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Celebrate with Belize

September 13th, 2016

September is celebration month in Belize. In true Caribbean style, the partying starts in late August and continues until the end of September.

Carnival BelizeCarnival celebrations kick off on St. George’s Caye Day, the 10th of September. This date marks the victory of the short battle back in 1798 between the Mexican invading forces that intended to assert Spanish claims over present day Belize. Independence day is also celebrated in the same month. On the 21st September 1981, Belize was declared an independent nation and was no longer a British Crown Colony.

Belizeans love a good party, not that any encouragement is needed for this diverse and spirited nation. Carnival and Independence Day provides extra special reasons to sing, dance, eat delicious food from a variety of local food stalls and hold vibrant parades in celebration of their multi-cultural society.

This small nation is no bigger than Israel yet it packs a punch. It has created its own spin from Latin American and Caribbean influences while seamlessly integrating its diverse cultures of Belizean, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna and Maya. Belize is sandwiched between Mexico (north-northwest), Guatemala (south-southwest) and the Caribbean Sea on their eastern shore.

Blue HoleHere all travellers’ interests can be met. From museum visits, enjoying local delicacies (apparently the gibnut is delicious), forays into the jungle, excursions to ancient archaeological Maya sites, adventure activities (such as zip-lining, rappelling down waterfalls or exploring caves) and of course with such a long coastline beach activities and exploring the world under the sea is a must.

Belize is home to the world famous Blue Hole. Diving this acclaimed site is a must for many divers, however if this is not your cup of tea, the world’s second largest Barrier Reef offers a variety of spectacular diving opportunities for scuba enthusiasts.

Diving in Belize can be divided into three main areas. Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Reef Atoll, and Ambergris Caye. Diving is year round, with February and March being the driest months and August through October the ‘wet season’, the more likely period for hurricanes. This August Belize unfortunately experienced Hurricane Earl. All our resorts have either reported no closures and are fully operational, only a few will close for a short time in order to make repairs.

Belize Aggressor IIIThe good news is that all our Belizean resort and liveaboard personal are all well and looking forward to welcoming loyal customers. Magical images of calm seas and spectacular coral life adorn many of our resorts’ Facebook pages. Book your liveaboard or resort holiday now and celebrate your confirmed Caribbean diving vacation!

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MY Sea Serpent – Red Sea Liveaboard Video

September 7th, 2016

Check out the new video of Red Sea liveaboard MY Sea Serpent. Isn’t it about time you joined a liveaboard to get away from it all for a week on the Red Sea’s gorgeous reefs and wrecks? For as little as US$ 892!

Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone
8D/7N – Up to 21 dives
Standard twin/double bed cabin: US$ 1,115 in 2016.
Book before end February for 2017 and it is an amazing US$ 892!!

The Sea Serpent offers both double and twin bed accommodation in 10 cabins. The cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and minibars. Each cabin is supplied with bedding, towels and a bathrobe for each guest.

The communal areas are comfortable with entertainment facilities that include a TV, DVD, free 3G Wi-fi facility, and music station, a spacious lounge for relaxing, a separate dining area and 2 large sun-decks for sun-worshipers and shaded areas for when things get too hot.

The dive deck is huge and there’s no elbowing your fellow divers here. 3 air-compressors make short work of tank refills and nitrox is on hand for extending your bottom time in the magnificent Red Sea waters.

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Hawaii Is Home To The World’s Largest National Park

August 29th, 2016

United States President, Barack Obama, has focused on his home state of Hawaii as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The White House announced the monumental decision to increase the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Ghost Octopus Hawaii_1The expansion of the marine park has resulted in it being the largest protected area anywhere on earth! The park was created President George W. Bush in 2006. It is located around the uninhabited northwestern islands of Hawaii and covered an area of 140,000 square miles. The marine park’s size will be more than quadrupled and will now include over half a million miles (582,578 square miles) of remote Pacific waters.

This single marine monument is now bigger than all the USA national parks combined! President Obama used his executive authority under the U.S Antiquities Act. He extended the monuments boundary and ensured that all commercial fishing and mineral extraction would be prohibited within the monument. Noncommercial recreational fishing, removal of fish and other resources for Native Hawaiian cultural practices, and scientific research will be allowed if the appropriate permit is acquired.

