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New liveaboard Caribbean Explorer II – Saba & St Kitts

December 8th, 2016

We have a new destination and liveaboard in the Caribbean. Now you can experience the delightful islands of Saba & St Kitts on board the excellent MV Caribbean Explorer II. Part of the reputable worldwide Explorer fleet, the Caribbean Explorer II takes up to 18 scuba divers on 7 night cruises in the clear warm waters that lap agaisnt these paradise shores. As a new liveaboard on our site you can save $$$ by booking now!

The MV Caribbean Explorer IIWhat’s the scuba diving like? Saba is a 5 square mile (13 square kilometers) island that lies 28 miles (45 km) south of St. Maarten. The marine park is situated around the entire island and has been completely protected for the last 15 years. You can expect to see a wide variety of reef fish and pelagics such as schools of blue tangs, goatfish, parrotfish, large Nassau groupers, horse-eye jacks, turtles, and of course a variety of sharks.

There are many dive sites around St. Kitts, the locations selected will be influenced by weather and currents. Diving off St. Kitts offers divers both reefs and an array of wrecks that are easily accessible for divers of all levels and experiences.

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

Saba Marine Park & St Kitts – 8D/7N – Up to 25 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin – US$ 2,095 per person
Book before 8 January 2017 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Open air relaxation on the Caribbean Explorer IICruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local alcoholic drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 18 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dinner on the final evening, scuba equipment (US$ 150 per trip), torch, dive computer, dive insurance (see our insurance program for a competitive quotation), bed tax US$ 115, fuel surcharge US$30. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 150 per person per trip), torches, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

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

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New Myanmar liveaboard launch offer – MV Thepnampa

November 30th, 2016

The new Myanmar liveaboard MV ThepnampaThere is a new kid on the block when it comes to Myanmar liveaboards! Introducing MV Thepnampa – a European operated liveaboard running affordable scuba diving trips around the Mergui Archipelago.

Renovated in 2016, this 22m motor yacht takes up to 12 divers, so you can expect plenty of personalised service and small dive groups. The dive deck has 2 showers and 2 toilets for added comfort.

MV Thepnampa is a low budget option in Burma. Shorter trips take in Tower Rock, Shark Cave, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky and Volcano. Longer trips can include Black Rock and Burma Banks.

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

Mergui Archipelago – 6D/5N – Up to 14 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin – US$ 853 per person (THB 29,900)

Mergui Archipelago – 7D/6N – Up to 21 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin – US$ 1,010 per person (THB 35,400)

Mergui Archipelago – 8D/7N – Up to 24 dives
Standard double/twin bed cabin – US$ 1,280 per person (THB 44,900)

Book your cruise on the new and exciting MV Thepnampa by 30 December 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

Thepnampa's comfortable standard cabinCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster (4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torch, transfers to and from Ranong hotels.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 14 per day), dive insurance. Burma visa and park fee is US$ 220. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, dive computer. 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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Philippines Declares Largest Marine Protected Area!

November 28th, 2016

The Philippines has declared new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) totaling over a million hectares (approximately 2,676,990 acres). The new MPAs include a staggering 1,013,340 hectares in Cagayancillo and an additional 80,000 of Aborlan in the province of Palawan. These areas cover both coastal and offshore waters.

Philippine SirenThis successful initiative has come about due to collaborations between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Foundation Segré. The aim of declaring the new MPAs is to rebuild fish stocks of the Coral Triangle by changing the way the local residents in the area view protected areas. The Philippine MPAs are more of a fish-production station for future generations rather than no-go zones.

The WWF has been trying to put people’s needs first by focusing on the value of the MPAs to maximise fisheries production instead of merely protecting biodiversity. “Through well-managed MPAs, coastal communities can realize that conservation is the surest way to secure tomorrow’s fish,” Joel Palma, WWF Philippines President and CEO.

This strategy is working. Cagayancillo fisherman have experienced the positive effects due to the protection of nearby Tubbataha Reefs, and clamoured to also have their waters protected. “Since WWF introduced marine conservation in early 2000, we have been vigilant. The reefs sustain our need for food and income. For years, we have had an abundant fish supply. I really believe some of them come from Tubbataha, especially the big ones,” shares Cagayancillo-based conservationist Nison Abados.

Tubbataha Reef PhilippinesCagayancillo is now the 1557th and largest MPA in the Philippines. (The Philippines hosts more MPAs than any other country in Southeast Asia.) Unfortunately many MPAs are not properly administered. The WWF and Philippine authorities are addressing this by ensuring that collaborative management, which is key to effective MPAs, is being introduced in the new MPAs. Roles, responsibilities and benefits are shared between the stakeholders (these include national and local authorities, communities, the private sector and other resource users.) Local fishermen are aided by gaining exclusive rights to fisheries either in or near the MPAs. They are also empowered to help them improve the health and productivity of their fisheries. These vital safe havens for marine life ensure sustainability as well as attract tourists to the area.

