Cargo Hold

The Cargo Hold Restaurant | Durban, South Africa

The 'Cargo Hold' restaurant is built in a replica of South Africa's legendary ghost ship 'The Phantom' and masterfully incorporated into the famous uShaka aquarium, where floating marine predators - sharks. As you have a dinner in the cool dark interior of the ship's stern, the finest marine life, including their famous sharks, will drift past the windows. Last century, The Phantom was sighted sailing into Durban harbor from a southerly direction. At dusk it rounded Durban's Bluff headland with just one blue-green light swinging at the fore. 

The ship Restaurant in Durban, South Africa
Image credit Adrian Dutch

The ship's stevedores waited for the vessel, described as a stern ship with a black and scarlet funnel and two masts, to enter the harbor, but it never did. Weeks later it appeared in the same place but even closer to shore this time. It answered no signals and flew no flags. Some said it was lost and others said it was on a secret mission. And with no conclusions reached the boat became ingrained in locals' minds as The Phantom.

Vanish Roller Coaster

Vanish Roller Coaster | Cosmo Land Amusement Park, Yokohama, Japan

The Vanish Roller Coaster in Japan's, One of the world’s coolest roller coasters is in Cosmo Land Amusement Park, Yokohama, Japan and it is not just any ordinary one; it is an underwater roller coaster. On its journey, this roller coaster enters into an underwater tunnel. If you've you ever gazed in amazement at how birds dive down into the water and then gracefully emerge within a mere moment, then you have got to check out the Vanish roller coaster. The ride opened in 1999 and is a thrilling experience that goes on for 2 minutes on a track that is 744 m long and reaches 35 m at one point. Looking for some excitement unheard of on roller coasters? The ride on Vanish is worth the experience!

Vanish Roller Coaster | Cosmo Land Amusement Park, Yokohama, Japan

Image credit SkylineGTR

This ride is definitely not for those who are faint at heart. It appears as if the underwater roller coaster is taking a plunge into the water with water splashing around upon the diving impact. If buildings can rise then roller coasters can go underwater too! Based on this principle, the creation is an almost incredible one where one can but long to sit on the seat and take the thrilling ride. The underwater roller coaster is in a park which is an attraction in itself and is located in MinatoMirai, Yokohama Bay area. The park Cosmoland contains 32 attractions including the underwater roller coaster Vanish. There is a Ferris Wheel, a Cliff Drop ride that would make you scream and a Spinning Coaster amongst many others. There is also a chance to practice shooting and show off your skills to the Japanese who are very particular about their’s! When at Cosmoland Amusement Park, don’t forget to visit the House of Terror which happens to be a haunted house intended to give you goosebumps. For kids and fun loving elders there is a carnival street and kids area that also contains rides like Safari Pets, LED and Merry-go-Round; which are meant to liven up the moods with their colors and make. [Text Link]

Door to Hell

Derweze — The word Derweze translate in Turkmen means "gate", is a village in Turkmenistan of about 350 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert, about 260 km north from Ashgabat and 90 km from the village Erbent. The diameter of 70 meters and a depth of 20 meters. The Derweze gas well, and the story of its discovery is quite interesting, In 1971, a team of Soviet scientists was drilling at the site when their rig collapsed into a cavernous pocket of natural gas. Concerned that the hole would release poisonous methane gases, the geologists set it on fire, expecting the fuel would burn out in a few days. Since 1971, the natural gas coming from the crater, but the gas is still burning today. Locals have dubbed the cavern "The Door to Hell".

The Door to Hell | Derweze, Turkmenistan
Image credit Martha de Jong-Lantink

That was more than four decades ago, and the crater is still burning. Its glow is visible from Derweze each night. Fittingly, the name Derweze means "gate" in the Turkmen language, so locals have dubbed the burning crater the "Gate to Hell." Although it is a slow-burning ecological disaster, the crater has also become one of Turkmenistan's few tourist attractions, drawing adventurous souls out into the Karakum, where summer temperatures can hit 50ºC (122ºF) without any help from the Derweze fire. [Text Link]

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