A close-up perspective of the toothy grin of a parrotfish, photographed offshore in the waters of Myanmar. © Steve De Neef

A close-up perspective of the toothy grin of a parrotfish, photographed offshore in the waters of Myanmar. © Steve De Neef

Way off the beaten track, seducing the underwater adventurer from afar, the islands of the Pacific occupy a place all their own in scuba lore. The largest of all oceans, with areas that are furthest from land as it’s possible to be, the vast Pacific harbours subsea marvels that only the most committed and fortunate divers will ever experience.

Underwater photographers Scott Johnson and Tim Rock are among these lucky few. In this issue of Scuba Diver AustralAsia, Scott shares with us his stunning images from Palau (“Rocking Palau” on page 32), while Tim blows us away with his distant travels to Hawaii (“Bluewater Dreaming” on page 42). More of their photography is also featured in Sue Crowe’s rundown of other great destinations in “Window to the Pacific Isles” (page 66). All this plus Roger Munns’ amazing story from his BBC shoot with humpbacks (“Filming a Mega-Battle” on page 58).

After reading these stories, I can’t stop dreaming of the day that I too might sail away, into the biggest of the Big Blues, and become a diver of the Pacific Islands at last.

Caroline Islands – Rocking Palau

With world-famous dive sites like Blue Corner, and the unusual allure of Jellyfish lake, Palau still epitomises the exotic.

Beyond Hawaii – Bluewater Dreaming

From dolphins to manta rays and even migrating whales, the iconic Hawaiian Islands are a Pacific diver’s dream destination.

Best of Asia Pacific – Window to the Pacific Isles

Take a quick tour of five faraway dive fantasies: Truk, Yap, Pohnpei, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

In Focus – Nature’s Mirror

Improve your underwater photography with the simple act of shooting up, toward nature’s mirror.

Moving Picture – Filming a Mega-Battle

A documentary team heads to Tonga and films one of the largest mating rituals in the world.

Point of View – Dollars & Dolphins

A controversial trade brings captive dolphins back under fire.

Sea Science – Freeloaders & Bloodsuckers

Some species just refuse to work for a living.

Discovery – Sabre-Toothed Blennies

Seemingly-harmless fish are revealed to have poisonous “fangs”.

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