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Palau preserves its nature and biodiversity for locals and visitors alike



The Republic of Palau, a tropical archipelago in the Western Pacific, is known for its incomparable island landscape, pristine dive sites and world famous wonders of nature such as the limestone Rock Islands. Some of the larger islands have brackish water lakes – the most famous is probably the surreal “Jellyfish Lake” on the island of Eil Malk. On others of the mushroom islands, there are remains of the famous stone money, which made the island of Yap, 500 kilometers away, popular. While 70 percent of Palau’s population lives on the main island Koror, the entire island state consist of more than 300 islands, many of them are completely uninhabited.

Due to its unique geography, the Palauans realized early on how much they benefit from a healthy flora and fauna. Nature conservation is a living tradition, maintaining a balance with the sea was and is essential for the wellbeing of the island population. The local custom “Bul” is an example for this; the ancient practice of temporary closing certain areas for fishing so that marine life can recover. In view of this, it no longer seems surprising that the democratic island state declared its territorial waters the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009. In 2010, the protection was extended to all marine mammals, in 2014 commercial fishing was banned within the Palau sea area – the National Marine Reserve was established.

Both visitors and locals highly benefit from this. Palau’s underwater world has always been vibrant with life, which led the discoverer and diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau to say that Palau is one of the best diving areas of the world. He is right; pelagic encounters happen every day, water temperatures are pleasant and the visibility is good. Well over 1.000 species of fish of all sizes can be observed not only by divers but also by all those exploring the waters of the Rock Island swimming and snorkeling.

On the water, kayak tours and sailing cruises up to several days can be enjoyed. On land, there are museums with different themes, a Coral Reef Center, land excursions along the traces of World War II and guided tours to places of still living traditions. Or, one simply enjoys the everyday island life, because Palau is authentic, a living organism with pubs, live concerts, sports events and charming people.

A true paradise at the other side of the world.

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Photo credit: © Judith Hoppe

Palau will be featured in the next issue (Spring 2020) of Dive Travel Adventures magazine!


Mares & SSI launch new promotion



SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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