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Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa wins World Travel Awards 2019 for the second time



Best Boutique Collection is proud to announce that its member resort in North Sulawesi has been honoured as Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort.

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa celebrated a huge success at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held at Vinpearl Convention Center in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. For the second time in a row, the rather young Boutique Dive Resort received one of the prestigious “Oscars of the travel industries”.

Best Boutique Collection is proud to announce that its member resort wins at World Travel Awards in 2019 again. Image: © Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

For the 26th time since its establishment in 1993, the World Travel Awards covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognise excellence across all sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Last Saturday night, the tour stopped in Phu Quoc in Vietnam to announce and honour the award winners of Asia and Oceania. The gala ceremony is regarded as a milestone event in the industy calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision makers and figure heads, as well as key trade and consumer media.

Recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, the World Travel Awards sets the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa redefines exclusivity and diving in North Sulawesi. Accommodation as well as diving operations meet the highest quality and service standards. Image: © Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

Elaine and Simon Wallace, owners of Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa are thrilled about the huge success: “To win this prestigious award for the second consecutive year is an achievement that we as a team are extremely proud of. It is the perfect recognition of our high standards and authentic concept at Bunaken Oasis. The award is for the entire team, who works with great enthusiasm to ensure that guests enjoy a truly memorable stay on Bunaken Island with us.”

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa redefines exclusivity and diving in North Sulawesi. Accommodation as well as diving operations meet the highest quality and service standards making it the place of choice for divers, snorkellers and nature lovers alike to fully enjoy Bunaken’s treasures.

Beautifully located on Liang Beach on Bunaken Island, it is located in the heart of Bunaken National Marine Park – a diver’s paradise that enchants with a great abundance of marine life, impressive walls and prosperous coral reefs due to its priviledged location right in the centre of the Coral Triangle. A spectacular infinity pool, twelve stylish cottages, a tranquil spa, its restaurant with excellent cuisine and a multi-level cocktail bar are just some of the facilities that distinguish the elegant Boutique Resort.

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa celebrated a huge success at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Image: © Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

The resort offers a 5-star experience whilst keeping the ecological footprint at a minimum. The respect and care for the unique nature in Bunaken is already reflected in the sensitively designed infrastructure of the resort; with various initiatives and projects, the owners support a large number of local community projects. Winning at the World Travel Awards 2019 honours these efforts and the fantastic work of “Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort”.

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Coming soon in Dive Travel Adventures Winter 2020: Scubaverse photojournalist Sean Chinn visits Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa… we can’t wait to share it with you!


Get moving with the new RAID DPV training programs



The thrill of speeding through the water behind a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is an experience that really gets the blood racing. Using a DPV provides divers both immense fun and the means to achieve goals that would be impossible without their use.

RAID is proud to announce the new two-tier DPV training program with certifications for DPV and Advanced DPV.

Why DPV and why now?
Recreational and technical divers are using DPVs to access sites that would be difficult to reach and explore using traditional propulsion methods; to help propel large amounts of heavy equipment; to increase the safety of dives in areas of strong current; or just for the pure exhilaration of shooting through the water at speed and performing underwater acrobatics.

By extending your capabilities and extending your range, using a DPV opens new vistas for exploration and fun.

This certification option is aimed at the recreational diver who wishes to learn how to use a DPV to enhance their diving by using mainly natural navigation.

Advanced DPV
This certification option is available to anyone who is familiar with longhose configuration, has logged a minimum of 20 dives and is certified as Navigation specialty divers.

This certification option is aimed at the slightly more experienced diver with preexisting navigational training and diving on a single, twin or sidemount setup with a longhose. Although this level is slightly more challenging, the more advanced navigation exercises provide an important base for more complex types of DPV diving within a team.

You must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years old.
  • Be certified as RAID Open Water 20, Junior Open Water or equivalent.

Just visit to put some extra dash into your dives.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Beers raise cash for ocean clean-up



The Driftwood Spars Brewery, a pioneering microbrewery based on the North Cornwall coast, is donating a percentage of all profits from its Cove range of beers to Fathoms Free, a certified charity which actively cleans the ocean around the Cornish peninsula.

Each purchase of the small-batch, craft beers – there are four different canned beers in the Cove range – will help generate funds to purchase a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fund retrieval dives; every brew will raise the equivalent cost of a fully-funded dive. 

Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based charity whose day-to-day mission involves dives from their fast-response specialist vessel to recover ghost fishing gear; abandoned nets, pots, angling equipment and other plastic causes severe damage to the marine environment and the death of countless seabirds, seals, dolphins and other sea life.

The campaign to raise funds for an ROV is a new initiative which will take the clean-up work to a new level; the highly manoeuvrable underwater vehicle will be used to scour the seabed, harbours and remote parts of the coastline for abandoned fishing gear and other marine litter.

Project Manager Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free said: “Apart from helping us locate ghost gear underwater, the ROV will also be capable of recording underwater video which is always great for raising awareness about marine pollution issues.”

She added: “We are really excited to be partnering with The Driftwood Spars Brewery and appreciate the proactive support of Mike and his team in bringing the purchase of an ROV a step closer to reality.”

Head Brewer Mike Mason personally approached the charity after their work was featured on the BBC 2 documentary, ‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’.    

He said: “As a keen surfer I am only too aware of the problem of marine litter and had heard about Fathoms Free, but seeing them in action prompted me to find a way of contributing. The scale of the challenge is scary, but the determination of organisations like Fathoms Free is inspiring.”

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

The Driftwood Spars Brewery was founded in 2000 in Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes; the microbrewery is just a few steps away from it’s co-joined brewpub, The Driftwood Spars; both pub and brewery are well-regarded far beyond the Cornish cove they call home. 

You can hear the waves and taste the salt on the air from the door of both brewery and pub, and the rough seas along the rugged North coast often throw up discarded nets and other detritus; Louise Treseder, Landlady of The Driftwood Spars and a keen sea swimmer, often collects washed up ghost gear on her daily beach excursions.     

Louise commented: “This is a great partnership to support a cause close to our hearts – I know the money we raise will have a positive and lasting impact. The Cove range was inspired by our unique surroundings and the artwork – by local artist Jago Silver – reflects that. Now donations from each purchase will contribute towards the vital ocean clean-up taking place right on our doorstep.”

The Cove range can currently be purchased online here, and is available in good independent bottle shops in Cornwall.

To find out more about Fathoms Free visit their website here.

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