10 Most Mystical Spots In Hawaii

Hawaii is actually the name of the entire state that groups this archipelago of islands paradise lost in the Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is composed of more than 130 islands, including 6 main islands: Oahu, Hawaii or “the Big Island”, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai – followed by Niihau and Kahoolawe.

Each island is different and has its own interest, with the Kauai cliffs, the coasts of Waikiki Beach on Ohau, the sandy stretches of Papohaku Beach on Molokai, the crystal clear waters and dolphins of Hulopoe Bay on Lanai,Volcanoes of Hawaii The Big Island

Bamboo Forest, Haleakala National Park, Maui

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The Queen’s Bath, Kauai

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Sea cliffs of Molokai

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Glass Beach, Kauai

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Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees

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Sweetheart Rock, Lanai

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Annual lantern floating memorial ceremony, Ala Moana Beach, Oahu

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The top of Mauna Kea, Big Island

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 Banzai Pipeline, Oahu

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7 paradise islands where you can still travel without breaking the bank

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Want to go for a dream trip in a paradise destination? You want to play Robinson on an island (more or less) deserted, and enjoy the blue sky, fine sand and turquoise water

The problem is that often paradise destinations are expensive. This is understandable: a sense is part of the myth. If everyone could snap their fingers and spend their holidays on a tropical island, they would probably lose their appeal. And we would end up looking for vacations elsewhere.

Three islands paradise to enjoy the Caribbean without breaking the bank:

When you think of ‘paradise destination’, you immediately imagine the Caribbean, its blue sky, its fine sand, and its coconut palms. And I will not contradict you: the Caribbean is full of beautiful islands, treasures of nature, and romantic beaches for a paradisiacal holiday, cocktails and bathing in warm and translucent waters.

Below are some ideas for spending a dream holiday in the Caribbean with a tight budget.

The Pearl Archipelago, Panama

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The Pearl Archipelago is about two hours away by ferry from the capital, Panama City. If you are on road trip in Central America, it is really the right plan to discover a real corner of paradise without ruining you in accommodation (less than 30 USD per night) or in food (small restaurants between 10 and 15 dollars

Important: there is no bank or ATM on the paradisiacal island of Contadora (nor on others, to my knowledge). Make sure you have a small amount in cash before you arrive, to be sure to be able to meet your needs on site (most establishments will accept the credit card, but you are never too careful

Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico / United States

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United States to see a paradise island?  you are going to have a hard time believing me: except Hawaii and its surfers, there is nothing that comes to mind spontaneously. And yet … Here is Puerto Rico! The island is part of the Commonwealth, and to get there, the formalities are exactly the same as for the United States.

Puerto Rico may be considered an American territory, it really does not feel like being in the United States, believe me. It really feels like a little tropical paradise, singing Caribbean Spanish accent included.

I recommend Vieques Island, a former American military base in the middle of the 20th century, which is a short distance east of the island of Puerto Rico. It is one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches (especially Blue Beach, a must!).

Caye Caulker, Belize

 

Belize is a tiny country stuck between Guatemala and Mexico. Independent of Great Britain since 1981, it is not the place that comes to mind spontaneously when one thinks to leave in Central America

Yet, Belize has many paradise beaches and plenty of interesting spots to share with passing travelers. Starting with Caye Caulker, a lively, vibrant, cheap island (it’s easy to find nice places to sleep for 25/35 dollars a night, which is increasingly rare in this corner of the globe).

Explore it by bike, then at the end of the day go for a head in its translucent waters. Lovers of diving and seabed will be delighted here: multi-coloured fish await you. An ideal place to recharge the batteries without breaking the bank after a backpacking tour through Central America!

Southeast Asia: paradise of paradise islands

The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

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Southeast Asia, and this time take the direction of Malaysia, a few hundred kilometers further south.

There are two main islands: Kecil and Besar. The first, the smaller of the two, is also the most lively. If you want a spot to enjoy the marine activities during the day and go out or basically party in the evening, this is ideal. Besar on the other hand is quieter, more suitable if you are looking for tranquility in a heavenly corner.

