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Navagio Beach Guide

If you are familiar with the new and trending South Korean series, “Descendants of the Sun,” then you should definitely know what this beach looks like, that’s considered as the most beautiful beach of Greece.

Navagio is an isolated island beach worth seeing. Commonly known as an exposed cove or the shipwreck beach in Greece, it was originally known as “Agios Georgios.”

The Shipwreck
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Known as “MV Panagiotis,” the ship was actually built in 1937 as Saint Bedan and was wrecked in 1980. It was alleged to carry contraband cigarettes and wines for Italian Mafia and was chased by the Greek Navy and ended up wrecked during the stormy weather and washed ashore. The crew abandoned the ship and remained as fugitives.

White Pebble Promise
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As the myth says, couples who take a white pebble from Navagio Beach will have eternal love if they can return the rock on the paradise and still be together. This explains why there are several white pebbles placed on the shipwreck. It’s kind of romantic, but this tradition remains a myth.

Cliff View
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We do recommend for you to see the top view of Navagio Beach, the same spot where the female protagonist stands atop to reminisce her memories of her leading man.

Now, how? The best suggestion we have is to rent a car and drive around. But, if you don’t drive, a public bus to the island’s capital could be an option. Though, you have to walk 5 km to get to the actual viewing platform.

Location
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In the hit series, the protagonists created a fictional country “Urk” as the location of Navagio Beach. But in reality, this awe-inspiring isolated beach is situated at the northwest coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece: not Urk, but Greece.

Directions

There’s only one way to get there and that’s by sea. Since it has been a top destination, several tour companies offer boat trips to this famous attraction in Greece. Now, it’s your call which offer or package deal you would like to deal with.
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But, you have to keep in mind, it is not as peaceful as it is in the series. It is the most commercial place on the island. You are lucky if only a few tourists booked on the same day. And, sorry, you can’t stay there as long as you want. Because, the next batch of tourists awaits for their turn to experience the beauty of Navagio Beach.

You could also try to watch this 3-minute video of Navagio Beach to be fully inspired of other activities:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK4cN0u2WPQ

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to make use of this Navagio Beach Guide, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.

 

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Travel Guide to Vanuatu
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I dare you to grab a map and confidently point Vanuatu in less than a minute. If you were successful then you’re a better geographer than most. The paradise island state drifting in the Pacific Ocean has a lot to offer intrepid travellers and is all the more appealing for its obscurity. But first things first, before travelling to a certain country better make sure of the do’s & dont’s, rules & regulations and culture & beliefs.

In this article we’ll give you the Travel Guide to Vanuatu! Sink your teeth into more learnings today.

Vanua means “land” in many of Vanuatu’s one hundred five languages (principal language: Bislama, English, French), and translations of the new name include “Our Land” and “Abiding Land.”

What’s in It for Me?

Isn’t it that obvious? Well, that large body of water and isolated location. Of course, the geologically active archipelago is a natural playground of colourful coral reefs, bubbling volcanoes, bountiful beaches and lush rainforest. Plus a dollar is converted into 108.83 Vatu (Vanuatu currency)

The People
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They are largely Melanesian and the people are called Ni-Vanuatu. These indigenous ni-Vanuatu people greet visitors as friends and are keen to share stories about their country, which was declared the happiest nation on the planet in 2006. Some 80% of people live in rural areas, mostly in small clan-based villages of less than 50 people and headed by a chief. But beware of their Village Protocol:

  • Stick to the road when passing through a village. If you want to enter, wait at the outskirts until approached.
  • Most land is owned by islanders or their families. If you leave the road and walk on a bush path, ask permission from the first person you meet.
  • Do not pick fruit from the roadside, as it usually belongs to someone under customary law.
  • Bathing suits, shorts and skimpy clothes are considered disrespectful in villages. Visitors to villages should be fully dressed.
  • Outside of Port Vila, kava is generally drunk only by men. Often, it is acceptable for women travellers to try, although it can cause offense to local women.

Weather
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Vanuatu has all the tropical variances possible. From hot and humid in the north, to mild and dry in the south. The Capital Port Vila on Efate can expect 27°C in July to 30°C in January. Nights can drop to 12°C. Humidity from December to February is around 82% and 70% around July.

Food

Coconut milk and cream are used to flavor many dishes. Most food is cooked using hot stones or through boiling and steaming; little food is fried. Since Vanuatu is one of the few South Pacific regions influenced by the outside world, Vanuatu’s food has a multicultural nature.

