Chinatown Bus Lines are a Budget Traveler's Dream

A Guide to the Chinatown Bus

The word is out – the cheapest way to get from one major US city to another is on the "Chinatown bus". In recent years this has become transportation option of choice for budget travelers in New York, Washington DC, and Boston, and more recently on the West Coast. Students, backpackers, and an array of other savvy travelers have long loved the rock bottom prices that these bus companies offer. Despite the popularity of these bus lines it can still be difficult to find information on Chinatown bus service.
What exactly is a "Chinatown Bus"? Read on and you will have the inside track on this great budget travel option.

Chinatown Bus history

The Chinatown bus phenomenon began in the late 1990s when an entrepreneur in New York's Chinatown started running daily bus service from Chinatown in New York to Chinatown in Boston. The service was aimed at Asian immigrants who wanted to shop or visit relatives in either city and needed cheap and convenient transportation. The service was bare bones – no advertising, customer service, or bus stations. Customers simply went to the bus stop, waited for the bus (or van), and paid the driver upon boarding. For those willing to do without frills, they offered the same service as traditional bus companies at a substantially lower price. Before long, the word spread and all kinds of people started using the service. It became especially popular with students, budget travelers, or people for what the service was simply more convenient.

Soon more bus companies duplicated this model and started offering service in other cities. Now you can find this type of bus service in Philadelphia, Virginia, Baltimore Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. At this point the term "Chinatown bus" is used more loosely to describe this sort of low-cost / low-frills service. Many, if not most, of the companies do not have Chinatown as their main location and may not cater to the immigrant population at all. These operators are also sometimes referred to as "curbside" operators.

How can tickets be so cheap?

$ 15 between New York to Boston? $ 25 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles? It seems hard to fathom. Chinatown bus companies are able to keep prices low because they operate in a fundamentally different way from traditional carriers. Foremost, the service is very basic. There is little in the way of customer service or amenities. Most of these operators do not have formal stations, picking up passengers at bus stops instead. They eschew traditional advertising in favor of word of mouth. Further, many of the operators play a very hands-on role in the operation – you will not see idle executables at a small independent bus company. Finally, these operators make sure they fill their buses. That is why Chinatown bus operators usually only operate on heavily trafficked routes. Indeed some companies only run buses at peak times.

Are they safe?

When these companies first started operating, concerns were raised about safety standards. There is still controversy within the bus industry about whether these newcomers are complying with the same regulations as the traditional companies. However, a task force set up by the Federal government to look at safety issues found that Chinatown bus companies did not perform better or worse than other types of bus companies (ie. Charter, tour buses). All bus companies operating in the US must undergo the same inspection standards and must comply with the same rules. Realistically there is probably a range of quality among Chinatown bus carriers. Some are fly-by-night operators trying to make a fast buck, while others are legitimate entrepreneurs who plan to grow and operate a long term business.

What you should expect

  • No frills service – the driver may be the ticket collector; there will not be a lot of customer service.
  • Comfortable buses. Since the low fares buses are usually quite nice. Most buses are comparable to Greyhound and many are actually more deluxe.
  • Communication challenges. Drivers are legally required to speak enough English to help passengers in the case of emergency. In reality this is often adhered to rather loosely. At the very least, expect your driver to have an accent.
  • Possible delays. Many of these bus routes are on highly congested roads. When the roads are busy, expect delays.
  • Rest stops. Buses will have a lavatory on board but there is usually a 10 or 15 minute bathroom break on trips over 4 hours. Do not be late returning to the bus, the driver will not count heads before leaving at the appointed time.
  • Full buses. Buses definitely sell out at peak times (weekends and evenings). Book ahead or get there early if you want secure a seat.
  • Plastic Bags. An odd little quirk on Chinatown buses is that every aisle seat usually has a plastic grocery bag tied to the arm. I guess they find this is the best way to keep the buses clean.

How do I find the Chinatown Bus?

Again, "Chinatown bus" is a term used to describe a type of operator and not an individual bus company. Many unlisted bus companies fall into this category. Since most Chinatown buses do not spend money on advertising it can be difficult to find out details about schedules and bus stop locations. Many of the carriers are becoming savvier about the Internet and quite a few have websites with information. Usually an Internet search will yield links to bus service to your destination. There are also several directories, such as chinatown-bus.org that include links for most Chinatown bus companies and the author's employer, GotoBus.com, is a centralized booking site that has schedules and sells tickets online for most Chinatown bus companies.

