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Offshore drilling – Wikipedia

Posted: January 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Offshore drilling is a mechanical process where a wellbore is drilled below the seabed. It is typically carried out in order to explore for and subsequently extract petroleum which lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. Most commonly, the term is used to describe drilling activities on the continental shelf, though the term can also be applied to drilling in lakes, inshore waters and inland seas.

Offshore drilling presents environmental challenges, both from the produced hydrocarbons and the materials used during the drilling operation. Controversies include the ongoing US offshore drilling debate.

There are many different types of facilities from which offshore drilling operations take place. These include bottom founded drilling rigs (jackup barges and swamp barges), combined drilling and production facilities either bottom founded or floating platforms, and deepwater mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) including semi-submersibles and drillships. These are capable of operating in water depths up to 3,000 metres (9,800ft). In shallower waters the mobile units are anchored to the seabed, however in deeper water (more than 1,500 metres (4,900ft) the semisubmersibles or drillships are maintained at the required drilling location using dynamic positioning.

Around 1891, the first submerged oil wells were drilled from platforms built on piles in the fresh waters of the Grand Lake St. Marys (a.k.a. Mercer County Reservoir) in Ohio. The wells were developed by small local companies such as Bryson, Riley Oil, German-American and Banker’s Oil.

Around 1896, the first submerged oil wells in salt water were drilled in the portion of the Summerland field extending under the Santa Barbara Channel in California. The wells were drilled from piers extending from land out into the channel.[1][2]

Other notable early submerged drilling activities occurred on the Canadian side of Lake Erie in the 1900s and Caddo Lake in Louisiana in the 1910s. Shortly thereafter wells were drilled in tidal zones along the Texas and Louisiana gulf coast. The Goose Creek Oil Field near Baytown, Texas is one such example. In the 1920s drilling activities occurred from concrete platforms in Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo.

One of the oldest subsea wells is the Bibi Eibat well, which came on stream in 1923 in Azerbaijan.[3][dubious discuss] The well was located on an artificial island in a shallow portion of the Caspian Sea. In the early 1930s, the Texas Co., later Texaco (now Chevron) developed the first mobile steel barges for drilling in the brackish coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1937, Pure Oil (now Chevron) and its partner Superior Oil (now ExxonMobil) used a fixed platform to develop a field 1 mile (1.6km) offshore of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana in 14 feet (4.3m) of water.

In 1938, Humble Oil built a mile-long wooden trestle with railway tracks into the sea at McFadden Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, placing a derrick at its end – this was later destroyed by a hurricane.[4]

In 1945, concern for American control of its offshore oil reserves caused President Harry Truman to issue an Executive Order unilaterally extending American territory to the edge of its continental shelf, an act that effectively ended the 3-mile limit “freedom of the seas” regime.

In 1946, Magnolia Petroleum (now ExxonMobil) drilled at a site 18 miles (29km) off the coast, erecting a platform in 18 feet (5.5m) of water off St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.

In early 1947, Superior Oil erected a drilling and production platform in 20 feet (6.1m) of water some 18 miles (29km) off Vermilion Parish, La. But it was Kerr-McGee Oil Industries (now Anadarko Petroleum), as operator for partners Phillips Petroleum (ConocoPhillips) and Stanolind Oil & Gas (BP) that completed its historic Ship Shoal Block 32 well in October 1947, months before Superior actually drilled a discovery from their Vermilion platform farther offshore. In any case, that made Kerr-McGee’s well the first oil discovery drilled out of sight of land.[5]

When offshore drilling moved into deeper waters of up to 30 metres (98ft), fixed platform rigs were built, until demands for drilling equipment was needed in the 100 feet (30m) to 120 metres (390ft) depth of the Gulf of Mexico, the first jack-up rigs began appearing from specialized offshore drilling contractors such as forerunners of ENSCO International.

