As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali is mostly known for its stunning beaches. Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua and Sanur are the popular names that you may have known already. But, have you ever thought that aside from those famous names, Bali still has other beautiful beaches? The beaches that are far away from the city, hidden among high cliffs and surrounded by forest.
You may need more time and effort to reach these hidden beaches, but your hard effort will certainly be paid once you reach them. The hidden beaches are definitely worth your try.
1. Perasi Beach
This beach is also known as “Virgin Beach” or “Pantai Pasir Putih”. It is located in Karangasem regency, eastern Bali. If you like a tranquil, beautiful beach, Perasi Beach is the right choice.
There is neither hotel nor villa nearby the beach, so you need to book hotel in Denpasar or Karangasem. However, you can find many food stalls around the shore. You can enjoy walking on the seashore while eating some snacks and
I have less than a year until I reach the big FOUR-ZERO. Although many say that forty is the new thirty – after all, we are on a whole getting more health-conscious, spending countless hours at the gym getting toned and fit – the upcoming birthday is still a time for reflection. I watched a post on YouTube not so long ago about age and one’s career. According to the man being interviewed – a man born into a poor family in China whose net worth, at the age of 50, is into the billions (of US dollars) – one’s career should be set in stone and on a spiral upward by the time the age of forty comes along.
If I follow this rule, and with five months to go to my fortieth birthday, I think I may be in trouble where my career is concerned. But as I look back on my life, I realise I have many life experiences to be proud of. A unique one, particularly as a Sabahan, was the four years I spent roughing it
Palau is nicely tucked in the serene south west section of Micronesia. This place is an exquisite archipelago that is composed of three hundred and forty three islands cuddled up in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The island nation of Palau is a very popular tourist destination that has scuba diving as its main attractions. Every year people from all around the world come to the islands of Palau to enjoy scuba diving. Apart from the scuba diving, snorkelling is also a very important attraction for the tourists in Palau. The island of Palau is surrounded by an amazing underwater marine life. The clear blue waters also make it quite tempting for the adventure sports lovers to dive deep in the Pacific and watch the real gems of the ocean with their own eyes.
It is only in Palau that a scuba diver would experience a glorious encounter with the marine life while they bask in the light of a tropical sanctuary underwater. So if you are a scuba diving enthusiast then know all the important information before going
Some of the world’s most unforgettable beach holidays happen here, whether vacationing alone, with friends, family, or if you’re honeymooning. When someone hears Phuket, it is immediately associated with spectacular sandy stretches. But when in Phuket, where exactly do you go to enjoy the postcard-perfect beach, or the beach that suit your vibe?
If the object of your Phuket visit is to find out just how alive or vibrant beach life can be in this part of the world, Patong Beach should be your first destination of choice. By the sheer number of visitors to this beach, you can say it’s the most popular in Phuket. This is a busy and crowd-friendly beach, and nightlife here is electrifying as most would describe. If you don’t mind the crowd, and if part of your goal is to enjoy crystal clear water and white sand, this is the beach for you. Patong, itself is pretty convenient for vacationers as it offers a plethora of hotel and restaurant options. Even the shoppers and diners will find the area to be a perfect respite to a day on the beach. Its shopping center is something you should check out. You might
I have always been an avid hiker, so one year I took my son and daughter to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where we hiked the Bright Angel Trail.
There were only a small number of campsites available at Phantom Ranch at the bottom, so I booked the site one year in advance through the National Park Service. The only dates available were in December, so this was going to make the hike more challenging, because of the possibility of snow and ice on the trail.
It is approximately 9.9 miles from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch. The elevation at the top is 6860 feet, and at the Colorado River, 2480 feet. I studied maps of the trail, and learned that the heat can be very dangerous in the summer. In the winter, ice could be on the trail, since sunlight never falls directly on many parts. The trail is rocky and steep, with many switchbacks and ledges. Halfway down is a rest area called Indian Garden, with water and toilets.
We needed to pack twenty-one meals for the three of us, rain gear, warm clothes, cooking gear, tent, and adequate water for cooking
When planning a vacation, Vietnam isn’t on many people’s radar, which is a travesty once one learns of the pristine beaches, unbelievable sights and rich culture of the country that is just waiting to be discovered by eager tourists. When you start browsing vacation spots in Vietnam online, you will likely come across some images of an otherworldly bay. This bay is called the Bai Tu Long Bay, and it is a part of Halong Bay, one of the well-hidden vacation spots in Vietnam.
