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UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel has some wonderful offers for sea lovers in February.

Book between 1-14 February with your partner, buddy or friend and save extra £££’s on one of their I LOVE specials*:

Book a Bali Holiday with your Partner and Get a Free Ocean Villa Upgrade – from £1495 incl. flights

Quote I LOVE DIVING when you book on one of Scuba Travel’s special offers to Scuba Seraya with your partner and get a free upgrade to an Ocean Villa!

Scuba Seraya is a great resort for divers in Bali which specialises in critter dives, the Liberty wreck and house reef diving. Seraya is an intimate resort with only 12 rooms, set in lush gardens on the beach front. The Ocean View villas are a sumptuous, double bedded option – ideal for couples that want a bit more space or privacy. There is a kitchenette, sofa and even your very own private garden facing a plunge pool.

Includes flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a maisonette, 10 boat dives and unlimited unguided house reef diving.

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Book an Azores Holiday with you Buddy and get a free Whale Watching Trip – from £1045

Quote I LOVE DIVING when you book on of Scuba Travel’s Azores holidays and you and your buddy will get a free whale watching trip!

The Azores is one of the best destinations in the world to dive with Blue sharks and makos out in the blue, plus enjoy some amazing encounters with mobulas, devil rays and more at the stunning offshore banks. There is plentiful marine life throughout the year but June to October is best as that is when the pelagics come in due to the warm currents of the gulf stream.

From £1045 at Hotel Colombo incl. flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 boat dives.

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Whirlwind Red Sea – Brothers Wreck Special 5 May or Get Wrecked 19 May

Quote I LOVE WRECKS when booking either of these trips with your buddy (and sharing a cabin) and save an extra £50 each!

Both these itineraries allow you to spend more time diving the Red Sea’s best wrecks. The Brothers’ Wreck Special takes wreck diving in the Northern Red Sea further. Wide ranging, this itinerary mixes up northern and southern destinations. Each iconic wreck follows another… the Thistlegorm one day… Numidia another. The Brothers’ Wreck Special really does combine unmissable wrecks and astounding diving for a more advanced itinerary that will delight. Get Wrecked covers the amazing quality and scope of wrecks in the Northern Red Sea and will not leave you disappointed. What more could any diver want? Over a week’s diving, the Red Sea’s shipping history is set before you for exploration.

Includes return flights, transfers, 7 nights full board, up to 18 fully guided dives, all marine park fees and 12 ltr tanks and weights.

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Join Hurricane on a Shark Quest Adventure – from £1045

Quote I LOVE SHARKS when booking this trip with your buddy (and sharing a cabin) and save an extra £50 each!

Join the award-winning Hurricane liveaboard in the Southern Red Sea for our incredible Shark Quest itinerary.

Come face to face with pelagics in the Southern Red Sea with the most experienced team, on board the stable steel-hulled Hurricane. Avoid long transfers with a direct flight to Marsa Alam. Dive the famous Daedalus Reef, Brothers Islands, Rocky or Elphinstone, dependant on the best shark activity.

Includes return flights to Marsa Alam, 7 nights full board and fully guided diving.

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Voyager – Dive Sudan and get a free upgrade to a double cabin or Suite

Quote I LOVE SHARKS when booking Voyager with your partner and get a free room upgrade!

Sha’ab Rumi, the Con Shelf, Sanganeb and Wingate’s Umbria are some of Sudan’s finest dive sites and the Sudan North itinerary focuses on these undeniable highlights. The walls are deep and the plateaus make an ideal stage for shark watching. Add to this the beautiful wreck dives at the unique Umbria and Con Shelf II and you are guaranteed an incredible Sudan liveaboard, packed with excitement and variety. Voyager is operated by an experienced team who have made the Sudan their home and know each reef intimately – there is no one better to guide you through the Sudanese waters. With such an unparalleled knowledge of the dive sites, marine species and their seasonality, it is no wonder that divers flock back to this vessel year after year.

