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‘Enslavement of sentient beings’ at Nemo Aquarium in Thailand

This Pays For ThisWhile the world moves towards banning the incarceration of dolphins, Dolphins Bay Phuket opened in November, undeterred by public objections.

Strong opinions against this facility have been expressed on the Dolphins Bay Phuket community Facebook page about Nemo. An October post by Ann Elphick provides some context to the situation: “If you go and see the Dolphins here you are supporting wild capture and slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Watch the film ‘The Cove’ before considering going. They have Taiji Dolphins here. If you love Dolphins don’t buy a ticket!”; Ashely Donald stated: “It’s disgusting that these beautiful creatures are being held captive here to perform when tourists and locals can see them in the wild off the shores of Phuket.”

A good point justly made! There is nothing more magical than experiencing the wonders of nature in their natural environment. The ‘Land of Smiles” or Thailand, has a tropical climate and over 3000 kilometres of coast line, making it the perfect scuba diving destination. Many areas offer you the opportunity to witness free, wild dolphins, frolicking in the waves or performing acrobatic feats out of pure joy.

Pod of dolphins courtesy of Scuba ZooYou will be spoilt for choice with over 200 dive sites that you can choose from. Dive The World offers a wide selection of liveaboards, daytrip boats or diver friendly resorts providing the best of all possible worlds for your Thailand diving vacation. To learn more about the diving wonders of Thailand, e-mail our friendly and efficient Dive The World sales team send us an email and book your Thailand liveaboard diving holiday today!

What can you do to ensure that these intelligent, gentle mammals stay in the world’s oceans where they belong?

Do not visit the Nemo Dolphin Bay in Phuket (that was built for approximately 100 million Thai Baht!) or other dolphinariums and contribute to their profits from the inhumane treatment of marine animals.

Do have a voice and sign one of the many petitions aimed at protecting dolphins. Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has a number of petitions for you to choose from – or sign them all!.

Support non-profit organisations in their fight to protect our dolphins and whales. One such organisation is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who broke the news way back in 2014 that the dolphins selected to perform in Phuket are wild females captured from the infamous killing “cove” in Taiji, Japan. CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) records verify that the Ukrainian company Nemo, had imported Tursiops truncatus gilli, Pacific bottlenose dolphins from Taiji. We need these organisations to keep abreast of the atrocities that are occurring in our oceans, and we need to do our part to stop these barbaric practices!


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Magical Encounters in Mexico

Snorkeler and Blue Whale_2

Renowned wild life photographer Norbert Wu, recently captured a once in a lifetime experience for a very lucky snorkeller, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

This incredible image encapsulates the moment when a mere mortal came along side a gentle giant. At approximately 25 metres long and upwards of 200 tons, Blue Whales are the largest animals to have lived on earth.

Baja California is the gateway to diving in Mexico. Mexico’s bucket list sites, such as Socorro, Sea of Cortez and Guadalupe are remote and ideally suited for liveaboard diving holidays. Dive The World offers you a range of liveaboard charters in Mexico. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your very own once in a lifetime experience.

Who knows, yours might be to dive with schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, be awed by a whale shark experience or witness an oceanic manta ray dance.

Contact our experienced Dive The World sales team right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email and book your Mexico liveaboard diving holiday today!


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Saved By The Bell

Tragedy followed by litigation
After suffering the tragic loss of both his girlfriend and friend (while diving The Blue Hole off Malta’s island, Gozo) in June 2015; BSAC diver, Stephen Martin, has been living with the prospect of being extradited from the United Kingdom to Malta on charges of involuntary manslaughter. On Monday, a mere two days before he was to appeal at the High Court in London against a request to extradite him to the Mediterranean isle, all charges were dropped.

Stephen Martin_1The diving world was in shock when the bizarre charges were brought against Stephen almost 20 months ago. The events of that fateful day were ruled as accidental deaths by Brighton and Hove coroner’s court in February 2015. However a Maltese magisterial inquiry was held without Mr Martin’s input or presence, resulting in involuntary manslaughter charges being levied against him.

