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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Western Australia Tours

The Kimberley has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and whether you’re keen on adventure, relaxing, sightseeing or exploring, Aviair has the tour for you. Here’s our list of Western Australia tours on offer.

Bungle Bungle Wanderer

If you want to work up a sweat and have an amazing bird’s eye view of the incredible Purnululu National Park, the Bungle Bungle Wanderer is the trip to take. This tour allows you to see the rugged beauty of the park both from the air and on the ground. Tucked away in the chasms and gorges of the park is an array of walks trails and sights to behold. Your day will start with a one-hour flight departing from Kununurra, taking in sweeping views of Lake Argyle, its dam wall, Lake Kununurra, the Ord Irrigation Area, and the Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges. When you arrive, set out on foot and choose either an easy walk or a big day of walking tours at the park.

It’s easy to add a helicopter flight at Purnululu to see more and get great photos. You can see our brochure for more details.

The Mitchell Falls Discoverer

Head high in the sky and discover the North Kimberley coastline. This full-day plane and helicopter tour takes in an area the size of central Europe and includes incredible coastal views, cattle stations and majestic waterfalls. On the way to Mitchell Falls, one of the Kimberley’s most photographed waterfalls, you will see the Ord Irrigation area, Cockburn Range, King George Falls, Berkeley River, and the Cambridge Gulf. Upon landing at Mitchell Falls you can take two thrilling chopper flights, and your pilot will guide you on a 4.5km walk to the Mitchell Falls, where you can go for a dip in certain, croc-free areas. Board your planeand fly over the Cockburn Range and El Questro.

This adventure tour is available May to September on Thursday and Sunday, from 6am to 1pm. Bring along your camera, daypack, towel, water bottle, a light cotton shirt, sunscreen, a jacket for the morning and sturdy walking shoes.

Bungle Bungle Adventurer

Soar over one of the most striking landmarks in Western Australia, Purnululu National Park, and take in the sweeping expanse of beehive-shaped domes from the air. These sandstone formations were created more than 350 million years ago and added to the world heritage list in 2003 and cut an impressive shape against the surrounding plains. En route to your final destination, the park, you will fly overthe enormous expanse of water at Lake Argyle and its Lake Argyle dam wall, Lake Kununurra and the Ord Irrigation Area, as well as the Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges. On the way home you will see Argyle Diamond Mine, home of the renowned pink diamond.

The Bungle Bungle Adventurer two-hour tour is available all year around and departs at 6am, 9am or 2.30pm.

Save money by buying a six-hour Ord River Cruise or Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise (plus transfers) at the same time you buy the Bungle Bungle Wanderer… see our brochure for more details.

Way safe is Tandem Paragliding in Tenerife

Generally, paragliding is considered to be safe if all information about the principals of the flight and the rules of the paragliding is collected and understood. It is essential to understand the factors such as wind, air pressure and visibility in order to have a safe paragliding experience. It is all about understanding the important aspects affecting the flight and the confidence or preparedness of the person. Tenerife is one of the most famous places for paragliding. There are many tour companies for paragliding Tenerife that provide complete training help with the sport. The following are a few safety precautions for a perfect paragliding experience:

  1. Proper Knowledge: Collection of all the factors that affect the flight is necessary for a safe paragliding experience. The knowledge about the ideal air pressure needed and the proper aviation of the paraglide is essential for a safe take off and landing of the paraglide.
  2. Understanding the navigation on the paraglide: There are handles to turn to the left or right. Understanding how to use them will help fly the paraglide safely.
  3. Breaks and Gas on the paraglide: The paraglide has breaks and gas controls that can be regulated by the pilot according to the requirement while flying. It is essential to gather complete knowledge of how and when to use these controls while flying.
  4. Using the Harness: The paraglide has a harness that ties the pilot safely to the paraglide. The harness is made of straps and clips that need to be tied around the legs and waist which forms a chair when in the air.

