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Antarctica

   Antarctica  Antarctic (Southern Ocean)
Breathless takes on a new meaning with this truly once in a lifetime expedition -after my last voyage in 2003, I decide to arrange for a special photographic trip, sort of an Antarctica Unplugged – the best of our last frontier in one trip. Short of chartering our own ocean going vessel, we are going to command our own inflatable on all excursions – this way we can explore at our own pace and most importantly we aim to max out photographic opportunities. Only 10 people in my group. Imagine thousands of King penguins, Rockhopper, Magellanic, Chin straps, Gentoo King, Adelie and Macaroni penguins all in one trip. Of course there will be the Elephant seals, Leopard seals, Crab eaters, Weddels and most often we will cruise along side humpback whales. Though we will not be on scuba, we be looking out for opportunities to snorkel with the seals and to do some over and under images of ice bergs.

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Raja Ampat

   Indonesia
Supported by scientific facts, Raja Ampat is the richest reefs system in the world. After two scientific surveys were conducted Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy in 2001 and 2002 respectively, coral expert John Vernon, Raja Ampat declared that Raja Ampat had a higher density of species than anywhere else in the world. The world’s top ichthyologist Dr. Gerry Allen broke his own record twice in Raja Ampat for number of species recorded on a single dive. Before diving in the Raja Ampat area his record was 204 different species recorded in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea. In 2001, he documented 283 species of coral fish at Cape Kri. Then, during the 2002 near the island of Kofiau, he set a new personal record by documenting 284 species during one dive. This is the coral reefs final frontier. I have been there 4 times and I am going back in 2005 – this time with the a very special guest and a very special boat – the MV Pelagian; undoubtedly one of the best live-aboard in the world

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Monterey, California

   United States  Pacific
Monterey California.

Perfect diving for everybody. The water is a bit cold so 2 layers of 7mm or a dry-suit is needed. The viz can range between non or 50 ...

There are plenty of sites for all level of divers, Breakwater is perfect for first-timers and night dives. Monastary beach is more for the experienced divers, watch the beach entry because it can be quite tricky.

Diveshops, daytrips (boat) are available.

The dives are full of sea-lions, lingcod, cabezon, kelp .. etc etc

For some examples: website

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Canyon Puerto Galera

   Philippines  South China Sea
This one of the beautiful dive sites of Puerto Galera: more than 20 different very interesting diving sites can be rapidly reached for both drift, shallows, drop-off and open-water dives, always on colourful coral reef gardens, which easily lend themselves to macro photography. Frog fishes, sea horses, ghost pipefishes, nudibranchs as well as white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, large-sized trevallies (carangidae), sea-eagles etc. can easily be encountered.
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los pecos

   Gibraltar  Mediterranean Sea
gibraltar has a good deal to offer all levels of diver from as shallow as 8mtrs to as 60mtrs+ for the techy wrecks reefs and drop offs

see also website

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North Horn at Osprey Reef

   Australia  Coral Sea
Osprey has plenty of diversity, hence a great name for our liveaboard, the "Diversity". Osprey has a dive site called "North Horn". Quite a number of shark species can be found at this site including white tip, black tip, and silver tip. A number of really large groupers were also present at this site, they were the Queensland grouper or Cod as they are called and they were in the 400lb. range and as we were at a shark feed they literally took some of the food away from the sharks. Also at this site it is reported that there is some nice size tree type of soft coral. Water temp was 82F, with about 80 ft. of viz.

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Stoney Cove

   United Kingdom
Great dive site, friendly atmosphere, plenty of fellow divers to help and assist.

Access to Stoney Cove for diving is available to all registered divers during opening hours every day except during the Christmas and New Year holidays. You will find details in the current Stoney Cove Report. All diving projects other than instruction and general sports diving must be declared and agreed with the duty site manager.


stoney cove
sapcote road
stoney stanton
leicestershire
le9 4dw

tel: 01455 273089


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divecal

   Philippines
Offers an extremely wide range of diving for a single destination. 2nd ww wrecks from the Japanese fleet. Thermal lake where the first 15 meters is semi sweet water at 29 C, from 15 to 25 meters the temp is 39 C & below that it goes back to being 29 C. Wide range of corals hard & soft with a lot of macro life. It has a friendly safe diving atmosphere.

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wreck tulum

   Mexico  Caribbean Sea
there is several activities in cancun,and it really scuba diving in cancun is not that famous cause is a big party center,we would like to show you the great areas of cancun
if you want more information please e-mail us to info@squalodivers.com.

we want to share the great blue with you !!

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Old clup reef

   Qatar
It is a nice site to dive from shore.

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Current Cut High-Speed Drift Dive

   Bahamas  Atlantic
This dive has to be one of the most exhilarating drift dives out there. The channel, or Cut, between North Eleuthera and Current Island forces the tide to stream through at 6-10 knots, making for a challenging dive. Your buoyancy skills have to be real sharp to be comfortable on this dive.

I went with Ocean Fox, a small and well-run dive shop on Harbour Island. The checked my diving experience and requested that I take a dive with them prior to being permitted to dive Current Cut to ensure I was 'up to it'. I liked that they were safety conscious, and understood their requirement after one pass through the Cut!

