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Regaldive launches into Fiji with £450 saving per person

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Regal FijiRegaldive is pleased to welcome Fiji to its portfolio. The diving holiday specialist is offering two liveaboard itineraries on the new S/Y Fiji Siren – one of seven nights’ and the other of 10 nights’ duration. Both itineraries allow divers to sample some of the best diving on offer in Fiji, and see why it is renowned as the soft coral capital of the world. To celebrate, Regaldive is offering a launch discount of up to £450 per person for those booking selected departures* before 30th April, 2014.

With over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, including the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, Fiji offers unparalleled marine biodiversity and a unique dive experience. Offering the ideal destination for underwater photographers, Fiji’s soft corals and techno-coloured tunnels make for fantastic shots, while manta rays; teeming anthias; hammerhead, blacktip, whitetip, silvertip, grey reef, lemon, bull and tiger sharks; blue ribbon eels and black and white banded sea snakes bring the experience alive.

Regaldive’s seven night Beyond the Bligh itinerary, on board the S/Y Fiji Siren allows up to 22 dives including three night dives.  Itinerary highlights include Bligh Waters where stunning coral pinnacles can be explored; the Vatu-I-Ra Passage and Namena Marine Reserve, home to beautiful coral gardens, steep walls, macro species and large palegics, and the Lomaiviti Island Group where divers can enjoy drift dives, explore coral gardens and admire manta rays, hammerheads, ribbon eels, leaf fish and numerous other smaller creatures.

The 10 night version of the itinerary allows up to 34 dives including five night dives. In addition to the sites visited on the seven night itinerary, the 10 night version also visits Taveuni Island, Savusavu, Koro Island and Naigani Island. The sites allow divers to admire many more fascinating corals, spot reef sharks, barracuda, whale sharks and eagle rays, and enjoy fast fish-filled drift dives.

The S/Y Fiji Siren offers spacious accommodation for 16 divers. The boat benefits from an indoor air-conditioned lounge, cocktail bar, outdoor dining area, spacious dive deck, an upper-level unshaded sun deck and air-conditioned en-suite cabins.  For those looking to stay active when not in the water, divers can take advantage of kayaks available for customer use, the yacht boutique and massage service.

With discounts of up to £450 per person, the seven night Beyond the Bligh itinerary now costs from £1,765 per person, while the 10 night version currently costs from £2,431 per person. Both liveaboards include full board accommodation and refreshments, three to four boat dives per day, equipment, air/nitrox tanks and weights, based on two people sharing. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.

Andreas Elia, Managing Director for Regaldive, commented: “We are very excited to be adding Fiji to our liveaboard collection. Fiji is well known for its beautiful corals and world-class drift diving, which is always a popular offering with our customers. Fiji offers drift dives for all levels of experience, with as much to see in the shallows as the deeper waters.”

For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659999.

* Strictly limited availability. Valid for selected departures on S/Y Fiji Siren until 31 July 2014. Book by 30 April 2014.

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Fourth Element announce Tech Fins inspired by whale tail

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A classic vented dive fin, engineered by nature and redesigned to maximise performance.

Fourth Element’s new Tech Fins have taken inspiration from nature and evolution to optimise efficiency. The turbulence disruptors on the top of the blade work in the same way as the nodules of the leading edge of a humpback whale fin, which disrupt the water as they move through it. The resulting turbulence enables the whale to swim with more efficiency. Fourth Element has adopted this evolutionary concept to improve the performance of this classic fin.

Utilising natural rubber in a unique density gradient, the dive fin delivers an ultra- comfortable foot pocket combined with optimised stiffness for finning performance.

The vented design allows water to flow along the blade reducing drag and fatigue, whilst the stiffening rails and ribs ensure that the blade of the fin is driven through the water to maximise the return on effort.

The Tech Fins, with a slightly negative buoyancy characteristic, were developed with technical divers in mind but are suitable for all levels of diver looking for a high-performance rubber fin. The wider blade gives manoeuvrability without compromising the power, while the shorter length improves agility and makes stowing the fins for transport more convenient. Spring straps with comfortable heel pads keep the feet securely held in place. These straps can be removed and changed easily with everyday tools if required.

