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Ocean Optics

www.oceanoptics.co.uk

Supplier of our underwater camera housings, London based Ocean Optics is run by Steve Warren, who we’ve found to be extremely helpful and friendly. Steve is also the organiser of the annual Visions of the Sea underwater photography and film event in London.

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BSOUP (British Society of Underwater Photographers)

www.bsoup.org

Affectionately known as "B-SOUP", the British Society of Underwater Photographers is an active, diverse and progressive organisation, covering the entire spectrum of underwater photography. The website is an excellent resource.

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Thresher Shark Divers & Tepanee Resort

www.thresherdivers.com
www.tepanee.com

I enjoyed a very good ten days as a guest of Thresher Shark Divers and the Tepanee Resort. The area is unique for its reliable Thresher Shark sightings/encounters at Monad Shoals, but there’s a lot more to the diving than the sharks. Gato Island is highly recommended for spectacular underwater scenery and diverse marine life. The muck dives around Malapascua Island itself are also highly productive. It’s a great place for the discerning dive traveller wanting to get off the beaten track.

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Silver Series

www.silverseries.com.au

The Silver Series run Great Barrier Reef day trips from Cairns and Port Douglas. We chose the Port Douglas trip onboard the Silver Sonic visiting sites on the Agincourt Reef.

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Pro Dive Cairns

www.prodive-cairns.com.au

Pro Dive Cairns offer regular short liveaboard trips to the Great Barrier Reef visiting Milln and Flynn Reefs. We enjoyed the Three Sisters, Whale Bommie and Gordon’s in particular. A good trip, especially if you’ve got little time, with plenty of diving.

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Cairns Aquarius

www.cairnsaquarius.com.au

We rented an apartment at the Cairns Aquarius for our 2010 visit to Australia. It’s in a great position, right on the esplanade and very close to all the restaurants and shops.

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Lync Haven Rainforest Lodge

www.lynchaven.com.au

We enjoyed our single night stay at this rainforest lodge, north of the Daintree River. The highlight was seeing a cassowary and chick on one of the forest trails.

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Bruce Belchers Daintree River Cruises

www.daintreerivercruise.com

Our son Zac wanted to see a "salty" during his time in Australia. On this river trip, he saw several, including a couple of babies and a mature adult with bloodied teeth.

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Undara Lava Lodge

http://undara.com.au

Having read a feature about Undara in an in-flight magazine, we decided to go out to this unique lodge and national park in the outback. It’s about 4 or 5 hours drive from Cairns and choices for accommodation include staying in converted railway carriages. There’s the lava tubes themselves (fascinating), plenty of wildlife (birds, wallaroos, snakes etc), hiking trails and extinct (or dormant?) craters.

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Shadows of Mt.Cook, Cooktown

www.shadowsofmtcook.com.au

We stayed in this friendly and secluded B & B on the outskirts of Cooktown. Great continental breakfast to start the day.

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Bouley Bay Dive Centre
Kirk Truscott - Jersey Based Underwater Photographer

www.scubadivingjersey.com
www.kirkdivingpics.co.uk

Bouley Bay Dive Centre in Jersey offer a friendly and helpful dive centre facility on the island's north east shore. It's a great place to dive, especially if the conditions are calm, with a variety of topography and marine life to check out. I was paired up with massively enthusiastic local underwater photographer Kirk Truscott, who was the perfect dive guide and buddy for the two days that I dived there.

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Fathom & Blues Dive Centre

www.fathomandblues.co.uk

I’ve dived with the long established Fathom & Blues Dive Centre on several occasions over the years, to sites mostly in or around Portland Harbour. The centre is now located at the Ferrybridge Inn, and offers ample parking and snacks as well as the normal dive centre facilities.

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Lankayan Island

www.lankayan-island.com

Lankayan Island is located in Sabah, part of Malaysian territory in eastern Borneo . It's a lovely island with great food, great hospitality and fantastic beachside accommodation. We were unlucky with the diving during our stay thanks to very poor visibility, but it isn't always like that. If relaxation and diving is what you need, this place will tick the boxes.

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Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk

Close to Sandakan in eastern Borneo is the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabiliation Centre. It's a great place and gives hope that these endangered and threatened primates will survive man's relentless onslaught. We adopted a young male Orang Utan called Sen for our son Zac.

