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Appeared in DIVER May 2018
The Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo get the headlines, but Aussie diver NIGEL MARSH reckons the real underwater Australia lies much further south

Far North far from dead

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Australian diver NIGEL MARSH has been exploring the Great Barrier Reef for 40 years - and he won't take those apocalyptic reports lying down

Underwater Smorgasbord

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
NIGEL MARSH has just visited one of the most remote dive destinations in Australia, to discover a collection of corals, fish and sharks that blew his socks off.

Canterbury - the other Scylla

Appeared in DIVER September 2015
The West Country’s popular wreck Scylla has a doppelganger on the other side of the world - its sister-ship HMNZS Canterbury, and it’s all the better for having been sunk deeper, says GRAHAM BROWN

South-bound road

Appeared in DIVER February 2015
The South beats the Great Barrier Reef, contends RICHARD SMITH, as he drives the 1200 miles between Brisbane and southern Tasmania to sample some of Australia's lesser-known underwater attractions - and mouth-watering they turn out to be!

Myth-busting down under

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
NIGEL WADE, worried about a few stingers and biters Surely not! Still, a chat with local experts seemed to be in order before venturing onto the Great Barrier Reef

Whale sharks They're the cherry on top

Appeared in DIVER October 2013
Ningaloo is known as a world centre for whale shark encounters, but as STEVE WEINMAN discovers, for divers in search of big marine life, it has the lot. No worries! Whale shark experience pictures by ANT WARREN

Gobsmacked by the mackerels

Appeared in DIVER February 2013
Australia boasts a number of world-class dive locations and another can now be added to that list, says NIGEL MARSH - the incredible Mackerel Islands

Wall to wall sharks at Fish Rock

Appeared in DIVER February 2010
Located off Australia's east coast is a small rocky outcrop called Fish Rock. Nigel Marsh knows it well, but for 20 years it was a source of frustration for him. Then things changed...

Rare glimpse of a vanishing world

Appeared in DIVER June 2008
PAUL WALDEN joins JUSTIN GILLIGAN and a man with an enormous film camera to document one of the last remaining bastions of true wilderness - Raine Island and the Great Detached Reefs of Northern Australia

S is for south Australia

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Shipwrecks, sinkholes, seals, sharks, sea dragons and sneaky sex - superb! Marie Davis goes on tour in South Australia

Join the jetty set

Appeared in DIVER April 2007
Its the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere and marine life adores it. Jane Wilkinson explores the enchanted underwater world of Australias Busselton Jetty

There's only one great barrier reef

Appeared in DIVER January 2009
It's a long way to go, but with interesting experiences guaranteed, Oz remains on many divers holiday wish-list. Marie Davies reports from that famous reef

Still a great barrier reef

Appeared in DIVER January 2002
If you can wangle a trip to Australia, follow John Bantin to Cairns in Queensland and embark to dip into the world's biggest coral reef system

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about New Zealand

Gavin Anderson recaps his diving tour of a country with 35,000 miles of coastline.

Knights Daze

Encounters in spectacular surroundings with everything from blue maomao to golden rays and bull sharks await the 14 members of the Diver Full Circle team. Their mission is to explore the worlds top 10 diving destinations and theyre on the last four but will the dolphins play ball for a perfect finale Expedition leader Monty Halls reports

Shark Bait

There are sharks, and then there are mako sharks. Marcus Fillinger describes in words and pictures an encounter in New Zealand that left him shaken yet stirred

The Big Outdoors

If you go to New Zealand, you must dive certain famous sites or risk wasting a very long haul. John Liddiard made the most of his chance to do a diving tour of Kiwi country

The Other Chrismas Island

Australia's Christmas Island is a remote diving destination rich in marine life, writes Evelyn Seeger.

The Weird the Wonderful

You might see weedy sea dragons, they told him, but you'll be lucky to see Red Indian fish, Port Jackson sharks or giant cuttlefish - not at this time of year. But, as Gavin Anderson foun...

Sydney's Silent Suburbs

How many harbours play host to everything from seahorses and frogfish to whales and dolphins? The most exotic wonders of the underwater world are just a jump and a swim away for Sydneysid...

No Gain Without Pain

Appeared in DIVER April 2004
Virulent bugs, nightmare journeys and engine-room penetrations gone wrong - Monty Halls expedition team had their black moments, but would diving 10 of the worlds most legendary wrecks ma...

G'day Sports!

For this down-under double-header, John Bantin headed for the Great Barrier Reef to sample two Mike Ball liveaboard trips, and what turned out to be a distinctive blend of safety-first an...

Perils of Oz

If the red-back spiders under loo seats dont get you, the blue-ringed octopus will... People delight in spreading shock-horror stories about Aussie wildlife, and often it works. Marie Dav...

Mighty Mouths

Whale sharks are good business at Ningaloo Reef, but are divers harassing these gentle giants or helping to save them from extinction? Darryl Leniuk reports from western Australia

That Elusive Pimpernel (Shhhh!)

Appeared in DIVER February 2004
They seek it here, they seek it there, they seek that Pimpernel everywhere - a pinnacle of pure diving pleasure is how Marie Davies describes this fabled shark magnet, a site many Austral...

Dragon Quest

Appeared in DIVER July 2004
She knew nothing about seadragons, whether leafy or weedy, but Patricia Danna was easily persuaded to go in search of elusive egg-bearing males in Australia, with photographer Fred Bavendam

Science Can Be Fun

Appeared in DIVER 2004
Jurgen Freund and his wife Stella travelled down under to search for dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef aboard the scientific liveaboard Undersea Explorer. Then they went lookin...

Beyond Skull Cave

Appeared in DIVER February 2005
There are two types of divers in Tasmania - smart ones, and those who don't use a drysuit. Our down-under correspondent Marie Davies fell into the latter category on a recent first visit ...


The Diver Full Circle Expedition moves on from Africa to Micronesia and Australia, with leader Monty Halls reporting on more first-class diving for our globetrotting dive team