There’s no doubt that the whale shark is not only one of the most charismatic marine species in the world, but also that it is one of the dive community’s very favorites. Perhaps it’s the combination of its great size with its peaceful, docile nature; perhaps it’s the challenge that they offer underwater photographers, or maybe it’s just the sheer wonder of swimming alongside one of the ocean’s most enigmatic, impressive creatures. Whatever their charm is, it’s a fact that the whale shark holds the number one spot on many divers’ bucket list, and that each year, thousands of people…

Imagine a country made up of over 900 lush volcanic islands, a third of which are uninhabited; where cultural identity thrives, where the land is a tangle of tropical rainforest and the ocean is a wonderland of colorful reef and historic wrecks. If in your mind’s eye you are seeing a scattering of emerald islands ringed with white gold beaches and sapphire seas, you’re probably imagining a place that looks a lot like the Solomon Islands. Located 1,200 kilometers northeast of Australia in the southwest Pacific, the Solomon Islands are a true adventurer’s fantasy- a place that remains untouched by…

Just over two decades ago, Mozambique was a country plagued by civil war, and for many years foreign embassies advised against travel within her borders. Nowadays, the strife and misery of conflict have lifted from Mozambique, and yet she still does not attract the same influx of tourists as her neighboring countries, South Africa and Tanzania. Her deserted beaches and rural coastal towns give those that do visit the sense of having stumbled upon a magnificent secret – a paradise place not yet tainted by the unsightly trappings of a fully-fledged tourist infrastructure. Predictably for a country with a coastline…

In 1994, legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau labelled Costa Rica’s Cocos Island as the most beautiful in the world: quite an accolade coming from a man who travelled to some of the planet’s most spectacular places during his lifetime. Located 340 miles off Costa Rica’s western shore, Cocos is certainly a breathtaking sight; a prehistoric landmass of jutting mountain peaks and lush rainforest emerging from the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It has many unique features, including cloud forests that are found nowhere else in the region and which are home to a host of rare and endemic species. However,…

It seems inevitable that a nation comprised of over 1000 islands should offer some of the most spectacular diving in the world, and the Maldives does exactly that. The key to the archipelago’s rich marine life and beautiful coral reefs are the currents that bring a constant stream of nutrient rich water to the islands. Scuba diving in the Maldives offers visitors the chance to experience three distinct types of diving, including high adrenaline drifting between the island channels and along the sheer coral walls that make up the atolls’ outer edges; exploring the more sedate waters in the lagoons;…

Over the years, Red Sea diving has become the stuff of legend; a diver’s paradise where all of the most exciting aspects of the underwater world come together in a body of water so startlingly blue it is like a rare sapphire in the middle of the arid desert. Bordered by seven different countries, the Red Sea is so named thanks to the sporadic algae blooms that tint its waters from time to time throughout the year. It is a place well deserving of its reputation as a world-class dive destination, where sheer coral walls, technicolor reefs, breathtaking topography and…