New Bi-weekly Travel Column

Underwater Photography Guide starts new Travel Column

Biweekly travel column will come out the 1st and 15th of each month

 

"Across the Globe Behind the Lens"

 

Welcome to “Across the Globe Behind the Lens” a new feature column designed to give the traveling underwater photographer the travel end of everything you need to know to go out and get those coffee table book images you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live in a place where we can walk out our back door and dive a site worthy of thousands of exposures with endless tantalizing subjects. Those amazing images, the ones we want to shoot and the ones that win contests not only take great technique and great gear but a great dive location as well.

 

new underwater photography travel column

 

Southeast Asia

Best Diving & Underwater Photography Locations in Southeast Asia

 

Asia has some of the best dive locations in the world for underwater photography, especially in the golden triangle, which connects bali, borneo, philippines, and the solomon islands.

 

I'd hike to highlight 4 land-based locations that offer everything I look for in a underwater photography destination - great diving, low cost, easy access from a major airport, and good dive guides.

 

Other locations may also offer great diving, but costs or travel time might be higher, the sites might be too crowded, or access is only by liveaboard.

 

Diving Anilao, Bunaken, Lembeh, and Bali:

 

Anilao diving and underwater photography - macro and nudibranch heaven!

 

Lembeh straits diving and underwater photography - muck diving capital of the world.

 

Bunaken diving and underwater photography - great wide-angle, walls, coral, and lots of fish

 

Bali diving and underwater photography - macro, big fish, walls, wrecks, coral - bali has it all

 

Sipadan - great diving with barracudas, bumpheads, jacks and turtles, with good muck nearby also.

Lots of big fish at Sipadan, but permits restrict diving at Sipadan island, and the diving there can be crowded.

 

Ambon - great muck sites with frogfish and rhinopias.

Ambon can just be a little harder to get to than other places, which is a draw for some people.

 

Raja Ampat diving - famous for healthy fish populations, beautiful reefs, mangrove swamps with clear water and corals

Best done by liveaboard, Raja is more difficult to get to, and more expensive - but offers excellent wide-angle opportunities.

 

Papua New Guinea diving - is known for great muck, nudibranchs, healthy reefs, and great fish diversity

PNG can be expensive to visit due to the local flights, but well worth it. 

 

Komodo Islands - best done by Liveaboard, Komodo islands offer a little of everything with some extra current thrown in for good measure.

Best dove May - Sept. The southern areas can get a little cold. Best dove with currents!

 

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