I try not to get too excited about any of the locations on our itinerary. Most of them are places I haven’t been to in the past, just like our guests. But I’ve found if you allow yourself to romanticize and dream too much, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Readers might recall this was the case with Myanmar, where the guidebooks and the crazy costs to get there conspired into hype which got the better of me (see “Long Days in a Strange Land“). So as we sailed, well motored west from Myanmar across the Bay of Bengal to the Andaman Islands I left the guidebooks on their shelves, and kept my mind buried in the engine rooms, which needed attention, rather than the horizon.
Burma, or Myanmar is very, very difficult to sail due to the time consuming and exhorbitant expense of obtaining permits. Our hope was that this meant we’d be sailing an area that was pristine and wild. We find it anything but.
We celebrate the New Year with a full moon for company in the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.
A rough and extremely scary solo passage through two of the busiest shipping routes on earth puts skipper Gavin McClurg through the ultimate test.
Come aboard the Best Odyssey with superstar Ben Wilson for the swell of the decade in Sumbawa.
Scoring wind and waves in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago…
Finding unsurfed and unkited waves takes a lot of homework and plenty of planning, but we’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years and on this trip it pays off in the heart of Indonesia in spades. Join the Best Odyssey with John Amundson on board as we hit a mother of a good swell.
We take a long stop in the island nation of Palau and find some amazing wonders
Visit the wonders of the rock island by helicopter and the amazing pelagics of the deep in the wonderland that is palau.
Join the crew from Best Kiteboarding in this wild swing around the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia