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OUTBREAKS OF CARIBBEAN CORAL DISEASE ON THE RISE

 News forwarded by the Roatan Marine Park. July 12, 2018 (from Judy Lang, AGRRA and Melanie Mcfield, Smithsonian/HealthyReefs Initiative)  Caribbean-area reef researchers and sport divers should be on the lookout for sites with an unusually high percentage of diseased and recently dead corals. Many of you will have heard that corals in Fl...
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A General Touristic Video for Barbados with an Emphasis on Weddings.

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Caribbean Wedding Packages and Destinations

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The article is going to focus on wedding destinations in 8 Caribbean islands: Barbados , Belize , Cuba , Guadeloupe , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Panama and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines .  Barbados Weddings   Rihanna , the sensational Bajan (Barbadan) singer, was born here which gives the island an international appeal. The spaces ...
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Weight Adjustment Diving the Caribbean

Christmas Eating
I have just had 3 uncomfortable safety stops while diving in Roatan in the south west corner of the Caribbean. I have a new suit (3mm full length) and refuse to believe the extra weight I put on over christmas now needs extra weight to pull me down- but it's true! Starting at 6 pounds I couldn't break the surface tension in the water despite e...
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The Belize Barrier Reef

belize barrier reef from the international space station
By Jeff Williams (NASA) - https://www.facebook.com/NASAAstronautJeffWilliams/videos/vb.513174152198750/568035466712618/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48694349 About  The Belize portion of the MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF SYSTEM accounts for approximately a third with a Belize length of 190 miles approx. The Great...
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Caribbean Villa Rentals

Caribbean Villa Rentals
Looking for a private or luxury Caribbean villa ? We recommend Caribbean Days as a professional service provider. You can find out even more from their facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanDays Check out destinations such as Barbados Villas CaribbeanDays Example villa in shoal bay Anguilla http://caribbeandays.com/island/anguilla...
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A look at the continuing problem of reef erosion in the Caribbean

​Consider this a WIP as I add good posts and videos on the subject. This is almost for myself for when I get some time to check up on this subject.

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Three types of people who will love Rivera Maya

Three types of people who will love Rivera Maya

While pretty much everyone will find loads to love about the stunning Riviera Maya in Mexico, there are certain groups who may find that this is their perfect vacation destination. For some of us out there, Riviera Maya is not just a place to holiday but a place to experience a little slice of Paradise, albeit for a short period of time. As your perfect vacation destination, this is a place that will leave you with lasting memories and will leave you feeling as though you have just enjoyed your own little piece of heaven on earth!

So, who is Riviera Maya particularly suited to? Below are just three of the types of people that are certain to love this destination...

The romantics: Riviera Maya is a wonderfully romantic destination and is the perfect place for that special, intimate holiday with someone really special. Whether you are looking to visit to get married or enjoy a honeymoon, or whether you simply want to enjoy a romantic break with your partner, Riviera Maya will not fail to impress, with its stunning scenery, glorious weather, balmy days and tropical nights.

The beach lovers: There are many people who want nothing more than to be able to kick back on a lovely beach with crystal clear waters lapping the shore and sunshine beating down on them. In Riviera Maya, you can have all this and more besides. You will find some pristine sands on which to relax the day away, luscious azure waters that bring that tropical breeze your way, and golden sunshine coupled with gorgeous blue skies that enable you to bask in the sunshine whilst soaking up your idyllic surroundings

The adventurous: Riviera Maya is a wonderful place to visit if you enjoy a taste of adventure, as there is so much to do here. Whether your idea of adventure is exciting outdoor sports and recreation, hiking and climbing, trekking through lush tropical greenery or horseback riding along the coastline, you will never be short of exhilarating activities when you visit this tropical paradise. 

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Slightly Amazing This - Florida Great White Shark Key Largo

Slightly Amazing This - Florida Great White Shark Key Largo

What an amazing bit of luck, I didn't think you would likely spot a Great White shark off the coast of Florida Key Largo of all places. I have seen a big shark on a pathetic little booze cruise and estimated it was a Nurse shark from memory - but that is nothing compared to this mother of a fish. Posted in 2013 it goes to show that even amazing encounters can escape you. The video could use some time elapsed since start play links being placed as the video is quite long.

Good footage and hope that people share more like this with us. 

 

Here is the video to enjoy..

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Scuba Diving in Mexico

Scuba Diving in Mexico

Take a look at the area (the bottom left corner of the Caribbean)

 

Thanks to google for the area map

Firstly you are more likely to go diving in these areas of the Mexican Caribbean area.

Cozumel Scuba Diving , Isla Mujeres Scuba Diving or the Cenotes in the Yucatan.

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Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Tropical delights: the best 2015 Caribbean cruise destinations

Cruises are experiencing a travel renaissance in 2015, and nowhere more so than the Caribbean, the most popular cruise route in the world. Taking a Caribbean cruise allows you to voyage around some of the most idyllic islands in the world, sampling the often endemic local cultures, cuisines and traditions of each destination before setting off for the next vivid experience. So what stops should you add to your wish list of Caribbean ports when negotiating your cruise deals?

Guadalupe for natural beauty

This French-influenced archipelago comprises two main islands joined by a tiny spit of land, and is guaranteed to tantalise the intrepid. Get back to nature with a kayak through the lush mangrove swamp of its national park. Hike to the top of La Soufriere Volcano for a challenging trek that will prove especially rewarding if you bring a camera, or take in the sea views from the Pointe des Chateaux.

