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Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

XR Wreck Tour 2018 – Part 2

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 7th September 2018
On Monday morning we leave for the third stop. The destination is Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, in Calabria. In Stefano’s van, filled with divers and di...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

XR Wreck Tour 2018 – Part 1

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 4th September 2018
When my friend Giorgio Canepa told me about his idea to plan a week of dives, visiting some of the most interesting wrecks in the seas of southern Ita...
Herbert

Dolphins in Red Sea tormented by tourists!

by Herbert - 7th December 2017
Tourists should not swim with dolphins Swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea endangers the survival of these marine mammals, warns the GRD (Gesells...
Mares

Tourism in Sinai badly affected by recession – More than 50 dive centres have ceased operations

by Mares - 23rd February 2016
The dive industry in Sinai has been hard hit by the current recession in the tourism sector, and more than 50 dive centres have ceased operations as...
Mares

The RENEW tour travels to Paris for climate change talks in November

by Mares - 19th October 2015
At the World Climate Conference in Paris this November, world leaders will hold discussions on limiting the increase in global temperatures to no more...
Ivana and Janez

Freshwater vs marine diving

by Ivana and Janez - 13th November 2018
For more information on Marine Ecology, check out our friends at SSI! Most of us dive in a marine environment only. It is perceived as more exciting,...
Ivana and Janez

Cruisers vs Boka Kotorska Bay

by Ivana and Janez - 10th October 2018
An interview with Dr. Vesna Macic, Marine Biologist Sailing on big cruisers is becoming very popular as a means of vacation and one of the most bea...
b_rad

Mares and MantaFest 2019

by b_rad - 1st October 2018
Mantas, Sharks & UW Photo/Video Workshops in Micronesia at MantaFest 2019 - Small contest, BIG PRIZES! MantaFest is an annual event organized b...
Thomas Van Puymbroeck

Mermaids? Are they real?

by Thomas Van Puymbroeck - 27th September 2018
Are mermaids real? In the olden days, sailors believed in magical, magnificent creatures which they called 'mermaids'. Now we suspect that they pro...
Ivana and Janez

The best known wrecks of Jordan

by Ivana and Janez - 16th July 2018
It is in the northernmost part of the Red Sea, at the very tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, that Jordan reaches out to the sea. The city that dominates this ...
Ivana and Janez

The Wrecks of Karaburun

by Ivana and Janez - 15th June 2018
The small town of Karaburun is located in northwest Turkey, 650km away from Istanbul. What used to be a fishing village now has about 2,000 citizens w...
Mares

The 3rd Mares UWPM Cup

by Mares - 17th May 2018
From the 11th – 13th of May 2018, the south-western waters around the island of Krk became the venue of a prestigious underwater photography compet...
Cat

A New Cave Diver is Born!

by Cat - 16th April 2018
Cave diving... If you had asked me only last week about cave diving, my answer would have been very clear, I am not a cave diver nor do I have any ...
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 the s...
Mares

Celebes Divers, Siladen Island – Onong Resort & Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort

by Mares - 23rd February 2018
We're back with Celebes Divers Manado once again to find out what their other dive centers have to offer. At the moment they are offering 30% off b...
Mares

Celebes Divers, Manado – Mapia Resort and Spa

by Mares - 16th February 2018
We recently caught up with our friends at Celebes Divers Manado, located on the island of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. At the moment they are offerin...
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...
Damir

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...
Gerald

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...
Herbert

Dive destination Malta: Number one in Europe, number two in the world

by Herbert - 17th January 2018
"Diver Awards 2017": Egypt wins first place, the Maldives wins third place For the second time in a row, the Maltese Islands have been voted the se...
Herbert

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 ...
Franco and Sabrina

An island in the current of an endless ocean

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th January 2018
Nine islands of lava, each one different from the other; some with high coasts and fjords, inlets that seem to have been cut into the rock; others w...
Herbert

World Heritage Sites: Climate change threatens the most beautiful places on earth

by Herbert - 16th November 2017
Number of World Heritage sites affected by climate change almost doubles in three years According to a report published by the International Union ...
Franco and Sabrina

The treasures of the submerged archaeological park of Baia

by Franco and Sabrina - 10th November 2017
Can you believe that is possible to freedive and scuba dive side by side with a grouper or an octopus, among the extraordinary beauty of submerged imp...
Herbert

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...
Herbert

Florida: Shipwrecks as reef oases

by Herbert - 18th October 2017
Panama City Beach offers five historic wrecks along Panhandle Shipwreck Diving Trail Located in the northwest of Florida, Panama City Beach is prim...
Hannah

Divers call BINGO to save sharks

by Hannah - 10th October 2017
BINGO! Who knew people that love to dive and protect sharks also like to play BINGO? Apparently, my good friend Nikole did when she proposed a BINGO t...
Herbert

