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Awesome Black Friday deals from Scuba Travel

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Scuba Travel new logoUK-based dive tour operator Scuba Travel are offering some fantastic discounts as part of their Black Friday deals, but hurry – you only have until 5.30pm GMT tomorrow (Friday 25th November) to take advantage of these offers.

Here are the details:

Belize / Belize Aggressor / Save £1000

After landing in Belize City you will be taken to the boat. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis. A 12lt tank and weights, soft drinks and local beer and wine are included. 5 fully guided dives a day.

Dive the biggest Blue Hole in the world and the sublime reefs around Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Island at one of the all time great diving destinations. No dive log is complete without a diving holiday to Belize. And now you can experience the second largest barrier reef in the world on board Aggressor’s luxurious Belize liveaboard. Follow in the footsteps of scuba diving’s forefather and experience for yourself the rich and thrilling wall dives that made Belize one of Jacques Cousteau’s favourite diving destinations.

Find out more about this trip here.

Cayman Islands / Cayman Aggressor / Save £500 – Now only £2996

After landing in Grand Cayman you have 1 night in a hotel plus 7 nights on board on a full board basis.  A 12lt tank and weights, soft drinks and local beer and wine in your package. Up to 5 fully guided dives a day on offer.

Enjoy gin clear water with no currents as you sail all 3 of the Cayman islands in one trip with plenty of rays, turtles, schooling fish and lavish corals and sponges. The Cayman islands are the quintessential Caribbean diving destination. Sail in complete comfort between Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in one faultless liveaboard holiday that melds wreck and reef diving to perfection.

Find out more about this trip here.

Red Sea / Hurricane / 3rd May / Only £995

7 nights full board  – All fees, 12 L tank & weights and free nitrox included. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Package includes flights with Thomson from Gatwick and transfers plus day use room and lunch at a hotel on the last day.

Sublime reef diving in the southern Red Sea with the most experienced team, on board the stable steel hulled Hurricane. Avoid long transfers with Scuba Travel’s direct flight to Marsa Alam. Dive the famous Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island and St Johns. Big drops offs and big fish at Daedalus make this an itinerary to remember. Combine with the unique coral formations at St Johns and Fury Shoal and you have an outstanding dive holiday, far from the crowds.

Find out more about this trip here.

Maldives / Serenity Liveaboard / 6th January / Save £350 – Now £1995

7 nights full board, average of 3 fully guided dhoni dives per day. All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights are included in your package as well as FOC nitrox. Flights are with Sri Lankan although Scuba Travel are able to book a variety of scheduled flights.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large 19.8m dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free nitrox and four dive guides. Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Find out more about this trip here.

Indonesia / Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort / Save £1000

Enjoy 5-star luxury at Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort on secluded Bunaken Island.

From Manado you will be taken to the resort. Standard package includes 7 nights on a full board basis in a traditional villa (2 people sharing) with free laundry. 3 boat dives a day with free nitrox and unlimited house reef diving. Return flights from Heathrow.

This boutique dive resort has been lovingly designed and built by British couple Simon & Elaine Wallace, who had 1 simple goal – to create a dive resort whose every aspect meets your exacting requirements for quality and 5-star service, both on land and in the sea.

The Bunaken National Park is famous the world over for startling drop offs, drift dives and inviting warm waters. Snorkelers and divers alike can experience the magic of the Marine Park. Eagle rays, ribbon eels, turtles and wrasse are common whilst baracuda and jacks swarm over the hard corals.

Find out more about this trip here.

Red Sea / Cyclone Liveaboard / 7th January / Now only £695

Spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis. Classic itinerary in the Northern Red Sea with up to 22 fully guided dives. Return Easyjet Flights from Gatwick, all  marine park fees, 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included in your package.

Cyclone is a true Red Sea classic liveaboard that easily meets the high standards of Scuba Travel’s modern Red Sea liveaboards.

Beat the winter blues with a trip to the Red Sea this January for some winter sun and stunning diving. Cyclone will be setting sail from Hurghada and travelling north to visit the iconic wrecks and reefs dive sites.

Find out more about this trip here.

Red Sea / Whirlwind Liveaboard / 19th March / Only £925

From Hurghada spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis. Up to 22 fully guided dives over the week. All marine park fees, 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included. Sunday departure with regional flights from LGW,  Manchester or Birmingham.

Wrecks and Reefs is the itinerary for any diver wanting to see the best of the Northern Red Sea – no matter what experience level you have, see what has made Egypt’s Red Sea such an unmissable destination in 1 week of adventure. With world class wreck dives and breath taking reef dives every day, why not take a trip to the best of both worlds. Endlessly flexible, Wreck and Reefs has become a classic route. And yet no two trips are ever the same. The route can be adapted easily to ensure you visit the right dive sites… at any time of the year. The underwater scenery is ever changing and guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Find out more about this trip here.

Maldives / Leo Liveaboard 14th January / Now only £1895

7 nights on board on a full board basis. Leo dives the seasonal hot spots with an average of 3 fully guided dhoni dives a day. All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights and FOC nitrox included. Return flights with Sri Lankan.

This is always a popular year round itinerary. Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.

Leo is light and bright Maldives liveaboard that runs weekly departures to dive the classic Best of the Maldives. She’s a popular choice with divers. Snorkellers are also welcomed on board, and will receive a free snorkelling kit and $50 on board voucher to spend.

Find out more about this trip here.

To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, visit www.scubatravel.com.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk to book your spot!

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