A few kilometers of water sprinkled with some islands is easy to describe on paper, but no words or images for that matter, can do justice to the magic of this place. If you want to experience the true splendor of this enchanting bay; cruises of Bai Tu Long Bay are the best ways to do it. Note the fact that there is an ‘s’ at the end of cruises, as in multiple cruises will help you explore this tranquil bay in the most comprehensible way possible.
If you aren’t convinced by the images and the descriptions of the bay, then you may want to look at some intriguing reasons why you
Having holidayed here for several years and now spending our winters here I would like to introduce you to places we found of interest and you might enjoy too! First I will tell you about the area. Murcia covers quite a large district and extends inland into the countryside whereas the Costa Calida is the coastal area in the region, just south of Costa Blanca.
The Mar Menor is an inland sea formed by two strips of land that nearly join leaving a small water way between them. This creates a warm shallow inland sea. Small boats could pass through the gap but the water stretches out from the beaches a considerable distance making it an ideal spot for families to enjoy beach trips, and children to bathe in the warm shallow waters.
The beaches are mostly of golden sand a little paler to the north of the area towards the white sand of the Costa Blanca, becoming darker further south, but sandy and in places rocks stand out of the water.
The southern spit of land is highly populated with holiday facilities, high-rise buildings, hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and shops. The northern spit has
Sometimes life asks us to sacrifice our bodily comforts in order to let our spirits soar with the condors. In January of 2015, my wife, Amara, and I went on a spirit guided journey to Peru. Our intentions were to celebrate life, create ceremonies, and fill up our souls with the amazing magic of the Andes. Little did we know that we would be placed in a situation that would force us to practice what we teach: Emergency Survival.
It all began with our sincere desire to visit one of the strangest places in Peru. It is a destination that many attempt to reach, but many also miss due to random happen stance or seemingly bizarre interference from the universe. With all of the allure and intrigue surrounding this place, we had hoped, if not expected, at least some adversity to meet us. And meet us it did.
The initial travel by taxi and bus to get to a small town near the site was nothing outside of ordinary travel for Peru: everybody tells you a different bus schedule, anyone is willing to take you themselves for the right price, and somehow you end up where
1. THE ISOLATION – Big Bend is 1,250 square miles, about the size of Rhode Island. With around 300,000 visitors per year that breaks down to around only 821 visitors per day. That means every visitor could have 1.5 square miles entirely to themselves! Obviously people will congregate around certain parts of the park, but if you go on a backpacking trip, it’s not uncommon to go 3-5 days without seeing another human being! Be aware this parks isolation is serious! Mountain Lions, Bears and snakes are more common than visitors and the dry desert heat can be relentless. When you check in with park rangers to get your permit, be prepared for the ranger to ask detailed questions about where you will hike, camp and how prepared you are. The rangers will also take pictures of you, your gear and soles of your hiking boots. Too many unprepared hikers have wandered off into this beautiful land and never return. Don’t let that scare you, let that prepare you!
2. THE NIGHT SKY – Certified by the International Dark-Sky Association as one of only 30 dark-sky parks in the world, and on the USA Today’s top ten
There are 6 countries that are home to the Himalayan mountain range: Nepal, China/Tibet, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Myanmar. Without question or debate it is Nepal that stands out as the Himalayan Kingdom. Not only does it contain the highest number of peaks of any other country housing the Himalaya, it has the most peaks open for climbing and has by far the best infrastructure to support tourism and mountaineering. Nepal has seen mountaineering activity that dates back further than any other asian country with the early expeditions beginning in the 1890’s and early 19th century. The Himalaya in central Asia was the last and greatest mountain range to see exploration and eventually became the range where modern-day expedition assaults and tactics were developed by the early pioneers.
The Nepal government (Ministry of Tourism) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) earned $3.91 million USD in tourist revenue from mountaineering permits in 2013. This amount is cited from figures released by the Nepali government. Year to year this number fluctuates, but its fair to say that just by looking at the financial evidence, Nepal should be on your bucket list if you’re a mountain climber.
