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Scubaverse reveals 2021 Underwater Photo of the Year and Underwater Video of the Year Grand Prizes worth over £5,000 each

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With only a few months left to go until the end of the year, there are now only three more chances to enter Scubaverse.com’s Monthly Underwater Photo & Video Contests. If you win either monthly contest, you’ll receive some great prizes; however, winning the monthly prize is just the first step towards ultimate glory!

In January 2022, two panels of judges – one specialising in underwater photography, the other in underwater videography – will decide which of the monthly victors will be announced as the ultimate winners of Scubaverse.com’s Underwater Photo of the Year and Underwater Video of the Year contests.

Both the Photo of the Year winner and the Video of the Year winner will receive a grand prize which will consist of the following:

7 Nights at Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort, Indonesia

Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken.  Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, Bunaken Oasis’ aim is to provide a 5-star luxury diving experience whilst keeping its ecological footprint to a minimum.

The resort offers 12 large, traditionally-built villas, including one family villa with two bedrooms, and one villa near the Long House for those who may have difficulty walking.

The resort is built on a steep hillside overlooking the mangroves on Liang Beach. Your transfer boat from the mainland will moor at the resort’s private jetty, and you’ll enter Bunaken Oasis through its beautiful Long House. Above the Long House is a spectacular free form infinity pool, ideal for those relaxing moments between dives.

Moving past the pool, you come to the chill-out cocktail bar, where you can enjoy a range of fine wines and spirits (and Bintang!) while you unwind beneath the stars. To the side of the bar is the resort’s restaurant, and because you’ll be spending quite a lot of time there, it’s really been made something special: with fantastic views over the pool, Long House and out to sea, you’ll enjoy gourmet Asian and western cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guest amenities also include an air conditioned library, a fully-equipped classroom in the Dive Centre with 4k flat-screen TV, especially useful for photographic groups, and a spacious camera room with more charging points than you will ever need.

With easy access to over 90 superb dive sites, the variety of diving Bunaken offers is amazing: vertical walls with the sea bed 1500 metres beneath your fins, gentle walls with sandy bottoms, stunning reef tops, and muck diving on the mainland. Bunaken has it all. But what happens beneath the waves is only one part of the diving experience.

The prize is for 7 nights full board and includes 3 dives a day plus private transfers. Excludes flights. If the winner would like to take a dive buddy, Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort are happy to offer a discount of 20% providing the booking is direct. The 20% off is for accommodation and diving packages only.

Find out more about Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort at www.bunakenoasis.com.

Suunto D5 Dive Computer

The Suunto D5 is designed to be so clear and easy-to-use that you can just enjoy and focus on exploring the wonderful underwater world. When not diving, connect wirelessly to Suunto app and receive notifications from the applications you use. Play with style by choosing your favorite color or just by simply changing the straps to match your looks. Suunto D5 connects your two lives: the adventure under the surface but also the great experiences you can relive and share with your friends afterwards.

Find out more about the Suunto D5 dive computer here.

Paralenz Vaquita Underwater Camera

Paralenz Vaquita is a small and powerful underwater camera with a simple mission: to enable you to seamlessly capture and share brilliant underwater videos. Paralenz Vaquita’s updated technology delivers the smoothest and most vivid underwater videos up to 4K (4k 60fps / 1080p 240fps). It uses the HEVC (H.265) video codec which stores more image information while using less storage space and preserving the dynamic range of your recordings.

Find out more about the Paralenz Vaquita Underwater Camera here.

Mares Dual ADJ 62X Regulator

The Dual Adj 62X scuba diver regulator is the smallest and most compact first stage ever made by Mares. That’s why it’s the perfect travel companion for divers all over the world. The Dual Adj second stage is pneumatically balanced with the PAD (Pneumatic Assisted Design) system, offering comfortable and effortless breathing in every situation.

Find out more about the Mares Dual ADJ 62X Regulator here.

Sharkskin Titanium Chillproof

The Titanium Chillproof has FIR reflective technology that reflects and retains the Far Infrared Heat Energy from our bodies back into our bodies subsequently causing a rise in temperature, increased blood flow and improved metabolic function – i.e. we will be warmer.  Without this layer, the Far Infrared Heat Energy generated by our body is lost into the environment. Titanium Chillproof has equivalent thermal protection to a 4.5mm to 5mm neoprene suit.

Find out more about the Sharkskin Titanium Chillproof here.

XDEEP Radical Mask

The XDEEP Radical frameless mask allows you to take in more of what is around you, enhancing both the dive experience and your situational awareness of you, your team and the environment. A superbly soft inner skirt moulds itself to your face, achieving a close and comfortable fit.

Find out more about the XDEEP Radical Mask here.

Northern Diver Varilux Zoom 1000 Lumen Rechargeable Dive Torch

The three white light settings make the ‘Varilux Zoom’ a fantastic multi-purpose dive torch. High (1000 Lumen), Flashing and an innovative ‘Zoom’ mechanism will allow you to alter the beam width by over 800% setting the Varilux Zoom apart from any other torch in the range.

Find out more about the Northern Diver Varilux Zoom 1000 Lumen Rechargeable Dive Torch here.

Fourth Element Expedition Series Duffel Bag

The Fourth Element Expedition Series Duffel Bag is made from tough and enduring heavy-duty mesh PVC and the base is double lined for durability. It comes with shaped and padded rucksack carry straps and high quality clasps. Buckles and compression straps complete a rugged specification. A removable ID card makes it even easier to label and identify your gear.

Find out more about the Fourth Element Expedition Series Duffel Bag here.

Pandora-Lab Multi Tool

Pandora Multi Tool is a diver’s ‘Swiss Army knife’ designed to ease field maintenance where and when it matters. It’s as small as a credit-card but has all the functions of a multi-tool, with virtually every essential tool cut into its solid frame.

Find out more about the Pandora-Lab Multi Tool here.

So what are you waiting for?

To be in with a chance of winning one of the 2021 Photo of the Year or Video of the Year grand prizes however, you must first claim victory in one of the monthly contests, so don’t delay – enter now!

You can enter October’s Underwater Photo of the Month contest here:

www.scubaverse.com/photo-contest-October-2021

(In order to ensure your photos upload, please make sure they are no larger than 1MB.)

And you can enter October’s Underwater Video of the Month Contest here:

www.scubaverse.com/video-contest-October-2021

(Please note that in order to enter your videos you must first upload them to YouTube or Vimeo.)

Good luck to you all!

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Win copies of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics, a Paralenz Vaquita and more!

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Dived Up Publications, Paralenz and Scubaverse have come together to celebrate the October 2021 release of Scubaverse Editor-at-Large Jeff Goodman’s Action Camera Underwater Video Basics: The Essential Guide to Making Underwater Films.

Share better underwater videos with Jeff’s book and Paralenz Vaquita.

Win a copy of Jeff’s new book, as well as a selection of other great prizes including a Paralenz Vaquita camera, rash guard and water bottles, in the free to enter prize draw.

1st Prize

  • 1x Paralenz Vaquita (RRP £659)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics (RRP £20)

2nd Prize

  • 1 x Paralenz rash guard (RRP £59)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

3rd Prize (5 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics
  • 1x Paralenz water bottle (RRP £8)

4th Prize (3 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

Enter now for free at www.DivedUp.com/prize-draw

No purchase necessary. Internet access and email address required. Winners will be chosen at random. No cash or alternative prizes offered. Open to over-18s only. Other exclusions apply. Closing date 23 November 2021. Draw will be made within 7 days of closing. Winners will be notified by email. See website to enter, for full prize details and terms and conditions.

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Fiji’s borders to reopen on December 1st 2021

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The island paradise of Fiji will be open to visitors once again starting this December. After nearly two years of being closed to the outside world, Fiji is ready to safely welcome its travelers back. The 333 islands are as beautiful as ever, brimming with idyllic turquoise waters, soft white sand beaches, and the vibrant “Bula Spirit” for which Fiji is known.

“It’s been almost two years since we welcomed international visitors. And in these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared,” said Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Tourism.

“Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again.”

Fiji will still have entry requirements in place to ensure the utmost safety of both visitors and locals. These include being a fully vaccinated traveler from a “Travel Partner” country such as Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Qatar, Germany, Spain, France, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan and most Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Travelers from these countries will need to provide a negative PCR test taken less than 3 days prior to departure from home country and fulfil any obligation to take an additional test prior to returning back home, based on individual home country requirements. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be able to travel to Fiji accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Travel insurance is, as always, highly recommended. For more information on country-specific travel requirements, please visit www.fiji.travel.

“We are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors before the end of the year,” says Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill.

“This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years now and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back. The islands are just as beautiful – if not more beautiful – than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji is the vacation the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December.”

Tourism Fiji have been preparing for this moment. Travellers can book and travel in confidence with the Care Fiji Commitment, where they can stay in certified resorts, use certified transportation and experiences, and be assured that all tourism businesses they come in to contact with have a 100% vaccinated staff. Tourism Fiji started working on this programme when the pandemic first arrived in Fiji. Now they have over 206 CFC approved businesses, and over 320 nominated Wellness Ambassadors across Fiji.

Travellers can reserve their flights now at www.fijiairways.com. Check out diving and resort packages at Fiji’s leading Volivoli Beach Resort

Find out more about visiting Fiji at www.fiji.travel.

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Our special, extended, 14 night charter of MV Carpe Diem in the Maldives will visit some of our favourite sites in the central and near-south atolls. We will be spending 14 nights on-board, specifically because we want to travel and have time to enjoy the sites without rushing too much.

The boat will depart from Male on Saturday 23rd October and guests will disembark on Saturday 06th November. The route will incorporate our favourite manta points, shark diving points and spectacular coral reefs.

 

Please contact us for last minute prices on 01473921888 or email us at info@greatescapesdivingholidays.com

 

 

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