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Category: Destinations

The age of enlightenment – Diving denotes and caves in Mexico

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th September 2022

Exciting and astonishingly beautiful, the cenotes and caves of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have carved out a booming industry, and offer a truly unique perspective for divers Words and Photos by Natalie Gibb Flooded caves. For the uninitiated, they are the stuff of nightmares, conjuring visions of terrifying black tunnels …

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Migration of Glacial Giants

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th August 2022

Photograph by Maxwel Hohn / Words by Roseanne Keatley A sure sign that a change of seasons has arrived in the north is the annual appearance of giant icebergs on the horizon, as they lumber down the coastline. These unlikely travellers migrate annually from the glaciers in Greenland, sailing across …

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Divers Report That Wakatobi Reefs Better Than Ever

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th August 2022

In the wake of pandemic closures, visitors who waited more than two years for the long-anticipated reopening of Wakatobi Dive Resort are returning to discover vibrant marine life and thriving coral. Following a soft reopening in May with a limited number of invited guests, the resort’s signature direct guest …

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The rainbow at the end of the pandemic

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th July 2022

“Back to normal” means different things to different people. For Brandon Cole, a return to equilibrium means travel, diving, and encounters with wildlife big and small. After his slowest year in the last 30 for watery adventures, he is now more than ready to release the kraken in an …

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Celebrate Sharks Every Week Worldwide

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th July 2022

Every summer, Aggressor Adventures travel agents see a surge in the number of vacationers interested in fulfilling one exhilarating travel wish—to scuba dive with sharks. The buzz is driven by an annual television programming frenzy focused on shark encounters, shark sightings, and shark evolution. Not only do divers want …

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Twin Peaks

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th June 2022

Words and Photography by Jill Heinerth In 1992, Editors Valerie Grey and Joe Prosser published the NSS Cave Diving Manual, which guided my education as a cave diver. Even before my first training class began, I knew I would seek out the location on the back cover of the book. …

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Cayman: The Test of Time

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th May 2022

As we reminisce about our love for dive travel, we got hooked on the many memories forged in one of the world’s most popular destinations. So why are the Cayman Islands a favourite for so many? Words by Drew McArthur Imagine turning up for your first ever scuba lesson only …

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Soft-shell crab anyone?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd May 2022

Words and Photography by Brandon Cole Clinging to a sponge-covered piling under Australia’s Blairgowrie Pier, giant spider crabs hope to avoid being eaten by predators patrolling the sand below. Each winter, tens of thousands of crabs with legs spanning 16 inches (40cm) march from deep water into the shallows of …

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Expanding skills in Bonaire

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 28th April 2022

Words by Tom Levine Many people like me have been snorkeling all over the world and figured that was good enough – quick, simple and feels like flying. I decided to investigate the possibility that my smug notions were off the mark. What better place to be stripped of one’s …

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DIVER interview: Joanna Mikutowicz

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th April 2022

Joanna Mikutowicz – Dive Instructor/ Dive Shop Owner How long have you been diving? 23 years now. I was certified in 1997. What made you want to become a diver? I have always loved being on and in the water but it was originally my dad who convinced me to …

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The Wonder of BC’s Discovery Passage

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th April 2022

Wrecks, walls, and worms all feature prominently in British Columbia’s high octane, highly adventurous Discovery Passage Words and Photography by Russell Clark As Editor of DIVER magazine, one of the first questions I get asked by people is “where’s your favourite place to dive?” I think the question is a little …

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The Best Dives in Hawaii

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st March 2022

Words and Photography by David Fleetham & Tim Rock I moved to Maui in 1986 for a year or two, and never left. I have been fortunate to work as an underwater photographer and travel to most of our planet’s oceans, but I always look forward to coming back to Hawaii, …

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Top Five Shipwrecks of Underwater Photographer Steve Jones

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th March 2022

He’s photographed more wrecks than we can count. After several articles for DIVER, we gave the renowned UK photographer the challenge of finding his favourite five. Words and Photography By Steve Jones I’ve visited my fair share of wrecks over the years, so shortlisting five that have left the …

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Rocking Costa Rica

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th March 2022

Words by Jade Boudreau  What is a dive shop? To some it’s a business or a way to make a profit in the tourist industry, but for Rocky Boudreau of Rockdiver’s Costa Rica, it is much more. Diving is Rocky’s passion, and giving his clients the opportunity to explore …

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Red Sea RE Aggressor – New Liveaboard from Aggressor Adventures

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 10th February 2022

Aggressor Adventures announces the addition of the Red Sea Royal Evolution (RE) Aggressor to its excursion lineup in Egypt. The new liveaboard joins the Red Sea Aggressor II and Red Sea Aggressor III, which offer diving throughout Egypt to Ras Mohamed and the Straits of Tiran, along with the …

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Panama: 2 oceans in 1 day

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th November 2021

By Ian Stalker Rene Gomez’s clients can dive in the Caribbean Sea shortly after their last bite of breakfast and then do some sub-surface exploration in the Pacific before their first mouthful of dinner. Panama City-based Gomez heads ScubaPanama, which enables people to dive in the two massive water …

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An Ocean Quest Like No Other

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th October 2021

A love letter to Newfoundland, the Truk Lagoon of Great White North, a destination that will fast become your new second home Words by Russell Clark “Sit yer-self down lads, I just cooked some of me home made moose sausages.” The first words from local legend Rick Stanley are …

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Aggressor Adventures Celebrates 38th Anniversary with 25% Savings

