On this page you’ll find an selection of our BrotherDive photos. Via these photo's we will try give you an impression of our trips and the beauty of the underwater world.
Hopefully we can convince you that we need to protect and preserve this beautiful marine life in order to keep making these photos....

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Brotherdive 2019 (Part 2) - Coron - Palawan - Philippines

A photo impression of scuba diving during our 6 days stay in the El Rio Y mar resort in Coron.

This footage was shot over 12 dives around Coron on the 23rd till the 28th of March 2019.

Divecenter: Dugong dive center
Number of dives: 12
 
Brotherdive 2019 (Part 1) - Tubbataha - Philippines

A photo impression of scuba diving during our 6 days stay onboard of the Infinti on the Tubbataha reefs.

This footage was shot over 17 dives on the Tubbataha reefs and the Jessie Beazley Reef on the 17th till the 22nd of March 2019.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, we were not able to dive on all the sites we’ve hoped for.... Never the less, we made some amazing dives on Tubbataha!

Divecenter: Infiniti Liveaboard
Number of dives: 17
 
Brotherdive 2018 - Maratua Atoll - Nabucco Island

A photo impression of scuba diving with Extra Divers around Nabucco Island.

Nabucco Island, a real piece of paradise located within the Maratua Atoll (Borneo - Indonesia). This footage was shot over 30 dives in 9 days around the Maratua Atoll, Kakaban Island and Sangalaki Island.

The Maratua Atoll is located in the Celebes Sea, and contains one of the most beautiful underwater habitats in the world.
The dive sites are captivating due to their biodiversity and the nutrient rich currents coming from the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the highlights are “The Channel”, also known as “Big Fish Country”, Sangalaki; World famous for it's Mantas and Kakaban famous for it's great wall dives and it's Jelly Fish lake.

Divecenter: Extra Divers Nabucco
Number of dives: 30
 

Brotherdive 2017 Raja Ampat – West Papua (Indonesia)

A photo impression of scuba diving with Papua diving center in the beautiful waters around Kri island (Raja Ampat) in March 2017.

Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles and it is a part of the newly named West Papua Province of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.

Raja Ampat diving offers some of the best diving in the world.

It is the world’s most bio-diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusk species than anywhere else on the planet.

Our 'home base' was Kri Island which is located in the Dampier Strait. There are more than 30 sites in closest proximity of the Island.

One of the well known divesites is 'Cape Kri', this is the Papua Diving house reef on Kri. This is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map when Dr Gerry Allen smashed his record for total number of fish species on a single tank dive: 374 different species!

Other famous dive sites like 'Sardines' and 'Blue Magic' are a must for every diver!

RAJA AMPAT PART 1

RAJA AMPAT PART 2


Swarming fusiliers spin above, pursued by huge giant trevallies, packs of Bluefin jacks and huge Spanish mackerels. Schools of Big eye Trevallies and many large Barracudas can be seen. Green Turtles can be found here as well as Giant Manta Rays.
Batfish gather in the hundreds, while multitudes of schooling bannerfish feed in the current. Grey reef sharks, blacktips and whitetips can also be seen along with the wobbegong waiting in ambush on the sea floor..

Divecenter: Papua Diving
Number of dives: 32

 

 
Our (micro) BrotherDive 2016 on Candidasa - Bali - Indonesia.

While Edwin was on a scuba diving holiday in October on Bali, Marcel decided to join his brother to celebrate Edwin’s birthday…….. This surprise resulted in a 3 day (micro) Brotherdive on Nusa Penida !!

Diving around Nusa Penida is just fantastic! It offers incredible dive sites where you have great chances to see the famous and rare Mola Mola also called Oceanic Sunfish. The best place to see the Mola Mola is the dive site Crystal Bay. However the current can be strong and tricky therefore it's not always possible to dive there.

The visibility on Nusa Penida can be brilliant, here you can enjoy impressive wall dives, fast drift dives with a great variety of marine life ! One of the most famous dive sites around Nusa Penida is 'Manta Point' where numerous manta rays come all year round to enjoy the cleaning station.

Note: The current can be very strong and unpredictable around Nusa Penida. Having over 4 knots of current is not rare.

