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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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Australia Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

23rd December 2013

Last Updated By Gavin Macaulay on: 23 December 2013

Do you want to dive one of the seven natural wonders of the world? Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a fantastic playground for divers and Dive The World has some great opportunities for you here.

Minke whales can be seen on the Ribbon Reefs-photo courtesy of Mike Ball With such a large area to dive the “GBR” marine park can be a daunting prospect. To help make life easier Dive The World has selected only the very best barrier reef liveaboards. This diving paradise has a huge range of environments which attracts a multitude of species. Huge manta rays can be seen at the pristine Osprey Reef and the shark feed at North Horn is an adrenaline packed dive that is not to be missed.

The Ribbon Reefs along the outer barrier reef are a magnet for large pelagics and at the right time of year you may be fortunate enough to get the once over from curious minke whales. These reefs are also loaded with dozens of colourful nudibranchs, so rationing your time between the reef and the blue can be tricky! So what are you waiting for? Tell us when you wish to go and we’ll do the rest!

Dive The World can provide you with an excellent range of Australian liveaboards to choose from all offering great facilities and a high level of service.

So now is the time! Check out our Diving Australia – Specials & Last Minute Deals and make that trip Down Under come true!

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Save on your scuba and spa on Scubaspa Ying!

18th December 2013

US$ 100 Discount Voucher!

Among Maldives liveaboards there is a new kid in town. A new kid that promises to deliver everything that the diver/non-diver couple could want. Week long cruises around the best dive sites of Maldives central atolls now keep 1 company (doing 2 dives a day) and the other happy and relaxed by receiving professional spa treatments (2 a day).

Scubaspa Ying cutting a fine figure in the Maldives

If you book soon not only will your partner be thrilled with you, but you can also take advantage of our US$ 100 Dive The World Discount Voucher. Book before the 20 January 2014 to receive this great bonus.

So now couples where 1 dives and the other doesn’t need not be stranded on a hot sand-spit resort with 5 average dive sites nearby. Ditch the resort, book Scubaspa Ying and have both your needs met on a luxurious cruise.

Dive The World has the following special offer for you:
Scubaspa Ying – Discount Voucher Offer!

Book your cruise on this new liveaboard by 20 January 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.

One of the spa treatment rooms on Scubaspa Ying

Includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, WiFi, classes such as meditation, yoga, pilates, island excursions, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, 12 dives or 12 treatments (or 6 dives and 6 treatments), snorkelling equipment, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (5 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches.

Excludes (where applicable): Alcoholic drinks, mini-bar, scuba equipment US$ 180 per week, dive computer, dive insurance (mandatory), Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
See here for the discount voucher Terms and Conditions.

Thai pavilion on the sundeck of Scubaspa Ying

If you want to experience outstanding pampering, awesome diving and get a great discount on your next trip then book now on the big and sexy Scubaspa Ying. Contact Dive The World for more information on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Refer A Friend For Your Money-Off Reward!

10th December 2013

Are you a Dive The World customer who has booked a dive trip with us before? Well if so we would like to tell you about our fantastic new ‘Refer a Friend’ voucher scheme!

We receive plenty of returning customers and as we really value your loyalty we’d like to do more to thank you.
We know that many of you have already recommended us to your family and fellow divers and we are grateful for that, but now we’d like to reward you for it too!

So if you have booked with us and like our service then tell your friends, and we will give you a free gift voucher worth up to US$ 100 off your next dive holiday!

All your friend has to do is quote your name in their initial communication with us. When they have paid in full for a booking of at least US$ 1,200, your free gift voucher will be issued to you for a great discount on your next trip!

That’s right, you now get up to US$ 100 off your next liveaboard or dive resort holiday when your friend has booked their own trip with us!

You can use the voucher towards any Dive The World diving package you choose as a token of our gratitude to you (except the same trip that your referred friend has booked). This means that whatever you’re looking for on your next trip, from a tropical dive resort in paradise in paradise to a stylish and modern liveaboard cruise, you can indulge in the diving holiday of your choice for less.

This discount cannot be combined with other special offers and is for referring a friend not bringing a friend. It can be combined with your 5% returning customer discount and is also transferable.

Review our Refer a Friend Voucher Terms.

Looking for ideas for your next dive trip? Have a look at our Scuba Diving Video Gallery.

