St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off

December 15, 2014 on 3:22 pm | In Antigua Barbuda Anquilla, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Sailing | Comments Off
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Sponsor party, held on Monday December 8, 2014, turned out to be a successful and enjoyable event. Over 20 sponsors received acknowledgement and praise for playing a very important role in the successful continuation of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this year and coming year. The organizers also took a moment to thank all the additional supporters and volunteers, to emphasize that without them and the sponsors, this event would not have grown to the size it has become today.
The Regatta Organizers were happy to welcome the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, Mr. Thadeus Richardson

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta hosts its sponsor party every year to show appreciation for her sponsors, supporting companies, persons and volunteers that make the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta event possible every year. Michele Korteweg, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Director, and Jeffrey Sochrin of Island 92 and Treasury Board Member, kicked off proceedings with a presentation to the sponsors to say thank you for their support and enthusiasm. Korteweg and Sochrin then went on to thank the many local associations that also support the event and help the organization to run the event safely and successfully both on land and on the water. Special thanks went to the volunteers. It takes about 150 volunteers to run the Regatta, many of them are members and supporters of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.

The approximately 100 attendants at the Cruise Terminal at the Port of St. Maarten, where the sponsor party was held, were thrilled and attentive about the outspoken appreciation and the new information being presented regarding the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2015. The new developments will highlight the 35th anniversary of the event. A new house style and logo, new website, more racing and more convenient logistics were the points of discussion. The Regatta Organizers emphasized that the entire island needs to become involved in the event by showing off what the island has to offer, to ensure that we generate return visitors in low season.

Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the two main acts for the weekend; Tessanne Chin on the Saturday and ‘The Kool and the Gang’ on Sunday night. The roster for this anniversary edition is filling up quickly and the organizing committee was quick to announce that local talent will be performing as well and that more artists will be announced soon. A special thank you goes out to the Port of St. Maarten for making the location and logistics available. A partnership was founded in the previous year and will continue to grow as both parties focus on destination marketing and by joining forces more goals will be achieved.

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

For 35 years, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit

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Explore the History and Culture of Haida Gwaii, Canada’s Galapagos

December 8, 2014 on 11:32 am | In Adventure Travel, British Columbia, Canada, Labrador, Sailing | Comments Off

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Paddle your way through rocky haul outs where sea lions lounge, float around cliffs where tufted puffins perch and glide through channels where humpbacks and orcas play. You’ll think you’re in the Caribbean when you look down through the clear tidal shallows and find colorful sea stars lighting up the water.

Tofino Expeditions wants to show you this protected land, its native culture and the endemic wildlife that give the Haida Gwaii archipelago its nickname of “Canada’s Galapagos”.

Never heard of Haida Gwaii before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This torch-shaped cluster of islands is only a two-hour flight from Vancouver but is remote enough to detour all but true adventure seekers. Tofino Expeditions has led tours to Haida Gwaii– formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands – for more than 20 years and has developed a route that lets paddlers experience the very best of this not so distant land, exploring many unique ecological and cultural highlights.

The islands are home to one of North America’s first native civilizations, the Haida. Today, fewer than 5,000 people call the archipelago home, including descendants of the Haida people. Some descendents serve as caretakers of important historical sites like Skung Gwaii Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to many of the Haida’s ancient totems.

Paddlers will visit Skung Gwaii on the Tofino tour and will spend time with the Haida Watchmen, those who protect and interpret valuable cultural sites.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineNational Geographic rated Gwaii Haanas National Park as a top park destination in North America The tour offers travelers a truly authentic wilderness experience with plenty of creature comforts.

Paddlers spend quiet nights camped on sandy beaches under the stars and are treated to gourmet backcountry meals that are expertly prepared by Tofino’s professional guides.

Guests will also have up close and personal views of native wildlife native including Sitka deer, black bears, bald eagles sea lions, whales, fascinating birdlife and more.

Other highlights include hiking through Gwaii Haanas to see diverse flora and fauna like the thousand-year-old cedars and hemlocks, admiring Haida’s ancient totem poles, observing the highest density of intertidal life at Burnaby Narrows as well as many breathtaking views and unforgettable photo opportunities along the way.

