SDOP begins the year with a complete refresh: an eye-catching new design, awesome new sections, and a new travel-friendly format! In this issue, we bring you face to face with the big animals and the little critters in our compilation of 20 of the planet’s most sensational dives, we give you a rundown of the Coral Triangle’s most-prized macro subjects, and our new Through The Lens section includes a comprehensive underwater photographer’s guide to Indonesia’s stunning Raja Ampat. Plus: This issue introduces the main features of this year’s bigger-than-ever Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), including the awesome photo and video talks, and the fantastic Film and Book Festivals! Grab your copy today!
It is with great pride that ASIAN Geographic partakes in a major role as we celebrate 50 years of independence for Singapore. Being a proud Singapore company and publisher of coffee table book Singapore My Home, we will showcase the history, heritage, culture and wildlife of Singapore, along with Singapore’s achievements over the years and uplifting moments during our growth as a nation.
Some of the most fascinating aspects of existence happen in small ways. This issue, ASIAN Geographic turns a macro eye on the teeny tiny world around us that we so often forget, simply because we don’t stop to properly look for the infinitesimal.
This issue compares the mobile phone scene in Asia and the West and delves into everything related to the gadget that has become very much a part of our everyday lives. We zoom in on apps, wireless networks, mobile service providers and phone manufacturers – the people and technologies that fuel the burgeoning global mobile phone market. We illustrate the evolution of the mobile phone and what actually goes into its production with informative timelines and carefully crafted infographics. In addition, we explore the problems and possibilities that come with the ever-evolving mobile phone scene. Be inspired by winning photographs from international mobile photography competitions in the mobile photography special and reminisce about pagers, phonebooks and other essentials that kept people connected in the past.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
Titled 'Celebrity Seas' this issue presents The World of Underwater Film &TV; Featuring a world exclusive interview with Sir David Attenborough, the Godfather of Nature documentaries, this is a must-read edition featuring the seas that have been featured on screens - big and small around the world, and recognition of the esteemed people behind the cameras. We descend into the depths of the Mozambique Channel with Hans Has Fifty Fathoms Award winner Laurent Ballesta in search of the coelacanth, the dino-fish that was thought to have been extinct for over 65 million years, and we journey back in time with the celebrated filmmaker and shark expert Valerie Taylor with a nail-biting extract from the dairy she kept while on location filming Blue Water White Death – the first ever documentary to contain 35mm footage of the great white.
Dive into the unique, wild and whacky experiences of underwater photographers and divers from around the world. From epic pelagic stories to first-time jitters, readers will be in for a treat in this special edition of Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet.$7.50 SGD Read more
To celebrate World Oceans Day, Scuba Diver will explore the world’s most precious underwater destinations with a trip around the planet’s protected marine sites. Packed with the most beautiful photography and comprehensive info on what makes these locations so special, this record of our oceans at their best will be a must-keep edition.$10.00 SGD Read more
In order to witness the beauty of Nature’s tiniest marine creatures in their hidden habitats, we’ve combed through the different layers that are found in the muck in this issue of Asian Diver. Whether it’s the plastic trash that has made its way into the oceans from polluted rivers that now provides shelter for critters like octopuses, the artificial tyre reefs humans have created to attract marine wildlife that may be doing more harm than good, or the diminutive marine organisms like the algae shrimp and the “Shaun the Sheep” nudibranch that live on the algae found on the seabed – we’ve pored over the minutiae of the muck and its inhabitants to understand what makes this type of diving so thrilling.$10.00 SGD Read more
In this issue, we unpack several health controversies and crises, from MSG to processed foods to the insect food revolution and diabetes. But it’s not all doom and gloom: The region’s varied cuisine is an intangible part of its heritage. We pay homage to the enduring art of the longevity noodle – handmade and visually evocative. Asia’s food culture is perhaps best summed up through the humble hawker, peddling the sheer diversity of this region’s culinary innovation through their roadside food carts. But even the ubiquitous street food vendor faces an uncertain future, as regulators of hygiene standards and urban planning brandish eviction – or “relocation” – notices. It’s time to eat smarter: to be more conscious of what we buy, how we waste, and what we ignore on that little label on the side of a can. Perhaps never before has this phrase been more weighty: "You are what you eat". Bon appétit!$7.50 SGD Read more
Let your diving be a force for good! Dive in some of Asia's glorious marine protected areas where life is thriving, find out what real eco-tourism is, find out why Wakatobi needs to be at the top of your bucket list, and how to get your buoyancy under control. If you're a diver who eats fish, you might also be interested in getting stuck into the spearfishing controversy.
