The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must do if ever in Australia. The best way to get in touch with this simply magnificent piece of nature is probably diving, but snorkelling certainly comes a very close second (IMHO). Once you’ve experienced its beauty from below the water then take the opportunity for…

Santa Monica Pier

Best way to see LA in a day

  From the skyscrapers of the CBD and iconic Hollywood sign to the mansions of Beverly Hills and sweeping Pacific coastline that stretches from Santa Monica up to Malibu, taking to the skies to see all the major sights of LA by helicopter is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. It’s certainly not cheap…


Mayan Ruins,Tulum, Mexico

The ruins themselves I didn’t find all that interesting, they just don’t compare to the magnificence of Tikal, but the location is incredibly picturesque so it is definitely worth the visit.  Their proximity to Cancun & Playa Del Carmen see they get plenty of visitors….. OK, so it’s pretty much over-run with hordes of tourists…


Swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize

  The weather was less than ideal from the moment I arrived on what can only be described as a Caribbean island paradise off the coast of Belize.   The non stop rain put a bit of a damper on pretty much every outdoor activity, but despite this I headed out as planned for a few…


The Nam Hai, Hoi An Beach, Vietnam

Slated as Vietnam’s premiere luxury resort, The Nam Hai certainly has pretty much attained the right formula. The grounds and rooms are both beautifully designed and practically laid out taking advantage of both classic Vietnamese architecture and the stunning beachfront location.  Each unit is stylishly appointed enjoying ocean views with attentive, well trained staff to…

sailing on jewel coloured waters at Boracay

Boracay – Getting there

Although this was my first visit to the Philippines I can confidently say it won’t be my last.    A huge surprise was just how close it is to Hong Kong.   (My flight from Shanghai to HK was longer than the HK to Manila section.) Flights to Boracay, despite being an easy 1 hour or so…


Margaritas on Boracay

I don’t know if it was the gorgeous sweeping beach views under vibrantly coloured sunset skies, the light balmy sea breeze or the sparkling, clear turquoise waters that lap gently against the shores but the Margaritas at the bar on the far northern end of White Sand Beach were some of best to ever pass…


Philippine Paradise

48 hours ago I lay stretched out on a wonderful, over-sized beach lounge lapping up the pure delight of being in the gorgeous surroundings of White Sand beach in Boracay (Philippines). After yesterdays sensational sunset wedding this morning we have ventured out of the luxury resort environs and moved around the headland to what I…