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Check out these last minute Maldives and Red Sea liveaboard dive holiday offers from Emperor Divers

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If you’re looking to get away over the coming weeks, Emperor Divers have got it covered, with some fantastic Maldives and Red Sea diving deals for March and April.

Here are the details:

Emperor Leo | Maldives | 26 March 2017 | South Central 7 Atolls |  £1512

Summary

Emperor Leo is a stylish boat with contrasting wooden decor throughout. The main deck has a large lounge with sofas, licensed bar and Jacuzzi whilst the sun deck is perfect for reflecting on the day as the sun goes down. She has a bright and airy saloon and a spacious dining area with bar. As with all Emperor Maldives boats, FREE Nitrox is offered. Diving is done from her large 19.8m dhoni tender, getting you to the perfect dive spot every time and, as your dive equipment is stored there, you have even more space aboard Leo.

Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling kit rental + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Details

Looking for action? Speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving 7 atolls appeal? Both MV Leo and MV Orion offer this itinerary and Emperor’s guides and crew make it their business to make sure you see mantas, sharks and even a wreck.

The best thing? There are few, if no, boats as you visit atolls that have very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands so liveaboard competition is low. The main manta activity is at Ari at this time of year but there’s a good manta cleaning station in Meemu Atoll.

Hammerheads are often found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit the boat at night attracted by the lights.

This itinerary has a lot of drift diving so it’s best suited to more advanced divers. With visibility being really good in the southern atolls, this is ideal for photographers for normal and macro shots.

Find out more here.

 

Emperor Orion | Maldives | 2 April 2017 | Best of Maldives | £1502

Summary

At a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Emperor Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect.

Her 12 cabins are some of the largest you will find on a liveaboard anywhere, accommodating 24 guests. The executive suite is spacious with king-sized bed, private Jacuzzi and outside patio area. All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer. Free Nitrox.

Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling kit rental + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Details

This is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

Enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties. An exact itinerary isn’t followed; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours for the exploring.

This itinerary gives you a marine mix of big fish such as shark and manta dives as well as reef dives, reef fish, morays and the abundant macro life. Get up close at the cleaning stations without disturbing the locals! One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and falls away to reveal sharks and fish a plenty.

 

Find out more here.

Emperor Elite | Red Sea | 21 April 2017 | Simply the Best | £849

 

Summary

She’s just had a massive make-over and now comes with a stunning Executive Suite and more. Custom-designed and built to a superior standard, Emperor Elite is a 38 metre boat accommodating a maximum of 26 guests in 8 standard twin-berth cabins (lower deck), 3 premium twin cabins (choice of decks), a double Junior Suite (lower deck) and – new for 2017 – a premium, upper deck Executive Suite, all with ensuite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest.

She is a spacious boat with limited free WiFi (signal permitting), three sundecks, dive deck with platform, an air-conditioned salon and air-conditioned dining room where great food and free red wine with dinner is served. She has all diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards, is also equipped with NITROX and can handle tech diving on request.

Details

Dive the Best Top 3 sites in this area: Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone.

The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.

For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.

Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks.

Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.

Find out more here.

For more information on any of these itineraries or to book, email reservations@emperordivers.com.

For more information on Emperor Divers in the Red Sea, visit www.emperordivers.com.

For more information on Emperor Divers in the Maldives, visit www.emperormaldives.com.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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