There is nothing more spectacular than watching whales in their natural habitats, playing, breaching and well, just plain entertaining us. One of my fondest memories was watching a mom and her calf play for hours in Maui's Maalaea Bay.
From orcas and humpbacks to minke and sperm whales, these beautiful and majestic creatures can be found all around the world. Top destinations include:
The Apurimac River in Peru is the source of world's largest river system, the Amazon River. Every year, communities on both sides of the Apurimac River Canyon rebuild the Bridge at Q'eswachaka, which has been continually rebuilt since the time of the Inca. Here is their story.
Whether you are staying in Hilo or passing through, check out these restaurants. Friends who live in Hilo for 6 months out of the year frequently enjoy Café Pesto, Don's Grill and Lucy's Taqueria. Hilo Bay Café and Café 100 have also received high ratings by locals.
Pele, in the Hawaiian religion, is the Fire Goddess, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.
According to legend, anyone who takes black rock or sand from the Hawaiian islands will suffer until the native elements are returned. Research states that Pele considers the rock and sand her children, and punishes anyone who takes them with a streak of bad luck. Pele's Curse.
Like many others, I saw my first black sand beach on a visit to the big island of Hawaii. We went to Kaimu Beach, with beautiful black sand, palm trees right up to the water line and a ragged coastline of past lava flows.
We were fortunate to have visited this particular beach, because in 1990, shortly after our visit, lava from the Kilauea volcano engulfed Kaimu, the town of Kalapana and the surrounding area. Today, much of the original beach, bay and town are buried under 50-80 feet of lava. The area is still accessible and offers you a chance to walk on some dirt that is younger than 25 years. The power of Mother Nature.
I never realized how many black sand beaches there
The word "tour" can conjure up a variety of images among travelers, mainly that of a busload of people hustling from hotel to sightseeing back to a hotel all on a strict schedule. These days, tours are designed in many different formats, catering to every type of traveler and are far removed from this image. Yes, some tours are still large, however most are far more intimate with a goal to ensure the best possible experience.