About the author: Etoile

My name is Etoile Smulders and diving is my all consuming passion! I was born in Hong Kong and raised in mainland China and Thailand by a French mother and a Dutch father. My multicultural upbringing has provided me with a passion to explore, travel and ultimately understand and connect our world.

A self-professed ocean junkie, I learned to dive at age 10 and never stopped. I spent my entire childhood exploring the underwater world of South East Asia. Twelve years and around a thousand dives later, I am now a fully qualified PADI master scuba diver trainer, technical rebreather and full cave diver. I have been involved in various technical diving expeditions in South East Asia in efforts to explore new habitats and remote locations. Currently I dive professionally and for fun.

I have a passion for finding and telling ocean stories! I am an interdisciplinary journailst with a true lust for our underwater world. I use photography and videography as a conservation weapon to create awareness for the marine related issues I am passionate about. I am committed to linking science with storytelling to inspire change.

Diving Qualifications:

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
IANTD Normoxic Trimix Rebreather Diver
TDI Full Cave Diver
TDI Advanced Wreck Diver
TDI Trimix Gas Blender
SSI Level II Freediver

Dream Dive Locations:
Darwin + Wolf Island, Galapagos
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Any new and unexplored cave

Check out Etoiles website here: Going Epic Places