The Chinatown bus is not for everyone. If you want an order system with American style customer service, you should probably stick to traditional carriers. However, if you know what to expect and come prepared with a sense of adventure and humor, you should enjoy the trip just fine. You will also enjoy the money you save!

The Basics of Video Conferencing

Modern business operations all share the same rapidly depleting commodity: Time. When time is leveraged, productivity and output invariably increases within a business organization. Technology continues to provide workers and businesses with new tools to help leakage time. Video conferencing could prove to be one of the most important time leveraging business tools of the 21st century.

Once a luxury for only the largest companies, video conferencing is beginning to change the landscape of how businesses communicate with both employees and clients. In its simplest form, video conferencing allows two individuals to be thousands of miles apart yet still effectively communicate as if they were in the same room. Systems in use today can now connect multiple parties across multiple continents – in real time with excellent and high quality video and audio.

The Origins of Video Conferencing

Video conferencing capacities originated in the 1970s. Similar to every other technology in use today, video conferencing has changed dramatically since first being developed. Early proponents of video conferencing technology had no standards or protocols to rely on. This fact made a teleconference via video an expensive proposition – one that only huge companies and government agencies could afford. In a time where cell phones were still a decade away for most consumers and businesses, video teleconferences were few and far between.

Today, affordable networks and systems are widely available across the globe. Interoperability of video teleconferencing systems is essentially guaranteed now that standards and protocols have been clearly established.

Specific Standards and Protocols for Video Conferencing

To make any technology usable for the masses, standards and protocols are required to insure systems, software and hardware are ubiquitous across the board.

To help guarantee video teleconferencing compatibility between manufacturers, the International Telecommunications Union developed and defined a series of video conferencing standards. In place since the mid-1990s, current standards are defined in terms of H.3xx.

H.3xx are "umbrella" recommendations for video conferencing. They include the protocols for coding video / audio, multiplexing, signaling, and control.

The core H.3xx recommendations are as follows:

H.320 – Narrow-band video conferencing over circuit-switched networks (N-ISDN, SW56, dedicated networks) H.321 – Narrow-band video conferencing over ATM and B-ISDN H.323 – Narrow-band video conferencing over non -Guaranteed quality-of-service packet networks (LAN, Internet, etc.) H.324 – Very narrow-band video conferencing over the general (dial-up) telephone network H.310 – Wide-band (MPEG-2) video conferencing over ATM and B-ISDN H.323 is a standard for audio, video, and data communication over IP-based (Internet Protocol) networks.

All major video conferencing manufacturers produce ITU compliant equipment. When choosing video conference equipment, be sure that you select a system that does not offer only proprietary methods of operation.

How Video Conferencing Works

The success of a video teleconference depends entirely on the equipment and network capabilities behind that equipment.

Since real-time video contains a tremendous amount of data, it is imperative that the system being used can handle a high amount of bandwidth at any given time. Fortunately, video conferencing systems are designed to "sample" and "compress" a certain portion of data (such as the unchanging "background 'of the room) to help conserve bandwidth. "A video codec is the device or software that enables video compression and or decompression for digital video.

It is the job of the codec to "sample" data at specific time intervals (fractions of a second) and then compress this data so that it can be delivered across the network. The codec on the receiving end then reassembles audio and video for transmission onto a television or computer screen. To conserve bandwidth, the codec focuses on the most important data – ie moving objects such as people, props, etc. Moving objects take a reasonable amount of processing power, so the better the codec, the higher quality your video conference will appear.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Video Conferencing Solution

A wide variety of video conferencing systems are available in the marketplace. Before purchasing equipment or services from vendors, consider the following as a starting point to narrow down the requirements of a system that fits with your business needs:

How will you be using video conferencing? A simple video conference between employees in the same town, building or area will require a more basic solution than video conferencing multiple parties across the vast distances. Determine the maximum video conference scenario you will be utilizing to narrow down bandwidth and equipment requirements.

How large is the meeting room where you plan to conduct video conferences? Camera capacities will depend on the size of the room and number of people involved. Conducting a video conference in a small auditorium with dozens of participants will require a quite different solution than 1-2 individuals transmitting from a small office.

On what type of network will your video conference be hosted? The network you choose to host your videoconference will play a key role in overall reliability and performance. Most video conferencing systems sold today include an IP interface with ISDN as an option. Determine the capabilities of your network before deciding on any one specific video conferencing solution.

