Russ Cheetham

 

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With his years of experience, his extensive knowledge of the dive sites and his positive and friendly nature, he is the perfect person to guide you in your dream Maldives diving holiday.

For the last three years, he has been seamlessly managing Orion liveaboard and has a dedicated group of return guests who love to dive and spend time with him.


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Take a choice of two directions and get the best of diving the Maldives either way. Join Emperor Maldives for 7 nights from 12 - 19 or 19 - 26 November for a Best of Maldives with a difference on the new hotel-style liveaboard, Emperor Serenity. Combining the best of iconic dive sites, this route allows guests to enjoy a bounty of diving.

On the first week, 12 - 19 November, guests can dive the North Male Atoll, including Lankan Manta Point, as Serenity makes her way to Daravandhoo Island. Here guests disembark and take a short domestic flight to Male for homeward flights.

Guests joining Serenity at Daravandhoo Island can expect to dive North Ari Atoll, famous for the Maaya Thila night diving and South Ari Atoll with the strongest chance of seeing whale sharks. Serenity then makes her way to Male where guests disembark.

For a feast of diving, guests can opt for the full 14 night trip from 12 - 26 November.

Emperor Serenity brings a class of her own with contemporary styling and plenty of space where fine accommodation and service is standard. This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins with air-con so even a two-week holiday just won’t feel long enough.

Included is full board, free Nitrox, local transfers, visit to a deserted island for a BBQ under the stars and the chance to dive with manta, whale sharks, sharks, turtles and marine life as well as a City tour with local guide.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large dhoni tender, giving more living space on board and getting guests to the perfect dive spot every time. Four dive guides provide a premium service. Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment + $50 voucher to spend on board.

The 7-night trip is from £1699/€2179 per person sharing a lower deck standard twin berth cabin. Prices are boat only and include a one-way domestic flight to/from Male. The cost for 14 nights is for boat only at £3330/€4270 per person sharing a lower deck standard twin berth cabin and operates Male back to Male.

Emperor Maldives consistently offers value, variety, quality, service, professionalism, easy booking, handy local knowledge, flexibility and fast response to guest requests as well as popular purpose-built liveaboards.

For more on Emperor Serenity, visit maldives.emperordivers.com or email info@emperordivers.com

Dolphin delights at Marsa Alam, Elphinstone

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Enjoy this beautiful video of dolphins by the boat, Isa, with the Marsa Alam team on the way to Elphinstone recently.

Guests also saw a hammerhead and grey reef shark and divers taking a third dive of the day had Dyson the dugong swim past them on Farsha Sahab. It was dive guide, Boody's, really lucky day - and our guests were rather happy too!

There are many ways to get to Elphinstone with us; either privately guided, on a course such as Drift Speciality or even AOW dives.

Email us and join us soon.

 

Dolphin video

 

» Watch those dolphins right here

Super Red Sea savings this June - hurry!

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Red Sea Liveaboard Savings

FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

10 - 17 June | Emperor Asmaa
South & St Johns
from Marsa Ghalib
£545 / €699

17 – 24 June | Emperor Elite
South & St Johns
from Marsa Ghalib
£545 / €699

17 – 24 June | Emperor Asmaa
Brothers & Elphinstone
from Marsa Ghalib
£545 / €699

17 – 24 June | Emperor Superior
Get Wrecked
from Hurghada
£545 / €699

24 June – 1 July | Emperor Superior
Reefs & Wrecks
from Hurghada
£545 / €699

08 - 15 July | Emperor Elite
NEW Southern Sharks
from Marsa Ghalib
£624 / €799

 

 

» Click here for the full list of offers for a variety of dates or 

Book online here

Dive the Maldives! Super savings this June

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Sail away on Emperor Voyager or Emperor Atoll throughout June
and save up to £250/320 Euros

 

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04/06 - 11/06
Emperor Voyager
Best of Maldives
£935.22/€1199.00
SAVE £235/300 Euros

04/06 - 11/06
Emperor Atoll         
Pelagic Magic            
£818.22/€1049.00     
SAVE £250/320 Euros

