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Where to Meet a Dinosaur in 2017

In the summer, the desire to travel is especially intense. But how can we choose the very best route, which will give us most lasting memories? It is our guess that you have seen one of those recommended ‘best thing to do’ lists (describing the most beautiful – unusual – expensive - cheap - exclusive - places for travel), and you are not sure where to go, as everything looks inviting.

Well, one thing you probably didn’t know is that the DinoMess team have their own list for you! The twist is that our routes are off the beaten track, where you can meet – wait for it - dinosaurs! No, we are not joking, real dinosaurs. Herbivorous, carnivorous, natatorium, flying – and you have to see it to believe it.

So, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts. You are starting a journey which will make all of your friends and family wish they could come with you.



The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the biggest coral reef system in the world. It consists of 2900 separate reefs and 900 islands, spread for 2600 km. It is so huge that it can be seen from space. It is the world’s largest formation, created by living organisms. This area is a coveted spot for divers from all over the planet.  Some of them even were lucky enough to meet a Plesiosaur. This aquatic dinosaur is a perfect match for the underground flora and fauna. If you see a Plesiosaur swallowing stones, do not be surprised: their sharp narrow teeth are not cut out for chewing their food well, and this action helps them digest their food better.

Kangaroo Island

This Australian island is 145x50 km in size and is popular for two reasons. Firstly, it is situated close to the mainland and is easy to get to. Secondly, tourists have the rare opportunity to blend into wild nature. Over a third of Kangaroo Island is covered with wildlife reserves, and the diversity of its fauna will stimulate your imagination. Watch wallabies, opossums, echidnas, slow koalas, New Zealand seals, Rosenberg goannas, bandicoots, amphibians and bats in their natural habitat. Yet not everyone knows that you can also come across the mighty Allosaurus roaming around. This predator prefers to hide from tourists while he hunts. This dinosaur has strong hind feet and powerful forelimbs, so why it’s not easy to catch – but give it a try.


The Philippines

Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano, situated in the Philippines, is by far one of the most picturesque volcanoes in the world. Unlike other Philippine volcanoes, Mayon has a regular conic shape, and you can almost always see a wisp of smoke coming from its top. Despite its old age, Mayon is an active volcano and it can erupt at any time. According to scientific research, it has erupted more than 50 times in the last 4 centuries! However, this cannot harm the proud Pterodactyl, which due to its low body weight, can fly at extreme heights. The Pterodactyl has perfect vision, so he can stalk curious tourists from miles away. Only the most daring tourists can take a selfie with it and live to tell the tale!

Boracay Island

Boracay Island is one of the most popular tourist centers in the country. One can find many appealing activities here, including diving, windsurfing, and kitesurfing on the well-known White Beach. Besides beaches, Boracay Island can offer many marvelous natural sights such as the romantic Dead Forest, Butterfly Garden, dark caves with bats, and Mount Luho, the highest point on the island. But be careful, as lurking in the local waters there is one renowned dangerous inhabitant – the pliant Pliosaur. It’s an aquatic dinosaur with a long narrow body, perfect for swimming. This creature can attack without prior notice, so be warned.


New Zealand

Milford Sound

“The Eighth Wonder of the World” – these words belong to John Rudyard Kipling, who referred to this as the Milford Sound fjord, found in New Zealand. It is not unusual for this place to get such a grand name, as every visitor realizes right away that Milford Sound is a true wonder. Its waters glitter under a boundless blue sky, surrounded by high rugged coastal mountains and green forests. The renowned fjord is located in Fiordland National Park. Its length is 19 km and the maximum depth is around 512 m. Needless to say, it’s the Promised Land for the peaceful herbivore Iguanodon, which doesn’t mind hanging out with tourists. By the way, Iguanodons are the first herbivorous dinosaurs to have back teeth and therefore, you can often see him smiling!


One of the most outstanding sights of New Zealand is the village of Hobbiton, which has made the country a popular stop on the tourist route.  Every year, thousands of Tolkien fans come to the settlement, situated near Matamata city. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has transformed an ordinary New Zealand farm into a world-famous spot. Local farmers would have never believed that they were going to be welcoming crowds of international tourists to their corner of the earth. Moreover, travelers are fascinated by the Parasaurolophus, which dwells nearby. This herbivorous dinosaur is particularly amicable and enjoys posing for photos with curious visitors.

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