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Oonasdivers launch Diving Holidays for Non-Divers!



Oonasdivers specialize in scuba diving holidays, however they totally understand that donning a mask and fins and taking the plunge isn’t for everyone. With this in mind they have come up with a selection of holidays that mean that no one gets left at home and joining a scuba mad partner/friend/family member on their next adventure is the way forward!

If you don’t mind getting wet, then they suggest looking at destinations where the snorkeling can be as impressive as the diving. Murex Dive Resorts in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, has just put together a range of snorkeling packages taking you to world-class sites such as Bunaken Marine Park with its stunning coral reefs, schools of fish, crystal clear waters and countless turtles. Manado Bay offers ‘muck’ snorkeling opportunities and shallow water reefs set on black volcanic sands where unusual critters can be seen.

Another fantastic destination for snorkelers is the Maldives, stay at one of their wonderful resorts and snorkel Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll where you can see manta rays and whale sharks; or closer to home experience the beautiful corals of the Red Sea at one of Red Sea Diving Safari’s villages where you can find yourself eye to eye with turtles, dolphins, lion fish and even the occasional dugong or whale shark.

For thrill seekers Wadi Lahami in Egypt’s Deep South is a great place to learn to kite surf in the sandy bottom lagoon while the divers explore the Fury Shoals. There is a dedicated kitesurfing centre and the area is also a bird watchers paradise with its mangrove swamps that are home to heron and osprey, to name but a few. For those wanting peace and quiet how about joining a yoga workshop?

For culture vultures Egypt is a must, from Oonasdivers’ diving resorts you can visit the Valley of the Kings and take a trip along the Nile, have dinner in the desert with the Bedouins and take an astro tour under the clear night sky. Gozo is another popular destination for history lovers, and if you want to let off some steam then take a hike along the stunning rugged coastline.

For sun worshippers in search of long sandy beaches we can arrange non-diving options in destination such as Cyprus and Lanzarote, and Mozambique and South Africa offer this and more with the chance to experience the BIG-5 safari, a once in a lifetime experience.

Oonasdivers have come up with some ideas that mean that divers and non-divers can enjoy holidays together!

If you would like more information about these or any other destinations visit the new and improved Oonasdivers website by clicking here or call 01323 648924.


Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE



Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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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

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