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Latest special offers from blue o two include a Red Sea liveaboard trip this Friday for just £599

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Dive the Red Sea this Friday with UK-based dive tour operator blue o two from just £599. In addition to that crazy deal, why not book yourself onto one of their Project Shark Maldives dates, now from £1721 including flights?

Here are the details:

RED SEA

M/Y blue Horizon – Red Sea

03 Mar – 10 Mar 2017: North & Brothers £799

10 Mar – 17 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £999

17 Mar – 24 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £999

24 Mar – 31 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £949

31 Mar – 07 Apr 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

23 Jun – 30 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £934 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

14 Jul – 21 Jul 2017: Daedalus & Fury Shoal £1061 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

21 Jul – 28 Jul 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1039 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

03 Nov – 10 Nov 2017: Simply the Best £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

15 Dec – 22 Dec 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £807 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y blue Melody – Red Sea

31 Mar – 07 Apr 2017: Simply the Best £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

21 Apr – 28 Apr 2017: Project Shark: Simply the Best £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

28 Apr – 05 May 2017: Simply the Best £919 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

09 Jun – 16 Jun 2017: In Focus: Red Sea North £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

11 Aug – 18 Aug 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

25 Aug – 01 Sep 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1259 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

17 Nov – 24 Nov 2017: Project Shark: Simply the Best £1214 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y blue Fin – Red Sea

21 Apr – 28 Apr 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £999

02 Jun – 09 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £944 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

04 Aug – 11 Aug 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £1124 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Strait of Tiran & North £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y Red Sea Adventurer – Red Sea

17 Mar – 24 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £899

24 Feb – 03 Mar 2017: North & Brothers £599

28 Apr – 05 May 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £949

19 May – 26 May 2017: Simply the Best £899 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

23 Jun – 30 Jun 2017: North & Brothers £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

14 Jul – 21 Jul 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

25 Aug – 01 Sep 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1124 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

MALDIVES

M/Y blue Voyager

27 Feb – 07 Feb 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1721 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

06 Mar – 14 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1995

13 Mar – 21 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1795 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

20 Mar – 28 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1721 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

10 Apr – 18 Apr 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1696 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

01 May – 09 May 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

08 May – 18 May 2017: Simply the Best £1796 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

17 May – 25 May 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

15 Aug – 26 Aug 2017: Best of the Northern Atolls £2065 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

27 Aug – 09 Sep 2017: Central Atolls & Beyond £2425 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

10 Sep – 21 Sep 2017: Best of Northern & Central Atolls £2065 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

20 Nov – 28 Nov 2017: Magical Maldives £2035 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

29 Nov – 12 Dec 2017: Central Atolls & Beyond £2695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

12 Dec – 20 Dec 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1995 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

19 Dec – 27 Dec 2017: Magical Maldives £2695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

27 Dec – 07 Jan 2018: Best of the Maldives £2875 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/V Sea Spirit

18 Mar – 26 Mar 2017: Central Atolls £1954 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

TRUK LAGOON

M/V Truk Master

16 Aug – 26 Aug 2017: Truk Lagoon (10 nights) £3258** LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

FRENCH POLYNESIA

10 Sep 2017 – 20 Sep 2017: Tuamotu Archipelago £4256** – DESTINATION OF THE MONTH!

27 Oct – 03 Nov 2017: Fakarava and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve £3750**

MEXICO

Rocio Del Mar

24 Apr – 02 May 2017: Gentle Giants of Socorro Island (8 nights) £2150** LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

GALAPAGOS

M/V Galapagos Master

9 Apr – 21 Apr 2017: Master the Galapagos (10 nights) £5649*

16 Jul – 25 Jul 2017: Master the Galapagos (7 nights) £5219* LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

PALAU

S/Y Palau Siren

16 Feb – 23 Feb 2017: Palau Islands Wreck Special (7 nights) £2336**

*Package price is subject to change due to fluctuations in flight prices. Final package price will be confirmed at time of booking. **Excludes flights (boat only price). ***Subject to availability on a first come first served basis. Offers may be removed from the LIDS 2017 sale at any time. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer (incl. BSAC or Loyalty Club discount).

To book or for more info contact the blue o two travel team now on 01752 480808, email info@blueotwo.com or visit www.blueotwo.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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