The 8-day Haida Gwaii Kayaking Tour offers July and August departures, when the weather in Haida Gwaii is best. Price is $1995 per person.

Visit  or call 800-677-0877 for more information and to book your tour dates.


Iceland Circumnavigation Trip Brings Adventure to Cruising in 2015

December 8, 2014 on 10:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Iceland, Sailing | Comments Off
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Setting Sail in June, Iceland ProCruises Offers Expertise in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland— Offering cruises to Iceland and Greenland, Iceland ProCruises sets sail in June 2015 as the first Icelandic owned expedition cruise line. The company is pleased to announce their Iceland Circumnavigation trip and itinerary. Please see the full list of Iceland Circumnavigation departure dates here.

Iceland ProCruises takes guests to Iceland aboard the 224 passenger super yacht Ocean Diamond to discover the natural beauty of Europe’s last great adventure. Although a new company, Iceland ProCruises is a subsidiary of Iceland ProTravel – a leading DMC in Iceland. Owners Gudmundur Kjartansson and Anne-Cathrin Brocker are seasoned veterans in Icelandic travel and tourism bringing their unrivaled expertise to the planning and execution of each itinerary and expedition.

With 7 different departures, the 10 or 11 day cruise will depart Reykjavik harbor at 8PM and sail to the Snaeffellsnes Peninsula, allowing passengers to explore Breidafjördur Bay via Zodiacs, along with the chance to ride a snowcat to Snaefellsjökull – the extinct volcano glacier. As the cruise makes its way around Iceland, the next stop is Isafjördur, capital of the Westfjords region. The narrow strip of land boasts dramatic fjords, mesas and activities, including sea fishing and bird watching.

As the journey continues to the city of Siglufjördur, interested passengers may opt to learn about the golden age of Icelandic herring fishing at the award-winning Herring Museum, while all passengers may enjoy a Zodiac excursion to Hedinsfjördur – a beauty all its own due to the majestic mountains of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula serving as a backdrop. By evening, the ship arrives in Akureyri – capital of the north that sits almost on the Arctic Circle.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowDay five offers the opportunity to relish in the unique landscapes of this land of fire and ice. As the ship remains docked in the port of Akureyri, passengers have the opportunity to sign up for a wide range of activities, including the exploration of the Lake Myvatn region – said to be where “heaven and hell” clash due to its volcanic activity combined with lush greenery and fertile plains – and a gourmet tasting tour of local food along the Akureyi coastline with stops to meet fishermen and brewers. The following day, passengers will be mesmerized as they spot fifteen different species of whale from their Zodiacs in Skjalfandi Bay, followed by lunch on the bird-filled island of Flatey.

The journey continues with exploration of the Eastfjords while docked in the port of Seydisfjördur. A true adventurer’s paradise, passengers may choose from activities such as seal watching on horseback, renting bikes and a hiking tour of the mountains.

Day eight is dedicated to Vatnajökull Glacier, where visitors may choose a Jeep tour and a boat trip in the Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to witness the incredible icebergs of all shapes and sizes afloat in the water. The next and final stop before heading back to Reykjavik is the island group of Vestmannaeyjar, which are around 10,000 years old. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise visiting caves and spotting whales around Heimaey – the only inhabited island of the group. This is a one-of-kind experience, as the residents live with the constant threat of another violent eruption after having been evacuated in 1973 following the explosion of Helgafell Volcano – a truly dramatic close to such a unique adventure!

For a complete list of on-shore activities offered at an additional cost, click here. All Zodiac excursions In Iceland are included in the cruise price starting at $1,367/person.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineFor more information regarding cruise offerings in 2015, click here. To make a reservation with Iceland ProCruises and to take advantage of an early booking discount, book before November 30th by calling 503.964.8957 or clicking here.

