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  • 10 eye-opening underwater videos | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    from several spots along this chain and shows the diversity of the reef and its denizens in incredible detail make sure you look out for the clownfish wiggling away to the strains of Bach s Air on the G string at 01 21 Diving the Ribbon Reefs on Australia s Great Barrier Reef from Undersea Productions on Vimeo The underwater river Mexico s Yucatan peninsula is riddled with cenotes sinkholes formed as the region s limestone rocks have been gradually eroded One of the most spectacular is the eerie Cenote Angelita a 59m deep pool in which the top portion of fresh water is separated from the salty depths by two metres of hydrogen sulphide This cloudy layer looks unmistakeably like an underwater river as you can see in this clip Plane to see In 1944 during the World War II battle of Pelleliu a Japanese JAKE seaplane crashed in unknown circumstances three kilometres off the coast of Koror in Palau Micronesia Lying just 17m below the surface the surprisingly well preserved wreck is now a popular dive site but few have tackled it as a freedive Watch fearless swimmer Dean serenely explore the wreckage in this beautiful video It took him nearly a year to get the perfect conditions to film Having a whale of a time Watch one of the most popular YouTubers daily vlogger FunForLouis aka Louis Cole swim with whale sharks off the coast of Cancun in Mexico to celebrate his channel reaching one million subscribers Despite their size these are surprisingly gentle creatures filter feeders who exist on a diet of plankton and krill Seeing how close swimmers can get to them it s easy to see why Louis says this is one of the most incredible things you can ever do Spear wonder An official clip from the BBC s Human Planet series narrated by David Attenborough which follows Bajau spear fisherman Sulbin a so called sea gypsy from Sabah Malaysia Watch as he pushes his body beyond the realms of possibility diving down twenty metres and spending nearly three minutes underwater Not only does he do this on one breath of air but he s able to walk along the sea floor to stalk his catch Beautiful Bali If you re wondering where your PADI certificate should take you next check out this film from Johannes Weber captured off the southeast cost of Bali in Indonesia The island might be better known for its rice terraces beaches and surf lashed coastline but this series of aquatic close ups shows there s just as much beauty underwater as there is on land Beneath the Antarctic ice Claustrophobic You might want to watch this film with caution In the two minute clip divers enter Antarctica s Ross Sea through a small drill hole with only a rope to guide them back above the ice sheet Perhaps most remarkable however is the sense of serenity in the blue and green dappled waters below The sardine run

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  • Tanna Island | Rough Guides
    gone and the grounds were bathed in darkness Werry hopped out and turned on the generator low lights humming to life in the outhouse I met Monique Werry s wife who fed us a delicious home cooked meal and showed me to my bungalow a one room building with two beds and I noted with mortal fear many many open spaces for bugs and insects to worm their way in That first night I secured my mosquito net like Fort Knox and nestled down into a deep and dreamless sleep The next morning after the first cold shower of the stay I went off to explore the area of Port Resolution named so by Captain James Cook after the HMS Resolution Following Werry s directions I came upon Little Beach Swathes of yellow sand vivid azure waters and black volcanic rock made for a stunning slice of paradise reminiscent of Alex Garland s Ko Phi Phi but without the teeming tourists In fact in my whole time there I met only one other westerner Little Beach s neighbouring beach boasts huge expanses of the softest black sand while the nearby White Beach completes the enchanting trio As I lounged on Little Beach that first morning I realised that I need not have worried I could spend five weeks here five nights would be a breeze Little Beach Tanna by Peter Watson Friday nights in particular are interesting as visitors are able to observe the rituals of the John Frum cult at Namakara Members of the cult sing songs of praise to the tune of American battle hymns in honour of John Frum a figure most often depicted as an American World War II serviceman with the hope that he will one day bring them the material riches of the American west At five kilometres from Port Resolution Namakara is easy to get to and offers a unique way to end the working week Other points of interest on the island include its Giant Banyan Tree At 80 metres tall and over 100 metres across it is larger than a football field and continues to grow today It s a couple of hours drive from Port Resolution and at approximately 15 per person is a tad pricey but worth a visit if you have the time and cash The most unmissable attraction on the island however is Mount Yasur one of the world s most accessible active volcanoes Yasur has been erupting nearly continuously for 800 years and continues to do so several times an hour guaranteeing fireworks for most visitors My visit to Yasur started just before twilight with a 40 minute drive from Port Resolution followed by a steep 10 minute walk to the crater Many visitors choose to stay at the first viewing point but while it s a great spot for watching eruptions from the bigger of Yasur s two craters it doesn t offer a view into the crater itself I walked a further 10 minutes

