Papua New Guinea The island in the clouds

Papua New Guinea Panorama

Papua New Guinea is located between Indonesia and Australia, on the equator. A land covered for three quarters by rainforest and mountains over 4,000 meters. They called it “the island in the clouds”, because at dawn and dusk, in the Highlands, between clouds and mists only sprout tops of mountains… Continue reading

A paradise of the Earth Raja Ampat - Four Kings

Manta Ray Papua Raja Ampat

I first stepped foot in this great place over 17 years ago when it was still under the name of Irian Jaya. Landing at the airport on a small island close to Sorong, getting off the plane feeling lucky that the plane even landed then being approached by all these… Continue reading

Soft Bottoms Sand, Mud and Detritus: the environments less known to divers

Diving into sand, mud and detrites

About 75 percent of the coasts of our planet is occupied by the sands. Resulting from erosion or other volcanic or geological phenomena in general, the debris are transported to the sea by rivers and accumulate so and to varying degrees according to the locality. In some areas, such as… Continue reading

Malapascua Island – Philippines A macro photography heaven

Malapascua Philippines

Malapascua is a Filipino island, situated in the Visayan Sea, located across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. Malapascua is a tiny island (± 2.5 kilometers long,1 kilometer wide), and has eight hamlets in the center of the island. The trip to Malapascua can be a… Continue reading

Anilao is a must

Anilao - Philippines

I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Anilao, Philipines with its rich biodiversity of marine lives. Manila sits on an archipelago just at the edge of the Asian continent, some 14° 35′ N, 121º 00 E’. It’s 1,100 km or 2 hours flight time from Hong Kong, 2,200 km or… Continue reading

The weird & wonders of muck diving Tips, Techniques and Destinations

Nudibranch - Costasiella

The term “tropical” diving generally conjures images of crystal clear, warm water flowing over beautiful, lush coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. “Muck” diving is a different experience altogether! Basically, it means rummaging around in sandy, muddy, murky areas among discarded bottles, old tires, pizza boxes…all manner of garbage, in… Continue reading