Mitch & Clint – Talk Snorkeling & Diving The Great Barrier Reef


VIDEO – FREE helpful tips on choosing a snorkel or dive tour in Cairns & Port Douglas! With Clint Carroll & Mitch Callander

Mitch & Clint – Talk Snorkeling & Diving The Great Barrier Reef

With the Great Barrier Reef being on top of most people’s bucket list. Mitch Calendar and myself decided we should try and attempt a little conversational style video. We wanted to try and help people figure out how to choose the very best day tour to The Great Barrier Reef from either Cairns or Port Douglas in Australia.

 

Most of our conversations always start out with can you swim? This might sound like a funny question, but in this modern day of 2015 there are still many people in the world who do not swim. We have found this is mainly due to most people’s location to the ocean. For example if you live in the middle of a large country often hundreds of miles away from the sea, we find that allot of people don’t actually swim very much! Makes sense right!

 

Another question we commonly get is, which is the best reef to visit? Now the only way to honestly answer this is, you have to go and visit the reef many times! At just over 2800klm long and roughly 45/50klm wide. The Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of smaller reef systems that all vary in shape, size, coral growth and fish species.

 

Ad to the equation different times of the year and weather patterns, you really just have to get out there as much as possible to try and gain a solid understanding of what this giant living organism is. At just over 400 dives myself I’m still finding new species of fish and corals that I have never seen before. I don’t tell people this to boast, but to let you know that even after hundreds of hours of diving on the Great Barrier Reef you will still be finding new species of fish and coral.

 

Extending up from the Southern end of the reef down near Bundaberg right the way up to the Northern end at the tip of Cape York and beyond. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet.

 

So with this in mind, if you have 5 minutes spare, actually its about 6 minutes watch our little informative dive travel video. We have tried to cover the main options you should think about when trying to choose a Great Barrier Reef tour from either Cairns or Port Douglas in Australia. We hope you find something useful!

 

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Clint Carroll is an adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of Greenbuddy.com.au. based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.

Spectacular TUFI Resort Diving – Papua New Guinea

Spectacular TUFI Resort Diving - Papua New Guinea

All Photos © Copyright Clint Carroll – 2015

A place that is very close to my heart is a small little village called TUFI in Papua New Guinea. A small remote village community located on the Eastern side of Papua New Guinea, only a 45min flight from the Capital Port Moresby. TUFI has about 2000 local people living in the surrounding rain-forest covered mountains and fjords.

TUFI is located on the edge of the only fjords found in Papua New Guinea, they offer spectacular views when arriving by Dash-8 Aeroplane from Port Moresby.

This was my 5th visit to TUFI over the years and an absolutely fantastic experience each and every single time.

I had the opportunity to Dive TUFI’s spectacular Fjords looking for all sorts of little critters like blue ringed octopus, nudibranchs, mandarine fish and ghost pipe fish.

With fantastic diving in the Fjords and calm blue seas we headed out to the very outer reef systems from TUFI. Located just over 45 min from TUFI we experienced spectacular wall diving on Mullaway and Cyclone Reefs.

A little closer to shore Honeymoon and Stuarts Reefs where definitely some of the highlights with spectacular coral growth and thousands of fish on the front walls of the reefs.

The local people of TUFI will welcome you with the word Oro! As you venture deep into the jungle inland of McClaren Harbor, the next Fjord North from TUFI. You really get a sense of what it is like to witness a traditional sago making ceremony.

All the children will yell Oro! Oro! Oro! with big smiles and bright colored traditional tribal dress, you are now in TUFI country. Sago is a traditional food made from the local palm trees, a soft white type of dough is made and then cooked with a brisk burning dry palm leaf to create a cooked damper or scone like bread.

Thousands of years have passed creating time honored traditions, taught and handed down from generation to generation.

Together as a community TUFI has the ability to transform your traveling experience. A step back in time to a pristine natural environment, a calmness to settle your mind. A chance to experience amazing natural beauty and perhaps remind you of what life was like on this earth thousands of years ago.

