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Win a luxury 18-day dive trip to the Philippines worth over £8000 at DIVE 2016




Layout 1Visit DIVE 2016 on the weekend of the 22nd – 23rd October at the Birmingham NEC and you could win a luxury 18-day dive trip to the Philippines worth over £8000 in the show’s Grand Prize Draw.

Experience the very best of the Philippines on this luxury diving holiday for two lucky people. The Philippines offers divers jaw-dropping diversity, kaleidoscopic reefs and exceptional scuba diving.

Spend a week at the world famous Atlantis Puerto Galera, ideally located on Sabang Beach. The marine park around Puerto Galera is blessed with sheltered bays, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and coral reefs teeming with marine life.

After a week of world-class diving fly south for a further week at Atlantis Dumaguete – a boutique resort set in lush tropical gardens on the doorstep of the Dauin Marine Sanctuary. The Atlantis house reef is one of many great dive sites to explore. The sea grass beds are home to razor fish and turtles, while critters abound on the sandy slopes. Bahura is the place to see mandarin fish and if you’re after some larger marine life, Coconut Point on Apo Island is a thrilling drift dive where schools of big-eye trevally, turtles and banded sea kraits can be seen.

With two full weeks of world-class diving on offer coupled with exceptional resorts, this is truly a holiday of a lifetime.

The prize includes:

  • Return International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes
  • 7 nights at the stylish Atlantis, Puerto Galera including all meals
  • 7 nights at the Atlantis, Dumaguete including all meals
  • 1 night in a luxury Manila city centre hotel
  • Unlimited diving in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete – typically 5 dives per day including night diving
  • Transfers throughout

Terms and conditions apply.

The prize is sponsored by Dive Worldwide in partnership with Atlantis Dive Resorts and Philippines Tourism.

Book tickets for DIVE 2016 here.



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.

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Marine Life & Conservation

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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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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