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The Philippines: A Divers’ Dream Destination



regaldive_logo_rgbOffering an outstanding range of diving and incredible natural beauty, the Southeast Asian paradise of the Philippines is now firmly established as a top dive destination for UK divers. With over 7,107 islands surrounded by one of the richest marine environments in the world, the Philippines delivers a spectacular diving holiday.

Forming the tip of the Coral Triangle, these waters are virtually unmatched as the global centre of marine biodiversity and home to thousands of fish and coral species. Divers can discover historic wrecks, plentiful macro life, dramatic wall dives, turtles, mantas, sharks and whalesharks. They can encounter elusive thresher sharks at Malapascua, hunt for critters in Dumaguete and Dauin, and drift over stunning coral gardens and plunging walls in Bohol.

The Philippines’ diversity and geography mean that this is an ideal destination for island hopping. Diving specialist Regaldive offers a choice of tailor-made, multi-centre itineraries that are very popular with their guests. Personalised itineraries are available for a week, 10 to 14 days, or more, and offer the chance to experience the Philippines to the fullest. An 11 night Philippines Island Hopping Holiday taking in the islands of Cebu, Cabilao and Dumaguete starts from just £852pp including 11 night’s bed and breakfast on a twin-share basis, transfers and 16 dives with Sea Explorers. Flights are not included but can be arranged by Regaldive.

The central islands of the Philippines are also ideally explored from a liveaboard and Regaldive guests can enjoy a Southern Visayas liveaboard aboard the magnificent Philippine Siren sailing yacht.

These itineraries can encompass the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag and Pescador, along with dives at Apo Island marine sanctuary and Dauin. There is also the opportunity to encounter whalesharks, particularly during August and September. Regaldive guests booking to travel before the end of September 2015 can save up to 20% on Philippine Siren trips, a potential saving of £484pp on a 10 night trip. Boat only packages start from £1,612pp (seven nights) and include transfers, full board twin cabin share, diving (three to four dives per day), equipment and your choice of air or nitrox.

With remote regions now opening up to liveaboards, a Philippines holiday also offers divers the chance to explore pristine and rarely dived reefs for a true frontier diving experience. The UNESCO World Heritage Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is one of Asia’s best diving spots and home to hundreds of fish and coral species, as well as 11 types of shark, 12 species of dolphins and whales, and nesting hawksbill and green sea turtles. Tubbataha trips can be booked with Regaldive on both SY Philippines Siren and the lovely motor yacht Atlantis Azores and start from just £2,015pp including transfers, seven night’s full board twin cabin share and all diving.

For further information or to book, visit or call +44 (0)1353 659999.


WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Gear News

Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!



This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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