Secret Seas: Discover Oman’s Unique Underwater World by Paul Flandinette and Michel Claereboudt
I do not usually agree to review a book without having a physical copy in my hands, as it is impossible to judge what the quality of the final product is going to be. However, in this case I made an exception, as the book is going to be printed and distributed based on pre-orders. What I can say is that if the publishers put as much care into it as the authors clearly have, it is going to be well worth a look. The book will be a 240 page hardback containing 295 beautiful photos of the 160 marine species featured within.
I have never considered diving in Oman. It has just never come up in conversation before. And yet the opening pages of this book have moved it right up my wish list of diving destinations. I was delighted to read that Oman is an important turtle sanctuary, protesting the 4 species of nesting turtles that visit its pristine white beaches. After introducing the readers to the country, a little of its history, and some information on the marine environment, the book dives right into its main trust which is to show you the beauty and diversity of Oman’s underwater world.
The chapters within cover a range of marine life from macro critters to sharks and are packed with excellent underwater images. You can really get a feel for what it is like to dive there. Whether you love looking for tiny crustaceans or you prefer looking out into the blue for pelagics to cruise past, it seems that Oman has something for everyone.
I was delighted to see that the authors have put in a chapter about ocean conservation and the risks these precious habitats are already facing. It was also good to see a chapter on underwater photography and how to take images like the stunning images in the previous pages, without harming the marine life.
All in all this looks to be a well thought out book filled with beautiful photographs of Oman’s underwater world. You can sense the authors passion for this place as you read and peruse the images.
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About the Authors
Paul Flandinette is an award-winning film maker, professional underwater photographer, author and artist. His film making career has included productions for some of the world’s leading companies and government organisations as well as a number of broadcast documentaries.
He is passionate about the underwater world and has dived extensively in the in the Far East, Red Sea, Caribbean and the UK. He has been living in Oman since 2013 and has spent the last seven years photographing Oman’s underwater world.
Michel Claereboudt is Professor of Marine Ecology at the Department of Marine Sciences and Fisheries at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. He is an internationally recognised authority on corals and echinoderms and continues to research the ecology and biology of corals and other reef invertebrates.
Michel has been living in Oman since 1997 where he has made thousands of dives and has an intimate knowledge of Oman’s underwater world that few can equal. He is also an underwater photographer.
Bunaken Oasis wins Global Tourism Award
Bunaken Oasis, the award-winning destination on Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi, has been recognised as Indonesia’s Best Boutique Resort by Global Tourism Awards 2021.
For a resort that opened just four years ago, winning Indonesia’s Best Boutique Resort is a massive accolade. With the Global Tourism Awards being recognised globally as one of the travel industry’s most prestigious hallmarks of quality, owners Elaine & Simon Wallace are thrilled to have won such a high-profile award.
“We are delighted to announce that the Global Tourism Awards have voted us the ‘Best Boutique Resort in Indonesia 2021. Given the number of amazing resorts in Indonesia, this is an accolade of which we are hugely proud!
“We have also been voted ‘Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort’ by the World Travel Awards for the past three years, so now to have Bunaken Oasis recognised by the Global Tourism Awards solely as a resort is really exciting, as it demonstrates the all-round excellence which awaits divers and non-divers alike.
“We’re especially pleased for our team, who’ve worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that Oasis is a safe and luxurious retreat which is fully ready to welcome guests as soon as they are able to travel”
Bunaken Oasis Dive & Spa Resort is situated on Liang beach, on the edge of Bunaken’s National Marine Park which is an underwater paradise for divers & snorkelers alike. Bunaken Oasis has redefined diving within Indonesia and helped to put Bunaken on the map as an internationally recognised dive destination.
The luxurious resort prides itself on being an ecotourism destination, with a zero single use plastic policy, and is proud of the extensive infrastructure designed to minimise any impact on the environment.
Offering 12 sumptuous cottages, all with spectacular ocean views and a long list of amenities including beautiful traditionally handcrafted four-poster beds and organic shower products, as well as the latest in room tablets and coffee makers, it is no surprise that Bunaken Oasis has been recognised for its luxury and world-class service.
For more information about Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa visit .
Blue Label Diving and Seabees Diving team up in Thailand
Blue Label Diving has some exciting news… they are teaming up with Seabees diving – “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving.” Bringing together these two companies will widen the possibilities for technical divers by creating one of the largest technical diving centers in South East Asia.
Blue Label Diving (BLD) and Seabees Diving (SBD) are delighted to announce this joint venture which will further expand their long-standing professional relationship, with the aim of strengthening their combined resources to deliver the highest standard of technical diving courses, and to increase the technical diving market opportunities in Thailand and SEA.
“The joint venture will leverage the reputable award winning SBD’s German punctuality and standards for recreational diving, diving boats, Liveaboard, dive center, accommodation and pool and with BLD’s reputable teaching tech diving standards, tech equipment and highly experienced tech instructors. We are very excited about this venture ,” said Ben Reymenants of BLD.
“Together, we offer divers a complete dive center focused approach that understands the start to end diver process, continuing education, accommodation needs, diving boat needs, teaching standards, sales, how to target a bigger market and deploy targeted marketing campaigns to reach a larger group of technical divers,” said Holger Schwab of SBD.
“I am very excited by this joint venture with Seabees. We can finally offer our customers an all in one dive center experience. This is something I have always wanted. Together we have the experience to teach each level of diving, give high standard diver safety, have high standard diving boats and Liveaboards, offer excellent accommodation and high quality service for either diving courses or fun divers. I am looking forward to a new challenge and fresh start,” said Simone Schuil of BLD.
The aim is to offer technical divers worldwide the opportunity to have an all-in-one dive centre in Thailand that covers each aspect of diving from fun diving to open water courses, from intro to tec to cave diving courses, and from dive master training to rebreathers, and for fun divers, day trips and liveaboards.
A center that gives divers a complete service from airport transfers, to accommodation which is right by the pier, with pool and restaurants on site and within walking distance, their own diving boats and liveaboard, high standards of technical diving equipment and the best technical and most well-known dive instructors that you can find in SEA.
Ben Reymenants will continue being the technical diving training director but will be located in Europe and will come to Phuket to do special workshops three times per year at Seabees Tec.
Klaus Klaeden and Claus Rasmussen will continue as the excellent technical full time diving instructors to get the centre back up and running after the COVID period. The aim is also to hire more technical diving instructors to grow Seabees Tec.
Simone Schuil will continue being the sole booking agent for Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving on both websites.
Seabees Diving will get a few new website pages with Seabees Tec and the Blue Label Diving website will change its physical address and will be adding Seabees Tec logo next to its own.
Blue Label Diving will be moving into the Seabees Diving location during July 2021 at Chalong Pier Road. The start date of the joint venture is from Aug 1st 2021 and it will be called “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving”. This will remain for the next 4 years, after which it will become ‘Seabees Tec’.