SOUTH PACIFIC

The Tragedy of War – Rusting Remains Shelter New Life

The Tragedy of War – Rusting Remains Shelter New Life

By Dave Moran. Images by Dave Moran or as credited.  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in …

Fiji: In the pursuit of happiness (& dogtooth tuna)

Fiji: In the pursuit of happiness (& dogtooth tuna)

By Clarke Gayford. They call this place ‘the home of happiness’, which is a broad statement, because as we all know, one person’s ‘happiness’ might be another’s idea of ‘hell’. They …

It’s time to Discover Vanuatu

It’s time to Discover Vanuatu

By Lee Czerniak. Images by Anne and Eric Simmons. More than 700 years ago, a chief so great he was known as king reigned over the islands, and his legend lived on in oral histories. In 1967, making …

Niue: Swim with the Whales

Niue: Swim with the Whales

By Lee Czerniak. An awesome experience! One you will never forget! Each year from July to October, humpback whales arrive in Niue to nurse their young. It is one of the few places in the world you …

Diving Conflict Islands

Diving Conflict Islands

By Hayley Versace. Imagine being invited to an isolated tropical island atoll in the middle of the Coral Triangle with crystal clear electric blue water and abundant fish and marine life. The …

Rediscover Fiji’s Pristine Reefs

Rediscover Fiji’s Pristine Reefs

By Gareth Bellamy. Fiji’s Ra Province got hammered by the second-largest storm recorded in history with winds in excess of 375km/h. The last of the New Zealand long weekends was a wash out, …

VANUATU: Your Next Destination

VANUATU: Your Next Destination

I was looking for a holiday destination that offered me the opportunity to relax, enjoy time out from the hustle and bustle of the city life but also to do some fantastic diving. It was about slowing …

NIUE OFFERS MORE THAN DIVING

NIUE OFFERS MORE THAN DIVING

By Lee Czerniak. When searching for a dive destination we are all looking at what diving we will be able to enjoy, but some dive destinations can offer so much more. One of the most frequent …

A SHARK-AND-BULL STORY

A SHARK-AND-BULL STORY

By Lisa Collins. Looking into the glass-like deep blue water under our moored boat, a ripple of fear undulated through me, accompanied by a frisson of excitement. I was at the famed Beqa Lagoon in …

Spearheading the Solomons

Spearheading the Solomons

By Clarke Gayford. What an otherworldly experience it must have been for Solomon Islanders at the outbreak of the Second World War. To go from eking out a simple yet bountiful existence in their …

AUSTRALIA

The Agincourt Reefs – One Day Wonder

The Agincourt Reefs – One Day Wonder

By Nigel Marsh. I was simply amazed – the coral gardens all around me were some of the best I had seen in over thirty years of diving the Great Barrier Reef. You might think I was diving a very …

Turtles and Other Treasures of Heron Island

Turtles and Other Treasures of Heron Island

By Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose. T urtles are what first attracted people to Heron Island in Australia, and they still do today. In 1925 Mr L. Marsh (no relation thankfully) was the first attracted …

Drive & Dive Down Under: a tour of New South Wales with sharks, seals and dragons

Drive & Dive Down Under: a tour of New South Wales with sharks, seals and dragons

By Simon Lorenz Images by Simon Lorenz unless otherwise credited The Dive-master says, “Go, go, go! Jump now, and you will be ahead of the group.” Not waiting one second longer, we grab our …

Sunshine Coast, Where Dreams Come True.

Sunshine Coast, Where Dreams Come True.

By Hayley Versace Images by Migration Media Underwater Imaging Travelling from one side of our blue planet to the other, and from one extreme of Australia’s coast to the next, I have made it my …

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay

sea dragons, blue devils and red Indians by Tony Karacsonyi Jervis Bay, approximately 250 kilometres south of Sydney, Australia, abounds in sub-tropical marine life, especially in spring and …

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Mucking About in the Gold Coast Seaway by Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose The Seaway is one of Queensland's best kept diving secrets, and it was surprisingly created by man. Located at the northern …

Cocos Islands

Cocos Islands

Splendid Isolation By Beth and Shaun Tierney Flying in to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were about to land somewhere else. The scenery has that familiar …

Cocklebiddy

Cocklebiddy

Cocklebiddy... Now and then. Text Richard Harris, Images Geoff Paynter and Simon Doughty. Swimming through cobalt blue-white passageways with vision limited only by the power of our dive lights, …

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay

Australia's Nelson Bay, NSW For natural beauty and ease of access to dive sites Australia's Nelson Bay is hard to beat. But what really makes it stand out is its interesting inhabitants. We …

Ningaloo

Ningaloo

Australia's other reef - Ningaloo By Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose The name Ningaloo comes from the local Aboriginal tribe, the Gnulli, and means promontory, which perfectly describes the projection …