About Iceland ProCruises

Iceland ProCruises is an Iceland based company and a part of the Iceland ProTravel family, which is the leading tour operator in Iceland. Companies include: Iceland ProTravel, Iceland an Incentive, Group DMC, Iceland ProTravel Service meet and greet and Iceland ProFishing. Owners Gudmundur Kjartansson, a native Icelander, and Anne-Cathrin Brocker from Luxembourg have over twenty years of combined experience in Icelandic tourism and are also the owners of Iceland ProTravel.

San Diego Bay Sparkles with 2015 Events‏

December 4, 2014 on 12:16 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Dine Drink, Festivals, Sailing, San Diego, Sports Travel, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowPicturesque San Diego Bay excites year-round, offering a plethora of annual events for visitors to enjoy along its 34 miles of scenic waterfront. Throughout the year, visitors to the “Big Bay” can find an extraordinary range of colorful festivals, parades, boat shows, food and beer/wine/spirits fests, and much more.


Jan. 18
35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
One of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this parade down Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego is filled with dazzling floats, high school bands, drill teams, community organizations and more.

Jan. 22-25
San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show
This popular annual boat show on Harbor Island features more than 100 sailboats and yachts, dozens of marine vendors featuring the latest nautical products and services, delicious local food, live music and boat rides.


Mar. 5-8
19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival
Visitors are invited to celebrate the bird habitats of San Diego County, including its coast and tidelands, as well as hone their birding skills on fieldtrips on San Diego Bay, including “Birding 100″ (Mar. 5), “Birding by Kayak” (Mar. 7 or 8) and “Coastal Wildlife Refuges” (Mar. 5, 7 or 8).

Mar. 14
3rd Annual Mariachi Festival & Competition
Celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional ballet folklorico dancing and culinary delights at the bayfront Pepper Park in National City.


Apr. 19
Port of San Diego Day at the Docks
Set against the vibrant backdrop of San Diego’s sportfishing fleet in America’s Cup Harbor, this cherished San Diego tradition is the world’s largest public celebration of its kind, signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. Guests of all ages can enjoy free fishing, casting contests and rides on fishing boats.


Jun. 18-21
San Diego International Boat Show
Head to Harbor Island to view boats, yachts and superyachts over 80′ on display, as well as dozens of booths showcasing the newest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories. Other activities include Try It Cove for kayaking, standup paddle-boarding and other watersports, a sailing simulator, Kid’s Zone and popular Be a Diver Pool.


July 4
Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom
The Port celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks extravaganza over San Diego Bay set to music, the largest fireworks display in the county.


Aug. 8
6th Annual Farm to Bay: Food & Wine Classic
Sample dozens of San Diego’s top local restaurants, wineries and craft breweries set against a beautiful backdrop of San Diego Bay and the bayfront Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. Guests can also enjoy live music and mingle with native wildlife.

Aug. date TBA

Chula Vista Harborfest
This free family-friendly celebration in Bayside Park at the Chula Vista Marina features four performance stages, interactive programs offered by the Living Coast Discovery Center, historic seafaring vessels, water activities, fishing, automobiles, art displays, a Youth Zone, SeafoodFest and Baja Wine & Spirits Garden.

Aug. 22-23
San Diego Spirits Festival
Bartenders and chefs shake things up at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, featuring more than 60 high-profile liquor brands and over a dozen restaurants.

Aug. 23
8th Annual Bike the Bay
A rare opportunity to bicycle over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, this popular, non-competitive 25-mile ride along the Bayshore Bikeway loops around San Diego Bay, passing through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City.

Aug. 28-31
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition
Guests can watch more than 300 tons of sand be carved into astounding sculptures at the B Street Pier on San Diego Bay; the event also features live entertainment, food trucks and unique rides for kids including a zipline that flies over the show.


Sept. 4-7
Festival of Sail
The Maritime Museum of San Diego and Port of San Diego host more than 20 tall ships and other marine vessels from around the world during the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast. Highlights include tall ship tours, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, petting zoo, arts and crafts vendors, photo ops with pirates and more.

Sept. 12-13
Coronado Art Walk
Coronado Island’s annual celebration of the arts features exhibits of paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other media, as well as entertainment at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Free shuttle service carries guests along Orange Avenue, with a stop at Art-in-the-Park in Spreckels Park.


