India part 1: the Twin Towers of Delhi

Qutb Minar Delhi India

Chaos is the overused word of the day. To us, it’s not ‘organised chaos’ as our guide suggests. To us, Delhi is beyond hectic. Laneless highways, horns blaring, an indescribable smog, the rancid smell of overused oil, dogs yapping, 13 million people chattering. All of it overwhelming and entertaining. It’s a Sunday that my retired [...]

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 [...]

Cheap holiday travel ideas: free accommodation in local prisons

Schapelle Corby, behind Bali bars for importing kilos of marijuana in her boogie board bag

(Caveat: Mum, you may not enjoy this yarn.) We were free-spirited New Zealanders on a six-week road trip down Mexico’s Baja peninsula. Fun loving, surfing, camping, and the world was our oyster. By the time we arrived at Cabo San Lucas we were dizzy with the intoxicating mix particular to Mexico, of hot salty air, [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

TNC Arnavon Island project and the Women of Kia

Baby turtles hatching!

Of all the things that distinguish a traveller from a tourist perhaps the most denoting is the idea of a destination. For the traveller, is there such a thing? I’m consistently asked, Where are you going? How will you get around? What have you booked? I don’t know. It depends. I haven’t! Living like this [...]

A castle in the Solomon Islands

john at papatura

The Location: Papatura Island Retreat, Isabel Province It is close to dusk at the end of a 22-hour boat trip when I realise I’m not sure where I am. As the ship’s tender approaches a bay I spot a man in boardies, probably in his sixties, standing alone on the typically tropical beach. He gives [...]

Surf Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Urman slotted, thanks Silas Hansen from Kiwi Surf Mag for the shot

  I listen to a young Aussie yak yak yakking away as he commandeers the peak, I listen to a swarthy group of Lakey veterans reminisce latter years’ lack of crowds and kooks, and I listen to a professional photographer/writer bemoan the fact it’s just another surf trip, who cares? (He doesn’t know what to [...]

Bits and Boobs

Laura Enever in Stab's spread of hot

By Keri Algar Here is where we will add images of the weird, wonderful, hot, or not characters we meet along the way. From the Argentine ranchero Juan, whose smoldering gaze bedazzles us the wine and dine way, to the lusty babe whose butt swallowed her weekini we’re into it. So show us your tits [...]

Liberated in PNG

The minx after a couple of beers

A soundtrack to PNG could start with David Bowie’s Space Oddity because as one salty sailor said, “It’s damn remote out here” and a queer place to arrive at. Then anything by Norah Jones to fall asleep to in the warm tropical breeze and bam! Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up blares as your camera is [...]

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