On this version of Ask a Journey Knowledgeable, dive journey author Terry Ward tackles photograph holidays, drysuit adventures and manta encounters.

Q: I’m into macro images however my dive buddy shoots wide-angle. What locations make for a dream journey the place we are able to each get our photograph repair?

A: So many spots ship photogenic critters and wide-angle views on the identical website or inside shut vary, particularly for those who’re diving by liveaboard. However for locations open to U.S. vacationers proper now, look to Caribbean places like Bonaire, Curaçao, the Bay Islands of Honduras and Cozumel to tick each bins, says Cammie Akins, vp of Caradonna Dive Adventures. For divers seeking to journey farther afield, she says, the Crimson Sea and the Maldives are each open and supply a mix of small topics for macro lovers and massive views for wide-angle pictures.

Q: The place’s place to get drysuit licensed and have a journey journey proper now?


A: At time of publication, Iceland is open to vaccinated and beforehand contaminated vacationers. Unvaccinated vacationers require a destructive COVID check as much as 72 hours earlier than arrival. I had the possibility to brush up on my drysuit diving abilities in Iceland final June at Silfra, the place the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. Diving dry is the one option to enter a glacial fissure with water temperatures that hover simply above freezing year-round.

Mentioned to be the clearest water on earth, Silfra’s commonplace visibility is over 300 ft. It’s like nothing I’d ever skilled. PADI 5 Star Resorts like Arctic Adventures and Dive.is each supply two- day Dry Go well with Diver programs that embrace a dive within the fabulous fissure. “We’ve got the perfect clear-water lakes, freshwater volcano cracks with straightforward depths and pure challenges within the topography of the websites to problem your buoyancy management,” says Nick Reeves, of Arctic Adventures. Epic cold-water dive locations the place you may get your drysuit certification nearer to residence embrace Northern California, Alaska and Maine.

Q: Diving with mantas is my dream. The place can I make that come true?


A: Seeing a manta underwater is all the time a thrill. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to be amongst them in Palau’s German Channel in addition to Fakarava Atoll within the Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia. I additionally lately noticed mobula rays (a part of the household Mobulidae) at a dive website referred to as Baixa do Ambrósio whereas diving aboard the Water and Wind liveaboard.

As well as, Jenna LaBranche, of PADI Journey, says to not overlook Hawaii and the Indian Ocean for those who’re mad for mantas. “Kona, Hawaii, presents a improbable night time dive with manta rays that shouldn’t be missed,” she says. “You too can discover them year-round within the Maldives.”