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Whale sharks and hammerhead sharks go into the red

by Mares - 16th August 2016
IUCN Red List now names them as “Endangered” The July 2016 update to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of…
Alex

The elusive Basking Shark

by Alex - 30th September 2022
Last summer I headed to the tiny island of Coll, out in the Atlantic, off the west coast of Scotland.…
Ivana and Janez

Tiger Sharks

by Ivana and Janez - 15th December 2021
Tiger Sharks are one of the largest predatory sharks, shadowed only by the Great White. Female Tiger Sharks are larger…
Dan

Dan’s Dive Destinations: Shark Diving

by Dan - 31st December 2020
Diving with sharks in Fiji In my opinion, every single person should experience a shark dive just once. It can…
Ivana and Janez

Nurse Sharks: Docile or Dangerous?

by Ivana and Janez - 29th October 2019
There are various theories as to why the nurse shark is called so; one being that the sound they make…
LiveAboard

Love Bull Sharks? Try These 5 Top Dive Destinations

by LiveAboard - 11th October 2019
Bull sharks might have a bad reputation as being aggressive but diving with these sharks is a truly magical experience.…
Gerald

Eye to eye with the Tiger Shark!

by Gerald - 2nd August 2019
Cocos Island is an island far off the Pacific coast of America. The island belongs to a trio of islands…
Dan

The Islands Of Tahiti: A Whale’s Paradise

by Dan - 6th May 2019
When someone mentions Tahiti, incredible sunsets and sipping cocktails whilst relaxing on over water bungalows comes to mind. Located in…
Robert

Breathtaking Moments – The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe, August 2018

by Robert - 29th August 2018
MARES - WIRODIVE - NAUTILUS LIVEABOARDS See photos from the experience here. At DEMA 2017 I met up with Mike…
Fred Buyle

Blue Shark Tagging in the Azores

by Fred Buyle - 30th August 2017
Every year since 2005 I have been helping marine biologists do their fieldwork using my freediving skills. During the summer,…
Mares

Whale carcass causes feeding frenzy off South Africa

by Mares - 4th September 2015
Feast for both sharks and divers It's not something you come across every day: A floating whale carcass on the…
Ivana and Janez

Planting Corals

by Ivana and Janez - 1st September 2022
The importance of corals and coral reefs for life on our planet is well-known, that's why it's not surprising that the…
Alex

Marvellous Mexican Mantas

by Alex - 4th July 2022
There isn’t a more wonderful ocean creature to spend time with than the manta. Despite their huge size, these graceful…
Alex

Visitors In The Night

by Alex - 16th May 2022
Fourth dive of the day done, the liveaboard is at anchor and we’re all tucking into dinner and Lightroom! Surely…
Alex

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022

by Alex - 16th February 2022
These are a few of the stunning winners from the latest edition of the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year…
Alex

Coral Spawning and Hope in the Maldives

by Alex - 22nd November 2021
I normally plan my travel meticulously, paying special attention to the season and the lunar tidal cycle. I find this…
Ivana and Janez

The gentle giants

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd April 2021
Whale sharks are on many diver's bucket lists. I envy any diver that has been lucky enough to see one while diving.…
Damir

The Islands of Socorro

by Damir - 28th September 2020
I believe that most divers have a list of destinations they would like to visit and dive at. Socorro is…
LiveAboard

9 Great Liveaboard Destinations for New Divers

by LiveAboard - 27th January 2020
You’ve got your dive certification and the underwater world awaits you, but where do you dive first? Whether you want…
LiveAboard

Revisiting a Classic: Thailand’s 8 Best Dives

by LiveAboard - 20th December 2019
For budget-friendly tropical liveaboard diving and encounters with everything from ocean giants to tiny macro treasures, you can’t beat Thailand.…
LiveAboard

14 Marine Protected Areas to Dive in 2020

by LiveAboard - 22nd November 2019
Looking for a new dive destination for 2020? We’ve got you covered with 14 of the best marine protected areas…
Mares

Mares Interviews: Underwater Photographers Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc!

