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Photo Contest Winners -- We are please to present the winners of our 25th Anniversary Photo Competition. We'd also like to thank our travel parters, Scuba Club Cozumel, Matava Resort Fiji, and El Galleon Resort Philippines for their generous prize offerings.

Photos of the Month -- Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick has been shooting underwater photography for almost 30 years, so we'll share some of his favorite shots with you here. You will also find featured images by some of our friends and dive buddies...many of whom are counted in the highest echelons of professional wildlife and underwater photographers.

Destination-Specific Photo Galleries -- These individual galleries are designed to enable you to see the kind of creatures and reef structure to be found at many of world's greatest diving areas. They are a valuable resource towards researching your next dive trip. For instance, by visiting these links you can compare the diving and creatures to be enjoyed in Indonesia's Bunaken Marine Park versus those of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy!

Attention Underwater Photographers:   Please consider Dr. Richard Smith's Pygmy Seahorse Code of Conduct

Important Notice -- Enjoy your visit to Island Dreams' Photo Galleries, and come back often. But please note that this entire web site, and all the photographs and copy contained within, are copyrighted. Please do not use any of these images or text without prior written permission.

Yours in diving, Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Gallery of Underwater Photography


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Lembeh Strait Photo Gallery Muck diving is NOT a dirty word! In fact this region is said to have the world's greatest marine bio-diversity. Enjoy these intriguing images from Lembeh Strait, in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Bunaken Marine Park Gallery Bunaken is Indonesia's most famous underwater preserve, known for blue water, precipitous walls, and schooling fish. Located in North Sulawesi, just a few hours away from Lembeh Strait, Bunaken also showcases many of the same bizarre creatures, but often with a more pleasing and healthy background. Use this gallery to compare Bunaken's diving with that of Lembeh Strait.

Philippines Photo Gallery Ken Knezick has just returned from a whirlwind tour of the Philippines, with a bunch of fine new underwater photographs. Check them out here.

Cozumel Road Trip With the help of Dive House's Juan Leca, Ken Knezick photographed the reefs of Cozumel, then made a 1,000 kilometer (600 mile) road trip around Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico. In addition to underwater images, this gallery includes the exotic bird life of Rio Lagartos, home to 40,000 flamingos.

Sardine Run in South Africa The Sardine Run is a trulyl astounding underwater adventure. It is comprised of millions of sardines, followed by thousands of sharks, dolphin, whales and birds. Dive in and have a look!

Socorro Big Animal Gallery Socorro (more properly the Revillagigedos Archipelago) is the place for manta rays, whale sharks, dolphin, hammerheads and more.

Wakatobi Photo Gallery Do not miss these photos from Wakatobi, Indonesia, possibly the most beautiful and pristine reef diving, and what is roundly known to be the best house reef in the world!

Sea of Cortez Photo Gallery - The photos are from Ken Knezick's recent visit to Baja California Sur. In particular, check out the shots of the sea lions hunting through a school of thousands of jacks. Enjoy!

Maldives Photo Gallery - Visit the reefs of these remote atolls in the southern Indian Ocean via Island Dreams' specialized Maldives web area.

Irian Jaya Photo Portfolio - Also known as West Papua, Irian Jaya is the western, Indonesia-administered, portion of the huge island of New Guinea. The diving there is remote, virtually unexplored, and VERY fishy!

Komodo Park Photo Gallery - Komodo Dragons, reports, reviews, and the superb phographs of Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock (Secret Sea Visions), await you at Island Dreams' extensive Komodo Park web resources.

Galapagos Islands Photo Gallery - These images were captured in the remote Galapagos Islands, located 600 miles off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. Inspiration to Charles Darwin, Galapagos represents a truly unique and unparalled paradise for topside and underwater wildlife photography.

Bahama Banks Photo Portfolio - Do you dream of diving with Dolphins? Take an Island Dreams web journey to swim with the Dolphins of the Little Bahama Banks.

Digital Photo Gallery - Digital cameras are revolutionizing the world of underwater photography. Island Dreams' digital gallery includes many descriptive photos, plus a complete report identifying some of your digital options and opportunities.


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Take a Peek at Lembeh Strait - Copyright 2011
Underwater Photo Essay by Ken Knezick - Island Dreams Travel

"During August and September 2011, I (Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick) conducted a group of intrepid scuba divers to Lembeh Resort, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. This time around it was a party of 28 fine Island Dreamers, enjoying a ten night dive trip. Some of us made up to five scuba dives per day. Our first five nights were spent at Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, diving in Bunaken Marine Park. The second half of the trip was based at Lembeh Resort, where we dived Lembeh Strait with the exellent guides of Critters@Lembeh. The photographs in this gallery were made during that latter half of the trip.

"Lembeh Strait is said to offer the greatest marine biodiversity on our planet. It speaks to the immense diversity of the area that all of the photos in this gallery were made over the course of just 3 1/2 days of diving. From Lembeh Resort, most of the dive sites were just a five or ten minute ride from the dock. Photos of such unusual and secretive creatures could not have been made without the talented dive guides of Critters@Lembeh. So here's hoping you enjoy these images, and that perhaps they will inspire you to visit Lembeh Strait for yourself."

Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Lembeh Anglerfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Halimeda Ghost Pipefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Halimeda Decorator Crab
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Thorny Seahorse
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Ambon Scorpionfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Anemone Shrimp
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Tiger Shrimp
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Harlequin Shrimp
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Hairy Frogfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Juvenile Cowfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Zebra Crab in Fire Urchin
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Mototi Bluering Octopus
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Coconut Octopus
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Coconut Octopus
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Squid on Night Dive
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy or reproduce these images without prior explicit written permission.


Island Dreams Dive Travel

Book a dive trip to Indonesia:   Indonesia Scuba Diving Packages

Learn more about North Sulawesi Diving:   Manado, Bunaken, and Lembeh Strait Dive Report

Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams' many other:   Destination Photo Galleries

Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour



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Pair of Anemone Fish at Puerto Galera, Philippines - copyright 2010, Ken Knezick

Clown fish shout, Puerto Galera, Philippines - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Puerto Galera Gallery -- Philippines 2011
Underwater Photo Essay by Ken Knezick - Island Dreams Travel

During April 2011, Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick conducted another group of intrepid scuba divers to El Galleon Resort, Puerto Galera, Philippines. This time around it was a group of 40 fine folks, enjoying a ten night stay and making up to four scuba dives per day. The photographs in this gallery were made during that trip.

All the underwater images here were made in the waters around El Galleon and Puerto Galera. Many of the critter pictures are from the Sabang Wrecks or La Laguna Point. Both of these dive sites are only a one minute ride from El Galleon's pier. The wide-angle, blue-water shots are from Verde Island. This trip I did not photograph on Alma Jane shipwreck. That wonderfully accessible wreck dive is just a one-minute boat ride away from the dive shop.

As you will gather from this selection of images, Puerto Galera offers a great variety of diving. Here you may enjoy everything from top-quality critter diving to beautiful blue water and coral reefs swarming with anthias and schooling fish. The opportunity to enjoy some interesting, and very safe, wreck diving is just icing on the cake.

The topside shots are from the amazing party that El Galleon threw for us on our final night. Billed as a 60's and 70's night, the superb dancers are all members of the El Galleon staff. The fire dancers were brough over from White Beach special for this evening, and too they were really hot! Here's hoping you enjoy this gallery, and that perhaps these photos will inspire you to visit Puerto Galera for yourself. Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Warty Frogfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Seahorse
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Juvenile Cuttlefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Porcelain Crab
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Shrimp with Eggs
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Larval Ghost Pipefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Shrimp and Gobies
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Peacock Flounder
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Starfish & Friend
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Shrimp in Fire Urchin
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Zebra Crabs
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Verde Island Diving
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Mating Nudibranchs
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Longhorn Cowfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Smooth Puffer
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Anemonefish Tending Eggs
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
60's & 70's Night
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Fire Dancers
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Fire Dancers
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
60's & 70's Night
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Island Dreams Dive Travel

What the guests are saying:   El Galleon Guest Comments

Learn more about Philippines Diving:   Philippines Dive Report

Book a dive trip to the Philippines:   Philippines Scuba Diving Packages

Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams' other:   Destination Photo Galleries

Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour




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Coleman Shrimp in Fire Urchin at Puerto Galera, Philippines - copyright 2010, Ken Knezick


Diver and Friend, The Canyons, Puerto Galera - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Puerto Galera Gallery -- Philippines 2010
a Watery Photo Essay by Ken Knezick

During April 2010, Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick conducted a group of 47 scuba divers to El Galleon Resort, Puerto Galera, for a ten night stay, and making four dives per day. On the day that group departed the island, in came another 27 divers from the Houston Photographic Society (HUPS). Ken, and the entire resort staff, worked hard to serve these valued guests. But when Ken was not working, he was diving and making underwater images. This gallery features from photos from that effort.

