Make 2018 the year that you tick off some incredible underwater adventures on your diving wishlist! Whether you’re looking for amazing marine life encounters or to indulge your lust for rust, you’re sure to find inspiration in the Scubaverse Dive Holiday Planner. Get your fins twitching and your passports at the ready for our pick of the hottest and coolest dive travel destinations for 2018.
Regaldive has been arranging spectacular Red Sea diving holidays for 30 action-packed years and the popularity of this remarkable, year-round diving destination shows no sign of fading!
WORLD-FAMOUS DIVING JUST 5 HOURS AWAY…
Whether you love wreck driving and shore dives or seek exhilarating deeper dives with pelagics on remote reefs, the Red Sea will amaze you. Excellent visibility and a wealth of corals are hallmarks of Red Sea diving, while wrecks, including the SS Thistlegorm, offer eerie expeditions into a bygone era. You can dive the Red Sea on either a resort-based holiday or liveaboard trip, and every diving interest is catered for. Amazingly, it is all available just 5 hours from the UK!
LIVEABOARD OR RESORT-BASED?
On a liveaboard holiday, divers can drop straight onto the Red Sea’s most iconic reefs such as Elphinstone, St. John’s and The Brothers, from sunrise to sunset every day. Our evergreen Red Sea itineraries include ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Simply The Best’, where walls and pinnacles are buffered by lively currents and encounters with charismatic shark species – Hammerheads, Oceanic White Tips and Threshers, for example – offer unforgettable memories.
Regaldive offers the finest liveaboard fleets on the Red Sea including Emperor, blue 0 two and Aggressor Fleet, with prices ranging from £1,088pp (inc. flights) for the superior MY Elite to the keenly-priced MY Blue Fin from £799 (inc. flights).
Does the comfort of a hotel appeal more? Our specialist team tailor-makes resort-based holidays to the finest Red Sea resorts. These diving holidays range from Marsa Alam, the seagrass-carpeted home of dugongs, to the northern wrecks and reefs accessible from Hurghada, plus Safaga, El Gouna, Makadi Bay, El Quseir, Hamata and more!
Regaldive Red Sea holidays start from £443pp, including flights. For more details of our land-based and liveaboard holidays, please call us on 01353 659 999 or visit our website.
Adventure Divers & Activity Center is the Premier English PADI & BSAC Dive Resort based in the beautiful 5 star resort of La Manga Club, Spain.
We have some of the BEST scuba diving the Mediterranean has to offer inside the “Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve”, one of Spain’s best kept secrets.
This is a highly protected area since 1995 and boasts the number one place for scuba diving in Spain due to the sheer amount and variety of marine life you will encounter!
The region of Murcia also has some world-class WW1 shipwrecks for advanced and tech divers scattered around the coast, as well as some cavern and cave dives and diving around small islands.
We have over 20 dives sites along our coast giving you a variety of shore, boat or wreck dives.
We offer PADI courses from beginner up to and including Divemaster and the use of our training facility for your club or group.
Our friendly team is dedicated to ensuring you have the best dive experience and we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide with a personal touch.
If you’re looking for a destination close to the UK with some of the best diving the Med can offer, then this is the right choice for you! Just 2 hours flight into San Javier (Murcia) airport.
We have some amazing dive and accommodation deals for you and your group! Just look here: www.adventuredivers-spain.com/dive-and-accommodation-deals
Our Activity Center offers lots of different activities as well as diving. If you have non-divers with you or just want to do something different then take a look here: www.adventuredivers-spain.com/la-manga-activities
See what our valued customers say about us and see why we stand out from other centers: www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g642228-d6890438-Reviews-Adventure_Divers_and_Activity_Center-La_Manga_del_Mar_Menor.html
Dive Center: +34 968338485
We look forward to dive with you soon!
Coral Divers offers tranquil, rustic, but very comfortable accommodation while enjoying the Marine Reserve. The lodge is nestled in the surrounding bush and close enough to the beach to walk, although there is a daily shuttle service to the beach for all guests.
The lodge is constructed to minimise the environmental footprint and all the buildings are wooden. There is a social atmosphere where divers can mingle and chat about their experiences, make new friends… and since most dive, staff are helpful and friendly and can answer questions and make sure your stay is a great one.
The lodge has 84 rooms in total, ranging from Ensuite Cabins, Standard Cabins with private bathrooms, or Standard Cabins and Safari tents (these use communal bathrooms).
