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New Indo liveaboard Blue Manta – launch offer!

March 31st, 2016

The lovely new Galapagos liveaboard NortadaFirst there was White Manta… then came Black Manta… and now the undisputed king of the fleet has arrived – Blue Manta!

Built in 2015 this 45m long steel-hulled beast of a liveaboard has hit the water and is now taking happy customers around Komodo, Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih and the Banda Sea. Some of the finer features of Blue Manta include 24 hour satellite WiFi internet, in-cabin speakers for announcements, complimentary massage and laundry service and both hot water showers and individual rinse tanks on the dive deck!

You can be one of those happy customers! And you can save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer.

Komodo Island-Sumbawa – June 2016
9D/8N – Up to 26 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin
US$ 3,200 per person
Itinerary: Moyo, Satonda, Sangeang Island, Banta, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shot Gun, Gili Lawa, Pinnacles, Tatawa Besar & Kecil, Batu Bolong, Wainilu, Nusa Kode; Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Allley, Crinoid Crack, Manta Alley.

Raja Ampat – February 2017
8D/7N – Up to 22 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin
US$ 3,500 per person
Itinerary: Daram Island, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, Misool, Boo Corner, The Window, Magic Mountain, Yanggefo Island; Mayhem Ridge, Citrus Ridge, Deep Rock, Mansuar Corner, Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Manta Spa.

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Blue Manta by 01 May 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Blue Manta's open-air dining optionCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks, complimentary 30 minute massage, laundry service, satellite email, land tours on Komodo safaris, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 6 experienced English-speaking dive guides, tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Scuba equipment (US$ 50 per day), dive computer (US$ 12 per day), Raja Ampat port and park fees (US$ 220) per person per trip, Komodo port and park fees (US$ 160) per person per trip, dive insurance, fuel surcharge (if applicable, please check with us). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tank rental, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 10 per day), torches, additional massage services. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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

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Galápagos Marine Life Now Protected!

March 28th, 2016

Monday 21 March 2016, President of the Republic of Ecuador Rafael Correa, announced the creation of a marine sanctuary in the area of the Galápagos Islands.

Hammerheads are present in impressive numbers in the waters of the GalapagosThe Galápagos Islands are a World Heritage site. The area has been protected since 1998 by the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 97% Of the land mass is protected as a national park, however less than 1% of the surrounding water was fully protected. This very important action will provide protection to marine life in an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometres. The sanctuary includes the waters around the Darwin and Wolf islands that are visited by Galápagos scuba diving liveaboards. Under the protection of the sanctuary, several areas, covering about a third of the Galápagos Marine Reserve will be designated as ‘no-take” zones. Fishing will not be permitted at all and mining or oil drilling will not be allowed in the new conservation zones.

The findings by the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have shown the value of the sharks in the Galapagos region. Their presence and survival contributes enormously to the income of the Galapagos residence and the tourism industry. (Up to a third of jobs are provided by marine based tourism and revenue of approximately $178 million per year is generated.)

Sea lions feature both underwater and on shore when you visit the GalapagosCorrea summed up the importance of creating the sanctuary. “The Galápagos Islands have extraordinary ecological value, and also economic value. The government of Ecuador supports the creation of a marine sanctuary to leave an inheritance to our children and our children’s children; a wonderful world where as many species as possible are preserved for the enjoyment and knowledge of future generations.”

This incredible area is considered by many as the peak of their scuba diving journey. The Galápagos is best experienced as a liveaboard diving holiday, many of the top sites can not be accessed from land.

Book your Galápagos liveaboard scuba diving holiday now! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or E-mail our sales team to seal the deal!.


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Dive The World featured in the New York Times!

March 23rd, 2016

Unique among Thailand liveaboards - June Hong Chian LeeDive The World client and journalist, John F. Ross, regales New York Times readers with his scuba diving adventures in Thailand’s Similan Islands.

His story is an interesting and entertaining mix of adventure, relaxation, stress, great food, diving highs and lows and anecdotes about evolving father-son dynamics. This all took place on the same vessel that was used for films such as James Bond’s The Man With The Golden Gun and Swiss Family Robinson, SY June Hong Chian Lee, and a backdrop of dramatic Similan dive sites.

