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Diverse Travel opens new South Africa office and expands African portfolio

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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).

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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: www.diversetravel.co.uk/south-africa

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 www.diversetravel.co.uk, or call on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Introduce family to the wonder of the oceans with new family weeks from Regaldive

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Regal Dive, the diving holiday specialist, is offering Learn to Dive and Family Weeks this summer to encourage divers and those new to the sport to spend some time in the water together, learning and developing their diving skills. There are multiple itineraries on offer providing affordable diving certification, including a range of liveaboard trips which are designed to be inclusive – so that even those who would prefer to simply snorkel are still guaranteed a good time.

ITINERARIES IN THE MALDIVES:

MV Keana: Family Week, perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children.

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals, all with a highly experienced diving team on hand. The MV Keana takes guests on an adventure around the remote atolls, home to manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining areaThere is a sundeck to soak in the views of the ocean and pristine white beaches of the surrounding islands.

Price: A 10-night trip on MV Keana costs £3,015 per adult, with children under 11 costing £2,735, including flights, departing 8 August 2024.

AMBA: Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour, Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of courses and family rates on this week-long beginner’s tour. Guests will complete a diving theory course prior to embarking on AMBA, allowing for the possibility to complete up to four courses whilst aboard, including the Open Water certification. Once certified, guests can explore the Vaavu Atoll, which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters. More experienced divers can hop aboard the Dhoni to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites.

Price: A 7-night trip on AMBA costs from £2,400 per adult, with children 11 and under costing £2,210. This price includes flights. Departing 13 August 2024.

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DIVING RESORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete Family Weeks

The Atlantis Dive Resorts is offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, free diving places for children (one free child per paying adult). Puerto Galera Resort, in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, is home to a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. The resort also grants access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island – one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. Both hotels are situated in stunning beach-front locations with tropical landscaped gardens and thatched-roof bungalows.

Price: A 7-night stay Atlantis Puerto Galera costs £3,593 per adult and £1,375 per teen, including flights. A 7-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete costs £3,895 per adult and £1,475 per teen, including flights.

Family week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

For more information visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.

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