The first semi-submersible resulted from an unexpected observation in 1961. Blue Water Drilling Company owned and operated the four-column submersible Blue Water Rig No.1 in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell Oil Company. As the pontoons were not sufficiently buoyant to support the weight of the rig and its consumables, it was towed between locations at a draught midway between the top of the pontoons and the underside of the deck. It was noticed that the motions at this draught were very small, and Blue Water Drilling and Shell jointly decided to try operating the rig in the floating mode. The concept of an anchored, stable floating deep-sea platform had been designed and tested back in the 1920s by Edward Robert Armstrong for the purpose of operating aircraft with an invention known as the ‘seadrome’. The first purpose-built drilling semi-submersible Ocean Driller was launched in 1963. Since then, many semi-submersibles have been purpose-designed for the drilling industry mobile offshore fleet.

The first offshore drillship was the CUSS 1 developed for the Mohole project to drill into the Earth’s crust.

As of June, 2010, there were over 620 mobile offshore drilling rigs (Jackups, semisubs, drillships, barges) available for service in the competitive rig fleet.[6]

One of the world’s deepest hubs is currently the Perdido in the Gulf of Mexico, floating in 2,438 meters of water. It is operated by Royal Dutch Shell and was built at a cost of $3 billion.[7] The deepest operational platform is the Petrobras America Cascade FPSO in the Walker Ridge 249 field in 2,600 meters of water.

Notable offshore fields include:

Offshore oil and gas production is more challenging than land-based installations due to the remote and harsher environment. Much of the innovation in the offshore petroleum sector concerns overcoming these challenges, including the need to provide very large production facilities. Production and drilling facilities may be very large and a large investment, such as the Troll A platform standing on a depth of 300 meters.

Another type of offshore platform may float with a mooring system to maintain it on location. While a floating system may be lower cost in deeper waters than a fixed platform, the dynamic nature of the platforms introduces many challenges for the drilling and production facilities.

The ocean can add several billion meters or more to the fluid column. The addition increases the equivalent circulating density and downhole pressures in drilling wells, as well as the energy needed to lift produced fluids for separation on the platform.

The trend today is to conduct more of the production operations subsea, by separating water from oil and re-injecting it rather than pumping it up to a platform, or by flowing to onshore, with no installations visible above the sea. Subsea installations help to exploit resources at progressively deeper waterslocations which had been inaccessibleand overcome challenges posed by sea ice such as in the Barents Sea. One such challenge in shallower environments is seabed gouging by drifting ice features (means of protecting offshore installations against ice action includes burial in the seabed).

Offshore manned facilities also present logistics and human resources challenges. An offshore oil platform is a small community in itself with cafeteria, sleeping quarters, management and other support functions. In the North Sea, staff members are transported by helicopter for a two-week shift. They usually receive higher salary than onshore workers do. Supplies and waste are transported by ship, and the supply deliveries need to be carefully planned because storage space on the platform is limited. Today, much effort goes into relocating as many of the personnel as possible onshore, where management and technical experts are in touch with the platform by video conferencing. An onshore job is also more attractive for the aging workforce in the petroleum industry, at least in the western world. These efforts among others are contained in the established term integrated operations. The increased use of subsea facilities helps achieve the objective of keeping more workers onshore. Subsea facilities are also easier to expand, with new separators or different modules for different oil types, and are not limited by the fixed floor space of an above-water installation.

Offshore oil production involves environmental risks, most notably oil spills from oil tankers or pipelines transporting oil from the platform to onshore facilities, and from leaks and accidents on the platform.[9]Produced water is also generated, which is water brought to the surface along with the oil and gas; it is usually highly saline and may include dissolved or unseparated hydrocarbons.

