Chances are that unless you belong to the very specific social circle of water sports enthusiasts, you will never have heard of the activity known as coasteering. Little did you know that you were missing out on some of the best fun to be had by the seaside. Coasteering means travelling along the coastline either on foot or in the water.
Having started out in north and west Wales, the activity has now spread to every corner of the kingdom, gaining popularity in notable surf destinations such as Cornwall and Dorset as well as the highlands and isles of Scotland.
While most aqua-thrill seekers might decide to book a surfing lesson, or rent a body board or kayak; those in the know will be keeping an eye out for the ever-increasing numbers of commercial coasteering tours.
The 18th London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place this Sunday June 30th, 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: London Regatta Centre E16 2QT
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is the largest of its kind in Europe – a free festival open to all ages. Leading up to the event, visitors to www.lclc.co.uk, the official website of the London Chinatown
Lions Club, is offering the opportunity to win a fantastic prize of 2 x return Hong Kong air tickets courtesy of Cathay Pacific.
It will be laying on an unprecedented mix of cultural attractions and family entertainment to make this year’s London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival a totally unmissable event.
By replicating the vibrant cultural richness of Hong Kong in London, it is going to be a spectacular event, promising a day full of fun, action, thrills and surprises with FOUR FESTIVALS IN ONE. These include the Hong Kong Cultural Festival, East West Music Festival and Hong Kong Food
…….you may never leave…….
Standing in the meditation area of The Yoga Farm you are overlooking the edge of the forest in the far south of Costa Rica, a full day’s journey from the capital San José. The bus from Golfito takes three hours to cover the last 60 kilometres, most of it unpaved. Narrow wooden bridges cross rivers, full, we’re told, of crocodiles. It arrives just after sunset. Campfires are the only light around, and the pounding sound is the Pacific surf breaking on the shore. This is literally the end of the road. It’s another 40 kilometres or so to Panama, but you would need a horse or a boat to get there.
The South-East of Majorca has many fine beaches with trees eding the white sand and clear, clean blue water. Some of the best are near the Mondrago national park, like S’Amarador beach – surrounded by cliffs and pine forests, it is made from soft white sand and is small at 150 metres long but has a depth of 50 metres. It is actually one of the larger beaches in this corner of Mallorca – others are in much smaller sheltered coves. On the other side of the bay, at this time of year, there are sunbeds and parasols to rent, and a small bar for refreshments. Toilets and showers are available.
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It was one of the last islands on Earth to be discovered.
It bears no trace of indigenous settlement and Europeans and Polynesians didn’t show up until more than a century after the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.
Savvy Aussies slip away to this tiny speck in the Pacific, governed from New South Wales. Judy Davis, the Emmy award-winning actress who appeared in A Passage to India and Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, has visited its golden sands, as has Eric Bana of Hulk fame, who came with his kids, and George Miller, the director of Happy Feet and Mad Max.
But the islanders are too busy milking their cows or minding their honey bees to pay much attention and, as for visitors (numbers are capped at 394 at a time), why would you bother ogling stars when you can spend the time paddling with exotic fish in more colours than a rainbow?
Four miles from Aviemore, in the Cairngorms national park, is a cabin specifically designed for visitors seeking isolation and a self-sufficient, back-to-nature experience in the great Scottish outdoors.
A one-room hut with a platform bed, table, bench seat, sofa, sink and stove, the corrugated iron bothy crouches like a minimalist doll’s house in a secluded birch- and bracken-speckled dell.
Stoking the fire and lighting candle lanterns in the all-but-silent gloaming, you feel miles from civilisation. But the dell is in a far corner of the grounds of Inshriach House,
From innovations in technology, to good ways of running a business, quality design and style, here are two handfuls of superb places to get away to. They range from places to stay to transport initiatives, festivals, and adventure and conservation holidays. All are pushing the boundaries of what green travel means.
Places to stay
At the edge of Bodmin Moor, Tregulland is a renovated self-catering pad, one of a new breed of eco-friendly
Forget about the Cartels. They’ll never find you here!
Perhaps you’ve heard about Mexico’s efforts to boost tourism to Mayan sites between now and the much-publicized end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012 (hey, you’d better get there before the world ends!).
And perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of the eco-tourism trend and you’re eager to reduce your carbon footprint. Then you’ll want to know about a one-of-a-kind destination called Taninah (pronounced Tah-knee-nah), which means “first home” in Mayan, it’s a private, gated and fenced jungle retreat on 10 acres within the Riviera Maya,
Goglamping.net is a web site about glamour-camping – or luxury camping but mainly about Yurt-camping. We tested some of their best picks in the UK. Here they are in order of preference
Broad Oak, East Sussex, 01424 883057, barefoot-yurts.co.uk
The Yurt Retreat
07773 505671, theyurtretreat.co.uk
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