The Scuba Travel team have come up with some brilliant holiday deals to get your diving season off to a fantastic start! Check out the following:
Hurricane – May Super Specials from £895
Hurricane has set sail on her first trip of the season. Scuba Travel’s Operations Manager Martin Nordin is onboard and has reported back that the boat is looking super clean and sparkling! Martin’s loving the new comfy sofas on the upper deck, with plenty of bean bags, and the aircon has all been replaced and is working perfectly.
May is an impressive month to dive the southern Red Sea as all the Manta and Shark sightings demonstrate. Scuba Travel have a variety of itineraries in May to suit all divers. This week is Shark Quest and the low down from the guides is that the Brothers Islands is where it’s at. With Mantas, shoaling Hammerheads and Oceanics all seen there last week. The guests are very excited with potentially 2 or 3 days of heart pounding diving ahead… it could be you next week if you take advantage of one of these exceptional May Specials
Package includes 7 nights full board, direct flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, fully guided diving, all fees, 12lt tanks and free Nitrox, plus day use and lunch at a hotel on your last day,
Leo – 26/05 – Pelagic Magic Itinerary £1295 (Excluding Flights)
Leo is a stylish boat, with contrasting wooden decor throughout the entire vessel including the cabins and bright, generous communal areas. The main deck is great for socialising with a large lounge with sofas, licensed bar and jacuzzi. The sun deck is perfect for relaxing and watching the sunset after a day in the water.
The Pelagic Magic itinerary has a special focus on the Whalesharks of Ari Atoll. Come face to face with these gorgeous beasts as you snorkel through the warm waters. Dive with the Maldives’ other pelagic inhabitants – Manta and Sharks – at the season’s very best sites.
This package includes 7 nights full board, approximately 17 fully guided dhoni dives, 12 tlr tanks and Free Nitrox, and transfers from Male airport.
Marina Lodge – 02/05 – 7 nights from £695
This incredible price offers the chance to book into an outstanding dive centre and hotel combo for your next Southern Red Sea holiday. The Marina Lodge is in the heart of the Port Ghalib complex and is only a 10 minute transfer from the airport. The hotel has everything you need on site including an impressive dive centre run by Emperor Divers. Facilities for your post-diving relaxation include two swimming pools, a large sun terrace, hotel beach and a pool bar, in addition to the main restaurant.
Diving from Marsa Alam is endlessly varied and suits all levels of divers. Most dive sites are 15-90 minutes from the dive centre and a choice of full day or half day trips are planned everyday for you to choose from.
This holiday includes 7 nights on a half board basis, 6 boat dives (but this can be adapted), return flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam and airport transfers.
Solmar V – 19/05 – Save £1100 from only £2095 (Excluding Flights)
Set sail for the incredible Socorro Islands this May and June for only £2095 on the luxury steel hulled Solmar V, renowned for the outstanding service and attention to detail provided by her crew. With her interior fitted out in brass, rich mahogany and carpets, she really is a gracious and beautiful boat.
Dive the wild and remote Socorro Islands for the opportunity of unrivalled diving. Sightings could include the friendly Giant Mantas, Humpback Whales, Dolphin and over seven species of Sharks including Hammerheads.
This super special price includes one night in a Cabo hotel, 8 nights full board (including local beer and wine), fully guided diving and return transfer to Cabo.
Bunaken Oasis – 17/05 – Only £2895
Escape to this stunning 5 star luxury dive resort on Bunaken Island. There are only 12 large, traditionally built private villas. Each boasts its own unique vista out over the beach towards the mainland. The majority of the villas have king double beds, with an additional 2-bedroom family villa. Twin beds available on request. No detail – no matter how small or seemingly insignificant – has been overlooked in the building of Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort.
With easy access to over 50 superb dive sites, the variety of diving at Bunaken Oasis resort is incredible. This is a purpose-built dive resort and as such, everything you need is right here on site. Choose between 3 boat dives per day or 2 morning boat dives and an afternoon spent exploring the house reef (subject to conditions).
Includes International flights, transfers, 7 nights in a traditional cottage, 17 boat dives, free Nitrox and free house reef diving.
Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests
Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.
If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.
Tips for… Refreshing Skills
A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.
There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.
Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!
First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.
Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.
Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.
Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!
Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com
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