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Getting a São Tomé e Príncipe Visa

November 12th, 2009
You've probably never heard of São Tomé e Príncipe, a small island nation off the coast of Africa. However, if you're looking for a quiet, clean beach, it's hard to do much better than this tropical paradise. São Tomé e Príncipe was once a Portuguese colony.  In the 19th and 2oth centuries, the Portuguese imported  slaves to grow sugar, coffee and cocoa-so much cocoa, in fact, that they became known as the "chocolate islands." The islands, located in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Gabon, became independent in 1975.  However, cocoa is still their top export.  The islands are also packed with biodiversity. In fact, they are home to 983 different plant species and many different types of animals, as well.  Visitors to São Tomé e Príncipe  get to sample excellent coffee


Swimming with Whale Sharks at Ko Tao- How to Get a Thailand Visa

November 3rd, 2009
The  island of Ko Tao in Thailand is a scuba diver's paradise. Blessed with crystal-clear waters and surrounded by colorful coral reefs, Ko Tao has plenty of opportunities for beginner divers to stick their fins in, so to speak, and enough magic to wow even experienced divers. Ko Tao is also one of the cheapest places in the world to get your open-water dive certification.  If you want to stay dry, there are plenty of other activities available, ranging from rock climbing to just lounging on the beach. However, the real magic is in the water. Diving at Ko Tao gives you the opportunity to encounter a variety of ocean creatures. Sea turtles, stingrays, fish and even the elusive whale shark all make their home off the cost of Ko Tao. The enormous but gentle whale shark is the prime at


A Tanzanian Visa: Your First Step To Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

October 27th, 2009
Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa,  soaring up 19,336 feet above the valley below.  The challenge of making it to the summit attracts many tourists and adventurers. A big part of the draw is the fact that Kilimanjaro is the world's highest walkable mountain. However, it's important to bear in mind that "walkable" does not mean "cakewalk," even with porters to carry your baggage.  Every year people try to conquer Kilimanjaro and fail. According to Wikipedia, each year 10 climbers and 10-20 local porters die on the mountain. To maximize your chances of success, here's a list of things you'll need to do to prepare: Start training. You'll need to be in top shape to tackle Kilimanjaro. Book your trip through a reputable guide service. You can't climb


Do You Need a Panama Visa to Visit Panama?

October 25th, 2009
Unlike other countries in Central America such as Costa Rica or Belize, Panama is not yet a well-known tourist destination. However, that may be changing-Wikipedia reports that tourism to Panama has been steadily increasing over the last few years. It's easy to see why-Panama is covered with lush, green cloud forests and fringed by picture-perfect white sand beaches.  It is also surrounded by tropical islands, including the island used to film the original Survivor! If great views are what you crave,  check out Parque Nacional Volcán Barú,where you can climb to the top of a dormant volcano, Volcán Barú.  If you're lucky, you'll be able to see all the way to the coast on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country! If you're looking for wilderness, you might check ou


An Indonesian Visa For a Holiday in Bali

October 24th, 2009
If you're already tired of cold and windy autumn weather, the island of Bali in Indonesia might be your dream vacation. Bali is surrounded by crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs, so it's perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.  In the warm waters off the coast of Bali, you could encounter a variety of different sea animals, including dolphins,  sea turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, sharks and more. The interior of the island is a hotbed of biodiversity, as well, with 280 species of birds, monkeys, deer, bats, felines such as the leopard cat, enormous monitor lizards, snakes and more. Bali is also one of the sources of the most expensive coffee in the world, kopi luwak. This is not your average Starbucks coffee-kopi luwak is made from coffee beans that have been eaten


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