By Alex Rose

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Since the early 1960s, Cuba has been almost entirely off limits as a travel destination for Americans. The end of 2014 saw a major shift in policy including a reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean. As an environmental journalist, this is an exciting development that prompted me to visit this island nation in January of 2015. Due to the absence of US-Cuban commerce for the last five decades, arriving in Havana is akin to hopping into a time machine that brings you back to the 1950s where taxicabs are Chevy Delrays and Buick Centuries, and the aromatic scent of thick cigar smoke lingers around every corner. The estimated 60,000 vintage cars that crowd the streets of this time capsule city are a treat for the traveler, and the envy of any serious car enthusiast.

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By Leticia Sanchis

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After a full 4-month refit in Cebu under the watchful eye of the Worldwide Dive and Sail team, the Palau Siren will be back in action in February 2016!

If you would like to be hooked in at Blue Corner, drifting in Ulong Channel or experiencing some fantastic manta dives in German Channel, please contact the Siren Fleet reservations team.

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By Brian Siegel

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As a scuba diver, I’m always making lists of places to go and things I wish I could see.  The ever-growing diver’s bucket list…

A few of the animals on my bucket list are whale sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, and those adorable sea lion pups. The sea lions in particular have been on my mind for a while.  I saw an amazing video of them playing with divers off the coast of California, but always thought it would be a challenge to get to those dive sites. That was until I discovered that there are sea lion colonies near Cabo San Lucas in La Paz, Mexico!

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By Leticia Sanchis

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Diving the Galapagos is on every diver’s bucket list. The islands are famous for some of the most incredible underwater action in the world! Find yourself surrounded by huge schools of barracudas, groupers, snappers, jacks or tunas. Dive with curious and playful sea lions, watch marine iguanas eat,be surprised by a big school of dolphins or mobula rays. Drift along with black and white tip sharks, bullhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and of course watch the famous big schools of hammerheads so characteristic of Galapagos waters! 

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By Joanna Lentini

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The Coral Triangle is an established mecca for marine flora and fauna, a nature enthusiast’s dream.  The biodiversity of life is immense.  In fact, it’s widely considered the greatest on Earth!  And so, it comes as no surprise that our annual trip to the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia attracted scuba divers from around the world.  Our mission: To investigate changes to the reef system and document the congenial relationship of man and whale shark.

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