Action Asia makes SOPA shortlists

The region's favourite outdoors and adventure travel magazine, Action Asia, was again recognised for its editorial quality at the recent SOPA 2014 awards, being shortlisted for Excellence in Magazine Design and Excellence in Feature Photography. The September/October 2013 issue finished in the top three in the design category, won ultimately by Silverkris magazine; while a photo essay on Siberia's Nenets people by multiple … [Read more...]

The run out to a chunky rapid

Exploring Tajikistan’s whitewater kayaking

Four bemused British kayakers are alternately fleeced by police and smothered in Tajik hospitality. In between, they even manage to paddle some rivers . . . By Dave Burne Another police checkpoint, our fifth involuntary stop within 30 kilometres of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan and the starting point of our trip. The kayaks strapped onto the roof were brashly coloured beacons that highlighted we were foreign, and in the eyes of a … [Read more...]

Chung King Man

Packing for an expedition

We ask three experts for their advice on what to pack for differing but typical backcountry trips in Asia Wander around your local Aladdin’s Cave of outdoors gear and you may be persuaded you need one of everything for your next trip. Almost every piece of gear going has shrunk or got lighter in recent years. What about some extra frills perhaps? An extra jacket, camp stools, a bread maker? Step back. Take a breath. Put down that coffee … [Read more...]

Matana Beach Resort, Fiji

Matana Beach Resort – Dive Kadavu

Matana Beach Resort is a small and friendly resort on Kadavu Island. Located alongside a beautiful all-tide beach and next to a traditional village, we offer a real Fiji experience to divers and non-divers alike. Our PADI dive center Dive KADAVU has access to over 40 dive sites with amazing soft and hard corals and a chance to see manta rays, turtles and sharks. Address: P.O. Box 8, Vunisea, Kadavu Island, Fiji Phone:  (679) 368 … [Read more...]

2013 IKA World Championship

Kiting’s rising stars in podium push

By Ian MacKinnon It was nearly a clean sweep for siblings Erika and Johnny Heineken as the stars of kiteboard course racing came out in China, in the tropical waters off Boao, Hainan on November 18-24, 2013. Erika (USA) was crowned International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) women’s world champion, sealing back-to-back titles with a series of almost flawless performances. Despite varying conditions, from light to moderately heavy airs, she … [Read more...]