11/06 - 18/06
Emperor Voyager     
Best of Maldives      
£935.22/€1199.00     
SAVE £235/300 Euros       

11/06 - 18/06
Emperor Atoll           
Pelagic Magic          
£818.22/€1049.00     
SAVE £250/320 Euros

18/06 - 25/06
Emperor Voyager     
Best of Maldives      
£935.22/€1199.00     
SAVE £235/300 Euros

25/06 - 02/07
Emperor Voyager     
Best of Maldives      
£935.22/€1199.00     
SAVE £235/300 Euros

25/06 - 02/07
Emperor Atoll           
Pelagic Magic          
£818.22/€1049.00    
SAVE £250/320 Euros

Included: Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on local island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni.
Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices.

For more, email reservations@emperordivers.com

Did you know? We are the only liveaboard company who gives free places for small groups.

So if you’re diving with a few friends, then get as few as FIVE of you together and ONE goes FREE in the Red Sea and in the Maldives it’s SIX pay and ONE goes FREE!

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All our liveaboards offer discounts for groups – just have a browse around at the different boats and see what’s on offer. There’s quite a saving to be had!

Small is beautiful but we go right the way up with discounts for large groups.

On many Emperor Red Sea liveaboards
5 pay full price - 1 goes free

On Emperor Maldives liveaboards it’s as few as
6 pay + 1 goes free 

 

 » Click here for Group offers on Emperor Red Sea
» Click here for Group offers on Emperor Maldives

Watch! Maldives manta video...

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Manta video from guest on Emperor Atoll

Watch this great video by Dan Petrescu from his trip on Emperor Atoll on the Sharktastic route recently ... which is also mantatastic!

As you will see!

Emperor Atoll video

 

>> Discover more about diving the Maldives and Emperor Atoll here

NEW! Southern Sharks itinerary

Love sharks?

Looking for some shark action? We know the best time to have the best chance to see those sharks in action!

Explore the majestic southern Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August with our much anticipated Southern Sharks itinerary offering flexibility and focus for ‘action’ dives from Port Ghalib/Marsa Alam.

These months are best-known for the variety of sharks visiting some of the remote offshore reefs. But be prepared to change diving plans at the last minute because we go where the action is.

Our guides select the best possible action sites to visit based on their immense local knowledge and on insider-data on recent activity including a variety of Red Sea sharks, dolphins and anything else that chooses to join the party.

Some of the sites we might visit are below, however please remember that the focus of this trip is not about where we go but about what we want to see...sharks! And as always it’s subject to weather conditions.

  • St Johns
  • Rocky
  • Daedalus
  • Elphinstone

As you may be visiting some of the remote offshore Red Sea reef systems many of these may have deep drop offs and be exposed to strong currents so be prepared to spend some time waiting ‘in the blue’ or in the shallows looking for those unmistakable shapes and shadows.

There are no guarantees in life but one thing is for sure, this itinerary will give you the best chance of close encounters of the ‘sharky’ kind.

How much and when?
23 June, 3, 17 & 24 August
Emperor Asmaa
from Marsa Ghalib/Port Ghalib
£560 / €699

Need to know...
You need a minimum number of 30 dives for this trip and should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

Our friendly and incredibly knowledgeable team awaits you – email today!

Dive the Thistlegorm - and more - from El Gouna

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Wreck Fest from El Gouna - Thistlegorm, Rosalie Moller and, of course, Abu Nuhas available from our El Gouna Dive Centre.

For summer 2016, you can get your heavy metal fix from our centre in El Gouna. With regular trips scheduled to the four wrecks of Abu Nuhas, the iconic Rosalie Moller and the world class underwater museum SS Thistlegorm, El Gouna is the diving place for wreck-heads and reef-lovers alike.

Aboard our well known safari boat, Pegasus, we offer variety galore to our guests like never before. Weekly scheduled trips to some of the best wrecks in the Red Sea as well as daily trips to the lesser dived reefs North of Hurghada mean a diving holiday full of the kind of diving you want.

