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Appeared in DIVER July 2018
Associated with its scuttling red crabs, there is a lot more to Christmas Island, as JOHN LIDDIARD finds when he slips under water

A noisy search for HUMUHUMU-NUKUNUKA-A-PUA'A!

Appeared in DIVER June 2018
With marine life accounting for 28% of Hawaii's many endemic species, the USA's 50th state offers an alternative universe of underwater nature-watching. Words and pictures by LISA COLLINS, additional photography by MATEUSZ BEDNARCZUK


Appeared in DIVER November 2017
Definitely off the beaten trail is Saipan in the Pacific's North Mariana islands, a relative stone's throw from in-the-news Guam and a revelation for divers when it comes to marine life and wartime hardware.
LISA COLLINS' only initial concern was about exactly who would be arranging the diving...

Lagoon of lost ships -Rusty Pilgrimage to Truk Pt 2

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
A tropical lagoon in the Pacific containing more than 60 WW2-era Japanese ships has been the wet dream of wreck-divers since the area was first dived in the early 1970s. Initially this was an expedition destination, but today divers can explore the wrecks at leisure from a comfortable liveaboard. JESPER KJOLLER spent 10 days there and had a blast

Rusty Pilgrimage

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
Today every square centimetre of the globe can be inspected from satellites, but during WW2 the Imperial Japanese Navy managed to hide most of its Pacific fleet inside a fortified atoll in Micronesia. When US Forces discovered the truth about Truk Lagoon, it was game over - yet the violent strike took the Japanese completely by surprise. In the first of a two-part feature, JESPER KJØLLER reports on the action and its incredible legacy


Appeared in DIVER April 2017
In the richly biodiverse heart of PNG's waters, all sorts of diver requests can be met on a single liveaboard trip, from the world's tiniest pygmy seahorse to manta rays. MARK B HATTER packs all the photo-gear he owns and sets off

The Ghost in the Sea

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
MARIE DAVIES foresakes her usual liveaboard trips to stay on a diving island - and what an island!
She rarely returns anywhere - too many new places to dive - but Malapascua could prove to be the exception

Hooked on the islands

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
Reefs, wrecks and raging currents - this Pacific destination has left a deep impression on ELLEN HUSAIN

The world's most isolated atoll

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
It's the antediluvian dream - the island that time forgot, with abundant marine life untouched by modern life. Could it be true? MICHEL LABREQUE takes a five-day (yes, five-day) boat-trip to find out


Appeared in DIVER May 2016
In an extract from his new ebook Polynesia – An Ocean Realm, describing his adventures sailing and diving in the Pacific in the 1980s and '90s, PETE ATKINSON recalls what may have been unique encounters with a friendly spinner dolphin

Maui Magic

Appeared in DIVER April2016
LISA COLLINS gets among the manta rays and hammerheads in the USA's 50th State. And if there's a lesson to be learnt it's this: when you're offered seasickness pills, take them!

Big party in White Valley

Appeared in DIVER March 2016
As when reading a book or watching a film, STEVE WEINMAN likes to avoid spoilers and arrive open-minded at an unfamiliar destination ready for what he hopes will be pleasant surprises. So how would the tourist heart of French Polynesia measure up?

Mission: fathom Fiji

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
MARIE DAVIS's latest assignment is a liveaboard trip in the Pacific, and this time it seems she's gone full Tom Cruise

Spectacular Tahiti

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
Seventeen thousand grouper crammed into a narrow pass for one of the world's signature spawning events - it's just the start of MARK B HATTER's adventures as he dives the Tuamotu Islands

Road to the Visayas

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
Ten days on the road in the central Philippines, four diving hotspots covered, but it still isn't enough for HENLEY SPIERS

The wrecks of Coron Bay

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
You don't have to go inside the wrecks, but if the opportunity arises... JOHN LIDDIARD isn't usually the type of diver to resist

Transcendental Tubbataha

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
Is this remote location one of the world’s best for diving? LISA COLLINS thinks it may well be, but it’s no destination for beginners

Tiny things, Big Wow!

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
JOHN LIDDIARD heads for the east coast of the island of Bohol to get his macro-diving eye in. When you get into critter-hunting mode, it can be hard to stop

The Greatest Underwater Show on Earth

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
MARIE DAVIES has dived many of the best places in the world, especially in the Indo-Pacific, but one magical location had remained undived by her – until now. Would the Galapagos Islands live up to their star billing?

