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Is The Term Jewfish Offensive?

May 18th, 2016

Jewfish has been the colloquial name for the goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) for quite some time. Is it still being used? Is this naming a bit out of step with our politically correct times? Do you think that the term is offensive? Have we ‘evolved’ into such a sensitive society that we have lost sight of what is truly important?

Where did the term jewfish come from?

There are a number of theories out there on the origin of this name, some are benign and others offensive. Let’s look, as we must, for the proper context….

Atlantic Goliath GrouperThis grouper’s common name is quite apt. This species can reach lengths of up to 2.5m and weigh as much as 360kg! It is not surprising that it may be perceived that it was named after a giant. (Goliath was a giant Philistine warrior in the bible story, David and Goliath.) Dr Joe Nelson, chair of the Names of Fishes Committee (USA), made special mention that the grouper was named goliath, meaning large and not Goliath after the Philistine. Was the fish inadvertently connected to Judaism when it was first named?

The Atlantic goliath grouper can be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from the Congo to Senegal. In the Americas its range is generally more southerly and extends from Florida Keys, the Bahamas, most of the Caribbean and the majority of the Brazilian coastline. Its location may have more to do with the next theory. This one also stems from a physical attribute of the fish. The goliath grouper has a huge mouth, and the theory goes that it was called “jawfish”. Through southern accents the word morphed into “jewfish”. So it is more a question of semantics than Semitics?

Dewi Nusantara_1One theory that sits at the far left of the spectrum is that back in the 1800s, goliath groupers, were thought of as trash fish, and a certain sector of society declared it was only fit for Jews. This pretty nasty theory is at odds with the writings of famed explorer, William Dampier (after whom the Dampier Strait in Indonesia was named). In his book A New Voyage Round the World (1697), Dampier shares his journey to Jamaica. Here he encountered the ‘jewfish’. Jamaican Jews claimed the Epinephelus itajara to be the grandest kosher fish. It was proclaimed the grandest for it’s obvious size and it met Levitical Kosher law of being a clean fish by having, scales that are visible with the naked eye and fins. So if this theory is to be believed the name comes from it being a highly prized kosher fish. Nothing negative about that, although the term ‘kosherfish’ would likely not offend to the same extent as ‘jewfish’. There is something unsettling about the juxtaposition of a sacred belief system and the word fish appearing in the same term.

‘Impact’ of change?

The Maryland-based American Fisheries Society received some complaints about the name since the 1960s. This organisation’s Committee on Names of Fishes is the USA’s arbiter of names of fishes. This small group of seven, announced in 2001 that although there was no evidence that the name jewfish is being used offensively, it will nonetheless now be officially known as goliath grouper.

The reactions of prominent members of the Jewish Florida community may surprise many. Quoth Art Teitelbaum of the Anti-Defamation League, “Stereotypes about Jews have resulted in everything from murder to social discrimination. [But] in my experience, the jewfish has never been an energizing factor.” Rabbi Bruce Diamond, a Jewish leader in Fort Myers, “I tell you, in the universe of things that need to change, the name of a big grouper is low on the list. . . . I appreciate their political correctness, but people should think about getting migrant laborers a few more pennies for their tomatoes, do something good for the world. And you got that from the rabbi’s mouth.”

Some may think that the decision by the American Fisheries Society will result in the eventual decline of the term ‘jewfish’. This is unlikely, as the Miami Herald noted, at least nine islands or bodies of water are named after the jewfish. These include Jewfish Point in Los Angeles, Jewfish Creek in the Florida Keys and Jewfish Creek bridge (connecting Florida city and Key Largo). Renaming them would involve actions by state legislatures whom surely have more important concerns to occupy their time. The names of these places will on their own, keep the name jewfish ‘alive’, well at least in the State of Florida.

Perhaps the lesson here should be taken from the Jewish community. Be aware and considerate of sensitive issues however focus on what is important in life. Give your time and energy to things that are truly important and focus where change can have a positive impact on issues that really matter.

Consult our experienced sales team on destinations where you can dive with the gargantuan goliath grouper. They have extensive knowledge on all our destinations and can guide you in selecting the perfect scuba diving holiday!

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Bali and Phuket – Ranked In The Top 10 Islands Of The World

May 11th, 2016

The votes have been cast and the reports are in. TripAdvisor have published their 2016 Travellers Choice Awards.