This dramatic turnaround came about after BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) representatives met with the Malta Attorney General and appealed for all charges to be dropped. BSAC chief executive, Mary Tetley said: ‘The decision today brings to an end the horrendous ordeal which Stephen has suffered since he was charged, and we are both delighted and relieved for him.
We remain dismayed that these charges were ever brought in the first place as a UK coroner had already ruled the deaths a tragic accident.‘ Never in BSACs 63-year history have criminal charges like this have been brought against BSAC divers relating to a diving fatality or accident. ‘It is a victory for common sense that these charges have now been dropped, allowing Stephen to move on with his life, and grieve in peace.

Diver’s legal responsibilities
The Blue Hole_2As scuba divers we are all aware that our sport is considered to be high risk. Our training makes us keenly aware of the potential risks that our much loved recreational pursuit holds. We acknowledge that we are personally responsible for the risks we choose to take and accept the potential consequences.

The best we can do is dive within our limits, dive our plan and remember our training. Fortunately for Stephen he was affiliated with a great organisation, BSAC, who provided invaluable support in his time of need. Would your training agency come to your aid in similar circumstances? Possibly not, especially if getting P-A-I-D is their only real concern. The very least we can do is ensure we have full and up-to-date scuba diving and travel insurance.

Questions to ponder
Is this a once off incident or should we be looking into liability insurance to cover the costs of possible litigation? Will we be placed in the awkward position of asking our friends and family to sign personal injury liability release agreements before taking the plunge into the realms of the blue?

At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a need to panic and take on the services of lawyers…


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Should El Nino affect your choice of dive destination?

El Nino. What is it?
El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of what is referred to as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. This cycle is a a description of temperature fluctuations between the ocean and atmosphere in the east-central Pacific region. El Niño means The Little Boy in Spanish and is not a new phenomenon. It was originally recognised by South American fishermen in the 1600s, who noticed the unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the associations of the term El Nino with the baby Jesus, since the warming tended to occur around December.

Close-up of the El Nino effect
So where gets affected most?
From the image, you can see the areas most affected, with red being the highest temperature range. So you would expect this event to be felt anywhere in this region and possibly further out as the effect spreads. Most obviously in the firing line are the coastal regions of the south-west of the USA, and Pacific coastlines of Mexico, Central American and South American nations. Out in the Pacific itself islands in the area such as Galapagos and Cocos are obviously going to see some effects. Depending on the severity and duration of the warming event, effects may spread to islands and nations on the other side of the Pacific Ocean such as Fiji, Hawaii, the Solomon islands, Palau, Australia and Indonesia and to a lesser extent, worldwide.

Is the diving affected right now in world-class destinations?
We have been asked about El Niño by quite a few customers. So we put our feelers out to get a clearer picture of what was being experienced on the ground (or under the water). Below is some feedback from a variety of the places we have been asked about, by people with intimate knowledge of the diving in those places:

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Sky: “We receive weekly reports back from our Captains and Dive Guides with water temperatures, water visibility and lists of the marine animals they encountered on their dives. While I am not a scientist, just a diver reading reports back from our dive guides, from our reports it appears that the water temperatures are warmer in the southern islands of Galapagos compared to 2014. The northern islands, Wolf and Darwin, have very little or no change from last year. When comparing animal encounters from November & December 2014 to November & December 2015, we are seeing very little or no change. Our divers are still having amazing dives and seeing all of amazing creatures of Galapagos.”

Cocos Island
Okeanos Aggressor I and II: “There is no doubt that El Niño has affected not only our area, but in general, the whole world, Europe and America for example are having super warm temperatures for this time of year.

El Nino from a wider perspectiveIt is also true that not all weeks have had the same marine life or maybe they have been a little deeper and this year, in Cocos, we have had great diving weeks with all you can see, tiger sharks, hammerheads, whales, mantas you name it.

and also some weeks where the hammerhead schools were seen in less numbers of specimens but they have been constant all year around, as said, maybe not in huge number of sharks like when the water is colder, but it also happens between rainy season and dry season, or simply because that week hasn’t been that good. Having said that, in Cocos, we are lucky as when sharks are maybe not that present, we get manta rays or other kind of pelagic fish. For now, we have had a good diving year and hopefully water will be back to normal soon.”

Mexico
Solmar V: “Yes we have experienced warmer water but the diving has remained very good. Many of our encounters such as the giant mantas and dolphins are not affected by warmer water.”

Nautilus Belle Amie: “We are definitely seeing the effects of El Nino at Socorro and Guadalupe Islands. Water temperatures are 2 – 3 degrees warmer than normal. Manta and dolphin sightings and interaction at Socorro is unchanged.