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Entheogens and Spirituality | Kava | Kratom | Teacher Plants

Posted: December 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm

by Keith Cleversley | Sep 30, 2016 | Features, Kratom | 0 Comments

What I think really happened, is that the DEA had no idea how large the Kratom industry was. They vastly underestimated the pro-Kratom movement, the number of Kratom users, as well as the size of the Kratom industry. After reading through the extraordinarily cherry-picked, and very biased notice they entered into the Federal Register, the truth becomes difficult to deny. In fact, in a discussion with an industry insider who had an attorney in daily contact with the DEA, an agent was quoted as saying; “If we had any idea what the public reaction was going to be, we never would have move to schedule Kratom in the first place.”

by Keith Cleversley | Sep 29, 2016 | Features, Kratom | 1 Comment

It turns out that the government isn’t as broken as we thought, that democracy still works, and we, as a people, do have the power to have our individual voices heard! From the horse’s mouth, a spokesperson for the DEA formally announced that they do not yet have a…

by Keith Cleversley | Sep 13, 2016 | News Articles | 0 Comments

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness Kratom Letter There was a glimmer of hope for the absurdly unfair Emergency Scheduling of Kratom by the DEA today. If you’re not up on the current status of Kratom and how it’s in severe danger of being made a Schedule I substance,…

by Keith Cleversley | Sep 7, 2016 | News Articles | 0 Comments

The unspeakable has happened; the DEA has decided that because of a fabricated public threat, thatKratom needs to be scheduled immediately. They cited 15 deaths from Kratom, yet when that number was researched, there was not a single death associated with Kratom….

by Keith Cleversley | Mar 29, 2016 | Features, Kava Kava | 0 Comments

What is a usual and safe Kava Kava dosage? We answer that question in detail here at Entheology.com to help give you a safe path to Kava consumption.

by Keith Cleversley | Mar 4, 2016 | News Articles | 0 Comments

Shockingly, the current Congress of the United States has offered an official response to President Barak Obamas recent interview with David Remnick in the January 27, 2014 issue of the New Yorker (See our article entitled President Obama for Marijuana…

by Keith Cleversley | Feb 23, 2016 | Kava Kava | 1 Comment

I’ve spent more than half my life exploring and working with various plants. One of my favorite plants to help me relax is one that continues to gain steam in the mainstream, but is still very much in the shadows; Kava Kava. I’ve been in the Kava biz for nearly 20…

by Keith Cleversley | Nov 3, 2015 | Kava Kava, Research | 1 Comment

Ona late 2015 trip to the Hawaiian Islands, I had the pleasure of experiencing a cultivar of Kava unlike any other I had experienced previously. This variety was called Hiwa (pronounced HEE-vuh), and I had the pleasure of experiencing this incredible cultivar over a…

by Keith Cleversley | Mar 30, 2015 | Kava Kava, Research | 0 Comments

I was having difficulty finding an articles regarding Kava benefits in terms of health and nutrition, so I thought an article here would be appropriate. What I discovered, is that since Kava lost its “food” status (called GRAS) in the early 2000’s, and is only…

by Keith Cleversley | Dec 19, 2014 | Kratom, News Articles | 0 Comments

Recent developments in Florida indicate that Palm Beach County officials are backing away from an outright ban on kratom and may instead implement educational initiatives to teach consumers about kratom, its effects, and its potential risks. The initiative would include warning labels on packages of kratom, partnerships with schools, and distributing information at community events and through social media.

by Keith Cleversley | Dec 7, 2014 | Features, Kava Kava | 3 Comments

Now that Cannabis is legal for recreational use in three states as of the writing of this article, it feels important to address what will undoubtedly be a continuing flood of questions regarding combiningkava and cannabis (marijuana). Customers from both Washington…

by Keith Cleversley | Nov 25, 2014 | Kava Kava | 0 Comments

To indigenous peoples throughout the South Pacific, kava is a central aspect of social and religious life. In the spirit of exploring the lesser-known aspects of kava, this article brings you a collection of the myths, legends, and rituals surrounding kava in Hawaiithat piece of the South Pacific closest to our shores!

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EscapeArtist – Live, Work, Travel, Retire & Invest Overseas

Posted: December 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm

EscapeArtist is one of the world’s largest and oldest expatriate resources for living, working, traveling, retiring, and investing abroad and overseas. We also have international real estate listings, international jobs, and offshore events and conferences.

