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Specials for Indonesian liveaboard KLM Mari

May 8th, 2017

One of the newest liveaboards on the Dive The World website has announced some tasty discounts for early birds or last minutes. Check out how you can step on board KLM Mari and save a few $$$.

Indonesia liveaboard KLM MariYou can choose between 5 night Komodo National Park trips, to 11 nights Raja Ampat cruises and even 13 night transit trips taking in places like Flores, Alor and the Forgotten Islands .

There are heaps of space aboard the 30 metre Mari for the 10 guests who are accommodated in the 5 upper deck cabins. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, with basic toiletries. A laundry service is available for your added convenience during your Indonesian travels. With 10 crew to only 10 guests you are assured of personal service.

Here are the discounts you can enjoy:

  • 5% for early bookings (all bookings 9 months or more in advance)
  • 10% for last-minute bookers (all bookings 3 weeks or less before departure date)

Save up to US$ 752 per couple!

Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing.


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Raja Ampat itineraries unaffected by cruise liner disaster

May 1st, 2017

The diving world collectively drew in its breath when news broke that the British owned cruise liner, MV Caledonian Sky, had run aground in one of the world’s most bio diverse places on earth, Raja Ampat.

This unfortunate and entirely avoidable ecological disaster occurred on Crossover Reef located between Kri and Gam islands. Initial assessments have determined the affected area to be approximately 18,000 square metres (about the size of 3 football fields). This is a fraction of Raja Ampat, which spans 40,000 square kilometres and consists of 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals and 4 main islands (Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo), that make up the ‘Four Kings’.

Dive The World is a team of divers and we are saddened by this loss of marine life. We have reached out to the owners and operators of our liveaboards and resorts in Raja Ampat and they have assured us that although the incident is significant, it will not have an impact on any of the diving itineraries due to the size of the marine park and the hundreds of magnificent dive sites on offer to explore.

Do you know these 10 interesting facts about Raja Ampat?

  • The archipelago is about the size of Switzerland!
  • It is part of the famed Coral Triangle
  • The Bird’s Head Seascape contains more than 1,300 species of coral reef fish
  • Has 75% (537) of all hard coral species that exist in the world!
  • There are 600 species of mollusc in the archipelago
  • 5 species of rare and endangered sea turtles, including the hawksbill turtle, call Raja Ampat ‘home’
  • There are 13 marine mammal species in Raja Ampat
  • 57 species of mantis shrimp can be seen here
  • Raja Ampat is ranked # 1 in terms of underwater biodiversity
  • Has 3 ponds that have stingless jellyfish

Why not experience these wonders for yourself? These liveaboards are currently offering selected discounted trips:

MSY Seahorse (savings of up to US$ 1,848 per couple)
Raja Ampat Aggressor (savings of up to US$ 2,450 per couple)

Contact our sales representatives now and take advantage of these specials while they are still available. Book your discounted liveaboard cruise and dive the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle.

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Indonesia liveaboard Blue Manta – special offers

April 21st, 2017

Leading Indonesia liveaboards KM Blue Manta and KM Raja Manta have some great offers in May 2017! If you can move quickly you can get 20% off!

Indonesia liveaboard KM Blue MantaKM Blue Manta is a 45m long steel-hulled liveaboard, cruising Komodo, Raja Ampat and beyond.

This spacious motor vessel, purpose-built for divers, takes up to 18 guests in comfort on Indonesia diving tours around the very best sites.

Blue Manta was conceived with single travellers in mind and many of the cabins can be used for single occupancy without a large supplement.

5 – 16 May 2017: Banda Islands, Alor, Ambon & Moluccas
11 nights. Up to 35 dives.
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 6,050
Now US$ 4,820
Save US$ 2,460 per couple!

Indonesia liveaboard KM Raja MantaKM Raja Manta is a 36 metre long steel-hulled motor yacht, launched in April 2011 and designed to accommodate up to 20 divers on tours around some of Indonesia’s best dive destinations, including Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea and Sangalaki.

9 – 18 May 2017: Bunaken & Sangalaki
9 nights. Up to 28 dives.
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 2,550
Now US$ 2,040
Save US$ 1,020 per couple!
Deluxe twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 3,000
Now US$ 2,400
Save US$ 1,200 per couple!

Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing.


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Spoilsport Liveaboard’s Coral Sea Exploratory Expeditions

April 17th, 2017

When you combine Australia’s most awarded liveaboard with a top class diving itinerary you have the Spoilsport
Coral Sea Exploratory Expediton cruises.

Your 725km, liveaboard adventure begins in Cairns. The purpose built Spoilsport liveaboard features twin hulls providing stability during your epic cruise. Mike Ball is a passionate photographer and the liveaboard has well thought out facilites, including 3 dedicated camera tables on the spacious dive deck. Dining is a pleasure when you choose a Spoilsport liveaboard trip. The culinary delights feature international and Australian dishes and include complimentary wine and soft drinks with your evening meals.

2017 expedition dates:
17 Aug – 24 Aug / 28 Sep – 05 Oct / 26 Oct – 02 Nov / 21 Dec – 28 Dec

Trip cabin prices per person
Budget twin bed cabin: US$ 2,805
Club twin bed cabin: US$ 3,290
Standard twin bed cabin: US$ 3,805
Premium double bed cabin: US$ 4,180

The 4 departure dates are scheduled to coincide with the season that provides the most reliable Coral Sea access. Your 7 night cruise includes 28 dives. The Mike Ball team plan for every eventuality and include two itineraries depending on the weather conditions. When mother nature is accommodating your fair weather itinerary will include Holmes, Bougainville, Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Fortunatley only 9% of the itineraries have been changed in the past due to unpredicatable weather. If a change is required then you will still enjoy the best scuba diving available. Your itinerary will now include Osprey, Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs.

Trip highlights: shark action, dolphins, turtles, great macro life/marine diversity, schooling fish/big pelagics

Diving environment: wall diving, drift diving, healthy reefs, advanced divers

Itinerary: Holmes Reef (including Nonki Bommie and Amazing), Bougainville (including Crystal Plateau, Dungeons & Dragons, MV Antonio Tarabocchia and middle Earth), Ribbon Reefs, Osprey Reef (including False Entrance, Admiralty Anchor, Amphitheatre and North Horn). If weather conditions require a change: Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs (including Pixie Pinnacle, Steve’s Bommie, Lighthouse Bommie, Goggle Gardens, Blue Lagoon, Flare Point, Trolly Shoals and Snake Pit) and Osprey Reef.

Notes: Osprey Reef trips are best for advanced divers due to wall dives that are sometimes exposed to strong currents.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), in-water observation divers, tanks, weights and weight belts, Nautilus LifeLine GPS.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (approx. US$ 33) per person per day, dive insurance, reef tax (US$ 5) per person per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers from Cairns City hotels, soft drinks (soft drinks with evening meals are complimentary), alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meal is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 115) per person per week, torches (US$ 8) per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

All prices quoted are per diver sharing and subject to currency fluctuations.

Do you want to dive the Great Barrier Reef’s top sites with a top class liveaboard operation?

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Turtle Spectacular Special Expedition with Spoilsport

April 17th, 2017

Mark your calendars now for your awesome annual liveaboard trip to the far northern Great Barrier Reef.

The only 2017 date for this 7 night, 26 dive, not to be missed expedition is 20 – 27 November. Confirm your cabin now by emailing our sales team right away.

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard, its acolades include 11 Rodales Readers Choice Awards. You know you are in good hands with a team that have received awards that include “Best liveaboard”.

Not only is the liveaboard and team highly thought of, so is the Turtle Specatular trip. Feedback from the 2016 expedition“Absolutely mind blowing!” – Andrew Hunter, Australia – “The coral is the healthiest I’ve seen in 25 years of diving” – Aimee Dorfman, USA and “Turtles, turtles, turtles!” – Victoria Oswell, Canada.

Trip cabin prices per person:
Budget twin bed cabin: US$ 2,805
Club twin bed cabin: US$ 3,290
Standard twin bed cabin: US$ 3,805
Premium double bed cabin: US$ 4,180

Trip highlights: Return low level flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island, diving sites that are rarely visited including the wreck of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame, witness the world’s biggest green turtle nesting phenominon together with tiger sharks that are attracted to the area.

