Showing posts with label island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label island. Show all posts

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Seychelles, A tropical Island Paradise

Seychelles is world renowned for its idyllic countless tropical islands, beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, thriving coral reefs, virgin jungle and its seabird colonies. It comprises over 115 islands scattered all over. The Seychelles lie east of Kenya, near the equator. The Seychelles beaches compete with the best in the world. Many of the islands and atolls are contained within marine sanctuaries .On land visitors can hike mountain trails, bask the ravishing beaches, rock climb, diving, snorkelling, surfing and sailing are all world class and the Seychelles boast some of the richest grounds in the world.

Vallee de mai nature reserve on Praslin Island is a famous park. This park is declared as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. The flora and fauna of this nature reserve draws thousands of visitors to this place. This is the only place in the world where you will find the rare coco de mer palm. This palm produces the largest nut in the world. The island features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette; both are the top ten beaches in the world. It provides a base for excursion to nearby islands.

La Digue is also known as Felicite island where time stands still and immemorial traditions like travel by ox cart and bicycle are still king. It is a fourth largest island in Seychelles. The picturesque islands around are the ideal for excursions to snorkelling and diving. It is a quiet place with lust tropical nature where one can relax and enjoy themselves. It is also known as the place for secret sex.

Anse Intendance is one of Mahe’s beautiful beaches. Mahe is the largest island with a backdrop of huge granite peaks. One can enjoy a day excursions to nearby islands and all other islands in Seychelles. It is blessed with white sand beaches and mountainous interior. This crescent sand island’s towards south coast is a favourite surfing spot because of its big swells and wild waves. The lack of protective reef makes swimming a little rough when trade winds blows from the southeast, but sunbathers, beachcombers and photographers will enjoy this picturesque, palm framed strand at any time of the year. Turtles nest along the powdery shores here.



If you are looking for an exciting nightlife in Seychelles, Mahe Island is the best place to be. Although there are night clubs, discotheques and casinos at Praslin Island and Beau Vallon Bay they are not as popular as the one in Mahe. Most of the well-known hotels are situated on this island as well. These hotels have night clubs, disco, bars and casinos.

Cousin Island is a designated nature reserve where one can catch the glimpse of the tatre Seychelles, warbler birds plus sea birds, lizards and hawksbill turtles at sea. Residents include the Seychelles magpie robin; the Seychelles brush warbler, turtledove and the Wedge tailed shear water.

The largest national park in the Seychelles is MORNE SEYCHELLOIS NATIONAL PARK. Hiking trails ascend into the park from the village of Danzil, passing through the plantation and offering spectacular views of the southwest coast of Mahe from the mountain slopes. While walking west through the park, hikers will reach the bnaie ternay and port launay marine parks.

ALDABRA IS THE WORLD LARGEST raised coral atoll. Tiger sharks and mantra rays often prowl the shallows and atoll is a home to thousands of birds. In addition to its rich avian life Aldabra is the habitat of 200000 giant lands tortoises, Five times as many as the Galapagos.

Seafood and steamed rice is the staple diet of Seychellois and the national favourite is grilled octopus with chillies, ginger and garlic, one can dine on mouth-watering Creole cuisine.

So don’t miss out on touring this renowned tropical island.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Paradise Of The Pacific: Hawaii Island

The sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventures spirits have made Hawaii become synonymous with paradise. Floating all by its self in the middle of the pacific, HAWAII proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland.

Hawaii is proud of its multicultural heritage. Our former US President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu on Oahu. Hawaiian island comprises of ancient Polynesians, European Explorers, American Missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. Hawaii is comprised of a chain of 132 islands, but we usually think of only eight main islands.

Hawaii is home of the world’s most active volcano, the crater of Kilauea on Mauna Loa. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves. If you are dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden sand beaches you can find here.

The Hawaii Islands truly are one of the world’s most unique destinations with an unsurpassed variety of experiences. Six islands offer six different experiences. From crystal blue waters to beautiful sandy beaches, from spectacular sunsets to erupting volcanoes, visitors visiting this place enjoy non-stop opportunities for fun and adventure. There are several heritages and historic sites you can tour, including Kealakekua Bay state Historical Park, where you can scuba, snorkel or Kayak.