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Connie and I have been digital nomads for nearly ten years. In that time we have met hundreds of people all over the world. One of the most common questions

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Posted: November 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm

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Posted: October 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

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Pumpkin Island – Private Islands Online

Posted: October 17, 2016 at 1:27 am

This little private island of only 15 acres is a quaint piece of paradise that offers a blissful escape from the stresses of modern day life and a chance to partake in pristine nature. The island has everything to make your stay in paradise a memorable one. In order to preserve the intimacy and authenticity of the island, the owners have created a small eco-friendly retreat, purposely limiting the number, with a select variety of self catering cottages to five, whilst accommodating up to 30 guests. There is a very unique feel to each of the comfortable, nature-inspired cottages, only a step away from the ocean’s edge. Each has a special name, colourful decor and a view of the Pacific Ocean. All cottages are self-contained and eco-friendly, powered by wind and sun, yet well appointed and charming. They have their own private bathrooms, with large decks overlooking seclusion and freedom, enjoying some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever witness.

Take a swim at mid tide around the island’s own coral lagoon and see a multitude of colourful coral, giant clams and fish. Snorkelling equipment as well as glass bottom sea kayaks are provided for your use. *Professional diving or fishing tours can also be arranged. Picnic lunch can be taken on the coconut palm-shaded lawns behind the tropical thatched hut overlooking the beach. Silence is broken only by the rustle of palm leaves and the gentle sound of waves breaking on the reef, whilst sipping away at sundowners from the Lookout’s peaceful surroundings. Alternatively, arrange to have your evening ended with a beach bonfire and scrumptious marshmallows.

Fish for your own dinner within the shallow waters of the reef, or dine from our pre-order gourmet meals menu. Guests can self-cater or pre-order gourmet meals along with Australian wines, from the award winning Waterline Restaurant, at Keppel Bay Marina, Yeppoon. Meals and drinks are collected on the day of departure. The island will enchant all who choose Pumpkin Island for their self catering holidays in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Pumpkin Island is a playground for families young and old, utterly romantic for couples and a hoot for a group of friends.

There are numerous commercial flights available daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Upon your arrival at the Rockhampton Airport, it is a 45 minute trip by car to Yeppoon Harbour where a boat, a 45 minute boat journey, awaits to take you to Pumpkin Island. To assist in maintaining the pristine environment, there are no jetty facilities, with transfers ashore undertaken by way of a smaller vessel.

You can charter a private helicopter from Rockhampton Airport for a short forty-five-minute flight to Pumpkin Island. Alternatively, you could land your private helicopter on our helipad or sail in on your own boat.

Facilities nearby in Yeppoon – Within a 45 minute boat trip to the mainland from Pumpkin Island, you will find the nearby towns of Yeppoon, Emu Park, Byfields and Rockhampton; along with a selection of professionally designed golf courses, day spa’s, sailing clubs, scuba diving shops, adventure activity centre, award winning restaurants and visits to the surrounding islands and private gardens.

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Holidays to the Caribbean 2016 / 2017 | loveholidays.com

Posted: October 6, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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Think Caribbean and you think beach holiday. And you certainly wont find a better destination for lounging in the sand, preferably with something rum-based nearby. That isnt nearly all that these islands have to offer though. Rain forests and mountains for starters; distinctive island cultures that only have providing a good time in common; and exciting towns and cities with some fascinating history.

Youve got a picture of the perfect Caribbean island in your head already the palm tree-fringed, white-sand beach, the funky little beach bar under the trees, yachts sailing by on the deep blue sea. The good news is that youve got it just right; the Caribbean more than lives up to the most demanding expectations.

You might want to replace that tin-shack bar in your fantasy with a big, luxurious, all-inclusive resort hotel. And thats easily enough done. The islands of the Caribbean are very used to welcoming guests, and they do it style. High quality customer service and endless pampering is top of the agenda here.

But if youre worried about the effect all that good living is going to have on the beach body you spent months working to perfect, you can throw in a very healthy dose of activities while youre at it. The islands all have excellent water sports on tap. Divings a particular favourite because the underwater picture here is as colourful as the one above the waves. There are also inland adventures to be had, from off-roading or zip-wiring through unspoiled jungle to climbing extinct volcanoes and canyoning in mountain streams.