Nov. dates TBA
13th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Fest
Enjoy samples from more than 60 local breweries at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier during this official two-day kickoff of San Diego Beer Week.

Nov. dates TBA
12th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Wine and food enthusiasts gather at Embarcadero Marina Park North in downtown San Diego for this five-day event, the largest wine and culinary extravaganza on the West Coast, featuring 70 of San Diego’s finest restaurants and more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors.


Dec. date TBA
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
The bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with a parade of world-class marching bands and drill teams, magnificent floats and a procession of enormous balloons during America’s largest balloon parade. More than 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

Dec. 13 & 20
44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 80 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay.

For up-to-the-minute event listings and changes, visit

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego Bay events and activities, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at , the Port of San Diego’s website at  or call 619-236-1212.

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Maritime Terminal opens its doors in Airlie Beach

November 22, 2014 on 2:59 pm | In Australia, Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Queensland, Sailing | Comments Off

Cruise Whitsundays has moved their operations to their brand new $15m, state-of-the-art Maritime Terminal situated at the Port of Airlie. The new terminal features convenient airport style check-in, a large café with indoor and outdoor eating areas, a gift shop and comfortable seated waiting areas. The impressive terminal is a great arrival and departure point with all major ferry services and Cruise Whitsundays’ day tours to the islands, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach departing from the new terminal.

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Pitcairn Islands Tourism Confirms Sailings for 2015/16

November 21, 2014 on 8:03 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Cruise Boats, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Sailing | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowPitcairn Islands Tourism has confirmed dates for their passenger shipping services to Pitcairn Island through to 2016.

The new shipping services were announced recently at the Pitcairn Islands Tourism launch in Sydney.

Making the announcement during the launch of Pitcairn Island as an emerging tourism destination for Australians, Richard Hankin, of Tropics Marketing who represents Pitcairn Islands Tourism in Australia, said, “The shipping service connecting Pitcairn to the outside world through French Polynesia is pivotal to the continued development of tourism to the island group.”

Located deep in the South Pacific, half way between New Zealand and Peru, Pitcairn Island remains one of the most remote and undiscovered destinations in the world. Home to the descendants of the HMAV Bounty mutineers since 1790, an array of endemic flora and fauna and surrounded by pristine seas, Pitcairn offers the visitor a unique holiday experience.

Shipping services are provided by Stoney Creek Shipping of New Zealand, who owns the 486-tonne cargo-passenger vessel, MV Claymore II. The quarterly service operates at least 8 round-trips per annum between Mangareva in French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island, allowing 4 or 11 day stays on the island. With increased demand for the service, there is potential to provide additional rotations each year.

Full details about travelling to Pitcairn Island and current sailing schedules available on the Pitcairn islands Tourism website visit or contact Tropics Marketing toll-free on 1300 713 132 and on email

Issued by Tropics Marketing on behalf of Pitcairn Islands Tourism. 15 September 2014.

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Book Star Clippers’ 2014 Holiday Sailings and Receive a $500 Onboard Credit, No Single Supplement and Extra Perks‏

November 13, 2014 on 3:26 pm | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Sailing | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTravelers looking to get away from the hectic holiday season this year can take advantage of perks on Star Clippers’ 2014 Christmas and New Year’s Caribbean cruises. In celebration of the season of giving, the tall ship cruise line is waiving single-supplement fees on select itineraries on Royal Clipper and Star Clipper.

In addition, two guests in the same cabin are eligible for complimentary champagne and sweet treats, as well as a $250 per person onboard credit or free massage, depending on the departure date.

“Star Clippers guests are like family, and there’s no better time to have a family celebration than at the holidays when it’s simply magical onboard,” said Mikael Krafft, owner and president of Star Clippers. “With these special offers, we’re making a holiday under sail a more accessible option for travelers this season.”

The single supplement waiver is available on three itineraries: Royal Clipper’s and Star Clipper’s Christmas sailings, both departing Dec. 20; and Royal Clipper’s New Year’s sailing departing Dec. 27.

