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Great Barrier Reef

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in Adventure | 4 comments

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. Because of its natural beauty, both below and above the water’s surface, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations.

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the natural world – it is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living organic collective visible from Earth’s orbit.

The Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

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The Great Barrier Reef is a breeding area for humpback whales, migrating from the Antarctic and is also the habitat of a few endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle

Swimming with the fish and admiring the colours of the coral is a must for any holiday to the Great Barrier Reef. Outer reef scuba diving and island day trips are some of the more common pastimes on the reef along with scenic flights and rainforest tours to Kuranda and the Daintree Rainforest.


The ideal environment for coral is shallow warm water where there is a lot of water movement, plenty of light, where the water is salty and low in nutrients. There are many different types of coral, some are slow growing and live to be hundreds of years old, others are faster growing. The colours of coral are created by algae. Only live coral is coloured. Dead coral is white.

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The weather over the Great Barrier Reef varies a fair bit due to the long length of the reef. Stretching over 2500km down the coast of Queensland, the majority of the reef is in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The northern part of the reef is in a tropical climate with hot wet summers with heaps of rain and humidity. The southern end the Great Barrier Reef is sub-tropical with milder summers and far less humidity.

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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority considers the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef to be climate change, causing ocean warming which increases coral bleaching. Climate change has implications for other forms of reef life—some fish’s preferred temperature range leads them to seek new habitat, thus increasing chick mortality in predatory seabirds. Climate change will also affect the population and sea turtle’s available habitat.

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One of the greatest dangers to the habitat is the Crown of Thorns starfish. Since the 1960s the Crown of Thorns10 has been destroying the corals which make up the reef. Crown of Thorns outbreaks go through a series of stages which can take from 1 to 15 years. The impact of a Crown of Thorns infestation on sea and bird life can be significant as the corals die.

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Vacations on Caribbean’s coconut coast with Apple Vacations

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Adventure | 1 comment

Apple vacations are known for their immense flights to the islands of Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful landscapes, lush green trees, grass, water, sunsets and sun rises. Clear water beaches add to the beauty of the island and make it the perfect spot for the summer holidays vacations.

Spending time close to nature and listening to calm voice of water at night is no less than a blessing.  Dominican Republic is the perfect holiday resort as it has got something for everyone. Planning to take your family on vacations or just going out for the honey moon with your beloved you will just get amazed by the splendid beauty of the islands.

Vacations on Caribbean’s coconut coast with Apple Vacations is a complete package in itself. The island of Punta Cana located at the western coast of Dominican Republic is the favorite tourist resort because of its coconut beaches and stretches of island facing both the Caribbean and the Atlantic. The island is also great for its beautiful resorts equipped with every possible thing to make your stay a memorable experience. Also watch out for the exciting night life, the eat outs and shopping stores.

Vacation on the Caribbean’s Coconut Coast With Apple Vacations, a Dominican Republic Getaway is within Reach

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Tommy Bahama Announces Search for the First Rumologist™

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Adventure | Comments Off on Tommy Bahama Announces Search for the First Rumologist™

The company known for promoting the laid back island lifestyle is looking for their first Rumologist™ an opportunity of a lifetime and one that the late Hunter S. Thomson would have certainly approved of (he wrote “The Rum Diaries”). Tommy Bahama contest for expert rumologist is an exciting job, but for one year only folks! During that year imagine your lifestyle, jetting around the country explaining all about your passion-rum. This is what Tommy Bahama are looking for, someone who lives and breathes rum, not tequila or vodka, rum, in all its glorious shades. You will be able to mix new cocktails and have one named after you no doubt, and you will also need to think about scrumptious rum-based recipes. The lucky winner will get $50,000 plus a wardrobe of Tommy Bahama clothes to go with the new life style which should be casual and cool, just like the clothes.


You will need to enter now, as the deadline for entries is 22nd August. Log in to Facebook and go to www.facebook.com/tommybahama for full details of how to enter. Remember you are expected to be creative in your video and your explanation of why you would make the best Rumologist™. Unfortunately the position isn’t for life, only for a year, but think of the fun you’ll have. Check out the Facebook site now.

