The Return of Dennis the Dugong

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Dennis is back! Over the last month, the team at Emperor Marsa Alam has been seeing Dennis regularly at Abu Dabab.

Measuring in a little smaller than Dyson, you can see he has a lot of marks and scars as he's much older.

"He's been somewhat elusive over the last few years at Abu Dabab so it's great to have him back there again," says Bernie and the team.

Visit Dennis (no promises) and the team in Marsa Alam soon - discover more here.

Dennis the dugong video

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Emperor Superior en crucero de los famosos cinco

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Emperor Superior en crucero de los famosos cinco … Tiburon martillo super cerca, la raya aguila y el pez guitarra mas grandes del mundo, y … un TIBURON BALLENA!

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La vida es perfecta con tiburones martillo en ella!! El martillo que reside sobre la Numidia fue mas amable de lo normal, visitandonos varias veces, dos de ellas tan de cerca, que pensamos que nos atropellaria, tristemente no lo hizo, pero se acerco de frenta, lentamente, girando solamente al llegar como a un metro de distancia … que maravilla y que suerte!!

Despues de una visita a la siempre interesante pero triste Salem Express, navegamos en direccion Brothers durante la mayor parte de la noche.

Con el mar totalmente calmado, salimos a bucear en los monticulos del sur-este del Isla Brother Grande, iluminados por el sol de la manana y con todos los corales blandos saludables y abiertos. Nos visitaron algunos tiburones grises, al igual que un napoleon y algunos atunes. Un escorpion grande y rojo descansaba en la misma cama de corales blandos que hace dos semanas … debe de ser un puesto agradable!

La Aida, siempre bella, y la deriva a lo largo de la pared sur-oeste, espectacular. Nuestro mejor buceo del dia fue la Numidia … no solamente tuvimos el encuentro super cercano con el tiburon martillo, tambien vimos tiburones grises  y un tiburon zorro, al igual que una cantidad gigantesca de anthias en la esquina del arrecife despues de la Nudmidia …  un buceo fantastico!!

El Brother Pequeno no fue tan generoso con los tiburones, pero igual vimos algunos grises y un cardumen de barracudas. Ademas, todos apreciaron muchisimo la densidad y calidad de los corales blandos y de las gorgonias a lo largo de la paredes oeste, sur y este. Los Brothers realmente ofrecen buceos magnificos!!

El numero tres en nuestra lista de los cinco famosos fue Ras Mohamed.  Cuando la corriente viene del lado de Yolanda, la concentracion de peces en Shark Reef es un poco menor, pero permite darle la vuelta a toda Yolanda, gozando de la cobija gruesa de anthias y de los corales blandos preciosos, a todo su alrededor. Tambien nos encontramos con un pez piedra, tres crocodilos, napoleones y  una tortuga. El momento mas emocionante del buceo fue cuando la raya aguila mas grande que yo haya visto jamas, nos paso por encima, la cabeza del tamano de la de un oso y de al menos dos y medio metros de punta a punta … que experiencia !! Otro buceo perfecto en Shark Reef y Yolanda.

La Dunraven estuvo hermosa como siempre, con su gran densidad de peces cristal en la parte central. Tambien nos proporciono un encuentro muy especial y poco comun: un pez guitarra como de tres metros de longitud, increible!! Fue el suertudo de Mark quien lo vio primero. Siempre estuvo presente cuando vimos algo espectacular…

Como tuvimos que compartir la Thistlegorm con otros siete barcos, nos metimos al agua con la salida del sol, y pudimos aprovechar este estupendo pecio privadamente para Superior, cubierto de fusileros y sardinas minusculas, con caranguidos persiguiendolos, muchos murcielagos y los residentes nudibranquios Tambja affinis, en los almacenes, un buceo espectacular!!

Aunque nuestro ultimo buceo de los cinco famosos hubiera debido ser la Rosalie Moller, el viento se hizo fuerte durante la noche y todos prefirieron buceos mas tranquilos, poco profundos y bellos en su lugar. Siyul Kebir, Um Gammar y Giftun Pequena fueron una gozosa opcion: jardines preciosos cubiertos de peces, muchas morenas de todos los tamanos y colores, gambas varias, nudibranquios, anemonas, tortugas, peces piedra y escorpiones, y muchas bellezas mas …

Cuando pensamos que ya nos habiamos gastado nuestro cuota de maravillas subacuaticas, un tiburon ballena juvenil nos paso de largo en Erg Somaya, que suerte mas fantastica!

