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1 day ago

After eight weeks in the Maldives, I can easily say Dhigurah Island in the southern part of Ari Atoll was my favorite stop.  What made it so wonderful?  It’s a little bit of all the best in the Maldives. Tourism in the Maldives is HUGE, but much of it is private island resorts.  There are pros...

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4 days ago

One of the things I have always loved about cruising is that we go to places that are very hard or impossible for a normal tourist to visit.  For example, Beveridge Reef or the Lau Group of Fiji.  In planning our Indian Ocean crossing, we had one special stop that we set our sights on: Chagos. About...

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7 days ago
Sailing in Indonesia is always an adventure. If we're not dodging fishing boats and FADs, apparently we need to keep an eye out for waterspouts! We had a couple water spouts form way too close for comfort on our sail over to Belitung. Fortunately, we escaped without any incident but it's not an experience we want to go through again! Thanks for watching! (Footage from October 2018) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
8 days ago

Years of planning, outfitting, and cruising around the world will come to a finale in less than one year.  That year is going to go by so fast, and before you know it, we will be in the Caribbean, crossing our wake.  We are estimating to be there in April of 2020. As the date approaches, we are gett...

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11 days ago

Despite trying to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo, and actively looking for them while sailing up Southeast Asia, I never managed to get a swim in with these amazing animals.  While, yes, technically I did swim with one in the Maldives, it wasn’t quite the experience I was hoping for. In Ar...

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14 days ago

It all started with a little congestion in my ear. I first noticed it while snorkeling off Rasfari Island with our friends on Slow Flight.  We were looking for the manta ray cleaning station that was supposedly in this area.  I didn’t feel the pain until I tried to dive down and discovered my ...

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18 days ago
In Malay, orang means "person" and utan is derived from hutan, meaning "forest." So orangutan is literally translated as "person of the forest." Orangutans are the only great apes of Asia and there was no way were were going to pass up seeing them while we were sailing in Indonesia. We left Starry Horizons in Kumai on the Indonesian side of Borneo in order to take a 2 night river tour deep into the rain forest of Tanjung Puting National Park. We were there for the orangutans, but we also saw lots of other wildlife, including several other types of monkeys and a night trek where we captured the only known footage of a Flat Headed Cat kitten in the wild. So cool! Thanks for watching! (Footage from October 2018) If you're interested in learning more about Orangutans and the work Dr. Galdikas is doing to help them, please visit Orangutan Foundation International: https://orangutan.org/ Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
19 days ago

The Maldives may be known for its beautiful water and luxury resorts, but there are still pockets of important Maldivian culture to be found if you know where to look.  We found one of these on Thulhaadhoo Island, a small part of the Baa Atoll in the northwest Maldives. Trade with mainland Asia, and...

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21 days ago

A small atoll in the Maldives named Dholhiyadhoo was set to be the home of a new, luxury resort in the Maldives from the same company that built the Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Maldives.  The project was slated to be finished with a grand opening in 2011.  However, someone defaulted on the loan, and this ...

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25 days ago

Most of the tourism in the Maldives is all-inclusive resorts or liveaboard dive boats.  There are definitely some benefits of the tourism industry here, such as the government requiring resorts to employ a certain percentage of locals or the tourism industry boosting the economy.  The Maldives went ...

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28 days ago
It's time for some real talk. Sailing in Indonesia is not very fun or very easy. And here's why: There are fish attraction devices (FADs) everywhere, including in extremely deep water, they don't have lights and you can't see them on radar. And if you're not worried about hitting a random FAD, you have all the fishing boats to contend with. They are EVERYWHERE and have no regard for the "rules of the road" or proper navigational lights. If you manage to stay clear of everything, you still have the wind to contend with. Since you're close to the equator, the winds are light to begin with and then the tall volcanic islands exert their strange influence. This passage from Bali to Borneo had a bit of it all, but fortunately, even though the sailing itself isn't great, what awaits on land helps make up for it! Thanks for watching! (Footage from October 2018) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
29 days ago

Exercise has always been a part of our lives so it would make sense that we would exercise onboard Starry Horizons.  However, it’s taken over four years to develop some good habits and settle into an exercise routine. Before Cruising Back in land life, David and I both had gym memberships to o...

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1 month ago

Our AIS (Automatic Identification System) is one of our favorite electronics on the boat.  It helps us make better navigational decisions, especially in high traffic areas or ship channels.  However, while cruising through South East Asia, we encountered a lot of fishing boats that did not have AIS ...

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1 month ago

Rain and fog greatly reduce visibility and increase the risk of a collision while boating.  Thankfully, your radar has built-in features you can use to “see” through the rain better and avoid a deadly mistake. While sailing around in the Maldives, we were near our friends Slow Flight and...

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1 month ago
What's not to love about Bali? It really does have it all. We had some good sailing, went and dove a WWII wreck, hiked some secret waterfalls, visited a Balinese temple on a lake, flew a drone over some gorgeous rice fields and celebrated Amy's birthday. All in one week! The only thing better? Experiencing Bali with friends. Fortunately, we got to share it with some awesome ones from Sailing Catalpa and 22 South. Life is pretty good in Bali! Thanks for watching! (Footage from September/October 2018) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
1 month ago

We frequently get asked about how insurance works out here.  How do we insure our boat? What restrictions do you have on your boat insurance? My boat insurance policy is going up 200%, help me! When we moved aboard Starry Horizons, we wanted to sail the boat across the Atlantic with just the two of ...

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1 month ago

Snorkeling is one of our absolute favorite activities when we are cruising.  When the water is clear, I like to get in at least every other day for a snorkel.  It’s great exercise and exposes us to the marine wildlife around us.  Since we’ve been cruising for almost 5 years, we’ve ...

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1 month ago

In October, our friends on S/V Blowing Bubbles were in a major accident in Indonesia.  Kyle was evacuated to Singapore, where they received a $78,000 medical bill. We’ve had small medical bills here and there in our four years of travel.  Many of them have been for care that we felt was good, ...

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1 month ago
A word of advice. It's perhaps not the best idea to take two ladies on a sailing passage that turns into a tough upwind bash. Especially when it's the first time one of them has ever sailed overnight! Our friend Sara had a flight to catch on the island of Lombok so we had watched the weather carefully looking for nice, easy sailing conditions. We thought we'd found a great window and set off on a two night sail, only for the wind to accelerate between the islands and come straight on the nose. Sara was a good sport, but everyone on board was uncomfortable as we bashed through the waves. Starry Horizon held up well and got us into Lombok without any issues, though I think Sara was super happy to see dry land! Once we said goodbye to Sara, we attended the opening of a kindergarten school that had been built by cruisers. This was a project spearheaded by our friends in an effort to help the local community recover from a 7.0 earthquake that had absolutely devastated the island. It was a very emotional day and we were so proud to see the cruising community do what they could to help people who had lost so much. You can check out 22 South's full video of the project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bYq8ksKmMs Thanks for watching! (Footage from September 2018) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
1 month ago

I wrote a while back about unboxing my new Drift Paddleboards I got in Australia and taking them for a spin.  Since then, I’ve had a blast paddleboarding with the Gemini Twins (or the singular, Lord and Lady Gemini) all over Southeast Asia. However, after my first few paddles, I learned quite ...

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