Scuba Diving, Dive Travel and Underwater Photography in the Indo-Pacific
Welcome to www.indopacificimages.com the website of underwater photographer and photo-journalist Don Silcock
The concept behind this site is to provide a portal into the Indo-Pacific region and it’s best diving locations, with interesting & factual descriptions of what is there, what you will see, when to go and how to get there.
I have been to all the dive locations at least once, but often 2-3 times, and only use images from those trips to illustrate it – so what you see is what I saw when I was there.
Some of my trips are supported by dive operators, but my descriptions of their operations are as I found them and I try very hard to provide a factual & balanced viewpoint.
Diving The Solomon Islands: Uepi Island and Munda in New Georgia – X-Ray Article
Like a series of random punctuation marks, the many islands of the Solomons archipelago lay along the southern section of the Pacific Ring of Fire, in between the countries of PNG to the north, and Vanuatu to the south.
An independent country since 1976, the Solomon Islands are a quite special blend of Pacific Island Melanesian culture and phenomenal tectonic forces, which have created a chain of mountainous islands that are rich in native rainforest, spectacular volcanoes and incredible lagoons.
Underwater there are rich reef systems and an amazing variety of marine life together with one of the highest concentrations of WWII wrecks in the Pacific.
In mid 2013 I finally made it to the Solomons – but where to go in a country that consists of nearly 1000 islands? I decided to start with Uepi Island and Munda in New Georgia and spent three weeks diving the great sites there.
I documented the whole experience in a 12 page article that has just been published in X-Ray magazine, with one of the images from Su Su Hiti near Munda getting the highly-prized front cover! The full article can be downloaded on this LINK.
What’s New: Underwater Photography With Mirrorless Cameras
Updated Equipment section with a series of pages on using the new mirrorless cameras for underwater photography.
This new technology offers much of the functionality of DSLR’s but without the size, weight and cost…
But is it as good – or even close to the capability of DSLR’s?
I wanted to find out and bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera – principally for underwater macro photography and I am now in the process of upgrading to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera, so watch this space for updates going forward.
What’s New: Underwater Photography – Mirrorless Macro Article – Part 2 of 2
The march of the mirrorless cameras continues with each new camera that is released and the technology really does have great potential for underwater macro photography.
The macro lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic and Olympus) format is really quite impressive.
Combine those lenses with the small form factor of the cameras and their housings and mirrorless cameras become a really serious contender for macro where size (smaller the better…) really does matter!
In this article, the 5th in the series I wrote for X-Ray magazine, and Part 2 of 2 on macro underwater photography I detail the results I have achieved with the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
The full article can be downloaded on this LINK.
What’s New: The Sharks of the Marovo Lagoon – Solomon Airlines Article
The sharks of the Marovo Lagoon hold a special place in the local culture of this part of New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands.
Reef sharks, rather than being feared, are regarded almost like dogs in that their behavior is generally docile and non-threatening, but they can quickly sense unease and can be potentially dangerous to those who fear or provoke them.
You will see sharks on virtually every dive, but the best place to see a lot of them is the welcome jetty at Uepi Island resort.
Here they gather in significant numbers and the in-flight magazine of Solomon Airlines recently published an article of mine on the sharks of Marovo Lagoon which you can download on this LINK.
What’s New: An Insider’s Guide to Tulamben’s Liberty Wreck
The Liberty wreck at Tulamben on the north-east coast of Bali is the island’s most famous dive.
People travel from all over the world to dive the Liberty and to a some degree the wrecks popularity is killing it – so is it still worth diving, or should we just move on and leave it to the backpackers?
Last year I decided to try a spot of immersion therapy on the Liberty and instead of the usual 1 or 2 dives a day on the wreck when I stay in Tulamben, I did 4 to 5 a day for 6 days!
The whole experience was documented in an article that is in the latest issue of Australia’s SportDiving magazine plus I have added several pages to my site as a kind of “insiders guide to the Liberty Wreck”… You can download the full article on this LINK.
Alternatively you can check out the pages and image galleries on my site and here is the LINK to the starting page and then just follow the links.
What’s New: Diving Indonesia and the Incredibly Rich Waters of Raja Ampat
Last October/November I spent four weeks there diving the best sites in the Dampier Strait, Gam & Waigeo, Batanta and the incredible reefs of Misool in the south.
X-Ray magazine just published a 12 page article of mine on the trip and, as usual, they did a great job of laying it all out!
If you are interested in diving Raja Ampat you can download the full article on this LINK.
I have also added numerous new pages to my Raja Ampat location guide which has lots of information on the area plus detailed dive site descriptions and image galleries.