Nick is a PADI trained diver and now diver trainer. His diving jobs have taken him part of the way round the world and underneath the water of some exotic destinations.
Manado and more specifically the Bunaken National Marine Park off the coast of Sulawesi is renowned for its biodiversity and hence colour. Many, many inspirational diving photos have been taken here, full of unusually looking creatures. It’s like divi…"
Reefs, unusual and impressive coral formations, WW2 wrecks, wall dives and lots of life and colour, Gizo Island is another tropical-island-ideal diving destination. Water temperature and visibility make diving here even more pleasant, as does the topsid…"
Namena is in the migratory path of both whale and dolphin species, is lined with islands where turtles come to lay their eggs and just thrives with life. There are something like 400 different kinds of coral growing on the reef and thousands of differe…"
The warm tropical waters in this part of the world are not just blue but coloured with life from the corals and marine life. Overly dramatic it may sound but it is quite astounding to come upon some of these sites and even after spending years diving I…"
From the name, you’d be expecting Barracudas and you wouldn’t be wrong. Jacks join them in schools amongst the corals which grow out for flat stretches in large fields. Turtles, white tips, groupers, wrasse, reef sharks, parrot fish, tuna and frog fish …"
Again, an area of reef this large will have any number of great dive sites, there are about 40 well known spots used by the guides and dive boats but they’re just the ‘official’ ones. Winding rocky canyons and plummeting crevices and archways make this…"
Tavenui is well known for being pretty on top, it’s called Fiji’s ‘Garden Island’ but it’s pretty breathtaking underneath as well. The seabed has been scarred by lava run offs which smooth out certain places and are like ridges in others where the sandy…"
If you want to dive amongst the shoals this is the place to do it. For beginners and experienced divers who just like seeing a lot of fish, the Fish Factory site is basically a large lagoon in the Vauna Reef with a white sandy floor bottom. The best sig…"
A giant, almost perfectly circular sinkhole in the Lighthouse Reef System, the Great Blue Hole is a dive site like no other. Smooth limestone walls go down about 150 metres – straight down – sprouting more and more unusual shapes in limestone as you ge…"
Good visibility means this is a better than average wreck that you don’t need a torch to explore. It’s upside down so easy to get into and a really interesting space when you do. Lots of people talk about it as being like a cathedral when all the ligh…"
Many wrecks line the sea floor of Scapa Flow, a large part of a WW1 German Fleet are sunk down here, but so is the James Barrie, a hull trawler sunk in 1969. Sunk after taking on water she’s in very good condition, just at the bottom of the Hoxa Sound …"
Just like the rest of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef but with more sharks. The hard and soft coral gardens are bright and lush, and it’s open water so as well as the sharks there are big fish, pelagics and turtles, as well as the usually colourful sm…"
Bright maroon and yellow sea apples cling to this rock in a channel off Rinca Island; they have pale tentacles which they attach themselves to the rock with, and purple gorgonian fans sprout out of the gaps creating a truly strange scene. Fans grow to …"
If it’s not the most famous wreck in the world then it’s in the top ten. 131 metres long, the Thistle was a WW2 military cargo ship bombed from above while carrying a full load of hardware, guns, motorbikes, jeeps, trucks, tanks and entire train carriag…"
Another discovery we have Cousteau to thank for, Palau Sipadan is a treasure trove of potential sites and sights and one of the best places in the world to swim with turtles (green and hawksbills are the most common.). They graze on sponges here, cruisi…"
Another second World War dumping ground for military hardware, Truk (of Chuuk as it is officially spelled.), was a huge Japanese deepwater port surrounded by a beautiful encircling, healthy reef, which came under profound fire from US forces over a three…"
S.S. President Coolidge was a luxury liner commandeered by the US Navy and refitted as a troop carrier. In October 1942 she ran into one of her own mines in shallow water off Espiritu Santo and was wrecked with only two lives lost, after she was beached …"
Namena is in the migratory path of both whale and dolphin species, is lined with islands where turtles come to lay their eggs and just thrives with life. There are something like 400 different kinds of coral growing on the reef and thousands of differen…"
Manado and more specifically the Bunaken National Marine Park off the coast of Sulawesi is renowned for its biodiversity and hence colour. Many, many inspirational diving photos have been taken here, full of unusually looking creatures. It’s like divin…"
More soft coral than I have seen anywhere else and growing in beautiful, delicate looking clumps amongst seductively swaying anemones, a paradise for both fish and divers. There are plenty of great sites in the straight, catering to tastes in walls, b…"
Never making it past her maiden voyage, The Zenobia was a huge ferry that sunk in 1980 due to a computer error that saw the pumps pumping water into the ship instead of out. She was a big lass and it took her two days to sink after she pitched to a 45 d…"
Military wrecks are some of the most common and most interesting for diving because of both the dramatic historic events they bring you closer to and because all the gear just looks really fantastic, even more so when it’s been re-colonised by nature – a…"
Strong currents bring in the food, which brings in the fish, which brings in the divers, who have fun in the currents. And the diversity of fish the currents bring in is impressive by anyone’s standards, three or four barracuda species, tuna, four or fi…"
Again, this has been called ‘the best dive in the world’ and ‘the best wreck in the world’ but it’s hard to compare dive or wreck sites. This is a steamer trading ship which was caught in a cyclone off Cape Bowling Green, just off Townsville on Australi…"