The Daintree River of Tropical North Queensland

By |April 19th, 2016|

For many months, I’d often hear Yogi exclaim “Look at this!!!” And he proceeded to show me Solar Whisper’s Facebook page of photographs taken by operator David White along the Daintree River in our part of the world […]

  • Little Red flying fox mum carrying her baby roosting and grooming within the camp. The little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) is a species of megabat native to northern and eastern Australia. With a weight of 280–530 grams it is the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. It has the widest range of all the species, going much further inland than the larger fruit bats. Its diet primarily consists of nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossoms, the pollination of which it is largely responsible. The little red flying fox is nomadic, and can be found in large groups of up to a million individuals. This species gives birth six months later than the other mainland flying fox species, in April and May.

Nature Images Awards 2015 – IUCN 2016 Lauréat Bourse

By |December 30th, 2015|

Paris, 20 December 2015

For his story on the Tolga Bat Hospital and the flying foxes of the Atherton Tablelands, Jürgen Freund wins the 2016 IUCN Prize or lauréat bourse in the 2015 Terre Sauvage/IUCN’s Nature Images Awards. […]

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Far Out – Far North, a timelapse journey

By |September 30th, 2015|

Although the title sounds like some Arctic cold place, it is in fact from a very tropical Australian region. Sandwiched between two World Heritage Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, Stella and […]

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WILDLIFE Under the Waves

By |March 3rd, 2015|

With great excitement, we would like to present our latest book by New Holland Publishing – WILDLIFE Under the Waves. This book has a collection of stunning images that showcase the full diversity of marine life — from mighty whales […]

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Fruit Bats!

By |November 5th, 2014|

Yogi and I have been visiting the Tolga Bat Hospital in the Atherton Tablelands, Tropical North Queensland for many many years, working and becoming fast friends with a wonderful woman named Jenny Maclean.

Jenny owns and runs the […]

  • Night shot of fireflies in the thousands flittering about within in a single tree (Talisay - Wild Almond).

Finalist – 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year

By |October 22nd, 2014|

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing […]

  • School of blue and yellow fusiliers (Caesio teres)  eating the gossamer netting egg ribbon of a large squid in the family Thysanoteuthidae.

Life in the Great Barrier Reef

By |October 17th, 2014|

Onboard the MY Golden Shadow, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is circumnavigating the globe to survey some of the most remote reefs on the planet.  I recently joined their Global Reef Expedition, as a […]

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Photographing Great Barrier Reef Mission of the Global Reef Expedition

By |September 28th, 2014|

In 2003, my wife and I immigrated to Far North Queensland, Australia – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the years, we take every opportunity to hop on a dive live-aboard or join scientific […]

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Dwarf Minke Whales in the Great Barrier Reef

By |July 4th, 2014|

It’s been a while since I was out diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. This time I went with the superb liveaboard “Spoilsport” of the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions during the best time of the […]

Stella’s Story

By |June 15th, 2014|

I’m Stella–a short, bossy half a century old Asian woman. I’m Chinese, born and raised in the Philippines, and a grateful immigrant to Australia. In 2003, my husband Yogi and I packed our entire household […]

Asia-Pacific Reefs and Rainforests in the Tablelands Regional Gallery

By |May 18th, 2014|

This is officially the first entry in this blog! From April 4 to May 4 2014 we were so fortunate to have a photo exhibition entitled Asia-Pacific Reefs and Rainforests held at the Tablelands Regional Gallery. This […]

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Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition in April

By |March 29th, 2014|

Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition this April

The Tablelands Regional Gallery in collaboration with the 5th Queensland Festival of Photography is proud to present Jürgen Freund in a solo photo exhibition.

With the […]

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The Great Sea Reef of Fiji from the AIR

By |February 7th, 2014|

16 December 2013 – Great Sea Reef

Before our Great Sea Reef expedition started, we were asked by Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific what we wanted to photograph. #1 on our list was the most complicated, […]

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The Coral Triangle featured in GEO Magazine

By |February 1st, 2014|

A little late but nonetheless always relevant! Our big photo story on The Coral Triangle came out in German GEO Magazine last August 2013 and correspondingly, an iPad app with this slideshow below. With so […]

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News Alert! JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 2013

By |September 11th, 2013|

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A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

By |August 29th, 2013|

25 – 27 April 2013 – Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji

We started our journey to Macuata Province first and foremost with a traditional sevusevu in Naduri with the Macuata Province Paramount Chief Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere on the 28th […]

  • A dive camp in Yadua Island with 20 to 30 divers going to out the Great Sea Reefs scuba diving for beche de mer or sea cucumbers.

Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

By |August 26th, 2013|

April 2013 – Kavewa Island, Nukusa Village, Yadua Island

Sea cucumber is a high value, high demand Chinese delicacy that is sought after by Chinese traders buying dried sea cucumbers from all over the world especially in Asia and […]

  • Turtle monitor Peter Qarau catches, tags, measures and releases a green se turtle along with 11 year old Irris and her mom Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific in Yadua Island

Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

By |August 22nd, 2013|

20 April 2013

Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager brought her lovely 9 year old daughter Irris to rendezvous with us on Yadua Island – we, coming from Macuata Province and they, coming from Suva. […]

  • Cyclone Evan mercilessly went through Yadua Village and this leaning house is one of the casualties of the cetegory 5 cyclone.

Yadua Island and Cyclone Evan

By |August 14th, 2013|

19 – 22 April 2013

The 17th of December 2012 will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of Fijians and the memory is unfortunately not a good one. With a maximum wind speed of […]

  • Laitia Tamata of WWF South Pacific and Laitia of University of South Pacific downloads year-long data from the newly retrieved data logger that shows the temperature of the Great Sea Reefs for a year.

WWF and University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

By |August 8th, 2013|

April 2013

Our visits to the Fijian villages and the one resort in Macuata Province were made the richer when we were able to document the fieldwork of WWF South Pacific Marine Species Coordinator Laitia Tamata, WWF Labasa […]

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Nukubati Island – the Only Resort in Macuata Province’s Great Sea Reef

By |July 30th, 2013|

14 – 18 April 2013

Getting a WWF assignment to document the world’s third largest barrier reef, we needed to make sure we saw the Great Sea Reef from underwater. Nukubati Island Resort is the only resort in […]

  • Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager chats with Kia Island village teens.

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

By |July 27th, 2013|

10 – 14 April 2013

It was a long 4 hour boat ride from Nukusa Village to Labasa Town where we stayed overnight before heading to Kia Island. We armed ourselves for the next stretch of island […]

  • Spear fisherman hunting reef fish in none marine protected areas of the Great Sea Reefs.

Udu Point – Freediving the Great Sea Reef

By |July 9th, 2013|

7 – 9 April 2013

The first time we saw the village of Nukusa from the boat, I thought how wonderfully situated it was. It is not a beachside village like the usual but one that […]

  • Massive fish catch caught the night before by 6 men spear fishing. Fish is for community first Sunday of the month lunch after church service.

Udu Point – First Sunday at the Farthest End of the Great Sea Reef

By |July 6th, 2013|

7 April 2013

Nukusa Village is the 4th to the last village from the tip of Vanua Levu. It is so remote that the villagers need to use up to 40 gallons of fuel for their […]

  • Children of Kavewa Island start a mangrove planting activity with freshly picked mangrove propagules.

