Discover The Latest Thing to do in Cancun [VR Oculus Rift]

Discover The Latest Thing to do in Cancun [VR Oculus Rift]

Everyone knows. Virtual Reality is the crowning achievement of video games. And guess what? VR has arrived.

In fact…

Ventura Park is proud to have the ultimate virtual reality experience in Mexico. (It’s the latest thing to do in Cancun)

But before we get to that, let’s talk about how we got here. Video games have come a long way.

From Pong to Virtual Reality

Atari released Pong back in 1972.

Not familiar? Pong consisted of two rectangles & one circle. That’s it.

Pong - Discover The Latest Thing to do in Cancun

This was supposed to represent some sort of a battle between two opponents. With anticipation, quickness, and timing you could use your rectangle to impose your will on the moving circle.

Today, people do the same thing. Except they play first person shooting games like Call of Duty. Or RPG’s like Final Fantasy.

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In 45 years, we have made progress. Mind-bending progress.

Virtual Reality represents the pinnacle of this evolution. A quantum leap forward. It’s something that must be experienced to be understood.

The Jaw-Dropping Implications of Virtual Reality

If we went from pong to VR in 45 years, where will we be 45 years from now? And 45 years from then?

The world’s greatest scientists have begun to contemplate this. The results are absolutely shocking.

Simulation Theory

What would virtual reality look like in a 1,000 years? If we continue on our path, it would like EXACTLY like real reality. Indistinguishable, even.

If virtual reality can get so good, we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference…

Then how do we know we are not living inside of a virtual reality program RIGHT NOW?

Sound’s crazy right?

But even Neil deGrasse Tyson considers this possibility. And he’s like the beacon of rational thinking today. He even hosts “The Cosmos”.

Neil think’s there’s a “50-50 that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s hard drive.”

Are We Living in The Matrix?

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Even Tesla’ & Space X CEO, Elon Musk, seems to think so. In fact, he’s convinced.

He recently said “Our lives are almost certainly being conducted within an artificial world powered by AI and highly-powered computers, like in The Matrix”.

WHOA. That’s some mind-bending stuff right there huh? Kind of hard to wrap your head around it. So let’s stop contemplating and instead, let’s talk about what IS hear. Like, for sure.

And that’s the ultimate virtual reality experience in Cancun. No, the Riviera Maya. Scratch that. The ultimate virtual reality experience in Mexico is at Ventura Park.

But what exactly makes it the best?

The Best Virtual Reality Headset: Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift - Discover The Latest Thing to do in Cancun

The ultimate virtual reality experience starts with the best virtual reality headset.

And…

The Oculus Rift is widely considered to be the best virtual reality headset out there. It’s why Ventura Park is proud to have the Oculus Rift as part of its virtual reality experience.

The Oculus Rift creates a virtual reality experience that is clear, vivid, and well…just REAL.

How real?

Check this viral video below.

But wait a second. How can THAT be the ultimate virtual reality experience? I don’t want to fall down! That’s embarrassing!

Yeah. Me, neither.

But Ventura Park, didn’t stop with just the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Introducing The Virtualizer by Cyberith

The Virtualizer - Discover The Latest Thing to do in Cancun

The Virtualizer allows you to “move freely and naturally” all in the same space.

So don’t worry about falling. It’s impossible with The Virtualizer. You’re safely strapped in and secure.

The best part? The Virtualizer pairs perfectly with the Oculus Rift.

Basically..

The Oculus Rift sends your mind into another dimension.

The Virtualizer makes sure your body follows you there, safely.

Together they make for the ultimate virtual reality experience. It’s the latest thing to do in Cancun.

ONLY at Underworld at Ventura Park!

So what are you waiting for?

Come check out the latest thing to do in Cancun. The ultimate virtual reality experience.

 

 

13 Mind-Blowing Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

13 Mind-Blowing Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

So you just got invited to Cancun. Sounds great right? But here’s the problem…

You just stopped drinking. Cancun? Are they nuts? What on earth is there to do in Cancun for non-drinkers like me?

Well, guess what? Your friends are not crazy. There’s actually A LOT you can do without drinking a single drop of alcohol.

And we’re not talking about visiting museums, or taking a Spanish course either. We’re talking real fun. Real excitement.

Best part?

You can find ALL of these activities under one roof.

It’s called Ventura Park.

Ventura Park entrance - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

It’s the only theme park in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. They don’t even sell alcohol, so you know you won’t have to deal with people who had one too many.

