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Top 10 Places To Go Diving December 13, 2016

Posted by Abingdon in Diving.
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Looking for a new adventure for that thrill of adrenaline? Or simply looking to explore more of the world around you? For both of those goals and everything in between diving has what you need to make it happen. Don’t know where to dive? Let me help you out:

Egypt – Red Sea, Big Brother: If you’re an experienced diver this is the place for you. Needing an experience level of at least 50+ open water dives this is not for those that are just starting or simply want to ‘try something new.’ This is for true adventurers and thrill-seekers. The currents are wild and unpredictable, yet another reason why experience is necessary. However, if you have what it takes, this dive is totally worth it. Highlights include a steep sided volcanic cone dive and interaction with sharks.

Small island and reef in ocean, lighthouse and dive boats, top scuba diving location, Big Brother of The Brothers Islands or El Akhawein, Red Sea, Egypt, Africa

Bali – Liberty Wreck: Photographer? This will hands-down be one of your favorites. The water is clear and the abundance of life here makes for a truly tropical photo to bring home and show off. Part of what makes this location so picture-perfect is the still current and variation of dive levels. If you’re a pro or beginner diver (or photographer) there is an ideal option suited to your needs.

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Belize – Great Blue Hole: Edged with coral reefs this blue hole has amazing water clarity, giving you the best view of your underwater experience possible. Home to many sharks you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a shark. Looking for the best of this experience? Go April – June.

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British Virgin Islands – Tortola: Though this may be center of tourism do not let this discourage you from checking out this funky dive spot. The interior of the island has quiet beaches for those who want a calmer vibe. There is a variety of dive sites here which is perfect if you’re looking to get the most out of your dive excursion. Variance of skills, fish, and more.

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Australia – Yongala, Queens Island: History lover? Then this is the dive for you. Dive down to a shipwreck for a unique dive experience. Exploration within the wreck is prohibited but diving down and taking in the wreck first-hand is what it’s all about. Beyond the breath-taking ship you will find incredible coral formations, sharks, tropical fish and more.

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Bahamas – Andros, Ocean Blue Hole: With several levels of diving, this experience is perfect for those looking for something to challenge themselves or for newbies. Wall and cavern dives are both options, as you’re accompanied one-on-one. The ominous blue holes of the ocean offer more than majestic beauty from the outside. It’s everything these caverns hold on the inside that counts during the dive. Explore a whole new side of the Bahamas.

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Indonesia – Cape Kri, Raja Ampat: Touted as one of the best by many scuba publications this is clearly the place to be if you’re looking for visual eye candy. Over 370 types of species of fish reported to inhabit the area, making for an ocean wonderland that is well worth the cost. Don’t be surprised if you see a shark or two in these waters, perfect for the adventurer in you.

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Malaysia – Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island: World class dive site, this is a favorite among many. The drop off is at 800 meters, providing a truly wondrous underwater experience. Suited for different levels of divers the current can be mellow or, on occasion, strong for those that are into more intensive divers. The sealife is diverse including Coconut Crab, Buffalo Fish, and more!

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Micronesia – Blue Corner, Palau: A dive that’s more ideal for those with experience, this is one that you won’t want to miss. The array of sea life is vast, providing a visual experience that any diver would appreciate. One of the many beautiful creatures you may come across in this dive is sharks. The currents as a rule are strong which is yet another reason to be considered a dive best suited for experienced divers.

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Hawaii – Manta Ray Night Dive, Kaliua Kona: What makes this item on the list so unique is that this dive is one of the few that are conducted at night. You can either snorkel it or dive it; both experiences are definitely worth trying out. Lights are fixated into the floor which attract Manta Rays for close-encounters. However, the currents can be unpredictable which may make for rough diving or snorkeling. So, night adventurers, get your gear and get out there.

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Have you already been diving at one of these fantastic locations? I want to hear your story! Tell us about it in the comments below. My dive in Puerto Rico was one to remember, and it’s totally worth venturing into a whole new world in 2017. It’s a new year! Why not try to explore new depths of the world?

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(Abingdon Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico)
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4 Great Places to Dive October 15, 2015

Posted by Abingdon in Diving, General Ramblings.
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Wanderlust is a definition I live by and my bucket list is growing by the day. In honor of my new Marina watch, I’m going to share four diving spots I’m dying to explore. I’ve conquered the sky and now I want to conquer the sea!

The Yongala, Queensland

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Yongala Dive is one of the top diving places in the world and it is definitely on the top of my list! The SS Yongala was a 109-meter ship that sank in a cyclone in 1911 killing 122 people, making this dive extremely eerie and fascinating.This is a different side to diving that I haven’t experienced and I can’t wait to get down to this spookier spot.

Since it’s officially October, I could definitely use a little scare. It’s located in Queensland, Australia, and guarantees incredible underwater life including manta rays, sea snakes, bull sharks, tiger sharks, sea snakes, and massive amounts of coral all while investigating the sunken Yongala. I’m intrigued by the history and any excuse to head to Australia.

Barracuda Point, Malaysia

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I would classify myself as an ambitious person and I love to push myself further. This is why I’m up for an intense adventure, diving down to Barracuda Point, located off Sipadan Island in Malaysia. This spot includes barracuda and gray reef sharks, both being extremely aggressive. I would love to experience the rush and thrill of diving amongst them. At this diving location, there is a wall made of coral that navigates you through the dangers of this underwater venture. Divers usually stay close to the top of the wall because Barracuda Point has an intense current the farther you dive down. This would be an accomplishment to complete to say the least and something I want to work towards.

Liberty, Indonesia

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History has always intrigued me. Since I am never able to experience it myself, I want to learn as much as I can about an event or time in the past. A great historic spot in Indonesia is a dive to a shipwreck, The USAT Liberty. It was a ship from the US Army during 1918 used from World War I and World War II until it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. This attack resulted in the massive ship to sink along the coast of Bali. The American military came and gathered as many parts and materials as they could, but the rest of the remains still lie there, creating a mysterious diving location that I am dying to explore! The USAT Liberty stretches 120 meters and is encrusted with coral, anemones, hydroids, and gorgonians making this the most colorful and lively shipwreck in the deep, blue sea. I would also get the chance to see lots of tropical fish, lizardfish, eels, and giant clams, to name only a few. I think dives that are full of history are automatically more fascinating! This spot alone is inspiring me keep looking into other historical dives.

Manta Ray Night Dive, Hawaii

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When I first heard about this dive, I didn’t believe it. Essentially, it is an underwater light show. I can’t wait to head to Kona, Hawaii to experience this well spoken of night dive. I am a bit hesitant with the night aspect, but the experience itself trumps the fear. Here’s how it works…Underwater lights are placed at the bottom of the ocean floor, resulting in an abundance of plankton. And where there are plankton, there are manta rays. The best time to dive is around  nine in the evening, when the magic happens. Because of the lights, you’re able to see pops of blue, orange, and green. Alluring right? This is an adventure I must experience and I’m determined to one day.

Lately, I’ve had my mind on diving and my Marina line quite often. It’s an exciting time for me with this line out and I hope to inspire more women to take on the challenge of diving. It is a whole other world that more women need to break into. I created my company in hopes of challenging and inspiring women to be strong and adventurous. Thanks ladies for your support and interest. I’m excited I was able to share a few of my diving thoughts with you all.