The climb took us about 30 minutes. Something like this would probably not be available in the US because of liability issues (the rock can be slippery). However, the climb was relatively easy and took about 30 minutes. Definitely a lot of fun. You can read the detailed account here.
We did an off-road tour in a dune buggy and it was a lot of fun. We kind of “crashed” on one of the big jumps, but fortunately did not get hurt too bad. There was also a jump into the Jade Cavern cenote partway through the excursion. As you can probably tell from the video, the dune buggy ride is very, very bumpy.
We saw some amazing fish and other sea life at the aquarium in Boston. There were plenty of jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, turtles, penguins, seals, and more. The variety of fish there is incredible. They even have a mermaid’s purse where you can see a shark embryo grow and eventually hatch!!! The touch tank is another favorite where you can safely touch sting rays and sharks. We easily spent most of the day at this aquarium.
We went to Virgin Gorda in Tortola during our stop on the British Virgin Islands and it was one of the most unusual beaches we’ve ever been too. It was a field of gigantic boulders along the shore line surrounded by sand a beautiful blue water. Hiking in-between the boulders to move between beaches was a lot of fun. I guess you can think of it as the next level version of a pebble beach!
The famous beach at Trunk Bay in St John (US Virgin Islands) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Amazingly blue water, great sand, and not too many people. The green surrounding landscape and all the small islands are just beautiful as you can probably tell from our video. We spent a lot of time snorkeling in the water, but it’s a great place to go if you just want to tan as well. Trunk Bay is just a short boat and bus ride away from St Thomas.
We saw the “World Famous” Marching Flamingos at the zoo in the Bahamas. We were admiring how weird and cool the flamingos were, when they were all called in to perform in a show. It was fun watching them perform for the crowd, but my favorite part was just watching hang out. There were also other birds and animals at the Ardastra Gardens:
We went on an excursion to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center in Nassau, Bahamas from a Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Getaway. We were lucky enough to arrive in time for parrot feeding. There was a lot of interaction time where we fed apples to the lory parrots. It was a lot of fun, but don’t let them get into your hair. There was a woman there who learned that the hard way when a parrot left a ‘surprise’ on her head.
The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are very beautiful. We had a great time exploring these caves in a guided tour. You can just do one of the caves if you like, but might as well see both since they are next to each other. We took a public bus, and walked to get there. You can read the detailed account here.
Labadee in Haiti has the longest over-water zip line in the world: Dragon’s Breath Flight Line. It’s quite high, and you end up going quite fast. The zoom on my camera may obscure just exactly how high and long the zip line is, so here are the numbers: it is 2,600 feet long and 500 feet high. You end up reaching speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour! You can read the detailed account here.
Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with a zip line. The zip line is quite high: 9 decks high to be precise. It’s also about 80 feet long. It’s not the same as zip line for real where you have multiple legs, but as close as you’ll get on a cruise ship! You have to remember to have laced shoes with socks and your clothes can’t be wet. You can read the detailed account here.
Flume Gorge was a fun, easy hike not too far from Boston. The scenery is quite pretty and it’s definitely worth the trip. Check out my Ultra High definition video from the hike. If you have a 4K monitor, you might feel like you’re there! You can read the detailed account here.
If you are of a certain generation, and remember being a child in awe when you first saw giant dinosaurs roam the big screen in swaths of greenery, well, you can relive part of that memory by going to Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This is where those scenes were filmed and the real thing is definitely awe inspiring. If you are ever going to go horseback riding, this is THE place to go just for the views. I had an amazing time and highly recommend it. You can read the detailed account here.
Some video from our hike to Manoa Falls in Honolulu, Hawaii. It takes about a 2 hour hike through the jungle to get to the waterfall. The jungle there is quite beautiful.
The jungle you hike through to get to Manoa Falls is very lush and beautiful. Some of the trees are so incredibly big; the huge trees make the setting feel like a scene our of Jurassic Park. Fortunately, no man eating creatures in this jungle as far as we could tell.
You can see (and smell) lots of sulfur dioxide gas and steam coming out of vents at Volcanoes National Park.
You can see lots of sulfur dioxide gas coming out of the summit crater / caldera of the Kilauea volcano. The camera’s zoom allowed me to get a really close view in 4K video.
Who new that beaches could have black sand! This one is on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s complete with palm trees and everything.