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A Mammoth Encounter with Tonga’s Whales

A Mammoth Encounter with Tonga’s Whales

  “Go on. Now” our skipper commands, “And good luck.” As directed, we ease ourselves into the water without making a splash because even our tiny frantic…

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Swimming With Whales in Tonga: A Complete Guide

Swimming With Whales in Tonga: A Complete Guide

  Why is is swimming with whales in Tonga so popular? Not only is Tonga one of the only countries in the world that allows…

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How to Travel Tongatapu on a Budget

How to Travel Tongatapu on a Budget

  No matter where your adventure takes you in Tonga, it will always start here in Tongatapu. If you are flying international, you will be…

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From City To Sea, Auckland’s Wild Marine Park

From City To Sea, Auckland’s Wild Marine Park

Leaving behind the omnipresent sky towers it is hard to believe that we are minutes away from entering Auckland’s Wild Marine Park but seated within…

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Scuba Diving off Savusavu: An Honest Guide

Scuba Diving off Savusavu: An Honest Guide

When we decided to take a scuba diving holiday “somewhere in the Pacific” Fiji immediately ranked high on our list and one island called out…

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Scuba Diving the Poor Knights

Scuba Diving the Poor Knights

  It has been a while since we took a dip underwater so when we had the chance to take three days off from work…

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10 Reasons to Love New Zealand

10 Reasons to Love New Zealand

After a difficult start in Queenstown we took to the road and began driving through the country. To keep our costs down we used relocation…

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From Hero’s to Zero’s in Queenstown

From Hero’s to Zero’s in Queenstown

Our plane glided between the mountains, either side of us the ominous protrusions jutted threateningly into the sky but we came to no harm and…

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Parrotfish Sleeps in a Bubble. No, Literally

Parrotfish Sleeps in a Bubble. No, Literally

As divers we are constantly learning about the weird and wonderful behaviours of the marine life below the surface. From camouflage, to sonar, to crabs…

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Not a Motor in sight for Ifalik Atoll

Not a Motor in sight for Ifalik Atoll

On one Micronesian island in the Pacific Ocean there is no source of electricity and no reason for fuel. Fishing by sailboat, labouring by hand…

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