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Latest Worldwide travel deals from Oonasdivers

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Hot off the heels of their Red Sea offers from last week (which you can check here), UK-based tour operator Oonasdivers have now sent their worldwide scuba diving travel deals over.

Here are the details:

Oonasdivers | South Africa from £1295

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

Shark Diving South Africa – Scuba Addicts Lodge

October 2015

10 – 17 Oct only £1320

January 2016

23 – 30 Jan only £1295

February 2016

20 – 27 Feb 2016 only £1295

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.

July 2015

31 Jul – 08 Aug – Emperor Atoll (Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks) only £1815

August 2015

07 – 15 Aug – Emperor Atoll (Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs) £1700

07 – 15 Aug – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1675

14 – 22 Aug – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) £1550

14 – 22 Aug – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1760

21 – 29 Aug – Emperor Atoll (Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks) £1650

21 – 29 Aug – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1755

28 Aug – 05 Sep – Emperor Atoll (Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs) £1570

September 2015

18 – 26 Sep – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1820

October 2015

9 – 17 Oct – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) £1785

30 Oct – 07 Nov – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) £1610

November 2015

27 Nov – 05 Dec – Emperor Atoll (The Best of the Maldives) only £1650

27 Nov – 05 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1750

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 £1925

11 – 19 Dec – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £2025

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 £1540

27 May – 04 Jun – Emperor Voyager (The Best of the Maldives) only £1590

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 £1015

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

Toucan Inn

The friendly and relaxed Toucan Inn provides great value for money. Just a short walk away from the most beautiful beaches in Tobago, and a good choice of restaurants and bars.

September 2015

04 – 11 Sep only £1040

07 – 14 Sep only £1015

11 – 18 Sep only £1040

14 – 21 Sep only £1015

18 – 25 Sep only £1040

21 – 28 Sep only £1015

25 Sep – 02 Oct only £1040

28 Sep – 05 Oct only £1015

October 2015

02 – 09 Oct only £1040

05 – 12 Oct only £1015

09 – 16 Oct only £1040

12 – 19 Oct only £1015

16 – 23 Oct only £1040

Price includes flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 dives with Undersea Tobago.

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 £1175

07 – 14 Sep only £1150

11 – 18 Sep only £1175

14 – 21 Sep only £1150

18 – 25 Sep only £1175

21 – 28 Sep only £1150

25 Sep – 02 Oct only £1175

28 Sep – 05 Oct only £1150

October 2015

02 – 09 Oct only £1175

05 – 12 Oct only £1150

09 – 16 Oct only £1175

12 – 19 Oct only £1150

16 – 23 Oct only £1175

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 £680

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 £699

23 – 30 Nov – Dive El Hierro £680

February 2016

22 – 29 Feb – Dive El Hierro £685

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

Find out more here.

Oonasdivers | Malta & Gozo from £550

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.

August 2015

13 – 20 Aug only £755

September 2015

06 – 13 Sep only £770

October 2015

04 – 11 Oct only £650

March 2016

05 – 12 Mar only £550

19 – 26 Mar only £570

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.

September 2015

20 – 27 Sep only £755

October 2015

11 – 18 Oct only £670

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

Find out more here.

onasdivers | 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, email info@oonasdivers.com  or visit www.oonasdivers.com.

Freediving Blogs

British freediver sets new national record with 112m dive

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British freediver Gary McGrath has set a new national record at the prestigious Vertical Blue freediving competition in the Bahamas.

Using only a monofin for propulsion, Gary swam down a measured rope to a depth of 112m (367ft), returning to the surface to receive a white card from the AIDA International judges to validate his dive.

Gary, 41, held his breath for three minutes and 13 seconds to complete the dive.

Freedivers descend underwater on a single breath of air and the atmospheric pressure on their bodies increases as they go deeper.

At 112m deep the pressure is 12 times greater than the surface, meaning the air in Gary’s lungs would have shrunk to less than a twelfth of its original volume – around the size of a golf ball.

Freedivers train to cope with the physiological strains placed on their bodies by their sport, and Gary uses his background of yoga and meditation to help his physical and mental preparation for deep dives.

He has also had to overcome physical challenges after contracting Covid last year during preparations for a previous national record attempt.

Gary said: ‘Diving below 100m is a totally unique environment, it’s my therapy. 

‘This year has been extremely challenging for my mental health and freediving has helped me overcome that for sure. 

‘At depth I have complete isolation from the everyday world we live in. Down there it’s just me and nature. It’s that escape that all freedivers crave. 

‘There are moments of extreme mental clarity and purity that I can only achieve when underwater. The flow state that a deep dive allows me to experience is unique and addictive.

Gary, originally from Twickenham, began freediving in 2006 and has been competing since 2008.

A former tree surgeon, he became a professional freedive instructor in 2014, and he and his partner Lynne Paddon run Yoga and Freedive Retreats in Ibiza.

Remarkably, he completed his 112m national record dive on Tuesday (August 9) despite being forced to compete wearing a borrowed monofin which was a size too small for his feet.

His entire kit bag containing his monofin, bifins and two wetsuits was lost by an airline as he travelled to the competition.

Despite his careful preparation, Gary said he suffered nerves on the morning of his national record dive, and relied on a phone call to his partner Lynne, who helped him focus on breathing techniques and visualisation to calm his nerves.

Speaking immediately after his dive, he said: ‘That was all for Lynne – this whole week has been about her. I could not do it without her. I hope that everyone finds someone they can click with, it’s the most magical thing in the world.’

Gary also thanked supporters who helped him to crowdfund to raise the money needed for him to travel to the Bahamas and compete.

Vertical Blue is considered one of the most elite events on the freediving calendar and has been dubbed the ‘Wimbledon of Freediving’.

Owned and run by world record freediver William Trubridge, the event takes place in a 202m (663ft) deep sinkhole known as Dean’s Blue Hole, off the coast of Long Island.

The previous British national record of 111m was set by Michael Board in 2018, also at a Vertical Blue competition.


All Photographs courtesy of Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

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Miscellaneous Blogs

Film Review: Thirteen Lives

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Ron Howard’s recreation of the 2018 rescue of a Thai junior football team is impressive. Even though we know what happens in the end the tension and drama played out is palpable.

On 23 June 2018, 12 members of a Thai junior football team, the Wild Boars, and their coach became trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave system by rising flood water. The film details the incredible international rescue efforts that ensue. And Ron Howard has judged the tone perfectly. There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour and the two leading actors: Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen, who play John Volanthen and Rick Stanton respectively, capture the intensity of the situation perfectly.

The diving scenes are claustrophobic in the extreme. Although I suspect that the visibility was even worse than the film depicts as you have to be able to see something in the dramatization! All the way through the film I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the extraordinary feat these divers pulled off. The skill and bravery required still impresses after watching films, hearing them speak in public and reading about the rescue.

I loved that, whilst the divers took centre stage in the film, the heroic rescue efforts of the water engineer and his team was also given the attention they deserve, as well as the incredible Thai Navy Seals and the thousands of people that flocked to the region to help.

Thirteen Lives is a must watch movie about an incredible cave rescue. It’s sober tone hits the mark. The cinematography is skilled and creates an impressively tense experience. It is available on Amazon Prime right now.

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