The Caribbeans far from being one-dimensional. There are more than 7,000 islands in the group. Though only 13 of them are inhabited island nations, they are a colourful cocktail of distinctive cultures, unique environments, and long, storied histories.

The Dominican Republic is the most popular island with visitors. Its a perfect mix of beach resort luxury, tropical rainforest paradise, and pretty colonial towns. Trinidad is the capital of carnival, where a party of some sort is never far from breaking out. To Jamaicas beautiful beaches are added a super-laid-back attitude and the rich musical culture. Antigua fits the desert island dream to a tee.

Cuba just opening up to America again is the Caribbeans biggest, most populated island, an intriguing cultural stew of cuisines, cultures and rhythms that along with the rum will leave you intoxicated.

As holiday destinations the islands of the Caribbean offer something for everyone. Theyre a brilliant family destination with loads of attractions and days out for kids. For romantic souls theres nothing like a Caribbean sunset to tick the box. You might want to return for your honeymoon or even to get married on the beach. But if a beach towel, a book and a planters punch is all you need, youll never find anywhere better to lie back and soak in relaxation.

What a lot of choices this diverse little box of treasures hold. The beaches and resort hotels at the likes of Punta Cana are all-inclusive paradises. Kick off your sandals for a pair of boots and you could be hiking through rain forest or up Pico Duarte, the Caribbeans tallest mountain. Historic rum factories are uncorked around Puerto Plata. Santo Domingo, the islands capital, was the first port of call for Christopher Columbus on his way to the New World and is a beautiful UNESCO-protected historic town.

The Dominican Republic is made for family or his-and-her beach breaks, with big resort hotels offering brilliant value and all-inclusive facilities with perfect sands and crystal-clear waters.

Jungle tumbles down the dramatic mountains in the interior. Head for the hills and get ready to explore an unspoiled new world and release your inner Bear Grylls with rainforest adventure sports.

Get ready to change your desert island preconceptions in beautiful Santo Domingo, where modern high rises stand side-by-side with the oldest European buildings in the Caribbean. Its lively, laid-back, and enormous fun.

Food is an obsession with the Dominican locals, and if youre a visitor you should be no different. Super-fresh fish, spicy meat stews, straight-from-the-tree fruit juice and some of the best rum and coffee in the world are highlights.

The big beach resorts around Punta Cana, La Romana, Samana and Puerto Plata offer great value all-inclusive access to some of the best beaches in the world.

Santo Domingo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 16th-century churches, plazas and forts, standing over a beautiful port. There are good museums to explain the islands place in world history too.

Theres more UNESCO protection for the pristine Eastern National Park (Parque Nacional del Este), an internationally important land and sea wildlife reserve full of colourful species from pelicans to dolphins.

With its long-established British links, Jamaicas a top destination for UK sun seekers. Theyve got good reason to love it. The beaches are classically Caribbean with white sand, palm trees, coral reefs and blue waters. Then there are the forests, mountains, waterfalls and banana plantations pure beauty. Finally, the people, the music, the food, the culture; theyre all as wonderful, welcoming and worth exploring as youve been led to believe.

Lying back on a perfect island beach. Seven Mile Beach in Negril has room to spread out. Montego Bay is busy with beach bars and water sports. You can surf at Boston Bay Beach in Port Antonio, or lose yourself on Winnifred Beach, a favourite with the locals as well as seclusion-seeking visitors.

Climbing the Blue Mountain Peak is just one inland adventure to experience on this stunningly beautiful island. The Blue Hole springs at Ocho Rios, the Dunns River Falls, the cliffs at Negril – Jamaica is packed with natural wonders to discover.

Dancing the night away is expected in the home of reggae. Theres more to Jamaican musical and party culture than Bob Marley though. But from African-inspired folk songs or church gospel to booming dancehall beats and street sound systems, everythings got passion and rhythm.

Eating like royalty is every Jamaicans birth right! The cuisine is spicy and international mixing African, European and Latin American flavours. With fantastic local produce yam, plantain, fish, goat, fruit to conjure with, Jamaican food is as rich and diverse as the islands landscapes.

