Bora Bora or better known as “Pora Pora” means “First Born” in the Tahitian language. Bora Bora is a volcanic island in the Society Islands archipelago of French Polynesia. The island is located some 230 kilometers northwest of Papeete, Tahiti which is the capital of French Polynesia. The only way to get in Bora Bora is by plane from Papeete and a few other islands of French Polynesia.
The island of Bora Bora is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, making it a perfect spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. One can also swim at Matira Beach, the most famous beach on Bora Bora which is located at the southern tip of the main island. In the center of the island are extinct volcanoes, namely Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. One can hike up these 2 peaks to get panoramic view of the lagoon looking down.
The tourist peak season on the island is during its dry season running from May to October. Avoid going to Bora Bora during these months if you dislike crowd. One special souvenir to bring back home from Bora Bora is black pearls. But do keep in mind that everything on the island is expensive! Prepare to bargain!
The Great Barrier Reef: a kaleidoscopic wonderland of undersea life from the joyously quirky to the astoundingly awesome. Cairns is your town if such wonder is what you seek: a magical gateway to the most abundant adventure Australia has to offer. Choose any compass point you like and you are sure to find beauty, with national parks to the south, the Atherton Tablelands to the west, the reef to the east and ancient rainforest to the north. With cheap flights to Cairns taking off it is now even more of an appealing destination for adventure.
The reef stretches a massive 2000 kilometers and contains the largest coral reef on the planet. There are many ways to explore it, with diving coming in as an obvious first. Colonies of coral come to life under water in a paint-box of different colors, fluorescent fish and the delicate curls of seahorses darting between. This underwater landscape is home to all manner of curious and clownish creatures and a range of colors which are startlingly unique to the reef. If diving seems a bit extreme then snorkeling and glass bottomed boats are other excellent ways of viewing the reef’s vibrant undersea life. Cruising, sailing, kayaking and flightseeing also abound if you are looking for a more relaxed experience. Whichever angle you approach the reef from, it cannot help but look anything short of spectacular.
Exploring Oceans: Great Barrier Reef
A land adventure from Cairns offers equally stunning surprises. The Atherton Tablelands tower 800m high, covering an area the same size as Ireland and competing with the reef in their abundance of wild beauty and color. As it should be with any journey, the beauty of the Tablelands trip is all in the getting there. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the longest in the world, and takes you from Cairns to the attractive market town of Kuranda. Glide like the native birds over pristine rainforest, moving soundlessly over the tree canopy to take in the awesome heights of the Barron Gorge National Park where you should keep your eye out for the iconic Ulysses butterfly. For a journey back to rival even the Skyrail, the Kuranda Scenic Railway offers you passage in the carriage of a historic locomotive with stop offs to take in the sights along the way.
Disembarking from your Skyrail journey at the Smithfield terminal, you will discover an experience which also grapples to be Cairns finest attraction, and is certainly one of the best examples of its kind. Tjapukai is an award-winning Aboriginal Culture Park. Hear the Dreamtime stories of Aboriginal mythology and watch theater shows of Aboriginal dance and song: loads of fun as well as being educational. If you are looking for an insight into Aboriginal history and culture then the park gives an opportunity to really immerse yourself. Tools and hunting methods are shared with visitors in the impressive mock-up camp, and the evening schedule includes a locally sourced banquet as well as a beautifully atmospheric stage show.
There is a group of beautiful sea islands scattering around in the southern Pacific Ocean. This group of islands is called the French Polynesia. At the size of approximately 1,045 square kilometers, Tahiti is the largest and most populated island of French Polynesia. The island consists of two roughly round portions, namely Tahiti Nui (Big Tahiti) and Tahiti Iti (Small Tahiti) connected by a short Taravao Isthmus. The capital of the French Polynesia, Papeete is located on the Big Tahiti.
Tahiti Island is said to be a place on earth closest to heaven. It is an untouched and beautiful piece of land. The most popular activity on Tahiti is unarguably diving. The island of Tahiti offers some of the best scuba diving sites including the Tahiti Wall, Shark Cave, The Vavi Area and Underwater Fresh Water Springs, just to name a few. Tahiti also serves as a jumping off point to Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, Rangiroa and other islands in the archipelago. Other activities besides scuba diving are snorkeling, surfing, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, hiking, golfing and many more.
The best way to get in Tahiti is by air. Tahiti is served by Faa’a International Airport, which is located close to the country’s capital city of Papeete. One can visit Tahiti anytime throughout the year, but it is best to avoid the rainy season from November to April.
The Maldives, or officially Republic of Maldives is an island country of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. It lies just southwest of both India and Sri Lanka, and is the smallest country in Asia in both population and area. With an average ground level of 1.5 meters above sea level, the Maldives is also the lowest country on earth.
Maldives is well known for its blue ocean and white beaches. Its mild climate is ideal for water sports such as swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and many more. In fact, Maldives is ranked among the world’s best diving spots. Water is clean in Maldives and its superb clarity makes finding of underwater life relatively easier. However, Maldives is very expensive by Asian standards.
Welcome to Maldives
All visitors have to arrive at Malé International Airport located on Hulhulé Island. The airport is located just next to the capital city of the Maldives, Malé. To get around in the Maldives, one can use boats, sea planes and private yachts.
Venezuela’s offshore islands are always not very well known. But Islas Los Roques is an exception. Islas Los Roques is an archipelago consists of 40 bigger islands and more than 250 islets as well as cays. The archipelago is surrounded by many cays, making Islas Los Roques one of the best diving spots in the Caribbean. In fact, Islas Los Roques is the biggest and oldest marine park in the Caribbean Sea with a total area of 40.61 square kilometers. One can find countless shoals of fish and numerous corals here. The Los Roques islands had been declared a national park in 1972.
Much of the islands in the archipelago are still deserted, making it a perfect spot for bird watching. There are some 300 species of birds found in Islas Los Roques including the crested ibis that attracts worldwide attention. One can opt to stay in a submarine named Antares III. You can dive with Antares III to the 85 feet underwater world. Other activities include fishing, snorkeling and kite surfing.
Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela
Islas Los Roques is situated approximately 161 kilometers from La Guaira. You can land on El Gran Roque, one of a few populated islands in the archipelago. The best time in a year to visit Islas Los Roques is from April till December.