately THB 2,500++ per person, which includes snorkelling equipment, guides and transfers.

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Windsurfing in Maldives – Water adventures

Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations for beach holidays and water sports. Windsurfing is one of the more popular water sports in Maldives which combines sailing together with surfing.

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eNil from Portsmouth, UK, 462670058 79bd8c4442, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikipedia Commons

Maldives

Maldives is the ultimate destination for water sports. The lovely strong winds, the turquoise waves and the year-round sunny weather present the perfect conditions for the sport.

Perfect place to windsurf

Maldives is an island nation that comprises of 26 atolls made of over a thousand coral islands. Choose to stay at a Maldives luxury resort the likes of COMO Maalifushi, The Maldives which offers this activity and a great option to consider since it has a windsurfing course for novices or those looking to get reacquainted with this thrilling recreational activity.

Figure out your equipment

The equipment needed for this activity is not complicated at all and once you have got the balance mastered and learn how to navigate, you can be skimming the surface in no time.

When to go

Beginners can go anytime. As the sun is always shining, suitable wind conditions can be found somewhere around the collection of atolls. If you are a skilled surfer and are looking for something suitable for your skill level, though, things get more selective. The best time for you to visit would be from May to October.

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Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa – A Thrilling Experience for the Whole Family

Mirissa is one of the most popular coastal locales in Sri Lanka, and in addition to offering beautiful beaches with powdery sands and turquoise waters, it is has a significant whale population.

Overnight stay at Cape Weligama & Weligama

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International Grade Operations

Pretty much all the providers of whale-watching expeditions operate under very strict guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of the marine titans. Among many things they refrain from venturing unnecessarily close to the whales, and they never interfere with the creature’s course.

The Vessels

The whale-watching boats are generally large vessels with a capacity of at least forty people. The ones run by the military are even bigger, and can hold more than a hundred passengers. The price is also generally inclusive of insurance relating to the boat and its passengers respectively.

Procuring a Tour

A whale-watching adventure should definitely be a priority when it comes to things to do in Sri Lanka. You can easily procure a whale-watching expedition from many travel providers such as Walkers Tours.

Whale-Watching Season

The optimal time to go whale-watching is from November to April, where there’s a very high number of whales and the seas are also quite calm. Although there will be whales from May to October as well, the seasons tend to be quite rough and the voyage is not recommended.

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Extreme Water Sports to try out in Kalutara – Adrenaline Pumping Activities

Kalutara is a quiet coastal town located in the south of Sri Lanka and is one of the best places on the island to partake in a variety of water sports.

Jet Ski

Hop on a jet ski and rip through the mesmerizing lagoon waters of Kalutara. This adrenaline pumping sport is a great way to spend the afternoon, especially if you’re staying at AVANI Kalutara Resort.

Surfing

Surfing is an island wide favourite and if you’re looking for popular things to do in Kalutara– this is it! Grab a surf board and catch some of the biggest and baddest waves around the coastal areas.

Parasailing

With the wind as your friend, parasailing is a great way to enjoy the scenery and partake in a thrilling activity! Feel the adrenaline rush through your bones as you soar above the shimmering ocean waters.

Wind Surfing

Sri Lankan beaches, lagoons and rivers are the best places to try this water sport as you’re constantly blessed with the gusts of wind. Glide along the waves and let the wind be your guide.

Diving

Don your flippers and scuba diving kit and dive into the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Only those with a PADI license are permitted to dive.

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Abu Dhabi Leisure Activities – Fun For All!

The capital of UAE and a rapidly developing city has a range of leisure activities for visitors to partake in. Whether you’re staying in the city or exploring the beauty of Sir Bani Yas Islands, Abu Dhabi offers fun for all!

Desert Safari

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Enjoy a scenic and adventurous desert safari ride on4X4 vehicles – a must do activity when you’re in the emirate. Some of the major hotel chains in Abu Dhabi offer this excursion for their guests. Sit back and get ready for the ride of your life on the golden sands of the Arabian Desert.

Archery

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Archery; an ancient method of hunting, is offered by many shooting ranges across the country. However, those staying at any of the Minor Hotels in Abu Dhabi will be able to enjoy this activity, whether you’re a beginner or professional.

Snorkelling

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Explore the refreshing waters surrounding the magnificent Sir Bani Yas Island during a snorkelling expedition, as you discover a whole new world that flourishes beneath the surface.

Nature and Wildlife Drives

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Another popular excursion to partake in when you’re in Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature and wildlife drive. During this expedition, you’ll be able to a variety of wildlife from giraffes to Arabian Oryx in their natural habitat.

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Railay Beach – The Seaside Paradise

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Railay Beach | Image Credit: By Mark Fischer [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you set foot on a heavenly stretch of white sand running along the beautiful blue sea in the Krabi Province of Thailand, you can be sure that you are standing on Railay Beach.

How to get there
Once in Thailand, you can catch a flight or bus from Bangkok to Krabi or Phuket, from where you can get on board a small boat or ferry. You can rest in a Phuket luxury resort for some time. Many options like COMO Point Yamu, Phuket are available for this purpose. Another option is getting a boat from Ao Nang, which is a mere 10 minutes distance from the Railay Beach.

Getting familiar
Railay is a widespread beach with three separate areas, namely the Phra Nang Beach, West Railay Beach, and the East Railay Beach.

