Friday, November 22, 2013

Dive Worldwide - NEW and improved website!

www.diveworldwide.com
It's all NEW! Take a look - www.diveworldwide.com
 
We are proud to unveil our stunning new website, full of features and providing even more inspiration for your next diving holiday adventure. We hope you like it!

  • Discover holidays based on your preferred style or interests
  • Browse trip ideas for inspiration
  • Delve into our Dive log or special offers and all the news
  • Stunning imagery
  • Detailed 'when to go' information
  • Cutting edge design to include tablets and mobiles
Thank you for reading our blog. We are moving to our Dive Log, so please head there for all our current news and special offers.

As always, if you want to chat with our Dream Team about your next adventure, call us on 0845 130 6908 or email us with your questions - sales@diveworldwide.com

Friday, August 30, 2013

Conservation: Shark Awarness

Well, we did it...
The Dream Team walked the F'in Mile in our fins!
 
We had an early starty at Kempton Park racecourse with plenty of fellow F'in walkers, all dressed up for the part, mostly as sharks (of course!). The film crew were out and Mares were there in full force as the major sponsor for this inaugrual walk to help raise money for Bite-Back Shark and Marine Conservation.
 
The Dream Team lined up together and got a great start - until we realised just how tiring it was going to be at that world record pace, for a whole mile. Forwards, backwards sideways we travelled, ever so often posing for the cameras! We were overtaken by a trio of sharks and with others walking backwards the whole way, it was hard to know who was heading in the right direction!
  

 
Despite our training and enthusiasm, we didn't pick up any of the prizes on offer, but there's always next year! Here are a few pictures and videos of the day and we would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us so far.

We've currently raised over £700 and it's not too late to donate to this worthy cause!
For further details, click here.


 


Thank you to Mares, Bite-Back and Kempton Park for a fantastic event.
The first of many, we hope!

video 
  
 
Thank you to all our supporters and for your kind donations to help save sharks!

Maldives: Luxurious Liveaboards - ON SALE!

Looking to get away before the end of the year to somewhere warm and sunny where you can dive all day and enjoy some world-class dive sites and amazing marine life?
 
We've got three fantastic offers for you, on board some of the best boats around, offering excellent customer service and an action packed week or so of diving.
Details on how to book are at the end of the offers below.
 
What are you waiting for? Get on board...
 
Maldives Siren - Save £400
 
S/Y Maldives SirenCentral Route - Departs Malé or Kadhdhoo
Diving Rasdhoo, Ari, Mulaku, Thaa and Laamu atolls. Explore a variety of kandus and thilas where sightings of grey reef, white tip sharks, manta and eagle rays are common. For the best night dive, with hunting nurse sharks and huge rays, dive at Vaavu Atoll, then move on to Laamu Atoll for even more exhilaration when whale sharks come for a visit. The stunning coral reefs also shelter smaller creatures including leaf fish and ghost pipefish. 

From £ 2995 per person
(10 nights, Full Board, Dive Package)
Valid on selected trips in October, November and December 2013. Book by 30 September.
Saving is on boat only. Dive Worldwide can help arrange your international flights.
Some itineraries may require additional domestic flight. Subject to availability at time of booking.
 
MY Sheena - Save £430
 
Sheena LiveaboardSpecial Safaris - Depart Medhufushi or Malé
These week long exploratory itineraries are full of adventure. Along the journey from the Meemu to Malé Atoll (or vice versa), discover new dive sites and explore world renowned ones. Expect an amazing variety of marine life from tiny critters to large pelagics such as manta rays. Suitable for advanced divers due to challenging but exhilarating drift dives en-route.
 
Want to stay longer?
We recommend a few nights twin centre at Medhufushi Island Resort before or after your liveaboard trip.
 
From £895 per person
(7 nights, Full Board, Dive Package)
Valid on selected trips in October 2013. Book by 30 September.
Saving is on boat only. Dive Worldwide can help arrange your international flights.
Domestic seaplane transfer is required for each itinerary. Subject to availability at time of booking.
 
ScubaSpa Ying - HALF PRICE
 
Scubaspa Yin, Maldives, Dive Worldwide, Luxury LiveaboardNorthern and Southern Adventures
She departs Malé each Saturday. Alternating a north and south route, she cruises the central region which includes north and south Malé, Ari, Rasdhoo and Baa atolls. Built to offer the discerning traveller a chance to indulge specific experiences, this unique concept offers a week of amazing diving or relaxing spa treatments on board. It’s something many of you have been crying out for!

