Dolpins. Whales. And sharks! Oh my! The great South African Sardine Run is a spectacular sight to see. Along with millions of individual sardines, the sardine run allows divers to see thousands of oceanic predators in chase of the wild sardine. A fantastic annual event that every diver must witness firsthand, the sardine run of South Africa is a fabulous opportunity to witness the grandeur of the cycle of life in the ocean at work. Occurring during the months of May to July, this global phenomenon is special to the cool waters located off the Agulhas Bank and then further…

What is paradise for you? Does seeing hundreds of large pelagic fish like whitetip shark dancing around you come to mind? How about a lush tropical landscape that is void of other people, offering a pristine landscape rich in all types of beautiful vegetation, complete with bowling ball-size flower blooms? Or does maybe the thought of getting to swim with whales, sharks, eagle rays and thousands of Big Eye Jack fish come to mind? Paradise can be defined in a myriad of ways, but it is certain that Costa Rica’s Cocos Islands is the embodiment of what many people consider to…

So, you’re hanging out in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, scuba diving with your beloved and enjoying life immensely. You want to share your joy with the world. What better way to do it then to do an underwater selfie. But how? If you’re wondering how to create the most fantastic underwater selfie ever, then go no further. We have put together a list of dos and don’ts for you so the next time you are on a scuba diving vacation of amazement you can show yourself in a positive light while enjoying splendor. Here you…

Diving vacations are the best! Traveling for scuba diving is a wonderful way to see other cultures, learn about people and see strange lands, not to mention see various species of the underwater world that you wouldn’t see in your backyard ocean. Everyone should take time to travel. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling near or far, to foreign lands or staying local, traveling has certain characteristics that put a smile on a person’s face. Of course, it speaks for itself that you should bring your dive equipment, dive certification cards, DAN insurance info, travel documents, etc, but having…

Do you dream of pristine beaches, deserted islands and untouched reefs? Do you dream of going on a scuba diving vacation that gives you unprecedented up-close-and-personal witness to some of the most biologically diverse water in the world? Do you dream of scuba diving with thousands upon thousands of colorful fish with a rainbow of coral as your backdrop? If diving in such a location intrigues you, then you must check out the Philippines. The Philippines is one of those magical places on the planet that remains unclouded by the masses of tourists. A vacation to the Philippines still offers…

Don’t blink! You might miss them! Who exactly? The miniature pygmy seahorses, of course. The tiny equestrian influence of the giant ocean, the pygmy seahorse is nature’s showing that greatness, indeed, does come in small packages. There are actually seven various species within the family of pygmy seahorses. Also known as miniature syngnathids (coming from the family Syngnathidae) or pipefish, these amazing creatures are drifters of the sea, being found mainly in the Coral Triangle area of Southeast Asia, but are also found in Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. So, how small are we talking here? Just a mere…

Sharks get a bad rap. Touted as the vicious kings of the sea, it has long been OK to kill these amazing creatures for sport and for food. But this all may be turning around due to some recent studies showing that sharks are better for us humans financially if they are alive over dead. How so? Well, let’s look at two recent studies. The first study that we will be looking at was published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. The research was released in July, 2013, and provided concrete evidence that killing sharks for food (something…

Could a superstitious belief that has no proof that it works bring the Manta Ray to extinction? If we as a global community continue to allow the killing of manta and mobula rays for their gills this could be a reality in our future. According to conservation organizations Shark Savers and WildAid, researchers have found through intensive study that the purchasing desire of manta and mobula gills has risen considerably in the last decade. Why? The reason is tied mainly to traditional Chinese Medicine.   The Manta Ray of Hope Project has been following the sale of Manta Ray body…

Wakatobi! The word sounds like you might be calling out an cry of emotion in a foreign language. But really Wakatobi is something absolutely spectacular: a diving treasure, in fact. Considered to be three things in all actuality, Wakatobi (pronounced Wa-kah-toe-bee) is foremost an amazing confluence of four main islands in Indonesia:Wangiwangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. This foursome archipelago makes up the word “Wa-ka-to-bi”. A second description to the name has to do with pure luxury. Attached to the Wakatobi name is the swanky, purely plush, all inclusive Wakatobi Dive Resort. One of the very few places to stay in…

Shark finning. The practice is all based on looking prestigious, but it’s been killing thousands upon thousands of sharks, resulting in some species of shark diminishing in numbers by over 60 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Lately though, things might be changing. Looking back at the tradition, the act of eating shark fin dates all the way to the Ming Dynasty. Historically speaking, it was considered to be an act done only by royalty. Chinese emperors are reported as desiring the fin due to the extensive preparation and cooking methods needed to make it delectable. Most often the…