We saw far fewer sharks than normal in November and early December at Socorro when water temps were in the mid – high 80’s. Shark sightings are back to normal with winter water temps ie. I expect to see 75 – 76 F water temps in Feb instead of 73 which is warmer than normal but still a very good range for hammerhead sharks and all our other favourite sharks. Our experience during the previous El Nino was that we actually saw more hammerheads than normal. My guess is that we got the benefit of sharks migrating further north than normal and right into our waters.

Our humpback whale season has started slowly. We are seeing fewer animals than normal. Not sure if this is because the humpies don’t like the warmer water or if they are choosing not to migrate south from Alaska because food was scarcer than normal for them this past year. White shark sightings were normal with the exception that we saw far fewer of the enormous giant “big momma” females than normal in October.

THE BIG THING to point out to your clients is that we are seeing different weather and storm patterns than normal. We actually had a hurricane go through Socorro Island in late November which is unheard of. We believe it’s solely because of El Nino. For this reason, we highly recommend that all guests purchase trip insurance – it’s especially valuable in case of a weather event this year.”

Australia
Spirit of Freedom: “We have not experienced any effects from the El Nino other than the monsoon trough dropping a little earlier than usual. So its a bit wet at the moment, but the trough may lift in January, we shall wait and see.”

Fiji
Nai’a; “We are happy and relieved to report that El Nino has had a very positive effect on Fiji’s coral reefs. While other reefs in the region have experience bleaching due to ocean warming, starting last fall, the water temperature in Fiji dropped and stayed right along the line of lowest temperatures we have recorded on NAI’A.

While this means a bit more time layering up with neoprene before each dive, the visibility has been tremendous and the hard coral in Fiji is as healthy as it has ever been! As a consequence of this, we are seeing an abundance of the rest of Fiji’s reef creatures. Gradually, the temperature has started to climb again, but it is still unseasonably cool.”

Beyond the Pacific?

Maldives
Orion: “The Maldives is a designation more for fish, notably Sharks and Mantas. This far we have seen no effects on these due to El Niño. As for Coral there have been some reports for bleaching however this is more in the shallows where it affects snorkelling, not so much at depths that divers frequent. We have seen little to no effect to the type of diving that we strive for. The diving has been excellent this season with plenty of Manta and Shark action to entice our ever happy clients.”

Choosing the right liveaboard destination can be a tricky balancing actOther operators we have been in touch with in places like the Red Sea and Indonesia also report no meaningful impact of El Nino with diving conditions being great. So it is a bit of a mixed bag. Some places are affected and it is changing the behaviour of the marine life there, some are seeing no effect. The situation may change depending on the severity and duration of the warming event.

Generally speaking it is not good news for the marine life and coral of our most beloved dive destinations. However many have bounced back well since the last significant El Nino.

While the impact of this El Niño remains to be fully realised, things are clearly not all doom and gloom. There is plenty of good diving out there and we should not be put off simply because El Niño is in the news.


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Amazing Galapagos specials in 2016

Diving the magnificent GalapagosWe like to keep you up-to-date with changes in the world of diving that might benefit you. Well here is one. Unusually there are loads of great specials available on Galapagos liveaboards.

Normally this amazing scuba destination requires lots of advance planning since the boats are all full for many months into the future. However right now there are some excellent discounts around:

Humboldt Explorer: 27% off 11-18 Jan 2016 and 7-14 March 2016 trips.

Galapagos Sky: 25% off for individuals or 50% off for your buddy on 17-24 January 2016 trip.

Galapagos Master: 15% off for 2016 January to May trips.

Nortada: 5% off 08–15 January 2016 trip.

Don’t delay. Make it happen NOW! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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Galapagos Master Special offers

The majestic Galapagos liveaboard MV Galapagos MasterThere are some incredible specials around in Galapagos these days! Normally this is a destination that requires lots of advanced planning. These days there seem to be more spaces popping up, meaning you can get to scuba dive the best sites of Galapagos for less.

However you need to act quickly. We can even offer you an excellent 15 % off for 2016 trips on the excellent Galapagos newbie MY Galapagos Master.