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Sepilok Nature Resort

www.sepilok.com

Close to the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is this pleasant "nature resort". Check out the night walks in the nearby forest - they're not for the squeamish!

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Cayman Now

www.caymannow.com

We enjoyed ten enjoyable days at this pleasant condo located at the "Georgetown end" of Seven Mile Beach. It was close to all the amenities and local bars and eateries such as Coconut Joes and Cimboco.

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Don Fosters & Dive Tech

www.donfosters.com
www.divetech.com

After a week on the Cayman Aggressor I still had the "urge to submerge", so i did some half days with Don Fosters and Dive Tech - very mellow, easy diving, but still good.

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Solmar V

www.solmarv.com

The Solmar V is an excellent liveaboard that visits the remote Socorro Islands on Mexico's Pacific side. For divers looking for a different kind of experience, away from overcrowded and over dived resorts, this trip must surely be a major contender. It's a great diving adventure and offers glimpses of a bygone era, of seas teeming with life in all its brutal beauty. The crew are friendly, professional and knowledgeable and offer a truly great week of diving. The Solmar V also visits Guadelupe Island (for the Great Whites) and the Sea of Cortez.

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Boutique Souk

www.boutiquesouk.com

We organised our stay in Marrakech, Morocco through Boutique Souk and found Rosena to be helpful, attentive and prompt in sorting out the (relatively last minute) arrangements for our stay. The selection of Riads on offer made choosing difficult. In the end we went for Riad Ayadina, which was perfect for a relaxing and exquisite long weekend.

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Riad Ayadina

www.riadayadina.com

Riad Ayadina proved to be a great choice for our stay in Marrakech, Morocco. It's a cliche to say it, but it's an oasis of calm from the chaos of life in and around the medina. Step through the anonymous  door and you enter a different world. The right place at the right time.

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Loloata Island Resort

www.loloata.com

The Loloata Island Resort is located close to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, although its’ serenity doesn’t suggest that a nation’s capital is only a few miles away. It’s a long established dive resort with pleasant staff and decent diving, although a general facelift would probably work wonders for the place.

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Bubbles Below

www.bubblesbelowkauai.com

We enjoyed some excellent diving with Bubbles Below around Niihau, Mana Crack and Kauai’s south shore. What made it special was the dive crew themselves - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic.

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Rosewood Kauai

www.rosewoodkauai.com

Rosewood offer a number of vacation rentals in Kauai. We chose to stay at "Lanikai 114" in Kapaa and were really pleased our choice. The condo was exactly what we’d seen on the Rosewood website. It was a sad day when we had to leave.

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Niihau Helicopters

www.niihau.us

Niihau Helicopters offer sporadic trips to the "forbidden island" of Niihau. If you want to go, get your name down early, as this trip isn’t really advertised and will only be run if there enough participants.

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Kokee Lodge

www.kokeelodgekauai.com

Kokee Lodge offer rustic cabins and camping in the Kokee State Park. It’s close to spectacular scenery, world class hiking trails and remarkable tracts of rainforest rich in endemic plants and bird life.

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Tornado Marine Fleet
 

We enjoyed a great week aboard the Typhoon liveaboard, getting away from the madding crowds and day boats of Sharm el Sheikh. We visited Ras Mohammed, Anemone City, Shark & Yolanda Reefs, Jackfish Alley, the Alternatives and spent three days at Abu Nuhas diving the "famous" Red Sea wrecks of the Chrisoula K, the Ghiannis D and the Carnatic. Friendly and helpful crew, nice boat.

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Atlantis Hotel Dive Resorts
 
 
The Philippines based Atlantis Hotel dive resorts, at Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro, and at Dumaguete on the island of Negros offer a complete package for the long haul dive traveller, with high standards of accommodation and service, fine food and great diving. These resorts look set to feature on the "must visit" lists of the "global diver."

Sea Serpent Fleet

www.seaserpentfleet.com

We spent a week on the Sea Serpent liveaboard from Marsa Alam in the southern Egyptian Red Sea, visiting areas such as St. Johns, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone. We were looked after by a good crew, and enjoyed fine food, good company and great diving. The photographic potential was "immense".

