Palau to establish fishing-free ocean sanctuary

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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Fab Group Deals on Carpe Vita in Maldives.

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’?

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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Maldives 15% off Constellation liveaboards

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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Is this the golden age of scuba diving?

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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Divemaster gets 6 months in prison for killing eagle ray

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

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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Great Maldives Scuba video – Carpe Vita & Diem Liveaboards

Seize the day, grasp your life! Carpe Diem, Carpe Vita!

Lovely video here showcasing these 2 excellent Maldives liveaboards. Lots of great footage of scuba diving in the Maldives too.

It is true what they say: divers who visit the Maldives very often come back again and again. It is a liveaboard destination that really delivers. Really worth considering for your next scuba diving adventure.

If you want to make it happen let us know and we’ll do all the work for you (for free!) Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Massive school of rays filmed in Mexico

If you haven’t yet seen this Nat Geo clip of thousands of rays in Mexico then check it out below.

The world of scuba diving is becoming more aware that Mexico is home to some of the most incredible underwater experiences on the planet. Isn’t it time you thought about hopping on board a Mexico liveaboard you will never forget?

Watch how they breach! Amazing. Mexico is a wonderland for rays, sharks, seals, whales, dolphins…its a scuba diver’s theme park!

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Amazing Snorkelling Innovation

Check out this fantastic new snorkel and mask combo

A new mask and snorkel combo

Like many divers I find snorkelling a bit of a nuisance. Why? The whole snorkel leaking, dipping into the water, mouthfuls of brine scenario can vastly reduce the quality of the reef experience. how can you marvel at the creatures of the underwater world when you are busy treading water and coughing and spluttering?

Here is a great video below showing off this new innovation in snorkelling by eliminating the main problems that snorkelling equipment presents. L’introduction – c’est trop longue! …but stick wth it.

This product deserves to take over the world. I wonder could this be adapted for diving? What would be the limitations I wonder….

If you have plans for a diving trip this year contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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MV Amba – See a new side of the Maldives

One of the first decisions people make when considering the Maldives is Resort v Liveaboard. For us there is no contest: Liveaboard wins every time. The 2nd question is whether you should choose an itinerary in the central atolls or the outer atolls.

MV Amba liveaboard with here dive tender in the Maldives

Most Maldives liveaboard boats concentrate on the North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll area. There is lots of great diving around here, but it is also easier for the operator to use Male as a start and end point.

So it is little wonder that most liveaboards plough these central waters. However choosing the road less travelled by can make all the difference….

MV Amba is a quality Maldives liveaboard which represents a unique experience, for a number of reasons:
– Maldives Far North Atolls (Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll)
– Low price for paradise: 7 nights itinerary for only US$ 1,740
– Calmer seas, no other boats on the horizon, no other divers in the water
– Unforgettable seaplane flight over the atolls of the Indian Ocean
– Trips run all year round, Sunday to Sunday.

Relaxing on MV Amba's shaded upper deck after glorious Maldives diving Includes: 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.

If this tickles your fancy (and who’s fancy wouldn’t be so tickled?) and you want to enquire further about making MV Amba a reality for you, then give Dive The World a shout. Contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email

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30% off July Liveaboard – Southern Maldives

Do you fancy a fantastic liveaboard experience this July in the Indian Ocean paradise that is the Maldives ?

MY Sheena liveaboard in the Maldives

Then act now and secure your place on the highly respected Maldives liveaboard MY Sheena.

Get a whopping 30% off!

Yes you can make a massive saving and get to dive in some of the finest sites that this atoll chain has to offer.

Most trips focus on the central Maldives region so choosing an itinerary like this ensures you will be getting away from the crowds and diving incredible sites without large number of other divers or other boats in the area.

Maldives Southern Atolls – 13th – 20th July 2014
(Book before 20th June 2014)
Itinerary: Meemu, Laamu and Thaa atolls.
Standard: Was US$ 1,889 (EUR 1,380) Now US$ 1,322 (EUR 966)
Save US$ 1,134 per couple!
Deluxe: Was US$ 1,985 (EUR 1,450) Now US$ 1,389 (EUR 1,015)
Save US$ 1,192 per couple!

Find out more about this trip, the facilities on board the Maldives liveaboard MY Sheena and what the price includes and excludes..

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 are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Currency rate is correct at time of publishing.

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