Consistently named as one of the world’s best islands and with over 2.5 million visitors last year, it should be no surprise that Maui is one of the world’s top dive destinations. Maui is part of the Hawaiian island chain in the north Pacific Ocean and is over 3700 kilometers from the closest major land mass. In fact, the islands of Hawaii are the most isolated population center on the face of this planet!
Clear water… check. Dancing sunbeams… check. Neon colored sponges… check. Schooling blue tangs… check. Model in perfect position… check. Easy shot… uh, no. The scene through my viewfinder suddenly morphs from a dazzling panorama to two puppy-dog-like eyes. I raise my head to find a large Nassau grouper staring at me and wiggling its pectoral fins as if to say, “Let’s play!” Such is the diving in the Cayman Islands. The water is consistently clear. The reefs are consistently healthy. And the animal encounters are consistently engaging.
Japan is a dream for travellers from around the world who want to discover our beautiful culture, delicious food and exciting shopping. Surprising to many, however, is that Japan also has great diving from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. Less well known – but equally fascinating – is Hachijo Island, an overnight sail south of Tokyo.
In 1785, English poet William Cowper penned the phrase “Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” Spices, quite literally, put many Indonesian islands on the map when European spice traders reached them in the 16th century. Now, savvy scuba divers are the modern day explorers who know there’s no better spice than the variety of marine life and adventures found along Indonesia’s Forgotten Islands.