All the images here were made in the waters around El Galleon and Puerto Galera. Many of the critter pictures are from the Sabang Wrecks or La Laguna Point. Both of these dive sites are only a one minute ride from El Galleon's pier. The wide-angle shots are from Verde Island and from the wonderfully accessible Alma Jane shipwreck. That wreck dive is also just a one minute boat ride away from the dive shop.

As you will gather from this selection of images, Puerto Galera offers a great variety of diving. Here you may enjoy everything from top-quality critter diving to beautiful blue water and coral reefs swarming with anthias and schooling fish. The opportunity to enjoy some interesting, and very safe, wreck diving is just icing on the cake.

Here's hoping you enjoy this gallery, and that perhaps these photos will inspire you to visit Puerto Galera for yourself. Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Golden Moray
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Porcelain Crab in Anemone
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Juvenile Boxfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Cuttlefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Ghost Pipefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Warty Frogfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Orange Frogfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Nudibranch
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Nudibranch
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Pygmy Seahorse
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Pygmy Trio
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Verde Island
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Alma Jane
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Lionfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Hawkfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Moray & Cleaner
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sea Pen
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Spearer Mantis
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Spine-cheeked Anemonefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Island Dreams Dive Travel

Learn more about Philippines Diving:   Philippines Dive Report

Book a dive trip to the Philippines:   Philippines Scuba Diving Packages

Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams' other:   Destination Photo Galleries

Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour


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Wakatobi 2009
Revealed with the Nikkor 105 mm Macro Lens
Photography by Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Square Spot Anthias at Fan 38 - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Square Spot Anthias at Fan 38 - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

Wakatobi 2009 -- In this gallery we offer a selection of macro shots from September 2009, made on Ken Knezick's thirteenth visit to Wakatobi. On this trip, all Ken's underwater shots were produced with the Nikon 105 mm macro lens, on the Nikon D2x digital camera. The system was contained in a Nexus submersible housing, firing a single Ikelite DS-25 strobe.


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Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Fire Dart Fish
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Barnacle Blenny
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Stare Down
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Fan Dancer
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Yo!
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Beautiful Butterfly
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Pygmy Seahorse
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Say What?
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Pygmy Seahorse
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Clownfish with Eggs
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Ssshhhh!
Wakatobi 2009 Macro - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Clownfish with Eggs
Copyright 2009 -- Ken Knezick, Island Dreams. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.




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Sardine Run
South Africa Diving Adventure

Surf Launch at Dawn - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

Photography and Report by Ken Knezick --- Video by David Vik

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick and an intrepid group of Island Dreams divers spent the beginning of July 2009 experiencing South Africa's famed Sardine Run. Our timing was fortuitous, as on our last day we encountered a monstrous bait ball with hundreds of thousands of sardines, 60+ sharks, a pod of very large dolphin, and one thousand Cape Gannet birds dive-bombing from above.

Shooting conditions on the Sardine Run are quite challenging. Beyond the 68 F. (20 C.) water temperature and rapidly moving subjects, the visibility is often only 10-15 feet. The contant diving of the birds saturates the water with bubbles, while sardine scales rise from the depths when the sharks and dolphins are feeding.

Check out the image links below, and then read Ken' Knezick's new Sardine Run Report. Special thanks to David Vik for sharing his excellent video highlights of our trip. Enjoy!

Sardine Run Video courtesy of David Vik Videographics
Copyright David Vik -- All rights reserved.


Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Feeding Frenzy
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Mr. Smiley
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Fly By
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Shark Descending
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
In Your Face
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Raggy Sand Tiger
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Bronze Whaler
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Into the Bait Ball
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Heart of the Matter
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Dolphin Encounter
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sardines
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Dolphin Portrait
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Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Use these resources to learn more about the Sardine Run:
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Paul Spielvogel of Shark Diver Magazine PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Shark Diver Paul Spielvogel

Paul Spielvogel explains his passion for sharks and shark photography:

"I am a SHARK JUNKY. Thus it comes as no surprise that I serve as Staff Photographer and General Counsel for Shark Diver Magazine. I have been scuba diving since the age of 16 and have earned numerous dive certifications including Dive Master. I am following my dreams and passions by seeking ultimate adventures with sharks in their natural habitat.

"With camera in hand I am always chasing the elusive 'perfect shot.' I am a regular contributor to Shark Diver Magazine and currently have my own column entitled Photo Frustrations - The Making of a Shark Photographer.

"I work hard but play harder and I am "living the dream." My sponsors include: Shark Diver Magazine, elasmodiver.com, Amphibious Warrior Scuba Wear, Magic-Filters, Canon, Aquatica, Inon America, Underwater Photo Tech, Adamask, Kickady Scuba and Pinnacle Wetsuits."

Enjoy Paul Spielvogel's photo feature here at Island Dreams, and then see more of his work at: www.sharkdivermag.com


Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Great Hammerhead
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Lemon Shark
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Manta Ray
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Mako Shark
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Sand Tiger
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Tiger Shark
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Whale Shark
Copyright Paul Spielvogel
Nurse Shark
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Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Enjoy more of Paul Spielvogel's shark images at:   www.sharkdivermag.com


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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Socorro and the Revillagigedos Archipelago
Photography by Ken Knezick

Magnificent Manta Ray - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick and an intrepid group of Island Dreams divers spent the beginning of December aboard the Solmar V. Boarding the vessel in Cabo San Lucas, the adventure began with 22 hours of cruising, in 6-8 foot quartering seas. The first dive site was at The Boiler, off San Benedicto Island in the Revillagigedos Archipelago.

Other dives were made around Socorro Island and the even more remote and prolific Roca Partida. Animals encountered included a pod of curious dolphin, an immense school of giant yellowfin tuna, a variety of pelagic sharks, many manta rays, and a baby whale shark.

From the photos in this gallery, you will see that it was well worth the long trip. Check out the images, and then have a look at Ken's new Socorro Dive Report. Enjoy!

Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Manta Approaching
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Black Beauty
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Descending Wing
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sunny Disposition
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Baby Whale Shark
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Black Jack
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Schooling Tuna
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Whale Tail
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Eye Contact
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Dolphin Encounter
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Lava Tube
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Manta Departing
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Read Ken Knezick's:   Socorro Dive Report

Learn more about Socorro the Solmar V:   Big Animal Adventure

Join Ken's December 2009 Socorro cruise:   Group Trip aboard Solmar V

Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams':   Destination Photo Galleries

Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour


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Scuba World's Tim Gregory & friends at Balicasag Island - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Underwater Philippines
a Photo Essay by Island Dreams' Ken Knezick

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick spent most of the month of June on a one-man whirlwind tour exploring Philippines' diving hot spots. Ken writes, "From Dumagete and Dauin on Negros Island, I enjoyed diving world-renowned Apo Island. Another favorite was the great critter dive at Ducom Pier. At Bohol, diving from Alona Beach on Panglao Island, my favorite dives were around nearby Balicasag Island. With sunny days and beautiful blue water, it was truly "aquarium diving."

"Another high point of my trip was a visit to Puerto Galera, diving with the pros of El Galleon Resort and Asia Divers. While this area is known for its critter and muck diving, I was excited to find great wide-angle photo opportunities at the Canyons and all around Verde Island."

Photos from all of these sites are represented in the gallery presented below. Ken points out that a multi-island trip like this sounds exciting, but packing up a mass of scuba and camera gear every third day was not the fun part. Will he get any sympathy? Not!!!

In any event, we hope you enjoy these photos, and will also have a look at Ken's Philippines Dive Report. Mabuhay!


Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Barnacle Blenny
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sea Perch
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Yellow Boxfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Clownfish Family
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Gaimard Wrasse
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Map Puffer
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Striped Catfish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Nembrotha Nudibranch
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sabre Tooth Blenny
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Anemonefish
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Camouflage Master
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Let's Eat
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Sea Snake
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Schooling Anthias
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Mantis Shrimp
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
Flatworm
Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Learn more about Philippines Diving:   Philippines Dive Report

Book a dive trip to the Philippines:   Philippines Scuba Diving Packages

Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams':   Destination Photo Galleries

Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour


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Photo Pro Jesse Cancelmo PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Featuring Jesse Cancelmo

Jesse Cancelmo made his first scuba dive on a visit to Bermuda in 1969. He was hooked! Since then Cancelmo has trotted and dived the globe from the wrecks of New Jersey to the reefs of Papua New Guinea. His passion to capture underwater images has driven many returns visits to Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands.

Jesse has written more than a hundred articles for numerous diving and wildlife publications. He is a contributing editor for Dive Training magazine and a regular contributor to Scuba Diving magazine. Jesse has two dive guides, Diving Bermuda and Diving Cayman Islands.

Cancelmo's newest project is a hard cover book with 100 images shot on the reefs off Texas, from the Flower Gardens and Stetson Bank to prolific marine life on the offshore oil platforms. "Texas Coral Reefs" will be available by May 2008.

