Posted on April 9, 2011
The highlights of the Honduran island of Roatan gaining more adherents. In addition to its quiet beaches and exuberance of nature, there are good hotels and lots of wildlife to look out for.
The landscapes and colors seem painted gaining strength everywhere: in the azure waters, white sandy beaches and dense green jungle. This is Roatan, a Honduran island rapidly increases its importance as a tourist destination. However, there are still splendid to escape the madding crowd corners.
Located 48 kilometers from the north coast of Honduras, the name "Roatan" means "heavenly kingdom" in the language of the tribes that inhabited the island until the arrival of the Spaniards. The etymology does not seem wrong: the natural beauty is undeniable. The villages also have their charm, especially the capital, sometimes known as Town and sometimes as Roatan Coxen Hole.
The influence of the English-speaking words has a story. The island, despite belonging to Honduras, is inhabited by many descendants of British settlers from neighboring countries like Belize, Bahamas or the Cayman Islands.
More than 20 thousand people currently live throughout the island but the number of visitors each year is greater. Besides being an almost inevitable for all Caribbean cruises that ply the point, Roatan has a remarkable hotel offer. In West Bay, for example, we find the stunning Paradise Beach and in the French Harbour, in turn, stands " Casa Romeo ".
Butterflies and dolphins
The enormous natural wealth Roatan can have many forms. On the surface, the dense tropical forests invited to observe a lot of wildlife. Even without penetrate too far into the jungle, you can visit the Roatan Butterfly Garden and marvel at the most striking butterflies, both by their colors as for their shapes.
Diving is undoubtedly another major tourist capital of the island. Once submerged, we could run into tens of marine species, among which dolphins, turtles, angel fish and even hammerhead sharks. The most important points are practicing this activity Antony's Key, Bajo del Coco, Herbie's Place and Spooky.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on February 21, 2011
A few kilometers from Tahiti, the flagship of the French Polynesian island captive for their dream landscapes while tempts travelers with adventures under the ocean.
We looking for strong emotions in MV Reviews. Ten months ago, soaking us in the alternative world more immersive dive (Palau, Costa Rica and the Maldives). Now, the excuse to anchor in French Polynesia is the "direct" contact with sharks, an experience that undoubtedly bold for many serves as an excuse to discover an idyllic archipelago.
The first stop on this trip is the city of Papeete, Tahiti's urban core. In this metropolis of 120,000 inhabitants (including surrounding areas) the most prominent landmark is the Municipal Market, which serves as a hub for transport. Amen to purchase local crafts, here you can taste typical foods like cassava pudding.
In the rest of the island's natural landscapes and the Faarumai Vaiharuru waterfalls and stunning panoramic views of Cook and Opunohu bays are recommended.
To reach the main Papeete flight options are: from Paris with a stopover in Los Angeles (Air Tahiti), from London (Air New Zealand) and from Madrid with stops in Santiago de Chile (LAN).
Flights to Bora Bora
March and April are the two best months for diving in Bora Bora, an island that also has magnificent beaches (Tahaa and Raiatea, however, are excellent destinations for diving but do not have beaches). Marking the beginning of the dry season, during this period the water is cleaner and easier to dive.
From Bora Diving Center, daily diving practices are organized. What can we see? The wealth of underwater life here seems endless: in addition to lush vegetation and coral multicolor whimsical shapes, divers can see giant turtles, tuna, dolphins, morays, rays and all kinds of anemones. The "stars" of course, are different species of shark (gray, white spots, lemon).
So, this remote island destination has, under the sea and on the surface, a series of quirky charms that include extreme adventure and warm tropical breezes. Missed.
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Posted on December 4, 2010
In a natural environment in which no missing flamingos and turtles live together local traditions and an ideal climate to rest. Furthermore, it is an interesting destination for diving.
Just 35 miles east of Grand Curacao (island of which we have spoken in MV Experience s), we stumbled upon the almost virgin Bonaire exoticism, another former Dutch colony where the typical architecture of the ancient metropolis, with its colors reliving living on the facade of each house, mixed with the virtues of a unique climate free of rain for most of the year.
On this island, just a little larger than the city of Buenos Aires (288 square kilometers) coexist with genuine natural sanctuaries hotels and resorts as exclusive. Among the former, impossible not to mention the enormous Lake Goto-reserve inhabited by tens of thousands of flamingos - and the uninhabited Klein Island, a haven for sea turtles and ideal base for diving area.
Certainly dive into these blue waters is something that few want to forgo. Along with other select global locations for snorkelling ( such as the Maldives, Costa Rica and Palau) , Bonaire stands out for its accessibility and its rich marine life. Just twenty meters under water, is now feasible to witness a fascinating wildlife including moray eels, turtles, angel fish and so-called "trumpet fish."
The attractions of Bonaire continue "on the surface" and many of them are concentrated in Kralendijk, the capital discrete 5000 permanent residents each year receive about 50 thousand passengers. Despite its small size, Kralendijk is proud to offer dozens of restaurants with gastronomic varieties ranging from Indian and French cuisine to Chinese and Italian. In the native menu, meanwhile, more often fried fish prepared in various ways.
As for festivities, highlighted in the calendar Bonaire birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands (which is celebrated here with the arrival of people from Aruba and Curacao). In any case, during the remainder of the "streets bazaar" Kralendijk seem a real party with anxious sellers offering, among other things, the famous Kokada (very popular drink made with coconut).
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on October 16, 2010
It is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Located between Sint Maarten and the British Virgin preserves its natural charms and attracts lovers of relaxation. Sites worth schedule.
With just 56 miles of beaches and a wide territorial just 6 kilometers, Anguilla is one of those discreet and attractive Caribbean islands whose charm does not attract mass tourism. But that, rather than a disadvantage, it is actually a real "plus" for visitors who want an exotic destination.
Located between Saint Martin and the British Virgin Islands , Anguilla boasts magnificent scenery on its shores not only inside but also dotted with salt lakes in the converging flamingos and other tropical birds themselves.
Its capital, The Valley, is quaint and small. In less than two hours you can discover its main buildings and warn the atmosphere of hospitality and quiet surrounding. No buses, private taxis only, but many restaurants and bars.
Other essential points are the beach of Anguilla Blowing Paint (from where ferries depart towards the French side of Saint Martin) and Mead's Bay, bay forms a natural harbor for small boats. Meanwhile, Crocus Hill, with its 65 meters, is the highest part of the island and for this reason, the place to make the best panoramic photographs.
Finally, Scrub and Hat, very close to Anguilla, islands are also authentic havens. The latter, however, wants new ventures momentarily preserved and remains a sanctuary that can only glimpse from the boat.