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250% Increase For Sipadan Permit!

May 7th, 2018

The small oceanic island, Sipadan, is considered a titan amongst many in the diving world. Rising 600m from the Celebes seafloor, the island itself is a mere 0.5km long and 200m wide yet offers divers a smorgasbord of marine life below the waves.

This iconic Malaysian diving destination has received rave reviews from the who’s who of internationally recognised divers. Recently it made the cut and several scenes were included in the phenomenal BBC series, Blue Planet II. Sipadan’s inclusion in the series came as no surprise to divers who have been fortunate to personally witness the variety and abundance of marine life which calls Sipadan home.

Over the years various steps have been taken to protect the island:

  • In 2004 all on-site dive and resort operators were instructed to remove structures from the island
  • The following year permits were restricted to 120 per day
  • Sipadan Island was gazetted a Marine Protected Area in October 2009, unfortunately, the protection only extended to the 13.5 hectares of land
  • 2016, 4 dive marshals were tasked to ensure that divers do not damage the rich coral at the 12 sites surrounding the island. This was the first step toward gazetting the park as an officially protected marine park which came into effect in March 2016
  • 6,846 hectares surrounding Pulau Sipadan are now protected

Revenue which is derived from diving the waters surrounding the island is collected by Sabah Parks, and the permit conservations fee is currently MYR 42.40 per day (approx USD 10). From the 14 August 2018, the cost per permit will increase to MYR 148.40 (approx USD 35) in accordance with the announcement made by Sabah Parks, the collecting agent for Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN).

Be sure to dive Sipadan before this increase comes into effect!

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Free Dive Insurance When You Book with Dive The World!

March 16th, 2018

Dive The World is excited to help make your diving holidays more affordable. Our loyal clients have a variety of loyal bonuses to choose from and we are now also offering our new customers free diving insurance!

Grand Cayman diving

Grand Cayman diving, octopus image by Amanda Nicholls

Why should you have dive insurance?
Many liveaboards and resorts require divers to show proof of their diving insurance. If insurance is not mandatory, a suitable policy ensures your peace of mind during your vacation allowing you to completely relax during your hard-earned holiday.

Do you qualify for free dive insurance?
We are offering this exclusive benefit for our new customers, provided:

  • the diving holiday has been booked and paid in full
  • the booking exceeds US$ 1,000 per person
  • the policy is with DiveAssure and will provide cover only in relation to scuba diving accidents, and
  • the validity is restricted to the dates of the relevant booking

There are now 10 Great Reasons to choose Dive The World!

  1. We GUARANTEE the lowest price with our 200% Price Pledge
  2. Free insurance for first time customers to cover diving accidents on your trip
  3. Book now, pay later
  4. You only pay when you are ready
  5. 24 hour cancellation window
  6. Return customers are entitled to loyal customer bonuses
  7. Quick personal communications with our independent experts, who are divers just like you
  8. Your booking makes a difference to the three charities that Dive The World supports
  9. You have a wide selection of liveaboards and resorts to choose from
  10. As independent travel experts our priority is to you, to see that you get what you expect, at the best price.

(Terms and Conditions apply to the offers and benefits listed.)

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You Can Contribute To Red Sea Turtle Conservation Research In 2018

February 17th, 2018

Have you booked your 2018 Red Sea liveaboard cruise? Then you can assist TurtleWatch Egypt with their conservation research.

Red Sea turtle dives, image courtesy of Andromeda

Red Sea turtle dives, image courtesy of Andromeda

TurtleWatch Egypt is a citizen science program that works with local NGO’s and dive-centres to catalogue green and hawksbill turtles in Egypt and the Red Sea. The project began in 2011 in collaboration with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) and is focused on estimating the turtle demographics in the area (numbers and distribution). These findings will be used to pinpoint areas which require improved turtle protection throughout the Red Sea.

How can you contribute research data?
The TurtleWatch package can be downloaded here, your package will include:

  • the TurtleWatch Manual (in .pdf);
  • the TurtleWatch survey form (in .pdf);
  • the TurtleWatch logo/ban that you can add to your website;
  • a set of Red Sea turtle identification sheets (in .pdf) and
  • a database where to report your sightings (in .xls).

In addition to the package, divers will need an underwater camera, a marker stick or tape measure to estimate the turtle straight carapace length (details are included in the manual) and a device with an internet connection to email the data.

