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These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    April 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    So, so looking forward to the Camino this summer – and have been for nearly eight years! Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Wow 8 years! I decided 4 days before I went that I was going haha. But my under-preparation definitely worked against me. Enjoy it 🙂

      • Jose

        November 12, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        Hi:

        El Camino is a beautiful experience, painful and inspiring…

        I just want to point out that it is Puente la Reina, instead Puenta la Reina, and maybe you visited a doctor in Logroño.

        cheers

      • Andy Wilson

        February 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Ha Cole what was the weather like at that time of year I’m going to walk April 2014 I’m like you layed off 26th January from job in WA a few things to tidy up in NZ Auckland friends walked it 3 years ago ,had a ball, I’m planing on doing the full trek France to Spain and even contemplating cycling the Spain Portugal section after that, se how we go I’ve been training and boots are a couple of seasons old so looking forward to it

        • Cole Burmester

          February 7, 2014 at 4:54 AM

          Hey Andy.
          Thanks for the comment! Very jealous you are going over and I might actually see you there… Possibly walking it again in May this year too. The weather should be reasonably fine by April. Sometimes they get some late snow in the Pyrenees but it shouldn’t affect you too much. The pass over the top closed a day before I arrived so I had to start from Pamplona but I was there a month earlier than you. All I can say is take as little gear as possible as you will regret every KG of equipment that you don’t end up using. Good luck and enjoy it!
          Cheers,
          Cole

  2. EurotripTips

    April 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Beautiful photos! And nevermind that you weren’t able to finish the Camino – the simple fact that you were motivated enough to actually start and do 100km it is very impressive! Congrats, and better luck next time!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I met people that had been walking the Camino for 10 years! Every year they came back and did a little bit more. They plan to finish next year sometime 😉 Might be me in a few years time haha.

  3. Jarmo

    April 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Gorgeous shots Cole! I’ve been very tempted by the Camino, it looks gorgeous, although I am worried that the same thing that happened to you, would happen to me. But still, a good try mate!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      As long as you have broken in your shoes (I didn’t), ensured they are a little bigger than normal (mine weren’t) and you can comfortably walk 20+ km’s a day, then you will be fine! Highly recommend it 😀

  4. Jenna

    April 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Wow, what an experience this must have been, and what beautiful photos! I remember learning about this path in one of my art history classes and have been interested in it since then because it has been so important for so many people and for so long.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I had never heard about the Camino de Santiago until last year when one of my friends did it. To be honest I had no desire to do it until just 4 days before I left! Wish I had prepared some more now though as I really want to finish it.

  5. Sarah

    April 2, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Wow Cole, what lovely photos! I’m sorry about your feet but it looks like you got some great shots in there 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Imagine if I had a chance to walk the full 800 km’s! Probably would have ran out of memory space on my camera haha.

  6. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    April 2, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Sorry to hear you didn’t get to finish it this time around, but you got some great photos that’s for sure! What a beautiful part of the world. I look forward to reading the unfinished business post. We are trying to hike the Appalachian Trail in sections … probably will never be able to finish it, but hey, sometimes it’s about the journey, not the end goal, right?

    • Cole Burmester

      April 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I met a couple that were walking the Camino de Santiago over 11 years. They expect to finish next year so it is definitely achievable when you break it down like that. So jealous of you hiking the Appalachian Trail and good luck. I am sure you will get there in the end, even if it is in 10 years time 🙂

  7. Kerwin

    April 2, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Jandals and sock! uugh…
    I love the beautiful pictures; thank you!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I think I have just destroyed my brand with that photo 😉

      And thanks Kerwin!

  8. Casey @ A Cruising Couple

    April 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    This is SO awesome–I’m really hoping that one day we get to do the pilgrimage, even if it’s just a bit of it! Great photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      If you come to Europe then definitely put it on the to-do list! Well worth it, even if you only do it for a few weeks/days like me 😉

  9. Shane

    April 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Great photos Cole! Hope the feet are feeling better.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks Shane. Feet are just about healed now haha.

  10. Sophie @ GetACarHire

    April 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    You captured all these beauties with blistered feet?! Salute!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Since I was walking so slowly I might as well as have taken them 😉

  11. Matthew Karsten

    April 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Can’t wait to try this one day. Will make sure to use your advice about the broken-in and roomy shoes though. Love the shots!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Well worth a trip to Spain for it! Just do a little more preparation than me haha.

