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Adventures in the Philippines

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Discover the "Pearl of the Orient Seas," the Philippines

Discover the “Pearl of the Orient Seas,” the Philippines

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The Philippines, coined the ‘Gems of the East,’ consists of 7,107 islands, and most of them are very small. All of the islands have a lot to offer to tourists, from the typical “sun, sea & beach” holidays to Eco Adventures deep into the diverse geography of these beautiful tropical islands. And don’t forget to meet the people – they are very friendly, and the country welcomes tourists, as they bring money to the country to support local businesses and the economy. From swimming with dolphins in coral waters, to exploring volcanoes and hidden waterfalls, to going out on the town to meet the people (perhaps trying some “tuba” coconut wine) and learn about their rich culture, the Philippines really has it all.

Embark on a full day small group excursion to the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna located two and a half hours south of Manila. Your destination is the Majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a scenic boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca.) As the boat is skillfully maneuvered upstream by two boatmen, the landscape diversifies with beautiful boulders, steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Return downstream by “shooting the rapids” as expert boatmen steer past huge boulders in churning waters at top speeds. With its booming waters cascading down the cliff 900 feet below, this is truly an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping ride!

Next, hit the beach on our Mactan Island Snorkeling & Picnic Tour from Cebu City. This full day fun in the sun small group tour combines the excitement of riding on a motorized canoe (banca) with snorkeling, swimming or diving in the small islands of the Mactan Channel. Feed fish and soon you will have these colorful creatures feasting from your hands. Enjoy a refreshing swim in reef waters or free diving. A delightful lunch of grilled seafood, chicken or pork with fresh fruits for dessert will be served picnic style on a white sand beach. Whatever you choose to do, your time at Mactan Island is sure to be memorable and fun.

There’s no better way to end your day than enjoying a delicious buffet dinner of Philippine delicacies on board a floating barge on the Loboc River. Our Loboc Riverside Dinner & Night Cruise in Bohol offers a peaceful atmosphere and soft, soothing river breeze to help you unwind. Afterwards, transfer to another barge which will float you upriver towards Busay Falls, with a live band playing music to entertain you. Let the river and the lovely choir performances of the local talents of Loboc serenade you. Drinks are also available on board. You’ll love the cooler temperature of the day, beautiful tropical scenery, and relaxing ambiance.

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island

The beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island, Philippines

When it comes to Filipino Hotels, there are some real gems of resorts and world-class business hotels. Friendly people and smiles abound in the Philippines, and a high level of English is spoken on most islands. Our Philippines Hotel Directory features a fantastic selection of popular hotels, exceptionally low rates, and the convenience of being able to book your hotels and tours in one place.

San Diego Summer Sightseeing Excursions

Monday, July 18th, 2011

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With the approach of the highly-anticipated San Diego Comic Con 2011 only days away, fans have no doubt already designed their perfect SDCC panel schedules of science-fiction & celebrity bliss, which the powers that be allow us but once a year. Whether you’ve got a coveted ticket to the most popular comic convention in the world or prefer to avoid the crowds out on a city excursion or a boat cruise in the azure bay, be sure to make time this summer to enjoy the splendors of this charming city. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do and sightseeing tours.

Fold up your map, put away the guidebook, and discover the San Diego most visitors never see. Zip all over town in a GoCar for a GPS-guided adventure! As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you’re passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. As soon as you turn your GoCar back on, the tour picks up where you left off. That’s the best thing about it – you’re on your own schedule, not a tour bus operator’s. Experience the coolest sightseeing in San Diego!

Salty bay breezes, sparkling waves, and stunning views make San Diego ideal for cruising. Enjoy gracious hospitality aboard our San Diego Dinner Dance Cruise as you take in views of the Coronado Bridge, Cabrillo National Monument, and California sea lions. Your evening includes welcome champagne, 3-courses pre fixe, 2 entree dinner, salad, & dessert. After dinner, dance the night away or stroll the spacious decks to watch San Diego light up along with the stars.

