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Latest Deals From Ultimate Dive Travel

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In the US? Check out all the latest scuba diving holiday deals from US based tour operator Ultimate Dive Travel:

TURKS AND CAICOS EXPLORER II
$600.00 Off – 7 Nights – Double Occupancy
Package includes:
3 meals daily + between-dive snacks (except Friday evening meal)
Up to 5 dives daily
Use of tanks, weights and belts
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
August 02 -09, 2014 -$600.00 discount
August 09-16, 2014 – $600.00
August 16 – 23, 2014 -$300.00
August 23 – 30, 2014 – $300.00
August 30 – Sept. 06, 2014 – $600.00

NOT INCLUDED – Airport Transfer,Port/Hotel Taxes,Fuel Surcharge, Friday Dinner

From $1595.00 per person
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HOTEL COZUMEL WITH DIVE HOUSE
Dive Special
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations standard poolview room double occupancy
All meals, snacks and beverages including house alcoholic drink
5 days 2 tank boat dives
Government hotel taxes
$916.25 per person thru Aug 17, 2014
$837.50 per person Aug 18 – Nov 15, 2014
From $837.50 per person
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Valid for travel
$916.25 pp thru Aug. 17 2014
$837.50 pp Aug. 18 – November 15 2014
COBALT COAST GRAND CAYMAN
7 Nights Accommodations
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations, 1 bedroom suite double occupancy
Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
6 days 2 tank boat dives and unlimited tanks for shore diving
Round trip airport transfers
Government hotel taxes
From $1395.00 per person
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Valid for travel
$1755.00 per person July 26-Aug 30 2014
$1395.00 per person Sept 13-Dec 20 2014
MALUKU DIVERS INDONESIA
10% OFF Special
Package includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy
3 meals daily
3 boat dives daily
Round trip airport transfers
Government hotel taxes
7 nights/ 6 days of diving $1527.00 per person
From $1527.00 per person
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Must book by July 15th
PALAU PACIFIC RESORT 
WITH FISH N FINS
$1500 per person/double occupancy
Package includes:
7 nights, breakfast, 5 days 2 tank boat dives
Includes boxed lunch
Free Nitrox.
Round trip airport transfers and
Government taxes

*marine and state park fees not included

From $1500.00 per person
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Valid for travel
May 7-Jul 15 2014,
Oct 1-Dec 20 2014
Must book by June 15 2014
KASAWARI NORTH SULAWESI
7 Nights for the price of 5 Nights
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations deluxe villa double occupancy
3 meals daily
Up to 18 boat dives including 1 night
Round trip airport transfers
Government/hotel taxes
$1599.00 per person
From $1599.00 per person
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Valid for travel
thru April 30, 2015
must be booked by July 8, 2014
TRUE BLUE BAY RESORT GRENADA
BUY 1 GET 1 – 50% off
Package includes:
Package depends on availability and cannot be combined
with any other special.
7 nights double occupancy standard room
5 days of 2 tank boat diving
Continental breakfast buffet
taxes and service charges
From $990.00 per person
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Valid September 1 through October 03, 2014

For more information visit www.ultimatedivetravel.com.

Marine Life & Conservation

Komodo National Park found to be Manta Hotspot

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Through a collaborative effort between citizen divers, scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), and Murdoch University, a new study reports a large number of manta rays in the waters of Komodo National Park, Indonesian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggesting the area may hold the key to regional recovery of the threatened species.

Reef mantas (Mobula alfredi), which grow up to 5m, tend to reside and feed in shallow, coastal habitats. They also visit ‘cleaning stations’ on coral reefs to have parasites, or dead skin picked off by small fish. Courtship ‘trains’ are also observed adjacent to cleaning stations. In Komodo National Park, manta rays are present year-round, challenging the famous Komodo dragon as the most sought-after megafauna for visitors.

