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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.

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


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.

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


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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US$ 500 discount on Palau Aggressor and Rock Islands Aggressor 2017 Trips! Plus Group Deal in 2018!

June 8th, 2016

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Fiji’s Volivoli Beach Resort offers 2 free nights in 2017/18!

May 31st, 2016

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‘Shellebrating’ World Turtle Day

May 24th, 2016

World Turtle Day was started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue organisation. The aim of this special day is to share information about this species and create respect for tortoises and turtles that will enable them to survive and thrive. Here are ten fascinating facts about these ancient and endangered reptiles.

They are some of the oldest animals on earth
There is fossil evidence that tortoises have roamed the earth for more than 200 million years. Slightly ‘younger’, turtles have swam our oceans for approximately 150 million years.

Green Sea Turtle_David Doubilet_1They are amphibious
Turtles spend the majority of their lives in the oceans. Females come ashore, usually to the same beach where they hatched, to lay their eggs in nests. 60 days after the eggs are laid, the hatchlings emerge and make their way into the ocean.

Seven is the lucky number for sea turtles
There are seven species of sea turtles: green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, olive ridley, Kemp’s ridley and flatback.

Not-so-cold-blooded leatherback turtle
The majority of reptiles are cold blooded, however there are a few exceptions. The leatherback turtle has a unique ability to regulate its body temperature to some degree.

They have a shell akin to an armoured tank
Turtles and tortoises have survived through many natural catastrophes. Humans are adult turtles biggest threat. We eat their eggs, make soup from their meat and pollute their habitats.

Lonesome George is the the symbol for conservation in the Galapagos Islands
Lonesome George was ‘the rarest animal alive’ according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He was a giant male Galapagos tortoise and the last remaining specimen of the Pinta Island tortoise. George passed away in June 2012 and now serves as a potent symbol for conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

They have been space travellers
In 1968, two Russian tortoises survived a trip around the moon and back!

Leatherback Turtle_Alan C Egan Photography_1From the gigantic to the minuscule
Leatherback turtles can grow up to 1.9 metres long and weigh as much as 900kg, while its distant cousin, the male speckled cape tortoise is tiny in comparison at just 8 centimetres in length.

A ‘speedy’ turtle
Speedy is not what most people will associate with turtles. Leatherbacks, despite their substantial size, can swim up to 35km per hour when the need arises.

They are long distance swimmers
According to WWF, a leatherback female turtle once swam from Papua in Indonesia to the north west coast of the United States and back again. A total journey of 19 000 kilometres!

We recommend diving holidays in Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, Indonesia and Fiji for scuba diving with turtles. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


New Cuba liveaboards launch offer

May 20th, 2016

Cuba is famed for its thriving shark populationYes that’s right! The hottest new dive destination in the world has arrived among the Dive The World portfolio.

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new range of Cuba liveaboards .

We have added 4 new boats to our range and you can visit Cuba now and save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer.

Book your cruise on any of these new and exciting Cuba liveaboards by 20 June 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Read more about Avalon IIAvalon II
20 scuba divers are comfortably accommodated in 10 cabins across 4 decks on this 40 metre vessel. This is the only liveaboard in the Avalon Fleet to offer nitrox.
7 days/ 6 nights: US$ 4,300

The leading diving region of the Cuban Archipelago is the marine park known as ‘Jardines de la Reina’ or ‘Queen’s Gardens’. This comprises little islands, banks and keys at the southern end of the Cuba shelf, south of the Gulf of Ana Maria.

Read more about Avalon IAvalon I
This 37m boat is among the highest quality liveaboard choices in Cuba. 18 divers are accommodated in the liveaboard’s 8 well-appointed cabins with TVs and DVD players.
7 days/ 6 nights: US$ 4,037

Jardines de la Reina is home to the biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean as well as large groupers, barracuda, snappers, jacks and jewfish. Cuba is renowned for sharks including nurse sharks, hammerheads, black tips, silkies and lemon sharks.

Read more about TortugaTortuga
The Tortuga is a floating steel house boat that is permanently anchored in a protected channel in the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park. She is the original Avalon fleet liveaboard, and comfortably accommodates a maximum of 25 guests in 8 ensuite cabins across 2 decks.
7 days/ 6 nights: US$ 3,145

The variety of habitats in Jardines de la Reina ranges from juvenile-sheltering mangroves to sea grass beds, caves, walls, coral reefs and wrecks.

Read more about HalcónHalcón
The Halcón is the perfect affordable option for small groups of divers wishing to dive the remote, liveaboard only, pristine dive sites of the Jardines de la Reina National Marine Park. With a maximum of 12 divers, guests will enjoy personal service by the professional crew of 8.
7 days/ 6 nights: US$ 2,515

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

Voucher is transferable. See here for the discount voucher Terms and Conditions.

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


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!

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!


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.

Book your Jardines de la Reina scuba diving liveaboard holiday now

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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!

Book your Great Barrier Reef scuba diving holiday now!
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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.

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


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.

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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
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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
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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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