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Check out these great diving holidays from Divequest

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Looking for something different from your next dive holiday? Divequest can help.

Over the last few months, the UK-based tour operator has been busy working on some fantastic new trips and destinations to offer you, including:

NAD LEMBEH CRITTER GEEK WEEK, SULAWESI, INDONESIA

Just £822 per person twin share

warring frogfish.jpgDivequest have teamed up with dynamic photographers Simon Buxton and Serge Abourjeily at NAD Lembeh to offer a Critter Geek Week in the peak of the Lembeh season, September 2016.  For just a small fraction more than the cost of a normal stay at NAD you will get inhouse workshops, a welcome dinner, guided tuition, a Critter ID quiz night and an amazing 1 guide to 2 diver ratio.

 

CRYSTAL BLUE ANILAO CRITTER GEEKS, PHILIPPINES

Just £1455 per person twin share

alleni sunball.jpgSituated in one of the macro photography meccas of the world in Anilao, the Philippines, talented photographer and critter identifier Mike Bartick will be hosting a sensational Critter Geeks 10 day trip from his home at Crystal Blue Resort, at the Critter Capital of the Philippines – Anilao. Combining workshops in macro photography, natural history and critter ID, the trip will end with a farewell party at the resort for the group and everyone will get a free T-Shirt.  It’s only a tiny bit more than a normal stay at Crystal Blue.

SWIM WITH THE HUMPBACK WHALES,  TONGA

mum.jpgStarting this month, Divequest now offers you the opportunity to swim with the incredible Humpback Whales of the Southern Ocean in Tonga.  You will never forget the first time you swim with whales, it is a life changing experience.  Divequest has teamed up with Tongan Expeditions and the owners of The Reef Resort in Vava’u to offer you a chance to swim with the whales while staying on one of the most secluded, romantic islands in Vava’u.

 

FIJI and TONGA

From September this year, Fiji Airways are introducing direct flights between Vava’u and Sydney, so why not think about a combined trip to Tonga for the whales and then fly to the soft coral paradise of Fiji to dive after?

ULTIMATE MANADO, INDONESIA

diver.jpgSpaces are also filling fast to join Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown from Frogfish Photography in Manado for their Ultimate Manado trip this September.  Dive with two of the best underwater photographer guides from the UK on a journey that will take you to the northern reefs of Sulawesi then into the jungles of Tangkoko to view some incredible wildlife including Spectral Tarsiers and Black-crested Macaques.

 

 

SPECIAL RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS

CHAMBERED NAUTILUS, AUSTRALIA

nautilus.jpgHave you ever wanted to join researchers on an expedition to find out more about marine life?  Work alongside the researchers of the Central Queensland University in Australia on a unique trip to the Coral Sea tracking and tagging Chambered Nautilus, one of the most iconic cephalopods in the world.  Contact Divequest if you want to get up close and personal with these gentle, shy creatures and work alongside scientists at the same time.

 

MINKE WHALES, AUSTRALIA

minke.jpgMinke Whales arrive in Australia in numbers during the winter months of June and July.  Why not join research scientists to monitor their behaviour and movements in the field? During some Minke trips you will also get a chance to night dive the northern Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef which teem with fish and sharks.

 

UNIQUE EXPEDITIONS

RAINE ISLAND AND THE NORTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

raine island.pngRaine Island in northern Australia is the largest Green Sea Turtle rookery in the world. From 24th November to 1st December, a northern Great Barrier Reef expedition will start in Cairns and end in Horn Island, the Torres Straits to dive some of the most remote reef sites on the Great Barrier Reef, many of which are in pristine condition and offer stunning levels of biodiversity.

 

 
SS YONGALA, AUSTRALIA

yongala.jpgClassified as one of the best wreck dives in the world, two special charters to dive the SS Yongala will be running in November and December this year and they will combine dives on the Yongala with the superb 1000m plus walls of the Coral Sea.

 

 

WORLDWIDE BIG FISH

chinchorro_crocodiles_2014_008.jpgAmerican Crocodiles, Humboldt Squid, Belugas, Killer Whales and Sawfish are all animals that represent the pinnacle of aquatic experiences any diver can expect to have in the world. Contact Divequest if you are keen to get in the water with any of these creatures.

