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PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Sunday February 22, 2015

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic www.bucketlistbums.com

We’ve traveled extensively through Central America’s islands in recent years (Roatan, Cozumel, Half Moon Caye, etc.), but it’s been almost half a decade since we last explored the other side of the dreamy Caribbean. Our last visit took us to Aruba and Bonaire, and before that Puerto Rico, Dominica, St. Lucia and Antigua (all little bits of paradise). I’d forgotten how captivating island life could be in the Caribbean, so after six years away, I was overjoyed to be back for another adventure. This time, in the Dominican Republic with two of our dearest friends …

OAHU, HAWAII

Sunday February 15, 2015

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu, Hawaii www.bucketlistbums.com

Oahu was home to everything we love about travel – idyllic beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, delicious eats, tropical jungle and incredible dive sites. And thanks to the island’s tiny size, all of the above was doable over the course of a well-planned long weekend (although, four packed days of non-stop adventuring meant we needed a vacation from vacation after our trip!) …

MOLOKINI, MAUI

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Molokini, Maui www.bucketlistbums.com

Molokini, Maui www.bucketlistbums.com

Molokini, Maui www.bucketlistbums.com

Despite the hefty price tag, we make an effort to book a day of diving whenever we are in Hawaii. The cost to dive these islands always baffles me, as it’s nearly double what we pay in other countries (Honduras, The Philippines, Mexico). But on this particular trip, we finally got our money’s worth. We’d booked a trip out of Kihei with Mike Severns Diving (our favorite dive shop on Maui), and we were pumped for a morning of adventure 60-ft below the surface. First stop? Maui’s submerged volcano crater, Molokini …