Una variedad de nacionalidades compartieron los Famosos Cinco con nosotros durante esta semana. Buzos felices de Espana, Inglaterra, Alemania, Suecia, Dinamarca e Italia. Gracias por sus sonrisas y por gozar del Mar Rojo con nosotros!!

Felicitaciones a Daniele, Rickard, Magnus y Jonas por completar su curso de nitrox.

Nuestro Capitan Ahmed Omran y mi adorada tripulacion de Superior de nuevo trabajaron estupendamente durante este crucero, navegandonos con seguridad desde el norte hasta los Brothers y de regreso, consintiendonos en todo momento.

A los que seguidamente participaran en cruceros sobre Asmaa y Elite, les deseamos cruceros bellisimos, y para los que se van a casa, un retorno seguro.Esperamos verlos pronto de nuevo y les deseamos burbujas seguras!

Abrazos de mar
Sonia

Marsa Alam team feels the love

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The team at Marsa Alam has received some heartfelt reviews via TripAdvisor recently - so we wanted to share the love :-)

You can discover more on Emperor Marsa Alam here.

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Lynda B
Bournemouth
“Fantastic dive centre”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 August 2014 

We first dived with Emperor Divers Marsa Alam in 2010 and have since returned 4 times and are about go back again for the 2nd time this year. We have been so impressed every time we have dived with them that we have taken friends and family with us on our return visits and they have all had a great diving holiday too.

The dive guides and boat crews cannot do enough for you and all go that extra mile to make sure each and every one of your dives is a great experience. The dive briefings are 2nd to none! The boats are well equipped, immaculately clean and it is so worth the extra few euros for unlimited soft drinks and the lunch which is better than the food provided at some hotels.

Being less "commercial" than other resorts in Egypt means the reefs are pristine and the marine life is truly amazing.

Can't recommend Luke and the team enough. Really looking forward to seeing you all again in 4 weeks :))

 

Karen M
London, United Kingdom
“Emperor Divers”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 August 2014

A brilliant company. They are well organised, staff are friendly and helpful, equipment is of good quality. Boats are amazing, dive sites are inspiring... Cannot wait to go back and do my first weeks live aboard! Advise you to book with them and book your hotel through them, also they do free collection from hurghada airport in air conditioned taxis. Excellent.

My husband and I have been diving with this company twice a year for 6 years now and have me always been well looked after.

 

iMario1

Breda, The Netherlands
“Geboekte padi referral duik opleiding”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 17 August 2014 

Ik ben een padi duikcursus gestart in Nederland en zou hem referral afmaken in Egypte lekker mooi weer en mooie zee om de buitenduiken te maken. Heb alles geboekt bij de emperor Diving in marsa alam. Bij de laatste zwembad duik in Nederland kreeg ik last van mijn oren en kort daarop zijn we naar Egypte gegaan daar aangekomen kon de referral niet door gaan
Maar vanuit emperor is alles goed geregeld en alles werd netjes terug gestort echt super behandeld.
Als we terug gaan naar Egypte ga ik zeker gebruik maken van de emperor divers.

Translation:

"Amounts padi dive training referral" 
I am a padi diving course started in the Netherlands and would finish his referral in Egypt nice warm weather and beautiful sea to make the dives. Booked all the emperor Diving in Marsa Alam. At the last pool swim in the Netherlands, I got problems with my ears and shortly after we went to Egypt arrived there could not go through the referral from Emperor but everything is well organized and everything was neatly deposited. Really super treated If we go back to Egypt I will definitely use the emperor divers.

 

MV Emperor Atoll

Emperor Atoll is proving a winner and you can join her first sailing on 25 October 2014 exploring The Best of the Maldives for just £987.70/€1190.00.

This popular liveaboard and her crew give a personalised welcome to small groups of no more than 12 guests – here's three 'At A Glance' reasons why she works so well...

At a Glance

·         Perfect as a 'liveaboard taster'; try life onboard before moving onto larger liveaboards without compromising on dive sites or sightings

·         The itineraries have no long crossings and, with only one deck, she is more stable with less 'roll'

·         With no more than 12 guests on-board, diving centres and small groups are able to charter the boat exclusively for themselves

MV Emperor Atoll

The Best of the Maldives is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

You can also choose to sail on our liveaboard MV Emperor Voyager - modern, spacious and built for ease of diving, rest and relaxation.

Come and dive The Best of the Maldives on the new Emperor Atoll or Emperor Voyager. Book today!

» Click here for more information and prices

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Emperor Superior was back to the glorious north this week, sharing our dives between wrecks and reefs. Non-Spanish speakers were rather in the minority as nineteen Spanish guests from Ultima Frontera were on board, mixing well with the other six guests of Swiss, British, Thai and Australian.

