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Official Fringe Events

Official 2011 Underwater Festival Fringe Events are listed on this page. There were things happening all over Australasia as part of the Underwater Festival 2011 (UF11)

If you are a dive operator and would like to become part of the the 2012 Underwater Festival, please get in touch.


Heron Island Resort Dive Fest at Heron Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia featuring diving legends Bob Halstead, Gary Bell and others. Heron is a Great Barrier Reef Resort located on a true coral cay. Meaning, you are quite literally surrounded by the reef, you can swim right from the beach to an endless garden of coral teeming with marine life. Check out the extensive Heron Island Fringe Event packages and book direct.

Christmas Island Tourism Association Underwater Photography Workshops with Underwater Festival judges Stephen Wong & Takako Uno on Christmas and Cocos Islands. Christmas Island was the destination for the 2010 Underwater Festival and in 2011 this combo-trip will be a unique event for those who want to learn from and dive with the best. All in small groups and very unique, exclusive and unspoiled environments. Please download the full Cocos & Christmas Island Fringe Event brochure for more info and book direct.

Dragon Mouse Diving Great Victorian Nudi Hunt with Dragon Mouse Diving - Dragon Mouse Diving offers photographic and identification guided underwater tours for Certified Divers.
Byron Bay Dive Centre Photo clinics with acclaimed compact camera guru, Lawrence Alex Wu with Byron Bay Dive Centre - Full details about these workshops can be found here. You can book these workshops in the underwater events shop.

Western Australian Underwater Photography Society Exhibition - Presentations - Camera Try Dives at Western Australian Underwater Photography Society (WAUPS) with the support of Perth Scuba will host an exhibition of images from their members, along with informative presentations on various aspects of underwater photography and diving. These will be held at Perth Scuba who are joining WAUPS for the UF11. Free trials of Aquatica, Sea&Sea, Nauticam and Light & Motion camera/housing setups.

Underwater Adventures Tasmania Fringe Event with special guest Kelvin Aitken at Underwater Adventures Tasmania. Kelvin is well-known for his book Sharks and Rays of Australia and articles on digital underwater photography in Sport Diving magazine. He also runs on of the world’s largest online marine-themed image libraries. The fringe event culminates with a Showcase of photos at the Tasmanian Travel and Leisure Expo, Princes Wharf in Hobart on Saturday 10 September.


Matava Fiji Underwater Photography Workshop with Underwater Festival regular Mathieu Meur at MATAVA - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort on Kadavu Island. Full info about this event can be found here book directly through MATAVA or your preferred agent.


Gangga Island Resort & Spa - Indonesia The 2011 Gangga Shootout - an official Fringe Event of the 2011 Underwater Festival For the first time Gangga Island Resort & Spa in North Sulawesi will hold a shootout competition and offer some local prizes in addition to the massive prize bonanza offered by being part of the Underwater Festival.

The Arenui Underwater Photography Workshop with underwater photography legend and Violinist William Tan on a 11-day cruise on The Arenui to the Komodo islands. The Arenui is a magnificent wooden vessel that raised its anchors in June 2008 to explore the majestic underwater world of Indonesian archipelago. - SORRY, FULLY BOOKED

Eco-Divers Manado Fringe Event at Lembeh Cottages and Kima Bajo Resort & Spa with Eco-Divers from Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. A fantastic combo of diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park and the critters of Lembeh Strait with two very high class operators in the area. More info on this Fringe Event on the Eco-Divers website.

Tasik Ria Resort Paul “Duxy” Duxfield Special guest at Tasik Divers. Paul “Duxy” Duxfield will be special guest at Tasik Divers during the Underwater Festival, offering help to any guests that are there to participate in the Underwater Festival shootout. Enjoy great diving at the reefs of Bunaken National Park one of the longest established operators in the area.

Cocotinos, Manado - A Small Beach Resort Fringe Event (details to be announced) at Cocotinos. In picturesque Wori Bay, North Sulawesi is a dynamic new beach resort in the heart of Kima Bajo, a fishing village, overlooking Bunaken National Marine Park. The resort is situated on a chocolate-coloured beach, in full view of majestic Manado Tua, a dormant volcano across the Sulawesi sea.

Lembeh Hills Resort Fringe Event (details to be announced) at Lembeh Hills Resort. Nestled in a secluded bay overlooking the Lembeh Strait, the Lembeh Hills Resort brings the sophisticated luxury of a boutique resort to one of Asia's most renowned diving venues. Elegant, environmentally responsible architecture, a skilled, enthusiastic staff, and exquisite attention to detail will guarantee a relaxing and romantic experience for divers and non-divers alike.


Ark Royal Maldives Underwater Photography Workshop with underwater photography legend and Underwater Festival judge Michael Aw on a 10-day cruise on the Ark Royal to the Maldives. The Ark Royal is a 115-feet luxury cruiser traversing the crystalline waters of the Maldives.

Papua New Guinea

Tawali Resort Fringe Event (details to be announced) at Tawali resort in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea


Fish Diversity Fiesta at Fish 'n Fins in Palau. Diversity Fiesta celebrates the unique combination of great diving during the day and gourmet cuisine and wine at night! Located in the western pacific and under Japanese rule for decades, combined with culinary influence from Philippines, USA, Malaysia and Indonesia, Palau’s cuisine is a truly Pacific fusion of sea food, fresh fruits and vegetables and spices.


ABWonderdive Fringe Event (details to be announced) at at ABWonderdive in Puerto Gallera, Philippines.


Tony Wu Humpback Whale Swim Fringe Event with big animal underwater photography guru Tony Wu in Tonga. - SORRY, FULLY BOOKED


Manta Ray Bay Resort Manta Fest at Manta Ray Bay Resort with Tim Rock and others in Yap, the premiere dedicated dive resort on the island of Yap in Micronesia, designed by divers and built for divers. Photo & Video Pros • Seminars • Photo Contest • Daily Presentations. Full info about this event can be found here book directly through Manta Ray Bay Resort or your preferred agent.