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Indonesia raw

Appeared in DIVER October 2011
Just as this year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan was happening, JOHN BANTIN was diving in what had been the epicentre of the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, Banda Aceh. Here the scars are healing, and diving is back on the agenda

Go with the flow in the Raja Ampat

Appeared in DIVER April 2011
Its an expensive trip either way, but there are two Raja Ampats, says John Bantin - the tranquil one that gets macro photographers all worked up, and the exciting one that tests your staying power

Return to Lembeh

Appeared inDIVER July 2011
Lembeh Strait in Indonesia was always the hottest destination for critter-lovers, says underwater film-maker John Boyle, but under today's pressures, would a return visit disappoint?

To liberty from secrecy

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
Bali's north coast offers a succession of treats, says Steve Weinman

Scaling the walls

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
We all have our favourite places to dive, and were always looking for places to surpass them. Would Palau live up to everything Marie Davies had heard about it?

Snacking with Papua's whale sharks

Appeared in DIVER September 2010
Ahe in Papua is the latest wild eastern diving frontier, a place where the potential for whale-shark encounters is beyond most diver's wildest dreams. Mike Harterink and Dave van Stijn had to pinch themselves

Jumbo dives in Havelock

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
Plunging in with a pachyderm isn't exactly an everyday diving experience, but it's just one aspect that makes diving in the Andamans an unforgettable experience, says Hannah Cleaver. Pictures by Björn Bergenheim

The Big Bangka theory

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
The Philippines covers 116,000 square miles - it's very big and diverse, but surprisingly often thought of as a single destination. To get an idea of the sheer variety of diving there, John Bantin embarked on a boat trip with a difference

The light beyond

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
Fluo-diving is the revealing of coral reefs and their inhabitants in an extraordinary new light, thanks to the pioneering work of Guy & Anita Chaumette. Steve Weinman reports

The Sipadan factor

Appeared in DIVER May 2010
Sipadan is one of those magic names in diving circles, like Scapa or Truk, but when the Malaysians had to step in to rescue the island from divers, its future looked uncertain. Mark Webster visits Sipadan and its neighbours to assess the state of diving there today

Seahorsing around the world of the Wobbegong

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
The liveaboard may not be as good as it looks, and it may have been visiting some questionable places, but it would be difficult to avoid a happy ending in Raja Ampat, says John Bantin

Totally addicted to Sulawesi

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
This is how obsessions start: warning signs flash as you sleep-walk towards the jetty in the middle of the night, and they take hold as the dives start to haunt your dreams. A trip to Indonesia leaves Steve Weinman craving for more

No rush to surface

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Looking for somewhere laid-back to suit the underwater photographers and snorkellers in your group? GERALD RAMBERT found it in the Philippines

Its so good in Sogod

Appeared in DIVER July 2008
Marine biologist Matt Doggett spent six months working and diving in the Philippines and is keen to share the good news about Sogod Bay. Additional pictures by Hew Dalrymple-Hamilton

Spot the leopard

Appeared in DIVER September 2008
John Bantin heads for Thailands Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock on a sailing boat purpose-built for divers

A walk in the Perhentian Gardens

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Zac Macaulay takes a series of underwater strolls through the picturesque reefs of north-eastern Malaysia - a honey-trap for photographers

Liberty in Bali

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
We dive at dawn - but was John Bantin taking a liberty in Bali when he dragged a reluctant buddy from his sleep to accompany him? Not a bit of it, he was just following the rules

Hunting frogfish and other obsessions

Appeared in DIVER August 2009
Why do some marine creatures have us hooked? We all seem to have our private obsessions, whether diving in tropical or UK waters. On a recent trip to the Philippines, Sue Daly had eyes only for her own prince among fish

Thailand Showcase

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
Diving the land of smiles

Diving the land of smiles

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
Thailand offers a wealth of underwater treasures to delight the most jaded diver, says LOUISA BUTLER. In a two-week trip you could enjoy a world-class liveaboard to the Similan Islands, t...

Mongolias dark blue pearl

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
Mongolia - not your first thought for a diving holiday, nor your second. But Steven Schwankerts team was in a high-altitude lake to notch up a string of firsts - and to track down the und...

Hallowed shores

East Timor is a young independent state, and its unspoilt reef eco-systems provide amazing diving just a stones throw from the beach. Shore dives dont get any better, reckons Ethan Daniels

Twilight zone

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
Muck-diving was never muckier than in Ambon Harbours underwater junkyard, but the debris is studded with living jewels, says Don Silcock

The Japanese way of diving

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
One of the worlds first cruise-liners sank in treacherous waters off Japan last year, and when Dan Burton and buddy became the first to dive it, they gained a glimpse of a unique diving c...

Swapping Backpacks for BCs

Koh Tao isn't everybodys idea of a holiday, but its the business when it comes to fun diving for gap-year travellers and budgetwise backpackers in an exotic setting. Zac Macaulay feels hi...

Granite humps, curry and trips

Peace has broken out in Sri Lanka, though don't go there looking for coral. John Liddiard found that reef and wreck-diving on the west coast combined with the country's varied non-diving ...

Cannibal ROCK

Appeared in DIVER July 2006
When youve dived with the mantas, reset your sights on the smaller side of marine life. Cannibal Rock conjures up all sorts of unpleasant images, but Mark Webster reckons it could well be...

Far end of MANTA ALLEY

Appeared in DIVER July 2006
You steel yourself for a high-voltage current dive to see the manta rays - only to find that the rays have had a better idea. In the first of two features on the magical Indonesian dive d...

Riding the wave

Diving hotspots in South-east Asia had reason to fear a knee-jerk loss of business after the Boxing Day Tsunami. In the first of three reports from South-east Asia, John Liddiard heads fo...

Rich beyond compare

Appeared in DIVER April 2006
Sitting in the middle of what have been officially declared the worlds richest coral reefs is the island of Kri. Its hard to reach and the diving isnt easy, says John Bantin, but its an e...

Weird and wonderful

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
It's a little bit of Britain in south-east Asia, but you won't find many of these creatures off the Essex coast, says John Bantin

Downsizing expectations

It's quite a holiday when you start as a dedicated shark-spotter and return as a macro-nut, but photographer Mike Veitch found that having the rich reefs of Malapascua to himself was too ...

The coral kingdom of Wakatobi

Appeared in DIVER March 2006
The best coral reef in the world? Certainly Wakatobi has to be a candidate. This resort, the result of an enterprising Swiss-Indonesian partnership, is reckoned to be a place beyond bleac...

Borderline Diving - Burma

As far as we know, sea creatures are indifferent to national borders, but do these invisible lines affect the diving in any way? Mark Webster and John Bantin find out on either side of th...

Borderline Diving - Thailand

As far as we know, sea creatures are indifferent to national borders, but do these invisible lines affect the diving in any way? Mark Webster and John Bantin find out on either side of th...

Getting Wet in Phuket

Bernard Eaton's acquaintance with the waters of Thailands largest island started some time before he glimpsed the coral-filled shallows of the Andaman Sea

Leopards, Lions, Scorpions & Giant Shrimps

You never know what's around the next corner in Thailand's undersea jungle, says Gavin Anderson, who reckons the time is still ripe to take advantage of cheap flights and accommodation in...