PLUS… for one low price* you get all of these mind-blowing activities listed below.

Not to mention…

You’re going to remember EVERY second of it. (Bet some of your friends can’t say the same!)

First…Let’s talk about how you get there.

It’s located on the 25 Kilometer Marker in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.  They even offer a complimentary shuttle service you can find here.

Have your own transportation? Better yet. Click here to get Google Map Directions.

Great! Now we’ve gotten that out of the way. Let’s get to the good stuff.

Here are 13 Mind-Blowing Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

1.      Virtual Reality Headset by Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

It’s true. Virtual Reality has arrived. It’s what everyone is talking about.

And why wouldn’t they be? When you can transport yourself into another dimension, that’s magic!

Find out what all the craze is about at Underworld.

2.      Swim with a Dolphin

Swim with Dolphins - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

You know you’ve been wanting to do this for a while. It’s been on your bucket list since you were a child.

And now here’s your chance!

Let a dolphin give you a peck on the cheek. Shake fins with them. Hang on to their pectoral fins and feel how fast they can swim!

You can even become a dolphin trainer for a day.

It’s an experience you will cherish forever.

3.      Waterslide Park

Wet'n Wild Waterslide Park - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Nobody does waterslides better than Wet’n Wild. Cancun has a great weather year-round. But let’s face it. Sometimes it gets hot.

Best way to cool off?

Pick a waterslide that best suits you and hop on! Need an adrenaline rush. Pick the Kamikaze.

Want something more tranquil? Go with the Lazy River.

4.      Wave Pool

Wet'n Wild's Wave Pool - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

You get waves at beaches. But then you also get sand. And salt. And nobody wants that.

People like the cleanliness and security of a pool. But then they miss the waves.

Not anymore.

With a Wave Pool you get the best of both worlds!

5.      Bungee Jump

Bungee Swing - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

When you go to Ventura Park, there’s a place called AaahVentura. It basically is adrenaline-junkie heaven.

Here you can try their ‘bungee-swing’.

Yup. Just another thing you can cross off your bucket list.

6.      Zipline

Ziplining at Ventura Park - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

There’s no better view, than a bird’s eye view. And unless wings grow out of your back, you’re stuck on the ground like the rest of us.

Ugh. How boring huh?

Not anymore! At least not when you go ziplining.

Finally! You can soar through the air like an eagle. The best part?

You can smile at all those earthbound earthlings on the ground.

7.      Roller Coaster

The only roller-coaster in Cancun - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Do you want to try the only roller coaster in Cancun’s Hotel Zone?

You’re in luck.

Once inside Ventura Park, head to Fun World.

There you’ll find childhood classic carnival rides like a roller-coaster.

Or…

8.      Crazy Chair Swing

Crazy Chairs at Fun World - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Like the Crazy Chair Swing.

Just sit back, and let the swinging begin!

You’ll get a nice view. Plus, you’ll also feel a soothing ocean breeze.

Because don’t forget…Ventura Park is an Oceanside theme-park.

9.      Beach Club

Beach Club at Ventura Park - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Speaking of oceans…

What’s the best way to enjoy a beach?

So many places separate food service from the beach. In order to get a good meal, you have to walk all the way to the restaurants.

But where’s the fun in that?

Don’t you want to be on the beach AND enjoy good food?

That’s where Ventura Park’s El Beacho Club comes in. Lay back on a soft luxurious bed and let the servers bring you your food.

Now THAT’s the beach club life.

10.  Go Kart

Go Kart Grand Prix Ventura Park - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Who’s the fastest driver?

Ok. Fine. Everyone THINKS they’re the fastest driver.

Sure, they’ll claim to be the fastest.

But do they have what it takes to back it up on the road?

When you’re at Ventura Park, head to Grand Prix.

And let the races begin.

11.  Laser Tag (Cancun Style)

Laser Tag with Battle Tanks - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

Everyone has heard of laser-tag. But have you heard of Laser Tag…Cancun style?

We’re talking about Underworld’s Battle Tanks. You sit inside. Strap yourself in tightly. And start aiming your laser gun at your friends.

Be careful though. If you get shot, you go for a spin!

12.  Diamond Heist Simulation

Underworld The Mission - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

We’ve all seen the movie. Some professional thief tries to steal a diamond. Or something of very high value, like the original Mona Lisa.

What is it guarded by?