Jesse Cancelmo is an explorer at heart and is always in search of new dive sites and challenges. Enjoy his photo feature here at Island Dreams, and then visit his own web site: www.cancelmophoto.com


Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Whale Action
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Angel Kiss
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Eagle Ray Face
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Dolphin
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Reef Scene
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Hammerheads
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Coral Spawn
Copyright Jesse Cancelmo
Reef Scene
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Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Learn more about Jesse Cancelmo:   www.cancelmophoto.com


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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Talented Guest Photographers Shoot Wakatobi

We've published plenty of our own Wakatobi photographs, so figured it was about time to highlight some of the Wakatobi images made by our fellow travelers. The following gallery features photos made by guests on Island Dreams' November 2007 Wakatobi group tour. Big thanks to Phil Sokol, Marion Tussey, Dan Tussey, John Holder, and Larry Polster for allowing us to share their fine work with you. Enjoy!


Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Phil Sokol
Emporer Shrimp
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Phil Sokol
Clown Fish
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Phil Sokol
Lion Fish
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Phil Sokol
Reef Scene
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Marion & Dan Tussey
Puffer & Wrasse
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Marion & Dan Tussey
Nudibranch
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Marion & Dan Tussey
Scorpion Fish
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Marion & Dan Tussey
Crinoid Picnic
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright John Holder
Crinoid on Sponge
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright John Holder
Nudibranch
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright John Holder
Turkey Fish
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright John Holder
Nudibranch
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Larry Polster
Sea Snake
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Larry Polster
Clown
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Larry Polster
Anenome Shrimp
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Larry Polster
Lion Profile
Copyright 2008 -- All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Learn more about:  
Wakatobi Dive Resort


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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Wakatobi Wide-Angle, by Ken Knezick

Wakatobi Wide-Angle, Copyright 2007 - Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick has now completed eleven expeditions to Wakatobi. On previous trips, his focus was on macro photography and fish faces. But on this most recent trip, Ken concentrated on making wide-angle photographs. Get the big picture, as Ken puts the Nikon 10.5 mm fisheye lens to work on the colorful reefs of Wakatobi.


Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Constellation
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Leaf Scorpion
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Deep Wall
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Fan 38
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Red School
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Crinoid Time
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Glad
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Moray Smile
Wakatobi Wide-Angle - Copyright Ken Knezick,Island Dreams
Survey
Copyright 2007 -- Ken Knezick, Island Dreams. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Learn more about:  
Wakatobi Dive Resort


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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Houston Underwater Photographic Society

Copyright Dennis Deavenport

The Houston Underwater Photographic Society (HUPS) recently completed a group dive trip to Little Cayman Beach Resort. They collectively got such fine results that it is our pleasure to host some of their images here, for your enjoyment.

Copyright Dennis Deavenport
Dennis Deavenport
Copyright Dennis Deavenport
Dennis Deavenport
Copyright Dennis Deavenport
Dennis Deavenport
Copyright Tom Collier
Tom Collier
Copyright Tom Collier
Tom Collier
Copyright Tom Collier
Tom Collier
Copyright Paul Levy
Paul Levy
Copyright Paul Levy
Paul Levy
Copyright Paul Levy
Paul Levy
Copyright George Berko
George Berko
Copyright George Berko
George Berko
Copyright George Berko
George Berko
Copyright Kandace Heimer
Kancace Heimer
Copyright Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald
Copyright Mary McDonald
Mary McDonald
Photos individually copyrighted. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


Learn more about:  
Houston Underwater Photographic Society

Read Tom Collier's:   Little Cayman Trip Report

Check out Susan Young's:   Cobalt Coast Resort Report


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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Celebrating the Artistry of James D. Watt

Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com

As sadly noted in my "James D. Watt - In Memoriam" posting, the professional photographer James D. Watt has passed away. As a further means of keeping his memory alive, I post here a few of the photos that James shared with me over the years. Please note that all of these images are strictly protected by copyright. Please do not consider downloading them. Rather, you may find instant access to an immense range of James Watt's work by visiting wattstock.com.

Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Dolphin Girl
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Leafy Sea Dragon
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Sea Snake
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Shark
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Great White
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Shark
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Whale Encounter
Copyright James D. Watt - wattstock.com
Eye to Eye
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Orca Composite
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PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Glorious Blue Water in Little Cayman

Copyright Ken Knezick - Island Dreams As the accompanying report attests, Island Dreams' Ken Knezick recently made a trip to revisit his old stomping grounds in the Cayman Islands. His visit to Grand Cayman included some diving, but was sadly too brief for underwater photography. But when Ken traveled over to Little Cayman, accompanying a group from the Houston Underwater Photo Society, it was time to assemble the camera system and create some new images.

As you will see from the photographs, visibility on famous Bloody Bay Wall was just as advertised, simply superb! During the course of a week of diving, visibility was occasionally in excess of 150 feet, and never less than 80-100 feet. The water on the wall glowed a glorious shade of cobalt blue, providing an excellent opportunity to try out the new Nikon 10.5 mm super wide-angle fisheye lens, which was used for all of the photos in this gallery.

Among highlights of Little Cayman diving are encounters with the exceedingly affable Nassau groupers, who have become as friendly as lap dogs. On specific dive sites, it is almost guaranteed that visitors will have the chance to come face to face with these fishy friends. No feeding is involved. The interaction is simply about contact between respectful divers and these approachable and curious reef dwellers; on their own terms.

So enjoy Ken Knezick's latest images, captured while diving from Little Cayman Beach Resort in May 2007. We hope they will make you want to visit the Cayman Islands, and make some new friends of your own.

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Fish Food?
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Squid & Diver
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Toothy Smile
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Wall Dive
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Reef Scene
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Giant Sponge
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Copyright Ken Knezick - Island Dreams PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Papua New Guinea Wide-Angle

Island Dreams' Ken Knezick recently made a trip to Tawali Resort in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea (PNG). While this new resort was apparently still in the process of organizing its services and management, some beautiful reefs were dived, during which Ken logged his 3,000th openwater scuba dive. Ken writes:

"Papua New Guinea certainly has plenty of interesting macro subjects, but on this outing I chose to concentrate solely on wide-angle photography. My intent was to give you an overview look at what to expect on these remote and colorful reefs.

"Rather than chronicling individual small critters, I wanted to try to depict how 'fishy' some of the reefs were, and to show the diversity of the corals and the pure energy of good visibility and blue water diving.

"I hope you will enjoy these images, made in November and December 2006. Perhaps you will be encouraged to visit PNG and see and photograph some of these sights for yourself. Yours in diving," Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

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Clown Tableau
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Rhinopias
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Neptune's Window
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Sweet Lips
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Yin and Yang
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Something Fishy
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Amos Nachoum PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Amos Nachoum's Big Animals

Amos Nachoum immigrated to the USA from Israel in late 1970, after four years circumnavigating the globe, to pursue his passion for wildlife photography. By 1988 Amos managed 14 diving vessels around the world. He sold this adventure travel business in favor of practicing his underwater photography career and Big Animals photography in particular - sharks, whales, dolphins and polar bears. Amos has dived all around the world including the Russian North Pole and around Antarctica. Today Amos Nachoum is referred to as the "Ambassador of the Big Animals."

Amos writes: "All of my photography production and expedition work is for one purpose - raising public awareness, respect and concern for aquatic wildlife, and advancing our measures of protection before we arrive to a point of no return. And we are close to that melting point."

Amos shares his time between consulting to National Geographic or BBC documentaries, and contributing photographs for Geo, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Outside Magazine and Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Amos is also leading intimate groups of two to six guests on specially designed Big Animals photography expeditions. Amos' of other guest lecturers includes Stan Waterman, Dr. Eugene Clark Dr. Sylvia Earle, and astronauts Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan to mention a few.

Learn more about Amos Nachoum at BigAnimals.com.

Thanks to Amos for sharing this stunning photography! Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

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Whale Tail
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King Penguins
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Leopard Seal
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White Shark Breach
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Walrus on Ice
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Mother & Calf
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Giant Manta
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Polar Bear
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Pilot Whales
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Frank and Joyce Burek PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Frank & Joyce Burek

Certified in 1980, Frank and Joyce Burek have been diving as a photographic team for more than 2,100 dives. Widely traveled, their dive destinations have included the Caribbean, Socorro Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Thailand, Sipadan, Solomon Islands, British Columbia (Canada) and Indonesia. They also have over 400 dives in the Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS).

Avid marine life and nature photographers, their photos have appeared in calendars, brochures, books, magazines and posters with numerous publishers including Audubon Society, National Geographic Society and the National Wildlife Federation. They are the authors and publishers of three computer-based marine identification CD-ROM products (Indonesia, Bay Islands of Honduras and FGBNMS). Covering most everything a photographer could want to see, each contains a marine identification guide plus pictures that can be viewed as a custom slide show. These three products contain over 3,300 images - A definite companion for the traveling U/W photographer. Information on their products can be seen online at their website azurephoto.com.

