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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
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Around the Rugged Rock

A diver's holiday guide to Corsica and the Lavezzi Islands by Jonty Summers.
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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 two German pilots sent to intercept the enemy aircraft. The mission, on 7 March, 1944, very nearly cost him his life. Now the wreck of his Messerschmitt, described here by Kurt Amsler, makes an interesting dive.
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Aphrodites 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 island - but he has fun looking for them
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Light Dawns at Sunset

Cyprus is well-known as a diving destination, but its the busy southern part of the island that attracts the tourists and the attention. Mike Clark had already been there, but when he visited the Turkish-occupied north, he had cause to rethink his attitudes to diving in the Mediterranean
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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 Parsons made that painful mistake when he visited the Turkish half of Cyprus
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Croatia Soft Hard

The Adriatic offers unspoilt marine life and some spectacular wrecks. Award-winning photographer Franco Banfi enjoys himself stalking marine life on the Croatian island of Korcula while, not far away, Daniel Frka discovers the intact German torpedo boat S-57
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The Full BLT - 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 the judge.
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On the Flying Fortress

When he first heard talk of an intact World War Two US bomber in the Adriatic off Croatia's Vis Island, Daniel Frka paid scant attention. But a subsequent visit was to prove one of the highlights of his diving career
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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
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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 lady of Spain
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Swiss Cheese Island

Menorcas 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 easy diving that a beginner can enjoy, yet it offers an adventure for more experienced divers
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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 shared with Mary Poppins, as he goes in search of the best of Ibiza
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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 guard's van as big an attraction as the limited shore dives and seashell-collecting available on arrival. Brendan O'Brien turns back the pages
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The Happy Captains Shipwreck

The chilly coast of Greenland might not be renowned for its diving, but when Sven Stewart decided that he wanted to find a wreck there, he was to enjoy some extraordinary good fortune
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Ice Break

It was a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic expedition ­ going with the floe beneath the ice in Spitsbergen, 80°N between Greenland and Norway. Stephen Lee provides the report and took the pi...

The Virtues of Pemba

There are no degrees of virginity: either you are one, or youre not. So strictly speaking, Pemba, an island group off Tanzania, is not virgin diving territory. People have been there. But...

Mafia Without the Mob

Ten minutes of dullness, then - wait a minute, this is good! A dive pattern soon emerged when John Liddiard visited the laidback Mafia Islands in Tanzania, before moving on to exotic Zanz...

On Safari, Wet, Dry Scary

Great white sharks rattling your cage one day, hungry lions jangling your nerves the next - how much excitement do you want South Africa never fails to give intrepid Gavin Anderson the ad...

Sardine Fever

Divers descending into fish soup has become a bit of a cliché, but Peter Pinnock has experienced submersion in what must be the ultimate bouillabaise. He couldnt always see the predators...

Oh my God, Thats A Bloody Big Shark!

Who would want to put themselves in the water with one tiger shark, let alone several Gavin Parsons, thats who. But is he fearless or daft It takes a while before he is able to put the wo...

White Shark Man

South African Mike Rutzen created a stir at last years Dive Show when he talked about cageless diving with great white sharks. Hes back in the UK this month at LIDS, with amazing footage ...

Big Bus Country

Therell be another one along in a minute. A diver photographs a giant potato bass (known locally as a big bus because of the number of passengers it attracts) off the coast of Mozambique....

Hit the Beach

One thing was soon clear, the Moz Experience would be no picnic. If you like your diving days to be challenging, consider this part of Africa for your next trip. John Bantin got back to t...

Where the Whale Sharks Roam

Twenty-two years of diving and never a sniff of one of the leviathans of the sea, then suddenly dozens of whale sharks turn up all at once. Zac Macaulay finds his holy grail and other adv...

Giant Hunting in the Devils Cauldron

Grumpy camels, schoolboy French, drunk Belgians and pirate-infested waters - Gavin Parsons seeks out the worlds largest fish in the planets oddest country

Hippo Horror

You cant always believe what the locals tell you when you dive somewhere farflung and exotic. Joanne Cunningham was assured by people who knew Lake Tanganyika that its hippos never attack...

First-Aid kit for divers

With 15 years experience as a travelling diver and pharmacist, Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler knows more than most about the precautions that can save a dive trip threatened by ill-health or ...

Concealed Bermuda

Bermuda may have its strengths as a diving destination, but theyre not the ones put forward in its brochures, says Brendan OBrien. He reckons the island is keeping its real treasures too ...

Its the Window Cleaner

Cleaning algae off the windows of a massive new tank at the Bermuda aquarium is a bit like painting the Forth bridge. Volunteer divers, like the one pictured here, are on the job every da...

In Dublins Fair City

Irelands capital city makes a good destination for a long weekend city break, but did you realise that you could also get in some useful diving within sniffing distance of the Guinness Br...

The Crack of Connemara

Just think, you could be working in central London on Thursday morning, and sipping a Guinness on Inishbofin Island that evening, looking forward to three days cracking diving around the ...

The Luck of the Irish

Everything Irish is popular these days - from pubs and beers to actors and pop bands. But what about Irish diving John Liddiard heads for the Dingle peninsula, on Irelands west coast, wit...

Emerald Coast

By Roy Smallpage