Two of our favourite destinations have been recognised and are included in the category Top 10 Islands of the World. Bali is the 5th best island in the world according to travellers and readers and Phuket is not far behind, listed as 8th. Considering that Earth is home to over 100 000 islands these two destinations must be pretty special.

Bali_1TripAdvisor describes these magical islands, Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class” and Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea. Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation here can feel a bit surreal. Watersports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.”

Both are incredibly enticing. Spoilt for choice and not sure which to choose? Dive The World is here and can help you decide which island to select for your next diving vacation. Divers have the choice of either resort or liveaboard cruise holidays in Phuket and Bali.

MV Hallelujah Liveaboard_1It is understandable if you cannot choose between these two amazing Asian destinations. You can always visit both and take advantage of Dive The World’s lowest price guarantee and our loyal customer benefits.

Consult our experienced sales team. They have extensive knowledge on all our destinations and can guide you in selecting the perfect scuba diving holiday! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or E-mail our sales team for informed and professional advice!.


Gardens of the Queen – Cuba’s Underwater Garden of Eden

May 3rd, 2016

Today’s trending dive destination is Cuba and the diving hotspot is Jardines de la Reina. This incredible dive destination has been a marine park for over 20 years and the protection has paid off. The area resembles the Caribbean at the time when Christopher Columbus named the area, Gardens of the Queen, in honour of his Spanish Queen Isabella.

Fidel Castro, a scuba diving enthusiast himself, declared an area of 2,170 square kms a national park, creating one of the largest marine reserves in the Caribbean. Under park regulations limited, regulated commercial lobster fishing in the north is allowed, there are no inhabitants and there are also minimal tourism opportunities.

The international spotlight shone on Jardines de la Reina in 2011 during Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minute segment featuring his visit to the Queen’s Gardens. During his trip, Cooper dived with and interviewed Dr. David E. Guggenheim, an American marine biologist and senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C. Guggenheim believes that Jardines de la Reina is “the most incredibly well protected and flourishing reef I’ve ever seen”. A bold statement from a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, ocean explorer and educator.

Avalon II AerialAvalon, an Italian company (in a joint venture with the Cuban government) holds the licence for scuba diving, fly fishing and wildlife tours in the park. A maximum of 1200 divers per year are granted permits to dive in the marine sanctuary from one of their liveaboards.

With relations rapidly thawing between the United States of America and Cuba, visiting this Caribbean island nation is becoming less complicated. However with ease comes volume. With limited dive permits available and the spectacular diving on offer, divers are advised to book their liveaboard diving holiday as soon as possible to ensure that they too can experience this underwater garden of Eden.

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Time To Dive The Great Barrier Reef?

April 27th, 2016

Over the past 2 months, the Great Barrier Reef has received a great deal of attention in the media. How much of this reporting is sensationalism? How much is political jockeying between conservationists, the government and the coal mining industry? And how does all this affect your plans to dive this disputed World Heritage site?

Coral Bleaching: What is it and what causes it?
Coral_Justin Marshall (1)There is no doubt that the recent El Niño has affected the Great Barrier Reef. This is the third time, since 1998, that the reef has been put through tremendous natural stressors resulting in ‘coral bleaching’. Obviously it is not due to Clorox being dumped into the seas – so what does coral bleaching mean and how does it occur?

Coral bleaching is a term used to describe coral that has turned white. Healthy coral is often a deep brown or khaki-green colour. This coloration is due to symbiotic algae (also known as zooxanthellae) that co-exist with the coral polyp and provide it with carbohydrates. When the coral is stressed during periods of increased sea temperatures, the symbiotic algae depart. Their departure is an illusion. The coral polyps now appear beautifully coloured or fluorescent, despite appearing ‘prettier’, these corals are far from happy. As long as the water temperatures are elevated, the algae are not present to provide sustenance to the coral. If the algae do not return, the coral runs out of energy, turns white and will eventually die. If however, the water temperature is lowered, and the algae return, the symbiotic relationship resumes and the corals may recover.

Global warming results in minor increases in sea temperatures that in turn has catastrophic consequences for coral reefs. Who is to blame for the global warming? Well the buck stops with us! Human activities that produce heat-trapping carbon dioxide are responsible for global warming and the resulting increase in land and sea temperatures. Scientists have discovered that the oceans are more susceptible than land to even minor fluctuations in temperature. With a slight increase in our oceans, sea levels rise, storm patterns change and increase in severity, the ocean-conveyor belt that is responsible for regulating the Earth’s temperature is disrupted, the health and longevity of life giving coral reefs and even the reproduction of krill – a very important link at the bottom of the food chain are all affected.

