Scuba Diving the Similan Islands in Thailand

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I’m surrounded by a deep blue haze.  Small locals this region of the world of varying shades of yellow, black, and blue pass by, seeming not to notice me.  I take a deep breath in, and blow bubbles back out.  Looking up, I can see the surface of the water from down below. I’m a traveler in a new land: scuba diving the Similan Islands in Thailand. Looking back over my 6 days, having completed 18 dives from a live-aboard boat sailing through some of the most beautiful islands this world has to offer, I was privy to quite a few amazing sights.

As a traveler, these are the types of experiences we grow to crave.

The Night Dive

I turned around in the water and saw my other two dive buddies, clearly thinking the same thing I was – I want to see the white glitter!

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A Close Encounter With a Leopard Seal

By Guest Blogger Hal Brindley

Cristina and I were camping in Ithala National Park in South Africa when a couple invited us to share dinner around their campfire. Five minutes into the conversation the man turned to me and said, “I’m sailing to Antarctica with a couple friends and we need another man. Are you interested?”

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Adventures in Malaysian Borneo Part 5: The Eye of the Elephant

A Note From Matt: If you haven’t read the first four parts of the story, you should either read the recap below or read the story from the beginning to make sure you’re up to speed. If you have read the story from the beginning, you should skip the recap, which is the section below written in italics.

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The Best of My Borneo Wildlife Photography: Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, and Proboscis Monkeys

Last month I went to Borneo to photograph the island’s most exotic endangered species: pygmy elephants, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys.  All are found only on the island of Borneo (except the orangoutang, which is also found on the island of Sumatra) and all are classified as endangered. Heavy rain prevented me from shooting on all but three days of my trip, but I made the most of the time that I had. Here some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

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Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo


Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary


Notheastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Closest Town/City/Village

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Kinabatangan Nature is one of Borneo’s premier destinations for trekking and wildlife viewing. This well-known park is home to the Kinabatangan River some of the most exotic flora and fauna in Borneo, including, but not exclusive to, saltwater crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants, and macaque monkeys, all of which may be seen on river tours and treks.

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