A Charmed Life in Ceylon

The author's fascinating adventures in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the early 50's portray an adventurous lifestyle that most of us dream about, but would be impossible today. He set himself up as an underwater guide attracting the wealthy and famous to this new sport. They repaid him by inviting him to their homes in Europe where he experienced a lavish lifestyle he hardly knew existed. More

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About Tony Buxton

Tonybuxton was born in 1931 in Sri Lanka. He went back to England during the war and eventually returned to Sri Lanka in the early 50s. There he developed a passion for exploring underwater. He made a living spearfishing as well as being an underwater guide during which time his services were used by many rich and famous people. He came first on the British team at the world spearfishing Championships in Malta in 1959. He was the first person to dive in the Maldives, southern India and Thailand. And later explored unknown reefs in the Pacific. Eventually he moved to Singapore and set up a highly profitable commercial diving venture with Exxon underwater cleaning ships. Most of his diving was done without SCUBA, diving to great depths and holding his breath several minutes at a time. This affected his health and had to stop diving. He took up the sport of polo with the same passion he had diving was eventually invited to play on one of the Malay Sultan's teams and live in one of their palaces in Malaysia. After a very serious polo accident he retired to Thailand where he lives now.

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