  12. Rachelle Gallant

    April 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Absolututely stuning photos!!! I walked the Camino in September/October 2012 and will definitely return one day! Thanks for Sharing!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      You are welcome 😀 September would have been a perfect time of year to walk the Camino I think. Not too hard and not as many people!

  13. ReAnn

    April 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Poor feet. That’s my greatest worry as I get ready to walk the Camino next Spring. Your photos are fabulous. Would you share what type camera you used?

  14. Jade Johnston

    April 4, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    OUCH I have heard stories of the camino killing shoes in the past… for a hike of that length you dont want to be cheap with your hiking shoes. love the photos

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      I wasn’t cheap with them, they cost me a bundle! Just didn’t break them in enough and they needed to be at least a half size bigger than normal. Learnt my lesson though and hopefully it helps others too 😉

  15. Janice

    April 4, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    my husband and i walked the camino to Santiago de Compostela we took are time walking it in 42 days during Sept and Oct 2012, it is beautiful. The people we met were wonderful. we, life a lot of people packed too heavy, but after purging some of the items we didn’t need, we were much better off. We met people of all shapes and size, and all ages, kids travelling with their parents the youngest about 2 years of age the oldest 82 years of age! your images a wonderful and bring back great memories.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      42 days is a perfect amount of time to walk it. Means you can take your time and enjoy the villages rather than rushing through every day. And the people definitely make the journey. Thanks for commenting 😉

  16. YOLANDA LEMASTER

    April 4, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Great pics. Wish mine looked half as good.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Thank you Yolanda 🙂 Just takes time and practice (and a little editing haha).

  17. Agnes Martinez

    April 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    I loooooove your photos!!! I am doing the camino next year and am sooooo excited!!! Thanks for your photos, they are going up on my wall to remind me of what’s in store for next year!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      You will have so much fun Agnes! Maybe I will re-do it next year too 🙂

  18. Natasha von Geldern

    April 4, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Wow beautiful photos but your poor feet! A salutary tale indeed!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Haha thanks Natasha. Was a big mistake being so unprepared with the right shoe choice. But lesson learned for next time 😉

  19. sepideh minaaraghi

    April 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    wow I loved looking at your photos, I am starting the walk april 29th, did you use a tent along the way? do I need one?

  20. Lucina

    April 5, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Thank you for your photos, they are inspiring and beautiful. I plan to walk the Camino one day, so I often check with this site. Good luck with your feet and your journey.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Thanks Lucina! Let us know if you ever need any tips and good luck when you do walk the Camino.

  21. Sil

    April 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Ouch! Seems you felt the painful souls of pilgrims past through the soles of your feet! Hope you go back – there are fantastic photo opportunities waiting for you along the path!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Thanks Sil! Feet are basically healed now (2 weeks later) so definitely keen to get back there soon. Maybe not this summer but should be sooner than later.

      • Sil

        April 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        I posted a link to this blog on the Camino Forum and most comments are about your gorgeous photography – everyone wanting to see more. Do you have a link to any other photographs?

        • Cole Burmester

          April 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

          I don’t unfortunately Sil! I will need to go through and edit some more at some stage. And thank you so much for sharing the post on the forum 😀

  22. Margaret

    April 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Your Camino photos are some of the most stunning I have seen- truly beautiful. Maybe you will get back, with a bigger pair of worn in shoes- and we will get to see some more of your journey along it.
    The churches mostly aren’t open in the season either by the way. In most smaller places they are open for evening mass but not much more than that.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 6, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Thank you Margaret 🙂 Was such a wonderful experience, even if it was short lived. Definitely plan to be back in the near future to finish it off with a little more preparation!

  23. Gretta

    April 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Far Out!!! They are some of the best photos I have seen of the Camino. Im heading back to the Camino in August. I am about to buy my third pair of shoes…Yikes. Im so worried about this. Can I ask if you dont mind…what were the shoes that you had problems with. (Please excuse me if this has been mentioned…but I couldnt see it)

    I ended up last time walking in Kumfs black dress sandals and white socks….soooooo atractive… not. But they worked.

