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Top Dive Spots in Thailand
In contrast to many other dive sites in the world, Thailand also has the advantage of offering many different possibilities for excursions even on diving-free days. This makes Thailand an ideal destination for diving holidays. [more]
To the end of the earth
One hundred years ago, Antarctica was the last unexplored continent on our planet.In the Antarctic summer, I had the opportunity to experience this unique landmass for myself. [more]
Seychellen-Trauminseln im Indischen Ozean
Die zahllosen Riffe begeistern mit ihrem unglaublichen Fischreichtum. Bei fast jedem Tauchgang können Haie, Rochen und Schildkröten beobachtet werden.
Tauchen in Milford Sound, NZ
Der beeindruckende Fjord bietet Sporttauchern die einmalige Gelegenheit die einzigartige Unterwasserwelt der Tiefsee kennenzulernen.
Mit den Trümmern der ehemaligen Torpedoversuchsanstalt gehört der Tollensesee bei Neubrandenburg zu den interessantesten Tauchgewässern in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. [mehr]
Es müssen nicht immer die Malediven sein
Außergewöhnliche Tauchplaetze gibt es auch in Deutschland. So bieten die Seen einzigartige Taucherlebnisse und die Ostsee ist das Seegebiet mit der höchsten Wrack-Dichte der Welt... [mehr]
Geschichte des Sporttauchens in der DDR
Erinnerungen an die "Jungen Wilden", die so ab 1950 mit Eigenbau-Kreislaufgeräten in der ehemaligen DDR unter Wasser gingen...
Rechtstipps für Schatztaucher
Was ist ein Schatz und wem gehört er? Welche Pflichten hat der Finder? Wann erwirbt der Finder das Eigentum an der gefundenen Sache? [mehr]
Fujairah - Diving on the edge of the desert (United Arab Emirates)
Off the metropolises of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is the Emirate of Fujairah. Desert sand and sunshine abound here. Fujairah is increasingly focusing on tourism, because the Emirate has a special treasure: an exotic underwater world with hard and soft corals and a huge fish wealth. Fujairah offers a varied underwater world and the infrastructure is well geared to explore the exciting dive sites. We would like to introduce three dive sites here.
Meet the Bull Sharks (Mexico)
The real reason I went to Mexico was actually to photograph the fauna and flora in freshwater cavern areas far away from the ocean. Here in the jungle, there are colorful cichlids, tooth carp, catfish and tetrasa, all of which we know from our native aquariums, as well as blind cave fish and turtles. But I was drawn to the ocean when I was given the opportunity by a small group of adventurous divers to swim with bull sharks.
Shark 'n Surf in South Africa
Ever since Steven Spielberg’s underwater blockbuster ‘Jaws’ hit cinemas in 1975, people who swim in the sea have been divided into two camps: those who hope that they’ll never come face-to-face with a shark, and those who actively seek them out. I am one of the latter. Inspired by the celebrated film and its anti-hero, the great white shark, I try to dive with the elegant hunters whenever and wherever I can. On this occasion, I was in the coastal town of Gansbaai, two hours south of Cape Town.
Mola mola - Meet the Gigantic Ocean Sunfish in Bali (Indonesia)
"I recently saw a puffer fish." Nothing too special about that, some might think. "But this particular pufferfish was as tall as a small building." The usual reaction to this statement is wide-eyed disbelief. Or people think, maybe after inhaling too much nitrogen, that I’ve lost my mind... But this is a true story. In mid-November I went diving south of Bali on the island of Nusa Penida and met one of the most fascinating and mystical creatures on earth - the gigantic ocean sunfish.
Behind the bars - Great White Shark Cage Diving in South Africa (South Africa)
Equipped with a spacious protective cage, some tuna fish, large quantities of blood, and the heads of several sevengill grey sharks, I set out in June in search of one of the ocean’s most feared predators, the great white shark. There is probably no better place in the world for diving with great whites than Gansbaai. The small town at the southern tip of South Africa is considered “the great white capital of the world”.
