Scuba Diving aboard DreamKeeper

There are countless places you can dive in the Oceans and we have merely dabbled in a few of them so far. But we still figured we'd add this page to help highlight our own personal experiences these past couple of years and to give props to those special places we've been fortunate to visit.

Our Favorite Diving the first year: South Pacific Ocean (French Polynesia to New Zealand):

Fakarava, Tuamotus
Go with a dive company and dive Garuae Pass on the north shore. Very cool. Also, the south pass is an awesome drift snorkel or dive with your dingy in tow. So many gray reef and black tip sharks. We couldn't get enough.
Rangiroa Atoll, also in the Tuamotus, was good, but not like Fakarava.

The Island of Niue
Really cool caves, rock features, lionfish, crayfish (lobster), and so many sea snakes! The visibility is at least 100 feet and gorgeous. You may even get the chance to see dolphins or whales.

Ha'apai group of Tonga
Beautiful healthy reefs with an abundance of coral types, pelagics, clownfish, eagle rays, and lionfish.

New Zealand: Poor Knights Islands, North Island
*Beautiful place! We took our Advanced Open Water course with Dive Tutukaka! and it was a very good experience. If you are camping or van-camping, like we were, you can pull into the holiday park right across the street.
The diving itself is really interesting. Cold water, but still you see so many nudibranchs, snapper, scorpion fish, blue maomao, yellow moray eels, and beautiful kelp forests.
When it's not rough out and the sun is shining, the sightseeing trip itself is worth it.

Our Favorite Diving the second year: South Pacific to Micronesia (Fiji to Palau):

Fiji: Namena Island Marine Park

grouper at Namena Park, Fiji

In our opinion, this is one of the TOP places you can dive in the South Pacific. The whole island and surrounding reefs are a marine park. The currents are strong, the coral is vibrant, and the diversity of big pelagics, as well as macro-life is impressive!

To visit Namena, either contact Moody's Namena Resort and ask permission to anchor your boat in the lee of the island and go scuba diving with them. Or, you can anchor in front of the Cousteau Resort in Savu Savu and sign up to go with the Cousteau Resort boat that heads to Namena once or twice a week, depending on demand and weather conditions. We dove with Cousteau.

What you will see out there are an abundance of sharks: grays, reefs, and even silvertips. Also, huge Nassau grouper, Napoleon Wrasse, huge schools of trevally and barracuda, and some solo dogtooth tuna. And on the sea mounts you will be living in an underwater postcard filled with prolific colorful schools of damselfish, batfish, seasnakes, turtles, and GORGEOUS soft corals.

Of all the diving we have done in our lives, this is one of our FAVORITE SPOTS! If you are a serious diver and find yourself in Fiji, you must Go there!

Solomon Islands: Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Island

pygmy seahorse at Uepi, Solomons

The Solomons are a place we wished we had more time and a dive compressor aboard. Not only did we fall in love with the people here, but the underwater life is very diverse and full of flavor. There is so much to explore here.

For us the diving only happened at Uepi Resort in Marovo Lagoon. Grant and Jill, the owners of Uepi, are a "down-to-Earth" couple who have created a comfortable and laid-back place out on the edge of this beautiful lagoon. They welcome yachties but it is nice to email or call ahead to see how full they are and make sure they can take you diving. They have protected Uepi Pass from fishing and shark-finning and it is full of hundreds of gray reef sharks, very similar to the Tuamotus. Plus, there are also hundreds of black-tip reef sharks, Giant Trevally, barracuda, crocodile fish, and even pygmy sea horses. The visibility is not amazing, only 50-70 feet usually, but full of nutrients and full of life. I even saw a hammerhead shark here on one dive. Very cool place plus great people! Go.

Palau, Micronesia

How can you compete with Blue Corner? As I write this, we have just returned from another day of diving with Sam's Tours. I'll get to them in a minute. We dove our second dive at Blue Corner today in half-fast conditions: cloudy, rainy, and an outgoing tide. The light wasn't great and the visibility only 70 feet or so.'s what we saw: over 50 gray reef sharks swimming right next to us, 3 spanish mackerel, a dogtooth tuna, huge schools of barracuda, huge schools of big eye trevally, 5-6 giant trevally, a big school of mottled emperor fish, at least 5 big Napoleon Wrasse that followed us around, clown fish, moray eels, an abundance of sweetlips and snapper, a hawksbill turtle surfacing with a long-fin spade fish almost attached to it's hip, and to top it off, a robust ghost pipefish, our first in Palau! This dive is just so good that it spoils you for everywhere else! But when you do venture out to the other dive spots you won't be disappointed either. It's just a great place to dive.

OK, now Sam's Tours. What an we say, Sam's IS the cruiser hang-out. We have been here over 4 months and Sam's has hooked us up with almost everything. We get free moorings, free dingy dock usage, free hot showers, easy internet access, mail received to them, a great bar with almost daily delicious tuna sashimi, and, of course, excellent dive and rock island adventure trips. Sam, the owner, and, Dermot, the manager, truly make sailors welcome and have been super great to everyone we know who has stopped here on their yachts. Can't say enough good things about Sam's. You'll just have to come to Palau to see for yourselves, plus, if you're a diver, you can't go wrong!

Round 3: Indonesia to the Red Sea

North Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

The Indonesian conservation area of West Papua's Raja Ampat is truly a beautiful place. Huge, remote, and very isolated, you can explore these islands, inner lagoons, and forests for years. We merely dabbled for 2+ weeks in this area only glimpsing a little taste of the gems it offers. Because very few yachts ever visit this area, we, once again, found ourselves totally alone. To go diving, we contacted the Kri Eco Resort on Kri Island and they were extremely accommodating allowing us to dive with them and eat some delicious dinners as well. If you have a compressor and the means to dive safely in very strong currents with a support boat, the owner of Kri, Max, could be very helpful showing you the top dive sites on your nautical charts. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is a wealth of knowledge.

The diving itself is varied, interesting, and full of life. The water is nutrient-rich, aka-not fantastic visibility, but the macro life and some of the more "schooling fish" sites are wonderful. Here it is still possible to see newly discovered underwater critters and some species not yet named. The biodiversity is prolific and the currents exciting.

South Raja Ampat, Pulau Misool, Indonesia

The islands around Pulau Misool are another dramatically beautiful and rich ecosystem. Sailing a boat here is a bit tricky with few protected anchorages and most places you will drop the hook in 100'+ of water. However, if you do your homework and figure out where to go, you will be rewarded with some of the most incredible soft coral gardens and prolific macro-life anywhere in the world. Not to mention parrots, cockatoos, hornbills, and sea eagles soaring the skies, and wild orchids sprouting from the razor sharp rock islands.

We contacted the newly opened Misool Eco-Resort and stayed over a week. The managers, Andrew and Marit, as well as the host of local's who work there, are extremely warm and hospitable people and took us in like family. We just missed the "good" season when the water is clear, so for us we had pretty green, nutrient-rich diving conditions. We still had a great time underwater seeing so many colorful nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, and anemone shrimp/crabs. Plus, because of Misool Eco-Resort and the local villages conservation efforts, we saw quite a few gray and black-tip reef sharks as well, a few years ago were all but wiped out by Indonesia's ruthless shark-finning industry.

If you are sailing through this area and love to dive, we would highly suggest you contact this resort ahead of time and see if it would be possible to hook up to their mooring and immerse yourself in this paradisiacal world.