Category Archives: Travel

Truk. Dive 3 – Sutsuki Patrol Boat

The Sutsuki was originally a Momi Class destroyer and was built in the early 1920′s. They were fast, so despite their age, the Japanese decided that these destroyers would be useful for reinforcing Guadalcanal. At this time the Sutsuki was … Continue reading

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Chuuk 2010. The Thorfinn

On board Thorfinn we met Cindy, one half of the husband and wife team who organise the diving and everything else. She’s a Brit and her husband Rob is an American. They are both experienced divers, and while Cindy likes … Continue reading

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Chuuk, 2010. The Journey

On 1st April, after well over a year of planning, we set off for some wreck diving in Truk Lagoon. I can’t take any of the credit for this year’s worth of planning, as it was Trevor who did all … Continue reading

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RGS – HK presentation on “The Great Wall”

William Lindesay OBE is presenting a lecture called “Great Wall Revisited” at The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong on Thursday 17 December 2009. Mr. Lindesay is the first person in modern times to walk the whole 2,500km length of … Continue reading

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Palau to create “shark sanctuary”

According to the BBC, Palau is intending to create the world’s first shark sanctuary by banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters. Johnson Toribiong, Palau’s President, announced this on Friday at the UN General Assembly. It will protect 600,000 … Continue reading

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NZ: Fox Glacier to Charleston

Tue 25 Nov:  We were up quite early and checked in with Fox Glacier Guiding about the glacier hike we’d got planned. As expected, it was off, partly because of the incessant rain, but mainly because the access road to … Continue reading

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Namibia: Survival of the fittest

The Royal Geographical Society in Hong Kong have a talk this evening entitled Namibia: Survival of the Fittest. This is about a 7 day foot race over some of the most harsh but beautiful terrain on earth. Three of the … Continue reading

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Video of huge wave

The BBC website has some video of a 4 metre high wave near Pohnpei in Micronesia. They filmed it with a high definition camera in super slow motion. As a result it shows the first images of underwater spiralling vortices … Continue reading

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NZ: Makarora to Fox Glacier

Mon 24 Nov: It was raining lightly when we set off towards Haast Pass. We stopped to look at some waterfalls, then stopped at Davis Flats for a walk up a Bridle path. The path goes all the way up … Continue reading

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Google Ocean launched

Last week Google launched Google Earth 5.0, which allows people to virtually explore the world’s oceans. There are thousands of photographs and videos of underwater scenery and marine life. The Ocean layer includes content from National Geographic, as well as … Continue reading

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Martin Williams’s rural retreats

The UK’s Guardian has an article from Martin Williams, a 22 year resident of Hong Kong, on some of his favourite rural getaways. So see what you think of his suggestions and see if there are places that you prefer. … Continue reading

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NZ: Fiordland to Makarora via Wanaka (and Rippon Winery)

Sun 23 Nov: After several great days in Fiordland it was time to leave. We set off from Manapouri relatively early and stopped in Te Anau for petrol. We found the best pie shop we’d been to so far on … Continue reading

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