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Rangiroa atoll

   French Polynesia  Pacific
this dive is amazing. starting outside the pass (during the incoming tide) the zodiac drops you into the blue. by the time you meet up with your buddies under the boat, the sharks are already arriving, usually oceanic silvertips, silkeys and reef. dropping down to about 40 metres you will probably see a great hammerhead or two cruising the outer edges of the pass , usually they trail the large schools of eagle rays that cruise the area. if the visability is good you'll be able to see literally hundreds of sharks circling a submerged seamount below you. catching the tide you'll pick up speed as you "fly" through the pass , as hundreds of barracuda, the resident dolphins and some really big mantas glide past. ducking into one of the small caves is a great way to get out of the current and watch the amazing show , its also where you'll find the "sleeping" sharks . as you drift through the pass you'll be gradually getting shallower until you arrive in the lagoon and the end of an amazing ride . and like all great rides the first thing you want to do when its over is do it again.

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Korean Star Quobba Station WA

   Australia  Indian Ocean
Ship was a salt carrier until during a cyclone in may 1988 Unladened and unable to manouver was washed onto the cliff face , despite the best efforts of the crews of both the ship and the tug boats she was wrecked and broke up. Now sitting in 10-12 meters of water it has become a haven for large cod and groupers as well as tons of other marine life.The wreck itself has broken up quite a lot over the last 5 or so years but still parts of the ship defy mother nature and remain in tact.

Diving this wreck brings its own unquie problems and barriers. The swells that crash into the coast line are at time incredible and claim the lives of fishermen every so often. Access into and out of the water is the most difficult part of this dive, it is in short a calculated jump to enter the water and a mad scramble between the crashing wave to exit. NOT FOR THE INEXPERENCED OR FAINT HEARTED. Must only be attempted in times of minimal swell.

Other problems include surge and the ever present sharks that seem to frequent the area (the famous Garths Rock is 500 meters to the south).

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Middle arch

   New Zealand  Pacific
Dive site is real choice. Middle arch is what it is, It's a large swim through which is equally exciting during the day as at night.
Large fish are found on the odd day, with the odd sting ray. I have just come back from a live aboard week end when i had chance to dive this wounderfull location at night. Fish life was abundant from the moment we entered the water until we surfaced.
At 17 metres I had the chance to video my dive buddy stroke the snout of a large sting ray just resting at the bottom just past the kelp line. It was amazing to see it eyes just flicker and it's lip turn up. Middle arch is home to all types of fish species some I have yet to learn the names of.
Another good dive is just out side of the arch where there is a large cave enterace where it is quite easy to enter, once inside it is fun to find a frog and teddy bear that some one had put there some years ago, always a thrill for tourist to find. The cave enterance is in about 14 metres of water and at the back you can accend to approx 8 metres where there is a air bubble you can swim up to and investigate, always good to see your self if you have a strong lite in the reflection of the water as you brake through. Before leaving the cave on our last dive it was just incredible the amount of big eye fish we encounterd just hanging around the enterance from blackness to the deep blue reflection from the outer enterace of the cave.
This dive site and many others can be found at the poor Knights !3 miles outside of Tutukaka north island of New Zealand

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The Kairos Company

   Tanzania  Indian Ocean
Diving expedition liveaboard in the Northern part of the Mozambique channel, for active diving holidays in a heavenly setting.

Have you ever dreamt of taking part in an oceanographic expedition? Yes? Then you are most welcome to The Kairos Company.
The Kairos Company organises 4 expeditions a year, each spanning a two or three month period, with a real mission, a goal you’ll help achieve as part of a team comprising the Expedition Leaders, the technicians, and the crew, all united in the same spirit of adventure.
Each expedition is divided into periods of 7 to 10 days, enabling you to bring your own stone to the final result. You will be given the opportunity to act as a scientist, an explorer, a discoverer, and will never forget it.

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Catalina Islands

   Costa Rica  Pacific
Great site with lot's of surprises. Manta's; giant schools of Rays (Mobula; Pacific Stingray, Eagle etc.); Schooling Jack's. If you're lucky you've got the dive of your life! Dive with "Summer Salt".