Multitude of Great Barrier Reef reports
National Coral Taskforce_1 (1)The media is buzzing with reports about the current state of the Great Barrier Reef. There have been calls for the UN to list the reef as “in danger”. Despite requests for the Great Barrier Reef to no longer have World Heritage status, it retains this title at this time. Prof Terry Hughes, director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has undertaken aerial surveys over seven days criss-crossing the entire Barrier Reef. The reef is approximately 2,300 kilometres long, with the affected area being about 1,100 kilometres in the area between New Guinea to Cairns. Hughes has estimated more than 95% of the northern Great Barrier Reef is “severely bleached”. A shockingly low 4 out of 520 reefs have remained untouched by the recent El Nino effects. This came as a devastating blow as the unspoiled northern section was seen as a critical source of genetic material to reseed the southern Barrier Reef. In an interview with the BBC, Nick Heath, (spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund), confirmed this “We have been working to save the reef in [recent] years, and we always took for granted that we had the bank in the northern quarter that was safe, and seemed resilient in previous bleaching episodes, but now it’s cooked to an inch of its life…”

Australia’s Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt has also viewed the reef from the air. His take on the situation, “There’s good and bad news – the bottom three quarters of the reef is in strong condition..”, “as we head north of Lizard Island it becomes increasingly prone to bleaching.” Mr Hunt is confident in the assessment by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the governmental body responsible for protecting the reef through restrictions on fishing, coastal development and other commercial activity). In a statement, the park authority Chairman, Dr Russell Reichelt, explained that the extent and degree of bleaching varies greatly across the reef. The late arrival of the wet season has possibly saved areas of the reef from coral die off. (Unfortunately the late arrival of the wet season also happened to cause devastation to Fiji via cyclone Winston.)

Political – Economic – Ping-Pong
Goggle Gardens_Ribbon 9_Courtesy of L BuckinghamThe Department of Environment announce that the state and federal governments are investing a projected AUD$2 billion (US$1.5bn) over the next decade to protect the reef. The Commonwealth Government of Australia issues a lease for a new coal mine in Queensland – the extraction of coal contributes to global warming and to add insult to injury, the coal will be exported across the Great Barrier Reef, increasing shipping and dredging in the area… The Marine Park Authority plays down the severity and extent of the bleaching in one press statement and later elevates its bleaching alert to the highest level. Conservationists declare that this is the worst bleaching since 1998… A community Facebook page, ‘Capt Trevor Jacksons Coral Bleaching Media Exaggerations Reality Check’ has beautiful, current images taken on the reef. Many of the photographs on the page are from sites that are included in our liveaboard itineraries, as shown on the Dive The World map of The Great Barrier Reef. These areas are fortunately in the bottom three quarters of the reef as per Minister Hunt’s statement and the majority of the worst affected areas are north of Lizard Island.

A diver’s perspective
Spoilsport_GeriMurphyOve Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland postulates that if there is not significant, immediate change, the world will lose ALL coral reefs by 2040! “This is not in the future, it’s happening right now,” he says.

We are not scientists or world leaders. We are lovers of the oceans, its inhabitants and all life it holds. We love experiencing its wonders personally through the recreational sport of scuba diving. We say ‘why wait?’ Make personal life changes to positively impact our climate and make the most of every opportunity. Book that ticket, confirm that liveaboard diving holiday – and start with the Great Barrier Reef – who knows, it may be gone before you know it!

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South Africa’s Marine Protection – Have Your Say!

April 14th, 2016

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs is lobbying to establish 22 marine protected areas (MPAs) along the coast. This move is a long time coming; currently less than 0.4% of South Africa’s coastline is protected!

Aliwal Shoals_Photo Courtesy of Lesley Rochat_1World famous Aliwal Shoal is set to be among the 22 MPAs that will increase the total marine protected areas to more than 5%. The entire draft notice by Minister Edna Molewa is available on the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ website.

Diving Aliwal Shoal
The shoal is claimed to offer some of the most exciting scuba diving in the world. Divers across the globe travel to the southern tip of Africa to dive this amazing spot. Aliwal includes both hard and soft corals, two wrecks, a plethora of marine life, including predators. Highlights are Grey nurse sharks (“raggies” in the local lingo), tiger sharks, manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks.

Impacts on local industry and conservation
The marine parks proposal would prevent bottom-fishing by net, however limited fishing by permit would be allowed. Research areas would prevent marine activities, including diving, from occurring in the designated areas.