The Big Blue Book Edition Plunge into the NEW AND IMPROVED Asian Diver Magazine! This bumper issue has a whale-sized whopping 32-pages extra, bringing you extra content from the deep blue. With a series of in-depth features dedicated to dolphins, read all about our planet's most intelligent animals, and the issues facing the most at-risk species in the wild.
In this issue, Asian Geographic magazine celebrates 20 years of publishing by rehashing some of its best works, contributors, and achievements. We will look at two decades of captivating photography and stunning art, as well as scientific discoveries and cultural exploration. While it is safe to keep on the track, our journey through Asia has often taken us off the beaten path, whether through physical quests or beyond the boundaries of our minds. On this occasion, we also bring to light a unique perception of the current economic development in India and China, as well as take you through the enchanting, multi-faceted country that is Qatar. As we mark this milestone we look back on this beautiful continent and the people who have helped shape our identity, but we also look forward – for there is much more to come.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
In the first issue of 2016, ASIAN Geographic takes a closer look at the simian race as we move into the zodiac Year of the Monkey, from monkey gods worshipped in every corner of the Asian continent to the 5th-century Monkey Temple in Nepal and the 16th-century Chinese fable ‘Journey to the West’.
The 2019 edition of The Big Blue Book focuses on the perils of plastic pollution on the very source of life – the ocean. We look into the creation of plastic, its long life span, durability and opinions from prominent scientists on how plastics affect marine species – for example how microplastics affect coral reefs. We also investigate the solutions that can prevent further plastic pollution of our oceans so that marine species can be protected.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
The next issue of ASIAN Geographic focuses on climate change. Our photographic showcase documents coastal communities in the Sundarbans, whose livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels and increasing salinity. We trail a faction of Cambodian environmental vigilantes who are combatting illegal deforestation, examine the connection between climate change, food security and women farmers in Asia, walk with Borneo’s wildlife warriors in saving the orangutans, and follow a group of children salvaging pollution in Manila to make a living. We put meat under the knife in the carbon emissions discussion, and visit a small community of monks who are warding off the pushing tide in Thailand to save their sacred temple. Rather than looking at the effects of climate change in isolation, the issue also considers the possible solutions.
It’s a freaky world in the water! Asia’s seas are home to mysterious stone structures, critters straight out of a Tim Burton movie, weird and wonderful (and mostly undescribed!) life forms that drift up from the depths at night, and fish that switch their genders. Get fully immersed in the strangeness of the oceans in these parts, with magical muck diving, blackwater adventures, rebreather encounters and ghostly tales from Truk Lagoon. This issue is as far from normal as you’re likely to get.
Take the plunge with Asian Diver as we bring you the ultimate dive course guidebook for any scuba divers, aspiring divers, and professionals. Jump in and know about the must-have dive certificates offered by different dive agencies.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA gets its Darwin on. We meet some of the most striking examples of evolution in action under the waves in Asia Pacific, we chart the development of our oceans’ ancient, most well-adapted predator, the shark, and find out how other creatures are perfectly designed for their dinners. Come on a journey to Tubbataha, one of the best protected MPAs in the world, that has evolved to become one of the most pristine dive destinations on the planet, and follow the development of diving in the region - a story that starts over 2,000 years ago.
Black Magic Edition In this issue, the magic of the night takes over and Asian Diver invites you to surrender body and soul to some of the best night dives you’ll ever experience.
Get "Castaway" from it all with an island adventure with this SDAA's Tiny Islands issue! Discover the most magical island getaways in Asia Pacific, and learn about the lure of Japan's tropical paradise - Ishigaki - where mantas and critters compete for your attention. Find out how salty the ocean really is, get the low down on drift diving, and find out what to pack in your fist aid kit before you venture off the grid. For all this as well as some of the world's best underwater photography and much more, grab your copy now!
Think of the tales you may have heard about tribes that travel, carrying with them their families, livelihoods, and homes, only to move again in a couple of weeks, leaving nothing but footsteps. It is fascinating, and as if these tribes have a life so large it could be established anywhere – across towns, countries, and even borders. This Wood issue encapsulates these lives led by the nomads of Asia, stories of powerful women, and a look at the unprecedented challenges facing China and the wider region due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have taken the element through its numerous definitions: growth and being, its physical properties, its shapes and forms, and its symbolism. Because just like bamboo, so symbolic of the wood element, we bend, we twist, but we never break.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
There is nothing so pure as donning a simple pair of fins, snapping on a mask, and chomping down on a snorkel bit before a beach entry into a silvery turquoise lagoon. Freediving is like a first love, the one that taught us how to move through this three-dimensional world. Together we felt the wonder at the profound beauty of life but also learned that without respect, all is lost. In this issue, Asian Diver looks at the evolution of freediving through the centuries, from its beginnings more than 7, 000 years ago in ancient cultures such as the Chinchorro to its current status as one of the most popular underwater sports in the world.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
In the second issue of 2016, ASIAN Geographic delves to the heart of the planet and its warming climate. Coming at the back of the Paris Climate Talks, we look at how impactful the new agreements are to Asian countries and how we are taking steps to ensure the survival of our planet.