The resort has a restaurant and licensed bar, as well as offering the guests self-catering or buffet menu.
We have 13 RIBs – All have a qualified DM and Skipper accompanying the divers and all the dives are seated entry drift dives. Dive sites are numerous and there are varying depths to suit all divers.
DIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel Insurance for the Sport Diver
The Westfield Travel Insurance Scheme automatically covers your SPORT DIVING risks whilst on holiday and even includes TRAVEL insurance too, all within the same price.
You can be confident with our policy as we have been providing Sport Divers with insurance since 1972, and within this time we have been very careful in understanding and providing all the required cover for your requirements. In addition the Sub Aqua Association choose us for our insurance expertise for their members’ Travel Insurance needs.
We have No Depth Limit – all we ask is that you must be diving within the current safety recommendations of the Insured Person’s diving association. Therefore making our cover very comprehensive.
We include as Standard cover for Terrorism Risks and Highjack etc. (many insurers are starting to exclude this cover).
We are also mindful that these days a lot of people are arranging their own holidays when it comes to flights, accommodation and pre-booked excursions such as dive trips. Therefore our policy provides you with cover whether booked via a travel/tour operator or via your own means.
The Philippines is at the heart of the Coral Triangle – the global centre of marine biodiversity. That means more than double the coral of the Red Sea, over 3,000 fish species and a profusion of other marine life, including Thresher Sharks, Whalesharks, Turtles… and there’s more macro life than you can shake a stick at! Not forgetting historic Japanese WW2 wrecks. All wrapped up with the warmth and friendliness of the Filipino people!
Our unrivalled knowledge of the top dive destinations in the country and our exceptional personal service holds us above the big guys. We offer all the main dive destinations as well as some off the beaten track.
And we’re picky. Our goal is to ensure you have a dive holiday of a lifetime. So we only work with dive resorts and liveaboards we know and been guests at ourselves.
Trips can be tailored, so whether you’re travelling solo, a couple or part of a group, we can create the perfect dive holiday for you.
International flights, transfers, even down to the right dive site to dive, Philippine Dive Holidays can take care of the lot – all ATOL protected too.
Regaldive invites you to visit the Maldives, a leading liveaboard holidaydestination where hundreds of glorious islands are caressed by warm clear waters. Divers encounter remarkable creatures here, including manta rays, whale sharks and other pelagics, on dives ranging from exhilarating drifts and cleaning stations to night dives on thriving reefs.
How to soak up this paradise in a single holiday? As Maldives experts, Regaldive recommends our ‘Best of the Maldives’ liveaboard trip, which is operated by a choice of vessels, including several Emperor fleet boats. Our specialist team has the perfect trip to suit your individual comfort level and budget! Prices range from the stylish Emperor Serenity (from £1,377pp, boat only) to the Ari Queen (from £916pp, boat only).
The ‘Best of the Maldives’ offers a week-long adventure to the most famous dive sites in the Male and Ari atolls. North Ari Atoll, for example, is known for Grey Reef Sharks, multiple Manta Ray cleaning stations. Whilst South Ari Atoll is well known for night and day snorkelling encounters with much loved whale sharks.
Other spectacular dives can include Rasdhoo Atoll known for possible Hammerhead encounters and Vaavu Atoll, for channel diving with Grey Reef Sharks.
Prefer to stay on an island rather than on a liveaboard, or as many guests do, combine the two? Regaldive can arrange a combined ‘Best of the Maldives’ liveaboard and resort-based stay, for double the diving satisfaction!
Many resorts boast glorious house reefs and / or calm lagoons visited by majestic sea-life. Select from a roll-call of paradise island resorts ranging from the stunning Vilamendhoo, renowned for possible whale shark encounters (from £1,949 inc. flights and seaplane transfer), to the ever popular ‘divers island’ of Eriyadu with its great house reef and proximity to sites offering shark encounters (from £1,759 inc. flights and speedboat transfers).
For more details, please call 01353 659 999 or visit the Regaldive website.
Dive into Indonesia
Stay in palm-fringed resorts or take an exclusive liveaboard adventure to explore this marine-rich archipelago. The best dive sites in Indonesia are reached by liveaboard, especially the famous Raja Ampat and Komodo national parks. Extend your trip with time in resort to enjoy a memorable holiday experience.
