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Thailand Mourns Venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 23rd, 2016

King Bhumibol AdulyadejThai King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away peacefully on the Thursday, 13th October 2016, at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. King Bhumibol was much loved by the Thai people and was the world’s longest reigning monarch. He was coronated in 1946 at the age of 18 and was the Thai constitutional monarch for seven decades.

The King’s passing will be recognised with flags flying at half-mast for 30 days and the country will observe a year of mourning. His body will lie at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, inside the Grand Palace complex for an undisclosed duration. No date has been set for the cremation. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will ascend the throne, however he has requested time to mourn with the country before his coronation.

While the Thai nation is in mourning, the government has requested that “joyful events” are avoided and that the public not hold any “entertainment activities” during the month. Sombre, black or dark, clothing will be worn by the Thai nation during the mourning period and visitors to the country are advised to do the same.

If you have already planned your diving holiday to Thailand, there should be no reason to change your plans. Along with your dive gear, sun block and guidebooks, it is more important than ever to pack some cultural sensitivity. The advice for UK citizens, “if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities”. “Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas,” says the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). There may be some disruption of commercial and public services, especially during the next 30 days. Thailand’s lese majeste laws are among the strictest in the world. The Dutch foreign ministry also reminds travelers to Thailand to avoid any “declarations or discussions critical of the royal family”.

During your diving vacation to Thailand be respectful in dress and conversation when in public areas, keep updated with local announcements and seek confirmation on appropriate attire in resorts and on liveaboards.

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Thailand liveaboard launch offer – Sawasdee Fasai

October 21st, 2016

The lovely new Similans liveaboard MV Sawasdee FasaiThere is a new kid on the block of Similans liveaboards. Say hello to MV Sawasdee Fasai. This is an impressive steel-hulled Thailand liveaboard in the mid price range.

It runs 4 night trips to the Similans, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak and you can save a few $$$ by booking now.

Not only is there a 10% early bird discount valid until 30th November 2016 But you can combine this with our new product launch offer:

Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak
5D/4N – Up to 14 dives – 10% off if you book before 30th November.
– Budget twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Standard double/twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Deluxe twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Master twin/double bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person

Itinerary: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak.
Book before 20 November 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

The saloon on board Sawasdee FasaiCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (it must be ordered in advance), return transfers to/from the boat from Phuket or Khao Lak areas, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, travel accident insurance.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 14 per day, to be paid in advance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torches, dive computer, 15 ltr tanks available for rent (approx US$ 9 per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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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A Win For Sharks and Rays at Cites Conference

October 11th, 2016

Silky Sharkes in Jardines de la Reina_David DoubiletThe triennial Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) meeting wrapped up in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week. The 17th Conference was attended by delegates from most of the 182 member countries as well as a host of interested parties from international governmental organisations, animal protection groups, wildlife trade proponents, scientists and the media.

Cites is a multilateral treaty, with the aim to ensure that international trade in wild plants and animals, does not threaten their survival. During the conference decisions are made detailing specific plants and animals to be listed under one of the three Cites Appendices. The Conference includes discussions and decisions regarding rules of procedure to capacity building, enforcement, measures to combat illegal trade and reduce wildlife products, and the engagement of local communities. With so many interested and invested parties, all with their own agendas, it is remarkable that once decisions are made, most of the member countries agree to implement the them.

The outcome of this year’s conference gave cause for both celebration and disappointment. Fortunately there were more reasons to celebrate, especially for marine life. Silky sharks, thresher sharks and mobula rays were all listed on Appendix II, joining hammerhead, basking, requiem, mackerel and whale sharks that are already listed under the same category.

Ray Revillagigedos Archipelago_image courtesy of_Guy StevensThe Appendix II listing now provides protection for these species, as well as “look-alike species”, (i.e. species that look similar) for conservation reasons. As Appendix II listed species, these sharks and rays are not currently threatened with extinction, however they are recognised as being in need of protection and the Appendix II listing makes certain provisions for this. All international trade in these species will now require the relevant export permit or re-export certificate. Under Cites, import permits are not required, however certain countries have stricter measures in place and import permits are required. Cites stipulates that specific conditions need to be met in order for the relevant authorities to issue permits, the most important being that trade in a species will not adversely affect their survival in the wild.

