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Red Sea, Komodo and Cocos liveaboard deals from Scuba Travel

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Scuba Travel new logoUK-based tour operator Scuba Travel are offering some great deals on some great destinations over the coming months.

Here are the details:

25th May / Hurricane / £845

  • Save £330 Direct
  • Flights to Marsa Alam
  • 18 fully guided dives
  • FREE NITROX

Sail the southern Red Sea on Scuba Travel’s Simply the Best Itinerary. Hunt out hammerheads at Daedalus and dive awesome wrecks Aida and Numidia.

Sail the southern Red Sea in complete comfort. Hurricane is a stable steel hulled vessel with fast engines. Look into the blue for sharks, manta and dolphins as you drift along pristine drop offs. Spend more time diving and less time travelling with Scuba Travel’s direct flight to Marsa Alam.

Simply the Best is exactly that – simply the best scuba diving of the Egyptian Southern Red Sea. The itinerary focuses on the reef systems of the Brothers and Daedalus, which together make up the Northern Marine Park and the steep wall dives of Elphinstone. The Egyptian Marine Parks are protected areas and places of magnificent beauty underwater. The lighthouses have warned passing ships throughout the years of the dangers that hide beneath the waves, but for divers this is a playground. Drift dives, daring drops offs, pelagic encounters and even wreck dives. Dive after dive, Simply the Best is a a fine addition to your log book and a must see itinerary for your next Red Sea liveaboard holiday

Find out more about this trip here.

14th May / Brothers Wreck Special / Only £895

Save £445. Mistral, a 5 star Red Sea liveaboard, gives a smoother ride.

The best Red Sea wrecks from the Brothers to the Thistlegorm… and everything in between.

Dive the Rosie Moller, Ulysses and Salem Express.

This fantastic itinerary is best suited to experienced divers. The Brothers Wreck Special takes wreck diving in the Northern Red Sea farther to include the Brothers wrecks. You even stop at Safaga and on Hurghada’s wrecks. It really does combine unmissable wrecks and astounding diving for a more advanced itinerary that will amaze.

Departing from Hurghada, you will spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin share cabin). This is wreck-tastic itinerary diving the Northern Red Sea and Brothers Marine Park wrecks with up to 18 dives over the week. All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights are included in your package. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides.

Find out more about this trip here.

2nd June / Komodo National Park / Now £2475

Save £400. Komodo dragons, manta and sharks await beneath the seas of Komodo Island. Your trip starts on arrival in Bali where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (B&B, twin share). You may have a domestic flight or simply a land transfer to join Mermaid 2. Scuba Travel’s trip package is based on a twin deluxe cabin (full board). All trips are fully guided by 2 expert dive guides and include 12lt tank, weights, full board, and soft drinks. There are usually a total of 20 dives over the course of your liveaboard. At the end of you trip you will return to Bali. Depending on your international flight times you may require an overnight in a Bali hotel. Flights are usually with from Heathrow but this can vary and regional departures are available on request.

Deluxe Cabins aboard Mermaid II with only 16 divers on board. Plentiful pelagics – sharks, sharks and more sharks plus outstanding macro and reef diving.

Includes an on-land Komodo park tour to see Komodo dragons. Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious looking dragons but it is also growing in reputation as being a must do dive destination in Indonesia. The unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver’s paradise underwater with muck dives, walls and more marine life than you could ever see in a single liveaboard holiday. Sail off into the sunset as your Komodo liveaboard wends its way between the hundreds of islands that dot the horizon. Dive after dive reveals the immense bio diversity from vast pelagics to microscopic macro and vibrant reefs that are so characteristic of this corner of Indonesia.

Find out more about this trip here.

21st June / Cocos Expedition / Only £4250

Save £1000. Dive this Remote pristine location in the Pacific famous for the vast numbers of hammerhead sharks. Silkies, Galapgos sharks, silver tips and even tiger sharks also await.

The smallest of the Undersea Hunter boats is ideal for discovering the unique marine life of Cocos. Your trip of a lifetime starts on arrival in San Jose where you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night (B&B, twin share). The next morning you will be transferred to Puntarenas where you board Argo. Scuba Travel’s trip package is based on a twin share cabin (full board). All trips are fully guided by 2 expert dive guides, and include 12lt tank, weights and free nitrox. There are usually 4 dives per day at Cocos including night dives. At the end of you trip you will return to San Jose for your last night in a hotel (B&B, 2 people sharing) before your final airport transfer the following morning. Flights are usually with Iberia (from Heathrow) but this can vary.

Find out more about this trip here.

To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, visit www.scubatravel.com.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk to book your spot!

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