About Us

Although we took separate paths learning to dive, those paths were destined to cross when a Match.com search for “scuba” brought us together in 2007.

Over the years, we have had some wonderful adventures…from a front row seat (no cage) at a shark feeding frenzy in Australia to an evening swarm of manta rays in Hawaii to swimming through our first massive school (tens of thousands) of fish in Bonaire.  Closer to home, 350-mile grilled cheese and 475-mile rocky mountain oyster runs provided fun weekend getaway memories.  We even enjoyed each and every one of our weekly pick-a-new-restaurant  date night competitions (despite a few stinkers) because of the shared experience.

Adventures don’t always go as planned, however, and some afforded us opportunities to grow as individuals and a couple.  Early on, there was the Vegas hotel room with a headboard attached to the wall, but absolutely no bed anywhere.  While staying in Grand Cayman, one of the cameras fell out of its housing and into the sea pool.  When running late to a dive briefing on a liveaboard, David hit his head on a steel hatch opening cutting his head and ending his diving for the next few days.  There was also the ill-fated passport issue blocking the Raja Ampat trip.

Overall, we count ourselves as incredibly lucky.  We found each other, enjoy one another’s company, share similar values and appreciate the same humor.  We have also been able to craft our careers and investments such that we can continue our escapades in retirement and contribute to causes and projects we care deeply about.  Now retired, we have much more time to explore, learn, savor, create, enjoy and share.

It would be a bit of a stretch to say we hope you enjoy TropicLens as much as we have creating and adding to it.  That said, we do hope it brings some entertainment and genuine happiness that is too often sorely needed in this world.


David Howell

Rescue Diver

After spending 25+ years successfully leading application development activities at an enterprise level, David moved toward pursuing his own passions full-time.  He travels the world with his wife, Leslie, exploring nearby shore dives and remote atolls from liveaboards.  Together, they document their adventures at TropicLens.com.

Leslie Howell

PADI Dive Master

Like many people in her generation, Leslie was first introduced to SCUBA diving as a child watching the “Undersea World of Jaques Cousteau”.  Some 30 years later, she finally experienced her first dive in 1998 in Cancun Mexico and has been hooked ever since.  Through diving, Leslie developed a passion for photography as well as a serious and expensive camera addiction.