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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd Westerfield Business Centre • Main Road

• Westerfield • Suffolk • IP6 9AB


Great Escapes Diving Holidays

Dive and Explore the world’s most stunning locations Great Escapes Diving Holidays is run by a team of professionals with over 45 years combined experience in the dive and travel industry. We are passionate divers and travellers and have first-hand knowledge of many of the destinations we feature, so call us for expert advice. We can take care of all aspects of your holiday, including flights, transfers, diving, guided land tours and city stopovers. We are ATOL Licensed, giving you full financial protection when booking with us.

The world is beautiful…we can help you see it Chris - I have worked in the travel industry for over 15 years, have travelled all over the world and I love adventure tourism above and below water. My favourite destinations are Papua New Guinea, the Maldives and New Zealand. Graham - I started diving in 1993 and have been in the travel industry for over 16 years. My worldwide travels have taken me to some amazing places, with favourites being Cocos, Asia-Pacific and Guadalupe to cage dive with great whites. Chris Bell, Kimberley Bonham and Graham Tyte

Tel: 01473 921888

Kim - I have been diving since 1998, have 15 years experience working in the travel industry and have dived extensively around the world. My favourite destinations are the Maldives, Indonesia and the South Pacific.

• Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com • www.greatescapesdiving.com


e m o c l e W Welcome to Dive Travel Companion! Over the past year, Dive Travel Adventures has brought you exciting and inspirational tales about scuba diving around the globe. Whether you enjoy getting wet in far-flung tropical climes or slipping into your dry suit to dive in colder waters, Dive Travel Adventures has featured it all – and now it’s time to find out more about some of the great dive businesses around the world that can help you to experience these adventures first-hand. In their own words, dive centres, resorts and liveaboards operating in the Red Sea, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Europe, Asia, The Americas, Oceania and Africa share a glimpse into their worlds and the unforgettable adventures they can offer you. Each region is colour-coded, so your favourite location is easy to find – or why not try somewhere new? Each page includes the featured business’s contact information, so if you want to know more, you can visit their website, drop them an email or give them a call. They’d love to hear from you! So read on, get inspired… and go diving!

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TRULY A DIVE R’S PARADISE

Helengeli Island – a 50-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport, popular worldwide as a Divers’ Paradise, gets a full-makeover! OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, the resort offers a “BEST IN CLASS” Four-star Beach holiday experience! 116 villas with vibrant & trendy interiors complimented with tropical Maldivian design, amidst a lush green island, the resort offers a conclusive all-encompassing Holiday Plan. The island has its own spectacular & exotic house-reef, just meters from the shore with vast & varied marine inhabitants ALL YEAR ROUND!

THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR AVID SNORKELERS & CHANNEL DIVERS! TEL: +960 959 60 01 • FAX: +960 969 60 06 • SALES@OBLU-HELENGELI.COM

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RED SEA Here, in the cradle of civilisation, divers are blessed with incredible treasures above and below water.

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tretching 2,250km from Suez to Djibouti, the Red Sea divides Africa from Asia and is one of the richest and most diverse marine environments in the world. Excellent water visibility, sumptuous coral gardens, world-class wrecks, stunning wall dives… the Red Sea offers underwater visitors a tremendously diverse experience coupled with stunning marine life encounters on every dive. Seven countries border the Red Sea but it is Egypt that has

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captured diver’s hearts over the decades. Many European divers take their first breaths underwater in the Egyptian Red Sea, only to be seduced by its incredible beauty and the local, legendary hospitality, to return again and again. Egypt offers consistently great diving and its proximity to Europe and ease to travel to, means it remains enduringly popular amongst divers of every level. Whatever you’re looking for underwater, Egypt is sure to surpass your expectations. Dive in!

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ROOTS RED SEA EGYPT

“Our 8th trip here and they just get better and better!! A trip scuba diving at Roots Red Sea has become an annual occasion for us - in fact this was our 8th trip there - Roots has become a bit of a home from home for us!” RICHARD STEVENS – BLACK MANTA PHOTOGRAPHY

Take a step back in time to before the commercialisation and development of the Red Sea, with pristine reefs, abundant marine life and only a few ardent divers cruising the reefs. Welcome to Roots Red Sea! With an ideal location set in the desert mountains away from all development, Roots Red Sea provides the perfect balance of comfort, service and idyllic isolation. Over the past 10 years, Clare and Steve have had the simple mantra to provide divers with exactly what they always look for when they travel the world diving. The whole resort resolves around the diving activities. This clearly works, as witnessed by the ever-growing number of regular clients and the outstanding reviews which include inclusion in to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for consistent achievement of Certificate of Excellence and Travellers’ Choice awards. It’s not just recreational diving at Roots. The Open Ocean Science Centres operate a Marine Biology programme from their lab on site offering both Citizen Science activities and courses, plus facilities for education with several regular universities completing projects and courses. There is also a solid volunteering programme that works with the local community providing education and organising environmental clean-ups; everyone is welcome to get involved. Roots Red Sea is ideal for every diver from complete novice to vastly experienced, and the range of dive sites is exceptional. Whether it’s individuals, clubs or schools, your stay will be tailored to your needs. There simply isn’t a better alternative for your next Red Sea dive trip. CONTACT: Telephone: 00 20 1065540900 Email: info@rootsredsea.com Website: www.rootsredsea.com

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SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT Anthias Divers is a European owned and managed 5* PADI Instructor Development dive centre located at the Fayrouz Resort on the beachfront in the heart of Na’ama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh. We specialise in tailor-made diving packages for groups and solo divers, in addition to families with children and buddy teams. We offer courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving all the way through to PADI Instructor level courses. Having been active in the Red Sea for over 20 years, we pride ourselves on being the friendly dive centre with a personal touch. CONTACT: Telephone: +20 100 117 4400 Email: info@anthiasdivers.net Website: www.anthiasdivers.com

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Red Sea Diving College is Sharm el Sheikh’s premier diving education facility, established since 1989 and recently awarded for 30 Years of Outstanding Service by PADI. Our slogan “The original and still the best” remains true; as our experienced team of Instructors and Dive Guides continue to offer professionally taught courses from Open Water to Instructor levels, experienced guided dives, luxury liveaboard trips on board our Motor Yacht VIP One, and technical diving instruction. All with a great service and a smile, guaranteeing you the best Red Sea SCUBA experience. ■ Great diver deals and boat diving packages ■ Premier PADI Dive Centre offering all the PADI courses ■ Rebreather and technical diving courses ■ Luxury Liveaboard weekly charters. Choose Red Sea Diving College and experience the difference with our renowned professional, friendly and fun five-star service. CONTACT: Telephone: +20 128 4444772 WhatsApp : +20 128 4444772 Email: info@redseacollege.com Website: www.redseacollege.com

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Red Sea g n i v i D Elite WITH DIVERS UNITED

“I’ve dived for 20 years in 100’s of different establishments. I can honestly say I have never encountered such warmth of welcome, hospitality, professionalism and safety.” KERRI EDGE. BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND.

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RED SEA ELITE DIVING WITH DIVERS UNITED -

BIG ENOUGH TO DELIVER AND SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE. Elite Diving with Divers United is a British owned and managed family business that has won many awards with different Dive publications. It was formed by husband and wife team Alun and Moyra Evans, who are divers themselves and have been diving since 1984. They settled on the shores of the Red Sea in 2002, to pursue their dream of making a career of the activity they both love so much. In 2005 they formed Elite Diving which in turn took ownership of Divers United in early 2008.  With Elite, every guest becomes a friend, and most come back every year - some, twice or three times a year, to dive with Alun, Moyra, G & V and the rest of the team in the sub tropical waters and world class reefs of Sharm el Sheikh; also diving the world famous World War 2 shipwreck S.S.Thistlegorm. As safety has always been a priority, together with high quality and standards of service, they became in a short time a 5 star PADI Resort. Now a PADI Instructor Development Centre (IDC), they also offer BSAC Technical Courses. Their dive boat regularly takes divers to the famous diving area of Ras Mohamed National Park where they can dive Shark and Yolanda Reefs, Jackfish Alley, Ras Gahzlani and many more. The boat also alternates its daily destination with The Straits of Tiran, where you can dive other world-class coral reefs such as Jackson Reef, Gordon and Woodhouse Reefs. There are more and more sightings of Mantas and Whale Sharks on a regular basis, which gives us great satisfaction knowing that the reefs in this area are in a very good condition. Also in Sharm, dreams come true. Gwyn met his wife Valeria, an Italian diving instructor who loves the Red Sea and who has the same passion for the deep blue. Elite Diving with Divers United has now become even more of a family business with the addition of ‘G’ and ‘V’ (Gwyn and Valeria) to the team. You can expect high safety standards and service, with British humour and Italian hospitality, where everyone feels at home and a part of the extended family.  Valeria has already become very popular with Elite’s regular divers, when socialising with them by ‘G’s side in the evenings after diving. We cater for solo divers, couples, and groups - no matter how large. Read about Elite Diving on TripAdvisor, Girls that SCUBA and also https://alittlenomad.com/blog/sharm-el-sheikh-diving-guide/ Come and be part of the family. Come and have fun!

“Without any doubt, the best dive centre that I’ve used. It is more like diving with a club rather than a centre. A British family run business, with family values.” DAVID JONES: TELFORD, ENGLAND.

CONTACT: Telephone: 0020 1224 308 780 Alternative telephone: Email: alun@elite-diving.com Website: www.elite-diving.com scubaverse.com

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CARIBBEAN An exceptional variety of underwater experiences coupled with vibrant culture means divers visiting the Caribbean are truly spoilt for choice.

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t’s hard to imagine a more picture-perfect holiday destination than a Caribbean island with sunny, sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, a glass or two of a rum cocktail and the famously laidback local hospitality. But place your head under that perfectly clear blue water and a whole new world of adventure awaits… The Caribbean Sea has attracted adventurous travellers since time began and the sheer number of sunken wrecks – historical and manmade - is a testament to the area’s colourful maritime past. Each island in the Caribbean has its own particular charm but most

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share an exciting duality of both an Atlantic and Caribbean coastline. Strong ocean currents typify the Atlantic side, bringing nutrient-rich waters that attract an impressive array of marine life such as sharks, rays, mantas and turtles. Impressive drift diving opportunities abound. The Caribbean Sea boasts beautiful coral walls and pinnacles, pretty reefs packed with interesting fish life and all the better visibility to see them with. The islands of the Caribbean offer one of the widest ranges of diving anywhere on the planet. Here, variety is quite literally the spice of life.

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Dive Dominica

and let your heart race with surprise OMINICA, ALSO KNOWN as ‘The Nature Island’, is a paradise for scuba diving lovers. Unspoiled and unforgettable, the seascape surrounding the island is a breath-taking as its towering mountains bathed in tropical mists. The water is clear, the marine life varied and the weather warm enough to spend an entire day in the sea. The waters here are so good in fact that Dominica is the only country in the world where a pod of the mighty sperm whale resides year-round! On dedicated whale-watching

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trips, sightings of these majestic creatures are common, along with dolphin pods, humpback and killer whales. There are dive sites all along Dominica’s west coast, many of which reflect the steep and dramatic topography topside, with steep drop-offs, walls, and volcanic pinnacles. Colourful and healthy coral reefs teem with marine creatures of all kinds, including frogfish, seahorses, passing hawksbill turtles and eagle rays. With the incredible abundance of wildlife, Dominica will truly be one of your most enjoyable dives in the Caribbean.

IMAGES Above: Scotts Head. Below: Champagne Reef.

CHAMPAGNE REEF

It is, undoubtedly, the most famous dive site of Dominica. This spot takes its name from the thousands of bubbles escaping from the ground, just like swimming in a glass of champagne. Easily accessible from the shore, this reef has also become a reference for snorkelers and free divers. Divers are most likely to see sea turtles, seahorses, scorpion fish, squid, lobsters and crabs. This dive site is accessible to all levels, from beginners to experienced divers.

SCOTTS HEAD PINNACLE

A tiny village on the southwest coast of Dominica, Scotts Head overlooks Soufrière Bay — one of the most popular diving and snorkelling destinations in the world. Divers usually begin on Swiss Cheese, a large rock formation home to the well-known Soldierfish Cave. Not actually a cave, this swimthrough is usually packed with soldier fish and grunts that form a curtain in front of you, briefly parting to swallow you into the school as you pass through. At a depth of only 35 ft, a picturesque swim-through bisects the pinnacle, bringing you to the “other side” -- a steep wall on the inside of the volcanic crater that falls off to more than 120 ft.