The Future of Video Conferencing

Increasing productivity while reducing costs will always be an important part of any business. The popularity of video conferencing will unduly increase in the coming years. Virtually all industries will eventually utilize video conferencing in some form to help bring people together – at least less cost than physical travel for face-to-face meetings. As more corporations, health care providers and governments experience the value in video conferencing as a time and money-saving tool, the technology will become more necessity than luxury. The age of the video conference has just begun!

The Favorite Receivers Of Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones

Bert Jones is routiniously brought up in discussions about quarterbacks who were both great and vastly underrated. Jones played on some Baltimore Colts teams that did not have a lot of other star players on the roster. Still, he performed at a high level and lifted the entire team with the quality of his play. Due to back injuries, he did not play as long as he probably could and still was effective, but his career was a success on an individual level if not on a team one.

While it's true that the time during Jones' stay with the team was not the franchise's most successful, it's also true that it was not due to lack of effort on the part of the quarterback. Whether throwing the long bomb or scrambling around, buying some time, and finding the uncoached man, Bert Jones was something really special to watch. During his career though, the bulk of which was spent with the Colts, who were his favorite receivers?

Here is a look at the top receivers based on how many touchdown passages Bert Jones thread to them.

# 1 – Roger Carr (24)

# 2 – Glenn Doughty (16)

# 3 – Lydell Mitchell (13)

# 4 – Don McCauley (12)

# 5 (Tie) – Ray Butler (10)

# 5 (Tie) – Raymond Chester (10)

Bert Jones thread to a variety of receivers during his career, and each of them played a large part in his success. Fans of him knew that watching Bert Jones meant that they were going to see a show.

Percy Harvin Early Life Bio – Former University of Florida (UF) Gators Football Player

The professional football player widely known as Percy Harvin was actually born William Percival Harvin III in May of 1988 and adopted the nickname Percy as short for his middle name Percival at a young age. Harvin went onto garner national attention as a standout player for the University of Florida (UF) Gators football program where he was an offensive weapon that helped the college win two national championships. After being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in April of 2009 Percy has enjoyed the entire of his pro football career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Minneapolis based Minnesota Vikings.

Long before becoming one of the favorite receiving targets for future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre Percy grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he excelled in athletics at Landstown High School. In 2004 the Landstown Eagles, his school football team, won a Virginia state championship. Interestingly with a high school state championship in 2004 and college national championships in 2006 and 2008 Harvin near won championships at the high school, college, and professional levels in a five year span before the Vikings suffered an overtime loss that resulted in the team being knocked out of the NFL playoffs one game shy of reaching the Super Bowl. A little known fact is that years before even winning a high school football championship Percy was part of a Pop Warner football team at the age of 13 that actually won the Pop Warner National Championship.

At 5'11 "Harvin has always been considered a bit undersized and has also always been considered one of the fastest players on the football field. Percy reportedly ran a 40 yard dash in 4.32 seconds as a freshman in high school. that speed would be considered one of the fastest even by NFL combine standards. In February of 2009 at the NFL Combine Harvin was timed in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.41 seconds.

As a track and field star Percy set five state track and field records and won state championships in the 200 meter dash, triple jump, long jump, 400 meter relay, and 100 meter dash. The success Harvin had on the track was unpresented as no one in the state of Virginia had ever before won five state championships in a single track meet.

The unrivaled speed that Harvin demonstrated on the grid iron, track, and even the basketball court made him one of the most coveted high school enrollments in the nation. In 2005 Percy was nationally recognized by respected football recruiting publications as being the top junior prospect in the country. Ultimately Harvin decided to play college football for the University of Florida over competitive scholarship from perceived front runner Florida State University as well as the University of Miami, University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan.

IMF Cautions of Global Trade Danger

The group responsible for monitoring the financial system of several countries has given alerts regarding the global trade depreciation caused by oil price hikes and the degenerating American housing market. In an announcement, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that the two industries can lead the global trade and the international economy to jumble.

The IMF is an international organization, which is composed of 184 members including the United States, was established in 1946 right after the windup of the Second World War. It was created due to the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. The basic tasks of the fund are to lend member countries with funds and to provide financing solutions to momentary balance of payment problems. The organization is also responsible in assisting the expansion and balanced growth of global trade and the international economy, and in ensuring international monetary cooperation among member nations. The said organization played an active role in the economic and financial rules and policies of some highly obligated member countries and in the maintenance of the nation’s monetary stability.