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Eel Gardens, Ras Mohamed Park

   Egypt  Red Sea
Eel Garden dive site is located in the Ras Mohamed Park. The site is right in between Jackfish Alley dive site (north) and
Sharks Observatory (South). The dive can be done by boat or shore. The dive normally starts at a shallow cave, 0.5 meters
at the surface down to a depth of approximately 5 meters. Starting from the entrance of the cave, there is a sloping sandy bottom with a huge population of Garden eels (which are endemic to the Red Sea). Once you have seen the Garden eels and cave, you can then either move north towards Jackfish Alley or south towards Sharks Observatory. The current can be
in any direction and if diving from boat it is better to do the dive as a drift dive, as the current can be strong at times.

If moving north towards Jackfish Alley, you will find a wall type reef, starting at the surface dropping down to about 13 meters, from this depth it becomes a sloping reef with coral pinnacles and sand down to a depth of 35 meters.
At 35 meters is basically a sand "road", approximately 50 meters wide. If you continue into the blue will you find satellite reef, which varies in depth from 26 meters to 40 meters +. I have encountered Grey reef sharks and huge shoals of
barracuda / jacks on the satellite reef. The main reef itself offers lots of caves, with glassfish, groupers, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish, crocodile fish, turtles etc. If you do this dive in the afternoon, you will find many jacks passing by in the
blue.

If moving south towards Sharks Observatory, you will find a wall type reef, starting at the surface dropping down to 50+ meters. Approximately 30 meters from the eel garden at a depth of 18 meters, are some nice pinnacles with lots of glassfish and groupers. Moray eels, lionfish, scorpionfish, snappers, napolean wrasse, turtles, eagle rays, electric rays, blue spotted rays have all been spotted at this site. If you keep your eye on the blue you will see jacks and barracuda passing by.
The reef to the south also have lots of caves and overhangs.


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Bubble Beach

   East Timor  Banda Sea
Location: 29.3km West of Dili. Find the Indonesian military graveyard for Indonesian soldiers killed during the 24-year occupation and park near the piles of white rocks.

Entry: The entry is straight out from the NW corner of the enclosure. Gradual entry on small rocks and sandy bottom.

UW profile: To the West there are coral gardens with brain coral formations. To the East, the area is marked by a predominantly sandy bottom with large coral formations. The sandy bottom is covered with small holes where hot water and gas caused by geothermal activity are escaping.

Points of interest: A large coral formation to the NE of the entry point holds several Moray eels. The sandy area is often frequented by blue spotted rays.

Topside There are no trees near the entry point but 100 - 120 meters to the West there is a large tree with good cover.

Go to website for a list of dive operators in the area.

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Popes' Monument

   East Timor  Banda Sea
Location: 9.5 km West of Dili. A few hundred meters after passing the Pope's monument and right before the big rock turn right on the dirt road to the water's edge.

Entry : Big rocks on entry then sandy bottom to a gradual drop with the reef to the west

UW profile: Initially, sandy bottom with coral cover on the slope ranging from 5 - 21 meters.

Points of interest: Coral garden slightly West of the entry point at 3-5 meters depth. Coral head at 20 meters with interesting mix of fish, moray eel, groups of 5-7 lionfish. Also seen: Puffer fish, turtles, ghost pipe fish, stone fish, frogfish.

Great place for night dives since it is only a 15 minute drive from the center of town.

Topside: Open expanse with no trees.

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Black Rock, Dili

   East Timor  Banda Sea
Location: 36.3KM East of Dili. The turn off for Black Rock is right before the small ridge which overlooks Dollar Beach. Turn off the road and follow the tracks between the trees to the water.

Entry: Black Rock is a beautiful dive, but can be very challenging if the currents pick up during the dive. Consult the tide charts before you go. (See Tide Charts at left). Avoid times when the tide is changing especially during neap tides. Avoid diving here if the water looks as if it is "boiling". There can be three different currents acting on this site at the same time, Northward, Eastward and Westward. The most popular entry is on the East side of the rock in order to circle around the rock to the West and then back to the beach. The first part of the entry is marked with a flat shelf of broken coral. At low tide this can make for a bit of a walk before it starts to get deep.

UW profile: There is a wall to the East of the rock with depths up to 20+ meters. There is a gradual decrease in depth going Eastward towards the rock. Once around the rock and on the return to the beach, there is a nice coral garden ranging from 3-5 meters depth.

Points of interest: Two large cracks in the wall on the East side of Black rock hold many fish in small caves in the sides of the wall. Also seen: lobster, nudibranchs (various).

Topside: There are some shade trees near the water which can make for a nice picnic spot.

Go to website for a list of dive operators in the area.