Guests sailing in double occupancy cabins are treated to other benefits including complimentary champagne and sweets on all three sailings; a $250 per person onboard credit on Royal Clipper’s and Star Clipper’s Dec. 20 Christmas sailings only; and a complimentary one-hour massage in the ships’ Captain Nemo Lounge and Spa on Royal Clipper’s Dec. 27 New Year’s sailing only.

Royal Clipper sails a seven-night Windward Islands Christmas cruise roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados, with calls at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia; Cabrits and Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; a Christmas Eve call at Basseterre, St. Kitts; Christmas day at Terre de Haut, Iles des Saintes; and a call at Fort de France, Martinique.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineTo add to the festivities, renowned Austrian entertainer Peter Grimberg will be onboard Royal Clipper’s Christmas sailing, bringing his unique blend of pop music, jazz, rock and roll, and comedy. Grimberg, who will perform in English, tours his musical comedies throughout Germany and Austria.

Rates start at $1,932 per person, cruise-only for Royal Clipper’s Dec. 20 departure.

Star Clipper also sails a seven-night Leeward Islands roundtrip itinerary from St. Maarten departing Dec. 20. The ship calls at Charlestown, Nevis; Cabrits; Terre de Haut; Christmas eve at Deshaies, Guadeloupe; Christmas day at Falmouth Harbour; and Gustavia, St. Barts. Rates start at $1,872, per person, cruise-only.

Royal Clipper’s New Year’s itinerary explores the Grenadine Islands with a seven-night roundtrip sailing from Bridgetown, Barbados. Calls include St. George’s, Grenada; Tobago Cays, Grenadines; and New Year’s Eve at Bequia, St. Vincent. Guests can then start the New Year with a beach day at Fort de France, followed by a call at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. Rates start at $1,932 per person, cruise-only for the Dec. 27 cruise.

These offers are available for residents of the US, Canada, and Latin America. Other restrictions apply.

To request a brochure, call toll-free 800-442-0556 or email . To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For information, call Star Clippers at 800-442-0551 or visit  to view a video about the line or take a virtual tour of Star Clippers’ tall ships.

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Bermuda to Host America’s Cup Precursor Sailing Event in 2015

November 11, 2014 on 10:43 am | In Beachbooker, Bermuda, Caribbean, Sailing, Sports Travel | Comments Off
Bermuda will host the America’s Cup World Series, scheduled for Oct.16 to 18, 2015, according to the America’s Cup Event Authority. The event featuring top-ranked sailing teams competing in identical wing-sailed catamarans, will mark the first stage of events for teams vying to compete in the 35th version of the America’s Cup, the world’s preeminent sailing race.

Bermuda is currently vying with San Diego to host the America’s Cup final in 2017. A decision on the final venue is expected in early December. Hosting the America’s Cup final would be a significant coup for Bermuda tourism as the territory seeks to reverse a years-long decline in visitor arrivals.

The America’s Cup World Series will provide teams competing in the America’s Cup with the opportunity to earn points that carry forward into the next stage of the competition, according to event officials. The teams’ overall ranking following the America’s Cup World Series will determine the teams’ starting-point scores in the America’s Cup qualifiers beginning in 2017.

“The waters of Bermuda are ideal for racing, as anyone who has sailed here can attest,” said Michael Dunkley, Bermuda’s premier. “We’re very excited to have our island be a part of the next America’s Cup and to have an opportunity to showcase our maritime heritage and first class hospitality to the America’s Cup teams.”

Races will take place in Bermuda’s Great Sound. Race teams and a public race village will be based on the waterfront in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital.

“When we started to look at Bermuda as a potential venue for 2017, it quickly became apparent that it would be an ideal location for an America’s Cup World Series event,” said Harvey Schiller, commercial commissioner for the America’s Cup. “The island is renowned for its hospitality and its capabilities at putting together professional events. It’s a good fit for us.”

“There is an undeniable prestige to America’s Cup races, bringing discerning travelers from around the globe as well as a significant amount of global media attention,” said Bill Hanbury, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “We’re excited to have such a platform to showcase all that Bermuda has to offer the international sailing community.”