The organization also declared that the American dollar may drop because of the disordered savings policies and asset imbalances in the global trade. It can be noted that the several groups already made an appeal to the international economy, most especially to the developed countries like Japan and Germany, to increase their expenses and not rely on the US to become the sole trade market machine.

The said announcement was promulgated even before the annual World Bank and IMF conference that will take place in Singapore this month. The conference hasn’t started yet, however, ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) affluent nations and other finance leaders are already having discussion about these policies in Singapore. In its current report, IMF emphasized the possible factors that can jeopardize the incessant global trade growth.

The fast-paced increase of oil cost in the global trade have banded together with the current figures illustrating that the market of new US homes dropped by 4.3 percent last July have fanned the flames of worries regarding an international economic backslide. The said declination in the home market is considered the most huge drop since last February.

The Global Financial Stability article released by the IMF stated that the current global trade crisis serves as an opportunely admonition for finance ministers from various communities to empower macro-economic rules and policies, and strive in implementing the much-required structural changes.

In the center of the maelstrom of issues of fear and worries about the global trade, the current report came out the day right after China announced that it had already posted a report of $18.8 billion trade balance with other nations last August. On the contrary, the US has its trade decreased to over $64bn. As a reason to the difference between the trade growth of US and China is the Asian nation’s weak currency that makes the goods from the said country to become relatively cheap resulting to the boosts in their export business.

Cheap Flights to Washington, DC

Washington DC is a great city to visit on family vacation. Washington DC is so rich in culture and history that it hard not to feel patriotic and inspired while visiting. Cheap flights to Washington DC can provide a great way to spend a long weekend in the nation's capital, or staying for longer if you have the time. Washington, DC has so much to offer, especially to those who are enthralled by the many mysteries of history, and want to see the famous monuments and government administration buildings that they have seen only on television or in the movies.

There are three airports that service the Washington DC area – including Dulles International, Washington National and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Each of the three airports is extremely busy – as you might imagine – from the influx of tourists and from those who work and commute back and forth to DC for government business. Cheap flights to Washington DC can land at anyone of these airports and put the traveler in very close proximity to Washington DC attractions and must-sees.

There are a lot of freebies in Washington DC that makes this vacation spot an excellent choice for the budget conscious. The National Mall holds the key to all the major monuments. Walking around the mall can take up to five days to thoroughly investigate all of the attractions along the National Mall. The Lincoln Monument sits on one end of the Mall and the Washington Monument sits in the middle with the capital building as a back drop. The Lincoln Monument is surreal up close and there are no pictures that do it justice; it is an overwhelming site to behold. On clear days the Washington Monument is clearly reflected in the reflection pool that the mall is built around. There is the World War II veteran's memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There are ten Smithsonian Museums located along the National Mall; each one can take at least four hours to wander through. There is so much history along the mall. Each building on the Mall is free to enter, there is a box in front of the building to make pledges but it is not required. There are other sights that must be seen on a trip to Washington DC. The White House, of course is a must. The White House only offers tours at the request of a member of congress, so contact your local congressman way ahead of the planned trip to inquire about getting a tour scheduled. The Supreme Court is also open to the public. The US Holocaust Museum and the Library of Congress are also must sees while in the Washington DC area.

The least expensive way to see the nation's capital may be to purchase a vacation package that includes your hotel accommodations, airfare, and rental car while in DC. These packages typically cost the average travelers hundreds of dollars less for their overall trip.

Cheap flights to Washington DC can make a family trip to the nation's capital a real possibility. It is a trip every American should make to feel the pride in being an American first hand.

Free Online Martial Arts Lessons

With online martial arts lessons becoming so freely available online many amateur MMA fighters are able to advance their techniques and condition levels to that of a professional fighter should they follow these advanced course in detail.

Mixed martial arts is now the world's fastest growing sport. Countries all over the world are slowly embracing MMA as a sport and not just a barbaric spectacle of blood and gore. Online martial arts lessons and tutorial programs have become so advanced that aspiring fighters can now learn a lot about MMA before they ever enter an MMA training facility. The UFC, also know as the Ultimate Fighting Championship is the worlds largest MMA organization and is run by the Zuffa co.

At the beginning of MMA back in the 90's it was promoted as a bloodsport that was no holds barred and the only rules were there there were no rules what so ever. Low blows and other moves that would have completely condemned in today's sporting world were common. Many authority figures in the US congress moved to ban the spectacle. In recent times MMA has gone from strength to strength and now rivals many boxing promotions in the box office sales.

