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This article was first published on Wetpixel in November 2010. Down the years, I have tried to review the important digital Nikon SLRs Ð the ones that have introduced new technology with the promise of taking our images further. Typically these tend to be flagship models, which showcase the new features before they filter down through the Nikon range. Small in size, but packed with many pro-level features, such as 100% viewfinder, 14-bit A/D converter and 1/320th flash synch.
All islands of the island group of Samoa are surrounded by a protecting reef. Separated from the surrounded seam reef, beautiful snorkeling areas of turquoise blue lagoons encircle most of the islands. Towards the open seas, the external reef breaks the water, forming a white foam belt around the snow-white beaches of Samoa.
You'll find us on the coast near Fagamalo village, on the northern tip of Savaii. After Upolu, Savaii is Samoa's second main island, and the third largest island in Polynesia after Tahiti and New Zealand.
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Scuba Diving in Vanuatu has two main epicentres, Efate and Santo. Both have a wide range of dive sites and diving services. Snorkelling can be done just about anywhere and on all the islands - but you may have to bring your own gear if you are headed for rural areas. Almost every Vanuatu resort has snorkelling gear available and there are lots of snorkelling tours and excursions but the Vanuatu village bungalows generally do not have snorkelling gear. Efate has two major dive areas:
Australian Boating College Moorabbin is owned and operated by John McCormick. John has spent over 40 years on boats and has also been a keen diver and instructor for over 28 years. John has held the Commercial Skippers Ticket for 28 years.
Palau's remarkable marine lakes are portraits of evolution in action 08-01-2006 // Pamela S. Turner
A virtually untouched series of limestone islands is now easy for Australians to reach, writes David Barbeler for The Age Traveller. As a Westerner who's visited numerous stunning countries corrupted by tourism, I initially had trouble understanding why the people of Palau were getting so excited. Located 800km east of the Philippines, the Republic of Palau is a series of more than 250 limestone islands virtually untouched by tourists. Many compare it to the feel of Bali 30 years ago.
When it arrived the first test was to see what worked in my D80 Ikelite housing. Nothing was the answer, couldn't even close the housing with the D7000 inside. The camera body is just too thick, front to back, to fit at all.