Snippets from Ross’ article: Scuba Diving in Thailand: A Balancing Act include – ‘Night diving resembles a caravan of cars snaking down an unlit mountain road on a moonless evening, inducing a strangely disembodied feeling. An active imagination immediately offered up a nightmare’s host of toothy, ravenous animals that lurked just outside the beam’s paltry reach. But these terrible fancies proved surprisingly easy to dismiss in the astonishing peacefulness. An incredible serenity flowed over me. That was, until my tyro son decided to head off on his own.’

Sail off into the sunset like Scaramanga on June Hong Chian LeeAnd ‘On the last day, we all helped the crew pull up the dark-red sails for a ritual sail, then sipped margaritas. Forrister — the youngest diver onboard — entertained everyone with flips off the high deck. He’s lean, tall and muscular, and the large tattoo of a cardinal rippled on his back shoulder when he sprang into his dive. I observed how the others loved Forrister’s enthusiasm and curiosity — and saw through their eyes how he’s matured into being his own man. Turns out he’s a really good diver, too, perhaps better than I am.’

In the short space of a week, an amazing liveaboard holiday changed these two men’s lives and their relationship forever. Experience your own, life changing adventure, on an authentic historical teak wood merchant vessel, affectionately known as ‘The Junk’ in the local diving industry.

Book your Thailand liveaboard scuba diving holiday now! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794

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Sea Safari VI – Indonesia liveaboard discounts

March 16th, 2016

Save up to US$ 637 per diver!

Are you yearning for a holiday liveaboard diving in Komodo? Then sail away on the KLM Sea Safari VI and get 10% off!

KLM Sea Safari VI takes you diving in IndonesiaKLM Sea Safari VI is a great option for those who are seeking an Indonesian liveaboard trip of no longer than a week. This liveaboard is Indonesian-owned and crewed by friendly local staff. It features Indonesian carvings and cuisine and Balinese art in the cabins.

Dive The World has the following special offers for you:

KLM Sea Safari VI – Special 10% off in 2016 for the following exploration trips!
27 May – 07 June (Raja Ampat-Halmahera) 12 Days 11 Nights 33 Dives
Standard Twin/Double: was US$ 4,950 Now US$ 4,455
Deluxe Twin/Double: was US$ 5,390 Now US$ 4,851
save US$ 1,078 per couple!
08 – 14 June (Ternate-Lembeh-Manado) 7 Days 6 Nights 20 Dives
Standard Twin/Double: was US$ 2,700 Now US$ 2,430
Deluxe Twin/Double: was US$ 2,940 Now US$ 2,646
save US$ 588 per couple!
01 – 08 July (Lembeh -Sangihe Talaud) 8 Days 7 Nights 24 Dives
09 – 16 July (Lembeh -Sangihe Talaud) 8 Days 7 Nights 24 Dives
Standard Twin/Double: was US$ 3,150 Now US$ 2,835
Deluxe Twin/Double: was US$ 3,430 Now US$ 3,087
save US$ 686 per couple!
17 – 30 Sept (Komodo-Wakatobi-Ambon) 14 Days 13 Nights 36 Dives
Standard Twin/Double: was US$ 5,850 Now US$ 5,265
Deluxe Twin/Double: was US$ 6,370 Now US$ 5,733
save US$ 1,274 per couple!

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tour, return airport transfers in Sorong, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (max 6 divers per DM), tanks, weight and weightbelts, cruise accident insurance.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), Komodo National park fee (US$ 115) payable in advance, Raja Ampat National park fee (US$ 135) 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 (US$ 20 per day), torches, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Contact Dive The World to find out more about the KLM Sea Safari VI liveaboard send us an email or call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794.

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


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Your Tourist Dollars Are More Important Than Ever For Fijian’s Post Cyclone Winston

March 10th, 2016

Beqa Lagoon One’s initial reaction on hearing that your dream vacation destination has been hit by a super storm might be to despair.

However there are plenty of reasons why such an event may not be such bad news after all. In fact, for several reasons, now could be a great time to visit this breathtakingly beautiful Pacific island holiday destination.

The 330 island nation that makes up Fiji in Melanesia was hit by a category 5 cyclone, Winston, on February 21st. This disaster has been more devastating for some islands than others. Taveuni in the north was hit particularly hard.

Many areas were buffetted, but not materially damaged. The storm passed. The seas grew calm. The Fiji government was quick to respond and issued a curfew for the whole of Fiji. This was designed to restrict movement and to ensure the safety of all Fijians.