We made a total of three runs through the Cut. The first lasted 12 minutes, in which time we must have travelled nearly 2 miles! Dr Andy, the divemaster, made sure we stayed together as a group (there were 3 other divers on the trip) and that we saw what was down there - 3 sharks and 7 eagle rays on just the first run!

The starting depth is around 35ft, and my computer (which didn't like the dive at all - it kept beeping at me) registered a max depth of 61ft. The bottom is hard rock covered with sea fans, sponges and small corals. As you get into the dive the bottom becomes pock-marked with large holes, and Andy did his best to get us in as many as possible. Once in the holes you are somewhat out of the current, so can catch your breath and look around. Many of the holes are packed with lobster, parrot fish, and big queen angels.

The visibility isn't great, since the rushing water stirs up the bottom. We made the dive on an incoming tide, which Andy said is a cleaner run than the outgoing tide. The fast-moving water also tests your photography skills. I managed to get a couple of shots off of the sharks as we flew past them, but positioning yourself in the water at speed isn't that easy!

This is not a dive for the inexperienced or those who avoid 6 Flags! It is an amazing dive, however, and one I will remember for a long time.

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Grouper Hole

   Bahamas  Atlantic
The Grouper Hole is one of the most outstanding dive sites in the North Eleuthera/Harbour Island area for sheer density and diversity of marine life. The stie ranges from 65ft to 90ft and boasts huge overhangs and grottos covered in hard and soft corals and sponges all in pristine condition. The site is a few hundred yards from a 2000ft drop-off and provides the only real protection for schools of fish in the area. As a result the site is packed full of fish: big schools of Bermuda Chub, Bar Jacks, Black Jacks, Horse-eye Jacks, Goatfish, Yellowtail Snapper, Grunts...the list goes on. From December through April, around the full moon, large numbers of Grouper visit the site to spawn, and so divers are treated to the rare opportunity to photograph schooling Grouper. The visiting Grouper also attract sharks, so be prepared for close encounters with Carribean Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, and on occasion Bull Sharks.
The site is 7 miles off-shore and is often subject to strong currents, making the site undiveable. Ocean Fox Diving, on Harbour Island, has figured out when the tides are slack at the site, so contact them in advance to see when the site is available to dive. If you are in the area during a grouper spawn, you will not be disappointed!

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Turtle Island by Phu Quock Island

   Vietnam  South China Sea
Not so many large animals, but nice place, nice people (Rainbow Divers divebase, website

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Scotts Head Pinnacles

   Dominica  Caribbean Sea
Scotts Head Pinnacles straddles the top of a submerged volcanic crater,creating the southern rim of the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve, the isthmus seperates the Atlantic from the Caribbean and is a nutirent mixing zone. This brings in small fish which are fed upon by larger.
The mooring pin is on top of a large rock riddled with cracks and crevices and one swim through, on a shalf of 10m depth, filled with lobster and soldierfish. From the pin one swims to the main pinnacle where two large rocks abut forming an arch, this is filled with soft corals, lobster and fish. Going through the arch takes you from the Atlantic into the Caribbean, the wall begins in 3m and drops vertically to 35 before sloping to approximately 1500m, on a good day you tend to ignore the huge gorgonains, barrel sponges and other life dripping from the wall and spend the dive looking out to sea at the schooling fish, on a bad day the wall is more than enough for the jaded reef diver to come up saying "wow!", remember this is a mixing zone loads of nutirents so lots of life and opportunity for growth on the reef and in the water column. If the current is running it is a drift along the wall back to the edge of the reef and onto the shelf,but the ride is worth it. From the edge of the reef heading back to the shelf is a garden of macro life and well worth loking for seahorses frogfish etc. in addition to small barracuda looking at you like you owe them money, going through the swimthrough under the moring pin will bring you to the top of the first pinnnacle and under the boat for your safety stop.
This is one of the dives I do to remind myself that theres more to life than stress.


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Island of Langeland

   Denmark  Baltic Sea
Along Langeland’s coast, we find one of history’s busiest shipping lanes and an impressive ship graveyard.

The naturalist and macro photographer will find many exciting visual and ecological discoveriesbelow and above the sea, from the subtle hues of the Danish white nights and landscapes to the magnificent underwater stone reefs.

Divecenter Langeland is situated in an old picturesque farm house from 1777 on the Danish island of Langeland in Southern Denmark.

