Get your sea legs on! 12 Underwater Adventures for Aquaphiles

Ever wondered what it’s like to stare a great white shark in the eyes or swim with hundreds of jellyfish?  Okay – well maybe not, but don’t run away screaming in terror just yet! Underwater adventures range from daring and dangerous to the relaxing and laid back.  You don’t even need to know how to swim to enjoy some of them. Here are  12 underwater experiences for you that are sure to leave you with lasting memories of one of a kind adventure.

12 Underwater Adventures for Aquaphiles

1. Dine in an Undersea Restaurant

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Lucky vacationers can dine under the waves at the Conrad Maldives Hotel in the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. The restaurant is situated 16 feet below sea level and has 180° views of reef and marine life.  Can you imagine how amazing it would be to be watching fish swim overhead while you sip on a glass of champagne – I’m going to do it one day!  If underwater dining isn’t enough for you, be sure to also check out the hotel’s three-person mini-sub nicknamed “Nemo”.  It takes 2 passengers + a pilot on a 30 minute dive in the Indian Ocean.

What Fear Have You Faced While Traveling?

Travel Truths is an ongoing question series for travel lovers. I ask and answer a travel related question every week and invite you to answer the question on your blog or on in the comments below. Travel is more then just destinations and experiences, it is a metaphor for life, a state of being, something the heart longs for. Join me as we explore the depths of our relationships with exploration and travel.

What Fear Have You Faced While Traveling?

For most of us, all major trips bring with them a little trepidation. There are so many unknowns involved when traveling which makes things exciting and sometimes just a little scary. Will you be able to get around without knowing the language? What if you can’t find the hotel you booked…and it’s getting late? What fears have you faced while traveling and how did you handle them?

My Answer:

There I stood in the middle of a small village in Costa Rica, dirt road and all, on the only pay phone around. I remember this moment so clearly – me, telling my mom I was okay and deep down inside shivering with fear at my first solo adventure. I might have been even more scared if I knew what was to come.

A day later I was on a beach in a rain forest nearby. I was alone except for my guide, a local with a big smile and an old red truck. The guide started flirting with me – admiring my freckles (that was a first) and basically trying to put the moves on me. When I told him to stop he calmly told me that he would not be taking me back to the village, that I would need to walk out of the rain forest on my own. He pointed in the direction opposite from which we had come and told me that if I followed the coastline I would make it back.

I followed his directions, knowing I couldn’t walk the distance he had driven me but I didn’t know if he had been truthful, I just had to hope he had. On and on I trudged, around me animals shuffled in the brush, huge iguanas watched from the trees, land turned into inlets of water that I had to wade through. The light started to fade.

That was the moment I truly became scared. I was lost in a rain forest as night was setting in. I walked on, but filling my head were scenarios of having to sleep on the forest floor. Everything about the forest was foreign to me, the smells, the wildness, and the animals that I could hear but could not see.

All I could do was walk. It felt like I walked for hours, though I’m not sure. And then the noise came. Boomm da da boom da da… in the distance, drums. Did I really hear that? I walked a little further and the drum sounds grew louder. Had I somehow walked past my village and reached the tribal village that was rumored to be past my own? I was terrified but no option was good so I walked towards the drums.

Louder and louder they came, sounds of… merriment? Yes. Okay, I could handle this. Out I came from the leaves and shadows and the strange animals, straight into….a parade, in my village! Drums and dancers and joy. Relief.

For years I thought that the lesson was not to trust. I thought that the lesson I had learned was not to trust other people and to be on your guard when traveling. But today, I see it as a lesson in faith. I was learning to trust in myself and perhaps in the idea that any path you follow will eventually lead you to where you need to be.

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A Night To Remember: 51 Titanic Related Activities & Attractions Around the World

What an astonishing ship the Titanic was.  Maybe it’s just me, but when I look at pictures of her, I see craftsmen who believed that their work meant something, passengers who’s hearts were full of adventure as they boarded her and a society that was amazing itself every day with more and more innovation and technology.  She speaks of our world in a time that we will never know.