Divers are asked to photograph both sides of the turtle’s face, although this is sometimes not so easy… Images, together with the dive site name, liveaboard/dive centre name, dive-guide, the date and your name must be sent to Boomerang For Earth Conservation. By comparing the scale patterns from both sides of the head, individuals can be recognised by these unique markings and their locations recorded by the TurtleWatch team. As a contributor, you will receive regular updates on the project.

If you’re passionate about conserving our marine ninjas for future generations, then book your Red Sea liveaboard cruise now and download your TurtleWatch package!

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Raja Ampat’s Award-Winning Resort, Misool and Misool Foundation

January 22nd, 2018

Misool Marine Reserve ended 2017 on a justifiable high with being named as a Mission Blue Hope Spot! The co-founders of Misool and Misool Foundation, Marit and Andrew Miners, brought their passion for the ocean to bear and have shown how everyday people can affect real change.

At the beginning…

Misool lagoon, image courtesy of Shawn Heinrichs

Misool lagoon, image courtesy of Shawn Heinrichs

Misool lagoon, image courtesy of Shawn Heinrichs[/caption]Back in 2005, early in the Miners’ courtship, they spent their extended 3rd date diving Raja Ampat’s undiscovered reefs off the remote island Batbitim, Misool. During a surface interval, they inadvertently discovered a recently abandoned shark finning camp. Itinerant camps such as these contribute to the decimation of shark populations (approximately 100 million sharks are slaughtered each year for their fins).

During this time, Raja Ampat was yet to be ‘discovered’ and it was certainly an off the beaten track destination only visited by a handful of adventurous divers. Horrified by their discovery, Andrew sought permission from the local clans to build a conservation centre on Batbitim Island. With the elders’ blessing, Andrew and Marit began the daunting task of protecting the marine environment in this remote location. Only armed with their determination to effect change, they poured all their energy and enthusiasm into their passion project. The Miners’ have shown that despite not having a background in education conservation, architecture, construction or small island politics and little capital great things can be accomplished.

Misool and Misool Foundation today

Aerial view of Misool dive resort, image courtesy of Kevin Korpics

Aerial view of Misool, image courtesy of Kevin Korpics

To fund their conservation projects, Misool was developed in 2008 and within 10 years the resort has been recognised by the travel industry. In 2017 Misool was awarded the World Travel & Tourist Council’s most prestigious prize, the Tourism for Tomorrow Award. Their strategy of marrying a for-profit organisation, Misool, and the non-profit Misool Foundation is working. The reserve now covers 300,000 acres and is patrolled by 15 local rangers using a 5-boat fleet kitted with radar surveillance to assist in preventing illegal fishing. 13 years since Marit and Andrew first committed to protecting Batbitim, they continue to successfully contribute to the environment, local communities and Indonesian tourism.

If resort diving in the heart of the Coral Triangle, an area considered to have the highest concentration of marine biodiversity on earth, is appealing then look no further than Misool. Contact us today and book your next diving holiday at an award-winning resort with a conscience now!

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Belize Prioritises Its Environment And Bans Oil Exploration

January 18th, 2018

Some big, powerful western countries could learn a thing or 2 from Belize. This developing nation is leading the way by placing its environment front and center and has announced bold legislation to stop oil exploration in all of its waters.

Scuba diving beautiful coral reef in Belize

Scuba diving beautiful coral reef in Belize

The small nation is choosing its reefs over oil. 10% of its gross domestic product (US$ 200 million) comes from its tourism industry. The reef is the country’s biggest tourist attraction and provides invaluable employment. More than half of the country’s livelihoods are supported by industry relating to the reef.

“Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first,” says Nadia Book, a reef scientist with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an organisation that campaigned for the protection of the reefs. This spectacular natural resource is a 300 km long stretch of coral that forms part of the 900 km Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system. The Belize Reef was recognised by Unesco in 1996 when it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site. Belize not only offers divers the Belize Reef, the country can also claim 3 out of the 4 atolls in the Caribbean. The atolls include Lighthouse Reef, Glovers Reef (also a World Heritage site) and Turneffe Reef.

With such forward-thinking and commitment to conservation and a variety of diving destinations, Belize is sure to deliver. Whether you are interested in diving a natural wonder that can be seen with the naked eye from space, having encounters with dolphins, manatees or sharks, or witnessing migrating pilot or killer whales, Belize is the vacation destination for you.

