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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! 

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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Mexico commits to largest North American marine protected area!

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

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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Virtual Wreck Diving – SS Thistlegorm

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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A New Discovery In The Great Barrier Reef!

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

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!

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

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

Act now! Book your Red Sea liveaboard diving vacation at these amazing prices. If you are still sitting looking at cloudy skies in the north this winter, remember you could have been diving in Egypt!

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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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Create Your Big 5 Marine Megafauna List

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.

Whales
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!

Sharks
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.

Dolphins
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.

Mantas
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.

Sunfish:
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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Is Macro Major?

What type of diver are you? Is ‘size doesn’t matter’ your style or ‘variety is the spice of life’ your preference? At Dive The World we have them all covered for you.

Macro Diving
If ‘size doesn’t matter’ then macro is major for you. Talking about size, macro is an adjective to describe large scale, however in diving it refers to diving with tiny creatures. The term macro diving may have stemmed from capturing images of these incredibly beautiful and unusual minuscule marine animals. Macro photography is where the subject is rendered at or greater than 1:1 on the sensor. When the image is printed, the subject appears much larger than it does in real life. The majority of marco divers will have their digital cameras at hand. Experienced dive masters will know the dive sites and will be able to lead you directly to the critters ‘homes’. Here you can wait patiently to get that perfect shot.

Where are the best locations for you to experience macro?
Macro diving offers you a myriad of dive sites to explore. Generally these dive sites are in shallower areas that reduce the dangers posed by large reef predators. Here the juveniles can grow into adults and other creatures dominate the food chain. The sea conditions are usually calm and are protected from strong currents and swells. Tiny critters’ abodes may be the pillings of super structures such as the resort oil rig off Mabul Island, the shallow flats off Indonesia’s Lembeh Strait or Belize’s impressive reef and 3 atolls.

It would be impossible to mention even a fraction of the incredible macro species in this post. A few of our favourites are: the leafy sea dragon with lobes of skin that make it appear like a piece of floating seaweed, the ‘walking’ unattractive yet captivating frogfish and the jewels of the ocean, nudibranchs.

Macro marine creatures are of lesser stature, but no less fascinating. In short their unusual characteristics and the variety of macro species indeed make them major must see creatures, despite their diminutive size. Once you have experienced macro diving, you too will be a convert.

Chat with your Dive The World dive buddies today and learn more about the best destinations, seasons and specials where you can experience an abundance of captivating critters.

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Turneffe Flats Resort – 2nd Diver 50% Discount! Plus Group Discount.

Turneffe Flats Resort is a private, warm and friendly Caribbean dive resort, perfectly positioned for diving the best sites on offer in Belize. Book now and the 2nd diver pays half price!

Turneffe Flats Resort_1Turneffe Flats Resort – Special Discount Offer
Example:
8 Days 7 Night stays in Beach Chalet
1st Diver: US$ 2,783
2nd Diver (50% OFF): = US$ 1,378!
Save US$ 1,405

PLUS

Group Discount: Pay for 5 divers and the 6th diver goes for free (6 divers in total).

The offers are applicable for the following 2018 dates: 18 Aug – 25 Aug, 25 Aug – 01 Sept and 01 Sept – 08 Sept

This offer (subject to availability) can be used in addition to other special offers including your Dive The World returning customer 5% discount.

Diving the gorgeous Caribbean from Turneffe Flats Resort ticks all the boxes. Dive sites cater to all levels of divers (including nitrox certified divers). Non-diving family members won’t be disappointed with the spectacular snorkeling experiences to be had.

You depart for your 3 dive day, from the resort’s private jetty. The top Belize dive sites can be visited, including the spectacular ‘Elbow’ on Turneffe Reef as well as day trips to Lighthouse Reef and ‘The Great Blue Hole’.

Positioned on a headland with its own private beach, the resort is successfully managed by the same owners who were instrumental in ensuring that the atolls were declared a marine reserve in 2012. The intimate resort has 8 beachside chalets and 2 villas (rented on a per room basis), infinity pool, quality dining, tailored Atoll Adventure programmes and complimentary internet.

Resort diving includes: Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides, 1 night dive, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 8 divers per DM), soft drinks, drinking water, lunch, snacks, towels, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Diving excludes (mandatory unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 40 per day / USD 200 per week for BCD, regulator and dive computer – you need to bring your own mask, fins and wet suit), Blue Hole Marine Reserve fee of US$ 40 per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Extra dives, extra night dives, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 10 per tank / USD 140 per week), diving insurance, optional recompression chamber fee of US$ 1 per dive should the service be needed. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Belize Blue HoleResort accommodation includes: Bed, breakfast, lunch and evening meal, drinking water, coffee and tea, juices, afternoon snacks, limited internet facility, use of kayaks, return resort transfers on Saturdays and Wednesdays from Belize City, hotel taxes.
Accommodation excludes (mandatory): Hotel transfers any day except Saturdays and Wednesdays (to be paid in advance). If you are a single person you can share with another person or pay in advance for a single supplement to get your own room. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

If you are interested in diving Belize let us know and we will make it happen! send us an email.

