LIFE ABOARD: THE TAMBORA.Wreck divers will be in watery heaven in the Gaspar Strait and the islands of Bangka and Belitung, around which a dozen or more wrecks are charted for recreational diving. These include the Chinese junk Teck-Sing, known as the Titanic of South East Asia, and the British clipper Herculean, both sunk in the 1800s.If you prefer your attractions to be living, choose drift dives along steep walls alive with pelagic species in 'Big Fish Country', the bio diverse islands of the Makassar Straits between Borneo and Sulawesi, or drop in on the sharks of Raja Ampat. See the world-famous Komodo National Park or swim with mantas, barracudas, turtles and non-stinging jellyfi sh on the Pearls of Borneo voyage. The Tambora can take you across some of Indonesia's most varied and best dive sites. The choice is yours from wreck-diving adventures in Western Indonesia all the way to the hidden islands and bays along the New Guinea coast in the East.We have a 25% discount on a selection of departures from July 2010 through to March 2011, but don't snooze as this offer has limited shelf life. Pearls of BorneoHow much: From £3475 per personDuration: 16 dayswww.diveworldwide.com Search Tamboraalso see glittery silversides, French angelfi sh, tarpon, eagle rays, parrot fi sh and, at 'Stingray City', hundreds of friendly southern stingrays. Joining plentiful natural wrecks, artifi cial reef has been created off Cayman Brac, where Russian frigate MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts was sunk in 1996 under the supervision of Jean-Michel Cousteau. Summer 2010 will see the shallow depth sinking off Grand Cayman of the USS Kittiwake, a 5-deck WWII submarine rescue vessel.Snorkelling is superb around all three islands, especially the East End of Grand Cayman, where shallow water wrecks provide shelter for stunning marine life, and reefs such as Cheeseburger house several acres of vibrant coral.All three islands offer luxurious specialist accommodation, many located at the best dive sites. A favourite of ours is Compass Point on Grand Cayman, with 18 self-catering condos set on a secluded beach with a full service dive centre. To take full advantage of all three islands in one week, we recommend the Aggressor liveaboard.The Cayman Islands' dive industry aims to be carbon-neutral within fi ve years and the recent opening of one of the Caribbean's fi rst eco-dive lodges, Lighthouse Point, refl ects this ambition.On dry land, attractions include Boatswains Beach Marine Park, home to 16,000 green turtles, and The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park which houses the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. Adventure activities such as sailing, kite surfi ng, cycling, nature trails and climbing are also plentiful. -Aggressor IV LiveaboardHow much: From £2450 per personDuration: 9 daysCompass PointHow much: £1759 per personDuration: 9 dayswww.diveworldwide.com Search CaymanOr visit us on the web www.diveworldwide.com 7this new 5-star liveaboard sail vessel has been custom-designed and built for scuba diving, accommodating a maximum of 16 passengers in eight cabins. As well as being superbly fi tted out with every possible comfort, accessory and safety feature for divers, tambora is also a particular favourite of ours because of her innovative itineraries. As pioneers of adventure scuba tourism in the Indonesian archipelago, the tambora crew will take you to dive sites exclusive to them. SPECIAL OFFERSPECIAL OFFER
8 Talk to an expert 0845 130 6980BeginnerFinding Iron: Whatever your experience, there is a wreck to suit you.Exhilarating, eerie and unforgettable, wreck diving is certainly specialist but it is nonetheless accessible to divers of all levels. Wrecks are a key attraction at dive sites worldwide, and while certain do require advanced levels of experience and even a specific PADI qualification, others are available from the shore and can be enjoyed by beginners. Regions such as Micronesia and the Caribbean have so many wrecks on offer that they alone could be the focus of an entire trip. Below are a few of our recommendations.YS-11 AirplaneDestination: Aruba, CaribbeanMax Depth: 12mwww.diveworldwide.com Search ArubaSunk deliberately in 2004, this Air Aruba plane lies on the Renaissance reef underneath the flight path to Aruba's runway. Although it is too new to have extensive coral or sponge growth, its cabin is empty of seats and lockers, and has exits at both ends, so is wide enough to swim right through. The cockpit is more intact, with seats and joysticks. James Bond WrecksDestination: Bahamas, CaribbeanMax Depth: 15mwww.diveworldwide.com Search BahamasMake like 007 off the shores of Nassau and explore the sunken Hollywood sets around which Sean Connery swam in Never Say Never Again and Thunderball. Bond experts will recognise the tugboat from the former film, while the 'Vulcan Bomber' from the latter is now encrusted with colourful invertebrates and sponges.Prince AlbertDestination: Roatán, HondurasMax Depth: 22mwww.diveworldwide.com Search RoatánThis large Nicaraguan tanker once brought refugees to Honduras from its war-torn neighbour. 30m from the wreck's bow is the shell of a DC-3 aircraft fuselage and the tanker itself is in excellent condition, with over twenty years' coral growth and resident moray eels, seahorses and arrow crabs. IntermediateAdvancedLiberty WreckDestination: Bali, IndonesiaMax Depth: 30mwww.diveworldwide.com Search BaliIntentionally stranded on Tulamben's rocky beach after being damaged by a Japanese WWII torpedo, the Liberty was sunk by magma flow from a volcanic eruption in the sixties. Coral now coats the wreckage which houses barracuda, bumphead parrotfish and mola mola in season. Dredger WreckDestination: Mahé, SeychellesMax Depth: 30mwww.diveworldwide.com Search SeychellesAt the western end of Beau Vallon bay, this wreck was purposely sunk in 1989 and has become a haven for marine life. Regularly visited by pelagic species, it has been used as a temporary sanctuary for black groupers and red snappers. Moray eels, scorpion fish and marlin have also been spotted. Hilma HookerDestination: Bonaire, CaribbeanMax Depth: 32mwww.diveworldwide.com Search Bonaire Now lying between two reefs in the area known as Angel City, the Hilma Hooker cargo ship was seized in the 1980s with a huge haul of smuggled marijuana. Unclaimed and therefore left to sink by the authorities, the ship went down with contents intact, making it a challenging but rewarding site. Irako MaruDestination: Coron Bay, PhilippinesMax Depth: 40mwww.diveworldwide.com Search Coron BayDespite being the victim of a 1944 US air-raid, this large Japanese cargo ship is reasonably intact. She is just under 150m long and 19m wide with excellent visibility. Soft corals and sponges coat the surfaces while schools of barracuda, tuna and snappers dart around it and sea turtles live in the metal's folds. Hirokawa Maru/Bonegi lDestination: Solomon IslandsMax Depth: 58mwww.diveworldwide.com Search Solomon Islands The wreck of this Japanese transport ship, bombed and beached in 1942, is easily accessible from the shore and has sections at varying depths, making it a possibility for beginners and advanced divers. Many sites in the Solomon Islands with the exception of Iron Bottom Sound - are too deep for recreational diving, so we recommend exploring on the Bilikiki liveaboard.San Francisco MaruDestination: Truk Lagoon, MicronesiaMax Depth: 63m www.diveworldwide.com Search MicronesiaSunk by a bomb, this ship went down upright and fully loaded, hence its nickname: 'The Million Dollar Wreck'. A veritable museum of warfare, the ship and her contents are exceptionally well preserved. The hold contains detonators, mines and torpedoes while trucks and tanks sit on the deck, creating sinister photo opportunities.