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Diverse Travel offers exceptional value for money diving at new Eco Divers Manado resort




Diverse_Travel_logo_301213Brand new in the Diverse Travel portfolio is the 4 star Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort from where renowned dive centre, Eco Divers Manado, is now operating. With close proximity – just a 30-minute boat ride – to Bunaken National Park’s reefs and dive sites, clients can look forward to the best value resort in Manado.

The Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort is part of the Accor Group, synonymous with high service and quality, and offers an idyllic setting with tropical gardens, expansive private beach, marina and located just 10 km from Manado.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this beachfront resort sits on level ground with many facilities including a large swimming pool, spa, gym and tennis court. From the welcoming lounge you can look out to the garden, the pool and Manado Tua Island, making this a perfect choice for divers, non-divers, families and friends and looking for the best value for money in the Manado and Bunaken area.

Eco Divers Manado is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm IDC Centre offering a highly personalised, relaxing diving experience. The dive guides are amongst Manado’s most experienced. A maximum of four guests per dive guide is guaranteed, so a personal service is assured. Purpose-built boats are fitted with a shaded salon, sundeck, toilets, showers, DAN oxygen and First Aid.

Stay and dive here and you’re less than 30 minutes from the remarkable vertical wall dives of Bunaken National Park with several incredible critter dive sites just a few minutes away. The resort and dive operation is managed by a multilingual team.

Jim Yanny has unparalleled knowledge having lived in Indonesia for 12 years and says, “We’re delighted to add this high-end hotel to our portfolio and even more so that our clients can dive with our long-standing friends at Eco Divers.”

Prices from £1470 per person for a 7-night package based on twin share including return flights from London Heathrow to Manado, Indonesia, all airline taxes, 7 nights in a Superior Room, all meals with mineral water and 6 days diving, up to 3 dives a day by boat. Transfers and free internet access.

Combination holidays can be arranged with a stay at Mercure Manado Resort and at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh.

Call Diverse Travel on Freephone 0800 915 4436 or email

More information can be found here.

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Black Bream (Watch Video)



A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dip into the blue waters off the Welsh coast with a species which are often shy with divers, the Black Bream (Spondyliosoma cantharu).

Black bream are often very wary of divers underwater, however they were curious to find out more about the VR camera. As a species, black bream are a more southerly distributed species however, over the decades with waters warming they’re distribution has increased northerly. During the summer period, they come inshore to breed and males will build nests and protect the eggs.

Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Jeff chats to… Underwater Photographer and Cinematographer Marty Snyderman (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Underwater Photographer and Author Marty Snyderman.

Honored with the 2018 NOGI Award in the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, an EMMY Award for cinematography, a Reaching Out Award in 2008 as a photographer presented by the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s (DEMA), Marty Snyderman is a widely published still photographer and author who has worked to conserve and share the magic of the undersea world for more than four decades.

Marty serves as the Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine and the Senior Editor of California Diving News. His still photography has been used by many major diving and wildlife publications, natural history museums, and aquaria. Representing Nikon Inc., Sea&Sea USA, and through his own one-on-one courses taught on Zoom, Marty has taught underwater photography in person and offered instruction as a magazine columnist for more than four decades. He enjoys sharing what he has learned and takes a lot of pride in his ability to teach others.

With his partner Eric Riesch, Marty has recently launched a publishing company – –  specializing in a line of eBooks for anyone interested in the world beneath the waves. Their first book, 101 Tips for Underwater Photographers, was released in February 2021. Amazing Animals You Can See Underwater, Volumes One and Two, will be released next month. All are available through Apple Books and Amazon.

Find out more about Marty and his work at

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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