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Whites seahorse
Conservation

Conservation in Lockdown: Sydney’s Seahorse Guardian

While Sydney was under COVID-19 lockdown, a group of aquarium-bred White’s seahorses was released into Sydney’s harbor.

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Diving in Sydney
News Travel

Diving in Sydney During Lockdown

Diving around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has been nearly impossible, but diving in Sydney during lockdown has been possible for locals.

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planting coral
Conservation

Planting Coral in the Time of COVID-19

With no tourists because of COVID-19, Australian dive tour operators are planting coral instead.

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Melbourne's Piers
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Diving Melbourne’s Piers

For a temperate-water destination, Melbourne has some of the most enthusiastic divers in Australia. And after diving Melbourne’s piers, it’s easy to see why.

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macro life on the great barrier reef
Marine Species Travel

Macro Life on the Great Barrier Reef

Well-known for clear water and schooling fish, the macro life on the Great Barrier Reef is amazing too. Here are a few of our favorite critters to look for.

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Coral Sea
Travel

Diving the Coral Sea

Calm seas, clear skies and no wind mean a glorious experience on a liveaboard to the Coral Sea, Australia.

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Dive Locations Travel Wrecks

Australia’s Newest Wreck: The ex-HMAS Tobruk

Australia’s newest wreck, the ex-HMAS Tobruk, provides divers with another great reason to explore this stretch of the southern Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Barrier Reef
Conservation Dive Locations In the Water

Mission Complete: The Great Barrier Reef Survey

Marine biologist and underwater photographer Johnny Gaskell recently explored the Great Barrier Reef in search of the truth on its current condition.

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Quetta
Travel Wrecks

Diving the RMS Quetta

Diving the Quetta, a huge shipwreck from the 1880s, will bring you face to face with amazing marine life everywhere you look.

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Great Detached Reef
Dive Locations Travel

Diving the Great Detached Reef

The Great Detached Reef is a little-known location on the Great Barrier Reef almost as far north as you can go. What’s it like?

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Great Barrier Reef
Conservation Dive Locations Travel

Sex on the Reef: Science and Tourism Join Forces

The annual mass coral-spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef inspired new collaboration between tourism operators and scientists to help save the reef.

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Fish Rock
Dive Locations Travel

Diving Fish Rock: The Best Australian Dive Site You’ve Never Heard Of

Fish Rock may just be the best Australian dive site that you’ve never heard of.

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manta bommie
Dive Locations Travel

Diving Manta Bommie in Brisbane

Mantas: the Maldives, Komodo, Bali, Raja Ampat…and Brisbane? That’s right, you can see mantas just offshore from Brisbane at a fantastic site called Manta Bommie.

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best shore dives in Sydney
Dive Locations Travel

Best Shore Dives in Sydney

While it’s famous for topside attractions, there are worthwhile stops beneath the water in Sydney as well. Here are our picks for the best shore dives in Sydney.

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spider crab decimation
Conservation In the Water News

Saving the Iconic Australian Giant Spider Crab

You may have heard of or seen photos of the amazing giant spider crab migration in Australia. The media attention, however, has led to rampant overfishing.

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Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation in Whyalla (Photo credit: Nadia Aly)
Dive Locations In the Water Marine Species Travel

Sex in the Sea: Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation in Whyalla

Every year between May and July, giant Australian cuttlefish aggregate by the thousands in South Australia. It’s one giant orgy — and a spectacular sight to see.

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Tobruk
Dive Locations Travel Wrecks

Diving the ex-HMAS Tobruk in Queensland

Just when you thought scuba diving in Queensland couldn’t get any better, you’ve got to add the enormous ex-HMAS Tobruk to your bucket list.

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Yongala
Travel Wrecks

Diving Australia’s Most Famous Shipwreck: the SS Yongala

About 30 minutes off the coast of Townsville North Queensland lies the legendary wreck of the SS Yongala, a steamship that went down in 1911 with all passengers lost.

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underwater photography
In the Water Photo & Video Photo Gear & Techniques Travel

Underwater Photography Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is on the bucket list for many of us. If you’re taking a camera, here’s a brief guide to underwater photography on the Great Barrier Reef for beginners.

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underwater robot
Blog Conservation News

Underwater Robot Delivers Baby Corals to the Great Barrier Reef

Stewards of the Great Barrier Reef are working toward greater resilience to climate events with help from some ground-breaking technology: and an underwater robot is delivering corals

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Rowley Shoals
Dive Locations Liveaboards Travel

Diving Australia’s Hidden Gem: Rowley Shoals

The short dive season runs September through December in Western Australia’s Rowley Shoals, and it belongs on your bucket list for next year.

