Aqaba is the Jordan city on the Red Sea, and a true paradise for snorkeling and diving. It is located in the southern tip of Jordan, roughly 4 hours from Amman (the capital) and Dead Sea, 2 hours from Petra and less than 1 hour from Wadi Rum desert.
Accommodation options are a lot, from any budget. Personally I suggest you Lacosta Hotel: quite cheap (around 70 euros a night), very modern, new and clean, and with a very nice staff. Only downside they don’t have a private parking, but plenty of public one outside. Since you are there, one of the best restaurant I’ve tried in Jordan is 10 minutes away from there, a local restaurant with amazing Jordan dishes, a nice outside courtyard and great prices, Syrian Palace Restaurant.
Now, the best snorkeling spot is in South Beach, located south of Aqaba, and easily reached with 15 minutes of driving. You just get there, park your car along the road, and get to the beach. Super super easy.
Once you are in the Red Sea, the snorkeling experience is amazing, both for the variety of fishes and for the underwater landscape, also called Japanese Gardens
So, honestly, how was it? Well, it is good but not actually the best I have tried. It was definitely better at Seychelles (see here)
The worst part honestly is the plastic and pollution both in the beach and in the water. The beach is very dirty (I mean, for European standards) and also in the sea there is plastic and stuff. Quite a disappointment.
For these photos I have tested a new underwater equipment: I have switched from GoPro Hero 6 Black to combination of camera and underwater case.
After tons of research, I have tested the Sony a6000 with the kit lens 16-50mm, combined with a Meikon SeaFrogs underwater case. The choice of the Sony was for the APS sensor, while the Meikon is a very good quality case for a very cheap price. Ideal for snorkeling!
In my opinion, the quality of the photos is sensibly better than the GoPro Hero 6 Black, while the downside is that underwater you get shaky photos for anything shots less than 1/300 shutter speed. So fewer shots than the GoPro went right, but the few ones that did are of a very good quality.
Next test will be of my main camera, Sony A7R, with another Meikon case. It’s time to go big!
Seychelles From Above, the reportageof drone photography I shot in Seychelles, has been featured in the Silhouette Magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Seychelles!
The article features some of the best aerial shots I have taken in Seychelles, a true tropical paradise, that definitely lives up the expectations.
The only downside of my visit was the lack of coral reefs, which can be found only in few places of the islands. This is caused by the terrible hurricane that devastated Seychelles few years ago. And also by rising temperatures of the oceans, due to global warming.
I really hope that my travel photography not only inspires people in travelling more, and discover the beauty of our planet, but only to remember that we have to work together to preserve it.
Teotihuacan means ‘the place where the gods were created’, and that’s the feeling once you visit this archaeological site of Mexico. This pyramid, the third-largest of Earth, was dedicated to the god of Sun, and its geometrical perfection can only inspire admiration for the civilization that build it. The grandeur of this behemoth is even greater compared with those tiny dots of humanity in the frame. Seemingly insignificant, but in the end also the makers of this wonder.
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In 2000 an Italian brewmaster had a dream: open a restaurant inside planes so everybody could be for their first time on an aircraft. Plus, enjoying art pieces replicas from Renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
So he opened this unreal place with two planes (one Douglas DC-6 and a Tupolev TU-145) and lots of excitement all around Italy.
Unfortunately, after 14 years of legal battles with local town, in 2014 it has been shut down and this abandoned corpses are all that remains.
I always found beach boring, what a waste of a traveler time laying on some sandy ground! That’s until I visited Thailand: here you can find your own piece of paradise: a perfect stray of white soft beach, a warm pristine blue water and the green lush of the jungle as a background, made me change my travel perspective, and like many travelers, felt in love with this beach paradise. I believe it is the perfection of nature that in places like this that hits you, and stays with you forever.
IPA 2018 Jungle Beach
I think that these three are among by best shots, and so happy that all three submission got recognized by IPA!
Seychelles are a paradise for everyone, but especially for photographers! While you can easily snap the shot on the beach, or take a snorkeling tour for an underwater shot, the view from the sky is for the eye of pilots and their passengers. Until now!
Discover the beauty of Seychelles with this aerial reportage of the main spots, taken by travel photographer Enrico Pescantini and its drone.
La Digue Island
La Digue is the smallest and wildest of the island, and you can see of all of it from the majestic shot! The first beach you see is Anse Severe beach, one of the best to enjoy the sunset, which is the exact time of this photography.
Just behind it, the small town of La Reunion, with the port and the main hotels of the island are located.
Cocos island are one of the best spots on Seychelles for snorkeling, and they can easily be reached with a boat tour from La Digue, and you can spot some of them in this shot. The shallow waters around the island are perfect to spot fishes and sea turtles, without getting too crowded!
If snorkeling is not your cup of tea, in Coco Island you can also chose to reach the small beach and live a Robinson Crusoe experience in a deserted tiny island! Not much to see around the island, besides probably the best pristine waters in the world!
Big Sister Island
We live in a blue planet, and this aerial composition of Big Sister Island (or La Grande Soeur) is a beautiful example of it! This private island hosts what I personally believe as one of the best beaches of the world, with bright white sand and vivi light blue water. A truly paradise, hidden by jungles and rocks that resembles a set from the movie Jurassic World
Seychelles Tiny Planet Grande Soeur / Big Sister Island - aerial video with DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO - YouTube
Big Sister Island
Little Sister Island
Little Sister is a beautiful island in front of the main beach of its twin island, and it is the perfect landscape while enjoying a fish barbecue on the beach. You’ll need all your energies to enjoy at the fullest the snorkeling wonders of this place!
Seychelles offer the whole palette of colors of nature, and Anse Lazio adds even some more beauty to it.
The most famous beach of Praslin Island, the second biggest of Seychelles, it is located at the northern tip.
Here you can choose between relaxing on the beach or swim among coral fishes in the many snorkeling spots at the left side of it.
Anse Source d’Argent
Anse Source d’Argent is said to be the most photographed beach in the world, and it is easy to understand why. Like a Renaissance panting, the amalgam of water, rocks, sand and jungle create just a perfect combination. Things are getting even better when your feet will be actually in this place!
Anse Source d’Argent
Seychelles Tiny Planet Anse Source d’Argent Beach - aerial video with DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO - YouTube