Some people may be reluctant to travel to the Philippine Islands because of what they perceive may be political instability in this South East Asian archipelago nation.
True, the Philippines Islands have had a history of military coups; bandits that kidnap foreigners for ransom; a minor communist insurgency problem and Islamic secessionists . But all these are far less dramatic than what news reports suggest. The Philippines is generally a peaceful place to visit and even an ideal place to live. The thousands of foreigners and expatriates who have found their second home in the Philippines are proof of that fact.
The Philippines is not just one island, but an archipelago of 7,107 islands, and one of the primary industries that supports the economy of the Philippines is tourism. The Philippines enjoys a constant flow of visitors from Europe, the US, and neighboring Asian countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, and recently a flood of Koreans, many of whom stay for good.
In addition to being a spectacular destination for adventure sports such as SCUBA and snorkeling, fishing, mountain biking and boating, the Philippines is also known as a popular place to have a romantic vacation. Many resorts go out of their way to hold spectacular wedding ceremonies, while most accommodations have facilities to accommodate honeymooners.
Filipino culture is a fusion of pre-Hispanic indigenous civilizations of the Philippines mixed with Hispanic, American, Chinese and Islamic cultures.
The Hispanic influences in Filipino culture are largely derived from the culture of Spain and Mexico as a result of over three centuries of Spanish colonial rule, and particularly evident in literature, folk music and dance, language, food, art and most importantly religion. The Philippines is the seat of Christianity in Asia; the first Roman Catholic mass was in Cebu in 1521, courtesy of Ferdinand Magellan.
Despite foreign influences, many of the Philippines old myths and legends, customs, traditions and beliefs have been retained and practiced until this day by much of the indigenous folk.
Colorful native legends; warm and friendly people; immaculate sandy beaches and miles of clear blue ocean combine to make the Philippine Islands a highly recommended safe vacation destination.

The Cayman Islands is getting ready to host the annual International Underwater Film Festival once again and this years event will showcase a wide range of films, documentaries and videography.

The film festival will be taking place on Thursday 8th November, 2012 at the Westin Casuarina and Spa Resort in Grand Cayman, one of the leading scuba diving destinations in the world.

This years event is being held in conjunction with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and highlights include films by Howard Hall, Leslie Leaney, Guy Hall, plus local videographers.

Divers Alert Network and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will present the event which features an array of talks, film screenings, presentations and competitions.

The 2012 line-up includes a tribute to the underwater world of the Cayman Islands by Frans DeBacker; Sea Net 1944 by Leslie Leaney which includes a WWII era short film by the SEA NET company in Los Angeles; and Fragile Cayman by Michael Maes which educates viewers about the importance of looking after and preserving the marine environment.

A Silent Auction and Lobster Lotto will also take pace during the evening and this year, all of the funds raised will help support the marine conservation efforts carried out by the Guy Harvey Research Institute as well as diving safety initiatives. Every lobster (rubber) purchased in the Lobster Lotto is a winning one and participants can win prizes such as key chains, dive packages, T-shirts and much more.

The underwater photo competition will showcase a collection of incredible photographs that have been captured by photographers while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the top three images in each of the five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed. A Best in Show honour will also be awarded to the best image in each category (Cayman Wrecks, Turtles, Critters/Macro, Scenic, and Creative).

Tickets for the Underwater Film Festival cost 25 and funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to help with crucial marine conservation efforts such as Dive 365, underwater and coastal clean-ups, lionfish culling materials and expeditions, maintenance of the sunken USS Kittiwake, government links, office buildings and staff members.

The Cayman Islands are ranked among the Caribbeans leading scuba diving destinations due to its shallow, crystal clear turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species.

During scuba diving holidays in the Cayman Islands, tourists can swim alongside beautiful stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, hundreds of species of colourful fish and colourful coral reefs.

With the summer heat at an all time high, all of us are seeking an effective respite… well you can achieve it with a chilled glass of mango shake or better still – you can visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you are a newly married couple, all you have to do is avail the numerous Honeymoon Packages and have a great time relaxing in the sun, sand and cool waters here. For fastidious travelers, Customized Tour Packages have given a whole new dimension to fun and excitement; they can make a Tour Package in accordance with their own comfort and requirement.