Kavewa Island – Mangrove Reforestation and the Reefs

By |July 5th, 2013|

4 – 6 April 2013

A charming activity took the children of Kavewa by storm one overcast Saturday morning. All the school children from Kavewa Village had just come back home for the weekend from their […]

  • Turtle rodeo catch, tag and release. Turtle monitor Emosi Time catching a big male green turtle.

Kavewa Island – Turtle Monitor

By |July 4th, 2013|

4 – 6 April 2013

Emosi Time, son of Kavewa Village chief is known as a Dau ni Vonu or Turtle Monitor. Emosi used to be a turtle hunter, catching turtles for turtle meat offered in traditional […]

  • The traditional Fijian communal dance is called a 'meke' combines dancing, singing, chanting, clapping and drum beating.

Village Life in Kavewa Island

By |July 4th, 2013|

4 – 6 April 2013

We departed Mali Island soon after our last amazing crab lunch to make it to Kavewa Island with the incoming tide, so we could dock right in front of the village […]

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Mali Island – Diving, Spearfishing and Sea Snakes

By |June 28th, 2013|

2 – 3 April 2013

We had a grand opportunity of checking out the Great Sea Reef underwater while in Mali Island. Our Ligaulevu Village host Leone Vokai operates a brand new dive shop called the Great […]

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Mali Island – Mangroves and Crabs

By |June 25th, 2013|

30 March – 2 April 2013

When we first received our shot list from Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific on what to document in the Great Sea Reef, one line jumped out like it was […]

  • Tui Mali Ratu Apenisa Bogiso holds up two skeleton bones of a stranded sperm whale.

Days with the Chiefs – Mali Island (Nakawaqa Village, Vorovoro Island and Ligaulevu)

By |June 25th, 2013|

30 March – 2 April 2013

Mali Island

The nearest island to Labasa Town is Mali Island, comprised of 3 villages on the island (Nakawaqa, Ligaulevu & Vesi) and 1 (Matailabasa) on mainland Vanua Levu. We visited […]

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Life in Navakasobu Village with Kava, Weaving and Fishing

By |April 3rd, 2013|

30 March 2013

Navakasobu Village, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Our wonderful guide and companion Koli Musudroka, WWF Field Officer for Labasa invited us to his village on Black Saturday. He had been telling us about the women in his village weaving […]

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Happy Holi!

By |March 31st, 2013|

29 March 2013

Korowiri Village, Labasa, Fiji

While the world I’m familiar with conducts solemn Good Friday activities celebrating the passion of Christ in quiet contemplation, another world celebrates a new year the Hindi way, with the festival […]

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First Day – Labasa, Fiji’s Northern Division

By |March 28th, 2013|

28 March 2013

Labasa Town, Northern Division, Fiji

The incredibly efficient and fired up WWF South Pacific team in Fiji has given us a packed itinerary for our five weeks stay to document the entire length of the Great Sea […]

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Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, Province of Papua, Indonesia

By |March 23rd, 2013|

23 March 2013

I really believe in saying “it’s better late than never”. Well, this post is almost a year late but nonetheless, the experience is still fresh in my mind like it happened yesterday.  As we […]

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The Coral Triangle Expedition now in YouTube!

By |March 18th, 2013|

Four years ago our expedition started in April 2009. Another year and a half later, we finished an almighty big book called The Coral Triangle. And yet another year after that (as in today), we […]

  • Rainbow Bee-eater male (Merops ornatus) busy helping missus dig a nesting hole on the ground before flying back to his perch.

Our Backyard Rainbow Bee-eaters

By |December 7th, 2012|

Sometime mid-October, we received a series of urgent text messages from our Wednesday gardener/landscaper Kelvin: “the rainbow bee-eaters are digging a nesting hole in the sand 5 meters away from your parked Troopy by the […]

  • With Cape Grafton and False Cape in the background and Cairns in the foreground, here's a time lapsed composition of the grand total solar eclipse in Cairns Queensland sunrise morning of 14 November 2012. Since the earlier part of the eclipse was cloud covered, the below composite is an inverted duplication of the upper part of the eclipse.

Cairns Total Solar Eclipse

By |November 14th, 2012|

Even as local Cairns residents living by the beach of Yorkeys Knob, we too were solar eclipse chasers. We snubbed our beach and decided to go far far away. We booked our campground in Cape […]

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JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 1 – Review

By |August 13th, 2012|

An entry from one of our participants from Ballarat, Victoria – Carol Hall.  This article is written by Carol for the Ballarat Camera Club newsletter.

Masterclass in Nature Photography

James Cook University, Cairns June 29-July 6   2012

When […]

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Tolga Bat Hospital Story in GEOlino Magazine

By |August 8th, 2012|

In the past five years, we have had two super strong category 5 cyclones visit our part of the world in Far North Queensland, Australia – Cyclone Larry in March 2006 and Cyclone Yasi in […]

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First JCU Masterclass in Nature Photography

By |July 24th, 2012|

29 June – 6 July 2012

Alas the dust has settled and the photo bags, tripods and cables are stored safely back into their normal place at home – the first masterclass is accomplished. And what […]

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Transit of Venus from Far North Queensland

By |June 6th, 2012|

At 9:43am today, the 6th of June 2012, from the third floor balcony of our home at Yorkeys Knob, we witnessed a historic astronomical event – the Transit of Venus! The next transit will be […]

Masterclass in Nature Photography by Jürgen Freund at JCU

By |May 11th, 2012|

Cairns-based photographer Jürgen Freund has been pointing his camera at all creatures great and small for several decades now, and with great success.

He won the 2010 PATA Gold Award for Travel Photography with an image […]

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BBC Wildlife Magazine features The Coral Triangle

By |May 9th, 2012|

We have been working hard to promote the Coral Triangle through our pictures. The images we accumulated during our epic 18 month WWF Coral Triangle Photographic Expedition is slowly getting its proper exposure in the world. For […]

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GEO Magazine features Fish Faces of the Coral Triangle

By |May 9th, 2012|

Last April, we had a truly charming feature in Germany’s GEO Magazine on the Coral Triangle’s colourful and cryptic marine creatures – a sure sign of biodiversity in this ecoregion. Soon it will also come out in […]

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GEO October 2011 – Lake Eyre Story

By |September 25th, 2011|

GEO October 2011 – Lake Eyre Story

Our 2.5 month winter expedition this year to outback Australia’s Lake Eyre Basin is now out in the German GEO Magazine!

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Tauchen Magazine – West Australia 2008

By |September 9th, 2011|

Tauchen Magazine – West Australia 2008

FLASHBACK – October 2008

We were boarding the fabulous diveboat MV Febrina on Yogi’s birthday in 2008 when a fellow guest from Germany chased Yogi with a magazine upon finding out he […]

A Raja Ampat Video of Freund Factory at work – WWF Coral Triangle Expedition

By |September 9th, 2011|

A Raja Ampat Video of Freund Factory at work – WWF Coral Triangle Expedition

While we were in North Raja Ampat, we were incredibly fortunate to have professional photographers and videographers Claudia & Leon Joubert document […]

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WildPhotos 2011

By |September 8th, 2011|

WildPhotos 2011

A photographic event happens every autumn at the Royal Geographic Society in London. It is the UK’s largest nature photography symposium. WildPhotos plays host to some of the world’s top wildlife and environmental photographers […]

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Rolex Laureates Collaborating – Jürgen Freund on Assignment for Rolex in Ningaloo 2008

By |September 5th, 2011|

Rolex Laureates Collaborating – Jürgen Freund on Assignment for Rolex in Ningaloo 2008

FLASHBACK – May 2008

Rory Wilson and Brad Norman – two Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureates joined forces to study whale sharks of Ningaloo Reef in […]

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AIMS CReefs – Census of Marine Life, Lizard Island 2008

By |September 5th, 2011|

The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a grand global project with an objective to survey and analyze changes from past to present in marine life biodiversity, distribution and abundance, and to compile the resultant data into […]

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GEO Snake Expedition – Australia 2008

By |September 4th, 2011|

GEO Snake Expedition – Australia 2008

FLASHBACK – February 2008

Way back December 2007, Yogi was asked by the GEO photo editors to do a photographic snake expedition with scientist Dr. Guido Westhoff. The assignment required them to go […]

  • Charles Stevens of WWF-Australia catches a green turtle as part of "turtle rodeo" research activity in Bowen QLD with JCU volunteer Ron Goodwin expertly assisting with the boat chase.

