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Single Divers – Single Supplements

Misool-Eco-Resort-3-fbNot everyone has a partner who dives or who can time their holidays with their friends so being a single traveler on a diving holiday is quite a common thing. It can be a lot of fun getting to know people when above the surface and then enjoying your time underwater too where it is usually an experience between you and Mother Nature.

As a single traveler there are positives and negatives and one subject that often arises is the dilemma between sharing a room or cabin, or booking a private room or cabin for yourself. Often a single supplement will apply if you require privacy. However the situation is different from resort to resort, liveaboard to liveaboard and destination to destination. So how to make sense of it all? That’s where Dive The World can help.

We know what products permit single travelers to share and which ones don’t. We know what policies the operators apply and how they compare to their competitors. So we can guide you. If the likelihood and amount of a single supplement is a concern for you then the best thing to do is check with us regarding whichever specific resort or liveaboard you are interested in. But to give some general advice here is a destination by destination guideline.

Thailand
Is it optional? Yes. As a single traveler you can expect to share a cabin on a Thailand liveaboard.
What’s the usual supplement? Ranges from 50% to 90%.
Recommended: MV Peter Pan, MV Scuba Adventure and SY Diva Andaman have a 50% single supplement.

Mexico
Is it optional? Yes. All Mexico liveaboards treat single guests sharing a cabin as the norm.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a big difference in single supplement policy between the liveaboards here. From a boat with single cabins meaning no additional cost to 100% of the published price.
Recommended: Please check with us. We can advise as to the single cabin options. Also the Nautilus Explorer has a 25% single supplement.

Maldives
Is it optional? Yes. As a single traveler on Maldives liveaboards, you can share a cabin.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a lot of variation. 65 to 70% is about average.
Recommended: MV Sting Ray and MV Eagle Ray have a 40% single supplement. Carpe Diem has a 50% single supplement for summer trips.

Indonesia – Komodo
Is it optional? Yes. Komodo liveaboards expect single travelers to share. You may even book a single cabin here.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a lot of variation – from 46% to 100%
Recommended: MV Mermaid I has single cabins available. KLM Sea Safari VI charges 42% to 46% depending on cabin. Cheng Ho’s single supplement is 50%.

Indonesia – Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay
Is it optional? Yes. You can share with another single traveler, or choose to pay the single supplement for privacy.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a wide range – with 65% as an average.
Recommended: KLM Euphoria 40%, KLM Sea Safari VI charges 42% to 46% depending on cabin, MV Pindito and SMY Seahorse both have a 50% single supplement.

Indonesia – Bali
Is it optional? No. If you are staying at a Bali Resort you cannot have the option to share with another single traveler.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a lot of variation depending on resort, standard of room and season. Please check with us.
Recommended: If you are a single traveler help us find the option that is best for you in Bali.

Indonesia – Sulawesi
Is it optional? It is compulsory if you are staying at a North Sulawesi resort. You may not share a room. You can share a cabin if you are on a Sulawesi liveaboard
What’s the usual supplement? There is a lot of variation depending on resort, standard of room and season. Please check with us. 75% is to be expected on a Sulawesi liveaboard.
Recommended: If you are a single traveler help us find the option that is best for you in a North Sulawesi resort. MY Pelagian liveaboard which operates in Sulawesi has a 75% single supplement.

Australia
imagesingleIs it optional? Yes on all Great Barrier Reef liveaboards you can share a cabin. Only if you want a private cabin will you need to pay the single supplement
What’s the usual supplement? 70% to 100% of the published price.
Recommended: MV Kangaroo Explorer have a range of single supplements often less than 70% so please check with us. Spoilsport’s single supplement is 70%.

