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Chagos

Applying for a Permit to Chagos (BIOT)

One of the things I have always loved about cruising is that we go to places that are very hard or impossible for a normal tourist to visit.  For example, Beveridge Reef or the Lau Group of Fiji.  In planning our Indian Ocean crossing, we had one special stop that we set our sights on:…

Maldives

Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Maldives

Despite trying to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo, and actively looking for them while sailing up Southeast Asia, I never managed to get a swim in with these amazing animals.  While, yes, technically I did swim with one in the Maldives, it wasn’t quite the experience I was hoping for. In Ari Atoll, whale sharks…

Maldives

Medical Care at Dhangethi Health Center

It all started with a little congestion in my ear. I first noticed it while snorkeling off Rasfari Island with our friends on Slow Flight.  We were looking for the manta ray cleaning station that was supposedly in this area.  I didn’t feel the pain until I tried to dive down and discovered my ear…

Maldives

Exploring the Abandoned Zitahli Resorts on Dholhiyadhoo

A small atoll in the Maldives named Dholhiyadhoo was set to be the home of a new, luxury resort in the Maldives from the same company that built the Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Maldives.  The project was slated to be finished with a grand opening in 2011.  However, someone defaulted on the loan, and this year the property was finally…

Maldives

Utheemu Island, Maldives

Most of the tourism in the Maldives is all-inclusive resorts or liveaboard dive boats.  There are definitely some benefits of the tourism industry here, such as the government requiring resorts to employ a certain percentage of locals or the tourism industry boosting the economy.  The Maldives went from being one of the twenty poorest countries…

Travel Tips

Health Insurance for Full Time Travel

All prices are in USD.  We are Americans, Blowing Bubbles is Canadian. In October, our friends on S/V Blowing Bubbles were in a major accident in Indonesia.  Kyle was evacuated to Singapore, where they received a $78,000 medical bill. We’ve had small medical bills here and there in our four years of travel.  Many of…

Texas | United States

Galveston Art Tour by Bicycle

I’m a proud Houstonian; I’ve lived there most of my life (from about two years old on).  I graduated high school out in the ‘burbs, bought my first house inside the loop, and my parents still live out in Clear Lake.  And all my life, Galveston has been about an hour drive away; a fun and…