Text and photos by Mike Scotland

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At South Komodo, the cooler waters of the Indian Ocean meet the North Pacific Ocean at Indonesia. Gaps in the Indonesian archipelago exchange seawater, and the upwelling of nutrients from the deeper Indian Ocean creates rich plankton blooms. Blue whales use this path on their annual migrations. Other magnificent creatures come here to benefit from the bounty created where oceans merge. We travelled here on the Seven Seas liveaboard to see the resident manta rays. The magnificent reef manta, Manta alfredi, can grow to a maximum size of 4.5 metres. The far larger Manta birostrus or oceanic manta grows well over seven metres; they are found at Raja Ampat.

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By Matthew Smith

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Moments after a giant manta ray had blocked out the sun, I was amid a tornado swirl of thousands of chevron barracuda. Simultaneously, the deep, bassy grumble of a nearby erupting underwater volcano reverberated through my ears and chest. The water was deep, clear and warm and I moved my camera aside to absorb it all. With a smile so wide I almost lost my regulator I thought ‘this is what diving is all about.

This was one of my first dives in The Solomons at Barra Point, Mary Island, just one of many fantastic sites I visited during my trip there on the MV Bilikiki last year. And this year was even better! Now I want to share it with you. Join me on the MV Bilikiki for 10 days of diving sharks, wrecks, and reefs June 23-July 3, 2018.

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Text and photos by Tanya Houppermans

When most people think of World War II, images of the great battles of Europe and the Pacific usually come to mind. What many don’t realize is just how close the fighting came to the shores of the United States.

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Text and photos by Mike Scotland

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If scuba diving is the adventure sport they do in Heaven, then fish watching is one of its great highlights. Diver heaven is right here on Earth at Komodo Marine Park. Her reefs have colours of every hue bursting brightly in profusion in the brilliant life-giving sunshine.  It has an abundance of fish, and much of the rocky surface is covered in hot pink soft coral and red sponges, making a beautiful backdrop for these fish.

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By Sarah Wormald

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Indonesia is regarded by many as being the best country in the world when it comes to dive sites, and the diving around Bunaken does everything to uphold Indonesia’s prestigious reputation.

Bunaken is a small island in North Sulawesi and it is one of 5 islands, which make up the Bunaken Marine Park, which was one of the first marine protected areas declared in Indonesia. The move by the Indonesian government to protect the area in 1991 was made due to the extreme marine bio-diversity the area supports. The islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehage and Nain are home to numerous rare and endangered marine creatures which include coelacanths, dugongs, whales, turtles and dolphins but it’s not just these “special” species that make Bunaken a phenomenal diving destination.

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