Nothing can be more enticing than an exotic island paradise when you are thinking of rejuvenating yourself in your next vacation. One of the most popular destinations that have never lost its charm is Bali in Indonesia. This island paradise is famous for its pristine beaches, relaxed surroundings and an addictive Asian charm that would surely help you shed all your anxiety and rejuvenate in the lap of nature. So if you are travelling to Bali for the first time then here are a few interesting tips that you would find useful.
Reaching this paradise is not a difficult task as you will find ample flight options from Europe, Australia and USA as well. However a prior booking of tickets would help you get a better price. Remember! It is one of the hotspots for travellers from all corners of the world.
It is best to travel between May and September as it is the dry season in Bali. The other months mainly remains cloudy and wet because of heavy rainfall. The dry months will let you get a glimpse of nature at its best in the tropics.
It can be quite hot during the
Whether you are planning a trek to K2 base camp or want to put your mountaineering passion to the test by attempting to climb the second highest mountain on earth, you’ll have to prepare yourself to fight against all odds of nature. Climbing the highest mountain in Pakistan or trekking to its base camp is not the novice adventurer’s task.
As you ascend to the base camp of the 8,611m mountain in the Karakorum mountain range of Pakistan, the air becomes thinner, oxygen becomes less available and breathing becomes hard. Also notorious as the savage mountain that tries to kill you, K2 poses serious risks to both the trekker and the veteran mountaineer; however, the risks for the passionate mountain climber augments as he or she ascends the mountain.
Height sickness, acute mountain syndrome and pulmonic edema are the common health risks associated with almost all types of adventure to this mountain, but as common sense would suggest, these risks are higher for climbers who aim to summit K2 than adventure lovers who’d simple want to trek to the savage mountain’s base camp. It is vital to understand that the health complications associated with high altitude,
There are many reasons why it is worth to go to the Caribbean region. The beaches are not crowded, and opportunities for recreation abound. You can surf, browse archaeological sites and indulge in relaxation. The long coastline covers several countries, which means you have a wide choice of destinations.
1. Boca Del Toro, Panama
If you are looking for a beach that is not teeming with people who fight for every centimeter of sand, this is the right choice. This small archipelago consists of six islands and is increasingly sought after destination and is located only 32 km from the border with Costa Rica. Colon Island is the most populated island of the archipelago and it is situated in Bocas town. When it comes to pristine beaches, Boca del Drago Island is a great place that you can associate with oceanic idyll. Palm trees lie on the beach and touching translucent waters by creating a feeling of relaxation. In recent years the development of tourism has risen, but people have managed to maintain and preserve the unique identity of nature in the area.
2. Puerto Viejo Talamanca, Costa Rica
There is something distinctly Afro-Caribbean
I have once said to my female travel buddy: “let us discover the way of life of our indigenous people and have a laidback weekend in the mountain”. Never did we expect that most of the tourists going to Batad are Europeans! A totally “nose bleed” scenario for the two us. This term is a filipino slang which means it’s hard for us to speak straight english conversation with our fellow travelers for two consecutive days during our weekend trip! Despite the challenges, we socialized a lot and learn something new about their lifestyle and their countries.
Philippine cultural books never fail to mention the famous rice terraces of Cordillera. In various travel blog sites, Batad is often praised for its majestic view of “green staircases”, built along the mountain range by the indigenous people thousands of years ago. Unknown to many, this man-made attraction is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Philippines.
I have chosen Batad as my local itinerary for the weekend to break away from my usual beach vacation. Website photos of Batad rice terraces prior to my visit led me to believe that one could easily go downstairs
It may come as no surprise that Costa Rica offers some amazing opportunities for travelers. What you may not know is that it is also an ideal place for a family vacation.
There’s a very common word that pops up when people hear “family vacation,” and that word is “can’t.” As in, “we can’t take our kids” and “we can’t do that if we have kids with us.”
If you’re worried that your kids won’t be able to keep up, won’t have fun, or won’t appreciate the lush landscape as much as you, have no fear! There’s plenty which makes a Costa Rica family vacation lively, enriching, and exciting for all ages.