So if you’ve been thinking about your next dive trip and would like a great discount off the holiday of your choice then don’t delay – recommend a friend now and you could soon receive your discount voucher reward! Contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email for more information.


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Mexico Special offers and Last Minute Deals

9th December 2013

Mexico Special offers and Last Minute Deals
Last Updated By Gavin Macaulay

Word is beginning to spread that the diving off Mexico’s Pacific coast is not just good, or indeed very good, but represents an absolute treasure for divers who like the big stuff. If you have dived Socorro and Roca Partida, or explored The Sea of Cortez, or dived with great whites at Guadalupe then you already know. If you haven’t, then a world of wonder awaits you…

Manta rays are among the list of big creatures you can dive with in Mexico

Dive The World is committed to finding you the best deals available so don’t book anywhere else before you have consulted us.

The dives sites off Mexico’s Pacific coast will blow your mind. Sharks, manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, sea lions dolphins, lots of enormous schools of fish – the list is endless and endlessly impressive.

We work with a range of professional liveaboard operators that cover the whole of this area: The Sea of Cortez, Guadalupe and Socorro.

Cage diving in Guadalupe with Great White sharks

If you haven’t been to Mexico before, then maybe now is the time to think about. Treat yourself to some of the most exciting diving imaginable.

Check out what is listed in our Mexico Specials and Last Minute Deals page. Find out why some divers in the know rate this place higher even than Galapagos!

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New Budget Komodo Liveaboards: Mona Lisa & Mangguana

4th December 2013

Hold the front page! Dive The World announces 2 new Komodo liveaboards – the SV Mona Lisa and SMY Mangguana.

These 2 liveaboards are great new additions to our Komodo live-up. Budget options that you can join any day of the week so you can stay for as little as 3 nights or as many as you want.

Indonesia liveaboard SV Mona Lisa

The boats are like floating hotels moving around the Komodo National Park to where the best diving is and being accessed by speedboat transfer from Labuan Bajo. So you now have even more and at a great price! To celebrate we are giving away a free Dive The World Discount Voucher when you book your trip before 04 January 2014.

SV Mona Lisa/SMY Mangguana: Special Offer

Book your cruise on these new liveaboards by 04 January 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.

Komodo liveaboard SMY Mangguana

Both of these liveaboards are among the most affordable Komodo diving trips. However you can still enjoy nitrox, small group sizes and air-conditioned cabins all with ensuite bathrooms. Best of all you don’t have to stick to any rigid schedule. Join either boat when you want. Stay for as long as you want. For convenience and price in Komodo it is hard to look past SV Mona Lisa and SMY Mangguana.

So come on, your Komodo trip is long overdue! Make it happen now 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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Thailand Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

29th November 2013

Last Updated By Gavin Macaulay on: 29 November 2013

Amazing people, amazing food and of course amazing diving is what awaits travelers to the land of smiles. Thailand has so much to offer as a holiday destination that divers will have no trouble keeping the entire family entertained. For the best possible Thailand diving deals look no further than Dive The World’s great offers to be found here!

leopard shark looking like a zebra?Dive The World’s team have been arranging divers dream holidays in Thailand for longer than most. Our wealth of experience and knowledge enables us to organize everything from liveaboards in the incredible Similan Islands to the laid back day trips from Phi Phi. The waters around Phuket and the Gulf of Thailand hold an enviable mix of marine species. Graceful manta rays and mighty whale sharks can be found at the Similan Islands, Hin Daeng and Chumphon pinnacle and leopard sharks can make an appearance just about anywhere! If you’re coming here to learn how to dive then the clear, shallow reefs around Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Phi Phi make an ideal training ground.

We have a great range of quality liveaboards for those who want to get away from it all. Or for those of you who are interested in awesome day trips have a look at our choice of Thai resort diving and take your pick.

Have a look now at all our Diving Thailand – Specials and Last Minute Deals

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Book our new Maldives liveaboards and save $$$

22nd November 2013

Here at Dive The World we are delighted to announce the launch of our latest Maldives liveaboards the MV Virgo and MV Leo.

These 2 liveaboards are part of the European-operated Constellation fleet, so you can expect high levels of professionalism and efficiency from the staff. So you now have even more options for your Maldives diving trip and at a great price! To celebrate we are giving away a free Dive The World Discount Voucher when you book your trip before the end of 2013.