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Behau Forest (Bob's Rock)

   East Timor  Banda Sea
Location: 44.5KM East of Dili. Coming down over the ridge after Behau Village the turnoff is marked by a rock with "HB" painted on it. Follow the tracks 15-20m to the water's edge.

Entry: The beach is covered with medium sized smooth rocks. The entry is gradual starting with rocks, going to sand and then coral gardens to the West.

UW profile: To the West, a gradual slope is covered by low lying coral leading to larger coral formations, small walls and coral covered ledges.
Points of interest On entry and after the rocks there is a group of several dozen garden eels that live in the sand at about 5-6 meters depth. One of the ledges further West, is covered with two giant clams approximately 50cm in length, at 9-10 meters depth. Also seen: Napoleon wrasse, lobster, banded sea snake.

Topside: The area at the water's edge is nicely covered with trees and great for picnics.

Go to website for a list of dive operators in the area.

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Behau Village

   East Timor  Banda Sea
Location: 42.0KM East of Dili. Enter the area enclosed by a wall. The entrance is rocky and care should be taken when entering with a vehicle with low clrarance.

Entry : One can enter the water at the small gazebo-like structure in the enclosure. The first few meters is rocky leading to sandy bottom and then on to coral structures.

UW profile : To the West the coral is more of an expansive coral cover with small outcroppings whereas to the East, the area is characterized by larger coral outcroppings in a more sandy area.

Points of interest: Alternating small walls and sandy slopes. Resident Napoleon wrasse to the East of the entry.

Topside : Nice shady area with big trees and gazebo. The area is often frequented by people from the local village who are interested in watching divers.

Go to website for a list of dive operators in the area.

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Susan's reef

   Papua New Guinea  Pacific
The best gorgonian fans ever seen!!!

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Sharks Observatory, Ras Mohamed Park

   Egypt  Red Sea
Sharks Observatory is located at the famous Ras Mohamed Park - Sinai, very close to the resort town of Sharm el Sheikh.
The site can be dived from shore, dayboat or live aboard safari. In spite of its name, Shark Observatory is not noted for its sharks. Despite this, it is possible to see sharks at the site, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, black tip sharks, tiger sharks (during summer months) and if you are lucky, whale sharks as well, have all been spotted at the site.
The dive normally begins on the western side of the corner / point. From shore it is an easy entrance "through a man-hole
type entrance, descending into the reef plate, that leads into a big cave (about 7 meters deep / 10 meters long). Once you exit the cave you will find a big canyon, dissappearing into the blue. The cave itself has some groupers, clearfin lionfish
and also special "comet starfish" near the entrance of the reef plate. The top of the reef is abundant with fish, Arabian surgeon fish, parrotfish etc... Light filtering through the reef plate into the cave is also spectacular. The reef starts right at 0.5 meters depth, dropping vertically down to approximately 200+ meters at some spots. Once you have exited the cave the best is to follow the wall to your left hand side. Along the wall you will find good hard corals with lots of sea goldies, groupers, lionfish, moray eels, turtles, if you look into the blue, you will see jacks, dog tooth tuna, barracuda passing by. Before the corner, on the western side, at a depth of about 15 meter, are some huge fan corals and cave where we always spot hawk fish and in the cave you almost always find a resident scorpion fish and the "rare" Broad-banded pipefish. Above this cave is some "cracks" in the reef, filled with glassfish and groupers. The wall especially at the "corner" offers some of the best and most colorfull soft corals in Sinai. The area also abounds with marine life, lots of jacks, groupers etc...
Late afternoons it is also possible to spot eagle rays and manta rays passing by in the blue. Please take care as the current at the corner can be very strong at times. When diving this site in the afternoon, you will have lots of shadows, giving again excellent light effects.
Sharks Observatory always offers the "X" factor, you never know what you can expect!

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fish rock cave, south west rocks

