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Dot and Dash Butterfly fish adorn a French Polynesian reef
Dot and Dash Butterfly fish adorn
a French Polynesian reef
A school of Blue-Striped Snapper off the coast of Moorea
A school of Blue-Striped Snapper
off the coast of Moorea

Welcome to our Underwater section!  We spend so much time in the water both snorkeling and scuba diving, that we wanted to highlight more of that world on the website.  This section of the site will be growing as we continue cruising, so its shape may change along the way.  On these pages you'll find underwater photos of the fish and corals that we've seen, as well as several pages on how to get the most from underwater photography, written by our primary underwater photographer (Chris).

We've also got a section on diving that includes not only photos of the divers, wrecks and fish, but maps and information on the dive sites, depths, conditions, and other useful information for divers.  Our dive pages include 4 dive sites in the Maldives, 6 in Thailand, 6 in Indonesia and 4 dive sites in Fiji. We've also written up 11 dive sites in the Kingdom of Tonga, divided into dives we took with commercial dive companies and those we did on our own from our dinghy.  You'll also find pages on diving Bonaire and the 13 dive sites from the French Polynesian islands of Tahanea, Fakarava, Toau, Tahiti and Moorea.

For cruisers: We now have GPS locations for almost all of our dives so you can find the sites on your own!

Our invaluable onboard reference books to the Caribbean and Indo/Pacific include:

Look at "Caribbean Reef Fish Identification:" on Amazon Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas

by Paul Humann (396 pp)

Available with interactive DVDs!

Look at "A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics" on Amazon A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics

by M. Lambertini (312 pp)

One of our bibles, as it covers the whole world

Out of
print
Reef Fishes of the Maldives
by Dr. R. Charles Anderson (130 pp)
Limited
Availability
Underwater Guide to Tahiti
by R. Bagnis and E. Christian (150 pp)
Look at "Tropical Pacific Reef Fish Identification" on Amazon Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific

by G. Allen, R. Steene, P. Humann,
and N. Deloach (456 pp)

Look at "Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific " on Amazon Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific

by T. Gosliner, D. Behrens, and G. Williams (313 pp.)

Very informative on marine animals other than fish.

For diving guides we've used what we can find overseas:

Look at "Globetrotter's Thailand Dive Guide" on Amazon Globetrotter's

Thailand Dive Guide

by Paul Lees (176 pp)

Look at "Lonely Plant's Diving & Snorkeling Tahiti & French Polynesia" on Amazon Lonely Planet's

Diving and Snorkeling
Tahiti & French Polynesia

by Jean Bernard Carillet
and Tony Wheeler

Look at "Lonely Planet's Diving & Snorkeling Fiji" on Amazon Lonely Planet's

Diving & Snorkeling Fiji

by Casey Mahaney &
Astrid Witte Mahaney

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