Arguments for and against the proposal
A hearing in the town of Umkomaas last week was described as reaching ‘fever pitch”. The local fishermen and representatives from the private sector claimed that fishing provided much needed income for the poor and that the community would lose millions if marine activities (including scuba diving) were curtailed in the area.

Sharklife_1Conservationists rebutted the arguments stating that too many damaging demands were being made on the environment. These included taxing the environment by fishing, recreational activities and oil and gas exploration companies that had been setting off underwater explosions in the area. The prevailing view is that by creating a marine protected area, the natural diversity could be restored. Our view, ‘stop the explosions, stop the fishing allow the diving!’

Have your say!
As per the draft notice, members of the public can submit their comments for or against the declaration within 90 days from the date of publication in the Government Gazette. Have a voice and influence the details of the marine protected areas submit your e-mail before the 17 May 2017!.

Dive The World supports shark conservation in South Africa. When you book with Dive The World, a portion of your trip fee is donated to Sharklife.

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Mastro Aldo last minute specials

April 11th, 2016

The popular budget liveaboard Mastro AldoOne of the leading budget options in Komodo – Mastro Aldo is making it even cheaper for you to dive Indonesia’s most legendary destination.

Mastro Aldo is a European owner-operated liveaboard providing 3 night and 6 night scuba diving tours in Komodo.

What it lacks in size it makes up for in stability. It is one of the few catamarans visiting the 40 plus dive sites in the park and is a great option for the budget-conscious and those short on time.

Dive The World has the following offers for you:

28 April – 1 May 2016: 4 days/ 3 nights
Itinerary: from Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Cauldron, Golden Passage, Lighthouse, Siaba, Tatawa, Batu Bolong, Manta Point, Mawan, Pengah, Wainilu, Police Corner, Bonsai, Padar, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Point and Komodo dragon land visit.
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 800 Now US$ 760
Save US$ 80 per couple!

The Standard double cabin on Mastro AldoCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tour, return airport transfers to/from the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (6 nights US$ 105, 3 nights US$ 60), Komodo National Park entrance fee (US$ 13 per day per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks US$ 3 each (approximately), dive computer US$ 5 per day, diving insurance, torch. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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The ‘bends’ treatment for Tucker the Turtle

April 7th, 2016

An olive ridley turtle was near death and stranded on the shores of Oregon, USA. Since his rescue, he has been receiving treatment traditionally used to cure divers suffering from the bends. Tucker, as his carers at the Seattle Aquarium affectionately call him, was a long way from his usual ‘stomping grounds’, the warm waters of the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Ridley Sea Turtle_Courtesy of National GeographicThreatened sea turtle saved from death’s door
Tucker could not submerge due to gas bubbles that caused buoyancy issues. Floating on the oceans surface, he was carried into the cold waters that olive ridleys are not accustomed to. He was near starving and his body temperature was half of what it should be, causing most of his organs to shut down. His fortune turned when he washed up on Cannon Beach.

The Seattle Aquarium veterinary team began the mammoth task to ‘bring him back to life’ . This included treating him for severe pneumonia by providing manual ventilation by pressing a bulb on a tube in his mouth every two minutes for a week! His body temperature was painstakingly raised by 2 degrees a day and he was hand fed about a kilogram of seafood, including anchovies, shrimp and squid daily. Once he had recovered sufficiently he was the first non-human to be treated in the hyperbaric chamber at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Hospital. A team of hospital staff and veterinarians from the aquarium prescribed the hyperbaric therapy. This included 2 ½ hours in the chamber while being sedated and breathing 100% oxygen through a breathing tube in his airway.

Collaboration between doctors and veterinarians – a win for conservation!

Two members of the team shared their unusual experience. Dr James Holm, Medical Director at the Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine and scuba diver for over 40 years: “We have treated many scuba-divers over the years… this is the first time we have been asked to assist in the care of a sea turtle, which are excellent divers themselves.”

Aquarium veterinarian, Lesanna Lahner said: “Not only will the treatment potentially help him to be released back into the wild, but it has provided us with valuable information about the diving physiology of sea turtles, as we were able to closely monitor his vitals and blood gases throughout the entire procedure. This has been an exciting collaboration of veterinary medicine and human healthcare providers.”

Tucker’s recovery is being carefully monitored at the aquarium. It is vital that his buoyancy returns to normal so he can submerge, will not be vulnerable to predators or boats and can find food. When his team of carers are confident that he has fully recovered, he will be flown to San Diego and released into the Pacific ocean.

