From the Sea

Safety at Sea for Coastal Cruisers

When sailors talk about safety, we tend to focus on the gear that might save us: life jackets, an EPIRB, flares and life rafts. All these items are essential afloat, but for me, the most important thing you can take to sea is a really sound boat. Filling your emergency..... . .

Heading offshore?  Get your boat Aussie-registered in 5 easy steps

You’ve got dreamy tropical isles on your mind, but before the offshore adventure can begin there’s a slightly baffling bureaucratic process to navigate. The first step for any locally registered Australian-owned boat is to get yours on the Australian Registrar of Ships..... . .

Cruising Indonesia: Don’t set sail without these 7 things.

If Indonesia is new to you, it’s difficult to know just what you’ll need, want and wish for once you start cruising here. A year into our second Indonesian sailing adventure, these are the items we stocked up on before checking in: everything from spare..... . .

Catamaran on beach

How to buy a boat

8 ways to get your dream boat sooner You’re in the market for the perfect boat. You’re scrolling through online sites, you’ve got boat brokers searching too, and you’ve advertised your wish list on sailing forums, hoping to get the leap on boats yet to hit the market..... . .

Maratua Island – Indonesia’s Paradise Found

Snorkelling along the edge of the reef, Maratua’s sheer wall of coral disappears into the blue, a swirling mass of tropical fish dazzling me at every turn. Suddenly the turtles sense my presence and peel off the wall in synchronised succession, one, two, three….I..... . .

Underwater statue s Gili Meno Indonesia

The Gili Islands: Bali’s best escape

Why we love the Gili Islands As Bali’s most popular island escape, the northern Gili Islands’ trio of tropical isles – each with a distinctly different personality – is where travellers find their perfect fit. Each island caters for a different kind..... . .

Sea Kayaking the Dampier Archipelago

Midway up Australia’s rugged western coastline, beyond the rusty ironstone hills of the Burrup Peninsula, Flying Foam Passage leads boaties into an archipelago of reef-fringed islands to snorkel, fish and camp in solitude. Clustered in a 45km-radius from land and..... . .