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Welcome to Indopacificimages!

Indopacificimages is the website of Don Silcock, an underwater photographer and photojournalist based in Bali. Don has been diving the main locations in the Indo-Pacific region for over 20 years (hence the name…) and has documented his experiences in numerous articles and pages on this site.

Plus, over the last 5 years or so, Don has traveled extensively to photograph the majority of the major marine aggregations and “big animal” experiences globally. So if you are looking for factual, interesting and accurate descriptions of some of the world’s best diving and encounters check out the latest stuff below and the menu bar on the header above. And… in case you are wondering, this is not a commercial site – I am not selling anything and it really is just what it is!

Below – Photographing Leafy Seadragons in South Australia. Cold water, but sensational things to see. Image courtesy of my good friend Filippo Borghi

Recent Articles

Posted below are many of the articles I have had published over the last couple of years and you can find all the rest on this link to the articles section. I try very hard to write accurate and informative articles and only use images that were taken on the trip – so what you see is what I saw when I was at the location.

All the articles are available as a free download by clicking on the link provided and please respect my copyright…

  • Diving the Ogasawara Islands
  • The Sharks of Protea Banks
  • Chinchorro Crocodiles Encounters...
  • The Giant Japanese Salamander
  • Oceanic Whitetip Sharks of Cat Island
  • Great Hammerhead Sharks of Bimini
  • The Australian Leafy Seadragon
  • The Australian Giant Cuttlefish
  • Azores Diving - Big Animals

The Complete Guide to Diving Papua New Guinea

Truly one of the last frontiers in the Indo-Pacific region Papua New Guinea has some incredible things to see both above and below the water. The Complete Guide is literally that, the most comprehensive guide to the underwater world of PNG there is and it’s based on many visits to the main diving locations over a 20+ year period. Check it out and email me through the Contact page if you have any questions.

  • Complete Guide to Diving Papua New Guinea - Christine's Reef in Kimbe Bay
    The Complete Guide to Diving Papua New Guinea
  • Understanding Papua New Guinea
  • The Complete Guide to Diving Tufi
  • The Complete Guide to Diving New Ireland
  • The Complete Guide to Diving Port Moresby
  • The Complete Guide to Scuba Diving Milne Bay
  • The Complete Guide to Diving Kimbe Bay

The Complete Guide to Tonga’s Humpback Whales

Tonga is probably the best place in the world to experience the “gentle giants of the sea” – the incredible humpback whale. Every southern winter, from about August the Tongan Tribe of southern hemisphere humpbacks arrive from the Antarctic and spend the next few months either mating or giving birth.

One of the few places in the world where you are allowed in the water with the whales, in Tonga it is possible to experience the full gamut of encounters. It really is incredible and is very popular with people traveling great distances to experience it all. But it can be complicated to actually get in the water and so I have put together a guide to help understand what can be seen and what the logistics are. 

Diving South Africa’s Protea Banks

Located some 8km offshore from the seaside town of Margate, about 130km south of Durban, the Protea Banks is one of the best places on the east coast of South Africa to dive with sharks. And. depending on the time of the year, you can see up to seven different varieties of them!

The Protea Banks is adventurous diving with most dives at around 30m and strong currents to deal with, so it is not for everybody… But if you like your diving and underwater photography at full volume then the Protea Banks offers some tremendous experiences!

The Complete Guide to the Crystal River Manatees

The small town of Crystal River in Citrus County on the “Nature Coast” of Florida  is without doubt the best place in North America to see and, if you are really lucky, interact briefly with the very special and quite unique Florida Manatee.

But… manatee season in Crystal River is very much focused on getting as many tourists through as possible and if you want to take good photographs it gets complicated. So I have put together this Complete Guide to help you to understand the reality of Crystal River and its amazing visitors!