A Year in Review
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.