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MV Elpida, the new wreck dive in Cyprus

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Oonasdivers and their partners Cyprus Diving Adventures, a PADI 5-star Dive Centre based in the lovely coastal village of Pissouri, together bring to their clients recreational and technical diving across the beautiful island of Cyprus, along with an excellent range of accommodation for all budgets.

As part of the ongoing programme to create protected areas of artificial reefs, there is a new wreck for divers in Cyprus, MV Elpida. She is a large 63m commercial vessel from Greece and lies at a depth of just under 30m. The main deck lies at 20-22m and the top of the masts are at a depth of 10m. MV Elpida was sunk last December; wreck enthusiasts can explore the large bridge, accommodation areas, deck and two masts on the outside, and container, engine room and three decks of quarters inside.

As with other artificial reefs in Cyprus this new dive site, over the coming months, will be colonised by marine life, growths of flora and fauna and will soon develop its own diverse eco-system. Large shoals of fish have been attracted to the wreck followed by hundreds of hunting amberjacks. Breams are already on the decks as are triggerfish, trumpetfish, fish fry of all types and groupers to name just a few!

The Zenobia wreck and Limassol wrecks have already been a great success and the marine eco-systems there have exploded. Cyprus Diving Adventures offers day trips to the Elpida with two dives or alternatively with a dive on the Elpida and a dive on the Zenobia wreck on the same day.

Bespoke ‘Wreck Week’ itineraries can be created to suit your requirements so please get in touch with the Oonasdivers team for more information.

Call Oonasdivers on 01323 648924 or drop them a line at info@oonasdivers.com. You can find more info at www.oonasdivers.com.

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Join Me On My Commute To Scuba Diving Key Largo! (Watch Video)

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Sunrise was so beautiful the other morning, I wanted to take a time lapse of my drive from home in South Miami to Key Largo before morning dives with Horizon Divers.

I thought you might enjoy taking the ride with me! Silly I know! But here’s 2 minutes of chill!

D.S.D.O,

James


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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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