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 14th October 2021

Aggressor Adventures, known for its thrilling adventure vacations for guests around the world with 40 unique itineraries in 19 countries, is celebrating its 38th anniversary! While much has changed since 1984, the brand’s commitment to adventure hasn’t wavered.  “Like every new company, we started small but today we are …

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Rediscovering Divers Paradise

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th October 2021

After visiting Bonaire for over twenty-five years, one author hadn’t expected to be returning as a father… Words and Photography by Andrew Jalbert In the early 1990s, armed with a recent degree in anthropology and a recreational scuba instructor rating, I set to work chasing the adventure I’d been …

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Dreaming of Discovery

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 26th August 2021

Words and Photography by Jan Morton and Chris Straub  Gorgeous tropical reef dives are fine and dandy, but sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a wreck… In 2014, through a combination of wanderlust and happenstance, Jan Morton found himself on Siquijor Island and fell in love with this …

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Underwater Wedding Destinations

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th August 2021

By Fly & Sea  Love is always in the air, but the most romantic weddings are in the water! If you’re thinking about tying the knot garbed in scuba gear and fins, here’s a rundown of the dreamiest destinations for getting married underwater. Because there’s nothing more memorable than …

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Wildly Underrated – South Australia

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th July 2021

Words by Heather Creech A rich mix of marine life diversity, stunning colour and killer capuccinos make the South Australia a diver’s dream Serene and regal, Adelaide stands near the edge of the Southern Ocean, bordered by miles of pristine sand beaches on one side and some of the best …

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The Dark Side of Wakatobi

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th June 2021

Words by Joseph Frey Nighttime fluoro diving offers an entirely new perspective to the stunningly beautiful and pristine reefs of the famous Coral Triangle  With the planet’s coral reefs dying off due to human activities and few healthy reefs left to dive on in the Caribbean region, divers have …

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In Pursuit of Killer Whales: the Kapr Divers’ Expedition to Norway

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th January 2021

Divers share a collective passion for the underwater world and a mutual fascination with the wondrous creatures of the sea. Perhaps it’s swimming with dolphins off the sunny coast of California they dream of, or diving side by side with whale sharks in the warm waters of Western Australia. …

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Aggressor Adventures Celebrates 37 Years with 37% off!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th November 2020

After 37 years Aggressor Adventures are celebrating with special customer offers and by doubling down on its commitment to the environment.  Aggressor Adventures tackled the COVID-19 pandemic with customer first practices. In an effort to provide a safe and healthy return to travel for both their customers and personnel, …

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Family-friendly Destinations

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 12th November 2020

By Margo Peyton At the rate 2020 I shaping up, we’ll all need a holiday come 2021! Start thinking now about where you’ll take your family for a break once the World opens up again and it’s safe to travel. Here are my top family-friendly dive destinations you should …

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Being in quarantine was never so much fun!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 5th September 2020

By Sander van der Zwan Like in the rest of the world, people in the Philippines have to stay home as much as possible. Bohol however, is COVID-free, so we’re free to go around the island. If you can choose between staying at home, or staying at a 4* …

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Cayman and the Virus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd June 2020

By Drew McArthur In West Bay Grand Cayman, local divemaster Ragime Powery is aboard Divetech vessel Atamyway. His job is to turn the engine over to prevent it from seizing and generally make sure everything still works. The captain who used to take out dive charters twice a day, …

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Cayman Islands honours World Oceans Month

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 8th June 2020

Caymanian Ocean Champions Launch Essential Experiences and Observe Marine Sustainability to Preserve Future Memories in the Cayman Islands for Years to Come As a leading Caribbean destination, the Cayman Islands knows a thing or two about maintaining the beauty and diversity of the ocean environment across all three of …

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The Depths of Little Cayman

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 19th May 2020

Words and Photos by Drew McArthur If you’re a diver who has ever travelled for a scuba vacation then you’ll appreciate that the whole operation can be quite a task. Making sure the gear is in good working order, lugging it from door to door, ensuring you haven’t forgotten …

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Return to the Kittiwake

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 18th May 2020

One of diving’s most iconic artificial reefs, Grand Cayman’s Kittiwake, is revisited by one of its former crew members Words and Photography by Drew McArthur A naval vessel is much more than just a place of work and a roof above the heads of the people who serve on …

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The most romantic dive resorts in the world

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 7th May 2020

Ready for romance? Experience one of these world-class most romantic dive resorts and create incredible memories with somebody special. Pristine settings, luxurious accommodations, and all the one-of-a-kind moments a couple could ask for – romance goes above and beyond at these exceptional properties. Here are Fly & Sea Dive …

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Long haul flight survival

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th May 2020

Spending hours inside a metal tube at 30,000 feet with hundreds of other passengers is not the best way to start a vacation. Fly & Sea Dive Adventures ease the pressure… Take Vitamin C There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination and not being able to dive …

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The Cayman Islands – 3 Islands to explore but each so different!

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th April 2020

By Neil van Niekerk As a professional diver with over a decade just guiding the Cayman Islands, I learned a few pointers… The Cayman Islands offer a vast array of options in diving, catering from 8 year old Bubble Maker experiences in hotel pools, to breathtaking swim-throughs filled with …

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Planning a family dive holiday

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd April 2020

By Margo Peyton Thinking about planning a family dive trip? I’ve been planning dive travel professionally for the best part of 30 years and I am intimately acquainted with the detail and effort involved in making it everything you want it to be. My clients are like extended family. …

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Diving in the Philippines

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 6th April 2020

The Philippines was named as the ‘world’s leading dive destination’ by the World Travel Awards (WTA) last year. This country is a gem for divers and offers the best diving experience for both beginners as versed divers. But why? 1. Coral Triangle The Philippines is in the center coral …

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