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Magical Encounters in Mexico

January 26th, 2016

Snorkeler and Blue Whale_2

Renowned wild life photographer Norbert Wu, recently captured a once in a lifetime experience for a very lucky snorkeller, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

This incredible image encapsulates the moment when a mere mortal came along side a gentle giant. At approximately 25 metres long and upwards of 200 tons, Blue Whales are the largest animals to have lived on earth.

Baja California is the gateway to diving in Mexico. Mexico’s bucket list sites, such as Socorro, Sea of Cortez and Guadalupe are remote and ideally suited for liveaboard diving holidays. Dive The World offers you a range of liveaboard charters in Mexico. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your very own once in a lifetime experience.

Who knows, yours might be to dive with schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, be awed by a whale shark experience or witness an oceanic manta ray dance.

Contact our experienced Dive The World sales team right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email and book your Mexico liveaboard diving holiday today!


Check out our new Thailand Specials Page

January 21st, 2016

Hello to lovers of all things Thailand. Are you planning a Similans liveaboard? How about a land-based stay in Phuket, or Krabi or Phi Phi with some awesome daytrip diving? Maybe you are planning to take your first or further steps on the ladder of dive education? Thailand is the perfect dive destination for all of these things.

If any of the above apply to you then you should check out our new Thailand specials page. Here you will find your way to all sorts of money-saving offers including:

  • Early bird discounts and season long specials
  • Returning customer discounts – up to 10% off
  • Our lucky draw discounts
  • Daytrip specials – up to 10% off
  • Pay only on arrival or balance on arrival schemes

Whatever way you cut it, Dive The World Thailand is your best buddy when it comes to exploring the magnificent waters of the Andaman Ocean and beyond.

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


Saved By The Bell

January 21st, 2016

Tragedy followed by litigation
After suffering the tragic loss of both his girlfriend and friend (while diving The Blue Hole off Malta’s island, Gozo) in June 2015; BSAC diver, Stephen Martin, has been living with the prospect of being extradited from the United Kingdom to Malta on charges of involuntary manslaughter. On Monday, a mere two days before he was to appeal at the High Court in London against a request to extradite him to the Mediterranean isle, all charges were dropped.

Stephen Martin_1The diving world was in shock when the bizarre charges were brought against Stephen almost 20 months ago. The events of that fateful day were ruled as accidental deaths by Brighton and Hove coroner’s court in February 2015. However a Maltese magisterial inquiry was held without Mr Martin’s input or presence, resulting in involuntary manslaughter charges being levied against him.

This dramatic turnaround came about after BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) representatives met with the Malta Attorney General and appealed for all charges to be dropped. BSAC chief executive, Mary Tetley said: ‘The decision today brings to an end the horrendous ordeal which Stephen has suffered since he was charged, and we are both delighted and relieved for him.
We remain dismayed that these charges were ever brought in the first place as a UK coroner had already ruled the deaths a tragic accident.‘ Never in BSACs 63-year history have criminal charges like this have been brought against BSAC divers relating to a diving fatality or accident. ‘It is a victory for common sense that these charges have now been dropped, allowing Stephen to move on with his life, and grieve in peace.

Diver’s legal responsibilities
The Blue Hole_2As scuba divers we are all aware that our sport is considered to be high risk. Our training makes us keenly aware of the potential risks that our much loved recreational pursuit holds. We acknowledge that we are personally responsible for the risks we choose to take and accept the potential consequences.

The best we can do is dive within our limits, dive our plan and remember our training. Fortunately for Stephen he was affiliated with a great organisation, BSAC, who provided invaluable support in his time of need. Would your training agency come to your aid in similar circumstances? Possibly not, especially if getting P-A-I-D is their only real concern. The very least we can do is ensure we have full and up-to-date scuba diving and travel insurance.

Questions to ponder
Is this a once off incident or should we be looking into liability insurance to cover the costs of possible litigation? Will we be placed in the awkward position of asking our friends and family to sign personal injury liability release agreements before taking the plunge into the realms of the blue?