    • Gretta

      April 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Bananas!! Doup! found the shoes on your site. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Saw that you spotted the shoes 😉 But just for anyone else, they were Northface Hedgehog shoes. It was just the size that I got so wrong. Definitely worth buying about a half-size to size bigger than normal 😀

      Good luck again in August. Maybe will see ya there!

  24. Stephen Nicholls

    April 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Smashing photo’s! My diaries and links to over 700 photos from my last two caminos are on my web site. Off in six weeks time, from Lisbon to Porto this time, so completing the Camino Portuguese.
    Ultreya!
    Stephen

    • Cole Burmester

      April 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Thanks Stephen! Will go check out your photos of the Camino now too 😉 Good luck for the Portuguese leg.

  25. Ali

    April 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Looks gorgeous! But hiking in flip flops is not ideal. I’m glad you didn’t push on, sounds like it would’ve been really bad for your already aching feet. The sections you were able to see look great though!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      I think I would have done some long term damage if I had continued without proper arch support just wearing my jandals. Now I have a real desire to go back as well.

  26. Abby

    April 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    WOW! Some of the prettiest pictures I’ve ever seen… A good friend of mine did this, which just floored me for some reason. I remember being at the cathedral and watching the pilgrims come in and just being so overwhelmed. It never occurred to me that I would know someone who did it. Congrats on making it as far as you did!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Two of my friends did it last year and that was the first time I had heard about it. Definitely want to finish it next time! Hopefully in a couple of years.

  27. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    April 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Gorgeous views! I love the photo of the bridge.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Such a beautiful old village and one of the first places you stay on the Camino 🙂

  28. Laura @Travelocafe

    April 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    As always, your photos are amazing! Great job!

  29. santafetraveler

    April 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    It’s on my list. Wonderful photos, just makes me want to go more as did watching Emilio Estevez’s wonderful film, The Way.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 8, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      I watched “The Way” a few days before my trip and recognised a couple of the places on the walk. Great film, but it is better in real life 😉

  30. Paddy Waller

    April 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Lovely photos.Brought back memories. I did part of El Camino years ago and finally did it from Roncesvalles to Santiago(31 days)three years ago on my own. Amazing fun and made some good friends.If I had to give one piece of advice it would be train for at least 4 weeks before going(and in the shoes or boots you will walk the Camino in). You really enjoy it so much more….a friend gave me that tip and it was so true.Saw alot of people with blisters,feet problems and they really suffered badly.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Definitely going to be going back in the future to give the Camino another crack Paddy. Great advice from you and will take it in next time 😉

  31. Arti

    April 19, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    These are stunning captures but I must say that the second shot is just surreal!! Loved it so very much! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Thank you Arti 😀 Wish I could have kept going to take more!

  32. Mandy

    April 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Wow, what an incredible walk! I think 100km is impressive in itself but I can imagine that the full 800km would take some dedication and time. I’m trying to put that into perspective – it’s like walking from the Kruger Park to Durban in South Africa – not a distance I’ve ever considered walking on foot!

    Your photos are fantastic. I’m sure it was a great experience and well worth the blisters, I hope.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Walking from Kruger Park to Durban would definitely be an impressive feat 🙂 It just seems more manageable though when you break it down day-by-day. Especially when so many others are doing it too.

  33. Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER

    May 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Awesome photos! Just met a guy who’s taking 6 weeks off to do this trek. Thanks for the post. You’ve just bumped this higher on my bucket list! Am sharing this w/ my FB page (just to have it bookmarked!)

    • Cole Burmester

      May 17, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      Thanks for the extra share Christine! And I definitely recommend doing the Camino. Just wish I hadn’t screwed up my feet so badly, but at least I get to go back sometime and do it again 😉

  34. Nathan Mizrachi

    June 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Hi Cole! I’m sorry your feet didn’t hold up so well. I’m heading off to do the Camino in August–I’m starting from Paris though, so I guess I have a lot of training to do then. Your photos are gorgeous and will give me a lot of inspiration in the coming weeks! For the short time that you were walking though, did you have any particular place you wish you could’ve spent more time in? One thing I’m worried about (in a good way) is that I will want to end up staying for more time in some of the towns and cities along the way, especially the larger ones like Burgos, Leon, and Pamplona. Appreciate your response, happy trekking!

