Category Archives: Asia

Banda Islands: Adventure, History and Living like a Castaway

There I sat on the porch of my Robinson Crusoe-styled beach shack perched on a small bluff under towering Kenari trees, looking out at the Banda Sea. I smiled.  Not a normal smile, but an ear-to-ear smile, big enough to snap off the top of my head.  I had made it…

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Underwater in the Maldives

The Maldives are dreamy.  There are about 1,200 islands in the Maldives and about 200 are inhabited.  We went to Mirihe, an island only 350 meters long out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  Out in the middle of nowhere.  Yeah, dreamy is the word, no shoes required, only flippers.

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The Molas of Nusa Penida

The Mola Mola, often referred to as the Ocean Sunfish, is the heaviest fish in the ocean.  They typically reside in very deep water, too deep for divers.  However, every year between August and October the molas, get within 30 meters of the surface off the coast of Nusa Penida near Bali.  These magnificent creatures can grow up to five meters long.  Since they are almost perfectly round, it’s kind of like watching a Volkswagon Beetle go by.  Check out this video!

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