Jungle Diving - In the realm of jaguars, crocodiles and snakes (Mexico)
Yucatan, Mexico – here you can find jungle-covered temples, stunning nature and diving paradises. The name means pearl at the neck of the earth. The longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and the second largest coral reef in the world are located here. In contrast, the rivers, lakes and huge marshes inland go almost unnoticed. It is paradise for water birds, frogs, reptiles, and aquatic mammals. Above all, the bodies of water provide a unique habitat for freshwater fish.
When we think of treasure hunts, we usually conjure up images of far-off lands and death-defying adventures; from the pirates of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ to Steve Spielberg’s Indiana Jones crashing through jungles with little but an ancient map and a whip in his backpack. So in comparison, the idea of going on a treasure hunt in Germany seems somewhat absurd. But here in Germany, there are countless lost treasures that are just waiting to be found...
The depths of the seas house the largest museum in the world: the museum of shipwrecks. According to estimates, about three million ships have gone to a watery grave over the centuries. From violent storms to wild pirate battles to theatres of war, anyone willing to take the plunge into this world will learn a lot from each shipwreck’s moving story. Big or small, each wreck tells its own unique story that will leave a lasting impression on those ready to dive into their history.
Plane wrecks It doesn’t matter if they crashed in tragic circumstances or whether they were intentionally sunk to make an artificial reef - diving down to aircraft wrecks is something very special. The plane wrecks have something haunting about them that is difficult to put into words. Many questions arise: Why did the plane crash? Who was the pilot? What’s their story? Every wreck dive is a journey into the past - mystical and exciting.
The Airplane Wrecks of Renaissance Island (Aruba)
It is possible to find A Convair CV 240 lying some 300 meters off the shores of Aruba’s Renaissance Island at a depth of only 12 meters. This aircraft was the first twin-engine airliner built by the American manufacturer Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation to have a pressurized cabin. It was produced from 1947 to 1958 and remained in use for short-haul operations with major airlines until the mid-Sixties. The aircraft was still being used in Asia, Africa and Central and South America up until the year 2000.
The Search for a Lost British Bomber in a Lake near Berlin (Germany)
At the beginning of World War II, Commander-in-Chief of the German Luftwaffe Hermann Göring declared during a radio address: "No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Göring. You may call me Meyer.” The joke lay in the fact that the name was common and undecorated in Germany at the time. However, only a few years later, Adolf Hitler’s trusted advisor and war-chief was forced to make good on his promise. In 1940, Göring apparently introduced himself as Herr Meyer on arrival at a Berlin air-raid shelter while taking refuge from one of the many Allied bomber units that had started to decimate Germany’s cities.
An Aegean Wreck: The German Warplane that Chronicles the Battle of Crete (Greece)
About 800m off the coast of the small village of Anissaras near Hersonissos (Chersónissos) on the Greek island of Crete lies one of the most famous dive sites in the Mediterranean Sea. At the bottom of the Aegean Sea, at a depth of 24m, lays the well-preserved wreckage of a German World War II Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter. The question is, was the German airplane shot down during "Operation Mercury" in May 1941?
X Marks the Spot - The Hunt for Lake Stolpsee’s Nazi Gold (Germany)
One particularly fascinating diving spot just an hour and half drive from Berlin is Lake Stolpsee. With a 371-hectare surface area, it’s the largest lake in the Uckermarks Lakes Nature Park. Himmelfort, which is located on the lake’s north eastern shore, is perhaps best known as Germany’s number one postal address for letters to Santa Claus. However, the lake holds a much larger secret: A Nazi treasure said to lurk at the bottom of the lake...
Treasure Stories from the Salzkammergut (Austria)
The Salzkammergut. This region in northern Austria, around the towns of Bad Ischl and Hallstatt, was a refuge for many prominent Nazi figures during the last days of World War II. Rumours quickly spread of embezzled money, war coffers and gold that had been left at the bottom of Salzkammergut’s lakes. Since then, divers and treasure hunters from all over the world have come to the Salzkammergut to seek their illicit fortunes.