There is much to be done to ensure that the decisions made during the conference are implemented. Many liveaboard scuba diving vacations contribute to the protection of these species by way of the park fees that are collected from divers. Book your diving holiday and know that you are contributing to the survival of marine life.

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Maldives Manta Mania!

October 4th, 2016

Most divers have a ‘must see wish list’ and if I was a gambler, I’d bet that diving with majestic manta rays would feature in the top 5 of every diver’s list. Who wouldn’t want to swim with gentle giants (that can reach an incredible 8 metres in length and up to 2,300 kilograms) yet glide effortlessly as if performing an aquatic ballet? To help you satisfy your dreams, look no further than the Maldives for exhilarating manta ray experiences.

Carpe Vita ExplorerThe tropical paradise that is the Maldives is home to 1,192 coral islands forming 26 atolls and include 31 protected areas. Azure seas, white sandy beaches and a tropical climate provide the perfect destination for leisure diving. Dive The World offers you sublime choices for your Maldives liveaboard diving safaris.

Diving with manta rays are possible year round in this magical paradise. The Ari Atoll is where divers go to experience big marine life. Here currents are strong, coral reefs are few, the water is rich with plankton and fish life abundant. The result is the perfect combination for manta ray, whale shark and hammerhead encounters.

The Maldives are filled with opportunities to witness these incredible creatures, however Ari Atoll is the front runner. Head to one of the cleaning stations (Donkalo Thila in west Ari, Rangali Madivaru in the south west, and Kudarah Thila in the south east) where frequent manta sightings occur. The far North Atolls are the adventure playground of experienced divers. Here the nutrient rich waters of Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll are populated with reef predators and manta rays. If this is your chosen Maldivian diving location, we are happy to share with you that mantas appear more frequently in larger groups during the September – November period.

Mantas in Maldives with Thomas PeschakIf the feeling of solitude is a consideration when booking your Maldivian liveaboard safari, consider visiting the Northern Atolls. When diving Baa, Raa, Lhaviyani and Noonu, there may be fewer liveaboards at your dive sites. We recommend that you consider an itinerary that includes snorkeling at world famous Hanifaru Bay. During the months of May to November, when the lunar tide occurs, the bay experiences an enormous plankton buildup. This occasion ushers in up to 200 manta rays and whale sharks. An experience every diver needs to witness.

The Maldives are vast, the seasons varied and the experiences unforgettable. Contact our knowledgable team today for guidance on where and when you should book your Maldivian liveaboard cruise.

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Join The Philippine Siren Shark Behaviour Research Cruise in Tubbataha

September 26th, 2016

The SY Philippine Siren liveaboard is collaborating with LAMAVE for an exciting research project. You can be one of the 16 lucky divers to have the privilege to assist the LAMAVE researchers (Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines) during their beneficial work.

This special cruise is only available for 29 March – 4 April 2017 bookings aboard the Philippine Siren. Confirm your cabin now and experience more than any other Tubbataha liveaboard holiday.

During your cruise you will be invited to join the following activities:
Philippine Siren liveaboard, special research cruise to Tubbataha
Assist the LAMAVE research team in monitoring tiger and grey reef shark behaviour
Join in for exploratory dives to deploy new acoustic receivers to track individual whale sharks, manta rays and analyse the gathered data from existing receivers
Help with identifying individual tagged species of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles and to count their numbers
Attend several presentations by Gonsalo Araujo (LAMAVE Executive Director)

The traditional gaff-rigged phinisi-style liveaboard offers guests luxury and safety (Lloyds standards). The Philippine Siren has been designed to ensure that diving guests are well catered for, from the beautifully appointed ensuite cabins, the well designed, spacious dive deck to the well trained crew of 12 all your diving holiday requirements will be met, and then some. Certified divers may also enjoy complimentary nitrox during your 6 night cruise.

Special Research Liveaboard Diving Trip to Tubbataha Reefs National Park
29 March – 4 April 2017
Standard double/twin bed cabin: US$ 3,338 (per person)
19 Dives

Do not delay, contact our friendly and efficient Dive The World team to confirm your cabin aboard the Philippine Siren and be part of this extraordinary opportunity to make a difference.

