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Sardine Run 2014 – The Holiday Diary

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It’s Sunday morning, day one. The alarm clock shows 6.00 am and its beeping makes it very clear that it’s time to get up. It’s still dark outside, the coffee fragrance is in the air leading us to the breakfast lounge of the Umkomaas lodge; a few muffins satisfy the stomach and get us ready to go. The equipment is all set-up, the wetsuits are on and the boat is loaded. It’s not often to see people getting up before dawn with a smile on the face, but when your early wakening anticipates two dives packed of sharks, then the perspective totally changes. The launch with our speedboat is still the same: hold on tight, put your feet in the straps and the jumping and slalom between the waves kicks the day off. The first dive is a baited dive, but not before having attracted a few dozen blacktip sharks around the boat. We kit-up and with a rollback we are in what looks more like a shark soup then a place in the Indian ocean. The washing machine drum full of smelly fish hangs at an eight meter depth and we’re looking all around at the blacktips getting crazy…

The Hammerhead Triangle – Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo

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So, you like sharks? Big sharks? Hammerhead sharks? Then the Hammerhead triangle is where you want to be in your next diving holiday. Hammerhead sharks Their bizarre shape, their wave-motion and their powerful grace makes this animal one of the most sough-after sharks. This shark variety may reach the 6 meters size and weigh up to 580 kg; the particular hammer-shape consents the shark to a 360 degrees eyesight. Their habits are not the most common among other sharks: they swim in schools during the day and hunt solitarily at night. Hammerheads can been spotted in warm waters, along the coastline of many places in the world but there is a special place where they particularly like to hang around: the hammerheads triangle. The hammerheads triangle The imaginary triangle formed between Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo islands is a well-known location in the scuba diving community for its massive presence of hammerheads sharks. These three islands confine some of the best diving spots in the world where you can see of up to 200 / 300 hammerheads swimming in schools. Situated west of Central America, this golden triangle is formed among three different countries: Galapagos Islands, situated 1,000 km of the…

Fit for a Nature Documentary: Amazing Migrations You Can Personally Experience

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With our vast access to nature-themed channels, documentary specials and a plethora of self-made online videos, the incredible feats that animals are capable of can often seem mundane. So let’s put it in perspective! With regular exercise and a well balanced diet, a rookie marathon runner could take 16 weeks to get in tip-top shape for a race. It’s an impressive accomplishment for many of us humans. However, the ocean’s marathons would put to shame the 26 miles (42 kilometres) that our races’ entail and they don’t even practice! More so, the motivation for marine life is certainly not about staying in shape. Instead, animals put their bodies to the ultimate test for the reward of obtaining essential food sources or arriving at safe havens where they can procreate. In addition, many of these crucial migrations occur in large masses thereby attracting many other species to the commotion. As if it were the ocean Olympics, predators, prey and the opportunists of the sea gather at these monumental events. These aquatic athletes utilize their unique attributes to win life or death battles but will make the ultimate sacrifice for someone else (often for their own young). As an ocean lover, the…

6 different types of scuba divers

6 Types of Divers – Which Group are You in?

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Have you ever asked yourself “What kind of diver am I?” We did, and this article wants to be a witty way to divide us in different groups. Read the various descriptions and then write in the comments which group fits you best. Don’t take it too seriously of course ;) The deep diver The blue is what fascinates you, you’re always the first to start the descent and the first to hit the bottom. In shallow dives you always hope you had taken with you a shovel to dig a bit deeper. Narcosis is like a drug for you, it doesn’t scare you, you need it! Your ideal diving curve is around the 0 minutes to the no decompression time. The tech diver You have a mathematical mind. You’re probably the only diver who likes tables and decompression theory. You read all the articles you find on the argument, keeping updated. Even when doing recreational dives, you like to show off your peak-performance wing bcd and your DIR setup. You take diving seriously and, let’s admit it, patronising a bit the recreational divers. The gadget diver The part you most like of your scuba gear is without any doubt…

Luxury scuba diving holiday

Luxury Holiday or a New Way of Diving?

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Imagine… no sounds, you’re flying free in the light blue water, fish come closer than what you expect, you look around and no one is scaring them, no one is swimming in front of your perfect picture, no one is pushing you to see the rare nudibranch you’ve just spotted. It’s just you enjoying your free time, your holiday, how it is supposed to be, without stress, in total peace. Your personal diving instructor is keeping an eye on you and when you tell him it’s time you both emerge and reach the boat. This is what some people call “a luxury dive”; this is what we believe every dive should be. Is this a dream or is it reality? This is what you should experience in your holidays, when you dive: pure relax and fun. Why? Because you should make the most out of your free time. Let’s not call them luxury holidays; let’s set this as a standard for your vacations. This is why EDA offers you a Personal Diver™, a private diving instructor that will be your scuba buddy underwater and your personal assistant on the surface. Your Personal Diver™ meets you at your hotel, in your…