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Head to the Bahamas and take advantage of a great fly free offer from Dive Worldwide

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DIVE WWDiscover unspoilt reefs in the Bahamas, enjoy topside at a relaxed pace and take advantage of this great Fly Free offer to the Out Islands offer from Dive Worldwide, which is available between now and 31 October 2016.

Anyone booking a flight-inclusive holiday before 30 June 2016 with a minimum stay of four nights at one of three participating resorts receives ONE FREE return internal flight ticket from Nassau. Alternatively stay for seven-nights or longer and receive TWO FREE flight tickets.

Each of the 700 islands in this tropical paradise exhibits its own character, the product of a rich history and a culture unique to the individual islands and their people. Formed mainly of flat coral and protected by the world’s third largest barrier reef, the archipelago has something for everyone.

The free flights offer is available when staying at any of the following three resorts featured by Dive Worldwide:

Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros

The largest Bahamian island, Andros, is home to 140 miles of barrier reef and lies next to the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’, a 2,000 metre deep oceanic trench. Small Hope Bay Lodge an all-inclusive family-run resort with a well-equipped dive centre and a friendly informal atmosphere, is built around a central coral and Andros pine lodge. Guests relax into the low impact lifestyle that comes with no dress code. A 10-minute drive from Andros Town airport, the 21 cottage-style rooms are located directly on the beach.

Stella Maris Resort, Long Island

Hardly touched by tourism, Long Island is quiet and unspoiled, with endless beaches and great diving, a one hour flight south of Nassau. Located off the beaten track, Stella Maris is an elegant resort offering panoramic ocean view rooms and villas in a relaxed Out Island atmosphere. Diving here is renowned as one of the best locations in the Bahamas. The on-site PADI affiliated water sports centre operates daily boat dives to both the calmer Caribbean Sea and the more rugged, unexplored Atlantic coast, where the marine life is larger and the topography more dramatic.

Riding Rock Resort, San Salvador

Located on San Salvador in the south east of the archipelago, this purpose built, friendly resort, with a beautiful white sandy beach on the doorstep and excellent facilities, has been welcoming divers and water sports enthusiasts since the 1960s. Located in the marina complex, the dive centre is SSI and PADI affiliated. The 50 plus dive sites are teeming with marine life from nudibranch, crabs and shrimps to barracudas, stingrays and many shark species including the scalloped hammerhead. There are swim-throughs and caverns to explore, and with visibility at an average of 40 metres, underwater photographers will be in their element.

Sample Price: from £1,895 (saving approx £200pp on free flight offer) based on 2 sharing, including return flights from the UK, domestic flights, 1 night B&B in Nassau, 7 nights’ full board at Riding Rock Resort, 16 dives (tanks & weights) and all transfers.

Offer details

Valid for travel from 01 July 2015 to 31 October 2016.

Book 4 to 6 nights for x1 ‘Fly Free’ ticket.

Book 7 nights+ for x2 ‘Fly Free’ tickets.

Limit of two ‘Fly Free’ offers per booked room. Maximum, of 2 rooms.

Offer valid for participating Out Islands resorts only.

‘Fly Free’ flights are roundtrip from Nassau only. Holiday package must include international flights.

All passengers must be booked on same flights and itinerary.

Book by 30 June 2016.

For more information or to book, contact Dive Worldwide by visiting diveworldwide.com or call 01962 302087.

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Searching for images to help Save Our Seas

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The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and organised by the Underwater Photographer of the Year opens for entries on 1st November and closes on 7th January 2023. The conservation contest is free to enter and offers cash prizes for the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year is open to both above-water and underwater photographs. Photographs must highlight a marine conservation story or theme, with both positive and negative stories encouraged. Freshwater themed conservation images are also accepted.

Chair of the judges, underwater photographer and marine ecologist Dr Alex Mustard MBE said: “Powerful photographs are able to change hearts, minds and attitudes. Conservation imagery is especially important from the oceans, which faces many threats from our activities. However, these issues mostly happen unwitnessed, out of sight of land or beneath the surface. This contest gives these valuable images a huge public platform.”

Dr James Lea, CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation, said: “Images have a profound capacity to affect how people view the world, and at SOSF we are all about encouraging positive change in how people view and interact with the marine environment. As such we are delighted to partner with the Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year award, which is uniquely placed to highlight issues our oceans are facing and inspire change”.

Previous editions of the contest have attracted entries from photographers around the world, keen to draw attention to conservation issues, campaigns and success stories important to them. The award was most recently won by Thein Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, with his aerial photograph “Big Appetite”. The photo shows boats straining the waters for anchovies in the Phu Yen province of his country.

“Salted anchovy is the most important raw material in traditional Vietnamese fish sauce. But these little fish are also a keystone of a natural ecosystem. Despite increased fishing, the catches of anchovies have decreased by 20-30% in the past 10 years. When they are overfished, the whales, tunas, sea birds and other marine predators face starvation and critical population declines.” 

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year, part of UPY is an annual competition, that traces its roots back to 1965. The Marine Conservation photographer of the Year is free to enter at www.underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com

The Save Our Seas Foundation has been dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays, for 19 years. They have funded around 425 projects in over 85 countries, supporting passionate and innovative researchers, conservationists and educators.

Each project strives for deeper understanding and more innovative solutions in marine research, conservation and education.

Header Image: Thein Nguyen Ngoc

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Sofia Tenggrono

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The September winner was Sofia Tenggrono.


What equipment do you use?

I work with Olympus TG-6 camera, Nauticam CMC-1, 2 Inon S-2000, minigear snoot dive torch

Where can our readers see more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/s.tenggrono/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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