Legends in Diving


Ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who don’t know him, please allow us to introduce the great Merv ‘Nipper’ Maher!

Cave, Wreck and everything diving legend from Australia who now lives in the Philippines and yes you guessed it, Dives with us at Valm Divers.

John Parish at Valm has had the privilege of diving with and getting to know these legends of diving of throughout his career and so it’s no surprise really that when they found out he was here at Valm Divers they want to come and visit.

As John tells it..

I first met Merv Maher here on Alona Beach when he was diving at a friends shop. Merv and I were both staying at The Birdwatchers on the beach when we got chatting at the Bar. The second we started talking tech, we knew we were on the same page, the stories flowed, the mutual friends and other great names dropped, we laughed into the small hours.

Merv shared this video with John and he has kindly given us permission to share it here…

Mervs view on diving in Alona..

The diving here is world class, John and his team are world class of that there is no doubt. No where else in the world have i witnessed a whale shark swimming through a massive school of Jacks, not just once, but now twice!

The little wreck might be small, but wow, what marine life that holds, fantastic dive for a great start to a days diving with the Valm boys.

Thanks to all the tema for making me so welcome, you know i’ll be back soon. All the best lads and keep on sticking it to them PADI boys.. 😉

Merv ‘Nipper’ Maher




Photo credit to John Parish, Pictured are (left to right) Mae (Merv’s wife) Merv ‘Nipper’ Maher & our very own John Parish. Photo taken after a pool party at our resort partner Barefoot Alona.

Look out for future post on UK Legend Gary Mawston who is visiting this year, we can’t wait to see you mate!


Posted in Cave Diving, Diving Legends, Mares PH, Mares XR, Party, Pool Party, Special Occasion, Whale shark, Wreck Diving.