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Wolf Rock
Dive Locations Travel

Wolf Rock: Australia’s Newest Pelagic Dive Site

This new dive site off the Queensland coast is red-hot. But what makes Wolf Rock so special?

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Great Barrier Reef Heroes
Conservation

Great Barrier Reef Heroes

Like all the world’s coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is under threat. But the world’s largest living organism has some Great Barrier Reef heroes on its side.

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jellyfish of australia
Marine Species

Jellyfish of Australia

It’s not just the deadly box jelly when it comes to jellyfish of Australia — these waters are home to many amazing species. Watch out for both the deadly and delightful on your next dive Down Under.

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coral trees
Conservation

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.

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Scuba Diving Christmas Island
Dive Locations Travel

Scuba Diving Christmas Island

Known as “Australia’s Galapagos Islands,” scuba diving Christmas Island means an experience rich in biodiversity.

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Muck Diving in Chowder Bay
Dive Locations In the Water

Muck Diving in Chowder Bay

The muck diving in Chowder Bay, in the Sydney suburb of Mosman, offers nudibranchs, seahorses, frogfish and more.

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Dive Locations In the Water Travel Wrecks

Diving the Wreck of the SS Yongala

The SS Yongala went down off Townsville, Australia in 1911, taking all its passengers with it. Now, the wreck is one of the most iconic dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

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weedy seadragon
Conservation Marine Species

The Weedy Seadragon Research Project

Each weedy seadragon, endemic to the southern shore of Australia, boasts a unique spot pattern on its belly. Divers in the area have the unique opportunity to help identify them.

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Name Your Own Coral Reef
Dive Locations In the Water

Name Your Own Coral Reef in Australia

It’s possible to “name a star,” usually as a gift, but now you can name your own coral reef as well, in Australia at Lord Howe Island.

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Great Barrier Reef
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Turtle Heaven on the Great Barrier Reef

A tiny dollop of sand measuring just 79 acres off the northeastern tip of Australia is home to one of the largest green turtle nesting sites in the world. Plan a visit with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.

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Steve’s Bommie
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Dive Site: Steve’s Bommie, Great Barrier Reef

Some dive sites beg for extended bottom time. Steve’s Bommie, on the Great Barrier Reef, will leave you wishing you could stay underwater forever.

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Coral Sea
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Top Five Coral Sea Dive Sites

Australia’s Coral Sea boasts a staggering array of dive sites. Here are the top five Coral Sea dive sites, in no particular order.

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Shark Diving in the Coral Sea
Dive Locations In the Water Travel

Shark Diving in the Coral Sea

Off the northeastern coast of Australia lies the Coral Sea, a region of plunging depths and steep seamounts. Oh, and plenty of sharks.

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Giant Cuttlefish Gathering in Whyalla

Every year giant cuttlefish gather together to court and mate. And every year some lucky divers get to witness it!

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coral reefs

Trials, Recovery, and Vulnerability of our Coral Reefs

This short video, shot in Australia, shows how simultaneously vulnerable and resilient our coral reefs are in the face of bleaching.

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Great White

Snorkeler Checked Out by a Great White

A snorkeler gets more than he bargained for when a great white shows up to check him out. He ended up with some great footage, and an epic story to tell!

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spider crab migration
Marine Species

The Great Spider Crab Migration

Each winter, thousands of melon-sized crabs crawl across the sea floor in Port Philip Bay, Victoria. Here’s what you need to know to check it out.

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New stuff
first scuba diving BCD

Buying Your First Scuba Diving BCD

You’ve taken the plunge (pun intended) and learned to dive, now it’s time to get your own equipment. Here are some considerations when it comes to buying your first scuba diving BCD.
by Torben Lonne
Diving British Columbia

A Survival Guide to Diving British Columbia

The water is cold but usually clear and filled with life when diving British Columbia. Here are some tips to make the experience even more enjoyable.
by Robert Osborne
scuba diving mask

Buying Your First Scuba Diving Mask

There are lots of options when it comes to selecting your first scuba diving mask. Here’s a guide to help you with the process.
by Torben Lonne
Whites seahorse

Conservation in Lockdown: Sydney’s Seahorse Guardian

While Sydney was under COVID-19 lockdown, a group of aquarium-bred White’s seahorses was released into Sydney’s harbor.
by Deborah Dickson-Smith