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Belize Aggressor III is Our 2017 Operator of the Year!

January 3rd, 2018

The longest stretch of coral in the western hemisphere is home to our 2017 Operator of the Year, the Belize Aggressor III liveaboard.

Belize Aggressor III liveaboard

Belize Aggressor III liveaboard, image courtesy of WayneWorks Marine

How are our selected operators chosen?
At Dive The World we listen to what our customers appreciate and learn what can be improved on and we communicate this information to our partners. Throughout 2017 we have considered your feedback on all aspects of your diving vacation. Your accommodation, dining, diving facilities and service. Aggressor’s trademark professionalism has resulted in fabulous feedback from our clients, earning the Belize Aggressor III liveaboard our annual award.

Upon receiving the award, Aggressor Fleet Sales Manager, Tom Gebhardt responded: “Wow! We are delighted to be awarded the prestigious 2017 Dive The World Operator of the Year award. We truly thank all the guests whose positive feedback made this possible and, of course, all the Belize Aggressor III staff who work hard to deliver a great scuba diving vacation experience. We look forward to continuing to do so, in the future, across the Aggressor fleet.”

What makes the Belize Aggressor III liveaboard extra special?
The Belize Aggressor III liveaboard offers up to 18 discerning divers en-suite cabins, with entertainment systems. You can dive up to 5 times a day with either air or nitrox and you can upgrade your diving qualification during your diving vacation. Photo enthusiasts are well catered for, there is a three-tier camera table, low-pressure air hoses and a photo center onboard. The Jacuzzi is the perfect spot to take in the spectacular sunset with complimentary beer or wine.

Book your Belize Aggressor III diving vacation now and you too can dive famous sites like the Blue Hole or swim with whale sharks. Don’t delay, March through June are considered to be some of the best months to dive these turquoise waters teeming with marine life.

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Planing a Palau Diving Holiday? Learn About the Mandatory ‘Palau Eco Pledge’

December 16th, 2017

Is Palau on your radar as your next liveaboard diving holiday destination? Then be prepared to sign their Eco Pledge at immigration in order to obtain entry.

Palau, for your liveaboard diving vacation

Palau, for your liveaboard diving vacation

This small island nation has a history of being serious about protecting their natural resources.

  • 2009 the world’s first shark sanctuary was created in the archipelago
  • 2015 the nation moved towards protecting 80% of its maritime territory as a fully protected marine reserve and created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary protects marine life in a vast area of almost 500,000 square kilometres.
  • 2017, Palau President, Tommy Remengesau, appealed to the attendees at the United Nations Oceans’ Conference. He proposed that they should commit to protecting 30% of the world’s oceans under a Global Marine Sanctuary Network by 2030.

President Remengesau has once again turned his attention on how best to preserve his beautiful homeland. The tiny Pacific nation boasts crystal clear waters, pristine coral reefs teeming with fish life and is considered to be one of the world’s best diving spots.

Once a niche tourist destination, the archipelago has seen a huge increase in tourism, a staggering 70% on 2010 figures. The 150,000 tourists in 2016 far outnumbered the islands’ 20,000 population, who are struggling to ensure that future generations will inherit a pristine environment. Unfortunately, some visitors have shown disregard and disrespect by capturing turtles and taking selfies with them, walking on fragile coral and leaving trash on the beaches.

Palau Aggressor II liveaboard

Palau Aggressor II liveaboard

Visitors to Palau have to show intent to respect the environment in order to gain entry into the country. Upon arriving in Palau, you will have to sign the “Palau Pledge”. Said to be a world first, the symbolic pledge was written with the help of Palau’s children. “I take this pledge as your guest, to protect and preserve your beautiful island home,” it reads in part. “I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully.” President Tommy Remengesau said “Conservation is at the heart of our culture,” “We rely on our environment to survive and if our beautiful country is lost to environmental degradation, we will be the last generation to enjoy both its beauty and life-sustaining biodiversity.”

The strides Palau has made to protect its environment not only benefits their people, it has created the perfect liveaboard diving vacation destination. Our liveaboard itineraries take you far from the maddening crowds where you can enjoy the stunning islands and magnificent marine life. Book your discounted Palau liveaboard diving cruise now with Palau Aggressor II and the Rock Islands Aggressor. (Terms and conditions apply)

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Liveaboard Diving In Raja Ampat with Calico Jack

November 26th, 2017

Guest post written by Calico Jack Charters

Located deep in the heart of the coral triangle, the area of Raja Ampat nestles over 1,400 species of fish and over 600 coral kinds giving it the impressive title as the most marine bio-diverse place on earth.  Indeed 75% of all known coral species inhabit these waters! 