Maldives liveaboard MV Virgo

MV Virgo/MV Leo: Special Offer

Book your cruise on these new liveaboards by 31 December 2013 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.

Maldives liveaboard MV Leo

Both of these new liveaboards are among the more affordable Maldives diving trips. However that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. They both have free nitrox and WiFi. All the cabins have TVs and DVDs. From a safety point of view every divers has use of a Nautilus lifeline and a carbon monoxide analyser. For safety, convenience and comfort, they have got you covered on MV Virgo and MV Leo.

So go on, take the plunge into the beautiful Maldivian waters 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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Specials and Last minute deals for diving Burma

18th November 2013

Last Updated By Gavin Macaulay on: 18 November 2013

Do you want virgin dive sites and no other divers?? Then Burma could be the place for you . You’ll have to be quick, this destination is becoming more and more popular. To make things easier, we’ve put any available special offers here.

A group of cuttlefish The diving in the Mergui Archipelago is incredibly uncrowded, there are few diving destinations left in the world where it’s possible to not see another dive boat for days on end. The hundreds of uninhabited islands are home to some of the best dive sites in the region and only accessible by Burma liveaboards. The renowned Burma Banks are a great place to see sharks and encounters with large groups of graceful manta rays are not uncommon. One of the stand out dive sites in this mostly unexplored region is Black Rock, sharks are common visitors here and has some gigantic resident great barracuda. So if this all sounds great to you, act fast and get to this wonderful destination before everybody else!

Dive The World have a great choice of Burma liveaboards that offer quality service and depart from Phuket Thailand.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our Diving Burma – Specials and Last Minute Deals now and see what the awesome dive sites of Burma have to offer!

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Cenderawasih Bay & Triton Bay The Final Diving Frontier?

30th October 2013

Snorkeling with whale sharksWhale sharks, wrecks and muck diving, is this possible in one location? Well yes! In the remotest parts of the remotest dive location on the planet – Cenderawasih Bay & Triton Bay. This incredibly stunning region is the new frontier of diving, possibly the last place that you can feel that pioneering spirit as you dive pristine and sometimes completely undiscovered dive sites from the few liveaboards that venture there .

The main draw in Cenderawasih Bay is the up close and extended encounters with the biggest fish in the world – the huge but graceful whale shark. No fleeting glimpses of the elegantly spotted skin here, these wonderful creatures gather around the local fishing platforms (bagans) to feed on the leftover catch, guaranteeing divers an enviable amount of time in crystal clear waters to get that perfect shot of up to 5 whale sharks in one frame!

Snorkeling with whale sharksTriton Bay is just as incredible, home to a huge diversity of species from pilot whales to pygmy seahorses and even walking sharks! Stunning soft and hard coral gardens and a volume of fish that has to be seen to be believed.

For all the information on these stunning locations, read our guides here:

Do you want to experience the final diving frontier? Then have a look at our Raja Ampat liveaboards in Indonesia and call Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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Save US$ 728 + Free Return Seaplane Transfers on MY Monsoon in The Maldives!

29th October 2013

Last updated: 26 December 2013

Are you planning some awesome diving in the Maldives and are looking for a great deal? Then look no further than the excellent Maldives liveaboard MY Monsoon!

the Maldives' MY Monsoon The MV Monsoon is a luxurious and spacious liveaboard that plies the waters of Baa, Lhaviyani and Noonu atolls. Experience beautiful wall dives with moray eels and lobsters, and exhilarating drift dives with manta rays and sharks. And at the end of a day’s diving you can relax on the sundeck with a cocktail before enjoying the sumptuous international cuisine.

Dive The World has the following special offer for you:

Maldives Liveaboard MY Monsoon- Last minute Discount!

Northern Atolls
8 days 7 nights 21 Dives
06 – 13 Jan 2014
13 – 20 Jan
27 Jan – 03 Feb
03 – 10 Feb
10 – 17 Feb
24 Feb – 03 Mar
Standard twin cabin:
Was US$ 2,363
Now US$ 1,635
Save US$ 1,456 per couple!

+ Free return seaplane transfers worth US$ 330!

Includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (11 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, torches, and Maldivian bed tax.

Excludes: Seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to Kuredu Island (currently US$ 330 return, to be paid in advance), alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 10 per fill), scuba equipment (US$ 345 per week), dive insurance (mandatory). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Would you like to experience awesome Maldives diving onboard the quality MY Monsoon? Then contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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