Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Ross and I had planned quite the six-month backpacking/birding extravaganza, spending four months in Indonesia and following that up with a tour around the Indian Ocean Islands. The last stop on our trip was Madagascar, a place we had definitely been looking forward to. Our goal was to spend 35 days in the country and … Continue reading Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

Next on our agenda? Mauritius -- an island in the Indian Ocean home to some of the rarest species in the world. But getting there was a bit easier said than done! When we arrived at the airport in the Seychelles, the check in line for our next flight was basically out the door. Apparently … Continue reading Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Although the World Health Organization recommended against it, the Seychelles still implemented a travel ban for anyone entering the country via Madagascar. (In case you missed it, there was a bit of a pneumonic plague situation going on.) Uh oh, I had a layover in Madagascar a few days prior! Luckily my layover in the … Continue reading The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Nimbokrang – West Papua – Chasing Dinosaurs

On our flight over to Nimbokrang after the Arfak Mountains, Stephan and Ross prepped Claudia and myself by basically saying how miserable Nimbokrang would be. Apparently the birding is done while walking along muddy, swampy trails that are infested with an abundance of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and weather consisting of extreme heat and 100% humidity. Hell … Continue reading Nimbokrang – West Papua – Chasing Dinosaurs

Arfaks – West Papua – Arrrfakkkk (“White People Walk Into The Forest and Money Comes Out”)

This area of West Papua, The Arfaks Mountains, is world renowned thanks to the likes of David Attenborough narrating about the uniqueness of the area on popular nature documentaries such as The Life of Birds and Planet Earth, where the amazing displays done by the male birds in the area are showcased. It was hard … Continue reading Arfaks – West Papua – Arrrfakkkk (“White People Walk Into The Forest and Money Comes Out”)

Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands

West Papua, while technically part of Indonesia, couldn't be more different than the rest of the country. In fact, when Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch in 1949, the mineral-rich island of Papua was excluded from the deal. It wasn’t until 1963 when then-president Sukarto demanded it, that West Papua actually became a part of … Continue reading Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands