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Palau to establish fishing-free ocean sanctuary

September 25th, 2014

Palau may be leading the way in marine conservation. This can only be good news for this excellent dive destination, home to some of the best liveaboard experiences in the world .

Isn't it time you visited this earthly paradise?An article in the New Zealand Herald reports: “Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to completely ban commercial fishing in the island nation’s vast ocean territory by 2018.

The fishing-free zone in the northern Pacific, described as unprecedented by famed US marine scientist Sylvia Earle, will cover 630,000sq km, an area almost the size of France.”

Kudos to Palau president Timmy Remengesau for seeking to build on Palau’s success in protecting sharks. “Just a decade ago, dozens of so-called “shark boats” regularly docked in Palau’s commercial centre Koror, hanging fins to dry from their rigging as they worked to supply a seemingly insatiable demand in Asia for the primary ingredient in shark fin soup.

The thriving shark population of PalauDuring the height of the trade, an estimated 73 million sharks a year had their fins hacked off and were thrown back into the sea to die.”

Now, as everyone knows, Palau’s waters have a very healthy shark population and has become something of a must-visit destination for divers keen to experience dives with sharks and rays and vast quantities of fish.

If you want to dive Palau, contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Last Minute Komodo cruise: Mermaid II 20% off

September 16th, 2014

Save US$ 1,452 per couple!

A last minute cabin has come free on the excellent Indonesia liveaboard MV Mermaid II and you can get a whopping 20% off!

Date: 29 Sept to 08 October
Itinerary: Special 10 Days/9 nights
Route: Bali-Komodo-Bali
Note: This cruise starts off with dive in Nusa Penida in Mola Mola season!
Price: Was US$ 3,625 (2800 EUR). Now US$ 2,899 (2240 EUR)
Plus: FREE nitrox
Save US$ 1,452 per couple!

Diving in Komodo aboard the Mermaid IIThis Komodo liveaboard is a powerful 32 metre steel hulled motor vessel, so it can get you to and from all the dive sites around the Komodo National Park in next to no time. An additional generator and fuel tanks give added confidence that MV Mermaid II can keep operating cruises without technical interruption.

At this awesome price, you will need to act quickly! Do so and you will probably dive with Mola Mola very soon, plus you get the Master cabin on Mermaid II at a super low price! Contact our sales staff to book your scuba diving holiday in sunny Komodo. Contact Dive The World to book the MV Mermaid II liveaboard send us an email or call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794.

Note: prices quoted are per person sharing and subject to currency fluctuations.

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Massive 40% off – Maldives group deal

September 9th, 2014

Insane 40% discount for a last minute group trip!
MV Amba liveaboard with here dive tender in the Maldives

Excellent Maldives liveaboard MV Amba has just had space open up between 21 September and 5th October 2014.

If your group is ready to act you can be diving the glorious atolls of the far north of the Maldives and saving big time!

Here are the details of the offer
Trip duration: Up to you! 7 nights…10 nights….14 nights
Travel period: Between 21 September and 5 October 2014
Group Size: 10 or more. Full charter is for 22 guests
Discount: A whopping 40%!
Offer price per person per night: US$ 119

Relaxing on MV Amba's shaded upper deck after glorious Maldives divingIncludes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Hanimaadhoo Airport, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (10 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, Maldivian Bed Tax and GST.

Excludes: Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (all dives with nitrox is approx US$ 66), scuba equipment and torches (not available for rent on this boat), dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival: on board payments in cash (Euros and US dollars) not credit cards.

It may be short notice but if you have a group itching for a liveaboard trip or your plans elsewhere have fallen through, this could be your saviour! Contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email

Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing. Special offers apply to new bookings only.

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Fab Group Deals on Carpe Vita in Maldives.

September 5th, 2014

The beautiful Cocos liveaboard MV ArgoIf you are looking for some great group deals on a Maldives liveaboard then check out what is on offer on the excellent MV Carpe Vita Explorer.
These group offers are valid for all 2014 trips and in 2015 and 2016 for all trips starting from August until the end of December.

Check out these great group deals:
6 people to 12 people
US$ 300 discount per person and 1 place FREE – 7 night trips
US$ 400 discount per person and 1 place FREE – 10 night trips

12 people or more
US$ 300 discount per person and 2 places FREE – 7 night trips
US$ 400 discount per person and 2 places FREE – 10 night trips

Full charter
US$ 300 discount per person and 4 places FREE – 7 night trips (summer)
US$ 300 discount per person and 3 places FREE – 7 night trips (winter)
US$ 400 discount per person and 4 places FREE – 10 night trips (summer)
US$ 400 discount per person and 3 places FREE – 10 night trips (winter)
Summer trips run from May to October.
Winter trips run from November to April.