At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a need to panic and take on the services of lawyers…


New Mexico liveaboard Nautilus Belle Amie

January 12th, 2016

Exciting news for lovers of big fish action comes with the Dive The World launch of a news Scorro and Guadalupe liveaboard, the gorgeous Nautilus Belle Amie.

The lovely new Mexico liveaboard Nautilus Belle AmieThe 41m long, steel-hulled Nautilus Belle Amie has a wide beam, a deep draft and a bulbous bow and is heavily sound-proofed. This results in a stable, comfortable Mexico liveaboard experience for the maximum 32 guests.

This motor yacht is built to meet SOLAS safety standards, is audited annually by BV Bureau Veritas, and provides free Nautilus lifeline lost diver devices. This all provides peace of mind on diving trips to the legendary Socorro Islands and the shark haven of Guadalupe Island.

And you can save $$$ on your next Dive The World booking with this new liveaboard launch offer. So check it out and you will soon be diving with sharks, mantas, dolphins, seals and more

Socorro – 9D/8N
Up to 18 dives
4-share cabin US$ 2,935
Standard double/twin bed cabin US$ 3,355
Superior double/twin bed suite US$ 3,880
Premium double/twin bed suite US$ 4,510
Itinerary: San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Socorro Island.

Book your cruise on the new and exciting Nautilus Belle Amie by 12 February 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

The lovely new Mexico liveaboard Nautilus Belle AmieCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers (for Guadalupe trips) to the boat from the hotel, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 8 scuba divers), standard tanks, weights and weightbelts. CD of photos/video at the end of the tour.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own) : Scuba equipment (US$ 215 per week), diving insurance, port fee (US$ 65). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers (for Socorro tours) to the boat from the airport/hotel, alcoholic drinks, steel and specialised tanks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers, rebreather support (including zorb), gas mixes, WiFi internet (US$ 100 per device per trip). 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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Should El Nino affect your choice of dive destination?

January 12th, 2016

El Nino. What is it?
El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of what is referred to as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. This cycle is a a description of temperature fluctuations between the ocean and atmosphere in the east-central Pacific region. El Niño means The Little Boy in Spanish and is not a new phenomenon. It was originally recognised by South American fishermen in the 1600s, who noticed the unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the associations of the term El Nino with the baby Jesus, since the warming tended to occur around December.

Close-up of the El Nino effect
So where gets affected most?
From the image, you can see the areas most affected, with red being the highest temperature range. So you would expect this event to be felt anywhere in this region and possibly further out as the effect spreads. Most obviously in the firing line are the coastal regions of the south-west of the USA, and Pacific coastlines of Mexico, Central American and South American nations. Out in the Pacific itself islands in the area such as Galapagos and Cocos are obviously going to see some effects. Depending on the severity and duration of the warming event, effects may spread to islands and nations on the other side of the Pacific Ocean such as Fiji, Hawaii, the Solomon islands, Palau, Australia and Indonesia and to a lesser extent, worldwide.

Is the diving affected right now in world-class destinations?
We have been asked about El Niño by quite a few customers. So we put our feelers out to get a clearer picture of what was being experienced on the ground (or under the water). Below is some feedback from a variety of the places we have been asked about, by people with intimate knowledge of the diving in those places:

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Sky: “We receive weekly reports back from our Captains and Dive Guides with water temperatures, water visibility and lists of the marine animals they encountered on their dives. While I am not a scientist, just a diver reading reports back from our dive guides, from our reports it appears that the water temperatures are warmer in the southern islands of Galapagos compared to 2014. The northern islands, Wolf and Darwin, have very little or no change from last year. When comparing animal encounters from November & December 2014 to November & December 2015, we are seeing very little or no change. Our divers are still having amazing dives and seeing all of amazing creatures of Galapagos.”

Cocos Island
Okeanos Aggressor I and II: “There is no doubt that El Niño has affected not only our area, but in general, the whole world, Europe and America for example are having super warm temperatures for this time of year.

