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Gary Knapp who dives around the world making underwater films for the underwater dive series Dive Travel, recently dove off North Carolinas Fossil ridge and found a number of prehistoric Megalodon shark teeth some of which are 4 inches in size.

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A Whole New World - Dive Shop Promo #1
 

Gary Knapps 1st Music Video
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Gary Knapp's 2nd Music Video
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The Bay Islands

THE BAY ISLANDS

Join us on this Dive Travel adventure series as we explore the western Caribbean Bay islands 40 miles off the northeast coast of Honduras. The three main inhabited islands include Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja, all part of the second largest coral reef in the world and one of Honduras hottest attractions. Beneath the clear turquoise waters is a trove of unbelievable riches: vibrant coral, massive sponges, multicolored fish and large pelagic species, like manta rays, sea turtles, and whale sharks. Surrounded by translucent waters, painted in bold strokes of emerald greens and deep azure blue, these islands are a divers paradise, while surrounded by jungle, luxurious foliage and exotic flowers. Roatan's history comes alive with tales of pirates. As many as 5,000pirates and buccaneers used the islands as a base for attacking Spanish galleons laden with precious metals, woods, and other new world bounty. Our first stop is on Roatan. Here we stay at Anthony’s Key Resort and examine their famed Dolphin program, one of the worlds best Dolphin training centers. We also dive with reef tip sharks, and explore the beautiful coral surrounding the island. We take you topside, tour the island, and visit an Iguana farm home to over 3,000 Iguanas. Then it's on to Utila, where we stay at the Deep Blue Resort and dive the reefs and search for Whale sharks. Utila is a back packers paradise, more rustic and remote. Original music from the CD “Welcome to Roatan” by Kristofer Goldman and the Cultura Band is featured on this DVD. www.kristofergoldman.com. We hope you enjoy this DVD of the bay islands. All Dive Travel programs are shot on location during a traditional one-week tour, which includes a full week of dives on reefs/wrecks around the area. This offers you a more realistic view of what you might actually see during your visit.


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Beautiful Cozumel

BEAUTIFUL COZUMEL
The Drift Diving Capital of the World

Cozumel is known for its rich Mayan heritage found through-out the island, but it is also famous to divers who come here from all over the globe as being the “drift diving capital of the world.” The island’s dive shops can accommodate as many as 1100 divers a day for an excursion ‘down under’ to check out the magical reefs in some of the warmest and clearest tropical water in the world. In this ‘Dive Travel Video Adventure Series’ we take you on a tour of the Caribbean island, giving you a topside peek of the island’s attractions (including San Miguel, the island’s only town,) as well as a typical week of diving on the ever popular reefs that surround Cozumel. See the spectacular and colorful coral reefs as they unfold before your eyes filled with the marine life only native here. Sit back and enjoy!


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Belize

BELIZE - Home of the Famous Blue Hole

Belize is known for its ancient Maya ruins, beautiful rainforest, magnificent barrier reef and wonderful miles of cave system. Dive Travel takes you diving on a live aboard boat, forty-five miles off the coast of Belize to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, one of four coral atolls in the Caribbean and home to two World Heritage Sites; Halfmoon Caye and Blue Hole National Monuments, both managed by the Belize Audubon Society. Halfmoon Caye is home to the Red Footed Booby Bird. The Blue Hole was first made famous by Jacque Cousteau in the early seventies and has since become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. Our Belize topside adventure takes you on a tour of Belize City, then an excursion of the rainforest jungles, home to the Black Howler Monkeys and other native animals. We tour Altun Ha (Water of the Rock) Maya Ruins and get wet, cave tubing through two of over seven miles of underground caves.


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Bonaire

BONAIRE - A Tropical Desert Island

Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles (the ABC islands) made up of Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. It lies 50 miles north of Venezuela, outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. It is well known among divers to be the “Shore Diving Capital of the World.” Drive around the island and you will find the reef locations marked with yellow painted stones along parking areas. Swim out a few yards and you can dive 24/7 into the crystal clear waters and beautiful colorful reefs that surround the island. Dive Travel takes you on a week’s safari topside. Tour the back country, the salt industry and the ancient slave huts. See the wild donkeys, flamingos and native lizards. Then join us as we dive the reefs and discover the marine life inhabiting the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean. Lac Bay is also a premier world class windsurfing destination, rated by Windsurfing Magazine as the #1 place to learn and improve your windsurfing skills!


