Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lyft's New Driver Bonus Promotion

Thinking of signing up to drive for Lyft? Depending on where you live, you wouldn't want to miss out on the new driver bonus, so check out the table below!
Some cities are still offering lucrative bonuses, but you can only get the bonus if you sign up using a referral code. You can sign up using this link here.

You definitely don't want to miss out if you live in Boston, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia and Denver, where you will make $750-1000 extra on top of what you will make from the rides themselves, but remember you have to complete the number of rides required in 30 days to be receive the bonus, and you have to sign up with a referral.

Some other cities like Washington DC, Las Vegas, New York City, and Portland also have a nice $500 bonus.
City of New DriverDouble-Sided Bonus AmountRides Required in 30 days
Las Vegas$50050
Los Angeles$5050
New York City$500100
Orange County$25050
San Francisco$250100
San Diego$5050
Silicon Valley$50050
Washington, D.C.*$50050

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Diving in Casa Cenote in Tulum, Mexico

When I returned to Cancun earlier this year, there was one thing I really wanted to do, and that is diving in a cenote. Cenote is a sinkhole, and a lot of them are connected to underwater caverns via underground rivers. The area that has the most of the cenotes is actually Tulum, but it's not a far drive away from Cancun and a lot of the dive shops will pick you up from Cancun. We decided to drive ourselves so we can visit the Tulum ruins and have dinner in the area. The drive took about two hours. We did our dive with La Calypso and I highly recommend this small dive shop!

If you go to the deeper caves, you have to be an advance certified diver, but there are plenty that you can go with a beginner certification. Our dives that day were in Casa Cenote and Dos Ojos cenote, two very different environments. Casa Cenote has more light, with mangrove roots, while Dos Ojos is more of a dark cavern with tons of stalactites and stalagmites. Yes, under water. It really was like another universe.

Here's a video of what you can see in Casa Cenote. Beautiful light rays, surreal colors, it was really a remarkable place! In this cenote you'll also pass by a spot where fresh water and sea water mixes in.

Diving in Casa Cenote is not too difficult and easier than Dos Ojos because it's more open. Your guide needs to have special equipment and certification for cave diving (with two oxygen tanks), but La Calypso knows what they're doing. The water inside the caverns can be a little bit cool, so a thin wetsuit is recommended.

I think both cenotes were definitely worth seeing and I for one can't wait to do more cenote dives soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shark Dive with Beqa Adventure Divers in Fiji

On my recent trip to Fiji, I crossed off a bucket list item: diving with sharks! I'm telling you, this is a MUST DO. No cages. Just water and the dive masters betwen you and those sharks.

You can dive with sharks at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve in Beqa Lagoon, off of Pacific Harbour on the south side of the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. There are two dive outfitters that do shark dives: Aqua Trek and Beqa Adventure Divers. BAD seems to be the better rated of the two, so that's who we went with. We did two dives to a  total of three spots. I didn't even know there was a second dive (the "main attraction") and was already so happy to see so many sharks. But then there were more.

The first dive we saw mainly reef sharks and a few bull sharks. Whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, swimming along vibrant smaller fish.
 On the second dive, we saw 30-40 bull sharks. First they were being hand fed, then a trash can full of tuna scraps was brought out and the bull sharks all descended upon it, circling around the can right in front of us.
Shark Dive Fiji
So. Many. Sharks
Photos don't do it justice, so I've uploaded a couple of videos for you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hanging Bridges and Zipline at Monteverde, Costa Rica

There are many beautiful places to visit in Costa Rica, one of them being the cloud forest of Monteverde. 

You see I didn't really know what a cloud forest was, but as you can imagine, it's characterized by the persistence of a cloud cover around the canopy level. It tends to be moist, but then, it's also remarkably green. Monteverde is in Puntarenas and is about 4 hour drive from San Jose. The proximity makes it a popular tourist destination, so there are plenty of activities including zipline.

I was impressed. I don't know if I'd seen a zipline that high before, where people are flying above the trees.
See that little dot on the lower cloud? That's someone ziplining towards the platform on the right. The zip line circuit is called Sky Trek (who also runs ziplines at Arenal). There are 8 lines total with the longest running 2460 feet and the highest is 328 feet. Be warned, the wind can get up to 50 mph.