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Go to DIVE 2013 in the UK this November and be in with a chance to win a 10-night all inclusive liveaboard dive safari experience for two to the Philippines worth £8,000!



Around 300 exhibiting companies are expected to welcome visitors to this Autumn’s big diving showcase in the UK, DIVE 2013 at the NEC on 26/27 October. Among them will be many leading dive gear manufacturers and distributors, retailers, training agencies, holiday destinations and dive centres.

In themed areas such as the Asia-Pacific Showcase, Caribbean Village, British Isles Experience, Photozone and New Products Showcase, visitors will have the perfect opportunity to take their diving to a whole new level.

And they will also be able to interact with a stellar line-up of speakers on the main DIVER Stage, the Centre Stage and, in a rolling programme of seminars, the two Ocean Theatres.

Qualified Divers are invited to hit the rebreather pool to test the latest in the ever-growing array of CE-marked CCRs, while the non-qualified of all ages can make a splash with scuba in the SCUBA Pursuits try-dive pool. There are likely to be breath-holding freedivers in the mix, too.

ImageProxy (1)Monty Halls has spent much of this year in prime international locations for his new TV series Dive Mysteries. As this has involved some serious diving, he assembled a team of top divers to accompany him. Members of the team will join him on the main DIVER Stage for a joint presentation, so stand by for great footage and to hear not only from Monty but from three other popular speakers, Andy Torbet,  Rich Stevenson andKevin Gurr. You’ll also get the chance to put your questions to this heavyweight line-up.

What’s more, Monty hopes to have at the Show on a stand celebrating “the adventure of British diving” his new pride and joy – a Land Rover modified by the manufacturer to make it ideal for diving expeditions.

Among the many other speakers taking the stage at DIVE 2013 will be TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer Mark Powell, who plans to address some of the most widely believed myths about diving.

British cave-diver Chris Jewell recently led an expedition to Mexico’s Huautla system that established the cave as the deepest in the Western hemisphere. He’ll be astounding the DIVE 2013 audience with descriptions of this incredible seven-week adventure. Find out how Chris and his team assembled their diving gear on a perilous platform suspended over a deep swirling pool, towed camping supplies through a 600m underwater tunnel, and slept underground for up to 10 days at a time!

ImageProxy (3)Photozone Host Saeed Rashid has big plans up his sleeve for speakers on all matters photo – and videographic appearing on the Centre Stage.

Top of the bill will be a dynamic duo reunited. Alex Mustard and Martin Edge are the godfathers of the UK underwater photography scene, and their theme will be what to shoot and what to ignore while diving to produce the best shots, whatever camera system you use.

Look out too for international photo-guru Michael AW, and videographer Fergus Kennedy whose subject is “Underwater Video: New Perspectives, New Challenges”. You can inspect, discuss and buy cameras and accessories in the PhotoZone, and British Society Of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) experts will be offering one-to-one advice. You’ll also be able to pick the underwater images that really float your boat by browsing the BSoUP/DIVER Magazine Prints Competition Gallery and voting for your favourites.

One Lucky DIVE 2013 ticket-holder will be able to take a companion on a 10-night all inclusive luxury liveaboard dive safari experience in the Philippines, if his or her name is pulled out in the Grand Prize Draw.

Round-trip air tickets from the UK are provided courtesy of Malaysia Airlines, and domestic flights, inland transfers and overnight stays in Manila and Cebu courtesy of TRIPS Travel.

The prize offered by Worldwide Dive and Sail is a trip on Philippine Siren, with a choice of two seasonal itineraries (to be taken between November 2013 and October 2014).

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ImageProxy (4)Buying a ticket for DIVE 2013 doesn’t only get you into the greatest scuba show on earth, this year there’s a big bonus. For you’ll be entitled to Free Entry to an exciting new ski show – InTheSnow Live – simply by walking across the NEC Concourse to the nearby exhibition hall.

A totally new kind of ski show, InTheSnow Live aims to bring the fun, atmosphere and excitement of an alpine resort live to the NEC.
Based around a unique two-storey apres ski bar topped by a giant LED cube, it will include a live screening of the opening World Cup Giant Slalom race from Solden, Austria, with commentary from BBC Ski Sunday’s presenters.

And the screens will also pick up live action from around the show hall including an Alpine Kitchen, Chamonix Talk Theatre, Fashion Theatre and areas focussing on ski-fitness and optimum boot-fitting for comfort and performance.