From jumping Montego Bay to fashionable Seven Mile Beach or isolated Treasure Beach, Jamaicas coastline is one of the best for sun and sand in the world. And guess what youll find at Reggae Beach?

Jamaica has a proud cultural heritage with music just the best known of its exports. Historic houses and capital-city museums celebrate everyone from Noel Coward to Bob Marley. The best way to understand it all is just to dive in and immerse yourself.

The twin islands of Antigua and smaller Barbuda are as beautiful as any in the Caribbean. The reefs around the shore make the islands diving really rewarding. Smaller and less-developed than some of the islands but with 365 beaches, Antigua has room for everyone on its sands.

Everything that makes the Caribbean great a good choice of top-quality resorts; party people; beaches and jungles; a beautiful historic capital can be found in spades in Barbados. Bridgetown has UNESCO World Heritage Status, but the beaches and wild interior dont need any certification to confirm their timeless beauty.

The times are changing in Cuba. But its the years of time standing relatively still that give the crumbling, colourful facades and classic American motors of Havana much of its charm. Elsewhere there are resorts and beaches to match any in the region, and a rum, a cigar and some Afro-Cuban beats are the icing on a colourful cake.

Trinidad (busy and relatively built up) and Tobago (chilled and empty) are a beautiful contrast. Party in Port of Spain or zip wire through Tobagos protected forests before lying back on the pink tinged sands.

St Lucia is a supremely romantic island, its mountains and waterfalls stealing the hearts of many a visitor. Brilliant beach-front resorts include the famous Sandals brand. A party can always be found in Gros Islet, and peace and quiet is the hallmark or Choc Bay.

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Best On Bahamas | Great Things To Do In The Bahamas

Posted: September 3, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Welcome to Best On Bahamas, the premiere destination for things to do in the Bahamas. We only offer top quality tours, activities and shore excursions. We offer things to do in Nassau Bahamas and Freeport Bahamas. The Bahamas offers pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs all surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters and unique marine life. Whether it’s your first time visiting The Bahamas or you are returning for more, we want to be your Insider to the wonderful activities these islands have to offer. Let Best On Bahamas and our staff be your guide to the perfect Bahamas Vacation, helping you with everything from the best time to go, cruise excursions and information, hotels, and other insider tips on things to do in the Bahamas.

There are more than enough fun things to do to keep you and your family occupied on your Bahamas vacation. We recommend starting off your island vacation with the Biking, Shopping, and Beach Tour to familiarize yourself with the islands, meet and greet with the locals live. Get some souvenir shopping done and get your exercise for the day in as you bike behind your guide to the beach.

For the adults that want to get away from it all for some fun and dancing should take a look at the Bonfire on the Beach. Guests get to watch the sunset and spend the twilight hours next to the bonfire on the beach while sipping on drinks, and eating Bahamian cuisine, then dance the night away with new friends. If you are a person who would rather venture into the whimsical, and untouched forest of the Bahamas, then your route is going toward the Lucayan National Park and Cave tour. With this, you get the chance to be guided through the caves and the forest that the Lucayans once walked amongst.

There are so many choices when it comes to doing anything aquatic in the Bahamas. One of the most popular activities for visitors of the Bahamas to participate in are snorkeling tours. Of course, there are many to choose from, so we here at Best On Bahamas want to help you save time. One of our most popular things to do is the Bahamas Booze Cruise, which takes its passengers out on a 45-foot catamaran to a deserted island for a beach party, and crystal clear waters for snorkeling. Want to really enjoy your Bahamas vacation the Caribbean way? Jump aboard the Barefoot Sailing All Day Island Cruise, which will take passengers to rarely seen snorkeling spots. Give yourself a real, once-in-a-lifetime chance to encounter one of the most intelligent mammals on Earth, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. The Blue Lagoon Dolphin Close Encounter gives patrons the opportunity the get up close and personal with dolphins of the famous Blue Lagoon. Take it a step further and sign up to swim with the dolphins with the Blue Lagoon Swim with the Dolphins program.

