Many of you are probably doing Christmas shopping, already started your holiday vacation, or still ironing out details for your holiday vacation. If you are not quite sure where you might want to spend your vacation maybe this weeks feature companies can help. We visit Bonaire with Mangrove Info Center Kayak and Boat Excursions, Panama with Scuba Coiba, and Brazil with Floripa Bike Tour.
Bonaire is a small island in the southern part of the Caribbean, essentially the northern part of South America, as it is very close to the western part of Venezuela. Bonaire is the B in the ABC islands, A and C are Aruba and Curacao. A municipality of the Netherlands, Bonaire is referred to as being part of the Dutch Caribbean. A very tranquil place, Bonaire has been described as “unhurried” and “unspoiled” making it popular for visitors trying to get away from the tourists overflow other islands might have. But what Bonaire has been renowned for is the preservation of the marine environment. It is a great place to enjoy water activities, such as snorkeling, diving and kayaking. Our first feature company are pioneers in kayak and boat excursions in Bonaire.
Mangrove Information Center has been rated as one of the top ten best Caribbean adventures, and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, and is popular with the guests. Their tours take place in in the mangrove forest of Lac Bay. About 60% of the island territory is a national park or a protected area. The mangrove forest of Lac Bay is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. On a two-hour kayak tour, guests get to experience crystal clear water and the three different species of mangrove trees. The tour also includes a snorkeling session, where one can witness all the sea creatures, from baby rays, lobsters and even seahorses. Adequate instruction is always provide so no harm is done to the environment. Kayaking and snorkeling in a protected environment is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
In 2003 PADI instructor Hank Sunk opened Scuba Coiba. It was the first land-based dive center to open in Santa Catalina. It was the first time diving was made possible at the Coiba National Park. The staff is filled with some of the best in the industry, with more than a combined 30 years of experience between them and over 8,000 dives. The multi-lingual staff is outfitted to assist guests in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. No wonder they have certified around 1,000 divers in various diving courses. The boats have all the best gear you can expect a dive boat to have, plus this superstar team who by now know all the best sites to dive, guests are in for an adventure they will never forget.
They offer plenty of different packages to choose from. They have courses for beginners and those needing a refresher. The Discover Scuba Diving is an introductory program where guests receive basic instruction followed by a short shallow water practice session.Then there is a refresher course for those who have not been diving in a while. The advanced courses are multi-day dive packages that cover everything. “The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your SCUBA skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned in the Open Water Diver Course and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun underwater.” There is a dive package for any and everyone, skill level does not matter. If you just want to explore underwater than diving with Scuba Coiba is for you!
To round up our feature companies of the week, we head to Brazil to see what Floripa Bike Tour is all about. Floripa Bike Tour is biking tour company located in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. It is an Island off the coast of Brazil and away from tourists hotbeds like Rio de Janeiro and the capital city Brasilia. Florianópolis is the largest island in Brazil, features a diverse topography that provides for different things to do, and what vantage point to see them at. The folks at Floripa Bike Tour know the island like the back of their hands and can take guests anywhere. Started in 2012 they have served more than 60,000 guests and counting. Their professional guides have 10 plus years in experience and enjoy showing people around on bikes.
They have tours to satisfy all. If you want a tour of the island, you can take the 3 day 2 night tour, that takes you around the island. Highlights are the historic center and the upscale neighborhood of Beira-Mar Norte, public market and the old bridge Hercílio Light where you will see the spectacular lights of the bridge. There is the nature tour, This biking tour will take you along the most preserved green area of the Island. With beautiful landscapes, you are going to visit the North-East side where most of the native villages are. There is a waterfall option, where guests can explore Costa de Lagoa, or they can go on the beach tour, and see some of the most beautiful sights the island has to offer. There is the freeway viewing tour, which is a calmer tour that is more suited for sightseeing and picture taking. They even have tours if you simply just want to ride bikes with others. With a multitude of tours running daily, you can't go wrong choosing to visit Florianópolis and having Floripa Bike Tour guide you around.
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Written by Nelson Oduro
Nelson was part of TrekkSoft's marketing team in our New York Office for three years, paying particular attention to the growth of our digital marketing strategy.