Magical, mystical, miniature – seahorses are the stuff of legend, and critters that even the most experienced diver never tires of seeing. With ADEX 2016 dedicated to seahorses, Asian Diver’s Big Blue Book is the complete guide to these amazingly unique, yet threatened, little creatures! From ancient legends to their amazing anatomy and gender-bending behaviour, from where to find them and how to dive with them when you do, to their conservation status and how new species get their names, plus incredible photos, this is a must-keep guide for everyone who’s not immune to the charms of the seahorse. Get your copy today!
Draw inspiration from influential leadership icons, philanthropic champions, business magnates, science icons, cultural figures and sports heroes in our list of 100 astonishing Asians. Read about how plein-air drawing is gaining a strong following in urban societies worldwide in an age when instant photo feeds prevail. In 'Microscopic Plastic Litter and Rivers of Filth', we spotlight the issue of plastic pollution and how this environmental nemesis can find its way to your dinner. Find out how a Dutch man had a hand in writing history when he copied the Portugese’s closely-guarded sailing routes to the East Indies in 'The Map That Opened Up Southeast Asia'. What's your impression of Kama Sutra? Find out how it compares to the true identity of what could be the most celebrated yet misunderstood treatise on sex. See Singapore from new perspectives in Sony ambassador Michael Yamashita’s shots of the garden city, and view a snapshot of the highest and longest natural and man-made structures in the East and West.$10.00 SGD Read more
In SDAA’s “Diving Green” issue, we bring you all things eco scuba. From how to travel, to where and how to dive, case studies of destinations that are making a difference, we also address the challenging question of what’s stopping us from making the changes we need to make to protect our oceans. If you want to use your diving to save the seas, this one’s for you.
Asian Geographic Passport Special Travel Edition 2015/2016: Asia Hidden Scenes & Cities As one of the most anticipated travel guide on Asia, the ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC PASSPORT SPECIAL EDITION: HIDDEN SCENES & CITIES, will be all you need to go on an adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced. Covering scenes and cities that are off the beaten track, the ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC PASSPORT SPECIAL EDITION will touch on every country in this vast and gaudily diverse region. From West to East, South to North and Central, the ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC PASSPORT SPECIAL EDITION is set above and beyond all other travel magazines and guide books. We know Asia better than anyone.
In this issue, we examine the origins of everything in the way of the human condition - from evolution, to artistic expression, to the birth of monotheistic faith, and the violent beginnings of modern warfare. We also take a look at how scientific developments are challenging everything we thought we knew about the origins of life and civilisation. We place current debates within historical context, such as the development of the war of drugs, and the mythical roots of Pokemon and popular gaming culture.
Asian Geographic Passport Special Travel Edition 2015/2016: Asia Hidden Scenes & Cities In this annual special travel edition, we invite you to travel through history: Journey in the footsteps of Genghis Khan through the lands from the Mongol Empire with some breathtaking scenery captured in our photo essay. Explore Japan, Thailand and India through their ancient sporting traditions, get inked by a tribal tattoo master, leave your shoes at the door and take a pilgrimage, or join the throng of one of Asia’s many vibrant festivals. We know Asia better than anyone.
We think that Asia Pacific’s diving really is the best in the world, and we have given you just 20 of the hundreds (thousands?) of examples that back up this bold claim. We’ve also put together a comprehensive list of dive operators that can get you out there to see all of this undersea wonder for your self. And of course, we’ve scoured the world of gear and gadgets to bring you the newest and best (read: most covet-worthy) equipment for 2015.
No journeys on Earth are more epic than those that take place in the vast blue beyond. Join SDAA on extraordinary migrations of marine mage fauna, and prepare to level-up your wanderlust with tales of sea safaris through the most exciting waters of the world. Some journeys will change you forever, SDAA’s next issue might do the same.
An extreme environment exhibits conditions which are challenging for most life forms. These may be extremely high or low ranges of temperature, radiation, pressure, acidity, alkalinity, air, water, salt, sugar, carbon dioxide, sulphur, petroleum and many others. This issue, ASIAN Geographic takes it to the extreme and looks to the geographical poles, very dry deserts, volcanoes, deep ocean trenches, upper atmosphere, Mount Everest, outer space and other planets.
