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Dive Worldwide introduces new small group trips for 2021

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Specialist operator Dive Worldwide is introducing a trio of new group trips for 2021, each to a small resort where guests will enjoy the camaraderie typical of a liveaboard, but instead on land. Introduced are: a relaxing break to the Maldives, staying at perhaps the country’s smallest resort; an action-packed week in Sharm el Sheikh; and an adventurous trip to Indonesia in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park.

Commenting, Phil North, Dive Worldwide’s Brand Manager, said: “These new trips are perfect for those divers keen to travel as a small group and looking for an alternative to a liveaboard. These are action-packed diving itineraries that prove excellent value for money and with small group sizes, just 6-10 divers, will offer a real social atmosphere too.” 

NEW FOR 2021

Sharm Dive Extravaganza

Renowned as one of the finest diving locations on earth, Sharm is popular with divers of all abilities and this new tour will show off the area’s highlights with an action-packed itinerary. Included are  three boat dives a day, visits to Ras Mohamed National Park, an early morning dive in Tiran, the Dunraven wreck and two thrilling night dives. The group stays at Sharks Bay Umbi Village resort, built in traditional Bedouin style, with fantastic views over the Red Sea, an on-site restaurant and private beach.

Price: from £645pp, including 7 nights’ accommodation, full board meal plan 15 dive package, sunset BBQ and transfers with Dive Worldwide. International flights extra. Depart 6 May or 10 June 2021. No single supplement.

Dive & Detox Maldives

On this small group trip, guests stay at the Boutique Beach Resort on Dhigurah Island, a local island at the tip of the South Ari Atoll. With just six rooms, the resort ensures personal experience for divers, and has won awards for its sustainability and work with the local community. Here, divers will be in the heart of the action with the superb Kudarah Thila just 10 minutes from the resort, and Broken Rocks, another well-known dive site, nearby. The highlight though is the resort’s proximity to whale sharks, and the British whale shark conservation group, also based on Dhigurah Island, have recorded around 350 whale sharks in the area.

Price: from £1,675pp sharing, including 7 nights’ accommodation, full board meal plan,17 dive package and transfers with Dive Worldwide. International flights extra. Depart 25 April or 2 October 2021.

Bunaken Bonanza

In 2021 Indonesia’s Bunaken National Park celebrates its 30th anniversary and on this new group tour guests stay on the edge of the Park at the charming Tasik Ria resort. Family-owned and set in landscaped tropical gardens, Tasik Ria is a haven compared to the bustle of nearby Manado. From here, the group will enjoy some of the 50 dive sites with the National Park where the mixture of hard and soft corals provide an amazing variety of marine life, from bumphead parrot fish and Napoleon wrasse to eagle rays and reef sharks. The week’s diving itinerary also includes a dawn and night dive,  plus a trip to the Lembeh Strait, home to the weird and wonderful and the best muck diving on earth.

Price: from £1,345pp, including 7 nights’ accommodation, full board meal plan, 17 dive package and transfers with Dive Worldwide. International flights extra. Depart 1 May or 4 September 2021. No single supplement.


For further information visit Dive Worldwide at www.diveworldwide.com or call 01962 302087.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk to book your spot!

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