Itinerary: Cod Hole, TMO (Three Mile Opening), Tijou / Cat Reefs, Small Detached Reefs, Great Detached Reef, Pandora Wreck and Raine Island.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), in-water observation dives, tanks, weights and weight belts, Nautilus LifeLine GPS.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (US$ 34 per day), dive insurance, Cairns to Lizard Island flight levy US$ 113 (AU$ 150), reef tax (US$ 4) per person per day and fuel levy (US$ 33) per trip. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers from Cairns City hotels, soft drinks (soft drinks with evening meals are complimentary), alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meal is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 115 per trip), torches (US$ 8) per day. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

All prices quoted are per diver sharing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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Spoilsport Special 7 Night Expedition Hosted By Mike Ball

April 17th, 2017

This amazing itinerary is only scheduled once a year! Ensure that you confirm your place for the Spoilsport liveaboard 13 July 2017 departure now by emailing our sales team right away.

This not to be missed 8 day / 7 night liveaboard cruise departs on Thursday, 13 July 2017.

Trip cabin prices per person:
Budget twin bed cabin: US$ 2,805
Club twin bed cabin: US$ 3,290
Standard twin bed cabin: US$ 3,805
Premium double bed cabin: US$ 4,180

This 26 dive trip is suitable for both novice and advanced divers. Your itinerary will include the best of the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs with the plummeting walls of the Coral Sea. Not only will you get to dive with Australia’s legendary Mike Ball, this trip has had a very high success rate (98% since 1996) of divers having encounters with minke whales. The expidition highlights are diver size fish at Cod Hole, exciting shark action in the Coral Sea, catch and release dives with ancient nautili, dedicated time to encounter minke whales as well as partake in minke whale behavoiur monitoring and research.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), in-water observation divers, tanks, weights and weight belts, Nautilus LifeLine GPS.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment per day (US$ 33 / AU$ 44), dive insurance, reef tax (approx. US$ 5 per person per day), evening meal on the first day of the cruise. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers from Cairns City hotels, soft drinks (soft drinks with evening meals are complimentary), alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meal is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 115 per trip), torches (US$ 8 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

All prices quoted are per diver sharing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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New Similans Liveaboard launch offer – MV Manta Queen 5

March 23rd, 2017

There is a new kid on the block, when it comes to Thailand liveaboards!

The cheap and cheerful Similans liveaboard Manta Queen 5Similan islands liveaboards can be for up to a week long and you can even combine them with some days diving in Myanmar on longer combo trips. However shorter liveaboard cruises are the most popular. Not everyone has the time or budget to do more.

So we have added another Similans liveaboard that runs short, affordable trips, delightful Manta Queen 5!

And you can save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer.

Similan Islands, Koh Bon & Khao Lak
4D/3N – Up to 11 dives
Standard twin bed cabin
THB 16,500 (US$ 472) per person
Itinerary: Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Khao Lak

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Manta Queen 5 by 23 April 2017 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Manta Queen 5's open air saloon areaCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Khao Lak, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Similan park fee at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14.

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for certified divers (US$ 4 per dive), scuba equipment, dive computer, 15 litre tanks, dive insurance, scheduled shared transfer to the boat from Phuket (US$ 7 each way). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (in cash only).

This offer can be used in addition to other special offers including your Dive The World returning customer 5% discount. Voucher is transferable. See here for the discount voucher Terms and Conditions.

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New 2017 Indonesia liveaboards launch offer

March 15th, 2017

Never content to let our line-up of boats get stale, we have just added 4 new liveaboards in Indonesia. Now you have even more choice! Check out these 4 newbies to our website and a sample trip to give you an idea of what they offer.

And you can save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer. Book your cruise on any of these new and exciting Indonesia liveaboards by 15 April 2017 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

KLM Kira Kira Indonesia liveaboardKLM Kira Kira – is a no frills Indonesia liveaboard that splits its time between Komodo and Raja Ampat.

Most trips are between 5 and 10 nights depending on location and itinerary. Its electrics are powered by solar panels making it a greener option for 8 guests to dive the best sites of the archipelago.

9D/ 8N Raja Ampat National Park North, up to 19 dives
Standard twin/double cabin: US$ 1,871

Weta Molas for short Komodo liveaboard tripsWeta Molas – is a new option for those, especially couples, short on time or budget who want to sample the delights of the Komodo National Park.

