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SCUBA Travel release 2016 Scuba Best Sellers List
Revealed: The 10 most popular Scuba Diving books and DVDs of 2016



Princess Cruises given record fine for dumping oil at sea
Princess Cruise Lines will pay a US$40m penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters.



The best dive sites of Baja California
Baja California is a peninsula jutting out below the American state of California and separating the Pacific from the Sea of Cortez. It has some beautiful diving, especially in Los Cabos, Cabo Pulmo and the Revillagigedo Islands.



Mussel-strong glue bonds underwater sensors
Mussels secrete a combination of natural liquid superglues and stretchy fibres, called byssal threads, that works equally well in saltwater and freshwater; can stick to both hard and soft surfaces; and is strong enough to withstand the roughest sea conditions.



Hacker, the humpback whale who got tangled in an internet cable
Hacker the humpback whale, so named because it spent a day and a half entangled in a subsea internet cable.



Best diving in Thailand - the Andaman Sea
From now until April is the time to visit the best dive sites of Thailand - in the Andaman Sea. The marine reserves have re-opened and the diving season just begun.



Porpoises plan their dives and can set their heart rate to match
Two captive harbour porpoises called Freja and Sif have helped to reveal that porpoises - and probably all cetaceans - consciously adjust their heart rate to suit the length of a planned dive.



Morocco climate summit looks to the ocean for solutions
Conserving ocean ecosystems can play an important role in combatting climate change - and one that is increasingly being recognised.



Seismic surveys kill scallops
Researchers found repeated exposure to air gun passes were found to significantly increase mortality in scallops



Diving Colombia
Colombia has diving in both the Caribbean and Pacific. The driest time to go to the Pacific side is January, February, March or the middle of August. For the Caribbean, April to November is best. Some of the best diving on Colombia's Caribbean coast is at San Andres and Providencia Islands. The coral reef here is said to be the world's third largest. The area is in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. The Pacific coast offers more challenging diving, with stronger currents. You are more likely to see big stuff like sharks, tuna and even humpback whales here. World class dive sites include Malpelo, a remote seamount 500 kilometres west Colombia, famous for schooling hammerheads and silky sharks. Only one liveaboard visits at a time and soon the only liveaboards going will operate out of Colombia. It can be dangerous diving Malpelo on a boat with inexperienced crew. A tragic incident occurred this year when divers were lost. We recommend only going with a reputable liveaboard like the Yemaya.



Bleached corals in the Pacific make small step to recovery
The remote island of Kiritimati last year had only 5% of its corals alive and healthy. Now that has improved slightly to 6-7%. The rest are still either dead or bleached.



Thailand diving season starts - find a liveaboard to the best dive sites
From now to April is the best time to dive the Andaman sea - the weather is calm and the visibility good. The best dive sites are reached by liveaboard boat.



SCUBA News 197 now up
Latest issue of SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) now up at http://scuba.im/2fUl1MJ



Future Deep Sea Mining Sites Are Bursting With Rare Marine Species
The area is full of rare metals, but a new study shows it's a hub for deep-sea diversity, too



For big pelagics dive Brazil
From manta rays to whale sharks, offshore Brazil has world-class diving



Is mislabelling good for fish?
It's no secret that mislabelling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label.



Diver found alive after spending 14 hours overnight in the ocean
The man, 68, went missing diving the SS Yongala wreck off the Queensland coast but was found 50km away the next day



Terrific Diving at the Deep South Atolls of the Maldives
Most Maldives liveaboards visit the Central Atolls of the Maldives. What if we want to be different and explore the diving deeper in the south?



Where to dive in the Turks and Caicos?
The Turks and Caicos island chains are separated by the 1.8km-deep Turks Island Passage where humpback whales migrate. The islands are famous for their wall dives dropping off down to the deeps



Squid - the Prawn Cocktail of the 21st Century - but is it OK to eat?
Squid from Japan gets the green light for sustainability but you should treat calamari from other fisheries with caution.



10% off diving Bali
Quote ScubaTravelUK1617 to get 10% off diving Bali, free rental gear and an AquaMarine Goodie-Bundle.



Careers in Scuba Diving - Meet the Author
Kenneth Tuttle Wilhelm gives invaluable advice for anyone considering working in the diving industry. He discusses burnout, finding lucrative sidelines and the best places to work and dive.



Robomussels monitor climate change
Robot mussels have the shape, size and colour of actual mussels, but have miniature built-in sensors that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.



Bull shark seen in Mississippi
One of the extraordinary things about bull sharks is that they are as happy in freshwater as they are in the sea. They have even been seen far inland up the Mississippi river. Many spend time in the freshwater Lake Nicaragua - jumping up the river like salmon to get there.



