My sister and I were swimming in a quiet area of Jervis Bay on the east coast of Australia a few years back. Suddenly a fin cut through the water…another one appeared next to it and another and another. Moving fast, not towards us but very close. Sharks?
A place like Heron Island is a great destination for families by offering a variety of activities all throughout the day, catering to people of all ages and interests. One can do a single boat dive and be back to spend the rest of the day exploring the island with or without expert staff, read books, hang by the pool or at the end of the day join the sunset cruise. There is plenty of time to relax and no worries about having to get any chores done.
Sharks have long been feared by people. Monsters that appear from the depths of the sea and take life after life, sentiments that have been enhanced by movies such as 'Jaws'. Sharks are efficient predators no doubt, their senses and hunting strategies refined over the long time they have inhabited the seas.
The 2011 Underwater Festival™ breaks new ground in underwater shootout competitions. UF11 will feature a photo and video shootout competition that happens simultaneously all over Australasia. 25 countries spanning both hemispheres - every dive site you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, dive resort in the area will be part this new kind of shootout.
The first Byron Underwater Festival, which was held May 10-13 was a great success with more than 30 divers entering in the Underwater Shoot-Out and over 100 artworks submitted to the ‘Marine Visions’ Art Competition. The aim of the event was and is to be more than just another digital shoot-out competition.
Although Byron Bay is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations, only few people realise the fantastic marine environment Byron Bay has to offer. This popular subtropical township renown for its beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland is part of the Cape Byron Marine Park and home to the Julian Rocks Marine Sanctuary.
Friends and colleagues envied us for going diving in North Sulawesi, but let me tell you: 11 days with Bob Whorton on a boat is hard work. Especially when he convinces you that visiting a karaoke bar in the midst of the city of Bitung, Sulawesi is a great idea.
Imagine paradise: blue skies, amazing food, flowers, happy people, world class diving, smiles all round, a bit of pampering and a wet-edge pool looking out over the volcanoes on the North-Sulawesi mainland.
The WAKATOBI Dive Resort is located in a remote area of Indonesia: Southeast Sulawesi. The currents that pass through channels and along the steep drop offs carry an incredible diversity of marine life that settles on the substrates surrounding the atolls.
We waved goodbye to the crew from Cocos (Keeling) Islands until our arms hurt. We were a bit sad to leave everybody behind, but also excited about what was going to come. After only an hour the plane started to descend again and we could see Christmas Island. It was very clear straight away that Christmas Island is geologically very different from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
If you are looking for a tropical holiday destination with amazing diving the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island should be on your list. The islands are part of Australia, but are actually located closer to Indonesia.