Thanks to Frank & Joyce for sharing their excellent photography...and that is a lens! Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

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Nudibranch
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Frog Fish
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Anemonefish
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Sanctuary
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Hawksbill Turtle
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Goatfish Face
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Clownfish, copyright Ken Knezick PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Ron & Heidi Watkins

Ron and Heidi Watkins reside in New River, Arizona and have enjoyed numerous dive trips to exotic destinations including Micronesia, Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Heidi is Ron's lifelong dive buddy and researches dive destinations and animals, assists with spotting photo subjects, provides lighting support, and keeps a watchful eye on the gauges.

After many years of underwater photography, Ron and Heidi have turned their passion for diving and underwater photography into a business. The couple recently launched SCUBAREWS LLC which is devoted to sharing the wonders of the underwater world with both scuba divers and non-diving underwater enthusiasts. SCUBAREWS provides underwater photography prints, framed art, stock photos, calendars, interactive CD/DVDs, trip reports, educational photo presentations and tips for underwater photographer. Additional photos can be seen online at their website www.scubarews.com.

Big thanks for Ron and Heidi for sharing these images with us. Hope you enjoy them! Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

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Lionfish on the Hunt
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Up and Coming
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Curious Anemonefish
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Long-nose Hawkfish
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Giant Manta
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Nudibranch
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James Wiseman PHOTOS of the MONTH -- featuring James Wiseman

James Wiseman grew up in San Diego - spending about 3 days a week in the chilly water there. After getting a Masters and BS from U.C. Berkeley in Ocean Engineering, he moved to Houston TX to be a deep-water engineer. Working in water depths greater than one mile - where little is known about the marine environment - his work includes design and construction management of deepwater platforms and pipelines.

James is an avid enthusiast of "anything wet." His interests include diving, surfing, sailing, and of course underwater photography. Despite all of that -- and his "day job" -- he also contributes editorial articles, product reviews, and workshops for the Houston Underwater Photographic Society - where he is a director, and http://www.wetpixel.com - where he is an administrator.

James took up diving in 1999 obtaining his certification in Houston, and making his first open water dives in Belize and Costa Rica. That trip had him hooked - and he was soon thinking of ways to share some of his underwater experiences with friends and family. He began underwater photography as an "all digital" shooter in 2000 when he purchased a Nikon Coolpix 990 (3 megapixels) and an Ikelite underwater housing. James's current underwater photo equipment includes a Canon 5D and a Seacam housing, complemented by Ikelite strobes for wideangle and macro photography. James's photos have been featured at Seaspace, in underwater photo contests, printed in Scuba Diving Magazine, as well as public aquarium publications, National Marine Sanctuary calendars and address books, and in a variety of academic journals.

To view a variety of underwater and topside photos, visit James's personal website at http://www.reefpix.org

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Blenny
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Sea Lion
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Spinecheek
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Shark Portrait
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Pygmy Seahorse
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Reef Scene
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Allan and Barbara Jones PHOTOS of the MONTH -- featuring Allan & Barbara Jones

Allan and Barbara Jones have been dive buddies for the past 27 years. Starting with the Sea Sabres Dive Club where they learned to dive and survive in California waters, they have progressed from underwater tourists, to game takers and now as serious amateur photographers.

They consider themselves fortunate that as husband and wife they can pursue their mutual interest in diving and photography as a team. Allan handles the technical aspects, equipment repair and gear cleaning, while Barbara has the artistic flair required for recognition of subjects and composition. Their diving experience includes California, Caribbean, and Indo-Pacific waters.

Their images have been published in various magazines including Islands, Discover Diving, Dan's Alert Diver, AustralAsia Scuba Diver, Asian Diver and Ocean Realm. They have placed in numerous contests and have received the David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography.

They are long-term members of the Orange County Underwater Photographic Society and are volunteer divers at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. Big thanks to Allan & Barbara for sharing their love of the sea, and their fine photography, with us all!

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Pygmy Seahorse
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Ambon Scorpionfish
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Hawkfish Duo
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Ghost Pipefish
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Mantis Shimp
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Exquisite Squid
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Cozumel Photo Gallery - copyright Bonnie Pelnar PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Cozumel Photos after Hurricane Wilma
by Bonnie Pelnar

Have you been curious about what Cozumel's reefs look like after last year's Hurricane Wilma? Well so were we. That's why we asked Bonnie Pelnar if we could host her most recent Cozumel photos for all to see.

Bonnie Pelnar is a professional photographer and web designer. She made an extended trip to Cozumel in May 2006, specifically to photograph the reefs and define their condition. We asked, in particular, for wide-angle images that would most clearly show the reality of the situation.

This is an extensive gallery, with more than 40 photos for you to consider. All the images were made in May of this year. The photographers among you will be interested to know that Bonnie was shooting with a new camera system, the Nikon D-200 in the Sea & Sea DXD200 Housing. Her results speak to the quality of the photo system, and the photographer. Thanks so much Bonnie, for sharing your excellent work!

View Bonnie Pelnars's complete gallery: Cozumel Photos After Hurricane Wilma

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Mating Dance of the Mandarin Fish - copyright Ken Knezick Mating Dance of the Mandarin Fish
-- New images by Ken Knezick

Pound for pound, the tiny Mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus) may well be the most beautiful fish in the sea. Though endemic to coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific realm, it is only relatively recently that Mandarin fish have come into focus for fish watchers and underwater photographers.

One reason for this is the fact that the Mandarin fish is quite an elusive creature. Most of the day is spent hiding beneath layers of finger corals, virtually invisible to the casual observer. It is only for a short period, no more than 15 minutes just at dusk, that the Mandarin fish comes out of the coral to court and mate. The lucky diver who manages to be in the right place, at the right time, is certainly in for a colorful treat.

These pictures were taken on a dive from Gangga Island Resort, located off the NW tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Setting out 30 minutes before sunset, we were on station and in the water as the sun was going down. The dive guide conducted me to a likely spot, and then I lay in wait. After fifteen minutes of anticipation, I began to see Mandarins scurrying amidst the coral ruble, appearing for a second or two, and as quickly disappearing.

My patience was finally rewarded as a male and female successfully paired up and began their courtship, eventually rising 12-18 inches above the reef. The photos posted here are all of this one encounter, which occurred over a period of no more than 8-10 seconds. My final shot, which clearly shows the females eggs in the water, was followed by the male's release of sperm, and both fish promptly disappearing in the next instant.


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Courtship Begins
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Rising
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Side by Side
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Feeling Lucky
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Approaching Climax
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Egg Release
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Pair of False Clownfish / Amphiprion ocellaris - copyright Ken Knezick Colorful Clownfish of Wakatobi
Photos of the Month -- April 2006
Images by Ken Knezick

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick has now made nine in-depth visits to Wakatobi Resort in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Thus far he's holding the record for return trips; that's more than any other guest. After 300+ dives and at least as many hours underwater at Wakatobi, Ken has had the opportunity to capture thousands of images there, both underwater and topside. Over the years, he has gained a genuine love for this unique destination. Here is what Ken had to say on the subject of photography at Wakatobi:

"I've been shooting underwater for more than 25 years. Though far from a pro photographer, I do well enough for Island Dreams' brochures and web site, plus the slide shows I present around the country. Wakatobi's diverse environment has offered me many wonderful photo opportunities. The only hard part at Wakatobi is deciding what to shoot first." Thus, in this issue, we will focus in on one of the ocean's most colorful and appealing denizens, the beautiful clown anemonefish. We hope you will enjoy the photos in this gallery as much as Ken enjoyed the challenge of making them!


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Male and Female
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Guarding Eggs
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True Clown
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Clark's
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Black Anemonefish
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Pink Pair
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Cozumel Photo Gallery courtesy of Bonnie Pelnar Cozumel Photo Gallery
Photos of the Month -- March 2006
New images by Bonnie Pelnar -- Taken after Hurricane Wilma

In October 2005, a very powerful storm traveled across the Caribbean, heading for Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Many such storms have blown through this tropical region over the years, but this one, Hurricane Wilma, stayed awhile and caused considerable damage.

At first many divers despaired, sure that Cozumel was gone forever. But having lived through such events before, we at Island Dreams knew that life would return to our beloved island of Cozumel, both above and below the waves.

We called upon our friends at Aqua Safari Cozumel for information and insight. Within a few days of Wilma's passing, they were providing us with reports and updates that were posted on this web site over the following months of rebuilding and renewal.

To further enhance understanding of the situation, we asked for underwater photos taken post-Hurricane Wilma. This gallery is the result, courtesy of professional photographer Bonnie Pelnar. We thank her for sharing her fine work.

So have a look for yourself, and see that Cozumel has survived and will flourish again as one of this hemisphere's finest water sports destinations. Or better yet, head on down to Cozumel and see it for yourself! Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


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Spotted Drum
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Porkfish
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Fairy Basslet
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Hawksbill Turtle
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Anemone Shrimp
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Cozumel Toadfish
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Maldives Reef Scene -- copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Photos of the Month, February 2006 -- Maldives Photo Gallery
All new images by Ken Knezick

An island nation, straddling the Equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offer an immense variety of tropical marine life. There are rich reefs with colorful soft corals, friendly sea turtles, inviting shipwrecks, and current dives along deep walls swarming with thousands of schooling fishes. The Maldives also support a strong population of pelagics from big tuna, jacks, and reef sharks, to graceful manta rays and immense whale sharks.