Hundreds of lasers waiting to detect someone’s presence to sound the alarm. Ever wonder if you could pull it off?

Head to Underworld’s The Mission, and find out today.

13.  Star Wars Battle Pod

Star Wars Battlepod - Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers

This is no ordinary arcade. This is a truly immersive experience.

You even close the door behind you. Why? To completely shutout the outside world. Once you’re sitting inside, a curved screen puts you in the center of all the action.

Race your way to the end, and prove the force is with you.

You see! We told you there were 13 Mind-Blowing Things to do in Cancun for Non-Drinkers!

In fact, Cancun is the perfect place to embrace your sobriety. Here, the adventure never ends.

*(Dolphin Swim and Beach Club are sold separately from the Ventura Unlimited Package)

15 Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World [A Guide]

15 Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World [A Guide]

Are you looking for something new to do? Something so exciting you’ll never forget it. EVER.

Try swimming with dolphins! Coming face to face with majestic and sentient creatures is truly a spiritual experience. Life is all about creating memories that will last forever.

So shorten your bucket list!

You know you’ve always wanted to…now the question is where?

Not to worry. We’ve come up with a guide. For what? The 15 Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World!

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

  1. Dolphinaris Cancun Hotel

Dolphinaris Cancun - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

Google Map Directions

Website:

http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/cancun/

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Summary:

Take a trip to Cancun’s world famous Hotel Zone. After you’re done picking up your jaw looking at the gorgeous beaches, do something fun. Like visit Dolphinaris Cancun.

After all, it’s right in the Hotel Zone!

And guess what? After you’re done swimming with dolphins, stay at the park so you can…

  • Go ziplining
  • Try an Oculus Rift VR headset
  • Slide down Wet’n Wild Waterslide park
  • Ride a roller-coaster
  • Swim in a wave pool
  • And so much more!
  1. Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Marathon, Florida

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

http://www.dolphins.org/

Summary:

South Florida’s Keys offer a world of fun. Try the Key Lime Pie, or the conch fritters. You won’t regret it. Try visiting Ernest Hemingway’s old house.

But most of all, you should try visiting the Dolphin Research Center. This not-for-profit dolphinarium offers an experience that’s fun for people, and safe for dolphins.

 

  1. Dolphin Quest

Dolphin Quest - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Waikola Village, Island of Hawaii

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

https://dolphinquest.com/

Summary:

There’s really nothing like Hawaii. The tall red mountains. The active volcanoes. The sparkling beaches. The laidback way of life.

What’s not to like?

If you’re thinking about staying on the Island of Hawaii, consider Dolphin Quest. It’s located inside the Hilton and has many different options. Even for kids!

  1. Dolphin Cay

Dolphin Cay - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

New Providence, Bahamas

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

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Website:

http://www.atlantisbahamas.com/thingstodo/dolphincay

Summary:

Stay at one of the most renowned luxury resorts on the planet. Atlantis in the Bahamas.

When you’re at Atlantis, prepare to be wowed. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer hotel.

Not to be outdone, is their dolphinarium, Dolphin Cay.

Their 14-acre, 7 million gallons of saltwater facility is one to behold!

  1. Dolphinaris Cozumel

Dolphinaris Cozumel - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Cozumel, Mexico

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/cozumel/

Summary:

You’re getting dropped off by your cruise ship. Where? The picturesque island of Cozumel, Mexico!

Now, you only have a few hours. What to do. What to do. Ah yes! Swim with dolphins!

They have a fast 1-hour program. Why is that perfect? So you can be back on the boat, just in time!

  1. Dolphin Marine Magic

Dolphin Marine Magic - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

New South Wales, Australia

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

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Website:

http://www.dolphinmarinemagic.com.au/

Summary:

The land down under! When people think Australia, they think: kangaroos, wallaby’s, platypus’.

But here’s what they’re forgetting: the dolphins!

This is the perfect place to bring your kid for their birthday. This is the one birthday they’ll never forget!

 

  1. Dolphinaris Barcelo

Dolphinaris Barcelo - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Barcelo Maya Resort in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

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Website:

http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/barcelo/

Summary:

If you’re traveling to the Riviera Maya, consider Barcelo Hotels. They’re not just great hotels. They’re some of the finest luxury resorts in the world.

They offer so many activities, right there on the resort.

In fact…

They even have their own dolphinarium INSIDE the resort! How perfect is that?

