RTW diving in Ko Phi Phi

The day before my island/snorkel tour, I had visited a dive shop on Tonsai Bay. Happily, their logistics meant that I was perfectly fine to dive with them with a still-healing sprained ankle, so I booked a trip with two dives for the day after the snorkel tour. The dive shop prepped all our dive gear…

RTW islands and beaches of Ko Phi Phi

The first several days were non eventful, while my ankle healed. I walked to different beaches, but mostly the long beach north of town (not to be confused with Long Beach, which is south east of town). Some shade could be found there, just on the edge where beach met the restaurants and cafes lining the…

RTW lazy days in Ko Lipe

Last I wrote, I had just arrived to Ko Lipe, on the day that sucked, and sprained my ankle very badly. I wrote that if you must be laid up with a sprained ankle, Ko Lipe is not a bad place to be. I must amend that to “Ko Lipe is the best place to…

RTW Kangaroo Island tour – day 2

What a difference a day makes! The previous day had some of the worst weather the island had seen in decades, so it was a pleasure to wake up and see the sun shining from nearly blue skies! The pick up this morning was at 9:35 am, after which we only picked up people arriving…

RTW Kangaroo Island tour – day 1

The first day of our two-day tour had the worst weather since 1934 said one of our drivers, and in 15 years, said the other. Both agreed it was horrid. The weather was in fact so bad, that all the ferries to and from the island were cancelled that day, many roads were flooded, and…

RTW hiking and diving on Magnetic Island

Well, to be honest, mostly what I have done in the past few days is lie on the beach and enjoy. But I did do some hiking! And spent a day diving on the outer Great Barrier Reef! There is a short walk from Picnic Bay to the top of the Hawkins Point hill lookout that was…

RTW diving and kayaking from Airlie Beach

Well, my good weather luck failed finally, after five months of sunshine. It rained most of the time I stayed on Airlie Beach, most vexingly when I was on a full day kayaking trip. Oh well, I was due some rain. I had arrived to Airlie from Bundaberg on a night bus, which went as…

RTW manta rays at Lady Elliot Island

From the moment I realised manta rays existed, I wanted to see them. Over time, this desire morphed into swimming with them, and this was the main reason why I got my Scuba diving license in Monterey. And a few months later, this last weekend, my dream came true!! Given that I was booking my…

RTW spotting whales in Coffs Harbour

On my way up the East coast of Australia, I looked for a spot to break my journey from Sydney to Brisbane. When I read online that you can spot whales from the shore in Coffs Harbour, I found what I was looking for. Coffs Harbour is about 500 km north of Sydney and about…

RTW San Luis Obispo and more sea life

These past two and a half weeks along the coast of California have been terrific. Amazing cities, the sea and the abundance of sea life all around. And the weather has been fantastic. Really, I am running out of superlatives for how terrific amazing fantastic * insert a synonym here * these past weeks have been. Another excellent…