Spring into action and make some big savings while diving the pinnacle of your underwater life:

Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 4,850 Now US$ 4,122
Deluxe twin/double bed cabin/Master double bed cabin: Was US$ 4,950 Now US$ 4,207
Save up to US$ 1,486 per couple!

The Master cabin on the Master liveaboardCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local brands of alcohol, land tours, transfers to the boat from local airport on days of arrival and departure, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 22.50 per day), dive computer, dive insurance, Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100 payable in cash at San Cristobal airport, transit card US$ 20 payable in cash in Guayaquil or Quito airport, chamber support fee US$ 35. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers – 7 nights – US$ 100, 10 nights – US$ 150, torches.

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Sipadan specials for you in 2016!

Have you been to Sipadan yet? It remains 1 of the world’s top dive spots so if you haven’t experienced it yet, maybe now is the time.

Claim your stilted bungalow and dive SipadanWhich other tiny island in the world can promise encounters with turtles galore, lots of shark, hordes of bumphead parrotfish, tornadoes of barracuda and a school of jacks so huge it will block out the sun? That’s the Sipadan experience!

As always we at Dive The World want to offer you the best deals so check out our Sipadan discounts. Note that if you are a returning customer you can combine the below specials with your 5% loyal customer discount:

5% off Mabul Water Bungalows in 2015/16!
Save 5% At Kapalai Resort Sipadan in 2015/16!
Save 5% At Sipadan Mabul Resort in 2015/16!

See what all the fuss is about. Check out this video to see what diving in Sipadan is all about:

Of course it is not just about Sipadan. Mabul and Kapalai also represent some the best macro diving opportunities in South East Asia. So you get the best of both worlds.

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Make 2017 plans for world’s most sought-after liveaboards

Not all dive destinations are the same. We at Dive The World understand that and we want to make sure you get to enjoy your dream scuba diving holiday.

Diving with mantas in Mexico - could be youSo it frustrates us when we cannot make that happen due to availability issues. Some places like the Red Sea have a lot of spaces and it isn’t always necessary to book too far ahead.

Others need some advance planning, and sometimes these are among the best dive destinations in the world. So get organised before it is too late.

If you are thinking of one day diving the unique Cocos Island, Costa Rica, or the wonders of Mexico or indeed the nature-lovers mecca of Galapagos then please book ahead.

Plan now to step on board a liveaboard like Galapagos SkyWe have some customers who try to arrange their holidays to these places just a few short months ahead of time.

It is sad to witness their disappointment when they are told there are no liveaboard spaces for them at all around the time they want to visit.

So look now at the late 2016 and 2017 liveaboard schedules in these amazing destinations. Check out our Calendar of Departures to see what’s available when you are! Now is the time to start making plans for then to ensure you are not disappointed.

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Sipadan liveaboard last minute offers Sept and Oct

The unique Sipadan liveaboard - The Celebes ExplorerDoing lots of dives around Sipadan without the hassle of daily speed-boat rides just got cheaper. Rough and ready liveaboard, the Celebes Explorer is now available for you for less.

So get off that couch and act now to take advantage of these great discounts.

For departures: 06 September – 10 October 2015

Standard twin/double bed cabin:

3 Nights: Was US$ 917 (MYR 3838) Now US$ 744 (MYR 3117)
4 Nights: Was US$ 1,167 (MYR 4887) Now US$ 948 (MYR 3970)
7 Nights: Was US$ 1,648 (MYR 6895) Now US$ 1,339 (MYR 5601)
Save up to US$ 618 per couple!

If you are the type of diver that cares more about time spent underwater seeing sharks, turtles, barracuda and bumpheads than you do about details like fluffy-pillowed, sweet-perfumed cabins and fine dining waiter-service then this could be for you.

Do more dives at Sipadan by enduring life on board the Celebes Explorer!Not everyone is content with the Celebes Explorer. Don’t expect it to be as polished or comfortable as previous liveaboards you have been on.

However you can expect it to be a better bet for diving more of Sipadan during your time there, than any other land-based option.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Tawau Airport – boat return transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Equipment rental, dive insurance, marine park fees of MYR 43 (approx. US$ 14 per person per day) to be paid in advance, Semporna jetty fees of MYR 11 (approx US$ 3) per tour booking to be paid in advance. There is a transfer charge of US$ 150 per car (max. 5 people) for transfers outside the recommended flights, to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (MYR 53, approx. US$ 17 per fill) to be paid in advance, 2 extra dives on day 1 (7 night trip only, MYR 492 (approx. US$ 138), payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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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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August, September and October Maldives specials – Orion, Virgo and Leo!