Bermuda is a longtime center for international sailing and serves as the finish port for the Newport-Bermuda race, which will celebrate its 50th edition in 2016. Another staple sailing event, the Bermuda Gold Cup, dates back to 1937 and is considered the world’s oldest one-design match racing event. Current America’s Cup skippers Ben Ainslie and Jimmy Spithill are past Bermuda Gold Cup winners, say organizers.  Read more travel news at

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Quads, Kitesurfing And Catamarans – Heritage The Villas’ New Family, Camera, Action Holiday In Mauritius

October 31, 2014 on 5:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Mauritius, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHeritage The Villas, situated on the south coast of Mauritius, is introducing a new Family, Camera, Action Holiday, with the aim of bringing families together and encouraging them to get out into the wild outdoors. Recent research has shown that more than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour a day outside and the “cotton wool generation” are experiencing an indoor existence. On holiday at Heritage The Villas, families are encouraged to enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from quad biking in the estate’s own nature reserve, to kitesurfing at the on-site water sports school, all within a safe environment.

Set within a 2,500 hectare ex-sugar plantation estate, known as the Domaine de Bel Ombre, each two to four bedroom villa has been designed with families in mind. There is plentiful space for the kids to run around, large outdoor verandas, private swimming pool, cots and kids’ beds, plus every mod con a family could wish for.

The Family, Camera, Action Holiday costs from £4,289 per family (four sharing) for seven nights on a B&B basis, and includes:

Holiday planning service
Quad biking or Fauna and Flora Discovery Tour with family photo-shoot
Family golfing lesson
Kitesurfing lesson or catamaran boat trip
Airport transfers

Preparing for the trip has been made easy for parents with the holiday planning service – a checklist sent via email, asking what each family member would like to do on their holiday. The concierge will then tailor-make a suggested itinerary, resulting in a holiday that runs smoothly and pleases all the family.

Families can enjoy the Domaine’s stunning Frederica Nature Reserve with aquad biking adventure or fauna and flora 4×4 discovery adventure, to explore the native fauna and flora, such as wild deer. Additionally, a photographer will capture the families’ time at the reserve, and a DVD memento will be created for them as a souvenir to take home.

The whole family can have some fun with a family golfing lesson on the 18-hole, par 72 championship course of the Heritage Golf Club. There is also a 9-hole pitch and putt par 3 course – ideal for beginners and children.

A kitesurfing lesson at the Kite Globing Kitesurf School is also an option in the package, so parents and kids (age 8+) can enjoy learning a new skill together. Other water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling are also available at no additional cost. Another option, and possibly one of the highlights of the holiday, is the catamaran boat trip to Benitiers Island, where guests will be able to spot and swim with wild dolphins.

Families can opt to eat out at any one of 12 different restaurants across the Domaine de Bel Ombre, where all tastes are catered for and each restaurant offers a varied children’s menu.

Families can also enjoy traditional fishing in the River Citronniers which runs through the resort, picnics in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre – a 19th century colonial style mansion, as well as a variety of active pursuits such as SCUBA diving trips, tennis lessons, sports tournaments and mountain biking.

During their stay, all guests have unrestricted access to Heritage Resort’s extensive leisure facilities which include two hotels – Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali, two world-class spas, the C Beach Club, fitness centres and Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. The resort also offers a kids club (age 2-11) and teens club (age 12+) with a diversified programme of activities.

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New charter dates on luxury liveaboard released at DEMA‏

October 30, 2014 on 9:49 am | In Adventure Travel, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off

With so many dive trips out there to choose from, and such a range of accommodation options, it makes sense to offer something unique. That’s where the Arenui Boutique Liveaboard can help!

Luxury dive liveaboard, the Arenui, is in high demand every year. Our 2015-2016 cruises are now 75% fully booked and even 2017 has been selling well for 6 months. We only have a few dates in late 2017 available to charter, so we are opening up our 2018 dates very soon (end of November)!

