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Attraction Sites In Jamaica

After long periods of deliberating where to spend that long awaited vacation, you finally decide on a place where you know all your dreams, desires and fantasies will be fulfilled. There are so many “name acclaimed” places to do this but certainly not all have the ability to satisfy their guest. If there is that one place you wish to get your money’s worth and much more, then Jamaica is definitely the place to be. From fascinating dry land attractions heading out into the deep blue sea, from joyous experiences of high-rising enjoyments to the solid stance of the earth; you are bound to feel the touch of the core giving of “The land of wood and water”. There are certainly endless amounts of sites to visit and what better time to do this than when it is the only thing you planned for-a vacation to remember. Since vacation is a time of relaxation, what better place to do this than in the feelings of the warm tropical sunshine, stretched across the sandy beaches of:

Aquasol Theme Park

A white sandy beach situated in one of the most tourists populated areas of Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is not located too far outside of the town. Its enticing welcome portrays the experience of a “fun in the sun” or “fun in the cool” time. The atmosphere is always fresh and certainly never a dull moment when you visit here; with the sound of the rushing waves dashing against the shore line or the trees waving its leaves and branches or the echoing sound of the world’s number one music selection, the best of the real Jamaican reggae sounds. The melody simple flows through with a sweet smelling fragrance of happiness. From a personal standpoint, relaxing on the cool stretch of a over 7-mile sandy area, getting the personal serenade from players of some of Jamaica’s oldest musical instruments has certainly made it felt like paradise.

There are more than enough activities to keep you company occupied who never planned on the cool quiet moment like you may have planned. There are activities like go-cart driving for the young and the young at heart (older folks too), areas for sporting activities like tennis, volleyball or beach football among many others. And let’s not forget the on-the-beach massage sessions by trained professionals.

However, if you wish to be up and about but still in the need to get all wet and not necessarily through simple relaxation, then trying the great fantasy pleaser Dunn’s River Falls or the Apple Valley Theme Park is among the best choices.

Dunn’s River Falls

With water gushing down a high-raised rock in a fall formation, its mere physical beauty is strong enough to captivate your whole being. With the heating temptation of wanting to climb atop is only being denied by the person themselves. You are free to go ahead and climb to whatever distance you wish knowing you are safe in all aspects of fun. Situated in the Island’s Garden Parish, St. Ann, there is never a dull moment experienced in the complete journey fulfillment and endless sensation.

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Two tanker in Antigua with Indigo Divers

Two tanker in Antigua with Indigo Divers

The two dive sites were quite close  - but it didn’t take long for Indigo Divers new boat engine and improvements to get us there ! A speed of 28 knots.

Barracuda Reef – 55 feet this site did give us Barracuda – and black tip reef sharks that I hope to get saved and edited and uploaded here on our youtube channel. The other dive site was Salomon trail – we did again see sharks but it wasn’t as good as the first dive. I didn’t get any really good footage as I am still learning how to use the rig I have and the light is a bit underpowered. I hope to make a semi decent quick video as you may be interested in sharks. The puffer fish shot was not bad. I was very annoyed to have forgotten to add the red filter I had brought all the way from home. I think you need to dive a lot more to get good footage for moments like this. Simply put there is so much that goes wrong on the boat with your gear your head etc that volume is what can work. Conditions for example should have been a lot better with the vis but untypically rain has been around. Check the video anyway. 

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Always disappointed always learning...

I took a good while to again get familiar with adobe after effects during the making of this short video that had almost everything in it. Sharks topped the order then it was familiar friends and some less known guys like puffer fish and spoted drums. There was some nich schooling action going on which I caught a bit of. A massive lobster that didnt make it into the video due to time of all things.

Problems I had were in keeping the go pro steady and getting enough light on the subject to allow the colours to come through. Publishing the colour correction via adobe after effects was a lot faster than using photoshop I noticed and my flow was this 

trim the footage in gopro studio (I think would skip this step next time !!! BIG TIP)take that footage into after effects (its great to get the zoom control and I played with using some stabilization like on the Barracuda)lay the after effects exports using imovie (not using adobe premiere as imovie works great for me)

See the video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Zbe1Rl_Wc

So its the old two steps of working on clips that get to be part of the bigger story when you remove the first step above. I used to use adobe premiere for that last step but pushed for time imovie does well. I loose some control but thats fine for this. As I sy the footage was a little dissapointing so burning more time is not going to happen. It's cheap and chearful ll the way :)

Here is a non colour edited version - a red filter helps avoid the post processing work and gives better results generally but the filter requirments changes depending on depth too.

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I have also heard that you can shoot in raw () if you dont and need to correct white balance then check out this video for that an... Read More
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Scuba Diving in Mexico

Scuba Diving in Mexico

Take a look at the area (the bottom left corner of the Caribbean)

 

Thanks to google for the area map

Firstly you are more likely to go diving in these areas of the Mexican Caribbean area.

Cozumel Scuba Diving , Isla Mujeres Scuba Diving or the Cenotes in the Yucatan.

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I was recommended to dive Cozumel while on a dive boat in Antigua and just am even more stoked to dive there after watching this g... Read More
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Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Cruises are experiencing a travel renaissance in 2015, and nowhere more so than the Caribbean, the most popular cruise route in the world. Taking a Caribbean cruise allows you to voyage around some of the most idyllic islands in the world, sampling the often endemic local cultures, cuisines and traditions of each destination before setting off for the next vivid experience. So what stops should you add to your wish list of Caribbean ports when negotiating your cruise deals?

Guadalupe for natural beauty

This French-influenced archipelago comprises two main islands joined by a tiny spit of land, and is guaranteed to tantalise the intrepid. Get back to nature with a kayak through the lush mangrove swamp of its national park. Hike to the top of La Soufriere Volcano for a challenging trek that will prove especially rewarding if you bring a camera, or take in the sea views from the Pointe des Chateaux.

St Lucia for relaxation

Surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, St Lucia offers the chance to escape from it all for a day. Visit the Face to Face day spa for an indulgent massage or a facial in cool, air-conditioned surroundings. If you prefer to soak al-fresco, dive into the sparkling waters of Diamond Falls, or scrub up in one of the island’s natural mud springs! After all this rejuvenation, you’ve earned the right to flop into a hammock with a cool drink and while away the hours until it’s time to re-embark.

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Dive Operators Alert

Dive Operators Alert

We get a lot of people who are keen on an island in particular and they ask us to send them prices regularly - many think we are a massive dive chain.

What we wanted to tell you about was for each country there is a preffered suppliers list that I can send enquiries to all in one - so a specials list for Honduras for example. When you get a special please let us know. We will obviously need your cooperation for you to get on this priority list.

As the enquiries are from our site readers and they want a quality dive shop - then you will have to make sure your listing with us is up to date and that you are listed in our directory.

You must check your emails. We don't want to send our readers to a dead end ! 

This should not be much work - especially if you delegate it to one of your divemasters. You can upload a photo or blog about this weeks students who passed their open water exam. Or there may have been a particularly exciting sighting that you want to tell us and the community about. Its just keeping the community updated and it makes your dive shop look good.

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