St Lucia for relaxation

Surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, St Lucia offers the chance to escape from it all for a day. Visit the Face to Face day spa for an indulgent massage or a facial in cool, air-conditioned surroundings. If you prefer to soak al-fresco, dive into the sparkling waters of Diamond Falls, or scrub up in one of the island’s natural mud springs! After all this rejuvenation, you’ve earned the right to flop into a hammock with a cool drink and while away the hours until it’s time to re-embark.

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Dive Operators Alert

Dive Operators Alert

We get a lot of people who are keen on an island in particular and they ask us to send them prices regularly - many think we are a massive dive chain.

What we wanted to tell you about was for each country there is a preffered suppliers list that I can send enquiries to all in one - so a specials list for Honduras for example. When you get a special please let us know. We will obviously need your cooperation for you to get on this priority list.

As the enquiries are from our site readers and they want a quality dive shop - then you will have to make sure your listing with us is up to date and that you are listed in our directory.

You must check your emails. We don't want to send our readers to a dead end ! 

This should not be much work - especially if you delegate it to one of your divemasters. You can upload a photo or blog about this weeks students who passed their open water exam. Or there may have been a particularly exciting sighting that you want to tell us and the community about. Its just keeping the community updated and it makes your dive shop look good.

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Manta Ray Jewellery - Maybe some scuba diving christmas present ?

Manta Ray Jewellery - Maybe some scuba diving christmas present ?

Aqua Marine Silver provides hand made jewllery in silver for the marine lover. Check out sea horses dolphins to less obvious octopus items for example on their website.http://aquamarinesilver.co.uk

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Hurricane Gonzalo Wreaks Damage Across the Caribbean

Hurricane Gonzalo

One island hit bad is St Maarten reports Sonja Van der Drift "This is where St Maarten shines, unity and a community that steps in to help others." she says reporting that the island spirit is alive and well. One life was lost.

Image thanks to Sailing Anarchy

Hurricanes DO hit around the Caribbean at this time of year and they tend to go away over the northern hemispheres winter months until the next season. It isn't the end of Hurricane Gonzalo and its heading towards the UK after hitting bermuda and already started in Hawai.

Here are some images of the damage - https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hurricane+gonzalo+2014+st+martin&espv=2&biw=1440&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=KftFVNvHH4yw7AaGqYAQ&ved=0CD4QsAQ

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Choosing a destination to advance your Scuba Diving Log Book

Choosing a destination to advance your Scuba Diving Log Book
Caribbean – In a word ! 

The Caribbean offers some of the best scuba diving on the planet. And more so for the absolute beginner or newly certified (licensed). The reasons for this are numerous

Dive Culture :

If like me you learned to dive in the Caribbean then dived say in the Red Sea, you will notice the rush and hustle of diving in the red sea.  The caribbean runs on time for diving don’t get me wrong but its not the culture that is so busy that means you need to ‘rush to wait’ due to the sheer numbers of divers.

Easy Boat Rides :

Pick your island to take advantage of this one but on the whole the dive sites are not far away. Especially easy are the dive sites of Utila and Roatan or Bonaire with many dives from the shore.

Dive Resorts :

The Caribbean has Scuba Diver Resorts especially designed for ease and well that diver feeling. Here you will learn a lot and meet other divers. Visit Caribbean Diving Resorts to start your search.

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Getting a underwater diving rig package sorted out

Will fill out some detail and post the links to the products used here.

And here are the first results after a couple of tanks in Carlisle Bay I quickly edited the best of the footage together including some slightly pixelated zoom shots.The GoPro can handle a bit of that but it isnt going to be a MACRO shooter at all.I also notice that its very inconsistent, this could be due to my use and non use of the light.

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Cavorting in the Caribbean

Donkey Sanctuary

When it comes to navigating the Caribbean and exploring everything that the numerous islands have to offer, very few people may actually consider taking in the sights by car – but why not? Getting behind the wheel can be a liberating experience, allowing drivers to see everything at their own pace while really getting into the heart of the action. Traversing the Caribbean Islands by car can also enable tourists to feel a little more at home, giving them the freedom to choose where they go and when. Sound inviting? Then dive right in…

Image thanks to Devils Bridge Antigua

So much to see

With so much to see and do it’s essential for would-be road trippers to have an itinerary before setting off, or else they risk missing some of the most breathtaking sights. The Caribbean comprises more than 7,000 islands, each with their own amazing quirks: unsure where to start? We’ll try and keep it brief…

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Ocean Facts Infographic

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Week 1 of my Oceanographic course boiled down

What do the oceans mean to me ? I find this hard to answer in a single image – so maybe I should choose one that simply makes me feel very much alive or happy. I thought about the best encounter ever which was pilot whales, but after thinking further I simply love the fishes which is why I scuba dive. I should try and find some closer meaning for the word oceans perhaps as this is a slightly separate thing. I do think of old fashioned ships the kind you find on old spice bottle. I don’t have much personal experience of Oceans at the very thickest meatiest part maybe none ! flying over them for hours gives me an idea of their magnitude and maybe this size is quite key in that it is a global influencer in all things.

Here is the wall - http://padlet.com/wall/exploringouroceans1

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/09/olaus_magnus_carta_marina_sea_monsters_on_a_gorgeous_renaissance_map.html

Wow a 3d page ! - http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes_timeline/#vars!date=1852-09-12_09:24:00!

http://deepseadrilling.org/about.htm

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Exploring the Caribbean Sea bed in a submersible

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