Snorkelling in the Red Sea | Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba sits on the shores of the Red Sea, just a 20km drive from Saudi Arabia. From the beach you can watch the sunset across Egypt and then the lights of Israeli cities fill the horizon at night, it’s a pretty unique location. We checked into a simple hostel where the smiley owner went to…

Snorkelling with sea lions in Puerto Madryn | Argentina

Sea lions are very wary of humans on land but underwater they become curious and playful like puppies. It was a dream of mine to snorkel with them and there’s not many places around the world where your allowed to do so but Puerto Madryn offered the trip (at a high cost mind you) so…

Swimming with Manta Rays on Ukulhas Island | The Maldives

Ukulhas island was the fourth and final local island we visited in the Maldives and our last chance for seeing manta rays. It’s a fairly popular island with a big selection of guesthouses, a few eaterys and an award for being an eco friendly island. Our guesthouse host met us at the jetty and he…

The good, the bad & the ugly on Feridhoo Island | The Maldives

I found Feridhoo Island by chance, it’s one of the more recent local islands to open its doors to tourists and from what I read it had a desert-island vibe thanks to hardly any other tourists, an incredible beach and some of the best house reef to snorkel. Some people had also stayed on expensive…

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…

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,…

Snorkelling with turtles at Akumal | Mexico

Our Airbnb host kindly offered to take us on a day trip for cheaper than the bus so we were happy to be chauffeured around. I think she enjoyed the company and it worked out well for us too. We headed north to Akumal which is home to a pretty beach with a calm, curved…

Snorkelling, feeding tarpon and vanlife in the Upper Keys

The Florida Keys marked the end of the road for us on this 14,000 mile roadtrip. The Keys are a string of little islands connected by bridges that head south west towards Cuba. It looked like an incredible drive and we were excited to see it for ourselves. The first island we reached was Key…

Swimming hand in hand with a wild Manatee

There’s only one place in the United States where you are legally allowed to snorkel with manatees and that’s Crystal River, Florida. Twenty years ago it really was a crystal river but its all murky now minus the springs that dot the Kings Bay. The most famous of which is Three Sisters Spring which was…

Springs, alligators and bears in Northern Florida

After our first Floridian Spring we were hooked and excited to explore some more. Browsing over our map we could see northern Florida was full of them, but which one to go to next? We ended up picking Fanning Springs State Park. Steps led us down to the spring with glimpses of the clear blue…

Incredible rock pools along Oahu’s wild coast

We arrived at Hanauma Bay an hour later than planned thanks to us missing the bus, not just missing it but watching it go past on the road parallel to us. Brilliant. Hanauma bay was formed in a volcano cone beside the coast and over time seawater has flooded it creating a diverse area for…