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Tobago Culinary Festival 2013 2014

Pigeon point is an interesting point that you should visit while in Tobago anyway but if its hosting an event all the better, make sure you try and look out for this next year if you missed it.

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Achieve A Lifelong Skill During Your Gap Year

Achieve A Lifelong Skill During Your Gap Year

One of the biggest regrets you hear from people who have completed their gap year is that they wish they had something to show for it, some kind of achievement. Now we know that a gap year is all about enjoying yourself and exploring the world, but we have the perfect solution for those of you wanting to achieve something while on your adventures. Why not gain a PADI qualification in the Caribbean ?

The Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, above and below the water. The archipelago is made up of islands that are all unique and distinctive in their own rights with different landscapes and individual cultures and histories. One thing that they all have in common is that the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea surround them. The whole area is rich in marine life and offers some of the best diving in the world. All of the islands offer dives of varying degrees of difficulty making it the perfect place to learn, and then progress with your new-found diving skills. Not only will you feel a sense of pride and satisfaction for having done something worthwhile with your gap year, as opposed to constantly bumming around on the beach, but if you enjoy diving then you can use your PADI qualification on future holidays without having to waste precious time off work learning the skills first. The benefits of diving on your gap year are numerous.

Here is a look at what we think are the best three locations to gain your PADI qualifications in the Caribbean.

Variety and choice

If you're looking for a wide choice of dive sites with an impressive mix of difficulty levels that are all easy to reach, then Grenada is the island for you. The island's waters contain wrecks, reefs in abundance, a volcano and even an underwater sculpture park. When you are learning to dive the last thing you want to do is spend hours aboard a boat travelling to and from dive sites. To make the most of your valuable diving time, and to spend the maximum amount of time actually in the water, give Grenada a go.

A choice of shallow sites such as MV Veronica, Dragon Bay, Flamingo Bay and the underwater sculpture park at Molinere Bay mean that you will never get bored as a learner diver. There is also a huge range of dive schools to choose from. The majority are based on the island's famous Grande Anse Beach.

Easy access

The island of Bonaire is blessed with an almost continuous reef surrounding it. In many places this reef is only a few yards from the shore meaning you can simply wade out to experience some fantastic shallow diving. Bonaire is also well set up for visiting divers. Yellow markers along the coastal road indicate where the dive sites are. All you have to do is park up and walk out to the relevant site.

As you progress with your diving skills there are also some great off shore sites to be reached by boat as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire which also falls under the protection of the Bonaire National Marine Park.

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These waters you see in the video are the shallows of half moon bay - now you can begin to see why its real easy to learn to dive ... Read More
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10 Best Islands in Caribbean

10 Best Islands in Caribbean

There are many Caribbean islands to choose from and you can find one that is just right for your vacation and budget. Apart from going on a vacation, any person interested in theatredeals can also dream of living in the Caribbean and they can find an island paradise that they can relocate to. These are wonderful islands that have a lot to offer. The following is a list of some of the best islands that you can find in the Caribbean. 1. St. Martin If there is any complaint about this island that is filled with resorts, restaurants and nightclubs is that there is too much of everything. However, the construction boom has slowed down because of global economic meltdown. The activities that a visitor can enjoy include going on a hike and diving in the marine park. 2. Aruba Luxury hotels, designer boutiques and glitzy casinos are concentrated in the western edge of this island. Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed and even if you are not a morning person, you can rise up early to enjoy a street party called Carubbean Festival that is held every week. 3. Bahamas This island is ideal if you would like some bit of solitude. Proximity and peace are directly related and the further one travels, the quieter it becomes. 4. US Virgin Islands There are three islands to choose from and they include St. Croix, St. John and St. Croix. The most remote island is St. Croix and it is also less developed compared to the other two. If you are a sports enthusiast, this is a perfect getaway for you. 5. Puerto Rico The Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is very impressive and it is not as crowded as the other beaches in the island. The laid back personality of the island is what draws tourists and even celebrities. 6. Bermuda In the Atlantic Ocean, you will find this island sitting all alone. Its architecture, customs and foods are more British colonial that a tropical paradise. Even though the island is pricey, visitors can find reduce golfing fees, lower airfares and cheaper hotels. 7. Cayman Islands These islands are synonymous with wealthy pursuits and they are offshore banking and deep sea diving. It is rare to find an affordable hotel in these islands. However, a hotel that is recommended goes by the name Sunshine Suites. 8. Dominican Republic Affordable, all inclusive packages are available especially in Punta Cana. The Residencial Casa Linda Villas are more like your local neighborhood as opposed to a resort. Daily housekeeping services are available and a two bedroom villa can cost $100. 9. Jamaica This is an island that caters for every kind of traveler. A honeymooner can find an ideal package while the island is also family friendly. Ocho Rios is an ideal location for a cruiser. 10. Trinidad and Tobago Tobago is just like the backyard of Trinidad. This 116 square mile haven is just a twenty minute flight from Trinidad. You can find restaurants and nightclubs here and you can find peaceful accommodation at the Gloucester Place Guest House.

