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Enjoy The Beach Holiday Of Your Dreams In The Cayman Islands

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When you ask someone to identify what their view of the perfect vacation is, they’re likely to tell you about rolling white sand beaches, a beautiful crystalline ocean and plenty of activities for the family to do around that. Who could blame them? In the pursuit of a career at home, or in inner-city living, the drabness can affect you after a while and leave you positively dreaming of a seaside escape.

If you’re looking for a holiday like this, you should place visiting the Cayman Islands at the head of your list. The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory and is host to a plethora of wonderful attractions under the sun. Known for its scuba diving and snorkelling offerings, the Cayman Islands can satisfy and beach-lounger and aquatic adventurer alike. These Caribbean islands have everything you need to flourish, gain that coveted tan you’re seeking, and give you that perfect Island getaway in the security and safety of a beautiful resort.

But what else do the Cayman Islands have to offer? What can you do aside from lounging on the beach, which is amazing to do for the first few days of your holiday, but might need spicing up after a little while?

 

Grand Cayman

First of all, you should visit the largest and most populous out of the Cayman Islands, aptly named ‘Grand Cayman’. Grand Cayman is home to the ‘Seven Mile Beach,’ a heavenly expanse of sand that, despite what the name suggests is only 5.5 miles.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would hold that against the beach though because what it might miss in those extra 1.5 miles, it makes up for in resounding beauty and fun to be had. The things to do at Seven Mile Beach are numerous. Bars such as the Royal Palms can help you relax and unwind with like-minded holidaymakers, while the Stingrays hosted at Stingray City allow you to experience a sealife form that many rarely get to come face-to-face with.

No matter the age, ability or demeanour of your family, on Seven Mile Beach you’re sure to smile the whole way round.

 

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Mermaid Statue

If you’re looking for a hint of magic during your stay, the Mermaid Statue situated around half an hour from the East End of Georgetown will give you the opportunity to scuba dive and see the beautiful bronze statue herself.  Standing at an impressive 600-pounds and a whopping nine-feet tall, this is truly a sight to see. It’s likely that you’ll be stunned at the move-like magic of witnessing her in person, so be sure to arrange a viewing immediately!

There has been plenty written about how the aspiring tourist should go for more cultural holidays; ones focused on celebrating high-art, high cuisine and high historical narratives. This is fine, but sometimes you just need an undeniably fun and beautiful beach resort adventure, and the Cayman Islands provide that. However, that isn’t all they offer, as the Cayman Islands have a rich history just waiting to be exposed if you scratch under the surface. Be sure you do, and you’re sure to fall in love with this magical place.

 

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The Ultimate Sailing Packing List

Exciting times for you! You’re going on a sailing trip, off to see the world, to feel the breeze on your face and the salt on your lips. You’re going to be getting your sea legs and spending time on the Big Blue. You’re excited, and rightfully so. You’ve got a lot to look forward to!

If you’ve never sailed (or even if you have), it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to pack. After all, you’re going to be away from your home, away from the conveniences you know, and (gasp!) away from wifi.

Never fear. We’ve got you covered here at Mobox. In this post, we’re going to give you the ultimate sailing packing list. Now, to be clear, this post doesn’t cover the items you need on an extended sailing trip. If you’ll be on the open sea for a significant period of time, you’ll obviously need to pack additional items.

However, if you’re just taking a short holiday aboard a boat, this list is perfect.

Clothes To Pack

Remember, you won’t be washing anything, at least not in the normal sense. You’ll be able to rinse things off in water, but that’s about it. So you need to take enough clothes to cover every situation but not so many clothes that you’re hauling around your closet. Smart choices are the name of the game here.

Before we talk about what to pack, a quick not about how to pack. If possible, avoid using a bulky, square suitcase, simply because they’re difficult to store aboard a sailboat. Space is at a premium and you may be required to stuff your bag into a tight location. Use a soft bag that can get thrown anywhere.

