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Diving with… Rolf Schmidt, Sinai Divers – Egyptian Red Sea

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In this new ongoing series, we speak with the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer


What is your name?

Rolf Schmidt

What is the name of your business?

Sinai Divers

What is your role within the business ?

Owner and Managing Director

How long has the business operated for?

We have been operating in Sinai since 1975 under the name Aquanaut Red Sea. Since 1987, we have operated as Sinai Divers in Sharm with branches in Dahab, Marsa Alam and Aqaba / Jordan.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

Since 1973, CMAS 3 * Instructor, 1984 Naui Instructor

What is your favorite type of diving?

Tropical Oceans for sure, but Cenotes / Mexico as well. Walls, drop offs, coral gardens, drift and blue water diving.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

My wife Petra and I lead the Sinai Divers operation with over 40 years of experience in Red Sea diving. Knowledge, consistency, friendly and experienced multilingual staff and perfect organisation are the main reasons why you should choose Sinai Divers. With diving centres in Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab in South Sinai, in Aqaba /Jordan and our own Dive Resort with 50 rooms ‘The Oasis Dive Resort’ in Marsa Alam in the South of Egypt’s Red Sea Coast we are able to offer the widest variety of Red Sea diving.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

There are several… Jackson reef in the straits of Tiran is a world class dive with drop offs at one side and the chance to see hammerhead sharks, plus the most amazing coral garden at the southeast. For sure, also Ras Mohamed with its 500m wall and schools of pelagic. 

What types of diving are available in your location?

Wall, drift, night, wreck , coral gardens. We offer boat and shore diving.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The daily direct feedback from your guests after a great day of diving. Also, the bond we share with them with our common love for the oceans and our sport.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

There are many since most of them are special. For sure sightings of manta, a whale shark or any sharks are amazing… but to watch a cleaner wrasse cleaning a grouper is just as rewarding.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

The travelling ban of several countries including the UK and Russia. There are not enough direct flights from Europe and the general worry of people to visit Egypt.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Yes, we support Sea Shepherd, Reef check and RSEC (Red Sea Environment Center).

How do you see the Scuba / Free diving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

The Scuba Diving industry is more or less at a standstill for a long time –  no real growth and there are many new other, more active and cool activities attracting young people such as rock climbing, kite surfing, surfing, trekking etc. Political unrest in many countries with great diving prevent people to travel there.

I think we need better marketing with a focus on younger travellers. The repeat clients and experienced divers know where and to whom they will travel for diving. They do not need to be convinced .

Free diving is getting more popular.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We have some of the best diving in the world combined with very professional operations, a huge variety of hotels and resorts for very reasonable prices and a short travel time from Europe.

To find out more about Sinai Divers please visit www.sinaidivers.com, see their Facebook page or email info@sinaidivers.com.

 

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Dive into Luxury: Bunaken Oasis Seeks Seventh Consecutive World Travel Awards Win

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In the vibrant heart of Sulawesi, Indonesia, nestled among the pristine waters of Bunaken Marine Park, lies Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort. For the past six years, this remarkable resort has been recognised as “Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort” by the World Travel Awards, and it is now in contention for an unprecedented seventh consecutive win.

A Beacon of Excellence

The World Travel Awards are often referred to as the “Oscars of the travel industry,” celebrating the very best in global tourism and hospitality. Winning this award is no small feat and speaks volumes about the exceptional quality and service that Bunaken Oasis consistently delivers. This accolade is a testament to the resort’s unwavering commitment to providing unparalleled guest experiences.

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What Sets Bunaken Oasis Apart?

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort is celebrated not just for its luxurious amenities but also for the deep, genuine care it extends to its guests. The resort offers a unique blend of elegance and adventure, providing world-class diving experiences in one of the planet’s richest marine biodiversity hotspots.

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The true magic of Bunaken Oasis lies in its people. The resort’s staff are renowned for their warmth, professionalism, and dedication. From personalised diving excursions to bespoke hospitality, every team member plays a crucial role in creating a welcoming and memorable atmosphere. Their passion for excellence and attention to detail are key reasons why guests return year after year.

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Show Your Support

As Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort vies for its seventh title, the support of its loyal guests and admirers becomes even more crucial. Voting for the World Travel Awards is an opportunity for fans of the resort to show their appreciation and help ensure that this gem continues to shine brightly on the world stage.

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How to Vote

Supporting Bunaken Oasis is simple and impactful. Click the link below to show your support and cast your vote for Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort as “Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort” on the World Travel Awards website.

Vote for Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort Here

Looking Ahead

Winning this award for the seventh time would be a crowning achievement for Bunaken Oasis, solidifying its status as a premier destination for luxury diving and relaxation. But more than the award itself, it is the ongoing support and love from guests that fuels the resort’s continuous pursuit of excellence.

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Whether you are an experienced diver or simply in search of a serene escape, Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort offers a sanctuary of beauty, tranquillity, and unparalleled service. Join us in celebrating this exceptional resort and help Bunaken Oasis secure its place as Indonesia’s leading dive resort for another year.

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Vote for Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort Here

For more information about Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and to experience its magic first-hand, visit their official website.

Dive into luxury and adventure at Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort – where every moment is crafted to perfection.

Email: info@bunakenoasis.com / WhatsApp: +44 7785 576331 / WhatsApp: +62 812 4649 6763 

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The Ocean Cleanup to Complete 100th Extraction Live from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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  • The Ocean Cleanup marks 100th extraction of plastic pollution from the Pacific Ocean by livestreaming entire cleaning operation from start to finish.
  • Occasion brings together supporters, partners, donors and followers as the project readies its cleanup technology for scale-up.
  • Founder and CEO Boyan Slat to provide insight on the plans ahead.

The Ocean Cleanup is set to reach a milestone of 100 plastic extractions from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Extraction #100, scheduled for 28 or 29 May 2024, will be the first ever to be livestreamed direct from the Pacific Ocean, allowing supporters and partners around the world to see up close how the organization has removed over 385,000 kilograms (nearly 850,000 lbs) of plastic from the GPGP so far – more than double the bare weight of the Statue of Liberty.

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The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to rid the oceans of plastic. To do this, the non-profit project employs a dual strategy: cleaning up legacy floating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (the world’s largest accumulation of floating plastic), while stopping the flow of plastic from the world’s most polluting rivers.

The Ocean Cleanup captured its first plastic (the first ‘extraction’) in the GPGP in 2019 with System 001, following years of trials and testing with a variety of concepts. Through System 002 and now the larger and more efficient System 03, the organization has consistently improved and optimized operations, and is now preparing to extract plastic trash from the GPGP for the 100th time.

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Extraction #100 will be an interactive broadcast showing the entire extraction procedure live and in detail, with insight provided by representatives from across The Ocean Cleanup and partners contributing to the operations.

This is an important milestone in a key year for The Ocean Cleanup.’ said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. ‘We’ve come a long way since our first extraction in 2019. During the 2024 season, with System 03, we aim to demonstrate that we are ready to scale up, and with it, confine the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the history books.

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The livestream will be hosted on The Ocean Cleanup’s YouTube channel and via X. Monitor @theoceancleanup for confirmed timings.

www.theoceancleanup.com

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