Free diving with manta rays
A growing number of travelers want to master free diving, the practice of diving on a single breath, to explore the underwater world. Those interested in getting their feet wet can head to Manta ray Island Resort in Fiji (rooms from $130, including meals), where two-day beginner Scuba School International free-diving courses can be arranged upon arrival (from $250). Upon certification, guests can explore Fiji’s clear waters and see coral reefs and colorful angel, nemo and parrot fish, turtles, dolphins and reef sharks. From May through October, guests can also free dive with the island’s famous 2,000-pound manta rays with wingspans stretching up to 20 feet.
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Rules for kids flying solo
Whether heading to camp, to visit family or connecting with friends, solo flights for kids often become part of a family’s travel plan. Policies, prices and possibilities vary by carrier. Children as young as five typically may fly as “unaccompanied minors” on direct flights. Those 8 to 14, depending on the carrier, can fly on connecting flights. Again, depending on the airline, young people 12 to 17 need not fly with assistance, although it is available upon request. Some carriers, such as Delta Air Lines, will not allow an unaccompanied minor to travel with a connection on the last flight of the day.
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Lutsen Resort for sale
Lutsen Resort has long been an iconic Minnesota property known to every traveler on Hwy. 61 in search of Betty’s Pies, Lake Superior agates and scenic hikes. Now longtime owners Nancy Burns and Scott Harrison have put the 50-acre North Shore retreat on the market, asking $9.95 million. The sale includes 43,000 square feet of finished space with the main lodge, the Cliff House Townhomes, Log Homes and Poplar River condominiums and the Sea Villa Townhomes. (The Lutsen Mountains ski resort is a different business and not part of the sale.) If sold at its listing price, Lutsen Resort would be the biggest in the recent string of Minnesota resort deals so far.
Pride discount in Bahamas
Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas is celebrating Pride Month with a free night. Book three consecutive nights at the adults-only all-inclusive hotel and receive a free fourth night. A four-night stay starts at $1,140 for two adults through Aug. 21, a $380 savings. For stays Aug. 21-Oct. 31, the deal starts at $960, a savings of $320. Rate includes meals, beverages, activities, entertainment, tips and taxes. The promo also includes a free manicure or pedicure at Amber Spa, a value of $30 to $50. Book by July 31 (1-888-645-5550; warwick hotels.com/wpib-pride-month).
Sharks vs. asteroids
The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod, Mass., has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an encounter involving a human are infinitesimally small, and the likelihood of an attack resulting in serious injury or death is smaller still. In 2016, there were 53 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. — none fatal — according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File. Worldwide, there were 81 confirmed attacks last year, including four deaths. Statistically, experts say, you’re more likely to be killed by an asteroid than by a shark.