Oct 102017

The 2017 Hurricane Season has managed to leave a large scar on the Caribbean, as many of its beautiful islands have been ravaged by two major hurricanes – Irma and Maria.  It saddens us deeply to know that so many people have lost their homes and their livelihoods.

Many of our friends have asked how they can help.  To that end, and with her permission, I am sharing a post created by the talented (and super sweet) Chrissann Nickel, founder of the website Women Who Live on Rocks.


Every new photo I see out of the islands that have been ravaged by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria sickens me. Imagining how truly terrified everyone must have been during the storm and the dire situation the survivors are in now makes my soul ache. I wish I could take that pain away from our fellow islanders. I wish I could rescue them from the hell they are living in now. I am at a loss for words. And hurricane season continues to wreak havoc. My heart breaks for all those who experienced Irma and are still there, in need of rescue and basic life services.

I happened to already be away on vacation when the storms hit and have watched this horror from afar. I, like so many others, have lost my home, most of my possessions, and the island life that I loved so much. It is a surreal feeling – knowing that when I closed up my home to leave for vacation, I was walking away from everything I know and cherish. But I am one of the lucky ones. I did not experience that storm and I am safe in the US now.

The islands you love need your help desperately.

If you are a tourist who has ever visited these islands, please help. If you are someone who has ever dreamed of living in “paradise,” please help. If you used to live on an island, please help. If you are a fellow islander, please help.

*photo via Shaun Schroeter on Facebook

People have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their homes, and all of their worldly possessions. They are in need of food, shelter, and evacuation. The situation is immediate and dire. The widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean is unprecedented.

I have tried to compile a list of ways you can help NOW for each of the islands effected. If you have additional organizations that you think need to be shared, please add them in the comments space of this post below or in the comments of the link of this post shared on our Facebook page.

Here is what I have so far, by region:


Caribbean Tourism Organization

Global Giving

Sailors Helping



Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Save the Children

Direct Relief

Samaritan’s Purse

Caribbean Rotary Clubs

Help Resort Staff Throughout the Caribbean

Donate via Apple Store (How To)

Irma Aftermath


All Hands Volunteers

Sandals Foundation

ARK / BWA Aide


Anguilla Go Fund Me

Help Anguilla Rebuild Now

Anguilla Help

Help Rebuild Seaside Stables Anguilla


Halo Foundation – Barbuda Relief Effort

Barbuda Go Fund Me

Barbuda Recovery

Barbuda Hurricane Animals

Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross


Help Cuban Animals


Dominica Go Fund Me

UrtheRootz Mission: Rebuild Dominica


Vieques Love

Vieques Citizens

Puerto Rico Real Time Recovery Fund

NVOAD Volunteers

Save the Children – Puerto Rico

Acacia Puerto Rico

United for Puerto Rico

Friends of Puerto Rico


St. Barth Disaster Relief Fund

St. Barth Go Fund Me

Gustavia Relief Fund


St Maarten Go Fund Me

Rebuild SXM

Dutch Sister Islands Fund

French St. Martin


SXM Paws – Animal Relief Fund

St. Maarten Hurricane Relief


BVI Relief Fund

Virgin Unite Community Support Appeal

Jost Van Dyke Go Fund Me

BVI Government via Pledgeling

Three Sheets Sailing – Accepting Mailed Donations

BVI Go Fund Me

BVI Immediate Relief – You Caring

Virgin Gorda Community – You Caring

Amazon BVI Pets Wish List

JVD Strong

BVI Strong Apparel

Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society

BVI Volunteers


Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

St. John Community Foundation

Virgin Islands Relief

Irma Relief for our Sister Islands

Love for Love City by Kenny Chesney

St. John Rescue

Art for Love City

Gifft Hill School

Tim Duncan VI Relief

USVI “Adopt a Family”

United Way USVI

My Brother’s Workshop

USVI Amazon Wish List

ReVIve the VI

St. John Go Fund Me

Patient Assist VI

USVI Recovery

Animal Evacuation


Turks & Caicos Go Fund Me

Turks & Caicos You Caring

Turks & Caicos Just Giving

Friends of Beaches – Turks & Caicos


Bahamas Humane Society

Bahamas – You Caring

I know this is overwhelming. There are so many places that need help. But contributing literally ANYTHING that you can is what counts. And if you can keep contributing over time (add it to your monthly budget!), that would be even better. Pick one, pick several!

*photo via Brittany Meyers on Facebook

Please share this with everyone that has ever been touched by these beautiful islands – even if it’s just through a screensaver.

Additionally, keeping these islands and their people at the forefront of the media is essential. People quickly forget, but these islands will need help in the long haul. Any news coverage you are able to obtain to feature the islands in need would be incredibly helpful. Think local, think global.

Thank you for caring. The islands will come back to their glory one day. Now’s the time to point them in that direction.

Oct 262013

One of my geekier hobbies is taking aerial photos from the airplane window seat.  I guess you could say I like to photograph things which fall well above, and well below, sea level.

Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie Harbor - cruise ship docs on the lower right

Charlotte Amalie Harbor – cruise ship docks on the lower right

East End, St. Thomas

East End, St. Thomas

Approaching Puerto Rico

Approaching Puerto Rico

If aerial photos are your thing, you might want to check out these posts-

An Aerial Tour of Fiji

Islands from 38,000 Feet

Oct 042013

We recently had a chance to dive Lovango Cay with Low Key Watersports in Cruz Bay, St. John.  Despite the imperfect weather, we had some nice dives with decent visibility.

This dive had a max depth of about 40 feet (12.19 m).  Here is a glimpse of the underwater scenery.

Southern Stingray, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Southern Stingray, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Queen Triggerfish

Queen Triggerfish

Fish Lovango S

Barred Hamlet, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Brittle Star, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Brittle Star, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Squirrelfish Trio

Squirrelfish Trio

Southern Stingray, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Southern Stingray, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Trunkfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Trunkfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Schooling Jacks, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Schooling Jacks, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Trumpetfish Hiding in Sea Fan, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Trumpetfish Hiding in Sea Fan, by Mr. Reeftraveler

Grunt & Squirrelfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler

French Grunt & Squirrelfish, by Mr. Reeftraveler


Apr 052013

During one of my periodic raids of Mr. Reeftraveler’s Lightroom catalogue I came across some previously unpublished (and unedited) shots that I thought were real gems.  These shots were taken while diving with Aqua Action in St. Thomas.

St. Thomas shouldn’t be overlooked as a dive destination.  It’s clear, warm water and easy-to-reach reefs make it a great choice for Caribbean diving.  And as you can see, there is plenty of marine life to see and photograph.

Buried Stingray

Buried Stingray

Gorgeous Queen Triggerfish

Queen Triggerfish



Yellowtail Snapper

Yellow Striped Snapper

All shots above were taken by Mr. Reeftraveler with a Canon S90, Fisheye Fix Housing and Sea & Sea YS-110a strobe.

Jul 182012

Concerned nightwatchman at beach on St. Thomas:  “Be careful going in there at night, it’s dangerous!  You might see sharks or even a barracuda.”

My sister-in-law Suzanne to concerned nightwatchman:  “OK, thank you, but that’s what they are looking for.”

Night Snorkeling at Secret Harbour, St. Thomas

Searching for that shark – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler