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Ponza Island — The Isle of Circe the Sorceress

X-Ray Magazine article |  
The power of the island of Ponza lies in its ability to preserve an intangible aura of magic, which nature has given it, in the marriage of heaven and earth, water and fire, in the racing of land and sea after each other, relentlessly.

Indonesia's Gorontalo

X-Ray Magazine article |  
Barely beaten tracks are an increasingly rare find for travellers in this ever more accessible world. Yet on the shores of Tomini Bay on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, one such place still exists.
60 - May 2014 | Indonesia's Gorontalo

Washington State's Hood Canal

X-Ray Magazine article |  
Over ten years have past since my last dive in Hood Canal. I’m not sure why, probably because I’ve been so focused on exploring the pristine waters of British Columbia that the extra effort of driving so far south has always deterred me. But when Adventures Down Under, a dive shop in Bellingham, invited me to join their group for a Hood Canal dive charter, I was too curious to say anything but yes.
59 - Mar 2014 | Hood Canal

South Africa: Sardine Run & Cage Diving

X-Ray Magazine article |  
The world in one country is an oft-used quote to describe South Africa and is not unwarranted. Along with dramatic scenery and a rich cultural heritage, it is a nation renowned for its diversity of ecosystems and wildlife.
59 - Mar 2014 | South Africa

Miskito Cays

X-Ray Magazine article |  
Following six flights, two nights and a 30-hour boat trip, I found myself approaching a relatively uncharted group of small coral cays about 60km off the northeast coast of Honduras, not far from the Nicaraguan border.
59 - Mar 2014 | Miskito Cays

Solomon Islands — Diving New Georgia

X-Ray Magazine article |  
Like a series of random punctuation marks, the many islands of the Solomons archipelago lay along the southern section of the Pacific Ring of Fire, in between the countries of Papua New Guinea to the north, and Vanuatu to the south.
58 - Jan 2014 | Diving New Georgia

Diving Indonesia’s Bunaken

X-Ray Magazine article |  
We’re swimming fast. Too fast for my liking. I’m taking heaving gulps, and I know my tank won’t last very long if we don’t slow down soon. Just as I’m about to stop and risk losing my group, we hear a rapid series of bangs coming from our dive boat in the distance. Our guide, a lithe Indonesian with pistons for legs and bottomless iron lungs, points into the blue and somehow quickens his pace.
58 - Jan 2014 | Bunaken

Cuba — Photojournal

X-Ray Magazine article |  
The Cuban government is environmentally minded. In 1996, the 837-square-mile marine area and archipelago of Gardens of the Queen located south of the main island of Cuba became a no-take reserve—the largest in the Caribbean—and in 2010 was designated a national park.
58 - Jan 2014 | Cuba Photojournal

Cuba Gardens of the Queen

X-Ray Magazine article |  
As the wheels touched down at Havana’s International airport, the plane erupted with cheers and applause. Many of the passengers on board had waited years, if not decades, to return home and visit relatives in Cuba. As part of a small group of Americans visiting for the first time, I knew immediately that we were in for a special treat.
58 - Jan 2014 | Cuba

Madagascar — Diving Sinkholes & Caves on the Mahafaly Plateau

X-Ray Magazine article |  
Stretching west and north of the Isalo Ranges, the Mahafaly Plateau runs like a dragon’s tongue to the very tip of Madagascar’s southwest coast. This is a remote country in the Great South, where numerous historical shipwrecks have lain below the waves since the 16th century.
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