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Regaldive Go on Tour



Over the next couple of weekends, UK based diving holiday specialist Regaldive will be going on tour to showcase its offering at Destinations London, The Outdoors Show and the London International Dive Show. With some exciting new destinations and offerings available for 2014, as well as some fantastic discounts, there’s plenty to whet your appetite on the Regaldive stand this year.

Show discounts

From 1st February 2014, divers can take advantage of a range of show discounts including:

  • 30% discount on Red Sea liveaboards*
  • Boat Diving in El Gouna, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh from £19 per day**
  • Unlimited house reef diving in Marsa Alam and Hamata from £19 per day**
  • Red Sea dive inclusive packages from £145 per person***

New destination: Mexico

This January, as a result of high demand for the destination, Regaldive added Mexico to its collection. With new offerings available in two resorts – Cozumel and Playa del Carmen – Regaldive customers now have the exciting opportunity to dive in the world renowned Cenotes; one of the best dive spots on the planet. Prices start from £1,085 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ all inclusive accommodation at the Allegro Cozumel Resort. A six dive dive pack costs from £184 per person.

New hotel: Atlantis Dive Resort, Philippines

This January, Regaldive added the Atlantis Dive Resort in Dumaguete, the Philippines, to its collection. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and situated on a long stretch of beach, the Atlantis Dive Resort caters specifically for divers looking to access some of the best diving in the Philippines including the Apo Island and Dauin Marine Sanctuaries, both of which are located close by. A seven night package costs from £2,180 per person, to include flights, transfers, full board accommodation and six days diving.

New hotel: Baumanburi Hotel, Thailand

In January 2014, Regaldive added the Baumanburi Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, to its collection. Located in the middle of the lively Patong Beach area, the hotel offers the ideal location for those who want to maximise their time above and below the water. The popular beachfront with shopping, dining and entertainment on offer is just five minutes’ walk away, while the local dive centre offers free transfers directly from the hotel. A seven night package costs from £942 per person, to include flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. A three day boat dive pack costs from £257 per person.

New liveaboard itinerary: Palau and Philippines Combo, Philippines

The newest addition to Regaldive’s 2014 portfolio is the Palau and Philippines Combo itinerary, which spends time between the SY Philippine Siren and the SY Palau Siren.

Costing from £3,565 per person, the 13 night itinerary combines the very best of the Philippines and Palau. Allowing divers to log up to 42 dives, including seven night dives, wreck dives and drift dives; the liveaboard goes in search of thresher sharks and whale sharks, in addition to fascinating macro life. Highlights include Pescador Island where divers can swim amongst schools of sardines, thresher sharks and giant frogfish, and ‘Blue Corner’, perhaps Palau’s most famous dive site, which has even been judged the top dive site worldwide. The price includes full board accommodation, air/nitrox tanks and weights. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.

Andrea Elia, Managing Director of Regaldive, commented “We’re excited to be getting out and about and meeting dive and travel enthusiasts at the upcoming Destinations, Outdoors and LID Shows. Whether visitors have never dived before or have many years’ experience under their belts, then we have something exciting on offer for them”.

He continued, “Please come and say hello to the team on stand AA80 at Destinations, AT242 at the Outdoors Show or 410 at LIDS. We’ll be able to give you more information on the fantastic savings on offer, or if you’re not able to visit the shows, visit for more information”.

For further information or to book, visit or call +44 (0)1353 659999


Indo siren destroyed by fire



Indo Siren

Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.

Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:

During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.

All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.

We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.

We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.

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The healing powers of adaptive diving



PADI highlights how scuba diving helps enrich and heal lives

This International Disabilities Day (3rd December) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide and how important it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean has the power to heal.

Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, with their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hope that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power of the ocean.

While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, diving, mermaiding or freediving, has changed the lives of those around the world by connecting with the water and enabled them to conquer mental or physical perceived limitations.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course is unique in that it’s a pro-level specialty designed to educate and empower PADI Professionals who wish to make scuba and freediver training more accessible.