The Tech Fins are supplied with a hanging/carrying strap and a marine quality bolt snap which may be used to attach them to a bcd or harness for carrying, leaving both hands free for climbing ladders or carrying other gear.

The natural rubber material of this fin is extremely durable, and all components are recyclable at end of life.

The Tech Fins are available in M, L, XL and XXL. These fins will fit sizes 4 (US5) to 14 (US15) and come in Black, Grey or Aqua.

Features

  • Natural rubber heel strap
  • Stainless steel spring strap
  • Soft foot pocket
  • Hydro-flow vents
  • Turbulence disruptors
  • Strengthening ribs
  • Stiffening lateral rails

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Discover the Best of Belize with Dive Worldwide

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This June marks the 25th anniversary of the Belize Barrier Reef becoming a World Heritage Site! To celebrate, Dive Worldwide have rounded up their top trips to Belize which includes a resort-based stay, a liveaboard special and a twin-centre with neighbouring Guatemala – perfect for soaking up some culture. 

Reefs, Atolls & Mayan Ruins

The only English speaking country in Central America, Belize is warm, welcoming and offers unbelievable adventures. This gem has plenty for divers from incredible nature and topside activities to magical diving opportunities. Belize has the second longest barrier reef in the world and three of the four atolls in the western hemisphere making it a popular choice for divers.

If you missed the Dive Worldwide Belize talk in January you can catch up here.

Belize Discovered

Spend a week diving the remarkable barrier reef from Ambergris Caye before enjoying a few nights exploring the jungle with its Mayan ruins and caves.

Underwater there’s plenty on offer, with canyons, drop offs and swim throughs in addition to a unique topography and relatively easy conditions. You’ll be accompanied by a kaleidoscope of reef fish as you marvel at the array of sea fans and sponges adorning the seabed. Highlights include nurse shark, stingray, grouper, angelfish, turtle and dolphin. 

You then head off-the-beaten-track in land where you stay at an eco lodge in the heart of the Belizean jungle. Here there are a multitude of activities on offer including hiking and cave tours or you can immerse yourself in Mayan culture and visit a number of nearby ruins for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 13 days

Price from: £2,945 per person

Belize Liveaboard

Dive the Lighthouse and Turneffe Atolls from a liveaboard and experience the very best diving Belize has to offer. Located in the Lighthouse Reef there will be the opportunity to dive the Great Blue Hole. This atoll is full of marine life with angelfish, Creole wrasse, butterflyfish, barracuda and sponges found here.

Turneffe is the largest of the three atolls and offers a mixture of shallow reefs and sheer walls with a variety of reef fish and beautiful underwater scenery. Turtle, eagle ray, reef shark, snapper and jacks live on the healthy reefs. Dive sites of note include Half Moon Caye – another UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Painted Wall where you can find macro subjects such as ghostfish, crabs, blennies and invertebrates.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 10 days

Price from: £3,475 per person

Guatemala & Belize

Begin your holiday with some topside cultural discovery in Guatemala. This country packs a punch with its colonial architecture, Mayan ruins nestled in the verdant green jungle and stunning vistas. Don’t miss a visit to Lake Atilan, widely renowned for being one of the most beautiful lakes in the world with its volcanoes, thermal springs and incredible sunrises.

After a few days in Guatemala it’s time to go diving in Belize! Explore the barrier reef and spend time diving the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Blue Hole – the largest of its kind in the world and one of the top reasons to visit Belize. Here the waters are crystal clear, the topography is impressive with large coral and rock formations and the marine life is prolific with reef and black-tip shark in addition to large grouper.

Departs: Jan-Dec

Duration: 14 days

Price from: £3,495 per person


If you want to experience the world class diving and topside highlights of spectacular Belize, contact the Dive Worldwide Team.

All prices are per person and include flights from the UK, liveaboard or accommodation, diving, most meals and airport transfers.

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A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia.

The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

Book and stay before the end of June and benefit from no single supplements in all room types!

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – book and stay before end of June 2022

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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