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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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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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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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