Tufi Resort – Blenny Puzzle

One of the most magical Scuba Diving places I’ve ever visited is hands down the Tufi Resort in Papua New Guinea. It’s only about an hour flight away from the capital, Port Moresby. PNG Air will fly you right to the doorstep of the resort (runway literally at the edge of resort) in about an hours time. With water temperatures of about 27-30C and great visibility (20m+) you’re in for a real treat at this resort. You can find loads of macro diving inside the “fjords” of Tufi and you…

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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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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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Safaga – Egypt’s best kept scuba secret

Hammerheads Egypt

Where can you see Manta Rays, Whalesharks, Hammerheads and Dolphins? In Safaga, Egypt! Safaga is a small little beach town, about an hour from the International airport of Hurghada. There are some resorts and hotels but it’s a nice combination of local Egyptians and tourists in one spot. Without the noises and shopping malls of Hurghada. Without getting harassed on the street to get you to buy something. No, it’s all very easy going and oh yeah, the diving… it’s breathtaking! Last year I was lucky enough to do 2…

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The invisible Leafy Seadragon’s of South Australia

Last month me and my boyfriend went on a road trip through Australia. One of the places we decided to stop was Adelaide. The reason? Leafy Sea Dragons. What are Leafy Seadragons? Leafy Seadragons are beautiful mystical creatures that really exist. They can grow as big as 43cm but usually when they’re spotted they’re around 30cm. They live in and near seaweeds and seagrass beds often at edges of the reef or near jetties. They blend in really well with their surroundings and that’s a good thing because they’ve nothing…

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Red Sea on Strike – No scuba diving this weekend!

Suddenly on Friday night (last night at the time of writing this), posts started to appear on Facebook from several dive centers in Egypt that they were going on strike this weekend. The reason? The Egyptian government announced new scuba diving and snorkeling taxes a day earlier. When these taxes are starting, you ask? Today! (28 Dec’ 19). Yikes!! The new Dive and Snorkel Taxes in Egypt So what taxes are we talking about? Glad you asked! Diver/snorkeler on a day boat: $5,- per day Diver on a liveaboard: $10,-…

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Finding a dive buddy in Bonaire

dive buddy

The last few weeks several people have contacted me and asked me how you find a buddy on Bonaire…. Realizing this is a hot topic I decided to do a bit of research and contacted several dive shops on Bonaire for their input! After reading this article you’ll know exactly how to find a dive buddy on Bonaire. When you’re on your own on a boat dive, you often get paired with another “solo” diver or if everyone brought their friends with the dive guide. But that doesn’t really work…

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PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty in Bonaire

Green Sea Turtle in Bonaire

One of the most fun dive courses that I ever took was the “Sea Turtle Awareness Distinctive Specialty” with Dive Friends Bonaire. Together with PADI and the NGO Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire this specialty was designed in 2014  and it’s a great way to learn about Sea Turtles in Bonaire! Before I tell you more about the PADI specialty in detail I’d like to take a moment to emphasize on the collaboration between several parties in Bonaire to make this course the success it is. First of all there’s Dive…

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