Dreaming of leaving it all behind and escaping to a paradise island? You’re not alone!

Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA is right there with you, giving you the intel on some of the region’s most magical islands. Looking for teeming seas and stunning topside topography? You won’t believe how close some of these places are!

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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

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