A large dark brown silhouette slowly emerges from edge of visibility in the cold water of the North Atlantic. Contrasting the cobalt green, the fuzzy bulk of brown increases to the massive form of a large shark – and it’s headed our way. We are off Chatham, Cape Cod, where only a few miles away [...]
NEXT time you’re in Bali for a few days of diving, you might also want to consider adding dolphin watching to your agenda. But wait, are there dolphins in Bali? Absolutely! Bali does indeed have dolphins roaming about its waters. The island has whales as well, although the sightings are not as frequent as that [...]
Left: Sunsets in magical places like Triton Bay are daily highlights Right: This soft coral crab is a master in playing peek-a-boo (Photo by Markus Roth) “APA KABAR, ORANG asing! How are you, stranger?” whispers Edison, a baggage handler at Kaimana Airport, as he takes a look at my luggage label. Europeans in Kaimana are [...]
THE ISLAND OF Lombok is located in the West Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia, and is Bali’s neighbour to the east. Geographically, Lombok is similar in size and density to Bali and is surrounded by 13 small, largely uninhabited islands locally called Gilis. Lombok offers the simple pleasures of sunshine and white sandy beaches in [...]
CAPE KHOBOY We arrive by Jeep from Irkutsk and drive over the frozen Lake Baikal. We have to be careful; gas bubbles can make the ice very thin in winter. We see locals trying to save their sunken truck. We overnight on the ice at Olkhon Island, 300 kilometres from Irkutsk. To get under the [...]
Why it's always a good idea to man up, pile on that neoprene, and get back in the water for another go, even if cold water diving is not your thing. It’s a personal life goal of mine to sneakily try to get myself to do things I don’t want to do. Sometimes this means [...]