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Belize mentioned in a best dive spots in the world article.

Here is the article from Lonely Planet Best Diving Spots in the World.

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Hospitality at its best at Resorts And Hotels At The Bay Islands

Hospitality at its best at Resorts And Hotels At The Bay Islands
Hospitality at its best at Resorts And Hotels In The Bay Islands One of the most perfect destinations is Roatan in the Bay Islands. Besides this you can also find some great accommodation facilities at the other islands like Utila, Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos. You can get cozy rooms to stay and privacy can be availed at the cabanas. Air conditioning, (excellent room service ?), telephone, television, tea + coffee makers, refrigerators and lots of other facilities are provided in the ultra clean rooms often with tile or wood flooring. Most of the hotels and resorts in the Bay Islands are well maintained and pretty. A feature of resorts in fact for many of the rooms is also to have a hammock and patio assuring every guest a great relaxing time. Just make sure to get your insect repelant as a hammock can contain no-seeums the sand fleas that will bite you ! Not fatal of course but it leaves a most unsightly red mark and bump.Finest Services ?Why do I keep adding the question markas against the service levels here. You will get ultra friendly service but its often slow and thats just the way it is when comparing it to US standards. Typically the following is the same for all hotels and resorts in the bay islands. The reception teams are warm, friendly, always smiling and very informative. They  take great pleasure in showing the guests around. Tourists can have an amazing time and hang out at any of the laid back ‘resorts’. Many of the resorts provide the ‘island’ feel you prefer. At every kind of accommodation whether it is the hotel type larger accommodation or the Caribbean type smaller accommodation, there are private gardens found at the Bay Island Resorts.Beautiful Beachfronts To AccessThe crowds are existant only on west bay in Roatan (the most popular island) during public holidays but their is still space to be found. Otherwise beaches are  not crowded and you could be the only ones especially if on the remote cays of Utila or the smaller islands. But crowds too can be great fun (make new friends playing beach volleyball). At the resorts, diving centers are also available you can find a list of them on this site Caribbean Diving. Delicious food whether it is international cuisine or the local cuisine, are served at the hotels and resorts at the Bay Islands resturants - the smaller ones will do local only food. Water taxi services are also available from many of the beaches on Roatan which are worth using since its a fun inexpensive way to save time in the heat. Scuba diving, snorkeling and other water based activities can also be enjoyed at various resorts like other of the Caribbean Islands but perhaps the tourism in the Bay Islands has grown from this industry mostly. Dive professionals are also available who help to make the diving experience most enjoyable for tourists and experienced divers alike. Again research our specific scuba diving guides per island on this site.Find A List Of Recommended Resorts And Hotels

In gorgeous garden settings or by the pool or in air conditioned restaurants you can find time to let time pass. A good place to watch the sunset is in the west end village in Roatan there head for sundowners or the blue marlin.

