The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 2)

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 2)

Ung Kong Chau (Bluff Island)

What’s a car doing underwater, next to an isolated island? People theorize that the car was dumped in Bluff Island decades ago by smugglers, who sank the car in a desperate bid in order to get rid of incriminating evidence. Although it has been eroded by the sea, the chassis and wheels remain clearly visible. A relatively simple dive ranging from 6 to 10 meters, Ung Kong Chau is a prime diving destination for those who aren’t so experienced, but still hope to see something such as aquatic life while diving.

Ninepin Islands

An hour away from Pak Sha Wan pier, Ninepin Islands is an interestingly shaped islands group that are among the highlights of The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark thanks to their hexagonal columns. The dive can range between 7 and 17 meters, depending on the place where you go in the area. Fish is visible at a shallow depth, and clown-fish can be spotted hiding in the anemone at a depth about seven meters. Dive deeper and discover other beautiful oddities like the sea apple, a surprisingly colorful sea cucumber which is aptly named after the bright red fruit. It is very lucky for you if you can find the rare weedy scorpion fish, a stunning purple-bodied fish, here.

Sharp Island

Considered as a diver’s training ground thanks to the relatively weak currents and ease of access, Sharp Island is actually a prime destination for spotting the butterfly ray. This island is a short, 10-minute boat ride away from Sai Kung, so it is great for those who are looking for getting into the water. In addition, many corals and colorful coral reef fish can be spotted at a shallow depth of around 4 meters. For those who are not quite ready for scuba diving, they can snorkel here if they are relatively comfortable in the water.

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 1)

The best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong (part 1)

From a humble fishing village to one of the world’s busiest ports, Hong Kong always has a history intertwined with the water surrounding it. Although scuba diving might not be the first thing coming to mind when thinking of the seas surrounding the city, you will be surprised how clear and ripe for diving the water on the shores of HK is.

Let’s dive into Hong Kong’s waters to rediscover the sea, gliding in the depths at the same time marveling at schools of fish and curious, rare critters of fascinating colors. Here’s a list of the best scuba diving destinations in Hong Kong.

Hoi Ha Wan

Hoi Ha Wan is a protected marine reserve that spans 260 hectares and has a fascinatingly diverse ecosystem with a plethora of maritime animals such as seahorses, starfish, and more. It also has a fascinating shipwreck, but scuba diving is difficult to arrange since the area is out of the way for diving boats. However,    if you are up for that deep underwater adventure, call Splash Hong Kong PADI instructors to take part in their scheduled trips to Hoi Ha Wan. Alternatively, if you are not too keen on diving into the water, you can book a guided tour with the World Wide Fund for Nature on a glass-bottom boat to marvel at the marine life while keeping your feet dry.

Yin Tsz Ngam

Aquatic life is really exciting, but how about some underwater history? Those who can withstand the strong currents can travel to Yin Tsz Ngam to find a cargo ship that was allegedly sunk in an accident in the 1960s. Although the ship’s body has been broken down during decades of erosion, the cement bags that it once held are still largely intact and have become a home to a variety of aquatic life over the years.

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 2)

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 2)

5. Double Check All Your Scuba Gear

You will need to set up all your scuba gear en route to the dive site. Take your time to double-check everything is working. If you are unsure about anything, ask your guide or instructor.

6. Remember to Do Your Buddy Check

Introduce yourself to your buddy beforehand, so you can get to know each other a little. It is better for you both safe and it can also be the beginning of a great friendship. Doing the buddy check of each other’s scuba gear is very important before you get in the water to ensure that neither of you has missed anything.

7. Have Scuba Diving and Travel Insurance

Make sure you are covered both above and below water with insurance that states scuba diving activities are included. Cover for scuba diving varies with World Nomads, so read the policy wording to ensure you know what you are covered for.

Remember to check that any travel insurance policy you consider covers all your scuba diving needs to make sure you are covered adequately in the event of illness or injury. And if in doubt, clearly ask the travel insurance provider any questions before purchase.

Being covered on land is also vital, as diving often involves being in remote locations.

8. Carry Your Policy Number, Emergency Contacts, and Medical Information

It is a good idea to carry your policy number, emergency contacts, or any medical information with you while having a diving holiday in case you are injured or become ill.

9. Breathe Normally, Never Hold Your Breath

Scuba is a strange and exhilarating experience since you’re doing something technically impossible – breathing underwater. It’s important to never hold your breath – breathe normally at all times while scuba diving. Holding your breath can cause an air embolism, which is a serious and potentially fatal injury.

10. Equalize Frequently as You Descend

Like on a plane, the change of pressure when you descend to depth while diving means that you need to equalize your ears. This needs to be frequently done and before feeling any pain in order to avoid injury to your inner ear.

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 1)

How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 1)

Although it seems that scuba diving is a sport with high danger potential, it is actually a safe sport when conducted sensibly. The following list of rules offers basic preparing tips to minimize the likelihood of a diving accident.

1. Ensure You Are Certified to Dive

Some scuba dive operators require you to have a dive certification and/or specialty competency. Therefore, before starting diving on your trip, try to gain your dive certification from a licensed dive operator.

