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Head To These 13 Bucket List Places If You Want To Live The Best Of Both Mountain And Ocean Life

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Are you a mountain person or a beach bum? If you are in a moral dilemma to choose one over the other perhaps you love both mountains and oceans equally. I am one of those people who fall into the latter category and I have found a perfect solution. Imagine travelling to a place where you can enjoy a gorgeous hike on a mountain during the day and a nice beer by the beach in the evening? Sounds like a dream, doesn't it?

Here is a list of 13 such out-of-the-world remarkable places that you need to visit at least once in your lifetime:

1) Raja Ampat Islands

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Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, Raja Ampat is an Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua. It is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life and is very well-known among scuba divers. Explore ancient rock paintings and caves on Misool Island, the crimson bird of paradise that lives on Waigeo Island when you visit this paradise.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets are cheapest from Mumbai to Sorong and cost around Rs 48,000 on an average, if you book in advance. After reaching Sorong you can take a ferry to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat.

Daily budget: Rs 1,000 to 3,000

Best time to visit: October to April

Where to stay: TeraAilan Heritage Resort, Alter Native Stay

2) Honolulu

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Honolulu is a panoramic island on Oahu’s south shore and is the capital of Hawaii. The iconic crescent beach backed by palms and high-rise hotels, with volcanic Diamond Head crater towering in the distance provides a view like nowhere else in the world. The Waikiki neighbourhood is the center for experiencing fantastic dining, nightlife, and shopping. Do not forget to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and learn more about World War II attack on Pearl Harbor.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from Chennai to Honolulu and cost around INR 40000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 4000-8000

Best time to visit: September to November

Where to stay: Stay Hotel Waikiki, Ewa Hotel Waikiki

3) Mallorca

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Mallorca (Majorca) is one of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. Enjoy extraordinary beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains when you visit this fabulous place. Head to Capital Palma when you want to experience the island's nightlife, the Moorish Almudaina royal palace, and 13th-century Santa María Cathedral. Explore the stone-built villages of Pollença, with its art galleries and music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi to Barcelona and cost around INR 30000 on average, if you book in advance. From there you can book cheap flights to Palma de Mallorca airport.

Daily budget: INR 3000-8000

Best time to visit: April to June and September to October

Where to stay: Mallorca B&B, Hotel Lis Mallorca

4) South Island

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Distinguished for its marvelous mountains, lakes, and glaciers, the South Island of New Zealand is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The Southern Alps, home to majestic Aoraki Mt. Cook, run along the entire length of the island. Fiordland National Park in the southwest, with steep-sided Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park, known for its trails and ocean kayaking in the north, you get it all here. Queenstown is a great place to try adventure sports like bungee jumping and skiing.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from Hyderabad to Christchurch, and cost around INR 45000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 2000-5000

Best time to visit: March to May

Where to stay: Haka Lodge, Southwark Apartments

5) Zakynthos

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Zakynthos is a stunning Greek island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the dream like landscapes as you walk on fantastic beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas, and Tsilivi which offer swimming and water sports activities as well. Navagio beach can be accessed by boat and is the site of a famed 1980 shipwreck resting in a sandy cove framed by cliffs.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi and Mumbai to Athens, and cost around INR 30000 on average, if you book in advance. Then you can take domestic flight to Zakynthos airport.

Daily budget: INR 3000-8000

Best time to visit: Late May to early October

Where to stay: Hera Zakynthos Hotel, Anna Maria Studios

6) Palawan

Palawan is an archipelagic province of the Philippines world renowned for its incredibly clear waters, white beaches, and rich diversity of flora and fauna. El Nido and Taytay is very famous for its distinctive limestone cliffs and colorful under-ocean life with many species of tropical fish and coral. If you are lucky you may spot five species of endangered sea turtles here.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from Kochi to Manila, and cost around INR 15000 on average, if you book in advance. After reaching Manila you can fly into Puerto Princesa Palawan Airport by a domestic flight for around INR 3000.

