Dive Worldwide introduces new group tour to St Helena
Known as the ‘Galapagos of the Atlantic’, the remote island of St Helena offers one of the world’s last remaining pristine diving locations.
After offering tailor-made packages in 2018, specialist operator Dive Worldwide is now introducing a new expert-led St Helena in Style group tour for 2019, its departure coinciding with the large aggregation of whale sharks who visit the island each spring.
Marooned in the waters of the South Atlantic, until recently St Helena could only be reached by postal ship making it expensive and inaccessible. However, the advent of a new flight service from Johannesburg has opened up the island to the adventurous diver. Here, the waters teem with marine life, with over 750 species to discover, including the oldest living animal on Earth – a 186-year-old tortoise, plus dolphins, Chilean devil rays and a number of historic shipwrecks, all of which divers will hope to see on this 9-night trip.
The island’s marine highlight though, and the focus of the new trip, is the aggregations of whale sharks – a recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of scientists the world over. Large numbers of fully grown male and female whale sharks mysteriously aggregate in St Helena’s warm waters every year, and guests will enjoy three snorkelling excursions with these massive animals, ensuring an incredible and intimate experience.
Topside, guests stay at the luxurious Mantis St Helena, an impressive, historic building in the heart of Jamestown, which once served as the barracks for the East India Company. They will also learn more about the history and heritage of the island with a private tour of the island’s plantation house and estates and visits to a coffee farm and distillery.
The trip is led by cameraman and marine conservationist Danny Copeland who has has worked alongside BBC cameramen, assisted photographers on assignments for National Geographic, and filmed for the award-winning Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral.
Dive Worldwide offers St Helena in Style from £4,195pp sharing, including 2 nights B&B in South Africa, 7 nights’ B&B in St Helena, some meals, 10 boat dives, 3 whale shark snorkelling exclusions, 2 land tours, expert guide and transfers. Departs 14 February 2019.
For more information, please visit www.diveworldwide.com or call the Dive Worldwide Team on 01962 302 087.
Midlands Diving Chamber donates £20k to Bite-Back
Hyperbaric and dive medical experts, Midlands Diving Chamber (MDC), has underpinned its long-term support of Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation with a one-off donation of £20,000, as the Rugby-based diving doctors wind down the charitable side of its operation.
The donation represents the single biggest financial contribution made to Bite-Back, delivering a huge boost to its campaigns to end the UK trade in shark products.
Spokesperson for Midlands Diving Chamber, Sally Cartwright, said: “For years we’ve admired and supported the ground-breaking work that Bite-Back is doing to save, protect and celebrate sharks. It’s a genuine pleasure to help ensure it stays at the forefront of shark conservation in the UK.”
Midland Diving Chamber first supported the charity at the inaugural Bite-Back at Cancer event in 2007 and then annually for the next six years. It even hosted its own James Bond-themed party on the Thames to fundraise for the marine NGO.
Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “We can’t thank MDC enough for its continued support and now for this massive contribution to our pioneering shark conservation campaigns. It makes us very proud that the country’s premier diving medical experts have chosen to back our campaigns that extend from parliament to primary schools. This financial windfall will allow us to continue to lead the shark conservation agenda in the UK and deliver measurable shark conservation breakthroughs to keep the oceans healthy.”
Bite-Back’s No Fin To Declare campaign to end the UK’s import and export of shark fins is now just months away from achieving Royal Ascent into law and, earlier this month it launched a free 56-page teaching resource for Key Stage 2 & 3 students on the importance of sharks and the threats they face.
Midlands Diving Chamber is based at St. Cross Hospital in Rugby and operates a hyperbaric decompression chamber offering NHS funded recompression to divers with Decompression Illness (DCI) together with other Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments. Any diver with medical concerns should contact MDC on either 01788 579 555 or 07931 472 602.
Find out more about Bite-Back at http://www.bite-back.com/
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