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Making Friends with Manta Rays in the Maldives

In Maldives, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah6 Comments

So the other highlight of my Maldives dive trip besides the whale sharks was being able to see the majestic manta rays up close for the first time. I’d miss them previously in Malapascua, and I had seen various types of sting rays before this, but nothing is quite the experience of having a huge manta ray (or a whole school) just swoop by you, flapping their large wings and ‘flying’ through the water. Photos don’t quite do manta rays justice because you have to see them in action to truly appreciate them. Check out my video below on diving …

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Diving with whale sharks… finally!

In Maldives, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah10 Comments

Diving in the Maldives was epic mainly because… WHALE SHARKS! I’ve never seen them in the wild before this and I finally managed to see them on this trip! They really are as amazing as you might imagine – HUGE, though the first two we saw were not very big, babies by whale shark standards, but the last one we saw was pretty big at around 8m in length at least. The Maldives is a great place to see them – the waters in November are plankton rich, and while visibility isn’t as high because of that, that’s also prime …

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Diving in Paradise – a week in the Maldives

In Maldives, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah3 Comments

After a year of planning, waiting and anticipating, I can finally say that I’ve been scuba diving in the Maldives! And what an incredible week it was! The weather was a bit of a concern at first – the week’s forecasts were rather wet and our first day there was not promising at all with grey clouds and perpetual rain, this trip was not off to a great start; after all what is the Maldives without its cerulean blue waters and sunny green islands? Being cooped up in a rocky boat was not what I had in mind… But thankfully the …

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How to get your diving license [Go! Girls Guide Article]

In Go! Girl Guides, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

You’ve seen all those glorious underwater photos that your friends have taken; weird wonderful shots of nudibranches, swimming with sharks and turtles, colourful coral and bright blue coastlines… And you’ve picked your spot and decided to take the plunge, how do you go about it? Here are a couple of tips on how you can get your dive license!   What do I need to pick up diving? My friends always ask if you need to be a good swimmer to be able to dive, and my answer to that is NO. When you dive you’re actually not supposed to …

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Weekend Wanderlusting: Maldives

In Maldives, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

And one more last trip for 2013 is in store! I’ve been anticipating this for ages – wanderlusting cannot begin to describe my excitement this week.   I’m headed up to… Maldives!   I’m going… What else, but diving diving diving for 6 full days! I’m headed up with Scubaddiction, same folks I was in Malapascua some time back, and a few who I also visited Manado with, and of course my usual dive buddy P. This trip has been in the works since somewhere around February 2013, so I can’t believe that the actual day is finally here! The …

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Becoming a Rescue Diver up in Dayang

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

This quick jaunt up to Dayang Malaysia recently was mostly for the purpose of completing my PADI Rescue course and getting certified as a Rescue Diver (success!) – I invited my usual dive buddy P tagged along as well to test out her newly bought gear and we headed up with Scubaddiction, the same group I dived with in Malapascua. Pulau Dayang along with Aur and Tioman are popular choices of dive destinations for Singaporean. Mostly because location-wise they are easily accessible by bus/boat, relatively cheap and have decent waters and diving compared to that of Singapore’s murks.   Getting …

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Dayang Dive Logs

In Malaysia, Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

An overall note to say that these dive logs are gonna be pretty brief because I didn’t take that many pictures. Partly because we had open water divers on our course and visited the ‘boring sites’, another reason was that I was on my Rescue course and also because quite frankly, there wasn’t that much to take (more on that in a separate post!) I am officially a spoiled diver – spoiled by the wonders of Manado where there is literally something to take every metre that you swim, spoiled by visiting places like Malapascua and Sipadan. To be fair, …

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Tiny People Go Swimming – Miniature Underwater Photography by Jason Isley

In Scuba Diving by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

I love diving and on my last Manado dive trip, I have been working on improving my underwater photography from ‘what-was-that’ blurriness to generally decent shots with the occasional accidental Wow shot. But I don’t think I could have been as inventive as Jason Isley, co-founder and MD of Scubazoo, who brought various miniature toy figures underwater and set up whole dioramas for these unwitting little figurines, thrust amidst the weird and wonderful wildlife that is macro sea life. I can imagine the patience he must have needed to set up each shot! According to his interview with the Daily …