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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

TONGA, NUKU; ALOFA January 30th, 2008

SCENIC  DRIVE TOUR OF TONGA

ISLAND IN THE SUN

The blowholes on Tonga's western coast, called the Chief's Whistles, are widely considered the most spectacular blowholes in the entire South Pacific. You’ll stop near Kolovai to observe the flying foxes—these nocturnal fruit bats sleep suspended from trees, heads down and wings folded. The bats are is Tonga’s only native land mammal and their wings span nearly three feet. They enjoy sacred status here in Tonga. Standing directly under the ironwood pines in which they hang is to be avoided at all costs. You’ll see the Liahona Mormon Coconut Plantation, home to a natural oddity—a bizarre, three-headed coconut tree.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

FRENCH POLYNESIA (VAITAPE) BORA-BORA JAN 24th , 2008

LAGOONARIUM EXPERIENCE


Shark  Encounter 
lagoon cruiser. Once you’re past famous Motu Tapu, the captain will drop anchor on a shallow sandbank, a favorite haunt of several lithe gray stingrays. With your capable guide’s assistance, you will be able to touch these creatures as they swim an effortless ballet around you. Harmless black tip sharks are often seen in the lagoon as well, and there is a good chance for an encounter.


Notes:The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium on a small motu 

The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium on a small motu (island), just east of the main island. (By "natural," we mean that this aquarium isn't man-made. Rather, it's a portion of the actual lagoon). One of the coolest things about this family-owned attraction is that you can actually snorkel on the premises, under the supervision of wildlife guides. Beneath the lagoon's surface, you'll spy sharks, turtles, rays, and many different kinds of ocean fish. And depending on what tour you choose (full-day, half-day morning, or half-day afternoon), you'll enjoy a number of other perks like a canoe tour of the island or a barbeque picnic.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

FRENCH POLYNESIA, MOREA (D'OPUNAHO BAY) JAN 23rd , 2008

Motu Beach Picnic & Ray Feeding


Your experience begins when you board a comfortable, covered, motorized boat. You will have the pleasure of admiring the island from the lagoon just as the first explorers did in the 18th century. The old crater of the volcano provides a view to unique and magnificent scenery—sharp peaks and high mountains, green valleys, pineapple plantations and lush forests. As you ride across the turquoise waters of Moorea, the captain will tell you all about the island’s legends and history. You will then arrive at one of the gorgeous, white sandy islets surrounded by crystal clear water, shallow enough to walk right off the boat onto the beach. Swim or snorkel around the turquoise lagoon or simply relax on the beach or in the shade while the local crew prepares lunch. One of the highlights will be when the local guides attract schools of sting rays from the lagoon for a feeding. You are welcome to join in and touch and play with these gentle sea creatures. In exchange for a piece of fish they will gracefully dance around you. A delicious buffet-style lunch is served, with soft island music in the background. After lunch you will be entertained with more music and a coconut husking demonstration. Transfer by motorized catamaran back to Cook’s Bay and the ship.

MOTU BEACH

Monday, January 21, 2008

FRENCH POLYNESIA , TAHITI, PAPEETE , Monday JAN 21st 2008

Tahiti Lagoon Discovery


This boat tour will take you across the blue waters of Tahiti, to either the east or west coast, depending on the weather conditions, wind and currents. Fresh fruits will be offered and water will be available during the entire excursion. After a brief tour in the harbor of Papeete, where you will see the fishermen’s wharf, you will head to today’s snorkel site. Masks and snorkel gear are available for those who wish to discover some of the sea life living by the coastal reef.
The : Your captain will anchor off the Tahara’a coast and you will be able to dive in the refreshing waters of Matavai Bay. You may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, often seen in this area.East Coast: Your captain will anchor off the Tahara’a coast and you will be able to dive in the refreshing waters of Matavai Bay. You may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, often seen in this area.
The West Coast: You will make your way to the island’s west coast, passing Tahiti’s International Airport and numerous hotels and anchoring near Fa’aa for some swimming and snorkeling. Depending on the underwater visibility, you may be able to see some of the that lie on the bottom of the turquoise sea.You will make your way to the island’s west coast, passing Tahiti’s International Airport and numerous hotels and anchoring near Fa’aa for some swimming and snorkeling. Depending on the underwater visibility, you may be able to see some of the wrecks that lie on the bottom of the turquoise sea.
Notes
Descubriendo la laguna de Tahiti  ( Lunes 21 de Enero )
 
Nos dirigimos hacia la costa este de la isla, alli nos anclamos
Frente a la costa Tahara’a y con la careta y snorkels, bajamos
A descubrir los arecifes de la costa, nos ofrecieron agua fria,
y frutas frescas durante todo el viaje, mas tarde despues de una
hora y media subimos y nos dirigimos a la costa oeste , pasando
el Areopuerto International, los hoteles, Sheraton, Beachcomber
and Sofitel, nos anclamos cerca de Fa’aa y repetimos la misma
operacion con careta y snorkel……total de la excursion 3 hrs