   Australia  Pacific
Brilliant dive site, safe for all levels, has a cave going right through the rock. Deep enterance is at 23 meters that comes up to about 16 meters inside the cave, dark for about 40 meters or so and light for the rest, come out at about 10 meters at the shallow end. The cave is about 100 meters or so long with turtles, crayfish, sharks, lots of tropicals, normally houses three to five large black cod. Plenty of soft corals, cowries and nudis and spanish dancers.some very friendly bat fish and blue grouper. Other sites in the vicinity are Murrays Passage, which is great for deep diving and some penatration. The aquariam, which is 8 meters to 17 meters or so that houses schooling fish small tropicals, turtles and sharks and nudis. Great machro site. King wrasse corner, shark gutters, fish and chips are deeper sites, all on the southern, eastern and western side and when the conditions are good, the pinnacle on the northern side is an awesome dive for big fish and sometimes up 70 sharks, great tropicals and brilliant vegetation. I know this sounds a little amazing, coz it is. I have been diving there for about 10 years and it never ceases to amaze me. Green Island has much the same life, depth is about 12 meters to 17 meters, the island houses the red indian fish, anglers, nudis, sharks, turtles, schooling drummer. Black rock, 12 metes to may be 15 meters if you have a shovel, once again plenty of tropicals, turtles, hordes of wrasse and blue angels, butterflies everwhere. Bait reef, 9 to 12 meters and ladys reef, 10 meters, awesome machro.. Temp ranges from normall 22 degrees to 26/28 degrees over summer.

The boys at South West Rock Dive Centre have 3 boats, accomodation, hire gear, guided tours and great diving.
0265 666474 website has all the info.

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Bat Islands

   Costa Rica  Pacific
Murcielago or Bat islands

This dive spot is for experienced divers and really worth taking the 1 hour and 15 minutes boat trip.
A free decent and you are in a wonderfull place. In the season May - November this place is famous for it's bull sharks.
My firts trip to these islands was awesome.....16 bull sharks!
The biggest Murene eels and big schools of rays. It's just a magnificent place to dive!
Your saftey stop has to be made in mid water without reference, this can be tricky because sometimes the currents are strong; therefore the experienced dive certification.
If you plan to go, be prepared, bring a saftey tube for the boat to spot you.
Bat islands is a national park and an entrance fee of $6 needs to be paid, make sure you take a diveshop that has legal permission because alot of divecenteres will take you on this trip and then you end up returning without any dives because the coast guard interfered with the plans.
One of the dive shops with a permit is Rich Coast Diving in playa del Coco.

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SS. STAVRONIKITA West Coast

   Barbados  Caribbean Sea
The SS Stavronikita is the wreck of a 365ft Greek freighter which ran in to trouble off the coast of Barbados in 1976. The ship caught fire and was severely damaged. It was towed into the port of Bridgetown where she sat for almost two years.
In 1978 The Greek Government disowned her, so the Barbados government decided to deploy the ship as an artificial reef in the calm tranquil waters of the west coast, just off of Fitts Village in the Parish of St James. The shipwreck lies bolt upright with her bow facing East and the prop is at 40m/130ft. The top of the mast is at 6m/20ft. The house and main deck are to be found at 24m/80ft. The huge forward and aft cargo holds, and the cabins, stairways and engine rooms can be penetrated. This dive is rated as one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. Hightide Watersports visit this site approx 3 times a week.

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Gili Selang

   Indonesia  Bali Sea
My Favourite site. Saw 25 hammerhead here on aug '04. Dog-toothed tunas are also quite a common sight. Excellent soft corals and mesmerizing colors mixed with huge boomies- as big as a house. Not the easiest place to get to in Bali but well worth it. Go with an experience guide. Very important. Minimal experience for this dive is 50 dives. Current is common but not wild. Safe when close to the reef. White tips are almost guaranteed. Have questions regarding this site can ask me at click here to email  , personally I have dived this reef over 250 times.

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Maaya Thila

   Maldives  Indian Ocean
The most awesome Night Diving experience. In fact I can't think of a single experience in my 45 + years experience of life that comes close to the action on this underwater hill every night.

The biggest, meanest looking, Barracuda I have ever seen.

Sharks run scared of him.

Fantastic.

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Sodwana Bay

   South Africa  Indian Ocean
Best of both worlds... underwater and land safaris on the same trip! Great visibilty, very little surge. lovely dive!

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Cristobal Colon, North Rock

   Bermuda  Sargasso Sea
The largest wreck in Bermuda, at originally 500ft long, the wreckage is spread over close to 1000ft. It was a luxury liner from Spain, which ran aground in 1936. There were no fatalities, at least at the time of the wreck. The entire crew (all 160+) were believed to be sympathisers to the Cuban (or Puerto Rican, can't remember which) revolution, and were all executed on their return to Spain.
Very photogenic site, starting from the stern, where the prop shafts and propellers are still visible. There's a lot of fish life, (including a lion fish, seen on my last dive, and a moray eel that lives in the bow), and coral is doing very well colonising the wreck itself. There are other wrecks nearby, caused by the original wreck - the Colon was seen sitting in the water, and other captains assumed it was a safe passage...

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