In terms of articles of clothing, you’ll probably want:

● Several pairs of shorts

● Several t-shirts or tank tops.

● A few long sleeve shirts

● Track pants or leggings for cold weather

● Possibly a dress or two (if you’re a woman)

● Enough undergarments for fresh ones each day

● Socks

● At least two bathing suits (so you have one to wear when the other is drying)

● A pair of boat shoes or soft-soled shoes

● Flip flops or sandals

● A pullover, cardigan, or windbreaker

● A hat for keeping off the sun

● Sunglasses

Remember, you’re trying to balance having enough clothes with the ongoing space issues. Obviously, don’t go overboard and bring your ballroom gown or tuxedo, but don’t be a hero either with only a Speedo and a tank top. Unless you actually are a hero. Then you can wear whatever you want.

Toiletries

Depending on your desired level of hygiene, there is some flexibility here. You’re probably going to want to at least pack travel sized:

● Toothbrush

● Toothpaste

● Soap / shampoo

● Deodorant

● Lip balm

● Eye drops (if you’re prone to dry eyes)

● Razor (if you plan on staying clean shaven)

Ladies, if you’re going to hit your period during the trip, make sure to bring tampons too.

Obviously, you can pack more items, such as conditioner and skin moisturizer if you think you need them, but those aren’t really a necessity. If you have long hair, a hairbrush may be important.

Actually, none of these are necessities depending on how you look at it. But seriously, your fellow passengers won’t want to be near you if you neglect toiletries. This isn’t Castaway.

Towels

Quick-drying towels are ideal for sailing. Heavy cotton towels will take hours to dry, if they dry at all. Bring at least two so you have one to use while the other one is drying.

Water Gear

You’ll probably want to bring along your favorite water gear, whether that’s something to float on, a snorkel mask, or even a wetsuit. If you’re going to be doing any fishing, make sure to grab your fishing pole and tackle box.

Pro tip: you really don’t want to borrow someone else’s snorkel. While you’re at it, why don’t you borrow their toothbrush and mouth guard? Nasty.

Electronics

You may want to consider bringing along some portable electronics to help you pass the time. A Kindle reader is great for reading, and a tablet can be helpful if you want to play games or watch a movie (although seriously, do you really want to watch a movie while sailing?).

Make sure to grab a camera or your smartphone for taking pictures, and your GoPro if you want to shoot video.

You probably want to keep all these items in a waterproof bag to ensure they aren’t damaged. Of course, you could purchase an underwater camera so that you don’t need to worry about this.

Also, you’re going to want to bring a portable charging device if you’re taking electronic devices. Otherwise you’ll find yourself in the middle of the sea without any power, much like the Pilgrims when they crossed the Atlantic.

Finally, bring a flashlight or headlamp so that you’re not stumbling around in the dark and/or falling overboard.

Medical Items

The sailboat should have a medical kit onboard but you’ll also want to bring some extra items just in case. Consider bringing:

● Pain relievers

● Seasickness medications

● Prescription medications

● A few bandages

● Mosquito repellent (technically not medical, but you get the point)

● Sunscreen / sunburn lotion

Also bring your emergency contacts and health insurance card. Hopefully these won’t be necessary, but you never know.

This is another category where you need to balance space against possible problems. You certainly don’t want to forget prescription medications, especially if you’ll get wicked withdraw symptoms without them.

You may want to coordinate with other passengers to ensure you both don’t bring the same things, which would take up extra space.

Food

You’re probably going to want to bring along a few snacks, as well as account for any special dietary needs you may have. You’ll also want to bring a few bottles of water for whetting your whistle during the wee hours of the morning.

If you’re going to be sipping on vodka all day, don’t forget your flask.

Miscellaneous Items

There are a variety of things that can be helpful to bring, but probably aren’t necessary. Those items include:

● Earplugs/noise canceling headphones to drown out the sounds of a noisy marina or loud bunkmates. Snoring bunkmates are the worst, right? The headphones will only work if you have a tablet or phone, so keep that in mind.