Beqa Lagoon Resort_12 weeks post the event, it’s business as usual in Fiji. The 40,000 Fijians who work in the tourism industry have been hard at work on clean up and rebuilding projects. Most resorts have reopened for business. Most liveaboards are running as normal and reporting calm seas and happy customers. The best way to support Fijians through this crisis is to maintain your holiday bookings or decide to hop on one of Fiji’s excellent liveaboards or if you prefer land-based diving make a booking at a Fiji resort

If you have any queries regarding the status of hotels or liveaboards, contact Dive The World sales team. They have all the latest information about the resorts and liveaboards that Dive The World promotes.

Fiji Airways are offering sales fares to Nadi, from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne until the 16th March.

Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794

or send us an email to enquire about your current Fiji holiday or to make a Fiji booking now.


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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

March 2nd, 2016

“Photography is a love affair with life” Burk Uzzle 1938

Winner Seahorse Italy Burk Uzzle’s timeless quote is aptly reflected in the many entries submitted for the Underwater Photography of the Year (UPY) competition. Scuba divers across the globe have embraced their passion for nature and have captured magical moments in time.

Professor Callum Roberts paints a striking picture in his forward for the UPY 2016 Yearbook – ‘This magnificent collection of photographs celebrates life in the sea in all its diversity, splendour and sheer mind-bending oddity. It brings together many of the most arresting images of the year: the shark filled waters of Cuba and French Polynesia, an octopus suspended in the night-time mid-Pacific as delicate as a flower, or a tight knit extended family of pilot whales at home in the blue immensity of the Mediterranean. The pictures thrill, inspire, and will kindle a yearning to explore and discover even in the most armchair-bound.’

The cliché, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, is the point of departure for the Dive The World blog post this week. Few words are necessary from us as the beauty captured by the artistry of the photographers speak for themselves. A few of the award winning images are showcased below. The Underwater Photographer of the Year – The Yearbook 2016 presents all the incredible, inspiring images that placed in this year’s prestigious competition.

We hope that the diving images with the photographer and judges comments inspire you to capture your own magical moments during your scuba diving holidays. Contact our Dive The World sales team to enquire about scuba diving vacations to Indonesia, Hawaii, Maldives, or any of the many liveaboard destinations that are pulling at your heart strings.

Wide Angle Runner Up IndonesiaFabio Galbiati shares how his ‘bad weather day’ inspired him and the result is this beautiful image that bagged him runner up in the Wide Angle category. ‘In early August 2015 I was in Bangka Island, Sulawesi. The first days the weather was bad and prevented us from going out with the boat to dive. The situation was really boring and we wanted to go into the water, why not take advantage of the pristine mangrove nearby? We decided to spend some hours in these murky waters.

It was a big surprise, many subjects everywhere and the light effects produced by the sun and mangroves were very special. I decided to make a shot at sunset, so we went there in the afternoon and after along search in the outermost part I found the right root with this nudibranch(Jorunna funebris) intent to feed. Did some tests in framing and attempts to restrict the backscatter of these murky waters and I only had to wait until the sun did his duty and…. press the shutter!’

Macro Category Runner up Kona HawaiiJudge Alex Mustard provides some insight into the challenges faced by macro photographers. ‘Helen definitely took on one of macro photography’s big challenges to produce this eye-catching image. It is not easy to shoot macro portraits of tiny, semi-transparent critters while suspended in the darkness of inner-space: an open ocean black water dive. Capturing such a pleasing composition of such an attractive species in these conditions is a great achievement.

‘Suspended in the inky blackness of the open ocean where the water is thousands of feet deep, a myriad of weird and wonderful creatures came into view in the narrow focus light beam. They were making their nightly journey towards the surface to feed, before heading back down to the depths in time to escape the light of another day. Using our lights to help locate their prey, we were truly in another world, and we did not want to ever leave. I was able to take several shots of this tiny octopus as he drifted by, but he disappeared again into the darkness all too soon.’ Helen Brierley

Reef Ballet Indonesia
Damien Mauric describes the beauty of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, where his commended image in the International Wide Angle category was taken. “I like to create images showing marine life in motion and Raja Ampat is probably the best place on earth for creating this type of image.

Every reef, every wall, every piece of rock is carpeted of an abundance of marine life while there is always something happening in the blue. While I was exploring one of the underwater garden of Pulau WayiIbatan, I noticed this large and beautiful fiery red gorgonian. Coming out of nowhere a huge school silversides started a beautiful choreography in front of my camera..What a perfect moment for the passionate diver that I am to witness this dance orchestrated by larger pelagic fishes hunting in the background. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to capture the elegance of this underwater ballet.”