  1. Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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User Reviews:

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Website:

http://www.dolphincoveja.com/Parks/dolphin-cove-ocho-rios

Summary:

This dolphinarium sits in the heart of a 5-acre tropical forest. There you’ll find a natural cove where you can swim with dolphins.

They also have sharks, and sting-rays!

In fact, they have enough activities to keep you busy for the entire day.

  1. Dolphinaris Tulum at Grand Bahia Principe

Dolphinaris Tulum - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Tulum, Mexico

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User Reviews:

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Website:

http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/tulum/

Summary:

You’ll see this over and over. Tulum, Mexico has one of the nicest beaches in the world.

Don’t believe me? Check here. And here. Oh yeah, here too.

But that’s not all.

They also have an amazing dolphinarium called Dolphinaris Tulum.

Best of all?

It’s inside a truly magical resort called Grand Bahia Principe. By the way…

There’s a dolphin presentation that’s ABSOLUTELY free to all hotel guests. How can you beat that?

  1. Dolphins Bay Dubai

Dolphin Bay Dubai - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

https://www.atlantisthepalm.com/marine-water-park/dolphin-bay

Summary:

Dubai is one of the most unique places on the planet. It’s home to the tallest building in the world at over 2,700 feet tall.

They have a group of tiny islands in the shape of the world.

They also have a state-of-the-art dolphinarium at the Atlantis resort. Come to Dubai for many reasons. But don’t forget to swim with the dolphins!

  1. Dolphin Explorer

Dolphin Explorer - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

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Website:

http://dolphinexplorer.com/

Summary:

Many people come to Punta Cana for the yearlong warm weathers. Others visit for the delicious local cuisine. Others enjoy the festive nightlife.

Yet some want more than that. They want something fun to do. Something they can cherish forever.

And those people visit Dolphin Explorer.

  1. Delfinario

Delfinario - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Varadero, Cuba

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

http://www.dolphinariumvaraderocuba.com/

Summary:

After decades of forbidden travel, Americans can finally visit Cuba. And we’re talking about direct visits. No need to go to a third country in between like before.

So what do to do in Cuba? Well for one, you have to have a delicious “media noche” sandwich, and try the “guarapo” drink made from raw sugar cane sticks.

You’ll thank me later.

But what else? How about one of the most unique dolphinariums on the planet? This place is huge, and is built right into a natural cove. You have to see it to understand it.

  1. Dolphinaris Arizona

Dolphinaris Arizona - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Scottsdale, Arizona

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:
https://www.dolphinaris-arizona.com/

Summary:

Dolphinaris has a built a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art dolphinarium in Scottsdale, Arizona.

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Scottsdale, stop looking. Why bother?

There’s no other activity you’re going to recall so fondly, time and time again.

  1. Zoomarine Algarve

Zoomarine - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Albufeira, Portugal

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:
http://www.zoomarine.pt/pt/

Summary:

If you’re traveling to Portugal soon, consider Zoomarine.

It’s perfect fun for the whole family. They even have large stadium seating to watch dolphins perform.

This place is a tried and true dolphinarium with thousands of reviews to back up the claim.

  1. Dolphinaris Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen

Dolphinaris Riviera Maya - One of the Best Places to Swim with Dolphins in the World

Location:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Google Map Directions

User Reviews:

User Reviews from Trip Advisor

Website:

http://www.dolphinaris.com/locations/riviera-maya/

Summary:

Are you staying in Playa del Carmen, Mexico? Have you already walked down Quinta Avenida (Fifth Ave).

Now you’re thinking: what next?

Well guess what? Just a short drive away is one of the best dolphinariums on the planet!

You can even become a dolphin trainer for a day for the ultimate dolphin swim experience.

So there you have it! That was our guide to the 15 best places in the world to swim with dolphins.

Did we miss any places? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life [The Shocking Truth]

How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life [The Shocking Truth]

Guess what?

By 2050, by weight, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

Appalling huh?

Just take a look at this infographic provided by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

More Plastic Than Fish in Sea by 2050 Source Ellen Macarthur - How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

So How Did We Get Here?

The Industrial Age gave us benefits. Life-changing ones. It’s part of the reason why you’re able to read this now.

But there have been consequences. And we’re still learning what they are today. The principal consequence has been pollution.

Did you know 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities?

(Check out this infographic below by Conserve Energy FutureHow land pollution affects the sea- How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

How does the ocean get polluted? Let’s take a look at the different marine pollution sources.

