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Vera K

   Cyprus  Aegean Sea
The Vera K is a medium size freighter sitting upright in 10 metres. It is an ideal dive to introduce beginners to wreck diving. It is sunk in a crater so, as a site, it is well defined. It has an intact wheelhouse but the rest of the wreck is in various states of collapse.
It takes a short boat ride (10 minutes) from Paphos harbor, where there are a couple of dive operations (Cydive being the most established).
It takes a good 45 minutes to explore the wreck and surrounding crater. There are caves that are very safe for a swim through and, if you are lucky, you will see Big George. He's a massive grouper (cow sized!) and I have no idea how he got that big in the Mediterranean but he is not a myth. I've seen him! He's understandably shy of divers and you won't get close enough to photograph him, let alone touch him.

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The Hermes

   Bermuda  Atlantic
This was a deliberate sinking in the mid 80's. I haven't seen it recently but when I was on it there was not a lot of coral growth.
The boat has been stripped clean but there is still plenty of photogenic machinery inside. There's plenty to explore and worth a couple of dives. It is a most requested wreck on the south shore as it is the biggest and most intact (unless you know different).
The deck is around 60 foot so start deep and ascend later, leaving the wheelhouse till a quick swim thro at last.
There are loads of other wrecks nearby for a second dive. I'll tell you about them when I gety time!
Bermuda is a cracking place. Everything revolves around Hamiltion. Apparently there are more people per square mile than anywhere else (and most are well heeled).
It's a popular place with NY divers as it is the nearest bit of decent diving and the shortest flight. Steer clear in May/June as the humidity is opressive.


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Mida Wreck

   Kenya  Indian Ocean
It took about 30 minutes to this dive site. The wreck is an old steel shrimp boat which is about 120 feet long. My camera was kept busy with an octopus, rock cod, a moray and shoals of batfish. The wreck is quite incrusted so a good opportunity for macro.

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Canyon, Watamu

   Kenya  Indian Ocean
This dive is in the National Marine Reserve. A quick 20minute boat ride takes you to a moored buoy. A descent to about 10metres will find you at the reef top. Covered with soft and hard corals. Plenty here to photograph. Just over the edge of the reef is a large arch that was filled with a shoal of glass fish. There are two reefs that you can explore, separated by a gully. We were told that whale sharks have been seen here, but were not lucky enough to encounter one ourselves. We did however see two turtles swimming calmly past, and spotted what looked like a dolphin in the distance.

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The Throne Room

   Jamaica  Caribbean Sea
The dive starts by finning amongst coral and sponges and then you can see a gap in the reef. The opening is about 18 feet by 5 feet (be careful not to bash the coral) and as you come through you will gasp at the view. It is framed with colourful corals and sponges (almost like a window). There were several schools of fish and when they passed we could then see why the site was called the throne room. It has a sponge formation that sits on the floor in the shape of a throne.



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Ahrax Point

   Malta  Mediterranean Sea
Make sure that you use a marker buoy or you are likely to get hit on the head by boats going from Malta to Gozo. The site is accessed through a narrow inlet where a snorkel of approx 10 mins will give you the option of either turning left where a reef is located, or right for a large cave. Either option will give good subjects for photography.

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Amed, Bali

   Indonesia  Indian Ocean
You can either do a shore dive to this site or take a day boat for diving on the wall(a 5 minute swim from shore will get you to the reef). It is a good site for instruction as there is a flat bottom lagoon. There are Napoleon Wrasse and Dogtooth Tuna as well as schools. Lots of colourful coral and macro subjects.



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Shark Point , Phuket

   Thailand  Andaman Sea
Shark Point is part of a Marine Sanctuary that was created in 1992, where there is no commercial fishing, and collecting marine life is forbidden. You will find a reef teaming with life, and a sandy bottom where leopard sharks often rest. It is very colourful, with schools of tropical fish, sea fans and soft corals covering the rock. It can be hard work finning with a quite brisk current, but they do tend to run parallel to the reef. A good photograhic dive.


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Anemone Reef, Phuket

   Thailand  Andaman Sea
The dive site is a huge pinnacle that starts at its peak just below the surface and then decends some 30m. It took about an hour to reach by boat, but was well worth the wait. We saw sea anemones as far as the eye could see that looked like huge fields swaying in the breeze. There are plenty of fish to photograph, including tuna, barracuda, tropical and clown fish and an abundance of lion fish. Although we did not see any we were told that you could find leopard shark here.

