Bunaken Oasis – 3rd May – Save £350, only £2795
This boutique dive resort has been lovingly designed and built by British couple Simon & Elaine Wallace, who had one simple goal – to create a dive resort whose every aspect meets your exacting requirements for quality and 5-star service service, both on land and in the sea. Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort provides you with the ultimate in-dive convenience.
This is an exclusive 5 star luxury resort. There are only 12 large, traditionally built private villas. No detail – no matter how small or seemingly insignificant – has been overlooked in the building of Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort. Comfy sofas, stunning, indoor en-suite bathrooms, a Krups coffee machine, high quality toiletries and free laundry service are just some of the perks that come as standard.
20th May – Emperor Atoll – Pelagic Magic – Save £200, only £995 (boat only)
Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her charm lies in her open, airy layout and warm welcome.
The seasonal Pelagic Magic itinerary has a special focus on the whalesharks of Ari Atoll where you can hope to snorkel with these gorgeous beasts, as well as diving with an array of other pelagics such as manta and reef sharks.
23rd May – 11 nights – Raja Ampat Aggressor – Save £1100, only £2695 (boat only)
Step on board the comfortable Raja Ampat Aggressor for a trip through Indonesia’s big fish destinations. This modern, purpose built liveaboard, diving in Raja Ampat and Komodo, is a stable, steel hulled vessel who sails effortlessly through these remote marine parks. Feel the thrill underwater and then enjoy the ultimate in relaxation on board with an experienced crew that are second to none.
Sail off into the sunset as your Komodo liveaboard wends its ways between the hundreds of islands that dot the horizon. Dive after dive reveals the immense bio diversity, from vast pelagics to microscopic macro and vibrant reefs that are so characteristic of this corner of Indonesia. Dive into the bluest sea and discover over 260 coral species, 70 different sponges and no less that 1000 species of fish… What more could any diver who is serious about seeing unsurpassed reef diving want?
17th June Carpe Diem – Brand New Resort – Save £250, only £2995
NEW for 2018: Stay at the action loving, Carpe Diem resort in Raa atoll for a Maldivian resort experience unlike any other. This is the perfect extension to your Carpe Fleet liveaboard or for a dedicated resort holiday with like-minded adventure lovers. Building on their award winning experience of luxury liveaboards, the Carpe Diem resort is social by nature. Here you will find an extensive range of activities, as well as sublime diving on the impressive house reef or nearby sites. Feel the stresses and strains of life ebb away as you refresh your senses!
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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