BOCAS DEL TORO

17 01 2011

Bocas Del Toro is an amazing part of Panama. Up in the North West corner of the Carribean sea the area is made up of a cluster of nine small islands. Isla Colon (Main Island) is rife with backpackers mostly in transit for a week at a time, or surfers taking advantage of the swell in the Carribean that lasts from December through March.

Water taxis set you back about a $2 per trip to one of the main breaks and neighbouring islands. Locals will also take you to further away secluded islands for anything up to $20 each for the day, pack an esky and your only worry is boredom!

We have been surfing most days with two decent reefs either a short boat or taxi away and another couple of beach breaks also on offer. The crowds are manageable and the first decent swell we got three days ago was in the 4-6ft range and great fun. Carls is loving her new board acquired in Hawaii.

Zapatilla Island - 20mins Boat from Bocas

Carribean Waters

Driftwood on Zappatia

Tree growing from Jungle into water

Small island beach sports.

More island sports..... Love being bored.

Jungle Fever

The Crazy Bull.... plenty of options in Bocas.

Bar Mondo Taitu - Panama, or Turkey?

Night Boats to secluded island house Party

On Ryan’s last night with us in Bocas we were told of a party being thrown by locals on a nearby island. A twenty minute boat ride through darkness with our way being lit by mobile phone light, brought us to a house party that was worthy of an MTV film clip.

About 300 travelers, a pool, cash bar, DJ’s, sound and lighting setups and boats coming and going long into the night from the private wharf was a fairly impressive effort.

Mental House Party at island off Bocas

Strobes

The House.

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Panama City & Canal Tour

7 01 2011

We hope you all had a fun and safe New Years, and those of you that are still on holidays are enjoying them! We have left the easy travelling of the states behind us and are now piecing together our non-existent Spanish through the start of our trip in Central America.

A couple of days in Panama City, between dodging holes in the footpaths and falling debris from building sites, has taken us through the crumbling colonial old section of the city, and to the nearby jungles of the Panama Canal.

City Skyline

Statue Old Panama City


Church Arch Old Panama City


Graffiti Old Panama city

Old Building


Street Soccer Old Panama City


Church Square


Beer prices a little steep.


Old mate pescado


Street styles Panama City

With Captain “Jungle Man” Carl at the helm we spent a day exploring the Panama Canal by boat and kayak. An impressive engineering feat built 100 years ago sees 14000 ships pass through its locks each year. Each ship being charged a minimum of $20000 US, and 85 million gallons of fresh water is discharged for each ships pass.

Jungle Land!


Jungle on the canal


The 3 toed sloth!


Two iguanas having a laugh.


Turtle sunning


Wild Monkeys boarded boats for peanuts.


2 Toed Sloth! Apparently a rare find.


Jungle Hawk with red eyes.


Crazy little dude.


Anna with baby Boa


Carlie with Boa


My Mate


Jungle Carl trying to scare an Auzzie.


Car Carrier passing from Carribean to Pacific

After a 10 hour overnight bus and boat transfers we have reached Bocas Del Toro. Bocas is a popular backpacker destination on the Carribean side of western Panama and yes there are waves in the Carribean!

The Girls at work.


PERFECT 10.





LAS VEGAS

4 01 2011

Sin City, what can we say, or should it be what cant we say! The last few days have been a truly memorable New Years experience (thank god for the photos) that we were lucky enough to share with our good friends Anna, Ryan, Amanda, Hoffy, Sam and Beaker.

Congratulations Hoff and Amanda on your recent Engagement and thanks for letting us all share the celebrations with you!!! You Rock!

Vegas is a a truly mental city and didn’t disappoint. From $20 all you can eat buffets to free drinks at any casino as long as you have $20 in the pokes or are sitting on a table, the place is constantly buzzing with every kind of head under the sun!

Thanks Gene for our backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. A great experience being able to see what makes Vegas’s most successful show tick over.

Planet Hollywood


The Strip


The Bellagio


"O" at the Bellagio


Annie & Carls


Dinner at the Bellagio


Girls ready to hit the town!!


The Recently engaged couple!


Vodka Slurpees!


The old boy has a street!


Rain Nightclub Girls.


Crazy Pink Gimp Guy!! Headlamp Guru!


Acrobat Chicks!


Another Ugly Vegas Girl.



More Craziness..


Hmmmmmmm??


Rain Nightclub NYE





PIPE FINALS

18 12 2010

Well its all done and dusted, Parko takes the triple crown for a third year in a row, Steph Gilmore the womens’s dual and unfortunately Kieran Perrow missed out in the final to the first ever European winner of the Pipe Masters. Jeremy Flores the 20 yr old from Reunion Island France.





Surfangle Photography

12 12 2010

Below are some images taken over the last couple of days by Judy Scanlon. Judy is a surf photographer and enthusiast from Anglsea Victoria and has been staying with us on the North Shore. To see more of Judy’s shots keep an eye on Coastalwatch website and I have attached her site to the links.





2010 PIPE MASTERS

10 12 2010




MAUI

30 11 2010

Leaving Maui in two days, great island with plenty to do. Hiked into a dormant volcano, dove a volcanic island reef, drank $1 happy hour Mai Tai’s, and ate Huli Huli chickens, all on a shoestring! Enjoy.

Haleakala Trip

Sunrise at 8000ft

Huli Huli Chicken!!

Small day at Honolua Bay

Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!!

Bloody Yanks.

Arrived in Maui three days ago, its the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a totally different vibe to Kauai. We headed North west to a town called Hana. Hana is on the windy side of the island so no surfing for now.

The road to Hana is famous for the coastal drive through jungles and past waterfalls, it also goes past the tow-in wave JAWS. Yesterday we went to the Haleakala National Park and hiked a 6km trail through a bamboo forest to the Wailua Falls. Pretty epic stuff hearing bamboo belting together in the wind as you cruise through, and being able to watch fresh water meet the ocean. Enjoy the pics.

Giddy-Up!!!

Falling Water.

Mrs Fountain does the Wailua Falls

Bamboo stuff!

Big Crazy Tree.

Cool

Maybe a two and half pike????


Locals told us a tourist drowned the day we arrived