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Adrenaline Rush in the Seychelles

 

The archipelago of Seychelles is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters that can only invite you to a plethora of activities to enjoy this piece of paradise to the maximum. Apart from the many options for a romantic honeymoon, the Seychelles have much more to offer to those interested in visiting a true heaven on earth. You only have to pick an island, Mahe, Prasling or La Digue, or better yet, go on a cruise to explore them all. Variety Cruises can organize the perfect cruise for you providing you with high ­quality services in a fully renovated and refitted boat!

What’s more, restless souls, and especially water sports enthusiasts, will be happy to find out that energizing options vary, including water­skiing, parachute rides, jet­skis, banana rides or sailing, plus many more non-­motorized water sports to make your adrenaline explode.

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For those of you who seek relaxation by the crystal clear sea, feeling the light sea breeze, but always with an energizing twist can opt for cruising around the many exotic islets of the Seychelles where you can admire in person the region’s unusual. Furthermore, fishing would easily be a fun alternative for those who are not really keen on walking through the dense mangrove forests. You can either hire a boat for private cruising and fishing, of course, or you can just sail around the Seychelles to discover pristine places which are inaccessible by land. Swim in secluded beaches and go diving only to discover the rich and colourful sea life in the land of never ending summer.

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If you are a discerning diver then rent your special equipment and explore another acqualand. However, there are also plenty of diving schools for beginners who are fascinated by the unbelievable beauty of the Seychelles, and want to venture under water!

Travelers who love hiking, will be delighted to know that the Seychelles is also a paradise filled with hiking trails which you should definitely walk if you want to enjoy breathtaking views and see the endemic flora and fauna of this tucked away paradise. If you are visiting Mahé, Praslin and Silhouette ask for a guided tour by knowledgeable local guides.

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Thanks to its amazing nature, turquoise waters and ample range of activities, the extraordinary Seychelles can never be a boring destination for dynamic explorers!

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Diving into the Blue Waters of Patmos, Greece

Dive into Patmos blue waters, and you won’t regret it! As the locals say; visiting Patmos Island is a blessing. There’s an unusual atmosphere here that you don’t find on other Greek Islands. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but probably comes from the wonderful people, beautiful scenery and fantastic water sports. Known as an historical wonder thanks to the famous Monastery of St John, the island is on the fast track as a water sports fan favourite too.

Living by the sea

One of the highlights on our visit to Patmos was meeting people that actually live on the beach all year long. They shared their passion for the sea, their love of nature and thirst for action. They live for the sea and the sports they can take part in on the water. In the beginning I was a little scared to give it a go, but my new friends convinced me! I tried out water skiing on Kampos Beach. It’s the ideal place because the beach is huge and the waves weren’t too bumpy.

Windsurfing is also available or you can hop on a boat to go exploring some of the nearby coves. Looking out from the beach you can take your pick of all sorts of sports like kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, barefoot skiing,  tubing and of course as on every Greek beach, volleyball. It doesn’t matter what you think your level is, most sports are suitable for all ages and start with beginner lessons.

Not only is Patmos surprisingly great fun for sports, but there is plenty going on besides. We visited a couple of very nice cocktail bars right on the beach. It’s very picturesque and a sunset sipping a strawberry daiquiri is very difficult to improve on! For water sport enthusiasts Patmos is the perfect choice because it’s got everything; sun, sea and sand and wonderful accommodation right on the beach like the luxury hotel Patmos Aktis.

A extreme adrenaline rush

After trying out my waterskiing skills, (improving every day!) we decided to go one step further and explore the magical beaches from under the sea. Scuba diving is something I never even considered before, but it’s a sport like no other. We visited underwater caves, dived from the rocks and all in all fell in love with the island both above and below the water level.

Enjoying the true Patmos

When you get tired of shriveled fingers and toes, head inland for a walk around the small island. The island’s Chora (the center) as well as the Monastery of St John the Theologian and Cave of the Apocalypse are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a reward for all that energetic swimming. Visit in the evening when the sites are lit up like beacons. It’s the calm before another day of water sport fun on Patmos Island.

The next morning, wake up full of energy and enjoy life!

 

 

 

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Exploring the Island of Santorini

Santorini is considered to be an island of absolutely magical images, love and harmony. Visitors from all over the world flock to the island to admire the charming scenery, unique natural formations, impressive architecture and remarkable monuments, which make Santorini one of the top tourist destinations.

To start with, get yourself a nice boutique accommodation for an absolutely private experience, even in the busiest places of the island.

What to see

In the southern part of Santorini you will find Akrotiri, mainly famous for its prehistoric settlement being one of the most important in the Aegean. The settlement is quite large, presenting an impressive sewerage, and scientists have named it a second Pompeii, buried under the volcanic dust featuring  two-floor or three-floor buildings with wall paintings and furniture. Earthquakes and eruptions signified the settlement’s destruction.

Close to Akrotiri you’ll find the amazing Red Beach featuring red rocks and pebbles, as well as the White Beach accessible only by boats running daily.

Another site of great historic importance is ancient Thira dating back in Hellenistic and Roman period. Highlight of the site is its unobstructed view over the island’s horizon.

Apart from archaeological sites, Santorini is also well-known for its unique architecture, that is, the cave-like houses carved in rocks. Samples of such structures you’ll find in the village of Karterados.

Having heard so much about the volcano, it would be a pity not to pay it a visit. Just head for the ports of Athinios or Fira and take the small boats to the islet of Nea Kameni where you can climb the volcanic hill.

What to do

If you feel active and would like to try an adventurous activity during your holiday, then opt for a scuba diving excursion. Diving in Santorini’s rich seabed is an experience you’ll only live once. Due to the volcanic eruption, formations in the area’s underwater section are one of a kind. You’ll certainly be amazed by the wealth of underwater caves, walls, reefs and marine life as well. Don’t hesitate to try this out even if you haven’t done it before, as there is a plethora of certified scuba diving schools on the island offering short or longer training, equipment available for rental and a great selection of packages including day trips around the island.

Rich in beauty and things to do and see, Santorini is definitely a place worth visiting.

 

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