Swimming between two continents

On our trip to Iceland we snorkeled in the Silfra Fissure, a rift where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. The 35 degree water is some of the clearest in the world. Even though we were wearing multiple layers and a dry suit, being in the water for 45 minutes was a frigid (but incredible) experience!

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Pod of big eagle rays in Bora Bora

There was a pod of eagle rays that kept going in and out of formation while we were snorkeling above them. We saw them during our first Pure Reef Snorkeling excursion, and then again during our second tour.

Bumpy ride into the mountain in Bora Bora

We did a 4×4 jeep safari excursion in Vaitape on Bora Bora. It was run by Tupuna and our tour guide was nice. We were very lucky that everyone else had cancelled because they expected rain, so we had a private tour on this trip. The ride up the mountain was incredibly bumpy and the shakiness of the video does not do justice to how rough the mud roads were. Check out our full review for more details!

Stunning Matira Beach in Bora Bora

The gorgeous Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Such an incredibly relaxing scene–the soothing water took all my worries away for a few minutes. A great place to meditate! Hopefully this 4K video can recreate some of that magic for you.

Our video tour of the fantastic Sofitel in Moorea

Here’s our video tour of the Sofitel Ia Ora Resort in Moorea. It’s as a great place to spend a week with a lot to do. We definitely recommend getting a overwater bungalow because the views and snorkeling are phenomenal. It’s one of the reasons to go to French Polynesia in the first place! There an infinity pool, a bar, a restaurant with daily entertainment, a nice beach, and phenomenal snorkeling for a resort. The views are also spectacular during the day and at night.

Eagle rays surrounded us under the bungalow

We swam into a group of eagle rays under our bungalow at the Hilton in Bora Bora and luckily had a camera. Although we were told that these rays are friendly and not dangerous, they had so many sharp barbs that it’s probably wise to be a bit cautious. At first, they were on just one side of us (in front) when we arrived to their location. However, after a minute or two, they moved and started swimming in circles around us. It felt like they were studying us. After about 10 minutes of them circling us, we decided to back off and head back up to the bungalow.

 

Getting to paradise

It took us the better part of a whole day to get to Bora Bora. You can see clips from our journey in the above video. Needless to say, it was most definitely worth the travel day to get there!

Tahitian paradise

There is a lot to do at the Intercontinental Tahiti resort itself. There are a few restaurants, amazing views of Moorea, snorkeling in a lagoon open to the ocean, huge swimming pool, and more. We had a newly renovated Superior Garden View Room and it was pretty nice. Aside from the nice view, my favorite part of the room was the pillow menu. That was a new one for me and I definitely made use of it.

Our unforgetable 2-week adventure in Hawaii

There are so many incredible things to do in Hawaii. This is a 4K video tour of our adventures on Oahu and the Big Island, including lots of snorkeling, some hiking, horseback riding, swimming with manta rays, swimming with wild dolphins, a black sand beach and more.

 

An awesome aquarium that has a bit of everything

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.

Flamingos can apparently be trained

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 got to feed parrots in the Bahamas

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.

A walking tour of Labadee in Haiti

Labadee is a part of Haiti that is owned by Royal Caribbean. The area around Labadee is very green and lush. You can take a look at my walk around video above: I go from the cruise ship to the main beach on the left side, and then loop back to the cruise ship via the the second beach on the right side. (If you go there, you’ll understand what I mean by the left and right.) The beach area itself is quite nice; it’s definitely been engineered to accommodate a lot of cruise passengers. The beach on the right seemed to have better water if you want to go for a dip. You can read the detailed account here.

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