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L’ABYM (MEANING, “THE ABYSS”)

This dive site takes you to a steep underwater cliff diving 500 meters deep. During your immersion, you will fly over a vertiginous wall covered with corals, gorgonians, anemones and sponges. L’abym is one of the most famous in Dominica for underwater photography because of its colourful environment and its rich macro life. If you are a good spotter, you will probably find seahorses, crabs, shrimps and even nudibranchs. You can also dive with stingrays, sea turtles, barracudas, parrot fish or scorpion fish. DISCOVER DOMINICA AND COME ALIVE! There is so much more to explore on land too - whether

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you’re looking for the best diving in the Caribbean, a hiking trip through the rainforest, relaxing afternoons in bubbling mud pools, or simply to soak up the sun and breathe in the fresh rainforest air, Dominica welcomes you! The Nature Island has everything from extreme sports to eco tours, from spas to whale watching, plus the Morne Trois Pitons National Park—the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean. No matter what you choose to do, Dominica offers an authentic adventure amid the unforgettable magic of nature unspoiled. n MORE INFORMATION www.DiscoverDominica.com or call 020 3217 7060

Special offer for Dive Travel Adventure readers:

IMAGES Left: Crater’s Edge. Middle: Natural world safari. Above: The Abyss.

Book your ‘Discover Dominica’ 9-day diving trip with Dive Worldwide from only £1,795pp AND receive a complimentary lounge pass using the code DOMINICA19SV. INCLUDED IN THE PRICE/PACKAGE: n Flights from the UK n 7 nights accommodation n Breakfast daily n 5 days of activities (choose your own adventures) n Activity options inc. 2-tank dive, whale MORE INFORMATION watching, snorkeling, waterfall hike, visit to natural spa www.DiscoverDominica.com n Airport transfers or call 020 3217 7060 Visit: www.diveworldwide.com/ trip-ideas/discover-dominica

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SUNSET HOUSE

- Grand Cayman’s Hotel for Divers, by Divers

e s u o H t e Suns � Grand Cayman

Awesome accommodation with short walk to boats and unlimited shore diving. Add the great staff and prime diving location, and you have an experience hard to beat anywhere on the planet. CRAIG HELLMANN – DIVE INSTRUCTOR/GROUP TRAVEL LEADER

Everything you dreamed of for a Caribbean dive vacation is here. Sunset House has been welcoming divers to the Cayman Islands for over 60 years. It is one of the only resorts in the Cayman Islands designed and operated by divers, for divers. The resort boasts its own shore diving facility, with beautiful coral reefs, the wreck of the Nicholson and a coral nursery. Underwater visibility on Sunset House’s reef can exceed 50m, and a remarkable variety of marine life can be seen there. Their own spectacular 9-foot bronze sculpture of the mermaid Amphitrite is one of the most popular shore dive sites in the world. Sunset House offers many amenities for the diving and snorkeling enthusiast. With a variety of rooms, a quiet cruise-ship-free location on a rocky shoreline renowned for its shore diving, and only a 15 minute walk from George Town, the highly-recommended Sunset House is sure to please the most avid diver or holidaymaker. Relax after your dive in our well-kept gardens, pool deck or at the famous My Bar with a Cayman Sunset in hand. With Sunset Divers on site, diving could not be easier. Daily morning 2-tank boat trips are available every day of the year and all room and dive packages include unlimited shore diving on the house reef. Explore the spectacular wall dives that the Cayman Islands are famous for on our morning boat trips or right from shore. The wall starts around 15-18m and drops 100s of metres right in front of you. Enjoy night dives from the boat or shore, and afternoon trips to the wreck of the Kittiwake and the world-famous Stingray City. Sunset House and Sunset Divers is a PADI 5-star dive resort, who pride themselves on professionalism and safety. Their experienced staff can offer courses from PADI, SSI and RAID as well as a variety of environmental courses including lionfish culling and CoralWatch courses. CONTACT: Telephone: + 1 345 949 7111 Alternative telephone: Email: reservations@sunsethouse.com Website: www.sunsethouse.com

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a e s r e Und o g a b o T � UNDERSEA TOBAGO

“Tobago’s reefs are some of the best in the Caribbean and Derek is undoubtedly the most experienced and knowledgeable dive operator on the island. Brilliant customer service, guaranteed satisfaction.” DR. OWEN DAY, MARINE BIOLOGIST

Tobago’s southerly location provides the ingredients for a wonderful combination of rich coral and sponge coverage, together with a density and diversity of marine life surpassing most in the Caribbean. A range of diving opportunities abound with lush coral reefs, rocky reefs with colourful encrusting sponges and coral or fascinating shipwrecks, all of which harbour an abundance of marine life. Tobago’s diving is much more than pretty reef fish, it’s about turtles, sharks, cobias, moray eels, stingrays, eagle rays and mantas; it’s about short nosed baitfish, octopi, cornet fish and garden eels; it’s about sharing stories on the dive boat, making friends and enjoying a cold beverage at day’s end. Undersea Tobago, “where personal attention meets adventure” is located on the Coco Reef Resort’s private beach, and in recognition of service quality is also the preferred dive centre for the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, the Mount Irvine Bay Resort and Starfish Tobago, along with other properties. A PADI Dive Resort, Undersea Tobago has been providing dive charters and tuition since 1997, introduced nitrox and kids programs to the island, and is the recipient of multiple awards inclusive of TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. For attentive service, un-crowded dive sites and a true Caribbean experience, dive in with Undersea Tobago.

CONTACT: Telephone: 1 868 631 2626 Alternative telephone: 1 868 680 4209 Email: dive@underseatobago.com Website: www.underseatobago.com

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STUART COVE’S DIVE BAHAMAS -

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

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“My experience was amazing! I keep looking at my pictures and videos, sharing them with friends and family. If you’re looking for an exciting dive, put Stuart Cove’s on your itinerary! You won’t regret it.”

Where else can you meet Caribbean Reef Sharks face-to-face, swim through the same wreck that James Bond did years before, or photograph a turtle just feet from your lens? Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas is a perfect destination to feed your passion for the ocean, whatever it may be. With warm, clear waters and a vast playground of dive sites, divers can explore beautiful reefs, dramatic walls, intriguing wrecks and underwater Hollywood film sets. They can also encounter remarkable marine creatures including the sharks for which they are world renowned. All just a boat ride from the dock. Whether it’s wreck diving on their fleet of sunken ships, wall flying on dramatic drop offs, exploring colorful reefs, dropping into local blue holes or experiencing heart pounding shark dives, the adventures are thrilling, exhilarating... and a little mindblowing. You do not have to be an experienced diver to enjoy the amazing array of underwater activities Stuart Cove’s has to offer. Not certified? Not a problem! Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas offers other ways to explore the marine world. Ocean lovers can submerge in their own personal SUB, take a Snuba trip to the reefs below or enjoy an aerial view from surface to seabed on Snorkel. If these adventures leave you wanting more, Stuart Cove’s is a full service PADI facility offering Discover Scuba Diving classes as well as a complete range of courses from beginner to advanced and specialty certifications. Stuart Cove’s professional dive staff will always ensure your experience is unforgettable. Just minutes from all the dive adventures you can imagine and just a stone’s throw from the excitement of Nassau, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas really is a perfect place to dive in.  CONTACT: Telephone: 954-524-5755 WhatsApp: (242)422-5022 Email: info@stuartcove.com Website: www.stuartcove.com

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Eco Dive a d a n e r G Blue

GRENADA

ECO DIVE GRENADA BLUE Established on the Spice Isle, Grenada in 1996, Eco Dive is locally owned and operated (since 2009) by Marine Biologists, Grenadian/Bajan Andre Miller and Grenadian/Canadian Christine Finney. Located on Grand Anse Beach voted the #1 World’s Best Beaches by CN Travel, Eco Dive is a full service 5-Star PADI 100% AWARE Scuba Diving & Freediving Centre offering training options in both English and French. Our services include Daily Tours in Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Group Trips; along with PADI Training and various Watersport activities such as stand-up paddle boards and more. Our goals are fun, safe and professional activities that increase our awareness and appreciation of the natural world. We take a lot of pride in Grenada’s natural marine beauty and are proud Green Star Award recipients and participate in the 100% AWARE programme donating monthly to ocean protection. We love what we do and hope that you will join us. With our sister shop, Barbados Blue Watersports located at the Hilton Resort in Carlisle Bay, Barbados; we are the southern Caribbean’s premier Scuba Diving & Freediving Centres. Come visit Pure Grenada and join us for some Pure Diving!

“Eco Dive are friendly, helpful and go the extra distance [...] All staff and crew are wonderful. I recommend enthusiastically and without any reservations [...] Thanks for a great experience.” - GARY K. (JULY 2019)

CONTACT: Telephone: +1.473.444.7777 WhatsApp number: +1.473.405.7777 Email: info@ecodivegrenada.com Website: www.ecodivegrenada.com

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BARBADOS BLUE WATERSPORTS Owned and operated by PADI Ambassadiver, Andre Miller, the Barbados Blue team is ready to welcome you to share their passion for adventure, exploration and love for the underwater world. As a PADI and Project AWARE partner, we are dedicated to using this platform to teaching ecology while doing our part to help our oceans. With a variety of ECOminded projects, we are able to get all those who enjoy our beautiful shores to come find out what we’re doing – and frequently join in! With 365 days of warm water diving, daily Scuba Classes, over 30 dive sites, and after sinking the newest military shipwreck (MV Trident) to the island, it’s no wonder that PADI has honoured Barbados Blue Watersports at the Hilton, with the PADI Global Ambassador for Conservation and the Green Star Award. Sea turtles, seahorses, rays, barracudas and east coast sharks are regular visitors for our divers and snorkelers in our brag worthy beautiful Barbados Blue tropical clear visibility. Dive sites are just minutes from the shop keeping the dive trips relaxed and back in time for top side adventures or happy hour relaxation. To extend the adventure we have a sister dive shop -- Grenada Blue -- diving as Eco Dive from Coyaba Beach Resort on the famous Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. Between our island-hoping shops we share the claim to fame of being the southern Caribbean’s first & premier PADI Freediving and Coral First Aid Centres. Ask us how you can help save a reef or experience the bubble free bliss of freediving, we can change your life! Join us for an experience you won’t forget!

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“Clear waters, care and dedicated dive crew, good price, great [dive professionals]. [It’s] a must if you go to the south[ern] Caribbean, [diving] here is just an amazing experience.” - LAURA (AUGUST 2019)

CONTACT: Telephone: +1.246.434.5764 WhatsApp number: +1.246.230.3064 Email: info@divebarbadosblue.com Website: www.divebarbadosblue.com

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“We’ve been to many destinations, but no place makes us feel the same as Buddy’s. From the minute we arrive we feel like we’re home; the people make the difference. Our plan is to keep returning year after year!” PAUL & DEBBIE DRISCOLL, USA

BUDDY DIVE RESORT BONAIRE Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is a full-service dive resort and 5 Star PADI Career Development Centre that has something to offer every diver and leisure traveller. The choice of spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments can easily accommodate single travellers, couples and friends, families, as well as whole dive groups. All apartments have air-conditioned bedrooms, a kitchen and every bedroom has its own bathroom, plus either a porch or balcony with views of the blue ocean or tropical garden. The apartments also feature a living area for your privacy and comfort. The dive shop houses a full retail and equipment rental centre. Buddy Dive’s professional dive team can teach all types of courses from Open Water to complete Instructor Development Courses in multiple languages. For those who want to explore the shore dive sites Bonaire is famous for, the unique 2-lane air & nitrox Drive Thru offers the convenience of picking up tanks before taking of in your own rental vehicle. To explore the dive sites not accessible from shore, Buddy Dive’s comfortable dive boats depart three times a day. Buddy Dive Tek is one of the largest technical diving facilities in the Caribbean and offers full support for both open and closed-circuit divers as well as technical dive training all the way up to the Instructor level. On top of this, Buddy Dive Tek is the only technical diving facility in the Caribbean and South America offering GUE classes. Complete with two restaurants, two swimming pools and two raised sand beaches you will have everything in place to make your (dive) vacation one to remember. The resort’s very own rental fleet allows you the flexibility of exploring the island at your own pace. When booking the famous Drive & Dive package guests will have everything needed for a successful week of diving: accommodation, daily breakfast buffet, airport transfers, shore diving with unlimited air and nitrox (plus optional boat dives) and a rental vehicle. CONTACT: Telephone: +599 717 5080 / +599 789 5080 Toll Free US/Canada 1-866-GO-BUDDY Email: reservations@buddydive.com Website: www.buddydive.com

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Clear as crystal If you’re a keen diver or just want to try diving for the first time, then Barbados is the perfect Caribbean island to head for. It’s the ideal base for underwater exploration because the crystal-clear waters which surround it are packed with fascinating features. Coral reefs and shipwrecks provide the ideal environment for marine life. Throw perfect weather conditions and miles of coast into the mix, and you have what is doubtless the best Caribbean island for scuba diving and snorkelling. Companies all over the island offer facilities such as guided trips, scuba diving lessons and equipment hire for all abilities. Once you’ve experienced Barbados underwater you’ll be keen to continue exploring popular sites like Maycocks Bay, Dottins, Shark Bank and Bell Buoy. You won’t be alone in the water, as Barbados is teeming with aquatic life, and you’ll be diving amongst Stingray, Manta rays, Barracuda, Angelfish, Grouper, Parrotfish, Triggerfish and Seahorses. Barbados is a magical way to explore the seas!