Hawaii_Spinner_Dolphins_1The expansion of the marine park was formally proposed by Sen. Brian Schats (D-HI). “This is one of the most important actions an American president has ever taken for the health of the oceans,” he said in a statement. “Expanding Papahānaumokuākea will replenish stocks of ‘ahi, promote biodiversity, fight climate change, and give a greater voice to Native Hawaiians in managing this resource. President Obama’s declaration is only the beginning. To create continued success, we will need to follow through with management, research, educational opportunities, and enforcement. This declaration sets us on a strong path forward for our irreplaceable environment and the generations to come.”

Hawaiian Monkseal_Mark_Sullivan_1Endangered species, including blue whales, short-tailed albatrosses, sea turtles and the last Hawaiian monk seals seek refuge in the Papahānaumokuākea park. More than 7,000 species inhabit the deeper waters. The park is also home to some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs. It is theorized that these reefs are the most likely to survive through the expected increase in the ocean temperatures due to climate change. Black corals, the world’s oldest animals on earth have lived here for more than 4,000 years!

“We are so deeply grateful for our President Obama’s leadership on protecting our great oceans and the saved realm of our seas,” Kealoha Pisciotta, founder of Kai Palaoa, told NBC News. “It is a win for the children of Hawai’i and for all the children of the world! Ola I Ke Au a KanaLoa (life to the realms of the Sea).”

Such a protected zone will have benefits to the waters well beyond its confines. This means Hawaii’s already rich seas will continue to thrive and flourish and you can enjoy them by joining a Kona Aggressor II liveaboard trip and experience it all for yourself!

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Discounted Mexico liveaboard trips – Sea Of Cortez with Quino El Guardian!

August 24th, 2016

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Lionfish Invade The Americas

August 23rd, 2016

The alluring lionfish draws in both photography enthusiasts and prey alike. These unique fish are native in the Indo-Pacific, here they have natural predators and their numbers are kept in check. Unfortunately there are now established populations across a vast geographic area, including the southeast coast of the United States of America, in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Their burgeoning numbers are a huge concern. Their flamboyant appearance conceals a voracious predator. In the tropical Atlantic they have virtually no natural enemies, breed prolifically (a single female can produce 2 million eggs per year) and they view the reef as a personal buffet. They are non-selective and glutton feeders. Lionfish have been known to consume 50 different species of fish and their stomachs can expand up to thirty times their normal size after a meal. Mark Hixon et al (2009) determined that a single lionfish can reduce juvenile fish populations by 79% in just 5 weeks.

How did this beguiling and hazardous species invade and spread across such an extensive range? One theory is that 6 lionfish were accidentally released from an aquarium during hurricane Andrew in 1992. As far fetched as this sounds, genetic research supports this notion. It is however likely that many more of these hunters have been intentionally released by thoughtless aquarium enthusiasts.

What is being done to reduce this destructive population? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association of the United States (NOAA) researchers have concluded that invasive lionfish populations can not be curbed and will continue to expand. The diving community has stepped up to find safe ways to catch lionfish. One such method is the ‘zookeeper’, a plastic cylinder to store lionshfish underwater that protects divers from being stung, another diver has developed an adapted pole spear to safely catch lionfish. Researchers in the Caribbean are proactively ‘teaching’ sharks to prey on these predators. Time will tell if these unusual methods will have an impact on diminishing the population.

We salute the members of the diving community who are working together to eradicate this unwelcome ‘alien’. Despite the dire situation that lionfish are causing in the American waters, divers can choose to experience lionfish in their natural habitat in one of the many superb diving locations in the Indo-Pacific.

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Scuba Cuba – Check out the video of Diving in Jardines de la Reina

August 17th, 2016

Are you aware of the buzz that Cuba is creating in the world of diving? During Cuba’s political isolation, Cuba’s reefs have quietly been thriving and playing host to myriad sharks, groupers, schools of fish and macro life.

In Jardines de la Reina commercial fishing and industries are prohibited, permanent residences are non-existent and tourism is strictly controlled. This policy was initiated in the 1990’s by Fidel Castro, himself a diver. The national park, covering an area of 385 miles² (2,170 km²), is one of the largest marine reserves in the Caribbean.

Sharks (as many as 6 species on a single dive), together with snappers, tiger and goliath groupers of up to 400lbs (180kg), are the main attractions on most dives.

