White Sand, Blue Water, and a Cool Breeze Jambiani, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Stone Town is wonderful but it’s not a place to relax. For that, you best go to Zanzibar’s east coast, to Jambiani, for example. The beach is seemingly endless, the sand whiter than anywhere else (in the world!), and the water shades of blue and turquoise you can’t even imagine. In short, it looks a lot…

Always on Fiji Time The Yasawas, Fiji

What comes to mind when you hear “South Pacific”? Beach? Turquoise water? Snorkeling? Island hopping? Probably yes. Don’t we all dream the island dream..? The Yasawas and how to get there While dreaming is free, making dreams reality isn’t. It’s actually pretty expensive, especially in Fiji. But you cannot go to Fiji and not go…

Music on the Beach and a Post Office under Water Efate, Vanuatu

Efate is Vanuatu’s most populous island, has an international airport, and is home to the capital city of Port Vila. Port Vila may be the capital of Vanuatu but that doesn’t mean it’s a metropolis. Probably the only thing to do here – and that’s a must-do! – is a visit to the central market. The produce…

Bunaken: Overwhelming Underwater World Sulawesi, Indonesia

A change of plans Back from Tangkoko, we booked a flight to Ternate for the next day. Ternate is practically just a volcano sticking out of the ocean. Unfortunately for us, that volcano decided to spit out some big ash clouds the day we wanted to fly and all flights to Ternate were canceled indefinitely. Since…

Thousands of Dolphins & One Boat Sulawesi, Indonesia

Dolphin watching and snorkeling in Batuputih Batuputih is not only the gateway to wonderful Tangkoko National Park, it’s also a great place to go snorkeling, diving, or dolphin watching. Lea, the local guide and divemaster (find her contact info below) with whom we booked a snorkeling and dolphin watching tour, promised us that, if we’d go, our boat…

Semporna: Ocean Life Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Google “Pulau Bohey Dulang” and you’ll see why we absolutely wanted to go to Semporna. Semporna itself is an ugly place. It’s that forgotten place in the outermost corner of the country, it’s dirty and full of rubbish and children beg in the streets – something we haven’t seen anywhere else in Malaysia. How to get to…

Belize: Relax. Go Slow. Caye Caulker, the ATM Cave, and Corozal

Belize doesn’t seem to be part of Central America anymore, it’s much more a Caribbean country. People speak English and Kriol (and Spanish, and Garífuna, and a whole lot of other languages), rice is flavored with coconut (in my opinion that should be the normal way to cook rice), the houses look different, and once…