  35. Kristy of Family Visa

    June 18, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    It looks like the place is a nice plot for a romantic movie because every corner has an awesome view!

  36. Nicole @ Green Global Travel

    June 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    We visited Spain last year and couldn’t believe the amount of people who walk this trail. I don’t think I would have even made the 100kms. We were quite happy just to drive 😛

  37. Camino Jimmy

    July 7, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Just finished the Camino from St Jean, 34 days. If you don’t prepare don’t bother, prepare and it’s worth every step.

    Camino Jimmy.

  38. Tina

    July 10, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    The place was really beautiful, it shows on your stunning pictures. I wish I could shoot like that…

  39. Larry

    July 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I had a similar problem last year (Sept/12). I had prepared well and was in good shape but was over confident and exuberant. Only lasted 5 days. Tore the cartilage in one knee and strained the other.

    Knees still too sore to return but will definitely go back to complete the whole Camino some time soon.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      That sucks to here that you couldn’t finish either Larry. Hopefully we can both return in the near future 🙂 My plan is possibly 2015!

  40. Christoffer Moen

    July 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Breathtaking shots! I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Hope you can go back on the El Camino real soon. Cheers.

  41. Serena

    September 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    I’m walking the camino in October and hearing that you only made it 4 days is kind of freaking me out! I’ve been walking to and from and from work in my shoes and I’ve gone on a few long hikes, so I’m hoping that’s enough! Beautiful pictures in your four days though 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 15, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      I decided 2 days before I was going that I would walk it so you will be fine 🙂 I just rushed into and that was a big mistake. Everyone suffers from blisters and I just didn’t manage them well either. Good luck!

  42. Gabriel

    September 16, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Great shots, my favorite is definitely the black and white with the yellow arrow. Great eye!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 17, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Thanks Gabriel 🙂 I want to go back and shoot it all again one day soon.

  43. Andy

    October 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    That are some fantastic pictures! I’d love to complete el camino someday. I think that it is wonderful that you took the time to do it, even if you didn’t prepare well enough. We learn our lessons…

  44. Alexandra

    January 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Walking the Camino is a dream of mine… Maybe we can start training now and do it together in 2016 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      January 6, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Sounds good to me! Give me a date and I’m there 😀

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  47. Kevin Lydon

    July 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    This is exactly what I am looking for in order to push my dad over the edge to doing the Camino trail with me. He has been talking about for years and I keep showing him everything I can to get him to do it. Santiago looks absolutely amazing and I think once he sees all your pics I might get him to come with me.

  48. Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    August 13, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Wonderful and inspiring blog, guys! Thanks a lot for following us on Twitter! Travel safe and keep up your great work!!

  49. Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    October 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Incredible photos, mate! We hitchhiked (I know that’s not the proper way to do it;) a huge part of the Camino and we really loved all the places we visited on the way! Spain is an amazing country and you can travel here for months and never get bored…
    I’m a huge fan of your photographic talent and I would like to invite you to participate in our Travel Photography Competition. It’s a great way to promote your blog (not that it needs promoting 😉 as every week we publish three winners with their short bios and links to their websites promoting their work. Plus, you can win some valuable prizes in the yearly edition. Anyway, I will send you more info via Twitter and you can check it out and see if it’s something you might be interested in.

  50. Carlo Cretaro

    May 18, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Hey Cole.

    Love photo essay type posts 🙂

    The Camino scares me – particularly because I hate the thought of walking for miles upon miles each day! 🙂

  51. Eric || The Bucket List Project

    February 2, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    So I was having one of those days where you reminisce and I was thinking about my Camino adventure this past summer in 2016. I walked the entire Camino Frances, Camino Finisterre, and Camino Muxia in July and August and Loved every second of it.
    Your pictures make me wish I could just jump back into them and return right now. I hope your feet healed and you were able to continue.

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Boasting with its more than 32 passengers, Pro Dive Cairns offers an adventurous tourist with a more personalised experience, providing access to around 19 exclusive and unspoilt dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

Pro Dive Cairns offers premier three-day, two-night liveaboard dive trip and various range of PADI certified scuba diving courses where you can dive and learn to dive in a safe and wonderful environment.

From a five-day Learn to Dive Open Water certification course to advanced and professional development courses through its extensive range of the latest dive products and professional local service and advice, Pro Dive Cairns is your number one stop when planning your first or next scuba diving adventure.