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German lake diving It doesn't always have to be the Maldives. For diving enthusiasts, Germany’s lakes cater to lots of different tastes. All the way from natural lakes to the excavator’s hole, there is a large selection of german diving sites with different depths and varied visibility. Here, we introduce some of them...
Descend into the past Strolling along the shores of the Baltic Sea, you can often discover stray parts from underwater wrecks that have been spat out onto Germany’s beaches. In fact, lots of local gardens are often littered with old anchors, ship fittings and frames. And it’s no wonder. The Baltic boasts some of the highest numbers of shipwrecks in the world. In the German coastal area of Fischland and Darß alone, an estimated 500 ships have been involved in accidents. The Baltic coast tells their story...
Diving into time travel
The Scuba diving museum in Berlin's south east houses an extensive collection of exhibits from 70 years of diving history. Among the exhibits are objects found in local lakes and rivers, as well as pioneering equipment from the early beginnings of recreational diving. That includes homemade scuba-compressors, underwater cameras, historical diving suits, and much, much more...
The Caribbean: a diver's paradise
The island world of the Caribbean is a Mecca for divers and treasure hunters. Aquatic enthusiasts come for the warm, crystal clear waters, colorful corals and flamboyant fish, as well as the stories of sunken Spanish galleons and hidden pirate treasures. Here you can discover your own diving paradise almost anywhere. To this day, countless adventurers dive in the Caribbean in search of lost wrecks and sunken riches.
Asia's dive sites could not be more diverse. For starters, there are the classic dive sites of the Indian Ocean. Then there’s the Far East, where huge fish, vibrant coral gardens, tiny multi-coloured molluscs and a never-ending selection of water critters boggle the mind. There’s also the stunning world of jungle-dwelling freshwater fish, the under-explored submarine world of the Himalayas and Central Asia. Diving in Asia never ceases to surprise...
Africa: a continent of contrasts
Surrounding Africa, there are the fringe reefs of the Red Sea coast, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the spectacular big fish of southern Africa, and the rugged Atlantic coast of the west. Large freshwater lakes and river systems also cover this stunning continent, making it a paradise for fish, amphibians, water birds, and all kinds of flora and fauna.
Oceania's ocean - Australia, New Zealand
This part of the world is often described as the land of milk and honey or divers. With the Great Barrier Reef in the north, the Ningaloo Reef in the west, and the underwater world of Tasmania and New Zealand in the south, the continent offers countless breath-taking dive sites. And Oceania’s endless body of water, with all its intertwining islands of coral, is still relatively untapped.
The USA and Canada offer fascinating dive sites on both the Atlantic and Pacific coast. But the interior landmass is also covered with a multitude of wild, winding lakes and rivers, just waiting to be explored. The pioneers of the New World may be long gone, but there’s still a never-ending range of underwater sites to discover...
Arctis & Antarctica
The polar regions are as hostile to human life above water as they are welcoming to flora and fauna under water. Here you can discover new territory and wildlife literally every time you dive. To protect this unique natural environment, the world’s largest marine reserve has been established here.
Germany - Diving on your doorstep
In addition to the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts, the local lakes, rivers and ponds offer an exciting underwater world. Old wrecks, sunken settlements and flooded mines are waiting to be discovered. But it’s not only the landscape; the native flora and fauna - pikes, perches, eels, catfish and distinctive plant belts - make diving in Germany a truly memorably experience. You don’t always have to go great distances for great dives.
With its clear waters, steep walls and numerous historic wrecks, the Mediterranean is the nursery of modern diving. Here Hans Haas and Jacques Cousteau made their first dives. And while alive, their fascination for Europe’s underwater world never died. The rugged coasts of the Atlantic and Northern Europe also offer countless beautiful dive sites.
Between Two Continents - Diving the Silfra Fissure in Iceland (Iceland)
My first trip to Iceland led me to the famed Silfra fissure, where the Eurasian and the American continental plates drift slowly away from each other. The site lies about 40 km away from Reykjavik, with the gap running between the two continental plates filled with crystal clear water. It is considered to be one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world. The area is particularly interesting from a geological point of view. It is a continuation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the continental plates of Eurasia and America float apart, with the gap widening at an average of about 2 cm per year. This phenomenon can clearly be seen at the Alamannagjá Gorge near the national park of Thingvillir (Pingvillr). For Icelanders, Thingvellir is a magical place that is inseparably linked to the country’s history.