International Behaviour Highly Commended Maldives

Damien McGuirk captured unexpected magic on his Maldivian scuba vacation and was awarded highly commended in the International Behaviour category. He shares this special moment. “I love looking for Longnose Hawkfish. In the Maldives, they live in the bushes of Black Frondy Coral. They are very skittish subjects but this little guy didn’t mind me looking at him, and only by studying him over a few minutes did I sense he was doing something unusual. Without warning, he shot off his perch to return a few seconds later with something in his mouth. I aimed my camera as best I could, and tripped the shutter. It was only later when I reviewed the image in my hotel room did I realise what I had actually captured. Magic!”

Create your own keepsakes now, book your next scuba diving vacation. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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5% off Thailand 2016 liveaboards!

March 1st, 2016

Budget Similans liveaboard MV Scuba AdventureAmazing news if you are planning a diving holiday between now and the end of April 2016. On top of any other specials we’re offering an extra 5% off Thailand liveaboards!

So you can add to any specials or last minute offers a further discount making Dive The World the best place for Thailand liveaboard discounts. Combine this with any other specials you see on the Thailand specials page on our blog or on our Thailand website’s specials page. You wont find a better offer anywhere on the internet.

So you can be diving the Similan Islands this season and saving big!

The popular mid-range liveaboard MV Pawara

Low Budget liveaboards

  • Dolphin Queen
  • Similan Explorer
  • Scuba Adventure
  • South Siam III
  • Daranee

Medium Budget Liveaboards

  • Pawara
  • Hallelujah
  • Andaman Tritan
  • Deep Andaman Queen

The excellent Deep Andaman Queen liveaboard

High Budget Liveaboards

  • Deep Andaman Queen
  • DiveRACE Class E
  • Panunee
  • Diva Andaman
  • Giamani

So act now!

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‘Famous’ Great White Sharks And Their Contributions to Conservation

February 19th, 2016

Have you ever wondered why the ocean’s apex predator needs to be protected? Are you interested to learn how certain ‘famous’ lady sharks have contributed to bringing awareness to their plight.

Let us introduce you to a couple of ‘leading ladies’ in the world of shark conservation…Nicole and Deep Blue.

Could you imagine migrating from South Africa to Australia via your ‘own steam’?
Great White Shark_1Nicole, named after the famous Australian actress (Kidman), is a female great white shark who was tracked from South Africa to Australia and back again.

This is a journey of more than 20,000 kms in just 9 months. This inter-continental, trans-oceanic migration was the first evidence of the far ranging migration patterns of great whites and was recorded by means of pop-up archival satellite transmitting (“PAT”) tags.

Nicole was one of the specimens tagged in Haibaai near Dyer Island, Gansbaai, South Africa. Recording the incredible distances covered by great whites was a major revelation and highlighted the need to protect them. It contributed to this species being listed on the CITES Appendix II in October 2004.

Largest great white captured digitally
10 years on and another great white female made the headlines and became a ‘star’ in her own right. Incredible footage was taken by videographer Michael Maier, off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, capturing a female great white. What is amazing about this particular piece of footage is that it is of a pregnant female, estimated to be 50 years old and a whopping 7m in length! She is known as Deep Blue and has since played a starring role in Discovery Channel’s 2014 Shark Week.

Local researcher, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, released “Part 2” of the video clip on his facebook page in August 2015. This additional footage shows the magnificent, gargantuan fish interacting with the divers who are in and on top of the protective cage. “When I first saw Deep Blue, I thought one thing: hope,” Padilla says. “A shark of this size is likely 50 years old, and that tells us that conservation efforts are really working.”

This is great news for cage diving at Guadalupe Island. However, as he explains, “Great whites are protected in the area, but that doesn’t mean these sharks are out of hot water.” Padilla and his team hope to better understand the migration patterns and nursing grounds of these huge animals, so that enforcement can be placed in the most crucial zones.

Dive The World supports shark conservation
We appreciate the importance of protecting the oceans top predators and Dive The World has been supporting Sharklife Conservation Group since 2009. This is just one of the charitable organisations that we support, as do you, every time you book a scuba diving holiday with us.

Have your very own great white experience
Cage diving with great whites is an exhilarating, breathtaking experience. There are two awesome locations for you to choose from, Australia and Mexico. Rodney Fox, pioneered white shark cage diving after being a victim of a shark attack. He was passionate about educating the public about these misunderstood titans of the oceans and now owns and operates the Australian Princess II liveaboard. Dive The World also recommends a number of Mexico liveaboards that schedule cage diving trips to Guadalupe Island between August and October each year.

