0 Post a comment Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Environment As an opportunity to go behind the scenes at a little understood location, it was not to be sniffed at. There was a good turn-out to a guided tour of the Meary Veg Sewage treatment works in Santon, organised - somewhat bizarrely - as part of the Year of Our Island initiative.Two free tours of the plant were hosted last Friday by Manx Utilities.The sewage treatment works processes sewage from about two thirds of the island’s population.Sewage from the south and as far north as Onchan is pumped to Meary Veg where it passes through a multi-stage process to ensure the final effluent discharged into our coastal waters has minimal impact on the environment.Those on the tour were promised a chance to enjoy the glorious views and ’fresh sea air’. Add Comment … [Read more...] about Year of Our Island guided tour of the sewage works is not to be sniffed at
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Use Naples as your launch pad for exploring Capri, Ischia and the even lesser-known Procida, the trio of islands guarding the Bay of Naples. Capri Jutting out of the Sorrentine peninsula is the idyllic island of Capri. With regular boat crossings from the mainland throughout the year, the island attracts day-trippers and holidaymakers alike, who come to savour the sandy beaches and natural gems. The island’s biggest pull is the Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto. Accessible by small boat, duck as you enter and marvel as the sunlight pierces the grotto through the water, illuminating its inner belly with an eerily impressive blue sparkle. Do make sure to go early morning to beat the bustle of boats and high tide. From the island’s underbelly to its dizzying heights, head to Anacapri and take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro, the island’s highest point (596m). You’ll be treated to peaceful panoramas of the bay below, dotted by bobbing vessels, with dashes … [Read more...] about Island hopping from Naples
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. Historically home to farmers and fishermen, the Stockholm archipelago is today a major tourism destination, with many city-dwellers owning second homes there and a wide choice of hostels and hotels on many of the islands. But it's still possible to find an oasis of calm in the skärgård (literally translating as "garden of skerries"), with forests to explore, beaches to sunbathe on, and of course the sea all around you. Each island has its own character and facilities vary from absolutely nothing (though these more remote islands are typically only accessible by private boat) to all the bells and whistles and more. The Local has selected ten of the best destinations from all parts of the archipelago, so there's something for everyone, to help you navigate one of the most stunning parts of Sweden. The basics The archipelago is enormous and varied: the central archipelago is most … [Read more...] about The ultimate guide to exploring Stockholm’s archipelago islands
The first Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers, undertaking a remarkable 2,000km maritime migration through Indonesia which led to the discovery of Australia at least 65,000 years ago. But the voyaging routes taken through Indonesia’s islands, and the location of first landfall in Australia, remain a much debated mystery to archaeologists. Our research, published earlier this year in Quaternary Science Reviews, highlights the most likely route by mapping islands in the region over time through changing sea levels. A disputed route Some archaeologists have argued for an initial human migration into Australia through New Guinea. This is because islands across northern Indonesia are relatively close together, and people could easily see to the next island they wished to voyage to. First landfall on Australia has been argued to be both more difficult and less likely than first landfall at New Guinea, as the final crossing distance from Timor to the … [Read more...] about Island-hopping study shows most likely route first people took to Australia
The best Greek islands for families, whether your children are after sandy beaches, wild water sports, unspoilt island life or history and culture. 1. Rhodes, Dodecanese Best for: fly and flop If you’re after a bit of R&R, Rhodes’s east coast has a 30-mile stretch of well-maintained golden-sand beaches with warm, shallow water down its eastern coast. One of this coast’s big modern hotels, with their all-inclusive packages, should be just the ticket: everything is on your doorstep – kids’ clubs, water sports facilities, babysitting, wellness, restaurants and cafes, so you can switch off and truly relax. If you do venture out, don’t miss the magnificent Unesco-listed Rhodes Town on the island’s northern tip, which will take you back through the centuries, with its medieval fortifications and car-free cobbled alleys. Full travel guide to Rhodes View our best luxury holidays in Rhodes View our best escorted tours of Greece Stay: Mark Warner … [Read more...] about Which is the perfect Greek island for your family?