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Diving Sites in India That Will Blow Your Mind
(Monday, 29 September 2014) Written by MichelMason show MichelMason profile
(Image credit: http://www.liveindia.com/lakshadweep/Lakshadweep_Scuba_Dive.jpg) A professional scuba diver in the waters off the Lakshadweep Islands India has a 7,500-km long coastline, most of which is unexplored. The Indian peninsula is flanked on the east by Arabian Sea, on the west by the Bay of Bengal, and towards the south by the Indian Ocean. One can see the immense scope for spectacular scuba diving sites here. However, given the length of this coastline, India has relatively few fully developed scuba diving sites, let alone those that would make for a great diving experience. But that which it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality. We are bringing to you three diving sites in India that would make for a great and unforgettable diving experience. These are quite popular in the scuba diving circles. However, if you are new to this space, an exciting journey of discovering new lands and waters awaits you. Netrani Island Alsoknown as Pigeon Island, Netrani is a beautiful coral island off the coast of the southern state of Karnataka. This little known island is a hub of snorkeling and scuba divingactivities. It boasts of having the clearest waters in India which gives divers a surreal experience. The island, cut off from the mainland, is secluded and hence in pristine condition. Signing up with any of the local scuba diving operators would be a great way of experiencing the waters aroundthe island for those who are slightly low on confidence of plumbing the depths of the sea on theirown. If you are on an extended trip to India, touching base in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a good idea. There is a lot of sightseeing you can do in this capital city as well as aroundit. Bangalore has great resorts and hotels fitting all budgets, and a number of activities to do. After having your fill of this mainland you can head to Netrani for your diving. There is a train to Bhatkal from Bangalore every two hours, from where Netrani is a short boat ride away. Netrani is also accessible from Mangalore, Goa, and Mumbai. Lakshadweep Islands More than 200km off the southern western coast of India is the archipelago of Lakshadweep . A string of 32 stunningly beautiful islands, with sun-drenched white sands and glittering green waters, thisis also a great attraction for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts in the country. This popularity has led to the establishment of scuba diving facilities and world-class accommodation options for tourists. Thearchipelago is cut off from the mainland with some of its islands even today restricted from tourism. This does not feel like India because of the low number of people and the seclusion of this place in general. It is operated as a Union Territory by the state of India, which means it has its ownadministration. But this seclusion is also the reason why these islands are so beautiful and a magnet for scuba divers from all over the world. The waters are clear, the biodiversity mesmerizing, and the facilities top-notch. Though Lakshadweep is out of most people’s way, reaching here is not difficult. It does, however,require you to get to the southern tip of India. Kochi (formerly Cochin), in the southernmost state of Kerala offers regular flights to Lakshadweep (Agatti island, to be specific), which take about an hour and a half to reach their destination. Kochi is well connected with other cities of India as well. One can also travel to the islands by water. Ships operating from Kochi take 18-20 hours to reachthere. Andaman & Nicobar Islands Another of lesser known tourist attractions in India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands score highly in the minds of scuba divers for the same reasons as Lakshadweep. For one, the landscape is so beautiful you have to see it to believe it. It’s a huge tropical rainforest with very rich flora and fauna, including in the surrounding waters. It is again cut off from mainland India, and has a very low population. For another, its unspoiled waters and vast expanses of beaches have made it ideal for water sports. Scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, game fishing, sailing, para-sailing, windsurfing, you will find a number of adventure sports here to give you the adrenalin rush you crave. However, “ scuba diving is the biggest activity on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands other than lying around and eating seafood.” The region has a pretty long and impressive history of its own, though often dark in recent times. Those with an interest in things past should plan a longer stay here and explore its many tourist attractions for a well-rounded vacation. The islands are fairly easy to reach. There are daily flights to the capital Port Blair from Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. One can also reach these islands by sea, though this would make for a very long journey, typically taking over 2 to 3 days. Ships operate from Kolkata, Vizag, and Chennai three to four times a month. Conclusion These are the most popular diving sites off the coast of India. A quick Google search will give you all the information you need on them. However, if you have any questions or want to share your own experiences in any ofthese sites, do leave a comment and let usknow!