As a special promotion – exclusively for operators visiting us at DEMA – we are offering priority booking for charter dates on our 2018 calendar, before we publish the schedule online for general bookings. If your clients are looking for outstanding dive sites, beautiful scenery, great weather, luxury cabins and delicious food, plus professional and enthusiastic dive guides supported by a top-rated crew, come visit us at DEMA to discuss the details for a 16-guest charter in Indonesia on our boutique vessel.


Raja Ampat: Enjoy stunning topside views as we cruise alongside limestone rock formations and take a surface-interval break to visit remote beach island villages. Dive into this soft-coral heaven in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago and fill your logbook with famous West Papua sites such as Boo Windows in Misool, Arborek Jetty and Dampier Straits. Expect plenty of wobbegong sharks but also rare finds like the epaulette “walking” shark. Look out for photogenic critters like the pygmy seahorse and bring your wide-angle lens for the popular and almost guaranteed manta-sightings at the cleaning station.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowKomodo: This is a great itinerary for all kinds of muck diving, as the dive sites here are packed full of unbelievable critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs and of course the weird and wonderful nudibranchs (if lucky, the ridiculously cute Pikachu nudi)! Divers keen on coral reefs will also be amazed at the range of corals that Komodo has to offer – from soft to hard and in warm to temperate waters – while those seeking out schooling fish need look no further than the thrilling current dives of Gili Lawa Laut. If you’re also hoping for some pelagics and ocean giants then bring your wide-angle lens along too for the resident mantas and sharks, but keep a watch for passing dolphins, whales and the elusive mola-mola (sun fish).

Alor: Explore the hidden gems of Alor – one of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise. This area is famous for beautiful rhinopias but also plenty of pelagic action. This fascinating dive destination boasts stunning topside scenery and impressive volcanoes; plus a visit to the famous Pura Island villagers, who splash out of their wooden dugout canoes and dive underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles. Take time out of diving for some land excursions here; trekking through the park to find ‘Varanus Riungensis’ – another giant lizard, slightly smaller and brighter than its cousin on Komodo).

Maluku: Unlike other areas, with high populations and subsequent pressure from fishing, the Bandas’ relatively small human population has been a blessing for divers – offering a vibrant, healthy reef system with fish life in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and sponges and some truly monumental hard corals. Expect plenty of pelagics, widespread muck diving and unexplored coral gardens, as well as a rich colonial heritage on land. Dive Nusa Laut, which showcases the positive effects of a village taking care of its habitat, where the reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago and a favorite of many dive enthusiasts.

Forgotten Islands: For a new itinerary why not visit this little known and under explored, remote area of Indonesia? The Forgotten Islands are part of a remote archipelago in the south-east corner of the Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara). These trips are for true explorers and those divers seeking out something new and unusual, as we take you from one secret paradise to another. Expect plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but also fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet an enigmatic whale shark or elusive hammerhead.

The Arenui is a magnificent Phinisi (traditional Indonesian wooden sailing vessel) and a work-of-art in itself. She was built using 70% recycled wood and has been designed to give guests a real taste of local culture, with handicrafts and décor from around the Indonesian provinces.

She is operated by one of the finest crews in Indonesia, with 3 Indonesian divemasters plus 4 highly experienced western cruise directors and a further 18 well-trained crew members from captains and engineers to masseurs and chefs.

The Arenui is a truly boutique liveaboard experience. Unwind in exceptionally spacious cabins, relax with professional massage and spa treatments and enjoy the view from the fabulous sky deck. Arenui believes that, even when sailing around remote islands, there’s no reason to forgo fine dining so our talented chefs offer sumptuous buffets but also daily a-la-carte menus. After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive!

Join the Arenui to dive Indonesia – the world’s no. 1 spot for biodiversity! Enjoy small groups with only 16 guests per cruise, so 4 per dive group. Your only challenge is which destination to choose! We explore the best dive sites of Komodo and Alor, Maluku and Raja Ampat, plus an exciting new destination – the Forgotten Islands?

Experience the beauty and hospitality of Indonesia with the Arenui.

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