ARTICLES

Nature’s neon-colored “nudi”

Written by: Sandra Baksh

08
Feb 2016

  For Blue’s current cover (Jan–April 2016 issue), macro-photography in Anilao, Philippines is highlighted. One of the most fascinating attractions there, is the vivid color seen on so many sea slugs (shell-less marine mollusks), especially nudibranchs. Nudibranch (pronounced “noodie-brank”) comes from Greek, meaning “naked gills,” which literally describes their distinct physical appearance. From their flattened […]

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Willemstad’s pastel façades

Written by: Sandra Baksh

18
Jul 2015

  A stroll through Punda, the oldest district of Willemstad, is like taking a walk hundreds of years back in time. It is strange and fascinating to see such well-preserved Dutch architecture in the Caribbean but that is what distinguishes this capital of Curaçao, from so many others in the region. Along the Waterfront, lining Handelskade, the […]

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Malé, the island capital city of Maldives

Written by: Sandra Baksh

24
Jun 2015

How many countries have capital cities that are densely populated islands, accessible mainly by ferry or sea planes? Maldives is probably the only one. Its capital city of Malé, is a vibrant economic and administrative center and a transportation hub for many going to luxury resorts in other atolls, boarding tenders for live-aboard dive yachts, […]

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Meet the new Blue

Written by: Sandra Baksh

13
Apr 2015

Blue has been rebranded, commencing with the removal of the word, “Caribbean,” which was previously used as an appendage. The new and bold Website, also offers a more colorful and enjoyable viewing experience, with a variety of travel destinations to explore. Since inception, Blue has featured numerous countries in the Caribbean region, including a few […]

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Cocos Island, “El Copey” bridge

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Located 340 miles southwest off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is an oceanic island and a mere dot in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. At only 9.2 square miles, it is the largest uninhabited island in the world (only Costa Rican Park Rangers reside there) and the only one with a wet tropical […]

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Guadeloupe, Les Saintes Bay

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Guadeloupe is an archipelago comprising of five sets of islands. The two main islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, connected by a bridge. There are other smaller islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes. Les Saintes, is a half-hour ferry ride from Trois-Rivières, Basse-Terre, to Terre-de-Haut, the main islet in Les Saintes. Le Bourg is […]

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Guadeloupe, Cousteau Reserve

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Basse-Terre is set on a volcanic mountain range, topped by the famous La Soufrière. Covered mostly in forest reserve, about 35,000 acres of rainforest, is managed by the National Park. Along the western side of island and heading south, toward Bouillante, is Plage de Malendure, where numerous dive centers operate. This is the easiest area […]

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Saba, Dutch Caribbean, Front, aerial view

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Life is simple and relaxing on this charming 5-square-mile island. There is no duty-free shopping, no bustling traffic, no mangroves…not even a permanent beach. However, in what it lacks, Saba definitely makes up for in two specific areas—diving and hiking. Landing and takeoff on the airstrip, can only be described as unnerving. Saba’s Juancho E. […]

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Saba, Dutch Caribbean, view from Maskerhorne Hill

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Mt. Scenery is Saba’s highest peak (2877 feet) and is a strenuous hike for those who are fit enough, believing they can make it in the average time of 90 minutes up and then down, each way. There are two ways to do the hike—commence from the trail at The Road in Windwardside, involving a […]

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Turks and Caicos Islands, Grace Bay on Providenciales

Written by: Sandra Baksh

08
Jan 2015

Made up of over 40 islands and cays, with only 8 being inhabited, the name Turks, is derived after the indigenous Turk’s Head “fez” cactus and the name Caicos, is a Lucayan term cay hico, meaning string of islands. The islands are geographically part of the southeastern Bahamas archipelago and are actually on a plateau […]

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