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Latest Worldwide Dive Holiday Deals From Oonasdivers

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UK-based tour operator Oonasdivers have released their latest Worldwide dive holiday deals for the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

Here are the details:

Oonasdivers | South Africa from £1255

Shark Diving South Africa – Scuba Addicts Lodge

Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most magnificent creatures…… SHARKS.

October 2015

10 – 17 Oct only £1285

January 2016

23 – 30 Jan only £1255

February 2016

20 – 27 Feb 2016 only £1255

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 6 nights B&B and 10 Shark Dives.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Maldives | Liveaboards from £1540

Explore one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations in comfort and style. Join one of Oonasdivers’ popular Maldives liveaboards and pick the itinerary that suits you.

September 2015

18 – 26 Sep – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1575

October 2015

09 – 17 Oct – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1785

30 Oct – 07 Nov – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) £1680

November 2015

27 Nov – 05 Dec – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) only £1680

27 Nov – 05 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1820

December 2015

04 – 12 Dec – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) only £1650

04 – 12 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1820

11 – 19 Dec – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) only £1950

11 – 19 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £2050

18 – 26 Dec – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) only £2105

18 – 26 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £2280

May 2016

06 – 14 May – Emperor Atoll (Pelagic Magic) only £1540

06 – 14 May – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1610

13 – 21 May – Emperor Atoll (Pelagic Magic) only £1540

13 – 21 May – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1590

20 – 28 May – Emperor Atoll (Pelagic Magic) only £1540

20 – 28 May – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1590

27 May – 04 Jun – Emperor Atoll (Pelagic Magic) only £1605

27 May – 04 Jun – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1655

June 2016

03 – 11 June – Emperor Atoll (Pelagic Magic) only £1540

03 – 11 June – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1590

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board, 17 dives and FREE Nitrox.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Caribbean | Tobago from £1240

Fancy a diving holiday with a difference? Sample the true Caribbean in Tobago – soak up the island’s warm atmosphere whilst diving in the colourful waters. Perfect for non-divers too.

Blue Waters Inn

Tobago’s best kept secret, Blue Waters Inn is perfectly located in Speyside. Access the top dive sites whilst enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

September 2015

04 – 11 Sep only £1265

07 – 14 Sep only £1240

11 – 18 Sep only £1265

14 – 21 Sep only £1240

18 – 25 Sep only £1265

21 – 28 Sep only £1240

25 Sep – 02 Oct only £1265

28 Sep – 05 Oct only £1240

October 2015

02 – 09 Oct only £1265

05 – 12 Oct only £1240

09 – 16 Oct only £1265

12 – 19 Oct only £1240

16 – 23 Oct only £1265

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 dives including full equipment.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Sudan | Royal Evolution from £2595

Embark on an adventure into the pristine Sudanese waters. Join one of the most sophisticated liveaboards in the Red Sea for her extended 13 day cruise.

November 2015

25 Nov – 09 Dec – Abington Reef, Shaab Rumi & Umbria Wreck only £2595

February 2016

24 Feb – 09 Mar – Abington Reef, Shaab Rumi & Umbria Wreck only £2635

Prices are per person and include 14 nights full board and 12 days diving.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Canary Islands | El Hierro from £665

Dive El Hierro with Shane Gray

El Hierro is the smallest of the Canary Islands, with an extraordinary and captivating landscape both above and below the water. This trip is fully guided by Shane Gray, a well-known figure in the Irish diving community, and his wife Ollie.

November 2015

09 – 16 Nov – Dive El Hierro £670

23 – 30 Nov – Dive El Hierro £665

February 2016

22 – 29 Feb – Dive El Hierro £700

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights self-catering and 10 dives.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Malta & Gozo from £480

The most stunning diving in the Mediterranean, the rocky topography of the Maltese Islands means you can enjoy striking underwater scenery including caves, overhangs and swim throughs.

Combine this with good visibility, warm water, no tides and few currents, and you have a perfect combination for all divers.

Dive Malta

Explore the amazing underwater topography and the impressive collection of ship, plane and submarine wrecks. All with one of the top PADI and BSAC diving centres on the island, Maltaqua.

October 2015

04 – 11 Oct only £660

March 2016

05 – 12 Mar only £480

19 – 26 Mar only £560

Price includes flights, transfers, 7 nights self-catering at the Sands Apartments and 10 dives.

Discover Gozo

One of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean, Gozo retains its simple rural charm. Your diving will be with the only recognised BSAC and PADI approved centre in Gozo, the Calypso Dive Centre, who have been established for over 30 years.

October 2015

11 – 18 Oct only £715

Price includes flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B at the Calypso Hotel and 10 dives.

