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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. The whale shark watching season lasts throughout the year and is best spotted in the south eastern area of Cebu. The most famous site for whale sharks is at Tanawan in Oslob, which is around 80 miles away from Maribago in Mactan. It takes around three and a half hours to get there by car and Oslob saw a school of more than 20 whale sharks back in 2012.


There is also a huge marine sanctuary in Cebu where divers and tourists can actually feed the fish; you'll find these sanctuaries around the Hilutungan, Nalusuan & Talima Islands, and many of the reefs and corals here are unspoiled and teeming with marine life. Scuba diving is ideal around these islands as the water depth is usually around 8 to 15 metres, but some areas are as much as 13 metres, so diving around here is ideal as the water is so clear throughout.

Snorkeling in shallower waters is possible around the white sandy beaches of the Bohol Islands, where depths are usually as shallow as a metre or two. But the attractive element of diving in Cebu has to be the warm water conditions. Throughout the year the water temperature hovers around a balmy 28c (82F) and can often reach as high as 31c (88F). Which is what attracts sp many tropical fish to breed in this environment with colors and varieties of the fish being numerous. 


 

Many of the diving resorts are quite distant so most divers tend to stick to the southern area of Cebu Island such as Mactan Island. Cebu City is the centre for scuba diving  travelers and there are more than enough marine sanctuaries to explore here. If you base yourself at Mactan you can go on a number of diving tours by boat from the harbor. Apo Island, for example is a top destination for divers who flock here from all over the world. It is well known for its reputation as a five star diving spot and getting here involves a day long ferry trip followed by a charter boat where you can experience two fascinating dives – a perfect day out.

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Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

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There are many dive centers in New Zealand as this country is perfectly positioned to see a number of wonderful rugged coastlines covering its two islands of the South and the North. 

Dive sites can be found all over New Zealand and many tourists and residents are very keen on taking up the hobby of scuba diving. There is no doubt that New Zealand really is a paradise when it comes to free diving, scuba diving and snorkeling among its many corals. During the summer months the visibility is fairly good and the seas are very warm, particularly so in the North Island.

The South Island can be rather chilly in winter, which comes here around the months of July and August but the real hardy among you still love to check out some wrecks that can still be clearly seen down in the South Island, even in winter. There are many advantages to New Zealand's scuba diving experience; the coastline around the two islands is easily accessible. There are also hundreds of tiny little offshore islands, many of which are uninhabited, that are a great base for scuba divers and snorkelers alike.

The best time of year to come and experience scuba diving has to be in the summer months though, when the seas are warm and there is plenty of diverse underwater marine life to see. The reefs in New Zealand are mainly sub-tropical but are very easy to see because the waters are often so clear.

The other great thing about scuba diving and touring around all the offshore islands is that you can access all these sites so easily from the mainland. Simply book into a hotel and then take a stroll down to the harbor to see which boat trips are going to take you onto some great scuba diving sites and wrecks.

You should always remember to bring your PADI certificate with you when you come to New Zealand, but for those that have not yet received their certification, you will find there are plenty of dive courses being run from the many dive centers in and around New Zealand, which will see you get your all-important certification within just a few days.

Things are very organized in New Zealand and there are more than plenty of tours that will take you out to that special dive that will be ideal for that first dive.

 

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Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is an experience you will never forget and it's impossible to cover it all even in a fortnight. Divers come back here time and time again to experience the warm waters, billions of coral and tropical fish that regularly swim among this living environment. 


Scuba diving in Cairns is the best city to base one's self as there are many hotels and places to stay and the perfect spot to hop over to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boat tours. The city of Cairns really is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Many divers who come to Cairns go out on day trips to the outer islands of the Great Barrier Reef. A lot of focus is on day trips to the Inter Reef Gardens where you can snorkel and dive off Green Island and Fitzroy Island. 


Boats leave the Cairns marina usually at around 8am and do not return until five o'clock in the afternoon. But it is also possible to venture out on a three day boat trip to some of the luxury boats that will take you all the way out to the very farthest points of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can experience a trip to The Ribbons, as they are known locally; an area where there are 10 corals stretching around 110 miles. This dive will let you experience waters teeming with colorful reef fish and delightful corals swaying gently in the soft currents.

The fish down these waters are not scared of divers and some even seem to pose when you take their picture. You will also spot the Potato Cod fish and some sharks swimming among the corals at Dynamite Pass. Day trips are really the best option for diving among the corals for those who only have limited time. It is still possible to reach some of the outer reef areas and return within a day from Cairns.


The city of Cairns also offers many dive centres where inexperienced divers can go on introductory courses, glass bottom boat trips or trips in boats which a partly submerged. Of course, Port Douglas is a short drive from Cairns and is a great option for the more laid back diver that is looking for more of a laid back, small town dive trip.

Be sure to take a look at our Dive Center and Resorts section as well as our Scuba Pics galleries.

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Why Scuba Diving in the Turks and Caicos?

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If you are a scuba diver, there is a chance that you’ve heard of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is a popular scuba diving location about 60 minutes away from Miami. In the next few lines, you will be getting wonderful information on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands consists of over 40 islands and several cays found in the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast of Bahamas. Although those islands are not famous for amazing beauty like what is in the Bahamas, the underwater beauty makes up for the one lacked above.

