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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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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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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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Tips Before Sending Christmas Photo Cards

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Finally, it is that time of the year! You are excited that you can gift shop for your family and friends, and maybe even spend time with them. Sending them a Mixbook Christmas photocard is a unique way of letting them know how much you value and care for them, especially with the Christmas spirit.

Below are some tips to keep in mind before mailing them the photo cards.

Take a Photo-shoot

Nothing beats the joy of a casual and fun family photo-shoot in matching outfits for the holiday season. You can also play around with different fun themes and ideas for your family photo card. For instance, you can have a matching pajama party theme and take amazing photos.

On the other hand, you can also try out a Santa theme photo-shoot, with matching red trousers, complete with the white beard, black boots, and red hats. Have fun while at it! Remember, a high-quality photo with happy faces can spruce up your holiday cards. Plan the shoot in advance to avoid the last-minute rush trying to capture a perfect angle.

Confirm Addresses

It will be sad to go the extra mile, customizing holiday photo cards only for your friends and family not to receive them. Before mailing the photo cards, kindly ensure you have the right address on the envelopes.

Additionally, you can include a mail-back address for your recipients if they need to send one to you. Seal up your envelopes and also include holiday stamps to add a unique style.

Find Your Design

Your Christmas card design plays a significant role in the general outcome of the card. The plan includes different aspects such as size, colors, format, and foil options. You can also play around with different trim options and photo orientations before settling on the final outlook. Mixbook photo cards can help you create suitable, fun, and engaging designs for your loved ones. Plus, you can experiment with different designs.

Return Favors

Have The Joneses been sending you holiday photo cards for the last three years and you haven’t mailed them one? Now it will be a perfect time to return the favor. It’s courteous and mindful of people who appreciate you and your family. Let them know that you also love and think about them.

Be Unique

Many people will send out holiday photo cards. However, what will make yours stand out? Select your photos and incorporate a unique design to complete the look. Additionally, you can also hand write the address of the envelopes with your recipient’s names.

You can also include a special event that happened during the year. Share the moment with your family. Moreover, let every personality in your family stand out in the photo.

Additionally, think of the personalized messages you can send to your family. Think outside the box and let your photo card express what you feel. However, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, ignoring limits of your budget. Be you: that is all that counts in the end.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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