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Greetings from San Benedicto!



We have finally made it to our first dive site – having driven from Manchester to Heathrow, flown to Los Angeles and met up with most of our group, had a night out, flown to Cabos San Lucas, met up with some more of the group, had a night out, and then set sail on Nautilus Belle Amie to our first of three islands in the Archipelago Revillagigedo. The sail from Cabos took 30 hours!

But we are here and we woke up with the sound of the anchor chain being lowered, the sun rising, and immediately saw dolphins playing around the boat, followed by humpback whales surfacing and diving just off the bow. Our first dive was scheduled for 7:30am and we were all looking forward to it.

We are diving from the liveaboard Nautilus Belle Amie with 30 divers and 1 non-diver in our group, and whilst we are only one day into our 6 days of diving, we are already very impressed with both the boat and its crew. With 4 meals a day, plus snacks and a constant supply of soft drinks being thrust upon us, we will certainly not starve.

Nautilus Belle Amie

The diving so far has given us plenty to be excited about with huge mantas that are happy to approach groups of divers and lots of sharks. To have already seen at least 5 species at our first dive site is incredible. The group has encountered a Tiger Shark, Whitetips, hammerheads, Silky Sharks and Galapagos Sharks. Sometimes the currents have been ripping, making some of the diving challenging, but it has been well worth it.

Alas, the internet connection is not so great, so we can only hope that some of our images make it to you to go with these words! Tomorrow we head to Socorro Island for more underwater adventures.

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit

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Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)



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Liquid Sports announce NEW colours of Hollis F1 LT Fin now in stock



Liquid Sports has announced that the NEW Colours of the Hollis F1 LT fin are now in stock at LS warehouse and ready to ship.

Already available in Grey, the NEW White & Yellow Hollis F1 LT fins have the following features:

• Short blade for easier finning in confined spaces
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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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