As a result of increasingly high demand for liveaboards, diving holiday specialist Regaldive has put together a list of their top three best value liveaboard offerings. Allowing divers to journey to far-flung sites, get away from the crowds, maximise their time in the water and travel with other like-minded people, liveaboards are the ideal option for those whose holidays revolve around scuba.
Thailand from £480 per person
Low budget doesn’t have to mean no liveaboard. Think outside the box and travel for a limited time, ensuring you spend only a limited budget. Regaldive’s three night Similan, Koh Bon, Tachai and Richelieu Rock itinerary on the Scuba Adventure costs from just £480 per person and takes divers to the clear turquoise waters of the Similans, the limestone island of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock – a submerged pinnacle close to the Burma boarder. Divers will have the opportunity to explore gentle sloping reefs, underwater boulders and submerged plateaus, and dive with Manta rays and large pelagics.
The price includes full board accommodation, snacks and refreshments, 11 dives, air tanks, weights and weight belt. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.
Red Sea from £813 per person
For divers looking for a good-value challenge, Regaldive’s Emperor – Fury and Elphinstone itinerary, journeying on the M/Y Asmaa is suitable for experienced divers and costs from just £813 per person. The liveaboard starts in Port Ghalib and travels onto various sites including Fury Shoals Reef System, Sha’ab Maksour, Sha’ab Claudio, Sha’ab Sataya and Elphinstone, where divers can enjoy three to four dives per day. Customers will have the opportunity to go on deep dives, swim in strong currents, admire wrecks, explore steep drop offs and can hope to swim amongst hammerheads, reef sharks, mantas, whale sharks, turtles, barracuda and shoals of dogtooth tuna and jacks.
The price includes flights, transfers, full board accommodation and soft drinks, six days diving, three to four dives a day, two dives on the last day, guide, tanks, weightsm, Nitrox (12l): two tanks per day and marine park fees.
The Caribbean from £917 per person
For divers with a small budget but big ambitions, Regaldive’s seven night St Kitts – Saba itinerary on the Caribbean Explorer II has been recently discounted by £173, and now costs from just £917 per person. With five dives per day, the itinerary is ideal for those looking to admire the underwater charms of the Caribbean. Alongside St Kitts, divers will have the opportunity to spend quality time in Saba Marine Park, where they can explore its flourishing reefs, pinnacles which are home to corals, sponges, and invertebrate, a natural labyrinth, underwater caves, tunnels and rock walls. Divers will also have the chance to explore the above the water highlights, including forts, rainforests and museums.
The price includes full board accommodation, snacks and refreshments, five and a half days diving, air tanks, weights and weight belt. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.
For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.
The Big Shark Pledge: Shark Trust’s new campaign kicks off with a call for support
With the ink still drying on last week’s landmark listing of nearly 100 species of sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the Shark Trust insists that this is not the time for shark conservation to take a break. The UK-based NGO this week launches its biggest-ever concerted campaign to tackle the overfishing of oceanic sharks. They are calling on people across the world to join the call for stricter controls on high seas fisheries.
The Big Shark Pledge is at the heart of an ambitious set of campaign actions. Working to secure science-based catch limits on all sharks and rays affected by the international high seas fishing fleet. The pledge will build the largest campaigning community in shark and ray conservation history to support a raft of policy actions over the vital years ahead.
Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.
The Shark Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and has a long history of securing positive changes for sharks, skates and rays. The Big Shark Pledge will build on the success of their NoLimits? campaign which underpinned landmark catch limits on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako in the North Atlantic.
“While the listing of so many species on the CITES trade agreement is certainly a positive step, there remains a huge challenge in ensuring that sustainable practices are embedded in international fisheries.” says Shark Trust Director of conservation, Ali Hood. “Sharks on the high seas face extraordinary pressure from excessive fishing practices. This has to be addressed through international agreements such as those secured for Blues and makos.”
There is hope and a feeling of momentum in the shark conservation community. Just last week, in addition to the new CITES listings, the Shark Trust, working with partners in the Shark League, secured the first-ever international quota for South Atlantic Mako at ICCAT meeting in Portugal. The new campaign from the Shark Trust aims to push forwards from here, engaging a wave of support through the Big Shark Pledge to bolster policy action.
This will be a long-term international and collaborative effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high-seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And making the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.
Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox says of the Big Shark Pledge “It’s designed to give everyone who cares about the future of sharks the chance to add their voice to effective and proven conservation action. By adding their name to the Pledge, supporters will be given opportunities to apply pressure at key moments to influence change.”
Jeff chats to… Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Watch Video)
In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Craig is a Key Grip and Lighting Director with 10,000s of hours of Set Experience.
In Craig’s own words:
I started my career when I was in my first year of college. I always had that creative side of the brain that needed to be followed as a career. I thought that would be in designing engineering pieces but wasn’t happy about the idea of an office cubicle and drafting table.
I accidentally found my way onto a big commercial job for a week and decided “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO”. I made it my career after that. This is a quick list of recent and big projects in my 35 yrs of TV / Film / Photography.
- “Black Panther 2” – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
- “Stranger Things” Season 4 – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
- “Suicide Squad 2” – UW Gaffer / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
- NASCAR / FOX Sports 1 – Network TV Lighting Director – 7 years / 700 races of Live BIG track TV shows
- 10,000s of commercials / music videos / tv shows
I started diving when I was 18 years old with my OW and then AOW with PADI. I was diving with lots of friends in the late 80s and early 90s and then moved onto Kayaking. I got my daughter into diving when she turned 14 and have picked up where I left off.
I have approx 5000 dives now and spend most of my free time diving.
Here are my certs:
- OW – AOW 1989
- Adv Nitrox / Deco 2020
- Cavern – Intro Cave 2021
- CCR Tech – Fathom – 2021
You can find out more at www.craigwaller.com
Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.
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