There’s islands and there’s mountains and usually when you’re planning a trip you decide between the two of them. it’s either the ocean and sandy beaches that you find comfort in or it’s peaks and ruggedness you crave. on the island of oa pou, the highest of the pillars, mont oave, stretches over 4000ft above sea level and really makes it hard to understand which type of vacation you’re on. boundaries are meant to be crossed, and between palm trees, bat rays, and summits, this place in the middle of the pacific ocean blurred the lines between what i thought island life was all about.
Spent the past couple days test driving the all new @mazdausa 3 in snowy tahoe. despite 20ft of snow in the area, having all-wheel drive made getting to spots effortless and we sure had fun letting loose on the mountain roads. more pics and a video to come from this fun weekend!#mazda3awd #sponsored
Swipe through to get a sense of scale at this wild place. for years i’ve been hoping to visit teahupo’o and even though the waves weren’t huge, it was fun venturing around and seeing the wild color variations as the ocean shelf drops off. we spent the day taking a little boat up the coast and made some time to swim around before a beautiful sunset paired with poisson cru. a perfect day in tahiti if you ask me 😎
One of the most magical places i’ve been in this world, full of life in the lagoon and color everywhere. the rising sun brings energy to the reef each morning and you can’t help but feel a rush as you start the day. after visiting last year, i made my way back to @conradboraboranui for some more time in the water. the diversity of islands in french polynesia is something that has always drawn my interest and life in the ocean is so beautiful in a heathy ecosystem. from the orange glow that starts the day to the moment the sun dips into the horizon, it’s hard to not fall in love with the beauty this island glows with.
Early morning, somewhere between a dream and reality. it always feels like the ocean has a natural pull on me. i’ve spent my fair share of days staring out at the horizon to clear my head. in moments of pure ease and relaxation, where does your mind drift? maybe it’s to a familiar place or person who brings you comfort. paddling over the crystal clear lagoon at sunrise and a rainbow appears. the melodic sound of the tide rolling in and out. it was almost too perfect. the beauty here at @conradboraboranui is hard to put into words, but somewhere between the bottom of the lagoon and the tips of the clouds always brings a sense of comfort 🌈
This world never ceases to amaze me. after months of planning, finally stepped foot on the island of ua pou. @kayrubes1 @robstrok @enesbeck and i spent sunrise trying to get a better view of the incredible peaks that make this island so unique and mystifying. as comforting and easy as it is planning trips to popular destinations, it’s hard to beat the thrill of stepping into new terrain. the couple thousand inhabitants spend their days fishing, farming, and welcomed us into their homes for incredible food and storytelling. trips like these are irreplaceable and are one of the things i value most about this job ❤️
Where to even begin with the marquesas islands...an isolated island chain i never knew existed until last year. after falling in love after my visit last summer, i knew i had to find my way back to get a new take on this place with peaks erupting so uniquely out of each island. the locals have so much character and love for their home, can’t wait to share more from my experience here.
One of my favorite parts of new zealand was tucked far away from the well known mt. cook national park and the busy tourism in milford sound. it was along the west coast in punakaiki, a beautiful stretch of beaches with rolling waves and no one in sight. it was a welcoming feeling, a reminder of california even though i was thousands of miles away. you often search for new experiences and feelings when planning a trip to an undiscovered destination, but it’s always nice finding something that reminds you of the place you call home.
Watched in awe as the first morning light illuminated the peaks in milford sound and bring some much needed warmth to the cool channel. we were blessed with clear skies and friendly dolphins by our side as we cruised our way up the sound. it’s a bit of a journey to get there, but what a magical place to spend the day. here’s a few highlights from the day on the water with @southerndiscoveries.
Venturing along the southern coast of new zealand has rewarded us with some natural wonders unlike any i’ve seen. cathedral caves, reaching as tall as 100ft in height, are among the tallest sea caves in the world and form an interconnected web. always love finding these gems hidden far away from other popular tourist spots in the country 🐾
It may have been a little too ambitious setting off on a 10 mile sunset hike after a morning of rain. we probably should have started earlier so we didn’t spend the last mile running to the summit before the sun set. the wind was rough but somehow when it was all said and done, there we were. sunset to ourselves overlooking one of the most beautiful views in new zealand. it’s exactly the moment you’re looking for when you fly halfway around the way to experience something you’ve never felt before. the way down in the dark was pretty painful but it didn’t even matter. that night was one for the books @waterproject.
Meet hillary, a 1996 land rover defender from @gritrentals who has become our trusted companion on this trek through new zealand. the roads here are lined with golden hills, curves, and the occasional group of sheep blocking the way. what better way to learn stick shift then hopping in and heading out on a 1500 mile journey 😂. first thing i learned was to not to stop on a hill. more to come from this wild trip!