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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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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Refreshing Skills

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A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.

There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.

Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!

First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.

Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.

Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.

Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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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. Great value for money and perfect for small groups of buddies. Price NOW from just £1195 per person based on sharing a twin cabin/room including: Flights from 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 – limited flight seats at this price. Alternative departure airports available at a supplement. Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk. More Less

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