Some operators offer introductory dive courses, however, these are not a green light for you to dive wherever and whenever you want. If you dive uncertified or are uncertified and dive without a certified diver, you will not be covered by travel insurance because travel insurance policy wordings feature information around cover for scuba diving. Read this carefully before you dive to make it clear what you are covered for.

2. Make Sure You are Fit to Dive

If you have never dived before, you should complete a medical examination in your home country to make sure that you are fit to dive. Before learning to dive, you will be required to sign a medical statement. If you are generally fit and healthy, there is no problem.

If you have already been certified to dive, don’t dive if you are not feeling healthy. Especially, avoid diving if you have got a head cold or a hangover.

3. Dive With a Certified Diving School

Research on the internet for recommended dive schools in the area you are traveling to. It is important to know they are well-established and have experienced staff, well-maintained scuba equipment, and boats.

4. Listen to Your Dive Guide or Instructor

Once you are on the dive boat, you must listen to your instructor or guide, whether you are experienced or not. You need to follow your instructor’s guide on what you need to watch out for, where you are going, and the route you will follow.

Top health benefits of scuba diving

Top health benefits of scuba diving

Scuba diving is widely known as an enjoyable and somehow adventurous sport but most of us might not have known that this sport also has a lot of benefits for our health. In fact, it is much more than fun! Let’s look at the top six health benefits of scuba diving.

Physical fitness: Like swimming, scuba diving is among the best forms of aerobic and anaerobic work that we can do. It provides both a muscular workout and a cardiovascular workout when we have to move against the natural pressure of the wave on our bodies with little to no strain on our joints.

Flexibility and strength: While diving, your muscles have to work harder underwater to make your body be able to move against the resistance of the water. Through doing this, you can strengthen your muscles and develop your endurance and flexibility. Diving builds up your thighs and shoulders muscles, which helps tone your different muscle areas and therefore and give you better posture.

Breathing: In scuba diving, slow and deep breathing is important in order to optimize the air consumption and bottom time. This can promote a calm attitude as well as reduce the risk of a lung-expansion injury.

Stress reliever: Like breathing during meditation, slow and deep breathing while scuba diving gives you a calm, relaxed state while you focus more on the underwater environment than thinking about problems in your daily life. Therefore, it can balance the nervous system and reduce stress.

Improve blood circulation: During a dive, all your body muscles have to work simultaneously and you also give yourself a full cardiovascular workout. The body muscles use required oxygen, so your blood vessels have to open to supply the needed oxygen.

Reduce blood pressure: Exercising your circulatory system, scuba diving can also help reduce blood pressure. Studies reported that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from strokes and heart attacks.

Top great books for all divers

Top great books for all divers <Part 1>

In the modern life, diver becomes a hot job for someone, especially people like the water environment or water sports. To earn one job with diving, you need to improve swimming skills as well several certificate for one diver.

In this article, we share top the greatest books which divers should read to understand more detail about diving job as well life in the marine.

Fifty places to dive before you die

It was written by Chris Santella in 2008. Title of book can disclose some contents for reader. The author collected and summarized the most hot-spot destinations for diving which all divers should join and overcome challenge to become “real scuba divers”. Until now, this book is considered as the best-selling about divers for all nations in the world.

In the most special thing, all destinations in this book has been shared by real experience of author. She got many trips to all famous places about scuba diving all over the world to discover and share pros and cons. Sure that you can receive many tips to per place in this book.

We can refer some famous destination in “fifty places to dive before you die” like Raja Ampat (located in the coast of West Guinea), Caribbean, Grand Cayman Isles, Myanmar or the cost of Maine, so on. In addition, you can discover the expected destination in this book itself because the author shares great pictures about school of creatures, colorfully coral reefs or several outstanding things in this place. In general, when you are reading this book, you are discovering amazing life of the marine detail and interestingly.

Shadow divers

The author of this book is Robert Kurson. It has been launched since 2005 then it is on the top must-read book for long trips. The fact that, Shadow diver is a real journey to discover and be friendly to the sea more.

It is a true story about two divers in diving journey. Once they feel something strangers, he found out whether all everything is to see you again.

Instructions about scuba diving equipment

Instructions about scuba diving equipment <Part 2>

Once you have planned for scuba diving, you should prepare diving equipment carefully. The fact that you can rent all accessories as well equipment at any store. It’s more convenient and available for your option. Or you can lean on your instructor about a safe trip. However, you expect a perfect trip with caring and controlling from yourself, you should check all equipment enclosed in your trip.

In this article, we will instruct you list scuba diving equipment which you can’t miss for any diving journey.

Integrated weights and weight belts

This equipment is important to get balance weight in water. It’s safer that you use a weight belt or an integrated weight system during diving process so that it can hold your weights in the outstanding weight pockets. It means you don’t worry about sucking in the bottom of water.

Furthermore, divers also use addition weights to get to the bottom of the marine easily. Both equipment will support your weight in their BCD.

