Cover photo by the Photoshop king, Andrew Marriott

Cover photo by the Photoshop king, Andrew Marriott

Are you ready to leave all reason at the surface? Because you won’t believe the world of wonder that awaits you in the next issue of Scuba Diver Australasia!

Freed from the constraints of gravity, and able to fly about like aquatic superheroes, as divers we get to visit places that most landlubbers couldn’t even imagine in their wildest dreams.

From mysterious mangroves to dramatic ravines, from moody canyons and caves to fields of insanely colourful coral and reef formations that seem to defy common sense, these seascapes are also inhabited by far-out creatures that have inspired legends and literature.

Follow us down a watery rabbit hole…

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ANDREW MARRIOTT

Let Andrew Marriott, master of digital art, draw you into this unexpected underwater world…

#icon

MIGALOO

The fist white humpback to swim into public consciousness, Migaloo, “the real Moby Dick” is still navigating the seas around Australia and New Zealand!

#wow

Wild About Life

UNEXPECTED ORCAS

What happens when, out of nowhere, orcas appear during your safety stop? Well you jump into the water of course, and think about remembering to hit the shutter on your camera later… 

What It Feels Like

…TO OVERCOME A FEAR OF WRECKS

Can you imagine being an experienced diver, but with a paralysing phobia of sunken ships? Find out how this experienced diver overcame a deeply rooted terror to discover diving she never thought could be possible…

#bucketlist

#features

LIQUID ART

From melting Salvador Dali sponges to whale sharks and unbelievable muck critters, Sulawesi offers a rare opportunity to visit some genuine wonderlands underwater

STRAIGHT OUT OF WONDERLAND

The poster child for underwater psychedelia, divers really DO get hooked on nudibranchs. But there is so much more to them than trippy Technicolour – they are hermaphrodites with crazy, hooked penises, and some have acid glands to fight off predators! Have you been underestimating these little dudes? Find out!

10 UNDERWATER WONDERLANDS

Asia Pacific offers fantastical realms of other-worldly topography. Discover magical caverns, moody mangroves, hidden lakes and unimaginable reef formations…

#conservation

On The Brink

DUGONGS

Gentle giants, these incredible vegetarian mammals inspired myths of Sirens – devious mermaids who would lure sailors to a watery demise. But these adorable marine nomads are under threat, and saving their habitats means saving so much more…

Front Line

DISCOVERING VANUATU’S DUGONGS

There is a chance that the wild dugongs of Vanuatu could provide the greatest hope for the survival of these mythical creatures, but until we know more about them, their populations remain in peril. One tiny NGO is trying to make sure there are dugongs in Vanuatu for years to come, with just a little bit of backing and a hell of a lot of dedication.

11th Hour Hero

Christina Shaw

Ever wondered what it takes to be fighting the good fight, and living a life dedicated to saving the oceans’ creatures? We’ve got the low down on the dugong champion of Vanuatu!

#scuba101

Ask the Experts

HOW MANY FISH IN THE SEA?

The answer is not what you might expect! In fact, it’s not what the scientists expected either when they asked this very same question…!

First Timers

10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT DIVE OPERATOR

Have you ever been overwhelmed with choice when trying to decide who to dive with, or, more importantly, which dive shop to choose to help you take your dive education further? Well you can rest assured, Simon Pridmore is here to make making that choice a breeze.

Health

BANISH THE PANIC

Did you realise that with a simple breathing technique, you can master your body’s mechanisms and make sure you are always cool under pressure – topside AND underwater? Learn the secret here!

#sealife

I AM THE WALRUS

Able to eat up to 4,000 clams in one sitting, named “tooth walking seahorse”, meet the inspiration for one of the most memorable characters in the famous book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and find out where to see them in the flesh!

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