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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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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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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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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4 Liveaboards in Djibouti that take you to snorkel & scuba dive with whale sharks!

Djibouti! Where? Djibouti! A very very unknown country in the horn of Africa. I first heard about this place when I was on a trip in Indonesia. There I met Mat, an American guy who had worked in a dive center down there. He told me the diving around there is something different – something unique. Especially as there are apparently many many whale sharks! Encounters with Whale Sharks are especially common from October to February, whilst year round there are sightings of dolphins, manta rays, pilot whales and many…

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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 dayDiver on a liveaboard: $10,- per…

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11 Scuba Records from the Guiness Book of World Records

The Guiness World Records book holds many different records, including some scuba diving related! Dutch Mermaid took the time to go through the book and found 10 interesting records obtained by scuba divers! 1. Largest Underwater Human Pyramid; 62 people! On the 15th of October 2013 there were 62 divers in Koh Tao Thailand that created together the largest underwater pyramid registered in the book. When researching more about this on the internet I also found an attempt in 2016 in Egypt with more than 100 divers, but no records…

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