Travel

Diving with Humpback Whales in Tonga

An in-water encounter with a humpback whale has got to be one of the pinnacles of diving, and the Kingdom of Tonga has become THE place to seek out this adventure. Tonga has many whales, crystal clear water, and regulations that permit swimming with the whales. This island nation is located a bit east of Fiji, south of Samoa, and west of Tahiti. Vava’u, the most northern of the Tongan Islands, has spectacular reef diving—tropical fish, hard and soft corals, and typical of the South […]

Indonesia: Kungkungan Bay Resort

On the north end of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is a resort that specializes in small critter diving. Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) sits in the Lembeh Straits, whose rich water supports a diverse and intensely colorful population of both invertebrates and fish. Divers have known for years that the coral reefs of the western Pacific have spawned the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. Indeed, the reefs of Indonesia, in general, and Sulawesi, in particular, will impress and overwhelm the most well-traveled diver. Amidst […]

Cancun’s Cenote Diving

I’m a pretty conservative diver. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to a depth of over 100 feet in the last seven years. I enjoy looking at shipwrecks from the outside, but can’t imagine penetrating one. As for cave diving? Never, I always told myself, would I never penetrate a cave. I contemplate this as I find myself floating in absolute darkness several hundred feet into an underwater cave system. It is so dark that after a minute or […]

Diving Waikiki

As a long time resident of Southern California, I can appreciate tourist destinations. Warm or temperate climates, plenty of glitzy attractions, palm trees—all attract snow birds or just those seeking a change of pace that is more comfortable and relaxed. America’s top three tourist destinations are California, Florida and Hawaii. Center of the Hawaii tourism trade is Waikiki on the island of Oahu. Airfare is cheap, accommodation prices reasonable, choices varied and there are many attractions. While scuba diving is considered an attraction here, it […]

Cayman Island: The Tunnels of Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto

Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto are a “must-do” dives for any scuba visitor to Cayman Island— and Cayman Island is a “must-do” for any diver. If you are a certified diver you have almost certainly heard of Cayman Island south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. It is a Mecca for divers worldwide because of its excellent and readily available dive services and fantastically clear warm waters over incredible coral reefs, many of which drop vertically to the deep dark blue. Then there is Sting […]

Cozumel 23 Years Later and Better Than Ever

My first dive trip to Cozumel Island in 1980 was very enjoyable. Clear water, tropical fish, coral walls and reefs—it is was all there and exceeded my expectations in fun and beauty. I went again in ’81 but, unfortunately, over two decades lapsed before I could get back again. While Cozumel was a diving destination back in 1980, tourist hotels, cruise ships and non-diving tourists were few and infrequent. After 23 years I returned to Cozumel with full knowledge that the tourist trade had exploded. […]

San Harbor, Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor is a small beach along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Though located on the Nevada side. Sand Harbor is the place many Californians get their first experience diving Tahoe’s clear, fresh waters. A spacious parking lot is adjacent to the shore. It’s roomy enough to change in and out of your gear, and there is a bathroom with hot showers nearby. Once suited up, my dive partner, Kevin, and I take a short walk, leading down a dirt pathway to the small […]

Indonesia: Bunaken National Park

National Parks are wonderful for the future of wildness preservation for our posterity. We are all familiar with the “classics”—Yosemite, Yellowstone, even the Channel Islands National Park. So much the better when the preservation concept of a national park is applied to an underwater wilderness. Even less developed counties throughout the world have now picked up on the idea of underwater national parks. One of the newer parks, and more spectacular, is Bunaken in Indonesia. Perhaps the world’s most spectacular vertical coral walls are here […]

Bahamas Shark Diving

Many people think scuba divers are crazy to WANT to be in the same ocean as a shark, let alone within touching distance. We struggled on a recent vacation to accommodate our family of divers who go from 30 years experience to literally just certified. We found that all our boys were excited at the idea of diving with sharks. There was no dissention whatsoever. Shark diving in the Bahamas is great for all levels of divers. We dived in a location off New Providence […]

Sea of Cortez: Enchanting Los Islotes

As we approach the island, barking of sea lions—with the distinctive wail of a male proclaiming his territory—can easily be heard. As we glide towards our anchorage, hundreds of brown shapes on the shoreline move about, eyeing us in anticipation of the encounter that lies ahead. Once anchored, we don our skins and eagerly jump into the 84º water, waiting for the underwater ballet to begin. Skins? 84º water? Surely, this can’t be Santa Barbara Island. And it’s not. This is Los Islotes in the […]

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