Diving the World’s Largest Living Thing: Australia

There is arguably nothing more thrilling for worldly scuba divers than the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef, or GBR as it’s known by locals and frequent visitors. Hailed as the world’s “largest living thing,” GBR is the brass ring for reef and wreck divers of all skill levels, and every trip presents a…

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Diving Komodo: More Than Dragons

While the giant, predatory lizards put Komodo on the map, Komodo was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011 for its lack of human alterations, beauty and ecological significance. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some say visiting here is like visiting Bali 20 years ago. Komodo is part…

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Bali: Ancient Wonders Above, Natural Wonders Below

Bali is an island province of Indonesia known for ancient Buddhist temples, architecture and lovely people. It is a highlight of arts, including wood and metal working, traditional and modern dance, painting, leatherwork and sculpture. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands the world. Bali has been in the…

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A Truly Exotic Dive Experience: Manado, Indonesia

When it comes to truly exotic diving destinations, it’s hard to beat Manado and Lembeh Island. Featuring a wealth of right-priced diving resorts, and blooming tropical landscapes both underwater and on land, this northeastern corner of Indonesia deserves its glowing reputation from worldly divers. Wall dives, drift diving, and incredible macro photography are all available,…

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Thailand: From Siam to Smiles, World Class Travel

This Southeast Asian is called the “Land of a Thousand Smiles” and is known for reasonable prices, warm and welcoming people, miles of tropical beaches, rainforests, cultural attractions, and of course — spectacular scuba diving. East or West? Along the southern peninsula is where you will find access to most of Thailand diving, which offers…

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Diving the Philippines – 7,100 Islands in the “Coral Triangle”

Imagine having the freedom to discover more than 7,100 islands and thousands of miles of coastline with a single diving vacation – how on earth could you possibly see it all? This is the dilemma that divers face when they visit the Philippines. As part of the “Coral Triangle,” the Philippines arguably has more dive…

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Truk (Chuuk): Battleground of WWII and Wreck Dives Galore

Look at the tiny region of Truk, native name Chuuk, on a map, and you’ll see miniature blips of land that are miles away from the nearest continent. Located more than 1,000 miles north of New Guinea – the closest major body of land – this tiny Micronesian diving destination is, quite literally, worlds away…

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Vanuatu: WWII History and Stunningly Beautiful Tropical Islands

Most won’t remember James Michener’s famous collection of stories, Tales of the South Pacific, based on his experiences as a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander during WWII while stationed in Vanuatu (formerly called New Hebrides). The stories were later turned into a Broadway musical and two films. Vanuatu was the inspiration for those tales and for…

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Palau: 3 Ocean Currents Converge to Create a Dazzling Dive Experience

What do you get when three of the planet’s ocean currents meet in one place? The “underwater Serengeti.” More than 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral in one place who thrive in the nutrient-dense currents. Palau is one of the world’s most bio-diverse regions, including a plethora of plant and bird life…

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Diving Yap: Manta Rays, Manta Rays, Manta Rays

If you want to dive with mantas, Yap is your spot. More than 100 mantas call Yap home year-round, with more joining in December to April for mating season. The mantas cruise into protected channels and practically line up like a car wash for a cleaning at one of the many cleaning stations. This island…

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