The multicultural nature of Port Vila is reflected in the cuisine一there’s French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Asian Fusion, tapas and seafood. There are about 40 cafes and restaurants in and around Port Vila, many of them are excellent and worth trying for.
laplapLap Lap (grated yam, banana or manioc smothered in coconut cream and cooked in an earth oven) can be sampled at the markets.
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Coconut crab is a Vanuatu specialty but many restaurants have put a moratorium on serving it as the species is becoming endangered.

Places to Visit and Activities

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There are a lot of tourist attractions in Vanuatu. Those less disposed to physical exertion can always while away lazy days on Vanuatu’s beaches or charter a boat and hop from one island to the next. Diving, kayaking, snorkelling in the abundant and colourful marine life of Vanuatu are also one of the best-few things to do in Vanuatu. Here are the places you need to see while at Vanuatu:

Port Vila:
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Espiritu Santo:
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SS President Coolidge:
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Mele Bay:
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Mele Cascades:
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Mt. Yasur:
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Mt. Benbow:
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Mt. Marum:
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Millenium Cave:
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National Museum:
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Tourism Offices

Tourism in Vanuatu is largely centred on the islands of Tanna, Espiritu Santo and Efaté, with most international visitors arriving on the latter. From here it is easy to travel by boat or plane to the rest of the country, which caters for travellers of all stripes. Sure, it’s skewered to the well heeled, but amongst the high-end beach resorts are a smattering of wallet friendly options. Proof that paradise needn’t break the bank.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the nation called “Vanuatu”, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.

 

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5 Reasons to Go to Japan

It’s not really that hard to fall in love with Japan. Travelling to Japan is a chance to visit a country that is most steeped in the tradition and culture of their own country – deeply proud and very generous people. It is a challenge and a massive reward holidaying here. So much so that I am now planning on returning to live there. Today, we’ll be encouraging you, or you might already have it on your list. But, we’ll be telling you the 5 Reasons to Go to Japan!

1. SAKURA
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In spring, the Sakura bloom in Japan and everyone wants to be outside to catch this million dollar view. See the cherry blossoms with your own eyes and most of all wait for the Hanami or flower viewing that signals the end of winter and the beginning of the Sakura bloom.

2. TEMPLE and SHRINES
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All the beautiful ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are reason enough to visit Japan. One of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto offers something like 2,000 Buddhist temples and shrines within the limits of the Kansai Region city, while Nara is home to no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and to some of the best temples not only in Nara Prefecture, but in the country.

3. MT. FUJI
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Take a selfie behind the majestic 12,389 ft Fujisan, then post it on your Facebook and be the envy of all your friends stuck back home. Mount Fuji is one of the world’s best known mountains. It’s considerably easier to climb than other famous mountains such as Everest and Kilimanjaro. You should definitely buy a walking stick! Because, each climbing station on the way up the mountain has a branding iron. You brand your stick at each station up the trail.

4. GUNDAM
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Before getting directly to the one of the most visited destinations in Japan, let’s talk about Tokyo. The capital is actually the top tourist destination in the country. And, in the heart of Japan you’ll find the famous mobile suit Gundam Statue (Gundam RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT) at the main entrance of Diver City Tokyo. Inside, tourists can watch a  footage of the 1/1 Gundam taken from a crane, famous scenes from past Gundam series, which reviews show as impressive and highly-detailed. Also, life-sized characters from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam AGE are here. Just don’t forget to drop by the souvenir shops and Gunpla Tokyo, the biggest exhibition having 1,000 kinds of Gunpla models on display.

5. ANIME & COSPLAY
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The birthplace of anime. Fanatics are going crazy for the wide variety of anime features, merchandise, commercial businesses, and entertainment only available in Japan. Find your way to Tokyo and storm the entrance gate of the Suginami Animation Museum and meet all the famous anime characters you love so much.

Many people might not have a certain affection as others towards anime, but maybe if they see the rich culture with their own eyes, they’d understand why some people stay up all night just to finish their favorite anime season.

Otaku is actually term to describe someone being obsessed over something. But, the term is more prominent now-a-days as someone with an obsession over anime. Forget about Comic-con for now or any convention for now, go to Japan and ask the citizens for advice about cosplaying.
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There are actually more than 5 Reasons to Go to Japan; but, in this article we narrowed it down to five. Believe us, Japan is one of the countries you shouldn’t be missing. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun and do all these 5 Reasons to Go to Japan, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.