The beautiful Cocos liveaboard MV Argo

Check out the prices and schedule for MV Carpe Vita Explorer and see what dates suit you and your group. Then get in touch and we’ll make it happen.

The MV Carpe Vita Explorer is 1 of the foremost liveaboards in the Maldives. It offers all the comforts and facilities needed to ensure that you can truly chill-out and unwind in comfort and style. So contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Eating fish on liveaboards: ‘OK’ or ‘No Way’?

September 4th, 2014

At Dive The World we take your feedback seriously and recently we have received a few complaints about various liveaboard operators serving “too much fish” on board.

Many divers are struck by the apparent contradiction inherent in visiting a place to marvel at its marine bio-diversity and then proceeding to lessen that diversity by eating some of the very creatures they have come to marvel at.

We had a customer who was on a Burma liveaboard who complained that fish was the number 1 source of protein during their dive trip. Another who was on a liveaboard in Indonesia who was shocked to be served the local marine life, caught by traditional methods. It is quite common for liveaboard staff to fish for food during the cruises and the writer has experienced both tuna and sailfish being caught and eaten on a liveaboard trip. They also often stock up on fish from local markets.

Is this a contradiction?

How does it make you feel?

Obviously if they use illegal methods or are fishing in a protected zone, that crosses a line. But is there not a line of morality or common sense that suggests this practice is unwise?

Fish resources are depleting. If one multiplies up the number of liveaboards every week, every month, every year that are serving up locally caught produce then the biomass starts to add up. The ‘rod and line can’t do any harm’ argument seems invalid.

Check out the article by Dive The World’s Sheldon Hey for a further investigation of this divisive issue: Open letter to dive operators worldwide

You can check out more interesting articles written over the years by contributors to Dive The World at our Newsletter archive or get in touch on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Sharifa 20% off and Special manta cruise

August 5th, 2014

Are you looking to experience amazing diving in the Maldives? Then hop onboard the Maldives Liveaboard MY Sharifa and get a great discount! Dive The World has the following special offer for you:

Maldives Liveaboard MY Sharifa – 20% Special Discount!
North Male, South Male and Ari atolls – 8 Days 7 Nights – 18 Dives

24 – 31 August 2014
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1419
Now US$ 1,135
Save US$ 568 per couple!

14 – 21 September 2014
Standard twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1360
Now US$ 1,088
Save US$ 544 per couple!

Maldives liveaboard diving with MY Sharifa The MY Sharifa is a European operated superior class Maldives liveaboard around the best dive sites in the Maldives Islands. The most common itineraries normally focus on Ari Atoll and also North Male and South Male.

This is a liveaboard built for diving, with 4 nicely furnished decks meaning there is always plenty of space for up to 18 divers in a range of en-suite cabin configurations, but all with at least 1 double bed. Facilities on board include large air-conditioned saloon with plenty of lounging and reading space.

Includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water (1 bottle per day), hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport on Sundays, dives (including 1 night dive), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6-7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, trips to the local islands, Maldivian bed tax and GST.

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, scuba equipment (approx US$ 55 per day. Stock is very limited), additional 2nd night dive (cost dependent on number of participants), dive insurance (can be purchased on board), torches, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

But wait..there’s more!

Non-diver discount
As well as the above discount trips, there is still a 10% discount for non-diving companions for all trips from August 3 – September 21
(the 2 discounts cannot be combined)

Mantas special
August 30 – September 14 is a special trip to Baa-Lhaviyani Atoll and the mantas of Hanifaru Lagoon.
Note you can also join for just 1 week, with an local air taxi flight.

So many great offers – it’s almost like you need a good reason not to dive in the beautiful Maldives soon! Act now and find yourself beneath a tropical sun, hopping on board the MY Sharifa Maldives Liveaboard with a great discount! Contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing. Special offers apply to new bookings only.

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Maldives 15% off Constellation liveaboards

August 4th, 2014

Are you looking for an amazing Maldives diving cruise soon, but you are looking to save a few $$$? Then happy days are here again for you! It is written in the stars that you are going to be stepping on board one of the Constellation fleet: MV Orion, MV Virgo, MV Leo.

