Connect with us


Boutique Beach: New Maldives Hotel in Whale Shark Region



Boutique Beach

regaldive_logo_rgbUK-based diving specialist Regaldive has announced that it now features Boutique Beach Hotel, Dhigurah Island, a new Maldives all-inclusive diving hotel. Opened in May 2015, this British designed and managed boutique style hotel was built alongside a dive base.

With a location in the southern part of Ari Atoll, Dhigurah Island is ideally placed within the famous whale shark region where these beautiful creatures can be seen all year round. The experienced, local dive team is talented at knowing where to find whale sharks, so visitors to Boutique Beach can enjoy going out on dives and also whale shark safaris to encounter these amazing creatures which can grow up 40 feet long. The largest fish on the planet, whale sharks can live for up to 80 years.

Boutique Beach

The founder of Boutique Beach is British diver Romney Drury, who has been diving in the Maldives since 1996. Ms Drury discovered that the south part of the Ari Atoll was very special since it was the only place in the Maldives where whale sharks and mantas could be seen all year round. Divers can also visit the 15 ‘thilas’ (deep reefs) in the channel between Dhigurah and Dhangethi which offer spectacular hard and soft corals and a huge variety of marine life.

After diving worldwide and experiencing many dive safaris, Ms Drury decided that Dhigurah was a dive location which no diver should miss, so she decided to build a boutique style hotel there, alongside a dive base, so that other divers could enjoy this unmissable diving location. Custom designed by divers for divers, with only six rooms, Boutique Beach Hotel aims to deliver the best diving experience possible. Visitors can experience the ‘real’ Maldives on this local island with just 600 inhabitants.

Boutique Beach

Divers can explore the wonders of Dhigurah with a seven night stay at Boutique Beach Hotel from £1,579 per person when travelling with Regaldive. The package includes return flights (Emirates), speedboat transfers, full board accommodation (three meals a day) and 12 boat dives.

For further information or to book, visit or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.


Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

Continue Reading

Gear News

Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE



Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

Continue Reading

E-Newsletter Sign up!


Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

More Less

Instagram Feed