Marine Pollution Sources:

  1. Oil

We’ve all seen the nasty pictures from oil spills.

They’re devastating towards marine life. Remember the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Here are the lives that were injured or killed by it:

  • 25,900 Marine Mammals
  • 6,165 Sea Turtles
  • Unknown Number of Fish
  • 82,000 Birds of 102 Species

However…

Oil spills are only responsible for 12% of the oil entering the sea.  More than twice that much comes from cities and industries.

How? Through waste runoff. (more on that later)

2. Fertilizer Runoff/Eutrophication

There has been a surge in seaweed production lately. This is due to a process called “eutrophication”.

It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t.

Eutrophication - How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

Take a look at the infographic above.

What does it show?

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus entering the ocean.

Where does it come from?

Fertilizer, pesticide, and animal waste runoff from farms and similar industries.

Why does this matter?

Because it causes excess phytoplankton growth. Before you know it, there’s a thick layer of seaweed growing on top. So much so, sunlight and oxygen cannot enter past it.

Life in the sea still requires sunlight and oxygen. Therefore, these areas become what are known as “dead zones”.

  1. Garbage Dumping

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Garbage keeps finding its way to the sea. Some of it decomposes quickly. But…most of it does not. Including plastics.

In fact..

Plastic kills millions of sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.

4. Toxic Chemicals

It may sound crazy now. But there was a time where the ocean was considered a dumpster.

Scientists thought it was large enough that we could throw anything into it safely. We’re talking pesticides, chemical weapons, and even radioactive waste. Yikes.

Thankfully, that begun to change in the 1970’s.

However, we’re still feeling the effects.

Today, almost every marine organism is contaminated with man-made chemicals.

  1. Ocean Mining:

Every year companies try mining the ocean for silver, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc.

This creates sulfide deposits. The result? Increased toxicity in the region.

Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life:

Sea Turtle Damaged by Plastic - How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

I know, I know. That’s difficult to look at. Painful even.

But you know what? The truth hurts. Our lifestyles have led to this point. We have to acknowledge this. It’s the only way to move forward and correct our actions.

The best way to do that? Take a look at the damage being done.

Marine Animals:

As we discussed above, oil-spills, city runoff, eutrophication and pollution are killing marine life in large numbers.

But get this. It’s even changing their reproductive systems. So if they are somehow able to survive the pollution, their offspring won’t.

But the ripple of damage goes even further.

Coral Reefs:

You may have heard. Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. The truth?

We’ve already lost 27% of the planet’s coral reefs. Scientists estimate, if we continue on this path, that figure will double in 30 years.

That’s tragic because…

Despite only covering 1% of the ocean, coral reefs are home to over 25% of marine fish species.

How do coral reefs die?

It’s simple. Coral reefs live in tandem with algae. However, when that algae leaves the coral (due to all the reasons we listed above, pollution, runoff, eutrophication, etc), the coral becomes “bleached”.

Once bleached, it’s only a matter of time before it contracts a disease and dies.

Learn more with this great infographic provided by NOAA:

Coral Bleaching Infographic by NOAA - How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

Human Health:

We should care about the ocean’s health. It’s where we get 70% of our oxygen. 97% of our water supply. It even absorbs 30% of our carbon emissions.

Need more proof we should care more about the ocean’s health?

How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

Source: MastersDegree.net

Listen to this. Marine pollution can cause…

  • Hormonal problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • Nervous system damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart disease

Great. Now that I have your attention…let’s start talking solutions.

What Can You Do To Help Stop Marine Pollution?

Spread Awareness

You can start by sharing this article on Facebook with your friends. Remember, what famed educator John Dewey once famously said: “a problem well-defined, is half-solved”.

In other words…we can’t solve what we don’t know is wrong.

Sound the alarm. Tell your friends. Spread the word. Tell them how marine pollution affects sea life.

The ocean’s health—and therefore the planet’s health—depends on it.

Support Organizations That Fight Against Sea Pollution

Dolphinaris Conservation Program - How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life

This part’s easy. Support an organization like Dolphinaris that gives a portion of every sale towards protecting the ocean and its inhabitants.

In fact, Dolphinaris does even more than that.

  • It’s why they invite some of the top veterinary students from the States to participated in a study sponsored by Cornell University.
  • It’s why they sponsored their own bottlenose dolphin conservation program alongside Universidad Autónoma del Carmen.
  • It’s why they created the incredible audio-visual journey called Blu Ocean Care, to help spread awareness.
  • It’s why the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) selected Dolphinaris to host their 2017 conference.