Dive The World has the following special offer for you:

MV Orion, MV Virgo and MV Leo – 15% off – Last Minute Offer!
August and September cruises
8 Days 7 Nights 17 Dives
North Male, Rasdhoo, Ari and South Male atolls.

Maldives liveaboard MV Orion MV Orion
Save up to US$ 605 per couple!

Sleeping up to 24 guests this 39m liveaboard boasts a TV and DVD player in each cabin. The best cabins even have bathtubs. There is a crew of 18 on hand to give you lots of personal service. Nitrox is free of charge! All divers hit the water with personal tracking devices.

Maldives liveaboard MV Virgo
MV Virgo
Save up to US$ 484 per couple!

Virgo is the smallest of the fleet taking only 15 divers although it has the usual features of cabin entertainment and bathrooms, free nitrox and diver safety features. Like most Maldives liveaboards you will dive from an accompanying dhoni where the tanks are filled and your gear stays in place.

Maldives liveaboard MV Leo
MV Leo
Save up to US$ 484 per couple!

This 35m liveaboard takes 20 divers who socialise mostly in the large saloon, around the outdoor bar or in the Jacuzzi on the sun deck.Like the other boats of the fleet your cabin will feature a TV and DVD and ensute bathroom. You can also benefit from the company policy of free nitrox and personal tracking device.

So go on! Dive in! Treat yourself to a smashing week of diving in one of the world’s best liveaboard destinations and save money while doing so. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Note: All prices quoted are per diver sharing and are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing. Special offers apply to new bookings only.

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Palau Liveaboards – Special launch offers

August 3rd, 2014

Here at Dive The World we are delighted to announce the launch of Palau as our newest and most exciting destination!

We have seelcted the best and most professionally run Palau liveaboards for our guests. Since this is the official launch we are also making a special offer on all Palau liveaboards!

Dive The World – Palau Launch Offer
Book your cruise on any of our new Palau liveaboards by 03 September 2014 and get a US$ 100 Discount Voucher off your next dive vacation with Dive The World!
This offer can be used in addition to other special offers including your Dive The World returning customer 5% discount. Voucher is transferable.

See here for the discount voucher Terms and Conditions.

Palau liveaboard MV Solitude OneAmong the higher budget options we recommend are: MV Solitude One – This 52 metre long beauty is a huge and spacious liveaboard accommodating up to 22 divers. All cabins have a flat screen TV with USB media support and a networked system so you’ll have no shortage of entertainment.
MV Ocean Hunter III – this long established liveaboard is great for ordinary divers and photographers alike. With trimix and rebreather support and an enclosed lab for film production, you realise this is no ordinary liveaboard.

Micronesia liveaboard MV Palau Aggressor IIMid-budget boats include: the well-known Palau Aggressor II – from the famous Aggressor fleet comes this 32 metre catamaran where you can sit in the sun-deck’s hot tub drinking a complimentary local cocktail.
Ocean Hunter I – This intimate little yacht takes up to 6 guests around Palau. Each cabin has its own bathroom and there in an E-6 processing facility. An ideal boat for small groups to full charter.

Palau liveaboard diving with MV Tropic DancerFor those on a budget the best choices are: Tropic Dancer – From the worldwide Dancer fleet this great value liveaboard sleeps 18 guests in ensuite cabins, has a photo and video centre and complimentary local alcoholic drinks.
SY Palau Siren – This beautiful 40 metre schooner has a lot of great features: ensuite cabins with TV, DVD and music players, free nitrox and diving equipment, numerous camera workstations and a massage service.

So go on, take the plunge into the beautiful waters of Palau and get a discount off your next vacation! Contact Dive The World right away! Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Free equipment, nitrox on Oktavia in Nov

July 30th, 2014

If you are looking for a budget liveaboard in Thailand this year, then allow Oktavia to seduce you! You can benefit from free nitrox and free equipment (computer not included) on your 4 night Similans cruise.

MV Oktavia is a 30 metre motor yacht that runs short Similans liveaboard diving trips.

On board there can be up to 20 guests enjoying the best dive sites of the Andaman Sea, being looked after by 14 crew members. Popular with young international divers, various languages are spoken on board this Phuket liveaboard.

MV OktaviaFree equipment and free nitrox!
5 Days 4 Nights 15 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak
2-6 November
7-11 November
12-16 November

Standard twin/double bed cabin: US$ 720 (THB 23000)
Master double bed cabin: US$ 970 (THB 31000)

Do you want to act now and take advantage of these 2 freebies on Oktavia? Contact Dive The World to experience the Similan Islands without breaking the bank. Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794, or you could send us an email.