● Board games or cards can be a great way to pass the time with friends. Just remember that, unlike your home, a boat constantly moves. A board game with hundreds of pieces is probably a mistake, so leave “Risk” at home.

● If you’re going to stopping at marinas, consider bringing some cash to purchase items. If the marina has a casino, consider bringing a suitcase full of unmarked bills. And an entourage of large bodyguards to impress people.

● If you’re the reflective, introspective type, don’t forget your journal. This is also a good item to have if you need to send out a message in a bottle.

● If you’ll making any stops in other countries, you’ll want to bring your passport. You don’t want to be that person who has to stay on the boat.

● If you don’t have a Kindle or tablet, you’ll want to bring a book or two. Just be sure to bring a book that can take some abuse since you’ll be around so much water.

● Binoculars are perfect for spotting whales or dolphins.

● You’re probably going to want to bring a small day bag or fanny pack for carrying around your cash, passport, and any other small items.

Conclusion

The water is calling your name. Adventure awaits you. The high seas (or rivers) have great things in store for you. Just make sure you know what to bring. Life favors the prepared. Those who have done the research and know exactly what lies ahead.

Daria Werbowy said:

Sailing is the closest I can get to nature – it’s adrenaline, fear, a constant challenge and learning experience, an adventure into the unknown. And of course there is nothing better than wearing the same T-shirt for days and not brushing my hair for weeks.

We agree with the first part.


This article was originally published on moboxmarine.com’s article “The Ultimate Sailing Packing List” and is re-used with permission.



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Getting Prepared for an Extended Boating Excursion

The ability to travel for an extended period of time on a boat is something that is appealing to many people. In addition to actually getting too a far away and exciting location, the journey itself is exciting. It is a relaxing and fun way to travel. The following tips can help you if you are preparing for an extended boating excursion.

One of the most important things is making sure that you have a boat that is worthy of going on an extended trip. It may be necessary for you to purchase Sabre yachts for sale or to do some work on the boat that you currently have. Either way, you need something that is going to be appropriate for the trip that you plan to make.

Preparation is the key to a successful boating excursion. You could never prepare too much for a trip like this. Part of the preparation is mapping out more or less where you would like to go and when you would like to get there. Look at places along the way where you will be able to stop in order to purchase supplies, deal with any boat repairs that need to be done, or in case of an emergency.

You also need to prepare all of the supplies that will be needed. The amount of supplies that you need will depend on how often you plan to stop along the way. Depending on the route you take and your destination, you may be able to stop every few days in port cities to get more supplies. Or you may need to pack supplies that will last for several weeks.

It is very important to let a trusted friend or someone else know where you are going. Give them a list of all of your destinations and the time that you think you will arrive in each location. Tell them how you plan to communicate with them and other individuals. In case an emergency arises, they will know where you were going and when you were supposed to be there.

Seriously consider your boating experience. If necessary, go on several smaller excursions in order to build your experience. Or work with a professional or someone who has gone on long distance boating excursions in order to get tips and advice from them. You can never be over prepared for a trip like this.

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Diving Safety Concerns For Beginners

As a diving instructor with over 10 years of experience, I can tell you that I’ve encountered all sorts of people during my training sessions. Some seem to be natural born divers, while others may take a while before they get accustomed to all the intricacies of the sport.


To the uninitiated, scuba diving can often appear to be a piece of cake, something that can be mastered in half an hour. But there’s a reason why even the most basic PADI courses (that’s Professional Association of Diving Instructors for all you newbies) can require days or even weeks to complete. But all that hard work and financial investment pays off massively because, once you’re certified, you can go anywhere in the world and practice scuba diving at a level appropriate for your certification.


