Underwater world along Mozambique’s coast

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South Africans know it. Portuguese know it. Increasingly, other Europeans are discovering it. The 2500 kilometer long coast line along the Indian Ocean is a natural and tourist treasure. In the south, the coast around Tofo offer limitless sandy bays, …

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Calculated Risks: Three Recent Adventures

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George, George, George of the Jungle Lives a life that’s free. George, George, George of the Jungle, Watch out for that tree! Turns out that this silly lyric from a long ago animated TV show had a lot of wisdom …

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An Old Leaf: Wild Malaysia

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High up in the treetops of Taman Negara National Park (literally National Park National Park), you can bounce along a series of narrow rope walkways amid primordial rainforest. Built as a tourist attraction, it’s the longest suspension bridge or canopy …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 2

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 1

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Resilience and Resistance on Bohol

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We had planned to come to the island of Bohol for one purpose – to enjoy the spectacular diving and snorkeling off Panglao Island, just across a bridge from Bohol’s southern tip, about two hours by ferry from neighboring Cebu …

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Noddy but Nice – Trading Travel Disappointments for Delights

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About an hour north of Brisbane, with about three hours driving left to reach Hervey Bay, the phone suddenly indicated we had gotten an unnoticed call. The barely listenable message said something about challenging weather conditions in the bay. “You …

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Friending a Whale Shark off the Coral Coast

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You might think that finding an animal called a whale shark so you could swim alongside it would be relatively easy. It’s big, right? In reality, doing this can seem more like a military operation. Spotter planes circle overhead, though …

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Royal Splendor of Queensland’s Underwater World

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We stood on the shore and looked around the inviting bay of Fitzroy Island, a 45 minute ride from Cairns off the coast of Queensland and our home for three days. Slight waves scratched the shore every few seconds. The …

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Luxuriating: the abundance of Thailand’s southern islands

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On the map, Thailand is shaped like the head of an elephant with it’s eyes on the water, turned toward India and the Andaman Sea. The elephant’s trunk is the south of Thailand but, here on the ground, it’s a …

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