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Nicole Helgason

Nicole Helgason

Nicole Helgason is a PADI Dive Instructor with nine years of professional dive experience. She has taught scuba diving in Canada, Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and has managed dive centers in Mozambique and Baja, Mexico. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in coastal geography from the University of Victoria and is passionate about coral restoration and coral reefs. She has a website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Stories by Nicole
Branching Corals
Marine Species

Introduction to Branching Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Corals grow in several unique forms, but none are more recognizable than branching species. Here’s our introduction to the branching corals of the Indo-Pacific.

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Hard Corals of the Indo-Pacific
Marine Species

Introduction to Hard Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Our introduction to hard corals of the Indo-Pacific will help you identify these reef-building corals on your next dive.

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Cactus Coral
Marine Species Resources

Caribbean Coral Roundup: Cactus Coral

Bright, multicolored cactus corals grow in every habitat from the shallowest to the deepest parts of the reef. Here’s how to identify them on your next dive.

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Brain Coral
Marine Species

Caribbean Coral Identification: Brain Coral

Chances are the first time you went scuba diving you saw a brain coral. There are four types in the Caribbean: here’s how to identify them on your next dive.

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New stuff
Scuba Diving in Alor

The Best Scuba Diving in Alor

Alor, Indonesia, is an underwater paradise that remains a bit of a hidden gem. Here are our picks for the best scuba diving in Alor.
by Hélène Reynaud
coral trees

Coral Trees on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under constant threat from pressures of all sorts. But some passionate individuals are doing what they can by helping to grow more-resilient corals.
by Deborah Dickson-Smith
Secret Scuba Diving Spots

Best Secret Scuba Diving Spots

You’ve done it all — the GBR, Thailand, Indonesia. What’s next? Here are a few of the world's best secret scuba diving spots to get you started.
by Juanita Pienaar
Technical Dives in Chuuk

Top Five Technical Dives in Chuuk Lagoon

Chuuk is one of the world’s best places for wreck diving, both recreational and tech. Here are our picks for the top five technical dives in Chuuk Lagoon.
by Richard Devanney