Turtles! Our Marine Ambassadors are Unwell

By |August 16th, 2011|

14 – 18 May  2011

Bowen, Queensland, Australia

About a year ago, we wrapped up our epic 18-month Coral Triangle photo expedition with our last leg in Timor Leste. We finished a long photographic marathon and yes, […]

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Lake Eyre 2 – Birdlife and Pelicans in the Outback

By |August 2nd, 2011|

Our first activity after getting our campsite nicely setup and cozy, was to take a 2 day aerial flight to see what the flooding looked like from the air, and to look for pelicans. With water […]

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Lake Eyre 1 – Following the Water

By |August 1st, 2011|

Have you ever wondered what a massive lake in the middle of the flat dry Australian desert looks like?  Can you even begin to imagine what or where this famed lake is? Lake Eyre for those who know where […]

Lake Eyre 2 – Birdlife and Pelicans in the Outback

By |July 31st, 2011|

Our first activity after getting our campsite nicely setup and cozy, was to take a 2 day aerial flight to see what the flooding looked like from the air, and to look for pelicans. With water […]

Lake Eyre 1 – Following the Water

By |June 30th, 2011|

Have you ever wondered what a massive lake in the middle of the flat dry Australian desert looks like?  Can you even begin to imagine what or where this famed lake is? Lake Eyre for those who know where […]

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Timor Leste Cowboys from the Maubissi Highlands

By |October 27th, 2010|

14 – 16 August 2010

S8 83.872 E125 60.340 – Maubisse

Highland Maubisse was some six hours drive from Dili. It sounds like a long trip uphill but we stopped a lot along the way. One scene […]

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Making Salt – A Day in The East Timorese Life

By |October 20th, 2010|

8 – 19 August 201

Dili & Maubisse

When we were told days before that we were going to a place where salt was made, we imagined large, massive salt fields by the sea. There will be a lot […]

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Coastal Life in East Timor

By |October 14th, 2010|

8 – 19 August 201


We hardly knew anything about Timor-Leste as we plunged in head first to photograph it. Upon arriving at the airport, we immediately noticed UN presence. There were a lot of men […]

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People of Timor-Leste

By |October 10th, 2010|

8 – 19 August 201


Sometime April this year, we attended ADEX in Singapore. Yogi & I were invited by John Thet, publisher of Asian Geographic Magazine as well as Asian Diver and ScubaDiver Australasia, to give a […]

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Photography in the Coral Triangle – by Jürgen Freund

By |September 5th, 2010|

April 2009 – September 2010

In 1995, when I was a fresh full-time wildlife photographer – after quitting my Industrial Photography day job of many years,  I went for 12 months on my very own photographic […]

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Faces of Solomon Islanders

By |September 1st, 2010|

15 – 17 July 2010

Chea Village, Marovo Island

Still in Chea Village, Marovo Lagoon, we concentrated in photographing people. The weather had not eased up on us and with the rains and occasional bursts of sunshine, […]

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Talented carvers of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

By |September 1st, 2010|

15 – 17 July 2010

Chea Village, Marovo Island

After strong winds and rain throughout our stay in Tetepare, we were dreading the island crossing from Tetepare to Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia. We were bracing ourselves for […]

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Tetepare Turtles, Coconut Crabs and Seaweed Research in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands

By |August 31st, 2010|

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

The Tetepare Descendants’ Association take their conservation work very seriously. They protect and manage the entire island most especially their 13km-long Marine Protected Area. Since 2004, they have had a dedicated […]

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Tetepare Island Rangers and WWF Coral Reef Research, Western Province, Solomon Islands

By |August 30th, 2010|

10 – 14 July 2010

Tetepare Island

Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific where a tiny portion of its massive land is a dedicated research field station and a cooperative ecolodge run by the Tetepare […]

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Pristine Rainforest in Kolombangara, Western Province, Solomon Islands

By |August 29th, 2010|

7 – 9 July 2010

Imbu Rano Lodge

The only chance we had during this entire expedition to visit a forest was here in the Pacific. A forest, you might ask? What has that got to do […]

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Aquaculture Farming and Post Tsunami in Gizo, Solomon Islands

By |August 26th, 2010|

6 – 7 July 2010

WorldFish Center, Nusa Tupe & Gizo Airport

Onma Lodge, Kolombangara

The April 2007 earthquake and tsunami wrecked havoc to the lives of many in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Foreign aid […]

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Gizo and Ranonga After the 2007 Tsunami, Solomon Islands

By |August 2nd, 2010|

6 July 2010

Gizo & Ranonga

One morning in 2 April 2007, we woke up at home in Cairns. By force of habit, even before breakfast, I turned on the computer and checked BOM, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, […]

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Making Lime for Betelnut Chewing in M’Buke, Manus, PNG

By |July 25th, 2010|

28 – 30 July 2010

M’Buke Island

Betel nut chewing is a custom or ritual that dates back thousands of years from Asia to the Pacific, a tradition very much a part of modern life in many parts […]

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WWF Community Canoe in M’Buke Island, Manus, PNG

By |July 24th, 2010|

28 – 30 July 2010

M’Buke Island, Anun Island & Champoin Island

Last year in February, when I was still researching WWF Coral Triangle projects to cover for our expedition, I had heard of the traditional community canoe […]

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The Amazing People of M’Buke Island, Manus, Papua New Guinea

By |July 24th, 2010|

28 – 30 June 2010

S2 22.915 E146 49.513 – M’Buke Island

S2 18.697 E146 51.595 – Anun Island

Pronounced Bu-ke with a silent M, M’Buke are several islands off the south end of mainland of Manus, Papua New Guinea. Manus Province is the […]

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The People of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

By |July 3rd, 2010|

5 – 24 June 2010

It is now 15 months that we have been non-stop on the road from Asia to the Pacific.  The diving has been spectacular but its the people we have met along […]

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Lovely Lissenung and Day Trips to Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG

By |July 3rd, 2010|

4 – 24 June 2010

We totally adored our three weeks in Lissenung. We were so much at home it was LIKE being home. We could achieve so much portraying the many aspects of Kavieng’s village and […]

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Lissenung Diving Exploratory Trip to New Hanover, PNG

By |June 24th, 2010|

15 – 17 June 2010

We set off for a three day exploratory trip with our friend Dietmar Amon with five other divers or NFFs (new found friends) to New Hanover. Lissenung Island Resort has these special trips […]

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Enuk Sing-Sing at Lissenung Island Resort, New Ireland, PNG

By |June 21st, 2010|

9 & 20 June 2010

The strong culture of Papua New Guinea shines through during a sing-sing – a gathering of performers from a village who sing and dance to show off their ethnicity and their traditional rituals. […]

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Diving with Lissenung Island Resort New Ireland, PNG

By |June 19th, 2010|

5 – 15 June 2010

We have been on idyllic Lissenung Island Resort since June 5 and have spent wonderful time catching up with our friends Dietmar and Ange Amon, the owners and operators of this lovely little […]

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Malagan Tatanua Masks of Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG

By |June 14th, 2010|

11 & 14 June 2010

We met a fascinating Papua New Guinean artist by the name of Fabian Paino. He carves Malagan wooden sculptures, the ceremonial art of New Ireland’s living culture.

