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Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

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Dive Holidays come only a few days a year. So if the opportunity presents itself, one should take advantage and plan a getaway to remember. It is particularly enticing to see pristine waters and pow... Read more

Scuba Diving around Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea

Scuba Diving around Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea

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Sharm El Sheikh Local Dives covers all the dive sites north and south of Naama Bay between the straits of Tiran and the town of Sharm El Sheikh. You reach the different local dive sites from Naama Ba... Read more

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego It's time to celebrate our big blue ocean!Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark Worl... Read more

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

Benefits of Scuba Diving with Nitrox

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Over the past 20 years there have been many advances in the scuba diving world because of the availability of diving with enriched nitrox air. Put into simple terms, nitrox is air with more oxygen in... Read more

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

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  The Bunaken National Marine Park was established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. The park has a surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is o... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

Scuba Diving beautiful Koh Samui island in Thailand

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Koh Samui is a beautiful island in the Surat Thani region of Thailand. The majority of the professional scuba diving schools and dive shops in this area are affiliated with the SSS network. On Koh Sa... Read more

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving and enjoying Boracay Island in the Philippines

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Boracay island is a world-class tourist and scuba diving destination in the southern Philippines. It is one of the most popular getaways in the Philippines, attracting close to one million local and ... Read more

Scuba Diving and Flying - What you must do and must not do!

Scuba Diving and Flying - What you must do and must not do!

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Many divers have asked, "What are the reasons why I am forced to wait until clear to fly after a dive." The reason is all down to something called pressure. When we are positioned on the ground, in o... Read more

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

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Greece, and certainly Crete, is surrounded with an air of ancient mystery and classic history. The birthplace of Zeus, and said to be Goddess Kalypso’s Lost Kingdom, the island is a huge attrac... Read more

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

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  I recently had the opportunity of paddleboarding the beautiful waters of Honduras. While residing on the islands of Roatan and Utila for six months, I ate, drank and slept scuba diving. And wh... Read more

Should I rent or own my Scuba Diving Equipment?

Should I rent or own my Scuba Diving Equipment?

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Ask any experienced scuba diver and he or she will soon tell you that there is nothing like owning your own gear. Each time you go away on a scuba diving trip you will at first need to hire out scub... Read more

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

Dahab International Watersports Festival 14th – 20th April 2012.

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  The people of Dahab, in South Sinai, Egypt invite you to attend the second Dahab International Festival of Water Sports, Culture and Desert Adventure on the 14th – 20th April 2012. ... Read more

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

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Since becoming on of our Dive Resort advertisers last year, Utopia Dive village Resort has been on our list of places to visit. If you like remote, quiet and relaxing places to visit and dive, you mu... Read more

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

Scuba Diving in Thailand. The 5 Big Truths

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No other country in the world could offer tourists such varied scuba diving sites like Thailand does. From beginners to seasoned divers, the islands of Thailand have so much to offer, with its amazin... Read more

Scuba Diving Lombok and Gili Islands off Bali in Indonesia

Scuba Diving Lombok and Gili Islands off Bali in Indonesia

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Lombok is an island located east of Bali and accessible by air, fast boat or public ferry.The simple pleasure of sunshine, white sandy beaches in quieter settings than Bali, unique culture, stunning ... Read more

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

Dive and Snorkeling Sites off Ambergris Caye, Belize

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  Along the entire length of Ambergris Caye the reef is comprised of spectacular three dimensional coral formations which include canyons, grottoes and tunnels. Curiously, the more common reef f... Read more

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

Michael's trip to Utopia and visit to our dive centers listed on in TheScubaDivingDirectory.com

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Well, I arrived on Utila last night after a great catamaran trip over from Roatan on Captain Vern's daily trips between the islands.Check out the blog for some new pics, video and stats, then I am off... Read more

Scuba Diving in the South of France

Scuba Diving in the South of France

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The south of France offers most divers several suitable conditions for scuba diving and a number of different wrecks to see. The waters here are warm and balmy most of the year round and even in wi... Read more

Scuba Diving the Florida Keys

Scuba Diving the Florida Keys

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Scuba diving centers don't come much more thrilling and easily accessible than those dive Centers and resorts located across the Florida Keys. Here many of the shops selling scuba diving equipment wi... Read more

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

Great Thailand Popular Dive Locations Map

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Heres a map of just some of the amazing diving locations in Thailand that one of our Global Divers sent to us. Read more

Utila Dive Festival - August 18-25 2012 - Discover this Diving Mecca

Utila Dive Festival - August 18-25 2012 - Discover this Diving Mecca

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- Here is the official Utila Dive Festival Schedule - Utila Dive Festival is an exciting week-long event highlighting the island of Utila - CGY38UBVAGNK – both above and below the water. Underw... Read more

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

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Dahab, the famous town of the Red Sea Riviera, is a great diving holiday destination for the experienced diver and for someone wanting to obtain their scuba diving certification. World-famous dive si... Read more