Non-Divers can enjoy the same trip on a yoga package. What a way to unwind!
 
From £745 per person
(7 nights, Full Board, Dive or Yoga Package)
Valid on selected trips in September 2013. Book by 06 September.
Saving is on boat only. Dive Worldwide can help arrange your international flights.
Subject to availability at time of booking.

 
BOOK NOW! 
 
Contact the Dream Team

on 0845 130 6980 or email us

Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply.
ATOL Protected - 10544.


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Worldwide: Special Offers...

 

If you've been working hard over the summer months (in the office, not on your tan!) then you'll be wanting to get away soon. September and October are great months to travel - airfares return to normal, children are back in school, the sun is still out in most countries and, with our portfolio of worldwide destinations, there will always be somewhere we can send you where you can take advantage of a special offer. So, what are you waiting for?

Here's a small selection of what's on offer
but if you can't see what you're looking for, ask us for more!
 
For further details on how to book, please contact the Dream Team
on 0845 130 6980 or email us.
 
Grenada - True Blue Bay Resort : Stay 7, pay 6 nights
A boutique resort favoured by many! Wonderful Caribbean hospitiality and fantastic diving adventures - perhaps even have a go at getting technical with Aquanauts Grenada, the on-site dive centre? Valid for travel until 31 Oct 2013. Book Now!
 
Indonesia - Siladen Resort & Spa : Stay 10, pay 8 nights + Free Nitrox
Located in the heart of Bunaken Marine Park, this boutique resort is the perfect location for a relaxing diving holiday. For a limited time, diving rates have been reduced to £20/dive - exceptional value for world-class diving! Valid for travel until 31 Oct 2013. Book by 15 Sep.
 
Philippines - Turtle Bay Dive Resort : Learn to dive for FREE!
Learning to dive is an amazing experience, especially when it's free! Stay 5 nights or more during Sep 2013 and your PADI or SSI Open Water Course is on the house. Of course, you will need to pay for the manual and your certification, but this is an opportunity not to be missed! Valid for travel, departing 11, 18 and 22 Sep 2013. Book Now!
 
Maldives - Medhufushi Island Resort : SAVE over £100 on All Inclusive
Stay 5 nights or more to enjoy great all inclusive meal plan rates at this 5* resort in the Meemu Atoll in southern Maldives. Upgrade to a Water Villa from only £20 per person per night or twin centre this with a week on the Sheena Liveaboard exploring the southern atolls. Valid for travel until 31 Oct 2013. Book Now!

NEW! Galapagos - Galapagos Sky : Buy 1, get 1 50% OFF
Extraodinary and extra special. For a limited time only, take advantage of this offer valid for sailings during the winter months (Dec-Apr). Travelling alone? Single travellers receive 25% discount on selected trips. Warm waters and plenty of hammerhead sharks. Valid for travel on selected dates from Dec 2013 - Apr 2014. Discount on boat only. Book by 16 Oct 2013.
 
Worldwide Liveaboards - Aggressor Fleet : Save up to £450
The Aggressor Fleet operate in many of the world's top diving destinations. Although the availability may be limited, there are some fantastic savings to take advantage of in Belize, Thailand, Cayman Islands, Indonesia (Komodo) and at Cocos Island. Book Now! 
 

For further details on how to book, please contact the Dream Team
on 0845 130 6980 or email us
 
Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply.
ATOL Protected - 10544.

 
 


Azores: A BIG Deal

An archipelago of huge volcanic peaks breaking the surface in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores is a spectacular region to visit whether it’s for diving, hiking or whale watching. The Gulf Stream ensures a mild and humid climate year-round. The lush green islands are untouched by mass tourism and the surrounding waters hold a rich marine biodiversity, most notably a wide variety of whale and dolphin species. Visibility is 30 metres on average and the most comfortable diving season is May-Oct. Travel time to these magical islands is under four hours from the UK and it’s the perfect place to go island-hopping and whale watching or even to try something new and adventurous.

Photo Credit: Visit Azores.com
Underwater highlights include exploring volcanic topography, diving in the blue for the chance of a shark or mobula ray encounter. The variety of shallow rocky reefs, arches, underwater caves, wrecks and deeper oceanic dive offer an abundance of rich marine life in these subtropical waters fed by the Gulf Stream. Expect to see anything from nudibranch to whales – with plenty of schools of pelagic fish, dolphin, turtles and lobster. This is a fantastic destination for photographers looking to capture some unique and memorable shots.

