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DiveFest Mexico: BSAC event set for May 2019

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DiveFest Mexico will take place in Tulum from 4-18 May 2019. This is an event that will bring BSAC divers together to experience some extraordinary diving, enjoy the beautiful and historic Riviera Maya, meet like-minded divers and develop some different diving skills.

Divefest will be hosted at Underworld Tulum, Mexico’s only BSAC Centre. Tulum is right on top of some of the best cavern and cave diving on earth, as well as having the Meso-American Reef system (second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef) just off the coast.

Diving opportunities will include:

  • Fantastic reef dives on the Meso-American reef
  • Guided cavern dives – a safe introduction to the overhead environment, suitable for all Sports Divers and above.
  • BSAC Training – Recreational and Technical BSAC courses on offer.
  • Try Dives – Divers will be able to try different styles of diving, including Diver Propulsion Vehicles, Closed Circuit Rebreathers, Sidemount Configuration and Twinset.
  • Cavern and Cave Courses – For experienced divers who want to take their diving to the next level and venture a little further into the overhead, cavern and cave training will be available.

In addition:

  • Social Events – There will be a variety of social events, including a BBQ, Pizza night and a diving quiz.
  • There will be evening presentations on a wide variety of diving related subjects.

The cost will be £749 for BSAC Members and will include airport transfers, 2 weeks self-catering accommodation, all social events, coffee and soft drinks, presentations and most workshops, Goody Bag and DiveFest T-Shirt.

About Underworld Tulum:

  • Underworld is Mexico’s only BSAC Centre, and is a Premier and Technical Centre offering most BSAC courses.
  • It is a purpose-built facility offering Recreational, Cave and Technical Training with onsite divers’ accommodation, pool and bar area.
  • It is owned and run by Lanny and Claire Vogel, both BSAC Instructors and cave/technical instructors with various agencies.

For more details visit the DiveFest Mexico website by clicking here.

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Win copies of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics, a Paralenz Vaquita and more!

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Dived Up Publications, Paralenz and Scubaverse have come together to celebrate the October 2021 release of Scubaverse Editor-at-Large Jeff Goodman’s Action Camera Underwater Video Basics: The Essential Guide to Making Underwater Films.

Share better underwater videos with Jeff’s book and Paralenz Vaquita.

Win a copy of Jeff’s new book, as well as a selection of other great prizes including a Paralenz Vaquita camera, rash guard and water bottles, in the free to enter prize draw.

1st Prize

  • 1x Paralenz Vaquita (RRP £659)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics (RRP £20)

2nd Prize

  • 1 x Paralenz rash guard (RRP £59)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

3rd Prize (5 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics
  • 1x Paralenz water bottle (RRP £8)

4th Prize (3 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

Enter now for free at www.DivedUp.com/prize-draw

No purchase necessary. Internet access and email address required. Winners will be chosen at random. No cash or alternative prizes offered. Open to over-18s only. Other exclusions apply. Closing date 23 November 2021. Draw will be made within 7 days of closing. Winners will be notified by email. See website to enter, for full prize details and terms and conditions.

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Fiji’s borders to reopen on December 1st 2021

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The island paradise of Fiji will be open to visitors once again starting this December. After nearly two years of being closed to the outside world, Fiji is ready to safely welcome its travelers back. The 333 islands are as beautiful as ever, brimming with idyllic turquoise waters, soft white sand beaches, and the vibrant “Bula Spirit” for which Fiji is known.

“It’s been almost two years since we welcomed international visitors. And in these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared,” said Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Tourism.

“Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again.”

Fiji will still have entry requirements in place to ensure the utmost safety of both visitors and locals. These include being a fully vaccinated traveler from a “Travel Partner” country such as Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Qatar, Germany, Spain, France, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan and most Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Travelers from these countries will need to provide a negative PCR test taken less than 3 days prior to departure from home country and fulfil any obligation to take an additional test prior to returning back home, based on individual home country requirements. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be able to travel to Fiji accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Travel insurance is, as always, highly recommended. For more information on country-specific travel requirements, please visit www.fiji.travel.

“We are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors before the end of the year,” says Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill.

“This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years now and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back. The islands are just as beautiful – if not more beautiful – than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji is the vacation the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December.”

Tourism Fiji have been preparing for this moment. Travellers can book and travel in confidence with the Care Fiji Commitment, where they can stay in certified resorts, use certified transportation and experiences, and be assured that all tourism businesses they come in to contact with have a 100% vaccinated staff. Tourism Fiji started working on this programme when the pandemic first arrived in Fiji. Now they have over 206 CFC approved businesses, and over 320 nominated Wellness Ambassadors across Fiji.

Travellers can reserve their flights now at www.fijiairways.com. Check out diving and resort packages at Fiji’s leading Volivoli Beach Resort

Find out more about visiting Fiji at www.fiji.travel.

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Our special, extended, 14 night charter of MV Carpe Diem in the Maldives will visit some of our favourite sites in the central and near-south atolls. We will be spending 14 nights on-board, specifically because we want to travel and have time to enjoy the sites without rushing too much.

The boat will depart from Male on Saturday 23rd October and guests will disembark on Saturday 06th November. The route will incorporate our favourite manta points, shark diving points and spectacular coral reefs.

 

Please contact us for last minute prices on 01473921888 or email us at info@greatescapesdivingholidays.com

 

 

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