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.
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 www.regaldive.co.uk for more information”.
For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659999
Diving with… Ana and Miguel, Siladen Resort & Spa, Indonesia
In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
Ana and Miguel
What is the name of your business?
Siladen Resort & Spa
What is your role within the business?
Co owners and General Managers
How long has the business operated for?
Almost 20 years.
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
Miguel has dived since 1993 and Ana has dived since 2002. We are both Open Water Scuba Instructors.
What is your favorite type of diving?
We love all dive types, especially wall diving for the wonderful corals and looking out into the blue wondering what other animals will come up next. But as an UW photographer and videographer we both love critter hunting in the sandy slopes. We are both very fond of night dives as we always find interesting animals and different behaviour.
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
We have a wonderful location in the heart of Bunaken National Park and we have an amazing team that provides the best service to each guest. We are a fun dive resort; we constantly strive to be as sustainable as possible and safety is our number one priority. If you like sea turtles and beautiful coral reefs you cannot miss this area for diving or snorkelling.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
If we have to choose one wall we would say Mandolin as it has beautiful and healthy corals with a wonderful and shallow reef top. We love to search for turtles in the overhangs, look for long nose hawkfish in the black coral bushes, admire the schooling snappers, and spend a long safety stop on the coral gardens on the top that are full of anthias. For critter hunting and night dives we both love Bolung. Here we can find frogfish, ghostpipefishes and nudibranchs, plus at night we often find decorator crabs, octopus and even stargazers on its white sandy slope.
What types of diving are available in your location?
There are very shallow coral reefs surrounding all five islands within Bunaken National Parkpark — beyond the shallow reef, the seabed drops away very quickly, forming the beautiful walls that Bunaken is famed for. Many of these walls are vertical with huge caverns and overhangs, however some are more gentle slopes that allow more reef building corals to form. On the North Sulawesi mainland there are black sand sites that allow amazing muck diving. Close by, we also have white sand sites, which offer some beautiful coral reefs and gentle slopes. There is even a fairly intact (entirely sponge encrusted) wreck within easy access of the resort.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
Working together in a dive resort that welcomes divers and snorkellers from around the world and sharing with them our passion for diving, snorkeling and uw photography and video is a great pleasure. Besides we have the privilege to dive and snorkel at world class sites every week.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
We both love cephalopods in general for their intelligence, capacity to camouflage, change colors and patterns…. We are fortunate enough to have many encounters with cephalopods in this area, from the tiny bobtail squid to the wonderful broadclub cuttlefish, the flamboyant cuttlefish, squids and Ana even filmed reef octopus mating. We could watch cephalopods for ever. And although we see them often, Ana has a soft spot for turtles.
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
The biggest problem we all face as divers and nature lovers is climate change and pollution. We need to work on these issues locally but even more importantly we need to address these issues worldwide.
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Yes, we clean our beach daily and we organise very frequent island clean-ups. Not only do we clean this area, but we also separate the garbage trying to send as much as we possibly can to be recycled. We often have activities together with local school children to help bring awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution. We reduce our single plastic use as much as possible and all our vegetables and fruit peel leftovers are composted. We also protect the nests of turtles that hatch on our beach.
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
We are partnering with Coral Eye Resort in Bangka Island so that guests can have the best service in the best areas of North Sulawesi. We are getting one more boat; we want to make sure our boats are never crowded, besides we keep working to maintain and improve all our facilities.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
The industry is doing well and I am happy to see that there are more and more avid snorkellers and not only scuba divers. We would like to see more ocean protection worldwide to ensure the future generations get to enjoy the beautiful reef corals and marine life around the world.
Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
We give you a chance to explore some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world while providing you with comfortable accommodation, wonderful food and the best service. Staying in Siladen Resort & Spa you can do up to four dives or snorkelling sessions every day with very experienced guides, while staying in a safe and comfortable resort that aims to provide the best service to each guest.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?
Visit our website www.siladen.com, find us on Instagram and Facebook (Siladen Resort & Spa) and contact us:
WA +62 811 44300641
Jeff chats to… Paul Cox, CEO of the Shark Trust about the Big Shark Pledge (Watch Video)
The Big Shark Pledge aims to build one of the biggest campaigning communities in the history of shark conservation. To put pressure on governments and fisheries. And make the positive changes required to safeguard awesome sharks and rays.
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