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“Phil and Helen run an efficient operation with incredible customer service. There are no more than 6 divers at a time, allowing you to appreciate the ocean life without the crowds. Divemaster’s Cojack, Shyheim and Brittney are experts at finding even the most elusive marine life. LIZ

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DIVE GRENADA

“I have visited Phil and Helen many times now and am always welcomed with the same warm welcome and friendly smile I received my very first visit - they make you feel so comfortable it’s almost like coming home!” CHARLOTTE

DIVE GRENADA run by Phil, Helen and the dogs ‘Jack & Jerry’ are a professional and friendly dive shop in Grenada. Their inclusion into the ‘TripAdvisor Hall of Fame’ in 2019 on achieving five consecutive ‘Certificates of Excellence’ was a well-deserved accolade for their highly organised, safe and service-focused dive operation in Grenada. Dive Grenada perfectly meets the needs of divers traveling alone or in small groups who seek to avoid the crowds of larger operators. They actively limit numbers to ensure a relaxed and un-crowded experience, and with a maximum of 6 to 8 divers per trip you are guaranteed the personal attention of their Divemasters. There is no better way to enjoy the great diving that Grenada has to offer. Their new purpose-built dive shop is a worldclass facility. Located on the beautiful golden sands of Grand Anse Beach just feet away from the warm clear Caribbean Sea, the location is idyllic. Their central location is perfect, affording short and easy boat rides. With a simple 10 to 15 minutes’ ride in their custom dive boat guests can enjoy more than 30 outstanding reef, wreck and drift sites. Dive Grenada has a vibrant staff of home grown Grenadian Divemasters and Instructors who have clearly been nurtured and well trained. Their passion for Grenada’s outstanding marine environment and pride in the culture and history of the island is infectious. Phil, Helen and all their staff clearly work hard to ensure guests enjoy a relaxed ‘boutique’ diving experience; your equipment is assembled for you prior to your arrival and carried to the boat, all you do is slip into your wetsuit and go diving. Helen’s homemade cookies are a highlight of the surface interval, as is the team sharing stories as they switch over tanks and set up your gear for you. If you like dogs, then Jack & Jerry will be waiting for you on your return for a much-needed tummy rub. You really do feel like family when diving with Dive Grenada. Dive Grenada are building Grenada’s first artificial reef as a philanthropic project, constructing ‘pyramids’ from concrete blocks and then placing them together to form the ‘Grand Anse Artificial Reef Project’ (GAARP). The project is working well with nearly 30 pyramids in place and a remarkable amount of species of fish and marine life already inhabit the area. The project is also being used as an education tool for the local school children to learn about marine conservation.

CONTACT: Telephone: + 1 473 444 1092 Alternative telephone: + 1 473 414 6229 Email: info@divegrenada.com Website: www.divegrenada.com

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INDIAN OCEAN The third largest ocean in the world… but within its vastness, lie tiny island pearls feted by divers as some of the finest dive spots on the planet.

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he most well known destination within the Indian Ocean is the Maldives: 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double loop of 26 atolls making a chain from north to south. Travellers are seduced by the islands’ incredible beauty with their white sandy beaches lapped by clear azure waters. But each island is really the tip of an oceanic volcanic mountain range, and it is only when you put your head underwater that the excitement unfolds. Oceanic currents flow through the deep channels surrounding the atolls of the Maldives bringing with them sharks and mantas galore. These tidal waters, packed with 0 3 2 | D I V E T R AV E L CO M PA N I O N

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HERITANCE AARAH - MALDIVES The recently opened all-villa resort, Heritance Aarah, is the first overseas ‘Heritance’ property in the Maldives. Known for its exotic beauty and pristine beaches, travelling via a 40-minute seaplane ride over the archipelago of Maldives to reach this secluded resort is an experience in itself. The comforts of home are matched in the range of spacious and elegant overwater villas that provide access to amazing views, modern amenities and the inviting azure waters. Leaving aside the uninterrupted views and overwater villas, Heritance Aarah promises an extraordinary stay. Here are three reasons to indulge in the unique Premium All-Inclusive offering at Heritance Aarah:

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The abundance of dine around choice at Heritance Aarah offering a taste of cuisine from around the world. Guests can choose from six restaurants, each offering authentic cuisine and unique views. Tuck into a hearty meal from the buffet offering international delights while watching the chefs whipping up popular classics; or order off the à la carte menu of every-day favourites. The five well-stocked bars at the resort are best for an evening of relaxation as guests can enjoy the largest selection of rum, creative concoctions and delicious snacks all-day. scubaverse.com

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The Medi Spa at Heritance Aarah, the first of its kind in the Maldives, uses state-of-the-art technology to offer a range of innovative wellness and pampering treatments. All-Inclusive guests can pamper themselves with a complimentary introductory massage in one of the Spa’s six treatment rooms. This Spa is ideal for guests looking for a holistic experience. The Medi Spa conducts medical assessments, provides nutritional guidance and salon facilities – the complete package to re-energise. Bespoke fitness stays can also be developed to suit your requirements and lifestyle.

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The picturesque infinity pool, kids club and teen activity room, and the fully equipped gymnasium are a few of the facilities where guests can while away the hours. Escape from the mundane with the unique excursions and underwater adventures offered at Heritance Aarah. Experiences are endless and guests are given an array of choice at Heritance Aarah! CONTACT: Telephone: +960 6640375 Email: res.aarah@heritancehotels.com Website: www.heritancehotels.com/aarah

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CARPE DIEM MALDIVES

“I would give 6 stars if this were possible, for everything I have experienced onboard the Carpe Novo. Everything was perfect from the cabin, to meals and the diving.” FRANCISCO WU

Seize The Day with Carpe Diem Cruises to experience the thrill and natural beauty of the Indian Ocean in one of the world’s best scuba diving and surfing destinations. With our three boats, The Carpe Diem, The Carpe Vita and The Carpe Novo, we connect the modern traveller to nature, with memories that will long be remembered. Safari cruise adventures in the Maldives with Carpe Diem Cruises are remote, exotic and exciting. From our routes to the far north, the central atolls or the deep south, there is an itinerary to suit everybody. Whale sharks and mantas are the top two on every diver’s bucket list and these can be found year round in the Maldives. The Maldives is thought to have the largest population of Alfredi Mantas and for the chance to snorkel with these majestic mantas, we offer itineraries in the summer to Baa to visit the world famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay. In South Ari we offer the chance to snorkel with the gentle giants of the ocean, the whale sharks year round. For non-stop adrenalin filled action, choose one of our far south itineraries, during January – March where strong currents attract sharks in their hundreds. These itineraries are best suited to more advanced divers due to the stronger current. Each year we also offer specially scheduled “Dive With A Purpose” trips with visiting scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Marine biologists also join us on some scheduled trips where guests can learn more about marine conservation, new research techniques and conduct reef surveys to ensure our underwater world remains resilient to threats from global warming. The Carpe Diem, meaning “Seize The Day” started operations in 2008 and has 10 cabins divided over 3 decks, catering for 20 people. The Carpe Vita, meaning “Seize Life” started operating in 2011 and has 10 cabins, catering for 20 people and the Carpe Novo, started operations in 2016 and caters for 21 divers in 11 cabins. Our brand has been voted in “The Top Ten Liveaboards In The World.” Find us on Facebook at Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt Ltd and on Instagram @carpediemmaldives. CONTACT: Telephone: + 960 330-0883 Alternative telephone: + 960 779-4003 AU T U M N 2 01 8 | D I V E T R AV E L CO M PA N I O N | 0 3 6 Email: info@carpediemmaldives.com Website: www.carpediemmaldives.com

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OCEAN SPIRIT SCUBA DIVING - MAURITIUS “One of the best diving centres I’ve been to! Had a great four days diving with Ocean Spirit, including two shark safari dives.” FRANCESCA PEREIRA, LONDON, UK

“Knowledgeable, safe & fun diving!” ANNA, BERLIN, GERMANY

Ocean Spirit is a PADI 5 Star Diving Centre in Pereybere, Mauritius. We are proud to be the only Project Aware Conservation Green Star centre and we take our conservation credentials very seriously indeed. Ocean Spirit offers shark diving, wreck diving, dramatic drop offs and drifts, exquisite corals, rare macro and abundant marine life in a pollution-free, pristine environment. Sharks circle year round in the caverns under the Northern Islands and we dive in crystal clear, clean water with 80m viz. In winter seasonal up-wellings bring plankton, the viz can drop to 20m and the ocean is full of shoaling fish, whales and dolphins. Endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles are here year round. Diving is all about socializing and making new friends, and at Ocean Spirit we make sure you will do exactly that. Our dive masters and instructors love diving, they know their fish and they share their passion. Beach barbecues, lunches and de-briefs mean that you will make new friends from all over the world. It’s a lot of fun. We offer GROUP SPECIALS to BSAC dive clubs, so please contact Jill Holloway at info@osdiving to book. An independent previously British colony, Mauritius is an English, French and Creole speaking Island renowned for its British efficiency, elegant French flair and Creole exuberance, tempered with gentle Hindu harmony. Modern, well managed and with great restaurants, bars and entertainment. Abundant ATMs, zero crime. It’s an irresistible combination. In the centre of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is on the largely unexplored Mascarene plateau; just 9 percent of this paradise has been charted by divers so far. The Indian Ocean temperature is below the coral bleaching median; our corals are growing and everything thrives. There’s no jet lag, we’re in the same time zone as the UK, and the climate is tropical yet temperate and benign; land temperatures drop to 19*C in the winter and rise to 30°C in the summer. Accommodation choices are abundant, excellent and vary from ultra-luxury resorts to 4-star hotels and exquisite French boutique apartments and B&Bs. Why not join us, and enjoy the diving holiday of your life? CONTACT: Telephone: +230 2634468 WhatsApp:AU +230 52552732 TUM N 2 01 8 | D I V E T R AV E L CO M PA N I O N | 0 3 7 Email: info@osdiving.com Website: www.osdiving.com

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TAPROBANE DIVERS - SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is home to an incredible range of marine life including the largest mammal on earth, the Blue Whale. On reef dives you can find moray eels, rays, barracuda and sea turtles to name but a few. For wreck diving, Colombo is best where there are many wrecks for both recreational and technical divers, ranging from a WW1 Armed Merchant Ship to a brand new ship recently sunk in 2009. Taprobane Divers, a PADI Dive Resort, opened in April 2016 and is run by Sri Lankan and British couple Rohan and Emma, offering tailored diving packages, courses and accommodation – both in Trincomalee on the East Coast and our new location on the West Coast to open in 2020. All equipment is high specification and is maintained to British standards to ensure constant high standards. Taprobane Divers is one of the few centres to offer Nitrox diving and has Sri Lanka’s only resident Tec deep instructor trained in the United Kingdom. Taprobane Divers also offers snorkeling activities for non-divers, a whole range of PADI recreational courses and PADI TecRec courses, as well as dolphin and whale watching at its Trincomalee location. CONTACT: Telephone: +94 (0)778491597 Alternative telephone: +94 (0)766202091 Email: taprobane.divers@gmail.com Website: www.taprobanedivers.com

MALDIVERS DIVING CENTRE - MALDIVES

Maldivers was established in 1999 by some very passionate divers who wanted to share their underwater experiences with as many people as possible. Our friendly team of dive professionals are dynamic and environmentally conscious, and go the extra mile to make your diving experience safe and memorable. Maldivers is on the island of Maalhos, in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, Maldives. Maalhos can be easily reached from Malé. This naturally beautiful island is surrounded by sandy beaches and a spectacular house reef. The highly reviewed Madi Finolhu Guest House is the goto place for accommodation on the island. Maldivers offers Scuba Schools International (SSI) courses from Try Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver, Specialties and Professional Courses, dive trips to various reefs in the area, and snorkelling to places such as Hanifaru Bay to see Mantas. Hanifaru Bay is world renowned for seeing large schools of Manta Rays, which can be seen from MayNovember. Whale Sharks also join in from time to time to feed in the plankton-rich waters. Other activities include yoga on the beach, Island Hopping, Sand Bank Excursion, Dolphin Watching, and more. Diving and accommodation packages are available. CONTACT: Telephone: (960) 7792541 Email: maalhos@maldivers.net Website: www.maldivers.net

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“Excellent snorkelling and diving directly from the beach in front of our villa. I had never seen so many sea turtles in one place – an unforgettable experience!” WILL SMITHIES

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IND I A N O CEA N “The rooms are so vibrant, with a cosy island feel. Every single team member met with a smile and made sure we had the best time. We never wanted to leave!” NAFA NASEEM

OBLU BY ATMOSPHERE HELENGELI, MALDIVES A lush green island located in the north of Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll) in the Maldives, teeming with an exotic variety of marine life, OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli blends raw tropical beauty with the comforts of a four-star superior Maldives resort to create a best-in-class holiday experience. Just a 50-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, the resort comprises 116 trendy and colourful villas, each with direct beach or lagoon access offered on a comprehensive all-inclusive plan. The OBLU Island Plan™ offers quality world cuisine combined with a range of activities including superlative diving, watersports and a serene garden spa. OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli launched under the Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts group in November 2015, opening its shores to guests from all over the world. The resort has continued to receive consistently high rank guest reviews for its authentic Maldivian beach holiday experience and exemplary levels of guest service standards and personalized touches. OBLU works in line with the Atmosphere Group’s core philosophy of ‘The Joy of Giving’ – whereby all guests staying at the resort are on the resort’s unique all-inclusive holiday plan. Helengeli Island has a wonderful reputation worldwide for its incomparably exotic house reef and superb channel diving, just metres from the shoreline. The unique feature of Helengeli house reef is that the island itself lies in the middle, right at a primary entrance to Malé Atoll, allowing for high-energy channels on both sides of the island. Hence, fish life, especially pelagic, is plentiful around the reef. The resort’s house reef is there for all guests to enjoy, from beginners learning how to snorkel for the first time, to expert divers and those wishing to night dive. The resort has a team of multilingual professionals on site with TGI Maldives, who are veterans of Maldives diving and form a core part of the OBLU Helengeli guest experience. OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli is currently one out of the five operating resorts by Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts. The dynamic Indian Ocean based hospitality brand firmly believes in all guests having a uniquely localized experience within their tailor-made Holiday Plans. In the past four years, OBLU by Atmosphere has welcomed guests from all over the world with a significant high number of repeat guests coming time and time again to experience this beautiful island, its exotic house reef and some of the best sunset views in the Maldives!

