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blue o two DIVE 2017 Special Offers available NOW

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Save up to 40% on luxury liveaboard holidays! UK-based scuba diving tour operator blue o two are giving everyone the chance to take advantage of their DIVE 2017 Special Offers.

There are fantastic savings to be enjoyed across their Red Sea and Maldives fleet, along with a selection of worldwide liveaboard holidays. With discounts of up to 40% available, you could save up to £1,511 per person on your next liveaboard adventure…

  • Red Sea – savings of up to £140 per person (up to 10% off)
  • Maldives – savings of up to £325 per person (up to 10% off)
  • Fiji – savings of up to £1,511 per person (up to 40% off)
  • Bahamas – savings of up to £338 per person (up to 15% off)
  • French Polynesia – savings of up to £1,127 per person (up to 20% off)
  • Galapagos – savings of up to £553 per person (up to 10% off)
  • Indonesia – savings of up to £587 per person (up to 15% off)
  • Palau – savings of up to £653 per person (up to 15% off)
  • Philippines – savings of up to £477 per person (up to 15% off)
  • Solomon Islands – savings of up to £540 per person (up to 15% off)
  • Truk Lagoon – savings of up to £1,350 per person (up to 40% off)
  • Mexico – savings of up to £277 per person (up to 10% off)

These show offers are available now and apply to all new holiday bookings from Friday 13th October 2017. Dive show discounted trips must be confirmed with a deposit no later than 5pm on Sunday 22nd October 2017. Visit the blue o two website to view all special offer details, along with terms and conditions.

Photo: Aaron Wong

The blue o two office will be open during DIVE 2017 from 9am – 5pm on both Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October. This means customers don’t even have to be in Birmingham to take advantage of these phenomenal discounts!

blue o two also have some fantastic Group Deals available exclusively for DIVE 2017 including 5 pay, 1 goes free on selected Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau and Solomon Islands trips and 4 pay, 1 goes free on selected Truk Lagoon and French Polynesia trips. For full package inclusions per destination and trip, please visit the blue o two website.

Visit the blue o two team at DIVE 2017 on Stand #418 and:

  • Enter their on-stand show competition to WIN a 7-night liveaboard holiday to the magical Maldives!
  • Pick up a brand new blue o two brochure detailing their fantastic holiday destinations and liveaboard vessels
  • Dive into history with blue o two, and explore the heavy metal of Micronesia in their seminar talks – 15.10 – 16.10 on both days
  • Win £250 worth of blue o two holiday vouchers just by wearing your blue o two t-shirt or hoodie to the stand! Winners selected on both days!
  • Pick up one of the blue o two reusable cotton bags for free or a brand new blue o two branded mug for just £5!
  • View an exclusive preview of the new blue o two website, and provide your feedback to win a £50 holiday voucher!
  • Last but not least, meet the lovely blue o two team!

For further details on these DIVE 2017 show discounts or to book your holiday today, please contact their expert travel team on +44 (0) 1752 480 808 or email divingholidays@blueotwo.com, or visit www.blueotwo.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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