Sunday, 20 May 2018

Update about the writing of the book ´Safety Stop´



I wanted to write a book.
I was writing a book.
For too long now...


Photo of Ellis writing her book
At some point I decided to continue my book!


When I gave up on writing my book!!


I started to write a couple of years ago and the story starts in 2003 when I lost my mum due to cancer and how I found a new passion not long after that during a ´work trip´ to Egypt. I wrote how I became a dive master on Gran Canaria, a dive instructor in the Dominican Republic and how I worked in Mexico, on the Maldives, in New Zealand and Australia and travelled many other places in between.

I described how I lost myself in a romantic relationship but got the courage to live my dream again when I moved to Australia to teach diving again. But then I needed to go home because my dad died of cancer too. I was lost when, at my 30th birthday, I had no parents left, no home and no work anymore. Suddenly, I felt very alone in life.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Scuba Diving with Rasdhoo Dive Centre on Rasdhoo Island, Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives

Scuba Diving with Rasdhoo Dive Centre and staying on a local island on the Maldives


Photo of marine life and white tip sharks and grey reef sharks, scuba diving at Rasdhoo Atoll
White tip sharks and grey reef sharks can be guaranteed if you go diving at Rasdhoo Atoll

It is now possible to travel the Maldives on a budget and stay in a local guesthouse


In 2010, when I was working as a scuba dive instructor in a resort on the Maldives I was wondering why it´s not possible to travel the Maldives in a cheaper way. There are many divers out there who don´t need the luxury of a 5-star resort. Not being able to book a bed in a basic accommodation like a homestay, hostel or guesthouse, prevents them from going on a scuba dive holiday to this amazing dive destiny. 

Recently, I figured out that there are some local islands on the Maldives where guesthouses and homestays have been opened. This makes it possible to travel the Maldives on a budget and experience the local culture! I decided to check it out for my fellow ´splashpackers´ and share my experience about it.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Sustainable eco projects on Koh Phi Phi Islands

The big difference made by Blue View Divers and other companies on the Phi Phi Islands


This article might help you with ideas for sustainable and eco friendly projects and activities, or which organisation to work with. Maybe you´re working for a dive centre, run or own a dive center or want to help as a traveller to protect the environment and reduce plastic and other waste, no matter where you are in the world. The Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea in Thailand have some very interesting projects going on which are applicable everywhere and you can read all about it in this article.





photo with an awareness ´skip the straw, save a sea turtle´



Monday, 5 March 2018

How to become a scuba dive instructor?

Working around the world as a dive instructor - Part 1


Part 1: How to become a diving instructor?


Are you wondering how it is to live and work as a diving instructor all over the world or do you have questions in regards to taking the ´go pro´ step and becoming an instructor yourself? This and one of my next articles, might help to shine some light on it and if you have questions, please feel free to ask me anything by using the comment box in the end! I hope to be able to help other people who are looking to become a diving instructor by sharing my experience of working as a scuba dive instructor in 5 different countries and 4 different continents. In this article I will share how I became a diving instructor: from zero to hero!


photo of Ellis with a dive tank after a dive on Dominican Republic
Working as a dive instructor on Dominican Republic

My story: from an Open Water Diver to PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Travel Blog Update: Island Hopping the Andaman Sea - Part 3

Island Hopping the Andaman Sea - Part 3: Koh Lipe - Koh Bulon Leh - Koh Libong - Koh Jum



Photo of Ellis at the beach during island hopping the Andaman Sea


The island hopping continues..


Wether or not you have been reading my previous posts of island hopping from Phuket to Koh Lanta, and to Koh Mook, Koh Lipe and Langkawi, in this travel blog update you can read how my travels continue. After a short stop on Koh Lipe I take you to the more remote islands of Ko Bulon Leh, Ko Libong and Ko Jum (also called Ko Pu). They are all located a bit off the beaten track in the Andaman Sea. Read on to experience this adventure with me!


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Scuba Diving with Blue View Divers on Koh Phi Phi

Blue View Divers: an eco friendly and environmental conscious dive center on Phi Phi Islands


Photo of an anemonefish, clownfish or nemo on Koh Phi Phi Lee
Anemonefish, photo by Blue View Divers

It´s not easy to pick a dive centre on Phi Phi Islands


There are many dive centers on Koh Phi Phi Don. Upon arriving on Ko Phi Phi I was overwhelmed by the amount of dive centres on this island. To be honest, I felt a bit dissapointed in the way certain dive centers out there are mainly focussed on the numbers without caring for the oceans or the island. Because I was still working on my article about scuba diving on Koh Lipe, I suddenly figured out that this eco-conscious dive centre on Ko Lipe has a sister company diving center, called Blue View Divers, on Koh Phi Phi! After I found out about Blue View Divers and all the sustainable projects and environmental friendly organisations they are involved in, my choice in regards to with whom to go diving on Phi Phi was instantly made!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Travel Blog Update: Island Hopping the Andaman Sea - Part 2

Island Hopping the Andaman Sea - part 2:  Koh Mook (Ko Muk) - Koh Lipe - Langkawi



arriving on the jetty at Ko Muk
Arriving on the island of Koh Mook

The island hopping in Thailand is well organised!



Island hopping on Thailand is pretty good organised. I like the system they use for the ferries. As soon as they pick you up from your accommodation or holiday home, they ask you which island you´re going to and you get a sticker in a certain colour pasted on your t-shirt and backpack. Sometimes the same boat stops at a variety of islands or you need to swop your boat on an island and this way all the staff you´re dealing with for the day knows what to do with you or your luggage. Also, I like the fact that they use one standard price per person for going to your accommodation once you arrive on your island or for the taxi longtail boat to your island, in case you need one. No negotiation about prices or the feeling that you got ripped off. Everything is clear and fair. I will soon write a full article with practical travel information about hopping around the Andaman Sea, but this article is a new travel blog update with my personal experience so I will try to stick to that :-)