El Nino from a wider perspectiveIt is also true that not all weeks have had the same marine life or maybe they have been a little deeper and this year, in Cocos, we have had great diving weeks with all you can see, tiger sharks, hammerheads, whales, mantas you name it.

and also some weeks where the hammerhead schools were seen in less numbers of specimens but they have been constant all year around, as said, maybe not in huge number of sharks like when the water is colder, but it also happens between rainy season and dry season, or simply because that week hasn’t been that good. Having said that, in Cocos, we are lucky as when sharks are maybe not that present, we get manta rays or other kind of pelagic fish. For now, we have had a good diving year and hopefully water will be back to normal soon.”

Solmar V: “Yes we have experienced warmer water but the diving has remained very good. Many of our encounters such as the giant mantas and dolphins are not affected by warmer water.”

Nautilus Belle Amie: “We are definitely seeing the effects of El Nino at Socorro and Guadalupe Islands. Water temperatures are 2 – 3 degrees warmer than normal. Manta and dolphin sightings and interaction at Socorro is unchanged.

We saw far fewer sharks than normal in November and early December at Socorro when water temps were in the mid – high 80’s. Shark sightings are back to normal with winter water temps ie. I expect to see 75 – 76 F water temps in Feb instead of 73 which is warmer than normal but still a very good range for hammerhead sharks and all our other favourite sharks. Our experience during the previous El Nino was that we actually saw more hammerheads than normal. My guess is that we got the benefit of sharks migrating further north than normal and right into our waters.

Our humpback whale season has started slowly. We are seeing fewer animals than normal. Not sure if this is because the humpies don’t like the warmer water or if they are choosing not to migrate south from Alaska because food was scarcer than normal for them this past year. White shark sightings were normal with the exception that we saw far fewer of the enormous giant “big momma” females than normal in October.

THE BIG THING to point out to your clients is that we are seeing different weather and storm patterns than normal. We actually had a hurricane go through Socorro Island in late November which is unheard of. We believe it’s solely because of El Nino. For this reason, we highly recommend that all guests purchase trip insurance – it’s especially valuable in case of a weather event this year.”

Spirit of Freedom: “We have not experienced any effects from the El Nino other than the monsoon trough dropping a little earlier than usual. So its a bit wet at the moment, but the trough may lift in January, we shall wait and see.”

Nai’a; “We are happy and relieved to report that El Nino has had a very positive effect on Fiji’s coral reefs. While other reefs in the region have experience bleaching due to ocean warming, starting last fall, the water temperature in Fiji dropped and stayed right along the line of lowest temperatures we have recorded on NAI’A.

While this means a bit more time layering up with neoprene before each dive, the visibility has been tremendous and the hard coral in Fiji is as healthy as it has ever been! As a consequence of this, we are seeing an abundance of the rest of Fiji’s reef creatures. Gradually, the temperature has started to climb again, but it is still unseasonably cool.”

Beyond the Pacific?

Orion: “The Maldives is a designation more for fish, notably Sharks and Mantas. This far we have seen no effects on these due to El Niño. As for Coral there have been some reports for bleaching however this is more in the shallows where it affects snorkelling, not so much at depths that divers frequent. We have seen little to no effect to the type of diving that we strive for. The diving has been excellent this season with plenty of Manta and Shark action to entice our ever happy clients.”

Choosing the right liveaboard destination can be a tricky balancing actOther operators we have been in touch with in places like the Red Sea and Indonesia also report no meaningful impact of El Nino with diving conditions being great. So it is a bit of a mixed bag. Some places are affected and it is changing the behaviour of the marine life there, some are seeing no effect. The situation may change depending on the severity and duration of the warming event.

Generally speaking it is not good news for the marine life and coral of our most beloved dive destinations. However many have bounced back well since the last significant El Nino.

While the impact of this El Niño remains to be fully realised, things are clearly not all doom and gloom. There is plenty of good diving out there and we should not be put off simply because El Niño is in the news.


Palau Siren 2016 discounts

December 21st, 2015

Find out more about the liveaboard Palau SirenHave you ever visited the Pacific island nation of Palau? It is a dream dive destination for many with promises of sharks and big fish action, Jellyfish lake and stunning WWII historical sites both above and below water. There are many reasons why Palau is considered such a great dive destination.

