Paul Landgraver


Paul is currently working through his fifth passport and has called Southeast Asia home for over fifteen years. His foray into a career in adventure travel began in Thailand, just after the tragic Boxing Day Tsunami.

He built Wicked Diving from the rubble in Khao Lak with dreams to help rebuild the community and local economy. Serving the Similan and Surin Islands through liveaboard tours, expeditions, and dive training programs, Wicked Diving survived two coups and grew in size and reputation. Paul later opened additional Wicked dive centers in both Komodo and Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

With a passionate commitment to sustainability and positive social impact, Paul has led many social enterprise initiatives–from supporting local orphanages for tsunami victims to a battery recycling program (that has kept 800kg worth out of landfills), and from constructing artificial reefs from recycled materials to delivering over 50 first aid courses. Paul founded of the Wicked Good Foundation, an independent non-profit focused on education and training in local communities to create a sense of stewardship over the cultures and ecosystems visited by travelers–and with the goal to actively participate in local income generation from tourism.

Paul’s more recent venture, Wicked Adventures co-founded with Ricky McKendry, is an extension of the Wicked experience and ethos of community-based tourism. A destination management company, Wicked Adventures creates personalized, one-of-a-kind overland adventures and expeditions throughout Southeast Asia, with a primary focus in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. When he’s not deep in jungle mazes bird watching or barreling down mountain bike trails, Paul spends much of his time scouting for new locations, overseeing social enterprise projects, training staff and guides.