What to Wear: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You’ve decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, your training’s going pretty well and now you’ve settled down to pack for your high endurance, but extremely rewarding adventure. The key to packing for an activity like this is to have an idea of what you’re going to be wear while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from Day 1. You…

Review: Wicked Diving – 6 day Liveaboard Similan & Surin Islands

The Similan and Surin Islands rank among the top 50 dive sites in the world and no wonder! The water is invitingly warm, crystal clear, with great visibility and the wildlife underwater is stunning. From macro stuff like nudibranches and blue dragons to the huge pelagics like visiting whale sharks and giant mantas, the Similans and Surins have it…

3 Days on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Winding its way for 243 km from Torquay to Warnambool, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular sights, encapsulating coastal stretches, rainforests, quaint seaside towns, wild cliffs and surf beaches. There are plenty of tour companies offering 3 days on the Great Ocean Road, but for the best experience, hire a car…

The Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand

With its staggering beautiful scenery, wonderfully welcoming locals and vast areas of deserted landscape, New Zealand is a tiny pocket of pure magic.  The same size as England, with only a quarter of the population, you’re likely to stumble across more sheep than humans in this ethereal country, so it’s the perfect place to escape…

The White Manta

An excited clanging jars my attention from the schools of yellow tailed snapper I’ve been watching. Brett, my dive guide, is ahead, his entire body tense, his arm pointing into the deep blue. He glances behind at us, gestures with two fingers extended. Two. I peer into the gloom, eyes peeled for movement. We are…

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

“Okay, we’re here,” says the skipper as he cuts the engine. Everyone piles up on the deck – we’ve been waiting for this for the last two days, making our way from mainland Australia into open sea. ‘Here’ is the Great Barrier Reef, the only living thing visible from space, a vast reef stretching from the…

Hiking Cradle Mountain

The most famous of trails in the Park is the Overland Track. 65 km cutting through pristine alpine scenery, past calm, glittering lakes, over lofty mountain passes, the Overland takes six to seven days to traverse. We had insufficient time to do this trail while we were in the area, so we settled for a…