So that’s our guide on How Marine Pollution Affects Sea Life. Please do us (and more importantly the ocean) a favor and share this article on Facebook. Thank you so much!

For further reading on this subject, consider these great sources below!

Sources:

www.mastersdegree.net/ocean-garbage/

http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Effects_of_Ocean_Pollution_on_Marine_Life

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-and-effects-of-ocean-pollution.php

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/pollution/

http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/our-precious-coasts/page/1294.aspx

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/coasts/coral_reefs/coral_facts/

https://www.divein.com/articles/ocean-pollution/

 

 

 

 

The Top 11 Ziplines in the World [for Adrenaline Junkies]

The Top 11 Ziplines in the World [for Adrenaline Junkies]

Every day we use our feet as our main method of transportation. Why? Because we HAVE to. You see, we weren’t born with wings. We’re not birds.

We don’t get to have one majestic view of everything beneath us. We’re not allowed to have that experience. Darwinism forbids it.

The result?

We’re stuck down here. We just have to accept it. Our only hope? To imagine what it’s like as we watch a bird soar freely above us.

Until…

The zipline arrived! This changed everything. This meant regular human beings could experience a bird’s eye view! Finally! Take that Darwin!

Today, there are amazing zipline operations all over the world. Do you want to find out where the top 11 ziplines in the world are?

Great!

Let’s go through the Top 11 Ziplines in the World.

1. Tarzania…The Human Roller Coaster at Selvatica Adventure Park

Tarzania, The Human Roller Coaster: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

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Website:

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Summary:

This zipline is truly one of a kind. Most ziplines have only one direction. Down. But not this zipline. This zipline is more like a roller coaster.

A HUMAN roller-coaster.

You can go up, down, left, and right. Pretty nuts, huh?

There’s really no other zipline in the world like it.

2. El Monstruo at Toro Verde Adventure Park

El Monstruo: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Puerto Rico

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Website:

http://www.toroverdepr.com/

Summary:

El Monstruo, or “The Monster” just opened in December 2015. What’s so special about it?

It is one of the longest ziplines in the world. It spans over 7,500 feet long and 1,200 feet above the ground.

This allows riders to reach a speed of 90 miles per hour. That’ll get your heart-pounding huh?

3. Flight of the Gibbon

Flight of the Gibbon: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Mae Kampong, Thailand

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https://www.treetopasia.com/thailand-holiday/chiang-mai

Summary:

The Flight of the Gibbon features the longest flight in all of Asia. This zipline is over 2,600 feet in length! That’s not all though.

They also feature 33 different zipline platforms.

4. Superman Zipline at Selvatica Adventure Park

Superman Zipline at Selvatica: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

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Summary:

Don’t let Superman think he’s better than you. He’s not.

In fact, you can fly just like him with Selvatica’s Superman Zipline.

We’re talking, face-first, arms apart. Try Selvatica’s Superman Zipline.

Because…why should Superman have all the fun?

5. Arenal Park

Arenal Park: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

El Castillo, Costa Rica

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Summary:

Are you feeling bold? Try ziplining on one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano

First, start your way from the peak of the mountain. Then fly down for a two and a half hour zipline course that sends you down over 2,400 feet.

6. La Tyrolienne

La Tyrolienne: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

 

Location:

French Alps

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Summary:

Do you enjoy skiing? Then you have to try the La Tyrolienne zipline course. It connects to ski resorts in the French Alps.

What makes this zipline is special is its altitude. It’s over 10,500 feet high, making it the highest zipline in the world!

7. Upside Down Zipline Selvatica

Upside Down Zipline at Selvatica: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

Website:

www.selvatica.com.mx

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Summary:

Are you the type that’s always looking to kick it up a notch? Want to get an extra dose of adrenaline?

Try Selvatica’s Upside Down Zipline….If you dare!

8. Zip World Snowdonia

Snowdownia: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

North Wales, UK

Website:

https://www.zipworld.co.uk

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Summary:

Are you ready for an extreme adventure?

The put on the water/wind resistant flying suit and goggles. Then fly down the longest zipline in Europe at 100mph!

This place is actually home to one of the first ziplines in the world, over 100 years ago.

History and adventure, what more can you ask for?

