Life is in the deatil

Head to Ningaloo Reef off the west coast of Australia. I swam with an eight metre whale shark and manta rays, and it truly changed the direction of my life forever.

Liz - Original Diver


Liz Catchpole

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Western Australia, Thailand and Far East.

My travels


Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Dive Silfra in Iceland. A dive site that sits between the American and European tectonic plates with the clearest and freshest water you could imagine.
  • Dive the 'Green Lake' in Austria. A small lake in winter but come spring, the melting glaciers spill over the lake-sides and it becomes an underwater park for divers, with park benches, bridges, trees, flowers and footpaths.
  • Climb a mountain - Kilimanjaro maybe!
  • The Rickshaw Challenge or something as equally crazy.
  • Hot air balloon ride into the sunset

Best Moments

  • Sitting in the door way of an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with the early morning sun rising through the trees of the jungle, breathing in the fresh air, watching the front of the train slowly curve round a corner and feeling totally alive.
  • Experiencing the many sunsets over the ocean from various parts of the world, sipping on a cocktail or nice cold beer with friends from all walks of life.
  • Hanging out with the 'Orangutans' (the man of the forest) in Sepilok, Borneo. They have an amazing rehabilitation centre that takes in all Orangutans that have been made homeless or ill treatment due to Palm oil plantations destroying their homes and being captured.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Seeing first-hand the devastation and pollution that the world is encountering due to the hands of humans.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Sole travelling on an overnight bus from Semporna, Borneo up to Kota Kinabalu and being the only foreigner on the bus. Having fair skin and blonde hair brought some added attention, luckily all friendly and mainly just staring. Half way through the journey at the only major interchange in Sabah province some official police looking men came on the bus with guns in their hands counting all passengers and semi searching the bus. A little fear did creep over me at this stage I must admit and I held my breath until they left the bus. I don't think I slept a wink on the whole journey and was very pleased to arrive in Kota Kinabalu early that morning.

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