The Maldives liveaboard MV LeoAmazing news if you are planning a liveaboard trip to the wonderful Maldives soon. If you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll then get to it – these spaces are likely to be filled quickly.

The Constellation fleet has announced fabulous offers on all 3 of their boats (which all have free nitrox) for the months of August and September (and October, for MV Orion only) 2015 and we are delighted to bring them to you….

Pay for 6 nights get 1 night free on MV Virgo, MV Leo and MV Orion!

MV Virgo and dhoni in the MaldivesMV Virgo and MV Leo

These liveaboards cruise around the best dive sites of the central atolls of the Maldives, mainly North Male, South Male and Ari atoll.

MV Leo is a 35m long motor yacht which comfortably accommodates 20 divers while MV Virgo is 31m long and takes a maximum of 15 divers.

Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1,750 Now US$ 1,500
Mini double bed cabin: Was US$ 1,925 Now US$ 1,650
Superior double/twin bed cabin: Was US$ 2,275 Now US$ 1,950

Pay for 6 nights get 1 night free – save up to US$ 650 per couple !

1 of the finest Maldives liveaboard boats in the water - MV OrionMV Orion

This is a 39m wooden hulled motor yacht operating high quality liveaboard diving cruises around the Maldives.

Up to 24 divers can be comfortably accommodated on board the MV Orion. Each cabin has a TV and DVD player and the higher priced cabins even boast bathtubs!

Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 2,117 Now US$ 1,814
Mini double bed suite: Was US$ 2,329 Now US$ 1,996
Junior double bed suite: Was US$ 2,540 Now US$ 2,177
Executive double bed suite: Was US$ 2,752 Now US$ 2,358

Pay for 6 nights get 1 night free – save up to US$ 788 per couple !

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New Indo liveaboard launch special

The atmospheric Calico Jack liveaboardAt Dive The World we are always revising our range of liveaboards to make sure you have a wide choice when it comes to price, destinations and boat styles.

Our latest addition in Indonesia is the charming Calico Jack. Book your cruise on the new and exciting Calico Jack by 15 August 2015 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

This liveaboard visits Komodo and Raja Ampat running a variety of durations of cruise. So check out a typical Komodo trip…

Destination: Komodo islands
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Standard double/twin bed cabin: US$ 1,388

Rest easy in this comfy double cabin on Calico JackCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours, return airport transfers to and from the boat, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers to 1 divemaster), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (US$ 38 per day), dive insurance, Komodo National Park fees (5 Nights – US$ 115, 6 Nights and above – US$ 142 per person per trip), Raja Ampat Park fees (US$ 160 per person per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks and espresso, 15 litre tanks (US$ 40 per trip), torches.

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Raja Ampat Aggressor specials – From Jan to May 2016

 The imposing figure of the Raja Ampat Aggressor It was with great excitement and fanfare that we announced the arrival of a new player on the Indonesia liveaboard scene – The Raja Ampat Aggressor.

To add to that excitement, we can offer you some great specials in the early months of operation of this new liveaboard…

Save US$ 1,800 on Raja Ampat Aggressor

Bring A Friend Offer – on trips from now until end May 2016.
Bring a friend and both receive $900 off!
Save up to US$ 1,800 per couple!
Or, if you travel alone, save US$800!
– Reservation must be for 2 guests on same reservation.
– Bookings must be made before 31 Jan 2016.
– Not valid for the trips 8-18 April and 20-30 April 2016.

Scuba West Papua with Raja Ampat AggressorCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner (excluding dinner on the last night), snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beer and wine with dinner, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment 7N – US$ 175, 10N – US$ 260, dive computer, restaurant meal on final evening, marine park fees (per person): Raja Ampat – US$ 200. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Nitrox: 7N – US$ 150, 10N – US$ 180, dive insurance, torches.

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Note: Other Aggressor money-saving specials, discounts and other promotions apply to full paying guest.


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Last Minute Komodo Special – Calico Jack

The atmospheric Calico Jack liveaboardLast minute discount on 5 nights Komodo liveaboard on Calico Jack, if you are quick on the draw.