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Improved Indonesian Air Travel Safety Is Recognised

November 7th, 2016

It is now easier and safer to travel to your Indonesian scuba diving holiday destination with more recognised airlines to choose from. Earlier this year, the European Commission updated it’s Air Safety List and removed a ban against three more Indonesian airlines.

Raja Ampat ReefLow cost carriers Citilink and Lion Air and full-service carrier, Batik Air are now allowed to fly into European airspace. They currently do not offer services from European countries, however you can now rest assured that they do meet European safety standards. You can confidently book your Asian connecting flights with these carriers.

They join Indonesia Air Asia and Indonesia flag carrier Garuda Indonesia who were removed from the list in 2009 and 2010 respectfully.

Garuda Indonesia have also announced that they have been upgraded from a category 2 to a category 1 and will once more be able to fly to the United States. This change was announced by Indonesian Transportation Ministry’s Directorate General of Air Transportation, Mohammad Alwi. The airline is expected to open flight routes between Jakarta to New York and Los Angeles in 2017.

Dewi NusantaraWith all the available air travel options now available for you to choose from, you can comfortably book your Indonesian liveaboard holiday today. Our Dive The World friendly and efficient sales team members are available to assist you with all your Indonesia scuba diving questions and will make your diving holiday booking a hassle free experience.

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Specials Galore This December

October 30th, 2016

blue-pealAll too frequently we get caught up in the hum drum of everyday life. Unfortunately the mundane takes over and we forget to live in the moment, appreciate the now, and soak up the wonders that surround us. Now is the time to act, do not wait for the chords of ‘auld lang syne’ to be playing to make your new year’s resolutions. Decide now where you want to go and what you want to experience. Dive The World is here to help make all your dreams a reality by providing you with lots of great offers for liveaboard trips this December.

Like many divers, your list may include making more time for scuba holidays, booking that liveaboard trip or possibly go that extra mile to encounter that one elusive must see amazing sea creature.

amiraYou are spoilt for choice this December with the amazing variety of discounted liveaboard trips. You can select a festive diving holiday destination close to home or book an adventure far away. Why not make the most of the special prices and book two liveaboards in neighbouring destinations such as Thailand and Indonesia or Sudan and Egypt, or you can book the prized trip to the Galapagos that may have seemed just out of your reach? Seize the day and end 2016 the same way you intend to live in 2017! Send us an email today for more information on these incredible offers.

astreaWe are asking you, why wait? Dive The World can help you to make your new year’s resolutions happen before the end of 2016 and help you save $$$. There is no need to compromise, we are offering you discounted liveaboard trips in 12 different countries! It couldn’t be easier, go to our Dive Liveaboards Calendar where all our December discounted liveaboard trips are conveniently highlighted for you. Click on the liveaboard trip of your choice, preview the extensive details we provide and simply email us or send us an enquiry.

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Thailand Mourns Venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 23rd, 2016

King Bhumibol AdulyadejThai King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away peacefully on the Thursday, 13th October 2016, at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. King Bhumibol was much loved by the Thai people and was the world’s longest reigning monarch. He was coronated in 1946 at the age of 18 and was the Thai constitutional monarch for seven decades.

The King’s passing will be recognised with flags flying at half-mast for 30 days and the country will observe a year of mourning. His body will lie at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, inside the Grand Palace complex for an undisclosed duration. No date has been set for the cremation. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will ascend the throne, however he has requested time to mourn with the country before his coronation.

While the Thai nation is in mourning, the government has requested that “joyful events” are avoided and that the public not hold any “entertainment activities” during the month. Sombre, black or dark, clothing will be worn by the Thai nation during the mourning period and visitors to the country are advised to do the same.

If you have already planned your diving holiday to Thailand, there should be no reason to change your plans. Along with your dive gear, sun block and guidebooks, it is more important than ever to pack some cultural sensitivity. The advice for UK citizens, “if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities”. “Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas,” says the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). There may be some disruption of commercial and public services, especially during the next 30 days. Thailand’s lese majeste laws are among the strictest in the world. The Dutch foreign ministry also reminds travelers to Thailand to avoid any “declarations or discussions critical of the royal family”.

During your diving vacation to Thailand be respectful in dress and conversation when in public areas, keep updated with local announcements and seek confirmation on appropriate attire in resorts and on liveaboards.

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Thailand liveaboard launch offer – Sawasdee Fasai

October 21st, 2016

The lovely new Similans liveaboard MV Sawasdee FasaiThere is a new kid on the block of Similans liveaboards. Say hello to MV Sawasdee Fasai. This is an impressive steel-hulled Thailand liveaboard in the mid price range.