Andy and Wanwisa from Australia and Thailand are spending their 4th week in a row on our Emperor liveaboards. They will start doing the briefings soon and preparing Thai meals for us :-)

Full moon currents made diving on the Thistlegorm interesting but we did not miss a dive. Close to the wreck all was well, we just had to hold on to the mooring ropes rather tightly for our safety stop.

Long-time Red Sea return guests agree with us that the soft corals on reefs and wrecks have been improving over the years, getting lusher, denser and, generally, looking healthier. The Carnatic, the Dunraven, and the Giannis D are great examples. Even on the Thistlegorm soft corals are constantly growing in all those areas.

On the Carnatic we accompanied a hawksbill turtle for ages, while she was munching relentlessly on half the soft corals growing on the bow. Jackson and Thomas Reefs at Tiran Straits were again at their very best, with just enough current to open up the soft corals and to enhance the fish activity. They are definitely two of the Red Sea’s best dives!

Our complete favorite this week, though, was our dive from Anemone City over to Yolanda, via Shark Reef. A gentle current puffed up the soft corals all around. The anemone city is truly huge, with many anemone fish and three-spot dascyllus juveniles. A real treat! Anthias and fusiliers were plentiful on the way to Shark Reef, with large schools of jacks passing by. As we crossed over to Shark Reef we spotted the large school of snappers. They stayed with us and permitted us to approach them closely. To be able to sit inside a huge school of large fish, completely surrounded by them, is an unforgettable experience! On we went to sit amongst a large and very friendly batfish school, swimming back and forth amongst us. So beautiful! Then we drifted on gently to enjoy the Yolanda pinnacles, smothered in copious soft corals of all colours and densely blanketed in anthias. We moved along Yolanda for a while, but then turned back to visit the inside of Yolanda, as the current allowed it. This was absolutely the best part of the dive, as a wall of dense anthias reached from above the coral at eight metres all the way to the surface, hardly moving away as we passed amongst them, enveloping us completely … breathtaking! We sat there for ages, taking it all in. Two crocodile fish were next, and we ended up amongst a large school of big-eye emperors and cornet fish. Ras Mohamed at its very utterly best. We surfaced with humongous smiles!

Thank you ever so much to our fun, enthusiastic and kind guests, who graciously shared the Northern Red Sea with us this trip. Lots of smiles and lively chattering kept our spirits high. Of course, a large thank you also goes to our beloved Captain Ahmed Omran and his spectacular Crew who are always helpful, cheerful and professional. It is a joy working with you.

Dear Fish and Coral Friends, the Superior Team wishes you a safe journey and hopes to welcome you back on board soon!

Fat sea hugs
Sonia

 

 

Emperor Maldives introduces second new liveaboard

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Building on the success of liveaboard Emperor Voyager in the Maldives, Emperor Divers Maldives has added a second liveaboard, Emperor Atoll, to its portfolio.

MV Emperor Atoll is a popular liveaboard sailing from Male and caters to small groups of no more than 12 guests in 6 twin-berth cabins. Dive routes are designed show divers the ‘big stuff ‘and include ‘The Best of the Maldives’, ‘Sharktastic’ and ‘Pelagic Magic’. A dedicated professional Cruise Director aims to give guests the very best dive holiday experience.

Prices for a 7 night liveaboard on Emperor Atoll start from just £988 and includes 6 days’ diving, 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island, unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, total of 17 dives (including 1 night dive), guide, tanks and weights, free Nitrox and return airport transfers. Flights are not included.

Says Mike Braun, General Manager of Emperor Divers, “We’ve been very pleased with the response to Emperor Voyager and now Emperor Atoll allows those guests who like a smaller boat with an option. Emperor Atoll offer superb value for money and the routes we have chosen ensure divers are in the best spots at the best times to see whale shark, shark and manta.”

The Maldives is one of the most appealing dive destinations in the world with its relaxed atmosphere, year-round warm water and sightings of great pelagics.

More information on Emperor Divers’ resorts is available at www.maldives.emperordivers.com or email info@emperordivers.com


 

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Superior does the ‘Simply the Best’ itinerary - Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone from Hurghada - a few times a year and every time we get to go, we love it!!

Gota Abu Ramada East is always a good way to start a trip. Also called the Aquarium, rightly so, it is a shallow, stunning hard coral garden, covered in schooling fish, truly a treat.

The Salem Express was next, and after a night dive on Middle Reef we left for the Brothers. A bit of a rough ride but the magnificent diving compensated handsomely for it!

