The most graceful elegant creatures the undersea world perhaps has to offer, some growing to over 5 Meters in wingspan length. Some areas have cleaning stations where they literally line up and other come to areas on a migratory basis.
Muck diving gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive site. Could be in areas of wharfs, marinas or shallow river mouths, basically, areas with runoff or flow of water and tends to be more of a shallow depth. Although this does not sound glamorous you will be amazed at the creatures and critters that live in this environment. Muck divers tend to be slow patient divers who are looking for rare nudibranchs, juvenile fish, frogfish and small, strange critters not found anywhere else. This type of diving is suit for the passionate photographer, and this is where it falls into the Marco diving field. Having time and patience is the key, and to match this with a camera that can allow you to get close and detailed means you can not only capture something unique but in vivid detail.
The largest type of shark in the ocean (as far as we know). They consume huge amounts of krill and are predatory. This allows us to dive or snorkel quite close. There are many opportunities to see these magnificent creatures, whether it be from a liveaboard boat or resort. However they do tend to be seasonal, and they numbers are dwindling, making it harder for us to spot them.
This will mean that the focus on the diving will evolve around photography. For example, the Aggressor fleet offers a seven-night liveaboard cruise with the name Jim Church Photography. On each cruise can have or two specialist photography instructors that pride themselves on helping everyone capture that awesome shot. This means help to set up, help underwater and also with a presentation in the afternoon or evening.
This type of coral is colourful and as the name suggests a soft type of coral. It makes for a beautiful dive and if you are a photographer, some amazing shots. Spend time looking for the small critters and hope for the best shot. With live coral comes fish as well.
Several times a year a Dive Liveaboard will look to relocate to a new destination for the next season. This means the vessel needs to travel over a long distance. It normally takes the vessel into remote areas where divers haven't been before, or very rarely, hence "off the beaten path". These places are becoming harder to find. This category will allow you that choice for something unique.
Whales, the giants of the ocean. Nowadays it is becoming rarer to see these marine animals. In some areas, the population does seem to be increasing which is fantastic but still not as many as there was at the turn of the last century. Several companies offer whale snorkelling tours combined with reef diving. Most destinations will not allow diving close to whales to your safety and that it's hard to keep up with a whale (yes they swim fast but don't forget they also dive very deep..).
Refers to the areas where you have underwater cliffs which start on or near the surface and drops down further than not only as the eye can see but possibly further than any human has been before. Large Pelagic Fish will be common in these areas coming up from the depths.
Most dives will have a possibility to see a shark or two. In this Discovery you will find perhaps a visit to schooling sharks. For example, in the Philippines off the island of Cebu, you can see schooling Hammerhead sharks.
Cage diving, need I say more? Here you will find the chance to hop in a cage and dive with some of the most predatory animals in the world – the Great White Shark. For example Rodney Fox liveaboard off the bottom of Australia.
Have you ever wanted to see something special? Here you can search for turtle conservation or shark tagging or perhaps a cruise for Minke Whales. Most of the trips listed here will be Liveaboard boats, as the name of the cruise suggests, what is named is the primary focus of the trip.
This refers to an area that is perhaps new and un-dived or is hard to get to and not dived very much. Several companies and PDT will strive to find new dive locations for you.
With conservation, a priority in many areas, more and more requests are being sent out for experienced divers to offer their time. In return, you will have a trip helping perhaps tagging sharks – with Fins Attached.org, or being there to help count Whalesharks. With not-for-profit organisations, Pelagic Dive Travel does not charge any booking fees or take a commission; we are here to help organisations book the trip.