There are only a few Cuba liveaboards operating in Jardines de la Reina, so spaces are at a premium. The trips fill up early so you need to plan in advance.

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The Threatened ‘Rio Dolphin’ Needs Your Help

August 16th, 2016

All eyes are on Brazil as the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sea Shepherd Legal is making the most of the media attention and timeously staged its online campaign to save the Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis). This is the same species that is depicted on the coat of arms of the host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or Rio 2016.

Guiana Doplphins_Image Courtesy of Instituto Boto Cinza (1)The Guiana dolphins are locally known as boto cinza. They are similar to the bottlenose dolphin, however they are smaller and live in pods of 2-10. An estimated 800 Guiana dolphins are thought to remain, and approximately 10 are killed every month. Catherine Pruett, Sea Shepherd Legal’s Executive Director, “What we are fighting for here is to ensure that the Guiana dolphin doesn’t go the way of Mexico’s vaquita porpoise – a species moments away from extinction due to the same threats.”

The Guianas are threatened due to fishing, pollution, loss of habitat and shipping and port development in the Bay of Sepetiba in Rio. Sea Shepherd Legal is working together with the Brazilian Federal Prosecutors Office and two local non-governmental bodies to ensure that this species of dolphin remains in the seas and not just an image on a flag.

While the international spotlight is on Brazil, help make them accountable for the protection of this species. Support Sea Shepherd Legal by adding weight to the campaign, include your name on the petition now!.


See Where Cenderawasih Whale Sharks Are Now!

August 4th, 2016

Cendrawasih Whale Shark “The Galapagos of Indonesia’s reefs”, Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay earned its name due to the diversity of marine species that calls this incredible area ‘home’.

An innovative project by Conservation International has highlighted that many young male whale sharks, literally do consider this area to be ‘home’. Conservation International has been collaborating with Cenderawasih fishermen to tag the world’s largest fish. Previous attempts to collect data (location, diving depths and temperatures) have been unsuccessful due to the high rate of tags coming detached from these gentle giants. Up until now, fin-mount tags were not used as whale sharks are simply too big to ‘capture’ and bring along side a vessel and mount the tags.

Whale sharks are inadvertently captured in Cenderawasih fisherman’s silverside baitfish nets, a favourite food of whale sharks. Before the whale sharks are safely released, Conservation International researchers attach custom designed Wildlife Computers finmount SPLASH10-346A satellite tags (with a 2 year battery life) to the whale shark’s dorsal fin.

Whale Shark Tagging_1To date, 16 individuals have been tagged; 5 of these have been tracked for more than a year. Each time the fish surfaces; data is transmitted providing scientists with a wealth of information about the enigmatic whale shark. Despite their size and potential for long distance migrations, the data has shown that the Cenderawasih whale sharks are largely ‘home-bodies’. You too can follow the whale sharks movements via Conservation International’s live-tracking site.

If diving with whale sharks is on your must experience list, then this is a destination not to be missed. Seeing a whale shark here is literally a sure thing! Dive The World offers you a number of liveaboard diving cruises to Cenderawasih. Our friendly and efficient sales team are available to assist you with your Cenderawasih liveaboard diving holiday booking.

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Ultimate Fiji Day Trips: Shark Reef and Beqa Lagoon

July 21st, 2016

If you want to dive Fiji consider adding the option of doing one of 2 incredible diving day trips: Shark Reef and Beqa Lagoon. Both packages depart from the Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu (conveniently where international flights arrive), are day trip tours and include 2 dives, however this is where the similarities stop.

Shark Reef – the ultimate, guaranteed shark encounter day trip! This incredible dive takes place within the Shark Reef Marine Reserve where 8 different species of sharks patrol the area. They include bull (Zambezi) sharks, tawny nurse sharks, whitetip, blacktip and grey reef sharks, sicklefin lemon sharks, silvertips and tiger sharks.

Adrenalin fuelled Viti Levu shark dives run like a well oiled machine. Over a decade of shark feeding has resulted in two insanely amazing dives. No words can do this experience justice, contact us now to book your Fiji Pacific Harbour day diving trip, or make it multiple trips…

  • Book 3 or more day trips with us and receive a 5% discount, or
  • Book 5 or more day trips with us and receive a 10% discount on the total price of your Viti Levu day trips.
  • Group discount: book 10 divers, 1 goes for free!