Operating 2 and 3 night trips in and out of Labuan Bajo, Weta Molas is a cheap and cheerful option with 4 standard double cabins with 2 shared bathrooms.

4D/ 3N Komodo National Park, up to 12 dives
Standard double bed cabin: US$ 736

Indonesian Phinisi liveaboard KLM MariKLM Mari – is a low to mid price Indonesia liveaboard that visits both Raja Ampat and Komodo in their respective high seasons, as well as operating a few trips to Alor, Flores and somewhere else… oh yes, the Forgotten Islands.

It is a traditional Phinisi schooner where 10 guests are looked after by 10 crew!

12D/ 11N Raja Ampat National Park North, up to 36 dives
Superior twin bed cabin: US$ 3,158

The storied Indonesian liveaboard SY AdelaarSY Adelaar – is a liveaboard with a storied history, having originally been built over 100 years ago and has sailed and raced all over the world.

Yet today it is a stylish boutique liveaboard running cruises around Komodo National Park. If you are 1 of the 8 lucky guests you can enjoy audio-visual entertainment streamed straight into your cabin and marble ensuite bathrooms!

11D/ 10N Komodo National Park & Sumbawa, up to 30 dives
Deluxe double bed cabin: US$ 3,999

This offer can be used in addition to other special offers including your Dive The World returning customer 5% discount. Voucher is transferable. See here for the discount voucher Terms and Conditions.

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Best Practices Guide for Shark and Ray Tourism Now Available

March 12th, 2017

The guide, Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practices, was released on the 3rd March to coincide with UN World Wildlife Day. Project AWARE, WWF and the Manta Trust collaborated to produce the guide, which they say is the world’s first practical guide for operators. It was designed with tourism operators, NGO’s and communities in mind to assist them to develop and maintain well managed shark and ray tourism operations and to raise awareness of the need to protect endangered species. The guide consists of a suite of tools including posters, scorecards and checklists.

Information for divers
The guide is aimed at organisations and operators, however there is a host of information that responsible divers should familiarise themselves with prior to your next diving holiday. Were you aware that you should not wear sunscreen when shark cage diving? How close should you swim towards manta rays or sharks? Do you know that mantas have a blind spot and you should not approach them from behind so you do not scare them? Are you familiar with where you should position yourself when at a manta cleaning station? All these questions and more are answered in the guide.

Representatives from the Manta Trust and WWF offered some insight into the thought behind the creation of the guidelines. Isabel Ander, from the Manta Trust, shared her view on the guide’s focus on operators. “Lack of best-practice guidance can often leave operators confused about how to assess the impact and improve the sustainability of their operation,” she added, “we sought advice from scientists and the industry to help bridge that gap and deliver a best-practice guide – the first of its kind in the world.” “Shark- and ray-focused eco-tourism has great potential as a conservation strategy,” said Dr Andy Cornish of WWF. “If properly designed and managed, it can provide alternative direct and indirect economic benefits to local communities and economies. Yet sadly there’s limited practical guidance out there.”

Enquire today and about our recommended operators who practice responsible liveaboard tours. When you book your diving holiday with Dive The World, you will also be supporting the charities that we make annual contributions to: Sharklife Conservation Group and PeTA.

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Saving the Green Sea Turtles on Australia’s Raine Island

February 15th, 2017

A little known island plays a very important role in the survival of green sea turtles. Sir David Attenborough: “A marine paradise that plays host to one of the most spectacular ocean migrations on the planet. This is Raine Island…”

rain-island-green-turtles_image-courtesy-of-andrew-dustanRaine Island (situated on the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland), is a unique and important nesting site for green turtles. As many as 60,000 female green turtles make the journey from their feeding grounds to lay their eggs on this tiny island. During the nesting season it is one of the world’s largest populations of green turtles. They swim from as far afield as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait and the West Pacific.