Whether your boating trip goals are to fish the deep blue sea for your dinner, sail around the crystal clear waters, or cruise at the fastest speeds you’ve been on a boat across the ocean waves, there is something for everyone’s preference for their vacations.

The historic city of Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas. It is a wildly popular tourist destination, both as a port of call for cruise ships and for those looking for a relaxing, exciting, and luxurious vacation. The city is filled with activities to enjoy both during the daytime and at night, and is home to some of the finest resorts anywhere. It is a vibrant mix of the Old World and modern times. Once a haven for pirates and vagrants, Nassau now exudes charm beyond compare especially with its various tours and activities.

Freeport is located on Grand Bahama Island, the fourth largest island of the Bahamas that is second in popularity only to Nassau as a tourist destination of the Bahamas. Located approximately 70 miles off the southeastern coast of Florida, Grand Bahama Island is a tropical paradise that only seems out-of-the-way. Because Grand Bahama Island is larger than New Providence Island (the home of Nassau), there are more lengths of secluded white sand beaches to relax and play on. Freeport and all of Grand Bahama Island is a bold island paradise with modern attitude mixed with a little colonial charm, and will provide endless opportunities for adventure and fun, especially with Freeport tours.

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Sept 10 One Day Shootout September 11-2016 Greensboro/Carolyn Allen 3 $175.00 Howard Edwards Sept 10-11 Fall Super Bash September 10-11 2016 Salisbury Community Park 4 $225.00 Howard Edwards Sept 10-11 Fall 6 Game Eden High School September 10-11 2016 Eden Freedom Park 6 $250.00 Howard Edwards Sept 10-11 Fall 10U Super Girl September 10-11 2016 Statesville/Saratoma 5 $225.00 Howard Edwards Sept 17-18 College Connection 16U/18U September 17-18 2016 Salisbury Community Park 4 $350.00 Howard Edwards Sept 17-18 Fall Championship 10,12,14 September 17-18 2016 Huntersville/Bradford 4 $225.00 Chuck Laney Sept 17-18 NSA Six Game Super Bash September 17-18 2016 Tyger River Spartanburg 6 $350.00 Howard Edwards Sept 24-25 Fall Cheerwine 10U-12U-14U September 24-25 2016 Salisbury/Mooresville 5 $250.00 Howard Edwards Sept 24-25 Dudley Sports Elite 6GG 14U-HS September 24-25 2016 Rock Hill 6 $325.00 Chuck Laney Oct 1-2 NC/VA Fall Championship October 1-2 2016 Greensboro/Carolyn Allen 5 $300.00 Howard Edwards Oct 1-2 Winthrop Gold Cup 1 October 1-2 2016 Winthrop College Rock Hill 4 $300.00 Jim Allen October 8-9 Winthrop Gold Cup 2 October 1-2 2016 Winthrop College Rock Hill 4 $300.00 Jim Allen Oct 1-2 Think Pink October 1-2 2016 Concord/Frank Lisk 4 $300.00 Colt Butler Oct 8-9 10U Special Weekend October 8-9 2016 Thomasville/East Davidsion complex 4 $250.00 Howard Edwards Oct 8-9 Fall Class B Championship 12U-14U October 8-9 2016 Salisbury Community Park 5 $250.00 Howard Edwards Oct 8-9 NSA Gold Cup 6GG 12U-14U October 8-9 2016 Rock Hill Cherry Park 6 $325.00 Chuck Laney Oct 8-9 Fall Beach Blast Myrtle Beach October 8-9 2016 Myrtle Beach Georgetown 4 $325.00 Howard Edwards Oct 15-16 The Thriller October 15-16 2016 Huntersville-Bradford 4 $250.00 Colt Butler Oct 15 Out of the Park 14U October 15-2016 Reidsville 4 $195.00 Doyle OBryant Oct 15-16 Fall Talent Search October 15-16 2016 Burlington/Springwood 4 $375.00 Howard Edwards

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Adult Vacations, Negril, Jamaica | Hedonism II

Posted: August 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

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