The Scuba Travel staff put some of our favourite holiday destinations through their paces in 2012 (well someone has to do it). But what were the highlights?
Martin jetted off to Komodo on WAOW. To say he was impressed with the diving is an under statement. He could not pick a single fave site! Roller Coaster in Komodo lived up to its name with crazy currents to enjoy. Lonely Tree was a new site, even for the guides but did not disappoint. Xeno crabs, Papuan scorpionfish and loads of flat worms were great macro spots but the reef was the real star of the show. Martin's first visit to Indonesia but it won't be his last!
Caroline finally ticked off Sudan from her must dive list! The Umbria was the surprise highlight for her. Not usually much of a wreckie, the Umbria was an exception. Packed with goodies, plenty of marine life and easily within recreational limits. What't not to love? Snorkelling with manta at Meshrafi was the other magic moment. And of course, finally seeing how the photo pros take those images - thanks to Martin Edge for all his tuition on board.
As Lee got married in Feb 2012, the new Mrs Crabtree headed to Manado for her honeymoon (with Mr Crabtree of course!). Manado is a fabulous honeymoon getaway. They saw critters a plenty, in all their weird forms in Lembeh. Lee's fave moment underwater was watching 2 octopus fighting over an old nautilus shell they both fancied as their new home. The day they spent tarsier spotting on the surface was well worth it too.
Georgie visited Bali in 2012 with the sole goal of diving with mola mola. And she was not let down. Crystal Bay can be a tricky site to dive but it all paid off as not one but three mola mola loomed into view. The bumpheaded parrot fish were impressive at the Liberty wreck and she saw more pygmy sea horses than she could poke a stick at! Fabulous food and land life wrapped up a brilliant trip.