Fan Corals and Diver, Richelieu Rock, Similan Islands, Thailand

Fan Corals and Diver, Richelieu Rock, Similan Islands, Thailand – image © Chris Mitchell Unarguably the best dive site in Thailand, Richelieu Rock is a horseshoe-shaped sea mount that harbours all kinds of life within its walls and attracts big pelagics outside them. There is also spectacular coral life with fans and soft corals growing […]

Welcoming Committee, Lamalera, Alor, Indonesia

Welcoming Committee, Lamalera, Alor, Indonesia – image © Chris Mitchell One of the unexpected joys of diving is meeting people you’d never otherwise encounter – whether it’s guests on the liveaboard or locals at the village. These boys rushed our tender as we came in to see the traditional whaling village of Lamalera in Indonesia’s […]

Jacks At The Table, Hafsa Thila, Maldives

Jacks At The Table, Hafsa Thila, Maldives – image © Chris Mitchell While corals in the Maldives have been badly hit by El Nino and other climate events, the fish life is abundant with big schools of fish a common sight. Hafsa Thila is one of the most popular dive sites in the Maldives for […]

Diver with hard corals, Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

Diver with hard corals, Tubbataha Reef, Philippines – image © Chris Mitchell More famously known for its vertiginous walls and the chance of seeing Big Stuff, the UNESCO-protected Tubbataha Reef also has a smorgasbord of healthy corals in the shallows (Tubbataha Reef, 2015)

Incoming Manta Rays, Rangali Madivaru, Maldives

Incoming Manta Rays, Rangali Madivaru, Maldives – image © Chris Mitchell To see one manta ray is lucky, to see four of them sweeping over your head only inches your way is a life-defining moment. Rangali Madivaru is one of the many manta ray cleaning stations in the Maldives that, if you get lucky and […]

Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Banda Islands, Indonesia

Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Banda Islands, Indonesia – image © Chris Mitchell You’ve never had a bad dive if you’ve spotted a mantis shrimp – either scurrying at lightning speed back to its lair or putting on a threat display from its hideyhole. This shot was taken at one of the Banda Islands’ many fascinating dive […]

Inside The Hardeep Wreck, Pattaya, Thailand

Sunk in a dramatic RAF World War 2 bombing raid, the Hardeep is Thailand’s greatest wreck dive. My friend Peter Walker became fascinated with the story of the Hardeep – correctly known by its Thai name the Suddhadib – and extensively researched its history which is beautifully showcased on the Thai-Scuba.com website. (2011)

Lettuce Coral and Anthias, Sogod Bay, Philippines

Sogod Bay’s corals have remained pristine in the 12 years I’ve been visiting this still not very well known dive destination. See my diving Sogod Bay report for more details. (2017)