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The Caves, Cavers, & Wreck of Cozumel

The Caves, Caverns, & Wreck of Cozumel

In this program in the Dive Travel Video Adventure Series, we take you on an underwater, narrated excursion down to 132 feet through the famous caves and caverns located on the southern end of Cozumel Island. The Caribbean waters are crystal clear along the Grand Mayan Reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world. First, tour the topside attractions which draw as many as a dozen cruise ships at any one time to the famous Mexican port, rated the 5th most popular island in all the world. Then, we take you down, dark and deep, through the infamous Devil’s Throat and other caves and caverns of Cozumel. We also tour through the island’s only wreck known as the C53. Hold on to your seats for this one!


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Coco's Island

Cocos Island

Join us on the special diving adventure aboard the famous “Undersea Hunter” at Cocos Island. (Spanish: Isla del Coco) Cocos Island is a small isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. The island, made from volcanic rock, rises to about 2800 feet above sea level with a total area of nine square miles. Here, surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents and rich nutrients, pelagic animals of all sizes exist - from large schools of Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks to a wide variety of marine life. The only residents permitted to live on the island are rangers, located at two camps that patrol it as a no fishing zone. For that reason, it is abundant with marine life. Cocos Island receives, on average, 600 inches of rain fall each year which keeps its lush rain forest flourishing and alive with deep jungles and vegetation and feeds its many waterfalls that are both in and around the island. Rainbows appear over the island almost daily. It is believed that the most adventurous treasure in the world still lies on Cocos Island. This treasure cache is estimated to be worth over $100,000,000. For that reason, Cocos Island is believed to be the real “Treasure Island,” written about by Robert Louis Stevenson. Legend has it that Michael Crichton visited the island and was so taken with its prehistoric-looking beauty, that he was inspired to write Jurassic Park, (the fictitious Isla Nublar) that is off the west cost of Costa Rica, of which aerial shots of Cocos Island were used in the movie. Sit back now and enjoy our tour of Cocos Island, truly one of the world’s premier dive locations, on this edition of Dive Travel.


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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

On this Dive Travel adventure, we fly into the city of Liberia, in Costa Rica, and stay at the beautiful Ocotal Beach Resort, located on a high bluff overlooking a scenic bay on the Pacific Ocean coast. We are here during “green season” - when the waters in the Pacific are tinted green. Visibility is about 30 feet, but what these waters lack in visibility, they make up for in an abundance of aquatic marine life. National Geographic calls Costa Rica “one of the most biologically intense places on earth.” We will encounter our first Whale shark; see a cloud of hundreds of Cow Nose Rays swim overhead, and countless schools of Pacific fish. We will dive some of the most popular locations Costa Rica has to offer, including the famous Bat Island, known for Bull sharks and Catalina, Buda, Palmares, Virador, Fatboy, Black rock, and Widow reefs. The high cliff shoreline and jagged rocks pointing up out of the ocean floor at various dive locations is breath taking and yet somewhat eerie. We will visit a local Costa Rican Triathlon in action to get a sense of local flavor. See Mount Arenal, South America’s largest active volcano, at an elevation of 5,436 feet. The volcano, dormant for 400 years, came alive July 29th, 1968 and has been actively spewing hot molten lava ever since. At night, you can see fire and lava fl owing down the volcano’s side. So sit back and join us in exploring the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, shot exclusively in HD wide screen.


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Fiji

FIJI - The Tropical South Pacific Islands

As Fiji natives say, “Bula” or “Welcome” to Fiji! This country is truly one of the most friendly countries on earth, considering in 1789 it was well known to a cautious Captain William Bligh and passing ships as the land of cannibals. Fiji is made up of over 333 beautiful, exotic, tropical islands in the South Pacific. We will visit four different dive destinations, all off the main island of Viti Levu. We will dive the reefs off Wananavu where we will see vibrant, multicolored soft corals and over 1,200 species of fish. We will visit a native Fijian village for a ceremonial dance and be served their native drink called “Kava.” After a walk through the jungle and swim in a heart shaped pool and waterfall, it’s on to tour the Nai’a, a Fiji live-aboard boat. After we tour the Castaway Island Resort, across from where Tom Hanks made his famous movie, we will dive the colorful reefs where we will see Lionfish and Blue Ribbon Eels. Then, we will visit the famous Beqa Lagoon where we will go on an exciting mega shark feeding adventure. Join us too, for our helicopter tour of the dense rainforest and jungles with magnificent cascading waterfalls in this picturesque country that only Fiji can provide. “Vinaka” (thank you). Sit back and enjoy one of Dive Travel’s most exotic locations ever, and the very first show in our series shot exclusively in HD wide screen.


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Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island

On this Dive Travel adventures we travel to Grand Bahama Island, one of over 700 of the Bahamas Islands in the Atlantic Ocean extending over 500 miles, for a total of 100,000 square miles. Grand Bahama is called the second city, as it is the second largest city in the Bahamas, and the second largest island in the chain.
We take you under the ocean for a shark feed with reef sharks. The handlers have on full steel mesh suits as they dish out the food to the hungry awaiting sharks, while the sharks zoom over our heads.
Later, we join the Dolphin Training Center, one of three dolphin training centers in the world that take dolphins out into the open ocean to swim with snorkelers and divers. The dolphins could easily escape, but you will find out why they don’t.
Our host gets the kiss of his life right on the lips by a large 500 lb female dolphin. Watch as the dolphins do tricks with divers and snorkelers both on the surface and under the ocean. These trained dolphins star in many of Hollywood movies…we will show you one in particular who is a real showoff as she poses for the photographers!
We give you a topside view of the island, caves, downtown, cruise ships, hotels, lighthouse, and the white sandy pristine beaches that extend for miles.
We also attend a dive symposium and interview some of the key speakers and lecturers about diving these incredible warm islands.
You will see the reefs and the marine life that make this such a special place. So sit back and enjoy this special dive adventure as we explore Grand Bahama Island.


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Great White Sharks

GREAT WHITE SHARKS - Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico

Come with us aboard the luxury dive boat Solmar V as we leave the southern Baha Peninsula port of Ensenada, Mexico in route to Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico to dive in cages with the largest and most feared sharks known to man, the Apex predator, “The Great White Shark.” This island is one of the greatest places in the world to see these gigantic sharks up close and in the clearest possible waters with up to 150 feet of visibility. These magnificent creatures average 9 to 15 feet and weigh around 3,500 lbs, and are extraordinarily graceful as they swim around you in their natural habitat. Great Whites can range in size up to 25 feet and weigh as much as 7,000 lbs. (31/2 tons). On this special ‘Dive Travel’ adventure, hear first hand the stories told by divemasters and boat crew who work with these gigantic creatures of the sea on a daily basis. Then, come with us on a topside tour of the island by boat. This island, formed by volcanic action, with its rough and rocky shore, is complete with its own food source of harbor seals, elephant seals and birds, which attract the Great Whites to the region. Now sit back and watch this exciting adventure into the deep, blue waters of Isla de Guadalupe as we encounter our first Great White Shark!


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The Famous Kelp Forest & Giant Sea Bass

The Famous Kelp Forest and Giant Sea Bass

On this dive adventure, we travel to sunny San Diego to dive the famous Kelp Forest in La Jolla Cove. The Kelp Forest stretches along the southern coast of California. La Jolla Cove is one of the few places in the San Diego area that features “clear” underwater visits year round. It’s the perfect place for snorkeling and viewing ocean life. Visibility is about 30 feet. The cove is protected from fishing and kelp harvesting and is maintained as a marine sanctuary. In unprotected areas, the kelp is harvested to make vitamins. We also dive with giant Black Sea Bass, only native to that region in this cove. These giant Sea Bass range in size from 60 to 300 lbs, with the largest growing up to 500 lbs. While there, we offer a mini-tribute both to a fish and to a man. We interview long time native, Rod Watkins, NAUI instructor and owner of Scuba San Diego, who tells about a special friend of divers named “Blacky,” a giant Sea Bass about 300 lbs in size, who would swim up to greet divers and allow them to pet him. Unfortunately, a ruthless diver with a spear gun killed him, even though Blacky was in the protected waters of La Jolla Cove. Our tribute is also to a very special man, Steve Irwin, the famous Crocodile Hunter who was loved the world over. Also, in San Diego, we encounter one of the area’s largest concentrations of protected seals sleeping on the shoreline. As usual, Dive Travel fi rst takes you on a citywide tour of San Diego to show you some of the various attractions and the hospitality this southern California city has to offer divers and visitors.