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

COSTA RICA, Puerto Limon , Tuesday January 8th, 2008

Coastal Highlights & Banana Plantation


Departing from the pier of Puerto Limón, you’ll drive south past Cieneguita—the oldest part of Limón. The province of Limón covers an area of 3,583 square miles with a population of 432,000 people. Many are black descendants from Jamaica, originally brought here by Minor C. Keith to build the railroad that proved almost impossible. Many of those Jamaicans stayed in the area after completion of the railroad to work on the cacao and banana plantations. Their houses were built on stilts, as the conditions of coastal swamps, landslides, flooding, jungle fevers and heavy rains made for hard-won battles. Continuing your journey, you will pass Limón International Airport, banana and cacao plantations, and beautiful vistas of the Caribbean Sea from a coastline adorned with palm trees. Keep an eye out as you may spot white egrets, blue herons, kingfishers, pelicans, iguanas, flycatchers, roadside hawks and black-shouldered kites. During the tour, you will be able to visit a banana-processing plant to see how bananas are selected, cleaned and packed for export. After your visit to the banana plantation, you’ll stop briefly at Bananito Village, where you can purchase local souvenirs to take home.

DIA NUMERO 5 , Martes Enero 8 , 2008….PUERTO LIMON , COSTA RICA
 7 A. M. llegada a Puerto Limon , Costa Rica
A las 8;15 despues de desayunar en el Lido
Tomamos la excursion de la costa Atlantica y plantacion de Guineos (Bananas)
que duro 4 horas y media y costo $ 54 cada uno….Autobus No. 6
Al entrar al autobus, conocimos a Santiago Miranda y su esposa Sylvia de Miami
el es de la familia Miranda de nuestro pueblo.          Comensamos la escursion
pasando por Cieneguita que es la parte vieja de la ciudad de Limon, continuamos
nuestro viaje hacia el sur pasando por el Aerepuerto Internacional   
Con Zelma la guia y Jorge el conductor visitamos la plantacion de bananas de
Delmonte…llamada Philadelphia vimos todo el proceso desde la siembra hasta
el empaque, aprendimos de la "CHIRA"
Nos informo Zelma, no se hasta donde creer, que Costa Rica exporta 100 millones
de cajas de bananas cada ano…averiguare si es cierto…?
Visitamos la planta empacadora donde se rocian los racimos para
lavarlos y despues los separan en manos, ahi es donde caen el un  estanque
donde los lavan y los seleccionan,.los que estan suelto se quedan para la venta
en el mercado local, se escogen los mejores para la exportacion los cuales son
empacados en cajas, luego visitamos el poblado llamado Bananito construido
por la compania DOLE para sus empleados, alli vendian souvenirs y compramos  
un plato para la pared, tambien probamos la crema de macadamian, el el camino
nos detuvimos a ver una mata de achiote y otra de cacao, nos mostraron las
frutas, probe la pulpa de la semilla del cacao, ademas pudimos saborear unos
guineos pequenos como los que conociamos en Cuba como ( ciento en boca)
se vieron algunos pajaros, martin pescadores, casadores de moscas y hasta dos
de los roadside hawks (halcones) posados en arboles junto al camino
Mas tarde fuimos al Hotel Colon Caribe, alli habia musica de la region,
Alicia tomo  agua de coco visitamos los jardines botanico muy bonitos, tambien
una tienda de souvenirs donde vendian tabacos, no perdi la oportunidad para
conseguir una anilla de un tabaco fabricado en el area…regresamos al barco
donde almorzamos y mas tarde salimos a la Ciudad de Puerto Limon
a dar una caminata, atravesando un mercado de artesanias y otros productos
artesanias y otros productos…En Limon en una farmacia compramos un spray
y unas pastillas de chupar para la garganta…….
Alicia compro otro coco, se tomo el agua y luego en el barco con una cuchara
se comio la masa …
 5 P.M.Salida del puerto…estuvimos 10 horas en Puerto Limon
en el puerto habian otros dos barcos cargando-descargando y siete otros en
espera de lugar en el muelle
Esa tarde conocimos a Clemente y Donna Dominguez de Las Vegas NV.
8: 15 P.M.Cena en el La Fontaine Restaurant
Ceviche, Sopa de frijoles negros, costillas de cordero y vino de Nueva Zelandia
no comimos postre, solo expresso para mi,
10;15 P.M.  SHOW TIME
VISITA AL HOTEL COLON CARIBE

VISITA AL HOTEL COLON CARIBE