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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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Save US$300 This Summer on Board of MY Blue Honors Legacy

27th January 2014
  • Last updated: 07 May 2014
    Here is the latest liveaboard to make it on to the smorgasbord of diving options presented by Dive The World: Exciting new Maldives liveaboard MY Blue Honors Legacy.

    Maldives liveaboard MY Blue Honors Legacy

    There is an incredible special offer for the trips departing in May, July and August. Act quickly and you can save $$$ and hop on board this exciting new liveaboard option. What are you waiting for? You can save up to US$300! Or even more if you bring your dive buddies with you!

    MV Blue Honors Legacy: Special Offer

    Book one of the trips on this new liveaboard scheduled in May, July and August 2014 and get US$ 300 off!

    8 Days 7 Nights 25 Dives
    Superior twin/double bed cabin: Was US$ 1,785
    Now US$ 1,485 per person
    Ocean View double bed suite: Was US$ 2,170
    Now US$ 1,870 per person
    Save US$ 300 per person!

    Chilling on MY Blue Honors Legacy

    MY Blue Honors Legacy is a new medium budget Maldives liveaboard that runs a variety of itineraries. While most boats do the same trips week in week out, this one does many different itineraries, even within the central atolls region. You can also join specialist manta ray trips in season, or choose one of the itineraries that venture to the north or south of the archipelago.

    MY Blue Honors Legacy accommodates a relatively small number of divers (18) on a boat with touches of luxury like a jacuzzi, free WiFi and an onboard spa making it a likely favourite for many divers giving themselves the gift of a Maldives liveaboard adventure.

    So go on, dive into the welcoming warm Maldivian waters at un unbeatable price! Contact Dive The World right away! Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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    Fiji Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

    11th January 2014

    Last Updated By Gavin Macaulay on: 11 Jan 2014

    Thinking of immersing yourself in warm, azure waters? Then why not try the incredible diving in Fiji? Take a look at some of the great special offers that Dive The World has put together for you here and you could soon be diving in the clear waters of the South Pacific.

    pic-fiji-islands-sailing Fiji is a wonderfully diverse diving destination, from adrenaline rich shark feed dives at Viti Levu to the mesmerising reefs at the soft coral capital of the world in Taveuni and the Koro Sea. For those who want to avoid travel time the dive sites around Beqa Lagoon are superb. For the more adventurous a trip to the “real” Fiji at Kadavu with it’s pristine reefs, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations could be for you.

    Dive The World have a superb choice of Fiji dive resorts right here for you to choose from. Alternatively if you really want to get away from it all and get the most out of your dive time take a look at our great selection of Fiji liveaboard trips.

    So take a look now at our Diving Fiji – Specials & Last Minute Deals and get more for your money when you enjoy some great Fiji diving!

    Useful Fiji Diving Links


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    The BBC feature Mexico’s Socorro island

    8th January 2014

    Excellent video of The BBC on a Socorro liveaboard!

    See why Mexico is our newest destination and learn about the areas chances of becoming UNESCO World Heritage protected.

    Diving with dolphins in Socorro

    Interesting clip about “Mexico’s Galapagos” by John McIntyre – The BBC’s guy for all things underwater. He also did Dive The World’s Red Sea diving videos.

    Join him on board MV Solmar V as he dives around some of the best sites in Mexico’s Pacific. Further evidence that this is a destination on the rise and a must-do for any serious scuba diving enthusiast.

    If you want to sample this great diving destination onboard the MV Solmar V, then contact Dive The World for more information on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

    Ensure you are kept up-to-date with the latest diving news and special offers, subscribe to our e-news now!


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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!

    Useful Australia Diving Links


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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.

    Ensure you are kept up-to-date with the latest diving news and special offers,subscribe to our e-news now!


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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!

    Useful Mexico Diving Links


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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

    Useful Thailand Diving Links


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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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