Pete AtkinsonPete Atkinson studied marine zoology at Bangor University, North Wales, continuing a life-long obsession with the natural history of the oceans. In 1982 he bought Eila, a 1935 classic yacht, which he sailed all over Polynesia, taking photos and writing articles. After 17 years and 45000 miles he bought Vigia, a 13.5m aluminium yacht to continue his travels in the Pacific.

In 2004 Pete sailed to Cairns, Australia, bought a house, sold Vigia and married the Thai photographer Darin Limsuansub.

They now live in Phuket, Thailand.