Belize
Is it optional? Some of the resorts in Belize insist that single travelers cannot share with other guests but must pay for the room entirely. Others are happy to let you share, subject to availability and at non-peak times. With liveaboards it is entirely optional.
What’s the usual supplement? Resorts: Many variations – please check with us. Liveaboards: 65% of the published price.
Recommended: At Turneffe Flats, Turneffe Island Resort and Blackbird you can pay for privacy or take your chances that there will be no-one to share with. This is subject to availability and is more likely at non-peak times. Both Sun Dancer II and Belize Aggressor have a 65% single supplement

Burma
Is it optional? Yes. Most single people share a cabin, no problem.
What’s the usual supplement? There is quite a spread between the different liveaboards: anything from 50% to 100%.
Recommended: MV Thai Sea and MV Sea World both have a 50% single supplement

Fiji
Is it optional? It is compulsory in most in most Fiji resorts. However single travelers staying in Volivoli Resort or Uprising Beach Resort can stay in a shared dormitory and therefore pay a per-person price. Single travelers normally do share on Fiji liveaboards unless you wish to pay for privacy.
What’s the usual supplement? In most Fiji resorts the supplement ranges between 30 and 60%. It varies from one liveaboard to the next: from 50 to 100%.
Recommended: MV Nai’a and AS Tui Tai both feature a 50% single supplement.

Cocos
Is it optional? It is optional on all Cocos liveaboards. You can share with another guest or pay the single supplement if you want privacy.
What’s the usual supplement? Cocos liveaboards are normally an expensive option if you want a cabin to yourself with most boats charging a 100% single supplement.
Recommended: Exceptions to the 100% rules are Wind Dancer and Okeanos Aggressor which charge a 65% single supplement.

Galapagos
Is it optional? On all Galapagos liveaboards sharing is the norm. You can have a cabin to yourself If you pay the supplement.
What’s the usual supplement? There is quite a narrow range here: from 65% to 80%
Recommended: Galapagos Sky, the 2 Aggressors, Deep Blue and Pinguino Explorer all share a 65% single supplement.

Red Sea – Egypt
Is it optional? Single travelers can share cabins, no problem, unless you wish to pay for a private cabin.
What’s the usual supplement? A large variation here, from 25% to 100%
Recommended: Golden Dolphin boats only charge 25%, MY Cassiopeia and MY Andromeda: only 30%.

Red Sea – Sudan
Is it optional? Yes. Most single travelers share cabins
What’s the usual supplement? From 30% to 65%
Recommended: MY Andromeda’s single supplement is only 30%. MS Royal Evolution’s is 65%.

Malaysia
Is it optional? It is normally compulsory if you are staying at a Malaysia dive resort. You may not share a room, although some resorts are exceptions to this rule. You can share a cabin on a Malaysia liveaboard.
What’s the usual supplement? There is a lot of variation depending on resort, standard of room and season. Please check with us. A private cabin on a liveaboard here will involve a single supplement of 45%
Recommended: Seaventures dive resort and SMART resort allow sharing between single travelers. Some other resorts like Mabul Water Bungalows and Sipadan Water village allow sharing but it is subject to availability and only available during non-peak times of the year. If you are a single traveler help us find the option that is best for you in a Malaysia resort. MV Celebes Explorer has a 45% single supplement policy.

So if you’re a solo traveler and want to get the best advice on single friendly options, Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.


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Belize Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

Wondering where to go for some great Caribbean diving? Then think no further than Belize. Take advantage of the special offers that Dive The World has collected for you here and you could soon be realizing your Caribbean dream.

Eagle ray in Belize - image courtesy of Turneffe Island ResortHome to the longest stretch of coral in the western hemisphere. Belize offers warm waters, fantastic visibilty and an easy going Caribbean charm. Ambergris Caye has white sand beaches, great local diving and a wide choice of nightspots and eateries. For those looking to get away from it all, a stay on the picturesque Turneffe Reef Atoll enables guests to sample the fantastic diving right on their doorstep and enjoy the multitude of wildlife that make it home. The waters around Belize offer an abundance of large and small marine animals; eagle rays can be seen in very large groups and manta rays, turtles and bottlenose dolphins are more than just occasional visitors to the spectacular sponge adorned reefs.

