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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Solomon Islands: Untouched by 20th Century Development

Here’s a secret: If you want a world-class, unspoiled dive destination all to yourself, consider the Solomon Islands. Situated between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in the south Pacific, this tropical archipelago of almost 1,000 islands has remained almost untouched by commercial development. Since the islands are in such a remote area, the diving remains…

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Papua New Guinea: Culture as Diverse as the Diving

More than 800 indigenous languages are spoken here among its more than 7 million people who mostly still live in their rural, tribal communities. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and one of the least explored. You can even visit a skull cave in some areas, where…

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Fiji: Soft Coral Capital of the World

You’ve definitely seen breath-taking photos of Fiji if you’ve ever picked up a travel magazine or hit a website. Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific that offers natural beauty, stunning beaches, crystalline water, and friendly and fun locals within its archipelago of more than 300 islands. The main islands are Viti Levu…

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The Galapagos: Dive the Evolutionary Melting Pot

An island chain so far from human influence that in addition to unique plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, the animals who live here developed no natural fear of humans. This 19-island chain about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador inspired Charles Darwin to develop the theory of natural selection when…

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Bonaire: Epic Shore Diving Galore

Image this:  You roll out of bed in your hotel or bungalow, woof down a quick (or a leisurely one – your choice), and head out to your rental truck. Throw however many tanks you’ll need for the day into the back, and head out. Using the map provided by the Bonaire National Marine Park,…

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Curacao: A Shore Diver’s Dream

Imagine taking a drive around a stunning Caribbean island, pulling up to an unpopulated beach, and being steps away from incredible shore diving that’s ripe with vibrant corals and crowds of exotic marine life. Well, this pretty dream is effectively everyday life in Curacao. Located about 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, and part…

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