Elemental Passions in the Blue World of the Shark: Moorea

Text by Ty Sawyer For divers off Moorea, the clear waters of the lagoon are never far away. Photo/Ty Sawyer Approaching the sharp profiles of Moorea by ferry from Tahiti, it occurred to me that the mere presence of this island has an uncanny ability to stir the heart. The lagoon surrounding Moorea is equally…


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Articles Romantic Getaways – Tahiti

My dive buddy was kicking along behind like a minnow following a whale. I bolted after them, kicking hard to catch up. Pulling alongside, I snapped photos as quickly as my strobes could recycle (and sometimes faster). The manta’s wingtip swept up and down within inches of my lens. He was out for a leisurely…


The Forgotten Paradise of the Solomon Islands

Diving with Bilikiki Cruises by Jack and Sue Drafahl When underwater photographers talk about the Pacific, one name always appears at the top of the wish list; The Solomon Islands. This cluster of more than 900 islands just east of Papua New Guinea is thick with the mystery and excitement of undiscovered diving treasures. In…


Secret Gardens

by Chris Newbert My first awareness of the Solomon Islands came when I was very young, from watching World War II movies on television. Bad actors in heroic roles fought bravely for victory on Guadalcanal. I had the vaguest comprehension back then of what the war was about, and it would be years before I…


Exploring Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea and Beyond

Aboard the Febrina Text and Photography by Stephen Frink In August of 1996 I was able to fulfill one of my long time underwater photographic ambitions by diving in Papua New Guinea. This would be a significant trip in terms of time and travel expense and I wanted to make sure I made the right…


Delving into the Bismarck Sea

Exploring Virgin reefs Aboard Star Dancer Several months ago I was invited by Peter Hughes to join a very special live-aboard charter. It was to be an exploratory mission setting out from Papua New Guinea’s famed Walindi Plantation Resort, destined for dive sites around Rabaul;most seldom seen and many never before explored. The purpose of…


Papua New Guinea Splendor in the Bismark Sea

Day 1 The town of Rabaul, once considered the loveliest in all of Papua New Guinea, is in places still a somber war zone, buried under tons of deep, volcanic ash. Flat, featureless fields of gray are punctuated by upthrust ruin: here, the broken trunk of a coconut palm; there, concrete stairs of a collapsed…


Factbook: Vanuatu

  Geography Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia Geographic coordinates: 16 00 S, 167 00 E Map references: Oceania Area: total : 14,760 sq km land: 14,760 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes more than 80 islands Area – comparative: slightly larger than Connecticut Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 2,528…


Factbook: French Polynesia

  Geography Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W Map references: Oceania Area: total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls) land: 3,660 sq km water: 507 sq km Area – comparative: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut Land boundaries: 0 km…