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8 Great Reasons to try Liveaboard Diving

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Liveaboard diving opens up a whole new world of adventures. It offers the chance to explore remote destinations and uncrowded dive sites, plus enjoy the benefits of a personalised service and more dives per day. The list of reasons to try liveaboard diving is almost endless, so here are a few to whet your appetite. Dive in and you might just find the perfect liveaboard for you.

Liveaboard diving is for EVERY diver

Some people think liveaboard diving is only suitable for experienced divers but there are liveaboard safaris suitable for every dive experience level.

Two of the top liveaboard diving destinations, the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef, are ideal for new divers. You can enjoy easy diving with numerous sharks in the Bahamas, or snorkel with dwarf minke whales and explore beautiful coral reefs in Australia.

If you’re looking for more challenging diving, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica are unmissable. These two premier destinations are only accessible by liveaboard diving and will take your breath away with the sheer abundance of marine life and adventurous diving on offer.

Immerse yourself in diving you love

If you want to focus on a particular type of diving you love, liveaboards are a great choice for doing so. You can explore destinations renowned for exhilarating wall dives, wreck diving and more. Coron is well worth visiting if you’re a fan of wrecks. It is off the beaten track and is gaining a reputation as a wreck diving mecca. There are vessels ranging from small gun boats to seaplane tenders and tankers, and the Atlantis Azores offers safaris there.

If wreck diving isn’t your thing, how about ice diving in Antarctica or diving Fiji, the soft coral capital of the world? Or maybe you want to experience night diving with graceful manta rays in Hawaii. Whatever your idea of diving bliss, there will be a liveaboard to meet your needs.

Choose from budget adventures to exquisite luxury getaways

Liveaboard diving needn’t be expensive and there are some great budget-friendly liveaboards to try. You can dive with great white sharks at Guadalupe with the MV Horizon or cruise the Great Barrier Reef with the Rum Runner without breaking the bank. Red Sea liveaboard diving is another great choice for inexpensive liveaboards and has colourful coral reefs and plenty of marine life to see.

If you’re looking for a luxury escape that includes world-class diving, pristine atolls and relaxing spa treatments, look no further than the Maldives. There are a variety of luxurious yet affordable liveaboards to choose from, with the Scubaspa Fleet providing the ultimate in luxury diving.

Time just doesn’t matter anymore

There are short and extended liveaboard safaris to choose from; from 1-night safaris in Australia with Ocean Quest to extended 17-night Aqua Tiki II catamaran safaris exploring the stunning islands and shark dives of French Polynesia.

Once you’re onboard time will be a distant memory anyway as the crew take care of your every need. You’ll live your days by the rising and setting of the sun, experiencing one memorable dive after another.

There’s a world of epic, remote destinations to explore

One of the best advantages of liveaboard diving is reaching remote destinations that other people simply don’t get to dive. Go liveaboard diving and you can explore some of the last pristine places on Earth, such as the tribal islands of Papua New Guinea, the reefs of the Solomon Islands and the wilderness of the Arctic and Antarctica.

You’ll enjoy the best marine life encounters on Earth

There’s no shortage of incredible marine life encounters to tick off your wish list when you go liveaboard diving:

  • Free diving with orcas in the Arctic winter
  • Snorkelling with huge humpback whales in the Dominican Republic
  • Diving with the world’s friendliest giant manta rays at the Socorro Islands
  • Swimming with numerous whale sharks at Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia

And that’s just a few of them…

Don’t want to dive all the time? There are plenty of other options

When you’re not diving, you can kick back and relax on sun decks or take advantage of other activities on offer. Join a liveaboard safari in Komodo, Indonesia and you can explore pink sand beaches, go hiking local paradise islands and visit Komodo dragons. A dive and sail safari to the Seychelles is ideal for a slow-pace of life under the sails, or you can visit far-flung communities in the Solomon Islands.

Motion sickness needn’t stop you, when you know which vessels to choose

Finally, don’t let motion sickness prevent you from joining a liveaboard safari. With the variety of vessel styles to choose from, sickness can become a thing of the past. Traditional Indonesian phinisi boats and catamarans offer smooth sailing plus, in the case of catamarans, exceptional stability and the ability to anchor in shallow, flat waters. They also happen to cruise some of the most scenic liveaboard destinations out there.


