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Black water, open ocean

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
After the big-animal encounters , a nocturnal outing promised tinier fare for the BBC's South Pacific film crew. Director Ellen Husain gets her night vision
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Pipe dream

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
Can you have too much of a good thing? John Bantin started to wonder after experiencing an embarrassment of macro riches at Tawali
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Life in the pass lane

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
It has to be one of the world's great drift dives, but the ferocity of the current through Rangiroa's Tiputa Pass took Michael Salvarezza and Christopher P Weaver by surprise. Pictures by John Bantin
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Turtle cleaning station

Appeared in DIVER April 2009
It looked like a far more relaxing assignment for the BBC's South Pacific film crew, after the angst of the tuna seine nets. It didn't quite work out that way, says director/marine biologist Ellen Husain
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Purse Seiner

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
Filming inside a giant 200m-deep fishing net may not top everyone's diving dream-list, but for ELLEN HUSSEIN, directing the BBC's forthcoming South Pacific series, it was one of her most incredible experiences yet
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Ghost ships of Truk Lagoon

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
His richly illustrated account of Truk's deeper Japanese warship wrecks last December brought a warm response, so here is LEIGH BISHOP's follow-up - it's about the shallower wrecks accessible to any diver who can make the trip to Micronesia
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Reef Diversity

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
The BBC's South Pacific film crew continue their journey, this time in search of the perfect coral reef, and director and marine biologist Ellen Husain enjoys a Penguin experience
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Out of the blue

In the first part of her diary leading into next summer's major BBC TV series South Pacific, marine biologist and director Ellen Husain goes in search of sharks and whales off Hawaii
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A taste of the stone age

Appeared in DIVER January 2009
Glimpses of ancient cultures keep appearing, though there is nothing prehistoric about the facilities at the Tufi Dive Resort. Under water, things are as they ever were, says John Bantin
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Deep wrecks of Truk Lagoon

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
Whatever people say about the diving in Truk, multiply it by 10, says Leigh Bishop - it's that good. Does that include what Leigh says about it here? Never mind, just enjoy his insight into the locations less-dived wrecks
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Creatures of the night

Appeared in DIVER February 2008
I feel like one of those tiny animals, weightless, alone and drifting at the whims of tides and ocean currents. Darryl Leniuk experiences two unique night dives at Kona in Hawaii
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Tahiti's little APPENDAGE

Appeared in DIVER December 2006
Tahiti Iti is well off the beaten track, and it's not cheap either, but Paul Kay is glad he broke a journey across the world to sample its Polynesian diving delights
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Colours of the rainbow

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
After his report from Fiji in June on what must be the most remarkable shark-feed around, John Bantin turns his attention to these Pacific islands outstanding static life. His quarry might be static, but the water in which it lives is anything but
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Soft coral and soft beds

Its just one big smile in Fiji, says Gavin Anderson - spectacular coral reef experiences combined with luxury treatment on land add up to diver-pampering on an unprecedented scale
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Diving with the BAD BOYS

Appeared in DIVER June 2006
Size matters in the shark world, as John Bantin discovers at a dive-site in Fiji that sets everything out for you on, as it were, a plate.
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Take Me to Your Leader

Close encounters of the first class, recovered from the memory of Gavin Anderson
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Dugong Song - Fire, Earth and Water

One of the world's biggest wrecks, the rare and wonderful sea cow, the psychedelic wall of Tongoa and a ring of active volcanos - Vanuatu might be difficult to get to, says Tobias Bernhard, but the experience is unforgettable
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Anything for Captain Cook

The islands of Vavau, in the South Pacific, teem with marine life, and are undeveloped to the point of quaintness. by Pete Atkinson
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Swimming with Giants

Is an in-water humpback whale encounter on your wishlist? Your options are limited, says Darryl Leniuk, but if you can make it to Tonga in the south Pacific, your dreams could come true
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War and Peace - Solomon Islands

They stand as a poignant legacy of the Solomon Islands wartime role, but the numerous military wrecks are also alive with fascinating marine life, as John Bantin discovers
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Time-Travellers in the Pacific

Within a blowholes spurt of the international dateline, Samoa has to be top choice for those who wish to celebrate the Millennium in style. Gavin Anderson went on ahead to check out the d...

Whale Whisperers

Win the trust of humpback whales and it's possible to interact with them for long periods. Tally Pozzoli got to know some of these not-always gentle giants around the Pacific island of Ru...

A Rainy Week in PNG

Gavin Anderson takes refuge from bad weather among the sea creatures of the remote islands off Papua New Guinea

Back to the Battlefield

Sixty years ago, when the Japanese attempted to attack Australia via what was then New Guinea and Papua, it was Allied air power that sealed their fate. The northern coast of modern PNG i...

The Rhinopias is Missing!

To say that Papua New Guinea is rich in marine life is to say that Bill Gates has a bit put by, and the island of Loloata lives up to its billing. It also has it's own special pride and j...

A Dive on the Wild Side

Peleliu Cut, Palau, is no place for a beginner to dive. It is here that the roaring tide of the Philippine Sea, moving northwards, meets the mighty current of the Pacific Ocean, sweeping ...

Sun Dancing the Week Away

Two and a half grand may sound like a lot of money to spend on a diving holiday; but, says John Bantin, a cruise on Sun Dancer II (above) costs around the same as staying on land.

Kapow Palau

Operation Desecrate One, a US air strike on the Japanese Pacific fleet during WW2, has left Palau an enviable wreck-diving legacy. Sixty years on to the day, John Bantin joined lavishly e...

Volcanic Activity

Halfway across the world from Britain, the US state of Hawaii is a long, long haul, and it can't compete in the colourful coral stakes. What it does have is drama, says Brendan O'Brien, w...

Fearless Fauna

A postcard from Eric Sutherland, holidaying in the company of creatures unafraid of man

Welcome to Hammerhead Heaven

The Galapagos Islands of the eastern Pacific, whose unique animal life attracted Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, is a place where hammerhead sharks gather in their hundreds. John Lidd...

Sunny Cher

French Polynesia is the size of western Europe, so travelling between the best dive sites can be a time-consuming process, and costly too. But with several UK tour operators looking to ad...

Flying the Passes

You won't find interesting scenic dives in the passes of the Tuamotus. There are few varieties of hard corals, no colourful soft corals and the reef banks are sloping and featureless. You...

Fijian Fortunes

That's how it is in diving - if you're lucky you arrive in time to catch the big event under water; if you're delayed, or have the wrong lens on your camera, you just might miss out. John...

Hammerhead Island

Malpelo, a bleak volcanic rock 240 miles off the coasts of Colombia and Panama, is no holiday camp. Just about the only reason to go there are its schools of hammerhead sharks. By Colin ...

The Stuff of Legends

No topside holidaymaker would rate Cocos and Malpelo as star attractions, and even for divers they are rugged enough to present real challenges. But these eastern Pacific islands are as d...

Hair-raising visit to the Barbershop

A closed-circuit rebreather helped John Bantin get the most out of what he believes is the worlds best dive location, Cocos. It also gave him a brush with bad bends when he made a simple ...

Sharks in the Dark - Cocos Islands

Whitetip reef sharks, often described as not aggressive, are probably the species of requiem shark most often encountered by divers, but the least written about. A recent nocturnal encoun...

Meetings with Sharks

Pete Atkinson went to a tiny South Pacific reef to take pictures of sharks.

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 ...