Experience olive ridley turtles and other amazing marine life in the waters off Mexico.

Book your Socorro Island and Sea of Cortez liveaboard diving cruise now.

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Special offers on Galapagos liveaboard MY Astrea

April 4th, 2016

MY Astrea sits proudly in a Galapagos baySave up to US$ 990 per couple!

Last minute offers on MY Astrea in the Galapagos. If you can act quickly you can jump on board and save some serious money!

Astrea is a mono-hulled steel motor vessel of 25m in length, operating year round Galapagos liveaboard tours.

Charters are normally for 7 nights duration starting every Tuesday and include diving around some of Galapagos’ best sites including Wolf and Darwin.

8 Days 7 Nights – 22 Dives
Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin
18 – 25 Oct 2016 Standard twin/double bed cabin:
Was US$ 3,917 Now US$ 3,047
Save US$ 1,740 per couple!

8 Days 7 Nights – 22 Dives
Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin
01 – 08 Nov 2016 Standard twin/double bed cabin:
Was US$ 3,917 Now US$ 3,172
Save US$ 1,490 per couple!

8 Days 7 Nights – 22 Dives
Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin
13 – 20 Dec 2016 Standard twin/double bed cabin:
Was US$ 3,917 Now US$ 3,297
Save US$ 1,240 per couple! Plus one free night in Quito (valid for 13-20 Dec 2016 trip only), at the Hotel City Airport. Please ask us for details.

The saloon on board MY AstreaCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (except on final evening), snacks, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tour to Darwin centre, transfer from airport and within the islands, scuba dives (as detailed in the trips above), English-speaking dive masters (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weight belt.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (rented from Santa Cruz, payable in advance: full set US$ 265 per week), Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 10, US$ 20. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 130 per trip), torch, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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3 New Budget Komodo liveaboards – with special launch discounts

April 1st, 2016

Budget liveaboard the Komodo Floating HostelYou, our beloved customers, have been telling us you would like some new liveaboard options in Indonesia generally and Komodo specifically.

What you want to see are more budget options and more short-term liveaboard choices.

So we have added 3 new boats to meet your needs and you can save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer.

Mastro Aldo: This is one of the highest profile budget liveaboard choices in Komodo. You can join for 3 nights or 6 nights trips.
Read more about Mastro Aldo Komodo National Park
7D/6N – Up to 22 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin
US$ 1,500 per person
Itinerary: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Cauldron, Golden Passage, Lighthouse, Siaba, Tatawa, Batu Bolong, Manta Point, Mawan, Pengah, Wainilu, Police Corner, Bonsai, Padar, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Point and Komodo dragon land visit.

Komodo Floating Hostel: On this boat you can join any day of the week and stay for as long or as short a time as you want!
Komodo National Park
4D/3N – Up to 12 dives
Standard dormitory bed
US$ 535 per person
Itinerary: Tatawa Kecil, Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong, Makassar Reef, Bonsai, Kanawa, Sabayur, Red Beach.

Unique Lombok and Komodo itineraries on MV Empress IIEmpress II: This ex-exploration vessel runs unique itineraries from Lombok to Komodo and back again.
Komodo National Park & Sumbawa, Lombok
8D/7N – Up to 21 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin
US$ 1,650 per person
Itinerary: Lombok: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno, Sumbawa: Madang, Satonda, Moyo, Sangeang Volcano, Komodo: Banta, Red Beach, Manta Bay, Rinca, visit to see Komodo dragons.

Book your cruise on any of these new and exciting Komodo liveaboards by 01 May 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

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 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)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or E-mail our sales team to seal the deal!.


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.

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Sea Safari VI – Indonesia liveaboard discounts

March 16th, 2016

Last updated: 22 May 2017

Save up to US$ 588 per diver!

KLM Sea Safari VI takes you diving in IndonesiaAre you yearning for a holiday liveaboard diving in Komodo? Then sail away on the KLM Sea Safari VI and get 20% off!

KLM 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 20% off if you book any 2017/18 trip before the 25th June 2017
Raja Ampat National Park 7 Days 6 Nights 18 Dives
Standard Twin/Double: was US$ 2,700 Now US$ 2,160 per person
Deluxe Twin/Double: was US$ 2,940 Now US$ 2,352 per person
save up to US$ 588 per diver!

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): 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)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794.

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


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.

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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)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.