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Siladen Resort & Coral Eye Resort: A Dual Paradise of Wonders

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In the heart of Indonesia’s archipelago lies an extraordinary dual paradise, where the best of land and sea converge to create an unforgettable tropical escape. Sister resorts Siladen Resort (Bunaken National Park) & Coral Eye Resort (Bangka Island), nestled on neighboring islands in North Sulawesi, offer a harmonious experience that cater to every traveler’s desire, leaving an indelible mark on the soul.

Siladen Resort is a place where nature’s beauty meets barefoot luxury and adventure. Whether you’re above or below the water, every moment is an opportunity for discovery. With its stunning beaches, breathtaking sunsets, delectable cuisine, warm hospitality, and a myriad of activities, Siladen is the perfect tropical escape.

Coral Eye, a unique boutique resort, emerged from its roots as an outpost for marine studies. Today, it serves as a melting pot of passionate travelers, dive enthusiasts, underwater photographers, and marine biologists. Coral Eye was designed with the guest at the center, creating a unique environment that fosters socialization and communication among people united by a common passion for the sea.

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Beneath the Waves: Diving, Black Water Diving and Snorkeling

For those with a passion for adventure, this underwater world is a giant playground. Divers are treated to a spectacle as they plunge into the crystal-clear waters, where encounters with majestic marine life exceed expectations. And if you like critters, you’ll be more than impressed with what’s hiding from the untrained eye.

Siladen’s fame lies in its rich marine biodiversity, with encounters ranging from (too many to count!) graceful sea turtles and schools of barracuda to tiny pygmy seahorses nestled in vibrant corals. The park’s dramatic drop-offs, clear visibility, and warm waters make it a haven for underwater enthusiasts.

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Black water diving, a unique experience offered at Siladen, unveils the mysteries of the deep, where creatures of otherworldly beauty make their home. Under the cover of night, the ocean reveals its unique residents, including, occasionally, the captivating paper nautilus octopus.

With more than 30 world-class dive sites, diving with Coral Eye offers a variety of diving spots, from richly colonized volcanic pinnacles, to beautiful pristine coral reef and sandy slopes, mangroves and walls. The kaleidoscope of colorful soft corals and the bustling marine life, including reef sharks, mantas, turtles, and schools of tropical fish will enchant you. The underwater world is teeming with life.

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Snorkeling at the resorts is equally as inspiring. Here, vibrant coral gardens are a joy to explore at your leisure. The shallow, clear waters are an open invitation to a world with colorful marine life, making every snorkeling excursion an unforgettable journey.

Above Water Wonders: Beaches and Sunsets

The resorts locations right on the coastlines boast some of the most beautiful beaches and uninterrupted views. The powdery white sands are perfect for those looking to unwind, while the crystal-clear waters invite you for a refreshing dip.

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But it’s not just the beaches that leave an impression. Siladen and Coral Eye’s sunrises and sunsets are nothing short of spectacular. The sky is painted a rainbow of colors as the sun fades into the horizon, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your island getaway.

Culinary Excellence: A Treat for the Taste Buds

Both Siladen Resort and Coral Eye pride themselves on their culinary talent. Dining is not just about satisfying your hunger; it’s a journey that enriches your island experience. Lovingly cooked, our food is a delightful fusion of local flavors and international cuisine.

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Whether you’re enjoying a beachfront barbecue, a romantic sunset dinner, or a more casual meal in the resort’s dining room, each bite is a delicious reminder of the paradise that surrounds you.

Personalized Service: Your Journey, Your Way

At Siladen and Coral Eye, personal service is not just a commitment; it’s our passion. We go the extra mile to ensure your stay is tailored to your preferences, from customizing your meals to arranging unforgettable cultural experiences. Your comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities, and our dedicated team is here to make your journey truly special.

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Endless Possibilities for Adventure and Relaxation

Beyond diving, both resorts offer a wide range of activities. Engage in cultural experiences, go for a paddleboard/canoe ride, enjoy a yoga class or simply soak up the sun or go for a walk on the pristine beaches.

And for those seeking relaxation, both resorts feature tranquil spas that provide a serene oasis for rejuvenation. Ranges of treatments are designed to soothe the mind, body and soul. Skilled therapists provide personalized care, ensuring each visit is a blissful and revitalizing experience.