Explore even more of the magnificent Pacific Ocean at La Jolla – and there’s no better way than in a kayak! On our La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour from San Diego you will discover southern California’s surf culture, observe abundant wildlife, and view a variety of unique marine environments. This 2-hour guided kayak tour will take you to the gorgeous La Jolla Sea Caves and through the fascinating marine paradise of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Best of all, no experience is necessary!

One of our most popular excursions is of course cruising to lovely Catalina Island. Little over an hour’s drive northbound of San Diego is Dana Point, your departure port towards the Island of Romance. Our convenient Catalina Ferry – Dana Point to Avalon – Roundtrip provides fast, comfortable ferry service between Catalina Island and Dana Point on the Southern California coast. Be sure to reserve your seats a minimum of 4 days in advance – dates sell out quickly.

San Diego is very close to the exotic enchantment of Mexico, but driving your own vehicle is not advised, and most U.S. rental cars are not permitted to cross the border. Our day trips from San Diego make everything easy. Take a fantastic day trip to Rosarito Beach Mexico from San Diego to enjoy the scenic Baja Gold Coast. This tour even includes free hotel pick-up and drop-off from listed hotels. Enjoy shopping in Rosarito, tanning, sightseeing, delicious Mexican food, and much more.

One of the most beautiful metropolitan cities in the world, San Diego is absolutely full of fun things to see and do! Book your reservations online at San Diego Tours and save, or call us toll free at 800-303-7197 for reservations, group tours, and private charters. To San Diego City… And Beyond!!

Eco Tours in the Aloha State

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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Aloha travel friends! Let me tell you a little secret… There’s no better way to celebrate the May flowers than donning a gorgeous, aromatic Lei in Honolulu. Now is the perfect time to beat the crowds and the rising temperatures with the ultimate tropical escape – that’s right, it could only be Hawaii. Summer is right around the bend, and there are TONS of exciting Eco tours from Honolulu for you to do! Get off the concrete and discover the gorgeous natural beauty of the Islands. You’ll be glad you did, and remember your adventures for years to come. From active volcanoes to hidden waterfalls, pristine beaches to incredible mountain views in the clouds, swimming with sea turtles to zip-lining through the rainforest, Honolulu really is an Eco Paradise.

The Hawaiian Islands, located at center of the Ring of Fire, are formed entirely of volcanoes, one of the most destructive natural forces on earth. Everyone knows how deadly volcanoes can be. But did you know the benefits of them? Many volcanic materials are very beneficial to nature and human life – lava that is continuously forming new landmasses and islands, diamonds and other precious gemstones, generating geothermal energy, volcanic rocks used for making roads, natural glass from lava (pumice), volcanic ash that is rich in nutrients and greatly improves soil fertility, and carbon dioxide and hydrogen released into the earth’s atmosphere that begin the processes of photosynthesis and the water cycle. Volcanoes have a delicate balance with nature – fire & water, death & life, ashes & lush vegitation. Hawaii is one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. See these marvels up-close for yourself on our Eco adventure tours!

My first recommendation has to be our Big Island Grand Circle Island Volcano Adventure from Honolulu. Not only will you see the magnificent ancient Banyan trees, coffee farms, and Orchid and Anthurium Nursery of Hilo, but you will also get to see the beautiful 80 foot tall and almost 100 foot wide Rainbow Falls. Then the highlight of the tour – a visit to the world famous Kilauea Volcano, which has been steadily erupting since the 1980′s. Your tour guide will entertain and educate as you explore the Volcano National Park, the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Fern Tree Jungle, Kilauea Iki Crater, and more. Don’t forget your camera on this fantastic tour, or you might just cry. And then have to buy another one. Don’t miss this amazing adventure in Hawaii!