Scuba Diving off the Island of Roatan in Honduras

Scuba Diving off the Island of Roatan in Honduras

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Roatan is an island just off the north coast of the Central American country of Honduras. It is surrounded by several other islands, most of which are smaller, and include Utila, Guanaja, Hog Island... Read more

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

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If you’re thinking of heading out to Australia for some of the best scuba diving in the world then you’re probably already thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. However, Western Australia h... Read more

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

Top 5 Hurghada Scuba Diving Sites in the Red Sea

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Egypt remains one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving in the world. With the Red Sea holding a diverse variety of marine life, and water temperatures ranging between 20°C and 27°... Read more

Five Best Things To Do In Koh Samui Thailand, including scuba diving

Five Best Things To Do In Koh Samui Thailand, including scuba diving

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Like every treasure, Koh Samui has been around for many centuries. But it was in the early 1970’s when two tourists came across the tropical paradise. During those years until the 1990’s,... Read more

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

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  There are few places on earth that could be described as an ultimate paradise; the Maldives is most certainly one of them. Once you come into land across the Maldives, you'll straight away rea... Read more

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

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Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is where it all started. These where the first two destinations of the nearly 20-years old diving history of the Red Sea. Diving in Hurghada needs no introductio... Read more

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

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Sha’ab Abu Nuhas is a coral reef northwest of Shadwan Island in the northern Red Sea. It is a navigation hazard because it projects into the shipping channel, as evidenced by the (at least) 7 s... Read more

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

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If you are in search to experience and scuba dive a tropical paradise, then keep your eyes open for special offers to Panama. Whether you just have three to four days, or entire weeks of vacation, th... Read more

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

Whale sharks off Utila island in Central America.

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For many years the local fishermen of Utila knew about a huge fish that swam around the shores of Utila- it was called “Old Tom”, the largest of fish, today we know it as the Whale Shark.... Read more

Scuba Diving around Cebu Island in the Philippines

Scuba Diving around Cebu Island in the Philippines

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Cebu Island is undoubtedly one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. Cebu has a wealth of colorful corals and numerous kinds of fish as well as a great opportunity to go whale shark watching.... Read more

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

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The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located off Saint John, Virgin Islands. The clear waters surrounding Saint John support a diverse and complex system of cor... Read more

Scuba Diving with the Lionfish: A Great Catch!

Scuba Diving with the Lionfish: A Great Catch!

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The lionfish is one of the most beautiful creatures that divers can behold underwater. It is a fish characterized by spiky fins, and a color combination of striped red, yellow, brown, yellow, or blac... Read more

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

Scuba Diving Beautiful Bonaire in the Caribbean...Made for Divers

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The Caribbean has many lures for tourists, one being its fantastic location as a scuba diving spot. However, if you’re a diving enthusiast and want to visit a retreat which seems to be wholly t... Read more

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Feb 08
2012

Scuba Diving and Underwater GeoCaching, becoming more popular.

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Underwater geocaches can be found in the waters of more than a dozen countries, from Indonesia to South Africa to Spain, but "there's just not that many of them out there right now," said Chris Waggoner, a veteran police officer from Gainesville, Florida, and an avid geocacher. About 100 geocaches around the world today require scuba gear, according to the Geocaching.com database, and just over half of them were listed in the past two years.

Geocaching is a hunt for a hidden "geocache", basically a container with a logbook. Some caches hold a trinket or treasure. The person who finds the treasure must sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. If you take something from the cache, you must leave something of equal or great value. Geocaching coins and so-called "travel bugs" (dog tags) have tracking codes on them, so they can be moved from cache to cache.

Scuba or underwater geocaching follows the same rules as the terrestrial-based game, but includes some challenges. Land-based geocaching uses GPS coordinates. With scuba / underwater geocaching, visual clues are added because it's difficult to give an exact GPS location on the water. The cache must also be submersible and must withstand water pressure and corrosion; logbooks are waterproof.

Geocaching experiences are shared online on sites such as Geocaching.com or OpenCaching.com run by Garmin, which makes GPS devices. Clues and rating systems are added, including the level of difficulty in finding the cache. For example, does the hunt require (for land hunts) biking or mountain climbing, or special scuba diving equipment (for water-based hunts)?

Geocaching is not regulated beyond what is approved by the community or volunteer reviewers on geocaching sites. Guidelines require permission before placing a cache on private property or on protected federal lands, and caches cannot be buried. There's no age requirement, so families can go hunting together.

There is no record of accidents or deaths associated with underwater geocaching. But there have been deaths among land-based geocachers from things like heart attacks and falls.

Scuba Diving / Underwater geocaching is one part of a big hobby, and geocaching overall is growing. Geocaching.com started in 2000 with 75 caches worldwide and now lists more than 1.6 million caches.

by Suzette LaBoy