Tick this dive off your ‘bucket list’, book your white shark cage diving trip now.

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Special Offers on the Maldives MY Moonima

February 12th, 2016

Enjoy a cruise on MY Moonima for lessNo sooner have we launched the new Maldives liveaboard MY Moonima on our website, than we bring you more specials!

If you fancy hitting the delightful atolls of central Maldives in March or April then you can do so for less. Check out the offers below for around a 17% discount.

Plus you can combine it with our launch offer and save even more. Moonima was completely renovated and relaunched in 2015 and is now under new Italian management who operate the excellent Sachika, so you can be sure you will be well looked after.

01 – 08 October 2016
08 – 15 October 2016
Maldives Central Atolls: North Male, South Male, Ari, Rasdhoo and Vaavu Atolls.
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1,541 Now US$ 1,096
Save US$ 890 per couple!

15 – 22 October 2016
Maldives Central Atolls: North Male, South Male, Felidhoo, Ari Atolls.
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1,541 Now US$ 1,370
Save US$ 342 per couple!

Relax in your cabin on MY MoonimaCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (including 1 night dive), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6-7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, trips to the local islands, Maldivian bed tax and GST.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit cards).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, additional 2nd night dive (cost dependent on number of participants), dive insurance (can be purchased on board), torches, dive computer, Wifi internet (US$ 20 for 5 GB). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Check out more information and images on new Maldives liveaboard MY Moonima and then spring into action to make your dreams come true.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai – Celebrating The Year Of The Fire Monkey

February 11th, 2016

Lion DanceAcross Asia and the globe millions are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Traditional celebrations include crackers, fireworks, acrobatic lion dances, Ang Pau envelopes and gatherings of family and friends sharing Yee Sang to usher in wealth and prosperity in the Lunar New Year.

2016 Is the year of the Fire Monkey, not only does it sound cool, for those who believe it could also be advantageous. For those who do not believe, it is a reminder that half of the 262 species of monkeys in the world are threatened with extinction; 58 of the threatened species live in South and Central America, 46 in Asia and 26 in Africa.

We can make a difference! We can make donations to reputable organisations that work tirelessly to protect and rehabilitate endangered primates. We can also support rehabilitation centres via entrance fees and by volunteering our time. A number of incredible dive locations are in the countries that many of the endangered primates live. Why not combine your next scuba diving holiday with a visit to one of the primate centres?

OrangutanNot sure where to start – Dive The World recommends visiting world famous Sipadan Island, or other Malaysian scuba diving destinations such as Lankayan or Layang Layang. Combine your diving holiday with an opportunity to observe ‘The wild man of Borneo’ in their natural habitat. Confirm your booking at Sepilok Nature Resort with our friendly and efficient sales team.

Other amazing diving destinations where you can observe wild endangered monkeys are:
• Belize
• Costa Rica
• Indonesia
• Philippines
• Thailand

Book your scuba diving and monkey
adventure during the ‘year of the monkey’ today!

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Witness A Manta Feeding Spectacle This August!

February 11th, 2016

If you’re searching for the best opportunity to witness the astonishing phenomenon of hundreds of manta rays (Manta alfredi) and whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) feeding together, look no further than Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll.

Mantas Hanifaru Bay Guy Stevens_1Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this incredible sight! Book your August 2016 Maldives liveaboard cruise holiday with MV Adora or MV Sting Ray. Contact our Dive The World sales team (send us an email) and confirm your Maldivian diving cruise. Diving cruises include snorkelling in Hanifaru Bay and diving in sites nearby to the bay.

Why all the hype about an enclosed underwater bay approximately the size of a football field? This small, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, locally known as ‘Vandhumaafaru Adi’, transforms into the world’s most dense manta ray feeding station between the months of May and November each year. This phenomenon happens when the lunar tide occurs during the South West Monsoon season resulting in the bay turning into a rich, soupy plankton filled smorgasbord, attracting filter feeders in the hundreds.

The typical, elegant reef-ballet displayed by manta rays fragments into chaos due to the sheer numbers and close proximity in the bay. Add a couple of the world’s biggest fish – whale sharks into the mix and you have a not to be missed Maldivian experience.