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EUROPE Often the best things are those closest to us. Europe offers some amazing and unexpected underwater experiences if you know where to go!

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Try scuba diving in the beautiful Maltese Islands set in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Break free of the standard tourist routes and see something few people ever get to see for themselves by taking your first breath underwater with PADI Discover Scuba Diving! Diving opens up a whole new world for you to explore with your family and friends. Whilst diving in Malta, meet people, see new underwater life and experience new adventures. All these come together as you experience the wonders of the underwater world through scuba diving. Malta is famous for its history but no other activity is like diving - it will allow you to explore historic sites and observe the diverse marine life that Malta has to offer. This world is right here, just waiting for you to take the plunge...

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The ultimate boat charter service for both recreational and technical scuba divers. Leymor is the first purpose-built British diving catamaran to operate in the Maltese waters. Bringing with her some of the comforts of British diving such as a dive lift, she makes for much more dignified exits from the water after those long Deco dives. At Wreck Finder Charters, we cater for both recreational divers and technical divers. We cover all of the Maltese islands, none of the dive sites are ever too far away. As well as an excellent dive boat, Leymor is also the perfect filming boat. With huge open and closed deck space, she is stable, comfortable and fast. 0 4 6 | D I V E T R AV E L CO M PA N I O N

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MALTA

Techwise is the premier technical diving training facility situated in the beautiful Maltese Islands. Techwise offers you a choice of courses from IANTD, DSAT, TDI and GUE. You also have the option of the rebreather CCR training course. Techwise is the technical department of Divewise and its sole purpose is to provide you with technical diving, courses and diving expeditions in Malta, Gozo and Comino. We offer technical diving excursions and expert training for you whatever your level. Whether you are a seasoned technical diver looking to explore the sites of Malta, or a beginner looking for your first deep diving experience, TechWise is the diving centre for you! Also on offer is an on-site shop to cater for your additional equipment needs, and a fully functioning gas blending station offering air, nitrox and trimix gas fills. We are completely committed to providing quality scuba diving training experiences where your safety is our priority, regardless of the level of course you choose to take. If you would like to speak to us about your technical training requirements, we will be happy to assist you.

CONTACT: Telephone: 00356 21384453 Alternative telephone: 00356 21356441 Email: info@techwise.com.mt Website: www.techwise.com.mt

UTINA DIVING COLLEGE - GOZO

Gozo is the Jewel of the Mediterranean with its towering cliffs, crystal clear waters and fantastic variety of dive sites. Utina is a small friendly dive school and we pride ourselves on providing ideal facilities for all types of divers and those that have not even tried yet. We work hard to create a welcoming ambience to cater for experienced divers and those that do not have so much experience, taking all divers to a site that they will be comfortable with but sometimes a little challenging to further their experience. Being only 60 meters from the sea in Xlendi Bay we can take our Try Dive students into a very safe and lovely place where they can see fish in the first five minutes! Utina will teach at your own pace, never rushing you through your course. We can provide diving for all divers of any qualification and experience. We have many Instructors who come to us for their holiday, which we feel is a great compliment to us for our care and the diversity of dives we offer with our friendly and very capable Instructor/Guides. CONTACT: Telephone: 00 356 2155 0514 Alternative telephone: 00 356 7955 0514 Email: utina@gozomail.com Website: www.utina-diving.com

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“Superb week at Dive Stop. Excellent choice of dive sites. Will is a great instructor, the dive centre is very friendly, and you will be sure of a good laugh in great company.” NIALL MACAULAY

DIVE STOP - CYPRUS Book your next dive holiday in Cyprus with a luxury tailor-made Scuba & Stay package from Dive Stop. Our exclusive packages include return airport transfers, 7 nights self catering accommodation, 5 days diving including the Zenobia and T&W hire. Prices start from only €390 per person based on a minimum of 4 divers. Non divers are also very welcome. Diving on the southeastern coastline of Cyprus is referred to as the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean. Our dive sites offer an exceptional variety of shore, boat, reef, cavern and wreck dives which are perfect for all levels of divers. The world-famous Zenobia, which has been voted as one of the top 5 wreck dives in the world, is just a short distance from our dive centre. Diving on this awesome wreck will make you smile whether you are an experienced wreck diver or visiting the Zenobia for the first time. Divers of all levels travel from all round the world to dive this outstanding wreck, and both technical and recreational divers will be spoilt for choices of places to visit on this epic dive. Dive Stop is an English-owned BSAC training centre operating throughout the year. We offer the perfect facilities, location and expertise to ensure you have a dive holiday to remember. We offer onsite PADI and BSAC training from complete beginner to instructor. Technical and Rebreather courses and diving are also offered. Contact us now for a tailor-made dive holiday you won’t forget! Visit us at DIVE 2019 on stand 520! CONTACT: Telephone: 00357 23102359 Alternative telephone: 00357 96039632 Email: dive@divestop.com.cy Website: www.divestop.com.cy

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“I have dived with Safari for 12 years, located on the beach it is perfect for all levels. The staff are extremely professional and provide a family atmosphere.” TONY PHILOGENE

SAFARI DIVING -

LANZAROTE

Safari Diving Lanzarote is an English owned dive centre located directly on the Playa Chica Beach in Puerto del Carmen Lanzarote. This is the main shore entry point for the island and is also ideal for try dive experience dives and snorkelling – ideal for all the family. Approved by the UK’s Ministry of Defence – one of only 10 dive centres worldwide! Yearly inspections are performed and the quality of air is tested regularly and independently too. We have multi-lingual staff who are friendly and professional and presently consist of English, Spanish, Chilean, Italian and Dutch instructors, some of who can also speak French and German. With our own boat we can offer the most dive sites on Lanzarote at no extra charge. Guided shore, boat and night dives all at the same price and unguided diving is available too – so freedom to take your photos at leisure! Good standard equipment is available for hire, or you can bring your own – it’s up to you. We have our own approved cylinder and testing centre and can test or repair your equipment on site – try to book in advance where possible so we can ensure we have the kits etc. We offer complete BSAC, PADI or SSI courses with our instructors or alternatively you can use your own instructors if you prefer. Groups, families and single divers are all welcome. Daily pleasure dives available all year round. We can assist with local accommodation at great rates. Everything is on your doorstep here, so no car hire necessary! See us at the NEC dive show to ask about our generous dive show offer and other regular offers too. CONTACT: Telephone: 0034 625 059 713 Alternative telephone: 0034 928 511 992 Email: enquiry@safaridiving.com Website: www.safaridiving.com

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YOUR MEDITERRANEAN DREAM... Live your dream and dive it with us. Orange Shark Diving Centre is a PADI 5 star Instructor Development Resort, located in the north of Malta, close to the Islands of Comino and Gozo. We are open all year round and offer diving at over 50 dive spots in crystal clear water throughout the Maltese Islands, everything from wrecks to drop offs and the famous Blue Hole in Gozo. Here, you can dive on islands with over 7,000 years of fascinating history. Registered with Heritage Malta, Orange Shark Diving Centre has a special permit to dive all the renowned historic wrecks in the area. We offer a combination of recreational and technical diving from either the shore or from our boat Paola One. Our multi-lingual team can teach training courses in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Polish. We are also a fully equipped Mares diving centre with a complete range of recreational and technical equipment to hire. Our prices are inclusive of transport from your choice of accommodation (Bugibba/St Pauls Bay area) to the dive centre and the dive spot. We can also help with your holiday accommodation requirements, offering direct reservation of hotels and apartments upon request. Airport transfers are also available and we can offer discounts for groups and families. n PADI courses from Open Water to Instructor n Tec courses

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CONTACT: Telephone: +35621521329 Max Valli mobile: +35679001802 Email: info@orangeshark.eu Website: www.orangeshark.eu

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DUPIN DIVE CENTRE

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Dupin Dive Centre is owned and run by Steve and Jan Collett who opened the centre in May 2001. They pride themselves on providing a high standard of safety in a friendly and enjoyable environment. Steve is an experienced commercial diver, BSAC Advanced Diver (3*) and Advanced Instructor (3*) and was a qualified S.A.D.S. with many years experience including 11 years running a UK charter boat. Jan started diving with the Gosport & Fareham Sub-Aqua Club, Hampshire in 1982 and became a BSAC Advanced Diver (3*) and Open Water Instructor (2*). Before moving to Korcula, Steve and Jan owned and ran the dive charter boat ‘Hero’ out of Gosport, Hampshire around the Isle of Wight area for 11 years. Dupin Dive Centre is a British Sub-Aqua Club Premier Centre, supplying top quality teaching of diving courses from the basic Ocean Diver course up to the Advanced Diver course (the equivalent of C.M.A.S. 3* diver). They also offer ‘Try Dives’ to enable the unqualified person to positively experience their first alien encounter with marine life in a safe and calm way. For the experienced diver, they offer a variety of wall diving, reef diving, wrecks and caverns, as well as sites of historical interest.

CONTACT: Telephone: +385 (0)98 812496 Email: croatiadiving01@gmail.com Website: www.croatiadiving.com

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GOZO AQUA SPORTS We are a long-established Dive Centre with many years’ experience in fabulous scuba diving around Gozo’s beautiful, clear waters. We pride ourselves on our friendly, relaxed customer service whilst maintaining high safety standards throughout. n Offering a full range of PADI TECREC and TDI training courses with expert tuition from the best Instructors n Guided diving in small groups with 2 long, slow shore dives a day to the best dive sites with night dives and boat dives arranged on request. n Independent diving for qualified divers looking to explore in their own time n Technical & Rebreather friendly, whether you are looking for training or help and support to organise your own technical dives. Air, Nitrox, Helium & Sofnolime available. We offer something for every type of diver wherever you are on your diving journey. Our Dive Centre consists of a bright, spacious and organised space with separate classroom, dedicated workshop area for equipment maintenance and servicing by our onsite qualified Technicians, and a secure dive kit washing and storage area. Full equipment hire and servicing available. We are open 7 days a week all year round so whether you wish to just dive with us or you want us to organise a full dive holiday with various accommodation options, transfers and car hire, we can help.

“Fantastic experience: open water and advanced open water courses done here with Dave, Yannick and John. Very friendly and an amazing time diving in a very professional environment.” CHRIS BUSBY

CONTACT: Telephone: +356 21563037 Email: dive@gozoaquasports.com Website: www.gozoaquasports.com

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ASIA Asia offers the visiting diver the greatest diversity of marine life on the planet. From the tiniest critter to the biggest fish in the sea, Asian dive spots offer adventure, excitement and new discoveries.

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checking off the species in your reef id guide. The Philippines is fast catching up its neighbour. Forming the northern apex of the Coral Triangle, these 7,107 islands are sandwiched between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean and have long been a favourite of well-travelled divers. Rich reefs, an accessible mix of macro and pelagic life, historical wrecks and renowned hospitality make these islands ever more popular. Don’t miss out on Malaysia and the legendary diving off Borneo. Sipadan’s deep walls and its turtles, barracuda and sharks are world-renowned, plus incredible macro diving in Mabul and Kapalai.