The Perhentian Islands are famous for snorkelling: its seabed is absolutely superb: you will have put your nose in the water (well, with a tuba eh), that you will discover fish of all colors and corals to be absolutely unique.

Koh Chang, Thailand

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Koh Chang is the most accessible paradise island of Thailand from Bangkok (at least by road, otherwise the flight to Phuket is very efficient). Ideal to unwind at the end of the trip, before returning to France, if you fly from the Thai capital, as was my case during my last trip to Asia.

The prices are very reasonable as long as you do not stay in the luxury resorts. There are plenty of guesthouses where you can bargain prices and have a cozy, comfortable room, frankly not much (twenty- five dollars per night big max, if you go in the high season and you are not Hyper at ease with bargaining).

Kanawa Island, Indonesia

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The island of Kanawa is a tiny island that you can walk around in less than an hour (walking a good walk, anyway). It is right next to the island of Flores, much more known and tourist (a quasi-obligatory passage in Indonesia).

Kanawa is a real piece of paradise. The island is quiet (you will not find any cars), relaxing. People are warm and welcoming.

The seabed is there still absolutely superb and, rare in Indonesia, preserved from mass tourism.

The icing on the cake: the cost of living is really affordable on this island. It takes only a few days if you are in roadtrip mode in Southeast Asia, and it is only one stop before your next destination, but a full week is very nice if you just want to enjoy Sun, way ‘holidays in paradise’.

The paradisiac islands of Africa

For example, the Zanzibar archipelago, for example, offers an enchanting setting off Tanzania to rest after a safari or road trip in East Africa. Off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde is worth its weight of peanuts as well. And it is still a very little tourist destination.

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And, of course, Mauritius which will delight all travelers in search of fine sand and turquoise water.

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6 travel destinations to celebrate Christmas in the sun

 

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What if we celebrate Christmas in an unusual place this year? Why not swimsuit with a cocktail in hand on a beach at hundreds of miles from home?

Guadeloupe

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Spending the Christmas holidays in Guadeloupe can really change you every day, with local specialties: pudding, ham with pineapple and coconut, but also the famous local song “sung Nwèl”, tradition of the West Indies. You will of course taste the local Ti Punch and party all night. With an average temperature of 29 ° C at this time of the year you will not be cold for Christmas!

Canary Islands

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A few hours from Paris only, you could settle on the beach to make your castle in the sand or to taste the famous trucha de batata. In Yaiza, you can even test a camel ride like a King Mage! To spend Christmas in the Canaries is a nice option and not too expensive.

Mauritius Island 

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The end of the year is very touristic in Mauritius, especially for the New Year, but at Christmas it is very pleasant to discover the traditions of the island. You can find Christmas gifts in the market of Port Louis and bring back some local spices for your kitchen. Of course it is a bit more expensive than other destinations as it is very popular.

Bali

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The advantage to Bali as throughout the southern hemisphere, you will not need sweaters in your suitcase. If you come a few days before Christmas you will enjoy the amazing flora and fauna and a temperature around 30 ° C. Perhaps you will enjoy a coconut milk trek for Christmas, as it is one of the Indonesian specialties.

Cape Verde Island

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Cape Verde is the ideal destination if you want to enjoy the turquoise water and fewer tourists to spend a relaxing Christmas. There are some celebrations organized on the beaches for the New Year, but otherwise it is a fairly quiet period. Know that Merry Christmas in Cape Verde is called “Boas Festas”.

Crete island

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Did you like Crete in summer? Are you interested in a Greek Christmas and have your visited Crete Island  yet. Fewer people are still under the sun at this time of year. Put your suitcases in Heraklion, the heart of Crete, to eat the famous Vassilopita cake and admire the huge pine tree on the square with the Christmas village for children. Kalä Hristoügénna!

