By Vanessa Mignon


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Every year, between July and October, Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrate to Tonga, in the South Pacific, to mate, give birth and nurse their young in the warm waters. During that time it’s possible to swim with these gentle giants under specific regulations.

I have been very fortunate to guide tours with the whales for years, and still to this day I am continuously amazed by the charisma and level of consciousness of those animals. When we get in the water with them, they clearly look back at us and acknowledge our presence, before deciding to swim away or stay. 

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By Michael AW

Cuba - Exploring a Time Capsule

If Christopher Columbus was alive today, the only place he would recognise on our planet would be Jardines de la Reina, “the Gardens of the Queen”, an archipelago of a thousand low-lying islands embraced by lush mangrove swamps. In his exploration of the Americas, Columbus discovered this magnificent outpost and named it in honour of Queen Isabella of Castile (the country that later become Spain). Since its establishment as a national park, Gardens of the Queen, has become Cuba's oldest and largest protected area. Strictly prohibited from any development, the Gardens have not changed since the time of Columbus. However, the great explorer could not have possibly seen the garden’s incredible splendour, as its secrets are largely beneath its wave. 

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By Analynne Sison

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Located in El Nido, Palawan, Paglugaban cave is a limestone cave with 2 main chambers and a few more smaller chambers that branch out from the second chamber. The entrance to the cave is at sea level, and can be entered through a small hole on the side of Paglugaban Island. The entrance is challenging to get into, as you have to time your entry with the tides and hang on to craggy rocks while the tide ebbs out of the cave, then let go and fin as the tide flows. Diving is prohibited inside the cave unless a special permit is obtained from the local government office in El Nido town. Definitely, do not go into this cave if you’re not a trained cave diver.

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By Patricia O'Donnell

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Landing in Nabire, Papua, in 2010, we taxied down the small airstrip past washing lines and simple shacks, dogs running out to chase our plane. Thanks to good contacts we were picked up by a police escort to make sure everything ran smoothly. Nabire itself was a small town not yet on the tourist trail, with dirty streets and ugly concrete buildings. We stayed in one of the only hotels, basic and overpriced but with hot water and air conditioning.  

 

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By Amanda Cotton

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Florida has a not so well kept secret; it is home to some of the most beautiful fresh water environments in the world. Florida Springs and rivers located throughout the central and northern areas of the state offer bodies of water with unusual and colorful floral and fauna. State Parks across the region are home to many different types of Florida Springs, from turquoise blue gushing spring heads surrounded by deep basins to static flow sinkholes filled with tannic water. 

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