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Divequest

www.divequest.co.uk

We're now veterans of several Divequest trips, including Sulawesi, Bonaire and Dominica. We hope to do many more. In fact, diving the Divequest brochure could be a life's work. It's certainly a life's ambition!

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Tony Backhurst Scuba

www.scuba.co.uk

We've travelled to the Red Sea aboard the Sea Serpent and Typhoon with Tony Backhurst Scuba. We enjoyed both liveaboards and hope to go back and do some more.

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Lady Elliot Island

www.ladyelliot.com.au

We enjoyed four great days on this fantastic little island. Great weather, great diving, lots of birds, nesting turtles, hatching turtles and simple living. There's a fair bit of guano, too!

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Yongala Dive

www.yongaladive.com.au
www.alvabeachtouristpark.com

Yongala Dive is based at the remote little settlement of Alva Beach, about 15km from the nearest "big" town of Ayr. The Wreck of the SS Yongala is one of Australia's best known dives and with good reason. Yongala Dive offer a unique and quick way of getting to the wreck on their high speed RIB. The "barbie" after the diving was a nice touch. For accommodation, we stayed at the nearby Alva Beach Tourist Park, although Yongala Dive also offers dormitory style accommodation.

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Spirit of Freedom

www.spiritoffreedom.com.au

An excellent liveaboard based from Cairns visiting the Ribbon Reefs on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea.  In 2007, we had to leave the boat at Lizard Island from where we flew back to Cairns at low level. In 2010, we finished what we started with a trip Osprey Reef having flown up to Lizard Island to join the boat. Highly recommended.

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Aggressor Fleet of Liveaboards

www.aggressor.com

We enjoyed a great time on the Kona Aggressor liveaboard in late 2006, exploring the Kona Coast of Hawaii. The manta ray night dives were incredible, like nothing else. The hospitality on the boat was excellent, too - the food was better than most restaurants. Who says you can't trust a restaurant that moves!

More recently, in 2009, we travelled onboard the Cayman Aggressor, visiting selected sites around Grand Cayman before heading off to Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. It was another "top" week.

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Ultimate Getaway

www.ultimategetaway.net

After trawling the internet for dive trips to the remote Dry Tortugas, we eventually found this liveaboard. It's based out of Fort Myers Beach on the Gulf side of Florida. We had an excellent trip with a great crew. Good diving too!

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It's a Dive

www.itsadive.com

A friendly and well organised dive centre in Key Largo, Florida. We enjoyed five days of excellent diving on the reefs and wrecks of the John Pennekamp Marine Park.

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Amy Slates Amoray Dive Resort

www.amoray.com

When scheduling meant that we couldn't dive the wreck of the Spiegel Grove with It's A Dive, we were referred to the Amoray Dive Centre just up the road. Great dive on the Spiegel Grove and a friendly, helpful crew.

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Crystal River

www.crystalriverdivers.com
www.plantationinn.com

We spent two days snorkelling with the manatees at Crystal River in Florida based at the Plantation Inn - unusual in that it's a "dive and golf resort". Above water, the conditions were perfect, but below the waterline it wasn't quite as easy, especially for those of us with cameras. As the manatees feed they grub up the bottom and aren't necessarily attracted to "good visibility" - often choosing the most muddy and murky areas of the river systems. If you're lucky enough to encounter them in the King Spring or Three Sisters Springs where the water is incredibly clear, you'll be in for a treat.

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Ginnie Springs

www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com

Ginnie Springs is an excellent "outdoor living" resort in the north central Florida. It's set in mature woodland along the Santa Fe River close to the town of High Springs. Feeding the river are a series of freshwater springs producing fantastic visibility for divers and snorkellers. The area also attracts cave divers, keen to explore the labyrinths created by the springs.

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Sea Lion Charters

www.sealioncharters.biz

Sealion Charters is located in the tiny settlement of Green Head, about 250 km’s north of Perth in Western Australia. It’s run by Rod and Ronnie Wilson, a friendly and enthusiastic couple who operate what must be one of the best underwater experiences anywhere on the planet.

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Exmouth Diving Centre

www.exmouthdive.com

A friendly and professional dive centre in Exmouth serving the northern part of Ningaloo Reef in western Australia. Blizzard Ridge, Navy Pier and sites around the Muiron Islands offer top notch diving. For the southern end of Ningaloo see Ningaloo Reef Dive.

