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cannibal rock

   Indonesia  Banda Sea
an adrenalin dive. get in get down and then try to get across the top of the pinnacle to where the sharks hang out. this is a dive for experienced divers. the shark action was great but nothing compared to the amount of schooling fish. we see schools of every reef fish going. i would say at least 30000 fish probably double that, i lost count at 2134. not a site for a big camera rig though. the current you have to fight is 4-5 knots.

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7 Tree Island,Port Hardy,B.C.

   Canada  Pacific
A colourful wall full of life on one side and a shallow kelp forest with many inhabitants on the other. As you descend you find a ledge at 50 feet, covered in white plumose anemones. This is your chance to make any needed gear adjustments before descending over what seems to be a bottomless wall. Pinks, reds, oranges, purples dazzle the eyes. Soft corals, sponges, anemones cover the wall and king crabs, irish lords and sea purch hide in plain sight. Barnacles feed in the current and divers can float effortlessly as the current takes you gently to the end of the island. When you round the end you enter a shallow kelp forest, home to many different fish, including the elusive rock greenling. What a dive!

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Seymour Narrows

   Canada  Pacific
A beutiful wall dive in a channel that has some of the fastest tidal currents in the world. Always dove at slack.

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Malapascua Island/Cebu

   Philippines  Visayan Sea
Monad Shoal is about a 15-20 minute boat ride from Malapascua Island. Malapascua Island is found off the northern end of the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It is accessed by ferry from the town of Maya. Monad Shoal is one of the few areas where you can routinely sight Thresher Sharks. It's not a 100% and there can be dry spells. I sighted Threshers in 3 out of 4 dives when made at the right time of day. In late October, early November, that means being in the water around 6 AM. I made a couple of dives later in the morning. No Threshers, but did see a nice octopus on one dive and some nice nudibranchs including a Neon Slug on the other. I made two afternoon dives there. On the first we had a nice Manta Ray sighting. It swooped in over us and just kept circling out and back in. My buddy with the video camera got 18 minutes of footage! On the other afternoon dive I made we didn't see Manta's that day, but I did see a couple of nice stonefish. It's in an exposed are and there can be a current, so something to be aware of. Visibility on a good day can be 60 ft+.... the average is closer to 30 ft. Lots of small fish life... cleaner wrasse, some anemone's and clownfish, saw some nice size batfish on one dive. All in all definitely worth the trip!

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Playa Crashboat

   Puerto Rico  Caribbean Sea
Playa Crashboat is an excellent diving site. It is located on Route 107 in Aguadilla. Offering easy shore entry and exits, it is a must dive for all levels of divers. There are four piers above the water and one sunken. Originally, Navy boats docked there to be ready to rescue downed airplanes from the former Ramey Air Force Base. Max. depth around the piers is 35 feet. There is a vast amount of marine life on the piling of the piers. Often you find a lobster or two under the sunken pier. Turtles and seahorses linger around the pilings. The sandy bottom is home to gobies and queen conch.

For the technical diver, a sunken buoy sits at 120' feet of water. Local divers have marked with lines routes to points of interest such as the "tires" and the sunken buoy.

Puerto Rico Technical Diving Center offers guided shore dives to Playa Crashboat (and other local dive sites) during the day or night for a reasonable fee. Experienced divers may want to rent equipment and do a self-guided tour. PRTDC will give a complimentary briefing to its customers upon request about the conditions and route.

-DAY OR NIGHT--Good all around dive

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Migra ferha

   Malta  Mediterranean Sea
Pretty difficult (hard work) to get to the entry point unless you boat dive it.
Wind has to be perfect for the shore dive as the exit point can be difficult.

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castle Rock

   Indonesia  Indian Ocean
During our dives we have encountered amazing marine life, large amounts of sharks, mainly white tip and grey reef, large shoals of jacks, snapper, surgeon fish and fusiliers.
Large groupers can be seen on most dives and we have also seen some of the biggest hump head wrasse we have seen for years. Turtles abound, Manta rays are common and eagle rays, we spotted regularly.