Includes return flights, 7 nights full board and fully guided diving.

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Scubaspa – Luxury Maldives Liveaboard from £2195

Quote I LOVE LUXURY when booking a Scubaspa trip with your buddy (sharing a cabin) and save an extra £50 each!

Scubaspa takes Maldives liveaboards to a whole new level. She’s a classy lady with undeniable wow factor. Total relaxation is guaranteed with first class comfort and service. Whether you are there for the diving, spa and yoga or just to get away from it all, this is an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime onboard a genuinely luxurious vessel. Discover the divine world underwater or enjoy daily treatments in the sumptuous spa – this is your holiday to enjoy, your way! There’s no doubting that the Scubaspa experience will remain with you long after your journey home.

Includes International flights, 7 nights full board and Scuba Package.

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Bunaken Oasis Luxury Resort – Indonesia

Quote I LOVE LUXURY when booking a holiday to Bunaken Oasis with your buddy (sharing a Villa) and save an extra £50 each!

Escape to this stunning 5 star luxury dive resort on Bunaken Island. There are only 12 large, traditionally built private villas. Each boasts its own unique vista out over the beach towards the mainland. The majority of the villas have king double beds, with an additional 2-bedroom family villa. Twin beds available on request. No detail – no matter how small or seemingly insignificant – has been overlooked in the building of Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort.

With easy access to over 50 superb dive sites, the variety of diving at Bunaken Oasis resort is incredible. This is a purpose-built dive resort and as such, everything you need is right here on site. Choose between 3 boat dives per day or 2 morning boat dives and an afternoon spent exploring the house reef (subject to conditions).

Includes International flights, transfers, 7 nights in a traditional cottage, 17 boat dives and free Nitrox & free house reef diving

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Join Martyn Guess on the Anilao Critter Hunt – Book with your buddy and get an extra £100 off the special price per person

Quote I LOVE PHOTO when booking a holiday to join Martyn Guess on an amazing critter hunt in Anilao in the Philippines. Book with your buddy and get a further £100pp off the advertised special offer price!

Join photo pro Martyn Guess on this dedicated photo workshop in the heart of Anilao at Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort with world class critter diving on your doorstep. The workshop boasts 21 boat dives and 2 night dives, plus free nitrox over 8 nights in a casita room on a full board basis – optional room grades available.

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To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

*Available on new bookings only; no groups; terms and conditions apply. Loyalty discounts (if applicable) still apply.

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Book Review: Plankton

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Plankton: A Worldwide Guide by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Parker

This is a book that jumps off the shelf at you. The striking front cover demands that you pick it up and delve further, even if you may not have known you wanted to learn more about the most diminutive life in our ocean, plankton!

Small it might be. Much of the imagery in the book has been taken under huge magnification. Revealing stunning beauty and diversity in each scoop of “soup”. There is lots to learn. Initial chapters include interesting facts about the different vertical zones they inhabit, from sunlight to midnight (the darkest and deepest areas). I loved finding out more about the stunning show that divers oft encounter on night dives – bioluminescence.

The black water images are wonderful. So this is a book you can have as a coffee table book to dip in and our of. But, these tiny organisms are also vital to our very survival and that of all the marine life we love. They provide half the oxygen produced on our planet. They are also responsible for regulating the planets climate. And for a shark lover like me – they are food for charismatic sharks and rays like the Basking Shark and Manta Ray, along with a huge number of other species. This book contains great insight into their biology, life cycles, migration, and how the changes in currents and sea temperatures affects them.

This is a book that is both beautiful and packed with information about possibly the most important group of organisms on our planet. Anyone interested in the ocean should have it one their shelves.

What the publisher says:

Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world’s seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean’s foundation food, supporting almost all oceanic life, and they are also vitally important for land-based plants, animals, and other organisms. Plankton provides an incomparable look at these remarkable creatures, opening a window on the elegance and grace of microscopic marine life.

