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Dive into 2018 with one of Scuba Travel’s Fabulous Offers…

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Dive into 2018 with one of these fabulous offers from UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel.

Red Sea: 22 February I Hurricane – Shark Quest I £995 plus extra £50 off if booked by 31 December (including flights)

Hurricane has won Liveaboard of the Year for the last two years running. She’s a very special boat, with a superb crew and captain onboard, getting you to the right place at the right time for the best sightings. She has now headed off for an extended dry dock and Scuba Travel are looking forward to welcoming her back to the fleet on 22 February 2018.

The planned maintenance includes new updated bathrooms throughout, new airconditioning system in the saloon and an update in cabins, more sun loungers and beanbags, as well as the standard dry dock procedures of replacing carpets, repainting etc…

Package includes return flights to Gatwick, 7 nights full board, fully guided diving and weights and tanks. Book to travel on Hurricane from today until 31 December 2017 and receive an extra £50 Christmas bonus. This is available on top of your loyalty discount, and on top of any current offers (not available for group bookings).

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Indonesia: 4 January I WAOW I Save £700, 12 nights only £5295

WAOW takes space, excellence and luxury to a whole new level in Indonesia. This is a vast liveaboard offering itineraries in some of Indonesia’s most exciting dive spots. WAOW has undeniable wow factor and it is not just in the cabins. The saloon area has plenty of space for lounging around. Head up to the sundeck to find a sunny or shady corner. Enjoy the view as you sail between the myriad of tiny islands and reef tops that pepper the seas.

Your trip starts on arrival in Jakarta where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (B&B, twin share). The next morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sorong where you board WAOW. All trips are fully guided by two expert dive guides and include 12lt tank, weights, full board, soft drinks. There are usually 3/4 dives a day. At the end of you trip you will return to Sorong and fly back to Jakarta.

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Maldives: 14 January I Orion I £1425 (excluding flights)

Set sail on this popular hotel standard Maldives liveaboard. Orion is generously proportioned with a relaxed atmosphere on board. As all diving takes places from the tender dhoni all the space on board is living space with generous areas for relaxing after your day’s dive. Best of the Maldives is a popular year round itinerary which focuses on the hottest site around Male and Ari atolls; there are pelagics aplenty with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.

This package includes transfers from Male airport, 7 nights full board including drinking water and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner, average of 17 fully guided dives over the week, 12 ltr tanks and weights plus FOC Nitrox.

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Bali: 3 February I Scuba Seraya I £1545 (including flights)

Scuba Seraya sits next to world class dive sites, and as such, this really is a diver’s resort. But you do not have to forgo your creature comforts! There is a freshwater pool and beachside massage service for those chill out days. The beach is for the exclusive use of guests. The restaurant is right by the sea, and serves freshly prepared Indonesian and Western meals.

The whole atmosphere at Scuba Seraya is understated elegance. Relax and forget about the world as you dive from your very own corner in paradise. This package includes 10 Tulamben dives and unlimited unguided house reef diving, 7 nights fullboard in a maisonette, return flights and transfers.

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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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Book Review: Plankton

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Plankton: A Worldwide Guide by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Parker

This is a book that jumps off the shelf at you. The striking front cover demands that you pick it up and delve further, even if you may not have known you wanted to learn more about the most diminutive life in our ocean, plankton!

Small it might be. Much of the imagery in the book has been taken under huge magnification. Revealing stunning beauty and diversity in each scoop of “soup”. There is lots to learn. Initial chapters include interesting facts about the different vertical zones they inhabit, from sunlight to midnight (the darkest and deepest areas). I loved finding out more about the stunning show that divers oft encounter on night dives – bioluminescence.

The black water images are wonderful. So this is a book you can have as a coffee table book to dip in and our of. But, these tiny organisms are also vital to our very survival and that of all the marine life we love. They provide half the oxygen produced on our planet. They are also responsible for regulating the planets climate. And for a shark lover like me – they are food for charismatic sharks and rays like the Basking Shark and Manta Ray, along with a huge number of other species. This book contains great insight into their biology, life cycles, migration, and how the changes in currents and sea temperatures affects them.

This is a book that is both beautiful and packed with information about possibly the most important group of organisms on our planet. Anyone interested in the ocean should have it one their shelves.

