Dive Destinations

I have been in the lucky situation that my job brought me to Japan and the US, which gave me very different home bases to go diving.

The Americas

Alaska (Kenai Peninsula)
Canada, British Columbia (live-aboard, Nautilus VII )
Missouri, Bonne Terre Mine
Texas (Flower Garden, live-aboard, MS Fling )
Texas (Austin, Lake Travis, PADI Rescue and Divemaster course)
New Mexico (Blue Hole)
Florida (Crystal Spring, Manatees)
California (Monterey)
California (San Diego, Blue Shark Cage Dive)
Mexico (San Carlos-Pacific Coast. and PADI IDC with Cdr. Jim Williams)
Mexcio (Cozumel)
Mexcio (Playa del Carmen, near Cancun)
Mexico (Yucatan, Cave diving, IANTD and NACD Full Cave certification)
Galapagos (live-aboard MS Mistral to Wolf and Darwin with Paul Humann, whale sharks, schooling hammerheads)
Costa Rica (Pacific coast, Papagayo)

Caribeans

Bahamas (Blackbeard cruises, live-aboard, Sea Explorer )
Cuba (Varadero)

Micronesia-Australia

Yap (Mantas)
Palau (Sharks)
Truk (wrecks!!!)
Marshall Islands
Bikini (wrecks!!!, USS Saratoga-air carrier)
Hawaii (Kona coast and Manta night dive)
Australia (Mike Ball, live-aboard, Spoil Sport)

Asia

Japan (Hachijo-jima, and Ozesaki-Izu-peninsula)
Indonesia (Bali 2 times, and Sulawesi-Manado)
Malaysia (Tioman)
Maledives (Lohifushi)
Thailand (live-aboard, THE JUNK)

Red Sea

Egypt (Hurghada)
Egypt (Safaga)
Egypt (El Queseir)
Egypt (live-aboard ...name forgotten, but something in Arabic...from Marsa Alam to Daedalus Reef)
Sudan (live-aboard, MS Aurora)

Other

Iceland, Silfra-rift
Malawi-Lake Malawi (Likoma Island)
Australia-Coral Sea (live-aboard, Spoil Sport-Mike Ball)
Malta (Caverns)
Tenerife
Baltic Sea
South Africa (Aliwal Shoal, with Sandtiger-Haien und Kleine Schwarzspitenhaie, und in Simon's Town, nicht wirkliches Tauchen, Grosse Weisse Haie aus dem Käfig)
Mozambique (Inhambane, mit vielen Arten von Rochen, inklusive Mantas).
And various Lakes and Rivers in New Mexico, Germany and Switzerland.

Favorite Dives

Iceland-Silfra: very clear water, cold, but great. Special is to touch the North American and European plate.
Galapogos-Darwin: 2 whale sharks, hundreds of hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, mating turtles, and wahoos on a single dive.
Bikini-the Saratoga (incredible the size, and the stuff to see during penetration)
Hawaii-Kona: the Manta night dive...extreme commercial, but magic
Palau-Blue Corner: incredible amount of gray reef sharks and barracudas "standing" and "cruising" in the current
Mexico-Yucatan: the caves are magic; I liked especially Zac Aktun and Dos Ojos.
Canada-British Columbia-Browning Wall: the amount of life is unbelievable; the wall was totally covered by strawberry sea anemones.
Florida: the Manatees are really something special
South Africa-Simons Town: Great white sharks from cage-incredible the size and power
Australia, Coral Sea Osprey Reef: the number of grey reef sharks during the feeding, incredible

Contact

To contact me, send an email to
thomas.lippert(at)bluewin.ch
and I will reply as soon as possible.