Journey to the Arctic Ocean - In the Kingdom of Giant crabs, Whales and Polar Bears (Norway)
The Arctic is the fascinating landscape that lies beyond the Arctic Circle. It remains dark here for most of the year and the scenery is nearly always covered with ice and snow. But in summer, the area is continuously in range of the sun. The almost constant light means that you can go diving almost twenty-four hours a day and observe the area’s unique wildlife. Only at night diving excursions are not readily available. Or does a dive under the midnight sun count as a night dive? The sight of the underwater world fascinated me. All kinds of green, brown and red algae, especially bladder wrack, had settled on the stony seabed in the shore area. On the leaves of the plants there are bubbles filled with gas, which provide buoyancy and maintain the plant’s trunk. The seaweed is anchored to the stony seabed with thin, root-like growths, a kind of adhesive claw. The plant area provides a habitat for a large number of fish and invertebrates: starfish, snails, mussels, hermit crabs, crabs and sculpins.
To the end of the earth: A Ship's Diary of a Voyage to Antarctica (Antarctica)
One hundred years ago, Antarctica was the last unexplored continent on our planet. For centuries, the mysterious southern continent stubbornly held out against conquest and discovery. The darkness of the polar night, which lasts months on end, could plunge explorers into madness. That’s only if they hadn’t perished at the hands of the icy cold. Eaten away by scurvy, slowly freezing to death beside the remnants of their ships, the fast-fading explorers would burn down their vessels to the waterline to eek out the last bit of heat from their boats before their final breath. Antartica is the coldest and windiest place on earth, drier than the Sahara and as cold as Mars. Despite these extreme conditions, the ice-cold seas around the continent are among the richest in species in the world. In the Antarctic summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to experience this unique landmass for myself. Not wanting to suffer the fate of my predecessors, I ventured south on board a warm, comfortable ship...
Diving in the Rocky Mountains (Canada)
Canada is the land of lakes and forests. Towering 800-year-old trees, raging rivers, crystal-clear lakes, and snow-capped mountains make a trip to western Canada a unique experience. This is the home of grizzlies, black bears, wolves, moose, and coyotes. For three weeks we drove with a campervan through this magnificent country, visiting the many stunning national parks that can be found between the Pacific Islands and the Rocky Mountains. I was eager to explore the Pacific coast as well as the mountain lakes of the Rockies, so throughout the journey I had my diving equipment packed away amongst my luggage.
Siberian Adventure - Diving in Lake Baikal (Russia)
In the summer of 2018 together with four other divers from Adlershof diving club, I made my way to one of the best freshwater diving spots in the world: Lake Baikal in eastern Russia. We had been told many times about the lake’s excellent visibility, its incredible drop offs and the unique fauna and flora living there. About two thirds of animal species that reside in its water are said to be endemic. Nothing to do with diseases, it means they live exclusively in Lake Baikal. If you take this into account, its obvious that we had high expectations for our diving trip to Siberia. Since tour operators were demanding incredibly high prices, we organized our trip by ourselves. We booked a flight with Aeroflot and some of our acquaintances put us in touch with Baikal locals Igor and Olga, who run a small guesthouse near the lake.
The Eight Wonder(s) of the World - "Deep diving" in Milford Sound (New Zealand)
Exceptional natural phenomena are often referred to as "the eighth wonder(s) of the world". One such example is Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island, but on this occasion, it definitely deserves the title. The impressive fjord offers recreational divers a unique opportunity to experience the underwater world of the deep sea with relative ease. Certain life forms can be observed in Milford Sound that you can only usually encounter aboard submersibles deep at the bottom of the ocean. For example, you can meet the world's largest colony of black coral, which usually only occurs 200 m to 1000 m below the water’s surface. Diving to such depths with compressed air alone would be impossible. This makes the waters of Milford Sound a true treasure of marine biology.