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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.
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?
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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.