All posts by Florine

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Successes & failures of an aspiring responsible diver

We all heard it from our first Open Water class “Only leave bubbles”. Scuba divers have the incredible privilege to witness the beauty of the 71% of the planet that most people will never see. We are a crowd aware of the fragility of our

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Outlaw vs Rogue: full review of Aqua Lung minimalist BCDs

“No, Florine, it’s not a travel BCD, it’s a minimalist BCD”. You should have seen my face when at Paris Dive Show 2017, Aqua Lung’s product manager introduced me to the prototype of their brand new concept, the Outlaw. Too late, I was already in

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How to edit underwater photos with the free editor Gimp

Following my blog post which aim was to show the basic techniques on how to take pictures underwater, here are the details of my routine to edit underwater photos. With the open-source editing software Gimp, it is easy (and free) to learn how to edit your

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How to take pictures underwater : my 5 top tips for beginners

There’s no greater pleasure for me than to bring back underwater pictures from my scuba diving trips whether they are tropical destinations or local dive sites. I love the diversity of aquatic ecosystems. For us, scuba divers, it feels natural to share with family and

Hammerhead sharks Diving Yonaguni Okinawa Japan

Diving Yonaguni : Mission Hammerhead Sharks

After my first trip to Okinawa in June last year, I decided to delay my visit to go diving Yonaguni and Ishigaki to the beginning of this year. Knowing that winter is not the best season for diving Yonaguni because of the winds and currents, why

Yonaguni Monument diving Okinawa Japan

Yonaguni Monument : diving a mysterious underwater city in Okinawa

How to visit Yonaguni Island as a scuba diver and not exploring the world-famous underwater Yonaguni Monument? On a mission to observe the hammerhead sharks migrating near Yonaguni Island, I got a single opportunity to finally see the mysterious Yonaguni monument. In the middle of the

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The 5 truths about my solo scuba diving travels

“And you go… alone?” You have no idea how many time I have been asked this question. So often, that at some point I made up the answer everyone wanted to hear by saying I was joining friends over there. What they didn’t know is

Manta rays diving in Ishigaki Okinawa Japan

10 reasons to go diving in Ishigaki and the Yaeyama Islands

At 1,956 km from Tokyo, Ishigaki is closer to Taiwan than to its own country’s mainland. The “stone wall island” is the gateway to the archipelago it forms with the islands of Iriomote, Taketomi, Hateruma, Kuroshima and Yonaguni. Ishigaki and the Yaeyama Islands are part

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SS President Coolidge : a wreck diving adventure to Vanuatu

Towards the end of my long summer stay in New Caledonia, there was an adventure that was too tempting not to do. New Caledonia will remain as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world for me, but if there is something it

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Visit Tokyo on your way to the Pacific : my ultimate guide

After living in Tokyo for 4 months, it is now time for me to give you all my best tips to explore the lively Japanese capital. End of 2017, on my way to Hawaii via Tokyo, I realised how an incredible hub Tokyo could on