One of the greatest treasures of Costa Rica is its natural beauty. Whether it’s traversing through a dense jungle, or hiking a mountain, all who venture into the natural world there are sure to experience awe inspiring scenes of nature at its best. If you’re worried your kids aren’t up to a challenging hike, there’s plenty of kid friendly trails and paths that are just as amazing as the more difficult treks. Try Poas Volcano, which is a relatively tame hike
Going out for an outdoor tour often has several aspects to it where most people prefer planning beforehand. The planning includes hotel accommodations, passes to local attractions, booking for local transportation, etc. Apart from that, it involves carrying along necessary requirements such as clothing, medication, guide maps and several other things that may come to use while outdoors. Outback tours are one such outdoor tour that most of us dream of. You not only get to relish delicacies but also get glimpses of the flora and fauna along with the scenic beauty.
If you are being a part of the tours for the first time, it is essential for you to follow a few rules that would help you to have the best experience and thus making you look at things differently.
• Own helpful maps of the places you intend to visit – If it is a land that you have never visited before, the only saviour to help you through would be these route maps. They not only help you with the routes to your destination but often have other details such as the local attractions and how you can get the most out
Jungle safaris offer great opportunities for you to see wild animals in their natural habitats. It is really nothing like going to the zoo where the animals do not have freedom and are not set in their natural habitats. There are so many jungle safari destinations across the world, but Africa remains to be top of the list as one of the best continents you can choose to have an amazing jungle safari experience. The safaris involve exploring forests that have teeming wildlife and you definitely will enjoy the rich natural diversity in the destination that you choose.
Whether you are organizing the safaris for your family or you plan to go with a group of friends, it helps to take precautions so you can have the most rewarding experience in the destination that you choose. Below are some helpful tips that will ensure that you get the best jungle safari ever.
1. Pack all essential carefully before leaving for your safari. A binoculars and camera are some of the items you really cannot forget when packing so you can have clear sights of the animals even when they are a distance away from where you
For those looking at Olu Deniz holidays for their next vacation, it can be hard to narrow down the different activities to do in this location. The area is great for those who prefer a more active holiday, as there is plenty here to keep your adrenaline pumping as well as tantalize all your senses.
The first most popular sporting activity in Olu Deniz is paragliding, and the beach resort has been popular with many in recent years for the opportunity to participate in this activity. Babadag Mountain is the location of all this paragliding activity, and is within easy reach of Olu Deniz village and resort.
Although this is an activity that is not for the faint-heated, paragliding from Babadag Mountain is the best way to get the most amazing views of the surrounding area and take in some truly breathtaking vistas. There are many reputable and highly trained companies running paragliding activities here, but make sure that you check out the service provider before you book a gliding session.
The second recommended activity for those looking to book Olu Deniz holidays is the Lycian Way Ultra marathon, which is an extreme endurance event
1. The Lava Tube
This hidden gem under the desert floor is an amazing and magical experience. The Lava Tube which can only be accessed by a 5 mile dirt road, is a great place to explore for all ages. The Lava Tube has three cave like rooms. The roof of the lava tube has three holes that allow light to shine down to the cave floor. The beam of light that cuts through the darkness creates a magical experience and photo opportunity.
2. The Mojave Road
The Mojave Desert Road is known today as a 140 mile off road trail for 4 wheel drive enthusiasts, but what many people don’t know is how important the Mojave Road is to American history and the West. The Road stretches from the Colorado River in Arizona to the Mojave river in California. The trail which was originally used by Native Americans, became a way for foreign explorers and eventually American settlers to cross the great expanse of rough desert. The Mojave Road follows the many water springs that dot the dry landscape. The trail that is a staple of American history is now a fun way for
Sydney is a destination that lies in many bucket lists. Australia’s biggest city is a wondrous destination that every traveler is fascinated with. From amazing attractions to free healthcare, there are plenty of reasons why your visit is a must. The ideal climate all year round is surely a winner, and most of the travelers find it the best getaway when the climate in their countries reaches its extremes. For anyone who visits Australia, Sydney is truly a magnet.
If it’s your first time to the magical city, here are some of the things you must explore.
1. The Rocks
Sydney has a very interesting past, and to explore the best of it take a trip to the Rocks. There are plenty of ways the locals and the tourists can enjoy this attraction of Sydney. Most of the tourists love having a picnic under the Harbor Bridge.
The Rocks is home to amazing museums and retail shops that you wouldn’t find elsewhere in Sydney. The galleries and museums would take you back in time to explore the rich history of Sydney. The Rocks Discovery Museum is one of the most fascinating attractions to explore