Underwater photographer and environmental educator Annie Crawley has an incredible, magical manta encounter in Indonesia. At a time when mantas are in desperate need of protection, scuba divers need to be educated about these magnificent animals.
The beauty, impressive biodiversity and relative health of the reefs off Thailand's Phi Phi islands have made them legendary among scuba divers. These islands offer up many attractions big and small – from macro critters like nudibranchs to regular sightings of zebra sharks.
Blackbeard's Cruises offers live-aboard scuba diving travel vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. Three sailboats — Sea Explorer, Morning Star and Pirate's Lady — take guests for a week of diving on various itineraries in the Exumas, Southwest Eleuthera, Little San Salvador and Bimini.