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Yap & Palau 2016 Family Dive Special

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Brad Holland

Brad Holland

Kids Sea Camp Micronesia

Manta Ray Bay Yap & Sam’s Tour Palau hosts 2016 Kids Sea Camp family dive adventure Aug 6- 13th and Aug 13-20th.

Mantas, Sharks, wrecks, reefs and some of the best diving you will ever do. Two weeks one vacation, all inclusive, dive, meals, tours, rental gear, Ocean View accommodations for 7 or 14 nights. Book both and save. Mantaray Bay Yap and Palau Royal Resort Palau, Kayak the Rock Islands, Jelly Fish Lake, dive sunken wrecks in Palau. Guaranteed Manta in Yap!

PADI courses: SASY, Seal Team, JOW, AOW. Free Sealife camera with mention of this deal when you book this trip. One per reservation.

Price Adults from $2999 Kids from $999

Package Validity – Start Date Aug 6th, 2016

Package Validity – End Date Aug 20th, 2016

Travel must be booked by Aug 1st, 2016

Website www.familydivers.com

Booking Email Address kids@familydivers.com

Booking Telephone 803-419-2556

First Fiji Shark School Beqa Lagoon Resort

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Beqa Lagoon

Beqa Lagoon

Kids Sea Camp Fiji Shark School

Beqa Lagoon Resort is hosting the very first Kids Sea Camp Fiji Shark School. With Erich Ritter PHD. Includes 6 days of seminars and 5 days of shark dives.

 
July 23- 30th and July 30-Aug 6th Seven or 14 nights available
INCLUDES ROUND TRIP AIR on Fiji Airways from LAX
All meals, 6 days of diving, island tours, dance, music, village tour
Cultural events, fire dancers, Kava ceremony, Free rental dive gear for kids
Kids Programs, Sasy, Seal Team, JOW, and Shark School
Free ScubaPro BC for Jr. divers class of 2016
Free ScubaPro Fins, Mask & Snorkels for Sasy & Seal Team
Free Sealife HD micro digital underwater camera with 14 day package

Price from $3975 per adult diver and from $1999 per child

Package Validity – Start Date Feb 3rd, 2016

Package Validity – End Date Aug 6th, 2016

Travel must be booked by Jul 24th, 2016

Website www.familydivers.com

Booking Email Address kids@familydivers.com

Booking Telephone 803-419-2556

World’s Best Destinations for Diving with Macro Critters

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Why do the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards, now in their 23rd year, still matter to divers? Because these are your picks, based on thousands of votes from the most experienced dive travelers on the planet. Why do they matter to us? Because every month you hear from our editors on what we think matters in the world of dive travel. For the January/February issue of Scuba Diving we get to listen to you, and we’re taking notes.

Here, we proudly present the No. 1 ranking destinations in the Best Macro Diving category of the awards. The full list of winning destinations is below.

Sharpnose pufferfish underwater photo Bonaire Macro Diving

Terrence Ross/Tom Stack & Associates

Bonaire

Best Macro Diving in the Caribbean and Atlantic

Think you have to book a flight to Indo to see exotic nudis, seahorses and frogfish by the handful? That ticket might be considerably less expensive than you think, for North American divers, if you aim for the island of Bonaire instead. Decades of institutionalized protection and loving management of its pristine reefs have helped to preserve an environment where nearly 400 species have been documented, most of it the small stuff beloved by underwater photographers. Looking to capture a particular subject in a specific situation? Bonaire also offers the ultimate freedom to plan your own dives 24/7, instead of waiting for the dive boat or competing with other photographers looking for the same stuff you are. Many of its resorts’ house reefs are literally alive with critters, so you don’t even have to crank up your rental truck — just fall off the dock and start shooting. — Mary Frances Emmons

Best Overall Diving in the Caribbean and Atlantic

1. Bonaire

2. Cayman Islands

3. Bay Islands

4. Mexico

5. Curacao



Macro Underwater Photography Teardrop Crab Bonaire

Terrence Ross/Tom Stack and Associates

Bonaire

Macro finds include teardrop craps in this Caribbean Island.

Squat Shrimp Underwater Macro Photography Bonaire

Jennifer Penner

Bonaire

Tiny squat shrimp are often found by sharp-eyed divers in Bonaire.

Underwater Photo Spotted Eel Bonaire Macro Diving

Wayne MacWilliams

Bonaire

Macro photographers love Bonaire’s critters like this spotted eel.

Bearded Fireworm Underwater Macro Photography Bonaire Blue Light

Barry Brown

Bonaire

These crazy critters are not glow sticks, but bearded fireworms shot under blue light at night.

Blenny Tube Sponge Underwater Photo Macro Bonaire

TimsImagesUnderwater/Alamy

Bonaire

Gobies find shelter in colorful tube sponges.

