Diving in Malapascua

Diving in Malapascua

Malapascua, a small island off the north of Cebu in the Philippines is known for thresher sharks. What it should be known for is amazing diving: with or without thresher sharks. Like many others, I came to see the threshers and wasn’t disappointed. Visibility wasn’t the greatest so unfortunately, this photo is the best I can share and doesn’t do justice to these beautiful fish. They live at depths well

15 dives in 4 days: Liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands

15 dives in 4 days: Liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands

Dive Eat Sleep Repeat. That’s the accurate logo of Khao Lak SCUBA Adventures, the company with whom I booked a 4 night, 4 day liveaboard of diving in the Similan Islands off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. With 15 dives including one night dive and two sunset dives, the day really did go from sleeping to diving to eating and doing it all again. Exhausting but well

Holding Our Breath in Koh Tao (freediving, that is)

“Freediving? I saw a sign for that class and thought it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. I have a snorkel. Why would I pay someone to teach me how to use it?” This from a surfer I was chatting with one evening here on Koh Tao after we mentioned we’d be taking a freediving class for the next two days. It’s a fair question. It doesn’t take much

Diving in Vietnam

Diving in Vietnam

Diving in Vietnam is available in a few spots: Nha Trang (a place we were told to skip by just about everyone including a Vietnamese man who grew up there), the remote Con Dao Islands (not within our time/financial budget if we wanted to see the rest of Vietnam), and the Cham Islands off Hoi An. As in Cambodia, the macro life is what diving off Hoi An is all

Diving in Cambodia

Diving in Cambodia

When thinking of Cambodia, diving is not the first thing that comes to mind. But continuing our trend of diving wherever we can reasonably fit it into this trip, we blocked out two days to spend a few hours breathing canned air in the Gulf of Thailand.    Dive shops are based in Sihanoukville and on the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. The islands are about 1.5-2

Underwater in French Polynesia: Diving and Snorkeling

Underwater in French Polynesia: Diving and Snorkeling

Hammerheads, silver tips, gray reef, black tip, white tip, nurse, and lemon: the sharks of French Polynesia I was lucky enough to see while diving. We missed the tiger sharks of Tahiti and Jen missed the hammerheads on Rangiroa but I think that means we’ll need to come back here.   Sharks aside, the underwater world in French Polynesia is incredible. Visibility is almost always unbelievably good, the water consistently