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Explorer Ventures Fleet announces two new vessels



Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet announces the addition of the brand new Tiburon Explorer in the Galapagos and the new White Manta Explorer in Indonesia.

The steel has been delivered, sandblasted and primed and, on June 20, the keel was laid for the 125 foot (38 meter) Tiburon Explorer. Progress photos will be published periodically on social media. This substantial steel hull vessel will cruise the waters of the incredible Galapagos, visiting the famed Wolf and Darwin Islands for hammerheads and whale sharks, as well as Cabo Douglas in search of marine iguanas and Punta Vincente Roca for the opportunity to see mola molas.

A large and spacious state-of-the-art vessel, the Tiburon Explorer will feature 9 air-conditioned staterooms accommodating 16 guests, with 6 large staterooms on the main deck and 3 suites with large port lights on the lower deck, all with private bathrooms and ocean views. All nine cabins will be outfitted with twin beds that can convert to king beds, allowing for singles or couples in each cabin. The yacht will feature a partially covered sun deck with a jacuzzi and plenty of seating; a salon with dining, bar and entertainment areas as well as an ample dive deck with bathroom, large camera table with charging station, individual storage areas and separate rinse bins for cameras and dive gear. Diving operations will be conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck.

Existing reservations aboard Majestic Explorer have been moved to Tiburon Explorer and new reservations are now being accepted for travel beginning in April, 2020.

The new White Manta Explorer will be making her way from Malaysia to Indonesia where she will begin cruising the Banda Sea starting on September 16, 2019. Measuring 150 feet (46 meters) in length and 30 feet (10 meters) in width, this steel hull vessel will offer exciting diving through Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki and Raja Ampat in Indonesia. She is stable, sophisticated, and reliable – perfect for extended itineraries to the most exotic regions of Indonesia.

Accommodations on White Manta Explorer include fourteen beautifully furnished en-suite staterooms averaging 200 sq. ft. (20sqm) providing modern lodging for up to 22 guests. Six of the staterooms can be available for single occupancy. White Manta Explorer is replete with amenities including 24-hour satellite WIFI connection, a spacious sundeck, and two dining areas – a popular outdoor alfresco area and an indoor air-conditioned dining room. With a vessel this refined, guests are ensured the onboard ambiance of a world-class dive holiday.

White Manta Explorer‘s dive deck is sizeable and comfortable with a large dedicated camera room, outdoor work station, and a full range of rental equipment. Diving is also conducted in small groups (4:1) meaning attentive and personalized service. With an average of 20 crew members on board and a high crew to guest ratio, those aboard can expect first-class service above and below the water.

Guests joining Tiburon Explorer in the Galapagos or White Manta Explorer in Indonesia will undoubtedly enjoy an exhilarating, yet luxurious, dive holiday, most likely returning time and time again.

For reservations and information, visit, email or call +1-307-235-0683 or +1-800-322-3577 (US and Canada).


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Veterans take part in Hadrian’s Wall trek to raise funds for their ‘Red Sea family’



A group of veterans from Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy have pledged to take part in a 40 mile expedition-style trek along historic Hadrian’s Wall this July to raise funds for the staff at Egyptian dive centre and resort Roots Red Sea.

The dive centre in El Quseir has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last Spring and with Egypt now on the red list for UK travellers it is unlikely to be able to re-open in the near future. UK couple Steve and Clare Rattle, who own Roots Red Sea, have been supporting the 16 staff of the dive centre and their families but faced with an ever increasingly uncertain future, the Deptherapy beneficiaries wanted to add their support too.

Roots Red Sea is Deptherapy’s home from home in Egypt and the location where the charity’s majority of overseas training courses and expeditions are held. The facilities at the Egyptian dive centre and resort are a perfect fit for the charity offering an ideal combination of self-contained and fully adapted accommodation, as well as a team of highly trained staff.

Deptherapy normally runs 2-3 trips to Roots Red Sea each year but recent and planned trips continue to be a casualty of Covid. For the time being, training has shifted to UK waters, but their Egyptian family is never far from the minds of the Deptherapy Team.

“We’re hoping to raise £3,000 for the staff at Roots to support their families due to hardship caused by the pandemic,” explains Tom Oates, Deptherapy Divemaster, Ambassador and former Scots Guard.

“Deptherapy has been a lifeline for so many of us beneficiaries and an essential part of that journey has been our scuba diving adventures at Roots Red Sea. We view the staff at Roots as part of our extended families. They have become close friends. The welcome, service and care we are shown is unbelievable but now it is our turn to give something back. The staff at Roots have given us everything and have helped to save and change our lives. Now, they need our support.”

“This is an amazing endeavour from the guys at Deptherapy,” says Steve Rattle, who is organising the logistics of the trek which is planned to stretch over several days. “We have supported the charity for many years; it’s always been a delight to have them come to Roots and to see them really benefit from the experience. Now the tables are turned, and it is the families of Roots that are in need of help. It is really humbling to have Team Deptherapy now raising money for them. Awesome effort!”

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 12th -16th July 2021 starting from Heddon on the Wall in the east to Lenercost in the west. The route has been designed to take in a variety of features including many historical sites such as the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead.

Please give generously to sponsor Team Deptherapy in their quest to raise £3000 for the families of Roots Red Sea at the special JustGiving Page:

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

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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