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Key Largo

KEY LARGO & UPPER KEYS - A Diving Destination

In this ‘Dive travel’ adventure series we take you to the sky with a helicopter ride over Key Largo, the northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain, and fly over Molasses Reef, one of many reefs just off shore. Our diving tour of the upper keys begins with a stop at Marathon, where we visit the Thunderbolt wreck and area reefs. Then it’s on to Islamorada, known as the ‘sport fishing capitol of the world,’ where we dive the Eagle wreck. In Key Largo, the diving capitol, we visit the “Christ of the Abyss” underwater statue in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Preserve. While in Key Largo, we also dive the largest artificial reef site in the U.S., the gigantic 510 foot Spiegel Grove. On our last day of diving we take you on a shark feed where we encounter several Nurse Sharks, a 250 lb. Goliath Grouper and Barracuda. Join us for all the fun!


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Key West

KEY WEST - A Diving Adventure

Ernest Hemmingway lived, fished and wrote on this island he called home.

Join ‘Dive Travel,’ a video adventure series, for its first production, filming the introduction from the front lawn of the famous Hemmingway house in Key West. Then, come along with us as we dive the Atlantic Reef, America’s only living coral reef. This 150 mile system parallels the Keys four to five miles offshore from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas. We also take you to two of the Key West’s popular wrecks; the Cayman Salvage Master and Joe’s Tug. But before we dive we take you on a mystical tour of party town in Key West style where you will observe the landmark southernmost point in the continental United States. Key West is the home to key lime pie, a naval base, exotic foliage and natural coconut trees, almost 30,000 year round residents and its free roaming chickens. We hope you enjoy Key West, Florida.


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Northwest Australia

NORTHWEST AUSTRALIA - A Helicopter Diving Adventure

In our second of a two part series from Western Australia, we continue to travel a northern route up the western coast along the Indian Ocean. The temperatures begin to heat up, the further north we travel. The coral coast is in the hot and arid tropics of Northwest Australia. In Geraldton, we join the Batavia Coast Dive Academy and board Australia’s only amphibious rescue helicopter to fl y 35 nautical miles off shore to the famous Abrolhos Islands and dive its spectacular coral gardens which offers a home to a unique mix of tropical and temperate marine species. With warm southern fl owing currents, it creates a marine environment that breeds both tropical and temperate sea life to thrive in an area they wouldn’t normally be found. Further Northward we visit Coral Bay - part of the famous Ningaloo reef - heralded as the most pristine reef system of Australia. The Ningaloo Marine Park begins about 100 km north of Perth. Our Northwest coast diving adventure finally culminates at Exmouth a town built by the United States Navy in the 1950’s and home of the famous Navy pier. Here a mass spawning of more than 200 species of coral occurs in March and April each year and is part of a chain of biological events that herald the arrival of whale sharks. At Exmouth we also dive around the famous Muiron Islands a marine management park area. Sit back and watch this adventure unfold as we travel by camper van through the bush country of beautiful Northwest Australia.


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Southwest Australia

SOUTHWEST AUSTRALIA - A Diving & Sailing Adventure

Travel with us to the opposite side of the world from the United States, down under, for this exciting sailing and diving adventure into beautiful southwest Australia - home to Koalas, Emus, and Kangaroos. We arrive in Perth the west coast capital and travel south down the coast, diving along the way from Perth to Busselton, in this first of a two part series. Join us as we board the 70 ft Tarquin, a Ferro/cement sailing vessel and sail down part of the coast line. Included in our visit are the cities of Perth, Rockingham, Fremantle and Busselton, where we dive the Busselton Jetty, a dock extending a mile out into the ocean, and tour the Swan shipwreck off shore. We visit Rottnest Island home to the Quokkas. In the 17th century, Dutch explorers could well have been horrifi ed to find giant rats on this island. They called it Rottnest meaning, “rat’s nest”, a very unflattering name for a place now the nearest Holiday/vacation Island to Perth. The Quokkas, who resemble tiny miniature kangaroos, are now protected, and it’s the only place in the world in which they are found. We also dive and take a tour of Seal Island where we find beautiful swim-through arches and see the coral and vegetation below the ocean along with the unique fish of the region. View the countryside set to the traditional folk music only found in Australia. So, sit back and enjoy Southwest Australia from down under on this special edition of Dive Travel.


