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Mystery of Wreckers' Reef

With broad swathes of Turkey's coastline newly opened to divers, and countless previously prohibited wrecks to explore, David Oldale went to Kalkan to learn more about the Duchess of York - and found more than he had bargained for
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Kas Registers

The Turkish coast with its many shipwrecks has been opened up to divers in the past year - and some of those wrecks are very old indeed. Barely developed resorts such as Kas and Kalkan are giving notice that they welcome wreck-divers, so David Oldale moved fast to take advantage
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The Ship With No Name

A huge 19th century steamship has been exerting a fascination on divers from its resting place off Kalkan in Turkey. Mark Ellen, Editor of WORD magazine, is one of those who has found its mysterious charms impossible to resist
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Tabarka Road

Steve Weinman samples a Tunisian resort claimed to fill a gap in the market - and finds it full of holes
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Burrowers on the Coral Coast

Two years ago the Tunisian resort of Tabarka was feeling its way with British divers, says Steve Weinman - now its starting to look like a real Mediterranean contender
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Conger Cavern

Give us a kiss! Craig Melvin and buddy bumped into a conger eel in a cavern in Spain. The eel did its best to evade the torch beam, but, luckily, a few shots in the dark produced some interesting results.
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Nautique But Nice

Think of southern Spain, and you could perhaps be forgiven for immediately turning your thoughts to the worst excesses of Britons abroad.
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A Fine Bet For Cool Fish

John Bantin believes the rich marine life of the Medas Islands should put them high on any divers 'To Do' list.
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Everybody Is Talking About the Medas Islands

Why go further afield for colourful diving? Jim Greenfield reports from a Spanish marine reserve that has become a haven for fish and heaven for divers
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Our Own Sunny Backyard

Ibiza nightclubs, chicken and chips, paella and sangria, Costa del Crime, the water in Majorca, Viva Espana - these are the enduring stereotypes of tourist Spain, and probably explain why it remains our favourite holiday destination. But there is another good reason to go, says John Eastman
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Costa Wrecka

Fancy a touch of Spain for your summer holidays? Varied wreck and reef diving can be found off the coast south of Alicante, in a region already popular with Spanish divers. John Liddiard finds that the quality of Murcia is not at all strained
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Diving with Deth

The Costa Del Sol is just a budget flight away, and southern Spain is looking increasingly interesting as a diving holiday destination. John Liddiard takes a trip to La Linea
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Lavezzi Beyond

Midway between French Corsica and Italian Sardinia, John Bantin finds huge groupers flourishing among the rocks of Lavezzi and a plethora of wrecks within the borders of Italy
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Stubborn After All These Years

His Majesty's Submarine Stubborn saw action in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and miraculously survived one of the most intense depth-charge attacks of World War Two. In the process it dived deeper than any other sub of the time, and was finally sunk as a target off Malta. David Oldale reports on a very special dive
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Wreck Quartet

A string of deliberately sunk wrecks, often accessible from shore and placed so that whatever the weather you'll always find a good dive - these are among the attractions that make Malta a tempting diving prospect. Mike Clark gets onto four of them
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Shore Thing

Diving the wrecks and reefs within reach of Malta's shoreline, John Liddiard finds a sneaky way to ensure that he gets more bottom time in which to enjoy the views than the other divers in his group
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Frutti di Mare

Southern Italy has much to offer the holidaymaker, as they say on those TV travel programmes, but did you realise that diving was on the agenda John Bantin has travelled down to Sicily, sampling caverns and wreck-diving in Scopello and profuse marine life in steeply sloping Ustica
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Cheap (but very Cheerful)

Gavin Parsons takes a short break to rediscover Italy and is pleasantly surprised by the high-quality diving and the low-budget price. Might Portofino suit you next year?
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The Second Sinking

Portofino might be a high-flying town, but it offers British divers the chance to enjoy budget-priced diving getaways. It has also now welcomed back a greatly missed underwater icon - no,...

Inside Story

Looking for a novel experience, Frank Allen dived the clear waters of a limestone cavern deep inside the Rock of Gibraltar, where he followed a line tied to a pillar, formed by the meetin...

Rock of Wrecks

Harbours can be dangerous places for boats, and the breakwaters in Gibraltar's have proved this many a time. John Liddiard goes exploring in this wreck divers' paradise

Around the Rugged Rock

A divers'' holiday guide to Corsica and the Lavezzi Islands by Jonty Summers.

The Fighter from 44

An air raid siren whined over the Luftwaffe base near Avignon. Two American bombers, escorted by fighters, were closing on the French port of Marseilles. Capt Hans Fahrenberger was one of...

Aphrodite's Island

We know the goddess Aphrodite is mythical, but what about the marine life around Cyprus? The promised specimens certainly do their best to avoid Stephen Lee as he tours the south of the i...

Light Dawns at Sunset

Cyprus is well-known as a diving destination, but it's the busy southern part of the island that attracts the tourists and the attention. Mike Clark had already been there, but when he vi...

A Step Back in Time

Ah, the rare joys of diving off fishing-boats, and spotting turtles that resemble Homer Simpson! But when scouting out sunken cities with a snorkel, never forget the sun-screen. Gavin Par...

Photo Opportunities

The grouper, gorgonians (and gelati) are all big and shiny, but can John Liddiard's beaten-up old camera match the humongous hardware in evidence on his Sardinian dive boat? You must be t...

Boat Handling in Menorca

When Gavin Newman decided to prepare for qualification as a competent RIB coxn, he turned his back on UK options and headed south

Diving Miss Connie

Its a warm(-ish) and sheltered dive destination all year round, but it's just a two-hour hop from the UK by plane - John Bantin pays a nostalgic return visit to Puerto Pollensa with a lad...

Swiss Cheese Island

Appeared in DIVER February 2003
Menorca's wrecks, fish and macro life are appealing enough, but what makes diving on this Mediterranean island so memorable are its shallow caves and canyons, says John Liddiard. It's eas...

Get Down with the Ibiza Vibe

You won't be dragged screaming into a crazed clubbers orgy (unless you want to be, of course). In fact, out of season you might even find it a bit quiet. John Liddiard's wildest night is ...

When the Med was an Adventure

How spoiled are we by cheap holidays to exotic diving destinations? Forty years ago many divers asked little more than to catch a party train to a resort in the Med, with dancing in the g...

Lanzarote Not Just for the Tourists

You'd be surprised what you can find in Lanzarote. The island may be a favourite holiday destination for sun-seeking Brits, but it's also a great place to dive. Gavin Anderson reports

Ultimate WRECKS

July 2004
What is it like to dive 10 of the worlds greatest wreck sites on a single trip? Monty Halls recently returned from such a tour, a follow-up to the Diver-sponsored Full Circle expedition. ...

Britains most loyal divers

Why we take our diving holidays where we do may depend on anything from whether were into macro photography or our dive buddy demands a hot Jacuzzi at the end of the day. But what makes p...