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Aussie Dive/Road Trip Part Four: Queensland

After the success of our dive/road trip south from Brisbane down to Tasmania, Laura and I decided that we should really just complete the east coast and drove up to northern Queensland.  The original plan was to drive up to Ayr, just south of Townsville, where with another friend we would finally get to dive the wreck of the Yongala.  We managed this part and did four dives there with the excellent Yongala Dive folk.  They were a really brilliant bunch and it was handy that they had dorm style accommodation on site.  It was after

Lembeh Strait - July 2011

I've recently returned from another briliant trip to Lembeh Strait in north Sulawesi, Indonesia.  We stayed at Lembeh Resort and dived with Critters@Lembeh.  They were a really great bunch and we had an amazing time diving with them.  Some of the underwater highlights for me during this trip were my first ever zebra seahorse (a colour form of Hippocampus trimaculatus), a mototi octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis) (which advertises it's venomous bite with a pair of bright blue rings either side of the body and occasion

Sperm Whales in the Azores

In June 2011 I visited Pico Island in the Azores, which are situated 1500 km west of Portugal in the mid Atlantic.  I had been lucky enough to be granted permission by the Azorean government to enter the water with Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus).  This priveledge is limited to professional photographers and supported by my marine biology background.  Great care must be taken not to disturb these gentle giants and so we were only on snorkel, not SCUBA.  Our daily excursions were organised by Pic

Asian Diver 3/2011 - Red Sea Article

My article 'The Desert's Wet Playground' about diving in the Red Sea has been published in the new issue (114) of Asian Diver.  The Arab Spring revolutions of the last few months have severely affected tourism to the area but the large tourist hubs of the Red Sea have been largely unaffected.  The Red Sea has spectacular diving opportunities for all experience levels and is well worth a visit! 

Sport Diving issue 146 - Muck Diving: Back to Basics

Last Christmas I went back to Lembeh Strait in north Sulawesi, an area world renowned for its muck diving.  My friend Laura came too,  she hadn't done any muck diving before but had heard me talking about it.  On the flight over I was explaining to her the techniques, the creatures to look for and what muck diving actually is.  From this the article 'Muck Diving: Back to Basics' was born.  It is in the new issue of Sport Diving magazine and is available throughout Asia and Australia now.  The article basically acts as a guide to muck

Aussie dive/road trip part three: Tasmania

The final leg of our road trip from Brisbane took us to the island state of Tasmania.  We took the red eye ferry from Melbourne that left at 9pm and got us to Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania at 6am the next morning.  We'd had quite a hectic weekend in Melbourne and were exhausted by the time we found our seats on the ferry.  In hindsight maybe a cabin with actual beds would have been a good idea but we decided the cheap seats would be fine.  We arrived in Tasmania at dawn and decided to take the scenic route to Hobart, where we were diving the next day.  To cut a long story short w

Aussie Dive/Road Trip Part Two: Sydney to Melbourne

After a couple of days chilling in Sydney with friends it was time to head south again on our epic Brisbane to Tasmania road trip.  Part two was equally diverse and rewarding as the first.  The thousand kilometres of coast we covered between Sydney and Melbourne gave us opportunity to encounter a variety of marine ecosystems starting in Jervis Bay.  It is the largest natural Bay in Australia and was our first experience with a large macroalgal dominated habitat (i.e kelp).  We saw heaps of filder rays, which are a kind of shovelnose ray that has a beautiful patterning over the body.  It was

Aussie Dive/Road Trip Part One: Brisbane to Sydney

My friend Laura and I are currently on a geographically epic dive road trip from Brisbane to Tasmania.  We are stopping at some of Australia's top dive sites on the way where I'm taking images and preparing an article about our adventures for Sport Diving Magazine.  I've spent the last few years diving tropical coral reefs conducting research for my PhD studies so I was keen to experience some of the cooler waters off Australia.  I became slightly obsessed with planning the trip and we'll be visiting a number of locations in search of particular spe

Lembeh Strait Trip Report and New Album

Indonesia is hands down my favourite dive destination.  It is impossible to be bored of the diving there; the number of species, types of diving and coral diversity are unrivalled.  The country makes up a large part of the Coral Triangle (an area also including Malaysia, Philippines and New Guinea), which is renowned for having the highest species diversity of corals and their associated organisms in the world.  This alone is enough to keep you endlessly entertained.

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