Divecenter: Zen Dive Bali / Bambu Divers
Number of dives: 6
 
BrotherDive 2016 on Playa del Carmen - Mexico

These photos are made on various dive locations on Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Puerto Morelos. They give you a good idea of the beauty of diving in the Mexican Caribbean!

From the C-56 wreck on Puerto Morelos , till the beautiful deep / wall dives on Cozumel and the spectacular drift dives along the coast of Playa del Carmen. Diving with Bull sharks: From November Bull sharks visit the 'Playa' area to spend the winter till March when they migrate north.

(Unfortunately the sharks already left by the time we were in Playa...)

With a visibility of more than 40 meters is Cozumel a diver’s paradise.
The reef in Cozumel is full of attractions that have survived and overcame nature's dashing. It's walls goes down to until they get lost in the deep blue and are so full of life, that one dive it's not enough to completely admire them.

Divecenter: DiveMex
Number of dives: 14

 
BrotherDive 2016 on Playa del Carmen - Mexico (Cenotes)

"Cenotes" - The Mayan entrance to the underworld

Another set of Mexico, these pictures are taken in various cenotes in the Playa del Carmen area in Mexico (Riviera Maya). They show you the mysterious cave systems underneath the surface of Yucatan, known as the longest underwater cave system in the world.

To the ancient Maya, cenotes were passageways to the underground world of Xibalba.

The Yucatan Peninsula is formed, completely, of limestone; its porous nature let the rain go through, creating caverns along the time. Those caverns were forming stalactites and stalagmites (some of them are immense). After the last Ice Age, the deepest caverns were flooded by water coming from thawing and became the way to enter the caverns.

These pictures where taken in the following cenotes: El Pit, Dos Ojos (Batcave & Barbie line), Angelita, Dreamsgate (left & right line), Zapote (Hell’s bells), Kin Ha.

Divecenter: DiveMex
Number of dives: 8 (Cenotes)
 
Impression of Brotherdive 2015 on Palau - Micronesia

Diving in paradise:

Palau offers world-class diving with sea walls, sheer drop-offs, caves and an exuberance of marine life. Palau (or Belau) is a 100-mile long archipelago, southeast of the Philippines. Lots of divers visit Palau each year, most of them specifically to dive with sharks.

Divers come to Palau for the amazing dive sites that have made Palau world famous.

Palau is considered one of the world's premier dive destinations, with dozens of dive sites in a rare variety: walls with fascinating coral formations, reef corners where the currents attract sharks, rays and schooling fish, channels and other sandy bottom sites, tunnels, holes, caves and caverns, and plenty of WWII freighter and plane wrecks! From macro to mantas, Palau has it all!

Dive locations as Blue Corner, German Channel and blue holes are deservedly world famous.

Divecenters: Sam's tours (Unique Diving Expedition) and Fish 'n Fins Divecenter
Number of dives: 27

 
(Micro) Brotherdive 2014 - Hurghada Egypt

Due to private circumstances it was not possible to plan a official Brotherdive in 2014.
However we've managed to dive a couple of days together during one of our family holidays in the Red Sea around Hurghada.
With only four common dives we label this as being a 'Micro Brother Dive'.

The Red Sea (Arabic: Bahr el-Ahmar)

The Red Sea is home to amazing Reefs with a teeming marine life, pelagic fishes, Reef Sharks, turtles and Dolphins. The Red Sea Reef stretches over 2250 km along the coast of Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea. There are more than 1,100 species of fish that call this Red Sea Reef 'home'. It also has a variety of 200 soft and hard corals. The Red Sea Reef was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.

The Red sea is, after the Great Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world, and is also one of the oldest reefs in the world, dating back five to seven thousand years.

Like Jacques Yves Cousteau once said: "The Red sea is amazing, I've experienced my best dives here"

Divecenter: Tauchen unter Freunden
Number of dives: 4
 
BrotherDive 2013 - Malaysia (Mabul / Sipadan)

Mabul, just a twenty minute boat ride from Sipadan

The triangle between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines is one of the most bio-diverse marine habitats in the world. Strong ocean currents, deep sea trenches and sea mounts, combined with active volcanic islands have created a complex oceanographic environment that is paradise for divers. The beauty of this region lies in it's diversity.