Calico Jack diving liveaboard, image courtesy of K. Vackova

Calico Jack liveaboard, image courtesy of Kristina Vackova

Calico Jack is a mighty and proud vessel that offers an unrivaled luxury liveaboard diving experience that more than compliments the epic voyage through the lands of “The Four Kings”. Boarding the ship after a swift and attentive transfer from mainland Sorong, guests are welcomed by the smell of tropical forest hardwoods and beaming smiles. There is something about Indonesian hospitality that is unmatched and the crew has it in bundles throughout the duration of the expedition, from the boat boys to the knowledgeable dive guides. After settling in with a fresh coconut in hand you will be lead to your cozy boutique cabin (one of five on board), which will be your home for the next 11 nights.

Calico Jack aspires to offer three dives a day with night dives on alternate days. In total, you could rack up over 34 dives over 11 days. The Calico Jack crew work like clockwork to ensure the efficient turnaround between dives with safety and attentiveness at the core.

Here are some of the areas that are covered during an 11 night cruise:
Misool is located in south Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft colourful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs and plenty of fish.

Penemu includes two of the most famous Raja Ampat dive sites, My Reef and Melissa’s Garden. Here you can enjoy some of the largest populations of fish in the area.  In the afternoon, after the third dive, you can take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons. Here, you will have time to kayak and paddle board amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner onboard.

Wofo is the most northern point of the cruise with a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The evening will be passed on the beach experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties. The crew will entertain and socialise with the guests as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.

A well camouflaged scorpion fish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Image courtesy of Kristina Vackova

A well camouflaged scorpion fish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Image courtesy of Kristina Vackova

Gam is the location, where under the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat. Currents bring in massive schools of barracudas, three species of fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bumphead parrotfish, wobbegong sharks, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

Arborek area, is where you can dive at one of the most reliable manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. In the afternoon Calico Jack makes it’s way to Arborek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people, before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier.
Dampier Strait: The final dive will be in the morning at Cape Kri where you will discover some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong where you will arrive later in the evening.

Raja Ampat is truly spectacular, breathtaking and unforgettable. Calico Jack Charters is the perfect compliment to such a unique diving experience with a level of service that thrives on the very best hospitality to ensure that your voyage through the dragon-sequel landscape is truly treasured.

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Virtual Wreck Diving – SS Thistlegorm

November 3rd, 2017

Divers and non-divers alike across the globe can now ‘dive’ the iconic SS Thistlegorm shipwreck remotely! A new 3D website has been launched that allows you to take a virtual tour of one of the world’s most popular wrecks.

The iconic Red Sea wreck, SS Thistlegorm

The iconic Red Sea wreck, SS Thistlegorm

The project is the first to use 360 video and is part of the Nottingham University’s Presence in the Past maritime archaeology study in partnership with Al Shams (Cairo) and Alexandria Universities in Egypt. Dr. Jon Henderson of the University of Nottingham’s School of Archaeology was the project director. “This was one of the most exciting things, because with 360-degree video we can now do guided tours around the wreck, so you can actually experience what it’s like to dive it.” said Dr. J. Henderson.

“This is an important part of Britain’s and Egypt’s shared heritage and a monument to the herculean efforts of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. Nine men died on the SS Thistlegorm, five Royal Navy gunners and four merchant sailors, just a small part of the 35,000 out of 135,000 Merchant Navy sailors that gave their lives during the war.” “In the Merchant Navy one in four men did not come back – that’s the highest proportion of all the fighting forces. We owe to the memory of these brave men to record and preserve their legacy.”

Dive the SS Thistlegorm with the Emperor Elite liveaboard

Dive the SS Thistlegorm with the Emperor Elite liveaboard

24,307 high resolution photos were taken across an area of approximately 3 hectares. Amazingly this only took 14 hours during 12 dives! The wreck has been reconstructed in photo-realistic detail and 3D models have been created. Visitors to The Thistlegorm Project website can learn more about photogrammetry that was used to create the the 3D imagery as and explore the ships’ outer shell, internal decks, cabins and cargo.

