Joel (Bergsma)

Joel Bergsma

I've been diving for 33 years, but didn't begin my adventure in underwater photography until 2009.

I took the underwater photos in these galleries in Cebu, Anilao, Moalboal, Oslob, and Puerto Galera, Phliippines; Bonaire and Curacao; the Cayman Islands; the Galapagos Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; the Republic of Palau; the Bunaken National Marine Park in Manado, Indonesia; the Lembeh Strait near the Northeast tip of Manado, Indonesia; and Kadavu Island and the Beqa Island Lagoon in Fiji.

I took the safari photos at the Marataba Game Preserve and Thornybush Game Preserve in South Africa. The African Penguin photos are from the Cape Town area. The photos from Vietnam and Cambodia were taken primarily at sites along the Mekong River.

I hope you enjoy them!

- Joel

(All images on this website are © 2009-2015 Joel Bergsma. All Rights Reserved.)

From Cozumel 2015-12

Cozumel 2014 - Video

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deck deck. decorator crab deroos devil ray devil's_throat dexter's wall dillon dive dive boat coral buddy dive guide ali dive guide barb dive guide klara dive guide matsuo dive_guide dive_guide_ed dive_guide_manuel diveguide diver diver bill ring diver chuck nicklin diver ed johnson diver james logan diver joel diver steve arrendale diver_bill_ring divers divers leap divesite divesite arthur's reef divesite balonoy divesite basura divesite bethlehem divesite betlehem divesite black hole divesite bloody bay wall divesite blue corner divesite bubble reef divesite bubbles divesite buccaneer divesite buccaneer reef divesite buccaneer's reef divesite buena vista divesite butterfly reef divesite caban cove divesite cabbage patch divesite cemetery wall divesite charlie's reef divesite dari laut wreck divesite daryl laot wreck divesite dead palm divesite devil's grotto divesite east chute divesite eden rock divesite elkhorn forest divesite end of island divesite finif divesite fisheries 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goatfish goby golden jellyfish goldentail moray eel goliath grouper gordes grand cayman grand hotel saigon gray angelfish gray shark graysby graysby grouper great barracuda greater soapfish greece green green moray eel green moray eel. turneffe atoll green rope sponge green sea turtle green tube sponge grey grey angelfish grey go away bird grouper grundy's gardens grunt guinea fowl guinea pig guineafowl gular sac hafa adai ferry wreck hairy crab hairy frogfish hairy squat lobster half moon caye halimeda ghost pipefish hammerhead hammerhead shark hands off divesite harbor boat tour nice harlequin bass harlequin shrimp harlingen hawk hawkfish hawksbill turtle helmet wreck helmeted guineafowl helmets hermit hermit crab hilma hooker wreck hindeloopen hippo hiyo maru hogfish hogfish wrasse hol_chan_marine_park home meal honeycomb cowfish hong kong hotel hotel palacio del inka hotel toren hotel westminster hotel_cdm_shore_dive hotel_cozumel hotel_cozumel_offshore hotel_de_herbergh hotel_klein_zwitserland hum vegetarian restaurant human bone human skull hyena hyena pups idol iguana iguana. impala in indigo hamlet inyala iquitos iro maru is isla mujeres island hopper islands istanbul jack jacks jane jane shelton japanese sea plane jawfish jellyfish jfk airport jibe city joanne's sunchi divesite joel joel bergsma john farthing joyce herald joyce herald hammer judicial building julie greenberg julie greenberg's photos just a nice dive divesite juvenile catfish juvenile manyspotted sweetlips kampong cham kampong chhnang floating village karpata divesite kasai kasteel doorwerth keepsake divesite kensho maru king crab kiyosumi maru klein bonaire knight's street komodo kostas kröllermüller museum kudu la dama juana dinner show la place de mougins la place de mougins restaurant la turbie la_francesa lace coral ladder land gate las salinas lava heron lava lizard lavender le negresco hotel leaf fish leaf scorpionfish leonora's reef divesite leopard lettuce nudibranch lettuce sea slug liauckama estate library lighthouse atoll lighthouse reef lighthouse reef atoll lima lion lionfish little cayman lizardfish llama lobster longfin damselfish juvenile longsnout seahorse looking lucky plaza shopping center machu picchu main makkum malapscua malecon man mo temple manatee mandarin fish mandarinfish manila channel divesite manta manta ray manta ridge mantis shrimp manyspotted sweetlips map maracaibo_shallow maras marataba margate marine marine iguana market san pedro marshall islands maru maru. maru. oysters. mussels. clams. marybeth marybeth herald masked rabbitfish mekong mekong navigator melody restaurant mennonites meridien hotel mermaid meyer's butterflyfish midnight parrotfish midnight snapper mimic octopus minceta fort mirabus night tour mirko vonk moalboal mollusk monaco mongoose monkey monkey beach divesite monte's divi divesite moon jellyfish moorish moorish idol moray moray eel mosque of suleyman mougins munitions museum larco museum massena mushroom coral pipefish mv doc poulson wreck nagisan napoleon wrasse nassau grouper nassau grouper. lighthouse reef atoll national museum nauta nautilus nearest point divesite nestled new dropoff nice nice ironman night dive nike nudibranch nudibranchs mating nurse shark ocean octopus of oil drum oil slick leap divesite ollantaytambo on one dim sum restaurant onofrio fountain orangefinned anemonefish orangefinned anenomefish orangutan crab oriental sweetlips ornate ghost pipefish ornate ghost pipefish female variation ornate ghost pipefish male variation ostrich oyster pacaya samiria national reserve pacific pagoda palace of justice palace of the grand masters palace of the popes palancar_caves palancar_gardens palau palau museum