Stranded in “paradise” on Maratua island!

click here When we were meticulously planning our travels around Borneo, I never imagined I’d end up writing a post about the time we were marooned on an island for the day! I think I now know where the saying “only in Indonesia” comes from… It all started at the end of our scuba diving trip. We

Scuba diving on Derawan, Kakaban and Sangalaki islands.

http://aokstudios.com/2014/10/hello-world/ We spent 4 days diving with Scuba Junkie Sangalaki on Indonesian Borneo’s “Derawan islands” and I can’t even begin to express how special this area is. I love following their story on social media as they are always posting about new wildlife they have encountered; from hammerheads and oceanic mantas, to dugongs and pygmy seahorses.

That time when we stayed in an over-the-water bungalow for less than $100 per night!

My Mum and Dad have recently booked a holiday to the Maldives (so jealous!) and whilst we were admiring, and looking gob-smacked, at the outrageous prices of the over-the-water bungalows, it reminded me just how lucky we were on our recent trip to Borneo. I still can’t quite believe that we were treated to world-class,

Swimming in Kakaban island’s stingless jellyfish lake!

We weren’t only excited to go to Kakaban for the incredible diving; this island also boasts one of the world’s most unique safety stops; the stingless jellyfish lake. After battling through the rain for an hour we made it to the magnificent Kakaban island. Despite the choppy seas, our first dive here was absolutely incredible

Scuba diving Komodo National Park, Flores

Rated one of the top dive spots in the world; with some of the best corals and marine life, we were so excited to dive Komodo. Having recently dived in the Gili islands and Nusa Lembongan, we were already sold on the amazing quality of Indonesian diving slightly but slightly worried that we were not

My scuba diving top tips

I love scuba diving and having dived in Turkey, Cuba, Thailand (Koh Tao) and Indonesia (the Gili islands and Komodo), clocking in around 35 dives. However, I have begun to feel the more I learn, the less I know! My parents encouraged me to start scuba diving whilst on holiday in Turkey when I was 16 and being a keen

Diving in the Gili islands

After diving in Koh Tao I was completely in awe of the amazing corals and underwater life that Thailand had to offer, however diving around the Gili islands was on another level! Although the Lombok straight has a history of dynamite fishing, the Gili’s are working hard to restore the reef and the marine life is