 

 

For more information or to book, contact Divequest now by calling +44 (0)1254 8256322, email divers@divequest.co.uk, or visit www.divequest.co.uk.

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Get moving with the new RAID DPV training programs

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The thrill of speeding through the water behind a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is an experience that really gets the blood racing. Using a DPV provides divers both immense fun and the means to achieve goals that would be impossible without their use.

RAID is proud to announce the new two-tier DPV training program with certifications for DPV and Advanced DPV.

Why DPV and why now?
Recreational and technical divers are using DPVs to access sites that would be difficult to reach and explore using traditional propulsion methods; to help propel large amounts of heavy equipment; to increase the safety of dives in areas of strong current; or just for the pure exhilaration of shooting through the water at speed and performing underwater acrobatics.

By extending your capabilities and extending your range, using a DPV opens new vistas for exploration and fun.

DPV
This certification option is aimed at the recreational diver who wishes to learn how to use a DPV to enhance their diving by using mainly natural navigation.

Advanced DPV
This certification option is available to anyone who is familiar with longhose configuration, has logged a minimum of 20 dives and is certified as Navigation specialty divers.

This certification option is aimed at the slightly more experienced diver with preexisting navigational training and diving on a single, twin or sidemount setup with a longhose. Although this level is slightly more challenging, the more advanced navigation exercises provide an important base for more complex types of DPV diving within a team.

PREREQUISITES
You must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years old.
  • Be certified as RAID Open Water 20, Junior Open Water or equivalent.

Just visit www.diveRAID.com to put some extra dash into your dives.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Beers raise cash for ocean clean-up

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The Driftwood Spars Brewery, a pioneering microbrewery based on the North Cornwall coast, is donating a percentage of all profits from its Cove range of beers to Fathoms Free, a certified charity which actively cleans the ocean around the Cornish peninsula.

Each purchase of the small-batch, craft beers – there are four different canned beers in the Cove range – will help generate funds to purchase a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fund retrieval dives; every brew will raise the equivalent cost of a fully-funded dive. 

Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based charity whose day-to-day mission involves dives from their fast-response specialist vessel to recover ghost fishing gear; abandoned nets, pots, angling equipment and other plastic causes severe damage to the marine environment and the death of countless seabirds, seals, dolphins and other sea life.

The campaign to raise funds for an ROV is a new initiative which will take the clean-up work to a new level; the highly manoeuvrable underwater vehicle will be used to scour the seabed, harbours and remote parts of the coastline for abandoned fishing gear and other marine litter.

Project Manager Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free said: “Apart from helping us locate ghost gear underwater, the ROV will also be capable of recording underwater video which is always great for raising awareness about marine pollution issues.”

She added: “We are really excited to be partnering with The Driftwood Spars Brewery and appreciate the proactive support of Mike and his team in bringing the purchase of an ROV a step closer to reality.”

Head Brewer Mike Mason personally approached the charity after their work was featured on the BBC 2 documentary, ‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’.    

He said: “As a keen surfer I am only too aware of the problem of marine litter and had heard about Fathoms Free, but seeing them in action prompted me to find a way of contributing. The scale of the challenge is scary, but the determination of organisations like Fathoms Free is inspiring.”

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

Photo by Beagle Media Ltd

The Driftwood Spars Brewery was founded in 2000 in Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes; the microbrewery is just a few steps away from it’s co-joined brewpub, The Driftwood Spars; both pub and brewery are well-regarded far beyond the Cornish cove they call home. 

You can hear the waves and taste the salt on the air from the door of both brewery and pub, and the rough seas along the rugged North coast often throw up discarded nets and other detritus; Louise Treseder, Landlady of The Driftwood Spars and a keen sea swimmer, often collects washed up ghost gear on her daily beach excursions.     

Louise commented: “This is a great partnership to support a cause close to our hearts – I know the money we raise will have a positive and lasting impact. The Cove range was inspired by our unique surroundings and the artwork – by local artist Jago Silver – reflects that. Now donations from each purchase will contribute towards the vital ocean clean-up taking place right on our doorstep.”

The Cove range can currently be purchased online here, and is available in good independent bottle shops in Cornwall.

To find out more about Fathoms Free visit their website here.

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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. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

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