You could be sinking down onto these legendary dives sites: Sebayor Island, Padar Island, Manta Alley, Pink Beach, Batu Bolong, Tatawa besar, Tatawa Kecil, Crystal Rock. Can you act now?

If so you can save 10% off the published price.

Komodo National Park
19-24 July 2015
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1388 (1275 Euro)
Now US$ 1,249 (1147 Euro)
Save US$ 278 per couple!

Rest easy in this comfy double cabin on Calico JackCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours, return airport transfers to and from the boat, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers to 1 divemaster), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (US$ 38 per day), dive insurance, Komodo National Park fees (5 Nights – US$ 115, 6 Nights and above – US$ 142 per person per trip), Raja Ampat Park fees (US$ 160 per person per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks and espresso, 15 litre tanks (US$ 40 per trip), torches.

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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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5 Nights Galapagos Trekking and Diving

Great news for those dreaming of Galapagos – there is a new way to experience this amazing archipelago above and below the waves. Introducing the all new Galapagos Trekking and Diving package. Act now and take advantage of our special launch offer

Trek the beautiful Galapagos islandsIf you are interested in visiting the Galapagos islands for a week and doing a few dives but also visiting the overland attractions then a ‘Trekking and Diving’ package might suit you perfectly. This package requires a minimum of 2 people. There are 2 diving days departing from Puerto Ayora on a daytrip boat and giving you a taste of some the best central Galapagos dive sites including Cousin’s Rock, Mosquera Island and Bartolome Island.

5 Nights Trekking and Diving package
Price: US$ 1,500 per person
Guests: 2 minimum

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Nortada by 02 August 2015 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Interact with the amazing marine life of the GalapagosOverland attractions include the Charles Darwin Station, Tortuga Bay in Puerto Ayora and Flamingo Lagoon on the island of Isabela. On the island of Isabela you will visit the Sierra Negra volcano and Volcan Chico before swimming at the delightful Concha Perla. The trekking is reasonably challenging but not only for the super-fit.

Cruise price per person includes: Accommodation in 2 ‘superior’ hotels in Santa Cruz and Isabela (based in a triple room), 5 breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, land tours, all local transport including transfers to and from the airport and inter-island transfers, dives, experienced English speaking divemaster and naturalist guide, dive equipment.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Additional meals not mentioned above, national park entrance fee – US$ 100, transit card – US$ 20. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Nitrox – US$ 10 per dive. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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Is this the golden age of scuba diving?

No child grows up these days dreaming of being an explorer hoping to discover new lands. It has all been done. Names like Columbus, Magellan, Raleigh and Cortez were there at the golden age of exploration and we can only imagine what those wondrous, exciting times were like.

Children a few generations from now might look back at this period with wonder – at a time when the seas were full of vibrant coral reefs and vast numbers of multi-coloured reef fish and fascinating creatures galore.

The future is now

It isn’t difficult to imagine a future seascape very different from our own if climate change and ocean acidification are taken to their natural conclusion. Dull seascapes with one or 2 drab colonising sponges or corals covering everything as a few boring creatures cling on to life beneath a water column where jellyfish thrive in numbers beyond our imagination. In fact this process is already underway.

People will look back at the period from the middle of the 20th century, when SCUBA was invented and into the 21st century as an incredible golden age. During this time it was possible to strap on a tank of compressed air and sink beneath the waves to see incredible sights of colour and life.

This is what reefs look like in your time

They will wonder why we didn’t do it more. We had the technology and the natural world was still capable of supporting incredible marine ecosystems, the kind of which they only see in images and stock footage from the past.

Isn’t it time to take advantage of the fact that you live in the golden age of diving?

Well at Dive The World we are not short of ideas! There are lots of different places in the world you could visit and have the dives of your life.

Have a sneak peak at our next dream destination – Palau – a gem in the Pacific Ocean home to some incredible dive sites. Here the visibility is often astounding and allows you clear sight of lots of sharks, rays, pelagics and schools of fish. You can also snorkel in the sting-free environment of the world famous Jellyfish Lake. The best way to dive Palau is to choose from our recommended range of Palau liveaboards.

Otherwise have a browse through what other special offers are available through Dive The World. Our destination list is long and inviting, so make it happen, before it’s too late!

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


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