How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise

The shells of what was likely a pier on the island of Coiba, one of the few parts of the island that saw human activity. Once used as a penal colony, prisoners roamed the island—now one of the world's most well-preserved rainforets

For almost 100 years, Coíba in Panama was inhabited only by criminals and political prisoners. Now it’s one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

The largest island of the 38 islands contained in Coíba National Park, Coíba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,. Containing just over 120,000 acres, it makes those who visit its shores feel as if they’re stepping back in time to an era when the Earth was undeveloped.

In addition to the 1,450 plant species on the island, Coíba’s forests are filled with hundreds of unique animals, and pristine coral reefs lie just beyond Coíba’s beaches.

The island’s natural beauty, however, is an accidental case of conservation, attributable to the region’s dark past.


Pack Your Bags - St. Lucia

The twin volcanic spires of the Piton Mountains, surrounded by miles of unspoiled rainforest, make St. Lucia a nature-lover’s paradise.

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most traveled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

However, it’s the underwater seascapes that draw scuba divers here.



Responding to the possibility that terrorists may be able to hide explosives in electronic devices, the Transportation Security Administration is about to start new screening procedures for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide.

To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the TSA is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.

Following extensive testing and successful pilots at 10 airports, TSA plans to expand these measures to all U.S. airports during the weeks and months ahead.  The stronger security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® who are using TSA Pre✓® lanes. 



"Humorous" Kangaroo & Camera Near Adelaide, Australia photo by Stuart Westmoreland

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This "Walking" Fish Has Scientists Stumped

Watching this footage of a “walking” fish is quite amusing, but the research we did to make the video was just as enjoyable and enlightening for us. Commonly known as a stingfish, this aquatic pedestrian was filmed off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. However, attempts to positively identify the odd fish stirred up an unexpected and lively debate among the experts whom we asked for help (0:58), leading some to wonder: could this possibly be a new, undescribed species?

—Jennifer Murphy, producer/editor



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Every month thru Dec 2017, We are GIVING AWAY one dive or leisure package

To the GEM of  BELIZE

 St. George’s Caye Resort




To Travel Is To Eat


Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.
Dive travel takes us to far and exotic lands.  And if, while there, the food is not sampled and enjoyed, it is a great loss towards a true understanding and appreciation of the land.  Street Food is a great place to experience the different cultures.


Take Great UW Photos

Brian Skerry - Spotted Dolphins ( Stenella frontalis) in the Bahamas.

Tips from the Pros

Seems like everyone’s a halfway decent photographer these days thanks to better gear, flashy phones and clever digital filters. When it comes to underwater photography, though, few people have what it takes.

Perfect sub-aquatic images involve a new level of skills, like framing a shot while maintaining buoyancy and not getting eaten by predators.

So where to start?

Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean

Photo by Stephen Mallon

It’s not every day you see a series of photos clearly documenting someone with a front end loader pushing industrial waste directly into the ocean without any care of secrecy or stealth. Photographer Stephen Mallon captured this series of pictures over three years to document the unusual methods that New York City uses to dispose of its subway cars,

but before you jump to conclusions, be sure to click the link on the bottom, because this dumping has a secret purpose!

New York City has developed a special way to get rid of broken-down subway cars…


Flying After Diving

Prior to the advent of the iPad, airplanes carried an extensive "aircraft library" of technical manuals.

A group  associated with DAN Europe published the results of a new flying-after-diving study in March.  The results are intriguing and may lead some divers to wonder if it is time to revisit the flying-after-diving guidelines.

This was the first in-flight study of real-life dive exposures, and there are two important findings from it that divers should appreciate. First, there was great variability in postdive bubble degree, and it is important to note that the same divers seemed to consistently exhibit either low or high bubble production. The second important finding of this study is that flying in a commercial aircraft even after a 24-hour surface interval can produce bubbles in divers’ blood.


U.S. Postal Sharks Stamps


The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. 

Each realistic stamp image is labeled by species: “MAKO SHARK,” “THRESHER SHARK,” “GREAT WHITE SHARK,” “WHALE SHARK,” and “HAMMERHEAD SHARK.” Styled in lowercase letters, the words “usa forever” also appear on each stamp.


Critters in Romblon, Philippines

By Pipat Cat Kosumlaksamee

Romblon is the perfect dive destination for fans of rare macro and super macro critters, underwater macro and super macro photographers but also divers, who enjoy scuba diving in untouched dive sites. Diving in Romblon are highly diverse, from hard coral formations, soft coral gardens, caves and cliffs with large Gorgonias to sand/muck and colorful shallow water dive sites.

Diving with Three P Holiday & Dive Resort

The Firefish

also known as the Firefish or the Fire Dartfish are often mistaken for Gobies, instead belong to the family Pteroleotridae

The Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica) are beautiful and peaceful marine fish from the Indo-Pacific. They feature a yellow head and a body that from white gradually to red and a characteristic elongated first ray on the forward dorsal fin.

They are all born female, the most dominant individuals morphing into a male.


Ears and Diving


Don’t let your ears ruin your dives!

You’ve completed your final checks; you jump into the water, signal to show you’re ready and begin your decent. You try to equalize, but nothing happens, you try again but still nothing happens and now you feel discomfort.

Do you continue trying to descend or end your dive before it has even begun? It is incredible to think that almost every diver at some point in their diving career will suffer with ear and equalizing issues.


The winners of the of the 2017 edition of the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival.


As technology continues to transform the dive industry, we the image-makers prosper. With brighter lights, bigger sensors, higher resolutions and better optics come the ability to capture subjects and behaviors never before obtainable. The short film, “The Not So Silent World”, combines all these advents in technology with a fresh perspective on the post-production process. Through an untraditional approach to editing and the addition of sound effects, this film takes you into “the muck” like never before.

1st place: tied Dustin Adamson, Stay With Us – Part II, Stay longer, tied with Evan Sherman, The not so silent world.


Free Airfare to Mexico


On select 2017 Quino El Guardian Live-Aboard Dive Trips get FREE AIRFARE of $300 per person!

So incredibly remote yet easy to get to with it’s abundant life, playful sea lions and whale sharks in Playa de Los Angeles

Unique itineraries including schools of mobula rays, sea lion colonies, giant schools of fish and more

Over seven species of sharks, giant Manta Rays, schools of jacks, inquisitive dolphins, humpback whales and whale sharks


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