With just a few days to go until the London International Dive Show (LIDS), UK-based diving holiday specialist Regaldive is gearing up for an exciting weekend at Excel with a holiday to Gozo up for grabs, as well as tempting worldwide special offers, many available now.
Visitors to the Regaldive stand 412 at LIDS can enter a prize draw to win a holiday for two people the beautiful Maltese Island of Gozo. The prize consists of two return flights from London Heathrow to Malta courtesy of Air Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority, transfers, seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation for two people sharing a double / twin room at the lovely St. Patricks Hotel in Xlendi, Gozo, ten dives with St. Andrew’s Divers Cove and a sightseeing tour of the Islands.
Further afield, divers looking to maximise their diving on a liveaboard holiday can benefit from some massive savings including up to 40% off last minute trips aboard S/Y Fiji Siren. Regaldive is offering savings of £1,150pp on the ten night Beyond the Bligh itinerary departing on 19 February 2015, whilst a seven night trip on 2 March 2015 is discounted by £831pp to just £1,246pp. This boat only package includes seven or ten nights on a full board basis, diving (three to four boat dives per day), rental equipment, air/nitrox tanks and weights. Flights are not included but can be arranged by Regaldive. Up to 40% savings are also available on selected trips aboard S/Y Truk Siren.
Divers can also save on other ‘trip of a lifetime’ liveaboard holidays including up to £500pp off Galapagos liveaboards and up to £500pp on Indonesian liveaboards including the stunning sailing yacht Dewi Nusantara. Divers booking on the last few 2015 spaces aboard this luxurious vessel can also qualify for free Nitrox, worth $200pp per trip.
Closer to home, Regaldive’s Red Sea holidays continue to offer the perfect combination of great value for money twinned with guaranteed great diving. Seven night trips aboard the popular Red Sea liveaboard M/Y Asmaa start from just £799 per person, including return flights, transfers, full board accommodation, six days’ diving, air/nitrox tanks (two free nitrox fills per day), weights and MP fees.
Divers looking for land-based diving can benefit from boat diving for just £26 per day in El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh, and £29 per day in Marsa Alam and Hamata. This great value offer is available when booking with Regaldive for diving with Emperor Divers at any time during 2015. No date exclusions apply but diving must be booked by 27 February 2015. Divers can also benefit from a choice of half price diving deals on offer at other Red Sea resorts on selected departure dates.
Finally, the 2015 LIDS show will also be the first time that Regaldive host the Grenada Tourism Authority on their stand. Grenada and Carriacou experts will be on hand on stand 412 throughout the weekend to share their destination knowledge, diving tips and a number of exclusive show offers for holidays to the Spice Island of the Caribbean. Divers booking with Regaldive on the show weekend and before 27 February 2015 can save up to more than £300pp on Grenada diving holidays and benefit from free and half price diving deals, as well as free nights at selected hotels.
For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659999.
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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