Life is in the detail

I've found liveaboard diving to be one of the best (and sometimes only) way to access remote dive sites. I still dream of waking up at sea every morning with nothing on my to-do list except dive and eat. In my experience, liveaboard crews are so welcoming and hospitable and can make you feel right at home, even if you're far away.

Rachel - Original Diver

Rachel Gaw

Rachel Gaw

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Mexico, Bahamas, Madagascar, Malta and Gozo.

My travels

Raja Ampat

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Count as many species as possible scuba diving in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world - Raja Ampat.
  • Drive over the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.
  • See humpback whales underwater on a liveaboard expedition from the Socorro Islands of Mexico
  • Meet marine iguanas in The Galapagos.
coral spawning

Best Moments

  • Hiking and camping in Isalo National Park in Madagascar. After a magical day of hiking surrounded by sandstone plateaus and canyons, exploring dense forests and visiting waterfalls we camped overnight. We woke up and our tent was surrounded by lemurs. They're distinct call made a very effective alarm clock.
  • Witnessing a coral spawning event in Mexico. I was guiding a dive and noticed what looked like smoke pouring out the barrel sponges. The eggs that were being released dusted the reef in "snow". It was like a clip from a national geographic documentary! A surreal and exciting experience.
  • Exploring one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Driving into the jungle for the first time and jumping into a cenote to discover an ancient world of stalactites, stalagmites and columns all in pristine visibility was incredible. Seeing the cone-like formations of 'Hells Bells' in Cenote Zapote was an alien experience!
  • When I was at school, I was involved in Beijing School exchange. I'll never forget exploring some of the city's most amazing landmarks such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and The Great Wall with some of my closest friends.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • I was on a jungle trek in Northern Thailand and had a very sharp pain in my lower abdomen. Turns out it was an appendicitis. I got through the trek and quickly travelled to Chaing Mai for medical support. Thankfully, my insurance covered everything and I made a speedy recovery so I could continue my travels!
diver and coral

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • I once received a tour of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by two local hospital staff in their ambulance! The tour included the local port, a monkey sanctuary and a stop for sugar-cane juice. It must have been a slow work day.

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