While other dive destinations offer muck diving and macro photography of unique small critters, the Maldives seem to invite a photographer to put on a wide-angle lens and strive to capture the big picture.

Such was my mission in January 2006, when I went aboard the new Peter Hughes Ocean Dancer. Captain and owner David Mesnard did his best to show us the variety and quality of Maldivian diving. He did not fail to please, and I only hope that I managed to capture a few photos that help to tell the story of the underwater aspect of the Maldivian Archipelago.

So have a look, and I hope you will enjoy these new images from the magnificent Maldives! Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


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Watery Window
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Anemone Fish
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Napoleon Wrasse
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Red Big Eye
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Tridacna
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Whale Shark
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Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek Photos of the Month, January 2006 -- Fiji Photo Gallery
Images provided by Aqua Trek Fiji

Fiji is justly renowned as the "Soft Coral Capitol of the Diving World." But that moniker does not tell the complete story, for the Fijian Islands offer much more underwater excitement and variety than just colorful corals. In Fiji you will find lots of reef life in easy "fish bowl diving," the occasional fast current dive with mantas and eagle rays, and even sure-fire shark diving excitement bringing out reef sharks, bull sharks, and even tiger sharks.

Aqua Trek is one of Fiji's preeminent dive operators. They operate two full service diving facilities, one at Garden Island Resort on Taveuni, and one at Pacific Harbour, offering super diving in Beqa Lagoon.

So when we wanted to show you some quality images from Fiji, we call upon these diving professionals. So special thanks are in order to Aqua Trek Fiji for providing these fine photographs, as well as to the excellent photographers who created them. Once opened, each photo will display its own photographer credit.

We hope you enjoy these colorful images from fabulous Fiji! Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Blue Ribbon Eel
Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Fiji Reef Scene
Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Fish Bowl Diving
Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Shark and Diver
Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Soft Coral Paradise
Fiji Photo Gallery -- courtesy of Aqua Trek
Tiger Shark
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Photos of the Month, December 2005 -- Banded Sea Krait -- the "Deadly" Sea Snake

Banded Sea Krait - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Here's an amphibious fellow who often ends up on the front cover of the latest "Dangerous Marine Creatures" book. Yes, it's true that the Banded Sea Krait packs venom many times more powerful than that of a terrestrial cobra. However, I learned long ago to take these terror tomes with a few generous grains of sea salt. Well developed to their environment, and with little fear of predators, sea snakes are actually easy to approach and appreciate. Personally, I look forward to meeting with these surprisingly docile, and uniquely impressive, denizens of the deep.

The Banded Sea Krait is well distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific realm. I've seen and photographed them everywhere from the Maldives and Malaysia, to the Philippines and across Indonesia. The various individuals pictured here were photographed at Wakatobi over a three-year period. I know the reefs on which to look for them, and have also learned what it takes to get a head-on shot. I'll hover just over their "shoulder" while they have their heads deep in the coral seeking prey, and shoot just as they pull out of the reef to continue the hunt.

Sometimes I then find myself backpedaling rather quickly as they come right at me. It keeps life exciting, and makes for some interesting photography...that I do hope you will enjoy! Yours in diving, Ken Knezick


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Serpentine Grace
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Coming to You
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Eye-to-Eye
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On the Hunt
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Snake Eel
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Departing...
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Photos of the Month, November 2005 -- Hexabranchus Djibouti, World's Largest Nudibranch

Hexabranchus Djibouti - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams This amazing version of the dorid nudibranch Hexabranchus sanguineus was first described in the Red Sea, off the coast of Djibouti. It is reported to grow to at least 520 mm (20 inches) in length. I was very fortunate to find the individual pictured here strolling along the reef at Inka's Palette, Wakatobi, Indonesia. At first glance, I thought the gills were just some pretty soft coral. Then I noted that this particular soft coral was making its way along the reef!

This beautiful individual was certainly 18-20 inches long, though I note that its length expanded and contracted as it moved over the various strata. The amazing creature was host to at least six different Emperor shrimp along for the ride. Certainly it is one of the most delightful underwater photo subjects I have ever encountered, and I spent a good 30 minutes with it, to the end of my air supply. Best of all, I note that this big nudibranch eats one of the underwater photographer's main nemesis, hydroids! Ken Knezick


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First Glimpse
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Emperor Feeding
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Devouring Hydroid
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Glorious Space
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Emperor's Throne
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Djibouti Departs
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Photos of the Month, October 2005 -- New Images from Wakatobi, Indonesia

Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick has just returned from conducting his ninth group dive trip to Wakatobi. The resort and diving conditions were better than ever, and Island Dreams' group of 21 divers had an excellent experience. While there, Ken had a chance to practice with a new camera system, the Nikon D2x digital camera in a Nexus submersible housing. The photos in this gallery are the result of Ken's first attempts with this new equipment. We hope you enjoy them.

You might also care to read Ken's new report, Diving the Nikon D2x.


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Anemone Fish
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Crab with Eggs
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Butterfly and Wrasse
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Blenny and the Blue
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Volitans Lionfish
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Red Fire-Goby
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Photos of the Month, September 2005 -- Blue-Ringed Octopus in Lembeh Strait

Steve Coverdale, and his wife, are managers for Eco Divers in Manado, Indonesia. Serious world-travelers, they are currently managing operations at renowned Kungkungan Bay Resort. Steve supplied the wonderful blue-ringed octopus photos for this months gallery. To round out the offering Island Dreams' Ken Knezick has added a few of his own favorite Lembeh Strait images.


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Blue-Ringed Octopus
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Mimic Octopus
Steve Coverdale - Eco Divers
Blue-Ringed Octopus
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Frog Fish
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Baby Cuttlefish
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Hairy Squat Lobster
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Photos of the Month, August 2005 -- The Best of Jackie Reid

Jackie Reid describes his work:

Jackie Reid in the Texas Gulf of Mexico "I got my first underwater camera housing in 1987, from Stephen Frink. It was an Aquatica for the Nikon F-3 with ports for the Nikkor 105, 55 and 16 mm lenses. I picked it up fairly quickly because it only had three functions for me to learn-f stops, focus and shutter speed. Then I picked up the Nikonos III and a 15mm lens.

"Before I was married I had a girlfriend that traveled with me. Our normal plan was to take two Nikonos III, two 15mm lens, one F3 housing, and one Ikelite Substrobe 150 with an E-O cord. I would take 72 photos with my model, and then 36 fish portraits. Now that I am married to a great underwater photographer in her own right I have, needless to say, lost my full-time model.

"Now I shoot a Nikonos RS, Nikonos III, and recently added the digital Fuji S2Pro camera in a Seacam housing. I always take two cameras on every dive - one macro rig and one wide-angle. I take the S2Pro with the 105mm or 60mm lens and the Nikonos RS with the 50mm lens for macro photography. That way I can shoot the smallest macro and also do fish portraits. With a 2-Gig card I can take 153 digital images, with the RS film camera good for another 36 exposures.

"I normally try to pass up the easy parrotfish or scorpion fish because anyone can take photos of those. I like the challenge of photographing subjects like anthias, pygmy seahorses, mandarin fish and flasher wrasses. I also shoot wide-angle, which I believe to be easier than some of the macro subjects mentioned above. Wide-angle is easier because the sea fan and soft coral don't move.

"I've been fortunate to have dived all over the world including Cayman, Belize, Bahamas, Hawaii, Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Fiji, Komodo, Alor-Flores, Tulamben, Secret Bay, Wakatobi, Kungkungan Bay Resort, Manado, Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomons.

"By the way the anthias photo was one of the first shots I took using the S2Pro digital camera. My wife was kind enough to loan me her S2 for a couple dives at Wakatobi. I was so pleased with the results I decided I needed to add an S2Pro to my camera gear."


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Anthias
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Lizardfish Lunch
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Clownfish
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Texas Blenny
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Napoleon Wrasse
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Mating Mandarins
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Dave Allen with his lovely wife Lisa Photos of the Month, July 2005 -- The Best of Dave Allen

David Allen is a certified scuba diving instructor who has specialized in underwater photography. He started diving in 1975, and began taking pictures underwater in 1981. His passion for diving and underwater photography has led him to many foreign destinations around the world. His most recent travel venture was a return to his overall favorite place, Indonesia, for a live-aboard cruise through the Banda Sea. Other favorite destinations include: Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Fiji Islands, The Red Sea, The Sea of Cortez and St. Vincent.

Dave stubbornly remains one of those gradually diminishing film shooters. His cameras include a Nikon N90 in Sea & Sea housing, a Nikon N8008 in an Ikelite housing, a Nikonos V, and a Nikonos III. Despite a reluctance to change to digital cameras, he is convinced that virtually any image can be improved through the skillful application of digital editing tools and so he is continuously developing his digital darkroom abilities in film scanning and the use of Photoshop.