To get the most of these rich waters, try one of our quality Belize liveaboards that will take in everything from gentle shallow reefs to the famous depths of the Blue Hole or a luxury resort to get plenty of beach time between dives.

So now is the perfect time to book that dream trip. Have a look at all our Diving Belize – Specials & Last Minute Deals and experience what Belize has to offer for less!

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Lembeh Resort Wins More Tripadvisor Accolades!

Great views from the Lembeh ResortThe Lembeh Resort celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary in 2012 and remained the No. 1 resort in North Sulawesi. 2013 shows no sign of the great reviews and customer satisfaction slowing down and the smart money would go on them to be at the top again this year. Already in 2013 they have managed to get into the top 25 Tripadvisor hotels in 3 categories!

  • Top 25 Small hotels in Indonesia
  • Top 25 Hotels for service in Indonesia
  • Top 25 Small hotels in Asia

An impressive feat indeed considering the quality and design of hotels in Bali alone. They’re the only Indonesia dive resort to make any of these lists and they also have the top 5 star rating from Dive The World customers. Great views, fantastic rooms, excellent service and a host of features that guarantees diver satisfaction ensures the Lembeh Resort remains the top choice for sampling the fantastic muck diving in the critter paradise of the Lembeh Strait.

For a taste of what you can hope to see, watch our video:

So book now and enjoy the best dive sites in Sulawesi at the best resort. Contact Dive The World to find out more about Lembeh Resort . Call us on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or you could send us an email.


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Galapagos Islands Now On Google Street View!

A trip to the Galapagos Islands may only be dream for many of us but it’s still possible to retrace Charles Darwin’s step with the aid of Google Street View. Rather than pedestrians with blurred faces, you come across giant tortoises, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas and with the help of Seaview Survey you can even ‘walk’ underwater and have a look around the reefs accompanied by it’s playful sea lions!

As well as giving the ‘armchair adventurers’ a wonderful insight into these unique and diverse islands, there is also a scientific value to this project, it’s 178 years since Darwin’s historic journey and the the islands have been studied for generations but have never been well mapped says Sven Lorenz of the Darwin FoundationOpens in a new window:

“There has always been satellite imagery, of course, but to now take that next step and work with Google to provide better mapping for Galapagos is something that is very important for our work, and much appreciated.”

Have a look behind the scenes with the Google Street View team:

So if this has got you dreaming about a trip to these magical islands on either a dedicated nature tour or a Galapagos diving Liveaboard then Contact Dive The World on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Indonesia Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

Where to begin? With so many wonderful dive destinations in Indonesia covering so much variety, the task of choosing your next trip is not an easy one. Hopefully our selection of great special offers can help you decide!

Dive Bunaken: Hairy Frogfish can be seen at LembehThe diving in Indonesia covers such a vast area and has so many great quality options that it can be a headache just selecting the right place for your needs!. Well that’s where we come in, just tell us what experience you desire and we can offer you the choices that are tailor-made for you. From the last diving frontier at Raja Ampat to the jawdropping muck diving at Lembeh. One things for sure there will be something to suit your needs.

Luxurious liveaboards can get you to the very best dive sites and give you an incredibly diverse journey in the rich waters around Komodo and the more budget conscious divers can enjoy fabulous shore diving at Bali’s east coast. So whether it’s tiny nudibranchs or enormous whale sharks you wish to see, contact Dive The World and take advantage of our expert advice.

Right now we have a wide choice of Indonesia liveaboards for you to choose from, all providing quality accommodation and great service. Or why not stay in one of our beautiful tropical dive resorts?

Take a look now at our Diving Indonesia – Specials & Last Minute Deals and discover the amazing underwater world of Indonesia!

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Socorro Islands Mexico Video Trip Report

After watching this video trip report from MV Solmar V, I’m sure the Socorro Islands in Mexico will barge their way into your bucket list top 10, the diving looks absolutely incredible!

