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denise pygmy seahorse camouflaged on pink coral in Raja Ampat

By Emily C
On: 17th January, 2024

Just back from…. Lembeh Resort and Papua Paradise, North Raja Ampat

  • Lembeh Strait
  • Raja Ampat
  • Indonesia

Toward the end of 2023 one of our Original Divers, Emily, was lucky enough to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Lembeh and Raja Ampat. The latter has long occupied the top spot of her diving bucket list, with its pellucid turquoise waters, hidden lagoons and out-of-this-world sea…

Seahorse

By Emily C
On: 9th August, 2023

A Visit to the Islands of Tanzania: Pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia Island

  • Spice Islands & the Tanzanian Coast
  • Tanzania
  • Mafia Island
  • Pemba Island
  • Zanzibar

Mention travelling in Tanzania and chances are you'll be quizzed on which safari reserve you're visiting. Yet this East African marvel harbours just as much diversity off its shores. Contrary to those who like to spend their holidays on dry land, my recent visit to Tanzania took me on an…

Nudibranch

By Emily C
On: 6th June, 2023

Top Ten Nudibranch Facts

  • Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Australia
  • French Polynesia
  • Palau

From the bright red Spanish dancer to Hopkins's rose nudibranch, neon green leaf sheep nudibranch - otherwise known as 'Shawn the Sheep' -, and the orange-peel Doris nudibranch, fabulously coloured nudibranchs have amassed a cult-like following among divers. Hailed as the 'Jewels of the…

coral fragment

By Emily C
On: 6th June, 2023

Top Ten Coral Facts

From long, wispy strands of sea whip coral to coral-encrusted walls, and from shallow patches of lettuce leaf corals to the bulbous grooved brain coral, coral reefs are the pièce de résistance for many divers. After all, these underwater cities offer some of the best animal viewing on the…

Reef, fish and diver

By Emily C
On: 5th June, 2023

Top Five Biodiverse Destinations for Divers

  • Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Philippines
  • Egypt

From Alaska to the Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica to the Serengeti, the world's topside treasures are regularly touted for their extraordinary biodiversity. Yet despite covering a whopping 70% of the planet, the ocean rarely gets a shoutout. In fact, 80% of the world's life is found in the…

Frogfish

By Emily C
On: 1st June, 2023

Top Ten Weird and Wonderful Frogfish Facts

  • Indonesia
  • Raja Ampat
  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Philippines
  • Mexico

From hairy to warty, psychedelic to shaggy, few fish are stranger in appearance than the frogfish. But make no mistake, these camouflaged critters are dressed to kill. From masquerading as coral to boasting the fastest strike in the ocean, frogfish are the masters of aggressive mimicry. So…

Gozo diving

By Emily C
On: 13th April, 2023

Five of Our Top Dive Sites in Gozo

  • Gozo
  • Malta

Only a three to four hour flight from most European airports, Gozo is the perfect destination for a short summer break. With sun, sea and brilliant diving, and suitable for both beginner and advanced divers looking for a fix of wrecks, caves and caverns, Gozo has a repertoire to impress any…

Sulawesi

By Emily C
On: 16th March, 2023

How To Spend Your Dry Days in Sulawesi

  • Northern Sulawesi
  • Indonesia

Having visited Northern Sulawesi last year, our resident marine biologist and dive expert, Emily, knows the appeal of the dreamy wall dives filled with turtles in Bunaken and the critter hub of Lembeh, and knows that a diver can happily be occupied for hours on end underwater here. But what…

Diving underwater next to coral

By Emily C
On: 7th March, 2023

Top Tips for Muck Diving

Most divers look for variation in their diving, and muck diving is something that provides just that. If you are looking for more than pretty reefs or pelagics, try your hand at muck diving, as these apparently 'baren' underwater landscapes are home to an endless supply of critters and…

Mototi Octopus

By Emily C
On: 22nd December, 2022

Critters of Dauin

  • Dumaguete and Dauin
  • Philippines

Dauin, located on the south coast of Negros Island, is known for being a 'critter hub' of the Philippines, and the area offers plenty of opportunity for divers to tick off a huge variety of wonderful creatures from their bucket lists. The Dauin area is possibly one of the best macro…