There and back again - a divers 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

Dive Truk Lagoon

Appeared in DIVER August 2014
Ask wreck-divers where in the world they would most like to be, and the answer Truk would come as little surprise. Wreck expert ROD MACDONALD has taken time out from Scottish wrecks to wr...

Stone age to space age - in just an hour

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
Theres getting away from it all, and then theres Tawali Resort in Papua New Guinea, which suits reef-nut NIGEL WADE down to the ground. Yet even here, where half-naked hunters roam, techn...

A mission and a half

Appeared in DIVER November 2013
She has dived in many wonderful places, but it had been LISA COLLINS lifetime dream to visit Galapagos. Its not diving for the faint-hearted - but what rewards! Mind you, the menfolk on h...

Dirty Rock - and beyond

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
Does Cocos, square metre for square metre, give divers more bang for their buck than any other site in the world JOHN BANTIN reckons he can make a good case

Diversity in Dumaguete

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
If youre going to spend a holiday taking marine-life photographs, you might as well go where the subjects are abundant, diverse and weird enough to fascinate. JOHN BANTIN heads for the Ph...

Triangular treasures

Appeared in DIVER Januaray 2013
JOHN BANTIN heads for the island of Mindoro, where an Atlantis resort provides a gateway to diving that seems almost casually world-class

Bismarck's coral kingdom

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
Its how we imagine coral reefs to have been back in the day, before humans took a hand - NIGEL WADE thinks hes gone to diving heaven when he hits New Britain in Papua New Guinea, and catc...

A wild and lonely place

Appeared in DIVER September 2012
Malpelo, way off the Pacific coast of Panama, is hard to get to and hard to dive and life doesn't get much easier when you're back on the boat, says JOHN BANTIN, who is still reelin and r...

A twist in the tail

Appeared in DIVER June 2012
Think of thresher sharks and you may think of Malapascua. With good reason, says STEVE WEINMAN, but this Philippines hotspot is no one-trick island. Lead photo by Emery Oxford

The lust for rust! - Truk

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
6 days, 13 wrecks, 24 dives...Thirteen wrecks - lucky for some. JOHN BANTIN has been on an underwater work-out in what is regarded by many divers as the worlds most desirable destination,...

How now Palau

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
Famous for its rock islands and stupendous diving, the islands collectively known as Palau lie within Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean, and fall into the trip-of-a-lifetime category. JOHN ...

Whales don't know the rules!

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
Our wild-card holiday selection is for divers who want a close-up whale experience and some interesting diving to boot - SHANE WASIK samples the pleasures of Tonga for us

Just passing through in Tahiti

Appeared in DIVER September 2011
You have flown to the other side of the world, but on an island-hopping press trip you know youll be lucky to get in more than a handful of dives. ZAC MACAULAY was determined to make ever...

Go with the flow in the Raja Ampat

Aooeared 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 stay...

Cocos alive!

Appeared in DIVER December 2010
Its one of the greatest dive sites on Earth, and it will stay that way - unless climate change and illegal fishing has its way. Martin Strmiska undertakes the challenging voyage to Cocos ...

Bullied back into diving

Appeared in DIVER August 2010
Richard Campbell quit diving after 20 years, following a series of panic attacks, but could one of the worlds great shark dives tempt him back Photography by LILI HAUGEN and ROBIN NAGY

Take a deep, deep beath

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
Beth & Shaun Tierney are authors of the Footprint guide Diving the World, the second edition of which was published recently. The article here was written for DIVER, but it gives a flavou...

Lady of the lanterns

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
Truk offers the worlds best wreck-diving, says Leigh Bishop, and this most famous of lagoons also holds some of wreck-divings best-kept secrets. He returned recently to photograph its dee...

Wrecked and gone to heaven

Appeared in DIVER April 2002
Its the worlds top wreck site - and possibly the worlds top shark site too. Atomic testing brought misery for many half a century ago, but today Bikini is bliss for the fortunate few dive...

Ruined by sea-lions, attacked by penguins

Appeared in DIVER June 2008
Galapagos offers amazing underwater spectacles, but they faded to grey for Hannah Cleaver after her first encounter with Zalophus californianus