Category: manta rays

Marquesas Islands - diving in Hiva Oa

Marquesas Islands: 5 awesome things to do on a short visit

There was something familiar in the air. Were these green mountains plunging into the Pacific Ocean the only reason I fell for the Marquesas Islands? It could be the Mana Polynesian people often refer to when explaining the strong connection they have with their islands. It translates to force or spirit. Whatever its true nature, the Mana of the Marquesas Islands gave me a

Manta rays diving in Ishigaki Okinawa Japan

10 reasons to go diving in Ishigaki and the Yaeyama Islands

At 1,956 km from Tokyo, Ishigaki is closer to Taiwan than to its own country’s mainland. The “stone wall island” is the gateway to the archipelago it forms with the islands of Iriomote, Taketomi, Hateruma, Kuroshima and Yonaguni. Ishigaki and the Yaeyama Islands are part of the Okinawa Prefecture, but the vibe here differs. It would be understandable to explore Okinawa Honto (the main

Night dive with manta rays Kona Hawaii

Manta ray night dive in Kona, Hawaii

I heard and read many stories on how Kona became such a famous place about diving with manta rays at night, becoming a bucket-list dive for adventurous scuba divers worldwide. While I think the island of Maui is a better choice for avid scuba divers, Big Island is getting all the spotlight with the manta ray night dive in Kona. In any case, floodlights

Scuba diving in Komodo

How I unexpectedly ended scuba diving in Komodo, Indonesia

For my first trip to Indonesia, I initially only had in mind a road trip around Bali. Yet, this is how the magic starts within a journey: when you let enough space for spontaneous adventures.  After one month in Indonesia, I actually discovered more of Indonesia beyond Bali with a trip to Flores Island where I went scuba diving in Komodo National Park. Planning