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Water adventures in Long Island, Bahamas – Photo Essay

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The weather is warm, the water is clear and the locals are super friendly! We were lucky enough to visit Long Island in the Bahamas for a freediving event called Vertical Blue. During our stay we managed to squish in a couple of boat trips and a few afternoon beach chill out sessions.

Long Island Bahamas jump

Water adventures in Long Island, Bahamas

If you enjoy a relaxed and remote atmosphere, with beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets then we highly recommend visiting Long Island in the Bahamas.

Long Island Bahamas Compass Rose

Compass Rose

Long Island Bahamas plane

Long Island Bahamas sunset

Underwater photo in a cave full of shrimps

Underwater photo in a cave full of shrimps

 

Tips for visiting Long Island in the Bahamas

  • You will need to hire a car (there are no public buses)
  • Deadmans Cay airport is the closest to Deans Blue hole
  • Carry insect repellent with you, because the sand-flies and mosquitos go crazy from 4pm onwards

Long Island Bahamas edge of blue hole

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Boating and fishing from Long Island in the Bahamas

If you want to go out on a boat to explore or go fishing, we highly recommended being taken out by a guide. There are a few rules and regulations regarding fish that are protected, plus it would be embarrassing to strand your boat on one of the many sand bars! We went with Locksley.

Long Island Bahamas shark

Long Island Bahamas Dolphins

Long Island Bahamas stingray

Long Island Bahamas crayfish

Tip: Shake the seaweed when you see fish like these

Tip: Shake the seaweed when you see fish like these

 

Deans Blue Hole during Vertical Blue 2014

The Vertical Blue event took place at Deans Blue Hole which is a whopping 663 feet (202 meters) deep. More details about Vertical Blue 2014 and Moss’s role on the safety team are available on his website.

Vertical Blue 2014 at Dean Blue Hole

Vertical Blue 2014 at Dean Blue Hole

The safety team with top freediver, William Trubridge after his 102m World Record attempt

The safety team with top freediver, William Trubridge after his 102m World Record attempt

Vertical Blue Games day - tandem dive

Vertical Blue Games day – tandem dive

 

As an extra note – Rubbish

I was extremely horrified at the amount of rubbish washing up on the beaches! I enjoy wandering a beach and picking up shells, not rubbish! Every morning before Vertical Blue would kick off, I was walking the beach at Deans Blue Hole with my rubbish bag. Some days I would only get one bag full, but sadly I would often have to make multiple trips to the bin and would have to constantly pick up trash and tiny pieces of plastic as the tide proceeded to go out. The locals believe some of this rubbish comes from cruise boats  🙁

Since May 2014, Rebecca has been wearing out her jandals. She loves anything that involves the ocean whether it be scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing or more recently - sailing! Consider following her via RSS Feed, Twitter and Facebook.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jess

    December 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Great photos! Always refreshing to see some tropical posts, especially with my bloglovin feed full of christmas/winter ones. Jess 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      December 17, 2014 at 5:16 AM

      Thanks Jess! Yes, the Bahamas is a long way from winter and snow. Merry Christmas!

  2. Fine Stay Slovenia

    December 21, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Can I just say that it looks absolutely gorgeous! Stunning pictures! Bahamas is such a special place.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      December 23, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      It sure is! No filter needed for photos in the Bahamas!

  3. Saran

    January 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    What a phenomenal vacation! It looks like you guys really lived up the Bahamas to the max, and I think we’re going to have to follow suit. Eager to hear more details if you have them…

    • Rebecca Barlow

      January 8, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      Hi Saran, you will have a great time! No other details that I can think of, but if you have any questions then fire them through 🙂

  4. Hannah White

    January 30, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    Crystal clear water with your enthusiastic activities, everything seems to be ideal. Thanks for sharing your experiences at such an attractive destination.

  5. Sofia

    January 30, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Your shots of the fishes are soooo pretty! But the sunset shot while you’re on a boat looks so fantastic! I love sunsets!

  6. Ronny

    February 7, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    What a amazing time you had – gotta get over there myself sometime soon!

  7. Tina

    April 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    I wanna go to Bahamas.. Take my money please!!! 🙂

  8. DAMIJANA

    May 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    What a phenomenal vacation! It looks like you guys really lived up the Bahamas to the max, and I think we’re going to have to follow suit. Eager to hear more details if you have them..

  9. hanoi food tasting tour

    June 16, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    what a spetacular landscape. Now save money to come Bahamas someday. A Must try in life.

  10. Lynda Carter

    October 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    amazing clicks, definitely visit whenever i have enough funds 🙂

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

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

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