South Padre Island, Texas is one of the most beautiful wind sport destinations in the world. Anything from sailing, windsurfing, and kite boarding. South Padre Island is a barrier reef island connected to Port Isabel by a 2 mile bridge. The island is surrounded by a shallow bay on the west side and the Gulf Of Mexico on it’s east.
On the tour, you’ll be taken out into the ocean to areas where the whales are most likely to be. The best time for the tours is around noon because that’s why they are the most visible. Be sure to bring along a camera and your binoculars so you can not only see the whales close up but can preserve the memory forever.
So our campervan trip continued on from Akaroa, down the east coast of the South Island and across to Fiordland, which is one of the most stunning places on earth. I mean just… wow. It’s at the bottom of the South Island and has sounds like Marlborough at the top, but they’re somehow more dramatic, and there are dolphins in them too. You can see the dolphins if you go for a cruise on Doubtful Sound, or Milford Sound, but there’s only one species, the bottlenoses. You probably wouldn’t want to swim with them either. Aside from the water being dark, (which means it’s like a mirror, reflecting the breathtaking hills, waterfalls and mountains above,) it’s freezing.
01. South Island, New Zealand – So I had to put this as number one as my mind was blown by all the different activities and adventures one can have in New Zealands southern Island. You best bet is to rent a camper van and drive cross-country. There are endless fun things to do, like bungee jumping, paragliding, and Zorbing. Zorbing is rolling down hills in giant inflated balls. Try some kayaking on the peaceful Lake Wanaka. Or try some fishing while the kids have a nice swim. Head out to the coast for http://adoptrightwhales.blogspot.com and seals, and take a boat ride to through Fjordland National Park to see some of the massive 4,000 ft. Sheer cliffs.
Amongst the 32 types of dolphins, some do not actually wear the word “dolphin” in their name such as: the tucuxi while others actually have the word “whale” as part of their name even if they are not whales but in fact, belong to the dolphins family. Such dolphins species are: the Northern right whale, the Southern right whale, the Melon-Headed whale, the Pygmy killer whale, the Long-Finned Pilot whale, the Short-Finned Pilot whale, the False killer whale and finally, the Killer whale. So what would be the answer to the question: “Dolphin or not a dolphin?” in these cases? It would be yes, all these species do belong to the dolphins family.
Invite the grandchildren for sleepovers. I will have one or sometimes two at a time and plan on doing something special. If it’s around Christmas we have made gingerbread houses, done baking or made a Christmas craft all of which they can take home with them. If the weather is nice we will plan on an outdoor adventure like going to the duck pond with lots of birdseed, going to a local park to explore or in really nice weather, going to a water park. The ten year old grandchild and I once spent several weeks working on a puppet show by preparing a set and making the puppets by using apple heads. I wrote the play and at one of the family functions we presented it to the entire family.
Whether you were born with webbed feet or just enjoy the idea of being on water, there is plenty to be seen and done from the water in and around Seattle. From whale watching and sailing, to kayaking, water skiing, and any number of other water activities there is a place to partake in them all in this great area. Not all areas are suitable for all activities so be aware of the water you are near and find out what is and isn’t safe to do in that area. There are some areas where the water simply isn’t safe to be in for health reasons and others where the currents are dangerous and swift. Most importantly have fun exploring the great salt and fresh water in this area and learning their role in the history here.