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10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

Paradise is a place where a person feels at peace with himself and his/her surroundings. It can be a distinct place for everyone—an exact location where they find peace, happiness, and serenity. For divers, these 10 paradise-like destinations are spots to reach a state of tranquility, bliss, and calm. If you are a diver out there, get ready! These destinations will leave you as breathless as they have left me!

1. Blue Heron Bridge in Florida
Blue Heron Bridge from Palm Beach County Florida in Singer Island. HDR image process in Photomatix Pro.

    Blue Heron Bridge is located in Riviera Beach, Florida. A notable idea of the “Blue Heron Bridge” is the fact that it’s one of the country’s top-rated beach dive sites.

    Furthermore, the marine life is extraordinary; its universal appeal puts it into Florida’s category of all-time “top favorite destinations.”

    Technically speaking, people fly in from all over the world, to simply take a look at this wonderful phenomenon known as the Blue Heron Bridge. However, scuba divers, this is true especially for you, if you love a beautiful view!

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    The best travel months are April to May & Mid-October to Mid-November.

    2. Gili Trawangan in Indonesia

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      Gili Trawangan, Lombok by Bart Speelman via Flickr

      Gili Trawangan may sound like a funny name, but trust me, there is nothing funny about it. It is a remote island destination, ensuring that you get your well-deserved peace and quiet. The scenery is beautiful and so is the ambiance. I tell you, you will be very pleased with this destination and its serenity. Please do visit this one. It will transport you to a place of peace that you could never have imagined before.

      3. Byron Bay in Australia
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        Byron Bay is located in the far north-eastern corner of the state of New South Wales, Australia. Byron Bay is located approximately 480 miles from Sydney and 103 miles of Brisbane.

        The best travel months are during December, January, February as the winters are not cold, but the summers are exceptionally hot. This one is another one of my favorites as it depicts something different. It isn’t like the other ones. There is something quite special and unique about this one.

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        4. Nakwakto Rapids in British Columbia
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          Nakwakto Rapids is a perfect place for scuba diving! According to a tour website, “the Nakwakto Rapids have been recognized as the fastest tidal surge in the world, and can run up to 17 knots during peak tidal changes.” If “paradise” includes adventures for you, this is the place to go!

          5. Point Lobos in California
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            Point Lobos includes two marine protected areas: Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area. It is a well-reknowned scuba diving destination as well.

            The best travel months are the summer: June, July, and August, as California’s weather is stable throughout the summer (and for most of the year as well).

            6. Isla Mujeres in Mexico
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              Isla Mujeres is in Mexico and is an island in the Caribbean Sea, which is Paradise itself. The island is 7 km wide; to the east is the Caribbean sea with a rocky coast and to the west is the skyline of Cancun. It is located extremely close to one of several coral reefs.

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              This one is another of my favorites. What time is best to visit this destination? Mexico remains hot, so Fall months are best. These include September, October, and November.

              7. Darwin’s Arch in Ecuador
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                Darwin’s Arch is located in the heart of Ecuador. It is named after Charles Darwin; the best part is that it lies in the Pacific Ocean where a variety of marine life exists.

                The weather of Ecuador is quite mild. However, the summers and coastal places can be relatively humid. Opting to go in the fall or spring is a better option.

                8. Bonaire
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                  Bonaire is as beautiful as it sounds, if not even more. Bonaire is located in the Caribbean Sea, and might I say that this is one of my absolute favorites from the list here.

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                  Bonaire’s economy is based off of tourism. It has a lot of warm climate which makes its livelihood off the summer months. Bonaire is an island that caters to thousands of scuba divers from across the world. Bonaire’s Marine Park offers visitors a chance to visit 86 dive spots. It’s home to over 57 coral species and over 350 recorded fish species!

                  9. Barracuda Point
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                    Barracuda Point is the most spectacular decision spot to dive. I mean just look at the picture above. Don’t you just want to go there after taking a close look at it?

                    To enjoy the full experience here at Barracuda Point, it is recommended that divers have already previously had 50 dives before going to this one. The maximum depth at Barracuda Point is 30 meters deep.

                    10. Jellyfish Lake in Palau
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                      Jellyfish Lake is as interesting as it looks and sounds. It is located in Palau and is a wonder to behold and that, my friends, is an understatement.

                      Palau has a tropical climate, but when rainfall ensues, then watch out. March, April, and May are wonderful months to visit this exotic destination.

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                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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