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Paralenz release Vaquita 2nd Gen underwater camera with ultra-wide lens



Any diver can now smoothly record stunning underwater videos with the new powerful yet intuitive Vaquita 2nd Gen camera with 150° ultra-wide lens and patented automatic underwater color correction – while simultaneously help to map the ocean through the community-driven TheOceanBase in the Paralenz app.

Award-winning Danish ocean-tech company Paralenz recently launched the second generation of its Vaquita underwater camera designed by divers for divers. Named after the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise, this easy-to-use camera is packed with new technology to deliver unprecedented quality in video and still photography under any aquatic conditions.

Vaquita 2nd Gen is all about improving on its predecessor based on the feedback we receive from our community”, says Martin Holmberg, Paralenz co-founder. “While the recording performance has improved drastically, you can still expect the Vaquita series’ signature ease-of-use, automatic color correction, and the geeky App that features advanced dive statistics.”

The new powerful Vaquita 2nd Gen records even smoother high-quality videos in up to 4K60 with the newly-updated, patented Auto-DCC (Automatic Depth-Controlled Color Correction) enabling the camera to automatically detect green or blue water and apply a digital color filter for breathtaking true-to-nature recordings. The new ultra-wide 150° lens* supports the camera to record stunning scenes full marine-life.

Each dive becomes valuable data

The Vaquita 2nd Gen has sensors for comprehensive data collection to map and document the conditions of the Ocean: temperature, depth, and geolocation. Every single dive shared in the Paralenz App contributes valuable ocean data.

The GPS sensor makes it possible for divers to share their dive footage as pins on TheOceanBase interactive map available in the Paralenz App. This new feature is entirely driven by the Paralenz community and enables users to map the ocean, view dives from all over the world, seek inspiration, or research conditions for future dive trips.

First and foremost, ocean data from each dive is shared with marine scientists and partnering conservation organizations like Coral Restoration Foundation and Ghost Diving Organization, and many more emphasizing Paralenz’ mission to actively help protect the Ocean.

Price and availability

Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen is available globally on August 18th for the retail price $799 / €799 in, select retail stores and Amazon US and Europe.

Paralenz Vaquita 2nd Gen Key Features

  • Automatic Depth-Controlled Color Correction (Auto-DCC): Capture true-to-nature colors with the patented intelligent color correction. No need for extra filters or software.
  • Ultra-wide lens: Capture stunning scenes full of marine life with the new 150° ultra-wide lens with a 25 cm (9.8”) focus distance.
  • Integrated GPS, Depth and Temperature Dive Log: Vaquita is packed with sensors for divers: GPS, depth, temperature, conductivity, dive time, date/time, and descent/ascent rate.
  • Built for technical diving: Built-in “T-Rail” mounting system for multiple mounting options. Waterproof down to 350 m (1150 ft) without extra housing. All camera settings are fully adjustable underwater.
  • Easy to use: intuitive handling for undisturbed diving, perfect fit even with gloves on, and vibration feedback.
  • Brilliant recording quality: Record true-to-nature underwater videos up to 4K60 / 1080p240 / 720p240 and photos with 12MP.
  • Connects with free Paralenz App: Upload, organize, edit, and share your recordings. Help map and protect the ocean by sharing your dive and its connected ocean data.

More amazing features include: True Color OLED display, Auto-Record function, customizable recording overlay settings, customizable recording modes.

For more information visit the Paralenz website

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


Snorkeling is a sweet alternative with RAID



Swim gear, a towel, a mask and snorkel: what could be simpler? And there’s a lot to be seen from the surface, so that sometimes, breaking out the scuba gear isn’t necessary.

Did you know that RAID now has a swimmer-friendly snorkelling program? Perfect for hassle-free exploring for any diver, and a great alternative for anyone in the family who isn’t crazy about scuba.

This program has its official launch in late September 2023. To check out more about the program and to sign up with your local RAID dive centre, why not take a look at the official course page on the RAID website here.

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Join Murex Resorts in North Sulawesi and embark on a Passport to Paradise!



Are you planning your next tropical diving holiday? With literally the world at your feet and so many different types of diving to choose from it can be tough deciding where to go…

The Indonesian province of North Sulawesi lies in the heart of a marine rich region and offers incredible wall diving in the Bunaken Marine Park: wreck, critters and reef combinations in Manado Bay; colorful coral reefs surrounding Bangka island; and the world’s best muck diving in the Lembeh Strait. So how do you begin to choose which region to allocate your holiday time to?

Whilst many divers have heard of these world class diving destinations, many may not realize the close proximity within which they are located. Taking a scuba diving holiday in North Sulawesi does not mean that you have to choose between locations – you can see all that is on offer and explore the areas which appeal to you – IN ONE TRIP!!!

Bunaken Marine Park was one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia – and it shows! The dive sites around this small island are characterized by staggering coral walls which are teeming with life. The resident population of green sea turtles has grown from strength to strength and at some dive sites you’ll lose count of the number of turtles you see in a single dive.

North Sulawesi, Nord Sulawesi, Celebes Sea, Murex Manado

Manado Bay is home to wide ranging marine life and diverse dive sites. Manado Bay is becoming increasingly recognized for its black sand, muck diving sites, which are home to a plethora of unusual critters from numerous cephalopod species through to seahorses, nudibranch and crustaceans. The Molas wreck is an exciting wreck dive and also offers a myriad of fish and critters. To the South of Manado Bay lays Poopoh – a record breaking site where 385 different species of fish were recorded in just one morning.

Bangka Island is as beautiful underwater as it is on land. This white sand, paradise island is surrounded by kaleidoscopic, soft coral reefs. Schooling snappers, passing reef sharks, occasional dugongs and an array of reef fish and critters have all made Bangka Island their home. Bangka offers phenomenal diving coupled with the chance to completely get off the grid on this stunning, remote tropical island.

The Lembeh Strait is home to the highest concentration of rare and unusual marine life on Earth. Exploring Lembeh’s world famous muck diving sites is akin to opening a treasure chest of critters. Even the most seasoned of divers can’t help but be impressed by the species found here: eight different species of frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, wunderpus, mimic octopus, blue ring octopus, bobtail squids, harlequin shrimps, tiger shrimps, three species of pygmy seahorses, countless species of nudibranch, bobbit worms, Ambon scorpionfish and rhinopias – just to name but a few!

The idea of moving from resort to resort can seem arduous and result in wasted diving days – but in North Sulawesi this does not need to be the case! Stay with us at Murex Manado (for diving Bunaken and Manado), and smoothly transition to Murex Bangka and then on to Lembeh Resort too. You can choose the number of nights you wish to stay in each location and transfers between resorts are by boat and include two dives along the way! No wasted diving days, no logistical planning, no drying and packing gear and your dive guide will stay with you from start to finish. Dive your way, hassle free, from one place to the next. Two resort combinations are also available.

For those of you who want to experience the full diversity of Indonesia, choose from up to 150 dive sites and maximize your diving opportunities – a Passport to Paradise is the dive trip of a lifetime.

For more information or for enquiries:

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