His work is now found amongst people’s […]

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Critters of Kimbe Bay and Witu Islands

By |June 7th, 2010|

13 May – 3 June 2010

Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay

Dickie’s Place, Witu Islands

The many shoals and sea mounts in Kimbe Bay are popular to many divers in the lookout for sharks, schooling fish in the blue […]

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Legendary FeBrina liveaboard in Father’s Reef and Witu Island, Kimbe Bay

By |June 6th, 2010|

25 May – 3 June 2009

Brandford Shoal, Kimbe Bay

Kilibob’s Knob, Father’s, Kimbe Bay

Dickie’s Place, Garove Island, Witu Islands

Alan Raabe is the well loved captain of one of the world’s best known liveboards. He is Australian and […]

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Walindi Plantation Resort, Kimbe Bay, PNG

By |June 5th, 2010|

13 – 25 May 2010

Walindi Plantation Resort

Australians Max and his wife Cecilie were agriculturists when they bought an oil palm plantation in West New Britain, PNG in 1969.  The Benjamins’ plantation is an 800 acre property […]

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Mahonia Na Dari – Guardians of the Sea – Kimbe Bay, PNG

By |May 25th, 2010|

Many thanks to Tansy Bliss’ text below, we are able to tell you through her writing and Yogi’s photos how brilliant this local NGO is at the heart of Kimbe Bay, West New Britain. Tansy […]

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Beautiful Walindi, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, PNG

By |May 25th, 2010|

13 – 25 May 2010

Walindi Plantation Resort

This is Yogi’s fourth and my third time in Walindi Plantation Resort. Needless to say, we simply adore it here. After diving many great spots in Asia during this expedition, […]

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So Long Asia, Hello Pacific!

By |May 25th, 2010|

13 – 25 May 2009

Our first Pacific country in the Coral Triangle is Papua New Guinea (PNG). As soon as we stepped into the Air Niugini flight to PNG while in the Manila airport, we felt […]

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Fish for the Millions – Milkfish Aquaculture, Sarangani, Philippines

By |May 9th, 2010|

29 April – 2 May 2010

We made a most interesting and educational trip to Sarangani Bay in Southern Mindanao to photograph aquaculture or aquafarming.  Alsons Aquaculture Corporation is the producer of Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus or milkfish, which in the Philippines is […]

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2010 Butanding Whale Shark Festival in Donsol, Philippines

By |May 8th, 2010|

27 April 2010

Woodland Resort, Donsol

We have not been to the Butanding Festival since 2003. It was exciting to be here again during the festivities and the fluvial parade was not to be missed.

We went to Donsol via […]

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Hubbs Scientist Tagging Whale Sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines

By |May 7th, 2010|

24 – 27 April 2010

Woodland Resort, Donsol

To address some important questions about where sharks spend their time and what habtitats are important to them, a whale shark tagging program was set up four years ago […]

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Club Paradise – A Special Place in the Sun

By |May 5th, 2010|

18 – 22 April 2010

Dimakya Island, Club Paradise

Some thirteen year ago, Yogi already had a very special relationship with people working in Club Paradise resort, Busuanga, Northern Palawan, Philippines. Interestingly, the same friends he made back then are […]

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Seagrass Bed for Marine Life in Club Paradise, Northern Palawan, Philippines

By |May 5th, 2010|

18 – 22 April 2010

Dimakya Island, Club Paradise

Many snorkelers and divers quickly swim past seagrass beds without stopping to check out the interesting marine life that live there.  Seagrass beds are very important marine habitats and […]

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A Dugong in Club Paradise, Northern Palawan, Philippines

By |May 1st, 2010|

18 – 22 April 2010

Dirk Fahrenbach is a dear old friend of Yogi’s. He owns and runs Dugong Dive Center in Club Paradise and we met him in Singapore during ADEX 2010.  Upon finding out what we’ve […]

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ADEX 2010 Singapore

By |May 1st, 2010|

9 – 11 April 2010

It was a fabulously planned and executed event! Asian Diver Magazine, the organizer of this year’s Asian Dive Expo in Singapore’s Suntec Convention Centre have a lot of kudos going their […]

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Good Friday in Bulacan, Philippines

By |April 26th, 2010|

2 April 2010 

Kapitangan & Baliwag

The Philippines is predominantly a Catholic country with a minority of Muslims living in southern Mindanao. The Catholic faith is strong and thriving and Folk Catholicism finds its major outlet during Lent, where traditional […]

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Club Ocellaris in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

By |April 26th, 2010|

27 – 31 March 2010

The charming clownfish finds a symbolic home out of water in this quaint dive resort by the sea in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.  Club Ocellaris is where I first entered the water with a […]

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More Anilao, Mabini, Batangas Critters

By |April 25th, 2010|

27 – 31 March 2010

The province of Batangas has more than a 30-kilometer long coastline – Balayan Bay in the west and Batangas Bay in the east. To the north is the town of Bauan, […]

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Nudibranchs of Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

By |April 17th, 2010|

27 – 31 March 2010

Anilao Batangas was where I learned diving in 1997. I had been coming here camping on the rocks when I was still in college in the 80’s! Anilao was where Manila […]

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Newest Dive Resort in Mindoro – Apo Reef Club

By |April 7th, 2010|

15 – 22 March 2010

Guenter Taus was my dive instructor for my PADI advance course many years ago. He also is part owner of Occidental Mindoro’s newest dive resort called Apo Reef Club. Michi Roos is […]

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Apo Reef with Apo Reef Club, Mindoro, Philippines

By |April 7th, 2010|

15 – 22 March 2010

With the expedition team complete with our writer Alya Honasan, our first Philippine journey for this leg was to Apo Reef.  We spent a few days and nights on a quaint […]

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Dry Lands and Effects of Climate Change in Mindoro, Philippines

By |April 1st, 2010|

18 March 2010

We spent a whirlwind day traveling Mindoro on rocky roads from Concepcion to Mamburao to Sablayan back to Concepcion. It was from an early tuna festival activity at 7 in the morning to visiting Sablayan […]

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Tuna Festival in Mamburao – Occidental Mindoro, Philippines

By |March 26th, 2010|

26 March 2010

Today, I received a birthday greeting from our dear Paul Sunters, the Managing Photo Editor of the WWF Global Photo Network! It is my one year blog anniversary since writing my first entry! Imagine that! […]

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Coralline Triangle – Pun Intended!