A Glance At Popular Andaman Nicobar Islands Tour Packages

Andaman Nicobar Honeymoon Tour Packages

As they say, love is eternal and it should be cherished as well. Here comes the opportunity, to celebrate with your love in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are a lot of special Honeymoon Packages for newly married couple. If you cannot spare a lot of time from your busy schedule, then you can opt for a short Holiday In Andaman Nicobar Islands.

One Day Tour Packages

Life is going by at a fast pace so should you? If your work schedule allows only a limited amount of time for relaxing, opting for Andaman Nicobar One Day Tour Packages would be a great choice. You can research about the places you can visit in a single day on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are many charming beaches scattered all along the coastline where you can chill out with your family or friends for a whole day. Andaman Nicobar One Day Tour Packages include not only beach trips but a visit to any of the attractions on this island.

Andaman Nicobar Adventure Tour

So for all those who are adventurous and wish to experiment with life at every possible step, Andaman Nicobar Adventure Tour Package is ideal. Here you can consult with your travel agent about the type of activities you want to indulge in on your Adventure Trip In Andaman Nicobar Islands.

Culture And Heritage Tour

If you love history and want to explore the glory of the bygone days, Andaman Nicobar Culture and Heritage Tours are absolutely perfect. These Culture and Heritage Tours are designed in order to promote the unique culture of this place.

Looking for customized Andaman and Nicobar Tour Packages, Lucky Travels is a one stop destination. The company is a renowned Travel Service Provider in India. The company offers Holiday Tour Packages to Port Blair, Samudrika and various other Tourist destinations in the islands. All the Tours are designed keeping with the essential aspects of traveling. For more details, please log on to –

Nagaon Beach, situated 7 km from Alibaug, is a unique beach. It is a serene beach with calm water. The beach is covered with betel nut, coconut and suru trees and cypress groves. The beach, situated in Raigarh district of Maharashtra, is a central place for the other surrounding beaches like Murud, Kashid, Akshi, Thal, Alibaug, Kihim and Mandva. The famous song Sagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare from the film Sagar was shot on this beach.

It is predominantly a sandy beach unlike most other beaches in the Alibaug area. It is a vast expanse of flat beach with a soft and fine mixture of white and black sand. One can walk a long distance into the sea. The beach is safe for a dip in the water.

Water sports are additional entertainment in the Nagaon beach. The visitors can enjoy a wide range of water sports including parasailing, Jet-Ski rides, boating and swimming due to flat surface. Eight types of boats are available to meet the needs of the travellers. While Akshi beach is suitable for bird watching, Thal Beach is one of the largest fishing centres in India.

Besides the beaches, forts and temples also attract tourists to the destination and its surrounding areas. Sagargad, associated with the Maratha ruler Shivaji, is a deserted fort. Situated some distance away from the destination, the fort is located at an altitude of 1357 ft. Kolaba Fort, built by Shivaji in 1680, is situated near Alibaug Beach. The Khanderi Fort, another 17th century fort, is situated near Thai Beach.

The ruins of the Revdanda Fort are a reminder of the Portuguese rule in India. A seven-storey tower and the fortification walls are what remain of the original fort. Lovely views of the sea can be had from this fort. Korlai Fort is situated at a distance.

Jai Bhavani Temple is an old temple that dates back to the 12th century. The main deity in the temple is Goddess Bhavani with eight arms and weapons. Someshwar Temple is about 3 km from Alibaug and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Brahma Kund is a big rectangular tank. There is an old temple dedicated to Lord Maruthi near the tank.

Birla Temple is situated 9 km from Nagaon Beach. The temple is situated within the Vikram Ispat premises. The temple has idols of Shree Radhakrishna, Shree Shiv-Parvati, Goddess Durga and Lord Surya.

Nagaon Beach has become a hot weekend destinations for the people of Mumbai and Pune. The tourists from Mumbai and Pune visit the beach due to clean water, best cottages, water sports and tasty sea foods, which are available at a reasonable price. The distance from Mumbai and Pune to the beach is about 100 km.

