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Whirlwind, Hurricane, Bahamas, Cocos Islands and Malapascua…check out these offers from our friends at UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel.

Hurricane Shark Quest 9th of May

Join Hurricane this 9th of May on her first SharkQuest trip of 2019 for the opportunity to come face to face with Hammerheads, Oceanic whitetips Grey reef and Thresher sharks and experience some of the best reefs the Red Sea has to offer. May is the perfect time to encounter different shark species in the Red Sea,

Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Excellent guides and a second to none crew have helped her to win the prestigious “Liveaboard of the Year” award no less than 5 times (including 2016, 2017 & 2018).

Book your spot now for £1195


Wrecks and Reefs onboard Whirlwind on the 25th of May

The northern Red Sea in May is simply fantastic and even better with the Early Bird discount.

Dive the majestic Thistlegorm, The spectacular walls of Ras Mohammed and the astonishing reefs of Tiran onboard Whirlwind. But hurry up, only a few spaces left.

Whirlwind has everything you could want on board. The dive deck is one of the most impressive aspects with a camera table, 2 rinse tanks and plenty of space for all your dive kit. The saloon welcomes you with comfy sofas, an entertainment system and a well stocked bar. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

10% discount on Whirlwind 25th of May


The Maldives

Save £200 on the genuinely luxurious Scuba Spa and 25th of January and dive the Best of The Maldives.

This is a dive holiday to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering mantas, grey reef and whalesharks plus all the reef residents as you go.

ScubaSpa is undeniably more than just a dive boat. Every area is light, spacious and beautifully styled. There is always a sunny or shaded area, where you can find peace, quiet and tranquillity with the stunning backdrop of Maldivian islands floating past. Jump in the jacuzzi or take time out to relax at the spa. This is 300 square m of pure pampering space, offering massage, aqua therapies and beauty treatments.


Bahamas

Visit the Bahamas in February with this Fantastic offer

£600 off the Bahamas Aggressor

Diversity is the name of the game in the Exumas. The coral reefs are alive with marine life of all shapes, sizes and colours. Clouds of jewels, angelfish and butterfly fish swirl around the reefs whilst food-chain toppers like grouper and barracuda reside on the drop-offs and along the reef walls. Reef sharks and eagle rays are regularly seen. There’s even a wreck dive to complete this varied itinerary. Jump onboard and experience some of the best diving the Caribbean has to offer.


Cocos Island

Join the Okeanos Aggressor 2 on selected dates for a trip of a lifetime and save an amazing £1100 on this fantastic Cocos Island liveaboard.

If you love big fish encounters and plenty of drift diving, then Cocos is undoubtedly the place for you. Add to this the peaceful exclusion of journeying to a site few other tourists will visit and you have a dream destination that was surely created with diving in mind. Sharks, rays, turtles, tuna and barracuda all throng around the island, feeding and cleaning on the steep reef walls. The giant swarms of hammerheads are perhaps the most famous inhabitants of Cocos’ waters but there are also white tips, silver tips, Galapagos sharks. Manta, mobula, marble and eagle rays swoop in, feasting on the rich plankton upwelling from the deep.

Okeanos Aggressor 2 has been designed with 8 well appointed staterooms, each air-conditioned and with ensuite. There are also 2 suites if you want a bit more space and even more luxury. Okeanos Aggressor 2 also features all the standard perks of the Aggressor Fleet with plenty of space to relax and hang out in between dives.


Philippines

Dive with the magnificent thresher sharks of Monad Shoal with  Exotic Divers, in Malapascua and save £500 on selected dates.

Malapascua is so much more than threshers, you will have the opportunity to experience colourful reefs, sea snakes and superb macro life. Once you arrive in Cebu you will be picked up and taken by land and boat to Malapascua island. Your holiday package includes 7 nights in a deluxe room on a full board basis – optional room grades available. As standard your package includes 10 dives.

Book now from £1395


To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

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Wining and Diving – South Africa

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The Wining and Diving series sees Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown embark on a tour to tickle the taste buds as well as to discover amazing dive sites in wine-making regions around the world. Some of the best wines are influenced by sea breezes and a coastal climate, allowing two of Nick and Caroline’s passions to be combined into one epic journey.

**Please note, Nick and Caroline are not encouraging drinking before diving! The two activities are kept well apart on each of these trips.

