Tag Archives: Nature/Adventure

Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs

This post should be called swimming with the manatees, but it turned out that an unseasonably warm February made for conditions that sent the manatees on their way back to the Gulf by the time we arrived. We still got to see a few manatees in Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (where they have some rescued ones they are rehabilitating) but the usual population that migrates to the springs to escape the cold waters of the Gulf in a typical season (mid-Nov. to Mar.) had already left. Continue reading Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs

Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach

We finally got our chance to dive the Ancient Mariner wreck off Deerfield Beach. It was the perfect February day with lots of sunshine and flat seas. We love Florida winters, and even the 75-degree seas aren’t so bad with a 3mm suit and a hoodie 🙂

With 30-40 feet visibility and only a small current getting down the mooring line was easy enough. The wreck sits at a depth of 70 feet (to the sand) and is pretty big at 165 feet in length and 25 feet across. Continue reading Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach

Diving the wrecks of Grenada’s South Coast

One of the things that drew us to Grenada was the Bianca C wreck. Being able to dive a sunken cruise ship is something you don’t get to do every day—unless you live in Grenada! In addition to wrecks, we found that there were some remarkable, healthy and colorful reefs, making for some wonderful diving. In our 5 days of diving we managed to get four wrecks in and have written them up here: Continue reading Diving the wrecks of Grenada’s South Coast

Visiting the Everglades National Park

The Everglades cover a large area of southern Florida and is a very unique ecosystem. Mostly made up of marshland and coastal mangroves, the environment attracts over 300 species of aquatic birds. Both alligators and crocodiles can also be found in the Everglades making it one of the only places in the world where these two species cohabit. The Everglades are thriving with wildlife and fortunately a large part of this expanse is protected as a national park. Continue reading Visiting the Everglades National Park

Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Yes, you read that right, snorkeling. We can hardly believe it ourselves. Being avid divers, and getting to Grand Cayman—through a series of unfortunate events we ended up on the Kittiwake without a scuba tank. Ok, not that snorkeling was bad; it was just so frustrating to see through that 100+ foot visibility all the divers below exploring the wreck, which was down at 40-60 feet. Continue reading Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Diving the Graveyard of the Caribbean in Roatan

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

Scuba Diving Vacation at Antony’s Key Resort, 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