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Check out the latest holiday offers from Diverse Travel

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Our friends at UK-based Tour Operator Diverse Travel have some cracking diving holiday offers at the moment. Check out these:

Best of the Maldives | Emperor Serenity | 26 August – 03 September 2017

This is the Best of the Maldives – and it delivers exactly that. 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. 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. Dive site flexibility is the key, so no matter what time of the year you visit, this itinerary gives you a mix of big fish such as shark and manta dives as well as reef dives, reef fish, morays and the abundant macro life.

Price from £2065 including:

  • Return economy class flights departing from London
  • 7 nights onboard Emperor Serenity in a shared cabin with 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee, 6 days diving with a total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), guide, tanks & weights, free Nitrox, 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing), Male city tour (on request), all local taxes and return airport transfers
  • ATOL and full financial protection
  • Not included: Diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks & juices.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


Truk Lagoon Special Offer | Save up to £425pp* | SS Thorfinn

  • Book a week onboard Thorfinn diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon and save up to £425pp*.
  • Book and pay your deposit before end of July 2017 for all travel dates until the end of 2018 (subject to availability).

*Discount based on a Tek Divers’ package.

Nestled in the South West Pacific, imagine sunshine days and a wondrous delight above and below the water. The journey’s end is well worth the time taken to get here. Once a WWII Japanese stronghold, the Americans’ destroyed more aircraft and ships in a two day attack than any other during the war.

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


Best of Red Sea I Emperor Asmaa I 9 – 16 Nov 2017 – Save £75

Dive the best top three sites in this area: Big and Little Brothers, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. These islands offer stunning wall diving and 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.

7 nights from £1049 per person including flights from London – save £75!

Price is per person based on sharing a twin cabin and includes:

  • Return international flights – London Gatwick – Hurghada
  • 20kg hold baggage allowance
  • 7 nights in shared cabin (last night either on board or in a hotel)
  • 6 day’s diving, guide, 12 litre tanks, weights
  • Full board & soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • Environmental tax
  • Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox (subject to availability)
  • Airport transfers
  • Full ATOL protection

See all Diverse Travel special offers here


Indonesia I Manado + Lembeh Combo | Last Minute Offer

Eco Divers. From just £1850 with diving, flights and accommodation!

Dive two of the world’s greatest dive places with an award-winning dive centre and here’s your recipe for holiday happiness.

Home to a huge concentration of unusual marine species as well as reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, even dugong and orca!

Most sites are within easy reach from your hotel and yet they’re never crowded. The reefs of Bunaken National Marine Park are rich and unspoilt with abundant soft coral and fish life whilst the Lembeh Strait is arguably the best place in the world for macro photography.

10 nights from £1850 per person including:

  • International return flights – London Heathrow on Singapore Air/SilkAir via Singapore
  • 30kg baggage allowance
  • 5 nights’ sharing air-conditioned Superior Room, Mercure Manado Resort
  • 5 days’ boat diving Bunaken (up to 2 guided day-dives per day*) with cylinders & weights
  • 5 nights’ sharing air-conditioned room, Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
  • 4 days’ boat diving Lembeh Strait (up to 3 guided day-dives per day) with cylinders & weights
  • Full Board Meal Plan including mineral water
  • All local transfers according to the itinerary
  • Government taxes
  • Full ATOL protection

* Upgrade to 3-dive package: £23/day

Valid for stays between 01 – 30 September and 24 October – 30 November 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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Gear Review: Fourth Element 3mm Neoprene Gloves (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the 3mm Neoprene Gloves from Fourth Element.

For more information, visit www.fourthelement.com

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Veterans take part in Hadrian’s Wall trek to raise funds for their ‘Red Sea family’

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A group of veterans from Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy have pledged to take part in a 40 mile expedition-style trek along historic Hadrian’s Wall this July to raise funds for the staff at Egyptian dive centre and resort Roots Red Sea.

The dive centre in El Quseir has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last Spring and with Egypt now on the red list for UK travellers it is unlikely to be able to re-open in the near future. UK couple Steve and Clare Rattle, who own Roots Red Sea, have been supporting the 16 staff of the dive centre and their families but faced with an ever increasingly uncertain future, the Deptherapy beneficiaries wanted to add their support too.

Roots Red Sea is Deptherapy’s home from home in Egypt and the location where the charity’s majority of overseas training courses and expeditions are held. The facilities at the Egyptian dive centre and resort are a perfect fit for the charity offering an ideal combination of self-contained and fully adapted accommodation, as well as a team of highly trained staff.

Deptherapy normally runs 2-3 trips to Roots Red Sea each year but recent and planned trips continue to be a casualty of Covid. For the time being, training has shifted to UK waters, but their Egyptian family is never far from the minds of the Deptherapy Team.

“We’re hoping to raise £3,000 for the staff at Roots to support their families due to hardship caused by the pandemic,” explains Tom Oates, Deptherapy Divemaster, Ambassador and former Scots Guard.

“Deptherapy has been a lifeline for so many of us beneficiaries and an essential part of that journey has been our scuba diving adventures at Roots Red Sea. We view the staff at Roots as part of our extended families. They have become close friends. The welcome, service and care we are shown is unbelievable but now it is our turn to give something back. The staff at Roots have given us everything and have helped to save and change our lives. Now, they need our support.”

“This is an amazing endeavour from the guys at Deptherapy,” says Steve Rattle, who is organising the logistics of the trek which is planned to stretch over several days. “We have supported the charity for many years; it’s always been a delight to have them come to Roots and to see them really benefit from the experience. Now the tables are turned, and it is the families of Roots that are in need of help. It is really humbling to have Team Deptherapy now raising money for them. Awesome effort!”

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 12th -16th July 2021 starting from Heddon on the Wall in the east to Lenercost in the west. The route has been designed to take in a variety of features including many historical sites such as the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead.

Please give generously to sponsor Team Deptherapy in their quest to raise £3000 for the families of Roots Red Sea at the special JustGiving Page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rootsredseafundraiser

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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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 john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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