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Check out these liveaboard and dive resort holiday deals from Divequest



Still wondering where to dive in 2017? UK-based tour operator Divequest have some great ideas for you to consider.

Here are the details:

Prince John Resort, West Sulawesi

Tired of diving all the usual places in Sulawesi like Manado and Lembeh?

Prince John Resort, located a short transfer from Palu in West Sulawesi, Indonesia, offers a myriad of different dive sites including wrecks, muck, walls and coral gardens. It also has a wonderful white sand beach with a house reef to explore.

From £705 per person including:

  • 7 nights in a Deluxe Bungalow on a twin share basis
  • Return airport transfers from Palu
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner) daily plus afternoon coffee and cake
  • Free wifi in the reception area

The best time to go is from May to October so why not explore somewhere different in Indonesia?

Bikini Atoll and the Marshall Islands

Truk Master – From £4840 per person for 10 nights

It’s remote, untouched and to date, virtually un-dived.

Bikini Atoll is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which covers nearly 1 million square miles of idyllic emerald-green coral atolls, surrounded by the crystal-blue waters of the Pacific. A one of a kind diving paradise, as it features not only beautiful reefs, corals and wonderful marine life. Above all, it is the final resting place for some of the most significant warships in history. Bikini Lagoon is the first UNESCO World Heritage site for the Marshall archipelago and is undisputedly ranked first on any serious wreck divers’ bucket-list. This is well justified; nowhere else on earth will you be able to dive such a unique collection of historic battleships and cruisers, as well as the world famous USS Saratoga aircraft carrier with its 270m (888ft.) flight deck.

Truk Master is running special dive charters out to Bikini starting in 2018.

Liveaboard Specials

AGGRESSOR FLEET – Book between Feb 16 and Mar 2 to secure a 33% discount off any liveaboard holiday (except Cocos and Fiji) on board an Aggressor Fleet vessel.

EXPLORER VENTURES – Up to USD$1000 off selected Galapagos departures and USD$300 off selected liveaboard trips in the Caribbean.

SIREN FLEET – Book before 28 February to save up to USD$1400 off selected Galapagos trips. Talk to the Divequest team about other Siren Fleet discounts in Truk, Fiji, Palau, the Philippines and Indonesia.

EMPEROR FLEET – Dive the Maldives from as little as £1092 per person for 7 nights on selected dates.

Resort Specials

ANTHONY’S KEY RESORT – Has extended their stunning 2 for 1 special on all departures until December 2018.

BANDOS MALDIVES – Book Now for a Last Minute Special of 15% off Garden Bungalows or Jacuzzi Beach Villas at Bandos in the Maldives.  This offer is valid for stays between now and the end of March.

For more information or to book, contact the Divequest team now by calling +44 1254 826322, email or visit

Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 3 (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 3: Coral Health: from microbes to branches – Dr. Anya Brown

Healthy corals are critical for sustaining reefs. Corals are in a tightly coupled relationship between bacteria (like in your gut!), microscopic algae, and the coral animal itself. This seminar, presented by collaborative scientist Dr. Anya Brown, focused on trade-offs between types of coral growth, a coral disease outbreak, and what clues the microbes on corals tell us about their health.

Dr. Anya Brown is currently in the Ewel Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Florida.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck



Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.

About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on for a review of the book coming soon!

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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