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Indigo Safaris say Africa is open for business!

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Indigo Safaris, who specialise in bespoke and package travel in Africa has a plethora of Escorted Underwater Photography Trips and Small Group Trips available. They also have some great deals for trips between now and the end of 2021, whether you want to dive, snorkel, kayak, explore culture and history, revitalise your inner-yogi, or just enjoy the sun, sand, and cocktails.

The trips are guided by Dive Travel Adventures’ travel feature contributor and 14-year-pro photojournalist, Christopher Bartlett. Presentations and personalised coaching are offered on all of these trips, which suit everyone from beginners to advanced shooters.  From St Helena to Papua New Guinea, passing through Palau for bumped parrotfish spawning, the Maldives for manta feeding trains in Hanifaru, the sharks of the Bahamas, Cocos, and French Polynesia, and more.

Check out some of the exciting trips on offer here:

Mozambique 

Southern Mozambique – 9 nights from $1800 based on 4 sharing
9 nights in a two-bedroom chalet with full kitchen and lounge at Coco Rico Resort in Ponta Do Ouro with 14-dives on reefs between Ponta Da Ouro, Ponta Malongane & Ponta Mamoli. Includes return Durban airport transfers.
Up to 16 shark species can be seen here. It’s a great area for rays, turtles, and game fish too. 

Central Mozambique Mantas and Whale Sharks – 9 nights from $1735
4 nights B&B Casa Babi in Vilanculos & 5 nights deluxe B&B at Tofo Beach. With 6 dives in Vilanculos, lunch on dive days, 8 dives from Tofo Beach, far reef charges. Includes transfers.
Tofo is a hot spot for giant & reef mantas, whale sharks and other big fish. Vilanculos is in the beautiful Bazaruto archipelago, with excellent reef and coral life, and some manta.

South Africa 

Aliwal Shoal and Sodwana Bay – 9 nights B&B $1220 
5 nights Umkomaas at Blue Ocean, 4 nights Sodwana at Reef Teach, 6 Aliwal Shoal dives, 2 baited shark dives, 2 dives Sodwana 2-mile reef, 4 dives Sodwana far reefs, transfers

South African Sharks and Safari, 12 nights: Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, Nambiti Game Reserve from $1995
9 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, 12 reef dives, 2 baited cageless shark dives, 3 nights’ full board accommodation in a safari lodge with morning and afternoon game drives in Nambiti Big 5 reserve, transfers.

Sardine Run 2021

A selection of the best trips to see the Greatest Shoals on Earth.

https://www.indigosafaris.com/sardine-run.html

Tanzania diving

8-day Zanzibar Dive Holiday at Sunset Beach Bungalows
including return airport transfers and 12 dives
from US$ 1,055 person sharing
interactive itinerary here

8-day Zanzibar Dive Holiday at Gold Zanzibar
including return airport transfers and 12 dives
from US$ 1,730 person sharing
INCLUDES 20% EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

interactive itinerary here

8-day Pemba Dive Holiday at Gecko Eco Lodge
including return airport transfers and 12 dives
from US$ 1,775 person sharing
interactive itinerary here

8-day Mafia Island Dive Holiday at Chole Mjini
including return airport transfers and 12 dives
from US$ 1,720 person sharing
INCLUDES 2 FREE NIGHTS

interactive itinerary here

11 nights: 7 nights Zanzibar & 4 nights Selous Safari from $2,500
includes 1 free night on safari
7 nights at Sunset Beach Kendwa on B&B basis and 4 nights safari at Selous Wilderness on full-board basis
12 dives, 2 daily safari activities, domestic flights, transfers and park fees

11 nights: 7 nights Zanzibar & 4 nights Selous Safari from $3,150

includes 1 free night on safari
7 nights at Gold Resort on all-inclusive basis and 4 nights safari at Selous Wilderness on full-board basis
10 dives, 2 daily safari activities, domestic flights, transfers and park fees


For more information or to see some of the offers they have available visit: www.indigosafaris.com/dive-specials.html

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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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