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Ivana and Janez

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

by Ivana and Janez - 20th February 2018
As a Mares Ambassador, I had the honour of being a part of an extraordinary expedition, organised by the Ocean Geographic Explorer Foundation. The org...

Photographer engulfed in manta ray mating dance in Yap, Micronesia

by b_rad - 12th February 2018
One of the greatest shows underwater is seeing Yap's resident manta ray population fully engaged in courtship - "dancing mantas". This is an underw...

Where None Have Gone Before!

by David - 8th September 2017
It's not every day that you get to dive a new site which is not only new for you, but new to diving, period, and to do so with the new MARES QUAD comp...

Underwater robot begins one-year mission

by Mares - 28th July 2016
Autonomous deep-sea robot at work Deep on the Arctic seabed, an autonomous deep-sea robot has been hard at work, having recently started its one-y...

UK Inland Diving Locations Case Study – Stoney Cove

by Cat - 27th July 2016
The fact that the United Kingdom is an island, should mean that costal diving locations are plentiful and varied enough to keep the bu...
Ivana and Janez

Mares XR – Review

by Ivana and Janez - 20th March 2018
The Mares XR1 Kevlar Dry Suit, Active Heat Vest and Extreme Undergarment have been used in a year-long ultimate endurance test at Weissensee, the high...
Ivana and Janez

Icy Adventures

by Ivana and Janez - 9th March 2018
When you think of diving under the ice in Europe, what first comes to mind is Lake Weissensee, located in the Austrian province of Karnten. This glaci...

The need for “back-ups”

by Cat - 5th March 2018
After returning from a recent scuba training event in the Red Sea it reminded me that each year literally millions of people flock to the warm water...
Ivana and Janez

XR from the Diver’s Point of View

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd March 2018
When you look back in your logbook and see thousands of recorded dives, you may think to yourself ‘What more could I possibly learn about diving?’...
Franco and Sabrina

The Island of Santa Maria

by Franco and Sabrina - 27th February 2018
Islands in the current of an endless ocean (Part Two) Read Part 1 here Santa Maria In the Azores' archipelago, days take their cue from t...

The Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine and MaresLAB in Belgrade

by Predrag - 13th February 2018
The idea of founding the Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine came in 1994 from the company HOLYWELL NEOPREN. The idea was born from a knowledge of the po...
Ivana and Janez

Mantas – the gentle giants of the seas

by Ivana and Janez - 7th February 2018
Manta rays – the diver's dream. Belonging to the family Mobulidae, there are two species of Manta Ray often seen and admired by divers: Manta birost...

Wild Papua – Looking for history

by Damir - 29th January 2018
Raja Ampat, best known for its diversity of marine life, can best be described as a coral reef on steroids: 75 percent of all known coral can be found...
Ivana and Janez

Blackwater Night Dive

by Ivana and Janez - 24th January 2018
To most divers, a night dive is their favourite kind of dive. Everything becomes pacified at night. The lamps we use on night dives highlight the true...

Dive into the underwater world of Milford Sound

by Gerald - 22nd January 2018
We are now far at the south end of New Zealand. More specifically in the southwest, in the world of the fjords. Here, the first fjord originated in pr...

Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

by Herbert - 16th January 2018
Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the WeissenseeLatest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed under the ...

Alec Blalock and his “sunken tree treasures”

by Herbert - 20th December 2017
Rough shell, hard core How do you describe a man who is so multi-faceted and so full of stories that you can learn all about him – if that is eve...

Japan allowed to continue trade in threatened whales’ meat

by Herbert - 4th December 2017
CITIES meeting misses historic opportunity Last week, on 27 November 2017, the Standing Committee of CITES missed the opportunity to put an end to ...
Ivana and Janez

The Lions of the Ocean

by Ivana and Janez - 1st December 2017
Lionfish (Pterois spp) are represented by 12 very closely related species. These majestic and amazing looking fish are among underwater photographe...
Alejandro Andrés

Freediving Patagonia

by Alejandro Andrés - 27th November 2017
Have you ever thought about what freediving in Patagonia is like? I'm a competitive Freediver and run Freediving Patagonia, my own SSI Freedive Cen...
Ivana and Janez

Let there be light!

by Ivana and Janez - 15th November 2017
A review of the new DCT Canister underwater light from Mares' XR range! "I’m delighted with my new Mares DCT canister diving light: with 3200lm f...

Freediving: How water conditions influence our performance

by Gianluca - 14th November 2017
As all freedivers with a minimum of experience know, water conditions greatly influence our performance, and a depth easily reached in the Red Sea i...

Scientists present research results on ocean acidification

by Herbert - 31st October 2017
Ocean acidification and warming affect life in the sea In November 2017, the final phase of the German research association for ocean acidification...