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Layang Layang Island Resort – 2016 Operator of the Year!

September 19th, 2016

The only diving operator on a small Malaysian island in the South China Sea, Layang Layang Island Resort is the Dive The World Operator of the Year for 2016.

We at Dive The World, continually communicate with the owners and management of the resorts and liveaboards that we promote to ensure that they provide you, our customers, the best possible service they can. We value our customers opinions and listen to your feedback about your scuba diving holidays. Your feedback, which includes all aspects of your vacation experience, (from accommodation to food, diving safety to staff service) determines who is recognised as our (your) operator of the year.

This year many customers have shared with us the exceptional service they received at Layang Layang. The magic of diving with the 3 star Layang Layang Island Resort is in part due to the main attraction, schools of hammerhead sharks! There are many other reasons to visit Layang Layang; diverse and healthy corals, an abundance of fish life, deep-water manta rays and even a protected bird park.

You can be assured of receiving top-notch service. Upon receiving the award, Lawrence Lee, Layang Layang General Manager responded: “Thank you for the recognition and support from Dive The World. We will continue with our efforts to provide the ultimate dive experience @ Layang Layang Island.”

The dive season at Layang Layang is short and numbers are limited due to the low availability of flights, do not miss your opportunity to visit this incredible dive destination. Book early!

They also have an awesome special for 2017 where they are giving away free nights!

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Celebrate with Belize

September 13th, 2016

September is celebration month in Belize. In true Caribbean style, the partying starts in late August and continues until the end of September.

Carnival BelizeCarnival celebrations kick off on St. George’s Caye Day, the 10th of September. This date marks the victory of the short battle back in 1798 between the Mexican invading forces that intended to assert Spanish claims over present day Belize. Independence day is also celebrated in the same month. On the 21st September 1981, Belize was declared an independent nation and was no longer a British Crown Colony.

Belizeans love a good party, not that any encouragement is needed for this diverse and spirited nation. Carnival and Independence Day provides extra special reasons to sing, dance, eat delicious food from a variety of local food stalls and hold vibrant parades in celebration of their multi-cultural society.

This small nation is no bigger than Israel yet it packs a punch. It has created its own spin from Latin American and Caribbean influences while seamlessly integrating its diverse cultures of Belizean, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna and Maya. Belize is sandwiched between Mexico (north-northwest), Guatemala (south-southwest) and the Caribbean Sea on their eastern shore.

Blue HoleHere all travellers’ interests can be met. From museum visits, enjoying local delicacies (apparently the gibnut is delicious), forays into the jungle, excursions to ancient archaeological Maya sites, adventure activities (such as zip-lining, rappelling down waterfalls or exploring caves) and of course with such a long coastline beach activities and exploring the world under the sea is a must.

Belize is home to the world famous Blue Hole. Diving this acclaimed site is a must for many divers, however if this is not your cup of tea, the world’s second largest Barrier Reef offers a variety of spectacular diving opportunities for scuba enthusiasts.

Diving in Belize can be divided into three main areas. Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Reef Atoll, and Ambergris Caye. Diving is year round, with February and March being the driest months and August through October the ‘wet season’, the more likely period for hurricanes. This August Belize unfortunately experienced Hurricane Earl. All our resorts have either reported no closures and are fully operational, only a few will close for a short time in order to make repairs.

Belize Aggressor IIIThe good news is that all our Belizean resort and liveaboard personal are all well and looking forward to welcoming loyal customers. Magical images of calm seas and spectacular coral life adorn many of our resorts’ Facebook pages. Book your liveaboard or resort holiday now and celebrate your confirmed Caribbean diving vacation!

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MY Sea Serpent – Red Sea Liveaboard Video

September 7th, 2016

Check out the new video of Red Sea liveaboard MY Sea Serpent. Isn’t it about time you joined a liveaboard to get away from it all for a week on the Red Sea’s gorgeous reefs and wrecks? For as little as US$ 892!

Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone
8D/7N – Up to 21 dives
Standard twin/double bed cabin: US$ 1,115 in 2016.
Book before end February for 2017 and it is an amazing US$ 892!!