Whale Shark Snorkeler_1MV Adora will include snorkeling trips to Hanifaru Bay during their diving cruises on
• 31 July – 07 August
• 14 August – 21 August
The bay can be visited with the scuba diving liveaboard, MV Sting Ray during these cruises dates
• 06 August – 13 August
• 20 August – 27 August

Don’t delay, book today, and confirm your cabin now!

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New Mexico liveaboard offer – Quino El Guardian

February 10th, 2016

The cheap and cheerful Quino El GuardianJoining the line-up of Mexico liveaboards operating in Socorro and the Sea of Cortez is Quino El Guardian.

Quino El Guardian is a re-purposed fishing vessel, refurbished in 2015 to become a Mexico liveaboard operated by the people behind Rocio Del Mar. This sturdy boat can accommodate up to 16 divers on budget liveaboard diving tours around Socorro Islands and the Sea of Cortez. Check out more on Quino El Guardian and its facilities.

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

2016 Socorro Islands – 9D/8N
Up to 22 dives
Standard 4-share cabin
US$ 2,800 per person
Itinerary: San Benedicto, Roca Partida, Socorro Island.

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Quino El Guardian by 10 March 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

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

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

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

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Traveling to Costa Rica From Europe Has Never Been Easier!

February 4th, 2016

Costa Rica, otherwise known as the ‘rich coast’ lives up to its reputation as being ‘the Switzerland of Latin America’. It has proven to be a peaceful, safe, (well relatively for a country situated in the middle of South America) eco-friendly country, practicing sustainable tourism that is backed by a well-developed infrastructure. It is now really easy to get to for European travellers with recently announced direct flights from London.

Jaguar_Marco ZanferrariIt is therefore not surprising that it is attracting visitors in increasing numbers. Europe is the second largest source market of tourists to Costa Rica after the US, according to data from the Costa Rica Tourism Board. Last year, Costa Rica issued over 370 000 tourist visas to European passport holders.

Thomson Airways was the first airline company to offer a weekly, direct flight, from the UK to Costa Rica. In November 2015, they began scheduled flights, every Monday, from Gatwick, landing in Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Liberia (approximately 215km northwest of the nations capital, San José).

British Airways (BA) seeing the potential of Costa Rica as a European tourist destination soon followed suit and is selling direct flights, with departures starting in April. Their route is from London Gatwick airport to San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. Travelers and divers can travel to the country many consider to be the ‘poster child for eco tourism,’ in less than 11 hours for as little as £500 return. (BA flies on Wednesday or Saturday during the summer months, or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the winter months.)

MV ArgoIf you intend to dive in Costa Rica (and how could you not?) make sure you plan your trip before you arrive in this ‘Garden of Eden’. Relatively few liveaboards operate in the spectacular remote Costa Rican dive destinations. Not surprisingly, places can be booked up well in advance. Scuba divers traveling to Costa Rica can choose between diving world renowned, Cocos Island or the lesser known, but by no means less impressive, Caño Island.

You can dive Caño Island with the highly rated sister vessels Okeanos Aggressor I and Okeanos Aggressor II. These boats along with the other Cocos liveaboards can take you diving the once-in-a-lifetime, liveaboard-only dive destination Cocos Island.

Now that it is easier than ever to travel to Costa Rica from the UK and Europe. Book your Costa Rican liveaboard diving safari with our Dive The World sales team right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email and book your Cocos or Caño Island liveaboard diving safari today!


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New affordable Maldives liveaboard MY Moonima

February 2nd, 2016

The lovely new Galapagos liveaboard NortadaNew to the Maldives diving scene comes a familiar name with an unfamiliar new style. The name Moonima has been around in the Maldives for a while but it is now back and better than ever.

Under new Italian management, MY Moonima is an affordable liveaboard operated alongside its fellow fleet member MY Sachika, one of our most popular boats in the Maldives.

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

Maldives Central Atolls – 8D/7N
Up to 18 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin
US$ 2,055 per person
Itinerary: North Male, South Male, Ari, Rasdhoo and Vaavu atolls.

Book your cruise on the new MY Moonima by 02 March 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Moonima double bed cabinCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (including 1 night dive), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6-7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, trips to the local islands, Maldivian bed tax and GST.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit cards).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, additional 2nd night dive (cost dependent on number of participants), dive insurance (can be purchased on board), torches, dive computer, Wifi internet (US$ 20 for 5 GB). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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


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‘Enslavement of sentient beings’ at Nemo Aquarium in Thailand

February 1st, 2016

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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