It runs 4 night trips to the Similans, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak and you can save a few $$$ by booking now.

Not only is there a 10% early bird discount valid until 30th November 2016 But you can combine this with our new product launch offer:

Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak
5D/4N – Up to 14 dives – 10% off if you book before 30th November.
– Budget twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Standard double/twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Deluxe twin bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person
– Master twin/double bed cabin: Now US$ 3,500 per person

Itinerary: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak.
Book before 20 November 2016 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!

The saloon on board Sawasdee FasaiCruise price includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (it must be ordered in advance), return transfers to/from the boat from Phuket or Khao Lak areas, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, travel accident insurance.

Price excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 14 per day, to be paid in advance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torches, dive computer, 15 ltr tanks available for rent (approx US$ 9 per day), dive insurance. 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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A Win For Sharks and Rays at Cites Conference

October 11th, 2016

Silky Sharkes in Jardines de la Reina_David DoubiletThe triennial Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) meeting wrapped up in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week. The 17th Conference was attended by delegates from most of the 182 member countries as well as a host of interested parties from international governmental organisations, animal protection groups, wildlife trade proponents, scientists and the media.

Cites is a multilateral treaty, with the aim to ensure that international trade in wild plants and animals, does not threaten their survival. During the conference decisions are made detailing specific plants and animals to be listed under one of the three Cites Appendices. The Conference includes discussions and decisions regarding rules of procedure to capacity building, enforcement, measures to combat illegal trade and reduce wildlife products, and the engagement of local communities. With so many interested and invested parties, all with their own agendas, it is remarkable that once decisions are made, most of the member countries agree to implement the them.

The outcome of this year’s conference gave cause for both celebration and disappointment. Fortunately there were more reasons to celebrate, especially for marine life. Silky sharks, thresher sharks and mobula rays were all listed on Appendix II, joining hammerhead, basking, requiem, mackerel and whale sharks that are already listed under the same category.

Ray Revillagigedos Archipelago_image courtesy of_Guy StevensThe Appendix II listing now provides protection for these species, as well as “look-alike species”, (i.e. species that look similar) for conservation reasons. As Appendix II listed species, these sharks and rays are not currently threatened with extinction, however they are recognised as being in need of protection and the Appendix II listing makes certain provisions for this. All international trade in these species will now require the relevant export permit or re-export certificate. Under Cites, import permits are not required, however certain countries have stricter measures in place and import permits are required. Cites stipulates that specific conditions need to be met in order for the relevant authorities to issue permits, the most important being that trade in a species will not adversely affect their survival in the wild.

There is much to be done to ensure that the decisions made during the conference are implemented. Many liveaboard scuba diving vacations contribute to the protection of these species by way of the park fees that are collected from divers. Book your diving holiday and know that you are contributing to the survival of marine life.

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Maldives Manta Mania!

October 4th, 2016

Most divers have a ‘must see wish list’ and if I was a gambler, I’d bet that diving with majestic manta rays would feature in the top 5 of every diver’s list. Who wouldn’t want to swim with gentle giants (that can reach an incredible 8 metres in length and up to 2,300 kilograms) yet glide effortlessly as if performing an aquatic ballet? To help you satisfy your dreams, look no further than the Maldives for exhilarating manta ray experiences.

Carpe Vita ExplorerThe tropical paradise that is the Maldives is home to 1,192 coral islands forming 26 atolls and include 31 protected areas. Azure seas, white sandy beaches and a tropical climate provide the perfect destination for leisure diving. Dive The World offers you sublime choices for your Maldives liveaboard diving safaris.

Diving with manta rays are possible year round in this magical paradise. The Ari Atoll is where divers go to experience big marine life. Here currents are strong, coral reefs are few, the water is rich with plankton and fish life abundant. The result is the perfect combination for manta ray, whale shark and hammerhead encounters.

The Maldives are filled with opportunities to witness these incredible creatures, however Ari Atoll is the front runner. Head to one of the cleaning stations (Donkalo Thila in west Ari, Rangali Madivaru in the south west, and Kudarah Thila in the south east) where frequent manta sightings occur. The far North Atolls are the adventure playground of experienced divers. Here the nutrient rich waters of Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll are populated with reef predators and manta rays. If this is your chosen Maldivian diving location, we are happy to share with you that mantas appear more frequently in larger groups during the September – November period.

Mantas in Maldives with Thomas PeschakIf the feeling of solitude is a consideration when booking your Maldivian liveaboard safari, consider visiting the Northern Atolls. When diving Baa, Raa, Lhaviyani and Noonu, there may be fewer liveaboards at your dive sites. We recommend that you consider an itinerary that includes snorkeling at world famous Hanifaru Bay. During the months of May to November, when the lunar tide occurs, the bay experiences an enormous plankton buildup. This occasion ushers in up to 200 manta rays and whale sharks. An experience every diver needs to witness.