Those who do not wish to go diving can relax on the beaches and enjoy the nice warm sun a plenty otherwise there are many land based activities like horse riding or ziplining. A good idea would be to first look up the internet to get an idea of some exclusive resorts and hotels at the island you wish to visit. You will find a list of a number of recommended hotels and resorts where the best of accommodation, drinks and food is served.

Check The Weather Chart Online To get an idea of the climatic or weather conditions at the preferred Bay Island, you can always look up the weather chart on the internet before planning a trip to the islands. If you are looking for particular resorts only then you could even look up rankings of various resorts on the web and accordingly make a decision on the type of resort you want to stay in on reaching the Bay Islands. Once you make the first trip to any of the islands in the Caribbean you are sure to make many more annual trips to the beautiful island in the future too. With increasing numbers getting attracted to the region, there are now many hotels and resorts of your choice to access at the Bay Islands and that too at rates you can afford.
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Dreams Come True At Guanaja Island In The Caribbean

Dreams Come True At Guanaja Island In The Caribbean
Dreams Come True At Guanaja Island In The CaribbeanWhether it is Utila, Cayos Cochinos, Guanaja, Honduras or Roatan in the Caribbean you can make your dream come true with a memorable cruising experience. In the Caribbean is located a beautiful bay island called Guanaja, around 70 kilometers off Honduras’s northern coast. From Roatan it is located at a distance of 12 kilometers. There are a lot of waterways that run through Guanaja island, due to which it is densely populated. Savannah Bight and Mangrove Bight are the two main settlements on the island. Both Savannah Bight and Mangrove Bight towns are linked by one single small road. Water taxis are the main mode for transportation.Things To EnjoyThe small and beautiful resorts cater to adventurer travelers, snorkelers and divers. Thousands of people visit the island to enjoy the clear, fresh and warm waters, the wide open spectacular beaches the extensive and magnificent coral reef on all sides and waterfalls at the island. There is a beautiful rock peak, coral reef and lots of water based activities for tourists to enjoy at this island. Shrimping and fishing are the primary activities and source of income for the Guanaja islanders. Pine and conifer trees are largely grown at Guanaja Island. The islanders speak mainly English. Most of the people live at the Bonacca Cay which is located at a distance of 300 meters off the main island.Incredible Rock PeakGuanaja Island is popular for the Michael Rock Peak that stands at a height of 1350 feet making it the tallest peak in the Bay Islands. Tourists in thousands visit this incredible rock peak for hiking and viewing the beautiful Caribbean Sea. It is the seclusion feature that makes Guanaja a special island. Tourists can make the most of the dedicated and upscale hotel resorts and dive resorts located at many of the isolated destinations around Guanaja island. Boats can be used to access the resorts. Once your reach the island you can feel assured of a unique relaxing and private experience at the exotic island. A lot is offered at the island in terms of activities.The Mestizo ReefThe Mestizo Reef that has been newly inaugurated, the wrecks, the healthy reefs, volcanic caverns and the pinnacles are various things you can enjoy at the dive sites of the island. Mestizo Reef is a new site for diving located at around 65ft water. A 16th century bell, Spanish cannons, various objects, vases and genuine artifacts, a partial wreck of a ship, life sized statues of a local Indian chief, Lempira and Christopher Columbus surround this reef. Ancient Mayan artifacts, huge waterfalls, bars and restaurants in island style etc can also be enjoyed at this destination. Scuba diving is a great experience to have at Guanaja island. The marine life, sponges and corals are simply amazing.Diving And CruisingDivers from across the world come to the island to see the huge whale sharks. If you do not like diving then off the beach, a numbers of snorkel tours are also arranged. Kayaking, hiking, fishing, exploring and diving are the other activities tourists can enjoy at the island. Those looking to learn diving can also take up a one day diving course with many of the diving instructors available at the diving resorts at Guanaja. Many of the cruise ships stop at the ports of the Bay Islands, including Guanaja, Honduras, Roatan, Cayos Cochinos and Utila to enjoy the natural scenic beauty. In the Caribbean these are the favorite destinations not only for diving and other water based activities but also for cruising. Tourists are given ample time to go around sightseeing and shopping around the islands.
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