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

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…

Award-winning resort, Misool, image courtesy of Shawn Heinrichs

Misool lagoon, image courtesy of Shawn Heinrichs

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, 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 Aggressor III is Our 2017 Operator of the Year!

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 liveaboardHow 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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Liveaboard Diving In Raja Ampat with Calico Jack

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! 

Raja Ampat diving liveaboard, Calico JackCalico 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.

Scorpion fish, Raja AmpatGam 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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Why should you partner with Dive The World?

We are inviting our valued divers to partner with us and earn additional income.

You know we offer the best prices guaranteed, promote a wide range of liveaboards and resorts worldwide and have a professional, experienced sales team that provide our customers with top class service. You can now benefit from our services by using your online platform/s to generate revenue.

Consider the following questions:
Do you want to have a passive income stream?
Do you showcase your love of diving or travel online?
What dive destinations have been on the top of your wish list but have just been out of financial reach?

Read on to find how easily we can help you to make your online platforms financially beneficial.

How does our Affiliate Programme work?
If you have online platform/s (website, blog or Facebook page) you can sign-up now. Registration is immediate (as long as you meet the requirements set out in our Terms and Conditions). After sign-up, there is no delay, you can log into your account and follow our detailed instructions on how to upload our liveaboard search feature and a variety of banners onto your online platforms.

Why join our Affiliate Programme?

  • Free and easy set-up
  • You earn 5-8% commission on our sales
  • Track your referrals, confirmed sales and commissions anywhere, anytime
  • Quarterly payments via a number of payment options
  • Free Affiliate Programme marketing support
  • Partner with the world’s most trusted dive travel agent that offers the lowest prices guaranteed

The more integrated our marketing materials and product links are on your online platforms – the higher the probability you will earn commissions. We want you to succeed so we’ll give you all the support you need.

Our custom designed system ensures that all the traffic from your platforms is recorded and confirmed sales are allocated to your account. You can be assured that you receive all commissions due to you.

Our programme is based on a sales commission percentage and not a low pay per click system. Here is an example of potential commission from a single sale: Two divers book a Master/Twin double bed cabin on the Galapagos Sky liveaboard. The price per person is $ 5,895 per person. Your 5% commission is US$ 590!

Join our Affiliate Programme today and turn your dreams into reality!

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2017 Summer specials and ideas for your diving vacation

Summer 2017 is almost here (for all in the northern hemisphere anyway). Why not give yourself the treat of a little diving vacation? Leave all the stresses and noise of work and politics behind and reconnect with nature, underwater.

Just ask us and we will make it happen. We have loads of great ideas for you. Here are just a few:

Some Summer Ideas

You can share the water with minke whales40% off Red Sea Aggressor on these dates, and more:
July 8 – 15, August 19 – 26, August 26 – 2, September 2 – 9

Minke whales in Australia throughout June and July you can share the water with these beautiful creatures from OceanQuest.

Great discounts on the legendary Fiji’s shark diving at Fiji’s Pacific Habour.

Summer Specials in Indonesia

10% off for last minute bookings on the Indonesian liveaboard KLM Mari within 3 weeks of departure date!

KLM Sea Safari VI – 20% off if you book before end June.

20% off KLM Sea Safari VIII for any trips in 2017/18.

KBR resort on the shores of the legendary Lembeh StraitDiscounts at Kungkungan Bay, Lembeh for 2017 stays – book before the 15th July 2017 only!

20% off all 2017/18 trips on board Cheng Ho.

Indo Aggressor 2017/18 group special offer: make a reservation before the 22nd June 2017 for 8 people and get 2 free spaces (total 10 guests) plus a discount of US$ 500 for each person!

Indonesia liveaboard Dewi Nusantara special: bring your buddy for free on the following 2017 trips!
Alor & Flores – 12 Days 11 Nights 32 Dives
16 – 27 June and 28 June – 09 July.

Act quickly for these Aggressor offers

Cocos Island is visited by the Okeanos Aggressor I and IIUS$ 500 off Sangalaki/Derawan liveaboard on the Raja Ampat Aggressor. Book before 23 June and travel from July to end September.

Up to US$ 1,000 off Cocos liveaboard on the Okeanos Aggressors Book a new 10 night vacation before 15 June on the Okeanos Aggressor I & II and SAVE on any of the following charters:
US$ 1,000 – June 24 – July 4
US$ 800 July 1 – 11, July 22 – August 1
August 19 – 29, September 2 – 12

Wherever you want to go this summer, let us know. Or if you want to bat ideas around and see what is possible for your dates, just give us a shout. The only thing stopping you making this summer a memorable one is you. So act now!

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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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Palau President Calls For Global Marine Sanctuary Network at UN Oceans’ Conference

The inaugural large scale United Nations Oceans’ Conference is being held in New York this week to coincide with World Oceans Day (Thursday 8 June 2017). The conference titled: Our oceans our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, will aim to reverse the decline in the health of our oceans for people, planet and prosperity.

The high level of participation reflects the importance of the conference topic. More than 5,000 participants are attending the conference, including 7 prime ministers, 8 heads of state and 77 ministers.

During the opening speeches many island nation’s representatives stressed their connection to the ocean and their reliance on it as a vital resource. Most appealed for help during the conference, however one nation stood apart, the Republic of Palau.

Palau is a forerunner in conserving their marine territory. Two years ago Palau officially created the Palau National Marine Sanctuary and designated almost 500,000 square kilometres, or 80%, of its maritime territory as a fully protected marine reserve. This vast area is a no-take zone where mining is also prohibited. At the time, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said the decision was essential to conserving the island’s livelihood: “Island communities have been among the hardest hit by the threats facing the ocean. Creating this sanctuary is a bold move that the people of Palau recognise as essential to our survival.” President Remengesau appealed to conference attendees to commit to protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030 under a Global Marine Sanctuary Network.

Remengesau’s decisions have reaped phenomenal rewards for Palau, both economically and environmentally. For scuba divers, the abundance and diverse marine life result in Palau being a diver’s dream liveaboard location.

Contact our knowledgeable sales representatives now for more information on diving in Palau and available specials.

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Liveaboard: Specials for Indonesian liveaboard KLM Mari

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!

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Indonesia liveaboard Blue Manta – special offers

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 & The Forgotten Islands
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!

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Saving the Green Sea Turtles on Australia’s Raine Island

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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30% Discount on Red Sea Aggressor in First Half of 2018!

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Thailand Mourns Venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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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Maldives Manta Mania!

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

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!

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 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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