A Year in Re­view

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The staff of Sport Diver mag­a­zine has been around the world and back with scuba gear in tow. Here are some high­lights from our year in the wa­ter. Los Ca­bos is well­known for beach­side par­ties, but the scene un­der­wa­ter pro­vided as much ex­cite­ment, with sea lions, mob­ula rays, gulf grouper and schools of jacks on the guest list. Andy Zunz Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Sport Diver Becca Hur­ley Dig­i­tal Edi­tor, Sport Diver, Scuba Div­ing The div­ing around Ni­ihau, a small is­land just off the coast of Kauai, will take your breath away. Mag­nif­i­cent sheer drops and seem­ingly un­lim­ited vis­i­bil­ity make this spot so unique. Roatan’s va­ri­ety makes it stand out. I dived a wreck, sand flats filled with jaw­fish, and a fish-filled reef com­plete with a wall — and that was all just one site! Robby My­ers As­sis­tant Edi­tor, Scuba Div­ing, Sport Diver Roger Roy Scubalab Edi­tor On a cruise stop we squeezed in a dive at Bar­racuda Ridge, where the name­sake res­i­dents kept for­ma­tion in the crys­tal wa­ter above. Still time for wine and lunch on the beach be­fore de­par­ture. Cuba’s Gar­dens of the Queen is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Be­cause it’s been pro­tected for so long, reefs with crit­i­cally en­dan­gered corals are able to thrive — and they’re mag­i­cal. Melissa Smith Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Scuba Div­ing Pa­tri­cia Wuest Edi­tor- in- Chief Your heart pounds when some­one shouts, “Whales!” and every­one scram­bles to the Zo­di­acs. Sri Lanka boasts blue, Bryde’s and killer among the species roam­ing here — and I got to see them all. There is noth­ing quite like the vi­brant col­ors and abun­dance of ma­rine life you can find in Raja Am­pat. If I could only dive Raja for the rest of my life, I’d be per­fectly happy. Becca Hur­ley Dig­i­tal Edi­tor, Sport Diver, Scuba Div­ing Mary Frances Em­mons Deputy Edi­tor, Scuba Div­ing What’s not to love? Reefs, walls, and den­sity and di­ver­sity of biomass that ri­val Raja, plus cav­erns, wrecks and a hos­pitable cul­ture that’s 5,000 years old.

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