Sri Lanka Emerges as a New Dive Destination, with Launch of First Ever Liveaboard
Island Hopping with Diving Becomes Available on Local Islands in the Maldives
The tiny island of Sri Lanka may be best known for its Buddhist ruins, but it is also an emerging dive destination. A sure sign of this latest trend is the arrival this September (2016) of the island’s first ever liveaboard, the Sri Lanka Aggressor, to be introduced by Dive Worldwide. Another first for Dive Worldwide, and never seen before, is an authentic Maldivian island-hopping dive experience with stays in local guesthouses.
From bespoke holidays to expert-led small groups, the leading specialist in scuba diving trips offers underwater escapes for all budgets including diving holidays for clubs or groups of friends. Regardless of diving ability, whether travelling solo or with a buddy, choose from resorts and iconic liveaboards in over 45 countries from Malta to Tahiti and plenty in between.
WHAT’S NEW FOR SUMMER 2016 & BEYOND
ISLAND HOPPING & LIVING LIKE A LOCAL IN THE MALDIVES
Dive Worldwide is first to encapsulate a new dive trend for living like a local while diving the famous sites in the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll. Its brand new island hopping adventure for summer 2016 includes stays in small guesthouses on two lesser-known Maldivian islands.
Until now it has only been possible to dive the Maldives from a liveaboard or stay in a single resort and, while island hopping is popular in the Philippines and Thailand, it is virtually unheard of in the Maldives. Tune into a slower pace with a morning dive, followed by a relaxing afternoon, enjoying the local food and culture, with the chance to rub shoulders with local people during the evening.
Time is divided between two islands on the South Malé Atoll, diving popular sites such as Embudhoo Kandu, Guraidhoo Thila and Kandooma Caves, including those in marine protected areas. Underwater highlights include drift dives, soft corals, caves, turtles, wrasse, grouper, sharks and eagle rays. The journey begins on Maafushi, a tiny island with a thriving community before moving further south to Guraidhoo, a small island with a 2,300 strong fishing community, renowned for boat building. Importantly, the island hopping is by ordinary day boat which is so much more economical than the usual sea plane transfers on offer to other visitors.
Price: A 9-day dive trip costs from £1,725pp based on 2 sharing, including return flights from the UK, accommodation, transfers and diving.
SRI LANKA – AN EMERGING DIVE DESTINATION
Once an extension to the Maldives, Sri Lanka is an emerging dive destination in its own right, with its offer of tropical waters and teeming sea life. The year-round destination also provides an array of topside attractions from ancient architecture to palm-fringed tropical beaches, temperate tea plantations and jungle habitats. From September 2016 Dive Worldwide is to offer the first ever (and newly built) liveaboard, the Sri Lanka Aggressor, with three separate itineraries available: whale and dolphin snorkelling, recreational diving, and technical wreck weeks.
The inaugural whale and dolphin snorkelling trip begins from Trincomalee encountering up to 13 species of whale and eight species of dolphin under the expert eye of world-renowned naturalist Howard Martenstyn. Recreational diving trips depart from Colombo and offer tremendous variety from local wreck to drift dives. Wreck diving enthusiasts can enjoy technical diving on world-class wrecks such as the HMS Hermes, the first ever British-built aircraft carrier, now lying at a depth of 54 metres.
The Sri Lanka Aggressor is a purpose-built, 44-metre yacht that is accompanied by two launches. Generous on board facilities include 13 air-conditioned cabins, a dive deck lounge, wet bar, BBQ grill area and a swim deck. A four day extension is available staying in a 5-star tented camp with big game viewing at Minneriya and Wilpattu parks, and the opportunity to spot leopard, deer, monkeys and birdlife. There are also side trips to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sigiriya Rock Palace and the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
Price: A 10-day liveaboard costs from £2,455pp based on 2 sharing, including return flights from the UK, accommodation, transfers and diving. A 4-day safari extension costs from £1,100pp. A 50% discount is offered on the cost of the liveaboard on all departures from 10-17 September 2016.
SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES
For those who prefer to join like-minded souls on their underwater adventures, there are a host of opportunities to buddy-up with group diving experiences for 2016 and 2017. Among them are:
Great for experienced divers, join these special weeks in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast and at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique to see as many different shark species as possible, while learning to understand their behaviour and how they see divers.
Price: 9 nights’ B&B costs from £1,535pp inc all flights, 14 dives, weights and transfers. Selected departures.
Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia is widely considered to offer the most spectacular and varied diving on earth. Join a 10-night liveaboard adventure on the elegant S/Y Indo Siren and, with marine Biologist Dr. Richard Smith, take in the finest dive sites at the epicentre of the Coral Triangle.
Price: 15 days from £4,350pp inc flights, mostly full board, transfers, expert leader and up to 4 dives per day. Depart 28 Feb 2017.
Book now for June 2017, joining instructor Neil Bennett at the very pinnacle of his sport to explore this incredible WW2 underwater battle site in Micronesia, with countless wrecks at diveable depths – a region that is without equal in the world of wreck diving.
Price: 13 nights’ full board from £3,495pp inc diving, transfers, expert instructor, Truk diving permit, Nitrox up to 30%. Depart 28 June 2017.
For more information, visit www.diveworldwide.com or call +44 (0)1962 302087.
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
Check back on Scubaverse.com for a review of the book coming soon!
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.
“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 www.deptherapy.co.uk.
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