This is a video from the last Socorro Island trip of the season and as good as it seems there are spectacular common visitors to the islands that didn’t make the final cut such as whale sharks and schooling hammerheads! But that’s enough talking, check out the video…

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.

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Manta Evening Entertainment on MV Orion!

Generally on a liveaboard, the evenings are wiled away by watching some old movies or sitting around reflecting on the experiences from the days diving over a glass of wine or three. Well not on MV Orion! In the sheltered lagoons around North and South Ari Atoll guests can be treated to an amazing display by manta rays looping under the lights at the back of the boat. Between January and April it can get even better, whale sharks take their turn under the spotlight to give you a real treat at Thaa and Huvadhoo Atolls!

Have a look at the short video to see what your evening entertainment can consist of:

Treat yourself to an extra special diving cruise with excellent service and comfort onboard the quality MV Orion Maldives Liveaboard. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Save 25% On The Worldwide Aggressor/Dancer Fleet In 2013/14 When You Book Now!

Last updated: 28 November 2013

Have you dived all of the worldwide destinations on your ‘must do’ list? Well if you act fast you can take advantage of the unsurprisingly popular Aggressor/Dancer fleet club weeks and save 25%! Whether you’re striking a spot off the list or diving an old favourite book now and save big!

Dive The World has the following specials for you:

Aggressor/Dancer Fleet – Club Weeks 25% Discount:


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Maldives Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

Diving the nutrient rich waters and stunning reefs of the Maldives should be on every divers wish list so take advantage of Dive The World’s great special offers and you could soon be in this diving paradise for less than you think!

Manta ray - Dive North Male Atoll, Maldives - photo courtesy of ScubaZooThis incredibly beautiful island chain in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a haven for all kinds of marine wildlife. The pinnacles and thilas around Ari Atoll are renowned for the frequent visits by whale sharks and manta rays. The Maldives largest reef around Vaavu Atoll attracts many different species of shark and a host of large pelagics. From gentle sloping reefs to exhilarating drift dives in the channels around North Male Atoll – the Maldives has something for everyone.

Dive The World have an outstanding selection of quality Maldives liveaboards to choose from, all providing you with professional service and incredible diving.

So now is the time to take a look at our Diving Maldives – Specials & Last Minute Deals and get diving in the stunning Maldives for less!

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Malaysia Special Offers and Last Minute Deals

Are you considering Malaysia for your next diving vacation? Then be sure to check out the fantastic special offers we’ve put together here for this amazing diving destination. We have some great discounts available at some of the finest Malaysia dive resorts.

The reefs around Malaysia are truly stunning. The exciting sea mounts at Layang Layang and Sipadan Island offer some of the best diving in the world, mixing pristine reefs with incredible big fish action. Schooling hammerhead sharks, dogtooth tuna, barracuda, turtles and even pilot whales can be seen gliding by.

One of the few places in Malaysia to offer wreck diving is Lankayan Island, but it also boasts great macro diving, pristine reefs and at the right time of year you may be fortunate to see a passing whale shark!

The treasure trove of critters around Mabul and Kapalai can reward the keen eyed diver with some weird and wonderful finds and is only a short boat ride from Sipidan. It’s an ideal place to combine dramatic drop offs and macro gem laden shallow reefs. The easy accessibility and wonderfully diverse diving make Malaysia a worthy consideration for any divers holiday.

Right now Dive The World have a superb selection of dive resorts for you to choose from. Or why not get the most out of your valuable dive time by sampling the fantastic itinerary on board the Celebes Explorer.

Now is the time to take a look at what Malaysia has for you! Our exclusive discounts won’t be on offer for long!

Check out our Diving Malaysia – Specials & Last Minute Deals for all the details.

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Egypt Update: Charter Flights to South Sinai To Resume?

Last updated: 29 August 2013

Read more about diving in the Red SeaWe know what a popular destination Egypt is for diving, so we are trying to give you every bit of news we receive. Although nothing official has been announced yet, there does seem to be the possibility of European charter flights resuming service towards the end of September. There is a certain amount of frustration among the operators which seems to service a little in the below statement.

