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

Komodo 01

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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By Sarah Wormald

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Photo by Sascha Janson at Lembeh Resort

Less than 30% of our planet is made up of land so as divers, we are privileged to be able to explore some of the other 70%. Not all of our oceans are bordered by coral reefs, but some excellent diving and stunning marine life can be found in areas where you would least expect it.

The term “muck” in muck diving takes its name from the sediment that lies on the bottom of many dive sites which can be a mixture of sand, silt, natural debris such as dead corals and coral rubble, or manmade debris ranging from tires and paint cans to air conditioning units and beer bottles – anything is possible. One thing is for sure, be careful how you move your fins or you could kick up a (silt) storm!

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