If you don’t have the time to spare and can only stay for one day, its Silverswift will surely give you the most comprehensive day-tour experience with its 5-hour trip spent out at the reef visiting three different outer reef sites. This ultra-modern catamaran caters to small groups; it offers all the things you need in order to for you to experience the underwater world of colourful marine life. Beginner divers can enjoy snorkelling with additional 2 introductory dives while more experienced divers can leisure in up to 3 certified dives.  

For a tourist who is yearning for more challenge and adventure, Pro Dive gives access in Liveaboard Trips to adventurous traveller where they can spend around 3-7 days enjoying the top best sites the Great Barrier Reef has to offer, while on board of the multi-million dollar purpose built a liveaboard vessel. Divers can participate in up to 11 dives, as well as 2-night dives at around 16 exclusive dive sites.

Reef Magic Cruises

Departing from Cairns through a smooth yet fast and stable catamaran, Reef Magic offers a private access to a breathtaking coral reef location which was intentionally selected because of its superior pristine clear water, coral quality and its diverse marine life.

Snorkel in the sheltered lagoon or enjoy its Guided Snorkel safari trip with an expert Marine Biologist coming along with you. It also provides a semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory, perfect for families with children or for non-swimmer travellers.

If you are looking for a downtime and just want to spend your stay relaxing and soaking up the tropical heat, then this one is made for you. Take time out on Reef Magic’s spacious deck where you can enjoy the region’s only reef-based massage therapist.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy is a favourite tourist destination, both interstate and international alike for travellers thinking to experience the Great Barrier Reef from a tropical island paradise. The island’s location is spectacular which is just a 45-minute Fast Cat Ride from the Cairns Marina, offering unique access to a wonderful ecosystem ranging from an abundant green jungle to a crystal clear the Coral Sea.

You can opt to combine the Fast Cat transfer with a guided sea kayak where you can snorkel and swim amongst the rich marine life and be mesmerised by the tropical fish and get a chance to spot Fitzroy Island’s famous clownfish or sea turtles. This package will take you to the most private beaches and a stunning coral reef where you are free to explore this magical Island and the surrounding coral reef at your own leisure.

If you want to get an up-close experience of the reef but fear of getting soak or wet, stress no more as you can include a glass bottom tour with your package where you can still get a glimpse of the charm that lies below the surface.

Fitzroy Island is very attractive for those on a budget, especially families and backpackers. Stay for more than one day at Fitzroy Island in order to get a maximum Great Barrier Reef experience on a tropical island where you can pamper your stay for a night or two.

REEF TOURS FROM PORT DOUGLAS

Reef Sprinter

Departing from Port Douglas, Reef Sprinter is a 15-minute trip to the stunning coral reef at Low Isles. The Reef Sprinter Reef Trip is perfect for travellers who do not find staying on the water very enticing.

Once you reach the destination, you can get 1.5 hours of snorkelling time to enjoy the breathtaking coral formations and colourful marine life of the reef before heading back to the port.

If you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef but are not too keen on boats and the thought of spending a whole day out on the water isn’t very appealing, then Reef Sprinter Reef Trips were made for you.

Reef Sprinter also offers a glass bottom boat perfect for those who prefer not to swim the opportunity to still witness the astonishing coral reef, turtles and diverse marine life which makes the Great Barrier Reef as one of the seven wonders of the world.

Quicksilver Cruises

Quicksilver Cruises has a wide range of exciting activities on its sleeve, making it an ideal option for those who are wanting to get a little bit of experience of everything. Quicksilver’s Wavepiercing Catamaran leaves from the Reef Marina in Port Douglas daily at 09:30 am out to Agincourt Reefa pristine ribbon reef located at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Learn to dive and snorkel or if you are a  more advanced diver, dive and snorkel amongst the abundant marine life and enjoy the majestic beauty of this remote coral reef. Quicksilver Cruises also offers activities for non-swimmer who still wants to get a breathtaking view of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the permanent floating pontoon at Agincourt Reef where you can get the best viewing experience and underwater observatory perfect for families travelling with their kids; Quicksilver’s semi-submersible is the best option for non-swimmer to still get a magical experience of the reef while staying dry.