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The spa’s tranquil ambiance, coupled with its selection of treatments, makes it the perfect place to unwind and escape the stresses of everyday life.

Explore the best of North Sulawesi

Combining your stay at Siladen and Coral Eye, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the very best this region has to offer.

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One of the unique aspects of this combined experience is the seamless transfer between the resorts. Instead of losing a day of travel, guests can journey between Siladen and Coral Eye by boat. But this is no ordinary transfer – it’s an adventure in itself. As you cruise between the islands, you have the chance to dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover the marine wonders that lie beneath the surface.

Visit our Island Paradise

Siladen Resort & Coral Eye, a dual paradise where above and below water, adventure and relaxation, and nature’s beauty and luxury harmoniously coexist. Whether you’re immersed in the vibrant underwater world, enjoying culinary delights, or simply lounging on pristine beaches, these resorts provide a symphony of experiences that will forever resonate in your heart.

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Contact reservations@siladen.com to book you next stay. Mention the code “Scubaverse in Sulawesi” and get free NITROX and free villa upgrade if available upon arrival if you stay minimum 5 nights on each resort or minimum 7 nights in only one of the properties.

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Diver Discovering Whale Skeletons Beneath Ice Judged World’s Best Underwater Photograph

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An emotive photograph showing a freediver examining the aftermath of whaling sees
Alex Dawson from Sweden named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024. Dawson’s
photograph ‘Whale Bones’ triumphed over 6500 underwater pictures entered by underwater
photographers from around the world.

“Whale Bones was photographed in the toughest conditions,” explains chair of judging
panel Alex Mustard, “as a breath-hold diver descends below the Greenland ice sheet to bear
witness to the carcasses. The composition invites us to consider our impact on the great
creatures of this planet. Since the rise of humans, wild animals have declined by 85%. Today,
just 4% of mammals are wildlife, the remaining 96% are humans and our livestock. Our way
needs to change to find a balance with nature.”

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Photo: Rafael
Fernandez Caballero

Whales dominated the winning pictures this year with Spanish photographer Rafael
Fernandez Caballero winning two categories with his revealing photos of these ocean giants:
a close up of a grey whale’s eye and an action shot of a Bryde’s whale engulfing an entire bait
ball, both taken in Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico. Fernandez Caballero took ‘Grey
Whale Connection’ while drifting in a small boat, holding his camera over the side in the water
to photograph the curious whale. ‘The End Of A Baitball’ required Fernandez Caballero to dive
down and be in exactly the right place at the moment the whale lunged. “The photo shows
the high speed attack,” he said, “with the whale engulfing hundreds of kilograms of sardines
in one bite — simply unforgettable to see predation on such a scale.”

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Photo: Rafael
Fernandez Caballero

Lisa Stengel from the United States was named Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for her image of a mahi-mahi catching a sardine, in Mexico. Stengel used both a very fast shutter speed and her hearing to catch the moment. “If you listen there’s an enormous amount of sound in the ocean,” she explained. “The action was too fast to see, so I honed in on the sound of the attacks with my camera to capture this special moment.”

“It is such an exciting time in underwater photography because photographers are capturing such amazing new images, by visiting new locations and using the latest cameras,”
commented judge Alex Mustard. “Until this year I’d hardly ever see a photo of a mahi mahi,
now Lisa has photographed one hunting, action that plays out in the blink of an eye.”
The Underwater Photographer of the Year contest is based in the UK, and Jenny Stock,
was named as British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for her image “Star
Attraction”, which finds beauty in species of British wildlife that are often overlooked.
Exploring the west coast of Scotland, Stock explained “in the dark green depths my torch
picked out the vivid colours of a living carpet of thousands of brittle stars, each with a
different pattern. I was happily snapping away, when I spotted this purple sea urchin and I
got really excited.”

Photo: Jenny Stock

In the same contest, Portuguese photographer, Nuno Sá, was named ‘Save Our Seas
Foundation’ Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2024, with his photo ‘Saving
Goliath’, taken in Portugal. Sá’s photo shows beachgoers trying to save a stranded sperm
whale. The picture gives us hope that people do care and want to help the oceans, but also
warns us that bigger changes are needed. “The whale had been struck by a ship and its fate
was sealed,” explains Sá. “An estimated 20,000 whales are killed every year, and many more
injured, after being struck by ships-and few people even realise that it happens.”