10 Percent Off Diving Insurance
Get 10 percent off diving insurance - including travel, equipment, technical diving, dive professional liability - with no depth limits



Welcome Local Dive Thailand to the SCUBA Travel site
Phuket's leaders in scuba diving day trips and PADI courses



Where to scuba dive in Antigua?
The sea is always warm in Antigua. One side of the island is good for learning to dive, the other for experienced divers.



Accommodation for Divers in Dominica
The diving in Dominica currently is nearly all on the Caribbean side of the island, so that is where to base yourself. Although there is good diving throughout Dominica, the best is in the South. We'd recommend spending some time in all areas: North, South and Middle. It is only a small island and you can travel from one end to the other in a couple of hours.



Why dive in Oman?
The Sultanate of Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. Tourism is on the rise, with diving being one of Oman's attractions.The coastline extends 1700 km and borders three seas - the Arabian or Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The capital is Muscat (Masqat), in the North East. There are probably between 1300 and 1500 different species of fish to be found in the coastal waters of Oman.



Scuba Diver's Guide to Indonesia
What you need to know before visiting Indonesia: scuba diving, tipping, visas, currency, children. Where to go and how to get there.



Blue whales' unique feeding habits revealed by sensors
Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on tiny creatures. How they do this is only just being uncovered.



Sharm el-Sheikh flights to resume soon?
The British Government should lift the ban on travel to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a crumbling tourism industry in the region could leave it "vulnerable to radicalisation", the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt told the Daily Telegraph.



Ocean Art Underwater Photography Contest 2016 Now Open
Enter the Ocean Art underwater photography competition to win one of $75000 of prizes.



Beneath India's Islands
Isolated and unspoilt, India's Lakshadweep and Andaman Islands have fabulous diving.



When and where to dive in the Maldives
Serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo. The best option for divers though is a liveaboard.



Revealed: Why Malta and Gozo have some of the best dives in Europe
Year round diving, clear waters and $75 off diving - read more



The two sides of diving the Dominican Republic
Atlantic or Caribbean? Wrecks, reefs or caves?



70% of Great Barrier Reef visitors are there to see it before it goes
Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.



Welcome Lanzarote Dive Centre to the SCUBA Travel site
Friendly, professional dive centre, customer focused on safe fun diving for beginners to pros and tec divers alike.



Oceana completes Malta marine survey - identifies hundreds of species
Oceana has concluded its at-sea research in Malta to explore deep-sea areas, underwater caves and sandbanks. Findings include species that hadn't previously been recorded in the Mediterranean.



Maldives citizen science aims to protect turtles
Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, five species have been recorded in the Maldives. A new paper recommends stringent protection measures for the Maldives' turtles, including strict penalties for anyone catching or killing turtles or collecting eggs.



World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites
From the sardine run to swimming pigs - a diver's wish-list for finding the very best underwater wildlife experiences.



Diving the Canary Islands
Thanks to the Canary current bringing nutrient-rich upwellings, the Canary islands have lots of sea life and great underwater architecture created by lava flows



Diving Unspoilt Papua New Guinea
The diving in Papua New Guinea is spectacular - with waters jam-packed full of fish



Personal care products "still polluting oceans with microbeads despite company promises"
A ranking of the world's 30 largest personal care companies, published today by Greenpeace, shows that big brands are failing to remove microplastics from their products.



Cocos Islands - World Class Diving at World Heritage Site
300 miles off Costa Rica the Cocos Islands are a great place to see pelagic species like marlin, sailfish and sharks when they visit the islands to feed and mate.



Whale sharks added to endangered species list
Whale sharks and slender hammerheads are nearer extinction due to human actions.



Diving Providenciales - what to expect
In the Turks and Caicos islands - insider tips for getting the best out of a diving trip to Provo island



Lionfish begin invasion into Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus already colonised
Scientists urge divers to remove Mediterranean lionfish as they are a huge threat to native species



The most intelligent invertebrate - what can the octopus do?
The octopus can remove lids from child-proof bottles, unlock and open boxes and recognise people - shaking hands with some and squirting water at others.



Welcome Manta Divers to the SCUBA Travel Site
With some of the cheapest prices in the Maldives, Manta Divers are on the island of Guraidhoo in the South Male Atoll.



Diving in Italy
Read divers' reviews of dive centres around Italy. Where to go and which to choose.



Underwater robot could help in search and rescue
One use for a robot like this is during underwater search and rescue operations. The robot modules could split up and search for survivors and recombine to lift heavy objects and open a passageway.



