Best places to dive with manta rays in Asia - ZuBlu Tips & Articles

These incredible animals combine grace, elegance and power, with a notable intelligence and inquisitiveness. Witnessing groups of manta rays feed in synchronised twists and turns, or barrel-roll through clouds of plankton, and it is easy to appreciate why they are the star attraction at many dive destinations. There is no doubt that this experience is high on every ocean lover's agenda. So, where are the best places to dive with manta rays?

Skin Bends: Did you know there are a variety of rashes that can present post-diving?

DAN, as the leader in diving health and safety, shares some facts about skin bends. A post-dive change in the colour or texture of your skin, such as a rash or marbled appearance, may be decompression-related; they are more common than you might think and are often mistaken for another cause, such as contact with marine life or an allergic reaction. DAN’s facts will help you recognise what to look for should you experience a change in your skin post-diving.Skin Manifestations of Decom...

Japan’s Toyama Bay: Mystical Home of Squids Big & Small

Many people outside Japan have probably never heard of Toyama or even know where it is exactly, but the ocean enthusiasts who have heard of it probably associate Toyama with squids, both big and small. The video of a 10-meter-long giant squid filmed in Toyama Bay by the owner of the dive shop Kaiyu Toyama during Christmas 2015 went viral globally—such sightings are rare, but these squids pop up on an average of once a year in the bay. Text and photos by Martin Voeller

How Underwater Drones can minimise person to person contact during COVID

Underwater drones (or ROVs) are submersible, waterproof drones that enable users to explore marine environments remotely. They can be equipped with lighting and take high-resolution underwater images or video at a fraction of the cost of contracting professional divers.Surprisingly Underwater Drones have been around since the 1950’s. Throughout history drones have had famous feats, including the discovery of the Titanic in 1985! Since then technology has progressed...

COVID-19: DAN INFORMATION AND UPDATES

DAN encourages divers and dive operators to comply with federal and state social distancing orders and to stay up to date on the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local government websites, such as the Department of Health in Australia.Diving After Covid-19: What we know todayCOVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe. Some people have no symptoms at all while others require complicated stays in...

Revillagigedos (Socorro) Islands, Mexico

Go, go, go! At our skiff drivers urging, we slipped into the water as quickly and quietly as possible, in hopes of snorkeling with the pod of false killer whales that were hunting in the bay. Again and again we attempted to intersect their path, but our timing or positioning resulted in me seeing them in the fleeting distance or not at all. Finally, I was fortunate to have a member of the pod swim past just close enough to capture a few photos with my fisheye lens. At the end of our exhaustin...

FIFISH V6 Drone Exclusive to Underwater.com.au

The FIFISH is a world-leading unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) brand developed by QYSEA Technology Co., Ltd. and dedicated to providing a truly professional underwater drone for film and sports enthusiasts alike in their ocean explorations and adventures. ENQUIRE / PURCHASE NOW

Underwater Tour 2020 Postponed to March 2021

New dates announced: 13-20 May 2021Get ready for an evening of inspiration, adventure and discovery.  Now in its third year, the Underwater Tour team have curated a stellar international line-up of underwater photographers for 2020’s touring speaker event series.Aaron Wong (Singapore), Dr Janet Lanyon (Brisbane) and Dr Richard Smith (UK) are setting out on the road together to showcase their extraordinary images live on stage and share stories of marine scien...

Tonga 2019, with Juergen & Stella Freund

There are those who understand that once-in-a-lifetime encounters with wild animals are a certain privilege. Juergen & Stella Freund are two such people who have devoted their lives to documenting priceless natural heritage. Journeying in their company, as well as others deeply connected to wildlife, is the chance to sense the world differently and appreciate better why nature it is so important. David Donnelly's decades of work in the company of researchers working with Hum...

The Making of Pindito

Edi Frommenwiler was a mechanic, long-distance lorry driver, then adventure tour guide for 10 years, before he decided to embark on the journey of his life and build a 38m long sailing ship in one of the world’s most remote places. 

Symphony Violinist Who Orchestrates Alien Night-Animal Images

Tan is a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and between concert seasons, leaves his prized antique Italian violin at home to explore the Pacific. Tan will be speaking at this years Underwater Tour from 9 - 14 May, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth A world previously exclusive to scientific academia, if you've seen everything and dived everywhere, William’s images are guaranteed to pique your curiosity and have you wanting to set out on new ad...

Inspiration, adventure and discovery with NG legends Doubilet and Hayes

National Geographic Legends Doubilet & Hayes talk LIVE in AustraliaDoubilet and Hayes, National Geographic legends and undoubtedly the world’s most recognisable and inspirational ambassadors of the oceans, are on their way from upstate New York to Australia to keynote the Underwater Tour 2019.  Logging 26,000 and 11,000 hours beneath the surface respectively, it’s no wonder they have earned their place as revered underwater photographers and international treasures...

Raja Ampat - A Fantastic Voyage

To visit Raja Ampat is to dive inside a gigantic living organism; to navigate through its nervous system, ride the rush of currents passing down networks of ancient channels, highways for cells and plankton that feed the organs of its being: reefs and ocean fronts where miniature forces combine on a massive scale, giving and supporting life. In the 1996 Vernes-style cult classic The Fantastic Voyage adventurers were miniaturised and injected into the body of a scientist to...

The Ghost Net Story

When Ghost Nets Australia began, the combination of science and art brought the Aboriginal communities of northern Australia together with fishing communities in remote eastern Indonesia. The project has been instrumental in cleaning up ghost gear in the Arafura Seas, supporting Indigenous rangers and saving endangered sea turtles.This is the story of a Ghost Net (for more, read https://www.ghostnets.com.au/) 

Arts of the Sea People

By Sue Ryan, image maker, storyteller and architect of the Ghost Net Art ProjectBack in 2014 the Ghost Net Art Project created Jidirah a four metre long Southern Right whale at Ceduna Arts with Ceduna artists and the help of some visiting Yalata women.  Jidirah travelled to Europe for the blockbuster exhibition Taba Naba — Australia, Oceania, Arts of the Sea People at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, after which went on to be exhibited in Pari...