Exploring Thoddoo Island | The Maldives

Thoddoo Island is a bit of a black sheep sitting alone in the Indian Ocean just north of the cluster of islands that form the Ari Atoll. It’s encircled by a reef and best known for its large lagoon and it’s production of fruit. Even though it’s slightly removed from the Atoll, it’s still very…

Visiting an idyllic sandbank in The Maldives

I’m a sucker for a sandbank, a slither of sand rising out of the sea, a new island forming and more reason for the Maldivian’s to laugh in the face of global warming. We asked a few locals if they thought the Maldives would be covered by sea in the future and they confidently said…

Dolphins, Turtles and Coral Reef | The Maldives

I have a bit of an obsession with dolphins, I’ve always dreamed of seeing them swimming in the bow of a boat, jumping and playing in the sea around us. We pretty much experienced this in Alaska but instead of dolphins it was porpoises…to be fair their even cooler as they are back and white…

Finding paradise on a budget | The Maldives

The Maldives has always been one of those dream locations, an unreachable goal that only winning the lottery could help us get to. But things have changed in the past few years and now there are hundreds of affordable guesthouses to stay at on the local islands. There are around 1200 islands in the Maldives,…

Exploring tea plantations at Lipton’s Seat | Sri Lanka

The 6:40am train took us from Ella to the town of Haputale which sits on a dramatic ridge-line surrounded by lush green hills and tea plantations. School kids were hanging out the doorways enjoying the cool breeze as the train casually chugged through the hill country and after an hour we arrived in Haputale. We…

Best things to do in Ella | Sri Lanka

We woke before the sun, strapped our head torches on and wandered down the silent road towards Little Adams Peak. It’s one of the main highlights of Ella and we were excited to see the view unfold as the sun rose. The road led to a trail and finally some steps to the top. There…

Wildlife Safari in Udawalawe National Park | Sri Lanka

From Tangalle we caught a couple of buses to Udawalawe National Park where we had chosen to do a safari. We had to change buses in Embilibitiya and that was supposed to take us directly to the village but the driver stopped at the road junction 3km from it and said we needed to get…

Searching for the best beaches in Sri Lanka

We kept reading that Sri Lanka had idyllic white sand beaches with turquoise water but we were still yet to find one. Our last chance of finding one along the south coast was at Tangalle. The owner of our homestay told us about the horrific tsunami that swept over much of Sri Lanka in 2004…

Dog Bites, Rabies and a Secret Beach | Sri Lanka

To the west of Mirissa is Secret Beach which obviously isn’t a secret anymore but it was still a very pretty spot. There were actually two beaches back to back, one totally calm and shallow with rocks and fish visible in the clear water and the other wild and wavy but with dreamy turquoise and…

Blue Whale Watching and Dreamy Sunsets in Mirissa | Sri Lanka

Mirissa is a hip beach town about an hour away from Unnawatuna. It’s the perfect place to kickback and relax but its also a great base to see the worlds largest mammal – The Blue Whale. To see the whales we needed to go on a boat trip which cost about $30 per person and…