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Fancy a getaway? Check out these dive holiday deals from Scuba Travel

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If you’re in need of a holiday, take a look at the latest underwater offers from UK Tour Operator Scuba Travel:

Royal Evolution, Sudan – 7th June – 14 nights – Save £700, only £2445

Royal Evolution is the only choice for anyone serious about diving Sudan. It’s the stress free way to visit Sudan sailing down from Egypt & St Johns. The inclusion of the seldom dived Suakin area (southern Sudan) as well as the Umbria, Shaab Rumi, Angarosh make this a must see itinerary for advanced divers.

Royal Evolution is a sleek 39m and between the two sun decks and enormous saloon there is always a peaceful corner for relaxing. The bar and Jacuzzi form the social hub. Royal Evolution is fully enabled for technical and rebreather diving. The back dive deck has more space that you could ever want, with individual cubby holes for storing your gear between dives and charging batteries, as well as a large camera table with air gun in the middle of the deck. Years of hard earned experience led to the conception of Royal Evolution and she led a new era of Red Sea liveaboards in Egypt and Sudan.

Included in this package are return flights with Thomson from Gatwick and transfers, 13 nights full board on Royal Evolution, 1 night in a hotel, Egyptian visa, 12 ltr tanks and weights and up to 4 fully guided dives per day.

Find out more about this trip here.

Hotel Faial, Azores – 8th July – only £1295 – Save £100 

Discover the varied diving in Faial, plus the chance to come face to face with Blue Sharks! The Azores has incredible blue water diving. The volcanic formations underwater create swim throughs, caves and overhangs, along with undulating reefs and walls. This is heaven for macro lovers… but it is the mobula at Santa Maria and blue sharks in Faial that are the stars of the show!

The 4 star Hotel Faial Resort is within walking distance of the island’s historic centre. It’s beautifully laid out around gardens and courtyards, with the added benefit of having the Haliotis dive centre on site. For relaxation between dives the hotel has many facilities including an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and even a Turkish bath.

Package includes return flights via Lisbon, 8 nights in a standard room on a B&B basis, 12ltr tanks and weights and 10 pre-booked boat dives.

Find out more about this trip here.

Fabulous Sightings in the Southern Red Sea – Hurricane -17th May – £995

Get away to the Southern Red Sea on the award winning Hurricane Liveaboard. The final two spaces on the 17th May are only £995, (1 male share and 1 female share) on the Simply the Best Itinerary.

Don’t miss out! Last week’s guests on Hurricane had an awesome trip, reporting some amazing sightings of hammerheads and loads of mantas including six mantas together at Daedlaus, all topped off with a lovely flat calm sea at Elphinstone. Big drops offs and big fish at Daedalus combined with the unique coral formations at the reefs make for a diving itinerary to remember, far from the crowds.

Hurricane is a comfortable, spacious liveaboard with a thoughtful layout and highly experienced crew which is why she has won Liveaboard of the Year four times including last year. Book on to see for yourself just why divers fall in love with her.

Package includes return flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, 7 nights full board, 18-20 fully guided dives, 12 ltr tanks and weights and free Nitrox.

Find out more about this trip here.

Carpe Diem – Maldives – 26th May – 7 nights, only £1695

This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering the manta, whalesharks and reef residents as you go. The exact order of things is left deliberately flexible to ensure that no matter what time of year, the breathtaking world underwater is unveiled in all its perfection.

Carpe Diem combines superb service, exceptional diving and on board comfort at affordable prices. On the main deck is a large saloon area, which is the hub of the boat, where briefings are given. There is a large flat screen and audio system. Outside of the lounge is an outdoor seating area. All meals are served al fresco in the dedicated dining area on the upper deck, where there is also a sun deck for soaking up the views.

Package includes return flights, 7 nights full board, up to 3 fully guided dhoni dives per day and 12ltr tank and weights.

Find out more about this trip here.

To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

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Jeff chats to… Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so deeperblue.net (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing.

DeeperBlue.com (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.

WEB: deeperblue.com

FB: facebook.com/deeperbluedotcom

IG: instagram.com/deeperbluegram

Twitter: twitter.com/deeperblue

YouTube: youtube.com/deeperbluevideo

App: deeperblue.com/app/

Podcast: deeperblue.com/podcast/


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Competitions

This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk to book your spot!

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