Unfortunately this annual event is under threat. Both adults and eggs are dying. Rising sea levels have caused tidal inundation, killing the newly laid eggs that cannot survive underwater. The island’s landscape has also changed resulting in as many as 2,000 adult deaths annually from falls and entrapment in rocks. This situation has added to the other threats, such as pollution, habitat loss, boat strikes and over harvesting, which contribute to them being endangered.

green-turtle-hatchlingA five year project to protect and restore the island’s critical habitat began 18 months ago. The Queensland Government, BHP Billiton, the Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation are collaborating on the AUS$7.95M project. The project aims to ensure the future of key marine species, including green turtles and seabirds. To achieve this their efforts will be focused on beach engineering, sand replenishment, fencing, turtle tagging, remote sensing including video recording and weather stations, tide and sea level monitoring and 3D modelling using GPS survey technology.

The project has been making use of drones to monitor the turtle activity and the initial results are very positive. It is estimated that in the 2015-2016 nesting season at least 400 adults and many hatchlings have been saved by the initial efforts of the project. This number is expected to increase as more of the island is reshaped and pool fencing is extended. This investment will help the survival of the species and allow for more green sea turtle hatchings to swim to some of your favourite diving destinations!

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New Egypt liveaboard launch offer – Red Sea Aggressor

February 15th, 2017

The Aggressor fleet – so long a popular choice for divers from the USA has come to the number 1 destination for European divers! It’s the Red Sea Aggressor!

The lovely new Egypt liveaboard The Red Sea AggressorThis 36m motor yacht can take up to 20 divers around the best dive sites of the Southern Red Sea. Operating out of Port Ghalib, the itineraries are either Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone or St. John’s Reefs.

On this luxury Egypt liveaboard you can enjoy TVs and DVD players in the spacious cabins, an on-board masseuse, luxurious common areas and a high level of personal service.

Safety is emphasised with the provision of ‘Nautilus lifeline’ lost diver devices and the mandatory use of dive computers.

Sample trip: Brothers, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone – 2017
8D/7N – Up to 22 dives

Deluxe twin bed cabin US$ 2,099 per person
Master double bed cabin US$ 2,199 per person

Itinerary: Big Brother, little Brother, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. Boat leaves the harbour on the morning of the second day of the trip.

Red Sea Aggressor's beautiful and comfortable saloon and dining areaCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, soft drinks and hot drinks, local wine and beer, return transfers to the boat from the local airport on boat departure and return dates, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Dive computer, port and park fee US$ 144, restaurant meal on final evening. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Scuba equipment (complete set US$ 175 for the trip, no wetsuits for rent), nitrox (7 nights – US$ 100, 10 nights – US$ 150), dive insurance, torches.

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Indonesia is DIVE Magazine Readers’ Top Dive Destination!

February 4th, 2017

Divers across the globe have voted and the results are clear, Indonesia is their top dive destination of 2017!

DIVE Magazine gives their readers an opportunity to have a voice and vote for their top three dive destinations over a six month period each year. Indonesia is the readers favourite by a large margin, with three times as many votes compared to the runner-up, Papua New Guinea. The Philippines came in as the third favourite diving destination.

Indonesia is a vast archipelago made up of over 17,000 islands located in the middle of the ‘Coral Triangle’. This ‘Garden of Eden’ has 20% of the world’s coral reefs and is considered to be one of the most biodiverse locations on our planet. Diving opportunities are diverse and outstanding. Depending on where you choose to visit, you can expect big pelagics, drift dives, World War II wrecks, muck diving and close encounters with whale sharks.

Indonesia offers so much to choose from. If you prefer liveaboard diving trips or diving resort vacations, our experienced Dive The World team are on hand to share with you their vast knowledge about this magnificent diving location. Together we can help you to choose the best Indonesian diving trip for you.

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Misool Eco Resort Pledges US$50 per Guest to Conservation

January 19th, 2017

Misool Eco Resort has committed to increase the funding for their marine conservation foundation, Misool Baseftin in 2017! They will donate US$50 per guest at their resort, and they are asking each guest to match their donation.

What is the Misool Basefit Foundation?
Misool Eco Resort is located on the island of Batbitim in Raja Ampat. In 2005 it established the initial No-Take-Zone (425 sq km) with the agreement of the local village of Yellu. (Papuan villages retain traditional tenure rights over the sea.) In 2010, Misool was approached by community elders from a second villiage and the No-Take-Zone was extended to 828 sq km.

misool-eco-resort_1The Misool Baseftin Foundation was established in 2010. The foundation is aptly named, in the local lingo baseftin means protecting or looking after. The foundation views conservation as an interaction bewteen environmental, social and educational elements and is dedicated to protecting marine life in its Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Raja Ampat.

