As South Africa's only dedicated dive travel agency, they have lot's
of good information on sites and local diversions.
A great overview of dive sites in Bali.
A great dive conservation story. Healthy reefs, giant schools of
jacks, a clownfish city, all possible by a Silliman University project
that established a marine reserve around the island. A half-hour's
boat ride from Dumaguete, Negros, The Philippines.
Diver. Probably the best dive magazine in the world. Great stories
Never mind the communist insurgents that live in the hills. Never
mind the Abu Sayyaf terrorists that live a 1/2 day's boat ride away
on Mindao. Ah, The Philippines. Dumaguete, Negros makes it worth
the trouble. Atlantis Dumaguete is an excellent, if not slightly
expensive, resort smack dab in the middle of great diving. There's
muck creatures galore, nice pier dives, marine reserve dives and
access to Apo Island...all for about $125/day (diving, food, excellent
Scuba. Seahorse Dive shop in Placencia, Belize "guarantees"
whale sharks given the right month (April-June), conditions, etc....
Amos Nachoum knows his stuff and knows how to photograph big animals
underwater. He has some great shots on his site, but his specialty
is running trips. Take a look at his "Big
Seven" trip and see what I mean. Also worth a look is his
photo tips section off the expedition
link if you've ever wondered what to carry when going after
Pacific Dive Travel. Specializing in Micronesia and the Marshall
Islands, these guys can also set up on Bikini Atoll--home of the
USS Saratoga, only "divable" aircraft carrier in the world.
How does a consistent 225 feet of visibility sound? Great? But when
you consider it's -7° F outside and -20° F in the water,
you have to start wondering. But then again, only about 25 civilians
have ever dove the North Pole. For US$8,000, The Moscow State University
Diving Club will organize a trip. Oh, be sure to check out Russian
Dive Magazine's "Ms.
Underwater Russia". Nice.
Discovery. The best dive travel agency in the States? Hyperbole?
No, not from me. Well, maybe. If you need ideas on places to go,
especially in the Pacific or SE Asia, check this site out.
The only place in the world to find an intact Hellcat fighter in
10 meters of water--you know, the one in the Rolex ad. And considering
you're already in the Solomon Islands, there's always Guadacanal
and Honiara's Iron Bottom Sound.
everything you ever wanted to know about diving in New Zealand.
A little light shining on the cockroaches of diving
A British diving magazine online. Great resource. Check out the
articles in the photography
Asia's gateway to SCUBA diving? Site looks better than it actually
is--but I'm being hard because the navigation will drive you nuts
(how many frames can you put on a page? find out here). Patience
grasshopper, there is some nice photography and AsiaPac destination
Diving Center. Want to see the largest fish in the world that
won't eat you? If so, go to western Australia and check out the
whale sharks that congregate there in the Fall. If nothing else,
go to google.com and type in "exmouth whale shark".
Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. From the great state of Texas,
the best warm water diving in the states. Well, I'm partial and
also a Texan. Mantas and Hammerheads are often sighted. Charters
out of Freeport, Texas, by Rinn
Diving Service. Probably the best, cheapest diving in the Caribbean--Belize's
Caye Caulker. And the best hotel there, The
The only warm water diving destination in the continental United
States. Eighteen miles outside Park City, UT, there's a strange
hollowed-out crater with year around 90-95° water. With crystal
clear water and depths up to 65 feet, it's hard to beat--at least
when in the neighborhood.
Island Dive Safaris. Want to see weedy and leafy sea dragons
among seals and dolphins? But of course you do. To top it off, Kangaroo
Island topside is worth seeing in it's own right. KI Dive Safaris
comes highly recommended by Larry/Denise Tackett.
Bay Resort. The best macro photography in the world? I think
so and everybody who has been there would probably agree too. I
spent three weeks there in March/April 2000, 10 days in March 2001.
Oh, the stories. Can't say enough nice things about the management,
staff, dive masters and especially the wait staff.
If you're looking for a liveaboard for Bali or Komodo, you don't
need to look farther. These guys come highly recommended.
Based out of Placencia, Belize, Kevin Modera's site offers an excellent
resource of diving sites based in Belize. There's some good info
sharks trips off the mysterious Gladden spit. During the new
and full moon in April, the place explodes with schools of fish
and whale sharks.
the strait from Kungkungan Bay in the Lembeh Strait.
A very nice UK-based site that features a little bit of everything
related to SCUBA diving. Photography section too!
Dive. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in African
diving destinations. A great resource for those planning to dive
in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.
Tulamben Resort. The best food in Tulamben and the resort
is great for the budget minded. Tell Oka hello.
Great resort at one of the best places in the world for underwater
photography--Tulamben, Bali. A wall dive, muck dive, reef dive and
wreck dive are all accessible from shore.
Diving in Korea. It's not particularly easy to find information
in English about diving in S. Korea. Here's a couple sites I found.
offers up a review of diving off Cheju-do. Another site from the
Korean tourism agency, offers up a bit of information. Even
better, try Big
Blue 33, one of the few dive operators that speak something
other than Korean. Evidently, the place to go is Jeju-do ("do"
meaning island in Korean), an island down south. My guess is that
Cheju-do and Jeju-do are one and the same place.
These guys are opposed to the (intentional, for profit) feeding
or "molestation" of marine predators. Lord knows we can't
have people making money feeding animals (zoos anyone?). For that
matter, aren't humans one of the biggest marine predators? Perhaps
a ban on killing marine predators would be a more noble cause. Notwithstanding
the poor folks who have bites taken out of them at the beaches,
I don't see big problem with feeding sharks.
Ball Dive Expeditions. Itching to be left behind on a reef in
the middle of nowhere. No, no, I'm sure you wouldn't be left behind.
Just don't be the last on the boat.
Dynamics. See what is arguably the best great white shark site
in the world, Gansbaai, South Africa, with arguably the best guides.
Amos Nachoum has couple nice great
white photos in their gallery.
Severns Diving. If you're going to dive in Hawaii, I'd suggest
looking up Mike.
Scuba Diving. Less ads than the magazine. Just why can't it
Diving in Australia. Excellent information on diving down under.
I ran across this site when I was doing research on diving
with great whites.
Asia Liveaboards (SEAL). These guys specialize in small, personalized
service aboard yachts to Indonesia, Burma, and Thailand. One of
the only to offer a liveaboard to Irian Jaya and the Komodo Islands.
Simply the finest (and only) underwater news portal out there.
Updated everyday, Jeff Dudas does a great job bringing together
all the soggy news that's fit to print. There's a large scuba
news section, shark
many other sections.
Free dive magazine? Yes, and it's great and it's all electronic
via a pdf. Everything a great dive magazine should be--plenty
of photography, interesting locations, and a solid editorial