Caves have always fascinated human beings. We have used them for shelter, for food storage, as canvases for our art – we have even transformed them into homes and temples. Caves tend to have an otherworldly mystery about them, with their often tortuous, claustrophobic chambers, their strange creatures and the intensity of their darkness. It is no wonder we are drawn to them. And there is no shortage of caverns to explore — the United States alone has more than 55,500 caves, with over 1,000 new ones discovered each year, according to the National Speleological Society. There are countless to choose from, but here is a list of eight of the world’s coolest caves to get you started.
While white sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a truly unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the strange experiences you can have on the following weird beaches.
You’ll find Essaouira, which is amazingly inexpensive, safe, and exotic, to be one of the most relaxed, likeable resorts in Morocco. This gentle city, surrounded by white walls and fringed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is especially popular with independent travelers and a few in-the-know Europeans, but it remains largely undiscovered by most travelers.
If you’ve ever wanted to swim with the fishes but felt nervous about your skill level and knowledge of the underwater world, the Oahu submarine scooter adventure is a great way to explore under the sea without any dive experience. I got the chance to go on a two hour adventure out in the beautiful Maunalua Bay, just off of Hawaii Kai, motoring around on an underwater submarine scooter in 30 feet of clear blue water.
It’s that time of year again, when music concerts swap sticky dive bar floors for well-tramped grass and enormous open-air stages. 2012’s festival season is finally upon us and to get in the mood, here are 10 of the world’s best. From America to Australia via Europe and Japan, just about every artist you can think of, is bringing their music to the great outdoors this year and the only question is, which one do you go to first?
A cruise is much like a glorified resort at sea, and cruise lines realize this, which is why many of the top cruise lines devote a substantial amount of time and money to making sure the staterooms on their cruise ships are comfortable and inviting. That’s usually where the similarities end – even within a cruise line. When it comes to any one ship, though, you often have a variety of options to choose from that extend beyond the typical inside versus outside stateroom options.
Meet Raisa Shuster, one of Viator’s local experts in Toronto with a license to provide private tours. With more than nine years of experience as a tour guide, Raisa Shuster knows what it takes to make your tour of Toronto a unique experience.
Seoul is a city that revolves around café culture. In any given neighborhood, you are never more than a few footsteps away from a cute coffee shop serving up lattes, waffles and cakes. With so much competition, however, many cafés have had to come up with unique angles to appeal to café goers. This has resulted in some strangely themed coffee shops popping up around the city. From playing dress-up to petting farm animals, here is a small sampling of what you can expect to experience while you sip on your cup of java.
For the ultimate bird’s eye view of your destination there’s no more thrilling way to get your bearings than zooming over the landscape in a helicopter. Whether hovering over a kaleidoscope of corals at the Great Barrier Reef or soaring around the Statue of Liberty in New York, here are 10 of the best places in the world to see from above.
To Yankees, Savannah may seem a sleepy Southern town stuck in a time warp—all antebellum mansions, Spanish moss, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But those in the know have a different picture of the Hostess City, one that heats up when the sun goes down.