When fourteen Australian kayakers approached us wanting a voyage of adventure into the unknowns of Raja Ampat, all we could do was smile with excitement and begin searching for a place we had not been, a place where no one had kayaked. We looked for a place of great beauty, wildness, and secret- hard to find places. We found a place that promised all of the above and in the end, was more than . . .
The excitement was palpable as we met the pilot, ran through the helicopter briefing, and divided into two ski groups. We had awoken that morning to flat light, low clouds covering the mountaintops, without much hope of heading out to ski. But our lead guide, Matt Edwards, announced our imminent departure for the helicopter Hanger. The excitement began to build as we grabbed all our gear and walked to the hanger. We split into 2 . . .
The jarring brakes on the short run way of El Nido do not provide travellers with a great first impression of Palawan. But it does bring to mind similar landing strips throughout the world which have brought me to the most amazing places on earth. For travellers who have flown into Lookla, Nepal, or Bhutan, they will know what I mean. In fact, the El Nido airport doesn’t even make it in the top ten list . . .
My first thought as we settled into our homestay on day one of our trip in Raja Ampat was that I never wanted the trip to end. Our neat and tidy homestay was elevated above the turquoise water by stilts, with thatched roof above and a beautiful view that allowed us to watch the world go by and leave all the cares of our modern world behind. Our world, for the next 7 days, . . .