Articles by Conchasdiver

Edge of Paradise

Hey Dreamstimers........Anyone out there interested in off the beaten track locations? Then do I have a spot for you! Most of you have heard of Bikini Atoll - where the USA detonated numerous atomic weapons at the end of WWII. And I am here to report that the island of Bikini is still uninhabitable due to the radioactive dust that permeates the island.Anyway, we're talking about the Marshall Islands which is mid-pacific & on the equator halfway between Hawaii & Australia. Majuro is the capitol... continue reading

Utopia on Utila

Hi Dreamstimers.........A short survey of a recent dive trip follows.........Utila isn't the normal destination for someone headed to Honduras. Most visitors to the Bay Islands stop where the 737 does - Roatan. Being the biggest of the Bay Islands it typically gets the most traffic, whether SCUBA or sportfishing. Being just a bit more adventurous, my group went to Utila to dive, which for us was our second visit to the island. We sweated ourselves off the puddlejumper from Roatan to Utila &... continue reading

Diving the Yucatan

Greetings Dreamstimers.........Just back from a diving venue that included fresh, salt & halocline (the area where fresh & salt waters mix) water in Mexico. Flew down to Cancun from Houston on a Continental Vacations package & outside the airport found the 'red shirts' for the one-hour transfer to Playa del Carmen & the Gran Porto Real for several days of all-inclusive luxury. Woke late for a down-day but managed the block & a half to the Dive Mexico Dive Shop to check in for the next days' cenote... continue reading

grand turk

Hi Dreamstimers...........Just back from a scubadiving tour of Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), which is a British Overseas Territory or Crown Colony. The TCI consists of 40 islands & cayes, only eight of which are inhabited. The population totalsappx. 30,000 residents & the island of Grand Turk is home to about 3,000 folks. Many residents are descendents of slaves brought in to rake the salt pans or pick cotton on the plantations. While the economy relies heavily on tourism,... continue reading

The Mayan Riviera

Hey Dreamstimers..........Just back from a fun trip through Cancun, down the Mayan Riviera to Playa del Carmen. It's an easy flight from Houston to Cancun, then just find the guys in the red shirts for your free transfer to the all-inclusive resort Gran Porto Real in Playa. Once you arrive, get used to the all-inclusive aspect of the resort. We're talking room service, all the alcohol you can consume, food 24/7 & nightly entertainment ..... let's see - what else is there? The rooms are awesome... continue reading

cabo san lucas, mexico

Hey Dreamstimers.............Just back from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja, Mexico. I figured July is the perfect time to avoid the crowds & high season rates, due to the heat, swine flu threat, border drug wars & of course the recession. Pretty well right about the crowds - except when the occasional cruise ship wandered into the harbor, traffic was pretty light & prices were reasonable (almost free!).We stayed at Tesoro de Los Cabos which is on the harbor, & the harbor is where... continue reading

san salvador, bahamas

Hey Dreamstimers.........Recently back from a trip to one of the smaller islands in the Bahamas - San Salvador (previously known as Watling Island), which is considered by many to be the first anchorage of Columbus' fleet in October, 1492.The island is currently home to approximately 2,500 individuals & only has two resorts on the entire island. One happens to be Club Med, so if you're looking for romantic adventure that's probably the one for you. The other resort is Riding Rock Inn, which... continue reading

belize / guatemala

Hi Dreamstimers......... Recently back from a December trip to one of my favorite areas - Belize & Guatemala. Although I primarily travel for scuba diving & underwater photography, this time my traveling companions & I broke things up nicely with a couple of day trips to two of the many interesting Mayan ruins located in this Central American area. We started out by flying into Belize City, renting a car & driving inland on the Western Highway almost to the Guatemala border, to San Ignacio where we... continue reading

Just another newbie..........

Hi Dreamstimers,I've been posting only since Nov. '08 & now have 51 photos online. Some of them seem to be getting a lot of looks, but so far only 3 sales. Reading some of your blogs & hearing about the learning curves others have gone through is encouraging & helpful. It seems logical that the more uploads you have, the better your chances at making a sale, so I'll just keep trying & see what happens.Anyway, just want to thank all you bloggers that have issued words of encouragement to all... continue reading

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