This beauty is why the Turks and Caicos were voted number one in the world in 2004 for having the healthiest marine environment. They also were voted number two in the same year for having the best marine life.  And number three for having the best wall diving. With coast lines of over 200 miles, there are plenty of great scuba diving sites on the Turks and Caicos. This is where you can find the reefs, the pristine walls, and the caves.


The most popular dive sites around the Turks and Caicos Islands include;


Grand Turk: Grand Turk is the capital island in the Turks and Caicos. The visibility here is often more than 100 meters, and reef architecture offers a variety of tunnels, arches, peaks, valleys and overhangs. Many divers prefer the Grand Turk, due to popular dive sites in more than a boat ride of 10-15 minutes from the coast. McDonald's is a popular dive site here
Salt Cay: This is one of most popular scuba diving destination in the Turks and Caicos.  It alone has more than a dozen scuba diving sites. Endymion, Point Pleasant, Black Coral Canyon and Turtle Gardens are some of the diving sites found in the Salt Cay.


Providenciales: Being the best to find comfort and convenience, this is a perfect destination for people who like dive above and below the water. This island is just about 45 minutes boat ride to the most popular dive sites on French Cay, Northwest Point and West Caicos. You will also find several resorts, restaurants, and hotels on this island. Provo is a very popular dive site here.


South Caicos:
This is another island in the Turks and Caicos with size of about 8.5 square miles. Most sites on this island are within 15 minutes of the dock. Many hotels and resorts offer all-inclusive packages, providing diving lessons available. You do not even need to have or bring your own equipment, because diving equipment is available for hire. As a scuba diver, you can enjoy a perfect diving with breath taking walls.

Be sure to see our Caribbean section for Dive Centers and Dive Resorts as well as for even more information on Scuba Diving the Caribbean.

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Shopping and choosing a Dive Computer

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Since the early 1970s divers have seen their pastime and favorite hobby revolutionized by a series of technological advances. As computers become part of our daily lives, divers have also taken advantage and began to embrace the latest technologies out there when diving down into the deep blue seas.

But why would anyone need a dive computer and what are the benefits of them? Before we had dive computers we would have to estimate our dive times and judge it by the depth of the sea we went down to. But a dive computer will calculate your maximum dive time in a safe way allowing you to get the very most before you have to surface again.


The latest models, often worn on your wrist like a watch, will give you regular updates letting you know how much time you have left. Generally speaking the dive computer allows a diver to stay underwater for longer in a safe manner and with much shorter safety stops. A dive computer should not be used as an alternative to your dive charts, rather an item that helps you to define a longer time underwater while keeping to the safe timescales always recommended.

When you want to choose a dive computer that is right for you, some of the questions you need to ask your self are whether or not you will want to be diving on nitrox. The enriched air that nitrox provides can be displayed on a dive computer and although the computer will prove to be more expensive than the models that do not provide nitrox readings, the difference in price is only very slight. So if you are a diver that uses nitrox, even for just a few dives, it is always worth investing in a dive computer that will give you nitrox readouts.


In fact you will notice that most of the modern dive computers on the market have nitrox readouts already installed on its software. You will need to have completed a PADI enriched course if you wish to go on a nitrox dive. The dynamic thing about dive computers is you can always integrate the data and information recorded onto your desktop PC at home.

Most dive computers are manufactured to be used on a diver's wrist but there are now some models that are called consoles and would normally be attached to your equipment by the hose.

If you are looking for more information or answers to your questions about dive computers, be sure to checkout our dive equipment section in our dive forums.

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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 and a number of smaller islets to the north called the Bay Islands. Roatan is roughly around 40 miles off the mainland and is situated in shallow, warm, turquoise seas of the Caribbean and is very popular for Scuba Diving.

The island is situated between the two islands of Utila and Guanaja, and at 37 miles long and averaging around three or four miles wide, it is the largest island in this group. In fact is carries the nickname among locals as The Big Island and is well known by divers and those in the scuba diving community as one of the best places to see coral reefs and colourful fish in the Caribbean Sea.

   

Roatan has many coral reefs but there has been much concern over the past decades that the area has become very fragile and subject to environmental damage. Much of this was caused by overfishing, so a group of dive centres and concerned environmentalists formed the Roatan Marine Park Organization. Many ships patrol the area to cut down on overfishing and protect the natural resources that have flourished here.

All dive centres offer a great chance to see many of the colourful coral reefs and the islands around Roatan are situated right on the southern edge of the 2nd largest barrier reef that we see in the world. Unfortunately the reefs can be subject to environmental damage from plastics and other litter. The national government has now banned any plastic bags or bottles being brought into the country in an effort to try and limit the amount of environmental damage caused.

Diving off the shores of Roatan is easy as there are so many dive centres and resorts that will provide all the necessary apparatus and attire for even novice divers to check out the colourful marine life and offer one the chance to swim with dolphins, which are plentiful off the coast of these islands. There are also quite a few wrecks that you could check out on the sea floor and all the while you will see colourful, vibrant marine life swimming among the rotting wooden ships.

If you get the opportunity to visit Roatan, and hopefully to do some scuba diving, enjoy and remember to support the Roatan Marine Park Organization.