About to hit the shelves, the next 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