Learn Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta

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Getting scuba diving certified is not as easy as it looks, but it is fun and worthwhile. There are many things to consider when going scuba diving such as location, temperature, equipment, underwater photography and most importantly your personal health. It is easy to get fatigued and disoriented underwater so when you go, you should be well rested and sober.

After several snorkeling excursions and watching underwater videos I decided to get certified in open water scuba. I did my research and chose Silent World Divers in Puerto Vallarta. I was confused with the training options available provided by PADI such as open water, referal open water, and PADI scuba diver. You can read about them on the official PADI site because tour websites don’t provide enough detail. Simply put, you should start with the PADI open water. There are even more choices to further your skills but even the PADI site has broken links in that subsection.

Silent World Divers was the first company to respond to my email inquiry a few days prior to my arrival so I chose them. Their shop was surrounded by a few hotels and located fairly close to downtown Puerto Vallarta. The other dive companies appeared to be further north of the marina. Even though your dives start at the marina you still have two dives at a hotel pool and the exam at the office. Here is there office:

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Capitol River Cruise

Capitol River Cruise Tour on the Potomac River in DC

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The most popular cruise in Georgetown is the Nightingale organized by Capitol River Cruises. You can enjoy a 50 minute ride with a view of several monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Monument while you learn about historical facts through the tour narration.



Hi, I'm Liz and I'll be introducing to you the Capitol River Cruises. One of the most popular boat tours on the Potomac river.
This is the Nightingale 1 and Captain Sealy. In addition you can see the Watergate hotel and one of the benefits of this tour is that you get to see all the popular Washington monuments. From the Bow you can see the Key bridge. This is the starting point right in front of the Georgetown waterfront on the Washington harbor. This boat holds about 60 people and you have both the open area in the sun and most of the boat is in the shade.
This is the refreshment part of the boat with Nelson the bartender. I'm going to ask him a couple of questions. So how many sharks and dolphins do you see everyday in the river? Not too many sharks, not too many dolphins. But you see a couple of fishes just jumping around. Very Nice.
What about the sites, what about the animal life? Loch Ness Monster? I've heard that people have seen the Loch Ness Monster off this boat. Nooo, not in the seven years I've been here. Hopefully I don't, knock on wood. I heard that's not a pretty creature to look at. I don't think it will make it up this river. No pirates? Naaah.
What about people jumping off the boat? No, we haven't had that yet, hopefully nobody jumps off. We don't want that. So how many people have gotten to be up here and steer. I would say well over a 1,000 in the seven years I've been here. We get a lot of kids, it's something about this steering wheel and the chair. I guess it's about the Pirates of the Caribbeans. Especially when that comes out the kids just love it. How about the horn? Can I beep the horn? There you go.
If you look over to the left you'll find a new home of the Swedish Embassy. You'll also see a stream entering the river. That's rock creek. It's also the C&O canal. The C&O canal follows the route of the Potomac river for a 184 miles from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland.
Alright so we're pulling up to the waterfront. This is the end of the tour. Here you can stop by refreshments, take a wake along the boardwalk and enjoy the sightseeing.

Algar Experience Cruise Tour of Algarve Coastline in Portugal

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During the winter Algar Experience was the only cruise running on a cool yet sunny day. The staff are fun and friendly. They offer a 4-hour cruise along with dinner but we chose the shorter cruise. The water in Algarve is crystal clear, just as nice as the Caribbean. In the video you will see many rock formations where the water appears vividly blue.



Ride StenaLine for a Baltic Cruise to Sweden

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Stenaline offers many cruises in Scandinavia, although only two cruises from the port of Gdynia. It’s best to make early reservations at the Stenaline terminal as you can get excellent deals. A three day cruise with a tour of the Karlskrona islands, one night hotel Conrad and the Captain’s suite cost about $500 for two people. This is usually the price for staying in a standard cabin, but you can see the Captain’s suite is totally worth it. The standard cabins are small and the shower head is inconveniently placed over the toilet.