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pen ink well goldWhat's New in the World of Diving  ... a note from Dom

With the recent flurry of diving world news we're having a tough time keeping up  .... especially as we were revamping this section of the website !   However, we've now caught up with bringing you info on the newest liveaboards & destinations.  As always, we've included some news about our seas.   I hope you'll find something here to whet your whistle and get you out there diving !

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

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A sad history ...

In 1946, following the end of World War II, the United States gathered together a “mock” naval fleet in order to test the effects of atomic bomb blasts on a large naval fleet.   They named it Operation Crossroads and designated Bikini Atoll to be one of the sites for the explosive tests, with the local inhabitants displaced to another atoll.  Between 1946 and 1958, the United States tested a grand total of 67 nuclear weapons on the Marshall Islands, of which ‘Castle Bravo’ on Bikini Lagoon in 1954 is the best-known. This 15-megaton TNT hydrogen atomic bomb was a thousand times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It left a crater in the lagoon of 2 kilometres wide and 76 metres deep. 

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Cuba - Gardens of the Queen

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Pristine diving

The reality is that getting to Cuba is still a bit of a challenge for Americans.  Perhaps due to this fact, Cuban waters still have few divers and this translates to tranquil diving in clear, crystalline waters.   Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) has been protected since the revolution and contains healthy & colorful corals, large schools of fish, enormous groupers and a thriving shark population.   You'll whiz along underwater with powerful predators.  Mangroves offer protection to many species … particularly juveniles.   Huge sponges & super-healthy corals amaze everyone ... and shallow, turquoise-blue lagoons and secluded beaches enchant. 

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Cuba - Walls of Zapata, Bay of Pigs

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 2003, Zapata, Bay of Pigs, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Zapata peninsula contains the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean.  Covering 1.5 million acres, the immense Zapata Biosphere Reserve includes marshes, mangroves, coral reefs and forests that includes crocodiles, birds, shellfish, turtles, and countless plants that make conservation in this region a top priority.  The protected wetlands attracts thousands of migrating birds that use this area as a stopover when migrating between North and South America.   Its natural wonders include rare manatees, endangered Cuban crocodiles, more than 900 plant types, 14 vegetation formations and more than 200 different bird, mammal and reptile species.   

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Oman ... nutrient-rich waters

So, you've dived nearly everywhere in the world and you're wondering "Where next ... ?"  Let's talk Oman where the waters here have long offered divers multi-hued, healthy corals, rays & sharks & dolphins, huge schools of oversized fish ... a resident group of humpback whales ... and passing whale sharks ... with little diving infrastructure.   We are now representing two liveaboards, the new Oman Aggressor and the totally refurbished & lovely Saman Explorer.   Each vessel has multiple itineraries which follow the seasons and the animals to ensure you get the best of the diving all year round

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Derawan Islands, Indonesia

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Remote & alluring Celebes Sea

The Derawan Islands are located off the eastern coast of the island of Borneo (in Indonesia's Kalimantan province) in the famous Celebes Sea.  The main islands in the archipelago, Derawan, Maratua, Kakaban and Sangalaki, are small and remote atolls with sandy banks.  This special place is considered the second most biodiverse place in the world.

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Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea

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Looking for a truly novel diving experience ?

Worldwide Dive & Sail has recently bought the Taka liveaboard which has been serving the Solomons and will be navigating the vessel from the Solomons to Papua New Guinea (and back) each year in the spring / summer .... to explore sites between the 2 countries ... and to dive some of the best of Solomons & PNG.   This itinerary is designed to capture the best of known dive sites along the route as well as to seek out new sites & to put them on the map, so to speak.  Some may have currents so divers should be comfortable with currents and adventurous of spirit !

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