BVI: Tranquil Virgins

Back in 1971 I cruised into the British Virgin Islands and dropped anchor at Norman Island just off the famous caves that inspired Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. I never dreamed at the time that these islands would become a second home for me over the next two decades in the charter and dive industry. … Read more

The Noisy World

America has a coral barrier reef off the Florida Keys. While this is no challenge to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, it does have something Australia does not. For the past 25 years, hundreds of divers and snorkellers have come together for the annual Underwater Music Festival held at Looe Key Reef. Musician-divers mime on whimsical … Read more

Into the Deep

Just as a drive through some inner city areas might prompt a bit of defensive driving and safety precautions, your jump off the back of the boat into the deep should inspire some defensive “diving” and a solid understanding of the most identifiable potential hazards. Let’s take a short look at the usual suspects you … Read more

Lost in Translation

The diving experience is made up of a number of things. Just getting there at times involves days of transit via airplanes (some of dubious provenance), overnights in bizarre accommodations definitely not in the Travel & Leisure Top Ten, equally questionable local taxis or buses, and occasionally watercraft making the last connection that evokes memories … Read more