South Africa: Death of endangered humpback dolphin provokes controversy about shark nets

by Herbert - 30th August 2017
Shark nets are deadly traps for dolphins, sharks and other marine inhabitants The death of an endangered humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) in a shar...
Herbert

253 people creates world’s largest 3D bodypainting image

by Herbert - 21st August 2017
Last Saturday, a world record was set at Messe Wien (Viennese exhibition center). On 187 square meters, 253 people created the largest 3D bodypainting...
BGfU

Underwater Archaeological Exploration

by BGfU - 10th July 2017
The underwater archaeological exploration of a late roman shipwreck on the coast of the Istrian peninsula as part of a continuing cooperation of betwe...
Predrag

Canyoning – An extreme sport which raises adrenaline levels

by Predrag - 27th June 2017
Canyoning is one of those adventures in which you have a full sense of enjoyment while dealing with nature and all its temptations. When we talk about...
Herbert

Mandatory registration and dive restrictions – the new face of diving in Thailand?

by Herbert - 6th June 2017
Registration requirement for scuba divers Thailand is back in the limelight. This time, it is not because of its dream beaches, friendly people or ...
Herbert

Rabbitfish as trojan horses

by Herbert - 2nd June 2017
Researchers identify fish’s role in movement of invasive species For some time, invasive species have been spreading from Indo-Pacific to the Medit...
Herbert

Corals create structures to promote reef recovery

by Herbert - 31st May 2017
Complex underwater structures catch coral larvae Scientists have discovered that coral larvae are dependent on their parents. By creating nooks and c...
Herbert

Papua New Guinea: Simply a dream destination

by Herbert - 6th May 2017
Incredible biodiversity in PNG holds incredible biodiversityNorth of Australia and south of the Equator lies the independent island state of Papua Ne...
Herbert

Southern France: Best of Mediterranean diving

by Herbert - 1st May 2017
World-famous wrecks and a marine reserve When in the Mediterranean, be sure to visit Côte d'Azur in southern France, where the "Presqu'ile de Gie...
Carlo

The Gianluca Genoni Trophy: not just performance!

by Carlo - 11th April 2017
On Sunday the 9th of April 2017, the Gianluca Genoni Trophy was held in Mortara Swimming Pool, valid also for the FIPSAS elite circuit, in an atmosp...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Day 8 – The last walk under the ice

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 21st February 2017
This morning we woke up with a smile in our faces since we knew it would be a fantastic day, but also with some sadness and melancholy because we kne...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Day 1 – Arrival at Irkutsk

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 14th February 2017
The first day on site was challenging for all team members. A 7,000km flight in Economy Class through 7 time zones had messed up everybody's mutual co...
Herbert

Coral restoration in Bonaire

by Herbert - 13th January 2017
Engaging the diver to protect and restore reefs For several years, scientists have observed more and more instances of coral mortality worldwide. Th...
Herbert

Diving in Ireland

by Herbert - 5th January 2017
The Wild West of EuropeIreland has one of the world's greatest soccer fans, who most recently fervently expressed their strong support for their home...
Franco and Sabrina

Moments of a lifetime caught on camera : Snorkelling side by side with the sperm whales of the eastern Caribbean Sea

by Franco and Sabrina - 29th November 2016
This post starts our contribution to the Mares blog, to which we are absolutely grateful, and our first post is about the sperm whales of the Car...
Mares

Greenpeace gathers 24,000 signatures against oil drilling in national park

by Mares - 12th November 2016
High price for just a little oil Last week, Greenpeace activists handed over 24,000 signed postcards to Dr Robert Habeck, Minister of Energy, Agri...
Mares

Irrawaddy dolphins “functionally extinct” in Laos

by Mares - 1st November 2016
No hope left for the remaining dolphinsThe Irrawaddy dolphin has lost the battle for survival in Laos. The WWF declared the species functionally ext...
Mares

Seismic gun testing threatens world’s second largest barrier reef

by Mares - 25th October 2016
Belize begins seismic surveys at the World Natural Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef In late October 2016, Belize announced plans to conduct...
Mares

WDC partners with Walflüsterer (Whale whisperer) project to promote sustainable whale watching

by Mares - 21st September 2016
The “Walflüsterer” (Whale whisperer) project, which promotes sustainable whale-watching trips, has chosen the Whale and Dolphin Conservation’...
Mares

NABU Cruise Rankings 2016 : Cruise ships fall short in environmental protection

by Mares - 1st September 2016
People living in the Mediterranean will suffer as a result Based on the NABU Cruise Rankings 2016, all European cruise ships still have a long way t...
Cat

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...