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Diverse Travel’s 2017 special worldwide offers to get you diving together



With a host of global dive destinations in its portfolio, Diverse Travel has some offers lined up for 2017. Here’s a warming taster:


Free Video Workshop, Emperor Virgo, Best of Maldives, 14 – 22 January 2017. Join Marc and Marilen Chicano where they’ll help improve your skills on video equipment.

Price from £2095 pp including return economy flights from London, 7 nights shared cabin, 3 meals a day, 6 days diving, total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), free Nitrox, all local taxes and return airport transfers.

Pelagic Magic Safari, Emperor Atoll, 10 – 18 June. Manta and whale sharks in the North and South Ari Atolls.

Price from £1770 including return economy class flights from London, 7 nights shared cabin, 3 meals a day, 6 days diving, total of 17 dives, free Nitrox, all local taxes and return airport transfers.

Best of the Maldives. Emperor Leo, various dates from June – September 2017. Dive the best and most famous dive sites in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving.

Price from £1785 including return economy flights from London, 7 nights shared cabin, 3 meals a day, 6 days diving, total of 17 dives, free Nitrox, all local taxes and return airport transfers.

Best of the Maldives, Emperor Serenity, 26 August – 3 September 2017. No matter what time of the year you visit this itinerary gives you a mix of shark and manta as well as reef dives.

Price from £2065 including return economy flights from London, 7 nights in shared cabin with 3 meals a day, 6 days diving, total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), free Nitrox, all local taxes and return airport transfers.


Book before 31 January for Omni Beach Resort, Puerto Aventuras. Any 7 nights between 1 July and 31 August 2017. Diving here is excellent year-round with abundant marine life, good visibility and the unique chance to dive the cenotes ‘caves’.

Price from £1879 pp based on sharing double/twin room, including return economy flights from London.


On special offer from 5 – 13 March 2017 on MV Oceanos. Walk in Cousteau’s footsteps and visit his ‘Conshelf II’ as well as dive Shaab Rumi, famous for its sharks and colourful drop-offs. Prices start from £1399 pp, all international return flights, 7 nights’ full board in shared cabin, all dives, return transfers between Port Sudan Airport and liveaboard.

With over twenty years of dive centre and resort management, the Diverse Travel team has the experience to deliver memorable diving holidays that benefit from full financial ATOL protection under the TTA.

For more information visit, or contact on Freephone 0800 915 4436 or email


Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck



Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.

About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society



Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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