Real friends hold hands?

My big sister who doesn't dive gave me the tip to watch the movie 'Octopus my teacher' and I did that a few days ago. What an insane documentary about a biologist who snorkels every day for almost a year in the same large underwater kelp forest. In doing so, he follows the doings of an octopus, from hunting and foraging, to a shark attack, mating and having babies until her last hours. It's unbelievable how much patience this biologist has and the amazing shots he manages to make of all the important moments in the life of this eight-armed lady. Now I regularly see octopus underwater and when watching the documentary I thought back to Chrissie and Mel and their octopus adventure. The ladies had traveled to the Maldives to see mantas and so they came to me on the liveaboard. That week it was Manta heaven underwater and that started on the third dive day, although the ladies had more eyes for something else.


The jumping Sand Mystery

Now I do quite a few dives as a guide and I sometimes see things that I'm not quite sure whether I really saw that or whether nitrogen was playing tricks there. And so I ask others if they've seen it too, hoping it wasn't a nitrogen hallucination. This was also the case at the beginning of my career as a guide, when I thought I saw the sand moving.

Friendly nurses

Two sisters were on a journey with their husbands, a fantastic tour of the central atolls of the Maldives and I met them when they came on board with me. A wonderful week of diving in the beautiful tropical water with the wish to dive with mantas. Not only many mantas but also a few whale sharks joined us on our dives that week and although the sisters' wish had been granted, their greatest adventure had not yet begun.

PygmY me this…

As a dive guide you are expected to show your guests the most beautiful and the best things and I can tell you that it is not always easy. Now we are quite trained In seeing special things, but that does not mean that we can see everything. In fact, sometimes I really have no … Continue reading PygmY me this…


Black and white giants, graceful and impressive; mantas capture our imagination with their fairytale appearance and mysterious behavior. But sometimes they just act rude. Especially if we start with that. You have probably heard, read or seen that the Maldives are known for the presence of the mantas. These black and white giants, which … Continue reading THE OFFENDED MANTA