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Take more time to explore the Maldives with Emperor Explorer

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Spend more time exploring two of the most popular itineraries with Emperor Explorer in the Maldives. 10 nights on board this fabulous liveaboard means more dives and flexibility.

Emperor Explorer at a glance:

  • High quality, newly constructed contemporary liveaboard
  • Spa on main deck
  • Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
  • Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
  • Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
  • Free glass of wine with dinner
  • Free Nitrox
  • 4 dive guides
  • No hidden extras with Emperor’s transparent pricing policy.

12th – 22nd February 2020, South Central

  • Depart & Return to Male
  • Was €3,399 / £2,925 / $3,740
  • Now €2,949 / £2,535 / $3,240
  • SAVE €450 / £390 / $500

South Central Atolls at a glance:

  • North Male Atoll (Check dive): Beautiful Pinnacles & House Reefs.
  • South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels, magical soft corals, pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others.
  • Meemu Atoll: Enchanting channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks at night.
  • Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with shark encounters.


16 – 26th August 2020, Northern Hi-Lights

  • Depart & Return to Male
  • Was €2,825 / £2,429 / $3,110
  • Now €2,375 / £2,039 / $2,610
  • SAVE €450 / £390 / $500

Northern Hi-Lights at a glance:

  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles.
  • Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves.
  • Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay, Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and many more.
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead dive, Beautiful reef with pelagics.
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, Multiple manta cleaning stations.

For further information, email reservations@emperordivers.com or visit www.emperormaldives.com.

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Gear Review: Fourth Element 3mm Neoprene Gloves (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the 3mm Neoprene Gloves from Fourth Element.

For more information, visit www.fourthelement.com

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Veterans take part in Hadrian’s Wall trek to raise funds for their ‘Red Sea family’

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A group of veterans from Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy have pledged to take part in a 40 mile expedition-style trek along historic Hadrian’s Wall this July to raise funds for the staff at Egyptian dive centre and resort Roots Red Sea.

The dive centre in El Quseir has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last Spring and with Egypt now on the red list for UK travellers it is unlikely to be able to re-open in the near future. UK couple Steve and Clare Rattle, who own Roots Red Sea, have been supporting the 16 staff of the dive centre and their families but faced with an ever increasingly uncertain future, the Deptherapy beneficiaries wanted to add their support too.

Roots Red Sea is Deptherapy’s home from home in Egypt and the location where the charity’s majority of overseas training courses and expeditions are held. The facilities at the Egyptian dive centre and resort are a perfect fit for the charity offering an ideal combination of self-contained and fully adapted accommodation, as well as a team of highly trained staff.

Deptherapy normally runs 2-3 trips to Roots Red Sea each year but recent and planned trips continue to be a casualty of Covid. For the time being, training has shifted to UK waters, but their Egyptian family is never far from the minds of the Deptherapy Team.

“We’re hoping to raise £3,000 for the staff at Roots to support their families due to hardship caused by the pandemic,” explains Tom Oates, Deptherapy Divemaster, Ambassador and former Scots Guard.

“Deptherapy has been a lifeline for so many of us beneficiaries and an essential part of that journey has been our scuba diving adventures at Roots Red Sea. We view the staff at Roots as part of our extended families. They have become close friends. The welcome, service and care we are shown is unbelievable but now it is our turn to give something back. The staff at Roots have given us everything and have helped to save and change our lives. Now, they need our support.”

“This is an amazing endeavour from the guys at Deptherapy,” says Steve Rattle, who is organising the logistics of the trek which is planned to stretch over several days. “We have supported the charity for many years; it’s always been a delight to have them come to Roots and to see them really benefit from the experience. Now the tables are turned, and it is the families of Roots that are in need of help. It is really humbling to have Team Deptherapy now raising money for them. Awesome effort!”

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 12th -16th July 2021 starting from Heddon on the Wall in the east to Lenercost in the west. The route has been designed to take in a variety of features including many historical sites such as the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead.

Please give generously to sponsor Team Deptherapy in their quest to raise £3000 for the families of Roots Red Sea at the special JustGiving Page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rootsredseafundraiser

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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