And then there is her story: her great breaking and falling down into the depths, into the dark.  It’s easy to imagine that those walls of steel might actually have felt pain as they broke apart and became lost to the world.  And her passengers – the ones we know of and the ones we do not.  What must it have been like, standing on the deck of a boat you had been told was unsinkable as it slowly dawned on you that the opposite was true.  What must it have felt like as you peered out across a barren sea on a moonless night?


photo by: cliff1066™

Around the Web: Travel Roundup

Buenos Aires in the 1920s

Take a trip around the world….in the 1920s

I love the colors in Africa

Beautiful recollection of an Egyptian childhood 

All kinds of good stuff coming out of Queensland lately – now a replica of the Titanic -> I want passage on its maiden voyage!

A candlelit bath under the stars in Botswana – one day….

What it’s like to ride a camel

 Mashed potatoes with lemon juice, chili pepper, oil, and salt, molded like a cake – YUM!

Underground cities make you do strange things – like sing with wild abandon

I have no idea why, but I love pictures of cows

There is something soul altering about looking out a barred window – 10 famous prisons from around the world 

A golden and glowing London

I love Victoria, BC.  Once upon a time I sat looking out the window of a cruise ship on its buildings as I folded napkins for every guest on board a cruise ship (I was given extra duties for oversleeping twice in a day).

“This is not the house in the country, this is the house in the farm – this is different. We have the garden for all products, we offer my guests my potato, my salad, we have everything. We even cook fish we have in the lake.” – Agritourism in Italy

Also from Time Travel Turtle, the Wieliczka Salt Mine – chambers, halls, chapels and lakes

An entertaining set of links all about Europe. Some favorites of mine are Umbria Through Instagram, Let Fairies Roll Your Car Uphill at Spelga Dam and The Auvers Sur Oise Van Gogh Knew 

The Perfect Travel Shoes (or how I stopped hating Crocs and ended up with happy feet)

Shoes Off Feet – Where They Should Be

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Crocs Fear

I have to admit, I did not exactly educate myself before I decided that Crocs would never, never ever, never ever ever, be worn on my two feet.  Just hearing the word filled my head with images of an over the hill me wearing rainbow hued plastic shoes while gardening (with teenagers snickering in the background for good effect).  Not sure where the gardening comes from but Crocs and gardening go hand in hand in my brain.

Alas, my distaste for this famed footwear came to a prompt end when a google search for travel shoes dropped a wee little bomb in my lap.  According to a number of weary travelers, Crocs were the only travel shoe for them.  So, I did the unthinkable, I visited the Crocs website and little by little my Croc hating heart warmed and I realized that not all Crocs were not made alike.  In fact,  all Crocs were not clogs and even some of the clogs were not as clog-like as I imagined.  (For the record, I don’t hate clogs, but plastic clogs rub me the wrong way).

And then it happened, before I knew it, a pair of Crocs Kadee was paid for and on its way to my house.

What Had I Done?

I had  just bought the most comfortable, lightweight, travel ready shoes that I have ever owned.  Plus the style can go from casual to semi dressy – great if you have limited packing space.  And they can take any kind of weather, so bring it on rain clouds! Oh and did I say they were lightweight  - yep like super light, like light as a cloud. Basically, if I could only bring one shoe with me on a trip, these would be them.

A few things to note, they fit on the larger size and don’t do half sizes so size down rather than up.  Also, you could wear these out of the box for your trip, but they get more comfortable as you wear them, a week of wearing them in would probably be perfect.  Last but not least, I thought rubber shoes would be weird, and they are, but in a good way.  They give you a little extra bounce in your step.  Add that to the extra bounce that travel brings and you’ll pretty much be flying to the moon any day now.  But seriously, these are so comfortable and are the best shoes for travel that I have been able to find.

Do you have a favorite shoe for travel?  Please share, that is priceless information you are holding there!

P.S. I don’t know anything about men’s travel shoes so any men out there feel free to share your favorites.