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Oct
24

Travel News Weekend Roundup

Here are a few things of interest in the world of travel that caught my eye over the weekend.

Shark Attack x3

If flying to Australia is on your agenda, stay out of the waters of Canberra. On Saturday a great white shark killed an American diver, but more importantly this is the third fatality in recent weeks off of southwest Australia.

Authorities vow to track and kill the shark and believe it has come due to the whale migrating in larger numbers, which in turn attracts sharks. Great whites are known to follow whale migration up the west Australian coast through the current spring and return south late in the summer.

Shark Attack x3

Shark Attack x3

On October 23, the American diver, George Wainwright, a 32-year-old American was diving alone near Rottnest Island, a few miles from the city of Perth in Western Australia state when a stream of bubbles erupted on the ocean surface besides his 25-foot dive boat. His two horrified friends were in the boat and the watched his body surface and the 10-foot great white shark surfaced and even nudged the dive boat as Wainwright’s friends hauled in his remains and powered for shore, officials said.

knock knock knock

knock knock knock

This follows on the heels of¬† the October 10th. attack of a 64-year-old Australian swimmer off Perth city’s premier Cottesloe Beach on Oct. 10. The beach is 11 miles east of Rottnest Island. The man’s remains were not found, but his shredded swimming trunks suggested the size and type of shark that took him was a great white. They cannot say yet if it was the same shark.

Both attacks followed the Sept. 4 death of a bodyboarder attacked by a shark described as 15 feet long at a beach south of Perth. Witnesses were unsure of the type of shark.

check the wave

check the wave

The continent averages little more than one fatal attack a year along an expansive 22,000-mile coast. But it is a primary home of the fearsome great whites, a large species in which some animals can grow to 20 feet long.

shark attack notice

shark attack notice

The state government set tuna-baited hooks off the island Sunday, the first time authorities have used an emergency legal exemption from the state protection of great whites as an endangered species in the interests of protecting the public.

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett also said his government would consider shark culls, responding to locals’ complaints that shark numbers are increasing off bustling beaches in one of Australia’s fastest growing population areas.

Great white shark endangered?

Great white shark endangered?

But Barry Bruce, a federal government marine biologist with extensive research experience in tracking the movements of tagged great whites via satellite and in examining their behavior, said it was unlikely that a single, lurking predator killed the three recent victims but people are demanding that the shark, any great white shark, be killed.

The conservationists are not liking this but I’m going to go out on a limb, and I know I’ll recieve hate mail for this, but do we care? Do we really need ‘em? I personally would be fins without them. I’m just saying.

No Time for Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Before you book that cheap flight to Bangkok read this. Thailand is reeling from its worst flooding in decades, with a death toll of 356 people and an estimated 113.000 people displaced and iving in shelters.

bangkok storms

bangkok storms

Over the weekend authorities attempted a high-risk maneuver trying to channel flood waters through the canals of Bangkok and out to sea from the deluged central plains. The capital has already seen waist-high water in its northern neighborhoods with many fearing that the heart of downtown could be the next if the diversion fails.

bangkok streets

bangkok streets

Disney takeover of Hawaii

There’s been a gigantic billboard over Sunset Blvd. of Toucans in the palm trees watching over father and son inter-tubing it down a tropical slide while Mom gets her nails done poolside. It looks like a movie but it’s not. Or maybe it is, I’m not sure. What I do know is it’s Disney and they’ve spared no expense on their $800-million dollar resort.

mickey's here!

mickey's here!

The Aulani opened in late August with 359 pricey hotel rooms and 460 time-share units. The 21-acre resort, about 30 minutes from Waikiki in Ko’ Olina, and is entrenched with all things Disney which s great if you want to plan a family trip to Hawaii this holiday season.

Disney Hawaii Resort

Disney Hawaii Resort

It’s like a scene from a movie. Three A-frame thatch huts greet you when you arrive at Aulani, along with a pair of towers that rise like modern interpretations of a Hawaiian fishing village ‚ÄĒ if fishermen could build a 15-story hotel. An Aulani hostess greets you with flower leis,¬† telephone pole-sized timbers support the lobby’s cathedral-like vaulted interior and from the ceiling, lights dangle¬† in clusters of fishing nets. A¬† ribbon mural depicting island life wraps the lobby’s perimeter.

The real treat at the Aulani are their water features  like the water-park-like pool, sunset-facing hot tubs, saltwater snorkeling pool and the adult and youth spas.

water is the main attraction

water is the main attraction

The centerpiece of Aulani’s pool is a man-made volcanic outcropping where hidden stingrays, squid and crabs are carved into lava-like rock.

Aulani lazy river

Aulani lazy river

The saltwater snorkeling lagoon, an 8-foot-deep pool filled with 1,000 angelfish, tangs and butterflyfish, was the most interesting part of the pool area.

snorkeling saltwater

snorkeling saltwater

It’s great for a first-time snorkeler. An all-day fee ($20 for adults, $10 for kids) includes use of the snorkel equipment in the protected cove just beyond the Aulani’s beach.

And for all else:

Spas for kids and, kids clubs, teens clubs, movie nights, birthday celebrations pulling out all the garish fun you’d expect from Disneyland. Restaurants are made to look like old fishermen’s huts, but the prices will whip you right back from this pretend fantasy.

At ‘Ama ‘Ama, Aulani’s signature beachside restaurant. Dinner for three with cocktails came to $200, before tip, for what was pretty standard hotel fare. The restaurant, designed to look like a fisherman’s waterfront home from the 1890s, featured an international menu. I ordered the goat cheese ravioli ($31) and asked for the recommended Sauvignon Blanc (although the wine never arrived and I wasn’t charged for it). Nancy got the Chinatown duck breast ($40) and Hannah, who will never be a cheap date, went with the New York strip ($41). The food, we agreed, was good but not great.

these people are laughing at the bill

these people are laughing at the bill

Poolside:  $19 sandwiches and $21 burgers. Yikes.

This is a place younger kids will no doubt love, but poor parents will have to pay for a fake experience when the real thing still exists and close by too…

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