Shark Fin Scoop Part I

Andy with a nervous smile before heading out to set the lines

This is the story of Andy, a 16 year old shark fisherman in the little known archipelago of the Louisiades, south east off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea.  The youngest son of seven children it is time for this boy to earn his rights to be called a man and catch his first shark [...]

FindaCrew.net comes through

Sun, check. Boat, check. Rum, check.

A glutton for punishment, I reactivate my account on findacrew.net that I had suspended while I was travelling through South East Asia with DD. Driven and rather stubborn, I am still intent on sailing before the year is out. I am stoked to see that within a couple of days I get another ‘wave’ of [...]

Captain Coconut Surf Tour

mawi lombok sunset

THE PLAN: Book myself on a seven day surf boat trip, score some waves, have some fun. THE ITINERARY: Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Sumbawa – Indonesia THE PRICE: Under US $70 a day; amazing food, drinks included (although we topped up the beer allocation a couple of times). THE BOAT: Traditional Indonesian boat with bamboo outriggers, [...]

Southern Phuket by scooter, elephant and sail

Stunning Views to Kata and Karon Beaches heading South

We hire a scooter from Bamboo Beach Hotel for US $10 per day – we could have got it cheaper in town, but the hotel have been very good letting us leave our surfboard bags here safely while we head off on adventures to Koh Phi Phi and surrounding villages. Driving on Phuket roads is [...]

Koh Phi Phi – Paradise in the Mist

Take me to that beach!

  True to their word, the maxi-taxi driver picks us up on time and delivers us to Phuket Port where we ferry across under stormy skies towards the dramatic looking island peeking out from the mist. Noisy, crazy-looking long-tail boats motored by reconditioned car engines mounted on a block with a long pole connected to [...]

Ping Pong Patong! Phuket, Thailand

Pirates?

Flying into Phuket from Kuala Lumpur took just over an hour and well worth the whole US $42 that we paid on Air Asia. Check out my thoughts on this low-cost airline HERE. Mystical jagged islands appear every now and then through the sea mist like a scene from a pirate novel, awakening my imagination. [...]

Batu Caves Bright and Beautiful

Lord Muruga 140ft tall & Majestic at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Under thundery skies we take the Komuter train from KL Sentral Staion (sic) out to BATU CAVES for US 70c, 13 kilometres north of the city centre, which takes less than half an hour. It’s free entry; we wander through the gates and past a magnificent 15-metre green statue of Hanuman the trickster monkey, past [...]

Chickens one day, feathers the next!

Chickens one day, feathers the next!

I’m glad I’m not a chicken. If I was, and I was a lucky chicken, I would be happy growing up in a free range country lifestyle, scratching out the day in dust baths under the sun and roosting in a tree with my mates for the night. I would spare a thought for the [...]

Pinged for oversize, overweight baggage with Air Asia?

How does Air Asia handle oversize, overweight luggage?

It’s our first experience flying with AirAsia.com and we were pleasantly surprised! We weren’t expecting much after only paying US$60 for a ticket from Kuala Lumpur directly to Phuket based on previous experience traveling on low budget airlines with surfboards. We arrive an hour and a half before departure time, checked in and were only [...]

Overland from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Snatch thief!

We take an overland train from Singapore to KL – takes about five hours and costs SGD$34 (US$27) if you purchase the tickets at the train station. A lot cheaper if you pre-purchase them online, try The Man in Seat Sixty-One website for some great deals. Kuala Lumpur appears on the smoggy horizon past miles [...]

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