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Celebrate Diverse Travel’s new African portfolio with these incredible offers

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As announced on Scubaverse yesterday, UK-based Tour Operator Diverse Travel have recently expanded their African portfolio and opened a new office in South Africa. Here are some incredible new South Africa offers to celebrate!

South Africa | 9 nights | Aliwal Shoal Diving + Cape Town Explorer

Perfect for combining diving the famous Aliwal Shoal with two baited shark dives and discovering the delights of Cape Town.

Price: £1,720 per person based on sharing a twin/double room, including:

  • Return international flights to Durban return from Cape Town on Emirates (via Dubai)
  • 6 nights’ Full Board in twin/double room, Blue Ocean Resort, Umkomaas
  • 8 dives: 6 Aliwal Shoal reef dives (2-tank morning trips) + 2 Baited Shark dives
  • Round trip airport transfers from Durban King Shaka International Airport
  • One-way domestic flight Durban to Cape Town
  • 3 days’ Cape Town car hire (Avis VW Polo TSI B Plus + GPS)
  • 3 nights’ B&B, Suite, Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL Protection

Price does not include daily conservation levy of R114 (approx. £7).

These offers must be booked before 30 September 2017. 

Travel must take place before 31 December 2017.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


South Africa | 9 nights | Aliwal Shoal Diving + Big Five Game Viewing at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve

Tick that bucket list ‘must do’ and come diving in Aliwal Shoal then drive to see the Big Five Game and discover what makes South Africa so special.

Price: £1,860 per person based on sharing a twin/double room, including:

  • Return international flights to Durban on Emirates (via Dubai)
  • 6 nights’ Full Board in twin/double room, Blue Ocean Resort, Umkomaas
  • 8 dives: 6 Aliwal Shoal reef dives (2-tank morning trips) + 2 Baited Shark dives
  • Round trip airport transfers from Durban King Shaka International Airport
  • 3 days’ car hire (Avis VW Polo TSI B Plus + GPS)
  • 3 nights’ B&B in twin/double Luxury Tent, Falaza Game Park & Spa
  • 2 x morning guided game drive, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL Protection

Price does not include daily conservation levy of R114 (approx. £7).

These offers must be booked before 30 September 2017. 

Travel must take place before 31 December 2017.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


South Africa | 9 nights | Aliwal Shoal Diving + Great White Cage Diving, Cape Town

The best of both worlds; diving the iconic Aliwal Shoal and then onto the great magnet of South Africa, cage diving with great whites!

Price: £1999 per person based on sharing a twin/double room, including:

  • Return international flights to Durban return from Cape Town on Emirates (via Dubai)
  • 6 nights’ Full Board in twin/double room, Blue Ocean Resort, Umkomaas
  • 8 dives: 6 Aliwal Shoal reef dives (2-tank morning trips) + 2 Baited Shark Dives
  • Round trip airport transfers from Durban King Shaka International Airport
  • One-way domestic flight Durban to Cape Town
  • 3 days’ Cape Town car hire (Avis VW Polo TSI B Plus + GPS)
  • 3 nights’ B&B, Mountain Facing Room, Quayside Hotel, Simon’s Town (Cape Town)
  • 2 Seal Island Cage Dive Trips
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL Protection

Price does not include daily conservation levy of R114 (approx. £7).

These offers must be booked before 30 September 2017. 

Travel must take place before 31 December 2017.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


South Africa | 11 nights |Aliwal Shoal + Ponta do Ouro (Mozambique) Shark and Big Fish Dive Combo + Big Five Game Viewing at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve

 Shark and tiger shark dives, big fish dives, private game park and spa and guided game drive. Just wow!