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Baikal

   Russia
Five-star diving – you would usually think about some tropical sea, big white whips, tanned ship crew, colorful underwater world and a lot of creatures… Have you seen all of that already? Your soul is looking for wilderness and beauty of cold waters? You are looking for extreme and you want your friends to envy, when you’re telling about your trip? And you want your trip be simply “super”. Experienced instructors. So that there is something to see underwater. And accommodation on the highest level.

We have it all at Baikal! We have the most complete map of dive sites of Baikal, un-standard way of organizing dive-trips, original approaches. Come, Dive, Tell your friends! Especially for those who value UNSTANDARD DIVING we offer exclusive programs of diving at Baikal, combined with excellent time-spending on the highest level.



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statia

   Netherlands Antilles  Caribbean Sea
I have been diving over all of the Caribbean and have at last settled on St Eustatius (Statia). I has everything a diver could want and the folks are nice. The population of the island is under 3000, so there is little tourist trade and is passed by the cruise ships. I have been diving since 1964 and this will have to rate as probably the top. I expect to be going here until I get too old to dive.


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bettolina di CapoCervo

   Italy  Ligurian Sea
photo and video of this dive site on website and website

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port sudan

   Sudan  Red Sea
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Cirkewwa Rosi wreck

   Malta
An extremely accessible yet diverse and interesting wreck dive coupled with 2 separate anchors, a shallow but colorful wall and an underwater statue placed their recently by divers.

The wreck, which is called the Rosi, is of large size and lies just very slightly tilted. The deepest part, the propeller, lies at 32 meters. It is in pristine condition and is visited often by divers who bring food and thus have encouraged large shoals of friendly, medium and small sized fish. Small groupers are frequent spots, as too are large Morey ells.



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Lao Lao resort wall

   Northern Mariana Islands  Pacific
you can get film developed in town, or get digital prints.
there are many dive sites all around Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
The Grottoe is one of the top 3 dive sites globally as voted in Diver magazine of 2004.
visibility is usually fantastic, water temp usually 84 F!!! all year.
Saipan is on the Guinness book of world records for having the least annual temperature change = Summer 350 days out of the year, and 15 days of wind and rain.
boat rental is typically 150/day unless used as a dive package.


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Dollabarat, Azores

   Portugal
Awsome. It´s a seamount near Island of Santa Maria, Azores. It´s called Dollabarat because of the first boat to study it.

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USS Oriskany

   United States
This is one of the great dive sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The 900' long air craft carrier is a monster and has something for everyone. The island is just 65' below the surface and stops at the flight deck 135' down. This is where the bulk of the diving takes place, but for the tech divers out there this wreck is a playground and a half that you can have almost all to youself. You don't have to take my word for it go online and contact any of the shops in Pensacola, Fl. ( I suggest MBT Divers 850 455 7702 or website )they all agree this is THE GREAT CARRIER REEF.

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Anilau, Batangas

   Philippines  Sulu and Sulawesi Seas
We stayed at Dive 7000, a small family-run "resort" with adequate air-conditioned rooms and good food. The diving is world-class literally right off the steps of the resort but you can go out on a banka each day to many of the other fabulous dive sites. Don't expect to see big critters here. Concentrate on the 2500 species of reef fish, the beautiful coral, multitude of nudibranches and other invertebrates. Excellent for Macro photography. I've been diving around the world for 29 years and this is the best! You will see more in one dive here than you see in an entire week somewhere else. Frog fish in every color, large and small, leaf fish, ghost pipe fish in at least 4 varieties, seahorses (one curled it's tail around my outstretched finger!), mandarin fish, flamboyant cuttlefish, dragonetes. Half the time I have to photograph something and look it up later. Many of my photos contain surprises when I see them on the computer like a small shrimp in bubble coral or a ghost pipefish in a crinoid that I hadn't noticed when I took the photo.
I'm convinced that this is the best kept dive secret there is! Spectacular night diving.
Three hours drive south of Manila. The resort can send a driver for you. Best part, besides it being very reasonably priced? They do everything for you. Come out of the water and strip off your gear and it will magically appear all dry and laid out for your dive the next morning! I like that. Actually there are two "best parts." There were NO mosquitoes at all, which is why I usually do live-aboards instead of land-based dive sites. Best time to go--the dry season March-June. Water temp is about 81-82. I was too hot in a 3.2 mil wetsuit and was much more comfortable when I dived in a skin and a very thin shortie.

