Cute animals, weird mounds of earth, what’s not to love about Bohol?

Cute animals, weird mounds of earth, what’s not to love about Bohol?

Primates that can fit in the palm of my hand; brownish-green hills that resemble overgrown anthills; caves that beg to have their stories of WWII told; a green river nestled between jungle-covered hills; access to a white beach lined with bars and restaurants owned by those trying to create a mini-Boracay; and some excellent diving 45-minutes away by boat. This is Bohol. Like so many other islands in the Philippine

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

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

Diving the Poor Knights Islands

Diving the Poor Knights Islands

Long strands of kelp hold fast to a wall while a strong current pushes the fronds back and forth. We’re hanging on, watching a school of kingfish and I’m letting the current bat me around, feeling like the underwater equivalent of a leaf blowing gently in the wind. Jen and Rachel, our local divemaster, are keeping their positions on one side of the wall but I’m loving the ride and