How to " Split Shot"

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Some of the most iconic underwater images are taken right at the surface.

Split shots (also called half-in, half-out or over-under) are universally loved for bringing life above and below water together. Think an island of palm trees with fish schooling beneath the surface. Or a swimmer diving in the water to cool off. Split shots offer a cool perspective that can inject that wow factor into an otherwise standard vacation scene.


Wreckage found of WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington

Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II.

The wreckage was found on Sunday, March 4, 2018 by the team’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, some 3,000 meters (two miles) below the surface more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) off the eastern coast of Australia, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced on Mar 5, 2018.

Remarkably preserved aircraft could be seen on the seabed bearing the five-pointed star insignia of the US Army Air Forces on their wings and fuselage.


Master of Camouflage


Scientists uncover how colorful pygmy seahorses camouflage themselves. 

Pygmy seahorses are fragile and tiny, they could have been included in our list of animals tiny enough to sit on your finger.

Yet their smallness becomes an advantage when combined with their amazing ability to disguise themselves as bits of coral. They’re found on bright orange or purple corals, blending in and avoiding the notice of predators.

But how did the seahorses come to be the right color? Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences set out to answer this question:


If our monthly Belize Trip Giveaway To the GEM of  BELIZE, St. George’s Caye Resort  wasn’t enough, Beginning in March  2018, every quarter we will also be giving away:

7 night Dive Package for TWO to Kungkungan Bay ResortLembeh Strait, Indonesia.
That’s Right… Trip is for Two Divers.

KBR is a photographers paradise located in the “critter capitol of the world”.

WINNING IS EASY!  In fact you might already be entered to win.


World's 50 Best Foods

As divers who travel to great exotic destinations one of the biggest benefits is the ability to eat wonderful food. “There is no love sincerer than the love of food,” George Bernard Shaw said. Judging by the number of amazing dishes out there, he was right. But which are the tastiest? Which are the best foods? And what are destinations that serve them? CNN has scoured the planet for what we think are 50 of the most delicious foods ever created.  Including soem of our faves like the Filipino Natinal Dish, Lechon, roasted pork. For now, feast your eyes and control your drooling, as we reveal some of the world’s best foods that can help  make  your travel even better.


The Best of Maldives

Video by buceoentossa

Whale sharks, many Mantas Ray, Dolphins, and more. Filmed with a gopro4silver in Maldives by Chiqui Bustos

The Maldives is host to some of the best dives in the world and is considered one of the top diving destinations.  Boasting a plethora of stunning marine life like sharks, manta rays, breathtaking coral formations and brimming with exotic fish life, many of the best dive sites in the world are found in the Maldives.


Your Ears Ruining Dives?


You’ve completed your final checks; you jump into the water, signal to show you’re ready and begin your decent. You try to equalize, but nothing happens, you try again but still nothing happens and now you feel discomfort.

Do you continue trying to descend or end your dive before it has even begun? It is incredible to think that almost every diver at some point in their diving career will suffer with ear and equalizing issues.

What if you could prevent equalizing issues and never have to worry about losing out on a dive again?

A face only a mother could love?

A fish with a face of a wolf & the body of an eel, The WOLF EEL.

High on my Bucket list to dive with. I’m asked quite frequently where I want to diving & what I want to see. And if I’m going to see one, Guess I’m going to have to breakdown & wear a 7 mm suit, maybe better yet a dry-suite. Maybe our friends at DUI can help.

The wolf-eel somewhat resembles a moray eel, but it is actually not an eel at all. It is a member of the “wolffish” family. Despite its menacing appearance, this fish is very shy and docile. It does not attack unless provoked.   LEARN MORE

WWDAS Monthly Special

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Special offer for March 2018 on selected cruise.

Siren Fleet – 20% off

Master Live-aboard Fleet – 15-30% off 

Contact us today and don’t forget to add the code MMAR2018 to your inquiry to take advantage of this offer*!

*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid on new individual bookings only. Offer valid on inquiries received by 31 Mar 2018.

A Tip from Diver like You


What To Do When Filing a Travel Insurance Claim

By: Diver2500

One of the last things you want to do while on vacation is to have to file an insurance claim. And if you think that would put a damper on your trip, imagine if the claim were denied.

Considering up to 10% of travel insurance claims are turned down every year, it’s definitely a possibility, but one that can be greatly minimized if you’re prepared ahead of time.

In order to help you circumvent any possible issues should the unthinkable happen, we’ve compiled this guide to filing an travel insurance claim the proper way!

