Coming from the friendly, laid back, uncrowded Pacific, and after 42 hours of traveling with little sleep; Manila was a serious culture shock. It is a fairly typical south-east Asian city, chaotic traffic, lots of poverty and swelteringly hot. We got ripped off by a taxi driver pretty much immediately. We stayed at an interesting guesthouse (link below) which is used to fund an NGO which assists street kids.
As a result of the fight between Fiji and the Solomn Islands about landing rights, there were no flights between Fiji and the Solomon Islands when we got off the boat on Tuesday morning. Tonga was next on our journey (to see the humpback whales), and we had to be back in Nadi, Fiji, by…… Continue reading There and back again – an unexpected shredding of gnar
Here are some more diving pictures from the Bilikiki. All taken by Anne or David on a Canon Powershot D30. No housing or strobes. Edited with BlogPad Pro
Guest blogged by Anne The Solomon Islands are situated to the north east of Australia and east of Papua New Guinea as shown here: They used to be known as the “Hapi Isles” but they are struggling to rebuild their reputation after some problems with sectarian violence in the early 90s which resulted in the…… Continue reading South sea adventures on the MV Bilikiki
The next stop on our travels was Vanuatu, a small chain of islands between Fiji and the Solomon Islands. After watching the end of the World Cup final in Nadi airport, we headed to the capital Port Vila and were immediately struck by the difference between Fiji and Vanuatu. The landscape in Vanuatu is a…… Continue reading Fire and brimstone!!!!
Our loyal fans (i.e. Leonie) have been agitating for another blog post but we have been far too busy doing things to blog about to have time to blog (like drinking piña coladas) for the past few days.
Anne, Erol, Elke and I have just got back from a fabulous week down in Port St Johns trying to catch some action from the annual Sardine Run, with Pro Dive, a great diving company based in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately the conditions were too nice for the sardines to be tempted to the surface -…… Continue reading No sardines but whales and dolphins everywhere!