What’s your approach to freediving?

by Gianluca - 27th October 2017
When we talk about freediving we often mention positive feelings, well-being and technique - but is this always true? When people are getting to know ...

Marine Snowfall at Equator

by Herbert - 13th October 2017
Detailed picture of biological particle flow to deep sea along the equator Animal excrement and parts of dead organisms constantly sink from the oc...

The “Biggest” Little Photo Workshop in the Diving Industry

by b_rad - 6th September 2017
The biggest in prizes that is. This summer some photographers are going to win almost $10,000 in Mares gear along with two week-long dive packages ...

Try Something Different – Scuba Diving and Stand Up Paddle Board

by Predrag - 28th August 2017
Before I traveled to the Cayman Islands I knew what to expect; I had been there so many times for photographic and diving adventures. As I know about...

‘Expect the unexpected’ – Underwater archaeological research around the island of Mozia, Sicily

by BGfU - 22nd August 2017
In July 2017, scientific divers of the Bavarian Society for Underwaterarchaeology (BGfU) and the Philipps University Marburg were invited by the Sop...

Macro World

by Mares - 9th August 2017
When we become divers we go through different stages in our diving adventure. We start off scared/excited (nervous-cited) of what lies ahead of us. We...
Marjan Radovic

Sea Turtle Recovery Center – Croatia

by Marjan Radovic - 7th August 2017
Recently, at the invitation of my friend Marinko Babić, I attended a unique underwater photography event. At the Verudela Lighthouse in Pula - Croat...

The living dinosaurs of the sea

by Mares - 4th August 2017
Out of the seven species of sea turtles, six have made it onto the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) red list, with two species ...

In the darkness of caverns

by Mares - 2nd August 2017
I am certain there is not a single scuba diver that has never been drawn to the dark, hidden places which appear while diving; especially when we ...

Freediving: Seas vs Lakes

by Gianluca - 31st July 2017
Often those who live near the sea don’t even think about the fact that they can go freediving in other contexts, and lakes are great training grou...

Freediving in the Mediterranean islands

by Gianluca - 24th July 2017
In Italy there are many small islands where practicing freediving is particularly pleasant. The islands near Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Aega...

The secret beauty of Nudibranchs

by Mares - 13th July 2017
Nudibranchs come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. According to various sources, there are between 2000 - 3000 different species of nudibra...

Freediving in Swiss lakes with Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 12th July 2017
Freediving often means exploring crystalline waters to see and discover the wonders of the ocean, but this is not always the case… For around 14 ye...

Diving the B-24 Liberator in Vis, Croatia

by Mares - 17th June 2017
This B-24 Liberator is the last one of the series. The undersea world around the island of Vis is without a doubt one of the areas in the Adriatic S...

Adriatic Cuttlefish

by Mares - 16th June 2017
Cuttlefish or cuttles are marine animals of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopus, and the nau...

French Connection – A freediving course with the Mares France team

by Gianluca - 15th June 2017
A super freediving course with the Mares France team. A week spent learning more about freediving but also sharing our passion for the sea. The aim...

The freediving family continues to grow

by Gianluca - 1st June 2017
Another SSI Freediving Instructor course has concluded in Lerici and the freediving family continues to grow. That which was once considered a disci...

Soča – River Diving in Slovenia

by Gerald - 21st April 2017
As a child I went to Slovenia many times. My father was a passionate fly fisherman and Slovenia in the socialist period of Yugoslavia was an abso...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 1 – Regulators

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 22nd March 2017
The Mares / SSI /rEvo Dive Expedition Team have had a few weeks to relax and now we’re back on the blog, here to give you the lowdown on some of t...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

D – Day

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 13th February 2017
Seven well prepared and highly motivated MARES/SSI/rEvo Dive Expedition Team Members, 18 pieces of checked-in luggage (lots of excess ...
Franco and Sabrina

Baikal Lake, the blue pearl of Siberia

by Franco and Sabrina - 4th January 2017
Last summer I went to the Baikal Lake in Russia and lead a group of passionate cold-water divers and amateur underwater photographers on ...

Taking the plunge at Christmas Island

by Herbert - 30th December 2016
Meeting whale sharks instead of Santa ClausOnce upon a time, there was an island, remote and distant from the rest of the world. Despite not having a...

Kelp along Southern California coastline resisted warmer temperatures

by Mares - 16th December 2016
In early 2014, when a large-scale heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since the early 1900s (...

A goodbye to Enzo Maiorca from Gianluca Genoni

by Gianluca - 21st November 2016
Dear Enzo, As you well know, under certain circumstances I don’t particularly like to say anything, it’s too easy to fall in to rhetoric or the...

Free-diving legend Enzo Maiorca dies at age of 85

by Herbert - 15th November 2016
A great fighter, a fine spirit On 21 June 1931, he was brought into this world in Syracuse, Sicily. Today, he has been laid to rest in his southern ...