The ultimate way to stay at TUFI is at the only resort in the area TUFI Resort. You can take an Airlines PNG Flight from Port Moresby a 45 minute flight on either a Monday / Wednesday or Friday.

The Resort has modern private en-suite rooms, tea coffee making facilities, they include all meals and is a great place to base yourself for 5 to 7 days of exploring the TUFI region.

Divers have an untouched diving paradise right at the doorsteps to TUFI. Hikers have beautiful walking trails thru small villages along the Fjiords. Birdwatchers have walking trails and boat cruises in the Fjords to look for Wild Papuan Hornbills, Varieties of Kingfisher, Black Palm Cockatoos and the famous Birds of Paradise when you head up into the nearby mountains.

Fisherman are also welcome and can charter a fully rigged fishing boat. Visiting the far northern and southern reefs that are well away from the resorts diving reefs.

For the ultimate cultural experience you can stay at a local village guest house, this will be a once in a life time experience to live with a local family for a night or two. Try local foods and gain an intimate working knowledge of life in the village.

Welcome to the last final frontier, TUFI in Papua New Guinea, Oro Oro Oro!

To find out more please visit – www.tufiresort.com Flights can be booked thru – www.apng.com

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Clint Carroll is an adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of Greenbuddy.com.au. based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.

This weekend Cairns waterfront!

So its Friday afternoon here in Cairns, the gateway city to the Great Barrier Reef. Located in the North Eastern part of Australia, commonly known as Far North Queensland.

Friday afternoon conjures up great feelings of yahoo! its the end of the week and no more work! Also for visiting tourists that are lucky enough to be here in May, Cairns delivers the first fresh breezes to start the Winter in the tropics.

Now winter here in the topics is definitely not snow, ice or hale storms, it delivers beautiful south easterly breezes and deep aqua blue skies!

Walking around the Cairns Esplanade this afternoon we grab a few shots of the start of winter in our Great Barrier Reef city Cairns, Australia.

Bird watching is sleeping giant for PNG Tourism

Bird watching is sleeping giant for PNG Tourism

 

By Anderson Kopono

 

Eco tourism is a thriving economic sector in PNG with the potential of boosting PNG economy to a whole new level given its natural environment with its unique animal species.

About 75 percent of the PNG landmass is covered with tropical rainforest giving an edge to all kinds of animal species and spectacular landscapes for tourism attraction.

 

With that in mind the PNG Highlands Exotic Tours intends to promote and market the highlands-based tourism products by helping individuals, SMEs and organizations to write featured articles for their tourism products and publish on its website, blog, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, 7 Summits Club, Google plus and on the wider Internet.

 

Bird watching and orchid gardening is another exciting prospect in the eco tourism sector with an average of 8 bird watching companies visiting various bird watching sites in the Highlands region recently.

 

The PNG Highlands Exotic Tours come across an amazing individual wishing to set up to launch his career into bird watching and orchid gardening specialist. Max Mal, a middle aged man from Angi village, Wapenamanda District in the Enga Province was a bird watcher guide with the Kumul Lodge Tour Guide team in the highlands for the last seven (7) years.

 

He is well versed with the different species of birds and knows how to identify the sounds and tunes of different bird species. “I can tell from their sound if they want to sleep, or when they are happy, mourning/crying or when they are angry,” said Mr. Mal proudly.

 

“I have long wished to start up my own bird watching and orchid gardening business because I have the land and forest. I have collected different species of orchids which I planted in my own backyard,” he added.

Thanked God for PNG Highlands Exotic Tours who wishes to help me promote and market my new bird watching and orchid gardening, he said.

 

Upon visiting his sites at Anji village in Wapenamanda, the PNG Highlands Exotic Tours was impressed with the views and the perfect sightseeing of his orchid garden and the different species of bird which frequented his place. Marketing officer Peter Kinjap said the avenue provides a perfect opportunity to launch his own business. “Bird watching and orchid gardening for Max Mal is a prospective venture as a SME,” Mr. Kinjap added.

 

According to Mr. Mal some of the Birds of Paradise found in his yard at Angi Village at Wapendmanda are Superb, Ribbontail (Shaw Mayer’s), Brown Sicklebill and Crested.