The beautiful reefs of Beqa LagoonBeqa Lagoon – the ‘Mecca of Pacific Diving’ as it was once christened, includes a variety of different dives sites. This stunning dive location is easily accessible from the comfort of your Pacific Harbour resort.

Beqa Lagoon is a year round dive destination, however the best visibility is between July to September. The lagoon is protected by 30 kilometres of barrier reefs, the waters are warm and inviting (a balmy 24-28 °C), generally calm, with minimal current.

The lagoon entices resort based divers to its reefs year after year, with the beautiful soft corals and huge fan corals, variety of fishes, octopus and sharks.

If you visit at the appropriate time, your sightings may also include tuna, barracuda, blue marlin, wahoo and Spanish mackerel.

Ask our friendly sales team to advise you of the best time to visit based on your ‘must see wish list’!

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Indonesia liveaboard MV Empress II: 15% Off Komodo and Raja Ampat Trip!

July 15th, 2016

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Nusa Lembongan Day Trips

July 10th, 2016

The mysterious island of Bali is the 5th best holiday island in the world (according to the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards) – but do you know that one of Bali’s top diving destinations is Nusa Lembongan?

The unique mola mola or sunfishNusa Lembongan is Bali’s little sister island located a mere 55km off the east coast of southern Bali. This gem is easily accessible via a short boat ride across the Bandung Strait. Lembongan is considered to be Bali’s premiere scuba diving spot by many. Here you will experience diving roller coaster ‘current’ rides of a lifetime. Your ‘ride’s’ entertainment may include manta rays, schools of chevron barracuda, lots of sea snakes, titan triggerfish or white and black-tip reef sharks all against a backdrop of beautiful hard coral banks. For those who prefer less adrenalin fueled dives, lingering in shallower waters (12 meters or less) will not disappoint.

The main draw card between the months of July and September is the rare oceanic sunfish. Diving with the very unusual, curious and heaviest known bony fish in the world, is somewhat surreal. This experience alone will make your decision to venture to Lembongan during your Bali holiday worthwhile.

Dive The World is here to ensure that all your diving holiday travel arrangements are as pleasurable as your vacation. We will book your Nusa Lembongan diving day trip packages for you, recommend hotel options where your reservation is one credit card entry away and also point you to the best operator to whisk you from your hotel in southern Bali to Lembongan in around 30 minutes.

Lembongan Day Trip BoatWe recommend that you first choose your Nusa Lembongan diving day trip package. These relaxed day packages include pick ups from your hotel in Lembongan, transfers to the best day trip dive boats in Lembongan, 2 dives, lunch and soft drinks as well as basic diving gear (weights, weight-belts and tanks). Scuba gear is available for rent at a mere US$5 per day for a full set. Be sure to let us know if you would like to include additional night dives in your package. Your non-diving friends are welcome to join your trip at a reduced rate that includes snorkeling gear.

Book 5 days of diving and pay only for 4! The offer is valid every year, from the 1st November until the 30th June.

Once you’ve decided how many diving day trips your Lembongan sojourn will include, then our agents are available to guide your hotel selection. Don’t forget to check out our recommended door to door service, Scoot Cruise.

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Galapagos Liveaboard – Nortada 360° Tour

July 4th, 2016

The Nortada liveaboard may be one of the smaller Galapagos liveaboards but it packs a punch.

Small does not mean less – Nortada offers divers nitrox, rebreather and technical diving support, Nautilus lost diver devices and dive alerts.

When you are not experiencing magnificent Galapagos diving you will enjoy personal service from the crew of 7 who attend to the 8 diving guests. The amenities onboard are modern and dining is a delight. After a 3-dive-day, an evening meal of filet mignon with mushroom sauce, vegetarian lasagne and brownies with chocolate syrup is sure to satisfy.

Explore the Nortada virtually via the new 360 degree tour feature. Here you can view all three decks including the dive deck, air-conditioned saloon and dining area, lower deck air-conditioned cabins, shaded open-air deck and sun deck.

If you and your diving buddies wish to experience this once in a lifetime trip together, charter the Nortada. A maximum of 12 divers (in 4 cabins) can be accommodated onboard and you will only pay the price of 8 divers!