Getting the right reef trip for you and your family can give you ample time to enjoy and explore the beauty the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. Just like in any trip, it is always wise to plan ahead of time before embarking to your journey. Use the guide provided in this piece and we hope that you get the most out of your Great Barrier Reef adventure.

 

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Looking for a Memorable Experience in 2019? Take a Wildlife Vacation

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It seems like yesterday that 2019 started. Everyone set their resolutions and the yearly race is on. Just like that, a month has already run past us.

During this time, a few New Year’s resolutions have been fulfilled, some have been forgotten, while others are still waiting to be met. The people associated with the latter segment are still looking for ways to fulfill their plans. Doing it properly than doing it quickly seems to be a popular approach these days.

Keeping this in mind, if your New Year’s resolutions involved travelling, then they might still be on that to-do list. After all, a vacation is a big expense and needs to be treated as such. You want to make the most out of your vacation that you can, and no one can blame you for having that mindset.

If you want to fulfill that resolution in a way that leaves a long lasting smile on your face, then consider a wildlife holiday.

And if you select a platform such as Naturetrek Wildlife Holiday, which presents several wildlife vacation options all over the world, then you have the comfort of having several different choices at your disposal.

Why Should You Choose a Wildlife Holiday?

Even if it involves an extended safari or a few short treks; a wildlife vacation can be a wonderful source of inspiration, memories and unforgettable experiences.

They bring you close to nature, make you appreciate the simpler things in life, and present the beauty of Earth and its many creatures in a profound manner.

Whether you are going on a vacation with your family or just with that special someone, the experience provides an opportunity to bond with them and share the sincerest of smiles as you witness the beauty of nature together.

Due to the different options that are available to people in terms of a wildlife holiday, you can choose through a variety of vacation types and experiences.

Here are a few different types of vacations that you can choose and enjoy through the platform.

Go on an African Safari

The very mention of a wildlife holiday brings about images of the rich and beautiful lands of Africa.

With its tall Savannah grass, warm weather, and some of the most magnificent animals in the world, an African safari has everything that you can think of in a dream wildlife vacation.

If you go on an African safari, then you can see some of history’s most popular creatures up, close and personal and in their natural habitat.

Some of the animals who you can expect to see include but are not limited to:

  • Lions
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Rhinoceros
  • Buffalos
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebras
  • Gazelles
  • Cheetahs
  • Hyenas

But land animals are not the only attractive aspect of the region. Similar to how an aviary acts in a zoo to showcase the best of birdlife that it could offer, the lands and skies of Africa do the same for its many different inhabitants.

But in an open-air setting that is definitely hard to surpass.

In terms of birds, you can expect to see the following:

  • Ostriches
  • Great white pelicans
  • Grey crowned cranes
  • Hoopoes
  • Crowned eagles
  • African penguins
  • African wood owls

And when it comes to fauna and trees, witness unique sights such as the magnificent baobab tree, the beautiful marula tree, and the one of a kind dragon blood tree.

Expect to see all of these four-footed and winged members of the African wildlife as well as their different companions through a few countries in the African region.

But witnessing them on a safari doesn’t mean that you always need to be “roughing it” in the woods. On the contrary, your visit will be completely safe and could be designed to provide you with the most luxurious of experiences. You just need to be aware of what you want out of the vacation and how much you can spend on the vacation as well.

Go to the South American Wonderlands

If you are one to enjoy lush greenery, a variety of climates, and some of the richest wildlife in the world, then visiting the South American continent would certainly be a great choice.

While Galapagos is known as the tourist and wildlife hotspot, it would be quite unjust to place it down as being the only region that is rich in wildlife. South America is full of areas that boast of that quality as well, which is why exploring your options before selecting a destination would be the correct way to go.

From visiting the wonderful and nature-rich Amazon to the penguin heaven that is The Falkland Islands, you can be certain to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout your time in South America.

Whether seeing the jaguars is a more exciting prospect or watching the birds is what tickles your fancy, ensure to find something that would make for an exciting memory for days to come.

The wildlife that you can experience within the South American region includes but is not limited to:

  • Llama
  • Anaconda
  • Capybara
  • Sloth
  • Emperor tamarin
  • Maned wolf
  • Giant Galapagos Tortoise
  • South American Tapir
  • South American Coatimundi

With that you can also enjoy the many ancient sights such as the Inca ruins in Machu Picchu, the path to which is strewn with llamas itself.