South Africa’s coastline is wild and rugged and has some of the best marine encounters and diving in the world! It is also home to some superb vineyards and so this is a top destination for Wining & Diving! If you have enough time, then try to fit in several destinations on a tour; take in the Sardine Run, go Great White Shark cage diving, snorkel with Blue and Mako Sharks, try to find Sevengill Sharks in the kelp forest, meet the raggies and oceanic shark species near Aliwal Shoal and make sure you dive with the Cape Fur Seals just down the road from Cape Town. Head north for the stunning reefs of Sodwana Bay and even fit in a land safari too! But make sure you make time to visit some of the top vineyards at Stellenbosch and Constantia too, which are just a stones throw from Cape Town and can be done on a day trip.

Our tour took in the lot and this is an experience to be shared with friends. You have to be lucky with the Sardine Run, but the rewards are great if you are there at the right time, with dolphins, sharks, whales and seabirds all competing for the feast of sardines that migrates up the coast in early summer. It is fast and furious, but can also involve long days out on the boat bobbing and waiting for the action to happen.

Flying into Durban you can often combine Aliwal Shoal to start your Sardine Run trip, to get the chance to dive the famous Cathedral Rock and then drift out into the blue for Blacktip and Tiger Sharks.

Gaansbai is the most famous place for Great White Shark cage diving, although recent years have seen numbers falling away, possibly due to the presence of Orca.

Cape Town offers penguins, Blue and Mako Sharks, Sevengill Cow Sharks, Great Whites and the chance to mess about with Cape Fur Seals, who will seek out divers and play among the kelp fronds for as long as you can stay in the cool water. It is here that you can add a few days visiting vineyards and touring the stunning countryside before you head home.

We would love to go back and spend more time in South Africa, as we did not have time for the Mako Shark snorkeling and would like to try again for the cow sharks too. South Africa has so much to offer it is very hard to fit everything into a single trip! It is a high energy and super-productive trip under the water and a wonderful place to relax with your favourite glass of wine in the evening.

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Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021 announced

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Ningaloo Coast-based photographer, Aimee Jan, has been announced as the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021.

Aimee’s beautiful image of a green sea turtle surrounded by glass fish was captured on the world-famous Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Chosen from thousands of submissions from around the world, it was a unanimous winner amongst the seven world-renowned Ocean Photography Awards judges.

In second place is Exeter-based photographer, Henley Spiers, with a beautiful photograph of diving gannets off the Shetland Islands, Scotland. In third place is Sydney-based photographer, Matty Smith, with an image of a hawksbill turtle hatchling heading out to sea for the first time.

This year has also seen the introduction of the Female Fifty Fathoms Award, a new nomination category designed to celebrate inspiring women in ocean photography. LA-based photographer and biology teacher, Renee Capozzola, has been announced the inaugural winner for her beautiful portfolio of work.

A free, outdoor public exhibition alongside the River Thames, on the Queen’s Walk near Tower Bridge, will be open to the public until October 17th.

The Ocean Photography Awards has a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces. The competition has this year been produced by Oceanographic Magazine in partnership with Blancpain, Princess Yachts and Tourism Western Australia, and in support of conservation organisation SeaLegacy.

Marc A Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain, said: “As a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, I appreciate what it takes to capture extraordinary photographs of the ocean: passion, skill and commitment to your craft. The finalists of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 display those assets in abundance. Their images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colour and wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we are inflicting upon it. What a powerful collection of photographs.”

Kiran Haslam, chief marketing officer at Princess Yachts, said: “We are honoured to have seen outstanding images submitted this year; they are of incredible standard, capturing some truly exceptional moments. The images submitted in this year’s OPA, without doubt, poignantly highlight the fact that the most important thing we can do right now is act quickly to protect our planet and our ocean.”

David Templeman, Western Australian Government Tourism Minister, said: “This year’s finalists have done an incredible job, not just in capturing aquatic adventures so evocatively, but in inspiring new audiences to treasure them.”

Cristina Mittermeier, co-founder and president of SeaLegacy, said: “The calibre of the images submitted to the second annual Ocean Photography Awards was incredible! I, along with my fellow judges, were challenged and more than impressed by the entries this year. We spent a lot of time discussing the power these images have to inspire people all over the world to advocate for ocean protection. We also spent a considerable amount of time admiring the incredible artistry. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to this year’s finalists.

To find out more about the Ocean Photography Awards visit their website by clicking here.

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Egyptian Red Sea: South & St Johns Itinerary | 20 – 27 January 2022 | Emperor Echo Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. Great value for money and perfect for small groups of buddies with a ‘Book 5 and 1 dives for FREE’ offer all year round. Price NOW from just £785 per person based on sharing a twin cabin/room including: Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage 7 nights in shared cabin 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees Free Nitrox. More information on Emperor Echo Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price. Alternative departure airports available at a supplement. Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk. More Less

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