Mask, snorkel and fins

They are really necessary for any diver if you want to have a safe trip. Using one mask is better to protect her eyes human before the salty water. Remember that your eyes will not focus on discovering the beauty in the marine conveniently.

For snorkel, some divers need to wear a snorkel to dive safely. It’s a better way to protect the precious air before- in and after your diving process. Even in the bad case, you don’t have any air in the tank, you can continue to swim easily to border safety.

According content of fins, it also brings benefits and functions for divers. It will contribute to control your movement in the water as well increase your speed. Furthermore, fins can also help you to identify your friends in underwater

Instructions about scuba diving equipment

Instructions about scuba diving equipment <Part 1>

Scuba diving is always one of the best options for water sports. Especially someone like adventurous trips in the underwater. Although scuba diving can bring many benefits about emotions as well health, you can face up with risk and danger for accidents. It can cause from animal and landscape in the marine or even equipment from your package.

In this article, we share instructions about scuba diving equipment so that you can adjust them safely under any circumstances.

Firstly, about wetsuit

In general, wetsuit is the most important equipment for any diver. Someone calls wetsuit with another term such as wetty (slang for wetsuit), steamer (long wetsuit) or springy (short wetsuit). You should choose high quality wetsuit or professional wetsuit to protect your skin and keep you warm in under the water. You know, ocean water contains huge mount of salt or in longer depth you feel cooler and cooler, therefore you should use good wetsuit to support your body in a safe situation.

Secondly, buoyancy control device called BCD or BC

BCD or BC is a short name to call Buoyancy Control Device which is special to be used in diving. It’s essential for diving process because BCD or BC helps you to keep buoyant floating once you are active it by inflating or deflating air into it.

In addition, you can use it to clip compass or dive light or cutting tool so that it can keep your weight balanced. Thanks BCD or BC, you don’t need to use a weight belt so your diving journey becomes more simpler and lighter because of the small weight of BCD or BC.

Thirdly, pressure gauge and dive computer

A pressure gauge along with a dive computer are compulsory device for diving. A pressure gauge let you know about quantity of remaining airs in cylinder while a dive computer can measure your depth, diving time exactly. Thank to it, you can decide whether you should continue or stop diving.

Tips to enjoy scuba diving for beginners

Tips to enjoy scuba diving for beginners

Scuba diving is granted as one of the most favorite water sports recently. People like scuba diving to swim freely in the underwater as well discover the beauty and life under the life.

If you are a beginner, you have not tried scuba diving before. This article will share tips to enjoy the journey safety and well.

Grab some socks

The fact that you feel a little uncomfortable because of friction on your foot when using fins some first times. It can cause blisters and pain when kicking, even being soft to the skin. To prevent this problem, you should buy some underwater socks to create a smooth buffer between your feet and fin rubber. Although this tip is small, it makes more comfortable during swimming, you should prepare it before the scuba diving travel.

If you forget to purchase underwater socks, you can wear normal socks to instead it. It is better to reduce blisters level for your foot.

Keep hydrated in body

You should drink enough water before starting a scuba diving travel, it’s important to keep hydrated for the whole body during diving process. When you are underwater, you have to breathe the dry air so you need to provide enough water before to reduce your dehydration.

Use dive computer

Using dive computer which is integrated into SPG console should be applied to your diving. It can support to make diving planning easily and accurately. It will track every second of diving, then recalculate your nitrogen levels at any depth as well your diving profile.

Dive computers will also support to stop safety as your order when you want to end the dive. It will consult whether this place is proper to stop or not. In general, the dive computer is an essential scuba equipment to have a safe scuba diving trip.

Top the best scuba diving places in Cuba

Top the best scuba diving places in Cuba

Scuba diving is well known as one of the most favorite water sports nowadays. It is also a sport and a wonderful way to get new experience under the water. Make sure that the marine life will be different and interesting for your discovery.

If you are finding some spots to play scuba diving in Cuba, this article will be useful when sharing top the best scuba diving places in or near Cuba.

Maria la Gorda

Maria la Gorda is the furthest peninsula in the western in Cuba. In this spot, there are many internationally professional dive centers in the sheltered Bahia de Corrientes. Estimated about 50 excellent diving sites with other services like plunging walls, swim-through or caves for diving.

The Guanahacabibies National Park is also a good place for your scuba diving. It is the home of millions of underwater creatures.

At Lost Paradise which is a scuba diving spot, you can find school of barracuda or hulking Nassau groupers. It makes your discovery more interesting.

Punta

 

This spot is located on the Isla de la Juventud, called “pirate coast”. It is another must-see scuba diving spot for any diver who love more adventurously.

There is a tunnel at the site, called Cueva Azul which can open huge tarpon in the trip to Punta Frances.

In this spot, you are easy to see many hawksbill sea turtles and manatees along the sea road.

Jardines de la Reina Marine Park

It is granted as off the island’s southern coast in Cuba. It is the greatest underwater treasure in Cuba, hence you shouldn’t miss it.

Because it is considered as one of the most scuba diving spots in this nation, it is protected and preserved by the government via some positive policies such as not going commercial fish in this park, always protecting and taking care all manner of sea turtles and sharks