New for 2013 – Santa Maria Island
The most south-eastern of the archipelago, the ‘Yellow Island’ is warmer, flatter and drier than the others, especially in the west. In contrast, the east features more luxuriant vegetation comprising the Pico Alto. Experienced divers will enjoy the diversity of pelagic species at Formigas and Dollabrat Bank.
 
The local dive sites around the island are varied and suitable for all. Underwater highlights include exploration of caves, tunnels and sea mounts, however it’s the nature reserve Formigas and the Dollabarat Bank that divers hope to get to experience. Here, the marine life is abundant and you can expect the highest number of pelagic sightings including several species of shark, barracuda, tuna manta and devil rays.
 

Mobula Ray Aggregation, Santa Maria, Azores_Credit_Pedro de Carvalho
Photo Credit: Pedro de Carvalho
To the northwest, the site of Baixa do Ambrósio is famous for its mobula ray aggregations during the summer months – suitable for divers and snorkellers, a magnificent sight with visibility around 40 metres.
 
Prices from £1,225 per person
Includes flights from the UK, 6-nights (BB) on Santa Maria, 10 local dives and 2 at Formigas (subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions) and your final night in Ponta Delgada. Based on two people travelling together.
Create your own adventure
CALL the experts on 0845 130 6980 
Visit Azores
We feature the islands of Sao Miguel, Faial, Pico and Santa Maria, perfect for island hopping!
 
Anything is possible on a diving aventure to the Azores. We can help create your personal itinerary to include diving and other activities on one or a number of the islands, all of which have their own character and highlights.
To learn more about the destination, Visit Azores.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Conservation: F'in Mile

 
What will you be doing on 17 August 2013?
Our Dream Team will be at Kempton Park taking part in a walk with a difference...
 
In our continued efforts to help raise vital funds for Bite-Back Shark and Marine Conservation, we're going the extra mile this summer. One F'in mile takes place on 17 August 2013. We'll be attempting to walk the one mile lap of Kempton Racecourse...in our fins!
 
The charity is hoping to raise more than £10,000 through participant sponsorship to help fund its campaign to make Britain the first country in the world to ban shark fin soup.



With sponsorship from Mares, there will be prizes for the fastest, slowest and best dressed participants. We hope to scoop at least one prize!

We've been training hard during our lunch breaks and would really appreciate any donations you are able to offer us, to help support Bite-Back.
 
 
**THANK YOU!**
  
Phil, Charlie, Sarah, Michele
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Philippines: Learn to Dive

...FOR FREE! (*)

A Summer Special not to miss, especially if you are looking to learn in warm tropical seas with plenty of colourful coral and fish and great hospitality.

Moalboal is a small town 55 miles  south west of Cebu City in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Once a fishing village, Panagsama Beach is now a popular dive area. With diving possible all year round, there are about 25 recognised dive sites and many more being discovered all the time.

The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro in the way of pygmy seahorses, ghost pipe fish and frogfish to keep everyone happy.

Pescador Island is a short boat ride away - it's here that you'll be mesmerised and enchanted by the resident sardine bait ball, a unique diving experience.

You want more? Well, Oslob is just down the road. Complete your course and if you have time, take a day trip here (local supplement) and you've got a very good chance of a whale shark encounter!

Learning to dive is an amazing experience, especially when it's free! (*)



Stay at Turtle Bay Dive Resort during September 2013 and your PADI or SSI Open Water Course is on the house. Of course, you will need to pay for the manual and your certification, but this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Summer Special - Learn to Dive for FREE! (*)
Learn to dive in warm clear tropical waters with amazing marine life for free. What more do we need to say?!

Depart UK:  11, 18 or 22 Sep 2013
Duration:     10 Days
Prices From: £1765 per person

Includes: return flights from the UK, 7-nights at Turtle Bay Dive Resort (FB), Full PADI or SSI Open Water Course, all tuition and equipment, transfers and a half day trip to Kawasan Falls. Based on two people travelling together.

(*) Excludes: PADI/SSI Manual, Registration (Certification Fee), Marine Park Fees (where applicable)

Learn to Dive - Book NOW!
Call the Dive Team on 0845 130 6980 or email us.

The Philippines have diving opportunities for all-from the wrecks of Sangat to the whale sharks of Sogod Bay. Learn more about creating your own adventure here.