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Lo Stazzu, Costa Paradiso, Sardinia

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
I found this dive hard work on the legs but worth it. You start off by swimming down a crevice to a sandy-bottomed cave which ended up at about 26 m. Then there is a chimney that you go up where you end up at a more shallow depth. We saw a slipper lobster (that's the one with the funny looking armour. Good opportunity for macro with coral and nudibranchs, and also some good shots of a couple of eels and a huge fan mussel.


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La Punta, Costa Paradiso, Sardinia

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
The Dive centres around a rocky outcrop that has caves and tunnels. We saw an octopus who didn't want his picture taken, lots of nudibranchs (my favourite, a few sea bream and plenty of macro subjects. Our dive guide also pointed out a mussel called Pinna nobilis fan mussel which is apparently a protected species in Italy.

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Le Guglie, Costa Paradiso, Sardinia

   Italy  Mediterranean Sea
We descended the anchor line, and came to some rocks at around 7 m, and then the bottom ran slowly down till 30m. The area was very rocky but we found some tunnels and caves abundant in nudibranchs, egg spirals, sea squirts, small sea fans. It was mainly macro photography, although we did spot a conger eel and a couple of crawfish. There are no big fish here, but plenty of life around to photograph, and the water was warm, but i was wearing a wet suit.

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Great White Wall

   Fiji  Pacific
Fiji is known for it's huge sea fans and soft corals, along with mantas, hammerheads and big pelagics. The diving is for all levels with shallow and deep reefs, ledges, wall diving, lagoons and wrecks. Dive sites are the Great White Wall, Purple and Red Wall, Yellow Wall, Rainbow Reef and the Pinnacle. At Beqa you will find a reef-filled lagoon with it's outer reefs having drop-offs that can plunge up to a mile down bringing in sharks and pelagics. Diving is all year, although there is normally a plankton bloom from February thro March. The water here is warm, but a lightweight wetsuit or lycra suit will give protection from abrasion etc.

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Papua New Guinea

   Papua New Guinea  Pacific
The reefs here are still pretty pristine, and hard and soft corals are numerous in the lagoons, and around the islands and reefs. There is diving for every level of experience, deep reefs, shallow coral gardens, walls and of course WWII wrecks. The main diving areas are Madang for coral and Hansa Bay where you will encounter many shallow wrecks. Tufi has the fjords of Cape Nelson and Wlindi has sone of the most spectacular pinnacle and reef diving. There are also many live-aboard boats that visit the Islands and coral atolls. A lightweight wetsuit or lycra suit is advisable as protection from abrasion etc. The wet season is from December - April but diving is all year round.

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Solomon Islands

   Solomon islands  Pacific
There is diving for every level here, with reef and wall diving along with numerous wrecks. There is endless opportunities for the underwater photographer. Brilliant soft corals, huge sea fans and hard corals, along with turtles, shoals, manta rays and the occassional hammerhead.

Wrecks are most prolific on the seabed in Guadalcanal, and Gizo also has many wrecks. The wet season here is November to April when severe storms can arrive, but diving is available all year round although the best time is from April - October.

For protection against sharp coral etc. a lightweight wetsuit or lycra suit is advised.

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Blue Corner

   Palau  Pacific
This has got to be one of the Worlds' best dives!

It has everything. The Marine life is big and small but with a roaring current you don't really have time to examine the colorful wall. It's hold on to your hat time and go with the flow.

The large pelagics are wall to wall and there is nothing more thrilling than to see the multidudinous sharks dart in for a nibble of some fish.

Predation is the name of the game and this is why the critters are so profuse I guess.

As you fly along (and that's what it is like) you need to be aware of where your group is (obviously) and watch your depth.

I was a bit wary getting in as there were huge breakers at the top of the drop off. Your dive master should put you in a ways off, get down quick and get to the wall.

The local dive guides are good, but perhaps a bit slack so tell 'em what you want.

Enjoy!

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Cape Saunders

   New Zealand  Pacific
You can reach the site via a track which can get muddy when it rains so a 4 wheel drive would be a good idea. Park at the locked gate with the koha box on the post, and follow the fenceline down the hill in an Easterly direction. Be wary of the route down the cliffs as some concentration is required! Make sure that your shore party are strong and fit and can help you get in and out of the water (confidence is needed here)!
The Cape is very exposed to the south, and therefore should not be attempted with any sort of southerly swell. If you can see signs of breaking water at the island then don't attempt it. In good conditions this is a fantastic dive for the experienced diver. The cliffs plunge straight into the sea and there are reefs to explore with lots of cracks, crevices and caves. There is a seal colony close by that can also make for good photographic subjects.


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