Or you can contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or for other inquiries …

Please use our simple contact form. We are here to help you plan your dive trip

Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability. Special offers apply to new bookings only.


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Have a pioneering spirit? Consider these remote diving holidays

As the world’s population continues to explode and the cost of travel becomes more affordable with many new low cost carriers transversing the globe, you may be wondering where I can escape for my hard earned diving vacation and just get away from it all?

Need a little inspiration? Consider joining a liveaboard cruise to one of these far flung destinations:

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina

Dive Jardines de la Reina with the Halcon liveaboardThis pristine marine park has had the fortune of being protected for over 20 years. Today a limited number of divers have the privilege of experiencing the wonders of Jardines de la Reina, one of the largest marine reserves in the Caribbean.

Your transfer to the park will begin with an overnight stay in Havana. A 4am departure to your liveaboard will include a 5-6 hour bus ride and a 3 hour boat voyage. Your journey will be rewarded with diving “the most incredibly well protected and flourishing reef I’ve ever seen” (as the area was described by Dr. David E. Guggenheim, an American marine biologist and senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington.) Your Cuban dive logs will no doubt include 6 different species of shark, saltwater crocs, healthy coral life and an abundance of fish, rays and turtles.

Diving remote Philippine sites

Philippine liveaboard diving tours with Seadoors, Philippine Siren and Atlantis AzoresLiveaboard diving in the Philippines offers you a variety of exceptional dive experiences. You will be spoilt for choice with what’s on offer. Here are a few suggestions to wet your appetite.

Tubbataha Reef was recently nominated as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the Natural World’ and includes pristine drop-offs. Malapascua is known for rare encounters with thresher sharks and spectacular walls. Some cruises take in the diving hot spots of the Visayas and others include macro diving or an abundance of whale sharks. No matter which cruise you choose, you can’t loose.

Easy breezy diving in Saba & St. Kitts

Explore St. Kitts during your Saba & St. Kitts Caribbean liveaboard cruiseIf your wish list includes a dive destination far from the maddening crowds but without an adventurous arduous journey to get there, Saba & St. Kitts is for you.

Your diving liveaboard cruise aboard the Caribbean Explorer II gives you the unique opportunity to visit two island nations during one cruise. Departures and returns alternate between the Caribbean Netherlands island of St. Maarten and St. Kitts (one half of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis).

Saba is a dormant volcano that rises from the seabed. It’s origins make for unusual dive sites, such as lava tunnels, underwater hot springs, spur and groove formations, and sheer walls.

The area around the island was declared a marine park over 15 years ago, long before it became internationally known as a dive destination. Both marine life and corals are diverse and abundant and include some big ticket fish, including whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, dolphins and manta rays.

Currents are mild, visibility is great and relaxed diving is suitable for all divers and is made straight from the liveaboard.

Maybe you already have an off the beaten path destination in mind (such as The Caribbean islands, Turks & Caicos or you’ve read about the incredible Sudan diving in the Red Sea or you’d like to experience Myanmar while tourism is still in it’s infancy) but the remoteness has seemed daunting. Not a problem, we provide suggested travel routes and even share links for visa requirements.

Are you eager to plan your scuba vacation according to your special interest? Mega, macro, wrecks, critters, pelagics, resort or liveaboard diving, we know the spots where you are more likely to feel like a pioneer.

Our Dive The World team are on hand to share their wealth of experience with you. We’ve dived the locations, know the areas, the seasons and the amazing creatures that call them home. Contact our sales team now for more information on diving in lesser known destinations.

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


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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 team of travel consultants 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!

If you have any questions, we are happy to help. E-mail our marketing department and partner with Dive The World now.


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New Similan liveaboard offer – MV Manta Queen 6

You told us you wanted more liveaboard options in the Similans.

Value-for-money Similans liveaboard - Manta Queen 6At Dive The World we give the people what they want, and so we announce our new arrival, MV Manta Queen 6.

Manta Queen 6 is a 25m Thailand liveaboard operating 4 night diving safaris to the Similan islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. With nitrox, 15 litre tanks and fresh water showers on the dive deck, this intimate liveaboard is a great value-for-money choice.

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

Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak – 2017/2018
5D/4N – Up to 15 dives
Twin/double bed cabin
US$ 687 per person

Itinerary: Similan islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak.

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Manta Queen 6 by 20 July 2017 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Twin bunk beds in Manta Queen 6's cabinsCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Khao Lak (only), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Similan park fee at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15.

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for certified divers (US$ 66 per trip), scuba equipment (no discount on partial rental), dive computer, 15 litre tanks, dive insurance, minibus transfer to the boat from Phuket and Phuket airport at scheduled times (US$ 7 each way). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival at the dive shop in Khao Lak (cash or credit card).

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

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


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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 I 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!

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

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


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