Pearls of the Caribbean

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‘Pearls of the Caribbean’ is a new iPad App that has been launched by underwater photographer Steve Jones, providing the ultimate above and under water guide to the Nature Island. Caribbean family vacations offer one of the most fascinating diving experiences and is the ideal destination for those seeking to reconnect with nature and spot wildlife at its best.

Here are just a few things you can expect on you Caribbean family vacation

Diving: Divingin the Caribbean presents some of the most beautiful opportunities to witness thriving reefs, covered in colourful sponges. Seahorses, frogfish, flying gurnards and scorpion fish are commonly spotted in the Dominican waters. Its coast is varied in terms of diving, with steep 6,000ft drop-off walls and beautifully coloured coral. Experience the Caribbean's longest running diving festival at the annual Dive Fest in July. Whale Watching:  The 'whale-watching capital of the Caribbean' is the Domincan Republic, with all whale watching tours having an almost guaranteed sighting success rate. Its temperate seas and underwater contours provide the ideal environment for whales and dolphins year-round. Hiking:  The best way to fully experience the varied terrain and outstanding beauty of the Caribbean is to explore the islands on foot. There are walking trails to suit all, from the novice to the most experienced of hikers. A first for the Caribbean, this mega-trail is called the Waitukubuli National Trail, after the Caribbean Indian name for the island. The trail will be around 115 miles (184km) long, with walkers expected to take up to two weeks to cover the entire route.    Bird watching: The islands in the Caribbean can be rugged but offer high mountain terrain that gives way to tropical forest. This great variety of habitats provides a wide diversity of birds within a relatively short distance. The most famous birds that can be spotted are the parrots - the Sisserou and the Jaco (Red Necked). In total, Dominica in particular hasmore than 170-recorded species of birds. The best times of day for bird watching are in the first three hours after dawn and the last two or three hours before dusk.

Sea Turtle Watching: Ever imagined watching the endangered sea turtle, one of the world’s longest-living marine creatures, crawling onto the beach to perform a fascinating nesting ritual? This is typical in some island in the Caribbean between March and August each year and for those with some luck who brave the nocturnal challenge it can be a lifetime experience. Four of the seven species of sea turtles visit Dominica’s shores:  loggerheads; hawksbills; green sea turtles; and leatherbacks. Sea turtle watching is done only under strict standards to ensure preservation of the species.


A Caribbean family vacation can be a unique experience and gives you the chance to explore some natural wonders of the world.

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