Monthly Archives: October 2009

Let the quest for Ulua take you on an exotic Fishing Safari Adventure

By Dian Hasan | October 20, 2009

Jungle Ulua Fishing Adventures-not bad for a day's catch

Not bad for a day's catch. Photo: Jungle Ulua Fishing Adventures

For the seasoned Bali visitor who yearns to explore all the Isle of Gods has to offer (even an extended vacation will never suffice) and anyone who is intrigued by unique travel experience, with some fishing thrown in, here’s a Safari Camp like no other. Join Cyrus Boyum and Michael Owen, two American adventurers and fishing aficionados for a safari camp to Grajagan, East Java, for some serious Ulua fishing. For the novice, Ulua is Giant Trevally. All fishing trips depart from Bali.Jungle Ulua Fishing Adventures. And while in the area you can always go surfing at the world-famous G-Land.

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Bali’s Colorful Jukung Race: Supporting Fishing Community in Tulamben

Jukung-Balinese Outrigger Sailboat

Jukung, Balinese outrigger sailboat

On October 11th, fishermen will set off into the wind with multi-hued sails, competing each other for a coveted prize. It’s for precious money to feed their families and serve community needs. Simon Pridmore gives us the history behind the fascinating Jukung Race, and tells how we can help boost the income of the poor.

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And Cobá makes a cocktail of Coqui Coqui trio

By Dian Hasan | October 8, 2009

Coqui Coqui-Coba-Yucatan-MX 5As Coqui Coqui becomes a household name of personalized spa and hotel experience among travel cognoscenti in Mexico’s southeastern states of Yucatán and Quintana Roo, the owners, Argentinian Model & Hotelier Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato add another Coqui Coqui to make a trio. This time in Cobá, still within the sacred land of the mighty Mayans, promising yet a different experience that share a common bond with the other Coqui Coqui sister Spa Hotel properties in Valladolid and Tulum.

These two beau monde members have definitely succeeded in creating the perfect sanctuary, instilling an aura of bohemian grandeur to the premises and an air of tranquility through their sublime Spas.

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Pemba, the mystique beauty of Tanzania’s clove island

Dhows coming back home, Nungwi Village, Tanzania. Photo: flickr member id_germain

Dhows coming back home, Nungwi Village, Tanzania. Photo: flickr member id_germain

Pemba Island has been separated from the mainland and Zanzibar for decades, leaving an untouched and pristine island of great beauty and fertility. The mosaic of forests, swamps, mangroves, hidden beaches and lagoons is scattered with the ruins of mosques and tombs mostly reclaimed by the forest – sites that date back to Arab domination when Pemba Isalnd was seized by the Sultan of Muscat (Oman) in the 17th century. He loved the Spice Islands and established his court in Zanzibar and ruled Muscat from there.

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Eco Rustic ~ The Manta Resort & Spa, Pemba Island, Tanzania

By Dian Hasan | October 7, 2009

Restaurant at The Manta ResortElevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort & Spa offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa’s finest island sanctuary. And experience some of the world’s best diving sites, untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island. Crystal clear water and powdery sand beaches.

The smell of cloves in the air add to the allure of Pemba Island, still the world’s leading producer of cloves. The Manta Resort & Spa places you in the pulse of this idyllic paradise island. As an all-inclusive resort, it leaves you worry-free and ready to enjoy the island. Continue reading

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Eco Rustic ~ Fundu Lagoon, Pemba Island, Tanzania

By Dian Hasan | October, 2009

Fundu Lagoon-Pemba Island-TANZANIA 4Fundu Lagoon is located north of Zanzibar, just right on Pemba Island. This a secluded tropical paradise is an ideal place to disconnect from every day stress and routines and to start practice outdoor activities, such as boating and snorkeling, swimming and diving.

A stay at Fundu Lagoon gives you access to spectacular virgin beaches and the turquoise waters of the West Indian Ocean. Continue reading

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Escape to Paradise ~ Manda Bay, Manda Island, Kenya

By Dian Hasan | September 29, 2009

Manda Bay-Manda Island-KENYA 2The best island to dispel the myth that Africa is only about Safaris is Manda Island, one of a string of tropical isles that form Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago. Manda Bay is a stylish boutique beach hideaway, with 16 spacious Swahili cottages is designed to maximise the views and catch the cool sea breezes.

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