Take a Trip Down Under

Australia is known as one of the most wildlife-rich regions in the world. That is why, considering it as only the hub of kangaroos would be quite an understatement.

Apart from kangaroos, Australia is home to cuddly koalas and the curious looking emus. And of course, who can forget the famous Steve Irwin and the many reptilian friends that he introduced to the world. So is the effect of Australian wildlife that his whole family continues to nurture and care for the creatures that the late Crocodile Hunter loved so dearly.

The creatures that you can witness within Australia include but are not limited to:

  • Marsupials
  • Wallabies
  • Platypuses
  • Tasmanian devils
  • Dingos
  • Wombats
  • Cockatoos

This means that if you visit Australia, you can actually bet on seeing animals that you would never be able to see anywhere else in the whole wide world.

But going on trips to see these magnificent beings doesn’t mean that it has to be an excruciating experience.

There’s no reason to subject yourself to uncomfortable and foreign lands. On the contrary, Australia has some of the world’s best offerings in gastronomy, hospitality and modern recreation.

The many natural tourist spots such as the Shelly Beach would be there to help you relax between your wildlife adventures, also witness some unique and interesting turtles while doing so.

With that, it is not that expensive to take a trip down under. Australia could very well be the spot to visit on your wildlife vacation.

The Options are Virtually Unlimited

From the sun-soaked regions of Africa to the icy lands of Europe, you can ensure to find something that matches your dream destination – with its own distinct wildlife to boot.

You just have to know what you want out of your vacation destination and how much can you spend on it. No matter what kind of budget you have, specialized tour companies would always accommodate you wherever they can.

Keeping this mind, if you have the intention to see wildlife, then making it happen is just a step away.

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To Travel Is Divine

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Everyone knows that the world of travel opens up a world of opportunities. Traveling the world allows individuals to dive into new experiences, wonderful authentic, natural foods and cuisines, great bonding with the locals and the traveling party, and a profound sense of appreciation for those that are present in different areas of the world that we live in today. Individuals can travel the world and immerse themselves in their hobbies, passions and times of rest and relaxation with the finest pipes and curated aged alcohol that the world has to offer.

We’ll profile a few great and successful people who traveled the world in this brief guide.

Phil “Shoe Dog” Knight and His Travels

Did you know that Phil Knight traveled the world at an early point in his life? He asked his dad for some money, he reached out to a friend and he hit the road. He stopped off at Hawaii where Phil Knight and his friend parted ways. Phil didn’t simply travel the world for mere pleasure.

He traveled the world in pursuit of completion. He was looking to catch and capitalize on his Stanford paper thesis of bringing home the perfect pair of shoes. Phil Knight was sort of renegade or a unicorn in this regard. Prior to the 1970s, a majority of the citizens of the United States did not step foot on to an aircraft.

Phil broke barriers and went to places such as Berlin, Paris, and Japan. He would meet some key figures in Japan and be able to start the sparks that would help him to build the empire which we all know as Nike. All of this was accomplished through his free-spirit, his sense of wandering and his needing to explore the world around him.

Surprisingly, Phil was exemplifying the simple slogan of “Just Do It” in his younger years.

Ernest Hemingway and his Many Sojourns

The great writer Ernest Hemingway was known to travel.  Ernest Hemingway used to state thing such as “there is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” As such, he was always pushing himself in many ways to try and improve in his profession.

Ernest Hemingway moved from one place to another, and every time he did, he would replace one wife with another. His experiences were much too profound and his behavior much too peripatetic for that of being one to settle down in just one place.

He started his travels with obligation, he joined the Italian front to the play the role of a healthcare worker. He then came back home, recovered and moved away to Paris, where he would work as a reporter. As a part of his work, he would cover the Spanish Civil war in the capacity of a journalist and would later publish a novel on the matter.

He would then move on and travel to London with a new wife. London treated him well but he couldn’t bear to stay stagnant in one place for too long, he met another significant other and would head over to Africa for a short while. Hemingway finally traveled to Florida and Cuba, before moving back to Idaho.

Make it a Point to Travel

Both of these individuals traveled the world and found ideas and inspiration you can too!

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