Welcome to My Fiji

Its as if Pieces of Heaven Have Dropped from the Sky by Jack and Sue Drafahl Now, open your eyes and see your dream become reality. Welcome to Fiji! Scattered over the South Pacific, its 330 islands are welcoming more and more dive travelers every year. Once they find Fiji, it becomes embedded in their…


Two Worlds of Fiji

Above and Below the Water, It’s a Feast for the Senses Text and Photography by Jack and Sue Drafahl A beam of light stabbed through the darkness. It seemed to be meticulously searching for something as it moved across the ocean floor. A second light beam appeared just beyond the first, silhouetting the first diver.…


South Pacific Interlude

Exploring new frontiers off Niue TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASEY MAHANEY AND ASTRID WHITE MAHANEY Divers tend to be natural explorers, always in search of yet another frontier. Having already traveled the world’s oceans, we were excited about an exploratory trip to remote Beverage Reef, southeast of the island of Niue in the South Pacific.…


The Friendly Face of Fiji

It is dark, we are tired from our long journey, and yet our spirits are immediately lifted by the sound of a Fijian welcome song drifting out to our small skiff. Pulling ashore we are greeted with fragrant flowers and hardy handshakes. We have never met before, but we are enveloped like family as the…


A Ride Through the Food Chain

by Clay H. Wiseman We landed in Nadi on the west coast of Viti Levu, the largest of the three hundred islands that make up the archipelago of Fiji. As I moved across the tarmac my head swam with the sights and smells of wild orchids, frangipani, hibiscus, ginger plants and impossibly tall palm trees…


Prepare for Sensory Overload

Probing the Outer Limits Aboard Spoilsport Simply put, the Coral Sea has some of the best diving in the world. Other destinations may have individual specialties, but the Coral Sea has more ticks on that all-important list of what divers want than most other places in the world. Good underwater visibility? The Coral Sea has…


Explore the BISMARCK SEA

Two Live-Aboards and a Land-Based Resort at the Outer Limits of the Diving World! by Bill Gleason How do you ruin a good breakfast on a world-class live-aboard? Have someone yell ‘Orcas!’ and watch what happens. On a recent trip to New Guinea, our breakfast was shattered with that one word. First the cabin emptied…


Tropical North Queensland

The Heart of the Great Barrier Reef Text and Photography by Bob Halstead G’day mate! Want to know the best place in the world if you want to take a Captain Cook at tropical fishes? Fair dinkum, it’s Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, particularly the section between Townsville and Lizard Island, which includes Cairns, Australia’s diving…


Whales of Rurutu

        Lionel and Talley Pozzoli By Lionel and Talley Pozzoli There are Humpback Whales all around us as we try to approach, but we are completely ignored. We are about to give up when three excited animals surface right next to the boat. Eric immediately recognizes Blanche and her calf (she is called Blanche…


Fiesta Inn

LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS, EASY ACCESS TO COZUMEL’S BEST DIVING by Rick Frehsee If it looks like a fish, swims like a fish and smells like a fish; sometimes it is a fish. Before I lose you completely, let me tell you how this relates to a recent conversation I had with some friends; a group of…