If you have spent time kayaking in waters that are dark and below freezing you can imagine how extraordinary it is to be gliding around crystal clear waters that remain a constant 28 degrees. With water temperature that can be warmer than the air temperature and copious amounts of sea life and coral every time you glance into the water, it really would be a stretch to find anywhere nicer to dip your paddle.
Organizing an independent kayak and camping trip in this area isn’t easy. I found most companies quite unwilling to share very much information unless you were going to drop some serious coin. In the end, we rented kayaks and gear from Sam’s Tours, Jayden and Louis are two of the kayak staff from Sam’s and were helpful and forthcoming with information about where to camp and see the best corals and marine life.
I’ve compiled some very useful information to get you started planning your trip. If there is anything I have forgotten, or you have any questions, please let me know, and I’ll update the details below.
Where to Rent a Kayak: Regardless if you are a sea or river kayaker, or just a novice, I would highly recommend renting a plastic sit on top kayak that also has watertight storage. Living on the west coast of British Columbia I love my secure fiberglass sea kayak, but in the Rock Islands you want to just roll out and snorkel whenever it suits you, which will be quite often.
Planning Your Meals/How and What to Cook: In downtown Koror, you will find there are two main grocery stores and a handful of specialty stores Continue reading
I was lucky to have an opportunity to spend ten days sailing around the Broughton Archipelago. The photo’s below tell the story of the ever changing area. What was once a thriving area, home to First Nations and European settlers alike is now very sparsely populated, and nature is taking back the previously inhabited islands.
The last few pieces of the Long House on Village Island as of August 2010. There is an excellent book written by a non-First Nations nurse who worked on the island in 1930 called Totem Poles and Tea which lets you envision what life must have been like on the island. It’s worth a read.
Once upon a time this dock on Village Island was used by many to come and go Continue reading
Any self-respecting traveller will see at least one or two “touristy” things when they visit a new country, even if your plan is to stay off the beaten path it’s always interesting to see what all the hype is about at certain attractions.
Case in hand is Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, better know as Monkey Temple as there are monkeys everywhere. MT is an ancient religious complex atop a hill just west of Kathmandu city, easily reached by a 300rs taxi fare from Thamel (don’t forget your motion sickness tabs for any travel that is not on foot in Nepal, seriously!).
At first glance, Swayambhunath is a fantastic complex with Continue reading
Let me start by saying although the title of this posts may lead to you believe I consider myself to be some holier-than-thou traveller; please rest assure I am not, nor do I ever hope to be. I have been to a third world country only a couple of times, and I am by no means an expert. The reason for the title of this post is to coax you into reading about a couple of the main things that I think a responsible traveller from a first world country should be aware of, before they begin their trip. If you read this post and can think of something else to mention, please post a comment below, it would be a great addition.
Thamel – Kathmandu Z-street
without further adu.
When I arrived in Nepal for the first time, I loved the feeling of the humid air, the dusty smell and loud sounds Continue reading
Vancouver British Columbia is such a vibrant Canadian city to visit, on approach to the airport you can’t help but notice how the North Shore mountains seem to cup the modern city in its palm. The way the glass high-rises are tiltering over False Creek, but never actually fall in are almost surreal.
Vancouver is the city I call home, and it has a ridiculous amount of places to eat and drink. The choice of establishments is staggering, and the fact that most of us have been to a good chunk of them is impressive. Each Vancouverite has a list of their favorite establishments, where we love to spend our hard-earned cash savoring some of the finest dishes, and glasses of vino the city has to offer. Continue reading
Before my trip to Nepal, I wanted to get a feel for where I was going, and there are dozens of books about Nepal, so I needed to narrow it down substantially. I was going to be trekking in the Himalaya for a few months, so I took some advice from others who had already done what I was about to do.
These five books below are worth a read. They will inspire and give you a feeling of what it’s like to be climbing amongst some of the biggest mountains in the world as well as what the locals are like.
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Continue reading