Most of the Nagaon Beach hotels also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

Experiencing a new culture is the best part of holidaying overseas. It’s exhilarating to escape the beach or pool and immerse yourself in a new location.

The Pacific Islands are a perfect place to travel if you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure. Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji; there are a number of different countries to travel, all offering their own unique cultures and way of life.

For the ultimate experience combining the sought after island holiday with the country’s rich history, book a stay at a Cook Islands resort and spend a week or two under the warm sun and blue skies.

Culture on the Cook Islands

These islands boast a strong culture through language, music and art that range from the traditional through to the contemporary. Holidaymakers that are interested in more than just a country’s historical way of life will love the strong national identity that the locals proudly call their own and the constantly evolving, unique culture that the islands are home to.

The islands have a close affiliation with New Zealand; the two countries are in a free association and share close similarities in indigenous language with Cook Islands Maori the official language of the nation’s people.

Island society still maintains strong associations with the villages and their chiefs. Land rights and titles are passed down at the discretion of older family members and the bond of family is held in great esteem by the locals.

Art and Music

Traditional artworks are commonly in the form of woodcarving and weaving with each of the country’s different islands featuring their own unique style and subject matter. The contemporary art scene in the Cook Islands is populated by painters, sculptors and photographers, sharing close ties with New Zealand artists with the island’s culture and history a focus that shines through in many works.

Christian music is popular on the islands, but traditional Polynesian song and dance draws a number of tourists and visitors and remains frequently performed and enjoyed. Every island in the nation has its own dances that are taught from a young age and dances are commonly accompanied by the Cook Islands styled drumming of the traditional wooden percussion instrument, the pate.

Holidaying and Vacations

The most populous and well known island, Rarotonga, is the commonly chosen location for holidays because of the luxurious resorts that offer travellers a quality stay, relaxing location, amenities and access to the vibrant and unique culture of the islands.

Book a trip away and find out for yourself why a stay in the Cook Islands is considered one of the best island vacations in the world.

Turi Beach in Batam, Indonesia unveils the newest addition to its list of watersports equipment: the Flyboard. Acquired in cooperation with Geminai Watercraft Singapore, this allows the rider to hover above and dive in water, enabling them to experience how it is to fly like a bird or swim like a dolphin.

The Flyboard is comprised of 1 board, a pair of shoes-type wakeboard, a rotation system, and a number of hoses, nozzles, and triggers. The equipment is attached to a jet ski, with the user securely strapped on the board by his hands and feet. Once on water, the nozzles, which pump out water at high pressure, allows the wearer to propel himself upward. Movements and balance are controlled while on air, thus it is essential for the user to have strong knees and a keen sense of balance. A video of how the Flyboard is used can be seen on .

The Flyboard in Batam’s Turi Beach is just one of the many watersports activities the resort has in store for guests. It also offers equipment for jet skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing. If you want to take part in such endeavors, all you need to do is book a stay at this Batam hotel by the beach. You can easily do so via its website by clicking -Book Now- and the -Online Booking- button. It only takes a few minutes to detail the specifics of your holiday and secure accommodations instantly.

With a reservation at Turi Beach Resort, you get to relish plush comforts offered by its many accommodation options. Each of the hotel’s air-conditioned rooms has a king bed, 32-inch LCD TV with cable channels, private bath with standing shower, dressing area with vanity and sink, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and sea-facing private balcony. Moreover, you can savor utmost leisure with facilities like restaurants, swimming pools, a pool bar, shops, and a night club. Conference rooms and a business center are found within the premises as well, for those who wish to do business while in Batam. Turi Beach is a 35-minute ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Singapore and 5-minute drive from Nongsapura Ferry Terminal. You can easily arrange for a return transfer by giving the resort management a call and supplying the details of your arrival.

Get ready for a wet and wild holiday in a Batam beach with Turi Beach’s Flyboard!

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Customer is king – is the motto at Regal realty. With an ear to the ground for the best in Cayman Islands properties, we are able to bring to you prime listings in condominiums, beach front villas and time share apartments in the best locations on Cayman islands.