Mantis Shrimp Underwater Photo Indonesia Macro Diving

Eric Madeja

Indonesia

Best Macro Diving in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Sure, Lembeh Strait is the world’s epicenter of macro div- ing, with enough crazy critters — hirsute frogfish, microscopic seahorses, kaleidoscopic nudibranchs and more — to fill a logbook, but don’t overlook the enchanted islands of Komodo, Bali and Wakatobi. With their eagle-eyed guides, you might not need a magnifying glass to find it all, but you will need more logbooks. — David Espinosa

Best Macro Diving in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

1. Indonesia

2. Philippines

3. Palau

4. Fiji

5. Red Sea



Wolf Eel Underwater Photo Macro Diving British Columbia

Jeff Rotman/NPL/Minden Pictures

British Columbia

Best Macro Diving in North America

Decorated warbonnets, grunt sculpins and candystripe shrimp are just a few highlights to spotlight while shooting in Canada’s westernmost province. Browning Passage, a legendary site near Port Hardy, hides so many macro treasures the challenge is not finding cool subjects but deciding which ones to skip and save for the next tank. So many pictures to make, not enough bottom time. — Brandon Cole

Best Macro Diving in North America

1. British Columbia

2. Washington

3. California

4. Florida

5. North Carolina


Nudibranch Photo Underwater Macro British Columbia Diving

David Hall

British Columbia

Nudibranchs are a favorite of macro photographers; this Hermissenda is praying on stinging hydroids.


How We Got the Numbers Thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and online users rated their experiences at dive destinations in a variety of categories on a scale from one to five. Final scores are an average of the numerical scores awarded. A minimum number of responses was required for a destination to be included in these ratings.

Caradonna’s 1 Free Night at Volivoli Beach Resort, Fiji

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Courtesy of Volivoli Beach Resort

Courtesy of Volivoli Beach Resort

Volivoli Beach Resort

Located on the north end of Viti Levu directly on the Bligh Water, Volivoli Beach Resort is a family owned and managed resort with a variety of stylish and comfortable accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer ocean views. Ra Divers is located on site and offers daily dive excursions to sites in Bligh Water and Vatu-I-Ra passage, as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear. 

Package includes:
7 nights deluxe oceanview accommodations
5 days of 2-tank boat dives
Daily breakfast
Roundtrip airport transfers
Hotel tax and service charges
Travel 4/1/16-12/31/16 & 1/10/17-3/31/17

 

Price $1,574 pp/dbl

Package Validity – Start Date Apr 1st, 2016

Package Validity – End Date Mar 31st, 2017

Travel must be booked by Mar 16th, 2017

Website www.caradonna.com

Booking Email Address sales@caradonna.com

Booking Telephone 1.800.329.9989

World’s Best Underwater Photography Sites

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Why do the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards, now in their 23rd year, still matter to divers? Because these are your picks, based on thousands of votes from the most experienced dive travelers on the planet. Why do they matter to us? Because every month you hear from our editors on what we think matters in the world of dive travel. For the January/February issue of Scuba Diving we get to listen to you, and we’re taking notes.

Here, we proudly present the No. 1 ranking destinations in the Best Underwater Photography category of the awards. The full list of winning destinations is below.

Underwater Photographer Diving in Cayman Islands

Shutterstock

Cayman Islands

Best Underwater Photography in Caribbean and Atlantic

It’s no coincidence that Grand Cayman is home to several photo pros, and is a favorite classroom for a handful of shutter-snapping instructors. Clear skies with consistent sunlight, plus the Caribbean’s famous visibility, grant a reliable baseline, letting you focus on the good stuff — adjusting settings to capture a tarpon just as the silversides all turn, sparkling. — Brooke Morton

Caribbean and Atlantic

  1. Cayman Islands
  2. Bonaire
  3. Bahamas
  4. Bay Islands
  5. Mexico
Anemones Green Water Underwater Photo British Columbia

Shutterstock

British Columbia

Best Underwater Photography in North America

Photographers can improve their portfolios in BC’s cool, marine-populated waters. There’s a wealth of colorful photo subjects, and many animals grow to epic proportions: giant plumose anemones, playful Steller sea lions, and the eight-tentacled crowd favorite, Enteroctopus dofleini, aka the giant Pacific octopus. Don a drysuit to ignore the cold, and focus instead on creating award-winning images. — Brandon Cole

North America

  1. British Columbia
  2. California
  3. Florida
  4. North Carolina
  5. Washington
Manta Ray Underwater Indonesia Coral Diving

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Indonesia

Best Underwater Photography in Pacific and Indian Oceans

The problem isn’t deciding what lenses to pack for your trip to Indo, but which one to bring on each dive. If you take a macro down to shoot pygmy seahorses, you’ll regret not having the fisheye for the massive mantas. You don’t just need a second camera system — you need a buddy/porter to carry a third and fourth. — David Espinosa

Pacific and Indian Oceans

  1. Indonesia
  2. Chuuk
  3. Philippines
  4. Palau
  5. Red Sea