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WWDAS Announces Truk Lagoon Liveaboard

Brent Durand
Win a 10-Night Trip to Truk Lagoon with the Siren Fleet & Worldwide Dive & Sail

Worldwide Dive and Sail Announces Truk Lagoon Liveaboard

Win a 10-Night Trip to Truk Lagoon with the Siren Fleet

By Brent Durand




Truk Lagoon (also known at Chuuk Lagoon) is considered by many to be the shipwreck capital of the world.  The lagoon is a sheltered harbor with a long history, but known to scuba divers as home of the "Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon."  During World War II, the lagoon served as an anchorage to the Japanese Imperial Fleet until February 1944, when Allied forces sunk over 60 ships along with bicycles, tanks, pickup trucks, airplane parts and many other well-preserved artifacts.  Learn more about wreck photography here.  Diving in Truk Lagoon is fascinating for both recreational and tech divers, and presents countless opportunities for underwater photographers.




Win a 10-Night Trip to Truk Lagoon with the Siren Fleet

To celebrate the launch of their newest destination, Worldwide Dive and Sail’s Siren Fleet is offering you the chance to win a 10-night liveaboard safari aboard the S/Y Truk Siren!! Enter their online competition and you could be well on your way to diving the wreck capital of the world!

Commencing operation in November 2014, the S/Y Truk Siren will offer divers the choice of 7-night or 10-night itineraries year round. There are over 61 wrecks to dive in Truk Lagoon as well as stunning coral pinnacles within the lagoon that attract sharks and other pelagic fish species. Many of the wrecks are within suitable depths for recreational divers (40m/130ft) however some sites require tec/wreck diving qualifications and experience.

A spacious dive deck with plenty of storage is one of the signatures of the Siren Fleet yachts, and the S/Y Truk Siren is no exception. The deck will also be refitted to provide a more flexible set up and a wider range of facilities for tec diving groups.

On board tec/wreck divers can benefit from an oxygen & helium blending station along with manifold twin-tank sets and stage tanks. There will also be a deco bar for safety stops and required decompression stops. Meanwhile dive activities are also supported by 2 rhib tenders – providing extra surface cover and greater flexibility of dive plans.

All guests will be provided with 15l tanks and nitrox* (up to 32%) free of charge, as well as a full set of Aqua Lung rental equipment (bcd, regulator, wetsuit, fins & mask). Poseidon MKVI recreational rebreathers will be available for rental or courses and the S/Y Truk Siren will be fully rebreather-diver friendly.

Contact the Siren Fleet team to reserve your place, book by 31st May 2013 to qualify for their “Early Bird” Special. Trips are priced as follows:-

7-nights          Standard Rate 3250US$        

10-nights          Standard Rate 4620US$        





*Must be qualified Enriched Air Diver




Further Reading


Where to Buy

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Diving and Resort Travel Expo

Eric Aubort
Press Release from Diving and Resort Travel Expo (DRT)

The Diving & Resort, Travel Expo Announced in Asia

The press release by DRT below provides information and links to access this exciting event

by Eric Aubort



The Diving, Resort, & Travel Show in Asia is considered to be the largest gathering for diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists and anyone with a passion for the underwater world.




About the DRT Show

  • The DRT Show has been met with an overwhelming response as an important regional event.

  • We truly promote branding and are supported by top-level exhibitors and leading dive equipment manufacturers, water sport equipment manufacturers, dive resorts, tourism boards, marine conservation and diving organizations.

  • The DRT Show has become the most important and 'must visit' diving and travel event in Asia Pacific.

  • LX Development Group is the only organizer who is able to organize professional Diving & Resort Expo in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai!

  • We provide cost effective solutions to our exhibitors to approach both Greater China and the Southeast Asia Market!  Exhibitor royalty program available, contact us now for more information!


For more information, please visit: http://www.divingandresorttravelexpo.com


Further reading


Support the Underwater Photography Guide

Please support the Underwater Photography Guide by purchasing your underwater photography gear through our sister site, Bluewater Photo & Video. Click, or call them at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!