There is always real estate for sale in the Cayman Islands. A burgeoning services hub, the Cayman Islands sees a good amount of flux of working people. As a result, there are always a large number of Cayman homes for sale. Pre-owned homes a real good option for those looking to work in the Cayman Islands for a few years. It is also a good second home away from your urban one. Grand Cayman real estate offers a choice of residential properties – beach front villas and deckhouses along the coveted seven Mile Beach; other areas on the Cayman Islands have similar facilities at lower costs. A long eekend on your delightful Cayman Islands property sends you fully recharged for your hectic city schedules.

This apart, Cayman Island real estate is a great investment option. The government is keen to promote development, the tax laws for owning property are not stringent, the people are honest and you are more likely than not to get good value for your money. Owning land in the Cayman Islands is also an attractive idea. You might develop it when you are good and ready or you might sell it to a developer or have them develop it for you. Besides land, there is commercial property that you might want to invest in. Its win-win either way.

Cayman real estate agents make things very easy for you. All reputed Cayman Islands real estate agents are members of CIREBA, which ensures that all land deals proceed in a regular fashion. Regal realty is a long-standing and respected member of CIREBA. They are with you every step of the way. All you have to do is visit the website and leave you contact details, with of course, the type of property you might be seeking. You get regular updates via e mail, after careful and diligent steps are taken to match your requirements with an existing or under-progress property. If site photos do not satisfy you, a site visit is arranged. Many Cayman island real estate agents allow you direct access to the buyer/seller of the property. Once the deal is struck you get regular updates on the progress of the deal. There is not a great deal of paperwork involved, you only have to supply your personal particulars, source of funding and so on. And all you pay is a stamp duty. Regal realtyhandles all of this and you get your Cayman Islands property on a platter.

Cayman Islands Real Estate

Following recent refurbishments, the Beaches Boscobel Resort and Golf Club in Jamaica is offering a fantastic experience for groups of families or friends who are planning to stay at the hotel this autumn.

Tourists booking Jamaica holidays between now and 29th February, 2012 (with travelling dates between late August and December 2012) will receive a free Dolphin Touch experience if they book five rooms or more for a minimum of three nights at any Beaches Resorts.

This exclusive offer is fantastic for families and groups of friends who are planning family holidays in Jamaica later this year.

The Dolphin Touch experience is led by Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours and families staying at Beaches Jamaica hotels will receive free Dolphin Cove admission for one child under the age of twelve, two free Dolphin Touch programme passes for children aged under five, and a free Dolphin Touch programme pass for one child aged between six and twelve.

One paying adult is required to accompany each free pass and the offer is valid between 26th August and 16th December, 2012.

The Dolphin Cove Touch programme enables visitors to get up close to the beautiful bottlenose dolphins where they can give them a special kiss and hug from a knee-deep water platform.

The Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club is the perfect place for family breaks in Jamaica with an idyllic location set upon 22 acres of land that is made up of lush tropical gardens and a private white sand beach.

During holidays in Jamaica, families can take advantage of the hotels facilities including three swimming pools and a scuba practice pool; Pirates Island, a huge 27,000 square foot water park with a Kids Zone and Aqua Play Area; five gourmet restaurants with a wide selection of international and local cuisine; an 18-hole golf course where children are also welcome; tennis courts; and a Red Lane Spa where adults can enjoying rejuvenating treatments while the little ones are looked after at Kids Camp or the X Box 360 Game Garage.

The resort has recently undergone renovations that include upgraded rooms and suites, expanded swimming pools and new cabanas, and expanded restaurants.

The Beaches brand is part of the Sandals Resorts group and features all inclusive Caribbean hotels and resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos.

Holidaymakers who book at least five rooms at any of the collection of Beaches Resorts in Jamaica for three nights or more will also receive private check-in, a private group picnic, one group meal at a resort restaurant, a complimentary 15 minute group portrait session and one 5×7 photograph per room, a farewell cake, and exclusive group activities.

