Apr 262012
 

It seems like more and more webcams are popping up each day.  Sure, you can bookmark all of them, but then you end up with a long, cumbersome lineup of bookmarks that make it difficult to find anything.  So, we’ve come up with a solution for the webcam lovers of the world.  Now you can bookmark only one page, and it’s here at Reeftraveler.

Bucuti Beach Webcam, Aruba

We’ve compiled a list of the most amazing tropical webcams from around the world.  From Fiji, to the Caribbean, to Costa Rica to Kenya – our favorites are here on one page.

Webcam View of Peter Bay, St. John from www.villavacations.net

And here’s a little tip for webcam newbies, if you click on the link and all you see is black, it is dark in that area of the world.  Check back in a few hours.

Bora Bora Lagoon Webcam

Do you know of any tropical webcams to add to our page?  If so, Email us at reeftraveleronline@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post.

Apr 222012
 

Today is Earth Day (it is celebrated each year on April 22nd).  A perfect time to evaluate your ecological footprint (translation: how earth friendly are your habits?).  Maybe you are a die-hard environmentalist, living sans electricity in a tree house, or maybe you live in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion and fly around the globe in your own Gulfstream.  Or maybe you are, like most of us, somewhere in the middle.

The good news is that you don’t have to completely overhaul your life to become a little greener.  Here are ten small (and simple, I promise) changes you can make to help protect the earth.

1)  Buy fewer products packaged in plastic.

2)  Recycle your plastics, glass and paper.

3)  Buy your veggies from the local farmer’s market.

4)  Eat veggies and fruits that are in season.

5)  Plant a garden.  No yard?  Plant a windowsill herb garden.

6)  Remember what your parents told you when you were a kid – turn off the lights! (this one is for you Dad)

7)  Buy recycled products.

8)  Wash your laundry in cold water.  OK, I will admit that there are a few items (unmentionables, sheets) that require a hot water wash (no judgement here), but remember to reset the temp to cold afterwards.

9)  Hang your laundry to dry.

10)  Bring your own reusable bags for grocery shopping.  These are awesome and come in tons of cute colors and patterns (translation: this line is for the handbag addicts out there, not that I know anyone like that).

Baggu Reusable Bag

 

Apr 182012
 

I’m an island nation, whose waters are home to 56 species of sharks (including the magnificent whale shark).  Eighty to Ninety percent of my plant and animal species are endemic (unique to the island). French is a common language among my people, but not the only one spoken.  Oh, and I am not located in the Pacific Ocean.

Who am I?

PS – Check out this Guess the Island post, which hasn’t yet been solved.  Can you guess both?

Apr 152012
 

A collection of links that have caught my eye this week.

Follow Velma (my super smart sister-in-law) and her colleagues at the California Academy of Sciences as they start their newest expedition in Sao Tome and Principe. There is some stunning eye candy in this post, in the form of snakes, frogs, mountain vistas and even a seahorse. For more on the education component of this expedition, see this post.

No dive trip in your near future? Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Open Sea Webcam for an underwater fix. You might see some little old things such as hammerhead sharks and bluefin tuna.

And a reminder to use this widget to ensure that your seafood choices are sustainable.