HAWAII remains one of America most popular honeymoon destinations for its diversity and paradise setting. Some are the favorite spots:

THE BIG ISLAND HAWAII: This is the largest island. It has two international airports KONA and HILO. There are stunning sandy beaches, dramatic volcanic landscape, but two of the world’s different climatic zone which makes this island a constant surprise.

OAHU is the third largest island and is home to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii and marvelous Waikiki beach where the sport of surfing originated. It is one of the longest sandy beaches. There is a list of watersport to keep visitors energetic and happy. There is also so much to do for the families and adults right from Hula shows, visit to the pineapple plantation, horse riding, water sports, shopping and night life. Its north shore hosts some of the world’s most prestigious surfing competition in winter and is a great place to take surfing lessons.

KAUAI’S THE ISLE OF DISCOVERY: It is one of the oldest islands in the Hawaiian chain. The filming of Jurassic Park was taken here. It has lush green landscape, dramatic canyons and awe inspiring waterfalls. It is easy to imagine dinosaurs feeling at home here. Other adventure like tubing along the historic water channels of Lihue , Zip lining high above the Kauai rainforest ,hiking in Kokee state Park or Waimea canyon or take a aerial tour of the island with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: One can literally see the earth taking shape before your eyes as Kilauea Volcano the world’s most active volcano constantly produces lave that flows. After visiting the Kilauea Visitors center you can take the Crater Rim Drive Tour and see what the park has to offer.

MAUI is an island of romance and luxurious resort, rainfall and dramatic waterfalls. It offers both charm and adventure. Ka’anapali and Kapalua the beautiful white sand beaches were once the recreation grounds for Hawaiian royalty and are perfect for swimming, snorkels and sun bathing. Don’t miss out LAHAINA a historic whaling town with quaint shops, galleries and great nightlife. The fun never stops on MAUI you will be finding yourself longing for more hours in the day to explore the myriad of attraction here. This island is blessed with 30 wonderful beaches. Family adventure includes a ride on the 1890’s sugar cane train and a visit to the Maui Ocean Center. Keep watching the daily sunset cliff diving ceremony at the Ka’anapali Beach.

No holiday is complete without visiting the WAIMEA CANYON, one of the most outstanding natural gems on the archipelago .The canyon is referred as Grand Canyon of the pacific and stretches over 14 miles in length and reaches depths of up to 3600 feet. Energetic visitors can explore several scenic hiking trails.

LANIKAI BEACH has to be one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. Imagine a sandy palm fringed beach lapped by the azure tropical waters of the pacific.

You’ll find live music venue throughout Hawaii Island in restaurants, lounges and in the islands find hotels and resorts. This beach is almost wave less protected area perfect for family fun. The calm waters are also great for kayaking and you can paddle across to the offshore islands to explore secret coves and inlets.

Travel to the Hawaiian Island to enjoy white sand beaches, view volcanic lava flow, appreciate culture and tradition and relax in warm tropical settings.

Hawaii’s iconic destinations will give you a holiday to remember.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Prince Edward Island National Park


Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island National Park, a National Park is located in Prince Edward Island. It is situated along the north shore of the island, in front of the Gulf of St, Lawrence. Prince Edward Island National Park was established in 1937 and protects a landscape that includes superlative red sandstone cliffs, submerged estuaries, offshore bars as well as some of the nations’ most popular and longest beaches.

Moreover, the park is also a narrow wooded sliver of land which stretches over 40 km along the northern coat of Canada’s smallest province where the theme of the parks is `sea people and the changing landscape’, the island’s heritage which dates back from the earliest native people to the European inhabitants who followed thereafter.

The parks’ protected beaches provide nesting habitat for endangered Piping Plover and the park has been designated a Canadian Important Bird Area. The park’s ecosystems provide various animal species and around 400 varieties of plants species and though there are no moose or deer on the island, coyotes, raccoons, red foxes, beavers, mink and weasels are common on this island. Over 3000 species of birds besides the Piping Plover, the park also plays an important role in shorebird migration during spring and fall.

Archaeological Site – 100,000 Years

Towards 1998, the park extended to include 990 acres on the Greenwich Peninsula with rare u-shaped dunes known as parabolic dunes. Besides this, there is also an archaeological site which reveals that Paleo-Indians lived here around 10,000 years back with evidence indicating that the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, French, Irish, Scots and English also settled here earlier.