Buddy Dive starts Galapagos Island, Wolf / Darwin itinerary

Scott Gietler
Buddy Dive starts Galapagos Island, Wolf / Darwin itinerary. Maiden voyage begins on Oct 1st, 2011

Buddy Dive begins Galapagos Island itinerary

New yacht starts maiden voyage today

By Scott Gietler


Buddy Dive, known for their popular resort in Bonaire,  is proud to announce that their maiden voyage is planned for today with a Galapagos Marine Park approved itinerary, including three days of diving at Darwin and Wolf! Their trips will be 8 day, 7 night trips, with 3 days in Wolf / Darwin.

buddy dive galapagos wolf darwin

Two new 120ft yachts

Smooth, stylish, spacious and comfortable, M.Y. Wolf Buddy and M.Y. Darwin Buddy, the newest and most spacious liveaboard dive-yachts in the archipelago of Galapagos, are much more than just two floating hotels.

The two 120 Feet (36 m) long yachts with 4 decks, which form Buddy Dive’s Liveaboard’s fleet, are custom designed by Buddy Dive and Varadero Maridueña in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which took them 12 months to design and 11 months to build. Both yachts are equipped with cutting edge equipment that includes a fire control system, life saving appliances, and a state of the art navigation and communication system. Excellent craftsmanship resulted in two yachts that will take care of giving the guests the assurance of enjoying an unforgettable holiday and plenty of memorable dives.

One of the yachts is starting the Galapagos voyage today, and the other is stil in dry dock being finished up. Exciting stuff!

For further information visit buddydive-galapagos.com

buddy dive galapagos island liveaboard

Whale sharks are common sightings in the Galapagos islands



Further Reading

Guide to diving the Galapagos islands for underwater photography

Guide to diving Bonaire for underwater photography


Nautilus Explorer - Epson World Shootout adventure

Michael Zeigler
Techniques editor Todd Winner teams up with the Nautilus Explorer to host a shark trip

Nautilus Explorer / Epson World Shootout at Guadalupe Island August 3rd -13th 2011


Award-winning underwater photographer Todd Winner teams up with the Nautilus Explorer


Join Todd Winner for the ultimate great white shark experience and a chance to win fabulous prizes aboard the Nautilus Explorer from August 3rd - 8th, and again August 8 - 13th, 2011.  We will be taking a private coach from San Diego to Ensenada where we will board the Nautilus for 5 nights each trip. 



Nautilus Explorer


The Nautilus Explorer is a luxury world-class liveaboard with plush staterooms, gourmet cooking and even a hot tub.  They have one of the best viewing platforms for photographing great white sharks which includes their two submersible cages that descend to 40 feet and two additional surface cages. 


Nautilus Explorer

Todd's images won Best in Show at the 2010 LAUPS International Underwater Photo Competition


Nautilus Explorer


Todd Winner and Underwater Photography Guide are pleased to join Nautilus Explorer during the Epson World Shootout.  Todd will be on-hand to offer photo seminars and assistance in getting the best imagery possible.

Nautilus Explorer is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Epson World Shootout and we want to make sure that our loyal guests have the best opportunities to win the prize.  Join us on Aug 3rd in Guadalupe so that you can participate in the contest and possibly win big.

The 8 day World Shootout will take place in August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.


Competition registration deadline is July 30th, 2011.

Earlybird Registration (no later than July 1st, 2011) entitles the participant to submit a free additional set of images in each category the participant has registered to.

World Shootout Categories and Prizes

1. Main Category – The Dive Destination Portfolio

1st prize - $5,000 USD check courtesy of Epson
2nd prize -  Liveaboard Scuba Diving Adventure for 2 aboard Nautilus Explorer to any of their offered destinations: great white sharks of Guadalupe Island, the giant mantas and dolphins of Socorro Island, giant octopus of British Columbia, or icebergs of Alaska. Courtesy of Nautilus Explorer
3rd prize - 10-night trip for 1 person aboard the Philippine Siren, Indo Siren or Maldives Siren. Courtesy of Worldwide Dive and Sail



August at Guadalupe Island is when we have the place virtually to ourselves - aside from the 109 individual great white sharks we counted there last season!!  This is your opportunity to dive to 40 feet with up to 4 or 5 white sharks at a time in crystal blue water and in-water divemastering. All this from a luxury world-class liveaboard with an exceptional, highly experienced crew. Oh yes, our sparkling clear hot-tub with swim-up cookie and drink service just makes the experience that much better! 

