New Red Sea liveaboard: M/Y Scuba Scene
Introducing M/Y Scuba Scene, the latest diving liveaboard setting the highest standards for liveaboards in the Egyptian Red Sea, with regards to comfort, safety, attention to detail, honesty and transparency. M/Y Scuba Scene is available exclusively in the UK through Oyster Diving.
Beautifully laid-out and appointed across her four decks, the 43m, steel hulled Scuba Scene is both spacious and comfortable – with each cabin affording guests their own fridge, en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.
Other on-board facilities include two large ice machines, sundecks, bar, professional coffee and espresso maker, camera tables, as well as lots of international power charging stations and places to store valuables. While a washing machine and dryer mean guests can bring fewer clothes to reduce their luggage weight or bring more of their diving kit!
When it comes to safety, Scuba Scene is fitted to the most rigorous safety standards, including life jackets, life rafts, oxygen and medical first aid, as well as smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire extinguishing systems across the boat.
But what really sets this liveaboard apart is the team who run it, two of the most well-known faces in Red Sea Diving, Ahmed Fadel and Dr. Elke Bojanowski.
Ahmed, an experienced Tech instructor up to Advanced Trimix, has been a guide on liveaboards for over 21 years and is the author of the book ‘Southern Red Sea Dive Guide’.
Elke, having completing her Ph.D in marine biology, set up and now runs the Red Sea Shark Trust, which today boasts the biggest database for Oceanic Whitetip Sharks in the world. Little wonder she is better known to many as ‘The Shark Lady’.
Elke’s shark weeks are renowned for her fascinating talks; underwater she seems to attract the sharks and is only too happy to share her passion and knowledge.
Since January 2019, all dive guides working on Liveaboards in the Egyptian Red Sea have had to attend a mandatory seminar on guidelines and safe diving practices for interactions with Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. The seminar was written and presented by Elke and has been attended by more than 1400 guides and other dive professionals to date.
Both Ahmed and Elke will be running trips focusing on their respective specialities, Tech and sharks, offering additional information and education for their guests on-board Scuba Scene.
A week on Scuba Scene is about having an experience you can cherish and remember forever. Itineraries include Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone, Daedulus & St. Johns, Shark Weeks, photography weeks with Duxy, and classic North & Tiran trips. All itineraries are tech-friendly, and special Tech trips are on offer.
Prices start from £1,000 per person for a week including transfers to/from the airport, 7 nights’ accommodation in a twin room, meals and snacks, water, soft drinks, tea & coffee, 12ltr tank and weights, marine park and port fees.
Mark Murphy, the Managing Director of Oyster Diving told us:
“We are thrilled to be working with Ahmed and Elke, and Scuba Scene. We have run many trips with them over the years and customers always tell us how fantastic they are and what an amazing experience they’ve had. The fact that they now manage their own liveaboard means they can introduce all of the finer details that customers have told us they would like over the years but aren’t on existing Red Sea liveaboards. We can’t wait to start sending people on their incredible adventures so they can experience the best way to see one of the world’s greatest diving destinations.”
Due to the still fragile situation of the travel market – even after implementing the new traffic light system with its three-weekly reviews, Oyster Diving are opening up bookings for their dive safaris on board M/Y Scuba Scene in Egypt from October 2021 only.
Divers making bookings at this point are not required to make any deposits, but will be expected to honor their reservations, unless Egypt’s status changes from amber to red at any point from their booking until the departure of the trip.
Divers are encouraged to arrange any bookings through Oyster Diving, giving them the option to book packages including flights while enjoying the financial protection of a fully bonded tour operator.
As Ahmed Fadel, technical instructor and manager of M/Y Scuba Scene explains: “We strongly feel, that this is the most honest and fair way to deal with our valued guests in this period.”
The 2021 & 2022 schedules are published on the Scuba Scene website at www.scubasceneliveaboard.com/trip-schedule.
Or visit www.oysterdiving.com/trip/scuba-scene-egypt or call 0800 699 0243 for more information.
Marine Life & Conservation
Watch The Real Watergate from Live Ocean Foundation (Trailer)
Sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke established Live Ocean Foundation out of their deep concern for health of the ocean and the life in it. Through their sport they champion action for the ocean, taking this message to the world.
Many of the issues the ocean faces are out of sight, but the science is clear, the ocean is in crises from multiple stressors; climate change, pollution and over-fishing. We’re not moving fast enough, not even close.
Live Ocean Foundation supports exceptional marine scientists, innovators and communicators who play a vital role in the fight for a healthy future.
Thanks to generous core donors who cover their operating costs, 100% of public donations go directly towards the marine conservation projects they support.
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Marine Life & Conservation
World Oceans Day: Fourth Element and Love The Oceans join forces
FOURTH ELEMENT AND LOVE THE OCEANS JOIN FORCES TO CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY AND ADVANCE MARINE CONSERVATION WITH A NEW PARTNERSHIP
Fourth Element, a leading provider of high-quality dive gear, and Love The Oceans, a non-profit organization dedicated to marine conservation, have announced their new partnership on World Oceans Day, June 8th, 2023. This collaboration represents a shared commitment to protecting our oceans and promoting sustainable practices within the diving community.
Love The Oceans is widely recognized for their exceptional work in marine conservation and their dedication to community development in Mozambique. The organization’s approach involves not only protecting marine wildlife and habitats but also empowering local communities to become guardians of their own environment.
They place a strong emphasis on empowering women in the field of marine conservation. The team actively supports and encourages women to participate in their research programs, providing opportunities for training, leadership development, and career advancement, inspiring a new generation of female scientists and conservationists.
Love The Oceans seek out passionate individuals within local communities and provide them with training and resources. Fourth Element will then support these champions to become divers and ambassadors of the ocean, spreading awareness, implementing sustainable practices, and inspiring others to join the movement.
“We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with Love The Oceans,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of Fourth Element. “Our shared commitment to sustainable practices and marine conservation makes this collaboration a natural fit. We believe that by joining forces, we can amplify our efforts to protect our oceans and inspire positive change within the diving community.”
Francesca Trotman, Founder and CEO of Love The Oceans, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We’re thrilled to be working with Fourth Element, a brand that aligns with our values and ethos. This partnership will enable us to get more local community members scuba diving in Mozambique, monitoring our reef systems, and striving for better protection of our marine world. Working together, we’re conserving Mozambique’s coastline for generations to come.”
For more, visit www.fourthelement.com
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