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Photo: Nuno Sá

More winning images can be found at www.underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com.

About Underwater Photographer of the Year

Underwater Photographer of the Year is an annual competition, based in the UK, that celebrates photography beneath the surface of the ocean, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools, and attracts entries from all around the world. The contest has 13 categories, testing photographers with themes such as Macro, Wide Angle, Behaviour and Wreck photography, as well as four categories for photos taken specifically in British waters. The winners were announced in an award ceremony in Mayfair, London, hosted by The Crown Estate. This year’s UPY judges were experienced underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Tobias Friedrich and Dr Alexander Mustard MBE.

Header image: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 winner Alex Dawson

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New 2024 PADI AmbassaDivers Announced to Inspire More Superheroes for the Ocean

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PADI announces the newest AmbassaDivers™ on the 2024 team, selected for their passion and dedication to protecting our shared blue planet.

“In each of their own unique ways, our new AmbassaDivers stand out and lead by example, inspiring others to step up, pursue their passion and be superheroes for the ocean,” says Julie Andersen, Senior Director of Brand for PADI Worldwide. “They are shining examples of how to protect what you love – and inspire others to do the same.

Initially launched in 2015, PADI’s AmbassaDiver programme aims to amplify the personal stories of exemplary divers who inspire others to love and care for our ocean planet. PADI AmbassaDivers are part of a global team committed to bringing awareness to social and environmental issues facing our planet and encouraging more people to experience, explore, and protect the underwater world.

Earlier this year, the exceptional duo of award-winning Indian actress Sonakshi Sinha and her dive buddy Indian actor and businessman  Zaheer Iqbal were announced as some of this year’s newest PADI AmbassaDivers™inductees.  Now over twenty other passionate scuba divers join the ranks.

“This year’s esteemed group highlights the diversity and commitment that it will take to safeguard the world’s largest and most important ecosystem. From adaptive divers proving the healing powers of the ocean to young children showing you are never too young to make real change in your communities, they are all true advocates for our blue planet and will help us create one billion PADI Torchbearers™,” continues Andersen.

PADI welcomes the following individuals to the 2024 AmbassaDiver roster:

Mariyam Firusha (Island Vaikaradhoo Maldives)

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Born and raised in the Maldives, Mariyam is the first and only female scuba diving instructor from her island so far. After participating in a Discover Scuba Diving experience in 2021, she found her passion (and her husband!) in the ocean. Only six months after her Open Water Diver certification, she became a PADI Instructor and left her job in a call centre to work as a PADI Pro.

India Black (Poole, Dorset)

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A content creator, broadcaster, and wildlife and marine conservation advocate, having taken part in marine and turtle conservation efforts worldwide. She’s also a part-time well-being mentor and physical therapist who works with young people with eating disorders and learning differences.

Radhika Sharma (Delhi, India)

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A content creator and a full-time traveller who shared her compelling journey of traveling worldwide as a featured Ted-X speaker. She’s a certified scuba diver, paraglider and skier and aims to inspire people to go outdoors and not be afraid to follow their hearts.

Leng Yein (Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia)

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A PADI Divemaster and Mermaid Instructor with 17 years of dive experience, Leng wants to inspire people to know that, “it is never too late to be the person you wish to be. Live, Love, and Act, with a purpose.” She’s also a Malaysia Government-Licensed Tour Guide, the face of several charity organisations, and has held the title of Asia’s #1 Female DJ for more than a decade.

Giosue Reale (Siracusa, Italy)

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Giosue started scuba diving at 11 years old and is now a watersport instructor. His mission is to spread awareness about the amazing wildlife found around the British coast that is so often overlooked. He’s also passionate about showcasing diverse shark species from around the world and helping change people’s views on these beautiful animals through his underwater videography.

Mariana Saad Vargas (Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brasil)

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A 10-year-old student who loves animals and nature, travelling, and outdoor activities, especially scuba diving. She also loves reading, painting, drawing, and art crafting. This Harry Potter fan is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver and wants to inspire young people to discover the underwater world.

