MV Oceania Puzzle – Anemone Fish

The most luxurious and comfortable liveaboard you can find in Papua New Guinea is without a doubt the MV Oceania. This beautiful catamaran sails, depending on the time of year, all around Papua New Guinea. Walindi is the MV Oceania’s home base (great base to start your scuba trip from or extend your scuba holiday).  Diving in Papua New Guinea is incredibly diverse and colourful. One of the very frequently seen creatures is the pink skunk anemone fish. Mike Workman, trip director on the MV Oceania, took a beautiful picture…

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Rabaul-Kokopo Puzzle

One morning in Port Moresby (capital of Papua New Guinea), I met Gavin Cathcart – owner of Rabaul-Kokopo-Dive. When he told me that every morning his dive shop got visited by 200/300 spinner dolphins…. I couldn’t believe it! I knew I had to see that for myself. And I did…..! Enjoy making this puzzle. It’s a picture that I took myself whilst in the water with them. Oh and once you’re finished (but only once you’re finished…) check out the video too!

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Scuba / Ocean Cookie Cutters

A while ago I bought a bunch of ocean / scuba themed cookie cutters. The idea was to use them to make cookies with my niece Esmee. But as right now that isn’t possible. I’m writing this as Corona has taken over the world. Instead I decided to bake an apple pie at home and decorate the top with my manta ray cutter and other ocean animals. So if you’re like me, stuck at home and enjoy baking, check out some of these cute scuba cookie cutters below. Manta Ray…

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9 Movies about the ocean

A couple of day ago Mares asked scuba divers, on facebook, about their favorite Dive Films and Dive Documentaries. I scrolled through the recommendations and got together a list of 9 movies that are related to Scuba Diving and/or the beautiful ocean. The last one is on YouTube and you can watch it right on this page! Do you have any more recommendations? Or would you like to write a movie review about one of these scuba diving movies? Contact me and let’s talk!  Chasing Coral NETFLIX ORIGINAL Coral reefs…

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I learned scuba diving in Jamaica

One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was to learn how to Scuba Dive. Once I was underwater, in full equipment I thought to myself…. why did it take me so long to take this step? I learned to scuba dive when I was 25, in a town called Ocho Rios, in Jamaica. Learning the theory from a hammock So when you take your first course, usually the Open Water course, there’s quite a bit you need to study! Many people  choose to already do the…

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9 Pair of perfect shoes for Scuba Divers

9 Pair of perfect shoes for scuba divers You love scuba diving! I love scuba diving! You love shoes! I love shoes! See where this is going? :p  Sadly we can’t always be scuba diving…. but here are some nice every day shoes you can get your hands on (feet in).  All shoes are sold on Amazon. The Dolphin Sneaker (left bottom) also comes in a Manatee version and more aquatic patterns. Same goes for the Canvas Vintage Dive Shoes. Lots of options! Happy Shopping <3 Gnarly Tees Scuba Sneakers…

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Dive report: Juliet Liveaboard in the Bahamas

Liveaboard Bahamas MY Juliet

In November 2019 M. Kruk and his wife boarded the MY Juliet. A sailing and scuba diving yacht, that moves around in the Caribbean. Their itinerary was sailing and diving around the Bahamas. M. Kruk wrote up this Dive Report and is sharing it with the readers of Dutch Mermaid. Enjoy! Ps. also all pictures are taken by the Kruk’s!  Sailing and Diving in the Bahamas My wife and I recently completed a Bahamas trip on the Juliet which departed November 2 – 8. It was a wonderful and truly…

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World War II landtour in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of those perfect scuba dive destinations where you can combine really good diving with some interesting land excursions. During my stay in Rabaul I did a landtour with Rabaul-Kokopo Dive where I visited many different sites that told the rich WWII history. During WWII Rabaul was in hands of the Japanese. During that time the Japanese build many underground buildings, forcing locals and prisoners, to build the tunnels for them. There’s even a 5 floor deep underground hospital. A lot of that time has been…

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Spinner Dolphins in Rabaul Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

The Spinner Dolphins of Papua New Guinea One of the main attractions in Rabaul-Kokopo are the Spinner dolphins. Every morning approximately 200 to 300 show up. Ready to play at the bow of the boat! With the dive Rabaul-Kokopo Dive I went there one morning and shot this little video ❤ Spinner Dolphins are quite small dolphins that live off-shore in tropical waters. They’re known for jumping out of the water and “spinning”. Sometimes they’re also called Long-Snouted dolphins. They’re on avarage 130cm upto 230cm and weight anywhere between 23kg and 79kg.…

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Great Liveaboard deals to the Maldives with Emperor!

An absolute bucketlist destionation for any scuba diver is ofcourse the Maldives! Right now Emperor is having a bit of a sale on a few of their boats in the Maldives – so if you were looking to book your next scuba diving holiday to the Maldives… Look no further! The Pelagic life in the Maldives …. Eagle Ray Grey Reef Shark Sea Turtle Eagle Rays Nurse Shark Manta Ray How to get to the Maldives Most Emperor liveaboards depart from the capital Male. This makes travelling very easy as…

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