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Flame Box Crab

Bari Reef: A Top 5 Dive Site on Bonaire For Sure!

Bari Reef had five new first-time captures for us which might just be a record! During the day, we saw a couple of night sergeants which look like sergeant majors but they have brown stripes. In the...
Divers Descending At 1000 Steps

1000 Steps By Land And Sea

Our first visit to 1000 Steps revealed several truths. First, the complete walk from car to water entry is between 120 and 200 steps. Still a workout, but less daunting than it sounds...although 72...
Bait Ball at Bachelor's Beach

Another Dive, Another Bait Ball

We've been focusing on Bachelor's Beach the last week and were rewarded with thousands of scad being corralled by jack crevalle and horse-eye jacks. They got so thick at one point, I could barely...
YouTube Metrics

Hundreds of Subscribers! (Oh, and Karpata…)

After six months of regularly posting videos, we can now say we have "hundreds" of subscribers. Truth be told, we are just glad that some divers find them useful and appreciate the kind comments...
Music Volute at Buddy's Reef, Bonaire

A Second Music Volute!

It's the little things that make diving so much fun and exciting. While Mango Halto on Aruba has a reputation for being a bit boring, it was the only place I saw a music volute...until this week....
Taking a giant stride into the water at Oil Slick Leap in Bonaire.

Exploring Oil Slick Leap

The second shore dive we are profiling on Bonaire is Oil Slick Leap. The excitement starts with an actual giant stride off the rocky ledge; although there is a ladder for more control as well as the...
Pig Getting Muddy At Playa Porto Mari

The Last Curaçao Dive Site Has Pigs

Sadly, the last six weeks in Curaçao was overshadowed by an island wide curfew that only allowed a single person from each household two days a week in which to drive for groceries. Only a few...
Octopus Squid and Turtle at Playa Piskadó

Turtles and Squid and Octopus. Oh my!

It didn't take long for Playa Piskadó to make the top of our favorite Curaçao dive site list. We have yet to go there and not see several turtles. On our last dive, we also saw a pod of squid...
Playa Lagun

Playa Lagun: Small Beach, Big (Diving) Fun

We moved to the west end of Curaçao and Playa Lagun is our house reef for a month. We have made five dives here over the last couple of weeks, exploring all of its features. The lagoon is fairly...
Viper Moray

We Saw A Viper Moray!

Truth be told, we also saw a Mosiac Sand Dollar on the same night dive! The diving in Curaçao continues to be fantastic and we can't seem to go more than a few dives without seeing something...
Shark Fin at Playa Piskado

Curaçao Dive Highlights and One Lowlight

We visited several new locations on Curaçao so far in 2021. Playa Piskadó was notable for a number of reasons. One the plus side, there were a couple of turtles that didn't seem to mind a bunch of...
Divers Entering Tugboat Beach

Our First Curaçao Shore Dive Video

Our first day of diving in Curaçao included Caracasbaai and Tugboat Beach and the nearby pier. Before coming over from Aruba, we reached out to Rebel Diving Curaçao to schedule the dives and were...
Arashi Beach Underwater

Our Fourth Shore Diving Video

Leslie and I have transitioned to Curaçao, but it hasn't been without a few issues. Some of our luggage didn't make the small prop plane we took over, so they were put on later flights. Everything...
Last Best Diving In Aruba Video

Last Best Diving In Aruba Video

The end of November brought the end of our time in Aruba. It started as an unplanned stop due to to Covid travel restrictions for US citizens, but turned out to be a terrific first leg for our...
Hole In The Wall

Diving Hole In The Wall, Aruba

Well, The Shore Dive Collection is actually a collection now...albeit still very small. Today we published our second installment reviewing a very nice coral reef called Hole In The Wall. Located on...
Octopus At Tres Trapi

The First Shore Diving Video!

I love shore diving for a number of reasons: longer bottom times, no boat schedules and the ability to stay in a good spot if we feel like it. There are also fewer divers which means creatures don't...
Banded-Arm Brittle Star

Diving Aruba: Best of October 2020

We had so many great encounters this month. From a limping banded-arm brittle star to a hunting octopus on the Pedernales wreck to a giant five-foot southern stingray, it was hard to narrow the best...
Fish at Tres Trapi

So Much Sea Life In Aruba

It's been a little over three months since we first arrived in Aruba. Together, Leslie and I have logged over 100 dives and are constantly amazed by the diversity and amount of sea life this island...

Our Best Underwater Sightings for September 2020 (Video)

September went by fast! Even with a week back home, we managed quite a few dives in September and a few of those had some spectacular encounters. While Leslie and I have collectively been diving for...
Bandtail Puffer

You Can’t See Me!

Just off the coast of Noord, Aruba is a very shallow shore dive called Tres Trapi. We never went below 20 feet despite making a big loop to the south for over an hour. The sea floor transitions...