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Ningaloo Reef Dive

www.ningalooreefdive.com

Friendly and professional dive centre in Coral Bay serving the southern part of Ningaloo Reef in western Australia. If the conditions are right, Heikes Ledge is an excellent dive site. The Manta Ray interactions are superb, too! For the northern end of Ningaloo see Exmouth Diving Centre.

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Rottnest Malibu Diving

www.rottnestdiving.com.au

We managed a couple of dives with the Malibu crew at Rottnest Island off Perth in western Australia before heading north to Ningaloo Reef. It was a good day.

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Kungkungan Bay Resort

www.kungkungan.com

“KBR” is an excellent dive resort in north Sulawesi, (Indonesia). It’s located in the dive mecca of Lembeh Strait. Fascinating dives, incredible critters, friendly people and good service. The “muck” dives are like nothing else!

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Castle Comfort Dive Lodge

www.castlecomfortdivelodge.com

A small and intimate dive lodge situated near Roseau, the capital of the Caribbean’s “nature island” of Dominica. Excellent food, great diving and great people.

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Habitat Dive Resorts

www.habitatdiveresorts.com

We’ve been to Captain Don’s Habitat in Bonaire twice now. We liked the “diving freedom” and the laid back atmosphere.

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Aquanaut Dive Centre

www.lecques-aquanaut.fr

A friendly and competent dive centre at Les Lecques in the South of France, used by Kurt Amsler for his underwater photography courses. Expect to be offered pastis after the dives, especially if Thierry is on the boat!

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Plongee Castille

www.plongeecastille.com

We used this dive centre whilst in Calvi, Corsica. From there, it’s only a short boat ride to the wreck of an intact B17 bomber that crash landed in the second world war.

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Martin Edge

www.edgeunderwaterphotography.co.uk

Bournemouth based Martin Edge is the UK’s foremost teacher of underwater photography. He regularly teaches groups and individuals, and also leads photographic trips abroad to destinations such as Bonaire, Dominica, Sulawesi, the Red Sea and Micronesia. He’s also a columnist for Sport Diver Magazine, author of “The Underwater Photographer” and a regular speaker at underwater photography events such as Visions of the Sea. He also taught both of us and we keep going back for more.

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Kurt Amsler

www.photosub.com

Based in Les Lecques in the south of France, world renowned underwater photographer Kurt Amsler runs excellent courses for underwater photographers. Kurt’s work has been published all over the world in magazines, books and advertising.

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Dive Photo Guide

www.divephotoguide.com

US based Dive Photo Guide is rapidly becoming a global "hub" for all things underwater photography and videography. Jeremy contributes features to the website including trip reports and underwater photographers guides.

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Sport Diver

www.sportdiver.co.uk

Sport Diver magazine is the official publication for the PADI diving society, and is popular among the diving community in the UK. The magazine is a regular publisher of Jeremy’s features.

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Aquaphot

www.aquaphot.com

We were recommended to use Aquaphot by Ocean Optics for housing repairs and found them to be friendly, helpful and reliable.

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Sanders Creative

www.sanderscreative.co.uk

I’ve worked on a number of websites with freelance designer Paul Sanders. We also worked together on this one.

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Impact Digital Design

www.impactdigitaldesign.co.uk

I've worked with Frome based Impact Digital Design for a long time now. They're a great team and produce excellent work. Their design flair is evident on our "Shoot To Thrill Policy" brochure, our "Cover Shots" examples, and many of the samples in the "Published Work – Marketing" pages contained within our "Sales & Info" section.

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Meridian Project

www.meridianproject.com

Another collaboration with Paul Sanders, this time for Wiltshire based Renrod Limited’s state of the art four dealership motor development in Trowbridge.

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BMW Motorcycles

www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk

BMW are manufacturers of fine motorcycles including the R1200 GS Adventure. Wheels (and poetry) in motion!

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Nikon

www.nikon.co.uk

We use Nikon cameras, lenses and flash guns almost exclusively. We enjoy the experience.

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Subal

www.subal.com

We've used Subal housings exclusively since graduating to SLRs, initially housing Nikon F100's. Now it's a pair of ND20's, keeping our Nikon D200's dry.

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