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This issue of Scuba Diver Australasia is a mouth-watering exploration of the region’s most incredible islands – dream-like places where you can get away from it all, indulging your desert island fantasies topside, and getting your water-based wildlife kicks below the waves.

So, here’s a taste of what’s in store for you when this issue washes up on your doorstep…

The Lure of Tropical Ishigaki

Featuring the little-known treasures that are the islands of Ishigaki in Japan. Bonnie Waycott and Yorko Summer explore this incredible tropical paradise, where pellucid turquoise waters are home to manta trains as well as dazzling critters.

These little Japanese islands are home to blindingly colourful fish like the scarlet-breasted Maori wrasse © Yorko Summer

These little Japanese islands are home to blindingly colourful fish like the scarlet-breasted Maori wrasse © Yorko Summer

#briefing

Get the ocean news in brief! This issue, find out about the latest predictions for rising sea levels (spoiler alert, it’s not looking good..!), find out how you could win a grant to change the face of sustainable aquaculture in Asia Pacific, and find out about the El Niño that is sweeping the world.

#portfolio

The inimitable Matty Smith – he of the homemade fibre optic “snoots”, and master of the split shot – presents a selection of his extraordinary body of work.

Strong side lighting with a single diffused strobe picks out texture. Use it on subjects with bold shapes and intricate details © Matty Smith

Strong side lighting with a single diffused strobe picks out texture. Use it on subjects with bold shapes and intricate details © Matty Smith

#bucketlist

You’ll think all your Christmases have come at once with a trip to this tiny island haven, just 500 clicks south of Jakarta. Christmas Island is a gem waiting to be discovered, as Mathieu Meur reveals…

#sealife

There is much more the Mola mola than you might imagine! Discover the facts that will make you even more keen to dive with these rare and unusual animals; did you know they are the world’s largest bony fish, they produce more eggs than any other, and can dive to incredible depths in search of their favourite food?

Fascinatingly goofy-looking, incredibly clumsy swimmers, ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, are top of the list for divers looking for unusual encounters. © Daniel Bothelo

Fascinatingly goofy-looking, incredibly clumsy swimmers, ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, are top of the list for divers looking for unusual encounters. © Daniel Bothelo

17 Magical Island Getaways in Asia Pacific

Wild and remote, or familiar and laid-back, paradise is right on your doorstep. Discover what’s waiting for you in the Forgotten Islands, Yap, or the less well-known Balicasag and Broughton. Have your mind blown by the underwater wonders of Sipadan and meet manta trains in the clear waters of Palau.

Two mantas rise to feed together. © Richard Barnden

Two mantas rise to feed together. © Richard Barnden

#conservation

Many of the world’s tropical islands are coral islands – formed from deposits of coral sand laid down over millennia – and are surrounded by protective boundaries of coral reefs. Yet corals are under threat the world over. Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA celebrates coral in On The Brink and reveals the success of the Coral Triangle Centre, dedicated to saving the region’s precious reefs and driven by the passion of one woman, Rili Djohani.

Fishing net caught on fire coral bommie, Millepora sp., in the Banda Islands. © Roger Delfts

Fishing net caught on fire coral bommie, Millepora sp., in the Banda Islands. © Roger Delfts

#wow

Stumbling on extraordinary natural behaviour and then being invited to stay and take a seat at the table is an incredible experience. Imagine this diver’s joy when three hungry turtles chowing down on an enormous jelly were unfazed enough to let her stay and take photos!

"It had now become crowded around the jellyfish and the turtles would use their flippers to push each other back with determination." © Rosie Leaney

“It had now become crowded around the jellyfish and the turtles would use their flippers to push each other back with determination.” © Rosie Leaney

DAN Asia Pacific’s Alert Diver

Revealing articles from the experts in dive safety and accident management. Read all about a case of DCS in Fiji, just how toxic sunscreen really is for the environment, and much more!

"Depending on the dive plan, a descent line is sometimes an essential piece of equipment. © Stephen Frink

“Depending on the dive plan, a descent line is sometimes an essential piece of equipment.” © Stephen Frink

#scuba101

Ask the Experts

You know all those seemingly stupid questions you’ve always had running through your head but were too afraid to ask? Well fret no more, we are tackling them for you.

Ever wondered exactly how salty the ocean really is? Well… the answer might surprise you!

This might seem like a spoiler, but it really isn’t… Did you know that the oceans are so vast, and contain so much salt that it has been estimated that if all of it could be removed it would cover every piece of land on earth with a layer as deep as a 40-storey building?

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First TimersFish

If you’ve never tried drift diving, this is the issue issue for you. Discover that the fish hold the keys to your comfort, why your buoyancy matters even more when you’re whizzing over a reef flat, and how drift diving is as close to becoming Superman as you’re ever likely to get…

#gear

Get your dose of covet-worthy kit with the latest and technology that will get you underwater!

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