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Anna’s Favourite Warm Water Dive Destination #3 – Siladen & Bunaken Islands, Indonesia

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Siladen & Bunaken Islands, North Sulawesi, Indonesia   Where are Siladen & Bunaken Islands and what’s so special about them?   Siladen is a tiny speck of an island to the east of its larger, busier sister island of Bunaken, a stone’s throw from the bustling city of Manado at the very north eastern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Both islands are within the 5 island cluster comprising Bunaken National Marine Park, one of the first marine parks in Indonesia, established in…

Anna’s Favourite Warm Water Dive Destination #2 – Belize’s Great Blue Hole

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The Great Blue Hole – Lighthouse Reef Atoll – Belize – Caribbean Sea   Where is the Great Blue Hole and what’s so special about it?  Imagine this…it’s 1971, you’re scoping out the shallow reefs and coral heads, singing “Just my Imagination” by the Temptations. You’re 60 miles from the Belize mainland, south of Mexico, North of Honduras, west of Cuba, but it’s not a pleasure dive, you’re helping navigate a channel guiding Captain Jacques Cousteau’s huge wood hulled exploration…

Anna’s Favourite Warm Water Dive Destination #1 – Mexico Cenotes

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The Caribbean Sea – Mexico – the Cenotes – TULUM Photo credit: Tom St George /www.bestcenotedives.com    What are Cenotes? Cenotes are limestone sinkholes, allowing access to flooded underground caves, linked by water filled passages. The surface layer is freshwater, and doesn’t mix with the lower, saltwater layer, causing a halocline. The water is typically absolutely crystal clear with amazing visibility.    Who can dive them? Many guided dives require only an Open Water certificate – but to really enjoy…

Stephanie’s Scuba Story

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Blog by Stephanie Hodnett   One cloudy 2019 June afternoon, I was driving back from Bournemouth with my mum and stress levels were running high. We had visited Bournemouth University that day as part of the grand search for where I was going to live and study for the next 3 years of my life, and frankly I was letting the pressure of making such a big decision in a short space of time get to me. After only just…

How To Make Any Destination a Dream Diving Destination

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You’re thinking powder white sand snaking to a turquoise horizon, crystal ripples lapping your toes, the distant ting-ting of your tank being swapped out for the next dive. You’re dreaming schools of mantas photo bombing your perfect turtle shot and you’re seeing a comfortable dive boat barely quarter full of a friendly crowd of your best mates looking like they stepped out of a PADI video … The reality could be this idyllic, but sometimes we just don’t ask ourselves…