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Great liveaboard diving deals for October and beyond from Scuba Travel

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Scuba Travel new logoWinter is coming.

But that’s OK, because UK-based diving tour operator Scuba Travel have the perfect solutions for those of you who are desperate to escape the cold for some sunshine and scuba.

Here are the details:

Red Sea / Whirlwind Liveaboard / 15th October / Last 2 Spaces / Only £1195

7 nights full board, 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices, all cabins have twin beds, en suite & air con. 2 sundecks and a jacuzzi. World class wreck dives and breathtaking reef dives every day. Up to 21 guided dives over the week.

October is one of the most popular times of year to dive the Red Sea. The water is still wonderfully warm, but the air temperature has dropped out of the 40C’s to the mid 30C’s making it a bit more comfortable.Whirlwind has one of the highest customer returns of any boat Scuba Travel sails, due mainly to the wonderful crew and layout of the boat. Enjoy her for yourself on one of the last spaces available this October.

Find out more about this trip here.

Cocos / Argo Liveaboard / 11th December – 12 nights / £5295

Save £1300. The most luxurious liveaboard in Cocos. Exclusive – only 18 divers. Remote, pristine location in the Pacific famous for vast numbers of hammerheads. Massive variety of shark life, extraordinary land life with shore visits. Best suited to more experienced divers.

Argo is the latest offering from the expert Undersea Hunter group and a spectacular addition to the stunning shores of Cocos. Packed with all the latest mod cons the Argo is a one of a kind vessel to explore a completely unique region and lives up to the high standards set by the fleet – from safety to comfort, no detail has been overlooked.

This is perhaps the ultimate hammerhead shark destination but there are more pelagics than just this to discover. Silkies, Galapgos sharks, silver tips and even tiger sharks. Visit Cocos for serious shark encounters.

Find out more about this trip here.

Maldives / Serenity Liveaboard / 6th January  / Only £2085 inc flights

Contemporary liveaboard newly built for 2016 – a brilliant choice for diver & non divers. Lower & upper deck cabins with twin or double bed configurations. Suites also available. Al fresco dining & multiple relaxation areas throughout.

Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This sleek liveaboard was built in the Maldives specifically for divers. Stand out from the crowd as you moor in the picture perfect Maldivian atolls.

This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed en-suite cabins, all with air-con. All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large 19.8m dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides. Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Find out more about this trip here.

To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, visit www.scubatravel.com.

 

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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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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