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YouTube has always been a great place to get tutorial videos on anything you can imagine and in the case of MMA it is not different although you may have to dig through a lot of videos made by poor MMA coaches that teach bad technique.

Playoffs For the Baltimore Ravens?

Coach John Harbaugh sees a bright future for his Ravens. They have a good chance in getting to the playoffs by improving their standings of being a wild card in the AFC playoff race. The Baltimore Ravens admit that they are in the hunt, yet they have their focus on the next few games that need to be won in order for them to actually get in the playoffs.

Even if the team had a sweet taste of victory, they are still improving their efforts to be a better team than the last. Coach Harbaugh is directing his team along a single way and that is to get in the playoffs which they have been trying to work on for the whole season. Any excitement they have felt due to the last victories that they experienced is tempered because they still have a lot of challenges to face in the future. Neverheless, even if they encounter defeat they are still willing to become a better and stronger team the next time they are out in the field.

The Baltimore Ravens believe that as a team they have the responsibility to do what they have to do and that is to improve themselves game after game. This is their way of looking back and giving credit to one another in the event of a victory. Further, the thing that brings that Ravens one victory after the other is each of the team members' killer instinct and the teamwork and trust they put on each other's ability.

Great football players in a good team will always have consistency and lessen their mistakes as the game progresses. With a defeat looming ahead, these players will always have a way of turning the tables and end up winning. This is what the Ravens have done for most of the time and have come a long way since their meager performance last year which led to the termination of longtime coach Brian Billick.

But because of the upset of 2007, the Ravens have finally come to their senses and are taking each step one at a time, facing challenges as they come team after team, week after week. Everyone is excited in the outcome of the season and if things go according to plan then the Ravens have a very good chance of getting into the plays.

One thing great about the Baltimore Ravens is that they know that they control their fate as to the games they are playing. The climate is not so much of a problem since they have declared in the past that they are building a team that can withstand winter with a strong defense strategy. And that is what they are concentrating on now, to get by the games on November and December so that they will have a greater chance to get into the plays in January. But that may be too far off because the Ravens have the power to surprise their fans, much more so their opponents.

There Are No Limits When it Comes to Selecting Great Barrier Reef Tours

The Great Barrier Reef has long been a dream destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. This is with good reason since this natural wonder of the world is arguably the richest marine area in the world. From hump back whales to dreamlike coral palaces, there is much to see under the water. This is only half the story though since this Queensland treasure has just as much to do above the water as it does below. The timeless coastline is breathtaking to see and even those who are repeat QLD visitors complain that they just can not see enough.
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Because the Great Barrier Reef is so much more than simply a habitat, but a living thing on its own, each and every day is different. When you take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a trained tour guide, you are certain to spot wonders that you never expected. If you want to ensure that you have the opportunity to enjoy all that Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef have to offer then you owe it to yourself to take advantage of a Great Barrier Reef tour. This is really the only way to visit the many small islands that populate the waters.
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You will find a wide variety of Great Barrier Reef tours ranging from day trips to white water rafting. Your Great Barrier Reef island tours will give you a chance to swim with the sea turtles or to sail on schooner. Regardless of your taste for adventure, you’ll be able to find a tour that is both entertaining and challenging.
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It is not difficult to find a tour. What may be a little tricky though, is deciding on which tour is right for you and your party. There is such a wide variety that you may find that you have too many choices. Of course, this is really a good problem to have. You can make the task of selecting the perfect outing a little easier if you think about the types of activities you enjoy most and how much you want to spend.
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Do you want a tour that is slow and peaceful or would you prefer something that will get your heart pumping? Would you like to incorporated under water activities or do you prefer to stay above the water? There are many specialized Great Barrier Reef and Island tours available as well. Perhaps you’d like to spend your holiday hoisting sails. If so, then a sailing adventure may be for you. There are many charter tours available as well. You can even create your own island tour by renting and piloting your own boat. The only limit is your imagination. Once you know the type of tour you want you can easily select the perfect plan.
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Most Great Barrier Reef day tours begin early in order to take advantage of the full day. If you are staying in the north part of the region then you’ll have a short distance to travel to get the more popular reef areas. You will generally have lunch on board your water craft and take in several of the islands. Island tours that focus on specific areas are also available. Either way, you will see the Queensland coast in all its beauty through a Great Barrier Reef tour.