The Sea Serpent offers both double and twin bed accommodation in 10 cabins. The cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and minibars. Each cabin is supplied with bedding, towels and a bathrobe for each guest.

The communal areas are comfortable with entertainment facilities that include a TV, DVD, free 3G Wi-fi facility, and music station, a spacious lounge for relaxing, a separate dining area and 2 large sun-decks for sun-worshipers and shaded areas for when things get too hot.

The dive deck is huge and there’s no elbowing your fellow divers here. 3 air-compressors make short work of tank refills and nitrox is on hand for extending your bottom time in the magnificent Red Sea waters.

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Hawaii Is Home To The World’s Largest National Park

August 29th, 2016

United States President, Barack Obama, has focused on his home state of Hawaii as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The White House announced the monumental decision to increase the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Ghost Octopus Hawaii_1The expansion of the marine park has resulted in it being the largest protected area anywhere on earth! The park was created President George W. Bush in 2006. It is located around the uninhabited northwestern islands of Hawaii and covered an area of 140,000 square miles. The marine park’s size will be more than quadrupled and will now include over half a million miles (582,578 square miles) of remote Pacific waters.

This single marine monument is now bigger than all the USA national parks combined! President Obama used his executive authority under the U.S Antiquities Act. He extended the monuments boundary and ensured that all commercial fishing and mineral extraction would be prohibited within the monument. Noncommercial recreational fishing, removal of fish and other resources for Native Hawaiian cultural practices, and scientific research will be allowed if the appropriate permit is acquired.

Hawaii_Spinner_Dolphins_1The expansion of the marine park was formally proposed by Sen. Brian Schats (D-HI). “This is one of the most important actions an American president has ever taken for the health of the oceans,” he said in a statement. “Expanding Papahānaumokuākea will replenish stocks of ‘ahi, promote biodiversity, fight climate change, and give a greater voice to Native Hawaiians in managing this resource. President Obama’s declaration is only the beginning. To create continued success, we will need to follow through with management, research, educational opportunities, and enforcement. This declaration sets us on a strong path forward for our irreplaceable environment and the generations to come.”

Hawaiian Monkseal_Mark_Sullivan_1Endangered species, including blue whales, short-tailed albatrosses, sea turtles and the last Hawaiian monk seals seek refuge in the Papahānaumokuākea park. More than 7,000 species inhabit the deeper waters. The park is also home to some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs. It is theorized that these reefs are the most likely to survive through the expected increase in the ocean temperatures due to climate change. Black corals, the world’s oldest animals on earth have lived here for more than 4,000 years!

“We are so deeply grateful for our President Obama’s leadership on protecting our great oceans and the saved realm of our seas,” Kealoha Pisciotta, founder of Kai Palaoa, told NBC News. “It is a win for the children of Hawai’i and for all the children of the world! Ola I Ke Au a KanaLoa (life to the realms of the Sea).”

Such a protected zone will have benefits to the waters well beyond its confines. This means Hawaii’s already rich seas will continue to thrive and flourish and you can enjoy them by joining a Kona Aggressor II liveaboard trip and experience it all for yourself!

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Affordable Mexico liveaboard trips to the Sea Of Cortez

August 24th, 2016

The cheap and cheerful Quino El GuardianSome people think that a liveaboard trip to sample the wonders of Mexico’s Pacific coast is a luxury they cannot afford.

Amazing places like the Sea of Cortez may be likened to the Galapagos in terms of the diversity, big fish action and incredible encounters, but it can be much more affordable.

Between July and October every year you can join 7 night trips on the well-known Mexico liveaboard Quino El Guardian. Spaces on these trips are limited so you need to plan in advance. So why not start now and plan ahead for 2017?

