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Check out the latest sunny special offers from our friends at UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel…

Indonesia – The Best of Both Worlds – Dive Lembeh Resort and Siladen Resort from £3500

It’s now easy to enjoy both the walls of Bunaken, the critters of Lembeh and everything in between on one single trip. Enjoy a boat transfer with diving as you travel between these two Indonesian resorts to discover how the marine ecology changes.

The Lembeh resort is a boutique style divers resort on Lembeh which is particularly popular with underwater photographers, due to its unique critter diving and now you can combine a trip here with the hidden Oasis of the Siladen Resort in Manado. This gives you the chance to dive the world famous Bunaken national park.

Your great value combined resort package includes flights, transfers, 12 nights full board and 26 dives!

Read Mario’s Crittertastic Lembeh blog here


Simply The Best – Hurricane – Dive the Red Sea this August from £1195

This itinerary focuses on the reef systems of the Brothers and Daedalus, which together make up the Northern Marine Park, along with the steep wall dives of Elphinstone. The Egyptian Marine Parks are protected areas and places of magnificent beauty underwater. The lighthouses have warned passing ships throughout the years of the dangers that hide beneath the waves but for divers this is a playground. Drift dives, daring drops offs, pelagic encounters and even wreck dives.

  • 8th August £1195
  • 22nd August £1250

Package includes flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, 7 nights full board fees, 12L tanks and weights and free nitrox.

Click here to find out more…


Mistral Goes South from £1375

Mistral has all the ingredients you need for a magical holiday diving the Red Sea. A speedy, stable steel hull makes Mistral a favourite liveaboard. Tornado Marine Fleet’s crew are famous for their incredible on board service. Get used to doing nothing but dive, eat and sleep! September is undeniably one of the most exciting times to dive in the Red Sea, thanks to the warm waters and active fish life. There’s never a dull moment… Only a few places left!

  • Simply the Best  – 19th September £1375
  • St Johns – 3rd October £1395 – 4 spaces
  • Simply the Best – 10th October – £1395
  • Simply the Best – 17th October – sold out

Package includes flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, 7 nights full board  fees 12L tank and weights

Click here to find out more…


Dive Belize Aggressor – 25th August £1695 (Boat Only)

Belize is famous amongst scuba divers as it is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world – so you are guaranteed mind-blowing diving on opulent walls. Famous father of scuba diving, Jacques Cousteau, declared Belize one of the top ten scuba diving destinations… what better recommendation could you need for your next scuba diving liveaboard holiday! But with such a huge expanse of possible sites, only a Belize liveaboard will ensure you dive all the hot spots in one voyage of perfection. And who better to sail away with than the undisputed experts in the region – the Belize Aggressor IV. This Belize liveaboard holiday has all of the luxury touches that you would expect from this world famous fleet.

Package includes boat transfer, 7 nights full board, up to 5 dives a day (2 on the first and last day). Excludes flights, port fee and departure tax.

Click here to find out more…


Solmar V – Great White Sharks in Guadalupe – Save up to £1000

Great white cage diving at its most thrilling with the highly experienced crew on Solmar V! Your adventure starts on arrival in San Diego where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (room only, twin share). The following day you will be met by one of your guides for the week who will arrange the group transfer to Ensenada, where you will join the boat.

Our trip package is based on a standard cabin on a full board basis with a selected of local beer and wine, plus all diving, 12lt international tanks and weights, and the Mexican sales tax.

Click here to find out more…


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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