The next issue of Scuba Diver OCEAN PLANET is jam-packed with islands, liveaboards and remote locations, not to mention fantastic photography with veteran shooters Kurt Amsler and Amos Nachoum. Visit remote Greenland, St. Kilda and Truk Lagoon, head west to Bonaire, play with orcas in the Galapagos or take a long weekend getaway from Madrid or Bangkok. Erin Quigley gives an in depth photographic guide to the Maldives plus much more in Scuba Diver OCEAN PLANET, your complete travel guide. Scuba Diver Australasia and Ocean Planet are alternating titles with 4 issues each per year. While SD Australasia stays true to its roots with editorial coverage exclusively from the Asia Pacific region, Ocean Planet shines a light on top diving destinations from around the world. less
Asian Diver is celebrating Asia's psychedelic seas in the "Colours of Asia" edition; exploring some of the most colourful dive sites in the world, investigating the reasons behind the Technicolor patters of the creatures that inhabit them, and visiting the Similan Islands where the underwater world looks like it's on steroids. But the oceans look very different if you're a fish, and Asian Diver has the science behind the real fish eye view. Get ready to dive into 2016 with a massive splash... of COLOUR!
Through The Lens Special Edition 122 INSPIRING SHOOTERS YOU SHOULD KNOW Cover photo: David Doubilet LEGENDS AND PIONEERS Presenting 17 shooters that have changed the game for underwater photography 1–2. Hans & Lotte Hass 3. Bruce Mozert 4. Luis Marden 5. Jacques-Yves Cousteau 6. Charles Martin 7. Ernie Brooks 8. Stan Waterman 9. David Doubilet 10. Bates Littlehales 11–12. Ron & Valerie Taylor 13–14. Michele & Howard Hall 15. Paul Nicklen 16. Brian Skerry 17. Akira Tateishi
Drift Diving Edition From the Kuroshio Current to the Oyashio Current and even the East Australian Current, this issue takes on one of a much-overlooked aspect of scuba diving. Drift diving is an important skill that offers some of the most challenging, yet massively rewarding adventures. Go with the flow and drift, baby!
Asian Geographic Magazines continues to commemorate its 20th anniversary in this issue by celebrating the richness, allure, and expanse of Asian brands, artists, and locations that are, and have been, in line with our publication’s themes and overall outlook for the past 20 years, as well as bring to you more original articles and perspectives. For the last two decades, we have been honouring Asia’s diversity and vastness, and still continue important discussions in the continent, ranging from environmental issues to science, exploration, travel and of course, the different heritage, art and cultures that pulsate through the continent and reinforce our vision to bring Asia to the World.$10.00 SGD Add to cart
With the modern world developing at the dizzying pace it is, do you know what’s going on around you and how it all works? In this issue, we look at the latest in science and technology across the region, from the obvious – China’s transformation from IT copycat to technology leader – to the unexpected, like why Cambodia’s farmers are now selling bat faeces instead of rice. Go on a sparkling journey across the night sky in our exclusive story on astrotourism, an upcoming trend that’s winning the hearts of Asians young and old across the region. Read about a mysterious bridge between India and Sri Lanka that has geologists befuddled, and a hyper fast underwater levitating train – straight out of a sci-fi movie – that you might soon be able to buy tickets for. Are you ready to get up to speed?$10.00 SGD Read more
THE New Year brings in fresh new resolutions and this is exactly what Asian Diver has plunged into. With a new look, new approach and new found gumption, every issue of Asian Diver this year will send your fins a-flappin’ and inspire nonstop plunges to keep your gills wet. We begin the year with adventures unlike any other; voyages not for the weak and tales that have become legends, boldly going where no one has gone before. We salute these boys and acknowledge their endeavours that have always been to stretch the limits of Man’s journey into the blue. Keep it real, keep it fun, keep it compelling…
From the geological (volcanic activity and earthquakes) to the meteorological (hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes) and the oceanographic (tsunamis, ocean currents and breaking waves), phenomena continue to awe humankind, while reminding us who’s the boss in such acts of God.
This year, the quadrennial Asian Games – a massive sports event that often gets mixed up with some of its regional variants – will be hosted here in Southeast Asia. We appraise several local sports that set the Asiad’s lineup apart from its Olympic counterpart, and drop in on three unique sportspeople gearing up for August. But the 18th Games’ most interesting aspect could just be its return to Indonesia, a place where, over a half-century ago, Jakarta’s controversial hosting decisions shocked the 1960s’ worlds of sports and politics. Indonesian politics also kicks off another fascinating tale: how five Southeast Asian men managed to create the first Asian miracle of the 20th century: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Helped by a few rounds of golf and drinks, these powerful diplomats succeeded in getting their respective countries – many with histories of bitter grudges and border invasions – to team up into a bloc that today still merits international admiration. Their surviving family and friends share memories of these master negotiators.$10.00 SGD Read more