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“It doesn’t get better than Wakatobi. Everything is about service and maximizing your dive experience. Dives were amazing and the staff is first class.” JIM & LAURIE BENJAMIN

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A SI A “Wakatobi’s reefs are some of the most pristine I have seen anywhere, and Wakatobi resort and liveaboard are second to none. The diversity of species is brilliant.” SIMON BOWEN

WAKATOBI RESORT AND PELAGIAN DIVE YACHT INDONESIA Wakatobi Resort, in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, is one of the most secluded and pristine tropical destinations on the planet, offering what many claim to be the “best diving in the world.”  Located on the edge of Indonesia’s Banda Sea, 1000 km east of Bali, the resort and liveaboard dive yacht, Pelagian, is the number one choice of sophisticated divers and snorkellers worldwide. Upscale, yet environmentally responsible, Wakatobi provides easy access to a pristine, protected coral reef sanctuary, and a spectacular setting. With a private charter flight that transports guests from Bali to the resort’s own airstrip in just 2.5 hours, gourmet dining and some of the world’s finest reefs at your doorstep, Wakatobi offers a level of personalised attention that equals or surpasses that of the finest hotels and resorts.  One visit would be the dive vacation of a lifetime, but you’ll soon want to return time and time again. CONTACT: Telephone: +62 361 759669 Alternative telephone: +1 561 706 5473 Email: office@wakatobi.com Website: www.wakatobi.com

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BUNAKEN OASIS DIVE RESORT & SPA INDONESIA

I’ve never become overenthused about a destination, but it’s true for me to say that the 5-star Bunaken Oasis Resort is the best place I have ever been to! MARTIN EDGE

Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken. Positioned at the luxury end of the market, we provide a 5-star experience while keeping our ecological footprint to a minimum. The resort is built on a steep hillside overlooking the mangroves on Liang Beach, so each of our twelve luxury villas has a spectacular sea view. The villas are beautifully built, spacious and provide just about every amenity you’ll need. Our spectacular free-form freshwater infinity pool is ideal for those who choose to relax and catch some sun. Start the evening in our chill-out cocktail bar, where you can enjoy a range of fine wines and spirits (and Bintang!) while you unwind beneath the stars. And because you’ll be spending quite a lot of time in our restaurant, we’ve really made it something special; with fantastic views over the pool, Long House and out to sea, you’ll enjoy gourmet Asian and western cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, the luxury doesn’t end when you leave the resort, and our six dive boats are in a class of their own; with freshwater showers, flush toilets, hot or cold towels, fresh fruit, tea and coffee, you’re guaranteed a world-class onboard experience. With access to over 90 dive sites, you’ll enjoy diving which is tailormade to your desires. You’re a photographer? Our state-of-the-art camera room is the ideal place to start and end your day, and our dive guides are masters at spotting the smallest and most elusive critters.

Want to go deep?

Oasis Explorers, our fully-equipped technical diving facility, can support you to the limits of your training and experience, including Advanced Trimix and CCR, and our technical diving consultants offer a full suite of courses to anyone wishing to advance their qualifications.

Want to go fun diving?

Warm tropical waters, brilliant visibility, abundant fish life and spectacular coral - Bunaken is one of the world’s premier dive destinations.

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MUREX DIVE RESORTS

INDONESIA

Join Murex for a Passport to Paradise and dive three distinct North Sulawesi destinations: Bunaken > Bangka > Lembeh. With over 150 dive sites to explore and boat diving transfers from resort to resort, this is a dive trip of a lifetime. Murex Manado offers world renowned wall diving in Bunaken Marine Park and phenomenal muck diving in Manado Bay. Murex Manado’s outstanding service, attention to detail and comfortable accommodation guarantees a relaxing stay. Set on a private white sand beach, Murex Bangka is a remote tropical island paradise. Surrounded by kaleidoscopic soft coral reefs, diving in Bangka is an explosion of colour and teeming with life.

“Murex dive resort is simply top class. Service excellent! Extensive knowledge and very high standards. The surrounding land and seascape are breathtaking! This is a must-go dive resort in Sulawesi.” BRICLEME (5 STAR REVIEW ON TRIPADVISOR)

CONTACT: Telephone: +62 811 4390 0091 Alternative telephone: +62 813 4036 3186 Email: reservations@MurexDive.com Website: www.MurexDive.com

LEMBEH RESORT

INDONESIA

Lembeh Resort’s secluded location on Lembeh Island ensures an exclusive and relaxing stay. Tropical gardens and exotic fauna form a natural backdrop while luxury and elegance come as standard. Our Dive Guides have a combined total of over 70,000 dives in the Lembeh Strait and are all marine biology and underwater photography trained. Underwater imaging is in our DNA and our Backscatter Authorized Photo Centre, Marine Biologists, Photo Centre Team and full time Photo Pro are available for consultations and advice. Experience the warm hospitality, tropical beauty and unique wonders of this tasteful home away from home in Lembeh. Your expectations will not only be met, they will be exceeded.

“Just as promised. The entire resort staff went above and beyond. The dive operation was one of the best I’ve encountered in 25 years of diving. Every detail handled perfectly”. WATERS. E (5 STAR REVIEW ON TRIPADVISOR)

CONTACT: Telephone: +62 851 0050 3139 Alternative telephone: +62 853 4079 8483 Email: reservations@LembehResort.com Website: www.LembehResort.com

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MAGIC OCEANS DIVE RESORT ANDA

“Wonderful! The staff were very friendly and knew everyone by name the next morning. Diving was excellent (saw a whale shark!) and the guides were great to point out all the things that most of us miss.� MARISSA SMITH

Located in the quiet and non-touristy area of Bohol Island, you find the perfect place to experience the best of the Coral Triangle: Magic Oceans Dive Resort in Anda. With more than 25 different dive sites offering a great combination of muck diving, reefs, healthy coral gardens and walls, the diving here is extensive and versatile. You can see everything from many different critters and nudibranchs to big life, such as a passing Whale Shark. Diving at Magic Oceans is suitable for every type of diver and underwater photographers. The resort has 16 detached bungalows, a big swimming pool, a man-made beach, and a brand-new pier for easy access to one of the big Banka boats. The lush green area creates a relaxing ambiance, whilst the professional and friendly staff at Magic Oceans will show you the true meaning of Filipino hospitality. Even though diving will never bore you here, Magic Oceans offers a lot of day trips for some adventurous activities or above water sightseeing. Enjoy the view over the Chocolate Hills and rice fields, visit the seaweed farm and local markets, see for yourself the cuteness of the Tarsier Monkey and much more!

CONTACT: Telephone: +63 928 740 4369 Alternative telephone: +63 908 464 1284 Email: info@magicresorts.online Website: www.magicoceans.online

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“This was probably my best dive vacation! The resort is wonderful, and the staff friendly. The dive guides and boat crew are professional and find marine life that is hard to see. I would definitely return!� SCOTT SCUBA DIVE CENTER

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Located in Moalboal in Cebu, you find the small and cosy dive resort Magic Island. With only 10 detached cottages and an incredible house reef, this is the perfect spot for your dive vacation. Walk from the dive centre directly into the water, explore the 50 metre deep wall inhabited by a large number of turtles, and watch the mating of the magnificent Mandarin Fish during sunset. Let the experienced dive guides take you to more than 30 different dive sites and show you the smallest and most interesting creatures around Moalboal. Explore the beauty of Pescador Island with its healthy corals and incredible marine life, such as nudibranchs, frogfish and Spanish Dancers, and dive with over a million sardines at the Sardine Bait Ball.

CONTACT: Telephone: +63 928 740 4369 Alternative telephone: +63 908 464 1284 Email: info@magicresorts.online Website: www.magicisland.online

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AS IA Fantastic time with AMD-B on a custom-made safari visiting Bali’s best sites. My eagle-eyed guide found a huge range of amazing critters, and was extremely respectful of marine life. Flawless logistics. DR RICHARD SMITH, Marine Biologist, Underwater Photographer, Expedition Leader

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AQUAMARINE DIVING - BALI

Situated in the Indo-Pacific, the world’s richest marine biogeographic zone, Bali receives very planktonrich waters and so contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem to suit all abilities and interests. CONTACT: Telephone: +62(0)3614738020 Email: Info@AquaMarineDiving.com www.AquaMarineDiving.com

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AquaMarine’s services include: Daily Trips, Custom-made Safaris, Dedicated UW spotters Diver Medical Insurance PADI courses: Bubblemaker to Divemaster, plus a variety of PADI Specialties (flexible schedules). 1 Day Introductory Adventure Diving Programme, Snorkelling, Airport transfers, Land Tours, Hotel reservations, Domestic flights.

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Established in 1999, and with a reputation for outstanding customer service, AquaMarine Diving - Bali is one of Bali’s most well-recognised dive companies. AquaMarine is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and Bali’s only British owner-operated dive company. They offer a range of diving activities from snorkelling and day trips, to PADI courses and custom-made safaris (dive / accommodation packages). With a focus on safety and enjoyment, AquaMarine has a 100% safety record. They have a maximum ratio of 4 divers for 1 guide (PADI Divemaster or above), often lower on Manta and Mola-Mola Trips. AquaMarine chooses to employ Indonesian dive staff rather than seasonal expat divers. AquaMarine offers Bali’s best dive locations only: Nusa Penida: drift-diving, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish), Mantas; Padangbai - Bali’s most dramatic dive sites, pelagics; Tulamben - 120m USAT Liberty shipwreck, drop-off, muck sites; Menjangan Island - wall diving. These careful selections, together with the experience of their local dive staff and British safety standards, make an unbeatable combination. AquaMarine is the go-to company for UW Photography in Bali with the option to book a Private Spotter Guide (or two). In 2005, AquaMarine became Indonesia’s first Project AWARE Go ECO Operator. They have also received the PADI Green Star Award, Green Fins certification, and are a Member of TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame with Certificates of Excellence 2014-18. AquaMarine Diving - Bali is also an agent for other reputable diving companies across Indonesia. By booking through AquaMarine you will be eligible for freebies and add-ons.

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SALAYA BEACH HOUSES DAUIN “I have been spoilt every single second of my stay. Loved the art café, yoga room and the spacious suite. Plus impeccable service above and below surface: Highly recommended!” JUDITH HOPPE, TRAVEL EDITOR, GERMANY

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Dive the Visayas in style! Salaya Beach Houses are an intimate hideaway with nine suites and penthouses located in the middle of the muck-diving paradise of Dauin, Negros in the Philippines. Located directly in the resort, the dive centre offers generous space for the guests’ own equipment and rental equipment. Photographers enjoy an air-conditioned camera room with airguns and battery charging stations. Guided dives are offered several times a day, often starting directly from the beach – guests love the house reef in front of the resort. Diving in the Visayas is focussed on the ‘small stuff’- the area is well known for a huge variety of nudibranch and shrimp species. The resort recently introduced a PADI Ghost Pipefish Distinctive Specialty, exploring and understanding this shy and well-camouflaged creature. Those who love wide-angle-photography and big schools of fish will also be delighted. Excursions to nearby Apo Island cater to divers looking for fantastic wall diving with healthy corals and large schools of fish. Free divers will find shallow reef slopes and few currents, offering perfect conditions for free diving. On land, Salaya Beach Houses offers yoga classes and numerous excursions to choose from. Meals are served either in the restaurant or open-air next to the pool. Regional and international delicacies are freshly prepared in the kitchen. A happy hour is offered every evening and live music is featured once a week at the bar. Salaya Beach Houses is a member of the Best Boutique Collection, a marketing platform promoting individual and stylish boutique resorts characterised by an exceptional feel-good atmosphere and excellent service. For those seeking to explore more than one island of the Philippines, Amun Ini Beach Resort on Bohol, another member of the Best Boutique Collection, offers the perfect extension with its impeccable white sandy beach and like-minded top-level dive service and tasteful accommodation.

CONTACT: Telephone: +49-89-673 78 619 Alternative telephone: +63-917-792 6039 Email: salaya@best-boutique-collection.com Alternative email: info@salayabeachhouses.com AU T U M N 2 01 8 | D I V E T R AV E L CO M PA N I O N | 0 6 7 Website: www.salayabeachhouses.com www.best-boutique-collection.eu

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“A big thankyou to everyone who works here. We just got back from a trip where we took a big group and they were so well organised and everyone had a blast. We will be back!” KATE SCOLLARY

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The triangle between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines is one of the most biodiverse marine habitats in the world. Strong ocean currents, deep sea trenches and sea mounts, combined with active volcanic islands, have created a complex oceanographic environment that is a paradise for divers. The beauty of this region lies in its diversity. At Scuba Junkie we offer four award-winning eco dive resorts which all have a large focus on marine conservation. Each is situated in some of the best dive locations in the world.

Sipadan:

The world-famous Sipadan Island is home to thousands of turtles, schooling sharks (including Hammerheads), swirling barracuda, and awe-inspiring coral walls dropping more than 2,000ft straight down to the sea floor. Sipadan is frequently voted as the world’s number one dive destination but the diving doesn’t stop there - we also offer amazing diving at Mabul and Kapalai Island.