The foundation currently has two patrol boats and teams. The rangers work together with the local communities to agree upon, and to implement stringent consequences for offenders. The fines imposed on transgressors are donated to the community where the offence occured. This system ensures community support for the foundation and its aims and is reducing the number of incidents. Over a relatively short period of protection (between 2007 and 2013), scientific studies have confirmed that on average, the biomas has increased by over 250% in the protected areas!

With the No-Take-Zone now covering an area of 1,220 sq km additional funding is required to protect this invaluable asset. ‘Our goal is to create a sustainable funding model and ensure Raja Ampat’s spectacular reefs are protected for generations to come,’ said Marit Miners, co-founder, Misool Eco Resort. He added: ‘Inviting our guests to match the donation that our business has made on their behalf is a powerful way to engage our guests and give them the opportunity to protect what they love.’

misool-eco-resort-raja-ampat_shawn-heinrichsThis is a bold move from Misool and one that we hope other industry leaders will emulate,’ said Marcel Bigue, Director of Marine Programs at WildAid which has helped fund the foundation. ‘WildAid has partnered with Misool Baseftin for a decade, and we continue to be inspired by their commitment to this extraordinary pocket of the underwater world. Misool Eco Resort’s Guest Match Initiative speaks loudly to those who want to be a part of nature’s future.’

Their new sustatinable funding model is estimated to raise approximately US$ 25,000 annually from the resort’s donations. This amount could double if if each guest matches Misool’s donations. This will be a significant contribtion towards protecting this area that lies in the heart of one of the world’s richest areas of biodiversity. Read more about Misool Baseftin and find out how you can contribute to their work, or even better book your Raja Ampat diving resort vaction and experience it for yourself!

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New Hawaii Reef Fish Named After President Obama

December 30th, 2016

American President, Barak Obama, has been honoured by having a new species of fish named after him. The small pink and yellow coral fish has received the official scientific name, Tosanoides obama.

tosanoides-obama-1-1This new species was discovered on a dive to 300 feet at Kure Atoll, within the Hawaiian Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This is the same marine conservation area that President Obama expanded by way of his executive authority under the U.S Antiquities Act in August this year. The reserve was expanded to cover an area of 582,578 square miles, making it the largest permanent marine protected area on Earth.

NOAA scientist Randall Kosaki, the chief scientist on the cruise when Tosanoides obama was discovered shared why discovering this new species is so important. “The new fish is special because it is the only known species of coral-reef fish endemic to the Monument (meaning that the species is found nowhere else on Earth). He added “Endemic species are unique contributions to global biodiversity. With the onslaught of climate change, we are at risk of losing some of these undiscovered species before we even know they exist.”

“We decided to name this fish after President Obama to recognize his efforts to protect and preserve the natural environment, including the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea,” said Dr. Richard Pyle, Bishop Museum scientist and lead author of the study. “The spot on the males is reminiscent of President Obama’s campaign logo,” said Pyle. “It seemed especially appropriate for a fish named in honor of the president.”

kona-aggressor-iiThis is one of two new species that has been discovered this year in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Don’t miss you opportunity to dive the rich Hawaiian waters. Book now and join a discounted cruise on selected dates to Kona Island and Hawaii with the Kona Aggressor II liveaboard in 2017.

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Fly Direct from Frankfurt to Phuket with Thai Airways

December 12th, 2016

koh-tachai_judy-gTraveling from Europe to Phuket is now even more convenient with Thai Airways. The national carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand is now offering three direct flights from Germany per week. Boeing 777 flights depart from Frankfurt on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and after approximately 11 hours land in Phuket International Airport.

You can look forward to traveling to your Thailand diving holiday with the airline that is rated 13th in the Skytrax World Airlines rankings.

Not sure where to go or how to dive Thailand? Liveaboard, diving day trips or diving resorts, we have them all. Our Dive The World team has immense personal experience diving in Thailand and are on hand to assist you in choosing the perfect diving holiday.

Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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