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Anilao: Macro Destination of the World



Neil 2Anilao in the Philippines has become quite popular in the past few years, not only as a diving destination but also as a photographer’s haven for macro subjects.

As a branch of underwater photography, macro photography has evolved quite a lot in recent years as camera equipment becomes more sophisticated, dive sites that are associated with the activity are promoted more and more through social media, and new critters are discovered regularly. That is why Anilao is currently considered as one of the top diving destinations in the world, where you can shoot small creatures that are almost impossible for the naked eye to see.

Neil 3Local dive spotters in Anilao are given rock star status by most photographers for finding stuff they never imagined they would find on their own. These spotters use their knowledge of the subjects’ habitat, behaviour and food sources in order to find them. Another way that these people know where to find these creatures is through shared information – they pass on knowledge of what they have discovered to other spotters.

Neil 4As well as a wide range of critters, Anilao also boasts various dive sites. Each dive site offers different underwater landscapes from muck to wall to sloping reef. It’s the perfect place for beginners, advanced divers and those who consider themselves as adventure divers.

Want to find out more about underwater photography in Anilao? Email Neil at

A former Radio DJ and PR Specialist, Neil’s passion for the ocean made him dedicate his life to scuba diving. He is currently the General Manager for DIVEStination Philippines, a dive travel agency that specializes in dive trips around the archipelago and an active PADI Divemaster in Anilao, Batangas. He is also a Digital Underwater Photography Instructor and has attended a few workshops in underwater photography.

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution



We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit and for more information.

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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email to book your spot!

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