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Happy New Year Everyone!

We hope you had the best Christmas and New Year and got lots of lovely new diving goodies from santa! And as 2013 gets off to a damp and rather grey start, are you already planning your next diving rays of sunshine? It's never too soon to get your next holiday in the diary (especially if you are restricted to school holidays). If you need some inspiration they why not speak to the travel team, who can help you find your perfect holiday. Have always longed to dive a top 10 world class wreck? Or snorkel with manta? Are you hankering to do your next diving course, pick up a camera or go tek? Why not make 2013 the year you try something new!

Scuba Travel staff diving highlights of 2012

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.

Christmas Competition
Hi all Duxy here

A big part of our New Year Resolutions is getting more active, so we have decided to attend this years Active Travel show and we will be having a stand there.
I will be on the stand for all four days running from the Thursday 17th January until Sunday the 20th. And each day one of my Scuba Travel colleagues will be alongside to help me answer any questions you may have.
So if you have any burning photo related questions, from what to buy or how to use what you have, then come on by at Stand AT173

We are rolling out some new photo courses this year, and the really exciting thing is that you don't even need to be a diver to attend some of them.
I am running a short one day course in February covering the basics of photography and picture editing at our head office in Godalming. This will arm you with the basic skills and practice of photo theory in a fun and practical way.
So I would love to see you, so drop by and say hello, and enter our draw to win a place on the above course worth £95
I know a lot of you have expressed an interest in learning to shoot and edit using the GoPro range of action cameras, so I will be announcing a new course at the Active Travel show teaching you how the professionals use these cameras to produce jaw dropping shots above, on, and below the waves.

Active Travel Show
Active Travel Show
Hurricane only £825
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