1 extra reason these days is that there are specials galore on the sailing yacht Palau Siren. Check them out…

Any trip departing: before 31st December 2016 15% OFF.

Palau Islands
8 days/ 7 nights
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 3,370 (Euro 3,100)
Now US$ 2,865 (Euro 2,635)
Save US$ 1,010 per couple!

Find out more about the liveaboard Palau SirenCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beers, dives, airport transfers to and from the boat, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available), use of essential scuba equipment for the duration of the trip, surface marker device.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, marine park and port fees: 7 nights US$ 200, 10 nights US$ 270 per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (other than local beer), torches US$ 5 per day, dive computer US$ 5 per day. 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.


Philippine Siren special offers 2016

December 21st, 2015

Find out more about the liveaboard SY Philippine SirenHave you ever imagined diving in some of the Philippines best dive sites but without the hassle of trying to get around the country? If so then why not check out the exciting option of a liveaboard trip on SY Philippine Siren?

There are some tasty specials around too and we bring them to you here. Any trip departing: between 1st January 2016 and 30th September 2016 receive 15% OFF.

Tubbataha Reef
7 days/ 6 nights
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 2,859
Now US$ 2,430
Save US$ 858 per couple!

Find out more about the liveaboard SY Philippine SirenCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices, electrolyte powder, beer, transfers to and from the boat/airport, dives, experienced English speaking divemasters (6 divers per guide), use of essential scuba equipment (BCD, regulator, shorty wetsuit, mask & fins, weights & weight belt, SMB), nitrox for enriched air certified divers.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive computer US$ 5 per day, torch US$ 5 per day, marine park fees: 2015: Southern Visayas 7 nights – US$ 79, Southern Visayas 10 nights – US$ 106, Malapascua & The Visayas 10 nights – US$ 138, 2016: Tubbataha 6 nights – US$ 79, diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, travel insurance (highly recommended). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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2016 Indo liveaboard discounts on MV Pindito

December 17th, 2015

MV Pindito cutting through remote Indonesian watersNow could be your chance to join the legendary Edi Frommenwiler on his pioneering Indonesian liveaboard MV Pindito.

There are some great offers available right now in some of Indonesia’s best scuba diving destinations: Raja Ampat, Alor, Flores and Komodo National Park.

20% off on all these 2016 trips

Save up to US$ 1,038 per person / US$ 2,076 per couple!

  • 18 January to 29 January: Raja Ampat
  • 01 February to 12 February: Raja Ampat
  • 28 March to 08 April: Raja Ampat
  • 25 April to 06 May: Alor – Banda Sea
  • 09 May to 20 May: Flores – Alor
  • 25 July to 05 August: Komodo – Sumbawa – Bali
  • 08 August to 19 August: Flores – Alor
  • 22 August to 02 September: Komodo – Sumbawa – Bali

Don’t delay! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


Amazing Galapagos specials in 2016

December 16th, 2015

Diving the magnificent GalapagosWe like to keep you up-to-date with changes in the world of diving that might benefit you. Well here is one. Unusually there are loads of great specials available on Galapagos liveaboards.

Normally this amazing scuba destination requires lots of advance planning since the boats are all full for many months into the future. However right now there are some excellent discounts around:

Humboldt Explorer: 27% off 11-18 Jan 2016 and 7-14 March 2016 trips.

Galapagos Sky: 25% off for individuals or 50% off for your buddy on 17-24 January 2016 trip.

Galapagos Master: 15% off for 2016 January to May trips.

Nortada: 5% off 08–15 January 2016 trip.

Don’t delay. Make it happen NOW! Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)94 582 7973 / (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


Galapagos Master Special offers

December 15th, 2015

The majestic Galapagos liveaboard MV Galapagos MasterThere are some incredible specials around in Galapagos these days! Normally this is a destination that requires lots of advanced planning. These days there seem to be more spaces popping up, meaning you can get to scuba dive the best sites of Galapagos for less.