My second recommendation is our Mauka to Makai: Zipline, Kayak, Snorkel & Eco Hike with Lunch from Honolulu. See Oahu the way that you have always dreamed of during a thrilling Eco-adventure on the Windward coast of Oahu. Hiking through the rainforest of the Ko’olau Mountains, soaring above the trees of Oahu’s valley, and kayaking through the crystal clear waters of the Pacific are all included in this fun-filled day trip! Your expert ecologist is devoted to showing off the unique life that exists only in Hawaii’s climate. This popular tour sells out well in advance, so reserve early.

On our Ultimate Circle Island Eco Adventure with Lunch from Honolulu, you’ll get to see Hawaii’s wide variety of wildlife with stops at a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle basking grounds and bird watching at native Hawaiian wetlands. Your professional tour guide will share information about the many different plants, birds, and animals that call Hawaii home. Designed to both entertain and educate, this tour will expose you to Oahu’s raw natural beauty with stops off the beaten path. You will also visit Byodo-In Temple, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, see famous lookouts and beaches of Oahu, hike Waimea Valley and enjoy a refreshing waterfall swim!

No matter what you wish to do in Honolulu, Aloha Tours is proud to be your source for sightseeing tours and attractions on the Islands of Hawaii. We offer tours and activities on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Molokini. Indulge in some of the best foods in the world, take in some sun in this tropical climate, and enjoy a never ending array of things to see and do. Call us toll-free for assistance with booking your trip today. Ho’olu komo la kaua – please join us!

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Take a Break in Tampa

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

If you are looking for a nice warm place to visit this winter, Tampa, Florida should definitely make your short list.  With beaches that go on for miles and an infectiously friendly atmosphere, this city was clearly designed with tourists in mind.  So when you are ready to start planning your next getaway, consider the place that has it all!

Once you have made your decision on where to go, it is only fitting that you choose a tour company that will have you covered from arrival to departure.  With Tampa Tours, you are sure to have all of your sightseeing needs met and exceeded.  Whether your idea of a great time is spending a romantic evening on the water or checking out the area wildlife, you will not be disappointed by your experience.

When you are in the mood to have a leisurely day taking in the scenery, the Deluxe Little Manatee River Canoe or Kayak Trip is just what you need.  You can float down the river at your own pace while you soak up the beautiful surroundings and take some time to appreciate the wildlife that you see around you.  Some of the animals you might see on your trip are manatees, turtles, fish, birds, and alligators.  You may also spot some hogs, otters, and deer along the way so keep an eye out!  Towards the middle of your day, you can go fishing, check out the lay of the land, or stop off for a waterside picnic.

In Tampa, the activities don’t stop just because the sun goes down.  If you are still in the mood for some action, check out one of the dinner cruises on offer.  A fantastic combination of fine dining and entertainment, these cruises are a definite crowd pleaser and an excellent chance to check out the sights without braving the city traffic.  Similar trips are available at lunch time as well if that is more to your liking.

One such cruise is the Dinner Dance Cruise from St. Petersburg.  With incredible waterfront views of Tampa Bay, you are able to see so much more than you would by land because you have the opportunity to do so from many different vantage points.  As you take a walk up and down the decks you will see the city lit up as it stands out against the night sky.  The view, in combination with the food and entertainment, makes your trip that much more memorable so it is a great activity to share with friends or loved ones.

For more ideas for how to spend your time in Tampa, visit www.tampatours.net and see why this city has become a favorite for travelers around the country and the world.

Breathtaking Sights in Oahu

Friday, November 21st, 2008

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Oahu is the island where the capital of Hawaii is located and often called “The Gathering Place.”The island attracts visitors from all over the world because they enjoy its unique culture, natural beauty and Aloha spirit.

Oahu Tours can help provide you with a vacation of lifetime.There are so many amazing things to do here especially outdoors as the landscape is absolutely stunning.You can explore through the rainforests, walk along the beach, swim and surf on the crystal blue waters, soar over the island in a helicopter, or drift out onto the Pacific Ocean on a sunset cruise.No matter what you decide to do while visiting Oahu, you will not be disappointed.

