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Free gifts for early bookings as Emperor Divers celebrates 25 years of diving in the Red Sea and the Maldives

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Since 1992, Emperor Divers has welcomed divers and guests to their dive centres and liveaboards in the Red Sea and, more recently, the Maldives.

Driven by a ceaseless commitment to top-notch customer service and a deep understanding of what divers want, the company has grown consistently since its early days based in Hurghada to offer the same service across its Red Sea and Maldives dive centres and liveaboards.

“The Red Sea has always been a popular choice with its richness of marine life and wrecks,” explains Luke Atkinson, General Manager. “Recently this has surpassed expectations with truly amazing marine life sightings – the best in over a decade.”

In 2014, Emperor moved into the diving arena of the Maldives with three liveaboards giving guests a choice of diving adventure. In 2016, the company expanded to become the biggest liveaboard fleet operator in the Maldives today.

With guests from all over the world choosing to dive with Emperor Divers, it’s no surprise the feedback is at 5-star level. “We don’t claim to be perfect,” explains Luke, “but we always do our utmost to provide the best diving experience we can. And that’s what sees guests return to us time and time again.”

The proof is in the pudding and guests from as far back as 1992 (yes those founding days) still choose Emperor as their diving partner; no longer guests but very much friends of Emperor.

Liveaboard diving in the Red Sea continues to attract thousands of divers each year and the diving in Marsa Alam is always a star attraction; as much to do with the longevity of the team there as well as the chance to dive with dugong, dolphins and sharks. El Gouna remains a favourite with one of the main attractions being northern Hurghada sites, which divers have been enjoying since Emperor first opened there.

New boats and routes in the Maldives keep Emperor at the forefront, giving guests new ways to dive and enjoy the iconic sites. Special trips include free video and photography workshops with highly experienced dive guides.

A quarter of a century on, the Emperor team is looking forward to the next milestone and continuing to give guests the best experience whether it be in the Red Sea or the Maldives.

Free gifts from Emperor to you

To celebrate, Emperor is getting the party started to mark its 25th year. The first new 25 bookings received will enjoy vouchers and money off.

The first 24 will each receive a €25 voucher to spend on board an Emperor Liveaboard or an Emperor Red Sea resort. The 25th booking will receive €250 against your next Red Sea or Maldives liveaboard. The countdown starts, Thursday 5th January, so book online or send your booking request to reservations@emperordivers.com to receive your gift.

Discover more at www.emperordivers.com and www.emperormaldives.com.

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The Rescue – available on Disney+ tomorrow (Watch Trailer)

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If you missed the recent cinema debut of The Rescue film, you can watch it on streaming channel Disney+ from tomorrow December 3rd.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), The Rescue is the edge-of-your-seat account of the rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in 2018.

The Rescue chronicles the dramatic rescue of the boys and their coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Check back for our review of The Rescue soon!

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Shark Guardian investigation finds endangered sharks for sale in Taiwan

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A field investigation into Taiwan’s shark fin industry was conducted by Shark Guardian between December 2020 and March 2021. The investigation obtained documentary evidence of fins from endangered shark species being openly offered for sale by over half of all shark fin traders surveyed in Taiwan’s southern fishing port of Kaohsiung.

Of the 13 shark fin processing and trading companies visited, more than half were found to be trading CITES- listed fins, and seven had shark fins from CITES Appendix II-listed species as part of their product range. One company saidthere was no difference in selling protected or unprotected species. Protected sharks’ products usually create a problem for international shipping only.”

The new report details how seven out of thirteen traders surveyed in Taiwan were found to be selling shark fins from silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, mako sharks, thresher sharks and great white sharks in broad daylight – in contravention of Taiwanese and international law.

Over a three-month period, Shark Guardian investigators witnessed multiple shipments of shark fins from endangered species being unloaded at Donggang fish market which is in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung.

Alex Hofford, Marine Wildlife Campaigner with Shark Guardian, said “To save sharks and the marine environment, Taiwanese authorities should implement an immediate crackdown on its cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade, and should tighten up local laws to ban the domestic sale of shark fin as well as better enforce its international obligations under CITES. It is also high time that the Taiwanese government should rein in its out-of-control distant water tuna fishing fleet, who are a major supplier shark fin to Chinese markets. Whilst Taiwan is a beacon of democratic and progressive values in Asia, it is allowing its unsustainable and often crime-ridden fisheries sector to rape and pillage our ocean with impunity. This must stop. Taiwan needs to show leadership in environmental protection and must quickly clean up its act as regards its sleazy shark fisheries and trade sectors.”

During our investigation, Shark Guardian also found evidence of Taiwan-based online retailers selling fins of endangered species of shark in contravention of local and international law.

According to WWF, a third of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, yet fishing and trading in unsustainable shark fin remains a highly profitable, but environmentally destructive, enterprise for Taiwanese companies operating out of Kaohsiung.

Brendon Sing, Co-Director of Shark Guardian said “Clearly more must be done to protect sharks globally. There are over 500 known shark species with only a handful of them listed under CITES. Even then, CITES listed sharks are still traded illegally where monitoring and enforcement lack any power and expose loopholes in the system. As long as this continues, there is no real protection for any shark species regardless of CITES listing or not. Taiwan must be responsible and take positive action in response to this report.”

Shark Guardian believes that excessively large profit margins are the main reason why Taiwan has never acted to rein in its shark fisheries and trade.

Shark Guardian hopes that Taiwan can apply its progressive values towards preserving the marine environment by imposing a comprehensive ban on the physical and online selling all species of shark fin in Taiwan. Such a ban would go above and beyond what is required under international law, and Taiwan’s domestic laws can be changed with public support.

For more information about Shark Guardian visit their website by clicking here.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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