I peer into the water below and brace for impact as the white belly of a humpback whale heads my way. Suddenly, she veers the opposite direction, sparing me from a blubber-bellied body slam. The humpback whale calf is getting more and more confident by the minute, it seems. The calf’s mother supervises the action from below, watching closely as her calf attempts—and fails—to slap the surface of the water with her tail. Humpback whales are shockingly good at special awareness despite their siz...
In late 2016, my friends and I planned a trip to East Timor, an island nation in the heart of Asia’s Coral Triangle. The specific reef area we wanted to explore did not have a scuba dive center nearby. To see what existed beyond the ocean’s surface in this part of the world, we’d need to learn to freedive.
Freediving is an advanced variation of snorkeling, where each dive is completed with only the air inside of your lungs. The best freedivers in the world can go deeper than 300 feet and hold...
As humans, we’ve been conditioned to think that dolphins and sharks are arch enemies. In our mind’s eye dolphins are the peaceful protagonists and sharks are evil man-eaters.
These stereotypes are largely thanks to movies, news stories, and even Polynesian legends that are still told today.
So, Whose Reputation is Earned?
Neither sharks nor dolphins fully deserve the reputations we’ve given them. Though dolphins are often protective of their calves and will help other cetaceans in need, it’s ...
SO YOU’VE booked a flight, but for one reason or another, you won’t be able to make it. Getting a refund on your flight might be a challenge, but we've gathered the best tips on how to get your plane ticket refunded or changed with as little stress as possible.
For some, scuba diving with sharks is a dream.
For others, it’s a nightmare.
Large pelagic sharks are some of the world’s most powerful apex predators with hunting skills whet from millions of years of evolution. On the outer edge of Beqa Lagoon, Fiji, you can take part in Fiji’s famous shark dive and see eight species of shark and hundreds of species of fish in the warm waters of Beqa. In peak season, divers are in the water with up to seventy sharks at once.
In this guide to the Fiji shark ...
The island of Hawaii is a place that rivals anywhere. Its dramatic landscapes — tropical rainforest one moment, dry shrubland and lava paths the next — beg the question: How is it possible for terrain to change so drastically so suddenly?
This massive range means you can explore nearly the whole island without ever feeling like you’ve seen it all. And with fresh lava tracks having just recently created a new realm to explore, adding to the possibilities, the best time to visit the island of H...
Scientists may feud over exactly how many climate zones are contained within Hawaii’s boundaries, but they’ve all concluded that it’s a lot. The state is one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet, where you can find volcanic peaks, lush rainforests, and white and black sand beaches all within a day’s drive.
Hike through jungle terrain, creep through dark lava tubes, dive and snorkel above coral reefs, or paddle along sheer cliff coastlines. When you’re tired, plop under the sh...
Western Australia has earned its reputation as Australia’s wild west thanks largely to its untouched coastline that spans more than 20,000 kilometres. Along the shoreline, you can snorkel around fringing coral reefs teeming with sea life, surf world-class waves, relax on sugar sand beaches, and enjoy vistas of breaching whales as they migrate past.
To explore this incredible destination for yourself, we’ve found the best beach resorts in Western Australia to use as an adventurer’s retreat.
South Of Perth In Western Australia, Chantae Reden Discovered Margaret River Was A Region Easily Explored With Just A Bit Of Planning.
I leaned my elbows over a large sprawling map of Margaret River at the town’s tourism office. Advertisements for luxurious wine tasting tours, adventure trips, and beachside retreats caught my eye. Prices for each activity hovered around $100-200 per day. I tugged at my shirt collar, the thought of spending a small fortune just to sip fermented grape juice or ...
From surreal paintings to resin-based art to prints to jewellery, every surf artist around the globe has taken a unique approach to painting the lifestyle, nature, and sport of surfing that we love. But where do surf artists find their inspiration and what does their work tell us? These incredible surf artists share how they show their love of the sea.
Learn to Surf at the Best Beginner Spots in the World.
It has a city of gnomes, rivers that are pink, and another nation sitting inside its borders. Western Australia, you weird and wonderful thing.
Overwhelmed by the world of frequent flyer programs?
From the best frequent flyer programs for Aussies, to how to earn points and what best to spend them on, this guide from Skyscanner has your time in the sky covered. Hint: Never spend your points on hotel rooms or airline shops.