One of the most popular activities people take part in while visiting the area is the Oahu Experience Helicopter Tour.As the chopper ascends into the Pacific air, you will witness breathtaking views of the island.You will fly along the Windward Coast to Sacred Falls – the 80 foot waterfall that lies at the end of a narrow canyon within Sacred Falls National Park.The sight of the water plummeting down the rocks is extremely captivating.

The helicopter will also fly you by Kahana Rainforest, Kaneohe Bay – the Marine Corps Base, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Koko Crater which is so large it contains a horse stable and Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, Waianae Coast and Waianae Bay.Also during this hour long helicopter tour, you will see the world famous North Shore surf breaks. You will be creating some of the most cherished memories of your life up in the bright blue sky looking down on the vivid colors of Oahu below.

Another great tour offered by Oahu Tours is the Pearl Harbor & Circle Island Tour.This combo package takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial and also allowing you to board the memorial.You will view the sights of Pearl Harbor and be taken back to that fateful day which began our involvement in World War II.The second part of the tour is less somber as you will see all sorts of wonderful views of the thriving tropical rainforests, waterfalls, beaches, volcanic craters and so much more!This tour is a must for anyone visiting Oahu!

In the Oahu North Shore Shark Adventure, you will travel 3 ½ miles out into the Pacific Ocean where you will be placed in the water inside a large shark cage.This is perfect for thrill seekers and those who thrive on adventure!You will get nose-to-nose to sharks as they swim up to and past the cage.Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, varieties of tropical fish, dolphins and humpback whales may also come into view making this excursion even more spectacular!

For another adventure, try out the Maui-Hana Adventure.You will take the winding road from Oahu to Hana and be able to tell everyone that you survived the Road to Hana.The Hana Highway is a 68-mile winding coastal highway that is world famous for the natural beauty of its immaculate landscapes and towering waterfalls.The sights surrounding the road are unlike anything you have ever seen.They are absolutely indescribable and will make the most stunning views you have witnessed seem trivial and irrelevant.Be ready to make plenty of stops to jump off waterfalls, swim in lagoons and stroll along the beaches as it takes over 3 hours each way on the Hana Highway because it is so curvy.

Oahu Tours can provide you with the most adventure you have ever experienced or a more relaxing vacation than you ever imagined.Reserve your vacation today at www.oahutours.us.

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Be a Beach Bum

Friday, November 14th, 2008

One thing that everyone wants to do when they visit Florida is check out the surf and the sand.  A day at the beach can be exactly what you want it to be – peaceful, exciting, or fun.  Orlando Tours offers many beach excursions for those vacationing in the area that can help create your perfect sunny beach experience.

For an afternoon full of thrills and excitement, it is recommended that you take part in the Clearwater Sea Screamer Tour with Lunch from Orlando.  This fascinating beach tour takes you on a speedboat on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  With help from knowledgeable guides, you first begin a search for the graceful dolphins that inhabit the area.  Then you begin your exhilarating, speedy ride through the open ocean splashing and screaming with delight.  This lively tour is perfect for adventure seekers and is an experience you will never forget!

Orlando Tours can also provide you with a wonderful opportunity for 2 days of beach fun with the Florida Keys Swim with the Dolphins – 2-Day Getaway from Orlando.  You will be given VIP treatment as soon as your 2-day excursion begins. 

You will stay at Resort Key Largo with access to the beautiful private beach.  When you decide it is time to play with the dolphins, you will be brought to the facility and receive an up close and personal experience.  This package includes a one-on-one swim with the dolphins, a truly once in a life time opportunity. 

In addition to time with the dolphins, you will also receive access to an alligator and snake handling show and if you wish, be able to come face-to-face with these creatures.  This is not all that your package entails; you will also be given a on the Everglades Airboat Adventure and later visit Miami Bayside Shopping!  Additionally, all meals and transportation to and from your hotel to all locations is included during this tour.  This dolphin swim tour has so many extra amenities to it that it is very difficult to pass up!