Scientists teamed up with the dive operator community to source identification photographs of manta rays visiting the parks’ waters and submit them to MantaMatcher.org – a crowdsourced online database for mantas and other rays. Most of the photographs came from just four locations from over 20 commonly visited by tourism boats.

I was amazed by how receptive the local dive community was in helping collect much-needed data on these threatened animals,” said lead author Dr. Elitza Germanov. “With their support, we were able to identify over 1,000 individual manta rays from over 4,000 photographs.

People love manta rays—they are one of the most iconic animals in our oceans. The rise of the number of people engaging in SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and the advent of affordable underwater cameras meant that photos and videos taken by the public during their holidays could be used to quickly and affordably scale data collection,” said MMF co-founder and study co-author Dr. Andrea Marshall.

The photographs’ accompanying time and location data is used to construct sighting histories of individual manta rays, which can then be analyzed with statistical movement models. These models predict the likelihood that manta rays are inhabiting or traveling in between specific sites. The study’s results showed that some manta rays moved around the park and others as far as the Nusa Penida MPA (>450 km to the west), but overall, manta rays showed individual preferences for specific sites within the Park.

I found it very interesting how some manta rays appear to prefer spending their time in some sites more than others, even when sites are 5 km apart, which are short distances for manta rays,” said Dr. Elitza Germanov. “This means that manta rays which prefer sites where fishing activities continue to occur or that are more popular with tourism will endure greater impacts.”

Fishing activities have been prohibited in many coastal areas within Komodo NP since 1984, offering some protection to manta rays prior to the 2014 nationwide protection. However, due to illegal fishing activity and manta ray movements into heavily fished waters, manta rays continue to face a number of threats from fisheries. About 5% of Komodo’s manta rays have permanent injuries that are likely the result of encounters with fishing gear.

The popularity of tourism to these sites grew by 34% during the course of the study. An increase in human activity can negatively impact manta rays and their habitats. In 2019, the Komodo National Park Authority introduced limits on the number of boats and people that visit one of the most famous manta sites.

This study shows that the places where tourists commonly observe manta rays are important for the animals to feed, clean, and mate. This means that the Komodo National Park should create measures to limit the disturbance at these sites,” said Mr. Ande Kefi, an employee of the Komodo National Park involved with this study. “I hope that this study will encourage tourism operators to understand the need for the regulations already imposed and increase compliance.”

Despite Indonesia’s history with intensive manta ray fisheries, Komodo National Park still retains large manta ray aggregations that with careful ongoing management and threat reduction will benefit regional manta ray populations. The study highlights that marine protected areas that are large enough to host important manta ray habitats are a beneficial tool for manta ray conservation.

For more information about MMF visit their website here.

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Euro-Divers opens to guests at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

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In celebration of Euro-Divers’ 50 Years of Diving with Friends in the Maldives, the team have opened a new PADI 5 Star Dive Center at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives retreat lies at the northern edge of the Maldives in the tranquil Raa Atoll, reached via a panoramic 45-minute seaplane voyage from Male. The island has 80 all-pool-villas, 36 of which are over water with a private pool for your enjoyment and 44 beachfront villas designed seamlessly to immerse guests in the natural surroundings. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt Earth Check operating standards, integrating their environments’ natural, physical, and cultural elements.

Raa Atoll is well-known for the excellent scuba diving it offers. The underwater landscape of Raa Atoll is characterized by a high number of thilas scattered inside the lagoons. These underwater coral mountains are magnets for marine life including huge schools of tropical reef fish, a generous splash of colour, iconic bucket-list-must-see marine creatures including sharks, mantas (appearing during the entire year), turtles, and uncrowded dive sites—a perfect diver’s heaven for beginners and experienced divers. We offer a full range of PADI courses for different levels. From November till March, the Manta cleaning station is located 15 minutes away by boat.

The team from Alila Kothaifaru Maldives look forward to welcoming you soon.

Find out more at: www.euro-divers.com/alila-kothaifaru-maldives

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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 info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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