Whale Watching in Mirissa

Whale Watching in Mirissa

Whale Watching in Mirissa Whale watching was high on my list for my trip to Sri Lanka.  Mirissa, on the Southern coast, is the launching point for the boats.  There were plenty of different operators peddling whale watching trips, some were even ridiculously cheap!  However, like in most developing countries, wildlife tourism isn’t always done in an ethical manner.  I consulted a few travel blogs and Trip Advisor, and read great reviews about Raja and the Whales.  While a bit more pricey than the other options (~$40 USD/person), they had…

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo

Masaya Volcano and Laguna de Apoyo I spent my last day and a half in Nicaragua in Granada, a quaint colonial town not too far from the capital of Managua.  The town itself was filled with brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets.  Of course, there were also plenty of tourists wandering about as well.  There were two things I wanted to see here-Masaya volcano and Apoyo lagoon, both located outside of the city. Masaya Volcano I had only heard of the Masaya volcano through word of mouth of other travelers…

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park

Krka National Park Krka was another national park that was high on my list to visit while I was in Croatia.  Located about 60 miles north of the coastal town of Split, Krka is easily accessible as a day trip from there.  Similar to tour companies in Zadar offering package deals to visit Plitvice, there were many in Split offering trips to Krka. How to get to Krka National Park from Split via Bus Split’s bus station is located near the pier and is hard to miss.  At the ticket…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park was high on my Croatia to-do list.  Whilst perusing other travel blogs, I was mesmerized by their pictures and descriptions of this beautiful park.  The beautiful turquoise water served as a nice contrast to the surrounding trees and foilage. When I was in Zadar (and later in Split), I came across many tour agencies offering guided tours to Plitvice.  “It’s the only way to see it.” they would tell me in their best sales pitch.  Due to my aversion to guided tours…