by Mares - 18th October 2018
Recently we caught up with photographers and Mares ambassadors Ivana Orlovic Kranjc and Janez Kranjc. They have been representing and…
Damir

Sea Lions – Los Islotes

by Damir - 2nd January 2018
Los Islotes island is located just 25 miles, or just over an hour’s boat ride, from La Paz. The ride…
Frank

Time Issues

by Frank - 9th May 2017
Filmmaking is not a common job. You have to be very passionate about it and that is mostly because it…
Gerald

A Playground in the Indian Ocean

by Gerald - 8th May 2017
Asia has always been my favourite region for travelling and diving. My first visit to Thailand was to Phuket in 1989.…
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…
Herbert

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…
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…
Franco and Sabrina

Good News from CITES

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th October 2016
CITES voted yesterday (4th October) on proposals to list silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and all nine…
Mares

World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations named

by Mares - 26th January 2016
Ten countries have been named as The World's Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2016 by Ethical Traveler, a nonprofit project…
Ivana and Janez

Run…Sardine Run

by Ivana and Janez - 20th June 2022
I am well aware of how privileged we are to be doing this job. This time, our passion for scuba…
Kathryn

7 easy ways to be an eco-friendly diver in 2022

by Kathryn - 6th June 2022
Whether you are diving close to home or venturing overseas, there are many easy ways you can become a more…
Kathryn

12 Great Places to go Diving in New Zealand

by Kathryn - 23rd May 2022
With more than 1,500 km of coastline and around 600 islands, hosting everything from subtropical islands to dramatic fiords, New…
Alex

Scottish Freediving Photography

by Alex - 30th August 2021
The chilly waters of Scotland do not attract many visiting divers but they should. Scotland’s geologically splintered coastline means that…
Gerald

‘Baitball’ watching in the open sea

by Gerald - 12th July 2021
"May the god of the sea spoil you with happiness and let a mighty school of fish slide over your…
Dan

Dan’s Guide To The Perfect Underwater Selfie

by Dan - 15th February 2021
Social media has taken over many people's lives and, as a result, selfies or self portraits are part of our…
Dan

Dan’s Dive Destinations: Beqa Lagoon (Fiji)

by Dan - 12th October 2020
With a population of around 900,000, the stunning tropical islands of Fiji (all 332 of them) are home to the most…
Dan

Dan’s Dive Destinations: Niue

by Dan - 14th August 2020
2400km northeast of New Zealand lies a large coral atoll, only 65 kilometres in circumference and with its highest point…
Dan

Dan’s Dive Destinations: Marlborough Sounds (NZ)

by Dan - 4th August 2020
Located at the north eastern point of the South Island and making up 150km or ⅕ of New Zealand's coastline,…
Ivana and Janez

Marine Guide to Long-term Relationships

by Ivana and Janez - 8th June 2020
Do you remember the term 'symbiosis' from your biology classes? To refresh your memory, these are interactions between organisms that…
Dan

Night Time On The Reef

by Dan - 12th May 2020
Lagoon comes from the Italian word 'laguna' meaning pond or lake. Like the name suggests, a lagoon is generally a…
Dan

Clowning around in Tahiti

by Dan - 13th December 2019
Tahiti is an incredible place famous for its sharks, whales and great diving. One of my goals for this trip…
Dan

Introducing Dan

by Dan - 16th May 2019
Kia ora! (Hello) My name is Dan and I am an underwater photographer and proud Mares Ambassador from Auckland, New…
Noam

The Sardine Run – The greatest show on Earth!

by Noam - 7th March 2019
Last year I fulfilled my biggest dream by witnessing one of the greatest natural events that our planet has to…
Ivana and Janez

Octopuses – They have it all!

by Ivana and Janez - 22nd June 2018
Who doesn’t like octopuses? They have it all: beautiful, smart and unique. These molluscs are part of the order ‘Octopoda’…
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…
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:…
Scuba Diver Girls

The Scuba Diver Girls meet some curious seals!

by Scuba Diver Girls - 14th April 2017
“What is that?!” I gasped as I felt something tug my fin. I glanced over at Stephanie who was on…