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Sharks, crocs, rum and reefs – Save over £1500pp! Last few spaces available…

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Jardines de La Reina, Cuba – with a smattering of Havana too!

Cuba is a fascinating destination and the team from The Scuba Place know it best! Experience the magical city of Havana and world class shark and crocodile diving at Jardines de la Reina. ​This holiday starts with two nights in the fabulous old town of Havana followed by 6 days/7 nights of diving with sharks and crocodiles in The Gardens of the Queen on La Tortuga. Then it’s back to Havana for two more nights before heading home. Flights from London Gatwick on Virgin Atlantic direct to Havana, tourist cards, transfers and marine park fees included.

​​Your accommodation in Havana is the very best. The Iberostar Parque Central hotel sits right in the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by cobbled streets and all of the famous bars and attractions. Floridita, also known as Hemingway’s, is right across the square, and The Capitolio is just around the corner. Museums are close by, and the streets of Old Town Havana are right on your doorstep.

​The diving is world class – sharks galore, all in a stunning marine reserve. Expect clear warm waters, pristine reefs packed with marine life, and some of the best surface intervals ever on desert islands after visiting the crocs in the mangroves. This really is a slice of Heaven – stunning sunsets, silence, zero light pollution, and exceptional hospitality on board the floating Hotel, La Tortuga.

The shark diving is the best – expect 20+ grey reef sharks buzzing around you, or the same numbers of silky sharks on different sites. Lemon sharks frequent the shallows, and keep your eyes peeled for hammerheads, and even tigers. The odd whale-shark frequents these waters too, and expect schooling tarpon, Goliath grouper, conch fields and plenty of critters too!

This is a photographer’s paradise, and is one of the only places on the planet where you can jump in with crocodiles!

Come Dive with Us!

  • Price: £3750 per person based on double occupancy. SAVE over £1500 per person based on other tour operator pricing!
  • Dates: 20th September to 2nd October 2018

To see the online brochure click here.

More information at www.comedivewithus.co.uk/cuba

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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