Photo of the Week

POTW-2021-10-1

October 2021 / Week 1

While making our way to Turtle City on the East Coast of Bonaire, I spotted this turtle with a couple of hitch hiking remoras and made a bee line to...
POTW-2021-09-4-2

September 2021 / Week 4

Expecting to capture large animal encounters while diving with East Coast Divers, I brought my 16-35mm wide angle lens, so it was a bit of a shock...
POTW-2021-09-3

September 2021 / Week 3

Although we were very disappointed in the dive site Front Porch, I managed to find capture some interesting images, including this week's winner. I...
Shy Red Sea Horse

September 2021 / Week 2

This shy red Sea Horse was spotted by our dive guide Jolanda of Beyond the Coral Dive Center in Bonaire. Jolanda is amazing at spotting great u/w...
Portrait of a Tarpon

September 2021 / Week 1

If you dive at night in Bonaire, the odds are with you that you will see a Tarpon or two (or three). The tarpon are attracted to divers because they...
Dark Mantis Shrimp

August 2021 / Week 3

Due to health issues, it's been awhile since I've posted a POTW - but I'M BACK BABY!!!  I had been dry docked for about a month and on my first...
Pederson Shrimp

July 2021 / Week 2

Photos of the Pederson Shrimp are pretty common, but I like the perspective of the shrimp in this image. The head and antenna of shrimp are in focus...

July 2021 / Week 1

I was fortunate to spot this adorable juvenile Smooth Trunkfish at Bari Reef in Bonaire. It was about the size of a marble and was moving all about,...
POTW-2021-06-4

June 2021 / Week 4

David and I had an amazing "frogfish" week where we saw six different frogfish across two different dive sites in Bonaire. We saw one of the...
POTW June 2021 / Week 3

June 2021 / Week 3

This week we are featuring a Creole Wrasse being cleaned by a couple of juvenile Spanish Hogfish and a juvenile Bluehead Wrasse. This is a common...
POTW June 2021 / Week 2

June 2021 / Week 2

You have to get up early to dive Atlantis in Bonaire in order to minimize the encounters with the kite surfers, but it is worth it!! On our first...
June 2021 / Week 1

June 2021 / Week 1

David and I went out early to dive Atlantis in Bonaire before the kite surfers hit the water and it paid off. It was a beautiful day - the sun was...
May 2021 / Week 4

May 2021 / Week 4

Angelfish are always a favorite to photograph, especially when they are friendly. This pair of French Angelfish didn't seem to mind that I was...
May 2021 / Week 3

May 2021 / Week 3

Since diving the ABC islands this past year, we have noticed an interesting behavior between Trumpetfish and Parrotfish. The Trumpetfish follows the...
POTW-2021-05-2

May 2021 / Week 2

While diving Oil Slick Leap, David came across what he thought were 2 post larval juvenile Smooth Trunkfish. As I started shooting, I found there...
POTW May 2021 / Week 1

May 2021 / Week 1

After 6 weeks in lockdown in Curacao, David and I relocated 2 weeks early to Bonaire in order to get back in the water. With only a few dives this...

March 2021 / Week 2

This week's POTW is a macro view of a cup coral captured under the pier at Tugboat Beach. We typically don't see cup coral at any other sites in...
February 2021 / Week 3

March 2021 / Week 1

Spotted Drumfish are hard to resist for an underwater photographer. They are typically shy fish, found under coral heads swimming endlessly in...

February 2021 / Week 3

This week's winner was shot at Playa Piskado, which is my favorite dive site on Curacao. David and I always seem to run across something new here or...

February 2021 / Week 2

This week's Photo of the Week is a school of Glassy Sweepers. I selected this photo because of the technical and timing challenges photographing...
Yellow Headed Wrasses

February 2021 / Week 1

This was another tough week for judging the POTW. Again it came down to two photos and again yours truly served as the tie breaker. The subject for...
January 2021 / Week 4

January 2021 / Week 4

It was very difficult to choose this week's POTW winner. In fact, there was a split decision amongst the judges - however since I am the...
POTW-2021-01-3

January 2021 / Week 3

For this week's POTW, I had a limited number of photos to choose from. After an eight day surface interval due to a severe sore throat, I was...

January 2021 / Week 2

This week's photo of the week is a juvenile Slender Filefish. I spotted two of these filefish in a gorgonian soft coral. The one in the photo is...
January 2020 / Week 1

January 2021 / Week 1

It's been a rainy January here in Curacao. It's my theory that the universe is trying to cleanse itself of the stench that was brought on by the...
POTW-2020-12-4

December 2020 / Week 4

This is the last Photo of the Week for 2020 and I feel lucky I shot it. I had a limited selection of photos as I as sidelined for most of the week -...

December 2020 / Week 3

I got one shot of this Flying Gurnard before it swam away, so I feel very lucky that the image turned out as well as it did. The fins/wings are...
Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

December 2020 / Week 2

I found this Spotted Cleaner Shrimp on a Giant Anemone while diving the Ocean Encounters house reef. I noticed it right away due to its size and...

December 2020 / Week 1

Most divers know to look out for the Scorpionfish. They are often difficult to spot because they blend in so well with their environment. Because...
November 2020 / Week 5

November 2020 / Week 5

A Chain Moray Eel and Spotted Moray Eel are together peeking out from under the cement block at Tres Trapi. I spotted these two together at another...
November 2020 / Week 4

November 2020 / Week 4

This is one of my favorite macro images of a hydroid - I believe it is a Christmas Tree Hydroid, but I'm not positive. These colonies of animals are...
November 2020 / Week 3

November 2020 / Week 3

Typically this photo of a Yellowhead Wrasse would not be included as a POTW, but the fact that the wrasse is displaying its "vampire teeth" makes it...
November 2020 / Week 2

November 2020 / Week 2

I love this photo of a Queen Angel. It was feasting on sponges growing under one of the planes at The Planes dive site in Aruba. This little guy...
POTW-2020-11-1

November 2020 / Week 1

Sometimes you spot subjects where you least expect it. This nimble White Speckled Hermit Crab was resting about 3 feet off of the ground in the...

Where in the world are David & Leslie…