What the publisher says:

Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world’s seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean’s foundation food, supporting almost all oceanic life, and they are also vitally important for land-based plants, animals, and other organisms. Plankton provides an incomparable look at these remarkable creatures, opening a window on the elegance and grace of microscopic marine life.

This engaging book reveals the amazing diversity of plankton, how they belong to a wide range of living groups, and how their ecology, lifestyles, and adaptations have evolved to suit an enormous range of conditions. It looks at plankton life cycles, the different ways plankton feed and grow, and the vast range of strategies they use for reproduction. It tracks where, how, and why plankton drift through the water; shares perspectives on migrations and population explosions or “blooms” and why they happen; and discusses the life-sustaining role of plankton in numerous intertwined food webs throughout the world.

Beautifully illustrated, Plankton sheds critical light on how global warming, pollution, diminishing resources, and overexploitation will adversely impact planktonic life, and how these effects will reverberate to every corner of our planet.

About the Authors:

Tom Jackson is a science writer whose many popular books include Strange Animals and Genetics in MinutesJennifer Parker is a zoology and conservation writer and the author of several books. Andrew Hirst is a leading expert on plankton whose research has taken him around the world, from the Antarctic to Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Details

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Hardcover

Price: £25

ISBN: 9780691255996

Published: 9th April, 2024

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Dive with a Purpose: Shark Guardian’s Expedition Galapagos

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Shark Guardian has just unveiled their largest and most exciting expedition yet: a seven-night, eight-day adventure in August 2026 aboard the Galaxy Diver II, a state-of-the-art
vessel specifically designed for divers exploring the enchanting waters of the Galapagos
Islands. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage deeply with marine
conservation in one of the world’s most revered diving destinations.

Shark Guardian is a UK registered charity dedicated to protecting sharks and marine
ecosystems worldwide. Founded by marine biologists and conservationists, Brendon
Sing and Liz Ward-Sing, Shark Guardian leads educational programs, research projects,
campaigns and expeditions aimed at fostering a better understanding and respect for
marine life. Their work spans several continents and focuses on direct action,
education, and advocacy.

Shark Guardian’s ethos revolves around the concept of “diving with a purpose.” This
philosophy underscores the importance of not just experiencing the wonders of the
underwater world but actively learning and contributing to its preservation. Participants
in Shark Guardian expeditions engage in citizen science projects, which involve
collecting data that supports ongoing research and conservation efforts. These
activities empower divers to make a tangible difference, turning each dive into an act of
conservation.

One of the newer additions to the Galapagos diving scene, the Galaxy Diver II, is
specifically tailored for divers. Its design prioritises comfort, safety, and environmental
responsibility. The vessel boasts modern amenities, spacious dive decks, and the latest
navigational technology, ensuring that every dive is not only memorable but also has
minimal environmental impact.

A highlight of this expedition is the opportunity to dive at Wolf and Darwin islands,
renowned for their vibrant, untouched marine ecosystems and as a haven for large
pelagic species. These islands are famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks,
whale sharks, and manta rays, offering spectacular diving that attracts enthusiasts from
around the globe.

Shark Guardian have developed this trip to ensure a hassle-free experience. The
expedition package also includes internal flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the Galapagos,
plus accommodation in Quito before and after the trip. This allows divers to relax and
enjoy the experience without worrying about logistics.

Participants will join a diverse group of passionate divers and conservationists. This trip
offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are eager to
learn about and contribute to marine conservation. It’s a chance to share experiences,
knowledge, and a commitment to protecting the marine world.

sharks

Shark Guardian is offering an early bird price available until May 31st 2024. This special
rate provides a fantastic opportunity to secure a spot on this exclusive expedition at a
reduced cost. Availability is limited, so interested divers are encouraged to act quickly
to ensure they don’t miss out. All the details can be found on their WeTravel page, where
bookings can be made easily and payment instalments are available.

Expedition Galapagos, aboard the Galaxy Diver II offers more than just a diving
holiday—it is an investment in both personal and planetary well-being. By participating,
divers not only witness the majesty of one of the world’s premier diving locales but also
contribute to its preservation for future generations.

Find out more about Shark Guardian at www.sharkguardian.org.

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