Wrecks intrigue me—I find them fascinating and just love seeing their ghostly shape appear as I descend into the deep upon them. I wonder about their history and how they got there. Were they shipwrecked or purposely sunk to create artificial reefs where corals can grow and sea life can find refuge? Continue reading Diving the Graveyard of the Caribbean in Roatan
Ever since our amazing Tahiti trip where we first saw them, we’ve always wanted to try an overwater bungalow! We were delighted to find out that it’s possible to do this without traveling all the way to the South Pacific. Anthony’s Keys Resort is one such place on the island of Roatan in Honduras that offers overwater bungalow accommodations on a private key. Continue reading Scuba Diving Vacation at Antony’s Key Resort, Roatan
The Florida Keys have a lot of wrecks, and with our weekend trip we picked the two largest, and the two bookends of the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail. We’d been dreaming of doing these two world-famous wrecks for a while now, and could not resist. After our experience I can say that the sheer size of these two massive ships will take us many more dives to get fully acquainted with them. There are also many other interesting dive sites in between Key Largo and Key West. So in other words, we will be back for sure! What is the largest artificial reef in the world you ask?
Located in Tavernier, the sanctuary shelters over a hundred wild birds including hawks, owls, pelicans, and many more. We love to visit and make a small donation to help keep the sanctuary going. What we love is the way each bird has a small explanation of how it was found, why it cannot be released and how it’s adapting to life in the shelter. Continue reading Visiting the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary
Probably the hardest national park to get to, the Dry Tortugas is the location of Fort Jefferson which housed the motley crew accused of conspiring in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Originally built between 1846 and 1875 to try and contain and control trade in the area, the fort was plagued with disease and troubles and never fully finished. It’s the largest brick masonry structure ever built in the Americas and uses over 16 Million bricks! Continue reading Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas
The Keys are open, and they would welcome and appreciate our business!
On Sept 10th, Hurricane Irma, a storm the size of Texas barreled across the Keys and up the Florida Peninsula causing havoc and devastation. The eye crossed at Big Pine, Summerland and Cudjoe Key but there was major damage all the way from Key Largo to Key West Continue reading Florida Keys Update
Anyone that has seen the movie Open Water, read the book Diver Down, or even read the many Divers Alert Network articles on diving safety knows that there can be a real risk of being swept away by currents and quite possibly out of view from your buddy, group, or dive boat. A scary thought. Continue reading Staying safe on the water with the Nautilus GPS beacon
This was our first time out after Hurricane Irma, and you never know what can happen when such a massive force of nature comes barreling through the neighborhood. Nothing is safe, not on land or underwater. We’d heard stories of wrecks split in half, overturned, or moved a fair bit after the effects of prior hurricanes. Even with a miss from subsequent hurricanes Lee and Maria there have been reports of all kinds of rip currents and strong weather around our local dive sites. Continue reading Diving the Ken Vitale Memorial (Tracy Wreck)
Las Vegas was the perfect launching point for a visit to the picturesque canyons in the US National Parks. We’ve also used Vegas as a home base to see Death Valley and helicopter over the Hoover dam to hit the Grand Canyon in the past. Strange as it is, the glitz and glamour of the “in your face” Vegas is just so different from the natural beauty and peaceful nature of the scenery just a short drive away. To each his own I guess. We must also say that even though many of the parks we visited are only an hour or two apart, it is amazing how different the scenery is from one to the other. Each spectacular in their own way as they revealed themselves to us. We will walk you through what we visited and some of the tips we would recommend should you also decide to visit this beautiful region.
South Florida has a multitude of well-equipped beaches all along its coastline making it a pleasure for locals and visitors to partake in oceanfront beach activities. As we learned ourselves, the beaches are not always easy to find, and it’s not always obvious where to park or what facilities exist. It is our hope to document and present these spots in an easy to access guide so that our neighbors and our visitors alike can enjoy these wonderful spots. Heading up and down the coast to take pictures and document beaches is hard work, but somebody has to do it, why not us Continue reading South Florida Beach Guide