However you need to act quickly. We can even offer you an excellent 15 % off for 2016 trips on the excellent Galapagos newbie MY Galapagos Master.

Spring into action and make some big savings while diving the pinnacle of your underwater life:

Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 4,850 Now US$ 4,122
Deluxe twin/double bed cabin/Master double bed cabin: Was US$ 4,950 Now US$ 4,207
Save up to US$ 1,486 per couple!

The Master cabin on the Master liveaboardCruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local brands of alcohol, land tours, transfers to the boat from local airport on days of arrival and departure, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 22.50 per day), dive computer, dive insurance, Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100 payable in cash at San Cristobal airport, transit card US$ 20 payable in cash in Guayaquil or Quito airport, chamber support fee US$ 35. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers – 7 nights – US$ 100, 10 nights – US$ 150, torches.

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Sting Ray 20% off Selected Oct-Nov 2016 trips!

December 14th, 2015

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Bali liveaboards: Enjoy the island and an amazing diving cruise

November 24th, 2015

The beautiful Bali liveaboard Indo AggressorBali liveaboard diving is something many divers are keen to do when they visit Indonesia.

There are many liveaboards that start or end their trips at Bali’s Benoa Harbour so you can enjoy all the fun of island and still explore the rich waters in the best way possible – by liveaboard. Depending on itinerary you can start with a few of Bali’s best dives on the east coast of the island before heading east towards Komodo National Park.

At the time of writing, the options below are an uptodate selection of liveaboard cruises that operate Bali to Komodo, Komodo to Bali, or Bali to Komodo to Bali cruises

Indo Aggressor: Bali–Sumbawa-Komodo. 10 or 11 nights Komodo cruises which in fact begin diving at Bali’s sites: USS Liberty Wreck, Seraya and Tulamben Drop Off. These unusual trips dive a little of Bali before proceeding on to Moyo island and ultimately the Komodo National Park. The ports used are Bali and Labuan Bajo.

Mermaid I: Komodo Island-Sumbawa. 9 nights, Bali to Komodo to Bali (so you don’t need an internal flight). You can enjoy up to 28 dives on these Komodo tours.

Mermaid I is one of the liveaboards operating out of BaliMermaid II: Komodo Island-Sumbawa. These cruises are normally 7 nights long and are either Bali to Bali, or Bali to Maumere, depending on the departure date.

WAOW: Komodo Island-Sumbawa. 11 nights and 33 dives on Komodo safaris operating between Bali and Labuan Bajo, or Bali and Maumere.

Pindito: Komodo-Sumbawa-Bali. Occasional 11-night trips with 38 dives on Komodo cruises operating between Bali and Maumere.

So don’t limit yourself to a few crowded dive sites in Bali with countless dive shops all rushing to the same spot. If you are a scuba diver you can get a taste of Bali and then hop on a beautiful boat and visit some of the finest dive sites in Indonesia. You won’t forget the amazing diving of Komodo National Park.

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15% Off Raja Ampat liveaboard La Galigo 2017 trips! Plus Free Use of Dive Gear and Free DAN insurance!

November 20th, 2015

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Maldives Emergency not to impact tourists

November 5th, 2015

You may have heard the news that the Maldives has declared a state of emergency for 30 days ahead of an anti-government rally. While the words ‘state of emergency’ never sound good, it is worth pointing out that this ought not to have any impact on tourists visiting the Indian Ocean state.

The Maldivian government (whoever it may be) knows what side its bread is buttered on. Tourism is of such huge importance to the country that nothing is allowed to interfere with international holiday-makers enjoying the islands and atolls of the country. So don’t be alarmed. The amazing dive sites of the Maldives are unaffected and your enjoyment of them will be too.

We have been notified by our operator partners that this is indeed the case and it is business as usual. So there is no need to panic. There is no cause for any change of plans and nothing is being cancelled by the operators.

Here is the official governmental notification…

The official news release by the Maldives government

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10% Early Bird Discount on DiveRACE Class E 2016/17 Trips!

November 4th, 2015

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