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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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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk to book your spot!

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