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How to have an awesome scuba-diving vacation in Caribbean Islands?
(Monday, 16 December 2013) Written by LissaWilliams show LissaWilliams profile
Scuba-diving is one of the reasons why Caribbean Islands are so popular among the tourists. Turquoise seas, white sandy beaches, shallow waters, and mesmerizing breeze are just the right things you would require for a vacation in the Caribbean. If you are planning a scuba-diving vacation somewhere in these islands, here are some things you should do. Shore dives are a great option You don’t have to break your bank to go on a scuba-diving vacation. If you really want to do lots of diving, consider shore diving. For a week, it will cost you tanks, gear and a rental car. Some of the destinations that offer the best shore dives include Hawaii and Cayman Islands. Consider Condos or the live-aboard option If you really want to save money, go for condos instead of hotels and resorts. You can easily find affordable & spacious condos or houses near scuba-diving spots. Check sites like airbnb.com or vrbo.com to find Antigua House Rentals , if that’s where you are going. Similarly, you can check live-aboard companies to find the best deals. All you have to do is pay one price for unlimited scuba-diving, meals and accommodation. If you are lucky enough, you might even score a last-minute discount. Don’t neglect safety When it comes to scuba-diving, never ignore safety . Have a check-list of the gear you have to carry with you. Also, inspecting the dive gear is equally important. Other things you need to take care of include – Carry prescription masks Check the personal gear such as fins, regulator setup, emergency whistle, empty weight belt, buoyancy compensator device (BCD) etc. Have a save-a-dive kit, dry bag, dive lights etc. Motion sickness medicines or crystallized ginger must be carried without fail. If you have an ear-problem, let the dive instructor know about it. Those having sinus problems or head cold, must take non-drowsy OTC medicines. Besides considering the above mentioned points, it is equally important to select the best time of the year to plan your scuba-diving vacation as the Caribbean Islands are prone to hurricanes. Also, if you want to save money on flights, consider choosing budget airlines. Use online resources to search for package deals to save on your pocket. Lastly, make sure you have important documents such as passport copies, credit cards, itineraries in place to avoid any hassles.

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Fishing and Hunting Resort – Ontario Options
(Saturday, 31 August 2013) Written by AlanSheffield show AlanSheffield profile
Ontario, Canada has long been associated with quality fishing and hunting . This portion of the country is known for its scenery. There are thousands of beautiful lakes to choose from here. The Ministry of Natural Resources has declared Ontario to be a great place for an authentic fishing and hunting experience. There are resorts and lodges throughout the country for professional and amateur sportsmen. Not all of these resorts are the same, nor do they offer the same amenities. It is possible to camp in various locations while fishing at Ontario lakes. Hiking, canoeing and swimming are other popular activities that make the area special. Visitors to this destination should look for resorts that suit their needs. Those with cabins, dining facilities, laundries and other offerings are available. You may even find sites with electricity, boats and equipment. Choose Diverse Resorts If you’re planning to fish and hunt on your trip to Ontario, you will want to choose a diverse resort. Many of the lodges and resorts in the country accommodate visitors of different interests. You can explore locations like Eagle Lake. This area offers more than 63,000 acres for fishing and hunting. There are special places to view throughout the country for hikers. Families touring these areas will find many intriguing activities. Great Fishing Activities The waterways of Ontario are brilliant places to explore. Bottle Bay, Clearwater and Stewart are some spots for fishermen to visit. Resorts with boat rentals often have 16 to 18 feet selections. Popular fishing in these locations usually includes catches of Walleyes and Northern Pike. You may find your trophy yet while enjoying these waterways. Resorts with staff guides are great options for new fishing enthusiasts. These individuals offer tips and instructions for catching fish. Fun Hunting Experience There are currently more than 400,000 hunters among the residents of Ontario. You can hunt for goose, duck and deer. This will depend on the area and resort location that your choose for your trip. It is important to know when the hunting season begins for these animals. Regulations and hunting licenses are essential for these activities, as well. Family Fun When the entire family is traveling with you, it is important to find fun activities. Hiking and picnicking can be done while enjoying your fishing and hunting. Older children may prefer canoes and exploring the landscape of Ontario. You can search for Ontario fishing lodges that have diverse opportunities and adventures. Keep in mind that some activities like skiing are associated with the time of year. The beauty of this country will help you to enjoy a memorable experience with your family. Fishing and hunting are popular activities in Ontario. There are other things to do in this portion of the country. Along with the stunning natural views, you can enjoy watching for wildlife. There are animals and plants that are central to certain portions of the country. Endangered species like bald eagles, beluga whales and polar bears are found in Ontario. Your trip to this destination will be filled with exhilarating experiences.

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