Buy a ticket to the London International Dive Show (LIDS) to be held at London’s ExCel on the 15th and 16th February 2014 and you could find yourself winning a dive trip of a lifetime worth £7,500. The prize is an exotic two-week diving experience in Thailand for two people, courtesy of tour operator Dive Worldwide, as well as the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Sea Bees Diving and Zeavola Resort.
Dive Worldwide offers more varied diving to more destinations across the globe than any other dive operator. Commenting on the range of diving opportunities in Thailand alone, where the prize is set, Teresa Bennett, managing director of Dive Worldwide, said: “Thailand’s dive sites are world class, and divers are really spoilt for choice; there are the stunning Similan and Surin Islands, Burma Banks and the Merui Archipelago, best accessed from Khao Lak. In addition, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Koh Racha are all superb bases for both diving and snorkelling. On the east coast Samui’s neighbour, the beautiful island of Koh Tao is a great spot to learn to dive, while Pattaya offers excellent wreck-diving.”
The Dive Trip of a Lifetime
The LIDS 2014 Grand Draw prize starts with flights for two from the UK to Phuket with Thai Airways, and an optional two-night stopover in Bangkok at the Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Centre Point’s finest hotel with service to match. The winner can choose shore-based diving, spending eight nights at the Palm Garden Resort at Khao Lak or Phuket, home to Sea Bees Diving. Alternatively they can combine two nights on land and the other six aboard Sea Bees’ flagship MV Marco Polo. This 23m liveaboard takes divers to see the reefs and marine life around the SimilanIslands, manta rays at Koh Bon, the coral gardens at Koh Tachai and the whale shark magnet and macro-haven of Richelieu Rock.
For a further five nights, the winner and a travelling companion can enjoy the barefoot luxury of a suite at the Zeavola Resort, a ‘Small Luxury Hotel of the World’ set on a pristine stretch of white beach on the north east shore of Phi Phi Don. This boutique property has its own 5* PADI dive centre and gives divers access to the PhiPhiNationalMarinePark. Daily boat trips allow divers to discover a spectacular underwater world that is only minutes away, including turtles, ghost pipefish and leopard sharks. Six dives are included.
Whatever a diver’s passion – shark diving, wreck diving, muck-diving, underwater photography – and whether a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, there’s something for everyone in Dive Worldwide’s 2014 programme. Unique to the UK dive market is the specialist’s extensive programme offering both small group departures and tailor-made holidays. Featuring remote and far-flung destinations, with liveaboards, resorts, and dive centres the world over, there is a choice of some 50 destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and the islands of the Pacific.
For further information on Dive Worldwide’s Ultimate Diving Collection 2014, visit www.diveworldwide.com or call 0845 1306980.