Ideally, Dave strives to reveal something about the subject in the form of its natural behavior or by providing a glimpse into its personality. When shooting wide-angle images he concentrates mostly on the quality of the ambient light. He will try to capture mood, a spatial experience or the interplay of ambient light with the water and whatever else is in the scene. He sometimes dials back his strobes and is fond of taking available light images using no strobe when the ambient light itself is compelling.

Dave Allen's images have appeared in various publications. When not diving, Dave works in sales and marketing for General Electric. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. Thanks Dave, for sharing your excellent photos.


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Trapezia Crab
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Clownfish Eggs
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Banded Jawfish
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Emperor Shrimp
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Nudibranch
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Pike Blenny
Photos copyrighted by Ken Knezick - Island Dreams. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


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Mantis Shrimp with Eggs, Copyright Ken Knezick - Island Dreams Photos of the Month, May & June 2005 -- Weird and Wild in Lembeh Strait

Lembeh Strait: Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick has just returned from another visit to Indonesia. Our group of 24 guests had a really great dive trip, with the prime feature being the amazing critter diving to be found in Lembeh Strait. Lembeh is located in North Sulawesi. The Strait is a unique body of water between Lembeh Island and the mainland of Sulawesi. The unique conditions there have created a zone that marine biologists tell us harbors the world's greatest concentration of marine wildlife diversity. That means more unique species exist in the waters of Lembeh Strait than anywhere else. Where's my camera? That's where I want to go diving!

Two Great Resorts: There are two excellent dive resorts in the area, Kungkungan Bay Resort and the new Lembeh Resort. Island Dreams' group used them both. We are happy to report that both offer excellent service, and the best of Lembeh diving. In fact, our 2005 group was so successful that we are already planning a return visit in April of 2006.

Ken's Photo Equipment: All of the following photos were taken in Lembeh Stait on this, Ken's most recent visit. You may be interested to note that Ken shot all of these with a relatively simple photo system. While he awaits the perfect digital SLR, Ken continues to get great results with an Olympus 4040 digital point and shoot camera. It is housed in a very nice little Light & Motion Titan, aluminum housing. As he loaned one of his strobes to a guest, this time Ken shot with just a single Ikelite DS-125 strobe. Yes, this is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and in the rapidly evolving digital world a somewhat antiquated system...but the results speak for themselves.


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Frog Fish
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Devil Fish
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Frog Fish
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Nudibranch
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Snake Eel
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Giant Blenny
Photos copyrighted by Ken Knezick - Island Dreams. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


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Fuensanta Candela-Castillo Photos of the Month, April 2005 -- Fuensanta Candela-Castillo

Fuensanta writes: "I have been diving since 1992 and started taking underwater digital pictures three years ago. That was during a live-aboard dive cruise to Papua New Guinea with an Island Dreams' conducted group tour. We sailed to Father's Reef, Kimbe Bay and the Witu Islands in PNG aboard the M/V Star Dancer. At that time, Ken's help was invaluable to get me started with my first digital camera and underwater housing. I hope the learning process will never end, because it really is a whole lot of fun! What I like the most about UW photography is the new dimension it adds to sharing experiences with fellow divers, and the joy it can be to look at those wonderful colours when one is away from the sea under a grey, winter Belgian sky."

Fuensanta's Equipment: "I started with an Olympus C-4040Z camera in an Olympus PT-10 housing using only the internal strobe. A year ago, I upgraded to an Olympus C-5050Z in PT-15 housing, Inon UWL-100 Wide Angle lens, Inon port dome, Inon D2000 Strobe and ULC tray and arms."

Ken's Comment: It is not the camera but the photographer that makes great pictures. Fuensanta's sense of composition, and patient ability to approach skittish subjects, have resulted in the images shared with you below. Great work Fuensanta...thanks for sharing!


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Thailand Cuttlefishes
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Hypselodoris bullockii
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Sharks in Bora Bora
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Red Sea Napoleon
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Spinecheek Anenomefish
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Crinoid Clingfishes
Photos copyrighted by Fuensanta Candela. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


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Copyright Ken Knezick Photos of the Month, March 2005 -- "More Wonders from Wakatobi"
by Ken Knezick

Now with a staff of almost 100, to serve 30 guests, Wakatobi resort continues to grow and improve. As of 2005, all rooms are air-conditioned. The new individual oceanfront cabanas are spacious and attractive. But no matter how fine the resort services have become, it is easy access to such truly remarkable diving that makes Wakatobi worth the trip.

Island Dreams owner Ken Knezick will soon be conducting his ninth dive group to Wakatobi Resort in S.E. Sulawesi, Indonesia. Below are a few more of the reasons why you might care to come along.


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Damsel
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Porcelain Crabs
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Lion
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Lizard
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Nudibranch
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Scorpion
Photos copyrighted by Ken Knezick. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.

View more of the:   Wakatobi Photo Gallery

Learn more about Wakatobi and Indonesia here:   Explore-Indonesia.com


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Dr. Richard Photo Feature -- January/February 2005 -- "Microscopic Photography" by Dick Zingula

RICHARD PAUL "DICK" ZINGULA, Ph.D. is one of those very rare persons, who derive joy out of giving to others, rather than receiving. He is also a person who doesn't like to sound his own horn. Rather than Dr. Zingula, he prefers to simply be called "Dick."

Dick Zingula was born on May 31, 1929 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He grew up on an Iowa farm. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Iowa State University in 1951, a Master of Science in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1953 and a Ph.D. in Geology from LSU in 1958. Dick worked as a geologist/Paleontologist for the old Humble Oil Company until it was taken over by Exxon and then continued working for Exxon, retiring in 1986.

In addition to teaching Geology and Paleontology at Houston Gem & Mineral Society and other places, Dick is an extremely avid scuba diver and has led scores of dive trips over the years. He is a lifelong student of marine biology and often teaches courses in marine life identification. A founding member of the Houston Underwater Club and past-Chairman of SEASPACE, Dick is a scuba diving font of knowledge.

We were fortunate to have Dick join Island Dreams' September 2004 dive group to Wakatobi. He brought along a magnifying system to view plankton, and took the time to introduce the rest us to the wonders of a microscopic view of the ocean. That experience was the impetus for this Photo Feature, which we hope you will enjoy. Thanks Dick!


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Arthropod
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Head at 10X
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Tail at 40X
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Bristle Worm
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Bristles at 160X
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Swimmerets at 40X
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Shrimp at 10X
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Compound Eye 100X
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Shrimp at 10X
Photos copyrighted by Dick Zingula. All rights reserved.
Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


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Island Dreams Photo Gallery

Thumbnail Happy Holidays
Taveuni Island, Fiji
Photo of the Month - December 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Blenny
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Flatworm
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Spinecheek Anemonefish
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Clownfish
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Peterson Shrimp
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Pygmy Seahorse
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - November 2004
Photo by: Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Thumbnail Blue Ribbon Eel
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Female Clownfish
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Sinuous Sea Snake
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Magic Carpet Ride
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Hawkfish on Guard
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick

Thumbnail Trumpets and Scorpionfish
Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - October 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick


Thumbnail Hairy Frogfish
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent

Thumbnail Pygmy Seahorse
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent

Thumbnail Star Gazer
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent

Thumbnail Rhinopias
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent

Thumbnail Wonderpus
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent

Thumbnail Crocodile Fish
Lembeh Resort, North Sulawesi, Indoneisa
Photo of the Month - September 2004
Photo by: George Vincent


Thumbnail Rock Beauty
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Joyce Burek - Houston Underwater Photo Society

Thumbnail French Angel
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Pat Miller - Houston Underwater Photo Society

Thumbnail French Angel
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Leonard Cichowski - Houston Underwater Photo Society

Thumbnail Fairy Basslet
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Lee Mixon - Houston Underwater Photo Society

Thumbnail Pair of Seahorses
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Tom Collier - Houston Underwater Photo Society

Thumbnail Orange Frogfish
Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - August 2004
Photo by: Joyce Burek - Houston Underwater Photo Society


Thumbnail Mandarin Fish Mating Dance
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - July 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Mandarin Fish Love
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - July 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Banggai Cardinalfish
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - July 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Hairy Frogfish Hunting
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - July 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams


Thumbnail Pair of Beaked Coralfish
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - June 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Crinoid in Coral
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - June 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Sipadan Reef Scene
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - June 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Eye to Eye with a Pipefish
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - May 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Turtle Portrait
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - May 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Green Turtle Silhouette
Borneo, Malaysia
Photo of the Month - May 2004
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams


Thumbnail Komodo Dragon
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - April 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Pygmy Seahorse
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - April 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Reef Scene Swarming with Life
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - April 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Painted Frog fish
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - March 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Rhinopias or Lacy Scorpion fish
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - March 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Pair of Coleman Shrimp in a Fire Urchin
Komodo, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - March 2004
Photo by: Secret Sea Visions

Thumbnail Reef Shark
Photo of the Month - February 2004
Photo by: Eric Cheng

Thumbnail Great Hammerhead
Photo of the Month - February 2004
Photo by: Eric Cheng

