UK-based Oyster Diving has gained an excellent reputation for its diving courses and club trips. Launched in 2006 Oyster Diving has now established itself as one of the UK’s premier PADI scuba diving schools, winning SportDiver’s ‘Dive Centre of the Year’ on two occasions and ‘Dive Instructor of the Year’ in 2010. They recently launched their exciting new website http://www.OysterDivingHolidays.com to attract even more UK holidaymakers to the thrills of diving and snorkelling. The specialist Travel Centre is aimed at the more discerning customer who wishes to travel to exotic locations and explore life underwater.
Their specialist travel consultants have clocked up many collective years ‘finning’ around the globe, researching the most spectacular marine life and finest accommodation to create the ultimate diving and snorkelling holidays. Many of these destinations particularly suit non-divers or those who are taking the plunge to learn, as well as providing new challenges to the more experienced diver.
Perhaps you are a newly qualified diver, who has been bitten by the diving bug, and you are looking to experience for yourself some of the great diving adventures that you have heard talked about. You might be looking for a long weekend break. Or perhaps you are an experienced diver and need inspiration for your next “hit”. You might even be a non-diving partner, wanting to have the say in the choice of a holiday that has to offer diving, together with a great location for you and the family. By a stroke of genius on Mother Nature’s part, many of the best diving destinations offering the most spectacular marine life are also the locations with the nicest hotels and beaches. Oyster has carefully selected each destination to cater for all tastes and abilities, from those who wish to try diving abroad to those who just want to watch from the boat and spend time in beautiful destinations.
Mark Murphy, owner of Oyster Diving says: “I have long-believed that the opportunity to allow people to experience the thrills of diving needs to be much greater. Not only do we want to attract qualified divers who are already aware of the joys of life underwater, but we are hoping to try and generate awareness amongst people who normally spend their entire holiday with their nose in their Kindle. As fun as though that may be, it’s time they were made aware of this unique and unrivalled experience combining adventure, adrenalin, exercise, exploration, tranquillity and relaxation. Not only that it can also help bring couples, friends and families closer together by sharing unforgettable experiences”.
Oyster Diving has selected destinations that combine exceptional resorts, beaches and attractions with spectacular marine life and reef systems. Destinations on offer range from the idyllic and family friendly Cayman Islands, home to the world’s most famous shallow dive at Stingray City, to diving with 7m Manta Rays in the romantic Maldives. Hard core divers can choose to dive with Tiger sharks, or head to the Galapagos to dive with schools of Hammerheads and the gentle giants of the ocean, Whale Sharks. Of course no serious diving travel centre would be complete without offering UK favourite destinations such as the Red Sea, Caribbean and Asia.
As well as a continuously growing list of resorts and hotels to suit most budgets, Oyster offer a large selection of luxury liveaboards, allowing divers to explore the world’s finest reefs, ancient wrecks and the most breath-taking marine life. If you haven’t experienced life on a liveaboard before, there has never been a better time to get fully immersed in this fun, sociable and unforgettable way to explore underwater, offering more dives a day and more remote sites than a resort-based trip. Oyster offer ‘liveaboards’ in many locations including the Red Sea, Cocos Islands, the Philippines, Maldives and Micronesia.
To make it easier for you to select the right holiday for yourself, www.oysterdivingholidays.com offers a ‘filter system’ which allows you to fine tune your holiday around factors such as the types of marine life you’d like to see, hotel amenities, board basis and your certification levels. But if you would prefer a personal recommendation, Oyster has helpful travel consultants on hand to help with suggestions.
For people who really like to blow the budget then there is a section titled ‘Incredible Adventures’. These offer people the chance to do genuine once-in-a-lifetime holidays such as becoming an Executive Producer and joining a professional film crew, exploring the world’s top wrecks, or even flying ‘around the world in 80 dives’.
Each holiday package will be tailored around you and your needs. Oyster’s services include booking flights, boats, hotels, villas, diving courses and packages, travel insurance, airport lounge access, car hire, transfers, travel money and additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences. They pride themselves on their service, flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination allowing them to create diving holidays that really are hand-crafted to your requirements, no matter how demanding they might be.
The holiday department within Oyster Diving is being headed up by Katharine Bichard. Her career has taken her through many pathways including being a professional lawyer and a private chef. Whilst taking voluntary redundancy in 2009, Katharine decided to invest her redundancy package in travelling the globe and searching for the best diving locations on the planet. As a result, she has a wealth of experience and recommendations, and a passion for exploring underwater.
All customers who spend over £1,000 on their diving holiday through Oyster will be entitled to a free PADI Scuba Review at any of their five pool locations in Surrey, London, Berkshire, Oxford and Brighton.
Why not make your next holiday one to remember for a lifetime and visit www.oysterdivingholidays.com today, or call one of their travel experts on 0800 699 0243 or 01273 384971.