Did your virtual tour excite you? Confirm your North Red Sea liveaboard cruise now and immerse yourself in history during your next diving vacation.

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Mexico commits to largest North American marine protected area!

October 23rd, 2017

Mexico’s Revillagigedo marine park is set to become the biggest marine protected area in North America! The current protected area will be extended to include more than 57,000 square miles (147,630 square kilometres) of the Pacific Ocean.

The announcement by Alejandro Del Mazo Maza (representing Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas) at the Our Ocean Conference earlier this month is a fantastic boost for marine conservation.

The waters around Revillagigedo Islands were previously protected for a mere 6 miles (15.5 km) off land. This left sharks, rays, whales and other species vulnerable in this important feeding and migration area. The limited protection enabled fishermen to target these valued species (often illegally) or they would be caught as bycatch. The extended protected marine area’s regulations will aim to protect the habitat and marine life by ensuring that fishing, mining or other intensive resource development will not be allowed in the expanded marine reserve.

Enric Sala (who lead the Revillagigedo Pristine Seas fact-finding expedition in March 2016), said of his experiences “It’s one of the places where you can see the most giant manta rays and sharks on the planet.” He went on to share, “We saw lots of sharks, groupers, and tuna. It was a rare place of large fish, with biodiversity as if the Galápagos Islands had opened a branch in Mexico.”

Nautilus Belle Amie for your Soccoro Island diving cruises

Nautilus Belle Amie for your Soccoro Island diving cruises

The announcement marks the 17th marine reserve that Sala and his Pristine Seas team have assisted in creating. Working together with governments from around the world they have been instrumental in establishing or extending marine reserves that cover approximately 2 millions square miles (5,180 000 square kilometres) of the ocean.

You too can dive these famed sites that Sala describes and swim with hammerhead sharks, mata rays and whale sharks. Contact our Dive The World sales team today and find out about liveaboard diving trips to the Revillagigedos and Galápagos Islands.

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A New Discovery In The Great Barrier Reef!

September 30th, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef's Great Blue Hole, image courtesy of Johnny Gaskell

Great Barrier Reef’s blue hole, image courtesy of J. Gaskell

The largest coral reef ecosystem on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, has revealed a spectacular and previously unknown jewel. The sapphire-hued blue hole was discovered by marine biologist and underwater photographer, Johnny Gaskell.

Blue holes are underwater sinkholes. They are formed when carbonate bedrock drops deeper than the surrounding seafloor. Blue holes are characterised by their depth in relation to the surrounding limestone or coral reef bedrock and their spectacular deep blue tone. Notable blue holes are the Dragon Hole (a whopping 300m deep) and the 300m wide Great Blue Hole of Belize.

Gaskell, a resident of the Whitsunday’s, described his find on his Instagram account, “After spotting this deep blue hole on Google Maps we decided to head far offshore, out further than our normal Reef trips to see what dwelled within.” And what a find it was! At depths of 15-18m the divers discovered pristine colonies of giant birdsnest and unusually long Staghorn corals.

Barrier Reef blue hole coral, image courtesy of J. Geskell

Gaskell added “The position of this deep hole within the lagoon walls has obviously protected these corals for decades.” This protection enabled the corals to remain intact despite the area being hit with a category 4 storm, cyclone Debbie, in March. He went on to comment, “We may very well be the first to ever dive Gaskell’s Blue Hole as it was so far offshore and hidden deep within one of the Great Barrier Reef’s biggest lagoons…”

The dive site co-ordinates are yet to be shared, however we are sure many an avid Ozzie diver is now perusing Google Maps. Time will tell if the self-proclaimed name, Gaskell’s Blue Hole will stick…. Irrespective, this is fantastic news that shows the world that the Great Barrier Reef has secrets to share and the picture painted by the media on the state of the reef is not as dire as some would like you to believe.

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Awesome 3 + 1 free special on Cuba liveaboard Halcon

September 29th, 2017

Amazing news if you ever had a Cuba diving cruise on your ‘To Do’ list.

The affordable Cuba liveaboard HalconHere is a great offer on the affordable Cuba liveaboard, Halcon:
Pay for 3 and 1 goes for free (4th)

That’s right! A group of 4 of you can have a ball of a time diving in Jardines de la Reina and save big bucks!

Sharks, sharks and sharks – up to 6 different species can be seen on a single dive! Common species include Caribbean reef, silky, and nurse sharks, lemon, blacktip, great hammerhead, bull and, from July through November, whale sharks can also be seen.