Thumbnail Turtle Talk
West Palm Beach, Florida
Photo of the Month - February 2004
Photo by: Eric Cheng

Thumbnail Swimming Longlure Frogfish
Bonaire - Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - January 2004
Photo by: Clay Coleman

Thumbnail Goldentail Moray
Bonaire - Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - January 2004
Photo by: Clay Coleman

Thumbnail Porcupinefish
Bonaire - Netherland Antilles
Photo of the Month - January 2004
Photo by: Clay Coleman

Thumbnail Pair of Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - December 2003
Photo by: Don O. Peck

Thumbnail Nudibranch with Baby
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - December 2003
Photo by: Don O. Peck

Thumbnail Soft Coral Crab
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - December 2003
Photo by: Don O. Peck

Thumbnail Pair of Long-nosed Hawkfish
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - December 2003
Photo by: Don O. Peck

Thumbnail Eye to Eye with a Fire Goby
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - November 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Cuttlefish
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - November 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Lion Fish Guards a Verdant Coral Reef
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - November 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Juvenile Filefish with Cleaner Wrasse
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - November 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Snake Eel on the House Reef
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - November 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail White Pygmy Seahorse - Swimming
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail White Pygmy Seahorse - In Repose
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Clown Frogfish - This beauty took up residence right on Wakatobi's house reef
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Clown Frogfish - Eye to Eye with Froggie"
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Anthias at a Cleaning Station
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

Thumbnail Karen Illuminating Soft Coral and Sponge on a Wakatobi Wall
Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo of the Month - October 2003
Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "The Whale Shark is Mr. Big"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - September 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Masked Booby Preening in Evening Light"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - September 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Marine Iguana"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - September 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Sea Lion Mother and Baby"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - September 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Schooling Barracuda"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - September 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Whale Shark Arrives"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Handsome Hawkfish"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Inquisitive Hogfish"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Blue Footed Booby in Courtship Display"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Yellow Iguana"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Sea Lion Ballerina"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "The Hammerhead Smiles"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Whale Shark Departing"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo of the Month - August 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Drop Off at Sipadan Island"
    Sipadan Island, Borneo, Malaysia
    Photo of the Month - July 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Sipadan Island Anthias"
    Sipadan Island, Borneo, Malaysia
    Photo of the Month - July 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Sipadan Clown Fish in Anemone"
    Sipadan Island, Borneo, Malaysia
    Photo of the Month - July 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Schooling Bumphead Parrot Fish"
    Sipadan Island, Borneo, Malaysia
    Photo of the Month - July 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Sipadan Turtle Sunrise"
    Sipadan Island, Borneo, Malaysia
    Photo of the Month - July 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Jump into Jellyfish Lake"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - June 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Jellyfish Portrait"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - June 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Jellyfish with Snorkeler"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - June 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Jellyfish Reflections"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - June 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Return to the Depths"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - June 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick - Island Dreams

  • "Anemone Fish"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - May 2003
    Photo courtesy of: George Vincent

  • "Schooling Barracuda"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - May 2003
    Photo courtesy of: George Vincent

  • "Courting Dance of the Mandarin Fish"
    Palau, Micronesia
    Photo of the Month - May 2003
    Photo courtesy of: George Vincent

  • "Angelfish - Gray Angel
    Cozumel, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - April 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Angelfish - Cortez Angel"
    Photo of the Month - April 2003
    Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Angelfish - Blue-Face Angel"
    Photo of the Month - April 2003
    Wakatobi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Humpback Whale Encounter - Horizontal"
    Off the Kona Coast - Kona, Hawaii
    Photo of the Month - March 2003
    Photo by: James D. Watt -- Wattstock.com

  • "Humpback Whale Encounter - Vertical"
    Off the Kona Coast - Kona, Hawaii
    Photo of the Month - March 2003
    Photo by: James D. Watt -- Wattstock.com

  • "Roseate Spoonbill Rising"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Flamingos at Rest"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Time to Stretch"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "The Flamingo Strut"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Time to Move"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Walking on Water"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Taking Flight"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "The Flock Departs"
    Celestun - Yucatan, Mexico
    Photo of the Month - February 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Snorkeling on a Pristine Reef"
    Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    Photo of the Month - January 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Pygmy Seahorse"
    Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    Photo of the Month - January 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • "Lion Fish in Blue Water"
    Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    Photo of the Month - January 2003
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2002 - A
    "Sea Lion Seeking Lunch"
    Sea of Cortez, Baja Californai, Mexico
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2002 - B
    "Square Spot Anthias"
    Wakatobi, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2002 - C
    "Sea Lion - Underwater Acrobat"
    Sea of Cortez, Baja Californai, Mexico
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2002 - D
    "Nudibranch - Chromodoris Kuniei"
    Wakatobi, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - November 2002
    "Meet the Mermaid"
    DEMA - Las Vegas, NV
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2002 - A
    "Hammerhead Sharks"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2002 - B
    "Moray Eel"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2002 - C
    "Ancient Sea Turtle"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2002 - D
    "Whale Shark Sunrise"
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 2002 - A
    "Star Dancer with Clown Fish"
    Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 2002 - B
    "Mandarin Fish"
    Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 2002 - C
    "Blue Ribbon Eel"
    Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 2002 - D
    "Spine-Cheek Anemone Fish"
    Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - August 2002 - A
    "Komodo Cuttlefish Encounter"
    Komodo National Park, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - August 2002 - B
    "Crinoid Coming Out Party"
    "Komodo National Park, Indonesia"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - August 2002 - C
    "Sailing a Tall Ship - Komodo Dive Voyages
    "Komodo National Park, Indonesia"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - July 2002
    "Eye to Eye with a Beautiful Blenny"
    Irian Jaya, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 2002 - A
    "Karen on the Wall at Wakatobi"
    Wide-Angle at Wakatobi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 2002 - B
    "Liberty Wreck at Tulamben, Bali"
    Wide-Angle at Tulamben, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 2002 - C
    "Yellow Wall in Horseshoe Bay, Komodo"
    Wide-Angle" in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 2002 - D
    "Diver, Anemone, and Clown Fish"
    Close-Focus Wide-Angle at Komodo, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - April 2002 - A
    "A Pair of Beautiful Fire Gobies
    Off the Beach" at Wakatobi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - April 2002 - B
    "Hawkfish Perched on a Sponge
    Off the Beach" at Wakatobi, Indonesia
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - April 2002 - C
    "Wakatobi Deep Wall Dive"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - March 2002 - A
    "A Topside Island Dream at Wayag, Indonesia"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - March 2002 - B
    "Swarming with Life at Sardine Reef
    Kri Island, Irian Jaya, Indonesia"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - February 2002
    "Warm Sun on the Beach at Wakatobi, Indonesia"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - January 2002
    "Irridescent Tridacna Clam"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2001
    "Cuttle Fish Close-Up"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - November 2001
    "Blenny Guarding its Eggs"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2001
    "Welcome to the World of Digital U/W Photography"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - August 2001
    "Leafy Sea Dragon"
    Photo by: James D. Watt -- Watt Wildlife Library

  • Photo of the Month - June 2001
    "Blue Ribbon Eel"
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 2001
    "Dolphin Girl"
    Photo by: by James D. Watt -- Watt Wildlife Library

  • Photo of the Month - April 2001
    Mating Nudibranchs / Nembrotha rutilans.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - February 2001
    A Charismatic Stone Fish.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - January 2001
    Coleman Shrimp on Fire Urchin from Cannibal Rock, Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 2000
    "Bear Claus & Baby Claus visit the Great Barrier Reef." Happy Holidays from your friends at Island Dreams.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - November 2000
    A Cleaner Shrimp and a Clown Fish cohabit in an anemone.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 2000
    A glowing red leaf fish at Mari Mabuk Reef, Wakatobi, S.E. Sulawesi, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick -- Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 2000
    A stampede of surgeonfish at Sardine Reef, Raja Empat Islands, Papau Barat, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Deborah Fugitt -- City Seahorse, Inc.

