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It is estimated that 30% of the world's cetacean species are found in this stretch of water that has been called 'The Aquarium of the World'. The large creatures can include schooling hammerhead sharks at various sites such as El Lavadero, and wonderful sea lion encounters throughout the Sea of Cortez at places like El Arroyo. This region of Mexico promises sightings of whale sharks, leatherback sea turtles and more.
You may also see many types of angelfish, seahorses and all manner of smaller reef fish. Unlike Guadalupe and Socorro, there is beautiful reef scenery here and a wide array of smaller marine species, as evidenced by the nudibranch lovers' favorite dive site, La Vela.
Mexico offers all manner of scuba diving, from entry-level dives off sandy beaches, the awe-inspiring caves of the Cenotes, to great white shark and whale encounters in the Pacific. This popular vacation country really does have an abundance of riches.
With the USA to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast, Mexico spans a huge area with many diverse land and seascapes. South of the U.S. state of California, stretches the long finger of Baja California from where scuba divers can access the Sea of Cortez and the Socorro Islands. It is this part of Mexico where you will find all the liveaboard operators. The east coast is lapped by the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, where the Yucatan Peninsula and islands such as Cozumel and Isla Mujeres create a celebratory holiday atmosphere, both above and below the surface.
Is a network of ecosystems that are abundant in species diversity. Made famous from the publication The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands was first declared a national park by Ecuador in 1959. The Galapagos Islands now have one of the largest marine reserves in the world. Nature footage offers a diverse collection of marine and terrestrial species from the Galapagos
Spend five days exploring the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita and enjoy the beaches, history, and wildlife of the central and southern islands. When you want to spend some time underwater, make sure to check out the Devil’s Crown in Floreana, a snorkeller’s paradise and home to some of the most impressive marine life in the Galápagos. Bird lovers will have their hands full too with stops at some pretty notable bird-watching spots on Cerro Dragón. When you’re done connecting with the wildlife, get over to Post Office Bay to learn about its history and, of course to drop off a postcard.
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Quito to Quito
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Galapagos Islands to Isla Santa Cruz
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One of the most famous dive sites in the world, The Great Blue Hole is what puts Belize on the scuba map. Yet there is so much more to see on a liveaboard adventure here. Belize offers some of the finest diving in the whole of the Caribbean. This small Central American country is home to the longest stretch of coral in the western hemisphere and boasts 3 distinct Caribbean atolls.You will be amazed by the colorful reefs with visibility often exceeding 130 ft (40m), spectacular soft coral gardens, sponges and channel formations. The warm waters teeming with large and small fish, are what make Belize a premiere liveaboard diving destination. The easy diving conditions make this destination attractive to scuba divers of all experience levels and safari cruises here concentrate their regular itineraries around the magnificent atolls of Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atoll.Belize's combination of the second largest barrier reef in the world on its Caribbean coast, stunning palm-fringed beaches, vast rainforests and dozens of ancient Mayan ruins to explore, make it an ideal travel destination for both liveaboard divers and non-divers alike. So whether it's immersing yourself in clear warm waters, jungle adventures or simply kicking back Caribbean style on the beach, Belize is a wonderful diving and vacation destination.
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As scuba divers, it’s extremely easy to get lost in all the thrill of the activity that we tend to ignore some of the most important things; like what to wear and how to stay safe to help with that, we’ve come up with some of the most invaluable scuba diving tools that you’re definitely gig to need in order to stay safe while exploring the wonders of the underwater world.
The next time you go looking for Atlantis, make sure to take the following with you:
Both scuba divers and surface divers use regulators to reduce all pressurized breathing gas to ambient pressure. The gas goes to the diver through a valve that cuts off liquid and gaseous flow at a certain pressure.
The best performing regulators are able to do their job even more effectively thanks to their lightness in weight, technical peculiarities, and endurance capabilities.
Know that tank that divers carry on their backs? That’s a diving cylinder. This tank holds the pressurized gas that is carried through the regulator.
Gas cylinders consist of the pressure vessel (the cold aluminum cylinder) and the cylinder valve, which controls the gas emitted from the cylinder.
Cylinders are fairly technical and it takes quite a lot to look after them. In order to prolong a cylinder’s life, you’ll need tools such as replacement pillar valves, carry handles, dustcovers, and protective meshes.
Buoyancy Control Device
A Buoyancy Control Device (or BCD, if you will) is the jacket worn by divers in order to adjust and effectively control their buoyancy while they’re underwater.
The jacket has an integrated bladder, and water is added and removed from it, thereby adjusting the volume and altering the neutral buoyancy in the water. This helps the diver to ascend ad descend at will.
BCDs can range from lightweight to carry around. There are also heavy duty BDCs, which have a lot of lifts and also pack D locks inside the jacket. Heavy duty BDCs are made mostly for cold water divers.
It is common practice for divers (and people in general) to expect that diving computers are used for GPS-related purposes. However, they are actually needed a great deal for diving.
A diving computer can be used to secure a diver’s safety and help them stay underwater for much longer.
All scuba divers run the possibility of suffering from decompression sickness. However, with dive computers, a diver can measure the amount of time required at every level of ascent and as such, gasses in the body can dissipate more safely, thereby lowering the risk of such a disease occurring. In today’s world, most diving computers are console-mounted, worn on the wrist, or integrated into the diver’s mask for clearer vision and portability. They are usually wireless, and they can send information regarding tank pressure to the device.
There have been various innovations to scuba diving masks and as such, they come in a wide array of styles and aesthetic properties. However, regardless of the various additions and design specifications all diving masks serve the same purpose; protecting a diver’s eyes from particles underwater and allowing him (or her) to see clearly while underwater.