By |March 23rd, 2010|

9 March 2010

Sometime August last year, during our trip on the Seven Seas diving around Komodo National Park, we met Jack Shargel, an animated American jeweler based in Bali.  Jack, upon hearing what it was we were […]

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Hasta La Vista Papua Diving

By |March 5th, 2010|

8 – 28 February 2010

Sorido Bay Resort

All too soon, it was time to say our farewells to everyone from this lovely resort. We spent quality working time here often leaving the resort at eight in […]

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Landscapes and Seascapes of Raja Ampat

By |March 4th, 2010|

8 – 27 February 2010

While we were in North Raja Ampat, we were incredibly fortunate to have professional photographers and videographers Claudia & Leon Joubert document our stay and experience in what is arguably the […]

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Seeing Magnificent Raja Ampat from the Air

By |March 3rd, 2010|

27 February 2010

After days of grumbling about the weather, Yogi finally found his smile again. Max Ammer was bringing him along as co-pilot to his truly photogenic yellow aircraft.

Conservation International needed to do regular surveys […]

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Marine Life of North Raja Ampat

By |February 26th, 2010|

8 – 26 February

If I may, I would like to lift a few bits and paragraphs written by Dr. Mark V. Erdmann, Senior Advisor Conservation International Indonesia Marine Program in his introduction of a new fantastic coffeetable […]

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Papuan Folks of Raja Ampat

By |February 25th, 2010|

8 – 25 February

In 1526, Jorge de Menses, the first Portuguese governor to the Moluccan “spice islands” was swept ashore by a storm to the Bird’s Head Peninsula (West Papua) even before he reached his […]

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Mantas of North Raja Ampat

By |February 22nd, 2010|

8 – 23 February 2010

Manta Sandy
Manta Slope

There are very few places we know where you can find, almost guaranteed, mantas in a cleaning station. There are many cleaning stations known, yes, but few guaranteed! Depending […]

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Misool Eco Resort

By |February 6th, 2010|

16- 30 January 2010


Loads of divers dream of owning a resort in an island paradise in the tropics surrounded by pristine coral reefs and lots of fish. When out at sea, palm trees and sunshine […]

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Misool Rangers At Work

By |February 6th, 2010|

25 January 2010

Yellu Island

What originally started as a 200 square kilometer no-take zone has now been increased to 425 sq. km. Misool Eco Resort MER take their conservation work very seriously. They have set up a UK […]

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WWF CT Business Summit Photo Exhibition in Manila

By |February 5th, 2010|

19 – 20 January 2010

Sometime early November last year, we got an email from Dr. Lida Pet-Soede, WWF Coral Triangle Programme Leader to discuss an idea of having a photo exhibition of our expedition in […]

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Life Forms

By |February 5th, 2010|

22 January 2010


Misool Eco Resort

When Yogi starts singing, I have all reason to stop and listen to his song as he seldom does this. Whereas I break into a song at a drop of a […]

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Misool Eco Resort, South Raja Ampat

By |January 18th, 2010|

11 – 16 January 2010

It feels like such a great reward to be here in Misool Eco Resort, after our tuna adventure during the Christmas holidays. We have been traveling intensely for this expedition for about […]

New Year and Renewed Attention to the Blog!

By |January 16th, 2010|

16 January 2010

After  the busy Copenhagen Conference last year and the holiday season break, our friends in WWF International On-line & Communications Department have now the time to add new things into our blog and […]

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Sick Boys and Tuna Underwater

By |January 9th, 2010|

December 27

With hardly any sleep for both of us, by 5:30am with still very faint light in the horizon, our boat crew caught a yellowfin tuna. I woke Yogi who by this time was an […]

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Let’s Catch Some Tuna!

By |January 9th, 2010|

December 26

The crew on our ship went fishing by 9:30am. As in all of them! We just got here! They tethered our boat to the rakit and the other smaller outrigger pump boats already in […]

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Working Christmas

By |January 9th, 2010|

December 25
Gorontalo Harbour

What?! Working on Christmas? Sadly, yes.  But we had our fill of pre-Christmas in the 3 days we spent with friends in Kuala Lumpur for our visa run. Every two months we have […]

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Edi Frommenwiler, Pindito and Raja Ampat

By |January 1st, 2010|

Edi Frommenwiler Movie “Wild Eye of Raja Ampat” on YouTube

15 years ago, when Yogi quit his office job as industrial photographer of MTU in Munich and became a fulltime freelance photojournalist, he embarked on a […]

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North Raja Ampat with Mantas!

By |December 31st, 2009|

15 December – Tuesday
Jef Fam

Woke up at 5am to look if our Panda flag was still flying on the mast of the Pindito. Yup, still there. It did a long night trip through from the south […]

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Diving the Famed Misool, Raja Ampat!

By |December 31st, 2009|

12 December

Boo Windows

The Pindito steamed all of last night till 10am this morning to Misool. The first dive site at 11am was in Boo.  The landscape of limestone islands and outcrops is similar to Coron and El […]

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More Banda Neira and Seram, Moluccas

By |December 31st, 2009|

10 December

Banda Islands is historically known as part of the Spice Islands of the Moluccas. It belongs to  a string of islands south east of Ambon. It has an old Dutch fort and there is […]

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Diving Banda Neira, Moluccas

By |December 31st, 2009|

9 December 2009

I woke up to a nice porthole view of a small islet called Suanggi.

The birds were all over the islet – brown boobies, red footed boobies, frigate birds . . .  Yogi wondered […]

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Diving Twilight Zone – Ambon, Moluccas

By |December 30th, 2009|

8 December 2009

We finally got on board the lovely Pindito and an old friend of Yogi’s  Edi Frommenwiler, Pindito owner and Raja Ampat pioneer made it to be with us with his brand new RED camera and […]

Coral Triangle Expedition Cover Stories

By |December 5th, 2009|

Happy makers like these go a long way in keeping us company during our travels from site to site, boat to boat, hotel room to hotel room all throughout the Coral Triangle.

Please read all about […]

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WWF in Kei and Lebaran Hajj

By |December 5th, 2009|

24 – 28 November 2009

The leatherback conservation efforts in Kei is implemented by WWF-Indonesia through a local, community-based NGO (SIRaN) since 2003. In July this year, a one-man all around staff from WWF, Marthen Leuna aka Ateng, […]

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The Fate of Leatherback Turtles in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

By |December 2nd, 2009|

21 November 2009 – Saturday

Today we were extremely happy in the morning and extremely sad by the afternoon.  We had a slow start leaving the house at 7am. For 2 long hours, we saw nothing. […]

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In Search of Leatherbacks in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

By |December 2nd, 2009|

20 November 2009

Second day we were asked to wake up at 5:30am! By after breakfast and 6:15am we were off. The seas were glass flat and calm as. The early morning sun made really brilliant […]

Kei Island Turtles

By |December 2nd, 2009|

19 – 26 November 2009

After zooming around the many islands in Wakatobi, it was a relief to finally stay put in one community and concentrate in one thing and one thing only – leatherback marine turtles. […]

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Center of the Center

By |December 1st, 2009|

3 November 2009

We had a very enlightening afternoon with the Bupati (Mayor) of Wakatobi, Pak Hugua. He was very aware of the Coral Triangle and the efforts of WWF, TNC & CI to help in […]

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Being with WWF in Wakatobi

By |November 15th, 2009|

2 – 12 November 2009

The hour we arrived in Wanci, we immediately had a meeting with WWF Indonesia Wakatobi Project Leader Veda Santiadji in their Wangi Wangi office.  He offered us different travel scenarios and we got […]

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Coral Miners

By |November 15th, 2009|

2 – 12 November 2009

We noticed from early on how different the sea gypsies from Wakatobi lived compared to their Bajau relatives from Sabah, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Bajo from Wakatobi reclaimed land and […]

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Faces of Wakatobi

By |November 15th, 2009|

2 – 12 November

I cannot write enough about the people we met along the way. Their faces have left an indelible mark on us. Here is a gallery of the look of Wakatobi.