Komodo:

Komodo is a destination that is stunning both above and below the water. On land, it’s the only place on the planet where you can see Komodo Dragons in the wild! Whilst below water, it is common to see lots of Manta Rays, sharks, tuna, barracuda, turtles, Dugongs, as well as some amazing macro.

Sangalaki:

This destination is a well kept secret and one you must visit before it becomes a massive tourism attraction. Stunning wall dives with Hammerheads, resident Thresher sharks, Guitar sharks, White tips and Black tips, and so many turtles and pristine coral and that’s at the “other” islands! Sangalaki island is famous for its resident, all-year Manta Rays, which offer an experience you won’t forget. Then whilst you’re not diving, there is the jellyfish lake (one of only a few in the world). Don’t worry, they don’t sting! Plus, we have Whaleshark Point where it’s very common to snorkel with Whalesharks.

Penida:

Our brand new resort is situated on Nusa Penida Island, just a short boat ride away from mainland Bali.   Away from the crowds and in the centre of the Nusa Penida diving area, the resort is very close to the dive sites offering amazing coral, year round Manta Rays and sharks - Wobblegong, Bamboo, Thresher and White tips - plus seasonal Mola Mola. CONTACT: Telephone: +6281337024553 Alternative telephone: +06088255816 Email: info@scuba-junkie.com Website: www.scubajunkie.com

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SILADEN RESORT & SPA - ASIA

“This was our 4th stay at Siladen and once again it did not disappoint: stunning location, beautiful dive sites… but most of all the welcoming and wonderful staff have made it another holiday to remember.” BRUCE & MAGGIE

From our exclusive dive resort, located in the heart of the world-renowned Bunaken National Marine Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia just above the Equator on the lush tropical island of Pulau Siladen, we offer you an authentic, relaxing and memorable experience. Open since 2003, we are an ecofriendly, socially responsible boutique dive resort that places high emphasis on the protection of the Marine Park and the environment. The resort offers the most attractive, exquisite and secluded accommodation in Sulawesi with open air showers and sunbeds overlooking the calm seas. Enjoy a full range of activities, land tours, spectacular sunsets and quality of service. Siladen Resort & Spa is a 5 Star PADI Resort where you will enjoy a safe, exclusive and memorable diving and snorkelling experience. Thanks to our strategic location, over 50 premium dive sites are within easy reach. The Bunaken National Park covers a total area of over 890 km2, hosts 390 different species of corals, is a center of marine global biodiversity and ranks among the top diving destinations worldwide. The Park is known for its rich macro life and is mostly characterized by wall dives rich in hard and soft corals. Besides diving and snorkelling in Bunaken National Park we also organize muck/critter diving in Manado Bay or soft coral dives on the slopes of Bangka Island. A wreck is also available nearby for diving. Our traditional style wooden boats are spacious and have all the necessary comfort and safety amenities. After an amazing day of diving or snorkelling, unwind by treating yourself to a relaxing massage at our Spa. CONTACT: Telephone: +62 811 4300 641 Alternative telephone: +62 812 37044 071 Email: reservations@siladen.com Website: www.siladen.com

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THE AMERICAS The Americas contain many of the world’s most exhilarating dives. Here, diving is all about BIG experiences.

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World class reef diving can be found on the 400 islands and coastline of Belize, which is also well known for its whale shark sightings. Costa Rica attracts true nature lovers and is an incredibly diverse and exciting destination for a dive travel adventure. Diving with hundreds of Hammerheads at Cocos Island is one of the world’s best liveaboard experiences but be sure to set feet on dry land to explore the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Somewhat cooler, but no less adventurous, Alaska offers some of the best cold water diving in the world and amazing animal encounters. At the other end of North America, head to Florida for manatees, shipwrecks and spring water caverns. scubaverse.com

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CABO SAN LUCAS “Time and again Dive Ninjas delivers mindblowing, totally unique experiences! Love their citizen science expeditions. Their passion for the ocean and protecting it is unmatched in the industry.” SZE WEI KU

Join us to explore the incredible diversity of our world’s marine life and experience some of the greatest spectacles of nature our planet has to offer. Jump on one of our citizen science trips to learn from esteemed scientists while helping with critical marine research. Or take a course with our passionate and experienced instructors. But best of all, know that you are supporting a true ecotourism platform. One that actively works to support the conservation, and protection, of our oceans and all of their remarkable inhabitants.

Expeditions

Our ninja expeditions take you on adventures that give you front row seats to some of nature’s most mind-blowing performances. Join us in Baja for one of the largest aggregations of rays on the planet with thousands of mobula rays. Experience the rush of diving with huge baitballs being hunted by one of the ocean’s fastest predators – the striped marlin. Or witness the true giants of Baja – massive blue whales, acrobatic humpbacks, curious grey whales, and whale sharks.

Courses

Whether you are a seasoned technical diver, or just starting out on your journey into the sea our team has you covered. We offer a full range of PADI scuba diving courses from beginner to professional, technical and trimix diving, PADI and SSI freediving courses, as well as a variety of conservation courses and workshops such as reef monitoring or shark conservation.

Conservation

Dive Ninja Expeditions was built with sustainability and conservation as the core pillars of our business. We aim to set the bar higher and it can be seen in everything we do. Our tours and expeditions are built to create lasting memories for our ninja guests while protecting the incredible oceans and creatures that make these magical experiences possible. We work continuously with ongoing local research and conservation projects, are a Sea Shepherd Dive Center, and a Project AWARE partner. CONTACT: MX: +52 624-247-3741 US: +1 973-619-9976 Email: info@diveninjaexpeditions.com Website: www.DiveNinjaExpeditions.com

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NAUTILUS DIVE ADVENTURES

CONTACT: Telephone: +1 604 241 1918 Alternative telephone: +1 888 434 8322 Email: info@nautilusdive.com Website: www.nautilusdive.com

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Mother Ocean smiles on us every time we are able to get in the water with our favourite charismatic big animals: amazingly friendly and interactive giant mantas, boundary-smashing dolphins, 350 unique great white sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads and eight other shark species, huge schools of mobula rays, jacks and all the other wonders of Baja, Mexico. Join us on the only ISM safety-certified liveaboard dive boats in the world, staffed by our international crew of professional men and women. In addition to our signature Socorro Island, Guadalupe Island, and Sea of Cortez liveaboard dive trips, we offer day dives, dive training, and dive gear - all based from our dive center in sunny Cabo San Lucas.

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“This was our best vacation so far. We didn’t have to spend time planning events. We had so much fun scuba diving, fishing, zip lining, and enjoying hot springs. Bill Beard’s exceeded our expectations.” REBECCA G

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Costa Rica is fast becoming a hot spot scuba diving destination, particularly along its Pacific shores. From enticing shark encounters to run ins with giant Manta Rays, Costa Rica’s volcanic pinnacles are filled with pelagic life. Divers frequently encounter sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracuda, tuna and snapper. Schooling fish can be found on every dive site, as well as small critters like sea horses, frogfish and harlequin clown shrimp. Sharks and dolphins are seen regularly, and humpback and pilot whales migrate twice seasonally. Because of its compact geography, Costa Rica has an ENDLESS number of choices to explore below and above the water. The biggest challenge in Costa Rica is trying to decide which combination is best for your holiday. Planning for and traveling in Costa Rica is made easy with Bill Beard Costa Rica. Our local dive staff and agents make booking your holiday to Costa Rica easy and stress free! CONTACT: Telephone: Local Costa Rica +506 2479 7262 Alternative telephone: USA Office +1 954 453 5044 WhatsApp: +506 8546 5752 Email: agent@billbeardcostarica.com Website: www.billbeardcostarica.com

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SEMINOLE SCUBA FLORIDA Seminole Scuba is central Florida’s premier PADI 5* IDC center with courses from beginner through to instructor levels. We offer fantastic diving in the local crystal clear springs and on both coasts of Florida. Based close to Disney, so why not bring the family and escape the mouse for a day or two! CONTACT: Telephone: +1 407-333-8856 Email: dive@seminolescuba.com www.seminolescuba.com

Seminole Scuba was perfect for our family. Kids did Discover Scuba and husband dived the springs whilst I relaxed. JULIE, BRISTOL UK.

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Ko’ox Diving MEXICO

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“I’ve been diving with KOOX on a monthly basis for 2 years now. They always deliver professional services. KOOX has been a great partner in achieving my diving goals.”

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Koox Diving is your specialist for all types of diving, certification and exciting underwater adventures. Cave diving and technical diving are our passion – we will gladly help you get to your desired diving level by creating a custom-tailored training program adapted to your individual needs and skills. Come join us to explore the beauty of some of the clearest waters: the cenotes in Riviera Maya - the longest underwater cave system in the world - with up to 100m visibility all-year long. Our skilled local dive guides know the cenotes by hand, and have even discovered and mapped some of them. With extraordinary underwater photography conditions and no currents, we can make any cenote the best setting for your underwater photoshoot. Ready? Come meet us in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Ko’ox! (“Let’s go!” in Maya)

CONTACT: Telephone: +44(0)808275117 (UK toll free) WhatsApp: +5219841415502 Email: sales@kooxadventure.com Website: www.kooxdiving.com/en/

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MUY’ONO RESORTS BELIZE Travel Better with Muy’Ono Resorts, the largest collection of independent resorts in Belize. Muy’Ono Resorts hand selects each resort to provide unique experiences in the most beautiful locations in the country: from jungles to beaches to private islands. Muy’Ono Resorts proudly offer PADI 5-Star SCUBA Diving with Belize Underwater. Belize Underwater gives guests an opportunity to go diving along the second largest barrier reef in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef offers all ranges of diving, from shallow water to the advanced diving at the Great Blue Hole. We welcome beginners and experts, offering various dive site options and PADI courses. We take you to all of the top diving spots in Belize, including dive sites that aren’t offered anywhere else! You won’t find many trips to Glover’s Reef Atoll, but we go weekly. Jacques Cousteau ranked the reef at Glover’s as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, so we definitely recommend adding that one to your bucket list! The best way to plan a perfect SCUBA vacation in Belize is with UnBELIZEable Travel. Muy’Ono Resorts and Belize Underwater are proud partners of UnBELIZEable Travel. With UnBELIZEable Travel, guests can immerse themselves in local culture, try hands-on culinary experiences, explore ancient ruins and caves, and of course, SCUBA, snorkel, or fish along the Belize Barrier Reef. UnBELIZEable Travel is a onestop-shop for all Belize adventures. UnBELIZEable Travel provides the best experiences in Belize. See for yourself!

“I can’t say enough good things about my adventure with Belize Underwater. This group of people truly made me feel like family.” HALEY, TRIPADVISOR

CONTACT: Telephone: 1-877-927-6466 Alternative telephone: 1-877-418-2354 Email: sales@unbelizeabletravel.com Website: www.unbelizeabletravel.com

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North 60 Adventures ALASKA

“Sharks, Bears, Orcas, Sea Lions, Otters, Grey Whales, Eagles and Salmon. Who could ask for more? Thanks for a great trip!” JEFF KURR, DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHARK WEEK PRODUCER

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We are the only operation in the world offering free divers the chance to swim with Salmon Sharks. We are also the authority on Salmon Shark migration, behaviors and feeding patterns. With nearly a decade of research and learning how to interact with these animals, Boone and his wife Gina Hodgin have become experts on what makes these incredible animals tick. Trip leaders, production companies and divers around the world have used us to gain unparalleled access to a pelagic fish that had previously been extremely hard to find and even harder to swim with. Come see how Ravencroft has opened the door for new shark adventures in the great Alaskan wilderness! Not only are there sharks to see, we’ve also added new and exciting expeditions for eagle predation from the waterline, swimming into massive jellyfish blooms, and jumping in with calved icebergs at Columbia Glacier. Boone and Gina have combined their wealth of knowledge from years of interactions while living and operating Ravencroft Lodge to bring you an expedition experience in the last frontier that’s like no other! CONTACT: Telephone: 1-907-200-4665 Email:info@north60adventures.com Website: www.alaskasharks.com

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OCEANIA The other end of the planet for European divers but the quality and range of diving in Oceania makes it more than worth the air miles to get there!

