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Appeared in DIVER July 2018
He's starting to specialise in being present when pristine Indian Ocean atolls open to the public - now MARK HATTER gets in at the start in Astove, a remarkable divers' playground

Smaller side of the MALDIVES

Appeared in DIVER June 2018
MAX EATON finds himself on an eco-resort island notably lacking in the pelagic promise for which the Maldives is famed - and is surprised to find how much he enjoys it

RAJA AMPAT in microcosm

Appeared in DIVER June 2018
Pef stands a little apart among Raja Ampat islands says THOMAS HAIDER, but he reckons it can offer the best of everything. He wrote the words and took the pictures

AMBON inside and out

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
JOHN LIDDIARD goes to Indonesia to savour the contrast between the muck-diving in Ambon Bay and the reef-diving outside it


Appeared in DIVER March 2018
It's not the cheapest place to visit but it's certainly up there in the desirability stakes - CATH BATES travels to Alphonse in the Indian Ocean, where ultra eco-sensitivity is a given


Appeared in DIVER March 2018
Apo and nearby Zamboanguita in the Philippines provide choice locations for HENLEY SPIERS to use his photographic skills on subjects ranging from sea-snakes to mouth-brooding cardinalfish


Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Well, perhaps shoestring is stretching it a little, but it doesn't have to cost a monarch's ransom to enjoy what is currently regarded as one of the world's most exciting dive locations- so says TOM VIERUS

Adventures in Wunderland

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
Lembeh is so rich in weird marine organisms that you need to have at least one new gotta-see on your list when you go. For CATH BATES, it was an elusive eight-legged creature

Species Overload in Wonderland

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
What makes Triton Bay in West Papua so special? THOMAS HAIDER analyses the peculiar set of circumstances that make the area both a joy and a challenge for underwater photographers

Glassy-eyed and laughing

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
RICHARD ASPINALL enjoys the marine life at the Amari Havodda resort on Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives - but finds that there are almost too many fish around


Appeared in DIVER September 2017
It's always good to feel that you might be ahead of the pack - we often hear about Bali and Lombok on one hand, and Komodo and Flores on the other, but what lies in between?

Horse Latitudes

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Lembeh Strait is the go-to part of the world for muck-diving, but sometimes it seems to excel even itself. STEW SMITH suddenly finds himself spoilt for seahorses and ghost pipefish

The Last Dive Trip

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Underwater photo-journalist and DIVER's Technical Editor Nigel Wade enjoyed a week on a liveaboard in the southern Maldives shortly before his untimely death earlier this year. The trip proved outstanding in terms of friendship, laughs and the images it produced. BRUCE MILANI-GALLIENI steps in to write the review - the photos are of course by NIGEL WADE

Snake Island to Rhino City

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
Three remote areas, three different seas, mind-boggling biodiversity - only a liveaboard trip could deliver PETER DE MAAGT to visit some of those hidden gems of Indonesia that are rarely visited but which richly repay the effort


Appeared in DIVER June 2017
Turtles, sharks and anemones galore, wrecks, an underwater restaurant and mastering the art of the hands-free DPV - RICHARD ASPINALL enjoys a happy landing on Hurawalhi

What It Means To Be Green

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Misool in Raja Ampat is not like other places, and the dive centre is a bit special too, says JOE DANIELS

Gorging on M&Ms

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
No, NIGEL MARSH & HELEN ROSE weren't on a chocolate binge, it's just that every major highlight of their four-atoll liveaboard tour seemed to start with the letter M!


Appeared in DIVER April 2017
Nosy means island when you're in Madagascar, and Nosy Be is the one that tends to attract divers seeking a base for unspoiled Indian Ocean diving - DAN BURTON has 10 days to size it up

Shades of Blue

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
MICHAEL SALVAREZZA & CHRISTOPHER WEAVER dive the central atolls of the Maldives by liveaboard


Appeared in DIVER August 2016
How often do you dive to the backdrop of an erupting volcano? It can happen when exploring pristine Andaman reefs from India's only diving liveaboard – MARK B HATTER reports

Borneo from below

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
There's far more to Borneo than orangutans and pygmy elephants. In the first of its kind, a new video series is bringing the Malaysian coastline into our homes. Aaron 'bertie' Gekoski is ...

Out of time

Steve Weinman makes the most of a visit to Gaafu Alifu Atoll, a vision of the past

Opening up Alphonse

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Alphonse, one of the Seychelles' coralline islands, has barely been accessible to divers before, but when the chance came to visit MARK HATTER stepped smartly to the front of the queue

Another road

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
Divers have become accustomed to Maldives resorts having a small island all to themselves, run by imported staff. NIGEL WADE, ever keen to try something different, goes to dive where the ...

There and back again - a diver's tale

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
NIGEL WADE gets misty-eyed in the Maldives on a new liveaboard as he witnesses, among other wonders, manta rays, rare ghosts and a homicidal maniac disguised as a banana

To the Seychelles with no expectations

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
Not that JOSS WOOLF expected anything less than decent diving when she reached her Indian Ocean destination - it was just that, in the nicest possible way, she had her reservations about ...

Pelagic Magic

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
Looking for encounters with large pelagics but with superb coral and macrofauna as well TREVOR DAY found one solution in the Maldives - photography by DYFED EVANS

Mortens magical mantas!

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
Divers on Bali's north-east coast can happily stay in and around their resort to enjoy the wealth of reef- and wreck-diving there, but tear them away for a trip to Manta Point in the sout...

Magic Atoll

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
Sometimes revisiting a treasured memory in the hope of recapturing the old magic can lead to disappointment. LISA COLLINS was prepared for the worst as she headed for Lhaviyani Atoll.

Manta or macro

Appeared in DIVER October 2013
Decisions, decisions! When you encounter pea-soup vis, you may just have to adjust your focus, as NIGEL WADE discovered in Ari Atoll. And perhaps all that plankton did him a favour!

Sand-dredgers global moment

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
Sue Daly reports on a 24-hour celebration of a man-made reef and other conservation projects on the Maldivian islands of Angsana Ihuru and Vabbinfaru

Indian Ocean mini-break

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
The Indian Ocean isn't a short hop away, but fly to Dubai and you're almost there, says STEVE WEINMAN

Fish geek in the land of the Dodo

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
It looks like weak tea with a green tinge of copper and its every underwater photographers nightmare, a flooded camera housing. RICHARD ASPINALL experiences the highs and lows of diving o...

The other Cocos

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
Its the famous Cocos in the eastern Pacific that grabs all the diving headlines, but just as hard to get to is an ultra-remote Indian Ocean hideaway that has captured Pete Atkinson's imag...

Southern crossing

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
Two weeks exploring the Maldives more remote atolls by liveaboard reveals healthy hard corals, mild currents and often elusive animal life - but John Bantin manages to find those magic mo...

Koh Tao confidential

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
Want to dive in the Far East but on a tight budget? Hoping to combine your holiday with competitively priced training? Choose your dive-centre well, and you could be on a winner in Koh Ta...

Matching the wish-list

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
Partial to a drop of Indian Ocean? The Seychelles are too often overlooked in the rush to the Maldives, says CHRIS MASON-PARKER