9. Cenote Zipline at Selvatica Adventure Park

Cenote Zipline at Selvatica: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

Website:

www.selvatica.com.mx

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Summary:

There’s no better way to finish a zipline, than with a big splash! Try doing a flip as you let go. Maybe 2 flips.

Either way, you’ll end up swimming in a sparkling, crystal clear cenote. And don’t worry. The fun doesn’t stop after one. Just hop right back on as many times as you like!

 11. Extreme Zipline

Extreme Zipline:: One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Utah Olympic Park, Utah

Website:

http://ziprider.com/rides/uop/

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Summary:

Want to simulate a downhill skiing experience? Try Utah Olympic Park’s Extreme Zipline. It features one of the steepest ziplines in the world.

The 1,500-foot-long ride has a 435-foot vertical drop. The angle simulates a downhill skiing experience!

12. Glove Control Zipline at Selvatica Adventure Park

Glove Control Zipline at Selvatica: : One of the Top 11 Ziplines in the World

Location:

Cancun, Mexico

Website:

www.selvatica.com.mx

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Summary:

Control and ziplines usually don’t go together. That’s what makes the Glove Control Zipline at Selvatica unique.

Want maximum speed? Lighten your grip.

Want to slow things down, and observe all the jungle canopy details? Tighten your grip.

The choice is yours. Only with Selvatica’s Glove Control Zipline.

Amazing huh? That was our guide to the Top 12 Ziplines in the World. How did we do? Did we miss any? Sound off below!

The Top 20 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya [Can’t Miss Guide]

The Top 20 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya [Can’t Miss Guide]

(Author’s Note: This article originally appeared in 2016. This is the updated edition with 10 new cenotes added to the original list of top 10 cenotes in the Riviera Maya)

Everyone wants to know where the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya are.

Each cenote has its own distinct personality that lures you into it.

(Not sure what a cenote is? Trying to figure out why tourists love cenotes? Check out our previous “What is a Cenote” explanatory article here)

I have yet to travel to any two cenotes that were completely identical. Each one has its unique flavor to it. It’s part of what makes the Riviera Maya so special. The adventure never ends.

Let’s take a look at the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya to find out what makes each of them unique.

Here are The Top 20 Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

1.      Cenote Selvatica (Playa del Carmen/Cancun)


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Here your chance to chase adventure and get rough and dirty at Latin America’s number one, tourist rated adventure park, Selvatica.

  • Fly face-front on a zipline
  • Rip through the jungle on tough Polaris ATV
  • Bungee Swing off a ledge
  • Check your sense of balance on our wobbling, hanging aerial bridges

Your reward at the end of this great series of challenging adventures? Your chance to refresh and reset at Cenote Selvatica. You’ll feel reborn with vigor and ready to head to whatever’s next.

 

2.      Casa Cenote (Tulum)


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This cenote is separated from the ocean by a small strip of land. Instead of the many circled cenotes, Casa Cenote features a long canal that winds away from the ocean.

When the sun is shining, its crystal clear waters allow you to see—with impressive clarity—all the way to the bottom. Many times, the bottom looks so near, it appears to be in near reach of your toes. When you attempt to touch with your hands, you’re amazed to realize its actually twice as deep as your eyes perceive it to be.

3.      Cenote Azul (Playa del Carmen)


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This is a small and cozy cenote. It has a cave, but it’s not large. Above the cave, people can dive off an approximately 12-foot ledge into the deep cenote. Even though it’s in a somewhat of a confined area, it’s the perfect place to entertain the whole family.

4.      Cenote Azul (Bacalar)


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From an aerial perspective, this cenote looks very similar to Belize’ world famous, blue hole. It’s an impressively massive cenote in diameter. Despite its enormity, however, most people tend to congregate together near the entrance’s shore.

5.      Cenote Zacil-ha (Tulum)


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This small cenote has a lot of open space surrounding it. This leaves room for permanent chairs, tables, and shade-providing umbrellas. The most unique aspect of this cenote, however, is the short zipline they installed over it.

Have the lifeguard clear the way for you, put on a lifejacket, jump off and hold on to the handle. Fly the through the air before letting go at a predetermined spot in the cenote. Rinse and repeat as many times as you wish.

6.      Cenote Xcan ché near Ek Balam (Valladolid)


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After visiting the Mayan Ruins of Ek Balam, go visit its eponymous and beautiful cenote, Ek Balam Cenote. One feature you won’t elsewhere is the impressively tall wooden staircase along the cenotes side. If you dare, climb up and jump several yards down into the cenote.