The managing director of MS Royal Evolution has released the following statement:

Dear Partners and Colleagues,

Many of you have been in contact with us over the last few days, expressing concerns about the “situation” in Egypt after the interim government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood minority protest camps in Cairo and Alexandria.

Some of you have referred to the cancelled charter flights to Egypt for the next two weeks. Please understand that we can do nothing about the “over-exaggeration” and super zealous insurance companies who refuse to allow the flights to operate. The demand is there for people wishing to come.

However, there is an even bigger western agenda to support the minority militants, for some reason best known to themselves, to put pressure on the huge majority of non-militant Egyptian people to rethink their position. Hence, the dictates to upgrade the travel warnings and make it impossible for some operators to get insurance.

The fact is that you are still far safer here in the Red Sea than you would be in any major capital city in Europe. We confirm that the Red Sea remain safe despite all the rumors around.

We do understand your and your clients concerns for traveling to Egypt this days after the negative media coverage by the western. Therefore, we’ll continue honoring our commitments as usual and offer to cancel the confirmed bookings till the end of September 2013 without any fees.

However, we would like to inform you that we have received several confirmations from big Tour Operators in Europe that the charter flights will resume their flight schedule to the Red Sea and South Sinai starting from the 19th September 2013.

We would like to thank you for all your support during the last years, as we promise you that we’ll continue stressing on safety, training & high quality services we’ve become known for the
satisfaction of our valuable guests.

Many thanks wishing you all a successful season.

Kind Regards,
Yasser El Moafi
Chairman & Managing Director
Red Sea Paradise for Cruises S.A.E owner & operator of M/S Royal Evolution
Hurghada, 27th August 2013

Please note that the political views expressed in this statement are not necessarily the opinions held by Dive The World.

If you can confirm a flight and want to experience awesome Red Sea diving. Contact Dive The World for more information on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.

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Important Egypt Update

With many countries now issuing a general travel warning for Egypt, some charter airlines have put a hold on services until 15 September. We strongly urge any divers who are traveling between now and those dates to re-check their flight situation. We have already tried contacting all of our customers traveling to Egypt in this period but in the unlikely event you haven’t received an email; please contact us as soon as possible on +66(0)835057794 or send us an email..

If your flight is still departing or you’re already traveling we have been assured from our colleagues in Sharm El Sheikh that it’s very much business as usual, boats are still running and there is still no effect from the political turmoil.

“For information: The situation in Sharm is as always, curfew is not in place and boats are going out, we can understand that many guest are worried but we assure that we will inform you if situation in Sharm is changing” said Petra Masztalerz from King Snefro Fleet.

And from Hurghada:
“In short, everything is going on as usual here. Dive boats and snorkel boats are out every day, bars and restaurants are open as usual and tourists are having a good holiday.
Other than on 14th August when it was advised that guests stay in their hotels (some did and many didn’t), it’s now business as usual as this was then lifted the following day. Daily diving has continued as planned, as have our snorkeling excursions.
There was a protest march through Hurghada after Friday prayers which I believe was peaceful with quite a lot of chanting and waving and all was quiet again by early evening.
The nightlife has continued as normal, if a little quieter. Tourists are walking around the main shopping/bar areas and enjoying their holidays.
Several countries, as you are aware, have suspended flights to Hurghada for varying periods of time. British guests continue to arrive and information coming back from guests already in resort is very positive
As stated above, the diving, the boats, the courses and the holiday atmosphere is as it was. The Red Sea resorts need people to continue to holiday and dive here – do come and visit”
said Tiarnagh Costello from Emperor divers.

So in short if your flight is still going it looks like you’re still in for a great holiday, just with fewer people around. We understand that you may have reservations about traveling to Egypt but please continue with your plans if possible and give some much needed support to our Red Sea Colleagues.


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