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“The world’s best dive destinations” is the brainchild of Nimu & Volker Bassen having seen the need for a visual dive guide to the world’s best scuba diving destinations for divers by divers.

Says Nimu; "Before we started with this project, we bought every book we could find about the worlds top dive locations. We soon realized that you don't really get a feeling for a dive site by reading a lot of text and look at a few misleading photos (what I mean is that every photographer only shows off his best photos, wouldn't you?!) Now for the first time ever a diver can actually buy a "virtual" tour to some of the world's best dive sites for under 20$ before spending thousands of dollars on a dive trip AND help save whale sharks in the Indian ocean!"

Four years in the making, one of the most important aspects while filming the world’s best dive destinations was the choice of superb scuba diving locations. A divers “wish-list” was put together after serious research and now includes 16 different top scuba diving destinations, each and every location unique and special in some ways. Each episode includes all the TOP dive sites for that location, all filmed in HD.

Says Volker; "We are both passionately in love with the ocean and it's avatars. In 2005 we set up the East African Whale Shark Trust in order to raise awareness and stop the killing of whale sharks. With no funding whatsoever, we willingly spend our own money to save these gentile giants off East Africa but it's costly and we are in need of funds. One way of generating funds is through projects such as The World's Best Dive Destinations DVD. We produced this DVD for the whale sharks and it is our hope to raise enough revenue through the sales of this DVD to make a real difference through projects such as synthetical shark liver oil "
                                         

          Nimu & Volker Bassen


Nimu-&-Volker-JPEG.jpgNimu
is Kenyan, educated in England and a lawyer by profession, she practiced at the criminal bar in London before returning to Kenya where she followed a lifelong dream and became a PADI diving instructor. She now has + 2000 dives under her belt and has developed a passion for underwater filming.

Volker Bassen is Swedish/German and has lived and filmed along the Kenyan coast for 20 years. He knows the Kenyan reefs better than anyone in the country having opened up 16 PADI & SSI scuba diving schools since 1990. He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, SSI DiveCon Instructor as well as an SNSI rebreather Instructor. With +6000 dives Volker is a natural and gifted underwater videographer. His film “Papa Shillingi”, (meaning whale shark in Kiswahili) won 2 awards at the 2009 Celebrate The Sea Festival, Asia’s biggest underwater film festival.    When Volker doesn't dive, he is mostly up in the air flying his micro-light airplane, spotting for whales, whale sharks and dugongs.

 

The couple met in 2004 and have been traveling the world regularly ever since. They set up the East African Whale Shark Trust in 2005 and continue to work tirelessly for whale shark conservation in Kenya. Together they also opened up a marine stock footage company in 2009 called DeepVision Films and are available as underwater videographers around the world.