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Diving In Iceland

Welcome to Iceland! Today we’re returning to the land of fire and ice brought to you by our own foreign correspondent in Iceland, Wailana.

Last summer she joined a fantastic group for an unforgettable experience snorkeling between tectonic plates. Established in 1997, Dive.is offers safe, fun snorkel and dive days not far from Reykjavik and also off the coast of Iceland. The most famous trip is through Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir, a crack in the Earth where you can swim between two continental plates.

If you are a PADI-certified diver, you can join fellow divers on a day dive in the fissure. The tour includes two dives, each of about 30-40 minutes, at a depth of 18 meters. Optional add-ons include an afternoon of spelunking or the Golden Circle.

Otherwise, you can sign up for the snorkel tour. Even in summer, the fissure tends to be quite cold, but you’re fitted with high quality equipment and the best dry suit in the business. You can easily let yourself go, floating through the twisting fissure in pristine waters and the vivacious colors of this underwater realm. The fissure widens into a large lagoon area, where sand collects at the bottom. Wailana recommends keeping your hands laying flat on your back, above the water to be warmed by the sun (if there is any!). End your chilly day with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies.

Looking for something a bit more Advanced? In Akureyri, you can sign up for the dive tour in Strytan and its underwater volcanic cones. Swim in 79C water and feed the local wolf fish. In June, divers can even boil Guillemot eggs at 24 meters depth!

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Scuba Diving off O’ahu

Last Week WIT Agent Wailana plopped beneath the waves off O’ahu shores and had a chance to scuba dive! Check out her photos in the slideshow below:

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Interested in exploring the blue underworld in Hawaii? Call Willamette Intl Travel to book your vacation today! Our agents have been visiting the islands of Aloha for decades and we would love to share our insider tips on the best beaches, resorts and activities, with you and your family. Call 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com to find out more.

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Belize

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Over the past decade vacationers in search of sand and adventure have eagerly flocked to Central America, especially to the small country of Belize—beautiful, Caribbean-blessed Belize. Our clients return raving about their romantic and leisurely time exploring the many attractive cayes or exotic jungles. As English is Belize’s official language, navigation is relatively simple. We recommend clients visit during the dry season, from January to May. The rainy season occurs for much of the year, culminating with hurricane season from July to October.

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Belize is home to some of the most attractive reefs in the Caribbean, and the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s. There are small beaches in the southern part of the country and throughout the cayes, but the main draws are the snorkel and diving. Many vacationers opt for one of the many islands or peninsulas along the Caribbean: the elongated Ambergris Caye, the more relaxed Caye Caulker and Placencia, or the biologically diverse Turneffe Islands. To reach these we can arrange air transfers out from Belize City. There are also the slower but more unique water taxes.

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Main attractions inland are Belize City and the many Mayan ruins that dot the jungles. Belize City keeps a historic museum known as the Old Belize Exhibit—an artistic display that offers a rare glimpse into 18th century colonial days. Older still are Belize’s ruins: the mystic Mayan city of Altun Ha, the lagoons around Lamanai ruins, and the dominating temples of Xunantunich are not to be missed—but you may have to choose just one to fit into your itinerary!

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Willamette Intl Travel can help you arrange any number of activities that you want during your time in Belize—whether snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, cave tubing, zip-lining, etc. Several resorts allow you to book excursions before or on arrival. You may also opt to visit Belize Zoo with over 45 native species, or kayak downriver to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles and exotic birds. Wherever you want to visit and whatever you want to do, our agents can make suitable arrangements to ensure a terrific and memorable vacation.

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Willamette Intl Travel regularly books clients to Belize, and our agents Linda and Pam have had firsthand experience on the ground. Call us at 800.821.0401 or email info@wittravel.com for more information.

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