 

The Bird of paradise is discovered to be originated from the Island of New Guinea. Of the forty-five (45) species found on the planet earth, only six are found elsewhere. Two in Indonesia, four in Australia and the rest is in PNG. Max Mal’s bird watching yard confirmed to have 11 species of the most popular Birds of Paradise but not the Reggiana Bird of Paradise.

 

The Bird of Paradise also signifies as the symbol of national identity. The national symbol of PNG is the Reggiana Bird of Paradise found both on the National Flag and the National Crest, found only in PNG ranging from the coastal rainforests to about 1,600 meters in many highlands valleys. Birds of paradise are some of the most remarkable creatures in the animal world. Not only are they magnifant looking but their display behaviors set them apart from virtually all other animals.

 

Other areas in the highlands where PNG Highlands Exotic Tours is eyeing to develop, identify, promote and market Bird Watching as ecotourism product are the forests near Mt. Giluwe from Tambul, the famous Baiyer Zoo Bird Sanctuary, currently renovated, and the forests of Kutubu area around Mt. Bosavi. In Mt. Giluwe there is also a story of a Singsing Wild Dog and in Mt. Bosavi there is a Giant Rat.

 

“Mr. Mal has registered his interest with PNG Highlands Exotic Tours for his tourist products to be marketed globally and we will help him to register a business name for what he is doing and provide guide he needs to start up as a SME,” Mr. Kinjap said.

 

So far two business groups and four individuals have register their interest with PNG Highlands Exotic Tours for tourism products marketing.

 

For more information visit the following site, http://howarigenterprise.blogspot.com   or contact on mobile: 73081368 or email at: howarig4@gmail.com

 

*Anderson Kopono is a freelance journalist based in the Highlands of PNG, email: pacinter12@gmail.com  

 

 

Captions:

 

  1. Mal from right posing with the PNG Highlands Exotic tours Marketing Officer Mr. Peter Kinjap in Mount Hagen .(left). This meeting signifies the beginning of Mr. Mal’s venture into his private bird Watching and Orchid Gardening Business.
  1. Entrance of Mr. Max Mal Orchid Garden at his village Anji village in Wapenamanda, Enga Province.
  1. various species of Orchids found in Mr. Max Mal Garden

 

 

 

 

Entrance of Mr. Max Mal Orchid Garden at his village Anji village in Wapenamanda, Enga Province.

 

Various species of Orchids found in Mr. Max Mal Garden.

 

 

 

 

This picture was taken from the booklet, Papua New Guinea Birds of Paradise by William Peckover.

From top is the Goldie’s Bird of paradise and bottom is the female of the Surperp Bird of Paradise species. This two species where of the eleven which frequented the Kumul lodge.

The bird watching track of the Kumul lodge covers much of Mr. Max Mal land in Wapenamanda,the which Mr. Mal is venturing into his own SME bird watching and orchid eco tourism business.

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Adventure Travel North America

Skydive Vancouver operates just outside Abbotsford, British Columbia! Have you ever jumped out of a plane at 14,000ft looking  over snow capped mountains, beautiful valleys and pristine streams? If this sounds good to you, and you are in Vancouver, spend a day out with Skydive Vancouver!

Good buddies having fun in Canada !!

Well what an amazing past 3 weeks in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Whistler, Banf, Jasper, Nelson. I must say that this place is amazing. Check out some of the footage I was able to capture.

Canadian Broadcasting Commission interview with Greenbuddy before our Sea Plane Flight in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Canadian Broadcasting Commission Interview

Amazing Weather Conditions for MAY 2015

Weather Conditions for MAY 2015

Weather Conditions for MAY 2015

Wow, we are in for a treat at the moment, the weather has been absolutely stunning this past week in Cairns.

As the quiet time of the year, the visitors that are here in Cairns have the absolute luxury of experiencing Cairns with no crowds, the reef boats are traveling half full and the weather is just stunning.

One of the best times of the year to be here in Cairns before the school holidays, the amazing weather and no crowds. May gives the traveler the perfect climate for relaxing and unwinding on the tropical sunshine.