That being said, there are a few key pointers that all beginners should be aware of before their first diving session:
Breathing
First off, and this may sound obvious, but I’ve seen plenty of newbies try to hold their breath underwater, probably by force of habit after being accustomed to doing so in the water while swimming. This, however, is strictly forbidden in scuba diving due to the dangers of over-pressurization, so make sure you breathe normally through your mouthpiece, just like you would on the surface.
Food, Alcohol and Tobacco
Secondly, stay away alcohol and tobacco on the day of your session, and wait for at least two hours after eating before you commence diving.
Physical fitness
Finally, be sure that you’re physically fit enough to go scuba diving, as the sport can be surprisingly demanding on your body. You don’t have to be Superman to do it, but you should definitely consider taking a medical test beforehand to ensure that you’re health is good enough for diving purposes.

Another thing to keep in mind is that all dive spots are not created equally. Obviously, you can’t expect to find the same kind of underwater life in the Black Sea that you would in the Great Barrier Reef, but there’s more to it than that. Every spot has its own particular level of visibility, and diving locations can range from easy to difficult depending on a whole host of factors. Moreover, these characteristics are all subject to change according to things like weather patterns and tidal fluctuations.
I’m currently based in Bali, so most of my knowledge is applicable to this part of the globe. Nevertheless, there are some wondrous dive spots to be found here. Not all are suitable for beginners, but if you’ve got a few diving hours under your belt, you can really have a blast here. My favorite diving spot is Tulamben, blessed with rich corals and a diverse aquamarine life, among other notable sites. Quite literally, you can send postcards to the folks back home while diving!


Truth be told, in a place like Bali it’s almost impossible not to have the time of your life while scuba diving as long as you stay safe. Keep in mind that visibility levels can vary throughout the year, so make sure you do some research beforehand in order to pick the perfect time to start your scuba diving adventures. Chances are you’ll love it so much you’ll be back for more in no time.


**This is a guest post.

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Amazing Ways To Enjoy The Water On Vacation

Posted in fun activities, travel tips, vacation, water activities
on February 3, 2016
I travel a lot, and I love taking vacations overseas. But a lot of my favorite destinations have something in common. They are all close to the coast. I love getting out into the water. The sea breeze and the sound of the ocean lapping on the sand are intensely relaxing. I know I’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as I dip my toe in the water. And getting out onto the water is a great way to build up an appetite for the local cuisine too!


I love lazing on a warm, sandy beach and just listening to the sounds of the ocean. But being a bit of a travel bug, I love getting out and about and doing lots of adventurous things too. Water skiing is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a lot of core strength and balance to get it right even for just a few seconds. It’s fast and wet, and a lot of fun. Make sure you choose a reputable company to try this one out, or you could end up with a few bruises!


Surfing is something everyone should try once in their lives. There are some stunning places around the world to try and catch some great waves. Strangely, the most popular ones are in UK waters that are really cold! But you can enjoy surfing in the sun too in places like Australia. There are different sizes of surfboards, and a good surf school will help you choose the right approach for you.



Scuba diving is one of those activities that can give you an experience of a lifetime. You might be diving to see wrecks, or you might be looking for some of the most beautiful fish in the world. Queensland in Australia is one of my favorite places for scuba diving. But to make the most of it, you should definitely get some scuba diving classes in closer to home. This qualifies you to hire the equipment and visit the best dive sites. It’s certainly worth it too!


Swimming with dolphins is really hard to do in the wild these days. But If you want this incredible experience, there are several parks around the world. They have captive dolphins that are trained. Mexico is a great place to visit, and you can swim with dolphins here. The trainers are really good at helping you get this incredible experience. The dolphins might even take you for a ride.


Hiring a yacht is one of the most incredible things to do if you visit the Mediterranean. You can stop along the coast to visit several different countries. And traveling on a luxury yacht makes the whole experience even more incredible. This is the playground of the rich and famous, so you might even get a little celebrity spotting in while you’re there.


Getting out on the water provides some amazing experiences while you are away on vacation. And if you have the travel bug, why not include a boat or yacht as part of your travel plans? Enjoy the water safely while you are away.

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