Little Drops of Heaven – Green Island

Volcanic action formed one of the most peaceful and smallest islands in Pacific Ocean – Green Island. This tiny island is also known as “Fire Island” or “Fire-Burned Island”. It is located 33 kilometers off the eastern coast of Taiwan on an area of 16,2 square kilometers. For everyone who wants to run away from the crowded land, traffic and pollution this is the perfect place to relax. Once you are surrounded with green mountains, coast and plush vegetation, you will enjoy the vacation. On the west side of the island is a small town with port and airstrip, while the rest of the island retains its natural beauty both on seaward and on the land.

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Weather and tips

Tropical climate of the island provides vacation whenever you want, but the best time for visit are fall and spring. Winter is theirs the coldest period and temperature is about 20 ºC. While summer is the hottest period of the year and also, you can attend typhoon season.

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The best way to visit the island is by renting a scooter. You must have a motorcycle license, no exceptions.

If you want to camp you can go next to the hot springs, in the elementary or middle school.

Be sure to visit salt water hot springs, there are only three in the world. On the Green Island is one of them, the others are in Japan and Italy.

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Underwater world

If you like fish, crustacean species or shellfish you will love this place. Around the island lives more than 300 species of fish (abundant is reef fish). These tropical colorful fishes that are swimming around corals can give a wonderful view. One more thing that is going to amazed you, is that you can see coral flourishing under the waves. Be aware of sea snakes on the western side of the island. There live more than four species, they are very poisonous but with gentle nature.

There are many ways you can explore underwater world: with a glass-bottom boat, a semi-submersible, or tourist submarine. For strong water lover`s great way to become a part of an undersea world is diving. The most popular places for exploring underwater are Nanliao, Tapaisha and Chaikou.

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Attractions

Tests of the archaeologists have shown that on this island have been living native cultures from around 4,000 years ago.

The most beautiful landmark on “Fire Island” is Lyudao Lighthouse. It is high about 33 meters and great time to visit that place is before sunset. The most important sightseeing here is religious site at Guanyin Cave, Goddess of Mercy (wrapped in a red blanket). On the entrance into this cavern you will see remarkable Chinese arch and on the inside you will notice stalagmite that looks like deity. The first village on the island is still standing with houses from old stone surrounded with fascinating crags. The Great Wall exists on one more place, on a Haishengping Bay. Actually, it is a mini Great Wall that takes you to a lookout, right from the main road.

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Sleep, Eat and Have Fun

Quiet but very friendly place with hotels and restaurants is Kungkuan Village. You can find more hotels, hostels, guesthouses and B&BS in Nanliao Village. There are also many restaurants with a plenty of fresh seafood. Green Island is not for bars, pubs and discos lover`s, but if you like drinking beer by the ocean you should definitely visit this place.

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KallyHi, I’m Kally. A Singaporean who has been relocated twice, first to Shanghai, now based in Kuala Lumpur. I have always been the avid traveller since young. I had my passport made even before I went to primary school! I travel extensively during my free time, either on tour groups or backpacking around Europe and all within the recent years. I am exposed to many different cultures and places, which allow me, to have the ability to look at many things and situation from various angles. Having gained 20 years of corporate world, I decided it is time for me to hang up my briefcase and heels to indulge my passion: Writing and Traveling. The two passions that give me pure enjoyment and liberation. As much as I enjoy traveling and writing, I strive on assisting people in making their lives easier. This is evidently shown in MiddleMe.net where I am the founder and editor. Allow me @ kally@ladyredot.com to help you to pen down your next trip abroad!

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A Glimpse of Portugal’s Azores Islands

The Pacific has Hawaii and the Atlantic the Azores. The Azores are a cluster of 9 volcanic islands located in near the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The territory is under Portugal flag, but they are mostly autonomously governed. These paradise islands to some have been called heaven on earth- lush vegetation, stunning mountains, stunning marine life, golden beaches, and not overpopulated. One of the islands- Santa Maria- is inhabited by a mere 5,500 people. Many of Azores island names relate to nature: Pico for mountain island and Flores for flower island. The major sources of income derive from agriculture, dairy farming, ranching, fishing, and tourism. They are also known for their renounced whale watching, rock climbing, and diving.

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Whale Watching
In the past, this cetacean safe heaven contributes much of its economy from whale hunting. Now the area and marine life are protected and cherished. Throughout the year, this island paradise is visited by common and bottlenose dolphins, and blue and humpback whales. It is a site were marine animals come for rest during their long migration. Tours of each island can be booked, but strict laws prohibit boats from disturbing the animals. Visitors can stop by at one of the many whale museums on land, displaying the culture’s drastic transformation from killing to protecting whale species.

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Hikers
The Azores also has a strong allure for hikers. The mountains here are some of the tallest in the world if you were to measure from the ocean floor. Mount. Pico is the most famous, ranging from 7,713 feet above sea level. It has over 60 trails that usually take up to 3 hours to hike. From those trails, two of the most popular sites are the São Miguel’s Setes Cidades twin lakes and Lagoa do Fogo which takes you to the shore. The island of Flores is a famous hiking site, well-known for the land’s extreme natural beauty.