Discover Mexico: A mysterious island with ghosts dolls

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In the marshy area of Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, is probably the most scary place in Mexico. After a long trip through an extensive network of canals, we can discover an abandoned island where the trees, covered with small mutilated bodies, offer a vision of a nightmare. Become one of the strangest sights in the world, this island is known as the “isla munecas the” Island of the dolls.

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The history of the island starts in the 50s, when a Don Julian Santana Barrera decides to live as a hermit, leaving women and children behind. Shortly after arriving on the scene, Don Julian became convinced that they are haunted by the spirit of a little girl drowned in the canal that borders the island. To appease the ghost of the girl and protection from evil spell, Don Julian will start collecting old abandoned dolls that sometimes drift with water. One by one, he will hang from the trees of the island, forming a strange mausoleum in honor of the deceased child.

Don Julian will even go out of his hermitage to collect dolls advantage of in landfills, and aboriginal even take the habit of exchanging him against waste dolls that vegetables grown on the island. Small silhouettes mutilated then accumulate hundreds, literally covering vegetation. Over the years, they break down horribly, rain and sun eroding their faces with empty eyes. Attached to the branches by son of rusty iron, they are often covered with spider webs or dirt when they are not dismembered.

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The island was really discovered by the public in the 90’s, during one of the Xochimilco canals cleaning program. The “trajineras” local gondolas, could then access them freely, and the island of dolls became a kind of macabre and surreal attraction. However, it is not on the classic tourist routes, and must specifically ask the boats drivers for a tour. Two hours through a maze of canals navigation is required to access it, but those who have visited the island speak for a unique experience, as a degenerate art installation in which one feels observed everywhere.

Don Julian Santana Barrera was found drowned April 17, 2001, at the age of 80 years. He lived alone on the island for the last 50 years of his life, the heart of his absurd and grandiose work. Now only occupying places, dolls slowly continue to rot in the sun of Mexico, but according to local superstitions, we could see them moving when the night comes ..

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Discover Oman and it’s beautiful diving sites

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In the Middle East, specifically in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, is the Sultanate of Oman, Gulf still unknown yet full of treasures … You may have heard of Oman for its beautiful dunes desert Wahiba Sands or the majestic rocky mountains. But Oman holds many other surprises … These panoramas of amazing contrast are bordered by a wild and unspoilt coastline that falls in the Indian Ocean to the south and east and the Gulf of Oman to the north.

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The underwater depths of Oman, still preserved, full of natural treasures: a fauna and flora incredibly rich! Lovers of diving, beginners confirmed, will be conquered … Discover the most beautiful regions diving in Oman: Muscat Daymaniyat the islands, the Musandam Peninsula and the Dhofar region …

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Welcome to Muscat prestigious capital of Oman. This is where your wonder will be at its peak thanks to the beauty of the dive sites. There are no less than 10 diving clubs underwater for 20 most outstanding sites on this part of the world.

The particularity of diving off Muscat is that it is accessible all year round. Indeed, the water temperature ranges from 20 to 30 ° C depending on the season, but is very easily walkable to the lack of power in the area. A few kilometers away, the islands of the nature reserve of Daymaniyat offer among the finest in the country dive sites.

A must for diving enthusiasts. You can discover many species of fish. If you are lucky, you may have the opportunity to meet eagle rays. Towards the month of February, is the spectacle of whales that awaits you …

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The diving off the Musandam Peninsula: on a separate site …

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Separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates, the Musandam Peninsula is home to majestic mountains throwing in the Strait of Hormuz, thus forming numerous small coves the turquoise lagoon … The coast of the Musandam Peninsula harbors fabulous underwater sheltered by massive fjords. The panorama, still wild and preserved, is a very singular beauty.

Khor al Sham is by far the most extraordinary fjord in the region. Just by practicing snorkeling (diving with fins, mask and snorkel), you will take full sight and can not resist the urge to explore the depths of the site. It is not uncommon for cruises on the theme of diving are organized around this peninsula. The flora and fauna is the most extraordinary. Admire the beautiful seahorses and other colorful fish for your enjoyment.

