Top 4 Best Cocos Island Liveaboard Diving Trips; Danielle Pacheco; The Adventure Junkies

Costa Rica – Cocos Island National Park

Cocos Island deserves its reputation as one of the best diving destinations in the world. Situated 342 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, this remote volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since reaching the island takes over 30 hours by boat, the best way to discover the destination is with a Cocos Island liveaboard.

The island is a haven for pelagic fish, most notably schools of hammerhead sharks. The area is rich in underwater pinnacles and seamounts and boasts colorful, healthy coral reefs. Diving with a liveaboard boat at Cocos Island is an unforgettable experience.

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we want to help you get the most out of your liveaboard trip to Cocos Island.

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Ottawa 2017: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday in Its Capital; Mary Govoni; GoNOMAD

Canada – Rideau Canal

2017 marks the 150th birthday of the Canadian Confederation, and Ottawa is hosting its birthday party.

The celebration is a year-long, with cultural events taking place in various locations In Canada throughout the year. The events are being hosted by Canada’s Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

The programs will join Canadian citizens and tourists alike in making the capital city the place for all people to celebrate. The events are described to be “big, bold, immersive, and transformative” by the Ottawa 2017 as well as “events you won’t want to miss”.

With so many events taking place in Canada this year, you now have the perfect excuse for your next getaway trip.

Ottawa’s Misperceived History
The preconceived ideas associated with Ottawa are ones that are outdated and need some serious updating.


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In Poland: Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city; Pulse

Poland – Historic Centre of Warsaw

The door handle was ripped out by force, which you can see by the trim plate, by the city hall janitor during the Warsaw Uprising, Trybus told reporters at the Museum of Warsaw.

Curator Jaroslaw Trybus points to a glass display case with an ornate brass door handle inside. Seemingly banal, the 19th-century curio is one of the few things that remains of Warsaw‘s old city hall, which like 90 percent of the Polish capital, was destroyed during World War II.

“The door handle was ripped out by force, which you can see by the trim plate, by the city hall janitor during the Warsaw Uprising,” Trybus told reporters at the Museum of Warsaw, which reopened Friday after four years of renovation and redesign.

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The World’s Top 5  Pyramids; Thomas Phillips; Into The Wild

Mexico – Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Alongside black holes and boxes with question marks on, pyramids are among the most mysterious objects we know of. Recurring throughout history, pyramids tell us about how human society, ingenuity and ideology developed, and are so evocative they continue to influence architecture today. Here are 5 of the best pyramids from around the world:

1. Huaca Prieta, Peru

Huaca Prieta was mainly constructed out of mounded earth and is one of the largest and earliest pyramids in South America. Located where the Chicama River meets the Pacific Ocean, Huaca Prieta is home to one of the most important anthropological discoveries in the world.

Though it may lack the grandeur of the Egyptian pyramids it trumps them on cultural significance, as over the years archaeologists have made several ground-breaking discoveries.

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Venice world heritage status under threat; Lisa Gerard-Sharp; The Guardian

Italy – Venice and its Lagoon

While the local population dwindles, passengers from giant cruise ships continue to flood into La Serenissima. So how are locals trying to save the city?

Amonster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. It’s an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colbert’s pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, a large-scale installation of giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal to prop up the crumbling Palazzo Sagredo.

Venice’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro could also do with a helping hand. Under-populated and over-touristed, Venice is facing threats from all sides. Its status as a world heritage site is slowly sinking, with Unesco threatening to slap the city on its in-danger list, a fate normally reserved for war-ravaged ruins, under-funded third world sites and, er, Liverpool.

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These Are the Most Magical Islands in the World, and Here’s Why; Graham Fuller; The Culture Trip

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl
With the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise being celebrated this week, we thought we’d introduce you to one of the most incredible filming locations from the blockbuster series: the magical islands of Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Located just off the south-west coast of Ireland, the rocky isles have been attracting visitors for centuries.

In September 1910, George Bernard Shaw embarked from the coast of Kerry, south-west Ireland, in an open rowing boat. The five oarsmen plowed the waves for eight miles (12 km) and two hours before landing the playwright on the shore of an island that took his breath away.

In a letter, Shaw described Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichil), or the Great Skellig, as “the most fantastic and impossible rock in the world…where in south west gales the spray knocks stones out of the lighthouse keeper’s house, 160 feet above calm sea level.

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5 Affordable Trip Suggestions For Singaporeans Who Travel A Lot and Have Already Been Everywhere; Joanne Poh;

China – South China Karst

Ask a Singaporean what his or her favourite past-time is, and there’s a good chance “travel” will pop up near the top of that list.

In fact, a recent survey found that Singaporeans took an average of 5.2 overseas trips in the last 12 months. Now you know why your friends are never around when you try to ask them out on weekends.

But when the average person goes on holiday once every two months, it’s easy to run out of destinations. You already know Bangkok well enough to give tuk tuk drivers directions, and the shopping malls in Hong Kong are starting to bore you just as much as Orchard Road. Now what?

Fear not. Here are five affordable destinations to head to in 2017.

Goa, India

India is a challenging destination for those who’ve never been or are travelling solo.

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Seeing Stars through a Stellar Lens: My three Weeks with the Milvus 2.8/18; LENSPIRE

Italy – The Dolomites

It has been a while since ZEISS presented the Milvus 2.8/18, which is a completely new designed lens in the Milvus lineup. Its 2/3 stop advantage over the Classic 3.5/18 and the globally improved design tempted me to try this lens.

The Milvus flies to South Tyrol

Living in South Tyrol, a northeastern mountainous region of Italy, I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors. My passion for landscape photography led me to hunt the best light conditions to frame the Dolomites, which are a unique mountain chain declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2009.

South Tyrol has a variety of extraordinarily beautiful places in nature but I wanted to choose wisely where I could get the most out of the Milvus. As my widest lens at the moment is a 28mm, I had to keep in mind the huge difference in the field of view and decide accordingly.

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7 coolest marine parks around the world you can actually visit; SilverKris

Brazil – Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

Dive in and explore the shipwrecks, reefs and other unique habitats of these marine parks, which are home to a staggering amount of marine life.

1. Christmas Island National Park, Australia

This island has a unique ecosystem of plants and animals – including 45 million red crabs, which migrate from the forest to the coast yearly to breed. Dolphins and whale sharks thrive in the surrounding reef; divers can head out to the Java Trench, the deepest point in the Indian Ocean.

2. Dry Tortugas National Park, USA

Comprising seven islands, this remote national park in the Gulf of Mexico is home to one of USA’s largest 19th-century forts – and hundreds of shipwrecks. But the reefs that pose such hazards to ships are a habitat for an abundance of marine life, such as colourful reef fishes and nurse sharks.

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The best tours in Hoi An; Talk Vietnam

Viet Nam – Hoi An Ancient Town

Once a prominent Vietnamese trading port due to its proximity to the Thu Bon River, Hoi An’s sightseeing opportunities comprise traditional shops, ornate Buddhist temples, traditional markets, and interesting museums.

Catering to just about any budget, group size, and interest, the following list of the most popular Hoi An Tours ranges from lantern-making and bamboo bicycle crafting workshops in Hoi An Ancient Town to full-day snorkeling and swimming excursions to Cu Lao Cham Marine Park.

Market boat tour & cooking class with local guide

If you are looking to sample some of the finest fare Vietnam offers, Hoi An makes for the ultimate gourmet getaway.

During this course in your local guide’s house, make a tasty dish and take a boat ride to the market to shop for your ingredients.


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