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Dive outside the chocolate box

9 Feb 2010 by Guest Blogger in Diving , Festivals & Events and Trip Planning

Source: Ed Kirby, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

It's almost question-popping time – you know, Valentine's Day – but going down on one knee is a little…boring, right? Predictable, safe, and just not your style. Life is a big adventure, and the two of you are adventurous. So, let's go deep, 89 feet deep, in SCUBA gear, to the deck of an historic shipwreck, and spring the ring. Now, that's a proposal!

This one-of-a-kind package is available through Leaside Manor and Ocean Quest Adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Ocean Quest is a dive and adventure operator just 15 minutes away. The dive is to a ship sunk off Bell Island in Conception Bay by a German U-Boat in the 1940s. The ship is sitting upright as you can see here. Leaside Manor is a high-end boutique bed-and-breakfast in downtown St. John's. The optional element in this package is a hand-crafted ring by jeweler Chris Kearney of St. John's from diamonds, silver, gold and labradorite.

There are other romance packages available that come with just a tinge of adventure. Here's a sampling:

Love on the Rock is a snowmobile ride combined with a romantic dinner and dancing, also offered by Leaside Manor. It features one night in a rustic cabin and a second night at Leaside, dinner, dancing and a tour of St. John's.

Humber Valley Heaven pairs cooking classes from top chefs with a helicopter tour of Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland's west coast, and a zip line tour over Humber Valley, which is a bit closer to the ground.

Molding Your Romance in Newfoundland features pottery making at Riverwood Inn, Springdale, with world-class potters David Hyashida and Linda Yates who will fire and glaze your creation and send it to you.

Our Titanic Romance at the Ryan Mansion in St. John's features the meals served on Titanic – on replica Titanic china – a photo session on the Grand Staircase built by the same Belfast craftsmen who build Titanic's Grand Staircase, a tour to romantically named Cupids, and airport pickup and drop-off in a Mercedes.

Newfoundland and Labrador is a romantic place. Heart's Delight, Heart's Desire, Little Heart's Ease and Cupids are just some of our romantic place names. Cupids is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2010, so we're romantic and steadfast.