1. Orchid is a semi-tropical island. This means the water temperature goes up as high as 30 degrees with bright blue skies in the spring, summer and early fall. This makes scuba diving on Orchid extremely comfortable. The perfect weather above the surface also creates fantastic visibility below the surface. You can expect to see as far as 25-30 meters (80-100 feet) on an ideal day.

    Orchid is a sensational place to do the Advanced Open Water Scuba Course, take a Specialty Course or just plain fun dive. There are vertical walls teeming with life, narrow passages of coral, a massive Korean shipwreck/deep dive, you can swim between pointy pinnacles with coral gardens at its base, relax and drift with the current as you observe life passing you by or practice your photography or videography skills as you absorb your surroundings.

    The marine life of this region is very diverse. This area has around 60% of the known coral species classified. There is one special dive where you see a big colony of anemone fish (nemo) living closely together. You can see sea turtles, bump head parrotfish, milkfish, tuna, mantis shrimp and octopus. You will most likely see schooling fusiliers, sea snakes, many varieties of nudibranchs, tunicates and porcelain crabs.

    Although the water temperature may be colder, there’s also less plankton in the water, making the visibility impeccable. Little Orchid Island just south of the main island is known to have schools of hammerhead sharks to come during their mating season. During this time, they are docile and pay no attention to scuba divers.

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  2. In the beautiful islands of Okinawa, there is plenty of great scuba diving to be found. Its underwater realm conceals wonderful creatures such as manta rays, sea turtles, cuttlefish and hammerhead sharks. Have a look at this video and see what else there is to see.

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  3. Above Below Tours first came to Myoko-Kogen's snowy mountains in December of 2009 and had an unforgettable experience. Now, we are very eager to share the magnificent snow of the Japanese Alps with you. Akakura-Kanko Ski Resort in Myoko have slopes ideal for beginners and intermediate levels. Our good friends Tom & Nozomi have opened the first international snowsports school here. They offer lessons, rentals and photography packages at a reasonable price. Together, we bring to you one of the best ski resorts for powder snow in the world with 14 meters of annual snowfall. For more information about this professional ski school go to http://www.myokosnowsports.com

    Have a look at this amazing video. As you can see, lots of powder, sun, happy people, and interesting places to go. Some local sites to consider seeing are the numerous hot springs baths (onsens), Japan's famous Hot Spring Monkeys in Shiga-Kogen, Nagano City; which has many ancient temples and peaceful Lake Nojiri; which is known for its fishing in Japanese style house boats while drinking sake to stay warm.

    Come to the heart of Japan and see why Myoko-Kogen is one of the first ski resorts in Japan.

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  4. He Huan Mountain in Taiwan is the tallest mountain accessible by road. They used to have a ski resort many years ago but due to the inconsistent snowfall it was removed. We are lucky this year. Above Below Tours made a trip solely to make Taiwan's first snowboarding video!

    Yes, that's right, snowboarding in Taiwan!

    If you are interested to go and see it for yourself, the bus departs from Fong Yuan Ke Yuan bus company at Taipei Main Station Bus Terminal at 06:00 to Fong Yuan town. This bus costs $270TWD.

    Then you will need to transfer onto a smaller shuttle bus that will take you right up to the top. This shuttle departs at 08:50. This bus costs $400TWD. You will arrive somewhere between 12:00 - 13:00.

    They only have one service up and one service down a day. So make sure to make a hotel booking if you plan to stay up there. Otherwise, you can hire a private taxi to take you back to Taichung or take your chances and hitchhike back.

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  5. The snow is sensational. Siberian winds bring cooler temperatures, which creates superb snow conditions that are fresh and light, perfect for making smooth, round turns. Myoko receives up to 14 meters of snowfall annually with no less than a 400cm base at any given moment. With great snow conditions and a wide variety of different terrain, this almost guarantees you’ll have a marvelous time.

    Above Below Tours brings you to a fantastic ski resort called Akakura-Kanko in Myoko-Kogen, Japan. This location is ideal for beginner to intermediate levels. For all those first-timers, Akakura offers gentle slopes, spacious runs, and experienced instructors. For intermediate riders who want to improve, you can take lessons to elevate your skills. Or just freeride and enjoy the 1,000 plus meters of vertical drop. Not to mention a gorgeous view of Lake Noiji and the surrounding area.

    For more information about our Myoko Ski Package, go to AboveBelowTours.com

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