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Dive Log is the premier scuba diving monthly magazine that provides all the latest scuba news and information from across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. You can read our monthly magazine free by clicking on the Latest Edition tab, HERE or find it at your nearest Newsagent for $4.95. Dive Log is also available at selected dive stores and on your tablet or mobile phone by clicking HERE . Each month we look at the key issues that effect us all as divers as well as look at great diving locations in the region as well as the perfect scuba diving holiday destinations. We also review the latest diving equipment and gear and scuba courses and certifications, to ensure you are always up to date with the latest and best things happening in the scuba diving industry.

DISCOVER DIVING WTH ARENUI LIVEABOARD 
By MIKE SCOTLAND

SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S CUTTLEFISH
By JONATHAN BIRD

PORT VILA'S WRECKS

By PIERRE LARUE

This region features an extremely rich biodiversity born of a land of contrasts: from warm waters and tropical species, to cooler currents with temperate ocean life. Offering such a diverse range of dive sites and special features, it’s no surprise the Komodo National Park was awarded ‘New 7 Wonder of Nature’ status in 2011.

For divers, Komodo is a great chance to enjoy all your favourite types of diving styles. Pack your log-book with everything from exhilarating drift dives, to treasure-hunting muck dives…. shallow reefs to deep water sea mounts …. coral gardens and fantastic wall dives to pinnacles and open ocean dives. Meet creatures great and small, from manta and mola to pygmies and nudis. All this, while sailing through a stunning island landscape.

 


Everyone knows that Australia has some of the best scuba diving on Earth and it extends beyond the ubiquitous Great Barrier Reef.   The cooler waters of South Australia contain a surprising diversity of life.  For divers willing to brave the winter water temperatures, Point Lowly near Whyalla hosts an epic annual event that should be on ever diver’s bucket list:  the spawning of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish.   Not only are these the largest cuttlefish in the world, reaching nearly a meter long, but they gather in huge numbers, making their spawning event the largest cuttlefish aggregation in the world.

Nobody is quite sure why the cuttlefish all seem to converge on a relatively small bay in the Spencer Gulf to spawn every year, but this annual event brings more than 100,000 cuttlefish into close proximity of each other, and the shore.


THE STAR OF RUSSIA CLIPPER

Our dive boat takes off in the direction of the eastern end of Port Vila's calm, deep channel. It takes only ten minutes to reach the buoy marking our first wreck: the Star of Russia clipper. We descend vertically into the dark waters where the visibility is less than eight metres. Our guide leads the way. A school of scads surrounds us, two friendly Platax teira batfishes escort us. Thirty metres down we level off in order to work our way comfortably along the beams of the upper deck. The interior of this large 84 metre steel sailing ship is easily reached because the floor has long disappeared – it rests 36 metres down on a bed of silt.

The imposing metal masts are lying on the port side. In this glaucous decor Christian stays in the background, with two projectors on to allow me to photograph a cap of topmasts.

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