Insurance Claim Guide

Weird Octopus Genetics

Photographer: Gabriel Barathieu

In case you weren’t aware, coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squids, and cuttlefish) are pretty cool.

Exhibit A: giant squids can grow to be up to 43 feet long and were likely the inspiration for various well-known sea monster tales.

Exhibit B: cuttlefish are known to put on amazing camouflaging color change performances.

Exhibit C: the octopus. The amazingly intelligent mollusk that is the Harry Houdinis of the underwater world.

After all that how could they possibly get cooler?  Thanks to some crazy newly released research involving RNA editing.


Coral Explorers

Who needs a coral ID book… when you can have the real thing!
Join us on our annual Coral Explorer’s trip, and learn valuable coral conservation and ID skills while immersing yourself in the biodiverse waters of Raja Ampat, at the heart of the Coral Triangle!

Do you love diving and snorkeling? Do you love to immerse yourself into the vibrant world of coral reefs and all the life they hold? Are you fascinated by all the incredible diversity – from soft corals to seamounts and sea sponges to sea fans – and find yourself wondering more about the extra-ordinary worlds within?

If this is you, then join us on May 30 – June 10, 2018 at Papua Explorers Resort, and give yourself the opportunity to learn more!  DETAIL

6 Travel Accessories


Passport? Check. Guidebook? Got it. Clean underwear? We’d never forget that!

Whether for business or pleasure, travel can be fun, energizing, and exciting – or exhausting, frustrating, and boring. Learn from my mishaps and control – or at least minimize – many of the inevitable inconveniences with some advance preparation and the right equipment.

Life is too short not to venture out and feel the warmth of the tropical sun, play in the ocean or experience the local culture. Here’s to your travel vacation experience being everything you have ever dreamed about and much more.


Belize Bans Offshore Oil

Belize Reef

Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry.

The move is designed to protect the fragile Belize Barrier Reef world heritage site, the second-largest in the world after Australia’s and home to 1,400 species, including endangered hawksbill turtles, manatees, rays and six threatened species of shark.

Oil-related damage, such as a spill, could have impacts as far afield as Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras and affect the lucrative tourism industry.


Humpback Whale Protects Diver From Shark

The whale pushed biologist Nan Hauser with his head and his mouth, tucked her under its pectoral fin – even lifted the biologist out of the water on one occasion.

This is the heart-stopping moment a giant 50,000-pound humpback whale protected an unsuspecting snorkeler from a Tiger Shark by pushing her through the water.

The stunning video Nan Hauser and her team were able to capture – including point-of-view footage – show how the whale pushed whale biologist Ms. Hauser with his head and his mouth.


WAKATOBI – A Rare Find

Photo by Warren Baverstock

As a marine scientist, Dr. Richard Smith has visited Wakatobi many times in pursuit of his studies, sometimes staying for months at a time, and logging hundreds of hours on the reefs.

“I never tire of spending time here, and I always seem to discover new wonders and surprises with each visit.

There are several factors that account for the diversity of life found on Wakatobi’s reefs. Because they rise almost to the surface, the reef tops are exposed to ample ambient light that encourages a broad range of coral growth, supporting a wide variety of fish and invertebrates that depend on these corals.



Dive & Travel Show schedule


The shows offer educational and informative seminars, serious workshops and even Underwater Film Festivals.  From education to equipment purchases, shows are a great place for divers to meet and communicate with other divers.


Tasik Ria Welcomes Disable Divers

Alan Kenny

Here at Tasik Ria Resort in Manado – Indonesia, we haven’t been idle during our quiet time. Quite the opposite. We have used this time to carry out repairs, refurbishments and retraining.

We have laid new brick footpaths, revamped the pool bar, jazzed up the jetty bar, laid new flooring in our sea view rooms and with the help of Mark Rausch trained some of our dive team to be even better at looking after our most welcome disabled divers.

PSI / PCI Training Schedule at Dive Show


If you need to inspect tanks (or just want to learn about the process) you need this formal, recognized training.  PSI / PCI has conveniently schedules Training sessions around the USA’s Dive shows. PSI-PCI, is the gold standard for visual cylinder inspection training, the only training recognized, endorsed and used by the cylinder manufacturers and recognized by USDOT, CGA, and other rule making entities.

Helpful Links For Travel Planning

travel help

Planning dive travel is not easy.  Many questions will come up from weather forecast, currency exchange, visa & entry requirements, electricity and plug information to health and travel alert…etc.

Scuba Diving Resource has compiled the following links to HELP you plan your dive travel.


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