Travellers planning their holidays in the British Virgin Islands this May are in for treat as the island is preparing for its annual three day beach front music festival- BVI Music Fest. The event is set to take place at the stunning Cane Garden Bay Beach at Tortola between 25th and 27th May 2012. Organisers are expecting the event to be well attended as the dates coincide with the US Memorial Day weekend- historically a time where holidaymakers from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other surrounding locations converge in the British Virgin Islands.

The diverse crowd expected to be in attendance coupled with the fun-filled Caribbean atmosphere and the amazing talent that will be on display are all the ingredients needed for a memorable holiday to the British Virgin Islands.

The Cane Garden Bay Beach has long proved to be a popular spot for travellers booking their holidays in the British Virgin Islands. Cane Garden Bay is known not only as the go to place for holidaymakers interested in various water sports but also for the lively entertainment provided by the local bars and restaurants making it the ideal spot to host the 2012 BVI Music Fest.

Music Fest Committee Event Coordinator, Rhodni Skelton has expressed his confidence in the success of Music Fest 12 as it makes a return to a beach front location, We have been eager to host Music Fest again on the beach. From its inception, people have come to know and recognise this festival as one of the top beach jams in the Caribbean. After a three-year hiatus from having the stage set within footsteps of the sea, we look forward to seeing the partygoers, music lovers, locals and tourists dancing and enjoying themselves on the waters edge.

Previous editions of the BVI Music Fest have proved to be a resounding success with appearances from an eclectic group of local, regional and international stars including Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Wyclef Jean, Luciano, Lucky Dube, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Percy Sledge, Allison Hinds, Shurwayne Winchester, The Stylistics, Maxi Priest and Daddy Yankee. This year the performances promise to be equally varied with talent representing the full spectrum of musical genres on display including, British Rock n Roll, Party Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Fusion Jazz and Roots Rock Reggae.

A detailed list of the headline acts and performers are due to be released on the 23rd April 2012. By all accounts, BVI Music Fest 2012 is shaping up to be the perfect answer for travellers looking to escape to an exciting, fun filled holiday in the Caribbean.

Endowed with sheer natural beauty, South India is a fascinating tourist destination of India. These are among the most famous tourist attractions of South India. The enchanting states of this region of the country are popular for their mesmerizing beaches. Visit these beaches for rejuvenating holidays. Imagine yourself sitting under the palm trees sipping coconut water and enjoying the beauty of sea. You can also enjoy the bliss of Ayurvedic massages at the beaches. Unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a variety of adventure activities on the beaches. There is so much to enjoy and explore at the beaches. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pondicherry are the perfect destinations for beach holidays.

Kerala
Kerala beaches are known across the world for their breathtaking beauty. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The silvery sands, gorgeous greenery, lashing waves, swaying palm trees and rocky cliffs will surely capture your heart. Relax your muscles in the picturesque and pleasant environment and experience the charm of Ayurvedic massages. Some of the famous beaches of Kerala are Kovalam, Poovar, Varkala, Kappad, Beypore, Kochi, Alappuzha and Marari.

Karnataka
Karnataka is a land of rich cultural heritage and sheer natural beauty. Its palm fringed beaches offer great opportunity to tourists to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Take a break from your daily schedule and let lose yourself in the relaxing environment of the beaches. This state is gifted with 320 km long coastline which makes it a paradise for beach lovers. Murudeshwar beach of Karnataka is not only famous for its scenic ambiance but also for carvings and statues. Karwar, Maple, Maravanthe and Bhatkal are the other famous beaches of the state. Maravanthe is popular for offering opportunities for adventure activities.

Tamil Nadu
This state takes immense pride in its marina beach which is the second longest beach in the world. Visit this beach for a memorable experience. Rameshwaram beach is a must-see tourist destination of this state. It is also a pilgrimage centre. For getting soaked in breathtaking natural beauty travel to Kanyakumari beach where you can see the point where Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet.

Pondicherry
Unspoilt, beautiful and peaceful, such are the beaches of Pondicherry. To treat your senses with mind-blowing sunrise views visit Karailkal beach. People playing football is a common sight here. The Serenity, Mahe and Plage Paradiso are the other famous beaches of Pondicherry.