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Diverse Travel opens new South Africa office and expands African portfolio



UK-based Tour Operator Diverse Travel has announced the opening of a brand new South Africa Representative Office in Johannesburg. Managed by highly experienced and respected South African tour and dive operator, Stuart Mather-Pike, it will provide clients with the following services:

  • Expert advice on the destinations, various regions and numerous choice of accommodation, diving and excursion options from a highly knowledgeable ‘local’.
  • Exclusive deals from local suppliers.
  • Holiday Representation Services: full, immediate support to Diverse Travel clients throughout their holidays (in South Africa and Mozambique only).

Stuart Mather-Pike

Clients will receive the best quality and seamless tailor-made itineraries including a mix of destinations: Aliwal Shoal, Sardine Run, Mozambique, Cape Town and Winelands, Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve with the chance to see Big Five animals whilst staying in luxurious lodges.

Jim Yanny of Diverse Travel explains, “This is an exciting development for us as we’re now the only dive tour operator in the UK to have its own offices in South Africa. We’ve been visiting here since 1994, it’s a part of the world we love due to the friendly people, exciting diving, incredible wildlife and warm year-round climate. The opening of the office takes our customer service to a whole new level as clients can take advantage of our contacts and in-depth knowledge.” You can discover Diverse Travel’s South Africa here:

To celebrate, Diverse Travel has some special introductory offers for a number of dive/explore itineraries available to book until 30 September 2017. For instance:

  • Nine Nights: Aliwal Shoal Diving + Cape Town Explorer at just £1,720 per person on a twin share. Includes return Emirate flights to Durban return Cape Town, 6 nights’ Full Board, Blue Ocean Resort, Umkomaas, 8 dives: 6 Aliwal Shoal reef dives + 2 Baited Shark Dives, round trip airport transfers, domestic flight Durban to Cape Town, 3 days’ Cape Town car hire, 3 nights’ B&B, Suite, Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel, Government Taxes, Full ATOL Protection.

Further offers include:

  • Nine nights: Aliwal Shoal Diving + Big Five Game Viewing, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • Nine nights: Aliwal Shoal Diving + Great White Cage Diving, Cape Town
  • Nine nights: Aliwal Shoal Diving + Big Five Luxury Game Viewing, Kruger National Park
  • Eleven nights: Aliwal Shoal + Ponta do Ouro (Mozambique) Shark and Big Fish Dive Combo + Big Five Game Viewing, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve

Diverse Travel also offers bespoke holidays to several other African counties; Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Zambia (for Victoria Falls), Zanzibar/Tanzania and Zimbabwe. All itineraries are tailor-made. With over twenty years of dive centre and resort management, the team has the experience to deliver memorable diving holidays that benefit from full financial ATOL protection under the TTA.

For more information visit, or call on 01473 852002 or email


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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