Surfing & Diving : Article

Mexico

Swimming with sea lions in Mexico

Jocelyn Pride The soft eyes of sea lion pups peer up, beckoning me to come and play.

Galapagos

Diving Galapagos Islands: Truly, madly, deeply

galapagos islands

Ben Groundwater Galapagos is a well-known story. Underwater it is a new, thrilling chapter, writes Ben Groundwater.

Surfing

Surfing: Five more no-boys-allowed surf and yoga retreats

Maid in the Shade.

Nina Karnikowski Escape Haven runs luxury week-long surf and yoga retreats exclusively for women in Bali, Byron Bay and Sagres, Portugal.

Bali

Bali, Indonesia: Goddess for a week

Surf Goddess Retreat, Seminyak, Bali.

Sarah Whyte Rediscover your inner zen at this Balinese retreat for women, writes Sarah Whyte.

Queensland

Marooned by choice

Reefworld pontoon

Andrew Taylor From all angles, stunning is the word, writes Andrew Taylor.

Pacific Islands

Wide blue yonder

Micronesia

Lance Richardson explores nations rich in culture, charm and conflict as he hops over a key expanse of the Pacific.

USA

Little rays of sunshine

Mantas in Hawaii

Katrina Lobley finds herself in the midst of an underwater ballet while swimming with the manta rays of Kona.

Western Australia

Catch my drift

Broome, Western Australia.

Fleur Bainger cruises 12 hours west of Broome to one of the world's most pristine marine parks.

New Zealand

Surf's up in ski town

Queenstown

Craig Tansley climbs on board a helicopter for Queenstown's new attraction - to surf the west coast and ski powder snow in the mountains all in one day.

Victoria

Fragments of the recent past loom out of bay's shallow waters

SS Launceston

Darren Gray Despite being shallow, Port Phillip Bay is home to an estimated 170-180 shipwrecks.

South Africa

Pursuit of the perfect wave

Best on board ... Surfing at Jeffreys.

Sam Vincent experiences legendary surf breaks and epic bungee-jumping in South Africa's Eastern Cape.

Fiji

Teenage castaway

Fiji reef swimming.

Nicola Walker and her extended family, including a reluctant nephew, find a week's holiday in Fiji is barely enough.

Queensland

Going gaga for the lady

Lady Musgrave Island

Keith Austin falls hard for Queensland's Lady Musgrave Island and its nearby towns of Agnes Water and 1770.

Singapore

Singapore ... for diving - no, really!

Diving at Palau Hantu, Singapore.

Andrew Taylor Pulau Hantu is not quite the tropical idyll one expects in south-east Asia.

NSW

Fins without the finale

Shellharbour diving.

Ben Stubbs gets close to diverse marine life in Shellharbour, including a denizen of the deep.

Islands

Lost horizons

Cocos Islands.

It’s a seemingly idyllic paradise where the living is so laid-back it creates a dreamlike reality all its own.

Palau

Adventures in blue

Palau

Lee Atkinson faces her underwater fears swimming with sharks and jellyfish in Palau, one of the world's most beautiful underwater destinations.

Tasmania

Southern breaks

Armed with surfboard and wetsuit, Sam Vincent surveys the island state’s perfect waves.

NSW

What lies beneath

Under the sea exploring the wreck of HMAS Adelaide.

Daniel Scott surveys the state's underwater destinations.

Indonesia

'Last paradise on earth' on our doorstep, under threat

Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia.

Huts on stilts perch above the coral of the turquoise lagoon, hammocks awaiting a lazy siesta and sunset cocktails. The Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat is a living Eden. But for how long?