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Grand Reserve

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
The waters around the village of Portofino in northern Italy are a fine illustration of what a marine reserve can achieve in a comparatively short time. And as NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN find, it's in a great part of the world for a budget diving break

Smiling all the way to sunny Spain

Appearedin DIVER january 2018
One of several European destinations featured in our 2018 holiday round-up is Spain, where there are several contenders for your attention, but WILL APPLEYARD set his sights on the region centred on Valencia

Window Pains

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
The Maltese island of Gozo has provided many a UK diver with an early experience of diving overseas, but BRENDAN O'BRIEN had never tried it. Shortly after the collapse of one of its most iconic features, he popped over to find out what he'd been missing


Appeared in DIVER April 2017
A memorable childhood encounter set technical diver TANO ROLE on an inevitable course to dive the WW2 Schnellboot in Malta's deep waters. But it's not the only reason he keeps revisiting the wreck

Dolphins of the Inland Sea

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
The Inland Sea in Gozo has long been a favourite with British divers, but did you know that 30 years ago it provided a temporary home for two dolphins? TANO ROLÉ was one of the divers who came up with an escape plan.

In the lap of the sea gods

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
Why not go diving in a cradle of civilisation? Thousands of wrecks spanning thousands of years are now open for inspection, with lashings of history, arts and gastronomy to fill your uptime. Greece's biggest diving advocate makes the case to STEVE WEINMAN

MURCIA Mission

Appeared in DIVER April2016
A five-day road trip exploring Spain's Costa Calida ('Warm Coast') entices WILL APPLEYARD – will it meet, or even exceed, his expectations?

Balkan wreck secrets

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
As so often, the weather gods play a part when a Croatian wreck-diving itinerary is at stake, but RICK AYRTON gets a good crack at the wrecks of Istria, including some British iron and steel

Malta's ghost fleet

Appeared in DIVER February 2016
To enjoy the wreck-diving possibilities of Malta to the full, it helps if you're a technical diver. CATH BATES went to see how many good dives mixed gas would enable her to fit into a week

Triton delivers

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
'It's the end of the season, the try-divers are heading off home – show me something special!' requests RICHARD ASPINALL. What he sees off the Greek island of Alonissos isn't at all what he was expecting

Brava Bravo

Appeared in DIVER September 2015
RICHARD ASPINALL is forced to revise his preconceptions about Mediterranean diving following a flying visit to north-eastern Spain

Spanish reflections

Appeared in DIVER September 2015
DAVE PEAKE takes it easy with some unfettered camera-work on the Costa Blanca


Appeared in DIVER September 2015
This year JO CAIRD's been off to sunny Spain

Mines & Caves

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
The unusual sight of a retired military mine and a solid wall of prawns in a submerged hole in a mountain cement BRUCE MILANI GALLIENI's new-found attraction to the island of Paxos

Living monument

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
Maltese club-diver TANO ROLE loves the wreck of the Um el-Faroud and his enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed since he became one of the first to dive it. He explains why

The eye of the beholder

Appeared in DIVER February 2015
Greece and its islands have their critics when it comes to marine-life appeal but for marine biologist and TV presenter MAYA PLASS Lemnos turns out to be a rich playground for a budding underwater photographer

Getting wrecked

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
They've talked about marine reserves with fish-attracting artificial reefs in Cyprus for a long time, but with the sinking of a fleet of small boats they're taking shape, says JO CAIRD. Photos by STEVE PRETTY

Rich in history

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
Many reminders of the 20th centurys two world wars lie beneath the waters of Istria in northern Croatia - SUE DALY went to sample wrecks that beckon both recreational and technical divers

Diving off-menu!

Appeared i DIVER July 2014
Whether you're visiting the Maltese islands for the first time this summer or are a returning enthusiast, the author of the popular divers guide-book PETER G LEMON has four site suggestio...

Kas Free

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
Tired of carting your kit around Kas in Turkey is generally associated with wreck-diving – but who needs scuba gear to dive it asks Ukrainian HELENA BRENER. Photos by ANDREY NEKRASOV

Up against Dalmatian walls

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
Our correspondent's report as they find, even when the weather undermines their best intentions. RICHARD ASPINALL visits Croatia's coast with wreck-diving in mind - but there are obstacles

The perfect Spanish dive

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
Imagine all the ingredients you need for a perfect UK wreck-diving day. Not just any diving day, but the sort that would be hinted at if a certain lager commercial did wreck-diving. Start...

Caves and corals of Sardinia

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
The Italian island of Sardinia in the mid-western Mediterranean has a lot to offer divers - especially around Capo Galera, where the sea reveals a surprising amount of life and colour, sa...

Losinj streak

Appeared in DIVER April 2013
Ninja crabs, big winds and thermoclines, caves, walls and the Tihany wreck - last September saw JOHN LIDDIARD sampling the diving off northern Croatia

Ionian fish ID All Greek To Me

Appeard in DIVER February 2013
In common with many divers, NIGEL WADE reckons his fish-identification skills could be better. Packed off to mainland Greece to improve them, he hardly expected to be overwhelmed with bio...

Strait run

Appeared in DIVER February 2013
Recent summers have yielded rich results for STEVE WARREN and his filming team, as they get used to spending time with pilot and killer whales, tuna, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, sunfish...

Where big-wreck divers feel at home

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
Until the promised marine zones materialise Cyprus diving will continue to revolve around the Zenobia – but its one hell of a wreck to revolve around, says JOHN BANTIN

Zen and the art of diving

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
The Zenobia wreck is synonymous with diving in Cyprus, and offers challenges for divers at most qualification levels. After enjoying a six-pack tour of the wreck, will a 15 litre tank sti...

New dawn for Kalymnos

Appeared in DIVER March 2005
We advise readers not to touch or take under water, but in the Greek island of Kalymnos, theyve been touching and taking for millennia - and its become a matter of life, death and disabil...

Something for the weekend

Appeared in DIVER September 2011
Fancy some diving but dont have time for a full-blown holiday How about a long-weekend break GAVIN PARSONS looks at the options in the Med

Turkey shoot

Appeared in DIVER April 2011
The tempting WW2 bomber may have been out of bounds, but the Turkish resort of Kas presented Stuart Philpott with a range of wrecks and pottery to explore

Diving Dubrovnik

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
Base yourself in Croatias historic coastal city and you could be in for a treat if you like caves and wrecks, says John Liddiard – not to mention the mobile attractions

Our man on the Riviera

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
You can go for a holiday or even a long weekend - all it takes is a budget flight and a diamond geezer to get you organised. JOHN LIDDIARD reports from the South of France

Over the blue horizon

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
Most Mediterranean diving is done within 12-mile limits, but Gavin Parsons was recently the photographer aboard the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior as it surveyed reefs way offshore

Super grouper

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
Stuart Philpott samples the haven for marine life that is the Medes Islands on Spain's Costa Brava

Gorging on Malta's wrecks

Appeared in DIVER December 2010
So many wrecks, so little time- Stuart Philpott dives against the calendar and the weather to sample some of the finest metal in the Med

Awash with history

Appeared in DIVER April 2010
Come with us to Crete, an island where ancient relics are strewn generously about the seabed, and the fish try not to get in the way of the scenery. Max Eaton reports. Main pictures by Ju...