Issue # 18: Take the plunge
A bumper issue with some awesome photography. Marvel at the delights of Ningaloo, stunning viz in Iceland, the best of Indonesia and an in-depth look at seagrasses. Order your copy now or subscribe for a year from just £9.99.
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Ningaloo and its magnificent reefs are in peril, threatened by the development of the oil and gas industries across what is one of the world’s most unique marine habitats. Leading Australian author Tim Winton makes a passionate plea to safeguard Ningaloo, accompanied by stunning photographs from Alex Kydd and Jake Wilton.
Think of ‘diving in Iceland’ and the Silfra fissure immediately comes to mind – but there’s a whole lot more to diving in Iceland including geothermal vents and crystal clear lakes named after the ancient Viking gods. Steve Jones and his camera explore the rugged magnificence of underwater Iceland, and explains how dive tourism might help bring an end to the country’s slaughter of whales.
There’s a lot more to seagrass than at first meets the eye – although it might not look quite as exciting as coral reefs from a distance, the green underwater fields are filled with life, and vital to the oceans’ survival. Douglas David Seifert takes a peek inside the hidden world of life among the seagrass, accompanied by his brilliant photography.
The SS Thistlegorm is one of the world’s most popular wreck dives, and opportunities to explore it without masses of other divers in the water are few and far between. Early on a liveaboard morning, Karin Engström and Alex Dawson jumped ahead of the horde and recount the experience of diving alone on the Thistlegorm.
It seems like the dive industry finally noticed that time is moving on and, faced with the start of a new decade, decided to release a bunch of new equipment to mark the occasion. Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell takes a look at some of the best new kit on the market for a new decade of diving.
Like their manta ray cousins, mobulas have a very intricate and energetic courtship ritual. Conservation photographer Duncan Murrell found himself up close and perhaps a little too personal with the passionate spinetail devil rays of Palawan.
DIVE Magazine teamed up with the Aggressor Adventures liveaboard fleet to launch the ‘Big Shot’ photo competition where, together with every quarterly print issue of our glorious magazine, readers can submit their best photographs for the chance to win a liveaboard trip and be published in DIVE. Our inaugural DIVE’s Big Shot competition celebrated the best of Indonesia with over 500 brilliant entries. Here are the Top 20, and details of how to win the next liveaboard trip to Palau.