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he diving in Australasia and the South Pacific is renowned as some of the finest worldwide. Whatever kind of diver you are, a trip to this part of the world should be top of your wish list. And the area is so vast and so varied, once in a lifetime is never going to be enough. With 2,300km to explore, divers will find everything along the Great Barrier Reef from shallow lagoons and lush coral gardens, to the exciting offshore reefs of the Coral Sea that promise jaw-dropping shark encounters and more. At the top of the Coral Sea, lie the incredible islands of Papua New Guinea, one of diving’s last frontiers. This is pristine diving country; remote, mostly unexplored reefs, jam-packed with every marine creature

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imaginable. PNG also offers incredible above water scenery and an amazing collection of World War II shipwrecks. Wreck fans are spoilt for choice in Micronesia, but wildlife lovers head to Yap, which is known as the Manta Ray capital of the world. Meanwhile, Kosrae offers untouched reefs in a rare, remote paradise. The archipelago of Palau’s walls and channels are famous for exhilarating currents and world-class pelagic sightings; it also boasts more incredible wrecks to explore. Finally, no adventure down under would be complete without a ‘kia ora’ to New Zealand. A land of adventurous beauty where the spectacular topside scenery is more than matched underwater with stunning fjords, historical wrecks, plentiful reefs and kelp forests. scubaverse.com

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MICRONESIA

“Amazing owner, awesome atmosphere, beautiful place! Josh is one of the best resort owners I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! He personally makes sure all needs are taken care of; we felt like we were at home! Highly recommended!!” JULIE CUNNINGHAM

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KOSRAE NAUTILUS RESORT - REMOTE…

RELAXED… REFRESHING Established in 1994, Kosrae Nautilus Resort is the only NAUI dive resort on Kosrae, Micronesia and offers a remote diving experience in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Kosrae is truly a remote traditional island with less than 6,000 people. Here, you will experience diving on incredible reefs and be amazed that you are the only divers, not only diving on a particular site but on the island as a whole. One of Kosrae’s greatest attractions is the clear, clean ocean and its extraordinary living coral reefs that completely surround it. Offshore, the coral reefs slope steeply into the clear blue depths. Both vertical drop-offs and undulating profiles of cascading corals appear before you, as underwater visibility averages 100 to 200 feet. The reefs comprise hundreds of densely packed coral species, both hard and soft, attracting an abundance of marine life. A diver could easily observe 50 species of fish in a single dive. Turtles and rays inhabit the waters of this island paradise, and if you enjoy finding nudibranchs and other macro subjects, you’ll be delighted. Surrounded by fringing reef, Kosrae has some of the most pristine hard coral formations, with natural creations so spectacular they resemble underwater wonderlands or castles. Kosrae Nautilus Resort made world headlines in 2016 when it was raffled off by the previous owners, with the new owner picking up the hotel and dive resort for $150! Kosrae remains an immaculate garden of flowers, citrus trees, and rich, verdant greenery; a place for divers and non divers to experience its beauty. When not diving, explore Mt. Oma to visit multiple cascading waterfalls, or WWII Japanese caves hidden in the lush jungles of this island paradise. Kosrae is also home to the world’s last Ka forest, a protected sanctuary of Terminalia Carolinensis trees. It offers visitors spectacular scenery of the 100-foot-high canopy formed by densely leafed branches that only grow from the very top of these massive trunks. Rich in historical sites and ruins, this jewel of Micronesia was a favourite haven of pirate Bully Hayes. Pirate or not, you’ll find adventures aplenty in spectacular Kosrae.

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MV Oceania, MV FeBrina & Walindi Resort

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Walindi Plantation Resort is an intimate dive resort situated on the shores of Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The resort is famous for its quality of diving and warm hospitality. Snorkelling, birdwatching and nature tours are also featured activities. Secluded bures or plantation house rooms are nestled along the beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Dive sites in Kimbe Bay are visited from the resort on covered, specially designed day boats. A resident pod of dolphins is a highlight and keep an eye out for passing orcas and migrating whales. Walindi is the home to two liveaboard dive vessels, the MV Oceania and the MV FeBrina. Both vessels offer various dive itineraries around New Britain and further afield. The signature diving areas visited are the reefs of Kimbe Bay, the offshore Father’s Reefs, and the remote pinnacles and bays of the Witu Islands. MV Oceania is an 88ft catamaran, extensively refurbished and offering above deck queen and twin cabins for 16 guests, all with ensuite facilities and ocean views. MV FeBrina is a 73ft, traditional style liveaboard catering for 10-12 guests. All cabins are ensuite, with up to four single cabin options. CONTACT: Telephone: +675 983 5441 Alternative telephone: +675 7234 8460 Email: reservations@walindifebrina.com Alternative email: reservations@mvoceania.com Website: www.walindifebrina.com www.mvoceania.com scubaverse.com


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GREAT BARRIER REEF & CORAL SEA World class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on Australia’s most awarded liveaboard, Spoilsport. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions celebrates 50 years of operation this year. It offers exciting 3, 4 and 7 night liveaboard scuba diving expeditions departing from Cairns to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.  Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world famous Cod Hole, or venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility. As well as these standard itineraries, throughout the year we have a sprinkling of Special Expeditions to take advantage of the seasonal changes in the reef. Minke Whale expeditions in June and July are one for the bucket-list, allowing up-close interactions with these gentle giants. If you like turtles, check out our Turtle Spectacular Expedition, or if you love photographing sharks, you can’t go wrong with our Shark Shooter. Since 2007 Mike Ball Dive Expeditions have been members of Eco Tourism Australia, earning the status of ‘Green Travel Leader’.  The ECO Certification program assures travellers that a certified operator promotes sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture, and heritage and minimises impacts on the environment.

CONTACT: Telephone: +61 (0) 7 4053 0509 Alternative telephone: +61 407 146 834 Email: resv@mikeball.com Website: www.mikeball.com

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Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers is a small, family-owned, luxury hotel on the pristine island of Yap in the western Pacific Ocean – operating since 1986. Yap has a resident population of Manta Rays and several shallow cleaning stations where divers can see Mantas year-round. In addition to Manta Ray diving, we love taking our guests to dive among reef sharks, Mandarin fish and brilliant coral reefs with macro fauna and caverns. We are proud to have been voted by the readers of Diver Magazine UK as one of the top 25 dive resorts worldwide and the Reader’s Choice Award as #5 dive resort in the Pacific/Red Sea/Indian Ocean. Serving only 1,000 divers a year, we offer our guests crowd-free dive sites and VIP service, spa treatments, home-brewed beer and a unique bar/ dining experience onboard our 100+ year old Indonesian Schooner moored in front of the resort.

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“Had two awesome dives, lots of marine life and great visibility. First dive site we anchored inside a cave, which was really cool! The crew were great - very patient and helpful.” FESTER62

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“Great new shop and facilities. Staff and crew friendly and professional as expected. Safety first on dives and boat! Can’t wait to go back for a few more dives.” JOHNO O

DIVE! TUTUKAKA NEW ZEALAND Washed by warm currents sweeping down from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are ever-present on the horizon of most of the northeast coast of Northland, and the easiest harbour from which to access them is Tutukaka. Although the trip will only take a little over 45 minutes, it is a world away as you venture out to this “Middle Earth in the Middle of the Ocean”. The islands are an internationally recognized icon, up for World Heritage Status and 23km off the Tutukaka Coast where the island’s 11 million-year-old volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop-offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels, all inhabited by an amazing array of underwater life. Isolated from the mainland for many thousands of years, they are the remnants of ancient volcanoes that erupted in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Below the water, for 800 metres around the islands, is a marine reserve. Above, the islands are a nature reserve. Declared tapu by local Maori almost 140 years ago after a bloody massacre, the history is dramatic. Left to nature, the archaeological remnants are the most pristine in New Zealand’s heritage, the only disturbance being the roots of the mighty Pohutukawa canopy that has risen overhead. Directly on the migratory path of a number of species, a trip is often accompanied by both Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, and there are several species of Whales, including Orca, Minke, Bryde’s and Pilot Whales that feed off the coast. The complex underwater landscape is a unique environment. Sub-tropical and temperate marine life coexists with extraordinary diversity, beauty and density. Over 125 species of fish share this environment with soft corals, encrusting sponges, vibrant anemones, Ecklonia kelp forests, mating stingrays, visiting pelagic Manta Rays, gorgonian fans and myriad other life forms. Having been a Marine Reserve for over 20 years the fish behaviour continues regardless and they interact quite happily with snorkellers, divers and swimmers. There are Australasian Gannet colonies, breeding grounds of rare seabirds including ternlets, and Buller’s shearwater. This is the only nesting place in the world for the tens of thousands of Buller’s shearwater that fly in from North America. There seems to be a special “X” factor and locals who are passionate about this place, seem to pass on the special feeling as they share the tumultuous and tragic Maori history that makes this place so spiritual. Arguably the best sub-tropical diving in the world, certainly worth crossing the world for, and known as the Galapagos of the South Pacific. CONTACT: Telephone: +64 9 4343 867 Telephone within NZ: 0800 288 882 Email: kate@diving.co.nz Website: www.diving.co.nz

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PAIHIA DIVE NEW ZEALAND At Paihia Dive we dive the two best wrecks in New Zealand!

“Amazing experience! Saw so much. Had perfect conditions and the dive instructors were fantastic. Very helpful and patient. Will definitely be back.” MAREE H.

The Rainbow Warrior is the historical and controversial Greenpeace flagship, bombed in Auckland Harbour by French Secret Service agents on July 10th 1985. The wreck was refloated for forensic examination but found to be unrepairable, so it was towed to the Cavalli Islands and sunk on 12th December 1987. This artificial reef has matured into an ever-growing host to marine life and is an excellent shallow water wreck dive suitable for certified open water divers. The wreck is a splendour of colour, with jewel coloured anemones clinging to the rails in hues of purple, yellow and blue. It is a great underwater photography subject and one of the world’s most famous wrecks; a most memorable dive. After diving the Rainbow Warrior, we head to a beach for our lunch, followed by a reef dive at one of the many amazing reef sites at the Cavalli Islands. The HMNZS Canterbury was a broad beam Leander-class frigate operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1971 to 2005. The Canterbury wreck is 114m long and rests in one of the most stunning and sheltered locations in New Zealand. Accessible almost every day, a trip to Deep Water cove will take you through the heart of the Bay of Islands. Sunk in 2007 by divers for diving, this wreck is now a diver’s playground covered in jewel anemones, sponge life and teaming with fish. This dive is followed by lunch and then a dive at one of the many dive sites in the Bay of Islands, which cater to all levels with a variety of depth and attractions.

CONTACT: Telephone: +64 94027551 Telephone within NZ: 0800 107551 Email: info@divenz.com Website: www.divenz.com

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SAM’S TOURS - PALAU

“Diving with Sam’s Tours in Palau was a spectacular experience and full of stunning encounters underwater. The level of service and knowledge of Sam’s staff was flawless.” REINHARD OBORSKI, 67, 500+ DIVE ENTHUSIAST, GERMANY

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Palau is a must on every diver’s bucket list. The pristine Pacific paradise was the first nation to declare its waters a shark sanctuary, followed by turning the 200-mile zone around the 350 islands into a marine sanctuary. Palau offers some of the most biologically diverse waters in the entire world. With over 1,500 species of fish, an abundance of large pelagic animals and over 700 species of corals, Palau is one of the most diverse tropical zones. Dozens of dive sites offer a rare variety: walls with fascinating coral formations; reef corners where the currents attract sharks; rays and schooling fish; channels and other sandy bottom sites; tunnels, holes, caves and caverns; and plenty of WWII freighter and plane wrecks. From macro to mantas, Palau has it all! The daily dive tours offer divers of all levels the chance to explore Palau’s magnificent reefs and biologically diverse environment. For advanced divers,Unique Dive Expeditions offers a oncein-a-lifetime diving experience based on the monthly lunar cycles. During Full and New Moons, different species of fish gather in huge aggregations to spawn. These mind-blowing spawning events usually attract Palau’s biggest predators as well. Whilst the diving in Palau is world renowned, there is a side to diving very few have experienced: technical diving. Dropoffs and walls that plummet to hundreds of meters, caves and caverns, wrecks remaining from the Japanese occupation of Palau - all offer opportunities for exploration for qualified and experienced tech divers. From extended range air dives to 180 ft/55 m with twin sets, to decompression gases and deep rebreather wall dives to 490 ft/150 m and beyond, Unique Dive Expeditions specialises in taking experienced technical divers to the deeper side of Palau. Home to Micronesia’s largest resident populations of terrestrial bird, animal and plant species, Palau’s biodiversity makes Palau an absolute treasure trove for avid birders and naturalists. Numerous land tours and kayak trips offer unique opportunities to explore Palau above water.

CONTACT: Telephone: +49-89-673 78 619 Alternative telephone: +680-488 7267 Email: samstours@tourism-unlimited.com Alternative email: info@samstours.com Website: www.samstours.com

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AFRICA Home to the so-called Big Five safari animals, it’s no surprise that the African continent offers similar big thrills underwater.

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herever you travel in Africa, you’re sure of a great adventure. South Africa is justifiably famous for shark diving with over 100 species of shark in the waters here. Most divers choose to cage dive for the ultimate GWS experience but there is an array of expeditions, conservation projects and adventure tours that will give you a more three dimensional view of the country and its charismatic marine life. There is also the Sardine Run: the once a year migration north of billions of South African pilchards. Joining them are thousands of predators including dolphins, gannets, multiple shark species and more. This incredible, once in a lifetime experience, is well named as The Greatest Show on Earth for divers, photographers and anyone who

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loves the natural world. Mozambique’s planktonrich waters famously support Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales in real numbers. With 2000km of lush Indian Ocean coastline, the country is also home to the largest Marine Protected Area on the African continent. Turtle encounters are renowned here, as are richly stocked reefs, unexplored coral islands and mangrove forests. Further north, the Spice Islands of the Zanzibar archipelago have captured adventurous diver’s hearts for years. Lying off the coast of Tanzania, which makes them the perfect partner to a land-based wildlife safari, these islands seduce visitors with picture perfect scenery, stunning wall dives, coral gardens and marine parks.