Great Barrier Reef - best liveaboard or dive operator?
Read real divers' reviews of diving Australia's Great Barrier Reef



Malaysia creates its largest marine park in diving hotspot
Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Marine Park - its largest yet. In the coral triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1 million hectares of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass and fishing grounds including more than 50 islands.



$75 off diving
Use for training, kit hire, guided dive or liveaboard anywhere in world



More fish in Indonesia shark sanctuary
Good news for Indonesia's shark sanctuary: sharks and other fish are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions according to a new study. Bad news for the people who fish for a living - they sometimes turned to crime to make ends meet.



This Week: 33% off Advertising for Dive Shops
Over 40000 people visit the SCUBA Travel site each month looking for information on diving. Wouldn't you like them to know about your dive company? You can lock into our low prices for the life of your advert - no price increases ever!



Best dive operator in the Philippines?
More reviews from divers in the Philippines. Find which get the 5 fish rating and which to avoid.



Time to dive the Galapagos
Darwin and Wolf islands have the largest concentration of sharks in the world, and their marine protection has just been stepped up. If you haven't been - go now.



Dive Palau : The Shipwrecks
The wrecks of Palau are revealed by Rod Macdonald in this newly published book. Each wreck is covered in detail and is supported by underwater photography and great illustrations by renowned artist Rob Ward.



Save $75 on scuba diving
We've teamed up with Divebooker to offer you $75 off diving anywhere, anytime in the next 12 months. You can use it against training, dive packages or liveaboards.



Nearly 100 of the world's 500 shark species are found around Cuba
The coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves in Cuba are amongst the most intact marine ecosystems in the region



Thailand closes Similans island to divers and other tourists
All 17 marine national parks in the Andaman Sea will be closed from next Monday to Saturday 15 Oct during the monsoon season - that's over 60% of coral reefs. But even after the rest re-open, Koh Tachai will remain off-limits.



Albania - Europe's next big diving area?
The Republic of Albania is opposite the heel of Italy and north of Greece. It borders the Mediterranean, with the South-West of Albania on the Ionian Sea and the North-West on the Adriatic. Many dive sites in Albania have yet to be explored. It is a new area for diving, but the number of dive centres is increasing.



Galapagos Islands home to largest shark biomass in the world
The islands of Darwin and Wolf in the far north of the Galapagos Marine Reserve though, are known for their large shark abundance, making them a global scuba diving and conservation hotspot. New study has found that they are home to the largest shark biomass on the planet



Why do so many dive shops in Bali have the top '5 fish' rating
What is it about the dive shops of Bali? Loads of them have the top "5 fish" rating awarded by divers



Florida's coral reefs rapidly wasting away under stress of climate change
Accelerated acidification of coastal waters has brought about structural decline of only reef in continental US, initially pegged by scientists at around 2050.



Revealed: Best Dive Shops and Liveaboards in the Philippines
Which dive operator to choose in the Philippinees? Read today's divers' ratings and reviews.



Diving Tioman Island - What to Expect
If loads of fish and nudibranchs are your thing, then Tioman island in Malaysia is the place for you.



Jellyfish stings: treat with hot water not cold
Jellyfish stings are responsible for more deaths than shark attacks each year. Even mild stings can hurt for hours to days and leave lasting scars. According to some estimates, more than 150 million people are stung by jellyfish each year. New research shows that applying hot packs or immersing in hot water is much better for treating jellyfish stings than cold water which was previously widely recommended.



Right whales threatened by planned seismic surveys
A series of seismic surveys for oil and gas planned for the mid- and southeastern Atlantic coastal areas of the United States pose a substantial threat to one of the world's rarest whales, according to a group of renowned marine mammal scientists urging a halt to the surveys.



Diving the Bay Islands of Honduras
The best diving in Honduras is in the Bay Islands. These comprise Roatan, Utila and Guanaja which are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Of these, Utila has the better diving, and has the added advantage of being cheaper than Roatan.The best time to dive the Bay Isands is April and May when the weather is warm and dry. You might see whale sharks at any time of the year but mid February to April are the peak months. Sea temperatures are warm throughout the year, at coldest it is 26 oC at the surface (January and February).



Tuna industry calls for a cut in yellowfin catch
It's got so bad that even the big tuna fisheries are calling on the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to reduce catches of yellowfin tuna.



Crossover Scuba Diving Qualifications
24 scuba diving agencies compared - CMAS v BSAC v PADI v NAUI v SAA v ANDI v ACUC v RAID v NASE...



IUCN Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 now Open
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched its 2016 Oceans Photography contest. Photographers are invited to submit up to three photos in six categories, including marine life, destinations, human impact and marine conservation.