A Visit to Bali
Often overlooked as a dive destination, the island of Bali offers exceptional diving for all, from superb macro life to exciting drift dives, encounters with mantas and the wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben. Immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy topside experiences.
12 days from £1,395
Diving Adventure in Alor
The allure of Alor is its eclectic mix of marine life and diving experiences, where you can explore reefs, marvel at critters and enjoy thrilling big fish encounters. Based in resort, this trip is ideal for photographers. This remote location is undeniably enchanting.
14 days from £3,395
Now easier to reach than ever, with a new local airport, this remote area of Indonesia promises much for the adventurous diver. Big Fish Country offers bountiful pelagic marine life, Kakaban is home to a lake of non-stinging jellyfish and Sangalaki boasts turtles and feeding manta rays.
15 days from £2,395
Raja Ampat Liveaboard
Join a liveaboard adventure in Raja Ampat, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. Choose from a variety of vessels and itineraries to discover majestic islands, sharks, manta rays, turtles and reefs bursting with life. Best visited from Nov-Mar.
12 days from £3,895
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Micronesia is one of the most remote and pristine diving destinations in the world. blue o two are proud to offer the best standards of comfort in Micronesia. With accommodation for up to 16 guests, the recently refurbished M/V Truk Masterboasts eight twin and double cabins with standard, premium and deluxe cabins available. This luxury liveaboard will take you to explore the world-class wreck diving sites of Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll, providing the opportunity to delve deeper into history.
The sea floor beneath the warm and clear waters of both Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll are steeped in history. Truk was the site of a major naval and airstrike battle in WWII, resulting in numerous sunken vessels and planes. While these ships and a few submarines were sunk on purpose, the results are spectacular. After WWII, the United States gathered a variety of warships to test the effects of different nuclear bomb blasts in Bikini Atoll. The results are very similar as the wrecks of Truk and after being underwater for six decades, the wreckage has been transformed into an amazing underwater museum, holding the very best of the undersea world and maritime history at one site.
The reefs in Micronesia are found within some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world. Schools of tuna, barracuda and trevally, pods of dolphins, turtles, grouper aggregations and colourful collections of many tropical fish are commonly found. Yap and Pohnpei are famous for their world-renowned reef passes that have large groupings of giant manta rays, where divers and snorkelers can encounter these magnificent and gentle creatures up close and personal.
blue o two offer two distinct itineraries, with varying lengths, covering the dive sites and wrecks of Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll.
Micronesia Itineraries: www.blueotwo.com/Liveaboards-Micronesia-Itineraries
M/V Truk Master: www.blueotwo.com/Liveaboards-Micronesia-MV-Truk-Master
Top photo: Aaron Wong
Bottom Photo: C. Wilpernig
40 Years of Diving Excellence
Since 1978, Dive Systems has been at the forefront of the diving industry in Malta. The Company started out as a family business in Msida and is now run by the second generation in a purpose-built sea-front dive centre which is probably the largest and most well-equipped on the Island.
The philosophy at Dive Systems is to offer clients a fun, safe and friendly atmosphere before, during and after each dive. Dive Systems therefore ensures that it has the best team of Diving Instructors to offer clients a wide range of diving services with an excellent record for safety.
Dive Systems is situated on the water’s edge in Sliema – Malta’s top tourist resort and nightlife destination. Within walking distance from Dive Systems there are many hotels, several restaurants, cafes, a playground, public garden and all the amenities one requires.
10 things that make Malta Europe’s Top Diving Destination
- Proximity – Malta, Gozo & Comino offer over 50 dive sites within a few kilometers.
- 40m Visibility – Our waters are amongst the cleanest & clearest of the Mediterranean.
- Climate – With a very short winter and mostly sunny days we can dive all year round.
- Wrecks – From WWII planes to recently scuttled patrol boats, there are wrecks for all levels.
- Marine Life – The underwater seascape is teaming with Mediterranean sealife.
- Great After-Diving – Rich in history & culture & with a buzzing nightlife.
- Fantastic People – The Maltese are warm, welcoming and tourist-friendly.
- Top-notch Dive Centres – The PDSA & the Tourism Authority ensure that all centres maintain very high standards.
- Cost – Low cost of living, value for money accommodation & low cost airlines from major cities.
- Technical Diving – A large variety of technical diving sites within a short distance.
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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