Source by Peter Joness

Top 7 Wet and Wild Water Sports in Sri Lanka

If you are looking for a thrill filled vacation in Sri Lanka then you must try the water sports in Sri Lanka. From the surf haven of Arugam Bay to scuba diving around the reefs of Hikkaduwa coast, you can rediscover the fun and excitement that you will cherish forever.

Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for water sports with its stunning beaches and waters.
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Some of the bays and reefs naturally provide the rips required for surfing and diving whilst others are renowned for their sailing.

Unlike most of the other places in the world, you can enjoy water sports in Sri Lanka for almost all the year.
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It is because Sri Lanka has two climate zone, North-East and South-West. For the South-West coast good time is from October to April while on the North-East coast the ideal time is from March to November.

If you are a water sports lover, there are number of water sports in Sri Lanka which you can try. These includes windsurfing, surfing, waterskiing, tube ride, jet-ski, river fishing, snorkeling, wake boarding, body boarding, banana ride, diving, river cruises, deep sea fishing etc.

Although there are number of famous places for water sports in Sri Lanka, some have edge over others.
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Kalpitiya, Arugam Bay, Bentota, Weligama and Hikkaduwa are the most popular spots for water sports. You can feel delight by Surfing in Arugam Bay, Scuba Diving in Hikkaduwa, Jet-Ski riding in Bentota, Kite-Surfing in Kalpitiya.

It’s easy to find good quality accommodation at each of above places. Also traveling to these places is not that difficult and can reach by any means of travel.

The price level also makes Sri Lanka a good place for water sports or I should say for tourism. lt’s cheap and delivers best simultaneously.
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For 10-20 USD you can enjoy a full hour of most of the water sports.

Full or partial water sports training courses and camps are available for both beginners and experienced people. Most of the hotels do arrange water sports upon your request. You can check with your hotel or ask from locals to get to know about the water sport centers nearby you.

Here are the Top 7 Wet and Wild Water Sports in Sri Lanka

1.
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Diving and Snorkeling

This is a wonderful and exciting sport which involves swimming on or in water equip with diving masks, swim fins and carrying a snorkel, which is a breathing tube which enables the snorkeler to breath with ease face down in water. Snorkeling appeals to all ages because it affords one an opportunity to observe the interesting and exciting water life easily without complicated water equipment and complex training required in other sports like scuba diving. Hikkaduwa, Weligama and Kirinda are the famous places for Diving and Snorkeling.

2. Surfing

Surfing is one of the most popular water sports in Sri Lanka among both locals and foreign tourists. High quality waves, warm water and friendly locals will ensure a trip of a lifetime. With a wide range of excellent Surfing locations on both the east and southwest coast, Sri Lanka has consistent surf year-round and Arugam Bay, Weligama and Hikkaduwa are the famous places for Surfing.

3. Water Skiing

Unlike snorkeling, water skiing is a surface water sport which involves a sports person being pulled behind a boat as he moves on skies on the water surface.
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This sport requires strength of both upper and lower body, stamina and balance. Water skiing is fun and open to all ages. Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Aluthgama are the famous places for Water Skiing.

4. Jet Skiing

The sport involves riding on water by using a motor boat which can make to incredible speed and turns. Amazing! Isn’t it? Just imagine yourself speeding up on water! The other aspect of this sport is that it can accommodate two or more people.
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This is satisfying for couples on honeymoon or holiday who enjoys cruising on water as they savor the feeling of speed and breeze. Bentota and Passikudah are the famous places for Jet Skiing.

5. Kayaking

Also referred to as whitewater kayaking. Kayaking involves paddling a kayak, which is a small boat powered by occupant(s) using a double-blade paddle in a sitting position, on a moving body of water. The moving water can be slow, demanding or extreme, which renders the sport lots of fun. Bentota and Weligama are the famous places for Kayaking.

6. Banana and Tube Ride

Definitely, this is a sport you cannot afford to miss. Banana boat and tube riding involves getting on to a tube or banana like boat usually in six and soaring off on water with speed. Since there is little space to hang on to, the fun comes along in trying not to fall off the boat.
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The beauty of this sport is that participants wear life jackets and even if one falls off one will be picked up and the sport continues. Bentota is the best place for Banana and Tube Ride.

7. White Water Rafting

One of the most engaging water sports activities in the world, white water rafting is very popular in Sri Lanka. It requires no specific skill and fitness level. However this is a very challenging activity and good for individuals with an adventurous spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude! Kitulgala is the best place for White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka.



Source by Tharindu M