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Underwater Secret Spot: Russia’s Vad Lake

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Viktor Lyagushkin

Vad Lake

Russia’s Vad Lake is one of the best secret spots for divers looking for adventure.

Tucked away in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region is the otherworldly Vad Lake. For hundreds of years the lake, which is about 325 miles east of Moscow, was fed by two springs. One of the springs has collapsed, creating an immense sinkhole more than 150 feet down. The pressure of water from the remaining spring is so strong that it creates a convex lens above the surface of the lake. In the summer, this surface layer can be warm and murky, but a 33-foot descent reveals water so transparent, it seems as if you’re flying over land. To increase this sensation, I gave the diver brightly colored balloons to carry as he hovered above the blanket of green algae.

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The Best Destination to Dive with Chilean Devil Rays

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Diver with Devil Rays in the Azores

Nuno Sa

Sea of Devils

Off the Azores, remote underwater mountains emerge from deep water in the Atlantic, creating the world’s best hot spots for diving with dozens of Chilean devil rays.

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Santa Maria is one of the smallest islands of the Azores — and also one of its best-kept secrets. Just 3 miles off the coast of Santa Maria, the seabed emerges from the depths, creating a unique dive spot for Chilean devil rays: the Ambrósio sea bank. Though capable of diving to depths of more than 3,200 feet, these amazing creatures also can be seen swimming in shallow waters, warming their bodies in the sunlight.

Secret Spot: Hai Siang Wreck

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Hai Siang shipwreck

Gabriel Barathieu

Hai Siang Shipwreck

This secret wreck dive is located just off the coast of Reunion Island.


Of the western coast of Reunion Island, the Hai Siang shipwreck lies nearly 200 feet below the surface.

Formerly an illegal fishing vessel, the 196-foot Formosan boat was seized and sunk as an artificial reef in 1980. Since then, it has become rife with marine life, including eagle rays, mola mola, sea turtles, and hard and soft corals.

To capture this image, I used an ultra-wide-angle lens and positioned myself in front of the bow. I deliberately turned of my strobe to create the shot I was looking for.

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Secret Spot: Diving the Chrisoula K Wreck in the Red Sea

Monday, September 7th, 2015
Scuba Diver and Eel in the Chrisoula K Shipwreck, Red Sea

Tobias Friedrich

Slithering Surprise

Sometimes encounters happen that couldn’t have been planned better. One of these rare situations took place at the Chrisoula K wreck in the Red Sea. I was situated by a door frame, waiting for another photographer, when suddenly a giant moray eel swam through the small space between the door and me. I was shocked at first, but I recognized that this could be a fantastic photo opportunity. I quickly swam after the eel and caught it right above some Italian floor tiles that were the ship’s main cargo when it sank in 1981. The encounter was so quick that I didn’t have time to double-check my camera settings — luckily, they were just right.