Daily budget: INR 2000-5000

Best time to visit: October to mid-June

Where to stay: Paboreal Boutique Hotel, Dolce Vita Hotel

7) Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a Maritime Canadian province on the Atlantic. It consists of a peninsula and offshore islands and is home to puffins and seals, and popular for water sports like kayaking. The Bay of Fundy is a popular whale-watching destination. Halifax is its capital famous for the star-shaped Citadel which is known for its lively waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi to Toronto, and cost around INR 30000 on average, if you book in advance. After reaching Toronto you can fly into Halifax Airport by a domestic flight for around INR 6000.

Daily budget: INR 1200-3000

Best time to visit: May and late October.

Where to stay: Garden Palace, Bluenose Inn & Suites

8) Svolvær

Svolvær is located on the island of Austvågøya is the entry to exploring the famous Lofoten archipelago of Norway. No matter where you look, the view of this place is going to make you feel like you are living in a fairytale. The surreal Arctic light is one more reason this place should be on your bucket-list.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai to Oslo, and cost around INR 35000 on average, if you book in advance. After reaching Oslo you can fly in Svolvaer by a domestic flight for around INR 7000.

Daily budget: INR 500-2000

Best time to visit: June to August

Where to stay: Fast Hotel Svolvær, Vestfjord Hotel Lofoten

9) Goto

The Gotō Islands are Japanese islands in the East China Sea, off the western coast of Kyūshū comprising of five main islands - Fukue, Hisaka, Naru, Wakamatsu, and Nakadori. The group name “Goto” literally means “five islands.” Fukue Island is the largest island of the quintet and while there you can check out Fukue Castle, the Goto Tourist and History Museum, and a samurai neighborhood.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi to Nagasaki, and cost around INR 45000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 3000-4000

Best time to visit: April to June and again from late October to early November.

Where to stay: Fujiwara Ryokan, Richmond Hotel

10) Makarska

The heart of the Makarska Riviera on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Makarska comprises of picturesque villages at the foot of the Biokovo Mountain which has several hiking trails. Makarska is also popular with tourists for its charming beaches, seafront promenade, and nightlife.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi to Split, and cost around INR 35000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 2500-7000

Best time to visit: June-August

Where to stay: Studio MakarskaVilla Mia Makarska

11) Sugarloaf Mountain - Urca

You cannot miss Sugarloaf mountain if you are visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. You can hike up the first mountain known as Morro da Urca and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of Rio de Janeiro. Christ the Redeemer is also not far from this site.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from Mumbai to Rio De Janeiro, and cost around INR 68000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 1500-5000

Best time to visit: December and March

Where to stay: Casa Cool Beans B&BCasalegre Art Vila

12) Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a natural world heritage site and a notable landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It attracts tourists from all over the world who love hiking to the top of this flat-topped mountain to marvel at the surreal view of Cape Town. There is also a cableway leading to the top of the Table Mountain. Apart from that, you can spend time exploring Table Mountain National Park, go for a picnic in forests or share a beach with penguins, you will never run out of things to do here.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from Mumbai to Cape Town, and cost around INR 35000 on average, if you book in advance.

Daily budget: INR 4000-7000

Best time to visit: October to April

Where to stay: Parker CottageKapensis Guesthouse

13) Manarola

Manarola is one of the outstanding villages of the spectacular Cinque Terre coast in eastern Liguria region of Italy. It is famous for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine. Beautiful vividly colored village houses at the side of mountain cliff look as if it will slip into the sea at any moment but it has remained the same for more than 500 years. Enjoy the stunning coastal scenery as you explore other lovely villages of the Cinque Terre.

How to reach: Round-trip flight tickets is cheapest from New Delhi to Milan, and cost around INR 35000 on average, if you book in advance. After reaching Milan you can reach Manorola by a train or bus in about four hours.

Daily budget: INR 4000-8000

Best time to visit: June to September

Where to stay: Le Stanze di BoccadasseAlbergo Fiorita

 

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