Through classroom, confined water and open water workshops, dive professionals further cultivate their ability to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. This hands-on training increases awareness of differing abilities and explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training divers with physical and mental challenges. PADI Pros learn to adapt course content to accommodate virtually any student diver.

PADI Members Helping those with Disabilities

This International Disabilities Day PADI highlights a shining example of a member who is championing teaching those with disabilities how to dive.

DiveHeart Empowers Individuals Worldwide Through Adaptive Scuba Programmes

DiveHeart, a PADI Dive Centre founded by PADI Scuba Instructor Jim Elliott in 2001, continues to revolutionise the world of adaptive scuba. Using zero gravity and adaptive scuba, DiveHeart aims to instil confidence, foster independence, and elevate self-esteem among individuals facing physical and cognitive challenges.

DiveHeart has established Adaptive Scuba programmes across North America and the Caribbean and reaches global destinations including Malaysia, Australia, China, Israel, and the UK. Through a combination of donations, grants, and strategic partnerships, DiveHeart ensures inclusivity by providing services to children, veterans, individuals with ALS, autism, and others, irrespective of their abilities or financial means.

A significant milestone in DiveHeart’s journey was the hosting of the inaugural Adaptive Scuba Symposium in 2009, held at the prestigious Our World Underwater event in the Midwest. This pioneering symposium attracted a diverse array of experts, including researchers, physicians, professors, therapists, adaptive dive professionals, and participants from across the globe. The event delved into the current state and the future of adaptive scuba, scuba therapy, the adaptive scuba market, the latest in adaptive scuba training techniques and the latest in scuba therapy research.

At the forefront of adaptive scuba initiatives, DiveHeart offers specialised training courses for certified scuba divers to become adaptive dive buddies. Every diver with a disability is paired with two dive buddies to form a cohesive dive team, ensuring a safe and empowering experience.

DiveHeart further hosts regular pool diving programmes catering to divers of all skill levels nationwide and organises immersive week-long adaptive diving trips to ocean locations like Cozumel, Roatán, and others at least three times annually.

Jim Elliot, the Founder and President of DiveHeart, a scuba diving instructor since 1997, recognised the transformative potential of adaptive diving for individuals with physical disabilities. Witnessing firsthand the holistic benefits encompassing physical fitness, emotional well-being, and mental health, Elliot embarked on a mission to make scuba diving accessible and empowering for all.

DiveHeart remains committed to breaking barriers and creating opportunities for individuals facing challenges, enabling them to explore the vast wonders of the underwater world while unlocking their true potential. For more information on DiveHeart and its impactful initiatives, visit

People Who Have Healed from Diving

For people with disabilities—whether they use a wheelchair, have a sight impairment or a neurological condition like cerebral palsy—scuba diving can be a fun activity that offers freedom and mobility in the weightlessness of the water. PADI’s Adaptive Support Diver specialty is a course designed to teach friends and family adaptive techniques for diving with a buddy who has a disability. Many students take the course to support a particular person in their life, and the instructor can work with them on the specific skills they require.

Ryan Chen: Diving to Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit 

Ryan is a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver who was in a tragic accident as a teenager that left him paralysed. He found healing and clarity through scuba diving with his dive buddy Kent Yoshimura – so much so that during one scuba diving trip he and Kent ended up creating their current company Neuro Gum – a collection of functional gum and mints that help you get energised, calm or focused that has now led him to be named on Forbes 30 under 30.

“Scuba diving was one of the ways I learned that I can do anything, I just have to do it differently,” Chen says, “Scuba diving is one of those things that can change your whole framework. There’s no cooler feeling than taking that first breath underwater. All of a sudden you have this superpower, to breathe underwater and explore.”

Scuba diving continues to be his physical and mental therapy he continually seeks out amidst his busy entrepreneurial life. Now, with Neuro a national success and leading wellness brand in the United States, Chen has kept up his diving, and remained close to PADI as an organisation. Neuro even has a collaboration with PADI’s coral reef restoration project coming up—a special pack of Neuro, with proceeds going to PADI’s non-profit foundation.

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