The Maldives are vast, the seasons varied and the experiences unforgettable. Contact our knowledgable team today for guidance on where and when you should book your Maldivian liveaboard cruise.

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Join The Philippine Siren Shark Behaviour Research Cruise in Tubbataha

September 26th, 2016

The SY Philippine Siren liveaboard is collaborating with LAMAVE for an exciting research project. You can be one of the 16 lucky divers to have the privilege to assist the LAMAVE researchers (Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines) during their beneficial work.

This special cruise is only available for 29 March – 4 April 2017 bookings aboard the Philippine Siren. Confirm your cabin now and experience more than any other Tubbataha liveaboard holiday.

During your cruise you will be invited to join the following activities:
Philippine Siren liveaboard, special research cruise to Tubbataha
Assist the LAMAVE research team in monitoring tiger and grey reef shark behaviour
Join in for exploratory dives to deploy new acoustic receivers to track individual whale sharks, manta rays and analyse the gathered data from existing receivers
Help with identifying individual tagged species of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles and to count their numbers
Attend several presentations by Gonsalo Araujo (LAMAVE Executive Director)

The traditional gaff-rigged phinisi-style liveaboard offers guests luxury and safety (Lloyds standards). The Philippine Siren has been designed to ensure that diving guests are well catered for, from the beautifully appointed ensuite cabins, the well designed, spacious dive deck to the well trained crew of 12 all your diving holiday requirements will be met, and then some. Certified divers may also enjoy complimentary nitrox during your 6 night cruise.

Special Research Liveaboard Diving Trip to Tubbataha Reefs National Park
29 March – 4 April 2017
Standard double/twin bed cabin: US$ 3,338 (per person)
19 Dives

Do not delay, contact our friendly and efficient Dive The World team to confirm your cabin aboard the Philippine Siren and be part of this extraordinary opportunity to make a difference.

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Layang Layang Island Resort – 2016 Operator of the Year!

September 19th, 2016

The only diving operator on a small Malaysian island in the South China Sea, Layang Layang Island Resort is the Dive The World Operator of the Year for 2016.

We at Dive The World, continually communicate with the owners and management of the resorts and liveaboards that we promote to ensure that they provide you, our customers, the best possible service they can. We value our customers opinions and listen to your feedback about your scuba diving holidays. Your feedback, which includes all aspects of your vacation experience, (from accommodation to food, diving safety to staff service) determines who is recognised as our (your) operator of the year.

This year many customers have shared with us the exceptional service they received at Layang Layang. The magic of diving with the 3 star Layang Layang Island Resort is in part due to the main attraction, schools of hammerhead sharks! There are many other reasons to visit Layang Layang; diverse and healthy corals, an abundance of fish life, deep-water manta rays and even a protected bird park.

You can be assured of receiving top-notch service. Upon receiving the award, Lawrence Lee, Layang Layang General Manager responded: “Thank you for the recognition and support from Dive The World. We will continue with our efforts to provide the ultimate dive experience @ Layang Layang Island.”

The dive season at Layang Layang is short and numbers are limited due to the low availability of flights, do not miss your opportunity to visit this incredible dive destination. Book early!

They also have an awesome special for 2017 where they are giving away free nights!

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Celebrate with Belize

September 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MY Sea Serpent – Red Sea Liveaboard Video

September 7th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Hawaii Is Home To The World’s Largest National Park

August 29th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Affordable Mexico liveaboard trips to the Sea Of Cortez

August 24th, 2016

The cheap and cheerful Quino El GuardianSome people think that a liveaboard trip to sample the wonders of Mexico’s Pacific coast is a luxury they cannot afford.

Amazing places like the Sea of Cortez may be likened to the Galapagos in terms of the diversity, big fish action and incredible encounters, but it can be much more affordable.

Between July and October every year you can join 7 night trips on the well-known Mexico liveaboard Quino El Guardian. Spaces on these trips are limited so you need to plan in advance. So why not start now and plan ahead for 2017?

Quino El Guardian – 8D/7N
23 -30 July 2017 – Sea of Cortez and Midriff Islands
13-20 August 2017 – Sea of Cortez and Midriff Islands
1-8 October 2017 – Sea of Cortez
Standard 4-share cabin: US$ 2,100

Diving Socorro and the Sea of Cortez from Quino El GuardianPlayful sea lions, schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays, breaching mobula rays and magnificent whale sharks are all headlining diving attractions of the Sea of Cortez. Cetaceans are commonly spotted and include vast pods of dolphins, porpoises, pilot whales, killer whales and even sperm whales and humpback whales. Unlike some other dive sites on the Pacific side of Mexico, there are also plenty of smaller creatures to see as well as healthy reef scenes to experience

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

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

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

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


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