After Anilau we flew to Dumaguete to dive Bahura and Apo Island from the Bahura Resort, more upscale rooms and food but they don't rinse your wetsuit for you. The diving is just a spectacular there but night diving is not allowed unless you get permission from the Mayor. We did get permission for one fabulous dive. Water temp 82-84.
Next trip will be to Tubbataha on an Explorer Boat but I'd love to stop by Bahura Resort and Dive 7000 in Anilau again if I have the time.

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Ma. La Gorda

   Cuba  Caribbean Sea
21°49' N, 84°28' W
Situado en la Ensenada de Corrientes, Península de Guanacahabibes.
Provincia de Pinar del Rio


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Cobalt Ridge, Cobalt Coast Resort

   Cayman islands  Caribbean Sea
Divetech at Cobalt Coast Resorts house reef is an easy shore dive just off the end of the pier. The mini wall is 5 minutes off shore that teams with seafans to the coral reef formation that starts at 30 feet of depth. Excellent photo opportunities, abundant marine life, large schools of snapper, grunts, sargeant majors, baracuda, schoolmasters and riddles with colorful sponges in all colors of the rainbow.

Access for shore is easy, and the dive shop hosts restrooms, showers, changing rooms, lockers, retail shop, restaurant, bar, rental equipment, dive site maps, shaded setup benches, rinse tank, drying rack, fresh water pool. Snorklers are welcome also!

1 345 946-5658
click here to email 
website

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Astola Coral Reef

   Pakistan  Arabian Sea
Astolla (Haft Talar) Island


Overview


Despite the name given to the island by the locals (Haft Talar-meaning 'seven rocks'), the island appears to form a single block roughly 3 miles in length and one mile in width with an estimated height of two hundred feet at its highest point. An isolated rocky area has broken away from the main block towards the south end. Given that the island is not sheltered from the open sea, it is subject to strong wave attack during the southwest monsoons, when wave height exceeds 3.5 meters. The coastline therefore suffers from severe erosion and most of the littoral material is lost to the sea.


Geographical coordinates: 25°07'N, 63°52'E.
Altitude: (average and/or max. & min.) 0-200 m
Area: (in hectares) c. 5,000

A small solar operated beacon has been constructed on the top of one of the island's cliffs for the safety of passing vessels.


General location:


The island is situated in the northern Arabian Sea, approximately 25 kilometers off the mainland coast, 40 kilometers East-Southeast of Pasni Harbor, in Blochistan province. It comes under the Pasni subdivision of Gawader district.

The island supports some rare and vulnerable species of animals such as endanger species Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and quite possibly critically endanger species Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbracata)

The site is of special value for maintaining the genetic and ecological diversity of the area. There is a considerable convergence of plant and animal species that inhabit the island and the surrounding waters.


The area is of special value as the nesting ground of Green turtles and possibly the Hawksbill turtle. As well as, the site is of special value for at least one endemic animal species, Echis carinatus astoli, and viper


Ecological features:


The natural vegetation is composed of zeromorphic type able to survive the arid climate. It does not only suffer from extreme drought but also from wind carrying saline particles. Salt sprays coupled with sand particles clog the respiratory mechanism of plants, affecting growth. Prosopis juliflora is the most significant widespread species distributed in the island. Indigofera oblongifolia and Hycium depressum are also prevalent forming large bushes. Other types of vegetation found include Sueda fruticosa, Aerua persica.

