UK-based Tour Operator have a great Easter Egg Facebook Competition this weekend. Check out the Scuba Travel Facebook page to enter their “guess the egg” competition – each day they will be posting a photo of different marine life eggs – identify which egg it is and you’ll be in with a chance to win a Scuba Travel voucher every day!
There’s also some fantastic dive holiday deals! Happy Easter!
Emperor Serenity from £1595
Jim is back from his amazing adventure on Emperor Serenity where he was spoilt with sightings. He dived with sharks and manta in abundance from the luxurious Emperor Serenity – read his trip report on the Scuba Travel blog and get a taste for what’s in store if you book one of these beauties:
- 29th April – Best of the Maldives Itinerary £1645
- 13th May – Best of the Maldives Itinerary £1595
The Maldives are a must see location for all divers. Watch manta as they come to be cleaned, schools of fish in breathtaking numbers on the edge of the drop off or zip through the channels on a speedy drift. Serenity gives you the opportunity to dive the best sites and discover a dream destination from the comfort of a contemporary, sleek liveaboard.
Carpe Diem – 20th April – £1945
Carpe Diem combines superb service, exceptional diving and on board comfort at affordable prices. The large saloon features a big flat screen and audio system and is a great area for briefings. Outside of the lounge is an outdoor seating area. The meals are served al fresco in the dedicated dining area on the upper deck. After diving, enjoy the sun deck to soak up some rays or relax in the shade.
The popular Best of the Maldives itinerary delivers what it says on the tin. Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.
Dive Komodo on Mermaid 2 – £2895
Join the experienced crew on this diver friendly, steel-hulled liveaboard to cruise the big fish hotspots of Indonesia. The food on board is a hearty mix of Thai and western dishes, all served in the main deck dining room. Mermaid 2 has everything on board to make her your home away from home as you cruise the Indonesian islands.
Komodo National Park is a must see for all photographers and videographers with excellent viz all year round and an enviable selection of exotic and far flung dives.
- 17th May – Save £200 only £2895
- 09th June – save £200 only £2895
Komodo Dragons, manta and sharks await beneath the seas of Komodo Island, with speedy drift dives and bio diversity being the highlights of these outstanding pristine reefs.
Tempest – 21st April Wrecks & Reefs – only £795
Book by 7th April! The flexible Wrecks and Reefs itinerary offers the best of both worlds, iconic wreck dives and breathtaking reef dives every day. Fill your log books with dive sites such as the Thistlegorm, Shark and Yolanda, Abu Nuhas and Tiran, as well as the stunning drop offs of Ras Mohammed.
- 21st April – Wrecks and Reefs
Tempest is a well loved liveaboard in the Red Sea and with only 12 places on board she is smaller than most. A popular choice, she boasts a friendly atmosphere and a spacious and comfortable stay.
Scuba Seraya, Bali – only £1595
What an amazing price to dive in Bali! The intimate Scuba Seraya resort is a popular choice with Scuba Travel’s customers who come back year after year. This resort is totally set up for divers in lush gardens on their private beachfront. Soak up the Balinese sun in your outside bathroom or pull up a chair on your veranda, with partial sea or volcano views.
- 14th April – Save £300 only £1595
- 9th June – Save £300 only £1595
Bali is an excellent Indonesian diving destination with rich reef dives, cool critters a plenty, and you are only moments from the famous Liberty wreck. It’s a laid back location with bags to offer divers and non divers alike! Price includes return flights, 7 nights full board, morning boat dives and unlimited housereef dives in the afternoons – a deal not to be missed!
Whales & Orcas at Bunaken Oasis!
The beautiful Bunaken Oasis Luxury Resort has had some very special visitors recently. Some of the oceans larger inhabitants have swung by to check it out with orcas spotted last week and a sperm whale this week WOW – we wonder who will turn up next?!
- 3rd May – save £350, only £2795
- 17th May – only £2895
This 5 star luxury resort on Bunaken Island delivers outstanding service both on land and in the sea. Set amid tranquil gardens, meander between the spa and freeform infinity pool. At the end of each relaxing day, the multi-level cocktail bar is the place to be before you make your way to dinner. Explore Bunaken’s stunning wall dives and coral fields, with optional mangrove and muck diving to boot.
Turks & Caicos Aggressor – save £600, only £1495
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor sleeps 18 guests in a range of well appointed cabins. At the end of the day, put your feet up with a sundowner at the wet bar. The freshly made food is served up in the dining area and the sun deck has a choice of shady and sunny spots so everyone can relax in peace between dives.
- 28th April – Save £600 Only £1495
- 12th May – Save £600 Only £1495
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor is a special kind of diving holiday in the Caribbean. Sail between the endless cays and islands in complete comfort, breaking up your day only to dive. The Provo to Provo itinerary offers outstanding wall diving with plenty of chances for pelagics from the comfort of your Aggressor liveaboard.
Oman Aggressor – only £1845 excl. flights
This is a fantastic introductory offer to dive the hot new region in Oman. Diving highlights are undoubtedly the opportunity to see the resident population of humpback whales but the islands are a paradise of untouched dive sites where whale sharks, dolphins, turtles, reef sharks and big balls of reef fish wait on pristine, unspoilt reefs.
- 21st April – save £750
- 2nd June – save £750
- 14th July – save £750
The Oman Aggressor is a fantastic 45m liveaboard with a range of stylish cabins all boasting aircon and ensuite bathrooms. For relaxation after your dives you have the choice of the large sundeck with shade, a jacuzzi and bar, or the spacious saloon area. Enjoy a variety of local Omani and international cuisine from the onboard chef.
Dive with a purpose – with the Carpe Fleet
There is a growing school of thought that the Maldivian ‘big three’ – whale sharks, manta rays and turtles – react to the changes in the monsoon seasons by moving to sites on the leeward side of the atolls. In May 2018, Carpe Novo will become a research platform for biologists from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme providing them, and 20 lucky guests, an unprecedented opportunity to explore this phenomenon. The goal of this particular Dive with a Purpose expedition is to begin the 2018 southwest season’s data collection, documenting the movements of these iconic, yet enigmatic, animals.
The Rescue a Reef trips on Carpe Vita are accompanied by a Reef CPR marine biologist. Join these special weeks to help identify and remove crown of thorns from reef eco systems. All training will be given on board.
- 25th May – Whale Research
- 14th July – Rescue a REEF
- 8th Sept – Rescue a REEF
Give us a call on 0800 0728221 to find out more about these exciting expeditions!
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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