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Winter Liveaboard Offers from Scuba Travel

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Get a warm water diving fix this Winter with these outstanding liveaboard special offers from our friends at UK-based Tour Operator Scuba Travel.

Philippines I 23 November I Atlantis Azores I 10 night trip I Save £1000, only £3375

The Azores liveaboard has been lovingly crafted by the one of the Philippines’ most successful dive operations, Atlantis. Built in the USA to the highest international standard, Azores feels like your home away from home in the Philippines, making it THE liveaboard to be on. Pouring their unparalleled experience and diving passion into every detail of your liveaboard holiday, Azores has come to define luxury liveaboard diving in the Philippines so sit back and let the sublime diving and superior service unfold before your eyes on a holiday with distinction.

The Southern Visayas tour is the best introduction to diving in the Philippines and includes some of its most famous reefs. Pristine corals and varied marine life, big and small, make this a must do Far Eastern itinerary. Follow your liveaboard with two extra nights at Atlantis Dumaguete.

Package includes: return flights to Manila, 1 night in Manila, 7 nights full board and 2 further nights in exotic Atlantis Dumagete Resort with up to 5 dives per day both on the liveaboard and at Dumagete.

Click here to find out more about this trip…


Maldives I 3 December I Virgo I 7 nights I Only £1245 (excluding flights)

Virgo sleeps only 18 divers over 30m, which has made her popular with those that prefer smaller groups on board. All diving is from the support dhoni. The light wood decor continues throughout the vessel. On the main deck there is a large air conditioned saloon with welcoming sofas. Meals are served buffet style and seated at a large table. This is a fun, social boat to be on! The bar on board is fully licensed so you can enjoy your favourite tipple as the sun sinks over the horizon. The upper deck is a hub for most people in between dives, with loungers to relax on and enjoy the Maldives drifting by.

This popular itinerary with year round departures that delivers what it says on the tin – the Best of the Maldives! Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.

Package Includes: 7 nights on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin), enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner, average of 17 fully guided dives (including 1 night dive, all marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights and FOC nitrox.

Click here to find out more about this trip…


Cocos Island I 8 December I Sea Hunter I 12 night trip I Save £1000, only £4595

The luxurious Sea Hunter is part of the outstanding Undersea Hunter fleet and the sturdy steel hulled vessel makes light work of the long sail out to Cocos. The diving is well worth the journey when you get there, nothing quite compares to Cocos or the attentive and welcoming service you will receive on board Sea Hunter.

Dive the remote pelagic playground Cocos with the super experienced Sea Hunter crew! This is perhaps the ultimate hammerhead shark destination but there are more pelagics than just this to discover. Silkies, Galapagos sharks, silver tips and even tiger sharks….! Visit Cocos for serious shark encounters.

Package includes: return Flights to San Jose, 2 nights in San Jose (one each end of the trip) on a B&B basis, 10 nights on board Sea Hunter with up to 3 dives per day including 3 night dives over the trip and FOC nitrox.

Click here to find out more about this trip…


Red Sea I 7 January I Whirlwind I Wrecks and Reefs itinerary I 7 nights I Save £155, only £955

Leave the Winter behind and climb aboard the well reputed liveaboard Whirlwind for an affordable 5 star Red Sea experience. Whirlwind has everything the modern diver could want on board. The spacious dive deck is one of the most impressive aspects. And for your relaxation between dives, there are two sundecks and the jacuzzi. Catch some rays, relax with a book or enjoy the hot tub.

Wrecks and Reefs is the ideal itinerary whatever your experience level, diving some of the most iconic dive sites Egypt has to offer, as well a few lesser known beauties. A popular route for those new to the Red Sea, the varied depths across dive sites suit all abilities – from novice to tekkie. Visibility is crystal clear and the warm blue waters are perfect for even the longest dive times. Water temperatures typically range between 20 and 28 degrees throughout the year. Diving can be accessed whatever the season, either by boat or RIB. Travel times between dive sites are short, leaving more time for relaxing.

Package includes: return flights from Gatwick to Hurghada, 7 nights full board and up to 22 dives over the week.

Click here to find out more about this trip…


Red Sea I 21 January I Cyclone I Winter Warmer itinerary I 7 nights I Only £995

Cyclone has long been a favourite with UK divers for exploring the magnificent wrecks and lavish reefs of the Egyptian Red Sea. She features an extensive sun deck complete with sun beds, jacuzzi and a spacious dive deck.

Beat the winter blues with this relaxing photo itinerary escorted by Mario. This is a great trip to pin down those skills necessary to allow your underwater photography to progress. A trip like this gives enormous freedom to try out things repeatedly and this is the best way to ensure that the learning sticks. With every little milestone your confidence will grow exponentially. We have handpicked a select number of key sites for this dedicated photo itinerary to enable you to gain maximum time at locations that are the most photo friendly.

Package includes: return flights from Gatwick, 7 days full board and up to 22 fully guided dives.

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To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

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And the winner of our Waterproof BODY 2X Power Stretch Hollow Fiber Undergarment competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win a Waterproof BODY 2X Power Stretch Hollow Fiber Undergarment as a prize!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Megan Kinsey from the UK

Congratulations Megan – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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Aqualung launches all new XSCAPE Collection featuring eco-responsible wetsuit

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Aqualung has announced the launch of its all new XSCAPE collection. Featuring a 100 percent neoprene-free wetsuit and a rash guard made from sustainable materials, the XSCAPE line is designed for a variety of water activities and reflects Aqualung’s commitment to innovation, ocean discovery and sustainability.

Made with Yulex® eco-friendly natural rubber and ultra-stretch fabric, the 4/3mm XSCAPE wetsuit provides enhanced comfort for diving in warm waters or above surface activities in colder temperatures, and can be used for scuba diving, snorkeling, freediving, paddling or a variety of other water sports. The flexible and lightweight XSCAPE wetsuit, available in a red and olive design for men and a tropical-inspired print for women, connects consumers to nature and the natural materials the collection is made from. The suit also features Powertex knee pads, recycled, quick-drying fleece around the torso area to provide additional warmth and comfort, and a reusable mesh bag for storage after use or collecting trash from the beach or water.

“The XSCAPE collection continues Aqualung’s legacy in innovation and their tireless work to create the most forward thinking and eco-conscious dive company in the world,” said Aqualung global ocean ambassador Philippe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of one of Aqualung’s original founders, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. “We all have the power to change the world with the choices we make and the XSCAPE sets the new standard for wetsuits and rash guards that are stylish, functional and sustainable.”

The new collection’s long-sleeve rash guard for men and women, and matching women’s leggings, offer maximum comfort and breathability and can be used above or below the surface. All rash guards and leggings feature UV protection and are made with polyester fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles. The entire XSCAPE line comes in plastic-free packaging with hangtags made from recycled cardboard.

“Our aim was to design the ultimate eco-friendly wetsuit that could be used for all kinds of water sports,” said Laurent Boury, Senior Vice President of Brands at Aqualung Group. “Aqualung is committed to using environmentally-friendly materials and processes whenever possible to help reduce our carbon footprint and we made design choices to ensure the XSCAPE collection was as sustainable as possible.”

“The collection name, XSCAPE, is meant to evoke the feeling of freedom and the quest for wonder that surround exploration, travel, and Aqualung’s storied history, including the first “aqua-lung” created by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan that made underwater exploration possible,” added Boury.

To learn more please visit www.aqualung.com.

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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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