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Dive Log is the premier scuba diving monthly magazine that provides all the latest scuba news and information from across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. You can read our monthly magazine free by clicking on the Latest Edition tab, download the iPad application at a low cost of $2.99 or find it at your nearest Newsagent for $4.95. Dive Log is also available at selected dive stores. Each month we look at the key issues that effect us all as divers as well as look at great diving locations in the region as well as the perfect scuba diving holiday destinations. We also review the latest diving equipment and gear and scuba courses and certifications, to ensure you are always up to date with the latest and best things happening in the scuba diving industry.

KOMODO DIVING

WRECK OF LEOPOLDVILLE
HALF A WORLD AWAY

BY ADRIAN STACEY

Nestled between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa is the diving wonderland of the Komodo national park. This is where the Pacific and Indian oceans collide. It is where marine life thrives and it is where strong currents tear relentlessly through a maze of reefs and small islands.
The Komodo national park covers an area of over 1,817 square Kilometres and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It was originally set up in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon which is endemic to the region. Now the area is just as famous for its diving and with good reason.  The reefs are in excellent condition, there is an abundance of marine life from critters to pelagic and the sheer variety of dive sites is staggering.


BY LEIGH BISHOP

On December 24, 1944, almost 800 American GI’s  lost their lives when the troopship S.S. Leopoldville was sunk by a German submarine in the mouth of Cherbourg harbor. Leigh Bishop travelled to France to photograph the wreck lying in 188ft/57m depth close by to the 1664 confederate warship CSS Alabama.
When the slack period of water ends a dive on the Leopoldville you really know it! Almost without warning a fierce current picks up and pushes you along the wreck, the slack period being the short time the tide stops moving allowing you to dive. The 11,256-ton Belgium ocean liner lies some six miles north of Cherbourg harbor intact and on her port side.



BY GREG KELSEY

Just a few hours from Australia’s east coast, an unspoilt paradise awaits, with endless locations to dive, easy smiles and cheap beer.  As the plane descends over the airstrip, I get the first view of this sleepy pacific paradise. The roar of jet engines seems almost incongruous with the well-mown paddock.
The airport itself does little to change this opinion, as we’re greeted by smiling, skirted locals. There’s a hint of music on the breeze and I can feel the weight of city life lifting. For here, in Vanuatu, I may be only 4 hours from Sydney, but I’m on the metaphorical other side of the world.

 


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