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Photo Safari in New York

For me a big part of traveling around the world, beside meeting awesome people in amazing places, is to learn new things. On a beautiful day in May I did a Photo Safari in the Central Park, New York. Wow what a great thing to do.

With 4 other people our photographer teacher (with more than 15 years experience) was explaining us great things about photography and how to improve our compositions. Amazing 2.5 hours tour with a lot of new things to consider when taking pictures!

New York

After more than 3 month without being in a city, fate brought me to New York! What an amazing city over and over again. I love being in Central Park seeing how everything is blooming at spring time. Walking around in the city soaking up the energy and being amazed by the great architecture. What an amazing city πŸ™‚

Waikiki and O’Ahu Island, Hawaii

Waikiki was the start and the end of my Hawaii experience. It’s a very good city to stock up your gears, e.g. snorkel mask, new camera (old camera got to much salt water on the Na Pali Coast) and enjoy the city life. When you get out of the city the true Hawaii begins, with amazing Nature. Here some impressions from Oahu, Hawaii:

Surfing in Hawaii

After surfing in Finland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, I got the chance to surf with Ambrose, a surf guru here in Kaua’i, Hawaii. And what a great surf lesson. After arranging the surf lesson the day before we met at 7am at the beach to check out the weather and he was already starting the surf lesson there, explaining me the weather conditions and a lot of other great life lessons.

Then it was time to find a suitable beach for our surf lesson. And what great waves we found, for my surf abilities: awesome!!! Check out the video and some pictures.

Please support me with a donation for the “Surf for Life” project where I help to build a high school in April 2013 in Nicaragua. Thank you very much for your contribution to this project! More background information can be found here: https://www.surfforlife.org/give/Sven-Koble/

Volcano National Park, Big Island

What an awesome park on Big Island. Great hikes like theΒ Kilauea Iki Trail, including a walk thru Rain forest and a crater. Then seeing lava glowing at night time, a street covered with lava. Just awesome scenery! Here some picture impressions:

Jumping Dolphins in Kaua’i

The Na Pali coast in Kaua’i, Hawaii was the setting for this day. With a sail boat and great crew we went to check out the Na Pali coast. And there was again great encounter with wildlife. First we saw some whales and then some jumping dolphins, awesome! Well although the cruise was great my not water proofed camera did get a bit to much of salt water and stopped working. Here the last pictures with that camera …

Exploring Maui

What an awesome island is Maui. So many things to do: Snorkeling with turtles, Whale watching, Hiking into lava fields, Road trips, Camping, Stand-Up Paddling, Waterfalls, Delicious food, Sunrises.

On the way you meet always amazing people like Rick & Shelley who took me to an amazing snorkel trip with turtles or David with whom I did a two days road trip to Hana and back. Here some impressions from Maui

Snorkeling with turtles

In Maui and on Big Island I got the chance to swim with turtles. Very graceful creatures and very delightful to watch.

On Top Of The World

Together with Adam and Marco who I met in the Hostel in Hilo, I went up to the top of the world, or more precise to Mauna Kea on Big Island, Hawaii. Well first I thought Mt. Everest is the highest mountain on this plant. But little did I know, that they are not only counting the above sea level hight which is 4.207m but also including the parts from the Ocean level and here Mauna Kea wins with 10.200m.

Coming from sea level to 4.207m in a couple of hours was already challenging and I felt a bit dizzy but the view was stunning. With the massive telescopes and a great sunset it felt like a place far away from earth and thus like on top of the world.

Night Snorkel with Manta’s on Big Island

What an amazing encounter with Manta Rays at Kona Coast on Big Island, Hawaii. The boat tour started at 5pm and just before sunset we were at the spot where at night time often Manta Rays go for feeding. Manta Rays are very graceful animals hunting plankton all day and night.

And as plankton likes light we were soon in the water holding onto a surf board with light bulbs attracting plankton which as you can imagine attracted the Manta Rays. And over years the Manta’s have figured out that they can eat the most plankton if they do a roll. Very amazing to see them so close.

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