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The premise of your question is incorrect. The Bermuda Triangle is not mysterious. From the Wikipedia article: Most reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery. The vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe,...


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At this moment, FlightRadar24 shows more than 30 commercial flights in the area, and that's likely true at almost any time of the day. I'm betting most will survive ;)


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I can answer for Palmyra Atoll, as I happend to have come across this recently. From time to time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service seeks volunteers to work on Palmyra Atoll. The last call for volunteers went out in May, and it's a bit of a commitment: "Volunteers will be expected to work 8 hours a day 6/days per week for the entire ~3-4 months on Palmyra, ...


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The fascinating Confluence Project records four visits to (0,0). Visit #1 was by a US Coast Guard vessel that happened to be sailing past, and they took a (bad) photo of the buoy too. Visit #2 is not listed. Mysterious... Visit #3 was by a group of artists (!), who sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Tema, Ghana on a cargo ship. There they chartered a boat ...


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There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro River in Ukraine - it's 10km, about 4 times the distance of Escape from Alcatraz swim and about 1/3 of the English Channel. Here's the link to the last year's ...


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How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).


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The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. The distance is 7.5km and the temperature is typically around 13°C. It takes place in the Southern Hemisphere autumn (around Freedom Day, 27 April) and is open ...


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Roads, pretty much by definition, are mapped somewhere. In northern Ontario there are "logging roads" which were made by the logging companies and don't have the same legality as a road made by government (municipal or otherwise.) But if someone got out some heavy equipment and made a road, there is a map somewhere that shows it. It just might not be a ...


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The 2017 Lake Balaton cross swimming competition is a 5.2km swim in the biggest lake in Central Europe. Registration is 30 USD. Around 10,000 people do this yearly, however very few from abroad, only a few hundred typically. There's a certain bragging right in that :)


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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any info feel free to msg me. The marathon is about ~30km and the best swimmers in the world come to compete. Ohrid Swimming Marathon (Wikipedia).


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Join or sponsor an Amateur Radio expedition. Many Amateur Radio enthusiasts like to collect radio contacts and postcards confirming these contacts (called QSL cards) from rare and distant locations (called DX). The richer hobbyists will sponsor or join a DX-pedition to some of the more exotic, uninhabited, locations that are rarely heard on the air. ...


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If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the whole area is generally amazing. The only potential downside is how time-consuming it is to go there. The easiest way ...


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In addition to what Kate said about rivers, it's worth noting that current mapping of even oceans is subject to change, error or re-writing. Late last year a team of scientists was in the South Pacific doing a geographical survey of Sandy Island, 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. There was just one problem. The island doesn't exist. It was on Google maps ...


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Canada has hundreds of rivers suitable for your trip in most ways. Canada, especially Northern Canada, is famous for its waterways, and for Canadians navigating them in one way or another. Of course the most normal way to do it is by canoe or kayak, but there is as far as I know nothing to stop you using a raft if you feel like it. In fact, depending on ...


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I have now traveled over 20,000km on Indian railways, and I wanted to do the same too! Never had the chance though. As of today, there are only Diesel and electronic locomotives are in run today. Riding on top of an electric obviously means you are risking your life a lot. Mumbai is probably where it is most impossible to do so, unfortunately. Mumbai ...


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Where I live on the border between Germany and Switzerland there is a big lake, Lake Constance. Well, it's big by our standards. The Rhine runs in one end and out the other end over the Rheinfall, so there is a fair current, and it can be cold, depending on the time of year. Occasionally intrepid people swim all the way along it (63 km, 39 miles) or across....


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Sounds severely risky. If you drift out to sea (which you might if the weather or the tides are not what you expect) then unless you can contact land - and don't count on your mobile phone - you could really be screwed. RNLI guidance is clear: inflatables are great fun in pools but it is strongly advised that they are not used in the sea. If they are, ...


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I'm doing some South Pacific research and what you want is possible almost to the point of being ordinary. For example day trips by kayak to deserted islands in Samoa for $100-$200 per person. In most of the South Pacific, our concepts of ownership and land usage do not apply. In general, you can't camp or just spend the night on some land that is not being ...


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The last trade route regularly used by camel caravans in Sahara is the Darb-el-arbain, or the forty days road, from Sudan to Egypt. The traded goods are the camels themselves. As recently as May 25, 2013, a TV documentary about this trade route has been broadcast by Arte, the German-French TV channel. This documentary is available during one week on the ...


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You could do the Rottnest Channel Swim, 20km from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island in Perth, Australia. Beautiful spot, water a nice temp, you might just have to battle a bit of seabreeze and the odd shark. You can enter 2 or 4-person teams as well, and each swimmer has a boat and kayak support crew. Great party on the Island once everyone gets over as ...


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EDIT: Please read jpatokal's comment as in Papua some things might be different. I can't really tell because I haven't been to Irian Jaya (Indonesian Papua) yet, but are you sure about "eat as locals"? It's sure the cheapest, but many westeners won't stand eating white rice three times a day... Just buy a roti sobek (white bread filled with chocolate, ...


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If you really want a triathlon, there is the Ultra-Triathlon Napoleon this summer in Corsica (France): A 15 km swim across the "Bouches de Bonifacio" (from Sardinia to Corsica) A 600 km biking race around Corsica A 200 km running race on the GR 20 (cutting a diagonal from South East to North West) All that from August 15 to 19. There are about 50 ...


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Caves! 1,083,206,916,846 km3. volume 510,072,000 km² surface area There is a huge difference in area to explore under the surface. As well, Google Earth can't see underground. Granted, it could be hard and not interesting to dig a hole. The idea of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" comes to mind. You could spend generations digging, or you may enter and ...


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Maybe you could try out this one: http://traversee.qc.ca/en/natation/solo-traversee/ The site is a bit glitched in english, so here's a link to the entry form. It goes from the marker to the star: I don't know if there is an entry price, but places are very limited. Swimmers have boats following them for safety, which is nice. I linked to the "solo" ...


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Is October a decent time to whalewatch for orca pods in Vancouver, B.C.? Wild Whales Vancouver claims Fall may be the best time: Posted on September 12, 2016 by admin The tree lines are sprinkled with burnt orange and red leaves, the air is a tad crisper, and there’s sadness on the kiddie’s faces as they lug their book bags to and fro. Summer holidays are ...


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Tongue-in-cheek answer: The easternmost place in Asia is where the Russian Far East touches the 180° meridian. It’s actually a line of over 400 km (estimated by grabbing coordinates from the southern coast to the northern coast and taking the difference in latitude) which also happens to form part of the easternmost land on Earth. Just a step away is (are) ...


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Legal Aspects Although it has successfully been done in the past (see this webpage, or the Wikipedia article on human mail), it would seem that mailing humans is not allowed in this day and age. Whether it is indeed legal is something I couldn't understand using simply Google (the Wikipedia article does mention it being illegal but references are missing). ...


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Is it possible to go from Battambang to Phnom Penh by bamboo train? Unfortunately I think the answer to this is: No. So to: what's the price for this trip? the answer would be: there isn't one. The quote you can also travel on a bamboo train from the outskirts of Phnom Penh to Battambang on demand from Wikivoyage seems undated and unsourced (though ...


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Pnuts provided an excellent answer above ^^^. I'm just providing a delayed update on what my personal experience was (for others who might be wondering about their chances to see orcas in October in Vancouver). Originally, this was just going to be a comment, but I wanted to add some photos. YES, I finally saw not one, but saw 3 orcas!!!! One mother and 2 ...


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