Take advantage of this great 25% off deal on these dates in 2017:

October 14 – 21
October 21 – 28
October 28 – November 4
November 25 – December 2
December 2 – 9
December 16 – 23
December 23 – 30

Normal price for 7 nights: US$ 2,785 per person

Halcon from the sternCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, 6 drinks per day (includes beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and mineral water), transfers from selected hotels in Havana to and from the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above, night dives are not available), experienced Spanish and English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 175 full set, per trip, torch US$ 8 per night dive), it is compulsory to use a dive computer: please bring your own, port taxes (US$ 200) to be paid in advance, conservation fee (US$ 100) to be paid in advance, gratuities (min US$ 200 is compulsory, crew prefer this in Euro). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival in CUC cash.

Optional extras: Additional dives on request, private divemaster US$ 1,200 (subject to availability), dive insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks (other than those included). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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55 Arrests Related To Illegal Fishing!

September 21st, 2017

Hot on the heels after the arrest of 20 illegal Chinese crew in Ecuador, 35 suspects have been arrested in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

These arrests are welcome news for those fighting to put a stop to illegal shark-finners. However, these events over the last two months, have highlighted the heavy toll illegal fishing has on our oceans’ dwindling shark populations.

Ecuador jails 20 Chinese vessel crew
Dive with hammerhead sharks in the GalapagosIn mid August, marine ecologist Pelayo Salinas (who works with the Charles Darwin Foundation), was returning from a 12-day research mission on a Galápagos National Park patrol ship.

The ship’s captain saw another vessel on the radar in the restricted waters of the marine reserve. The crew and an Ecuadorian Navy officer initially radioed the vessel to ask why they were in the park. When there was no response after several attempts, they informed them that they are required by law to respond. The radio remained silent… Salinas and three crew members took chase in a 13 foot (4m) inflatable boat. They were able to identify the vessel as Chinese, and strongly suspected it was involved in illegal fishing. Unable to keep up with the 300 foot vessel in their small boat they returned to park headquarters to report the sighting.

The marine park authorities and Ecuadorian navy identified the vessel as the Fu Yan Leng 999 via their electronic surveillance system. A navy helicopter and coast guard boat where immediately dispatched to intercept it. What they found stunned them. The vessel’s 6 holds contained 300 tonnes of near-extinct or endangered species. 6,600 sharks of different varieties were identified, including endangered hammerheads.

Endangered hammerhead sharks were identified amongst the 6,600 sharks in the Fu Yan Leng 999 holdsThe vessel was obviously a transport ship as opposed to a fishing vessel. (It did not have the necessary tens of thousands of meters of fishing line, large motorised winches or hooks the size of an adult finger to catch sharks in these quantities.) Merely being in the protected marine waters and transporting endangered animals without a “non-detriment finding” (NDF), (a permit for exporting species that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species lists as being threatened), meant that their presence was illegal.

Under Ecuadorian law, hunting, fishing or transporting an animal in danger of extinction carries a 3 year sentence. The 20 crew have subsequently received sentencing of 1-3 years imprisonment, the captain 4 years and a fine of US$ 5.9 million was levied! “Ecuador was the first country in the world that declared not only human rights, but nature rights, since 2008, in our constitution. So we are obligated to protect the lives of these fish” said Walter Bustos, Director of the Galápagos National Park.

35 members of Chinese shark syndicate arrested
On the 10th of September, Jiangmen Customs Anti-Smuggling Bureau, confiscated 50 tonnes of shark-fin, fish swim bladders, sea-cucumbers and abalones estimated to be worth US$ 108 million! 35 suspects were arrested in the Guangdong cities of Jiangmen, Guangzhou and Maoming and in the Yunnan province, according to China Daily. The arrests were the result of a 10 month long operation by customs officers who had been tracking major smuggling rings’ activities.

The seafood is thought to have originated from Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. The case remains under investigation.

How can you contribute to saving our marine animals?
Galapagos Aggressor III liveaboardBook a diving liveaboard cruise to the Galápagos: Your Galápagos National Park entrance fees contribute to protecting the the park.

Purchase only sustainable seafood

Contribute to fundraising projects: The world renowned destination, Galápagos, has the greatest abundance of sharks in the world, but does not have sufficient resources to completely protect it. Salinas has started a crowdfunding page to raise money for two speed boats for the park.

