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Explore the Tropical Sea by Scuba Diving

If ever there was an image that sums up the magic of diving, it is that of a coral reef. Although coral reefs are the most famous feature of tropical seas, these warm clear waters have much more to offer, such as mangrove swamps, sea-grass beds, and vast tracts of open ocean.

Warm Belt

Tropical waters occupy the region within the “20A�C isotherm”-the irregular hand of water north and south of the equator that seldom drops below 68A�F (20A�C). Although undeniably appealing to the diver, they actually present a less attractive environment for marine life. The warm equatorial sun heats the upper layers of the water column, creating a marked temperature difference between the surface water and deeper colder water. Such temperature stratification prevents mixing of the water column, so nutrients are not passed up from deeper water. Marine animals and plants have therefore had to adapt and evolve numerous strategies to cope with the lack of nutrients in the water around them. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the coral reef. Primary production-the formation of organic compounds from inorganic material is up to 100 times greater in coral reefs than in open tropical waters, and although they cover only 0.2 percent of the ocean environment, they are home to 25 – 30 percent of all fish species.

The reefs of the Indo-Pacific are the richest marine environments on Earth. Their beautiful structure and bright colors, combined with the splendor and variety of animals that inhabit them, make reefs irresistible to divers, and it is no coincidence that many of the world’s best dive sites tire found on coral reefs.

Coastal Nurseries

Tropical waters are also home to mangrove swamps and sea grass beds, both arguably as important as coral reefs in the overall health of tropical seas. There are 10 species of mangroves – tropical trees and shrubs that grow in shallow and intertidal coastal waters – and they form flooded forests that act as nurseries for various reef and open-water fish species. The 50 species of sea grass form “meadows’ in shallow waters that are feeding grounds and nurseries for many fish species. The eradication of sea grass beds and mangrove swamps around the world is a real concern, with undeniable impacts on coastal ecology as animal populations are denied crucial areas for tire growth and development of their young.

Reefs Under Threat

Coral reefs worldwide are under intense pressure. The continued development of coastal regions has caused silty water to run into the seas, smothering these delicate systems, and, coupled with the damage caused by destructive fishing methods, it is thought that up to 90 percent of reels have been impacted by humankind. There is also evidence that rising water temperatures are causing a phenomenon known as bleaching, which is fatal to reefs. This occurs when the coral polyps eject the minute algae that sustain them as a response to stress.

Diving a reef can be the highlight of a diver’s life, but we have a very real responsibility when exploring reefs not to harm or disrupt them in any way. A considerate approach is vital if we are to preserve these wonderfully vibrant ecosystems.

Three Fabulous Ways To Explore The Beauty Of Bali

Bali has long been known as a tropical paradise for anyone who wants to get away from it all to enjoy sun soaked days and balmy nights stirred by ocean breezes. But how do you know which kind of Bali travel package is right for you and your traveling companion or family? It depends on what you want to do and see on your trip as well as the degree of privacy you prefer. There are three excellent options available through travel agencies.

All Inclusive Bali Break

If you know how much money you can spend on your holiday and want to keep unexpected expenses to a minimum, consider an all-inclusive Bali break. These are options that will include all of your expenses, including items not normally counted into the price quote for a holiday such as food and drinks. Although in the past these programs were limited in terms of where and when you could eat your meals, more recent all inclusive holiday packages give you several options you can choose from for wining and dining. If you want a holiday plan that gives you everything while being easy to budget for, this could be a good plan for you.

Bali Group Tours

Are you longing to visit this tropical paradise and learn about the culture and heritage of the region? The professional guides who lead group tours are a wealth of fascinating information about the culture and history of this tropical paradise. Group tours are also a great idea for anyone who enjoys the company of others from around the world. When you take a group tour, you’ll meet others who share your love of history as you travel from tourist attractions to the natural beauty of the beaches and beyond. If you like a structured holidays that takes you to a variety of locations with a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll love group tours.

Independent Trips

Every year you can find more travel agencies offering unique independent trips for individuals who are truly adventurers. An independent trip allows for plenty of flexibility while catering to your needs with a private guide and your own driver so that you can choose where you want to go at a moment’s notice. You’ll enjoy the freedom of traveling independently and deciding every step of your itinerary, including where you’ll stay, how long you’ll spend in each location and what you’ll eat and drink. The guides for these trips usually have extensive, first-hand knowledge of the region and have been living there for years. If you prefer a “do your own thing” holiday but want the security and convenience of having a private guide available at all times, an independent trip will give you lots of local flavour while providing the amenities you crave.

Whether you want an all inclusive Bali holiday at a secluded resort or you want to discover the nightlife of the region with twenty of your new close friends, talking to an experienced travel agency is the best way to ensure a trip that is truly memorable.