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Miss Moon – New Myanmar liveaboard – special launch offer

June 23rd, 2016

Our new budget Myanmar liveaboard Miss MoonMyanmar’s rise from obscurity to sought-after destination continues with more boats going there these days. Here we bring you a new and affordable option in the shape of MV Miss Moon.

M/V Miss Moon is an 18m wooden monuhull liveaboard offering inexpensive dive cruises in Myanmar from the Thai port of Ranong. If you are looking for friendly, professional crew who treat and feed guests like family, and if you are prepared to share facilities like a family, then you’ve found the perfect Myanmar liveaboard trip!

Book your cruise on the fun and friendly MV Miss Moon by 23 July 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Burma South
6D/5N – Up to 19 dives
Standard double/bunk bed cabin: US$ 923 per person
Master double bed cabin: US$ 993 per person

Itinerary: High Rock, Black Rock, North Twin Reef, North Twin Plato, South Twin, Rocky Peaks, Western Rocky.

Miss Moon's open air saloon areaCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation, pre breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Scuba equipment rental (US$ 14 per day), Entry/visa fees Burma South 5 nights (US$ 170), Burma Mergui Archipelago 7 nights (US$ 240). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, satellite telephone calls. 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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New Budget Komodo liveaboard Tatawa – special launch offer

June 23rd, 2016

Tatawa - the new budget Komodo liveaboardExciting news for those of you with plans to dive Komodo some time. We have added another low budget liveaboard to our line up, so you can dive this legendary destination without hurting your wallet.

Introducing the value-for-money Komodo liveaboard Tatawa. Under the experience hand of long-term Komodo operator Greg Heighes, Tatawa specialises in short trips around Komodo National Park. With a maximum of 8 guests, trips of 2 – 6 nights, (or longer by request) are customised to suit the diving group.

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Tatawa by 23 July 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Komodo National Park
5D/4N – Up to 17 dives
Standard double/twin/single bed cabin
US$ 875 per person

Itinerary: Sebayor, Tatawa Besar, Cauldron, Crystal Bommie, Castle Rock, Golden Passage, Makassar, Batu Bolong, Batu Sabun, Tatawa Kecil, Siaba Besar, Pengah and Komodo dragon land visit.

Tatawa's indoor saloon/dining areaCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tour, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), full equipment, tanks, weights and weightbelts (5% discount if you use your own diving gear).

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Komodo National Park and harbour clearance entrance fee (US$ 15 per day per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash).

Optional extras: None.

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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Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

June 19th, 2016

Phytoplankton Microscopic Ocean Plants (1)Last week there were many reports and posts across social media acknowledging World Oceans Day. Some highlighted the beauty and majesty of our planet’s oceans, its animals and plants; others were focused on how we are slowly killing this life giving resource.

This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’. Unfortunately many do not realise how very apt this statement is. The majority (70%) of the oxygen in our atmosphere is produced by marine plants (phytoplankton) and approximately 28% comes from the rainforests. We simply cannot afford to continue to pollute our oceans and we must address the staggering amounts of garbage we dump into the sea.

Who is taking responsibility?
One would expect solutions to be forthcoming from industry heavy weights, the world’s superpowers or NGOs. Contrary to this perception, a student and a small privately owned brewery have stepped up to the plate.

Saltwater Brewery have tackled the issue of plastic can rings. Plastic can holders pollute the oceans and are responsible for maiming and killing thousands of marine animals and birds. Saltwater brewery have designed and are using ‘edible six pack rings’.

Lets hope that international companies follow suit and this technology is used to replace all commercial plastic wrapping and shopping bags.

A passive, garbage collection device for the oceans
A solution to address the world’s largest garbage dump has come from a 20-year-old Dutch inventor, entrepreneur and aerospace engineering student, Boyan Slat. Despite concerns raised by oceanographers and biologists, Slat has secured sufficient funding to employ 25 staff, publish a 528-page feasibility study and produce a prototype of his design. The first prototype will be deployed in the North Sea, 23km off the coast of the Netherlands this summer. After a year of collecting data from this first test, the next step will be to deploy a 100 km long structure between Hawaii and California in 2020. According to the organisation’s analysis, this array should clean up about half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years time. Until then, we all need to reduce the amount of plastic we use, recycle as much as possible and advocate for industries to take responsibility for what they produce as well as for our governments to pass laws that will protect our environment.

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