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Dive the Red Sea with flights to Marsa Alam from only £102.99

August 28th, 2017

Dive the Southern Red Sea with the Red Sea Aggressor I liveaboardThe Northern Hemisphere summer holidays are winding down for many. As you return to work and set your summer vacation images as your new screen saver, do not fear, you could be under sunny skies soon while the weather turns grey outside.

Thomas Cook Airlines is offering affordable flights from Birmingham and London Gatwick airports. From November you can fly from London Gatwick direct to Marsa Alam, Egypt, from as little as £102.99! Flights are scheduled once per week from Oct ’17-Apr ’18. Don’t delay book your flights and liveaboard cruise now!

Dive The World has a selection of discounted Southern Red Sea liveaboard trips for you! We are offering you cruises from as low as US$ 823 per diver. Dive Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone or St. John’s Reefs with grey, thresher, whitetip and hammerhead sharks before the end of the year!

Oceanic whitetip shark in the Red SeaDiscounted liveaboards departing from Marsa Alam’s Port Ghalib include:

MS Royal Evolution
MY Blue Seas
MY Emperor Asmaa
MY Golden Dolphin
MY Golden Dolphin III
MY Miss Nouran
Red Sea Aggressor I

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Create Your Big 5 Marine Megafauna List

August 3rd, 2017

Do you think big is beautiful or small is uber cool? Perhaps your pulse quickens at the sight of all marine life. But have you experienced that indescribable moment when your heart skips a beat when you have your first encounter with a majestic oceanic giant?

Your Marine Big 5
On land, the Big 5 is synonymous with 5 animals every safari visitor hopes to see. African lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and buffalo. With an astounding 50-80% of all life found in the ocean, which marine animals would make your ‘Big 5’?

Would you agree that whales, sharks, dolphins, mantas and sunfish should make the list? Now it gets more interesting…. If you had to pick only one species from each category, which specific fish would make the cut? Each category has an extensive list, let us help you narrow it down a little.

The sheer size of the larger whales may be intimidating for some divers. But did you know that you can have an intimate experience with the diminutive dwarf minke whale (between June and August) at Australia’s Ribbon Reefs?

If you’re not overawed by the colossal size of humpback whales, book a Dominican Republic snorkelling safari. Consider Mexico if you have selected sperm, orcas and pilot whales as your whale of choice for your Big 5. It is unlikely (well actually impossible) that we will be able to arrange a blue whale dive safari, but if you have another whale in mind, let’s see if we can arrange a whale of a time for you!

Would you consider one of the following for your list? Whale sharks, hammerhead sharks or great white sharks. Perhaps your top pic would be the elusive thresher shark or the ferocious bull shark? Have you decided on a different species? We can share with you the best locations where you’ll have the highest probability to tick your Big 5 shark off your must see list.

Top of many divers dream encounter is to dive with highly intelligent, playful and acrobatic dolphins. They are often seen leaping and surfing in the wake of dive boats. Unfortunately they are naturally cautious of divers and tend to stay away once you are below the surface.

There are a few exceptional South American dive destinations (Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, Socorro Island and Turneffe Atoll in Belize) where you will have an increased chance of turning your dolphin dreams into reality.

Majestic and graceful, a manta experience cannot be put into words. One simply has to ensure that at least once in your lifetime you too can be at a loss for words. South East Asia (The Maldives, Komodo, Raja Ampat and Sangalaki in Indonesia, Koh Bon in Thailand, and Myanmar) and South America (Socorro Island, Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island) are your go to manta destinations.

The Mola mola must be one of the most unusual large ocean species. The German name for this fish is “Schwimmender Kopf” meaning swimming head, which gives you some idea of what Mola mola look like. They are also the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Next to this ginormous, ungainly ‘head’ one can feel quite insignificant.

Indonesia’s Lembongan Island (near Bali) and Komodo and some Galapagos dive sites, like Punta Vincente Roca, are the hotspots for sunfish.

Create your own ‘Big 5’ dive safari
Why not compile your own ‘Big 5’ list and email it to our friendly and efficient sales team. We can provide you a customised travel itinerary giving you the best possible opportunities for you to tick off your must see Big 5 marine megafauna.

Depending on your specific list, your Big 5 marine safari may need to take place across the globe and could mean several liveaboard diving tours. Remember that we offer the best price guaranteed AND returning customer discounts!

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