For several days […]

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Muslim Mosque in Binongko

By |November 15th, 2009|

2 – 12 November 2009

You cannot mistake the religion  of this area. Five times a day, we would hear the Imam sing from loudspeakers of nearby mosques. I loved it.

Our WWF companion Sugiyanta or Mas […]

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People of Wakatobi

By |November 15th, 2009|

2 – 12 November 2009

To many divers around the world, Wakatobi South Sulawesi is an underwater destination. Wakatobi, which is short for its many islands, stands for Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia & Binongko. We went to all these […]

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A School in North Sulawesi

By |October 29th, 2009|

24 October 2009

We spent a most interesting day with Simone Gerritsen and her kids from her school Kehidupan Anda or “Your Life.” The goal of Project “Kehidupan Anda” is to improve the education of the children in […]

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Funae Fishing Skipjack Tuna

By |October 29th, 2009|

23 October 2009

This day was a walk down memory lane. Eight years ago, when we were finalizing our shoot for our book Sulu Sulawesi Seas for WWF, we spent five midnights to mornings with the funae fishermen […]

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Diving Bunaken and Mucking Around Manado

By |October 29th, 2009|

20 – 24 October 2009

Off we went with the tireless Simone Gerritsen of Thalassa Dive Center in Manado to explore  Bunaken and the surrounding islands as well as the under-appreciated mainland Manado. We knew to expect the […]

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The Batuna Family

By |October 29th, 2009|

18 October 2009

About 15 years ago, Yogi dove and dove and dove for two straight months with Murex Dive Resort and Liveaboard in North Sulawesi. During this period, he contracted dengue fever and got a special visit […]

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The Coral Reefs of Buyat Bay

By |October 29th, 2009|

15 – 17 October 2009

A relatively unknown dive destination not far from Lembeh is slowly getting its share of the limelight. Buyat Bay is about five hours from Manado located south of Lembeh. It used […]

Singapore Slideshow!

By |October 26th, 2009|

If you happen to be in Singapore on October 27 with nothing to do at 7 pm, join us at the Botanical Gardens, as we shall be presenting our expedition so far through a 40-minute […]

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Circle Hooks and De-Hookers

By |October 13th, 2009|

10 October 2009

This is the day Yogi turns 50! Happy half-a-century, Yogibear!

It is also the day we learned about the circle hook and de-hooking tuna longline vessels’ by-catch.

Hafizh Adyas of WWF Indonesia oversees the By-catch Programme, and […]

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Say Tuna!

By |October 13th, 2009|

5 – 10 October 2009

After intensive diving in Lembeh, it was again time to shift gears and swing to the other extreme of photographing fisheries. This time it was all about tuna.

We met the young […]

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Indonesian Dive Guides and Beach Clean-Ups

By |October 6th, 2009|

23 September – 4 October 2009

As much as we appreciate the diversity of creatures crawling about Lembeh Strait, we appreciated more our guides who led us to them.

Visiting divers will never get to see critters […]

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Fish That Stared Back

By |October 6th, 2009|

23 September – 4 October 2009

An insanely fantastic artist friend of ours by the name of Robert Strachan has, for years, barked out an order everytime we went on a dive journey. “Will you photograph fish faces […]

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Muck Babies of Lembeh Strait

By |October 5th, 2009|

23 September – 4 October 2009

What the heck is muck?

We have been diving in the Lembeh muck for the past 12 days and finding it so interesting we could hardly tear ourselves away from it. We must be […]

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Second and third dive – Lembeh Strait

By |September 23rd, 2009|

23 September 2009

Our second dive today is in Jahir I, named after the one of the pioneer Indonesian dive guides, Jahir! It was spectacular. I’m running out of superlatives here and pretty soon, I’m going […]

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Twittering “24 Hours in the Life of WWF” from Lembeh Strait

By |September 23rd, 2009|

23 September 2009

I am now enlightened on the world famous place called Lembeh Strait. I’m no longer a Lembeh virgin! Hurrah!

We’re here in Lembeh Resort to show what biodiversity is all about. Coincidentally, we’re also here to […]

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Fish Life – Tulamben

By |September 18th, 2009|

12 – 18 September 2009

While in Tauch Terminal, the easy access to the Liberty Wreck and a house reef made us dive and dive and dive till we couldn’t see straight anymore. And we had LONG […]

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Diving with Tauch Terminal, Tulamben – North Bali

By |September 18th, 2009|

12 – 19 September 2009

First I have to pay tribute to the women porters of Tulamben. They literally risk their necks for us, and it’s quite embarrassing to see them carry one or two or […]

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Mantas and Mola Mola in Nusa Penida

By |September 13th, 2009|

10 September 2009

After five months of straight shooting, we had to slow down and work on the thousands of images. The WWF Global Photo Network had been patiently waiting for their hi-resolution images but we […]

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Live Reef Fish Trade and People of Pulau Mesa

By |September 6th, 2009|

20 August 2009

We got off our 12-day liveaboard on the Seven Seas and hired ourselves a local floating home named Merannu, or Bajo language for “happy.”

We swung again from luxury to basic and as always, […]

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Komodo Topside, the Pet Family and The Seven Seas

By |August 31st, 2009|

6 – 18 August 2009

We spent 12 wonderful days diving with the entire Pet family and their friends onboard The Seven Seas, a super luxurious dive live aboard operating all over the best sites of Indonesia.

It […]

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The Different Marine Habitats of Komodo National Park

By |August 31st, 2009|

6 – 24 August 2009

It is very interesting that mangroves and seagrass beds do not hold as much tourist attraction as flamboyant coral reefs. Fair enough as coral reefs are magical and full of variety […]

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Underwater Wilderness – Komodo National Park

By |August 31st, 2009|

6 – 22 August 2009

It was both Yogi and my first time to see the underwater world of the World Heritage Site Komodo National Park. About 15 years ago Yogi spent time here on land, photographing […]

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Mr. Linder

By |August 29th, 2009|

In the beginning of our journey, we knew part of this expedition was going to be about food. About eating. But it was far from our minds to eat well in Jamursbamedi. In fact, we […]

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Bali, Indonesia: Hope in Paradise

By |August 27th, 2009|

By Alya B. Honasan

IT was serendipitous that an important meeting of Coral Triangle partners was going on in Bali at the same time we visited, as scientists, conservation experts, and government representatives from all over […]

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More Leatherback Turtles and Faces of Papuan Kids

By |August 5th, 2009|

24 – 29 July 2009

For the next four nights, we consistently saw two leatherback turtles laying eggs. We didn’t have as many companions now as the first night, and we developed some sort of nightly […]

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Leatherback Turtles

By |August 5th, 2009|

23 July 2009

We arrived in Batu Rumah sometime 3 pm of July 23.  Immediately our WWF leaders Mr. Bas and Franki called for a meeting with all the site monitoring staff and some local Papuan […]

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Remote Expedition to West Papua, Indonesia

By |August 5th, 2009|

23 – 29 July 2009

Um Island
Batu Rumah

We have been planning this part of our expedition since before we left Australia for Asia four months ago. When we found out that WWF Indonesia had a project […]

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Kudat, Malaysia: The Faces of a Marine Park

By |July 30th, 2009|

By Alya B. Honsasan

In the Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area (PCA) in Sabah, Malaysia, fish is a big deal. You see it everywhere, from the fish cages outside settlements like Tampakan and Sibogo, to the dozens of trawlers and […]

