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 :-)


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Diving with Adang Sea Divers & Eco Lodge on Koh Lipe

Environmental Conscious Concept of ´Adang Sea Divers & Eco Lodge´


Photo of purple looking colours around Koh Lipe
Healthy corals and clear visibility around Ko Lipe

Happy with the Eco Lodge on Koh Lipe


When I first arrived on the island of Ko Lipe, located in the Andaman Sea in the South of Thailand, I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of tourists on this small island, especially after just coming from the quiet island of Koh Mook. Arriving on the 30th of December, this was also the busiest time of the year for Koh Lipe.

Looking at the size of the island and the amount of tourists, I was very pleased to have my stay booked in the Eco Lodge of Adang Sea Divers. In contradiction to most other accommodations on Ko Lipe, this eco lodge is situated just out of town with some trees and nature surrounding the bungalows and rooms. The eco accommodation has been built in an ecological responsible way, and surprisingly there are only a couple of other accommodations on Koh Lipe which have been built in the same way.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Koh Mook - a pearl in the Andaman Sea

Ko Mook: Travel Information and Personal Experience


Photo of the island of Ko Mook, also Koh Muk
The Thai island of Koh Mook in the Andaman Sea


During my adventure of island hopping around the Andaman Sea, I went to 9 different islands and I can consider the island of Ko Mook, also called Koh Muk, my favourite. I´m aware that people have different tastes and experiences on islands, so it might not be everybody´s favourite. But I found it well worth to dedicate a full article to this gorgeous island. So if you´re curious to my experience on this treasure hunting ´Cast Away´ island or if you´re planning to travel there yourself and are looking for some practical information, then just keep on reading. I will share my personal experience, things to do on the island and will include some practical travel information about this amazing island of Ko Mook.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Travel Blog Update: Island Hopping the Andaman Sea - Part 1

Island Hopping the Andaman Sea, Part 1: Phuket Town & Koh Lanta


Island Hopping the Andaman Sea.
From the ferry to Koh Bulone Le by Thai longtail boat




After I´ve travelled to 9 islands in the Andaman Sea, I decided it´s time to start sharing my experience of this island hopping adventure. Because it´s going to be too long for 1 blog article, I´ve decided to split them up in parts.

In this first part, you can read about my experience in Phuket Town where I first extended my visa and my time on the island of Koh Lanta, also Ko Lanta if you like. Here I did an island tour, went scuba diving, caught up with hometown friends from the Netherlands and made friends with a lovely local girl.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

My experience diving Koh Lanta with Kon-Tiki Diving Center

Scuba Diving during your holiday at Koh Lanta Island, Thailand


Photo of a porcupine fish during a dive at Koh Haa
Porcupine Fish, photo by Gonzalo ApesteguĂ­a 


During my stay on Koh Lanta I went on a triple tank dive trip with Kon-Tiki Diving and Snorkeling center, it was an amazing experience! Although it was only one day, it was quiet a long day and it felt a bit as being on a living aboard! Their service was excellent, the diving was great, the food delicious and I made some new dive friends! Although it was quiet a big and full boat, I was positive surprised by how well everything was organised and how the diving took place in small groups. Read on to experience this amazing dive day with me!