Diving Aliwal Shoal with Ragged-Tooth Sharks

When I got invited to go dive Aliwal Shoal with new friends, I jumped on the chance! Had I heard of Aliwal Shoal before? Yes. It’s one of the top dive sites in South Africa, maybe even the world. Did I know what I was getting myself into? Absolutely not. In the best way! My...

Cycling Durban’s Waterfront: The Golden Mile

Located on the southeast side of South Africa, Durban is all about the water. It’s known as one of South Africa’s top beach destinations, and of course, we wanted to explore this! We found out that bicycles are available for rent to ride along the “Golden...

How to Send a Float Plan When Sailing Offshore

We do many things to prepare for offshore passages, but one of the most critical is notifying our VIPs of our plans. In discussions with other cruisers lately, it came to my attention that many cruisers do not file a float plan with anyone. What is a Float Plan? A float plan is a...

Driving the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

After our boat tour and lunch in St Lucia, South Africa, our driver, Anand, took us through the gates of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for a safari while we drove up to Cape Vidal. Getting to Cape Vidal We had hired a driver for the day through Bush & Beach Tours. Anand was...

St Lucia Estuary: Looking for Hippos

Our first trip out to see South Africa’s famous wildlife was to the St Lucia estuary to look for one of the most dangerous animals in Africa – the hippo! That’s right, hippos are one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They are aggressive, weigh up to 4,000...

Sailing the Mozambique Channel

After a month in Madagascar, it was time for us to tackle the next big hurdle – the Mozambique Channel.  The forecast included a mix of wind directions, but we knew we would get some sailing in with winds coming from the north, and those were the conditions for which...

Sailing in Madagascar

After a four-day passage from Seychelles to Madagascar, we dropped anchor in one of the most exotic – and poor – countries we will visit while cruising. We spent 35 days in Madagascar, mostly in Nosy Be, which is one of the (if not the biggest) tourism hubs in...

Sakatia: Diving and Snorkeling

Traveling full time means you never know who you’ll be spending your birthday with next year, and odds are very good it won’t be the same people from year to year. Last year for my birthday we were in Bali, and enjoyed a birthday dinner out with our friends on S/V...