  • Photo of the Month - August 2000
    Diving on 40 Cannon Wreck -- Chinchorro Reef, Mexico.
    Photo by: Burt Jones - Secret Sea Visions

  • Photo of the Month - July 2000 B
    Periclimenes Shrimp in its Host Anemone.
    Photo courtesy of: Posadas de Mexico

  • Photo of the Month - July 2000 A
    Relaxing at Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort.
    Photo courtesy of: Posadas de Mexico

  • Photo of the Month - June 2000
    A beautiful Anemone Fish (Amphiprion perideraion).
    Photo by: Island Dreams' friend and client John W. Olsen

  • Photo of the Month - May 2000
    A pair of beautiful purple Nudibranchs from Wakataobi Resort - Sulawesi, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - April 2000
    Ken paddles a small, native dugout canoe into the setting sun at Wakatobi, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Dennis Deavenport

  • Photo of the Month - March 2000
    A Beautiful Indo-Pacific Anthias fish.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - February 2000
    A flower-filled view of the Hotel Santika - Manado, Indonesia.
    Photo courtesy of: Thalassa Divers

  • Photo of the Month - January 2000
    Soft corals and inquisitive cuttlefish.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - December 1999
    A portrait of the Island Dreams staff, featuring our two newest "Dreamers," baby Alec and baby Isabella.
    Photo by: Mark Green / Mark Green Photography

  • Photo of the Month - November 1999
    A bright red Leaf Fish at Wakatobi, Indonesia.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - October 1999
    Here is one for the girls. Brazilian model Eden Dias Filho on the Beach at Wakatobi.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - September 1999
    Cuttlefish Sunrise at Sangalaki.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - August 1999
    A beautiful Caribbean, Juvenile Angelfish presented by Secret Sea Visions.
    Photo by: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock / Secret Sea Visions

  • Photo of the Month - July 1999
    Found on the House Reef at Wakatobi Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia, this Pygmy Sea Horse is less than 1/2 inch long.
    Photo by: Carlos Villoch / Magic Sea Photography

  • Photo of the Month - June 1999
    A Modern Day Pyramid at Maya Ha Resort, Costa Maya, Mexico
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Photo of the Month - May 1999
    Hannibal the Cannibal Surveys his Domain...a Komodo Dragon at Komodo National Park, Indonesia
    Photo by: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock / Secret Sea Visions

  • Photo of the Month - April 1999
    The Scalefin Anthias offers a wry smile.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Dive Site: Maldives

  • Photo of the Month - March 1999
    Divemaster "Sushi" swims on the House Reef at Wakatobi Resort.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Dive Site: Wakatobi Resort, S.E. Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • My Favorite Dive Site - Sipadan Island - Borneo, Malaysia
    See why Ken Knezick got married there...and has made at least ten dive trips to Sipadan Island and Borneo. Perhaps you'd care to join the fun and see for yourself? Island Dreams offers conducted tours to Sipadan, Sangalaki, and points beyond.
    Aerial Photo by: Malaysia Airlines

  • Reclusive Clown Fish
    Immune to its venom, the anemone fish hides amongst the stinging tentacles of its host anemone. This particular fish is endemic to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Festival of Soft Corals
    On a shallow wall in the Maldives, model Ann Ricciardi peers through a submarine window into a colorful world of soft corals.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Reef Scene with Moray Eel
    This beautiful scene shows the diversity of life on the reef in the Maldives.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Underwater Artists at Play
    Here's another soft coral packed image from the Maldives. The photographer is diving legend Chet Tussey, progenitor of the Tussey Housing. That funny looking model is me!
    Photo by: Chet Tussey / Tussey Underwater Systems

  • Dolphins at Anthony's Key Resort
    This shot is the work of photo pro par excellence Rick Frehsee. Rick is so good that he makes it look easy. I guess its the dolphins that did the hard part!
    Photo by: Rick Frehsee / Courtesy of: Anthony's Key Resort - Roatan, Honduras

  • School of Reticulated Butterfly Fish
    Often encountered in large active schools, these Reticulated Butterflyfish are endemic to the reefs of the Indian Ocean.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Hawkfish On Guard
    This hawkfish mans his post bravely but wisely. Come too close and he will dart away almost faster than the eye can follow.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Hammock Time at Sipadan Island
    Franklin Viola is one of the best, and hardest working, photograhers we know. But this shot, which we set up on the beach at Sipadan, is one of the most relaxing moments I can recall.
    Photo by: Franklin Viola / Courtesy of: Viola Photo Visions

  • Orange Frogfish at KBR
    This photo is provided courtesy of Ben Petty, just returned from 10 days diving at Kungkungan Bay Resort - Sulawesi, Indonesia. KBR is the world's capitol of "muck diving," and a macro photographers delight.
    Photo by: Ben Petty

  • Christmas Tree Worm
    Yes..it looks like a Christmas Tree...but it in reality it IS a worm. You can't get much closer than this...or the animal will, in the blink of an eye, retract its filter-feeding arms into its protective burrow in the coral.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Trumpet Fish in Soft Coral
    Taken with a Nikonos camera and 15 mm lens, here is an eye to eye view with a rapacious trumpet fish on the hunt.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / IslandDreams

  • Manta and Margie
    We had a few remarkable years in the Texas Gulf of Mexico, when if you came diving with me, I could almost guarantee that I could put you on a Manta Ray...just as in this photo.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Moorish Idol
    One of the most graceful designs on the reef, the moorish idols are often seen in small groups. Their delicate, elongated dorsal fin waves seductively as they swim.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Maldives Moment
    Model Ann Ricciardi surveys the beauty of the reef on a shallow wall in the Maldives.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Redfin Butterflyfish
    Redfin butterfly fish feeding along the reef.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Red Anemone Fish
    Come face to face with a beautiful clown fish in Borneo.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Sharp-Nosed Puffer and Tube Astrea
    A sharp-nosed puffer lies on a sponge under the Town Pier in Bonaire.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Barracuda Point
    Thousands of barracuda school around Sipadan Island, Borneo.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Blackback Butterflyfish
    This Blackback Butterflyfish is cruising the reefs of the Maldives.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Manta Rays in Texas?
    Yes, we routinely swim with Manta Rays in Texas...and on lucky days Whale Sharks. Where? At the Flower Gardens, 110 miles offshore from Freeport, Texas, diving aboard the M/V Fling.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Man and Manta Ray Symbiosis
    We have learned how to interact with the Manta Rays, to the mutual satisfaction of both parties...and the photographers. Do bring a wide angle lens!
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Sunrise over Driftwood
    The sunrises in front of my cabin at Sipadan Island, Borneo.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Threadfin Butterfly Fish
    Flash - Threadfin butterly fish poses for the camera.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Clown Fish at Sipadan Island
    This handsome clown fish and its mate were closely guarding their nest of tiny eggs, hidden under the skirts of their host anenome. On a beach dive, with a 60 mm lens on a housed Nikon N-90, this shot could be captured without unduly disturbing the fish at their vital task.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Kava - Beverage of Kings
    Every evening in Fiji, the locals, and any adventurous guests, gather around the Kava bowl. The evenings entertainment includes guitars, ukeleles, percussion, and communal singing in beautiful, multi-part harmonies. And you thought the beverage of kings was Budweiser!
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Benny the Blenny from Texas
    The offshore rigs in the Texas Gulf of Mexico attract a rich ecosystem of marine life. This handsome blenny lives in the shell of a barnacle on the leg of an oil platform.
    Photo by: Frank & Joyce Burek / Azure Photography

  • Streaming Through the Night
    A rare find, Burt & Maurine encountered this beautiful juvenile lionfish on a night dive in Indonesia.
    Photo by: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock / Secret Sea Visions

  • The Moray Smiles
    Sensationalized and misunderstood, the moray eel does not deserve his grim reputation. A noctural feeder, during the day they hide in the reef, with only their heads exposed. The fearsome grin is a function of "breathing," not aggression or antagonism.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Island Dreaming in Paradise
    This beautiful strand was unmarked by human footsteps when we approached it by boat. It's on a remote island in Fiji's Beqa Lagoon, inhabited by fire-walkers. As we swam ashore through the clear warm water, it seemed like paradise to me.
    Photo by: Ken Knezick / Island Dreams

  • Statuesque Red Soft Coral
    The soft coral is not one individual, but a colony composed of tens of thousands of coral polyps. They feed at times of strong current or tidal change, filtering microscopic sustenance from the sea.
    Photo by: Frank & Joyce Burek / Azure Photography

  • Lion Fish Triumverate
    This trio of lion fish patrolling the reef seemed fully aware of the photographic law of thirds when they stopped to pose for the camera. Their cooperation brought them fame as centerfolds in Ocean Realm Magazine.
    Photo by: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock / Secret Sea Visions

  • Orange Clown Fish in Anenome
    This "skunk" clownfish nessles in comfortable sybiosis with his protective anemone.
    Photo by: Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock / Secret Sea Visions

  • Nudibranch on the Prowl
    With the exception of the famous Spanish Dancer, the nudibranch rarely exceeds an inch or two in length. Yet they are brightly colored, exotically arrayed, and feed out in the open both day and night. How can they escape becoming someone else's lunch? Well... sometimes its good to be poisonous!
    Photo by: Frank & Joyce Burek / Azure Photography

  • Through the Eyes of a Clown
    A blue-eyed triplefin blenny that is. This humerous fellow was captured on film in the Poor Knights Marine Reserve off the north island of New Zealand. This wonderful fish is endemic to that area.
    Photo by: Secret Sea Visions / Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock

  • Parting Shot - Sipadan Island Re-Visited
    In viewing these photos, from dive locations as diverse as home-town Texas and far-off, exotic Indonesia, it's not hard to be reminded of what a beautiful sport we are participating in. It makes me glad I'm a diver, and an underwater photographer, and convinces me that it's time to return to Sipadan... for another Island Dream. Here's wishing you great diving...and a world of adventure!

    Best regards, Ken Knezick - President, Island Dreams Tours & Travel



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