Palau WehPulau Weh – A Jewel in Indonesia’s Crown

Pulau Weh? Pulau What?  How much do you know about this tiny Indonesian island? Have you even heard of it? If not, you’re missing out and here’s why. Nothing is as suggestive of a tropical island paradise as palm trees, mangroves and white sandy coves and Pulau Weh literally has […]

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My PADI Story: Daniel BichselMy PADI Story: Daniel Bichsel

We spoke to PADI Freediver Instructor, Daniel Bichsel about his freediving journey so far and how it’s shaped his life and beliefs. How did you get into freediving? Here’s the short version of a long story! As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the underwater world. […]

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What is a Coral?What is a Coral?

  Written by Guest Blogger, Nicole Helgason Corals have always captivated my attention, in particular the concept of coral restoration and growing my own underwater garden. The more I studied these alluring animals I started experiencing dive sites with new eyes, and my perception of the underwater landscape started to grow. […]

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Polluted Tourism – The State of our SeasPolluted Tourism – The State of our Seas

Written by guest blogger Helen Parkinson, a keen travel writer with a passion for marine conservation   You’re probably familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the marine monstrosity that stretches from the West Coast of North America all the way to Japan. Well, I’ve got bad news for you: last […]

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Learning to diveLearning to dive

By guest blogger, Lisa Learning to dive is an incredible experience, and most divers never forget it. Not only is it both challenging and rewarding at the same time, it can also leave you completely breathless. When learning to dive on your PADI Open Water Diver course there are some […]

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