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What's up with Yoko?

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
When your heart is set on visiting a hard-to-access destination, you have to hope that the diving infrastructure is up to the job. LISA COLLINS visits the Bonin Islands, but as cultural differences become apparent, divers start to go their separate wa...

Partial to Anda's Abracadabra

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
Do you believe in magic? STEVE WEINMAN finds that diving in a soon-to-be-better-known part of the Philippines casts a spell both by night and day


Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Just when he thought he had seen it all, long-time muck-diver NIGEL MARSH dives two extraordinary sites in the Philippines


Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Nothing short of an earthquake could spoil LISA COLLINS' blissful diving experiences in Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi. As a matter of fact, it would have taken a lot more than an earthquake...

JAPAN'S mainland Mecca

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
Dodging typhoons, MELISSA HOBSON still has to brave rough seas to find out what macro treats Wakayama has to offer visitors to Japan

Attack on Coron Bay

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
The Japanese fleet frozen in time at this classic Philippines wreck-site provides a history lesson and also teems with life, say Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

LARGA & a pair of pink fins

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
When you're diving with seals of distinction, footwear matters, as Alexandr Kurakin finds. Photography by Andrey Nekrasov

Healthiest reef in the world?

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
Tubbataha has made a name for itself as a wild, colourful and creature-rich dive destination, a fine example of marine protection in action – but it wasn’t always that way, says HENLEY SPIERS

The final frontier?

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Triton Bay in West Papua is one of those places spoken of with awe by whale-shark divers, but for ALAN POWDERHAM it's also memorable for his own discovery of a much smaller but also cherished fish

Confessions of a Photo Pro

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Teaching underwater photography in a Coral Triangle paradise might be thought the ideal way of life for a diver, but Gill McDonald never forgets that it is a job

Alor unto itself

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Macro-enthusiasts who consider targets such as Rhinopias rare sights might have to think again if they spend any time around alluring Alor, says MICHEL LABRECQUE

Tulamben hat-trick

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Like a knight of yore on a sacred quest, NIGEL WADE finally faces the prospect of bringing an epic journey to a stirring conclusion - at a Balinese location he has already visited four times before! Can his quarry live up to the weight of expectation?

Charismatic CAMBODIA

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Diving from remote fishing villages gives PAUL COLLEY a unique insight into marine life in this lesser-dived south-east Asian country

Diving on the edge

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Sipadan has a worldwide reputation for its diving, and the challenges involved in diving there naturally make it that much more enticing, but when the underwater explosions began JO CAIRD did start to wonder what she had got herself into. Photos by Steve Pretty

The far side of NEGROS

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
So which would you prefer - a marine sanctuary that's so remote it gets abused but you have it all to yourself, or one that's working so well it attracts hordes of divers? LISA COLLINS tries a bit of both in the Philippines

Diving with Prince John

Appeared in DIVER May 2016
North Sulawesi gets plenty of attention west/central Sulawesi less so, but with direct flights to Jakarta and a shorter hop to the resort, it needed checking out. JOHN LIDDIARD volunteers, and finds everything from a two-faced dive-site to a CIA victim

Guitar SOLO

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
Many divers would agree that the best underwater experiences are those you don't see coming. RICHARD CAREY has just had one of those experiences in Thailand

The quest for Japapigu

Appeared in DIVER February 2016
British marine biologist, underwater photographer and writer RICHARD SMITH has carried out pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, leading to the first PhD on these enigmatic fish, but he knew that his latest quarry would be found only in Japan

Alor's Allure

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
It's decisions, decisions for JOHN LIDDIARD in remote southern Indonesia - 3mm or 7mm wetsuit, macro or wide-angle lens? Life is so tough - and he's heading for an almighty miss-out too!

Bio rock

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
Biorock Park in north-west Bali is just one example of what can be done to generate coral growth using electrical currents. LISA COLLINS enjoys the view

Diving in the land of the morning calm

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
We're not expecting you necessarily to rush off to book a holiday after you've read DREW McARTHUR's account of living and working as a dive instructor in South Korea, but it's an insight ...

Mantas of Lanta

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
It's not like photo wunderkind SAEED RASHID to be caught underwater without his trusty DSLR, but when he struck lucky with manta rays off Thailand he still managed to grab a snap or two

Critters without the crowds

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
Indonesia is home to some of the planet's best muck-diving, but as NIGEL MARSH and HELEN ROSE recently discovered in Sekotong, you can't beat exploring an area pretty much unknown to the ...

Hand of God - or man

Appeared in DIVER February 2015
Is Yonaguni's signature dive an example of nature''s trickery or ancient architecture? STEVE WEINMAN dives the islands of Okinawa, as two typhoons threaten to upset the best-laid plans. M...

Five dives fit for Four Kings

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
Magic Mountain, Wedding Cake or Mayhem? MARIE DAVIES finds herself hard-pushed to choose her favourite site in that diver mecca, Raja Ampat, but she rises to the challenge

Much more to it than muck

Appeared in DIVER December 2014
Its all black sand, weird critters and macro lenses in this famous part of Indonesia's North Sulawesi, isn't it? LISA COLLINS sees it differently

Into the epicentre

Appeared in DIVER November 2014
Puerto Galera and Verde Island are jewels of the Philippines, say MICHAEL SALVAREZZA and CHRISTOPHER P WEAVER

Tally Ho! Hunting for Rhino

Appeared in DIVER November 2014
The Indonesian island of Ambon reminds photo-journalist MARK WEBSTER of the early days of Lembeh, which can't be bad - but despite its wealth of rare creatures, he had only one fish in hi...

Go Komodo!

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
Teddy bears and gremlins, the stuff of Hollywood and storybooks, not creatures you'd expect to find lurking beneath the waves. Marie Davies explores one of Indonesia's most challenging di...

Blue-ringed bliss

Appeared in DIVER May 2014
Wakatobi Dive Resort in southern Sulawesi has a worldwide reputation for excellence. That doesn't come cheap but, as NIGEL WADE discovers, you do get what you pay for

Around Cebu before, during and after the super-typhoon

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
Most dive destinations have a good and bad time to visit, but even visiting in the middle of a typhoon need not curtail your diving in the Philippines, as NIGEL MARSH and HELEN ROSE recen...

Are you being served?

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
If you're shopping around for interesting marine-life experiences, the Makassar Strait off Borneo should be on your list. It's not the easiest place to reach, but you can be assured of va...

Heavy traffic

Appeared in DIVER November 2012
Here's another Far Eastern location you may not have heard of before, but if you want turtles and manta rays in their hundreds, impressive macro-diving and even thresher sharks, consider ...

Turtle escort far from home

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
We hear names like Tubbataha whispered, before the rave reviews start to trickle in. John Bantin boards an outstanding liveaboard in the Philippines to learn more

The Far East diving hot-spots

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
The Far East looms ever-larger in diving lore because it ticks so many wish-list boxes, but how do you choose where to go, and where exactly are some of these much-vaunted locations? JOHN...

Critters of the week in Lembeh

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
JOHN LIDDIARD gets camera-happy on his first visit to the famous Lembeh Strait in Indonesia - but with such a dazzling array of subjects on tap, how do you focus in on your favourites?

Shoal on a roll in Moalboal

Appeared on DIVER January 2012
Its a cast of thousands that makes the tiny island of Pescador a must-visit Philippines dive site, but the whole of the nearby Moalboal peninsula is packed with diver treats, says Steve W...