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North Carolina Wreck Diving

North Carolina Wreck Diving

On this Dive Travel Adventure, join us as we stay in the USA and travel to Morehead City, North Carolina to dive some of the ship wrecks that are part of “the graveyard of the Atlantic”.
We interview Captain George Purifoy and friend, Claud Hull, about the U352 German Sub which they discovered (sunk May 9, 1942) as we give you a video tour of the sub 100 feet below the ocean surface.
We also interview Divemaster Bud Daniels and Claud Hull about “The Papoose”, a ship they found. Other ship wrecks we tour include: The Caribsea, Indra, Spar, U.S.S. Schurz and Aeolus.
Most of these shipwrecks are surrounded and covered with marine life, including dozens of Sand Tiger sharks up to 9 feet in length.
We take you on a topside tour of the Morehead area and beaches, visit the new North Carolina Aquarium which has a replica of the U352 sub surrounded by sharks, and tour the city of Wilmington.
In Wilmington, we search for Megalodon, pre-historic, shark teeth. Megalodon sharks were the second largest predator on the planet, even larger than T Rex, estimated to be 40-60 feet in length and weighing 52 tons. They had as many as 250 giant 7 inch teeth, and were capable of swallowing a rhinoceros whole. The teeth are found on a fossil ridge 40 miles out into the ocean under 100 feet of water. We found two 4 inch teeth and many smaller ones. Those 7 inches and larger are worth upwards of $20,000, and have become a treasure hunters bonanza. Only 16 have been found (so far) in the world in good condition.
Sit back and join us for this exciting adventure off North Carolina!


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Ship Wrecks of The Upper Great Lakes of MI

Ship Wrecks of The Upper Great Lakes of MI

We are in our home state of Michigan for this edition of Dive Travel. Many have asked us to dive and explore a few of the thousands of shipwrecks in the northern part of our Great Lakes.
On this show we visit eight wrecks, two in Lake Michigan: the Eber Ward, sunk in 1909; and the Sandusky, sunk in 1856 during the civil war. We visit two in Lake Huron: the Cedarville, the third largest shipwreck in the Great Lakes, sunk in 1965; and the William Barnnam. In Lake Superior, just off Munising, we visit four: the Steven M. Selvick, a 71’ city class tugboat; the Herman H. Hettler, a 200’ three-masted steam barge; the Smith Moore, a 226’ woodenhulled steamer; and the Bermuda, a 145’ schooner.
The Lower Peninsula is connected to the upper peninsula of Michigan by way of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, built in 1957 as the world’s longest suspension bridge at five miles long. Today it still holds the title as the third longest in the world. Topside we tour Mackinaw City, St Ignace, and Mackinac Island, an island locked “Somewhere in Time” where the movie was filmed.
We take an exciting, open air bi-plane flight over the Mackinac Bridge and Sault Ste. Marie and the world famous Soo Locks. We will also tour some of the areas historic light houses, Tahquamenon Falls, then visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. We culminate our visit in Munising where we dive at the Alger Underwater Diving Preserve and take a breathtaking sunset cruise along the famous Pictured Rocks National Shoreline. So, sit back and enjoy the adventure!


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Turks & Caicos

TURKS & CAICOS

One look at the geography of the Turks and Caicos Islands and it’s no wonder this place is wall-diving central, with depths, just offshore, approaching 12,000 feet. The Turks and Caicos, about an hour and a half flight from Miami, Florida, are made of two chains of islands totaling twelve islands in all. Perched atop a shallow bank separated by a trench-like channel, the twelve islands include West Caicos, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, South Caicos and Long Cay, French Cay, Grand Turk, Gibbs Cay, Cotton Cay, and Salt Cay. The three main islands, Providenciales (aka Provo), Grand Turk, and Salt Cay, all sit front and center on deep ocean passages that are lined with healthy vibrant reefs. Dropping over the edge of these steep vertical walls creates a pulse-pounding rush. Provo is the most developed. It’s a cosmopolitan island with an abundance of big resorts, restaurants, casinos, and clubs. It’s also a great getaway, with some of the longest white sand beaches in the Caribbean. The island also offers many non-diving options, from parasailing over gorgeous Grace Bay to windsurfing lessons. Meanwhile on quirky and quiet Grand Turk, donkeys and roosters have the right of way and the locals gather each evening to make music. Join us on this dive travel adventure as we dive the beautiful reefs and the crystal clear waters below with the crew of Caicos Adventure’s dive boats, located on the main island of Provo.


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