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Mentawai Surf Trip: Best Surf, Underwater, and Travel Photos

Mentawai Surf Trip: Best of 10 Days on a Private Island

Had the chance to spend an absolutely amazing ten days in the Mentawais this past May. We were staying at Togat Nusa Retreat on Pitojat Island, an incredible surf retreat created by Ainsley and Johnny, who have built everything from scratch using driftwood that washed up on the beach. Most days were spent surfing, but […]

Mentawai Island Aerial Photo Gallery

Aerial Views of the Mentawais: Tropical Panoramas from the Air

The Mentawais of Indonesian Sumatra are some of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Perfect waves, beautiful beaches, more palm trees than people. Had the chance to visit the islands in May, mostly shooting in and around the water but also had a chance to put the DJI Mavic Pro up in the air […]

Togat Nusa: Mentawai Paradise on a Private Island

Togat Nusa: Mentawai Paradise on a Private Island

Have you ever dreamed of living on a private island? I know I have, but it’s a pretty huge leap to make that dream come true. For some inspiration into turning your island dreams into reality look no further than my friends John and Ainsley at Togat Nusa Retreat in the Mentawais of Sumatra. They’ve […]

Mentawai Underwater Waves Photo Gallery

Mentawai Underwater Waves Photo Gallery

Watching waves underwater has always fascinated me. The incredible explosion of water and air, the amazing way the light is bent by the curving ocean. The only problem is that in most surf spots, the water isn’t nearly clear enough to see everything that’s happening beneath the surface. This is DEFINITELY not the case in […]

Mentawai Surf Photos: Perfect Waves at Togat Nusa

Mentawai Surf Photos: Perfect Waves at Togat Nusa

I’ve dreamed about visiting and surfing the Mentawai Islands ever since I arrived in Indonesia ten years ago. So when the invitation came up from Togat Nusa Retreat I jumped at the chance to spend ten days on a private island with an amazing group of friends, surfing and spending pretty much all day in […]

Mentawai Island Life: Boats, Beaches, Rainbows, & Blue Skies

Mentawai Island Life: Boats, Beaches, Rainbows, & Blue Skies

Daily life in the Mentawais follows the rhythm of the sun and moon, the rise and fall of the tide, and the ebb and flow of Indian Ocean swells. When there’s waves it’s crazy busy, when there’s not you have time to try to name every shade of blue you’re seeing at the beach in […]

Highlight Video & Best Photos - Liveaboard Dive trip East of Flores Island, Indoneisa

East of Flores Dive Trip – Video and Best Photos

Standing on the upper deck of the Seven Seas at sunrise on the morning of day two. The first colors of the day are glowing in the east, but the beauty of the Indonesian daybreak is completely eclipsed by the panorama of raw geology we’re all staring at. Komba. The name itself has weight. An […]

East of Flores Underwater Photos: Seven Seas Liveaboard Trip

Underwater Photos East of Flores: Seven Seas Liveaboard Dive Trip

Over the course of our ten day exploration of the islands east of Flores, we were doing three dives per day. With so many opportunities to shoot underwater, I ended up with thousands of new shots from the different coral reefs and coral gardens we visited. From macro shots of the seldom seen rhinopias, wide-angle […]

Aerial Photos - Liveaboard Dive trip East of Flores Island, Indoneisa

Flores From Above: Aerial Panoramas of an Epic Liveaboard Dive Trip

The islands East of Flores look amazing from the air. This gallery includes aerial highlights from the May 2017 dive trip on the Seven Seas. It was the first big trip since I picked up a DJI Mavic Pro drone. Have to say it was great to add a whole new angle to the shots. […]

Island Life East of Flores: Exploring the Cultures from Alor and Beyond

Island Life East of Flores: Lamalera, Alor, Lembata, and Beyond

My first introduction to Indonesia came through the Photovoices International project. Sponsored by National Geographic, the program was designed to document cultures and ways of life from communities in danger of disappearing. The first project focused on the subsistence whalers of Lamalera, who have been hunting sperm whales using handheld spears for at least 500 […]