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WWF Malaysia in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area

By |July 15th, 2009|

25 – 30 June

Kudat Harbour

Pulau Banggi

The efficient WWF Malaysia machinery was immediately felt when I started getting a series of text messages regarding transport, hotel accommodations and our overall visit to Kudat from Betty of the WWF […]

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Seven Days of Bliss in Sipadan

By |July 15th, 2009|

16 – 25 June 2009

Yogi nagged and nagged me about Sipadan. “I need time underwater!” he says. “Don’t cut short my diving time!” He needed to nag because I have a habit of prioritizing land […]

Turtle Love – Sipadan Malaysia

By |July 2nd, 2009|

By Alya B. Honsasan

23 – 25 June  2009

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I SHOULD have gotten the hint when I did my check-out dive the afternoon I arrived at the Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) on Mabul Island, one of […]

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Beautiful Bajau

By |June 21st, 2009|

11 – 15 June

Sibuan Island

Eight years ago, while on a mission to photograph people who lived with the sea for our WWF coffee table book Sulu Sulawesi Seas, we lived with the Bajau Laut for three […]

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WWF Malaysia in Semporna

By |June 20th, 2009|

11 – 15 June

Bumbum Island
Sibuan Island

We met the WWF Malaysia Semporna team in their quaint office on stilts at the end of Dragon Inn, by the marina. They were busily preparing several community activities when we reached […]

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Giant Clams Spawning, Seaweed Farming, Fisheries

By |June 19th, 2009|

11 – 15 June

Pulau Bohey Dulang
Seaweed farming community
Purse Seiner fishing grounds

Maybe it was our good vibes and positive aura.  We got lucky this time in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. On to the second leg of our […]

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Whale Sharks of Donsol

By |June 6th, 2009|

30 May – 2 June 2009

We have not been back to Donsol in six years, and the many tight, long hugs we received were enough proof that we had left good friends there. It was […]

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Donsol Here We Come

By |May 29th, 2009|

29 May 2009

From summers 2000 to 2003, we prided ourselves in being the first to organize tours for European tourists to see whale sharks in Donsol. We stopped when we immigrated to Australia. We have […]

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Aerials, Slash and Burn, Seaweed Farming, and Pearl Farmers After Office Hours

By |May 26th, 2009|

11 – 15 May 2009

Our pilot was none other than Jewelmer’s boss JB, as Jacques Branellec is fondly called. Upon hearing of approaching bad weather in the coming days, he immediately offered to fly us around the […]

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The Magic of Pearls

By |May 26th, 2009|

11 – 15 May 2009

When we saw mariculture listed amongst the subjects WWF wished us to document, my first thought was Jewelmer. For many years, we have longed to photograph a pearl farm to see how the famed South […]

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More Underwater Life in El Nido

By |May 25th, 2009|

9-10 May 2009

Lunch in a resort such as MIR and LIR means you are spoilt for choice. When asked, “Where would you like to have your lunch, ma’am?” I’d scratch my head and ask, “Where would you […]

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WWF Philippines in El Nido

By |May 25th, 2009|

7 May 2009

We first visited the El Nido Town to pay a visit to the dynamic Woman Mayor Leonor Corral. Mayor Corral took the time to give us an overview of her conservation efforts and […]

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El Nido’s Miniloc Island Resort

By |May 24th, 2009|

6 – 8 May 2009

Shifting gears from on-the-ground land subsistence activities to first class tourism, we travelled from eastern Taytay islands to the posh Miniloc Island Resort in the western part of Northern Palawan. We have had […]

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Live Reef Fish Trade

By |May 21st, 2009|

2 – 4 May 2009

The need or want to consume live reef fish is enormous for a Chinese. I talk from experience as I am Cantonese and have uncles and cousins who own Chinese restaurants […]

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Typhoon, Fishing, Capiz, and Manny Pacquiao

By |May 4th, 2009|

2 – 4 May 2009

Typhoon Crising went past the Western side of Occidental Mindoro, causing a downpour in Taytay, Palawan. These were unusual times, the locals said. The town fiesta on May 1-4 had always […]

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Irrawaddy Dolphins of Malampaya Sound

By |May 4th, 2009|

2 – 4 May 2009

Finally, we have good Internet connection! We’re back in Manila, and can backtrack and report on the last three weeks of our Palawan adventure. We’ll start with rare dolphins . . […]

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Reef Mother

By |May 2nd, 2009|

By Alya B. Honasan

Angelique Songco manages the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan with a lot of passion

It’s late one summer morning, the sun is illuminating the crystal-clear waters of the magnificent Sulu Sea—and it’s a […]

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Out in the Blue: Tubbataha Reefs, Sulu Sea

By |May 2nd, 2009|

2 May 2009

By Alya B. Honasan

The sting

It’s been over a week since I got back from the first leg of the WWF Coral Triangle Initiative Photographic Expedition of J�rgen and Stella Freund to Tubbataha in the Sulu Sea, […]

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Life in a Fishing Village

By |April 28th, 2009|

27/28 April 2009

We spent an enlightening day and night on Green Island, Palawan. About 2,000 people, children included, live there. There are 360 households, and if you do the math, that’s about an average of 5.5 people […]

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Roxas Fisheries

By |April 26th, 2009|

26 April 2009

Many thanks to Boy Bonoan and Ofie Rondina of the Palawan Provincial Government, our land transport to Northern Palawan was all organized.

Once in Roxas, a scenic two-hour coastal ride north from Puerto Princesa, […]

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Jacana Tuna Fish Landing

By |April 24th, 2009|

22/23/24 April 2009

Now back on land with all our gear full of salt, we shifted gears and spent slow quality time cleaning and maintaining our stuff. We also had to re-energize and plan our next […]

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COTS Once More and So Long Ranger Station

By |April 21st, 2009|

21 April 2009

The guests onboard Oceana Maria joined in gathering COTS. Among them was Luli Arroyo, the Philippine President’s daughter and Southeast Asia Policy Officer for WWF Coral Triangle Programme. The fervor did not abate […]

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Rangers and Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

By |April 20th, 2009|

20 April 2009 

Order of the day was an early morning group picture of the rangers with manager Angelique and WWF expedition visitors Alya, Yogi & I. After breakfast, we photographed WWF ranger Choy and TMO […]

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Oh no! Rain!

By |April 19th, 2009|

19 April 2009

Woke up at 5:45am – gee it’s overcast. By 6:30, while I was using nature’s toilet, the heavens opened. We all thought it was a good thing the rains didn’t happen at night!

Equipped […]

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Finally, Tubbataha Bird Islet

By |April 18th, 2009|

18 April 2009

Woke up at 3 am. Outside the station, the sky was bright with stars and a quarter moon. It was peaceful to spend a few minutes outside with Yogi and the rangers creating […]

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Re-scheduling Tubbataha Bird Islet

By |April 17th, 2009|

17 April 2009

Today was a day of helplessness and frustration. It was flat, calm, and full sunshine yesterday. We left the boat Stella Maris with all the guests and crew wishing us a not-so-scorching hot […]

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The Tubbataha Rangers

By |April 16th, 2009|

16 April 2009

Rangers – NAVY

 Team Leader: Elmer “Jhing” F. de los Santos

Secille G. Balot

 Romeo “Romy” O. Bellezo

Richard C. Iglesias

Rangers – TMO (Tubbataha Management Office)

 Segundo “Seconds” F. Conales Jr.