Quino El Guardian – 8D/7N
23 -30 July 2017 – Sea of Cortez and Midriff Islands
13-20 August 2017 – Sea of Cortez and Midriff Islands
1-8 October 2017 – Sea of Cortez
Standard 4-share cabin: US$ 2,100

Diving Socorro and the Sea of Cortez from Quino El GuardianPlayful sea lions, schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays, breaching mobula rays and magnificent whale sharks are all headlining diving attractions of the Sea of Cortez. Cetaceans are commonly spotted and include vast pods of dolphins, porpoises, pilot whales, killer whales and even sperm whales and humpback whales. Unlike some other dive sites on the Pacific side of Mexico, there are also plenty of smaller creatures to see as well as healthy reef scenes to experience

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beers and wine, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 8 divers), standard tanks, weights and weightbelts, port fees.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, surface marker buoy, dive computer, whistle, diving insurance, national park fee (Sea of Cortez and Socorro) US$ 28, hyperbaric chamber fee: US$ 15. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers to the boat from the airport/hotel (US$ 125 rtn from Phoenix airport), nitrox fills for enriched air divers (US$ 120 per trip), trip insurance (recommended). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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Lionfish Invade The Americas

August 23rd, 2016

The alluring lionfish draws in both photography enthusiasts and prey alike. These unique fish are native in the Indo-Pacific, here they have natural predators and their numbers are kept in check. Unfortunately there are now established populations across a vast geographic area, including the southeast coast of the United States of America, in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Their burgeoning numbers are a huge concern. Their flamboyant appearance conceals a voracious predator. In the tropical Atlantic they have virtually no natural enemies, breed prolifically (a single female can produce 2 million eggs per year) and they view the reef as a personal buffet. They are non-selective and glutton feeders. Lionfish have been known to consume 50 different species of fish and their stomachs can expand up to thirty times their normal size after a meal. Mark Hixon et al (2009) determined that a single lionfish can reduce juvenile fish populations by 79% in just 5 weeks.

How did this beguiling and hazardous species invade and spread across such an extensive range? One theory is that 6 lionfish were accidentally released from an aquarium during hurricane Andrew in 1992. As far fetched as this sounds, genetic research supports this notion. It is however likely that many more of these hunters have been intentionally released by thoughtless aquarium enthusiasts.

What is being done to reduce this destructive population? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association of the United States (NOAA) researchers have concluded that invasive lionfish populations can not be curbed and will continue to expand. The diving community has stepped up to find safe ways to catch lionfish. One such method is the ‘zookeeper’, a plastic cylinder to store lionshfish underwater that protects divers from being stung, another diver has developed an adapted pole spear to safely catch lionfish. Researchers in the Caribbean are proactively ‘teaching’ sharks to prey on these predators. Time will tell if these unusual methods will have an impact on diminishing the population.

We salute the members of the diving community who are working together to eradicate this unwelcome ‘alien’. Despite the dire situation that lionfish are causing in the American waters, divers can choose to experience lionfish in their natural habitat in one of the many superb diving locations in the Indo-Pacific.

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Scuba Cuba – Check out the video of Diving in Jardines de la Reina

August 17th, 2016

Are you aware of the buzz that Cuba is creating in the world of diving? During Cuba’s political isolation, Cuba’s reefs have quietly been thriving and playing host to myriad sharks, groupers, schools of fish and macro life.

In Jardines de la Reina commercial fishing and industries are prohibited, permanent residences are non-existent and tourism is strictly controlled. This policy was initiated in the 1990’s by Fidel Castro, himself a diver. The national park, covering an area of 385 miles² (2,170 km²), is one of the largest marine reserves in the Caribbean.

Sharks (as many as 6 species on a single dive), together with snappers, tiger and goliath groupers of up to 400lbs (180kg), are the main attractions on most dives.

There are only a few Cuba liveaboards operating in Jardines de la Reina, so spaces are at a premium. The trips fill up early so you need to plan in advance.

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The Threatened ‘Rio Dolphin’ Needs Your Help

August 16th, 2016

All eyes are on Brazil as the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sea Shepherd Legal is making the most of the media attention and timeously staged its online campaign to save the Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis). This is the same species that is depicted on the coat of arms of the host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or Rio 2016.

Guiana Doplphins_Image Courtesy of Instituto Boto Cinza (1)The Guiana dolphins are locally known as boto cinza. They are similar to the bottlenose dolphin, however they are smaller and live in pods of 2-10. An estimated 800 Guiana dolphins are thought to remain, and approximately 10 are killed every month. Catherine Pruett, Sea Shepherd Legal’s Executive Director, “What we are fighting for here is to ensure that the Guiana dolphin doesn’t go the way of Mexico’s vaquita porpoise – a species moments away from extinction due to the same threats.”

