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Red Sea diving: Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Dahab, Soma Bay, Mersa Alam, Sudan, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea sprang to life centuries ago following a movement of plates in the earth's crust, and it has been widening at a rate of 1.2 cm a year ever since. Its prolific coral growth is due to a combination of factors, including a low tidal range, a favourable water temperature, and the sun's life-giving rays, which penetrate to depths of up to 46m. In its location as the northern continuation of the African Rift Valley, it has no rivers flowing into it to disturb the water clarity. At first sight, the Red Sea's coral reefs appear to enjoy a healthy growth pattern. In 1964 Jacques Cousteau fixed a steel bubble to the reef floor at Shaab Rumi in Sudan as part of the Conshelf II Underwater Living experiment. The bubble, dubbed Cousteau's garage, was soon covered with large corals, and recent studies have revealed growth rates of up to 39cm a year. However, times are changing.
 

Indonesia diving: Menjangan Island, Gangga, Tulamben Bay, Lembeh, Manado, Bali, Komodo

Indonesia stretches across the Malay Volcanic Belt. Due to its peculiar yet fantastic nature, its complex variety of people, and its fabulous richness, it is one of the most fascinating regions on earth and offers unrivalled experiences for both divers and non-divers alike. Located in the Lesser Sunda Isles (also known as Nusa Tenggara) at the eastern end of the vast archipelago of Indonesia lies Bali, the Island of the Gods. Bali is one of the most renowned islands of Indonesia both for its magnificent diving and atmospheric cultural festivities. The island is intoxicating with its warm tropical climate, breathtaking views over active volcanoes, tranquil mountain lakes, verdant rice terraces and a stunning coastline of white sands being gently lapped with crystal blue water.
 

Malaysia diving: Mabul, layang layang, Sipadan and liveaboards

The vast archipelago of the Far East, comprising of Malaysia and Indonesia, stretches across the Malay Volcanic Belt that runs from Asia to Australia and comprises of over 17,500 islands and atolls sprawled across this expanse of ocean. Due to its peculiar and fantastic nature, its complex variety of peoples, and its fabulous richness, the archipelago is one of the most fascinating regions of the earth and offers unrivalled experiences for both divers and non-divers alike. The diversity is extreme both across the islands and under the ocean, many islands are surrounded by white sand beaches though the inland vegetation can vary from lush rainforest to sparse arid plains. A few of the volcanic islands, most famously Krakatoa, are still active throughout this extensive region, though fortunately result in long-term benefits to the marine ecosystem.
 

Galapagos Island diving and liveaboards

Located on the Equator, 625 miles from Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean lies the Galapagos Archipelago; a National Park consisting of 19 main islands and over 40 smaller islets. This archipelago rose from the sea some 9 million years ago through a combination of tectonic forces and volcanic eruptions, it continues to be one of the most active volcanic regions of our time. Being in an isolated position, the islands were untouched for millions of years which has resulted in the evolution of a number of unique ecosystems, both above and below sea level. Being on the equator, the waters surrounding these volcanic islands benefit immensely from the intersecting currents: the cold Humboldt current travelling north from Antarctica mixing with a warm current running southwards from Central America.
 
Cocos Island diving and liveaboards
A lost world lies far out into the Pacific Ocean, 260 miles Southwest of Costa Rica lies the Cocos Island; a small yet mountainous island covered in lush dense rainforest. This wondrous feature of the Pacific Ocean leapt from the depths of the sea floor through volcanic activity millions of years ago and remains to be a haven for a rich diversity of flora, fauna and marine life. The tropical rainforests are adorned with high cascading waterfalls which, along with the huge array of tropical birds break the silence of the primeval forest that is often shrouded in mist. The mountains descend steeply below the surface of the sea creating sheer walls and extensive drop-offs from which hundreds of pelagics can be encountered. Due to the lack of human inhabitants in this area the seas are free from pollutants and fishing creating the perfect environment for marine life.
 
Indian Ocean: Maldives diving, Tanzania and Mozambique diving
The Maldives: More than 7,000 low lying coral islands in a 1,200 mile chain southeast of India, the Maldives is an amazingly beautiful dive destination. About 200 islands are inhabited and several are devoted entirely to small resorts that offer average to excellent tropical reef diving with big fish action. Year-round daily temperatures are roughly 30°C and there is abundant rainfall distributed evenly from May through December. Dive sites in the Maldives are widely scattered and whilst hotel base clients only have access to a limited number of good diving spots; a far greater number can be reached by liveaboards, which is definitely the best way to explore the Maldives.

Tanzania stretches from volcanoes in the crater highlands along the Great Rift Valley to the tropical Indian Ocean, home to the spice islands of Zanzibar. You'll be able to encounter schools of oceanic fish, pelagics, mantas, large groupers, and clouds of reef fish among an extremely healthy reef system whilst studying and recording unexplored coastal reefs.

Mozambique is situated on the East Coast of Southern Africa, within the Tropic of Capricorn. It has a coastline of nearly 2500km (1550 miles) and is bordered by South Africa and Swaziland in the south, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania in the north. The diving is exquisite and you'll have the opportunity to dive with whale sharks.

 
   
 
 
   
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