Noel “Manny” A. Bundal

Ranger – WWF Philippines

 Eulalio “Choy” […]

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Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 5

By |April 15th, 2009|

15 April 2009

Dive 1, 7:30, Black Rock

N8 47.868 E119 50.440

Hmmm — 6:30 morning rain. We’re going to be rained on in Bird Islet in a few days! Not a nice thought.

Before the dive, our German […]

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Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 4

By |April 14th, 2009|

14 April 2009

Dive 1, 7:30, Delsan Wreck

We went a way back from the wreck, to the point where our boatman said it was a different dive site altogether! But the drift was so strong, we […]

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Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 3

By |April 13th, 2009|

13 April 2009

Dive 1, 7:30am, Malayan Wreck

Blue water hang at 20 meters, waiting for schooling hammerhead sharks to pass by. This was a test of patience. We have never been lucky with hammerheads and often […]

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Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 2

By |April 12th, 2009|

12 April 2009

Dive 1, 7:30 am, Bird Islet’s Washing Machine

Hardly any current, but this dive was fantastic. Our dive master Omer Alanis already pre-checked where the huge school of jacks was, and made us go […]

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Dive Tales from Tubbataha – Day 1

By |April 11th, 2009|

11 April 2009

Dive 1, 7:30am, Malayan wreck

It was the first dive of the trip, and it started with very slight current and some fan corals. The highlight of the dive came towards the end, when […]

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Box Jellyfish Hunt

By |April 10th, 2009|

10 April 2009 Puerto Princesa Pier Again had lovely breakfast with Angelique, Norman and their son Nathan Songco. Their house is just so lovely and a squirrel decided to pass us by hopping from tree […]

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Maundy Thursday in Puerto Princesa

By |April 9th, 2009|

9 April 2009

Puerto Princesa Wet Market

We arrived Puerto early evening of the 8th and immediately after checking in, were whisked away by our friend Angelique Songco, boss woman of Tubbataha Marine Park, to dinner at […]

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Hong Kong Eating

By |April 6th, 2009|

6 April 2009

Live Reef Fish Trade

It was simply glorious to finally go to sleep without worrying about storage. We can now start working. Working in Hong Kong meant starting our day looking for the nearest […]

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Goodbye Yorkeys

By |April 3rd, 2009|

03 April 09 (22:09)

At the eve of our departure, the neighbor’s music blares and we think to ourselves, good riddance.  This is the last night we will sleep in this house and we’re so happy. […]

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All packed up and places to go

By |March 25th, 2009|

25 March 09 (02:21 am)

The house is empty. Well, almost. The removalists efficiently packed our furniture into their truck, and in two hours flat, had everything in storage. It pays to hire the experts and […]

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Yorkey’s Knob, Cairns (home)

By |March 3rd, 2009|

3 March 09 (00:15 am)

This is the second night in a row I could not fall asleep.  The clock is ticking and the days are rushing and before I know it, it’s time to leave. […]

October 2007 – Germany visit and Awards Ceremonies UK & US!

By |October 31st, 2007|

Only a week back from Tonga, we had to quickly pack for our European trip. Our visit to Germany finally happened and we stayed with mommy Freund for almost a month in her brand new […]

September 2007 – Sydney Coffee & Chocolate Tours and Humpback Whales

By |September 30th, 2007|

Taking a short break from reefs and rainforests, we visited our friends in Sydney who organize walking tours around the city for a superb treat of coffees and chocolates. Shelagh Coleman runs Sydney’s Chocolate Espresso Tours. […]

August 2007 – Nautilus

By |August 31st, 2007|

Now how did these beautiful deep-sea living fossils become so vulnerable? Our untiring quest to get them protected is unwavering. We must learn more about them before we can fight for their preservation.

Again onboard the Undersea Explorer for more […]

July 2007 – Mike Ball Spoil Sport

By |July 31st, 2007|

Mike Ball’s luxurious liveaboard Spoil Sport brought us to the Great Barrier Reef’s famous Ribbon Reefs to interact with the playful minke whales. Moored in Lighthouse Bommie, minkes passed under us criss-crossing the bommie and […]

June 2007 – The German Invasion

By |June 30th, 2007|

Somehow friends and family often make it to visit us during Aussie winters. This year was no different with Lars & Carolin Abromeit visiting first. Jet-lagged and straight off the plane, we made them walk […]

May 2007 – Sharks, Nautilus and Planktons

By |May 31st, 2007|

And yet another exciting trip on the Undersea Explorer for more science and adventure. As Karl Jesienowski the main biologist said, the week was packed like a three ring circus. Sharks were caught and tagged, nautilus were caught and tagged and […]

April 2007 – Daintree Slideshow

By |April 30th, 2007|

We were invited to give a public slideshow in a wonderful place called the Daintree EcoLodge & Spa. With our brochure nicely done and announcements in the Port Douglas Gazette, the turnout was pretty good and […]

February 2007 Glowing Fungi

By |February 28th, 2007|

Come the hottest and most humid time of the year, strange things happen in the forest you would never expect. Bioluminescent mushrooms. From 6pm to 3am, we snapped away until our batteries ran dry.

January 2007 – Stingers and Cassowaries

By |January 31st, 2007|

We often tell friends how we need to rough it in the wild to be able to be at our shooting best. Roughing it means camping – sometimes sleeping in our van Carla sometimes pitching […]

December 2006 – box jellyfish

By |December 31st, 2006|

December. Thanks to Dr. Jamie Seymour and Richard Fitzpatrick, our box jellyfish frenzy is almost coming to an end.  Irukadji and box jellyfish have been keeping us company in tanks and in the water.

Our box jellyfish model Oscar performed beautifully in the […]

November 2006 – Western Australia

By |November 30th, 2006|

November saw us back to Western Australia to continue our coverage on the diving scene of Australia’s biggest state. We dived Rowley Shoals on board the wonderful Kimberley Escape once more. The Shoals did not disappoint. We had wonderful warm dives […]

August 2006 – Remembering Ambrose

By |August 28th, 2006|

August came the emotional task for Stella to finish and launch the Chiu Family book, Remembering Ambrose – a commemorative memorial book of heartfelt stories from family and friends on her father Ambrose Chiu, 30 […]

June 2006 Minke season

By |June 30th, 2006|

Finally home in June and just recovering from our back to back Kimberley and Philippine expeditions, there was a God sent chance of going on the Undersea Explorer for the grand minke trip of the season, nay the […]

March 2006 – Kimberleys

By |May 31st, 2006|

 End March to early April were 13 fascinating days on board a liveaboard, the Kimberley Escape. We experienced the spectacular Kimberley coast’s stunning waterfalls, barramundi filled rivers and ancient aboriginal masterpieces of Wandjinas and Bradshaws.

 Having had a good […]

February 2006 – The New Australian

By |February 28th, 2006|

Yogi attended a dive show in Dusseldorf and just got back home in February in time to attend Stella’s citizenship ceremony at the Cairns City Council.  Presided by Cairns City Mayor Kevin Byrne, this special […]

Life in 2005

By |December 31st, 2005|

It is incredible that the year is over again. We had the worst anticipation of a category 5 cyclone named Ingrid. Although used to typhoons from the Philippines, we were ill prepared for an inconceivable […]

Life in 2003-2004

By |December 31st, 2004|

June 2003. We emigrated from the Philippines to North Queensland, Australia. Now based near Cairns: the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park (the world’s oldest rainforest), we concentrate on Australian subjects as well as […]