Price: £2,499 per person based on sharing a twin/double room, including:

  • Return international flights to Durban on Emirates (via Dubai)
  • 4 nights’ Half Board in twin/double room at Scuba Addicts, Umkomaas
  • 6 dives: 4 Shark dives + 2 Tiger Shark dives, Aliwal Shoal
  • 4 nights’ Half Board in twin/double room at Scuba Addicts, Ponta do Ouro
  • 8 dives: 8 Shark & Big Fish Dives, Ponta do Ouro
  • 3 nights’ B&B in twin/double Luxury Tent, Falaza Private Game Park & Spa
  • 2 x morning guided game drive, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • All transfers according to this itinerary (vehicle + driver provided)
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL Protection

Price does not include daily conservation levy of R114 (approx. £7) for Aliwal Shoal, R20 (approx. £1.5) Maritime Tax for diving in Ponta do Ouro Marine Reserve.

These offers must be booked before 30 September 2017. 

Travel must take place before 31 December 2017.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


South Africa | 9 nights | Aliwal Shoal Diving + Big Five Luxury Game Viewing at Kapama Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Just the name of Kruger National Park conjures magical images. One of Africa’s largest game reserves here are the Big Five; lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. And then the diving!

£2,599 per person based on sharing a twin/double room, including:

  • Return international flights to Durban return from Johannesburg on Emirates (via Dubai)
  • 6 nights’ Full Board in twin/double room, Blue Ocean Resort, Umkomaas
  • 8 dives: 6 Aliwal Shoal reef dives (2-tank morning trips) + 2 Baited Shark dives
  • Round trip airport transfers from Durban King Shaka International Airport
  • One-way domestic flight Durban to Nelspruit
  • 3 days’ car hire (Avis VW Polo TSI B Plus + GPS)
  • 3 nights’ Full Board in twin/double Standard Room, River Lodge, Kapama Game Reserve & spa in the Kruger National Park
  • 2 days of guided game drives (2 drives per day), Kapama Game Reserve
  • One-way domestic flight Nelspruit to Johannesburg
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL Protection

Price does not include daily conservation levy of R114 (approx. £7).

These offers must be booked before 30 September 2017. 

Travel must take place before 31 December 2017.

For more information or to book, call Diverse Travel on Freephone 0800 915 4436, email info@diversetravel.co.uk or visit www.diversetravel.co.uk.

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Introduce family to the wonder of the oceans with new family weeks from Regaldive

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Regal Dive, the diving holiday specialist, is offering Learn to Dive and Family Weeks this summer to encourage divers and those new to the sport to spend some time in the water together, learning and developing their diving skills. There are multiple itineraries on offer providing affordable diving certification, including a range of liveaboard trips which are designed to be inclusive – so that even those who would prefer to simply snorkel are still guaranteed a good time.

ITINERARIES IN THE MALDIVES:

MV Keana: Family Week, perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children.

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals, all with a highly experienced diving team on hand. The MV Keana takes guests on an adventure around the remote atolls, home to manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining areaThere is a sundeck to soak in the views of the ocean and pristine white beaches of the surrounding islands.

Price: A 10-night trip on MV Keana costs £3,015 per adult, with children under 11 costing £2,735, including flights, departing 8 August 2024.

AMBA: Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour, Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of courses and family rates on this week-long beginner’s tour. Guests will complete a diving theory course prior to embarking on AMBA, allowing for the possibility to complete up to four courses whilst aboard, including the Open Water certification. Once certified, guests can explore the Vaavu Atoll, which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters. More experienced divers can hop aboard the Dhoni to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites.

Price: A 7-night trip on AMBA costs from £2,400 per adult, with children 11 and under costing £2,210. This price includes flights. Departing 13 August 2024.

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DIVING RESORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete Family Weeks

The Atlantis Dive Resorts is offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, free diving places for children (one free child per paying adult). Puerto Galera Resort, in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, is home to a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. The resort also grants access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island – one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. Both hotels are situated in stunning beach-front locations with tropical landscaped gardens and thatched-roof bungalows.

Price: A 7-night stay Atlantis Puerto Galera costs £3,593 per adult and £1,375 per teen, including flights. A 7-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete costs £3,895 per adult and £1,475 per teen, including flights.

Family week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

For more information visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.

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