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
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.
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.
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.
World Shootout winners revealed at Boot
The World Shootout winners were announced at this years returning Boot show.
Producer David Pilosof initiated the first World ShootOut online competition in 2011, breaking all boundaries and introducing an international competition as never produced before.
Hundreds of photographers from around 40 countries around the world take part in the World ShootOut competition year after year, submitting thousands of images and videos, ranging from those that capture the calm lakes of the Nordic countries and Canada, showcase the exotic secrets hidden in Alaska and introduce the great dramatic white shark in the Gulf of Mexico.
Claudio Ceresi from Italy won the top valuable prize for best picture of the year $10,000 worth of 3 weeks diving vacation for 2 people, in Papua New Guinea.
The winning video can be seen here:
We have featured a few of the category winners in the gallery above. To see all the images placed in this competition, visit the World Shootout Website
New book by diver aims to inspire teens to protect sharks and the ocean
A new book by experienced diver Christine Edwards has just been published, which aims to inspire children and young people to better understand sharks and become advocates for ocean and environmental protection.
Sharks Are Scary Aren’t They? tackles themes such as the human impact on the environment and the protection of sharks and their habitats. The story depicts the emotional journey of Charlie Parker, a fearful twelve-year-old boy, and Jane Jones, a retired dentist and scuba diver, who meet by chance on a beach. Despite the years that separate them, they discover they are more alike than they could have imagined.
Sharing the world through the eyes of sharks, hearing about the struggles and dangers they face and how they are on the brink of extinction, brings the two friends closer together. In this book there are stories of shark encounters, the majesty of the underwater world and how the impact of human activity and plastic pollution is affecting their habitat. Most of all, the two characters learn about the power of the human spirit to change in the face of adversity.
Author Christine Edwards was born in Chester in 1962. She read psychology at Warwick University, then worked as a teacher for twenty years. In 2004 she trained at Birmingham Theatre School to become an actor. As a teenager Christine feared the sea and the sharks that swam there. After trying a scuba dive in 2006 and making 1,200 dives around the globe, everything changed. She now adores sharks, hence writing this book.
Christine says: “Conquering a deep rooted fear of the sea and terrified of the sharks that roamed there, I made the astonishing decision to try a scuba dive in 2006. The moment I sank beneath the waves and glimpsed at the world below the surface, I was well and truly hooked. Since that first plunge underwater, I have accomplished over 1200 dives in seas and oceans around the globe. My fear of sharks has turned into a passion for them. Whenever I would describe my shark encounters to friends or family they invariably expressed concern and questioned why anyone would dive with such a dangerous species.”
Christine continues: “My book came out of the need to redress the balance for this wonderful fish. Sharks have existed for 450 million years, well before the dinosaurs, and still exist today. They are being hunted and cruelly killed for their fins and are probably one of the most misunderstood creatures on our planet. The knock-on effect of their demise will be catastrophic. Oceans without sharks will cause negative changes to other species – without this apex predator keeping other fish in check, our coastlines and reefs will ultimately suffer. The oceans need sharks!”
The paperback of Sharks Are Scary Aren’t They? (ISBN 9781915352613) is out now and was published on 28th January 2023 by The Book Guild, an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd. Priced £8.99, the book is available from https://bookguild.co.uk/bookshop/ as well as at bookshops and through Amazon and other retailers.
Check back for our review of Sharks Are Scary Aren’t They? soon!
Header Photo credit: Jane Davies Photography. Photo of Christine Edwards on a dive.
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