NEW ZEALAND

Dive Destination New Zealand: Mercury Bay – Coromandel

Dive Destination New Zealand: Mercury Bay – Coromandel

By Lee Czerniak. Images supplied by Dive Zone Whitianga. Whitianga on Mercury Bay is one of the most popular spots on the Coromandel Peninsular. Doubtless, the Mercury Islands (known for their …

Dive Destination New Zealand: Wellington – More Than Meets the Eye

Dive Destination New Zealand: Wellington – More Than Meets the Eye

Miramar Peninsular aerial. Image by Andrew Cooper, CC 3.0. By Lee Czerniak. Wellington is at the southern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Legend has it that the North Island was fished from …

Mathesons Bay,  Where Leatherjackets Live

Mathesons Bay, Where Leatherjackets Live

By Daniel Poloha. If you ask a diver from Auckland, New Zealand about nearby shore dives, they usually mention Goat Island near Leigh, north of the city. Some of them, though, probably remember …

TRIPLEFINS New Zealand’s Answer to Darwin’s Finches

TRIPLEFINS New Zealand’s Answer to Darwin’s Finches

By Paul Caiger. Triplefins will be familiar to virtually every diver who has plunged below the sea in New Zealand. They are the most diverse and abundant reef fishes throughout the country, and on …

Dive Destination New Zealand: Northland – A Diver’s Dream

Dive Destination New Zealand: Northland – A Diver’s Dream

By Lee Czerniak, images supplied by Dive Zone Bay of Islands. Northland’s natural environment is something special. With over 3000km of coastline this is a diver’s paradise. It is in this …

Hot Tips: Buoyancy Control

Hot Tips: Buoyancy Control

By Tine Funderud & Stone Meharry. You will always hear that buoyancy is the key to being a good diver or underwater photographer. Getting your buoyancy just right is hard and it takes …

Channel Island, Hauraki Gulf

Channel Island, Hauraki Gulf

By Clarke Gayford. Probably the most obviously named island in all the Hauraki Gulf, Channel Island is exactly that: a sugarloaf of rock broken either side by the waters of the Colville Channel. …

Dive Destination New Zealand: Fiordland – South Island

Dive Destination New Zealand: Fiordland – South Island

By Lee Czerniak, images by Darryl Torckler. Unchanged since Maori and European history began, these fiords are wonderfully inspirational. Fiordland is breathtakingly beautiful both above and …

MV Rena Wreck – Plan Your Dive

MV Rena Wreck – Plan Your Dive

By Dave Moran, Images as credited. The kelp swayed in the current like a Tahitian maiden seducing the admiring tourists. It was all rather hypnotic as schools of fish also danced to the vibrant …

Navy Operational Diving Team Reunion 2015

Navy Operational Diving Team Reunion 2015

By Dave Moran. Images by Dave Moran except where marked, by Chris Weissenborn. “You can take the person out of the Navy but you can never take the Navy out of the person.” It has been …

ASIA/PACIFIC

Triton Bay: Temple of Paradise

Triton Bay: Temple of Paradise

By Markus Roth. After exploring Triton Bay, Dr Mark Erdmann, senior marine biologist at Conservation International, commented: “If Raja Ampat is paradise, Triton Bay is the temple of paradise”. …

Testing the Waters in Wakatobi

Testing the Waters in Wakatobi

By Wayne Osborn, images by Wayne Osborn unless otherwise credited. When I first read the specs on Canon’s new 50.6 MP EOS 5DS R DSLR, I knew it begged to be taken underwater. What better place to …

EAST MALAYSIA, SIPIDAN: A DIVE RIG ADVENTURE

EAST MALAYSIA, SIPIDAN: A DIVE RIG ADVENTURE

A novelty alternative to any dive resort I was very happy to fulfill a long-held ambition to dive in one of the most celebrated dive areas in the world. I am talking about the South China Sea, and …

Diversity of Diving in Thailand

Diversity of Diving in Thailand

By Alex Tyrrell. The small island of Koh Tao, located in the Gulf of Thailand has been the place to go for scuba training in Asia for many years. With some of the cheapest diving courses on offer …

At Home on the House Reef – Wakatobi

At Home on the House Reef – Wakatobi

By Steve Miller, photographs by Steve Millar unless otherwise credited. Steve Miller shares his love of the underwater treasures that lie within a stone’s throw of Wakatobi Resort’s …

Pulau Perhentian – A Malay Paradise of Reefs, Wrecks & Muck

Pulau Perhentian – A Malay Paradise of Reefs, Wrecks & Muck

By Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose. A great dive destination for us is one that has healthy corals and a good collection of marine life. But if the location also has shipwrecks and muck diving we are …

The Star of Russia: The Grand Old Lady

The Star of Russia: The Grand Old Lady

By Lee Czerniak. One of the most amazing wreck dives in Vanuatu right in Port Vila. The Star of Russia was built in 1874 and started her very diverse career in February 1875. A large vessel almost …