7.      Cenote Ik Kil (Chichen Itza/Valladolid)


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First, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. Then, travel about a mile and half toward Cenote Ik Kil. Revitalize yourself in a majestic cenote idolized by the Mayans.

8.      Gran Cenote (Tulum)

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As the name suggests (in Spanish), this is a large and popular cenote. Google the diving pictures taken there, and be prepared to be awestruck. You can be sure, the pictures are so spectacularly majestic they’re enough motivation to visit in and of themselves.

9.      Cenote Dos Ojos (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)


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Cenote Dos Ojos (meaning two eyes in Spanish) is connected to one of the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world. It contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with a depth of nearly 400 feet.
It was featured in the IMAX film of 2002, Journey Into Amazing Caves.

10.  Cenote Samula (Valladolid)


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In what appears to be a scene from James Cameron’s Avatar, Cenote Samula has an Alamo tree extending its roots from several yards above, into the cenote for hydration. The rare and impressive vista of hanging roots entering into the cenote is a sight to behold.

11. Cenote Chelentún (Cuzama)

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This popular cenote near Merida features a 26 foot (8 meters) wooden staircase that leads you into a gorgeous grotto.

Cenote Cheletun is 158 feet long (48 meters), and 65 feet wide (20 meters). It has a depth of 50 feet (15 meters).

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12. Cenote Ucil (Cenotillo)

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This cenote is deep. VERY deep. In fact, it’s one of the deepest cenotes in the Riviera Maya with a depth of 367 feet (112 meters).

It’s 65 feet long (20 meters), and 20 feet wide (6 meters).

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13. Cenote Bolonchoojol  (Cuzama)

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Cenote Bolonchoojol

Cenote Bolonchoojol(meaning 9 drops of water in Mayan) is one of the most popular cenotes around. Why?

Well, for one, take a look at the photo above. You’ll see photos of this cenote in many guides. The combination of stalactite formations, crossed with the sunlit turquoise waters are simply eye-popping.

 

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14.  Cenote Suytun (Valladolid)

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This stunning cenote is located just 5 minutes away from Valladolid. It features a huge, thick stalactite formation that sinks downwards.

You can also step onto a concrete platform that goes into the middle of the cenote. This is the perfect place for an incredible photo, or to observe the freshwater fish because its not very deep.

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15. Cenote Kankirixche (Merida)

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Located about 35 miles south of Merida, you will find Cenote Kankirixche (meaning Yellow Fruit Tree).

It is about 82 feet (25 meters) long and 50 feet (15 meters) wide. It has a depth of 165 feet (50 meters).  Its crystal clear waters make for perfect visibility.

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16, Cenote X-Batun (Merida)

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This gorgeous cenote is off the beaten path and has many lily pads floating in it. However, the secret is now out. If you want to visit this cenote, try coming early, or during a week day.

If not, you could face large crowds.

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17. Cenote Kantun-Chi (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)

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If you’re short on time, and want to see many cenotes in one tour, Kantunchi is your place.

The first is Cenote Kantun-chi (meaning yellow stone mouth in Mayan). Here you will find some of the best cenote/stalactite combinations you’ll ever see.

There’s even a stalactite cave tour you can take there.

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18. Cenote Sas ka leen Ha (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)

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Cenote Sas ka leen (meaning transparent water in Mayan) is the largest cenote in Kantunchi Park.

Look at the picture above. Jaw-dropping huh? I mean, just look how sky blue those waters are!

Like we just mentioned, this is just one of 4 cenotes in Kantunchi Park.

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19. Cenote Uch-Ben-Ha (Playa del Carmen/Tulum)

 

This is the third cenote available at Kantunchi Park. It’s out in the open so the water gets a bit warmer.

Bring your snorkel so you can see all of the freshwater fish. Just take a look at the video above to get a clearer picture of what I’m talking about.

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20. Cenote Chak-Zinik Che (Cuzama)

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Cenote Chak-Zinik Che, (meaning “Home of the Red Ant” in Mayan) is one of the most popular cenotes for divers.

 

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Wow. There you have it! That’s our guide to enjoying the top 20 cenotes in the Riviera Maya!

Remember, each cenote brings something unique and entertaining. Translation? The fun never ends…So make your checklist HAVE SOME UNFORGETTABLE FUN!