Whether Orlando is a regular vacation spot for you or it is your first time visiting, Orlando Tours can provide you with a trip to remember!

 

Relaxation and Adventure Rolled into one Location

Monday, October 20th, 2008

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Hawaii is one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.The beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and fun activities make it great place to spend your vacation.Big Island Tours can provide you with all the tours, activities and attraction tickets you will need during your stay.

One of the most fun things to do while visiting the Big Island is it taking a ride on the Hilo Big Island Volcano & Waterfall Helicopter Tour.The helicopter will soar over the tropical rainforests so you can catch glimpses of the bright and vivid colors down below.You will go right past many rushing waterfalls making this one of the greatest experiences of your life.These are extremely personalized flights so you can converse with your pilots if you have any questions and they will even fly back over an area if you want to see something again.

A different way to see the area, but equally as fun, is the Big Island ATV Ride.You will drive the vehicle through historic Parker Ranch where the road shows you a timeline of Hawaiian history.Here you will see historical homes, rodeo grounds, vast valleys and rolling hills that may render your speechless!

If you are in the mood for a romantic evening on the Big Island try the Sunset Cocktail Cruise.Not only will you be stunned with the large bright sun that just seems to melt into the ocean, but be entertained by live performers.During the cruise, you may even spot dolphins or a whale!This is perfect for some special quality time between you and your loved one and just as wonderful with a group of friends for a fun night out.

The Hawaii Volcano Adventure is an additional way to see the amazing sights of the Big Island.A large luxury bus takes you the Kilauea Volcano where the eruptions never seem to cease.This excursion allows to you to get closer to the lava flow than any other on the island!The tour bus will also take you to sights such as Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Thurston Lava Tube and Steam Bluffs & Crater Drive.

Just visiting the Big Island is an amazing experience so if you add several fantastic activities, your vacation will be even better.Check out the Big Island Tours website, www.bigislandtours.net.

Your “Maine” Destination

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Bar Harbor, Maine is a fantastic coastal location.With a little play on words, the locals will call it “Your Maine Destination.”To get up to the little village of Bar Harbor, you must drive up a stone-walled and tree-covered road similar to a small village in Europe.It is such a quaint and stunning location that you just can’t pass up.

There is such a wide assortment of activities and attractions in the area and Bar Harbor Tours can provide you with a complete fun and exciting vacation.You can watch the whales, seals and puffins from the island or from a boat off shore.Tours are also provided to explore lighthouses, Acadia National Park and the city of Bar Harbor.

One of the most popular tours in the Bar Harbor area is the Whale Watching Tour.Your vessel will cruise into the Gulf of Maine where you will be told all about the human and natural history you will see.In addition, they will provide answers to all your questions about the whales, their habitat and anything else you can think of.

During your adventure, you will see loads of harbor seals, grey seals, leaping porpoises and a number of species of seabirds.The destination of your tour is south of Mount Desert Island, where Bar Harbor is located.

Once you arrive, you are sure to encounter many large whales like Finbacks, Humpbacks and Minkes.Rarely will someone see a North American Right Whale so if you happen to spot one, you are one of the few.This tour is a fantastic way to spend a day in Bar Harbor; not only do you see the island you live on but all the wildlife that lives around it.It is a truly spectacular feeling when you sight a large humpback diving and splashing in the vast ocean.

You can’t go to Maine and not eat a lobster; it is part of the culture which means you must indulge a bit while on your vacation.One way to indulge even further is on the Lobster Boat Adventure Cruise.The two hours you spend will not only be thrilling but educational as well.

You will drift off into the Hancock area of Frenchman & Flanders Bay.This tour isn’t just about seeing the sights, but it is also about experiencing the life of a lobsterman.Additionally, your captain will captivate you with tales and legends of the area including the stories of the Flying Dutchman of Maine and the curse of the Saco River.Offshore, you will notice the seals resting on the rocks.You will be able to hear their moans and groans from inside the boat which is quite entertaining.All in all, this cruise is something to consider as it will give you an afternoon full of fun!