We started out at the Big Brother and being the only boat was a good omen for what was to come. Grey reef sharks and mating dogtooth tuna were plentiful on all the dives. The cherry on the cake was a gorgeous hammerhead cruising along by the Numidia.

On the Little Brother grey reef sharks were also well represented on all dives. In the Southeast we enjoyed free-swimming morays, Napoleons, the resident, tightly packed, school of crescent-tail bigeyes, and the less tightly packed but numerous schooling bannerfish, such a lovely sight. The Northwest point had two hammerheads in store for us, as well as a very large thresher shark coming back several times and bottlenose dolphins passing by. We stayed at the point all dive, ascending gradually along it and basking in the schools of orange anthias on the shallow ridge, which were riding the current by making rotational waves. Diving simply rocks!

Having heard all about the profuse hammerhead sightings at Daedalus during the past weeks, our expectations were running high as we departed in its direction. We were not to be disappointed :-) On the first dive we had them all around us, curiously checking us out, coming straight at as, eyeing us closely, absolutely awesome! We also had a manta at the safety stop, circling us for what seemed like ages. On the second dive, the hammerheads were at siesta time but we detected a very large manta in the blue and soon after a smaller one dropped by for a visit. Such graceful creatures! On the third dive the stronger current boosted the fish action; many large dogtooth tuna and great barracuda, schooling big-eye jacks, giant jacks, many surgeonfish and black snappers. A hammerhead again came straight at us, moving very slowly, so we could take ample time to enjoy its beauty. What a fantastic performance!

Elphinstone’s North plateau had the perfect current, moderately sweeping over it from the North-west, bringing in tons of fusiliers, surgeonfish and black snappers, while blanketing the reef with a three metre high and very dense layer of anthias, above which rose an equally thick and high layer of silversides and juvenile fusiliers … when we thought it could simply not get any better than this, two grey reef sharks and a hammerhead swam along the plateau, while another hammerhead crossed right over it amongst us, on both dives. Add fifty metres visibility to this recipe and bright sunlight reflecting on the myriads of little fish and dense soft corals of all colours all over and you just have to feel completely blessed to be able to dive here. Elphinstone is just one more very good reason to be back :-)

We enjoyed the wonderful company of our enthusiastic divers as much as the superlative diving! To all our dear Red Sea and Superior friends who return to visit us year after year, thank you ever so much for your loyalty and friendship. It is a true pleasure to meet here on Superior again and again.  We look forward to your yearly visits, they are one of the main reasons for my return. There were two of the three Musketeers from England, a Musketeeress, and there were long-time friends from Portugal and Spain, also many times Superior returners. Diving the Red Sea is perfect, but diving it with you is just so much better. A great thank you also to our new Fish and Superior Friends this week. We hope you will also visit us often.

Our Captain, Ahmed Omran, had to do some serious travelling this week, luckily with gracious weather, flat calm when we needed it most. It is always a great privilege to work with you and your outstanding Crew. Thank you ever so very much for your professionalism and your great kindness. Superior is Home because of you all!

Wishing you a safe return home and safe bubbles, always!

Visit as soon again
Sea hugs
Sonia

Discover more about these lovely liveaboard trips on Superior, Elite or Asmaa here.

Sharm Savins

Fabujous value, super centre, serious savings!

 

When you come and dive Emperor Sharm in August, you pay just €36.15 / £30 per day*.

This applies to diving booked between 01 – 31 August inclusive.

*The above offer rate includes the fuel surcharge of €5 per day. Price is usually €60 / £54 per day.

Note: Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

See more about diving Sharm here or email reservations@emperordivers.com

 

 

Join us for the Best of the Maldives!

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Just like its title, this is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

The iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll await with channels, drifts and pinnacles the chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and marine life of many varieties. Flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year, this underwater world is there for the exploring.

This itinerary gives a marine mix of big fish such as shark and manta as well as reefs, reef fish, morays and abundant macro life. One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and falls away to reveal sharks and fish a plenty.

A night dive from sheltered moorings here is a must and the trip also aims to find whale sharks and the chance to snorkel with them.

The first trip is on 10 – 17 January, 2015, and costs just £988 including shared cabin, 7 nights/6 days diving, 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island, unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), guide, tanks, weights, free Nitrox, return airport transfers, Male city tour (on request), separate diving dhoni and excluding flights.

Click here for lots of information and photos.

 

Slow down and watch Tom's Superior video

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Here's a treat. Bradley de Leeuw's video taken on Emperor Superior earlier this year. Great footage, good music and a red-carpet cast of Red Sea celebrities
 

Watch it here now.

And if you'd like more on Emperor Superior and her winning ways, click here.

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