Jon Bowermaster

What better setting to contemplate slowing life down and creating a more sustainable co-existence between man and the planet than a remote island where five-foot-long monitor lizards lazily cross dirt roads and armies of cicadas function as nature’s wake-up call? The Slow Life Foundation held its fourth Slow Life Symposium in just such a paradise, on Koh...

What better setting to contemplate slowing life down and creating a more sustainable co-existence between man and the planet than a remote island where five-foot-long monitor lizards lazily cross dirt roads and armies of cicadas function as nature’s wake-up call? The Slow Life Foundation held its fourth Slow Life Symposium in just such a paradise, on Koh...

Drake Passage — Ever since sailing men first proved the world was not flat they have been cursing the weather conditions at Cape Horn and the Drake Passage that lies below, separating South America from Antarctica. Everyone from Sir Francis Drake, for whom the windy passage is named, to Captain Bligh, who fought into the...

We are once again off for the Antarctic Peninsula, this time armed with 3D cameras. Production of “Wild Antarctica 3D” begins when we sail away from Ushuaia, Argentina, on New Year’s Day aboard the 74-foot sailboat “Pelagic Australis.” This new film, slated for museum and theatrical release in spring 2013, will focus on the big...

Kunahadhoo Island — On a very hot, very typical, mid-morning in the Maldives, I walked the streets of this tiny island just north of the equator. Most of its 800 residents had gathered at the shoreline to greet visitors from a nearby island. While they focused on a first-of-a-kind beach cleanup along the rocky coast,...

LAAMU, Maldives — A fast-moving rainstorm blew over the small atoll late in the afternoon, briefly cooling a typically humid day just 100 miles north of the equator. But within 20 minutes the sun was back, hot and bright, the air even thicker. Aaaaaah, paradise! I was desperate for some cooling off, having spent the...

Laamu, Maldives — The recent four-day, ocean-focused conference—dubbed WaterWoMen by its sponsors, Six Senses Resorts and +H2O—was a first-of-a-kind blend of water sport activities and intellectual athleticism. In attendance were not just some of the world’s top water athletes (surfers, windsurfers, free divers, kite boarders) but also some of the planet’s more thoughtful thinkers on...

Late on a Sunday afternoon, hardly a day of rest in this part of the world, the small island of Maalhos is quiet. The men, most of who go to sea each day to fish or work at one of six nearby tourist resorts, are absent. School is out for a week’s holiday so kids...

There was no b.s. in actor Edward Norton’s introduction of himself at the recent SLOWLIFE Symposium in the Maldives: “Films are now my sideline,” he said. “Waste is my business.” He admitted of course that what he referred to as his “day job” had provided him with the “storytelling skills” that aid him in his...

Given her decades of success in the movie business, environmental activist and actress Daryl Hannah could be lounging on any beach in the world today, drinking rum punches, working on her tan or perfecting her mermaid’s kick. That she recently spent a week in the Maldives, much of it indoors participating in a pair of...

There are few places on the planet as remote as the Maldives. Landfall is a thousand miles away from much of the long string of 1,200 islands, most of which are little more than thin, uninhabited strips of sand. Diving into the heart of a Maldivian lagoon it is easy to imagine you are alone...

If there is a ground zero for observing the impacts of a changing global climate the Maldives are definitely a front-runner. It is a place many have heard of but few could easily pick out on a map. Comprised of twelve hundred islands and atolls, most pancake flat, the highest reaches no more than five...