palau sport liveaboard palau. palazzo vecchio paradise_reef parrot parrotfish parrotfish. patricia fuller paul peacock flounder pederson cleaner shrimp pederson's cleaner shrimp pederson's cleaning shrimp pelican penguin permit permit jack peru pescador island peter dejong pharmacy pheasant phnom penh phnom penh tower photo by rob irving photo_by_char photo_by_jane photo_by_joel_bergsma photo_by_paul photo_by_peter photo_by_rob_irving photos from cathedral dome phuong mai vegan restaurant pikachu nudibranch pillar of shame pingjum pink toe tarantula pink tube sponge pink vase sponge pipe coral pipefish pipehorse pirannha pisac pisac town pisaq pla compound placa place massena plaza resort bonaire point sublime poison frog ponte vecchio porcupine porcupine pufferfish porcupinefish porkfish porkfish grunt port port hole procession worms promenade propeller provence puerta galera puerto galera pufferfish pufferfish. punta_dalila punta_tunich purple tube sponge pygmy cuttlefish pygmy seahorse pyramid butterflyfish qorikancha museum queen angelfish queen triggerfish rabbitfish radisson hotel railing railway station rainbow parrotfish ray rays razorfish reclaiming rector's palace red band boa constrictor red billed hornbill red crested barbet red uakari monkey redfooted booby bird redtailed boa constrictor reef scorpionfish reef squid remora resort. restaurant restaurant caasa qorikancha restuarant sara rhino shrimp rhinopias rhodes ribbon eel rifle ringed pipefish rob irving robert irving robust ghost pipefish rock rock beauty rock beauty angelfish rock islands rockboring urchin roman forum roman stadium ronaldo quispe rothschild villa rough file clam rough fileclam royal palace rubber duck sdups rudder sabang bay divesite sabang wrecks divesite sacred valley sacsahuaman saddled blenny saddled butterflyfish saigon saigon opera house saigon river saintjeancapferrat saipan224 sake bottle sally lightfoot crab salt pier divesite sam's tours sam's wall sampler divesite san clemente reef san lorenzo basilica san_francisco_wall sand bar divesite sand diver sand diver lizardfish sand tilefish sandbar_divesite sandy sankisan maru sanremo santa ana village santa croce basilica santa maria novella basilica saqsaywaman sarah's set scallop schoolmaster schoolmaster snapper scorpionfish scrawled filefish sculptured slipper lobster sea sea anemone fish sea anemonefish sea fan sea fan coral sea lion sea organ sea slug sea snake sea star seahorse secretary blenny sergeant major serondella sexberium shaft. shaman shaman blessing shark shark dive shark_city_divesite sharknose goby sharks sharon's serenity divesite sharpnose pufferfish sharpnose snake eel sharptail eel sheep ship ship's shop shrimp siaes corner silversides sipadan slender seahorse slipper lobster sloth slug small wall divesite smooth trunkfish snail snake snapper soapfish soft coral soho spice restaurant soldierfish something special divesite south africa southern stingray southern stingrays soweto spadefish spadefish. turneffe atoll spanish hogfish wrasse spanish makerel spectacled caiman spinner dolphins spiny spiny devil fish spiny lobster splendid toadfish splendid toadfsih sponge sponge coral sponza palace spotfin butterflyfish spotted spotted cleaner shrimp spotted cleaning shrimp spotted drum spotted drum fish spotted drumfish spotted drumfish adult spotted eagle ray spotted moray eel spotted scorpionfish spotted spiny lobster spotted toadfish squat anemone shrimp squat lobster squid squirrel monkey squirrelfish st francis monastery st jean cap ferrat st paul de vence st saviour church staghorn coral stammtisch stanley star ferry stargazer starling statue steephead parrotfish steering wheel sticking stingray stoplight parrotfish striped grunt striped surgeonfish sugar cane rum factory sunbreeze hotel sunrise sunscape house reef divesite sunset support surgeonfish suriyothai suriyothai restaurant sv donat sweetlips sénanque abbey tahuayo river taj restaurant tarantula tarpon temple temple gate temple of apollo temple of hadrian temple of the condor temple of the sun terrace houses the atoll divesite the canyons divesite the steps divesite thousand steps divesite threespot damselfish threetoed sloth thresher shark tiger grouper toadfish tobaccofish toilet tombs tongo tormentos touet sur var toward trevally trieste triggerfish trong tran trumpetfish trunkfish tube sponge tuol sleng museum turkey turkey vultures turneffe atoll turneffe island turneffe islands turtle twospot snapper uffizi gallery ulong channel ulong coral garden ulong_channel_divesite undetermined unicornfish unidentified upright urchin urchins. vase sponge vence venice ventimiglia verde island verde island dropoff divesite verdon gorge verdon gorge loop road victoria harbor victoria peak vietnam vietnam house restaurant vieux nice villefranche sur mer virgin blue hole virgin blue hole wall vulture war museum wart hog wat hanchey wat phnom water park waterspout waynapicchu west_terschelling_island whale whale_shark_snorkel whip coral shrimp white egret white eye moray eel white grunt white speckled hermit crab whiteeyed moray eel whitemouth moray eel whitespotted filefish whitespotted hermit crab whitespotted toadfish whote beach wildebeest windmill world war ii worm worms wrasse wreck wreck cayman mariner wreck point divesite wreck's wreckage wreckage. wwii xo tours yamagiri maru yanayacu pucate rivers yap yarapa river yellow goatfish yellow stingray yellow tube sponge yellow umbrella protestors yellowhead jawfish yellowhead wrasse yellowmargin moray eel yellowtail damselfish yellowtail snapper yellowtailed snapper yellowtailed surgeonfish ymca yucab zadar zebra zebra moray eel zebra shark zero fighter 2

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