Diving in the Dhofar region: a wilderness

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If you are looking for adventure, Dhofar is the ideal place for your underwater excursions. This region is still very little known and has preserved its wild nature in its raw state. Diving in this area will only satisfy your thirst for discovery.

However, be aware that diving can take place in the summer during the monsoon. Dive into the clear waters bordering the Dhofar region and the delights of beautiful rays, parrot fish, sea turtles and other creatures from the depths of Oman.

You can now book an underwater accommodation surrounded by Sharks on Airbnb

Who have never dreamed of sleeping in an underwater bedroom surrounded by more than 35 big Sharks ???

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The private room where you can sleep peacefully while sharks swim around your bed is now a reality and it’s located in an aquarium in Paris.

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You will be hosted by Fred Buyle, a Belgian freediver and shark enthusiast

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There are some rules if you want to stay first no selfies, since sharks are sensitive to light and they really don’t like duck face. Night swimming and diving are also forbidden, but you can swim if you are on a healthy diet and exercise regularly otherwise the sharks could have an indigestion.

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Discover a secret paradise Island in the Indian Ocean

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Welcome to Rodrigues Island, an unspoilt island between heaven and earth. When the plane is landing at Plaine Corail Airport, the island seems to be a big rock in the middle of a turquoise lagoon surrounded by several shades of blue that extends to the infinite. The natural beauty of the island will allow you to make a leap back in time.

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The Rodrigue Island is a real breath of fresh air away from the pollution of large cities. No up-and-coming vehicles, no industrial noise, the tranquility of the place will make you panic because the Island is so peaceful you can even hear your heart beat. When you will take a deep breath, your lungs will be filled with pure and invigorating fresh air, especially early in the morning. Rodrigues is an island of volcanic origin, located some 550 kilometers northeast of Mauritius. With an area of 110 square kilometers, it is known as the tenth district of Mauritius. It has a protected lagoon of about 200 square kilometers and is surrounded by more than a dozen islets.

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Port Mathurin, the capital of Rodrigues is located in the north of the island for the uninitiated Anse aux Anglais is one of the busiest parts of the island. Visitors have always been impressed by the unique style of life for Islanders: a charming combination of simplicity, friendliness and hospitality. Rodrigues Island is home to several endemic tropical species. The island is equipped with a preserved environment, ideal for nature lovers seeking peace and tranquility for their holidays.

5 Best hotels in Mauritius Island

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Mauritius Island, a small and beautiful piece of heaven that is located in the Indian Ocean known for its turquoise sea, white sand beaches and natural attractions. Mauritius has so much more to offer to the travelers, rich multicultural culture, historic sites, Golf courses, unique diving experience, nature parks,whales observation, swimming with dolphins and walking with lions. Mauritius is full of surprise for nature lovers that are searching for the perfect holiday destination.

Where you must stay if you visit Mauritius

Le Touessrok

One of the most beautiful hotel in Mauritius, found in Trou d’eau Douce near a little island called ile aux Cerfs where you can access a 18 hole golf course and unlimited watersports on a perfect setting white sandy beaches and clear blue sea.

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Royal Palm Hotel 

Located on the north-west coast of Mauritius, white sandy beach, Royal Palm is one of the best hotel on the island.

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One&only Saint Geran

This luxury hotel offers a Spa with its own private pool. The 9-hole golf course has its own clubhouse and Golf Academy. The hotel is situated in the west of Mauritius, a pure beauty of architecture contemporary on the island.  The resort’s peninsula is near the site of Le Saint Géran shipwreck.

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Prince Maurice Hotel

Le Prince Maurice has 12 Villas and somptuous Princely Suite.
A luxury resort in a secluded setting, with two Spas the Sisley and Constance, international cuisine and a18-hole championship golf courses everything in a picturesque environment where beauty and luxury are everywhere.

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La Pirogue Hotel

La Pirogue typical Mauritian hotel where charm and authenticity compete favor of the Indian Ocean located at Flic en Flac in an ideal setting to discover the beauty of the Mauritius island

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