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SHARK EXPLORERS SOUTH AFRICA AND BAHAMAS

SOUTH AFRICA

“If you want to see sharks with adventure, fun and safety choose this group!” SPENCER MARTIN: CAPE TOWN

Shark Explorers offers uniquely customised shark diving expeditions. We will help you plan and execute your ultimate shark diving experience, by making sure you are in the right place at the right time with the best chance of successfully encountering your shark of choice. Either contact us to book your choice of dives or to take advantage of some of our special expeditions which include:

Sharkaholics Expedition

This is the shark expedition of a lifetime to dive, interact, film and photograph White, Blue, Mako, Sevengill, Spotted Gully, Cat, Dark Shy, Pajama & Leopard Cat Sharks as well as Cape Fur Seals and much more. This 10 night / 9 day expedition package also includes land tours including a safari with the Big 5 and Table Mountain to name a few.

The Sardine Run

This can only be described as the best natural event ever witnessed. Massive shoals of sardines brings together hungry predators which include Dolphins, Cape Gannets, Brides & Humpback whales, Dusky, Copper, Bull, Black tip & Ragged tooth sharks.

Bahamas Liveaboard Expeditions

Join Shark Explorers and get up close and personal with a variety of shark species including Tiger sharks, Great Hammerhead sharks, Oceanic White Tip sharks, Bull sharks, Lemon sharks, Caribbean Reef sharks and Nurse sharks. We offer small exclusive liveaboard trips from Bimini, Grand Bahamas and Cat Island. Shark Explorers sets the standards and guidelines for responsible and safe shark diving with interactions high. We provide a holistic experience which includes breaking down sensationalistic, adrenaline-hyped advertising, treating sharks with respect, reducing the impact we have on them and their environment, and educating divers about their behaviour and the threats they face. Most importantly we want to show you the sheer beauty of these fascinating sharks and give you an experience you won’t forget. We believe that we can make a difference by showing people a positive experience with sharks. We don’t believe in misrepresenting them as potential killers for an adrenalin experience.

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NOMAD AFRICA DIVE SAFARIS African Safari & Dive Adventure Combos 25 Scheduled Tour Itineraries Tailored Private Group Tours FOC Group Leader Seats Sardine Run and Shark Diving Specialists

www.nomaddive.co.za dive@nomadtours.co.za

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SHARK & MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE White Shark Diving Company founded their Non-profit Organization - Shark & Marine Research Institute - in 2015, with the objective of conducting critically required research, in an effort to assist the South African Department of Environmental Affairs in making management decisions that directly impact South African shark populations and other marine life. SMRI’s research headquarters are situated in the small coastal fishing town of Kleinbaai, which is also home to the Great White Shark. Few places on earth carry all the necessary elements needed to create an outstanding marine science initiative that benefits not only the oceans and sharks, but also the local community. The institute hosts students and participants from all over the world to assist with the running of their various shark research projects, which are designed and executed by their dedicated Marine Biologist Mary Rowlinson, who works tirelessly in the field to obtain the necessary baseline data required to comprehend the complex ecosystem along the Kleinbaai/Gansbaai coast. The scientific projects in operation aim to understand the delicate food chain that starts with the smaller endemic shark species and runs all the way up to the iconic Great White Shark. The Institute’s goal is to monitor the changes caused by the impacts of human activities and expose anthropogenic shortcomings, in an attempt to understand and hopefully prevent, the knock on effects that have caused the decline in the Great White Shark population around South Africa. Their various shark research projects are run in collaboration with Stellenbosch University’s worldrenowned Great White Shark expert, Dr. Sara Andreiotti with a key focus on Great White Shark population dynamics. The research team is also passionately involved in their local community through many social upliftment initiatives designed and implemented by their volunteers. There are no educational or diving requirements to join the programme and budding career scientists, marine biologists, Masters students and anyone with a passion for ocean conservation can apply to join this unique and life changing experience.

“As someone who is studying to become a Marine Biologist, this company has provided me with indispensable skills that will greatly aid me in my future career. An unforgettable and amazing experience!” MICHAEL BLANCO

CONTACT: Telephone: +27 (0) 63 680 3063 Email: institute@sharkcagedive.com Website: www.sharkcagedive.com

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White S hark Diving Co.

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WHITE SHARK DIVING CO. Immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring encounter with one of nature’s most mysterious and enigmatic apex predators! White Shark Diving Company is located in Gansbaai, a small coastal village in Cape Town, South Africa - famously known as the Great White capital of the world - where two oceans merge to create and sustain one of the most richly diverse oceanic ecosystems on the planet. Here you can challenge the limits of your courage by submerging your fears into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and witness an abundance of exquisite marine life - from giant stingrays and sun fish to a wide array of shark species, including the graceful and fearsome Great White Shark. With the expert assistance of the sea and shark crew, you can turn your bucket-list dream into a reality by entering the territory of these iconic apex predators and experiencing their presence from the safety of the dive cage. Those viewing from onboard the vessel have the upper deck vantage point to enjoy the thrilling approach and movement of sharks around the boat, unknown to those in the water. These shark cage diving and viewing tours remain personalized, allowing a limited number of passengers per trip, maximizing individual diving time, efficiency, and safety control measures for all passengers onboard. White Shark Diving Co. has been operating for 22 years and boasts a 100% safety record and numerous awards for excellence in customer service and operational performance. Services include private charter trips, hookah air supply dives and an extensive range of adventure tour packages to embrace the natural wonder of the area, such as Whale viewing boat trips and flights, Safari day trips, wine farm visits and more. White Shark Diving Company is a conservation driven enterprise, which is boldly dedicated to the research, preservation and protection of vulnerable shark populations and the fragile marine ecosystem. This is where adventure meets conservation!

“WSDC delivered the perfect experience. They ensured we were in the water with lots of sharks, and the crew created a truly memorable day! If you’re going to do it, do it with WSDC!” RICHARD JOHNSON

CONTACT: Telephone: +27 (0) 82 559 6858 Email: info@sharkcagediving.co.za Website: www.sharkcagediving.co.za

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MAFIA ISLAND DIVING TANZANIA

“We have dived in some of the most famous places around the world and can’t understand why Mafia isn’t mentioned. It is definitely in our top 5!” SANNE C - DENMARK

Mafia Island Diving was founded in 2012 and operates under a reputation of stellar customer service, within Tanzania’s largest and oldest marine protected area. The centre offers its guests the full range of PADI and SSI courses, and is the only owner-managed centre in the archipelago, with its leaders having a combined scuba experience of 20 years in East Africa alone. Safety is paramount, which is evident in every aspect of the operation. With a maximum diver to guide ratio of 4:1 and unique, comfortable dive boats, Mafia Island Diving have redefined the way to scuba dive, making it so much more than just an underwater experience! Mafia Diving is dedicated to the positive and sustainable development of the community, and as such favours employing locally, ensuring a love for the stunning underwater environment is preserved and passed on through generations. Each staff member is handpicked and trained in-house from the level of snorkelling guide to Divemaster. Besides a shared love for the underwater world, the team also nurture a sense of curiosity and a hunger for exploration, which has led to a number of dive sites being discovered and solely dived by them. Such sites include incredible muck diving just metres from the shore, to midocean pinnacles bustling with life! In 2019 the Luxury Travel Guide awarded Mafia Island Diving the ‘Diving Company of the Year’ for the whole of Tanzania - a nice addition to their Trip Advisor Hall of Fame accolade that reflects 5 consecutive years of excellent reviews. Mafia Island Diving offer you the chance to explore world-class diving sites from the shore or via boat trips to a plethora of vibrant reefs, walls and drift dives as well as seasonal visits to mid-ocean sandbanks and unpopulated islands. They also offer snorkelling trips, seasonal turtle hatching and humpback whale watching trips, cultural and nature tours and more! Not to mention, they act as an agent for booking whale shark snorkelling safaris!

CONTACT: Telephone: +255 688 218 569 Email: welcome@mafiadiving.com Website: www.mafiadiving.com

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AFRICA ADVENTURE FEVER - SOUTHERN AFRICA

Imagine your dream dive. Imagine all the reasons you started diving. Imagine seeing all your dream sightings in one dive holiday. Well… you can! Southern Africa is home to the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, a sub Tropic and Tropical destination that is home the highest marine diversity in the world. Give us your diving wish list and there is a better than 90% chance we can show it to you. Wrecks? Over 600 wrecks around the coastline. Whales, Sharks, Manta, Dolphin, Coelacanth, the Sardine run and Safaris - you name it, we’ve got it! Almost everything on any diver’s wish list… With offices in the UK we are able to bring our Southern African expertise to your doorstep. Use our local expertise to create amazingly affordable, bespoke, professional trips for you and your dive club. From regular local meetings assisting you to prepare your holiday of a lifetime, to a staff member/s accompanying you every step of the way. Every diver has one trip they should do in their diving career. This is it. Call us to see how simple it is for us to make your dive dream a reality.

CONTACT: Telephone: 0944 75 4969 3978 Email: craigw@africaadventurefever.co.uk Website: www.africaadventurefever.co.uk

FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR

– NUNGWI, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

We are the local experts for scuba diving, snorkeling and dive training in Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa, surrounded by abundant Indian Ocean coral reefs with over 500 species of marine species at the best dive spots Zanzibar has to offer for every level of diving. Our unique little PADI Dive Resort is run by friendly, happy Zanzibaris, born and raised in Nungwi, who experienced the reefs around northern Zanzibar as local fishermen for many years before. We are passionate about providing exclusive underwater experiences for our customers through personalised and relaxed diving or snorkeling in very small groups to ensure the best attention from a local PADI Professional or guide. Centrally located on Nungwi Beach, we can reach 22 of the best dive sites around northern Zanzibar in 5 to 30 minutes by zodiac boat or 10 to 45 minutes by hard boat. Encounter pods of bottlenose dolphins, green sea turtles, tropical reef fish and extraordinary sea creatures around the conservation area of Mnemba Atoll Marine Park, and the flourishing coral gardens of Tumbatu and Nungwi reef. As a PADI Dive Resort and a Divers Alert Network Industry Partner, we value our customers’ dive safety and are committed to professional dive training.

CONTACT: Telephone: +255 773 116 436 Email: info@fundiverszanzibar.com Website: www.fundiverszanzibar.com

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e v i D a e ss Ody MOZAMBIQUE

“We came here to do our advanced PADI course and we couldn’t have hoped for a better time with a world-class dive team. We’d do it again in a heartbeat.” ARCHIE AND LUCY KEEL, LONDON

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ODYSSEA DIVE -

MOZAMBIQUE

In the heart of Mozambique, discover the natural wonders of the beautiful Bazaruto archipelago and the energetic reefs bursting with life. Odyssea Dive invites you for a day of adventure that you won’t forget! Journey to the Islands with bottle nose dolphins leading the way, as well as seeing the incredible sites of the sandbanks and ever changing coastline with the dramatic tide changes. Not one journey is the same! With two great dive locations, you will be easily entertained. Our 2 mile reef is the perfect dive for beginners to advanced divers, with sloping reefs starting at 5m to depths of 20m. Along the dive you will feel completely secure with small groups (max 6 divers to 1 PADI Instructor)’ who are experts at finding huge green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, grey reef sharks, large rays, scorpion/crocodile fish, and so much more - including the elusive dugong! If you’re looking for a challenge, then Sao Sebastian is the dive spot to be, with strong currents, negative entry and depths of 30m, where we find the popular manta rays, guitar sharks, honeycomb sting rays, and thousands of other fish to discover! As a small, family orientated dive centre, we are committed to furthering the education and conservation of our gorgeous ocean. We use reusable water bottles, lunch boxes and bags, and we teach new divers how best to behave around coral reefs. What Odyssea Dive can offer: As an activity centre, we offer a range of water based activities; stand up paddle or kayak in the calm bay of Vilankulo, kitesurfing lessons for those windy days, and learn scuba (or refresh your skills) in our own specialized training pool! To unwind after a busy day, Odyssea Dive is partnered with Casa Babi; your home away from home. Relax with a cocktail, enjoy the view, put your feet up and watch the tide come in for the night under the moonlit sky. CONTACT: Telephone: 00 258 84 799 4328 Email: info@odysseadive.com Website: www.odysseadive.com

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SUUNTO D5 The new Suunto D5 is designed to be so clear and easy-to-use that you can just enjoy and focus on exploring the wonderful underwater world. Play with style by changing the strap to match your looks. After diving, connect wirelessly to the Suunto app to re-live and share your adventures with friends. www.suunto.com

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