In general, there are three major types of scuba masks; single lens (just one lens), split lens (which have two separate lenses made of tempered glass), and multiple lens. Divers are also free to choose between framed and frameless masks, and the mask can be made of a wide array of materials as well.
As a diver, your mask is one of the most important tools that you can have when going underwater. It goes without saying that you have to make sure your mask is a good fit. Before you purchase one, hold it up against your face and try simple breathing postures through our nose. If the mask stays in place, then it means it’s a perfect fit. However, if you feel air flowing into the mask as you breathe, then that mask isn’t for you.
Wetsuits are diving tools that provide protection, buoyancy and the regulation of temperature. In many cases, a good wetsuit can be the differentiating actor between a good dive and a hazardous one.
People who do more of surfing will be no strangers to wetsuits of what they do. However, wetsuits for scuba divers are fairly diverse and while purchasing one, you need to be extra careful and pay attention to certain differences.
You’ve got 3mm wetsuits, which are more prominent with summer surfers. 2mm wetsuits are only suitable for tropical waters. Sea water drops rapidly in temperature once you begin your descent, so you might not like the 3mm wetsuit experience in these waters. For sea water, you’ll need 7mm wetsuits and if you’re taking an expedition to the Red Sea and its environs, a 5mm wetsuit is recommended.
For dives who ply their passion around places like Iceland where the temperature is extremely cold, it is extremely important that drysuits are worn. Drysuits come in both Membrane and Neoprene and both of these have their separate ways of providing and controlling insulation. Neoprene suits are easy to carry around, but you’ll need to have a diving skin underneath for effective insulation. Membrane suits, however, are more cumbersome, even though they are able to provide insulation without any other apparatus.
There are certain things that comes to mind when your opportunity for a vacation avails itself but be warned you may have to pack your bags and permanently move to the Maldives if you read any further. Unless you hate crystal blue water, white-sand beaches, and a perfect weather, leaving home for this tropical nation will seriously be a consideration. The Maldives stretch across the Indian Ocean with over 1,100 islands (only 185 of them are lived on), formed by 20 different island chains. Each of these atolls are made up of sand bars and beautiful coral reefs with over 2,000 species of underwater life. It's never a bad time to make a trip to the Maldives, either. The air temperature is consistently around 86 degrees all year long, while the waters stay in the 70s and 80s. That in itself is a good enough reason to go! See reasons you should visit ASAP these reasons should convince you:
1. The beautiful Sunset as it rests on the ocean bed! Some of the world's best photographers make billions just from capturing moments as such giving a feel of the destinations even if you haven't been there. But to be honest its better experienced than to be told. Its quite divine!
2. The Baa Atoll. This is one of the Maldivian atolls that stands out in the Indian Ocean as an island known for its lacquerwork handicrafts and Baa Atoll, Maldives is one of the best site for people who fancy diving a hobby, who want to see sharks, and who simply want to have a different experience of the sea-and-sun combo. This atoll is on the west of Maldives and has 75 islands– 13 of them are inhabited and trust me its a site you would not forget in a hurry.
3.Beautiful Famous Houses on the Ocean. This is a site only found in the imagination of a few people. But guess what its real and very real. The bungalows over the ocean has quite a mixture of luxury and satifaction coupled together which is best for a romantic getaway.
4.The long jetties, where seaplanes drop passengers off to begin their vacations.From start to finish the Maldives possess all you need as a visiting resident from the entrance to the departure of the island is orchestrated in a way sea plane picks and drops you off on one of the most awesome and longest jetty so you could perfectly access the vanities of this breathtaking site. From the romantic just married couples looking for a good honeymoon site to a family acheing for their next memorable family vacation to business moguls looking for posh and luxurious place to rest and get a massage even for divers and all sorts the Maldives is the place to be to make your own unforgettable memory of a life time.
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Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. This accounts for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect to see Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, fusiliers, jacks and sweetlips at every site where the water flows.
2 main features you are likely to encounter at the dive sites in the Maldives are the current swept channels and the pinnacles that act like magnets for marine life. In the channels, you can explore the caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate, and there is a riot of colourful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. There are also plenty of cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps service the larger marine species.
Inside the atoll lagoons you often find pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. They are known locally as 'Thilas' and are often bejewelled with sessile life forms. These formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals that cling to its sides as well as creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.
Slightly removed from the reefs, you are likely to spot the pelagics that frequent the Maldives, including manta rays and eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark. Wherever you look there is likely to be something of interest going on and for many it is in the shallows where the best of the action takes place. Here the clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun's rays and playing host to great numbers of fish, provides an ideal environment both for photographers and fun divers alike.
During the El Niño of 1998 some shallower areas of the coral reefs were adversely affected by bleaching. However the accepted view is that while the reefs are returning to their former colourful glory, the larger marine life of the Maldives Islands has never dwindled and indeed many believe it has increased in numbers over the past few decades, at least partly as a result of the nation's recognition of the need for conservation.
The Bahamas is the ideal Caribbean liveaboard diving location that merges international elegance with a relaxed tropical vacation vibe. Conveniently positioned 56 miles (90km) off the coast of Florida, the 2,500 cays and 700 islands (of which 30 are uninhabited) form the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Liveaboard diving tours to Grand Bahama and Nassau & The Exumas is the perfect way to explore many Bahamas dive sites in comfort and style.
Amberjack Reef - Previously this was a shark feeding site. Thankfully, in accordance with the Land and Sea Park’s request, sharks are no longer fed here (or in principle they should not be), however they still frequent the area.