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Is this the golden age of scuba diving?

July 29th, 2014

No child grows up these days dreaming of being an explorer hoping to discover new lands. It has all been done. Names like Columbus, Magellan, Raleigh and Cortez were there at the golden age of exploration and we can only imagine what those wondrous, exciting times were like.

Children a few generations from now might look back at this period with wonder – at a time when the seas were full of vibrant coral reefs and vast numbers of multi-coloured reef fish and fascinating creatures galore.

The future is now

It isn’t difficult to imagine a future seascape very different from our own if climate change and ocean acidification are taken to their natural conclusion. Dull seascapes with one or 2 drab colonising sponges or corals covering everything as a few boring creatures cling on to life beneath a water column where jellyfish thrive in numbers beyond our imagination. In fact this process is already underway.

People will look back at the period from the middle of the 20th century, when SCUBA was invented and into the 21st century as an incredible golden age. During this time it was possible to strap on a tank of compressed air and sink beneath the waves to see incredible sights of colour and life.

This is what reefs look like in your time

They will wonder why we didn’t do it more. We had the technology and the natural world was still capable of supporting incredible marine ecosystems, the kind of which they only see in images and stock footage from the past.

Isn’t it time to take advantage of the fact that you live in the golden age of diving?

Well at Dive The World we are not short of ideas! There are lots of different places in the world you could visit and have the dives of your life.

Have a sneak peak at our next dream destination – Palau – a gem in the Pacific Ocean home to some incredible dive sites. Here the visibility is often astounding and allows you clear sight of lots of sharks, rays, pelagics and schools of fish. You can also snorkel in the sting-free environment of the world famous Jellyfish Lake. The best way to dive Palau is to choose from our recommended range of Palau liveaboards.

Otherwise have a browse through what other special offers are available through Dive The World. Our destination list is long and inviting, so make it happen, before it’s too late!

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

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Sting Ray – August Special: Stay 7N, Pay 6N

July 28th, 2014

If you are looking for an affordable Maldives cruise this summer then look no further!
MV Sting Ray is one of the most popular budget liveaboards operating in the Maldives.

Many divers want to come and experience the wonder of a Maldives liveaboard and opt for Sting Ray because of its low price. Well that price just got lower…

If you fancy a cheap Maldives liveaboard cruise in August then act now:

MV Sting Ray – Stay 7 nights pay 6 nights
25th Aug to 01st Sep 2014
8 Days 7 Nights 17 Dives
North Male, South Male and Ari atolls
Standard twin/double cabin: Was US$ 1,267 per person
Now US$ 1,086 per person

Save up to US$ 362 per couple!

Do you want to act now and make your summer much better? Contact Dive The World to experience a Maldives liveaboard without breaking the bank. Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794, or you could send us an email.

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Divemaster gets 6 months in prison for killing eagle ray

July 25th, 2014

What do you make of this story?

A divemaster in Taiwan who killed an eagle ray has been sentenced to 6 months in prison. It is not a suspended sentence or one with the possibility of parole probation or early release. He will spend the full 6 months in prison for his crime.

Too harsh? A fair application of the law? Not harsh enough?

The eagle ray killed by a divemaster in Taiwan Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N Camacho handed down the sentence to Hu jie Fang, 27, a Chinese national .

He ordered that Fang be taken to the Department of Corrections to start serving his sentence.

The spear-gun offence took place at a popular dive site “Ice Cream Point” in an area known as “Eagle Ray City” off Saipan. The eponymous creatures are known to gather there in large numbers. Camacho described the power of a single photo taken by a tourist diving in the area to saying “each photo taken home with the tourist is free advertising showing the great beauty and grand scale of aquatic life”. He added that the ecotourism potential of the area “should be nurtured, protected, and grown.”

Prosecuting attorney James B. McAllister pressed for the maximum sentence on the basis that “ a strong message must be sent to preserve ecotourism and to ensure that Fang and other divers will not poach spotted eagle rays or other protected species in the future.”
Fang’s defence that he was not aware of the illegality of his act was undermined by testimony that he was heard to request others in his dive group not to take any photographs because killing eagle rays there was illegal.

6 months was the maximum possible penalty permitted under the law and Camacho had no hesitation in imposing a sentence he compared to much lesser violations. “The court can only surmise that in its collective wisdom the Legislature has mandated that the penalty for killing an eagle ray is equivalent to not having mud flaps on vehicles,” he said.

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