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Bargains galore and fun for the kids too

Posted by dolly diver on November 10, 2008
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There were bargains galore and fun for the kids too at the 3rd Santiago Del Teide Trade Fair. This event was held in the plaza at Puerto Santiago on Sunday 9th November.
Forty stalls were originally planned for by the Council but demand was so high an extra ten were supplied for local traders. Those who waited until the last minute to book a stall were disappointed.

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Helicopter rescue at Masca Barranco

Posted by dolly diver on November 10, 2008
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 	rescue-helicopterRescue services had to be called over the weekend when a man fell whilst walking down the Masca Barranco.

The seriously injured man, aged 60, fell from a cliff suffering a fractured skull and internal injuries.

The injured man was airlifted out of the barranco and flown to the North airport then transferred by ambulance to the Candelaria Hospital, Santa Cruz.

World Travel Market

Posted by dolly diver on November 10, 2008
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 	excel-centreThe annual World Travel Market opens its doors at the Excel Centre in London today. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.

 	world-travel-marketAlmost 200 countries are represented at the show making it one of the biggest holiday events in the world and it is estimated that in the regions of 50,000 visitors will pass through the doors over the 4 days of the event.

The new Canaries stand, which takes up 680 square metres of the hall, was opened this morning by Rita Martín, the minister of tourism in the Canaries.

Part 1 Diving with Turtles

I have not neglected the news this week, there just hasn’t been anything interesting to report. All news sources constantly remind us of the current credit crunch, so this morning I’m taking you well away from all the doom and gloom.

A few weeks ago I received a call from an old diving buddy, Dave Oldale, an underwater photo journalist of many years, who has worked with us on several adventurous projects.

“I’ve got flights for next week, I need a really good special story, something different from Tenerife for the dive show issue of Holiday Diver” (an on line magazine for divers). The office was busy and I had no time to talk, “Ok leave it to me and I’ll see what I can do”.

Oh dear, was my first thought, I’d have to clear the spare room – a task and a half! Later on when I had a bit more time to think, it occurred to me that I had nothing different for him this time. He’s been out here at least twice a year for the past 8 years and I was running out of new dive sites to show him, in fact I think he’d seen them all. He’s interacted with whales and dolphins as well as angel sharks, he’s fed the stingrays of Los Gigantes many times, I’ve taken him to all the wrecks including the aircraft wreck near Puerto de la Cruz, he’s seen all the black coral at Punta Teno, and has tagged sea horses with us. (Over the next few weeks I will cover those visits here on Losgigantes.com news). I was well and truly stuck!

 	sheila-with-camera-and-scooterLater that day it suddenly occurred to me that I did have another special dive he hadn’t done, and it was certainly something different. A few weeks ago I received a call from a friend who owns a dive centre in Las Americas. They had a group of Russian divers who wanted to be filmed diving with the Turtle at El Puertito, a small bay between los Gigantes and Las Americas. I had heard of this dive but had never made the time to check it out. Any excuse to get out of the office and go diving. I was off like a shot.

That was the answer. I called him back.

Click here for the story

Click here for the video of the Russian divers with the turtle

Mount Teide receives its first winter covering of snow

Posted by dolly diver on November 1, 2008
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teide_with_snow-tenerifeMount Teide has received its first snowfall of the winter as temperatures, at that high altitude, fell below zero.

The white volcano summit was a spectaculat sight. However the 2 roads leading up to the mountain, via La Orotava and La Esperanza, had to be closed on Thursday due to the treacherous icy conditions and reduced visibility with sleet.