Scuba Diving In The Heart Of The Ring Of Fire

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82245″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Ring of Fire is a massive horseshoe-shaped, seismically active area that stretches all the way from South America to New Zealand. It measures about 40,000 kilometres and has 452 volcanoes, most of them located underwater. All regions belonging to the Ring of Fire are known for its incredible dive sites. The best example of this is Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea. Sitting within the biodiversity-blessed Coral Triangle and along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea offers the best of both worlds, with dramatic underwater formations that are blanketed by the world’s greatest biodiversity of coral and marine-life species.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Why are the waters surrounding the Ring of Fire full of nutrients? ” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”82246″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although many people think volcanoes are destructive, they are in fact a great source of life. They provide nutrients to the surrounding areas as well as creating brand new landscapes. This is particular true underwater. Not only the waters around volcanic areas are deep, bringing endless movement of nutrient rich waters to the area but also creating dramatic seamounts, pinnacles, walls and lava tubes that provide isolated ecosystems for the marine life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Kimbe Bay” color=”mulled_wine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”82247,82248,82249,82250,82251,82252″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kimbe Bay ‘s seascape reaches depths in excess of 2000m rewarding the area with a plethora of pelagic marine life like barracuda, tuna, manta rays, and hammerhead and whitetip sharks.

Moreover, the seamounts created by the volcanoes act as beacons to the bay’s prolific pelagics and marine mammals. Twelve species of mammals have been identified to date, including sperm whales, orcas, spinner dolphins and dugongs.

The other significant element are the nutrient-rich currents of the Bismarck Sea that provide the nutrients to sustain the bay’s residents and visitors.

A vast range of soft and hard coral formations can also be found. Over 70% of all Indo-Pacific species are represented in Papua New Guinea as well as gigantic sea fans and giant clams.

Did you know that muck diving was in fact Papua New Guinea? Macro species include gobies, seahorses, shrimp, pipefish, anemone fish, squat lobster, and an unusually high number of nudibranch species including the beautiful Spanish Dancer.

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