This engaging book reveals the amazing diversity of plankton, how they belong to a wide range of living groups, and how their ecology, lifestyles, and adaptations have evolved to suit an enormous range of conditions. It looks at plankton life cycles, the different ways plankton feed and grow, and the vast range of strategies they use for reproduction. It tracks where, how, and why plankton drift through the water; shares perspectives on migrations and population explosions or “blooms” and why they happen; and discusses the life-sustaining role of plankton in numerous intertwined food webs throughout the world.

Beautifully illustrated, Plankton sheds critical light on how global warming, pollution, diminishing resources, and overexploitation will adversely impact planktonic life, and how these effects will reverberate to every corner of our planet.

About the Authors:

Tom Jackson is a science writer whose many popular books include Strange Animals and Genetics in MinutesJennifer Parker is a zoology and conservation writer and the author of several books. Andrew Hirst is a leading expert on plankton whose research has taken him around the world, from the Antarctic to Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Details

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Hardcover

Price: £25

ISBN: 9780691255996

Published: 9th April, 2024

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Marine Life & Conservation

Dive with a Purpose: Shark Guardian’s Expedition Galapagos

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Shark Guardian has just unveiled their largest and most exciting expedition yet: a seven-night, eight-day adventure in August 2026 aboard the Galaxy Diver II, a state-of-the-art
vessel specifically designed for divers exploring the enchanting waters of the Galapagos
Islands. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage deeply with marine
conservation in one of the world’s most revered diving destinations.

Shark Guardian is a UK registered charity dedicated to protecting sharks and marine
ecosystems worldwide. Founded by marine biologists and conservationists, Brendon
Sing and Liz Ward-Sing, Shark Guardian leads educational programs, research projects,
campaigns and expeditions aimed at fostering a better understanding and respect for
marine life. Their work spans several continents and focuses on direct action,
education, and advocacy.

Shark Guardian’s ethos revolves around the concept of “diving with a purpose.” This
philosophy underscores the importance of not just experiencing the wonders of the
underwater world but actively learning and contributing to its preservation. Participants
in Shark Guardian expeditions engage in citizen science projects, which involve
collecting data that supports ongoing research and conservation efforts. These
activities empower divers to make a tangible difference, turning each dive into an act of
conservation.

One of the newer additions to the Galapagos diving scene, the Galaxy Diver II, is
specifically tailored for divers. Its design prioritises comfort, safety, and environmental
responsibility. The vessel boasts modern amenities, spacious dive decks, and the latest
navigational technology, ensuring that every dive is not only memorable but also has
minimal environmental impact.

A highlight of this expedition is the opportunity to dive at Wolf and Darwin islands,
renowned for their vibrant, untouched marine ecosystems and as a haven for large
pelagic species. These islands are famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks,
whale sharks, and manta rays, offering spectacular diving that attracts enthusiasts from
around the globe.

Shark Guardian have developed this trip to ensure a hassle-free experience. The
expedition package also includes internal flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the Galapagos,
plus accommodation in Quito before and after the trip. This allows divers to relax and
enjoy the experience without worrying about logistics.

Participants will join a diverse group of passionate divers and conservationists. This trip
offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are eager to
learn about and contribute to marine conservation. It’s a chance to share experiences,
knowledge, and a commitment to protecting the marine world.

sharks

Shark Guardian is offering an early bird price available until May 31st 2024. This special
rate provides a fantastic opportunity to secure a spot on this exclusive expedition at a
reduced cost. Availability is limited, so interested divers are encouraged to act quickly
to ensure they don’t miss out. All the details can be found on their WeTravel page, where
bookings can be made easily and payment instalments are available.

Expedition Galapagos, aboard the Galaxy Diver II offers more than just a diving
holiday—it is an investment in both personal and planetary well-being. By participating,
divers not only witness the majesty of one of the world’s premier diving locales but also
contribute to its preservation for future generations.

Find out more about Shark Guardian at www.sharkguardian.org.

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