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I would recommend Shikoku. It's kind of the forgotten island with the least tourism, from both Japanese and foreigners. It's very natural and although public transportation isn't as regular (as would be expected from a lower population island) it's still decent with some planning: ...


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Dahab, Egypt. It is about one and a half hour drive from the larger city Sharm el-Sheik, which offers many of the same activities, but Dahab is much less touristy. It is my impression that the conditions for diving and surfing is much greater in Dahab, but the city is much smaller, and there is no beach and party culture. So dive/surfing connoisseurs take ...


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Okinawa, Japan. I've done snorkelling there and my friends did scuba diving. Fantastic reefs, great variety of fish, turtles and apparently wrecks from World War II. One can choose diving spots both on the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean. As for the surfing, there is a number of surfing spots suited for beginners but some are only for experienced/kamikaze ...


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Nicaragua. You have world class waves on the Pacific side and then cheap, top-notch scuba in the Corn Islands on the Caribbean side. You won't regret it. San Juan del Sur is your best bet if you want a good mix of beaches and nightlife, although there are better breaks further north. Little Corn Island is a topical paradise with caves and fairly unspoiled ...


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Yes, there are. Hachijo islands and Ogasawara islands are famous for spicy food. Islanders put their chilli peppers literally anywhere and they are REALLY hot. I am not sure, but could be a variation of Thai Birds' Eye Chili peppers. Islanders make spicy vinegar-based sauces similar to Tabasco sauce (just few times hotter), use peppers instead of wasabi to ...



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