Buy tickets giving access to TWO shows for the price of one here


Murex Bangka Announce New Oceanfront Cottages & Beachfront Dining



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Located on a private, palm-fringed, white sand beach and surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs that are bursting with colour and teeming with life, Murex Bangka Resort is a haven for scuba divers. A stay at Murex Bangka gives divers the opportunity to experience a virtually untouched, Indonesian tropical island paradise.

This stunning resort that harnesses solar power, is committed to sustainability and marine conservation – is now offering divers even more home comforts with the completion of its new Premium Oceanfront Cottages and a new restaurant offering exciting indoor and al fresco dining experiences.

NEW Premium Oceanfront Cottages

Murex Bangka Resort offers a duplex style and two detached Premium Oceanfront Cottages which are positioned close to the ocean and are just steps away from the beach.

These tastefully appointed and spacious air-conditioned rooms offer comfortable indoor living and large verandas with outdoor seating. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available and all Premium Oceanfront Cottages feature large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins.

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As well as the detached cottages, the duplex option offers two more individual premium living spaces. For families and groups of friends, the two adjoining duplex cottages and the shared adjoining common living room area may be opened up – making this an ideal and generously proportioned for option for families and groups who prefer to stay closer together.

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  • Large verandas with ceiling fans
  • Ensuite ocean view bathrooms with hot water rainfall showers
  • AC throughout the night
  • Minibar
  • Dressing table/desk area
  • Ample storage
  • King size or twin beds with mosquito nets
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Ample wall sockets for charging accessories
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Shared common/living area (Duplex Cottages)

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New Beachfront Dining

After a day of diving, guests can now kick-back, relax and enjoy flavours from around the world in Murex Bangka’s new beachfront restaurant. As well as serving a la carte dishes from the inspiring menu, diners can enjoy both buffet and family-style offerings.

Dishes combine the freshest of local ingredients and include options for a range of dietary preferences and restrictions. Bangka’s new menu has been carefully curated with the assistance of an internationally renowned food and beverage consultant and there is a focus on combining traditional classics with more contemporary international plates.

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The new and impressive free standing main restaurant allows guests to dine just meters from the shore while enjoying beautiful beach and sea views. Three meals a day are on offer as well as an enticing selection of specialty coffees, teas, mocktails and cocktails. A wine menu is also available and a cold beer (or beverage of your choosing) makes for a perfect way to end the day while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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Book Your Stay

If you would like to find out more about Murex Bangka or to make a reservation, contact: or take a look at the Murex Resorts website:

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Oceanic+ Dive Housing Awarded the Red Dot Product Design Award 2024




Oceanic, a pioneer in scuba diving technology for over 50 years, announces that its Oceanic+ Dive Housing has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Red Dot Design Award. This esteemed recognition underscores Oceanic’s commitment to innovation and excellence in product design.

The Red Dot Award is an internationally renowned accolade, celebrating exceptional design quality and innovation across various industries. Each year, thousands of products from around the globe undergo rigorous evaluation by an expert panel of judges, with only the most outstanding designs receiving this esteemed award.

The Oceanic+ Dive Housing impressed the jury with its sleek and functional design, seamlessly integrating with both Apple Watch Ultra and iPhone devices to transform them into fully functional dive computers. This innovative product not only enhances the diving experience but also exemplifies Oceanic’s dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions for divers worldwide.

“We are thrilled to receive the 2024 Red Dot Product Design Award for the Oceanic+ Dive Housing,” says Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “This accolade is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence in design and technology in the dive industry. We are immensely proud of our team’s hard work and commitment to innovation.”

The Oceanic+ Dive Housing joins the ranks of previous Red Dot Award winners, reaffirming Oceanic’s position as a leader in the dive industry. This prestigious recognition further solidifies Oceanic’s reputation for delivering exceptional quality and performance in its products.

About Oceanic

Founded in 1972 by industry-pioneer Bob Hollis, Oceanic is a global dive leader committed to providing innovative, reliable, accessible and easy-to-use dive equipment to recreational divers so they can focus on what matters most: exploring the underwater world and appreciating the wonders of marine life. For over 50 years this philosophy has been woven into everything Oceanic does and is the foremost reason the company is considered a best-in-class, recreational dive brand. Oceanic is one of Huish Outdoors’ premier dive brands. To learn more, please visit

Sea & Sea is the home of Oceanic and other leading diving brands in the UK. 

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