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About Gavin Macaulay

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My marine education began in 1996 in Jervis Bay, Australia and continued in the Great Barrier Reef and Fiji. I then took a few years out to wear a suit and pretend to be serious but a few years later returned to the world of oceanic academia in South East Asia in 2001. I joined Dive The World having experienced quite a few destinations and have since dived in The Maldives, Galapagos, South Africa, Fiji (again) and all around the coral triangle.

Many of the Dive The World staff have visited these destinations to make sure we know what we are selling. We aim only to sell places where the diving is great and only the operators we know can deliver for our customers. So when customers book with us they reduce the risk of ending up in the hands of cowboys. We all know they are out there. Dive The World have refused to work with some having experienced their operations first-hand.

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Sharifa 20% off and Special manta cruise

5th August 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

4th August 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

3rd August 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

30th July 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?

29th July 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 7 Nights, Pay 6 Nights

28th July 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

25th July 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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Wonderful 360 degree virtual tour of Indo liveaboard MSV Amira

26th June 2014

Check out the below 360 degree virtual tour of the fine Indonesia liveaboard MSV Amira.

Click on the 5 tabs down the left to see: Island View, Sun Deck, Upper Deck, Main Deck and Lower Deck. Then click “Close” to reduce the left panel and increase the view.

There are Komodo specials running in July, August and September. MSV Amira also run trips to Raja Ampat and Triton Bay. So there are plenty of options.

Do you want to have an amazing liveaboard diving experience in Indonesia this year? Then contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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Free flights with Sheena Maldives liveaboard in August 2014!

26th June 2014

Would you like to save a few $$$ and go on an amazing Maldives diving safari? Then hop onboard the Maldives liveaboard MY Sheena and get a great your domestic flight totally free!

MY Sheena liveaboard in the Maldives MY Sheena visits the totally untouched and unspoilt southerly reefs of the Maldives: Meemu Atoll, Thaa Atoll and Laamu Atoll. Meemu Atoll is becoming known for its frequent whale sharks and manta ray visits, without the crowds of people that are sometimes present in the central atolls.

So don’t delay! Book your place now for a great Maldives diving deal!
MY Sheena – Free return flights Male to Medhufushi
Save up to US$ 953 (EUR 700) per couple if you book before the 1st August 2014.

8 Days 7 Nights 19 Dives
10 – 17 Aug 2014
17 – 24 Aug
24 – 31 Aug (one way only on this trip)
Otherwise normal prices apply:
Standard twin cabin: US$ 1,879 (€ 1,380) per person
Deluxe double cabin: US$ 1,974 (€ 1,450) per person
Relax between dives on MY Sheena's sundeck in the Maldives

Includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (14 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, Maldivian bed tax and GST.
Excludes: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, scuba equipment (approx US$ 269 per week), torches, safety marker device, dive computer and dive insurance, fuel surcharges (if any). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Do you want to experience the thrill of amazing Maldives diving onboard MY Sheena ? Then contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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


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Last Minute 20% off Black Manta Komodo Cruises

10th June 2014

Would you like to experience the diving adventure of a lifetime in Indonesia? Then book onboard the excellent Indonesia liveaboard KM Black Manta and get some great discounts!

KM Black Manta liveaboard in IndonesiaThe KM Black Manta cruises the exciting, bio-diverse dive sites of Raja Ampat and Komodo and has a reputation for quality and top-class service.
There is plenty of room onboard and when not diving off the spacious 40m² dive deck, you can indulge in a massage, relax on the sundeck and enjoy the Western, Thai and Indonesian buffet spread.

Dive The World has the following special offers for you:

Indonesia Liveaboard KM Black Manta – Last Minute 20% Off!

Komodo Safari
6 Days 5 Nights 16 dives
Double/Twin cabin:
Was US$ 1,750
Now US$ 1,400
Save US$ 700 per couple!

Dates: 19 to 24 June / 26 June to 1 July / 3 to 8 July / 17 to 22 July.

Upper deck guest area on KM Black Manta in Indonesia

Includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dive equipment, 2 nitrox fills per day for enriched air certified divers (1st & 3rd dive), land tours on Komodo trips, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4 dive guides), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Excludes: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 12 per fill), dive computer (mandatory) (US$ 12 per day), torches, dive insurance (mandatory), massage services (US$ 25/per hr), Komodo port and park fees (US$ 120) per person per trip, fuel surcharge (subject to changes, please check with us). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Have a look at our Indonesia Diving Videos

Do you want to go somewhere really special on your Indonesia diving holiday and get a great deal on this very popular and respected liveaboard? Then contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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