There is so much to do in Bar Harbor, Maine and you can ensure you have a wonderful trip by reserving your tours and tickets at www.barharbortours.net.

See the Tallest Living Things on the Planet, Plus More!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

John Muir Woods has been called the best tree-lovers monument that exists.  President Teddy Roosevelt named this old-growth redwood forest America’s 10th National Monument.  It actually just celebrated its centennial anniversary.  The area is a wonderful place to visit as it so astoundingly beautiful.

If you are looking for a complete tour of the area, try out the Alcatraz Tour with Muir Woods & Sausalito.  This is offered by Muir Woods Tours and gives you a comprehensive look at the area.  For your convenience, the tour bus picks up its passengers at select area hotels making this tour extremely convenient for you and your guests. 

The visit to Muir Woods is absolutely wonderful.  The forest is full of giant redwoods, the tallest measuring at 258 feet.  Because these trees are so giant- they are the tallest of all living things-you could park a car under one of these massive trees!  Further north, these redwoods grow even taller; one is 74 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.  They generally live between 600 and 800 years so don’t worry, they will be there for a very, very long time.

Following your journey through the vast forest, the tour will head over to Sausalito.  This charming waterfront community with a Mediterranean flair is often compared to the French Riviera.  While you visit the area, you can walk along the water and listen to the wave’s crash in, watch the sea lions play, explore the open air market, or take a break and enjoy a snack at one of the local eateries.  It is a beautiful location to you will make a point to visit again.

Lastly, you will arrive at Alcatraz Island to tour the world renowned prison.  Walk through the cell blocks where some of the most notorious felons were retained like Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.  Your tour is extremely informative as every person receives an audio headset with stories from former guards and inmates.  While you are there, you can hike along the Agave Trail or head on up to the Cell House where several exhibits are on display for your viewing.

If you are looking to experience some of the greatest parts of not only this area, but of the country, then check out these exciting activities.  Reserve these and other fun vacation attractions through Muir Woods Tours today at www.muirwoodstours.com.

Fly through the Sky Above Beautiful Kauai

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Evergreen: Fly Non-Stop To 10 West Coast Cities

Everyone must visit the island of Kauai, which is arguably the most beautiful and untouched of all the Hawaiian Islands.The colors of the landscape are so bright and vivid that everything around you seems to be a painting of how heaven should look.Your visit to Kauai is sure to be amazing but Kauai Tours can help make it your favorite vacation to date.A variety of tours, activities and attraction tickets are at your disposal to make your already wonderful vacation even more fantastic!

One of vistors most favorite things to do while visiting the island is to see it from the air.On the Kauai Helicopter Tour, you will be rendered speechless throughout the 60-minute flight above the stunning island.If this is your first time to the island, it is a great way to be introduced.

From the sky you will see Nawiliwili Harbor, Menehune Fishpond- the ancient fishpond that was said to have been built by leprechaun people in one night, the Tunnel of Trees, Manawaiopuna Falls which was featured in the film Jurassic Park, Waimea Canyon- the Grand Canyon of the Pacific as it measures more than 3,500 feet deep, the beautiful North Shore beaches, Mt. Wai’ale’ale which is the second highest point in all the islands, and the 80-foot tiered waterfall made famous in the TV show Fantasy Island, Wailua Falls.

The views outside of the large helicopter are amazing and will be memories that you will keep and cherish forever.The sights of the radiant crystal blue ocean and bright green rainforests will render you completely speechless.This is an extraordinary experience that anyone visiting Kauai should be a part of.

A trip to Kauai is not complete without a bit of adventure.Kauai Tours can provide you with all the adventure you need as well as romantic, relaxing, or serene activities to make your vacation as special as it should be.Visit www.kauaitours.net to book your vacation fun today!


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