The Guianas are threatened due to fishing, pollution, loss of habitat and shipping and port development in the Bay of Sepetiba in Rio. Sea Shepherd Legal is working together with the Brazilian Federal Prosecutors Office and two local non-governmental bodies to ensure that this species of dolphin remains in the seas and not just an image on a flag.

While the international spotlight is on Brazil, help make them accountable for the protection of this species. Support Sea Shepherd Legal by adding weight to the campaign, include your name on the petition now!.

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See Where Cenderawasih Whale Sharks Are Now!

August 4th, 2016

Cendrawasih Whale Shark “The Galapagos of Indonesia’s reefs”, Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay earned its name due to the diversity of marine species that calls this incredible area ‘home’.

An innovative project by Conservation International has highlighted that many young male whale sharks, literally do consider this area to be ‘home’. Conservation International has been collaborating with Cenderawasih fishermen to tag the world’s largest fish. Previous attempts to collect data (location, diving depths and temperatures) have been unsuccessful due to the high rate of tags coming detached from these gentle giants. Up until now, fin-mount tags were not used as whale sharks are simply too big to ‘capture’ and bring along side a vessel and mount the tags.

Whale sharks are inadvertently captured in Cenderawasih fisherman’s silverside baitfish nets, a favourite food of whale sharks. Before the whale sharks are safely released, Conservation International researchers attach custom designed Wildlife Computers finmount SPLASH10-346A satellite tags (with a 2 year battery life) to the whale shark’s dorsal fin.

Whale Shark Tagging_1To date, 16 individuals have been tagged; 5 of these have been tracked for more than a year. Each time the fish surfaces; data is transmitted providing scientists with a wealth of information about the enigmatic whale shark. Despite their size and potential for long distance migrations, the data has shown that the Cenderawasih whale sharks are largely ‘home-bodies’. You too can follow the whale sharks movements via Conservation International’s live-tracking site.

If diving with whale sharks is on your must experience list, then this is a destination not to be missed. Seeing a whale shark here is literally a sure thing! Dive The World offers you a number of liveaboard diving cruises to Cenderawasih. Our friendly and efficient sales team are available to assist you with your Cenderawasih liveaboard diving holiday booking.

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Ultimate Fiji Day Trips: Shark Reef and Bega Lagoon

July 21st, 2016

If you want to dive Fiji consider adding the option of doing one of 2 incredible diving day trips: Shark Reef and Beqa Lagoon. Both packages depart from the Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu (conveniently where international flights arrive), are day trip tours and include 2 dives, however this is where the similarities stop.

Shark Reef – the ultimate, guaranteed shark encounter day trip! This incredible dive takes place within the Shark Reef Marine Reserve where 8 different species of sharks patrol the area. They include bull (Zambezi) sharks, tawny nurse sharks, whitetip, blacktip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and tiger sharks.

Adrenalin fuelled Viti Levu shark dives run like a well oiled machine. Over a decade of shark feeding has resulted in two insanely amazing dives. No words can do this experience justice, contact us now to book your Fiji Pacific Harbour day diving trip, or make it multiple trips…

– Book 3 or more day trips with us and receive a 5% discount, or
– Book 5 or more day trips with us and receive a 10% discount on the total price of your Viti Levu day trips.
– Group discount: book 10 divers, 1 goes for free!

The beautiful reefs of Beqa LagoonBeqa Lagoon – the ‘Mecca of Pacific Diving’ as it was once christened, includes a variety of different dives sites. This stunning dive location is easily accessible from the comfort of your Pacific Harbour resort.

Beqa Lagoon is a year round dive destination, however the best visibility is between July to September. The lagoon is protected by 30 kilometres of barrier reefs, the waters are warm and inviting (a balmy 24-28 °C), generally calm, with minimal current.

The lagoon entices resort based divers to its reefs year after year, with the beautiful soft corals and huge fan corals, variety of fishes, octopus and sharks.

If you visit at the appropriate time, your sightings may also include tuna, barracuda, blue marlin, wahoo and Spanish mackerel.

Ask our friendly sales team to advise you of the best time to visit based on your ‘must see wish list’!

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