Water splashes up against their toes, which are firmly planted on the board. Arm and back muscles tighten as they push themselves forward with their paddles. Thus do novice paddleboarders from Long Beach Adventure Tours ride slowly glide their way across Long Beach, from the shore of the Hotel Maya to the behemoth hull of the Queen Mary. But they aren't the only patrons out for fun in the sun. On the beach nearby, students carrying surfboards rush into the water to catch their first waves, as a certified instructor shouts out encouragement and instructions behind them. Further out in the water, a colorful arched sail cuts through the air, sending the kiteboarder holding the reigns jumping and twisting into the air. Whatever the sport or activity, instructors that live and breathe water activities unleash their expertise onto both novice and experienced students.
The Coast Guard–approved Odyssey treats up to 42 seafarers to three levels of indoor and outdoor seating. Carefully controlled with hydraulic stabilizers and piloted by a certified crew, the 58-foot-long yacht glides through the salty sea air in pursuit of frolicking dolphins or sets off into the sunset. Buffet tables and ice chests help make harbor cruises ideal for parties or company events, whereas fishing excursions facilitate sporty bonding. A big screen TV is on board, along with a full stereo system with karaoke capabilities that blasts tunes, and guests may bring their own MP3 players, food, alcohol, and freshly caught sea-bass piñatas.
This pelagic Pegasus surges year-round to one of two ports on Catalina Island, Two Harbors or Avalon. A direct trip to the island village of Two Harbors takes about 75 minutes, whereas the trip to Avalon’s bustling bay takes about 90 minutes, depending on the day's particular route and probability of pirates.
Fiji’s chain of 333 islands dots the Pacific just off the eastern coast of Australia. Of the chain, the two main islands—Viti Levu and Vanua Levu—hold 80% of the Fijian population, and Sonaisali Island Resort is situated in Nadi, the third-largest city of the islands. The lagoon off Nadi is typically cloudy, but it resides just off of the Queen's Road, where one can take a short drive from Sonaisali to the scenic Fiji beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Waterfalls, tropical reserves, and hot springs are scattered throughout the island. Though the physical "downtown" area is small, there’s a growing social scene in the area. The heavily trafficked Queen’s Road is lined with seafood restaurants, tropical beaches, and shopping centers.About redeem-with-another-Groupon option: The redeem-with-another-Groupon option is valid only in conjunction with a second Groupon; that is, you may combine your Groupon with a friend's Groupon for a two-person trip without putting the entire cost on a single credit card. Hotel stays are based on double occupancy, so single travelers should purchase the one-person option to get the full package.
Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.