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Check out these offers from our friends at UK based tour operator Scuba Travel…

Whether you want something last minute, or fancy Christmas in the Red Sea, there is something here for you!

Resta Grande Resort – 26th September – ONLY £795 (inc flights)

So we have finally said goodbye to our summer but the sun is still shining in Egypt and you could be lying on your lounger next week at the lovely Resta Grande resort for just £795. The resort combines two things we love: cracking value all inclusive and beautiful reef diving. The hotel features include a private beach, a variety of bars and restaurants, 3 pools and full health suite. This fantastic price includes 7 nights full board, return Gatwick flights and transfers and a minimum of 3 days diving. Departs Wednesday 26th September – last 2 spaces.

Click here to find out more…


Emperor Atoll – 7th October – Maldives Seasonal Sensations – only £995 (exc flights)

If you like the idea of diving the Maldives from a small traditional boat which is full of character, at an affordable price, then Emperor Atoll could be for you. The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends it way between Male and Baa atolls, diving the east side of the atolls, on sites that are at their seasonal hottest for sharks, manta and gorgeous coral reefs. Make this time of year stand out for all the right reasons. Though the visibility is often decreased, the increased plankton means it can be the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whalesharks… more than making up for the reduced viz.

Price includes 7 nights full board, up to 17 dives including 1 night dive, airport transfers and FOC nitrox. This is a boat only price but competitive flights can be quoted.

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Murex Resort – Manado – Go Diving 2nd November – from £1745 (inc flights)

Great value diving in Manado and, Bunaken Indonesia. Discover rich coral reefs and magical macro with the welcoming team from Murex Manado. With only 15 bungalows spread around the landscaped gardens this resort offers a relaxing stay for everyone and the Spa and Infinity pool are perfect places to recover from your days’ diving.

This boutique resort is perfectly situated so you can enjoy the best of both diving worlds – Bunaken national park and the dark Manado sands. Stunning walls meet abundant critters; a fantastic mix of muck and reef diving, including an easy house reef.

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Christmas in The Red Sea – Whirlwind – 23rd December – only £1595 (inc flights)

How about spending Christmas diving in the Red Sea? You could spend 7 fantastic nights on a full board basis, with up to 3 dives a day on the lovely Whirlwind. You can book this until 30th September for the amazing price of only £1595 which includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers and fully guided diving.

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Mistral – 10th October – last few spaces – only £1195 (inc flights)

Sail on the lovely Mistral for your next Red Sea liveaboard; she is renowned for her comfortable layout and super speedy engines.

Simply the Best is the perfect Southern Red Sea itinerary. Come face to face with big fish at famous Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone. Look into the blue for sharks, manta and dolphins as you drift along pristine drop-offs. Enjoy 7 nights full board, including flights to Marsa Alam, giving more time diving and less time travelling. Also includes airport transfers, up to 18 dives and FOC Nitrox.

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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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The Rescue – available on Disney+ tomorrow (Watch Trailer)

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If you missed the recent cinema debut of The Rescue film, you can watch it on streaming channel Disney+ from tomorrow December 3rd.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), The Rescue is the edge-of-your-seat account of the rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in 2018.

The Rescue chronicles the dramatic rescue of the boys and their coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Check back for our review of The Rescue soon!

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Shark Guardian investigation finds endangered sharks for sale in Taiwan

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A field investigation into Taiwan’s shark fin industry was conducted by Shark Guardian between December 2020 and March 2021. The investigation obtained documentary evidence of fins from endangered shark species being openly offered for sale by over half of all shark fin traders surveyed in Taiwan’s southern fishing port of Kaohsiung.

Of the 13 shark fin processing and trading companies visited, more than half were found to be trading CITES- listed fins, and seven had shark fins from CITES Appendix II-listed species as part of their product range. One company saidthere was no difference in selling protected or unprotected species. Protected sharks’ products usually create a problem for international shipping only.”

The new report details how seven out of thirteen traders surveyed in Taiwan were found to be selling shark fins from silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, mako sharks, thresher sharks and great white sharks in broad daylight – in contravention of Taiwanese and international law.

Over a three-month period, Shark Guardian investigators witnessed multiple shipments of shark fins from endangered species being unloaded at Donggang fish market which is in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung.

Alex Hofford, Marine Wildlife Campaigner with Shark Guardian, said “To save sharks and the marine environment, Taiwanese authorities should implement an immediate crackdown on its cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade, and should tighten up local laws to ban the domestic sale of shark fin as well as better enforce its international obligations under CITES. It is also high time that the Taiwanese government should rein in its out-of-control distant water tuna fishing fleet, who are a major supplier shark fin to Chinese markets. Whilst Taiwan is a beacon of democratic and progressive values in Asia, it is allowing its unsustainable and often crime-ridden fisheries sector to rape and pillage our ocean with impunity. This must stop. Taiwan needs to show leadership in environmental protection and must quickly clean up its act as regards its sleazy shark fisheries and trade sectors.”

During our investigation, Shark Guardian also found evidence of Taiwan-based online retailers selling fins of endangered species of shark in contravention of local and international law.

According to WWF, a third of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, yet fishing and trading in unsustainable shark fin remains a highly profitable, but environmentally destructive, enterprise for Taiwanese companies operating out of Kaohsiung.

Brendon Sing, Co-Director of Shark Guardian said “Clearly more must be done to protect sharks globally. There are over 500 known shark species with only a handful of them listed under CITES. Even then, CITES listed sharks are still traded illegally where monitoring and enforcement lack any power and expose loopholes in the system. As long as this continues, there is no real protection for any shark species regardless of CITES listing or not. Taiwan must be responsible and take positive action in response to this report.”

Shark Guardian believes that excessively large profit margins are the main reason why Taiwan has never acted to rein in its shark fisheries and trade.

Shark Guardian hopes that Taiwan can apply its progressive values towards preserving the marine environment by imposing a comprehensive ban on the physical and online selling all species of shark fin in Taiwan. Such a ban would go above and beyond what is required under international law, and Taiwan’s domestic laws can be changed with public support.

For more information about Shark Guardian visit their website by clicking here.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London 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

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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