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Diving
With the frequent whale and dolphin sightings, this would be a great diving site, but the water holds many more surprises. The volcanos not only provide for nutrient water, but the lava creates winding caverns and rock formations for many species to thrive. Exploring below the surface, divers can find Devil Rays, Loggerhead Turtles, Sharks, Slipper Lobsters, Yellow Mouth Barracuda, Tuna and plenty more. Along with this, you can stumble upon one of the decaying shipwrecks. Most of the Islands provide for dive trips and with the visibility as high as 100 ft. and water temp around 70F, it is one experience that would not be easily forgotten.

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josh-may Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Fun things to do in Mexico

Mexico is full of hidden wonders. From its past Mayan history to its mastery of cuisine. Here is a short list of 7 fun places to visit while there.

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Visit Guanajuato
Originally built in the 16 century, Guanajuato is now a booming cultural destination. The city became rich in the mining industry where at their height, was responsible for two-thirds of silver production in the world. Now Guanajuato is mostly known for its brightly coloured alleyways, cathedrals and local music. Another one of city’s attractions is their mummy museum with some bodies dating back more than 150 years.

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Soumaya Museum
Soumaya is the most visited private museum in the world. Opened in 2011, this architectural innovation houses over 66,000 American and European art pieces. Its crazy hourglass shape was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. It holds expensive pieces from Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and Degas. Although its popularity, the museum has been harshly criticised for the expensive design in a time of high pollution and violence.

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Guachimontones
This circular pyramid was re-discovered by an American archaeologist in 1970. It dates back to the Teuchitlan, an ancient society which put a lot of emphasis on religion. The pyramid was a known site for worshiping. Diagrams found from excavations also show the pyramid being related to feasting, music, and burials. Directly under the platforms shaft tombs were found. Although its mysterious past of the pyramid, this archaeological gem is a wonder to see.

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Museo Subacuatico De Arte
This museum is unlike any other. Jason deCaires Taylor and Jaime Gonzalez Cano built this underwater wonder in 2009. It was designed to represent the disastrous effects humans are having on coral reefs. They first started off with only a few sculptures and now have 500 permanent life-size pieces. The art was made with specialised materials and fixed to the seabed to act as an artificial coral reef. Being only 4 meters underwater, you can reach it by snorkel or glass tour.

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Playa Del Amor (Hidden Beach)
Mexico’s famed hidden beach is located on the Marieta islands, 20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The surrounding island were all formed due to underwater volcanic eruptions, but the beach was man made. In the early 1900s, this site was a popular military testing grounds. It is rumoured that this site was the cause of massive explosions. The island is now named a national park and although the devastation that took place, it now shows great recovery. On a boat ride there, travellers can see sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, tropical fish, and the occasional humpback whale. The place is a testament to the wonders of nature.

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City of Books at Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Not your average library, this Biblioteca is the compilation of 5 smaller libraries and holds over 470,000 books. It is located north of Mexico City and was built by architect Alberto Kalach. The design of this building was inspired by 5 of Mexico’s greatest thinkers: Ali Chumacero, Carlos Monsiváis, José Luis Martínez, Jaime García Terrés, and Antonio Castro Leal. Each of the 5 smaller libraries corresponds to the thinkers and their immense collections. The Mexican President at the time stated: “this was one of the most advanced constructions of the 21st century and that it will be spoken of throughout the world”. Try not to get lost.

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josh-mayHello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Diving in the City

I can’t say I am a hardcore diver but I have always wanted to learn how to dive. It actually took me 10 years to put my heart to it and I have gotten my Open Water License. Yay! More about it in our future post. One thing when I talk enthusiastically about diving to non-divers, they either have a nonchalant look or a look of terror. I guess not everyone is as charmed as me when it comes to the underwater world.

If you are a non-diver but yet too afraid to committed yourself to a course, there are ways to counter that fear. A lot of folks mistaken that you can only dive when you have a license. Not really true. You can actually experience diving in 3 different ways before you decided it is the sport that you want to invest your time, money and effort in.

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Diving in a Pool
You actually can request for a school to allow you to do tryouts in a swimming pool. Depending on different schools, they might allow do so if they own their own swimming pool for a fee. This is actually one of the most comfortable ways to try out scuba diving if you have a phobia but yet still want to give it a try.

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That’s me getting ready to dive!

Diving in an Aquarium
A lot of city aquariums allow diving in their aquarium together with their instructor. Usually comes in a package, inclusive of full equipment and full guidance from an instructor swimming next to you for 10 to 20 minutes. The exciting and amazing part is that you will see more type of marine life rather than in the sea in that short amount of time. It is here you can also opt for diving with the sharks, which I did when I went for diving at Bangkok Sealife Ocean World at Siam Paragon. Instead of a group diving session, it is more like a 20minutes with one to one with the instructor. So I felt really safe when I swam underneath the belly of a shark.

 

For more information: http://www.sealifebangkok.com/en/experience

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Diving in a Scuba Bubble Maker Course
Every diving school has a scuba bubble marker course where it is like an introductory course leading to the Open Water Course. You get individual attention from your instructor and he or she will be at your side at all times underwater. This is the closest you can get to scuba diving without taking a course. Unlike the below two options that is in a manmade controlled environment, you are diving in the sea, nearer to the shore.

If you want to do it, there are really no reasons not to try it out at any options given above. And if you get bitten by the scuba diving bug like me, you definitely should go and get your Open Water License so that you can explore more of the unknown mysterious sea below.

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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