The Travel Buzz. When I started preparations for a year-long stay in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, I had a reoccurring thought – this would be the first time I would be “travelling” by living in just one town for a whole year; would I get … Read more
A Little Slice of Paradise. A short banana boat ride from Keita, near Arawa, Pokpok Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is a place of few distractions, where you can’t help but relax. No shops, no wifi, limited power and intermittent phone service from atop a steep hill makes … Read more
The Pacific islands of New Zealand are peppered with absurdly beautiful sights we are deeply turned on by: epiphanic coastal panoramas, the lushest landscapes, and battered rural tracks yearning to be explored. There are also winding roads with many places worth pulling your Apollo campervan hire over for. Yet embedded … Read more
Wellington, New Zealand – described as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet. So what makes it a cool place to visit? Well, there are so many things! And to ensure you see at least some of the cool spots that Wellington has to offer, here’s a … Read more
The sound of laughter spread throughout the back of the tarpaulin covered 4 x 4 truck. Fellow passengers shuffled positions in the crammed public motor vehicle to get a glimpse of the guy in the far corner. ‘Crabs, crabs, the crabs have escaped!’ I yelled to no one in particular. I … Read more
Video | Several months ago I’d never heard of the area of Rotokas in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Yet here I was about to disappear into the mountainous terrain for 3 days of trekking. I still knew very little about the area. A couple of conversations with volunteers on the island whom had visited. And a brief information pack providing an overview and advising to take warm clothes. However, these glimpses were nothing but positive and it sounded like the Rotokas region would be nothing short of spectacular. Mountains, volcanoes, river, streams, waterfalls and caves, surrounded by the dense rainforest that only the island of Bougainville can offer – what more could you ask for!?
The Fijian Yasawa Islands are a cluster of volcanic archipelago islands to the west of the Viti Levu mainland. Derived from the Fijian word for heaven, the Yasawa Islands offer a South Pacific slice of paradise. Palm lined golden beaches, crystalline water and top notch snorkelling. Promising guaranteed relaxation as … Read more
Hanalei, meaning ‘lei making’ and ‘crescent bay’ in Hawaiian is the perfect base for an adventure. The small town on the North Shore of Kauai is surrounded by Mount Na Molokama, Mamalahoa and Hihimanu and as a result, it’s a place of natural beauty and has a charm that draws you … Read more
Join me to snorkel the clear, warm watered outer reefs of Pokpok Island – Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where shoals of neon fish surround you, intricate coral coats the ocean floor and sea urchins and starfish cling to the rocks. Best of all, I guarantee you won’t be surrounded by crowds of people!
Loloho Beach, near the town of Arawa on the island of Bougainville offers visitors top notch white sands, turquoise water and incredible snorkeling on the reef. I took the Go Pro along to trial it out in my first underwater video. I think I’ll be a regular visitor to this beach over the next year…