There is immediate access to this plethora of wrecks from various eras including many well preserved WWII wrecks as well as subsea Stone Age and viking settlements.
This is the wreck of Dr. Eichelbaum - a german WW2 armoured trawler, sunk in the Great Belt in 26meters, and just 15 min from the beach. On this wreck some sportsdivers found a lot of interesting artifacts. For example these:
These are the code wheels from the top-secret German code machine Enigma
To supplement the wreck diving we usually go reef diving as dive number two
This is from a German Motortorpedoboat. This one is a shallow dive - only 12meters. How about that for accessibility?
Common plaice - this one had confidence in his camouflage. Could have ended him up on my frying pan if I hadn't had my hands full of camera.
The Great Belt - the most important shipping lane between the Baltic and the Atlantic. This narrow strait is littered with exciting wrecks and reefs, just a few mins away with the RIB.
Theis the wreck of "Tromp" - blown up by a mine. Now it is covered by a a fur of sealillies.
The water is real close - walking distance from the dive centre. In this bay there are both remains from viking and stone age settlements
These flint scrapers from early stone age may have been produced 13,000 years ago. Want to find one yourself?
These tunicates are photographed right there too
A goby watching his territory - night dives are really easy. Though in mid summer the sunset is really late.
The chalets of the Dive centre have direct view over a protected nature reserve and the sunset! A perfect place for a good barbeque.
The reefs in the currents are teeming with life.
You don't need a boat to get to the reefs. Here they end on the beach. Grab your camera and hop in.
This is the wreck of Island - another German warship and WW2 casualty. At 25 meters you get ample bottom time.
"Stentrans" is a big wreck - and a fairly modern one. It lies on its port side in 24meters of water. This is the crane boom in front of the first cargo hold. We are looking aft, so the silhouet to the left of the diver is the starboard rail and behind the diver is the brigde with "up" pointing right
This is my curiosity shot: A seaspider - about 1½ cms, or ½ inch long - I had only seen them in textbooks, when this one came dancing past me when I was photographing the plaice above. This is in 2 meters of water.

And that is what I like about this place. I always see something new.

And so will you.

Peter Symes - 2004

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B&W Lynettern

   Denmark
In central copenhagen.

Go to Refshalevej, and drive past the Lynetten Sailclub. the 2nd curve on the road.

Diving in small bay, good for students.

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Black Rock

   Myanmar (Burma)  Andaman Sea
Black Rock,

An outcrop dropping like stairs to over 70m (220 feet).

It's a wall dive site and deep dives are part of the menu !
Whale sharks are there, as they are in Thai waters, Manta rays, Grey reef sharks, Leopard sharks, Eagle rays, and sometimes Bowmouth guitarfish.

Wall down to 220 feet

Live-aboard boat from Phuket or Ranong

Variable from 10-50 metres

Variable, often strong. Over 3 knots for the spring equinox tides (march)

Good and colorful, some ghostpipefish.

Fantastic, very exciting; sharks, rays, "A Must" saee dive site

Great diving. Shark's everything possible



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Three Stooges

   Myanmar (Burma)  Andaman Sea
This site goes by many names

3 Stooges (Three Islets) or Shark Cave or In Through the outdoor.

Distance from Phuket: 170 NM

Distance from Victoria Point: 53 NM

3 Stooges consists of one small island and two large rocks, all of which rise above the surface. Each could be considered a separate site; there is no way to see them all on a single dive, or even a full day of diving.

All three are perfectly suited for multilevel profiles, with thriving marine life from the bottom to the surface.

Underwater, the combination of unusual topography and a tremendous variety of creatures makes this one of the best dive sites in the Mergui Archipelago.

Nearly every square meter is riddled with crevices that provide shelter and holdfasts for an enormous volume of fish and invertebrate life. Aside from the marine life, another outstanding feature is a large canyon on the north end of the main island where you can encounter up to a dozen semi-resident grey reef sharks.

Past the canyon on the right you will find an opening to a tunnel that runs completely through the island and exits on the east side at about 15m. Be sure not to disturb the several huge tawny nurse sharks that sometimes rest within the crevices as you pass through.

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M'il Channel

   Micronesia  Pacific
Diving in Yap has made the top 5 lists in recent years by premier photographers and authorities on dive travel. M'il Channel is legendary for the majestic manta rays that feast in the coral channel which is also used as their cleaning station. The giant mantas of Yap weigh upwards of a ton and stretch more than a dozen feet tip to tip.

A single manta encounter may be the most awe-inspiring event one can hope to experience in a lifetime of diving.

There are other equally spectacular dive sites around Yap. And more have yet to be discovered. We encourage visitors to stay longer and visit all the dive sites. Your tour guides are always friendly and helpful. Visit our website for more information: website


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Blue Hole, Belize

   Belize  Caribbean Sea
The Blue Hole is a feature attraction of diving in Belize. It is part of the Lighthouse Reef System and lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth,
It is an almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (.4 km) across. Inside this hole the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep and it is the depth of water which gives the deep blue color.
The array of bizarre stalactites and limestone formations seem to become more intricate and intense the deeper you dive.
The temperature in the Blue Hole at 130ft is about 76F with hardly any change throughout the year at that depth.
For all the practical purposes the over 400-foot depth makes the Blue Hole a bottomless pit. The walls are sheer from the surface until a depth of approximately 110 feet where you will begin to encounter stalactite formations which actually angle back, allowing you to dive underneath monstrous overhangs. Hovering amongst the stalactites, you can't help but feel humbled by the knowledge that the massive formation before you once stood high and dry above the surface of the sea eons ago. The feeling is enhanced by the dizzying effect of nitrogen breathed at depths. The water is motionless and the visibility often approaches 200 feet as you break a very noticeable thermocline.


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