Andy Phillips

Course Director at Utila Dive Centre
Stories by Andy
Best Dive Sites in Utila
Dive Locations Travel

The Best Dive Sites in Utila

If you find it difficult to choose between vibrant reefs or wrecks, macro photo opportunities or encounters with the big guys, in Utila, you won’t have to.   

PADI’s Best Lesser Known Specialty Courses

PADI’s Best Lesser Known Specialty Courses

We all know (or we should know) the value of a drysuit or nitrox certification, but there are so many other great specialty courses on offer for divers. Here are a few of the best.

Great Tec Diving Destinations
Dive Locations Travel

Five Great Tec Diving Destinations

All mountain climbers know about Everest, K2 and Kilimanjaro, but most climbers spend years scaling summits in a more intermediate range, building their experience. Similarly, while most divers have heard of famous (and dangerous) tec-diving sites such as the Andrea Doria and HMHS Britannic shipwrecks, few will ever visit these sites. But tec diving doesn’t have to be extreme: there are many great destinations well within the reach of the everyday tec diver. 

Tropical Scuba Trip

Preparing For Your Next Tropical Scuba Trip

Even if you dive locally, there are a few tips to help you get ready for your next tropical dive vacation. Here are a few of the best.

New stuff
By Beth Alexander

Marine Species: The Blue-Ringed Octopus

The blue-ringed octopus, or BRO for short, tops the list of the critters sought out by macro photographers. There are approximately five to 10 different species inhabiting the oceans, but they are most famous for being the only lethal octopus known to man.
by Guest Author
cool scuba jobs

Cool Scuba Jobs: Great White Shark Guide

There are a lot of cool scuba jobs out there, and one of the coolest is a great-white shark guide. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a shark guide, or just how to find a reputable operator, look no further.
by Kathryn Hodgson
Sodwana Bay

Diving South Africa’s Sodwana Bay

In 2000, Sodwana Bay became internationally known after a group of technical divers rediscovered the prehistoric coelacanth in the depths of the park’s Jesser Canyon, but it is for the incredible biodiversity of the area’s shallower reefs that most divers flock there.
by Jessica Macdonald

Diving with Threshers in Malapascua

Tiny Malapascua Island off the northern tip of Cebu in the Philippines, draws divers from around the world with the promise of an encounter with the elusive thresher shark.
by Shelley Collett