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Diving with… Virginie & Rémi Granger, Cabrits Dive Centre, Dominica

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In this ongoing series, we speak to 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?

Virginie & Rémi Granger

What is the name of your business?

Cabrits Dive Centre Ltd, Portsmouth, North Dominica

What is your role within the business?

We are the 2 owners.

How long has the business operated for?

It opened in 2000, we bought it in February 2017 and restarted it in June 2017.

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

We started to dive in 2009. We are FFESSM Instructors 2*, CMAS 3*, we are PADI Instructors and Virginie is MSDT.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Reef diving, wreck diving and finally every kind, we just love to be underwater.

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

An exceptional destination off the beaten track, Dominica is a delight for all those who like exploring underwater depths, whether snorkeling or with tanks. The area near Portsmouth offers a magnificent variety of unspoiled underwater wealth of fishes and corals which is rare to ­find. Seahorses, frog­fish, morays, barrel sponges, tube sponges and massive coral reefs animate these waters. Eighteen large sites have been identi­fied by the past dive centre and there are still many to be discovered.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Toucari – The topography is really special, which means a multitude of refuges for underwater life and abundant marine life.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Coral Gardens, arches, tunnels and a great pier.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

To share our passion with others, and show our underwater wonders.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Shrimp, frogfish, octopus, turtles,…What we like the most to watch is the underwater creature’s behaviours.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

3 hotels are coming soon, and a restart of the nearby university.

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

No problems at the moment, but maybe soon, it will be to find good employees.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

We do regularly beach cleaning, and underwater clean-ups. After hurricane Maria, we have done a voluntourism package and included a lot of clean-ups, specially at Toucari bay.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

We did not have time to develop these activities very much. For the next season, we should have an freediving partner who should bring us new divers.

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

Stunning underwater worlds where flora and fauna flourish present a great richness that is unique to this part of the world.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

You can reach us on our website: www.cabritsdive.com

or on facebook : www.facebook.com/CabritsDive/

or on whatsapp : +1 767 276 53 73 / +1 767 617 40 77 / + 33 6 72 41 23 73 / +33 6 63 61 41 43

Marine Life & Conservation

Iceland issue millionaire whale hunter a licence to murder 128 vulnerable fin whales

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whaling petition

Just a few days ago, Iceland issued millionaire whale hunter Kristján Loftsson a licence to murder 128 vulnerable fin whales.

Fin whales are awe-inspiring — capable of communicating through song, feeling love, and experiencing deep emotional suffering. Loftsson often kills them pregnant, and a study found that these majestic giants can take up to 2 hours to die after being harpooned.

We can still stop this cruelty and protect the second largest mammal on earth – not just this season but for good – by helping change the law and making this Iceland’s last licence.

The Icelandic government is under pressure. The key minister admitted she doesn’t agree with whaling but says the law forced her to grant the licence. Brave lawmakers plan to try to repeal that law.

We can help, like we did before: Let’s make this a PR nightmare for the Icelandic government, and build a 2 million-strong call to put whalers like Kristján Loftsson out of business forever. Time is ticking – add your name and share with everyone you know!

Scientists discovered cells in whales’ brains that process complex emotions like romance and grief. These were thought to exist only in humans and great apes, but whales have up to three times more of them than humans!

Loftsson says he might not have enough time this season to organise the slaughter of these gentle giants.  But he’s not likely to stop. A few years ago, shocked visitors saw one of Loftsson’s ships floating in bloody water, hauling a carcass. “Just tell them to look somewhere else. They can just turn around and look the other way,” he said. Let’s show him that we won’t look away until whaling is gone for good.

Whaling season is open, Loftsson has a licence, and at any moment he could decide to go on a killing spree. So we need to move fast to stop the hunt – now and forever! Add your name and share everywhere – when we make it massive, Avaaz will deliver our call directly to the top decision-makers in Reykjavik!

You can sign the petition here.

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Murex Bangka Announce New Oceanfront Cottages & Beachfront Dining

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Located on a private, palm-fringed, white sand beach and surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs that are bursting with colour and teeming with life, Murex Bangka Resort is a haven for scuba divers. A stay at Murex Bangka gives divers the opportunity to experience a virtually untouched, Indonesian tropical island paradise.

This stunning resort that harnesses solar power, is committed to sustainability and marine conservation – is now offering divers even more home comforts with the completion of its new Premium Oceanfront Cottages and a new restaurant offering exciting indoor and al fresco dining experiences.

NEW Premium Oceanfront Cottages

Murex Bangka Resort offers a duplex style and two detached Premium Oceanfront Cottages which are positioned close to the ocean and are just steps away from the beach.

These tastefully appointed and spacious air-conditioned rooms offer comfortable indoor living and large verandas with outdoor seating. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available and all Premium Oceanfront Cottages feature large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins.

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As well as the detached cottages, the duplex option offers two more individual premium living spaces. For families and groups of friends, the two adjoining duplex cottages and the shared adjoining common living room area may be opened up – making this an ideal and generously proportioned for option for families and groups who prefer to stay closer together.

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PREMIUM OCEANFRONT COTTAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • Large verandas with ceiling fans
  • Ensuite ocean view bathrooms with hot water rainfall showers
  • AC throughout the night
  • Minibar
  • Dressing table/desk area
  • Ample storage
  • King size or twin beds with mosquito nets
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Ample wall sockets for charging accessories
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Shared common/living area (Duplex Cottages)

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New Beachfront Dining

After a day of diving, guests can now kick-back, relax and enjoy flavours from around the world in Murex Bangka’s new beachfront restaurant. As well as serving a la carte dishes from the inspiring menu, diners can enjoy both buffet and family-style offerings.

Dishes combine the freshest of local ingredients and include options for a range of dietary preferences and restrictions. Bangka’s new menu has been carefully curated with the assistance of an internationally renowned food and beverage consultant and there is a focus on combining traditional classics with more contemporary international plates.

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The new and impressive free standing main restaurant allows guests to dine just meters from the shore while enjoying beautiful beach and sea views. Three meals a day are on offer as well as an enticing selection of specialty coffees, teas, mocktails and cocktails. A wine menu is also available and a cold beer (or beverage of your choosing) makes for a perfect way to end the day while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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Book Your Stay

If you would like to find out more about Murex Bangka or to make a reservation, contact: reservations@MurexResorts.com or take a look at the Murex Resorts website: https://murexresorts.com/murex-bangka-resort/

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