Noteworthy fauna:

The island is reported to support a large number of breeding seabirds including Larus hemprichii and several species of terns. Avifauna includes: Ardeola cinerea, Egretta gularis, Pluvialis squatarola, Numenius arquata, Limosa limosa, Calidris minutus, Larus argentatus, Larus genei, Cursorius coromandelius, Galerida cristata, Oenanthe deserti, and Prinia spp.


Sightings of cetaceans such as dolphins and to a lesser extent, whales have also been reported. In fact, in December 1994, a large whale (possibly sperm whale) carcass washed up on the shores of Ganz, Balochistan. Recent evidence indicates that significant, previously undocumented populations of up to 20 species of whale and dolphin occur within the Pakistani Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Studies in neighboring Oman, combined with newly available data on illegal Soviet and Japanese whaling off Pakistan in the 1960s, verbal reports of sightings by fishermen, and records of beach-cast specimens, suggest large numbers of many species of whale and dolphin spend part of the year in Pakistani waters. It can be surmised that these cetaceans, which are primarily dependent on the highly productive Southern Arabian upwelling system, use parts of the Pakistani EEZ for both calving and feeding.



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Karachi

   Pakistan  Arabian Sea

Karachi has not been on world map as far as Scuba Diving is concerned, this port city of Pakistan offers various type of scuba diving. Two major areas provide interesting opportunities to explore at Coordinate: - (24°47′46.07″ N 67°02′38.44″E) …

1 Ship wrecks
Karachi is known as a graveyard of Ships, which sank during the last 40 years and are still laying submerged beyond the Manora break water within a radius of six miles. They pose a potential threat to the visiting Vessels approaching KPT entrance buoy.

A short history of some of the ships followed: -


MV ABASIN-
Pakistani flag vessel, MV Abbasin, had sunk after hitting the wreckage of a Panamanian carrier, MV Isebina, 1972. The wreckage of Isebina was removed by a foreign salvage company hired by the Government of Pakistan but the wreckage of MV Abbasin is still lying submerged four miles southeast of the Manora breakwaters.

Dynamic Venture-
27th July, 1972
Depth 8 meters
Dynamic Venture, sank in the Karachi waters in 1977 and is laying submerged northwest of the Manora breakwaters. This Panamanian ship was deliberately sunk by the crew of the vessel in protest against the non-payment of their wages by the owner. The crew was rescued by another foreign ship which also towed Dynamic Venture some distance away to her sub-aqua grave

MV Munir-
10th March, 1977
Depth 15 meters
MV Munir, belonged to a Gulf State (UAE), sunk in 1977, and is laying about a quarter mile southeast of the Manora breakwaters

MV Nanda Devi-
23rd March, 1977
Depth 14 meters
MV Nanda Devi, belonging to India, sank in 1980 and is laying 3.5 miles west of the Manora breakwaters



MV Regal Sun –
15th Oct, 1979
Depth 13 meters
MV Regal Sun, sank 2.2 miles off the Manora breakwaters when it broke in two parts and sank…

MV Dia Hatim –
27th June, 1980
Depth 15 meters
MV Dia Hatim, is laying submerged eight miles south-east of the Manora breakwaters

MV Amir- laying on her port-side opposite Himalya, but is not considered dangerous for shipping traffic, and many more interesting wrecks inviting scuba divers to explore them.
As the topography near the Karachi is mostly sandy and gentle slope, these ships wrecks have attracted marine life over the period and formed artificial reef with lots of cnidarians, crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks, worms, invertebrates.


Tsunami 2004
As you know healthy coral reefs provide their adjacent coasts with substantially more protection from destructive tsunami waves than do unhealthy or dead reefs, a Princeton University study suggests.

The tsunami 2004.Devastated the coastlines of the Indian Ocean, but in Pakistan the effect of tsunami were quit different it brought new spawn of different new species of corals from neighboring coral reefs, the mass migrated offspring started cloning and forming new reefs at incredible speed. During last two years over 30+ new species has been noticed so far and serious effort required observing and documenting this new Eon.
This will be golden opportunity for divers of the world to peep into the history of millions of years ago and witness some of the fact about the process of evaluation.


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