There is a gradual rise in sea levels as the Pleistocene ice sheet recedes northward, cut off the low lying island from the larger land area while the estuaries of the four main watersheds have cut shallow valleys into the 200 million year old rock to drain into coastal bays.

The soft sand stone coastline on the other hand continues to get worn off by wind and water erosion at the rate of .5 to 1.0 meters annually. For around 20 kilometres, the water is not more than 15 metres deep and the general landscape features within the limits of the park boundaries include beaches and dune consisting of 37% forest till uplands which makes about 39%, salt and fresh water wetlands totals to 15% with non-forested fields together with headlands to 8% and 16% of the park has been affected by roads and other disturbing areas.

Cavendish/Brackley-Dalvay/Greenwich

Three segments of the park are very distinct, namely Cavendish, Brackley-Dalvay and Greenwich with each having their own characteristics. On visiting Cavendish and Brackley-Dalvay, one will find supervised beaches, campgrounds together with a variety of trails easily adapted to hiking and cycling.

Cavendish and Stanhope provide full service campgrounds, where organised groups could get in touch with the park to arrange group camping at unique campsite as well as day use locations. Greenwich does not offer camping though private accommodation in the location of 30-40 minute drive to Stanhope or Brackley is available.

The evening campfire activities present the park’s heritage through storytelling and skits with the aid of interpreters, which are held at Cavendish and Stanhope Campgrounds accompanied with costumes and music.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tuvalu – A Polynesian Island Nation


Tuvalu
Tuvalu, was formerly known as the Ellice Island, a Polynesian island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Tuvalu comprises of nine small islands which are placed over 500,000 sq. mile of the western Pacific to the south of the equator and the islands include Niulakita, Nukulaelae, Funafuti, Nukufetau, Vaitupu, Nui, Niutao, Nanumaga and Nanumea.

Tuvalu’s EEZ – Exclusive Economic Zone comprises of an oceanic area of around 900,000 km and its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It has a population of 10,873 making it the third least populated sovereign state in the world with the Vatican City and Nauru with few inhabitants.

It physical land size is 26 square km and is the fourth smallest country in the world though larger than Vatican City at 0.44km2Monaco at 1.98km2 and Nauru at 32km2..

 It is believed that the earlier inhabitants came from Samoa through Tokelau, while the others came from Tonga and Uvea – Wallis Island and were all Polynesians with the exception of Nui who were mostly descendants of the Micronesians from Kiribati.

Gained Independence in 1978

There are three linguistic areas in Tuvalu the first being the islands of Nanumea, Niuto and Nanumaga, the second being the island of Nui where the people speak a language that is derived from I-Kiribati and the third linguistic groups consists of the islands of Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti and Nukulaelae.

Presently, English and Tuvaluan are spoken throughout the island. Alvaro de Mendana y Neyra, was the first European explorer who sailed westward across the Pacific in 1867-8 with his ship known as the `Capitana’ and spotted the island which was Nui and named it the Isle of Jesus.

The island was then a part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands though ethnic difference which developed within the colony led the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to seek separation from the Micronesian of the Gilbert Islands. And it then became the separate British colony of Tuvalu. It gained independence in the year 1978.

Contract Lease - $50 Million

Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its internet domain name `tv’, for $50 million in royalties in 2000, over the next dozen years. The country being placed in a remote area is not popular as a tourist site though the main island of Funafuti is the focus of travellers due to the only airport in Tuvalu being the Funafuti International Airport with the island having several hotel facilities.

The Funafuti Conservation Area on the western side of the Funafuti atoll have some of the best natural sights which comprises of 33 sq. km of ocean, gorgeous lagoon, channel, reef and six uninhabited islets while the outer atolls can be visited by passenger cargo ships namely Nivaga II and Manu Folau that provide round trip visits to the outer islands every three or four weeks.

Provision for guesthouse accommodation is also made available on several of the outer atolls. It diversity in marine life is an awesome place for scuba diving or snorkelling for those interested in it. The Tuvalu Women’s Handicraft Centre which is at the airport is an excellent place to pick some local crafts.