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Mola Mola..WTfstop?

Lembongan Island. Amazing. Blue Corner Dive Resort has only been opened since July but what a place! First dive today was Mola Mola. I was in awe, in shock, mesmerized by this massive, gentle, graceful and weird looking creature. I slowly descended beneath him (33 metres and about 21 degrees ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 6

The Big Bad Wolf

Today was one of the most highly anticipated days of the trip. None of us had ever dived Wolf Rock before, but we'd all heard good things.

The protected site is a year-round home to grey nurse sharks, where mating and gestation can be witnessed ...

The swell is dropping....

...a little.

It's still hovering around the 2 metre mark but if we don't get in the water and shoot, we'll have nothing to enter into the UF11 competition.

Tonight it's a night dive with Perth Scuba at the Rockingham Wreck Trail.  It's an easy ...

Wonderful Whale Island (VIETNAM)

What good luck... the underwater festival this year fell during a long weekend in Vietnam!

Not much diving in Saigon... where to go? Nha Trang has some options - better still, Whale Island a little further north.

How to get there? Left it too late to book a flight or train ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 5

Hello Queensland!

Today was our first day of diving in the Sunshine State on the HMAS Brisbane with Scuba World out of beautiful Mooloolaba.

Mooloolaba beach

The day started with another disaster - Kieren dropping and cracking his iPhone screen while loading up the Jucy van.

poor Kieren

But luckily that was the only hiccup ...

FREE seminar by underwater Photo legend Lawrence Alex Wu

Multi award winning underwater photographer Lawrence Alex Wu who has come over from Bangkok to give a series of Underwater Photographic Workshops as part of the 2011 Underwater Festival will be presenting a FREE seminar on Thursday titled 'Strobeless Underwater Photography'

Please RSVP to info@underwaterfestival.org

When: Thursday 8 ...

Time to stop and think

Over here in Western Australia, we are reeling from another fatal shark attack. 

This one happened yesterday, early afternoon, on the popular tourist beach of Bunker Bay near Dunsborough.  The young man was bodyboarding at popular surf spot The Boneyards when he was tragically taken.  Whilst the shark wasn't ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 4

Disaster strikes

Exhaustion - after four days of diving and driving - has taken its toll, with Nick picking up his housing by the strobe arm, which wasn't locked, and dropping his housing on to the floor at Sundive in Byron Bay. Luckily, only the plastic dome port clips broke.

So ...

An unexpected and rare treat..

While some people are daunted by a 6am start to diving, it paid off today with a rare and unexpected visit by a Mola Mola. It was a quick 'hi, how you doing? I'm off again' visit but made a great start to the day.

I also continued my ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 3

Whales, dolphins and sharks - oh my!

the crew at South West Rocks 

Day three of our road trip at South West Rocks was a cracker.

 

The guys at South West Rocks Dive Centre sorted us out with tanks and weights and it was off to the marina to launch the boat.

the boat

Blue skies, calm seas and ...

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