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Fiji | Save 10%

Fiji is home to the world’s 4th longest barrier reef, the Great Astrolobe Barrier Reef, offering 75 miles of pristine hard and soft corals.

Matava Resort

Find your spirit of adventure as you experience the magnificent beauty of a remote Fijian island. Matava offers a unique blend of eco lodges mixed with a touch of luxury.

October 2015 – May 2016

Save 10% on accommodation, diving and transfers, the equivalent of over £100 per person for a 7 night stay.

Find out more here.

To find out more or to book, contact the Oonasdivers team now by calling +44 (0)1323 648924+44 (0)1323 648924, email info@oonasdivers.com  or visit www.oonasdivers.com.

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Jeff chats to… Underwater Photographer Ellen Cuylaerts (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Ellen Cuylaerts about her diving and underwater photographic career.

As an underwater and wildlife photographer, Fellow of The Explorers Club and having a front seat in exploration being part of the Flag and Honours Committee, Ellen is also a Member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She travels the world and tries to make the most of every destination and the path that leads her there. Ellen acts as an ocean citizen and believes as divers we should all be ocean ambassadors and lead by example. She is now based in the UK after many years in Grand Cayman.

Find out more about Ellen and her work at www.ellencuylaerts.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Huge thresher shark is the latest of six murals to be painted around the Solent this summer

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The murals celebrate the Solent’s extraordinary marine life – marking National Marine Week.

Secrets of the Solent have commissioned street artist ATM to paint a series of marine-themed artworks at various locations around the Solent this summer. The latest mural to be finished shows a thresher shark on the Langstone Harbour Office. Langstone Harbour is an important area for wildlife as well as a bustling seaside destination for sailing and water sports.

Artist ATM, who is painting all six murals, is well-known for his iconic wildlife street art. This, his second artwork of the series, took three days to paint freehand, from a scaffolding platform. The thresher shark was chosen out of six marine species to be the subject of the artwork by the local community, who were asked to vote via an online form or in person on the Hayling Ferry.

Secrets of the Solent hope the mural will become a landmark in Langstone Harbour and inspire visitors to learn more about this enigmatic oceanic shark. The project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, works to celebrate and raise awareness of Solent’s diverse marine environment.

Aiming to highlight the exotic and unusual creatures found close to our coasts, artist ATM says: “I really enjoyed painting the thresher shark because it’s such an amazing looking animal, with a tail as long as its body. I hope when people see the murals, they will become more aware of what lives under the waves and the importance of protecting the vital habitats within the Solent.”

Dr Tim Ferrero, Senior Marine Biologist at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust says: “The thresher shark is a wonderful animal that visits our waters every summer. It comes to an area to the east of the Isle of Wight, and this appears to be where the sharks breed and have their young. Not many people know that we have thresher sharks in our region, and so having our mural here on the side of the Langstone Harbour Office building is a fantastic way of raising awareness of this mysterious ocean wanderer. I really hope that people will come away with the knowledge that the Solent, our harbours and our seas are incredibly important for wildlife.”

Rachel Bryan, Project Manager for Secrets of the Solent at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust comments: “We are really excited to have street artist ATM painting a thresher shark on the side of the Langstone Harbour Office building. We chose this building because of its prominent location right on the entrance to Langstone Harbour so that anyone who’s visiting, whether that’s walkers, cyclists or people coming in and out of the harbour on their jet-skis or sailing boats, will all be able to see our thresher shark. People on the Portsmouth side of the harbour will also be able to see the mural from across the water.”

The thresher shark is a mysterious predator which spends most of its time in oceanic waters. It uses its huge whip-like tail as an incredibly effective tool for hunting its prey. Herding small fish into tight shoals, the shark will lash at them with its tail, stunning several in one hit and making them easier to catch.

Secrets of the Solent hope to work with the species this summer to discover more about its behaviour.

Dr Tim Ferrero explains: “Nobody really knows where thresher sharks go in the ocean. Later this summer we are hoping that we are going to be able to attach a satellite tag to a thresher shark and monitor its progress for an entire year. This will provide really important information that will help us learn so much more about the shark’s annual life cycle.”

The new thresher shark mural is a fantastic start to National Marine Week (24th July – 8th August), which celebrates the unique marine wildlife and habitats we have here in the UK. Over the two weeks, Wildlife Trusts around the country will be running a series of exciting events to celebrate the marine environment. We really hope people will be inspired by our murals and want to learn more about each chosen species.

Events in the Solent include the launch of a new Solent marine film on the 29th July, installation of a new Seabin on the 4th August to reduce marine litter, and citizen science surveys throughout summer.

For more information click here.

Header image: Bret Charman

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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