Facts about Tandem Paragliding

Here are a few interesting facts about paragliding Tenerife:

  1. Paragliding can be done in any weather. Only the visibility has to be checked before take-off.
  2. People weighing 40 kgs to 100 kgs can do paragliding without any problems.
  3. It is different from hand gliding and parasailing.
  4. It is as safe as driving once you are properly and completely educated about the principals and mechanism of the paraglide.
  5. There are hardly any cases of injury due to equipment failure as the equipment is not complex but simple to handle.
  6. Paraglide is considered to be the cheapest and simplest aircraft in the world.

Surfing Beaches/spots in Honolulu

Here’s our pick of the best beaches/spots in Honolulu widely popular among professional as well as amateur surfers:

1.Banzai Pipeline: Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the Banzai Pipeline area often receives notoriously huge waves which break in shallow waters just above sharp reefs. The large curls of water provide an excellent opportunity for thrill-seeking surfers to ‘tube ride’. Banzai Pipeline is considered to be one of the most dangerous beaches in Hawaii but is quite popular among professional surfers and spectators.

2.Sandy Beach: The crystal clear waters of Sandy Beach is well-known among body surfers and boogie boarders. The perfect waves of this scintillating beach attract professionals as well as beginners equally. Water currents in this area are rarely rough and the waves are generally ideal for a professional to enjoy a great ride or for a beginner to practice and gain some skills.

3.Ala Moana Bowls: Receiving waves as high as 12 feet, the Ala Moana Bowls is the most popular beach amongst local surfers. Its strategic location between Sunset and Makaha makes it the most convenient place for locals to visit while returning from work. The Ala Moana Bowls usually gets crowded as the surf is really good here and also because there are several places nearby where you could grab a drink or enjoy some great local food.

4.Sunset Beach: Sunset Beach is famous for hosting the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing which is a part of the World Surf League. This beach is located on the North Shore of Oahu and receives giant waves, especially during the winters. The Sunset Beach has an amazing view but the waters are not recommended for beginners because of the extensive coral formations around the coast.

5.Waimea Bay: Yet another Gem of Oahu’s North Shore, this beach is quite popular for ‘big wave surfing’. The northern point of the bay receives the largest waves which are created by the winter storms in the North Pacific. The arrival of the winter storms to North Shore is forecasted accurately by the local weather department and therefore, several surfing competitions are organized in Waimea Bay and nearby beaches.

Mistakes That Can Ruin Kimberley Boat Cruises

Here is a brief guide to some of the most common mistakes, so you can avoid them.

Assume There is Sunny Weather Every Day:

The climate and weather conditions in the Kimberley region can vary dramatically. Depending on when you are taking Kimberley boat cruises, you may experience temperatures as low as 5ºc or exceeding 40ºc. There are two distinct seasons of weather, so you need to research what weather you can expect when you will be there. Even if you are travelling at the hottest time of the year, it is important to pack for some inclement weather. A lightweight jacket won’t take up too much space in your luggage, but it could make you feel more comfortable if it feels breezy on deck.

Expect the Cruise Staff to be Mind Readers:

While your cruise staff may be experienced service providers, this doesn’t mean that they can read your mind. The crew deal with thousands of people throughout the year who all have very different needs. This means that they won’t automatically know what you would like best or how you like your drink served. Don’t get all grumpy if things aren’t how you would like them, just tell them what you would like.

Save Up Your Complaints:

Some people just love to complain and seem to spend most of their time compiling a list of complaints to present to some unsuspecting member of staff. Whether the air conditioning in your cabin is not working correctly or you have a dripping tap in the bathroom that’s keeping you awake, don’t wait until you disembark before making a complaint. The staff can’t do anything to repair your experience if you don’t let them know there is a problem. Even on budget Kimberley cruises, the staff want you to have a fantastic holiday, so don’t just save up any complaints.

Ignore the Boat Timetable:

While Kimberley boat cruises tend to be a lot smaller than a massive cruise ship, there are still timetables and schedules that are important. If you want to partake in the onshore trips and other activities, you will need to keep an eye on the time and ensure that you are ready for shore departures. If you are concerned that you might not have time for more than one of the activities, speak to the crew to see if there are any other possibilities.

If you are interested in Kimberley boat cruises, you should speak to us. We have a fantastic choice of cruises and yacht charters to help you to organise your dream break. The Oceans Dream team is also available to answer any questions you may have about Kimberley cruises, 2017 offers, and our current deals.