Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Decrepid pier leads to an abandoned island on Pangkor - we wish we knew its story

From our fairly primitive vantage point here half way up the Malacca Straits near Pangkor Island, it’s difficult to believe that one of the world’s most dense and technologically modern metropolises (metropoli?) lies just a couple hundred miles away. But … Continue reading


The view of Singapore from Marina Bay Sands is stunning

It’s time to talk about a subject that’s a bit ugly, but an important one if you’re into the kind of things we do. That subject is crime, and specifically its sub-category: scams. If you grow up in a nice … Continue reading

Kumai, Borneo, Indonesia

This orangutan is the alpha male of the area meaning he is domant with the lady orangutans - their knees wobble simply at the sight of him.

So we’re finally back underway after more than six weeks of being stalled around Bali. The length of our stay there was unscheduled, but also not a big surprise, as we had arrived in Bali without a clue regarding where … Continue reading

Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu beach on Bali's southwestern tip

Jason has been slacking lately on his blogging responsibilities, so it’s Piers here filling in. We’re well aware that an update is long overdue but there has been a lot going on in our department. The reason is because we … Continue reading

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

We'd love to speak with these rice field workers but the language barrier makes it impossible - Belimbing

For a western person who’s never spent any time exploring Asian cultures, the principles of “eastern philosophy” are elusive and foreign such that it makes little sense to try to understand them or embrace them. It’s possible, maybe even normal, … Continue reading

Gili Trawanga, Indonesia

From the Dream Dives shoot in Gili Trawanga - it's a wrap

Over the past few weeks, we’ve grown accustomed to the quiet anchorages and rural villages in the undeveloped parts of Indonesia that few people ever think about, let alone visit. From our new position here on Gili Trawanga, one of … Continue reading

Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Dragon lurks along the edge of the beach hoping to spot an inattentive sunbather, but the humans are not as stupid as he hopes

Komodo is one of those places that almost everybody’s heard about but almost nobody’s been to. It does make sense when you think about it, given that the island’s fame comes from its large population of giant man-eating lizards, a … Continue reading

Maumere, Flores, Indonesia

Alor locals play in the warm water with Ternate volcano in the background - currents in the channel can reach 12 knots so they know to stay close to shore

With its population of 270 million, Indonesia has more people than all but four of the world’s nation states. That factoid is an easy one to forget when you’re sailing here, partially because there are more than 17,000 islands in … Continue reading