Swimming with Whale Sharks in Nosy Be

David and I have been trying for SO LONG to swim with whale sharks! We’ve tried several times to find them on our own, but also we paid for two trips to see whale sharks – one in Ningaloo, Western Australia, and one in Ari Atoll, Maldives. Neither time was successful...

Snorkeling Off Your Cruising Boat

Snorkeling is one of our absolute favorite activities when we are cruising.  When the water is clear, I like to get in at least every other day for a snorkel.  It’s great exercise and exposes us to the marine wildlife around us.  Since we’ve been cruising for almost 5...

Ko Phi Phi Don: Hiking & Snorkeling

We visited Phi Phi Don twice; once over the Christmas holidays, and a second time a few weeks later.  Our first impression of Phi Phi over the holidays was not great: it was absolutely packed with people and loud music played every night into the wee hours of the morning.  When...

7 Days with Komodo Dragons & Manta Rays in Indonesia

One of the highlights of our entire time in Indonesia was coming to Komodo National Park to see the wildlife.  This park is much more prestine than other places we’ve been and we enjoyed it so much. About Flores and Komodo National Park Located west of Flores Island...

Underwater in West Butterfly Bay, Whitsundays

We made two stops on Hook Island.  The first was Stonehaven Bay on the west side, and the second was West Butterfly Bay on the north side.  During our stay on Hook Island, the tradewinds were blowing pretty strong, 20 knots or so, and the nearby landscape funnels these winds...

Sail Ningaloo: Liveaboard Sailboat on Ningaloo Reef

I pulled the big picture book off the shelf and leafed through the brightly printed, glossy pages. We’re staying in Adelaide with our friends Tony and Sara. Tony’s an avid diver and diving instructor.  The book I’m flipping through is photographs and stories of...

Ningaloo Reef – Under the Water with Sail Ningaloo

David and I left the Red Centre and flew to Perth, where we were welcomed by friends and stayed out in Fremantle. We did get to the Fremantle Market and spent a morning walking along the foreshore and out the jetty. After two nights, it was time to get out to our next major...

Sailing New Caledonia in the South Pacific

We are so glad we sailed New Caledonia.  It’s just the kind of place we like – natural beauty with remote locations.  We weren’t planning on coming here, but thanks to a guest coming to visit, we changed up our plans. About New Caledonia Traveling to and within...