Nemo's Vacation House in Banda Sea

A family of common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) poses for me. Their home is the brilliantly colored Ritteri anemone (Heteractis magnifica), in the clear tropical waters of Banda Sea, Indonesia. There are many amazing tropical dive destinations in the world, but the density and variety of marine life you find in Indonesia is hard to match. When you dive in Indonesia, be ready to swim from one spot to the next, then another spot, then another, until you are ready to tell the dive guide, "Stop pointing out so many things to me! I can't keep up!!"

Steller Sea Lions

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Steller sea lions creep up on unsuspecting divers on the cold waters of British Columbia.  These playful pinnipeds are fast and agile. Hang on to your fins and your hood, they might be waiting for an opportunity to grab on.

Dreamlike Kelp Forests

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Like a captivating dream, gliding through the dense kelp forests of the Southern California Channel islands will leave you breathless. Sunlight filters through the thick canopy, trickling down to the marine life below. These lush forests are among the most dynamic ecosystems on earth.

Diving with Seasnakes in the Banda Sea

Photo By Gabriel Lu

Photo By Gabriel Lu

Gunung Api is an isolated volcanic peak rising from the heart of the Banda Sea and home to thousands of sea snakes. Curious and unafraid of divers, this exotic snake takes a breath of air from the surface before swirling through the water toward my camera. Extremely venomous, these snakes are non-aggressive and almost harmless to divers With such a small mouth, a bite is nearly impossible. 

Orange Skunk Clownfish Territory

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

An orange skunk clownfish darts out from the reef to charge an approaching diver. These cute little fish can get aggressive when protecting their family.