Curiouser and curiouser

“If we look at a globe or a map of the Eastern hemisphere, we shall perceive between Asia and Australia a number of large and small islands. Situated upon the Equator, and bathed by the tepid water of the great tropical oceans, this region … teems with natural productions which are elsewhere unknown.” In 1860,…

Postcards from Raja Ampat

I finally made it to Raja Ampat, the “four kings” of Indonesia! And it totally lives up to the hype. There aren’t enough superlatives to adequately describe this place, so here are a few postcard pics from our adventures through beautiful Raja Ampat so far: The magic began right away:  as we sailed into Raja…

What’s that noise?!

We were anchored along the western coast of Halmahera and in the distance we could hear low rumbling sounds. Storm clouds started to gather on the horizon and there were a few bolts of distant lightening so we assumed it was just thunder. But as we sailed away from the anchorage early the next morning,…

The mighty Kinabatangan

Borneo’s longest river – the 560 km long Kinabatangan river – is indeed a “corridor of life”.  In an epic week of wildlife-spotting, we saw pygmy elephants, orangutans, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, macaques, langurs, snakes, pterodactyl-like birds, hornbills, and so much more! All from the relative comfort of our yachts and dinghies! But we were bloody…

The tribe has spoken…

“Once the votes are read, the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately.” We are back in Malaysia, and we spent a couple of days hanging out at Pulau Tiga, the location for the first ever series of the TV show, Survivor. It’s the perfect…

Koh Phayam

We’ve decided that KOH PHAYAM, a little island on the northern border with Myanmar, is one of our favourite places so far. What’s not to like about a place with a really calm anchorage with super-easy dinghy access ashore, long stretches of beach, rare hornbill birds flying overhead morning and night, no cars or noisy…

Sealift magic in Pangkor

We hauled out. It was time to replace the anodes and anti-foul, so we engaged the services of the sealift at Pangkor Marina, and hauled our girl out for a few days. Hauling out is always a bit stressful, but the team at Pangkor Marina were uber-professional and got the job swiftly and expertly. And…

Something for Everyone

Forget the wet windy Whitsundays! If you are looking for tropical island paradise, you’ll find it and plenty more at Magnetic Island. There’s something for everyone on Maggie. For the sailors, there’s a very calm anchorage in Horseshoe Bay which offers good holding and great protection from the SE trade winds. There’s no sign of…

Merops Ornatus

It’s official. I’ve become a nerdy bird-watcher! When I’m not underwater photographing marine critters, I’m now stalking along bush tracks spotting birds and animals. Check out this little beauty. A rainbow bee-eater, or more formally: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cordata Class: Aves Order: Coraciiformes Family: Meropidae Genus: Merops Species: M. ornatus For more birds that we’ve seen on…

The big 5-0 in Townsville!

After cruising the capes (Cape Upstart (great oysters!), Cape Bowling Green (rolly as hell), and Cape Cleveland), we spent a great week in Townsville catching up with friends, seeing the sights, eating fondue, and celebrating Andy’s 50th birthday! We took a berth in the Breakwater Marina. It’s a great spot to park – central to everything…