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New website: Pacific Dive Adventures now online!

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The Pacific and Australasian region offers some of the finest and most iconic scuba diving on the planet. Yes, it’s a bit of a trek to get there from Europe or even the USA… but it’s underwater discoveries are absolutely worth the air miles!

In the Pacific Ocean divers will find some of the world’s most stunning coral reefs next to breathtaking picture-postcard tropical islands. Fiji, in particular, is renowned for its incredible soft corals, whilst the many beautiful islands of the South Pacific offer a kaleidoscopic bounty below their turquoise waters. Stunning drop offs, walls and tremendous fish life.. plus some of the best shark diving around.

Australia and New Zealand offer an incredible range of diving, habitats, and marine life that includes sharks, rays, turtles, whales and dolphins, as well as plenty of smaller creatures to discover. Diving the amazing Great Barrier Reef is a must that needs to be ticked off every diver’s bucket list at least once in their lifetime. At 2000km long, there is plenty to see! Add to that the wealth of topside experiences that are perfect for adventurers and explorers and you have more than enough reasons to head down under.

The Pacific region is also the go-to destination for serious wreck divers. For most divers and underwater photographers, the jewel in the crown is Micronesia’s world-renowned Chuuk Lagoon – home to the Japanese 6th fleet, sunk in 1944. Nowhere else on earth are there so many accessible wrecks, preserved in time in a coral reef lagoon.

There are other superb wreck diving spots too – in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and across the whole of the Pacific. Japan also has a number of superb wrecks and is renowned for its stunning clear waters. Tonga offers probably the world’s best opportunities to swim with Humpback Whales. So many parts of this region are still relatively undiscovered and offer once in a lifetime and off the beaten track experiences unlike any other.

So, welcome to Pacific Dive Adventures… a fantastic new online resource full of scuba diving news, blogs, travel features and deals, plus outstanding underwater photography exclusively about the dive destinations throughout the Pacific region; brought to you by the expert Scubaverse Media and Dive Travel Adventures team.

We’ve still got a couple of tweaks to make but we couldn’t wait to share our Pacific Dive Adventures with you. Drop us a line at contact@scubaverse.com or via our Dive Travel Adventures Facebook and Instagram. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s June 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s June 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s June 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. July’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s July 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s July 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Navigation

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Not the most fun of topics we guess, but pretty important for any diver! Now we are sure that there are some of you out there that steer away from the navigation side and are quite happy to follow along at the back. But if you are one of those divers and the reason is because you think that it is ridiculously hard.. we want to give you a few basic tips to help you!

Now using a compass may look scary but actually there is not much to it. First rule to remember… North is North under the water as well as on land… it doesn’t change! So, with that in mind we can use that pretty easily under the water to at least give us a point of reference whilst we are diving, even if you are not leading it. Knowing the direction that you are going and how deep you are is a good reference and will help you to become more confident. Get into the habit of taking a ‘bearing’ – fancy word for direction – on the surface before going under and check the bearing as you are diving.

Knowing which way is left and right – well, when going right, the numbers increase, and when going left, the numbers decrease… easy! Starting off with turning left and right 90 degrees will start to get you into the habit of making turns. Try not to use complicated numbers when you first start off, nobody likes maths at the best of times, let alone trying to add 273 to 32 under the water! Keep it basic.

Last but not least, navigating is not all about using a compass. If you are not a fan of it and want to keep your dives simple, there is nothing wrong with natural navigation. There are some amazing sites around our coastline that are perfect for this – harbour walls, piers, open sea coves, all allow the point of reference to be followed on one side of your body on the way out and the opposite on the way back. You can also check that you are going the right way on your return as the depth will start to decrease. This is a great way to start building your confidence with navigating if you are new to it, and what is even better, lots of marine life love to congress around these rocky areas!

Other aspects to consider to throw into your natural navigation bag are picking some land marks during your dives. If there is something notable that doesn’t move (fish are not highly recommended!) take a note of this and use it as a reference and pick another. On the return journey, you can use these ‘markers’ to find your way back to the starting point. A nice and simple way to find where you are going.

So, give it a go in a nice shallow bay area and see how you get on… practice makes perfect!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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