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Halong Bay Floater — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
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by thetourguide
Difficulty:
5
Terrain:
5
Location:
Halong Bay, Vietnam
N 20° 51.047 E 107° 05.280

“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
    —Doc Brown

Halong Bay is known as the most beautiful destination in all of Vietnam. There are no roads to the geocache Halong Bay Floater, only multi-day junk boat and kayak tours. This will allow you to maneuver emerald green waters between countless limestone karst formations. Talk about a D5/T5 adventure of a lifetime!   

After hopping onboard your vessel, take time to marvel at the unique landscape filled with majestic Sea Eagles and the extremely rare Cat Ba Langur. Pro Tip: once you dock south of Ti-Tov (Titop) Island, kayak as close as you can to the coordinates then search for the cache from there. You’ll undoubtedly pass one of the countless fishermen who live in floating villages within about 579 square miles (932 km) of Halong Bay.

Although Halong Bay is a World Heritage Site, there are still locals that dump their trash in the bay. For this reason, it is important for geoachers to represent the tourism and geocaching communities well and show their best Cache in and Trash Out skills. If you have any questions, Cache Owner, thetourguide, has led thousands of people to this gorgeous location and may be able to answer them!


SNKR2006

On a wonderful holiday we visited this place and found this cache. We love Vietnam and say thank you to the owner of the cache for showing us this place. Halong Bay was awesome and we meet some friendly people. We did a 3 day boat trip and had plenty of time.

Best wishes from German cacher

Tiago.OK

Asia Adventure Tour!!!!! Amazing place. It is incredible, fantástic, magic…Found with my love Xuxu.mafas and our Portuguese good friends and Geocaching godfathers: Ladas112, scosta911.TFTC

Thanks

J+J.au

We stayed anchored on a boat very close so we were able to hire a kayak and take a paddle to this cache, the waters here are mirror surfaced making paddling very easy and enjoyable. As we were paddling we saw a school of 5 very big fish swim past us.

Everywhere you look there are picture opportunities. TFTC


What has been the most exotic location that you have found a geocache?

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The night is full of caches

Shorter days and autumn weather might make you want to curl up on the couch and let caches be caches — but the shadows of the night can be the best time to seek some of the most exciting geocaches around: Night Caches.

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MEGAPHOBIA (GC5ENHV)

Night Caches are best searched for in the dark. Not for the easily spooked, these caches come in all types — Traditional, Multi, Mystery, Wherigo caches amongst others — and often feature scary tales.

Thriller! (GC5ENHQ) and Curse of the Pharaoh (GC4Q1K7)
Thriller! (GC5ENHQ) and Curse of the Pharaoh (GC4Q1K7)

If you’re intrigued to go on a ghostly geohunt at night, make sure to come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp, some extra batteries, and maybe even a glow-in-the-dark pen.

To find Night Caches, you often have to follow reflectors that guide you to the hide or glow-in-the-dark ink that can only be seen in the dark and requires a UV flashlight.

nightcache6Some geocache owners include ‘Night Cache’ in the cache’s title to make it clear that their cache is best found at night. Others can be identified through one or more of these attributes:

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  • Recommended at Night
  • Flashlight Required
  • UV Light Required

 

Bananaaaa Nightclub Nachtcache (GC5BW4D)

 

Another way to learn about the best Night Caches is to ask a fellow geocacher about their favorites. They can create a list with their recommendations and share it with you. We did so ourselves and created this list of some of the most favorited Night Caches and other haunted hides.

Which spooky Night Caches are on your list? Share in the comments or on social media using #hauntedhides.

Ready to go to the dark side? Browse Night Caching equipment in the Geocaching Shop or at International Retailers.

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Made in Canada, eh!— Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC2Y8Q8
by Coombs Wooden Shoe
Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
1
Location:
British Columbia, Canada
N 49° 18.358 W 124° 21.329

This week’s Geocache of the Week is THE most popular cache in Canada, worthy of its 503 favorite points. Made in Canada, eh! Is also Canada’s largest Ammo Can. At 122cm x 91cm x 49cm (4ft x 3ft x 1.6 ft), this metal ammo can and its giant pencil and logbook are hard to miss. It’s so big and so loved it even made the front page of the local paper.

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And oh, did we mention that this geocache even offers free WiFi? No joke. Check out the cache listing page. You may even get the chance to meet the Cache Owners at the nearby Dutch Import Store with the giant wooden shoe out front.

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For all of these reasons, GC2Y8Q8 is a great example of a cache to introduce your friends and family to how fun  geocaching can be.

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One of the coolest things about the cache is that it was constructed at the local Kwalikum Secondary School by the shop boys and their teacher. It’s pretty impressive how these middle school students were able to replicate the classic ammo can in a giant form.

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There is lots of enthusiasm on the cache page that will get you pumped to find Made in Canada, eh!


BearClaw1

“Discovered this one almost completely by accident. And what a nice surprise!!! I was by too early in the morning when I first attempted it, but knew that I had to come back after reading the webpage to get a look at this one. Glad that I did. A favorite for sure and as always, TFTC.”

xDraconianx

“This cache was our first order of the day, how can we make a trip to the island and not find this one?! Easily found and we enjoyed sifting through the contents of the cache, also loved the logbook and giant pencil. Met the owner (and contributed to the local economy); we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Tftc!”

Fleuve

“I had heard so much about this cache, and decided it was time to “discover” and log it today, as I was in the area. What a wonderfully well-crafted creation it is! Loved all the details, inside and out. Went inside and had a nice chat afterwards – it was great meeting you! Many thanks for this memorable cache.”


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To search for other beginner caches great for newbie geocachers, check out our search tool and make sure to set the difficulty and terrain ratings to 1.5 or lower.

Happy caching!

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What’s the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and trackable icons?

Souvenirs, badges, and icons are all virtual pieces of art for your profile to discover, display, and collect on your geocaching profile page. But each serves a different purpose, and they’re located on different parts of your profile. Let’s break it down:

Souvenirs

Souvenirs are associated with a particular location (such as a country) and may also be bound by time (such as International EarthCache Day). They are added to your profile by geocaching.com. There are two ways to earn souvenirs.

The first is to log a geocache within a souvenir zone, such as a country. For instance, if you logged a geocache in the state of Washington in the United States, you would receive a Washington State souvenir.

The second is to log a geocache within a predetermined time frame, such as a special day. For instance, if you logged a geocache on the 3rd Saturday of August, you’d earn the International Geocaching Day souvenir.

Examples of Geocaching Souvenirs

Badges

Badges are associated with a statistics or completing particular tasks such as:

  • Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)
  • Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)
  • Number of caches owned (10 caches)
  • Number of trackables moved/discovered, and so on

Badges are manually added to a geocacher’s profile page with HTML code, usually from a third-party sight such as Project-gc.com or BadgeGen.com.

Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen.com:

Examples of Geocaching Badges

They are occasionally awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the HQ Duck Dash badge. And here’s what a badge on a profile might look like:

Examples of Geocaching Badge

Icons

Icons are associated with trackables, Travel Bugs, and geocoins. Many are unique and represent specific trackable series such as events, Geocaching Employees (often lovingly referred to as “Lackeys”), or promotions.

Here are some examples of digital icons for trackables:

Generic icon: 

Custom Icons:    

Custom Promotional Icons:       

And here’s what a trackable icon on a profile under the “Trackables” tab might look like:

Examples of Geocaching Trackable Icons

 

Whatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons can add an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show your geo-accomplishments? Tell us in the comments below!