If you’re in need of a diving fix, check out the latest dive holiday specials from our friends at Scuba Travel:
Emperor Serenity I Maldives I 12 August I Save £600, only £2395
Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This sleek liveaboard was built in the Maldives specifically for divers. Stand out from the crowd as you moor in the picture perfect Maldivian atolls. All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large, 19.8m dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.
This popular itinerary with year round departures that delivers what it says on the tin – the Best of the Maldives! Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.
Package includes: Return flights, 7 nights on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin), enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner, average of 17 fully guided dives (including 1 night dive, All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights and FOC nitrox.
Turks and Caicos Explorer I 25 August I Save £500, only £3095
The Turks & Caicos Explorer accommodates 20 passengers in 10 cabins which all have a private ensuite and AC.The saloon and dining area are welcoming but it is the covered sun deck where many guests spend their time relaxing between dives catching the Caribbean rays.
With over 40 islands (only eight of which are inhabited) to explore, the quality of diving will astound even the most seasoned diver. There are dramatic wall dives, opulent corals and sponges, pelagic encounters and healthy reef dives to enjoy.
Package includes: Return flights to Provo, 7 nights on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin), up to 5 fully guided dives per day. Flights are usually with via the States from Heathrow – you may require an overnight en route and must have a valid ESTA for transit through the USA. Please note the final trip cost will depend on flight availability at the time of booking and seasonal liveaboard rates. Excluded are the transfers, departure tax, fuel surcharge $40, port fees $95, alcohol, fruit juice and fizzy drinks.
Caribbean Explorer I 7 October I Save £300, only £2275
Caribbean Explorer II sleeps up to 18 divers and is 35m, the saloon is located on the upper deck with entertainment centre, comfy chairs and the bar. Meals are served here and your package includes free alcoholic drinks after the day’s diving is done. Or head towards the sun deck to work on your tan, enjoy a read or just soak in the glorious view. The boat will stop at islands for a beach excursion during the trip.
Discover the diving of Saba and St Kitts on board Caribbean Explorer 2. St Kitts is well known as being one of the most picturesque Caribbean islands and has incredibly varied diving to boot. Saba Island is home to exhilarating wall dives with pelagics and swirling fish balls. Virgin reef systems and coral gardens as well as shark dives and drifts await.
Package includes: Return flights to St Kitts, 7 nights on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin), up to 5 fully guided dives per day. You will require a one way flight from St Maarteen at the end of your trip. Please note the final trip cost will depend on flight availability at the time of booking and seasonal liveaboard rates. Excluded are the departure tax, fuel surcharge $30, park fees $115.
To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, call 0800 0728221, email email@example.com or visit www.scubatravel.com. You can find the latest summer specials at www.scubatravel.com/lastminute
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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