Diving is done via surface supplied “hookah” with backup dive gear in each cage. Submersible cage dives are 30 minutes long and if you are a certificated diver, you will have the opportunity to make 3 dives a day.. Dive time in the “suspended cage” and “surface cage” is unlimited.



August 3, 2011 - 6 days 5 nights.
Value added package worth up to $1400 (Includes accommodation upgrade while space is available. Prior night hotel included. Reimbursement of airport transfers. $100 bar credit. Includes port and park fees).

Premium Berth $4200
Superior Berth $3450
Single Occ. Stateroom $3687.5
Stateroom Berth $2950
Triple Stateroom Berth $2550



Fly-in gateways are San Diego and Los Angeles, California and Tijuana, Mexico (connecting via Mexico City). We offer complete round-trip transfers from a hospitality suite at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and we ask all our guest to be there and ready to go by 7:30 p.m. The Nautilus Explorer departs in the evening for a 20-hour voyage to Isla Guadalupe, generally arriving the next day at dinner time allowing for a nice restful night’s sleep before the action begins the next morning. We generally arrive back in port at 2 p.m. on the last day of your trip with included transfers back to San Diego later that afternoon.



Please ensure that you are at the following meeting place no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of departure. We recommend this property for pre and post trip hotel stays. Make sure you ask for the Nautilus Explorer rate. If you are staying overnight, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service on days checking in and checking out from the hotel and a continental breakfast. Please call the hotel upon your arrival to request a pickup. If not staying at the hotel, you can take a taxi or request a pickup by the Ramada shuttle. The Ramada charge will be USD10 per trip. Parking is normally $7 per day but no charge when you are checked in. Please ensure to register your car at the front desk or it may get towed.

Ramada Inn San Diego Airport
Owner/Managers Bob and Jyoti Bhakta
1403 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106


BOOK YOUR SPOT by contacting Todd Winner at todd@uwphotographyguide.com


Further Reading

EcoWeek Costa Rica 08/11

Michael Zeigler

EcoWeek Costa Rica

Underwater Photography helps shine the light on Costa Rica


EcoWeek Costa Rica is an annual Celebration of the Environment and Culture of Costa Rica. Throughout the week from August the 13th to August 19th, Costa Rica will celebrate its environment with a series of events and activities for both locals and visiting tourists.


EcoWeek Costa Rica Underwater Photography


EcoWeek Costa Rica was created to feature sustainable ecotourism in Costa Rica and as such, an exciting menu of nature, adventure, aquatic and health related tour packages are being offered to the North American traveler as an incentive to visit Costa Rica during EcoWeek.



Underwater Photography at EcoWeek

The EcoPhoto Challenge invites underwater photographers to participate in EcoWeek, as well as enjoy cultural, nature, and adventure tours while in Costa Rica. 


Special Discount for UPG Readers!

  • When you register, include "UPGEW" in the Message Box and receive a $50 discount!


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Arenui liveaboard features photo pro Rod Klein

Scott Gietler

Arenui liveboard boat features photo pro Rod Klein

Spots open for amazing north raja ampat itinerary in January 2011

Underwater photography professional Rod Klein will be the Photo Pro in Residence on Arenui liveboard during the month of January.

There are a few spots left on each of the two charters, January 4-15 & 17-28 on the luxury liveaboard boat the Arenui. This is going to be an incredible itinerary to North Raja Ampat, probably the most photogenic area in all of Indonesia. See the exact route below. The itinerary includes the rarely dove Pulau Ayu region of Raja Ampat. Rod Klein will be on board for both charters to offer advice, seminars, and photoshop assitance to any interested guests.

Check out Rod's latest article on his last Arenui trip to Raja Ampat.

Email sandra@thearenui.com for more details.

arenui with Rod Klein to raja ampat

raja ampat on the Arenui

The route leaves Sorong and travels through the northern Raja Ampat region.

Arenui liveaboard

The Arenui is a new top of the line boutique liveaboard with routes throughout Indonesia.

 room on the Arenui liveaboard

Cabin on the Arenui liveaboard. Cabins are at least 17 square meters, have a private en-suite bathroom and individually controlled air conditioning.


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