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  • Travel Features by Kia | Rough Guides
    East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Kia Sort by Date Popularity Going Tribal on Tanna Island Vanuatu After leaving Rough Guides to go and explore some of the Pacific s tiniest islands Kia Abdullah discovers serenity and adrenaline on Tanna Island in eastern Vanuatu Port Resolution Yacht Club the name alone evokes vistas of bejewelled starlets sipping cocktails by a Monaco pier It s elegant glamorous refined but also a bit of Kia 02 10 2014 Face your fears in the name of travel From arachnophobia to fear of loneliness Kia Abdullah explores how to face your fears and open up the world of travel It was early morning on my first day in Cambodia that the feeling of dread descended Trundling along in a tuk tuk I felt something heavy land on my leg The brown black mass was Kia 17 03 2014 Climbing Nevis Peak Saint Kitts Nevis On a paradise island in the Caribbean there lies a deceivingly tricky peak that makes for a gruelling climb In a risky and adrenaline filled struggle to the top Kia Abdullah scales Nevis Peak Saint Kitts Nevis Tell a local you re climbing Nevis Peak without a guide and they ll first laugh

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  • Volcano | Volcanoes Around The World | Rough Guides
    places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme

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  • Seven spots for thrilling volcanic activity | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    peninsula s eastern edge leads you into this land of fire and ice and brings you face to face with the full range of Kamchatka s volcanic phenomena You ll be dropped into the heart of the million hectare bioreserve by helicopter cruising over several of Kamchatka s 29 active volcanoes along the way your trek involves ten days and 130km of moderately strenuous hiking As you navigate this landscape down to the Pacific shore you ll circuit active glacier flanked volcanoes and encounter piping fumaroles belching mudpots and bubbling cauldrons From a forested ridge you descend into the Valley of the Geysers along the steamy banks of the River Geyzernaya Over twenty major geysers fill the narrow valley each performing on its own timetable some erupt every ten minutes while others take 4 5 hours between show times Some pulse in an erect column while others surprise you with a side shot stick to the boardwalk or you might be nailed by an unexpected burst of scalding water Kronotsky Reserve is accessed by helicopter from Petropavlovsk entrance is restricted and by permit only The Valley of the Geysers is closed from mid May to early July to protect breeding and nesting activity Hiking Ijen volcano with the sulphur miners Indonesia The ragged edged smoking cone of the Ijen volcano defines the extreme east of Java It always pays to get up before dawn if you re climbing volcanoes so you can reach the summit before the clouds roll in But even if you start hiking Ijen at 2am you ll have plenty of company for this peak defies its Indonesian name Gunung Ijen lonely mountain The volcano spews out sulphur which is hacked out of the steaming caldera by hundreds of freelance miners who get up at an ungodly hour to collect the foul smelling yellow element Only those who rise early enough are able to amass enough of the limited sulphur to make a day s pay US 5 Starting from the isolated national park post at Pos Paltuding a steep trail ascends the shoulder of the mountain passing through tropical forest that s home to gibbons and patrolled by eagles You ll pass a steady stream of miners who joke and chatter as they balance loads of up to 80kg across their backs in bamboo baskets their steady progress fuelled by a diet of kretek clove cigarettes and black tea The path switchbacks higher and higher until you emerge above the tree line and a spellbinding view of the neighbouring volcanic peaks of Merapi 2802m and Raung 3332m opens up It s possible to descend into the crater itself where the miners harvest sulphur the brimstone of biblical times which is mainly used by the cosmetics industry and is added to fertilizer Be warned the vapours can be overpowering Banyuwangi is the nearest large town to Ijen The tourist board here 62 0 333 424 172 can organize trips in a 4WD Watching the sunrise on Mount