Wakatobi: Beauty is in the Eye of the … Goby

Wakatobi: Beauty is in the Eye of the … Goby

By Wade and Robyn Hughes. It’s an exercise in patience. Hours spent watching out-of-focus pink orbs flit back and forth across the view-finder screen. Oblivious to anything else except the chill …

Rarotongan Wahoo on FAD

Rarotongan Wahoo on FAD

By Clarke Gayford So I’ve got this new TV series coming out next year. It hasn’t been easy, but I took a gamble, stepped back from paid employment and threw myself into it for reasons that …

KOH TAO DIVE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

KOH TAO DIVE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

More divers become certified at Koh Tao than any other place in the world. But why is this island in Thailand so popular? Well the dive courses are cheap, so is the food and accommodation, the water …

INDIAN OCEAN

Living in the Wake

Living in the Wake

February/March, 2005 By Judy Ann Newton; Images by Idris Ahmed/copyright IFAW/I As the weeks pass by, the news media has turned the focus away from the Tsunami in search of the latest political …

Southern Thailand – an adventurer’s paradise

Southern Thailand – an adventurer’s paradise

By Dave Moran The array of gorgeous soft corals and comb-like red whip corals filled my viewfinder as I moved into the entrance of a gaping cave, eaten out of the vertical reef face. The brown wall …

THE AMERICAS

Sharking Tagging Mission to Clipperton Atoll

Sharking Tagging Mission to Clipperton Atoll

By Michel Labrecque. I remember watching, many years ago, a Cousteau episode about Clipperton Atoll that contained images of impressive schools of scalloped hammerheads cruising over virgin reefs. A …

Diving the Great Lakes

Diving the Great Lakes

by Pete Mesley For many years I have wanted to dive the Great Lakes and in August this year, a dream turned into reality. The obvious draw of this area was my incessant love of shipwrecks. Having …

On a High in Guadalupe

On a High in Guadalupe

By Lee Findlay It had been on the ‘to do’ list for over a decade and finally, after 16 hours on planes, three hours on a bus and a rough 20 hour crossing by boat, I was about to cross it off. …

La Jolla

La Jolla

Forget the Latte and Go for a Dive By Iain Anderson It is hard to imagine a bigger contrast in habitats. On the shore at La Jolla, a trendy suburb of San Diego, California, crowds of tourists …

The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands

by Alexander Stammers Imagine a place where nearly every day is like a tropical version of that movie Ground Hog Day, when you open your front door and the sun streams through to welcome …

EUROPE

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

By Alexey Zaytsev. Did you know that deep diving is possible not only in the seas and oceans, but also in the mountains? Blue Lake is situated in the North Caucasus, in the Kabardino-Balkar …

Gulen – In a Class of its Own

Gulen – In a Class of its Own

 By Christian Skauge. Cold water diving will never be the same after you visit Gulen, just north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast. This is where history meets present day, the deep ocean meets …

Sir Peter Blake – Visiting the Caspian Sea with the Cousteau Society

Sir Peter Blake – Visiting the Caspian Sea with the Cousteau Society

Interviewed by Lee Czerniak You've just completed a voyage with the Cousteau Society to the Caspian Sea area. How did that come about, and what were you doing there? The Cousteau Society was …

Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus Dive wrecks and walls then explore ancient ruins By Fabio H Cesario Cyprus, a new member of the EU, is located in the far east of the Mediterranean with crystal clear waters. Water …

POLAR DIVING

Antarctic Diving – First Impressions

Antarctic Diving – First Impressions

By Pete Notman. Images by Pete Notman unless otherwise credited. My first trip to Antarctica was in 2008. My chance had come when one of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research …

Antarctica the last frontier

Antarctica the last frontier

Crossing the Last Frontier by Jerome Konen Antarctica - the white continent which beckons scientists and explorers. A landscape unlike this world and myths of the extreme captivated the author …

Antarctica

Antarctica

One day in Antarctica By Dave Moran It was sort of orange in a weird, wrinkly way, clinging to a seaweed-carpeted ledge. The latest in vacuum cleaners maybe! With forty five plus arms it …

Diving in Antarctica

Diving in Antarctica

Antarctic Explorer - The Cousteau Society is taking on the ice in their new polar vessel During February, Dive New Zealand met up with Ollie Olphert, Sir Peter Blakes right hand man for …

AFRICA

The Vanishing Dutchman

The Vanishing Dutchman

By Leigh Bishop. A mysterious shipwreck off the coast of Africa intrigued an international team to investigate further. Mounting an expedition based on a remote jungle island was an adventure of a …

The Greatest Shoal On Earth

The Greatest Shoal On Earth

October/November, 2005 text and images by Tobi Bernhard Every year a gigantic animal migration takes place on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa. From June to August vast shoals of sardines …

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