Kritika Goel (Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India)

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A content creator who turned her passion for travel and photography into a way of life. She wants to let her audience explore vicariously through her lens, and her mission is to inspire people to step outside their comfort zones and experience the beauty of this world.                     

Sarah Miller (California, United States)

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Sarah became a diver in 2012 and followed her dream to become a scuba instructor, starting Azul Unlimited as a dive business in Mexico and then Indonesia. Now Azul Unlimited is an online brand where she shares scuba lessons and van life adventures on YouTube, with a mission of building a supportive and fun community of safe divers and ocean protectors.

Laura Quesada (Madrid, Spain)

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Laura has always known she wanted to be a diving instructor and was certified as a Junior Open Water Diver at ten years old. She’s travelled the world as a PADI Instructor and has been sponsored by Cressi since 2019. Her mission is to show the world how to save the ocean and the animals that live in it and to educate her students in caring for the ocean. Her passion is macro life, and her favorite marine animal is the nudibranch.                              

Kayleigh Slowey (Teignmouth, Devon, UK)

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Kayleigh has spent most of her life by the ocean, cultivating a love for marine life and a passion for conservation early on. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine and Natural History Photography and a Master’s Degree in Marine Ecology, which have taken her on many adventures across the globe, using digital creation in her ocean conservation work.                      

Karol Yela (Pasto, Nariño, Colombia)

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Karol is a PADI Divemaster, who aims to promote environmental awareness and the importance of sustainable practices in the diving community. As a specialist in sports training, she works to improve people’s lifestyles through sports, helping them build better daily habits that encourage them to find their happiness.

Sara Gojer (Bangalore, India)

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As an international DJ, Sara travels the world and spreads her enthusiasm for scuba diving everywhere she goes. She’s a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Instructor whose aim is to “protect sharks all over the world and introduce people to scuba diving with these magnificent creatures!”

Katt Andryskova (Geneva, Switzerland)

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Katt is a science educator, scuba diving instructor, freediver, and marine photographer living and diving the Great Barrier Reef. From her first breath underwater at age 12 to her 11 years working in Cambodia, Comoros, and Australia as a PADI Instructor, her mission has been to protect the future of our blue planet. She created Ocean Pancake to empower ocean lovers and activists to create positive change through individual choices, which she does through her podcast and YouTube channel.        

Jessica Pita (Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa)

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Jessica is a student majoring in Psychology and Anthropology and a passionate advocate for disabilities. Through social media, she shares inspiring, humorous, and everyday moments in the life of a blind girl, often highlighting the challenges and lack of inclusivity faced by individuals with disabilities. Defying expectations, Jessica uses her heightened senses of hearing and muscle memory to excel in various sports, like show jumping, scuba diving, and playing multiple musical instruments.

Jillian Taylor (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Jillian is a wildlife scientist and ocean enthusiast currently completing a Master of Science on the Atlantic puffin, a bird that shares her love of the frigid North Atlantic Ocean. She enjoys showcasing the rich biodiversity of the colder parts of our ocean and believes that “conservation starts with the details: it is hard to protect a species unless you know the name of it.”                                                                                                                                

Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nevada, United States)

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Tyrell is relatively new to scuba, but he’s already hooked on its magic. His professional career as an NFL Offensive Lineman for the Detroit Lions was cut short by a severe spinal injury. After recovering from surgery, he discovered scuba diving as an alternative to football to provide both a physical challenge and mental clarity and found a new passion.

Aakash Malhotra (Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India)

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Also known as “Sky,” Aakash is an adventurer and travel content creator listed in Forbes India’s “Top 100 Content Creators 2023.” He has a passion for extreme sports, including skydiving, scuba diving, and snowboarding, and his mission is “encouraging Indian adventurers through immersive storytelling and professional education, fostering a culture of fearless exploration, and celebrating diverse landscapes to embrace thrilling adventures.”                                                

Luciana Maldonado (Neuquén, Patagonia, Argentina)

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Luciana first discovered scuba diving eight years ago in Indonesia when she was looking for ways to heal herself, and her life changed completely. She decided to leave her career at a sports TV network and move to Mexico to start her diving career, from Open Water Diver to Instructor.  Today, she continues to teach diving and collaborates with marine biologists and conservationists to create educational programmes.

