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The Big Island of Hawaii is known for its active volcanoes and some of the best scuba diving in the world. An international group of LGBTIQ divers gathered there in August. Marc Andrews reports.

Scuba diving is something that’s done with a passion. It takes just a few hours of training before the uninitiated are ready to head out for their first assisted dive. If that blows their bubbles, signing up for a dive certificate will see them merrily jumping overboard into any body of water, be it ocean, sea or lake.

There’s a global community of LGBTIQ scuba divers and Greg Hamman and his Undersea Expeditions company have been leading gay scuba groups for the past 15 years. Greg is based in Honolulu, and says Hawaii’s Big Island is the perfect place for diving.

“What drew me to Hawaii is the kindness and easy-going attitude of the people who live here,” says Greg. “The spirit of aloha is real.”

Greg’s scuba divers (and non-diving partners, referred to as “scuba widows”) are part of a group called BCDs. It started as a reference to bears, cubs and daddies but as the group as grown, so has the diversity of divers. Last August, the expedition group included young multi-racial couples, Wall Street retirees and ex-porn stars.

Diving into the warm Hawaiian waters, the BCD crew swam with hammerhead sharks, dolphins, seals, tiger sharks, turtles, schools of fish and saw a dazzling variety of coral.

With the daily dives completed between 8am and 3pm, there was plenty of free time to explore the beaches (bodysurfing is a must here), sample the local cuisine or attend an evening luau complete with a healthy appetite.

Scuba diving on Hawaii’s Big Island not only offers spectacular underwater vistas and abundant sea life but, above land, the scenery is stunning. It’s little wonder that aloha means both hello and goodbye.

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In the Travel Issue we visit LGBT Iceland, scuba in Hawaii, paraglide over Slovenia, cruise down the Rhine and discover kooky Berlin. On the cover: Max Denisov plus 8 pages inside. 7 Hot Hunks hit the showers – we take you there! Max Konnor: from small-town bible geek to the sweetest top in porn. My Best Sex Move: improving your bedroom performance. Whatever happened to the gay kid from School Of Rock? He got hot! Sexy Scott Tweedie – this month’s Straight Mate has serious gay cred! Greek Style – the story of Modus Vivendi. Shooting Star – a new musical theatre show about the adult industry. Gay To Z – a new column kicks off the letter A. Plus regular columns on music, books, theatre, health and fashion.