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Above: Ni'ihau as seen from Kauai
Perhaps you've heard of Hawaii's "Forbidden Island," where just under 200 residents speak Hawaiian as their first language, and no outside visitors are welcome without explicit invitation. Sitting so tantalizingly near to the coast of Kauai, this privately owned island, named Ni'ihau, is the westernmost of the Hawaiian Islands chain. It's so close and, yet, so far.
There are, however, ways to visit Ni'ihau on your vacation. One of the most popular trips to Ni'ihau focuses on the pristine waters of the island's coastline, home to many rare endemic species of sea life. Only one tourist boat operator on Kauai that crosses the Kaulakahi Channel between Kauai and Niihau for snorkeling excursions on its coast and around Lehua Crater daily, and that's Holo Holo Charters, who also originated Ni'ihau snorkeling trips.
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Fashion designer/global mogul Diane von Furstenberg needs no introduction. There's so much we could say about her, from her international career path to her time as a member of the "jet set" when that term meant something, but it's the simplest thing we'll speak of now: her relationship with water.
DVF's mantra is a simple one: "Love is Life." Recognizing that one cannot live to love without the sustaining power of water, she's collaborated to design the 2013 limited-edition designer Evian bottle, wrapping it with that very mantra. To promote it, Diane jetted up to Art Basel Miami Beach from Brazil this past weekend, which is where we caught a moment with her, heels sunk into on the sand at Soho Beach House.
The water (as you can see from our photos) was ridiculously tempting that day. Little aqua waves broke on shore and so we asked the globe-hopping Diane for a few of her favorite places to go for a dip.
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So you want to get out on the open road, huh? Let’s face itthere are many great reasons to hop into your car and watch the big city shrink in your rearview mirror. Whether a road trip is wrapped up in familial obligations or you're just going on a photo drive on backroads, we've done it all and no matter where we are heading we prefer it to be a scenic route.
Today we want to talk a bit about one of the classic picturesque drives in this here country: California's famous Pacific Coast Highway.
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Australia is quite well known for its endless beaches and dive spots and, now, clean waters and pristine views will be a guarantee for generations to enjoy for years to come. By creating the world's largest marine park, the Aussie government has ensured that more coastal waters than just the Great Barrier Reef will be clean and blue.
We all know that Australia has to protect its borders and, since it is an island, that border is allll water. The creation of what will be the world's largest network of ocean reserves means the continent's current reserves will double, from 27 to 60 areas set aside for sea creatures and coral to grow and flourish into the underwater spectacular we all know them to be.
Jaunted special contributor Eric Rosen drops us a line from way, way down under...
There’s nothing new about swimming with dolphins these days; it seems like you can hang out with the aquatic mammals pretty much anywhere from Australia to the Bahamas. But during a recent visit to check out post-quake Christchurch, I drove an hour outside the city to the Frenchified hamlet of Akaroa on the craggy Banks Peninsula to swim with some pretty special aquatic life: the world’s tiniest marine dolphins and wild penguins.
Akaroa is a winding hour-long drive southeast of Christchurch through the hills of the Banks Peninsula, where some of the earliest settlements on New Zealand’s South Island were founded. Akaroa actually lies quite near the center of this bulbous landmass, but it’s on the water because its harbor was formed by the collapse of an enormous mega-volcano eons ago.
One of our favorite things about staying on Mexico's Riviera Maya is that it's not just about dips in the Caribbean and margaritas by the pool. Clearly, those things rule, but what's even more awesome is that if you get a rainy day, there are plenty of activities to try.
We've found solace in a stroll down Playa del Carmen's Avenida 5 and in the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Cobá. But the best rainy day we've spent in the Yucatan took place undergroundexploring the subterranean rivers of Rio Secreto.
Remember those geology lessons from way back? All that talk about calcium forming stalactites and stalagmites? Here, you get a bit of that education but it turns out, learning is way more fun when you're wearing a wetsuit and a helmet with a headlight. Also, we don't remember ever getting to swim in caves at school.
Your passport is valid for 10 years. That's a huge amount of time, definitely enough to go from dork-malork college kid to savvy, suave adult (with a far better complexion) and confuse border agents with the differences between your passport photo and the actual specimen. Lately we've been giving more thought to proper passport care, especially with extra pages added and the need to hold onto the thing for however many more years of showing, stamping, stashing.
Unfortunately our passport's appearance just suffered a blow, courtesy of the crazy-humid air of Southeast Asia.
Who needs surfing when you can go kayaking? More and more, people are hitting the Southern California waves on kayaks instead of surfboards. One company taking advantage of kayaking's popularity, Aqua Adventures, has created tours that bring people through the San Diego Bay, across the exotic Coronado Islands in Mexico, and even out to sea for some whale watching.
But the most popular local tour is a 1.5-hour guided tour through the La Jolla, CA Sea Caves, a hangout for sea lions, leopard sharks and other wildlife.
You don't need any kayaking experience to take the tours, which run daily between April 5th and October 15th. Prices start at $50. For more information, visit Aqua-Adventures.com.
[Photo: John Matthews]
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It's almost exactly one year before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and what am I doing? Well, squeezing my butt into a wetsuit is the short answer, but the long answer is heading out on the manmade rapids that comprise the Lee Valley White Water Centre just outside of London, for a sampling of what the Olympians will be going through this time next year, and what the adventurous public can experience now.
Did you ever go to an amusement park with little rides for kids that involved a blue track of shallow water with a slow current that lazily propelled round floating rafts until time was up? The Lee Valley White Water Centre is that, for adults, times a zillion, with the addition of major adrenaline rush.
Please forgive us for sending you into daydream mode so early in the morning already, but we simply have to share Entertainment Weekly's find of the World's Largest Slip-and-Slide. Now, it's not been confirmed as the largest by an official from Guinness World Records or anything, but one glance at this video and it's quite difficult to imagine anything beating it.
The Slip-and-Slide is really a man-made reservoira totally off-limits, no trespassing-allowed onebut authorities should've considered making it of another material if they really wanted people to keep out with their bodyboards. And of course, like much of the best stuff in Hawaii, this reservoir is located nearby some truly breathtakingly lush scenery.
So here's where it is:
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For quite some time, Aquarena Springs was home to an amusement park in San Marcos, Texas, but unfortunately that’s no longer the case. However, the place is now run by Texas State University and they’re happy to show you all of the treasures found under the sea.
To keep things preserved for future divers you are not just allowed to jump right into the water here, as you need to take one of the monthly dive authorization courses. Hit the water with conservationists and dive experts to learn the dos and don’ts diving in this area—like when to keep your hands to yourself. Just be prepared to shell out around $230 for the pleasure to do so.
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We dropped our iPhone into a pool by accident recently. It sucked, to say the least. However, with some quick thinking and a $3 bag of rice bought from the corner store no more than 5 minutes later, we managed to save it. Then, while walking and tweeting as the wet and heavy snow came down in New York City last night, we wondered how much more precipitation our phone could take. Today, we think we'll have to stop living on the edge and just do the nerdy thing and buy a protective covering during these heavy weather months, and CleverWraps look like the winner.
Essentially they're just sealable plastic baggies tailored to three different sizes, the better to fit a variety of phone types (from iPhones to Droids to old-school Razrs and other flips). But if you're out walking and texting in the snow and you drop your phone in slush or pocket it into even semi-soggy clothing, this little plastic film could be the difference between shelling out hundreds more on a new phone or keeping with your current one.