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Tourism Fiji celebrates Open for Happiness Campaign (Watch Trailer)

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As international borders reopen to the world this week, Tourism Fiji launched the first video piece in it’s Open for Happiness campaign. The team celebrated this at an event at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, where they unveiled some of the content to crew who worked on the production as well as tourism stakeholders.

Tourism Fiji is delighted to partner with award-winning actress, comedian and producer, Rebel Wilson, the new Ambassador of our global reopening campaign.

Ms. Wilson has fond memories of visiting Fiji as a child and returned to share her love of a destination that offers so much to visitors and is largely vaccinated.

She was joined by a talented pool of Fijian cast and crew to shoot Tourism Fiji’s Open for Happiness campaign in the Mamanuca Islands, where she also sampled a range of experiences.

“Rebel is a talented actress and demonstrates a unique ability to bring her own style of heartfelt humour to the ad that Tourism Fiji is creating,” said Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji.

“We’re delighted to have her as an ambassador who resonates with Fiji and our key tourist markets; Australia, North America, New Zealand and Europe.”

Rebel hiked, did yoga, stand up paddleboarding, scenic helicopter tour, spa treatment, cocktails and visited a popular sandbar.  She was seen stepping out in some local designer wear from Samson Lee and Zuber and enjoyed the hospitality of Vomo Island Fiji.

Her destination highlights of Fiji were shared with her fanbase, including 10.3 million followers on social media platform Instagram, and helped amplify Fiji’s allure as a holiday destination that has now safely reopened to international travellers on December 1st.

Filmed in Fiji over the course of last month, the campaign is the result of the collaborative work of several local partners including activity providers, talented singers, entertainers, videographers, local actors, and extras on set.

“This campaign would not have been possible without the support of our industry stakeholders, and we’re pleased to showcase a global star such as Rebel and the talent of local cast and crew,” said Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji.

Rebel also enjoyed a sunset cruise featuring a live performance by talented local artist, Apakuki “Kuki” Nalawa and shared snippets across her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.

“With all that’s happened over the last two years, tourism has been badly affected and the entertainment industry has been hit hard by this as well, – the live performance was an eye-opener, a breath of fresh air and gave us all hope that things will get better,” Mr Nalawa said.

“It’s so encouraging to witness a Hollywood actress and her media team enjoying not only the beauty that our country has to offer but also recognising the level of talent we have.”

Tourism Fiji’s Open for Happiness campaign with Rebel will be used into 2022. Further video clips will launch over the coming weeks.

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Announcing the Winners of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021

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DivePhotoGuide (DPG) and Wetpixel are proud to announce the winning images and videos in the 2021 edition of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition. Once again, hundreds of photographers and filmmakers from dozens of countries competed in what has become known as the “World Championship” of international underwater imaging events.

Created by DPG and Wetpixel, two of the largest online resources for underwater shooters, the competition invited submissions to five image categories and a video category, with entries evaluated by a panel of illustrious industry experts and award-winning photographers: Florian Fischer, Imran Ahmad, Jennifer Hayes, Mike Bartick and Stephen Frink.

This year, Martin Broen received the “Best of Show” prize for his 1st place in the Black and White category. The image, a jaw-dropping capture of the pristine stalactites and stalagmites in a Mexican cenote, earned Martin the top cash prize of $1,000. The 1st place winners in the other categories were Julian Hsu (Macro Traditional), Sander van der Heijden (Macro Unrestricted), Enrico Somogyi (Wide Angle Traditional), Tom Shlesinger (Wide Angle Unrestricted) and Alex del Olmo (Video); each of them received a cash prize of $250.

In a joint statement, DPG Editor-in-Chief Joseph Tepper and Wetpixel Publisher Adam Hanlon said: “Once again, the DPG/Wetpixel Masters competition has demonstrated the incredible talent that exists in our community of underwater shooters. As many of us continue to face lockdowns and travel restrictions, these photos and films remind us of the riches under the sea and why we must maintain our collective passion to protect the oceans we love.”

The organizers are pleased to announce that 15 percent of entry proceeds will once again be donated to marine conservation efforts.

You can see the full results here.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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