Almost everybody loves to read a good cartoon and they are almost guaranteed to bring a smile on your face when you read them.
It is not often, however, that we come across cartoons about scuba diving. This is why Underwater Herald decided to take a dive — pun intended — into world of scuba cartoons.
It came as a bit of a surprise that there seems to be scuba cartoonist above others. Majority of scuba cartoons we found online came from one man, Jerry King.
Jerry King is a highly productive artists, who lives in South-East Ohio, USA. Scuba cartoons are just a small part of his portfolio. The National Cartoonist Society Magazine awarded him the Gag Cartoon Award in 2001 and has since been nominated for other awards as well.
Enough talk. It is time for some scuba chuckles!
Here are links to some of the funnies scuba cartoon sites we found:
Saba, an island in the Caribbean, was incorporated into the Netherlands in 2010. It is a home for about 2000 people. It is also a scuba diving heaven.
The 13 square kilometer (5 sq mi) islands can boast of 29 of dive sites and, if you are on a larger vessel, even more.
If Saba is your next diving holiday destination, you can expect warm water year around (26-28 C or 77-88 F ). Unless there is heavy rain or swells, the visibility is from 20 meters (60 feet) upwards.
Saba’s coastline has been shaped by volcanic activity and it is therefore not suitable for shore diving. There are three licensed dive operators to choose from with a variety of vessels to take you to the dive sites.
Even though Saba is part of the Netherlands, it is good to know that English is the principal language used on the island and the official currency is US Dollars, not Euros.
The Cayman Islands are not only a popular travel destinations in the Caribbean but they are generally considered one of the best diving holiday destinations in the world. But what makes them so special for divers?
The most remarkable site at Little Cayman is arguably the Bloody Bay Wall. The wall extends some 2 kilometers (6000 feet) below you but it is the abundant marine life around and on the wall itself that is most likely to catch your attention. The shallowest point of the wall starts at about 6 meters (18 feet) so even novice divers can visit it. In 1999, a group of photographers created the Bloody Bay Wall Mural: a life-sized image that shows a 20 feet by 60 feet section of the Bloody Bay Wall.
Cayman Brac has a lot of opportunities for reef, wall and wreck diving alike. A must-visit site is the wreck of MV Captain Keith Tibbetts also known as Frigate 365. Cayman Islands government purchased this 95 meters (311 feet) long ship in 1996 and it was then scuttled to create a dive site. In a major storm in 2004 the ship broke two. The still impressive wreck is the home for myriads of marine species ranging from nudibranchs to barracuda.
Most divers visiting Grand Cayman want to dive at Stingray city. The site is just 4 meters (12 feet) deep and swarming with southern stingrays. The sheer number of them makes this dive a unique experience. And talking about unique experiences, do not forget to dive through winding ravines of the Maze, another popular dive site around Grand Cayman.
Chances are that you have not visited Saint Kitts and Nevis , a Caribbean country of two islands. You may, however, want to add it to your “must visit” list of diving holiday destinations particularly if you are looking for experiences “off the beaten path”.
In winter you can expect water temperature around 25°C (78°F) and around 28°C (84°F) in summer.
The variety of marine life is large. You may come across sea turtles, yellowtail snappers, spiny lobsters and octopuses as well as barracudas or the occasional Caribbean reef shark. Some 200 wrecks in the area are sure to pamper even the most demanding wreck divers.
There are several scuba outfits that can take you to the dive sites and, if you are a beginner, you can also take your first diving course on the islands to kick-start your diving career.