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Join the first Azores Manta Conservation Experience liveaboard!



Every year, dozens of manta rays and sicklefin devil rays gather in the Azorean Sea, near the Island of Santa Maria. Where do they come from? Where do they go? Do the same individuals return every year? These are some of the questions that arise from the curiosity of the scientists and of all those who are passionate about these mysterious animals.

Increasing knowledge about these species, the Manta Catalog Azores conservation project, founded in 2012, observes and studies these iconic fish to better understand how we can ensure their conservation.

For the first time, it is possible to join the team leading this conservation project.

For one week, you will be able to swim in the fantastic underwater world of the Azores and learn more about the devil rays that exist in the area. Learn about techniques of photo identification, meet the scientists and contribute to the protection of these threatened species.

An immersive and unique experience that contributes to ocean conservation.

Dive into a one-of-a-kind liveaboard!


  • September, 25 to October, 2
  • Special price for first edition: € 3,000.00
  • Collection and study of scientific data side-by-side with scientist
  • Close interaction and exchange of knowledge with specialists
  • Photo-ID Workshop with professional underwater photographer
  • Dive with the manta rays at the Ambrosio Seamount
  • Dive in several spots along the coast of the Island of Santa Maria
  • Dive the iconic offshore Formigas Islet spots
  • Leisure activities
  • 8 days / 7 nights aboard a Catamaran
  • 10 dives
  • Maximum of 6 participants
  • Accommodation, meals and transfers

Requires an Advanced Open Water certification level (Open Water certification might be accepted in cases of proven extensive diving experience).

For more information contact the team by clicking here.


Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s June 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests



Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of’s June 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of’s June 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. July’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter’s July 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter’s July 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Dive Training Blogs

Tips for… Navigation



Not the most fun of topics we guess, but pretty important for any diver! Now we are sure that there are some of you out there that steer away from the navigation side and are quite happy to follow along at the back. But if you are one of those divers and the reason is because you think that it is ridiculously hard.. we want to give you a few basic tips to help you!

Now using a compass may look scary but actually there is not much to it. First rule to remember… North is North under the water as well as on land… it doesn’t change! So, with that in mind we can use that pretty easily under the water to at least give us a point of reference whilst we are diving, even if you are not leading it. Knowing the direction that you are going and how deep you are is a good reference and will help you to become more confident. Get into the habit of taking a ‘bearing’ – fancy word for direction – on the surface before going under and check the bearing as you are diving.

Knowing which way is left and right – well, when going right, the numbers increase, and when going left, the numbers decrease… easy! Starting off with turning left and right 90 degrees will start to get you into the habit of making turns. Try not to use complicated numbers when you first start off, nobody likes maths at the best of times, let alone trying to add 273 to 32 under the water! Keep it basic.

Last but not least, navigating is not all about using a compass. If you are not a fan of it and want to keep your dives simple, there is nothing wrong with natural navigation. There are some amazing sites around our coastline that are perfect for this – harbour walls, piers, open sea coves, all allow the point of reference to be followed on one side of your body on the way out and the opposite on the way back. You can also check that you are going the right way on your return as the depth will start to decrease. This is a great way to start building your confidence with navigating if you are new to it, and what is even better, lots of marine life love to congress around these rocky areas!

Other aspects to consider to throw into your natural navigation bag are picking some land marks during your dives. If there is something notable that doesn’t move (fish are not highly recommended!) take a note of this and use it as a reference and pick another. On the return journey, you can use these ‘markers’ to find your way back to the starting point. A nice and simple way to find where you are going.

So, give it a go in a nice shallow bay area and see how you get on… practice makes perfect!

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A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia.

The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

Book and stay before the end of June and benefit from no single supplements in all room types!

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – book and stay before end of June 2022

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email

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