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Scuba Diving Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

Scuba Diving Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the World

This one might be a bit different from my usual tune – but I recently got back from a scuba diving trip at Fiji and what an experience! I was so blown away that I’ve been inspired to write a blog post just about it. If anyone is looking to go diving, I highly recommend Fiji – you can even capture some awesome underwater shots as well!

Fiji is home to 333 beautiful islands, with two major island groups: Viti Levu, where the capital Suva is located, and Vanua Levu. It is blessed with fine sands, palm-lined beaches, lagoons with coral reefs, and the abundance of soft corals, which gave its identity as the Soft Coral Capital of the World. Also known as the Fiji Islands, it is a popular tourist attraction for people drawn to the ocean. With its natural beauty, it is home to vast beaches, friendly people, and clear waters which offers a lot of activities for leisure and recreation. Aside from beach activities, Fiji is also a plus for hikers and environmental enthusiasts because of its luscious forests and protected natural habitats.

Fiji- The Soft Coral Capital Of The World

Fiji was given its nickname, the Soft Coral Capital of the World, because of the display of soft corals in lagoons with the help of the water currents. It is known in the country that the currents are what sustains the idea of life and beauty, especially in the sea. Whenever the currents flow in directions, the movement of the corals goes along with it, thus creating a beautiful imagery in the sea. The currents also have roles in the clarity and visibility of their oceans and lagoons. Inwardly directed currents bring clear water into the lagoons, while those in an outward direction clears off the waters with dirt, mosses, and other particles that contribute to its haziness.

And because of these currents, it contributes greatly to a diversity of activities which can be done in Fiji. The conditions of the waters and currents vary accordingly. It can contribute to a tranquil place for learning and nature appreciation, or it can be a venue for higher level sporting activities, such as free swimming, snorkeling, and swimming. One of the most sought after activities in the Fiji Islands is scuba diving.

Scuba Diving Fiji

Scuba diving is a perfect activity for first time tourists in Fiji. It allows the participant to witness firsthand what Fiji has to offer to and protect from the world. Vast fields of coral reefs in different colors and sizes, vibrant fishes swimming in schools and solo, harmless predators of the seas like sharks, and the awareness of conservation and protection are a few learnings people can have through scuba diving.

Although Fiji is a collection of beautiful islands, here are the top four spots to dive in:

Taveuni and the Koro Sea – It has the splendor of all soft coral beds, which gives it the privilege to own up to the country’s nickname. Its waters are rich and filled with nutrients, which supports large marine ecosystems in the country.

Kadavu – Coined to be the real Fiji, it allows people to fully experience the natural diving scene away from busy crowds and huge resorts. The local culture and breathtaking sites is all around the Great Astrolabe Reef.

Viti Levu – One of Fiji’s top quality scuba diving secrets is at Rakiraki with flamboyant corals and astounding fishes. Shark feeding dives are also conducted which the assurance of both safety and enrichment.

Beqa Lagoon – It offers a number of diving spots as well as pinnacles, corals, and wrecks to explore.

Diving season in Fiji is all year round. However, there are specific dates to remember. The winter months of April to October is the main diving season, but it peaks between July and December because of the warm waters. November to April is when the waters are the warmest, while the ideal time to visit is on November, April, or May because of the season overlap. Nevertheless, the best time to scuba dive in Fiji is the moment when we have a great company with, or a brave soul to spend solitude in the waters of an island paradise.

 

Dublin Your Luck While Visiting Ireland

Dublin Your Luck While Visiting Ireland

 

 

Dublin, Ireland:  a place known best, perhaps, for its culture of song, dance, drink, and fellowship of friends and visitors alike. Dublin is a city that offers a wide variety of attractions for cheap and accessible rates. Even if visiting for a few short days, you can jam pack your trip with factory tours and tastings, walking tours, trips to the cliffs, and even plays for a low budget.