Mariam Al Saif (Kuwait)

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Mariam inherited a deep-rooted connection to the sea from her pearl-diving ancestors while growing up on the shores of Kuwait. She found scuba diving in her twenties, and her passion for the ocean and conservation grew. This and her love of solo travel led her to found MER, a community uniting divers through meaningful travels and shared underwater adventures.

Prachi and Harsh (Mumbai, India)

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Prachi and Harsh are an adventurous couple of world travellers and explorers. Their mission is “to redefine exploration, infusing it with conscious purpose. Through sharing our adventures, we aim to inspire fellow Indians to discover the ocean for themselves and fall in love with it.” Through their social media account, “Two Tickets to Freedom,” they document their travels, scuba diving experiences, and conservation efforts. They’re also GoPro India Ambassadors and TEDx speakers, spreading their message in a talk titled “Make It Happen, Today.”

Expedition Rove (Houston, Texas, and Yorkshire, England)

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Mary Hannah and Andy are a husband and wife duo navigating the globe together in their Land Rover. Over the past five years, they’ve explored more than 45 countries in North, Central, and South America, across Europe to Turkey and Africa. They got Open Water Diver certified in Cape Town in 2023, and it’s quickly become one of their favourite on-the-road activities to do on their travels.             

Manami Azuma (Nara, Japan)

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Manami fell in love with the ocean after scuba diving in Okinawa and quickly became interested in environmental issues. She started by joining beach cleanups but soon realised the beauty of underwater cleanups as an activity that brings joy and purpose. She decided to open a dive shop, “Dr Blue,” to raise awareness further, raising funds through crowdfunding. Through her activities as a diving instructor, activist, writer, and speaker and her upcycling efforts, she wishes to prove that underwater cleanup is fun and that one step from a hundred people is more effective than a hundred steps from one person.

Yumi Shirai (Kanagawa, Japan)

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Yumi first went scuba diving as a high school student in Sydney and as a diver, she learned about the close relationship between garbage, environmental issues, and the ocean. This led her to found a non-profit environmental organisation called “MORE Planning.” The name stands for “Mountain Ocean River Earth.” Their activities include collecting trash illegally dumped in the mountains, cleaning up rivers, land, and shorelines, and even cleaning up underwater.

Viridiana Alvarez Chavez (Aguascalientes, Mexico)

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Viridiana is the first woman on the American continent to climb the five highest mountains in the world (Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu). She also has the Guinness World Record for the fastest ascent of the world’s three highest mountains using supplemental oxygen. After conquering all the major summits, Viridiana has turned her attention to the ocean, her next project in life.

Hiroshi “KUMA” Sato (Sanriku, Japan)

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When the 2011 tsunami hit the coast of his hometown, and Hiroshi saw the devastation it caused to the sea where he worked as a scuba instructor, he decided he had to act. He founded Sanriku Volunteer Divers to collect the marine debris left behind by the tsunami and help clean up the seabed. Today, they’re still doing cleanups but have expanded their activities to include seabed restoration and seaweed farming. Hiroshi was named a 2023 Sea Hero by Scuba Diving magazine for his efforts in marine conservation.

Captain Jason Chambers (Canberra, Australia):

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Jason gained fame as a superyacht captain on Below Deck and knows how to decompress from a high-pressure job. “When you’re underwater, it’s the ultimate escape,” he says. As a father, captain, TV actor, professional athlete, and PADI Rescue Diver, Jason covers a lot of ground. Nearest to his heart is Classroom of Hope, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to rebuilding 100 schools damaged in the 2018 Indonesian earthquake with materials made from recycled plastic.

Kundai Murapa (Harare, Zimbabwe)

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As a child, Kundai dreamed of becoming a Power Ranger. He channelled his love for superheroes into becoming a professional stunt performer, and his fascination with The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo piqued his interest in life underwater. As an adventure athlete, Kundai engages in parkour, calisthenics, rock climbing, and scuba diving. His passion for adventure and human movement inspired his career as a certified fitness expert, TraceFit Method training system creator, and film stuntman.

Learn more about the PADI AmbassaDiver team here. Follow PADI on Facebook, Instagram, and X to keep up to date on their ongoing projects, dive adventures, and conservation efforts throughout the year.

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