The highlight of this trip is the world-famous Sipadan Island, home to thousands of turtles, schooling sharks, swirling barracuda, and awe-inspiring coral walls dropping more than 600m straight down to the sea floor.

Divecenters: Borneo divers
Number of dives: 20

 

BrotherDive 2013 - Malaysia (Kapalai / Sipadan)

Kapalai is the third point of the famous 'Golden Triangle', with Sipadan and Mabul being the other two. Kapalai is not a true island but a sandbar on which they build a resort on. Kapalai is, like Mabul, also a 20 minutes boatride from Sipadan.

While the resort was originally built for it's proximity to world-famous Sipadan, we also discovered the paradise that awaited just beneath the resort.

Kapalai is undoubtedly one of the premiere macro dive sites in the world !

Divecenters: Kapalai Diving Center
Number of dives: 9

 
BrotherDive 2012 - Indonesia - Bunaken (North Sulawesi)

Bunaken is a small tropical island approximately 15 km from Manado on the mainland of North Sulawesi. Scuba diving around the Bunaken islands is terrific. The entire area is protected via the 'Bunaken Marine Park'. (over 70.000 hectares)

The waters around the park are as deep as 1600 meters which gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best wall diving experiences in the world! (Bunaken was voted the best wall-diving in Asia). Visibility can go to 50 meters !

With over 390 species of coral and numerous species of fish it's a true diving paradise.

A sunset view over the next to the island located volcano (Manado Tua) makes it all complete....

Divingcenter: Bastianos Diving Center Bunaken
Number of dives: 13


 

BrotherDive 2012 - Indonesia - Lembeh (North Sulawesi)

The Lembeh strait - Critters paradise

The Lembeh strait is located between the Lembeh Island and the mainland in the North Eastern part of North Sulawesi.

Diving in Lembeh is like jumping into a world of tiny strange and weird creatures. Lembeh Strait is known as the "muck diving" capital of the world.

The Lembeh Strait is one of the few places in the world where you will see the exclusive hairy frog fish, pygmy sea horses, rare species of Nudibranchs, the thorny seahorse, mimic octopus, wunderpus and flamboyant cuttlefish to name a few. (And we saw them all !!)
Most of the diving is done on volcanic black sand.

Lembeh is only a couple of hours from Bunaken (Boat & car), it's worth to combine a trip like we did!

Divingcenter: Bastianos Diving Center Lembeh
Number of dives: 12

 

Marcel on a shark expedition with Jim Abernethy’s scuba adventures on the Bahama's in 2012

Do you like to dive up close with some of the largest sharks in the world! Experience tigers, hammerheads and a variety of other sharks in the clear shallow waters of the Bahamas.
Well, Marcel did it !!

On his trip to the world famous “Tiger Beach.” he made some amazing pictures...

This spectacular location is unlike any other in the world. At Tiger Beach you will have one of the most unique underwater experiences of your life. Imagine yourself surrounded by lemon and tiger sharks......
 

Divecenter: Jim Abernethy’s scuba adventures

 

BrotherDive 2011 Vilamendhoo Island - South Ari Atoll - Maldives

Our first 'BrotherDive'

It all started with this holiday.....

The 26 atolls (ring-shaped reefs) in the Maldives are home to 1192 islands
Located on the Southeast corner of Ari atoll, Vilamendhoo island lies in the heart of some of the most thrilling dive sites in the Maldives.
White beaches, palm studded gardens, tropical lush vegetation and turquoise blue lagoons surrounds the only 900 x 250 meter Island on all sides.

The island is a total dream for diving addicts, with over 50 dive sites and a fantastic house reef with 10 entry points, Vilamendhoo is the perfect diver’s paradise.

Most of the dive sites are between 10 minutes and 1 hour away from the island. A full daytrip to Sun Island to encounter whale sharks, or to Rangali Madivaru for the manta rays is highly recommended !!

 

All different kind of reef sharks (white tips, black tips, greys, silver tips, leopard and nurse sharks) and rays (black spotted, eagle rays, torpedo rays, feather tail and guitar rays) as well as Mantas and whale shark are seen frequently on the different trips or even on the house reef !!


Divecenter: Eurodivers Vilamandhoo
Number of dives: 30

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