Dublin travel pass

During my visit, I only had 3 full days to explore and experience as much of the city as possible. In preparation for doing so, I pegged down some tips that I think any fellow Dublin goer would be interested in. My first and biggest suggestion is that you invest in a day travel pass. The Dublin Pass is offered in 1, 2, 3, and 5 day packages and ranges from 52 euros to 104 euros. While a pretty steep sum initially, this was a huge money and time saving investment. With the card, you get free entrance to countless attractions and discounts on many more. For instance, you get free entry to the guinness factory (normally 25 euros), free hop on-hop off bus transportation, free entry into the Jameson distillery, the cathedrals, museums, and more. By using the Dublin Pass, I was able to see more of the city via the bus and I saved roughly 100 euros thanks to the free entry the pass allowed for places like Guinness and Jameson. There’s also a discount on the pass if you purchase online!

Go on a walking tour in Dublin

My second piece of advice is to participate in a walking tour of the city with a guide. Usually, I’m not one for these. I like to go at my own pace and explore. However, a guided tour allowed me to see places I might have skipped while learning an immense amount of history, folklore, and charm that immerses Dublin. The tour guides in Dublin were extremely energetic and passionate about their city, and were happy to share their love of Dublin with us. Through your hostel, hotel, or even the Dublin Pass, you can find these tours for cheap or free, even.

Take a train ride to Howth

My third piece of advice is to take a train and go to the cliffs of Howth, just outside of Dublin. The train ticket will cost about 5 euros and takes you right to the lovely village of Howth. From there, you can walk by the quaint harbor and make your way up the cliffs. While not as famed as, say, the cliffs of Moher, Howth is quiet and not crowded with hoards of people making their way up the same path. We were able to pack a lunch, eat on the side of the cliffs, and enjoy traversing the countryside. It by no means is a challenging hike or walk and the generally cool climate of Ireland made it a relaxing afternoon.

Dublin has a world to offer her visitors. People on a time crunch or budget are able to experience the soul of the city without the stress that larger metropolis areas would present. Going in flexible and open to explore will leave you wanting to join in on all the activity.

 

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Inspiration Taken From Visiting Rome

Inspiration Taken From Visiting Rome

Taking pictures in Rome, one of the world most famous ancient cities is an honor.

I spent days wandering around photographing everything I saw. Here are some of my thoughts for those of you who might be visiting this amazing city in the future.

Walk. And walk some more. And then, when you’re tired and want to call it a day, walk even more. Being one of the greatest cities in the world, there is over 2,500 years of history and experience packed along every cobblestone street and inch of the Tiber River bank waiting to be uncovered. Walking from the Colosseum to the Pantheon will undoubtedly take you a while; however, in doing so, you may pass by a partially collapsed column, a sunken forum, shops selling handmade leather journals, and architecture that looks like it was taken from your imagination. With so much to do in Rome in terms of culture and sightseeing, following any specific tour or guide book will only enable you to see portions, pre-selected. Walking gives you the freedom to change your course and travel down a few side roads, see the quiet side of Rome.

Rome is a city proud of its heritage and ancient civilization. They hold their heads a little higher, stand a little straighter, when you talk with them about their long-gone ancestors. Allow them to. Ask them their favorite spot in the city. Ask them why. While (like any other city dwellers) some may not be inclined to talk with you about the splendor of their city, some certainly might. In my experience, the shop owner whom I asked the best way to get to the Capitoline Hill was my best connection made. She gave me tips on how to get there, places to be sure to stop and take a deep breath at, cats to notice at the Torre Argentina, and a cafe to go to when I got hungry.

There is something about Rome that does in fact seem eternal. The buildings of Julius Caesar next to a concrete paved road; Aurelian Walls that shade houses built under Mussolini; carriage tracks for emperors with the sound of honking cabs in the background. The city is accessible to any type of visitor or tourist and has something for everyone. The trick is to really feel the power and the history of what has happened there. Imagine the triumphal processions after a war with Caesar at the helm, imagine Michelangelo walking to the Vatican to paint the ceiling down the very path that you are on now, imagine that all of this took place in this one very spot. And then walk.