What to see
The Diamond Cave or the Phra Nang Cave is a famous attraction on the Railay Beach. With its naturally illuminated walking paths, this is quite a beautiful sight. The Phra Nang Beach had been named after a princess, whose remembering temple, the Phra Nang Shrine can be seen on the beach. There is also a nice lagoon and a high viewpoint, which you might enjoy seeing.

What to do
Railay is a famous spot for rock climbing, with a steady range of steep mountains that make the adventure somewhat challenging. Diving, Snorkeling, and Kayaking can also be added to your activity list.

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Windsurfing in Maldives -It’s just you, the board, the sail, and the wind

The Maldivian isles are by far one of the finest of holiday destinations to retire to either with family or your best mates. A range of leisure activities ranging from surfing, wakeboarding to even deep sea fishing can be enjoyed throughout one’s time here.

Blessed with warm, temperate waters and constant gusts of winds from all the right directions one could hardly conceive of a more appropriate environment to engage in windsurfing than the Maldives. The period between May and October is considered windsurfing season in the country as wind conditions pick up after the rains. With windsurfing, you catch the wind as you sail and glide across the lagoon. You have boards and sails on offer in Maldives, but you need to know your basics. Once you land in Maldives you will find a plethora of water sports centers that offer various services. Even the hotels will have very good facilities that will enable you to enjoy a memorable and safe time in the lapis lazuli waters. Check with the Maldives luxury resort you are staying in; some of these resorts such as the COMO Maalifushi, The Maldives have experts to will train you to master windsurfing. Windsurfing professioanls have different strategies and tips to stay balanced while in the activity. One-legged sailing is one strategy, which will shape up your fitness.

More experience thrill seekers engaged in windsurfing in Maldives may want to consider visiting this island between the months of October and May while beginners will find almost any time of the year ideal for this sport. May to October is considered the monsoon season so you can expect to find consistently strong winds that will propel you at great speeds.

 

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The Magnificent Geopark in Langkawi – The Breath-Taking Langkawi Geopark

Langkawi sky bridge

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Langkawi is an archipelago that features more than a hundred different islands. The main island, also named Langkawi, was given the status of ‘World Geopark’ by UNESCO. The status of geopark is misinterpreted by many, but the title is only given to a place of scientific importance in regards to archaeological, scientific, ecological and cultural reasons as well. These islands have become a renowned tourism destination and there is an incredible amount of eco-friendly things to do in Langkawi as well as a range of hotels and resorts to choose from such as the Berjaya Langkawi Resort.

One of the best points that garnered Langkawi’s reputation as a geopark are the various rock formations that are to be seen. These formations are in turn surrounded by dense jungle, which hasn’t changed much in more than a million years. An immense load of the flora found in the geopark is exclusive to Langkawi. The Mangrove Rivers that snake through the Langkawi landscape contain an abundance of exotic life, ranging from aquatic creatures to various species of birds.

The MachinChang Mountains are one of the most notable aspects about the geopark. These rock formations are ancient, and were formed more than five-hundred-million years ago. This mountain range was the very first section of what is now South East Asia, to rise from under the oceans. The oldest section of this formation is Teluk Datai.

The Dayang Bunting Geopark is the second largest island of the entire chain. The island is famous for a massive lake that is situated in the heart of the dense forest. The lake was the result of a colossal limestone cave that collapsed. The lake is regarded as a spiritual place due the legend associated with it, where a divine maiden buried her dead child here and blessed the lake with fertility.

If you’re looking for a breath-taking voyage into nature, then Langkawi is a definitely a place worth thinking about.

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Top Diving Spots in the world – Discovering the beauty that lies beneath the waves

There’s no better way to explore the beauty that makes up the underwater world of fascinating marine creatures, colourful coral reefs, ancient shipwrecks and so much more, than with scuba diving. Whether you are just beginning or have been diving for years, there are a host of different diving sites around the world, with each offering its own uniquely wonderful diving experience.

The turquoise waters and vast coral formations are just some of the reasons that attract divers to the stunning Maldives Islands. Resorts themselves boast great diving opportunities within their house reefs, like the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, for example, which is located near other note-worthy diving sites. Maldives offers several deep reefs and shipwreck dives along with the mesmerising experience of leisurely swimming alongside groups of manta rays and sharks.
Travel further east, and discover the many exciting diving locations that Indonesia has to offer. From the coral gardens off Bali’s coast, to the staggering amount of life diversity at Raja Ampat, the options are endless, but it’s the Lembeh Strait that wins out as best Indonesian diving location. Under the calm waters that divides Lembeh Island from the mainland, lies an extraordinary world, full of exotic looking flora and fauna. An underwater photographer’s dream, the dark ocean’s bed is home to an amazing display of rare sea creatures – mandarin fish, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, hairy frog fish and dragonets to name a few.
However, if you’re more interested in wrecks than reefs, the Red Sea is the place to be. The tumultuous waters and strong winds and numerous reefs make this area hazardous to navigate. The ancient Egyptians and Romans travelled along Red Sea regularly and often ran aground. Even today, it’s not unusual to hear of vessels sinking near the reefs; plus, there are several sunken war ships in the area. These are of course, just a few places that offer great diving sites. From beautiful coral reefs to wreck diving, there’s so many diving destinations in the world to discover.

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