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  • Rituals around the world | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    then the men of Vanuatu have performed the ritual to prevent themselves from being tricked again The diver s goal is to bless the soil by skimming his head against the ground before being whipped back aloft guaranteeing fertile soil for the yam harvest Of course there is little margin for error and for the boys who have been circumcised at around seven or eight the performance of the land diving ritual in the presence of elders marks passage into manhood There has only ever been one recorded fatality in 1974 during a performance for Queen Elizabeth II when the vines were not elastic enough due to the ritual being held in the wrong season Banten Bali Indonesia Anyone who s been to Bali will remember the small offerings Banten which you see dotted in every doorway restaurant street wall These Banten are exquisitely decorated parcels of cut leaves and coloured rice prepare by Balinese women with the daily meals as offerings to their compatriot gods and demons and ancestors Banten offerings range from the spectacular for example the festival of Galungan in which the gods visit earth will be celebrated with Banten woven from coconut fronds to the simple such as tiny canang daily offerings of palm leaves and flowers to show hospitality to the spirits of the house The continuity of this ritual is fundamentally important to Balinese life and whether it holds the universe together or not it certainly defines and celebrates a vibrant heritage Burning Man Black Rock Desert Nevada USA Burning Man is an experiment in community radical self expression and radical self reliance For an event with such primal overtones it culminates in the burning of a huge wooden effigy it s a good deal younger than we might assume In fact it began in 1986 and by 2010 had drawn over 50 000 visitors or burners What the whole ritual signifies is open to considerable debate but cash is virtually banned from the event self expression is encouraged in as many ways as possible and the leave no trace principle is fundamental to the whole project the desert space is to be left better than it was before the burners arrival certainly not worse Over the years other aspects of the event have evolved including the celebration of weird and wonderful vehicles and the burning of a separate temple This remains one of the most eagerly celebrated of modern rituals though the increasing prevalence of Burning Man Is Stupid t shirts around the west coast may be the real indicator that the burning man has reached the national consciousness Prayer at the Western Wall Jerusalem Perched on the spiritual fault line of all three of the world s major monotheistic religions Jerusalem has changed hands dozens of times over the centuries The Western Wall involved in this ritual also known as the wailing wall is the last remaining piece of the temple destroyed by the Romans in 70CE and has been a site

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  • Travel Features by Holly Dudley | Rough Guides
    Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Holly Dudley Sort by Date Popularity Most iconic movie locations These 15 iconic film locations will transport you straight into the movies Want to chase Rocky Balboa up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art or tuck into Amélie s crème brulée in Café des Deux Moulins No problem You ll even be able to experience fictitious spots swim off the shore of Jaws Amity Island Holly Dudley 21 02 2013 10 unusual types of transport Getting around abroad doesn t have to be all about cars trains buses and bikes From cruising Peru s Lake Titicaca on a boat made of reeds to flying down the streets of Madeira in a wicker toboggan or taking an odd horse drawn carriage in Pakistan there are so many unusual types of travel to be tried Holly Dudley 01 07 2012 Rituals around the world Travelling the globe you ll come across rituals around the world that might seem odd crazy perhaps even scary But at the root they all share something in common they are an expression of the local culture So here we tell the story behind five of these unique cultural rituals Naghol Pentecost Island Vanuatu The ritual Holly Dudley 20 02 2012 Out of city experiences in Australia Looking for amazing experiences on the doorstep

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  • Aerial Views | Rough Guides
    places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief

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