THE SEARCH IS ON…. TOMMY BAHAMA ANNOUNCES THE $50,000 NATIONWIDE CONTEST TO DISCOVER THE WORLD’S FIRST RUMOLOGIST.

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Laguna beach California

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Adventure | 5 comments

Laguna beach California

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city and artist community located in southern Orange County, California, United States, approximately 19 miles (31 km) southwest of the county seat of Santa Ana. Laguna Beach is the second oldest city in Orange County, second to Anaheim. Laguna Beach has been slow to adapt alternatives to driving, and nearby cities such as Irvine and Long Beach have a higher modeshare for bicycles. There are currently no bike specific infrastructure such as bike lanes in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach has a warm Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine all year. Daytime temperature averages range from 67°F in January to 79°F in July. Mean annual precipitation is relatively low – 13.56 inches. Water temperatures are some of the warmest on the southern California coast and range from about 60°F in February to 72°F in August; however in early to mid September water temperatures often range from 73°F-75°F.

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A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and the sound of the surf.

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Colorful Bahamas

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Adventure | Comments Off on Colorful Bahamas

The Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola, northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the United States. Its total land area is 13,939 km2, with an estimated population of 330,000. Its capital is Nassau. Geographically, The Bahamas lie in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Blessed with the perfect location, less than 100 miles off the coast of Florida, the perfect climate—averaging a little over 75 degrees; and the perfect environment—crystal clear turquoise blue waters and pearly white sandy beaches, the Islands of the Bahamas is the perfect travel destination for your vacation.

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With pearly white sandy beaches, a sub-tropical climate the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration.

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The moment your toes touch sand and your gaze meets water, you know you’re in The Islands Of The Bahamas. It’s the comfortable ease, the instant sense of belonging. It’s finding that your departure from everyday life is also your arrival at an extraordinary place within yourself.

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Enjoy luxurious allinclusive Bahamian resorts, Bahama fun filled tours and a variety of Bahamas vacation activities in the Caribbean’s most popular sub-tropical location.

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The real beauty of Bermuda vacation

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Adventure | 4 comments

Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton.

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Bermuda has an affluent economy, with finance as its largest sector followed by tourism. It has a subtropical climate. Bermuda makes up the easternmost point of the so-called “Bermuda Triangle,” a region of sea in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels have allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Although usually referred to in the singular, the territory consists of 181 islands, with a total area of 53.3 square kilometres. The largest island, Main Island, sometimes itself called Bermuda. Compiling a list of the islands is often complicated, as many have more than one name.

Bermuda has seven championship golf courses — which, for such a small island, is an impressive amount per square mile.

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Bermuda has glistening white-sand beaches, some of the prettiest in the world. But they are not what usually come to mind when you think of the 75 miles of gorgeous coastline. That distinction goes to the country’s famous pink beaches — stretches of fine sand as rosy as the first blush of dawn, as ethereal as the pink of a French rosé in a crystal glass. The cool sand is a pale watercolour pink that, in fact, is often depicted in artists’ paintings and watercolours of Bermuda.

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The pink sand makes for a romantic setting, but the nature of its colour is neither romantic nor mysterious. It isn’t crushed coral as many people assume, although there are bits of coral in the sand. The pink crystals are actually the pink and red shells of microscopic insects, foraminifera, one of the most abundant single-cell organisms in the ocean.

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The foraminifera live on the underside of reefs and the sea floor. When they die, the currents offshore smash their shells and they tumble onto Bermuda’s beaches with each lapping wave.

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Fantasy Cave is a virtual jewel box filled from top to bottom with formations. Rare chandelier clusters of soda straw formations adorn the ceilings in great abundance. Entire walls are covered in calcite mineral deposits that resemble frozen waterfalls.

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The climate is humid and, as a result, the summertime heat index can be high, even though mid-August temperatures rarely exceed 30 °C. Winters are mild, with average daytime temperatures in January and February around 20 °C, although cold fronts bring Arctic air masses that can result in rapid temperature drops.

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Atlantic winter storms, often associated with these cold fronts, can produce powerful, gusting winds and heavy rain. Factoring in the wind chill, the felt air temperature in winter can fall below freezing, 0 °C, even though the actual temperature rarely drops below 10 °C . The lowest recorded temperature in Bermuda as of 2011 is 7.2 °C.

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