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Merge Mania – Come and Join the Celebration!

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Worldwide Dive and Sail and blue o two are celebrating their merger with an invitation to everyone to join the party! Take advantage of some incredible special offers including up to 25% savings on selected dates aboard Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboards.

Both offer liveaboard holidays on board wooden or steel yachts with a variety of itineraries from 6 – 14 nights and a professional, experienced and friendly crew. All vessels feature a/c cabins with en-suite facilities and plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy your time onboard. Each yacht has a dedicated camera set-up and charging station with plenty of additional storage for all your extra lenses, strobes and batteries. It is thoughtful touches such as these that make Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboards the best choice for both professional and amateur photographers.

Experience these incredible destinations onboard Siren Fleet and Master Liveaboards:

Komodo – Indonesia

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, Komodo has one of the richest reefs in the world thanks to its privileged position. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, 2 major currents converge here. To the North, the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean; and to the South, the cold waters of the Indian Ocean attract a large number of pelagics looking for food: mantas, sharks, turtles, Napoleon wrasses, as well as incredible macro – pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, porcelain crabs, coral shrimps. Its volcanic sands also have great muck diving.

© Gerald Rambert

Visayas and Malapascua – Philippines

The Visayas, known as the mecca of diving in the Philippines, offer a wide variety of macro life that will keep you so busy looking for the most incredible sea critters that you won’t notice the time pass under the water! You will also have the opportunity to dive with big schools of barracudas, trevallies and sardines! As well as snorkel with the majestic whale shark in Oslob and dive with thresher sharks in Malapascua!

© Gerald Rambert

Palau

In Palau, you will experience some of the most incredible close encounters you have ever had! Sharks, mantas, Napoleon wrasses, Bumphead Parrotfish, school of barracudas and jacks! As well as drift dives, cave dives and wreck dives!

© Simon Lorenz

Fiji

Known as the Soft Coral Capital of the World, in Fiji you will experience some of the most colorful dives of your life! Red, yellow, orange, blue, green, pink, purple … hiding amazing macro life! Nudibranchs, pigmy sea horses or ghost pipefish! Summer time is known to be the best time to dive Fiji. You will experience cold water which brings a bigger amount of sharks and mantas! One of the most incredible encounters you will experience in Fiji will be the Hammerhead shark!

French Polynesia

French Polynesia, situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, hides under its pristine waters and white sandy beaches one of the most amazing diving experiences that will captivate even the most blasé of divers. Sharks everywhere! As well as mantas, dolphins, huge schools of fish and, for the very lucky ones, humpback whales from July to November!

Maldives

The abundance of marine life in the Maldives can be attributed to the ideal growing conditions the waters provide for the coral reef. They constantly receive nutrients from ocean currents that favor the explosion of marine life. These coral reefs are home to more than 700 species of fish, many of which are ocean rarities. In the lagoons you can find whale sharks, turtles, octopus, manta rays and the giant Napoleon wrasse to name just a few!

© Ethan Gordon

Red Sea

Considered as one of the most beautiful submarine paradises of the world, the Red Sea is also called an underwater “Garden of Eden”. With miles of beautiful coral reef, numerous wrecks and a vast array of marine life from brightly coloured nudibranch and tropical fish to large pelagics such as oceanic white tips and hammerheads, there really is something for everyone!

Truk Lagoon

Truk is a wreck lovers’ heaven: around 61 wrecks that can be explored both inside and out. Many historical artefacts such as medicine bottles and newspapers along with articles of war, which include planes, tanks, funs, gas masks and ammunition, can still be found at many of the sites. However, there is so much underwater life that even if you tire of the wrecks you can enjoy the dives. There are many excellent reef dives, with pinnacles and deep channels which attract a range of sharks and schooling pelagic species.

© Aaron Wong

Galapagos

UNESCO World Heritage since 1978, Galapagos Islands have been called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution”. Experience diving with thousands of hammerheads sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, turtles as well as discovering one of the rarest macro creatures in the world: red lipped batfish. Sights on land are also unique in the Galapagos: watch sea iguanas, penguins and lazy sea lions sunbathing on the beach.

For further information see:

www.sirenfleet.com/liveaboard-offers/summer-merge-mania-specials

www.masterliveaboards.com/summer-merge-mania-specials

or directly contact the WWDS Team at bookings@wwdas.com.

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Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

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Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.


About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from Divedup.com, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on Scubaverse.com for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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