The Maldives 2010 click here >>>
It has been many years since I first thought of diving in the Maldives, the big attraction for me are the Mantas.
Up until recently there didn't seem a spot in the Maldives where you could almost guarantee seeing mantas on every dive. A great deel of research has now been done to predict the feeding habits of the mantas, taking into account the time of the year, the seasons, tides, sea conditions and the weather. Even with all this data you can go and be unlucky, but the odds are very much in your favour if you go with a group that take all of these considerations in to account and carefully plan the dive sites and the timing of your trip.

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Ganga Island 2008 click here >>>
Following our first fantastic trip to Gangga in 2006 (See report below) we all wanted to come back and dive the wonderful reefs in the Bengka area again. We felt we had only glimpsed a under the surface, and one week was not enough to see the splender of the "Gangga underwater world". For this trip we again decided to split the two weeks with KBR, but on reflection we all wished we had done the two weeks at Gangga. Pristine reefs, super macro, ample wide angle opportunities and five star food. Next time we will do the two weeks at Gangga. - "Watch this space".

Russian coaster in the southern Red Sea

The Red Sea click here >>>
The Red Sea is one of my favourite dive destinations. It is spectacularly rich in vibrant underwater life and one of the best places in the world for soft corals. It also has many ship wrecks, most within the 5 to 30 metre depth range. Generally, the underwater visibility is excellent and every time we visit we see something new and exciting. In one week in June 2005 we saw a whale shark, a massive shoal of barracuda and a pod of at least 50 spinner dolphins as well as the stunning creatures and wrecks we have come to expect from this area. For me, a liveaboard is the best choice if you want to cover the greatest area during your stay, or just concentrate on one small area, whether you go north or south.

Operation Wallacea 1998 click here >>>
Sixty three hours after leaving London we arrived on the beach at Hoga Island, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia. Today, the journey time is greatly reduced since the area has been gradually opened up to tourists, divers in particular. Now one can fly to the resort of 'Wakatobi' and live in comparative luxury while diving the magical 'Tukanbetsi Islands'. This whole area has been described as the world's epicentre of underwater species and when you dive there you will marvel at the prolific life forms below the surface.

Seychelles 2005 click here >>>
One of the 'animals' high on my wish list was the whale shark, so when a pal said he was organising a trip to the Seychelles to snorkel with these wonderful creatures"with some diving in the morning" I signed up fast. Little did we suspect it would turn into a mini-marathon for most of us. It was a fantastic trip with great morning off-shore dives then a hectic rush to change our kit and be driven to the other end of Mahe for the afternoon snorkel with the whale sharks, guided by a microlight in the sky.

Guadeloupe 2004 click here >>>
Dive with great white sharks? Most people would say you were barking mad. But add a cage and clear visibility to a bunch of like minded underwater photographers and you have great potential for an incredible week. For us it was a long flight from London to San Diego, then an even longer boat trip out to Guadeloupe Island some 24 hours 'steaming', but with a little fishing on the way and a good nights rest we were ready to see if the great whites were as scary as people say. Awesome was the word that came to mind as the first of many sharks swam by the cage.

Layang Layang 1999/2001 click here >>>
My first visit to Layang Layang was to assess the diving and the resort for Divequest who were keen to offer this island resort to their world-wide client base. I subsequently revisited the island three years later with a dive buddy to cover more of the extensive reef system and to dive the lagoon. The best time to see the hammerhead shoals is March/April, at this time they swim near the surface, later in the year you have to go down to 40 metres and then there is no guarantee you will see them. Overall, the diving is sloping reef and spectacular walls providing excellent photo opportunities. The lagoon is full of surprises, so don't miss this site.

Shark's Bay, Red Sea click here >>>
I first dived Shark's Bay in 1980. There were no buildings, just a couple of shacks made from palm tree logs, driftwood and cotton drapes. The local resident Bedouin would offer you hot, very sweet tea from an old tin can which tasted fantastic after a dive off the beach. In the past twenty years much has changed as Egypt has been developing its tourist industry. Today, Shark's Bay is surrounded by whitewashed hotels which have had their impact on the area. However, 16 years ago Umbi, a young local man, started a dive school in the bay and it is still natural and 'on the beach' and thriving well today.

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Ganga Island 2006 click here >>>
Gangga is a part of the Sangihe Islands that are situated one and a half hours car and boat ride east of Manado (nearest airport) Indonesia. The islands, some of which have not yet be explored or inhabited, are distributed between the Celebes and the Philippines. They are of volcanic origin, covered with a rainforest type of vegetation, surrounded by coral reef and beautiful white sandy beaches. Gangga is home to two small villages called Gangga Satu and Gangga Dua and the inhabitants are Bajau fishermen, they live in the simplicity of their culture and traditions and are of a very friendly nature.

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KBR, Lembeh,Indonesia 2006 click here >>>
Kungkungan Bay Resort, or more commonly and affectionately known as KBR is the world's 'muck' diving epicenter. If it's macro diving you desire, this is the place to dive, a place where you can see and photograph the greatest variety of some of the most incredible creatures in the underwater world. KBR is nestled on the site of an old coconut plantation on the Sulawesi coast of Lembeh strait, located on the sunrise side of the peninsula. The guest accommodation is spacious and comfortable, made from local building materials in a typical traditional style reflecting the Minahasan culture.

Diving the Shoals at Ras Mohamed, Red Sea click here >>>
The Egyptian Red Sea is one of the World's greatest dive sites. Soft corals, Wrecks, Turtles, Sharks, Whalesharks, Dugongs, the list is endless - but there is more. Have you ever dived with massive shoals of fish, not normally seen shoaling together? Well there are times and a places in the Red Sea where this annual event takes place. Pick the right time and the right place and you can experience diving with wall to wall fish, Unicornfish, Batfish, Barracuda, Pufferfish and Snappers. These shoals are awesome and often only seen by chance, now go there at the right time and enjoy this spectical.

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