About Imogen Throp

Imo takes life as it comes, fueling her wander-lust with hard work along the way. She loves the lessons learned through shared experiences, interaction and bloody good yarns. Imo is humbled and awestruck by stories, situations and stunning panoramas that she encounters on her path. Often, all it takes is a smile.

Never Laugh at Live Dragons – Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Better than TV.

How often in your life do you get the chance to walk the rim of an active volcano? And if you get the opportunity – would you do it? Going against all hazard management, mountain craft and personal safety rules that I have learned in my earlier ski-patrol and guiding career, accompanied by an interminable [...]

7 top spots you absolutely must see in Southern Phuket, Thailand

Very loud, but very cool.

For a first time adventure into Thailand, why not concentrate on the beautiful southern tip of Phuket? Phuket is the nation’s largest island, and so easy to get to with quick, daily, cheap flights to Thailand from Singapore and Bangkok. A perfect place for a long relaxing holiday or just a quick fun-filled stop. Make a base [...]

There are no atheists at sea

when it's bad it's SCARY!

There are no atheists at sea. I recently had this epiphany in the middle of a three day passage between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, where the Coral Sea and the South Pacific waters mingle and merge, swirling through trenches thousands of fathoms below, rising up and over sub-aquatic volcanoes, deep sea mountains peaked with treacherous [...]

Cut it out! Logging in the Pacific

Standing strong; but for how much longer?

One of my favourite things about sailing is the people you meet along the way. Whether it be gentle islanders in remote locations, expats in established ports, down and out rascals on the side of the road, or fellow sea-worn yachties, I get a real buzz by chatting to them all and listening to their [...]

Grotty Yachty

Grotty Yachty

It’s not until we sail into Honiara, bustling capital of the Solomon Islands, that I realise how much I have been struggling with co-habitation in such a confined space. Faced with long hours of sailing and days of having few other people to talk to, the conversations between the Captain and I of late have [...]

The Smile File

All it takes is a smile

Here’s a little something to turn your frown upside down, to LOL and ROTFL. Share with your friends to spread a little joy. Too easy to get wrapped up in the downward spiral of daily toil and trouble… lighten up and smile with us at unstuck travel. When you no smile, belly full of bile. [...]

Interlude: Wandering thoughts through long dark nights of passage

'Imogenation' takes flight

With a series of three hour watches all alone under the dark moonless sky when the waves can be felt but not seen, it’s a humbling experience and easy to get emotional, especially after five long bruising nights bumping around relentlessly on our passage from Townsville, Australia to the Louisiades. However, it is hard to [...]

Shark Fin Scoop Part II

Staring down into the clear waters of the Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

The lucrative shark fin industry enables Andy and his family and cousins’ family to support themselves for over three months following each one of these five day fishing expeditions. With little financial support from the PNG government they need all the cash they can get to keep up with school fees, doctors bills and – [...]

Practical Information for Yachts going to the Louisiades

Louisiades: Inspirational, remote, generous and FUN!

When we were preparing to leave we spent hours trawling the internet for practical information for yachties going to the Louisiades, and found very little. I have attempted to compile a list for future adventurers based on our experiences and needs. All additional questions, information and comments will be gratefully accepted and I’m sure indispensable [...]

Misima Language Guide, Louisiade Archipelago, PNG

With only a few simple phrases conversing with the locals is such a fun experience, especially when they often still have NO idea what you are on about. A smile is often all you need.

There are over 200 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, all very particular to the region the people are from. The islanders in the central part of the Louisiades speak the ‘Misima’ language, and even have difficulty understanding people on the mainland in Port Moresby. The following is a little guide of helpful Misima words and [...]

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