Underwater robots make independent decisions
When acoustic sensors aboard an autonomous underwater vehicle detected the right size and concentration of squid, it triggered a mission: to report the robot's position in the water and then map the area in finer detail.



The best scuba dive sites in Bali
Although small Bali has a wide variety of dive sites, some suiting beginners and others with fierce currents and only for experienced divers. Highlights include Tulamben's awesome Liberty wreck, the reef manta rays of Nusa Penida and the fascinating macro marine life of Tulamben and Seraya Secrets.



Subscience Inc - World's first Haircare especially for Divers
Subscience Inc. are aware of the damaging affects water, sun and salt have on the hair and skin. At their laboratories, they have researched and tested unique formulations with divers, snorkellers and hair care professionals. Their comprehensive hair care system is formulated for SCUBA divers and water enthusiasts.



GPS signal used for sat-navs could improve knowledge of ocean currents
For the first time sea level has been mapped from space using GPS reflections.



Revealed: the best Portuguese dive sites
As well as the diving around mainland Portugal, there is also splendid diving in the Azores and Madeira archipelagos which sit way out in the Atlantic.



Welcome Dive Funatics Philippines to SCUBA Travel
"Conveniently located, just about 30 minutes away from Cebu City. The dive team are passionate about diving, not for the money. Transparent dealings, no hidden costs, no sugar coating."



Lion's Mane Jellyfish: Big and Dangerous
With tentacles up to three metres long and covered with stinging cells, it's better not to get too close to the Lion's Mane jellyfish. It's body can be 2 metres across, making it one of the largest species of jellyfish.



Motorboat noise halves reef fish survival rate
The rate at which predators capture fish doubles when boats are motoring nearby



Third off advertising for diving companies: 5-30% ctr
Over 40000 people visit the SCUBA Travel site each month looking for information on diving. Wouldn't you like them to know about your dive company?



Consider Palau - one of the best diving spots on Earth
Palau offers world-class diving with sea walls, sheer drop-offs, caves and an exuberance of marine life.



Marine Life in the Red Sea: Identifying Fish, Invertebrates, etc
With around 1000 species of fish and 150 species of coral, the Red Sea is rich in marine life. Photo guide to animals you might see there.



Where in the World are the 10 Best Wreck Dives?
Revealed - the top ten wreck dives on the planet



Blackwater Image wins Ocean Art Underwater Photography Contest
Extraordinary blackwater photo of an eel larva, which has been photographed a handful of times before, wins the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo contest. Organised by the Underwater Photography Guide, the competition saw over $70,000 of prizes awarded to 75 underwater photographers.



$7 Million Prize for developing Ocean Explorer
A global competition is challenging teams to design an underwater vehicle to explore the deep sea. It must map the seafloor, produce images of specific objects, identify archeological, biological or geological features and, for a bonus, track a chemical or biological signal to its source.



Tagging Seals Improves Ocean Weather Forecasts
Elephant seals improve weather forecasts by up to 6%



Revealed - the World's Top 100 Dive Sites
Compiled from divers' votes, SCUBA Travel have updated the definitive list of the best dive sites on the planet.



Stealthy cuttlefish use electric cloaking
Newly discovered weapon in cuttlefish camouflage armoury: electric cloaking



Best Winter European Diving?
Canary Islands are warm, have good vis and the most diverse array of sharks and rays in the EU.



Diving with Crocodiles
Botswana - that land-locked country. Not the first place you might think of for a diving holiday. But you can now go diving with Nile Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta!



Scuba Bestsellers of 2015
SCUBA Travel are pleased to release the list of the 2015 best selling SCUBA books and dvds.



Scuba diving incidents up in 2015
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) has published its Annual Diving Incident Report for 2015. This year's report records a total of 226 incidents, up by ten on last year. However, fatalities were the lowest for twenty years.



The fast and deadly Great Barracuda is Creature of the Month
The Great barracuda is amongst the top predators in their environment and use very highly developed smell and vision senses to locate their prey. When attacking, the barracuda will charge at fast speed (approximately 12 ms-1) and ram their target. They then unleash the power of their jaws which allows them to slice through their prey, even those larger than the barracuda itself. The jaw of the barracuda is formed in such a way that the upper and lower jaws form rows of teeth. The top jaw has smaller serrated teeth on the outside and larger canines on the inside, and the teeth of the lower jaw fit between them when the mouth is shut. When the jaw closes this acts like scissors and slices through prey with ease.



Where and why to dive in Cuba?
Nearly 100 of the world's 500 shark species are found around Cuba. The Cuban government is currently developing new measures to both protect the most vulnerable species and guard against overfishing of all shark species in Cuban waters.



Corals which store fat cope better with global warming
Study reveals that corals which store fat are more able to survive bleaching events.