Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!

There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them. It’s a bit like snorkelling in a warm, green jellyfish soup.

There is a lake in Palau full of jellyfish, which are completely harmless and you can snorkel amongst them.  “How many jellyfish exactly?” seemed a fair question, but “Between six and twenty million” wasn’t the answer we were expecting from our otherwise precise and accurate dive guides Richard and Paul from Unique Dive Expeditions at Sam’s Tours.

The next question was obviously ‘how?’ How does it happen that on one island of the small archipelago of Palau, in the middle the Pacific Ocean, in a completely enclosed lake, there lives a colony of jellyfish, who have lost their ability to sting, and therefore kill, anything?  Being jelly FISH – these guys are obviously not living off fresh air. How does that work? Continue reading “Ever tried Jellyfish soup? – snorkelling in it that is!”

Yonaguni Monument – lost underwater temple or natural feature?

In the remote island of Yonaguni, Japan’s most south-westerly point in the province of Okinawa, an underwater feature has archaeologists and geologists still arguing 30 years on

In the remote island of Yonaguni, Japan’s most south-westerly point in the province of Okinawa, an underwater feature has archaeologists and geologists arguing, still, 30 years after it was first discovered. Is it an ancient monument, the remains of a legendary city like Atlantis, swallowed by the ocean thousands of years ago? Was it built by aliens? Or is it a natural rock formation? Continue reading “Yonaguni Monument – lost underwater temple or natural feature?”

Fiji Friday – Have you dived Vatu-I-Ra?

Looking for a relaxing ‘dive holiday’ dive trip? A place with easy diving and sites with names like Heaven’s Door, Purple Haze and Black Magic? Then look no further than Fiji’s Vatu-I-Ra on Viti Levu’s northern coast.

Looking for a relaxing ‘dive holiday’ dive trip?  A place with easy diving and sites with names like Heaven’s Door, Purple Haze and Black Magic? Then look no further than Fiji’s Vatu-I-Ra on Viti Levu’s northern coast.

Fiji’s diving is often overlooked, as many imagine that all of Fiji is just like the vague recollections they have of the beachside resorts of the Mamanuca Islands, or some resort they have vague memories of on the Coral Coast. Not so! Fiji has some of the very best diving in the Pacific. Continue reading “Fiji Friday – Have you dived Vatu-I-Ra?”

Prizes Galore at the Solomons Dive Fest 2017

The 2017 Solomon Islands Dive Fest was on last week with a dozen divers and dive media diving around the Solomon’s Western Province and competing for three prizes – each another dive trip in the Solomons.

The 2017 Solomon Islands Dive Fest was on last week with a dozen divers and dive media diving around the Solomon’s Western Province, enjoying festivities and presentations from the likes of DAN – and competing for three prizes – each one being another dive trip in the Solomons.

Read the full trip report to find out who won, and see their winning pictures. Continue reading “Prizes Galore at the Solomons Dive Fest 2017”

Indonesia’s Gili Islands: tropical fun with turtles

The Gili Islands are off Lombok, just across the water from Bali. There’s exhilarating diving between the three islands, and turtles are attracted to the local biorock structures.

Thinking back to a dive holiday there’s usually one thing that stays in your mind; it might be Palau’s mantas, Fiji’s sharks, and for Indonesia’s Gili Islands it was the diving with turtles.

If you haven’t heard of the Gili Islands, that’s not surprising as another one of their many charms is that they are a little off the beaten track. There are three Gili Islands, (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan), about 30 km due east of the big volcano on Bali’s North East tip, easily accessible via boats from Bali’s Padang Bai. There is plenty of accommodation on all three islands and dive centres covering all languages are dotted around each one. Continue reading “Indonesia’s Gili Islands: tropical fun with turtles”

Lord Howe Island – an adventure playground for divers!

Lord Howe Island is like a perfectly designed adventure playground for divers: from shallow fish-filled lagoon reefs, to the gullied terrain of the Arches, and jumbled bommies of the Admiralty Islands. The surrounding waters are largely marine sanctuary and present a diversity unlike any other place in NSW.

Even as you approach from the air, Lord Howe Island looks invitingly like an adventure playground for divers. Its irregular shape gives a little insight into what lies below the waterline: to the south the mighty peaks of Gower and Lidgbird stand like sentinels, their heads at 800m in the clouds and their almost vertical sides plummeting straight down into the water surrounding them, whilst dotted around are small islands and off to the south-east the unmistakable outline of Ball’s Pyramid pierces the horizon. Continue reading “Lord Howe Island – an adventure playground for divers!”