Baird Bay

When people asked where we were spending the holidays, there was no simple answer. We were headed to Baird Bay, which few people have heard of, and we were driving there from Port Lincoln, which is another place that most people haven’t heard of. My most common response was, “go to Adelaide, then fly an […]

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The Sea Lions of Los Islotes

Sea lions are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. They have adorable faces and genuinely seem to like interacting with humans. La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez, is known for its colony of 200 California sea lions and is an easy side trip from the United States. Getting There We flew from Sydney […]

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Swimming with whales in Tonga – Take three

After skipping 2018 due to scheduling challenges, we returned to Tonga for the third time in August of 2019. Getting There Based on trips in 2016 and 2017, we know that Tonga isn’t easy to reach. In 2016 we flew Melbourne to Auckland to Tonga, then overnighted in this horrible hotel, and then had a […]

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Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

Every few years, a rare condition occurs in Australia where the Easter holidays and Anzac Day line up. This means that you can take 10 days of leave (vacation) and get a whopping 19 day holiday. The last time this happened was 2014, when we visited New Zealand (though we were amateurs back then and thought […]

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Port Lincoln – Take Three

There are few things that make me smile like snorkelling with sea lions, and Port Lincoln is one of the best places on the planet. The first time we visited (2015) I only had a GoPro (and it wasn’t turned on for THE_MOST_AMAZING_ENCOUNTER_EVER). The second time we visited (2017) we had the new camera housings, […]

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Christmas in Narooma

When we moved to Sydney in May, one of our first tasks was to find a cattery. We travel quite a bit, and our two very senior cats require a bit of extra attention when we are gone. We found an amazing place, but they were already booked for the holidays. We also wanted somewhere […]

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Wonderful Wakatobi

Wakatobi has been on our list for a while, but the timing has never quite worked. Last year we looked at the best time to visit, and then selected a week around Easter to capitalise on the long holiday weekend. From the moment we touched down in Bali, we realised why everyone raves about Wakatobi. […]

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Swimming with Whales in Tonga – Take two

Our trip to Tonga in 2016 put us in a serious post vacation funk. We were keen to go back, but organised tours are expensive, the dates aren’t flexible, and we’ve learned that the LAST thing we want is to be in the water with a bunch of other photographers. It is a remote part […]

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Underwater Photography Workshop (and a Nitrox course) in Bali

There are few places that we return to more than once. There are fewer places that offer sunny skies, warm calm water, and unbelievable service. This is how we wound up on our second trip to Bali with the Underwater Tribe. After a relatively quick flight (5 hours) from Melbourne, we arrived in Bali. The […]

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The Thresher Sharks of Malapascua

We had such a fabulous time at NAD, that we asked them for their expert opinion on where to go for a week in April. Our criteria was sunshine, warm water, easy diving, and a place that would spoil us (not in terms of spa experiences, but more about effortless private diving). They recommended Evolution […]

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