Author Christopher Bartlett

Christopher Bartlett

An experienced professional photojournalist, Christopher started taking underwater photos with a second-hand 2 megapixel Canon in 2005. Since then his work has been published across the globe in publications such as Scuba Diving, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, X-Ray, Diver (British and North American editions), Divestyle, African Diver, Duik, Dyk, Beyond Blue, Diving Australasia, Niugini Blue, Our Way, FHM, Scuba Diver Girls. Learn more at www.bartlettimages.com

Why Diving Krackafat Is Something Special

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Krackafat. If ever a dive site deserved an innuendo-laden name, and there are quite a few in PNG, this is it. You know you are about to dive somewhere really special when the normally already very enthusiastic crew are like kids on Christmas morning with an Easter egg sugar rush. Digger was buzzing around like he’d had four double espressos, and Josie giggling and bouncing around through her pre-dive briefing. It was 6 AM and they were itching to get under the tree and rip off the wrapping paper. Digger had had a sneak preview when he dropped down to…

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Late Availability – Bahamas Big Shark Safari, March 2018

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Great Hammerhead, Tiger, Silky, Caribbean Reef and nurse sharks – 12th to 19th March, 2018 This is an escorted, land-based Great Hammerhead and Tiger Shark trip in the Bahamas,  March 12 to 19, 2018, with some Silkies, Caribbean reef sharks, and nurse sharks thrown in for good measure. Dives: 2 days double tank diving with Great Hammerheads, 1 Silky shark dive, 1 Caribbean Reef shark dive on Runway Wall, 1 Caribbean Reef shark feed on the Ray of Hope wreck, 2 days double tank diving at Green Cay with tiger sharks from Nassau Stuart Cove’s dive centre, 2 days Great Hammerhead diving…

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Sensational San Salvador

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50 minutes’ flight southeast from the bustle, cruise ships and tourist-centric Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, lies the sleepy island of San Salvador. 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, she is the tip of an underwater mountain rising from five thousand metres below (fifteen thousand feet) surrounded by picture-postcard, crystal-clear, blue seas. Now home to 1200 Bahamians, “San Sal” has a past as colourful as her long sandy beaches are white. The native Lucuyan Indians who had settled there around the 6th century AD called her Guanahani, then Columbus made his first landfall here in 1492 and renamed her…

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Exploring The Diversity of Papua New Guinea

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Is there another country anywhere with so much diversity? The six million inhabitants of this nation of mountains and islands are spread over 463,000 km2 of mountainous tropical forests, and speak over 800 different languages (12% of the world total). Papua New Guinea occupies half of the third largest island in the world and 160 other islands and 500 named cays. Located just south of the equator and to the north of Australia, PNG is a diver’s paradise with the 4th largest surface area of coral reef ecosystem in the world (40,000 km2 of reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves in…

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In love with (a bommy called) Suzy

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She’s bright and colourful on surface, but deep and complex the more you get to know her. Her charms are numerous and sometimes mysterious, yet she’s always easy-going and welcoming. If she sounds like the ideal girl, it’s because she is – almost. Suzy is in fact a bommy and a dive site on the barrier reef outside Bootless Bay, Port Moresby. I’d heard of Suzy’s charms over dinners in Paris, lunches in London, and coffee in Madrid. The few aficionados of adventure and connoisseurs of coral who’d witnessed her beauty recalled their encounters with misty, wistful eyes. I promised…

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Red Sea BDE – Out into the big blue

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Brothers, Daedalus, and Elphinstone; three of the most iconic Red Sea names that are on the wish list of many Red Sea divers. With the Brothers islands and Daedalus reef being roughly a 12-hour cruise from the shore, a liveaboard is the only way to get there. In June 2013 I chartered one for a week and went to check the sites out. The typical route is first a day at Abu Dabbab, an overnight cruise to the Brothers for two days diving, then overnight to Daedalus, two days diving, overnight ride to Elphinstone, and two dives there one…

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Where the big things are – Galapagos

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Unlike Max I hadn’t worn my wolf suit, or made mischief of one kind or another. I hadn’t been sent to my bedroom for it to transform into an island of magical monsters, only reachable after a year of sailing.  I wouldn’t want to spend that long on a boat, so I behaved(ish) and looked into going to the Galapagos and spending my nights tucked up on dry land. Simon’s left arm shot out, index finger extended, and he clenched his right fist and stuck it on the side of his head. I scanned left and right fast, peering through…

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Enchanted by Tofo, Mozambique

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“Hold her straight!” shouted John over the surf. “Ladies on! Hold the nose and keep going!” he encouraged as the skipper jumped on and fired up the twin 85s. “OK, jump on!” Pulling myself along the boat from the nose until my feet touch the sand again I pushed off the bottom and heaved on the side rope, popping onto the pontoon of the RIB. “Feet in foot straps and hold on to the rope” dive guide Carlos reminded us as the RIB surged forward looking for a gap in the rolling surf. Every launch is like this here, some…

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Zanzibar and Mafia

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Where in the world could you swim with a whale shark one lunch time and then watch elephants playing in the water and lions dozing in the shade the next morning? In the east African nation of Tanzania. Sure, it’s a long way to go, but, boy, is it worth it. Whether you are a diver who would like to spend a few days on safari, or a safari nut who would like to spend a few days diving, Tanzania and its islands have plenty to offer and excellent air links make getting around a cinch. If you’re mad about…

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A Slice of Paradise – Diving in Papua New Guinea – Special Underwater Photography Trip – September 2013

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Special Underwater Photography trip featuring Christopher Bartlett Signature Itinerary. Monday 30th September to Wednesday 9th October 2013 9 nights ensuite accommodation on board MV FeBrina as reserved, all meals and snacks, unlimited tea and coffee, complimentary wine with dinner, at Walindi Plantation Resort, 7.5 days diving, 4 or 5 dives per day, filled tanks, weight belts and weights, return airport transfers to and from Hoskins Airport/Walindi, light laundry service daily. Download the full itinerary and pricing by CLICKING HERE or learn more at http://www.bestofpng.com/pages/mv-febrina.php Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web…

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