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Abu Nuhas – 4 wrecks in one place; highlights are the Giannis D a 100 mt long cargo ship between 10-28 mt de

pth and the Carnatic, a nearly 150 year old steam powered P&O wreck at 18-27 mts.

Rosalie Moller – With the decks at 35 mt, the Rosie is an advanced dive but well worth it if you can. She is still very much intact, covered in life and standing upright this 108mt long vessel gives some iconic wreck diving views.

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SS Thistlegorm – The old lady herself. Previously only accessible by liveaboard or from Sharm El Sheikh, let us take you across the gulf to dive on this phenomenal piece of history at a time when very few others will be diving on her. With her best features in the 20-30 mt depth range, nitrox gives you a decent length of dive to visit the AA gun, props, tanks, locomotives and huge anchor. A second dive into the holds to see the trucks, rifles and motorcycles that never made it to the allies in WWII is simply magnificent.

*trips subject to weather, minimum numbers and extra charge. See our website, email us or ask your team in resort for details.

Visit El Gouna dive centre here or email reservations@emperordivers.com

Trip report by Ana and Sergio
 
Manta, hammerheads and a whole lot more!
 
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It’s Friday in Hurghada and that means Superior is waiting for something. Like every Friday a new group of divers arrives to Superior to enjoy the wonders of the Red Sea. This week it’s time for Simply the Best:
 
The Brothers Islands, Daedalus & Elphinstone are on the agenda with some others famous places too.
 
From Hurghada to Brothers is quite a distance and on our way we stopped first at Abu Ramada aka the aquarium. We can corroborate this is a well deserved name, this beautiful coral garden is the home for thousands of fishes, moray eels and numerous creatures. A relaxing dive here to make sure everything is working and we moved for the second dive… And such a dive, the Salem Express, one of the biggest tragedies in the world and also one of the most famous wrecks. For the night dive lovers, we stopped at middle reef to not disappoint them. 
 
We woke up on Sunday at Big Brother with unbelievable conditions. Flat ocean, no wind and which is more unusual NO CURRENT! After a light breakfast we jumped into the water to explore the south plateau, always beautiful, completely covered with its fantastic and healthy soft coral. Millions of anthias “dress” the walls, hundreds of cornet fishes follow us hiding beside our tanks using the divers to catch some prey. The first group was the lucky one and a couple of thresher sharks made their dive. 
 
For the second dive it’s time for a wreck. The remains of Aida, one of the two wrecks which rest in these waters. We enjoyed the wreck itself and also an amazing cloud of fusiliers with the company of a couple of rainbow runners hunting them. After lunch some of our guests visited the lighthouse and for the third dive another wreck: Numidia, this time Brothers look like Brothers again and the current is strong. Is this bad news? Absolutely not, strong current means FISHES! The action around Numidia is just spectacular, dozens of tunas hunting, snappers, surgeon fishes and a barracuda big enough to scare any shark away hovering peacefully over the wreck, like if the current was not even there… And the best for the end, just a few minutes before to send the buoys up a lonely white tip reef shark came from the depth to say hello… Bye bye Big Brother, we’ll see you again!
 
Monday morning and the weather is even better if possible. Let’s dive Little Brother. For the two first dives we went to the north point to visit the famous cleaning station, a lot of fishes were there waiting for us, tunas, barracudas, surgeon fishes, fusiliers and for some of our guests, the luckiest ones, HAMMERHEAD! And to say goodbye to Brother Islands we paid a visit to the wonderful Gorgonian forest on the east side of Little Brother where we saw also a group of schooling banner fishes “dancing” for us, some black snappers and of course our friends, the cornet fishes. And to put the ace on top of the cake a thresher shark not too deep delighted the first group joining them for a while and vanishing then in the depths.
 
We spent the next day diving Daedalus reef. Famous for the chance to see hammerheads, Daedalus never disappoints, we were not lucky with the hammys this time but a big manta ray showed up on each and every dive! Unbelievable! And beside the manta which was, of course, the main attraction of the day, we enjoyed also the west side with the famous Anemone city and the massive coral close to the south plateau, if you don’t see this coral by yourself you would not believe how big it is.
 
After Daedalus we headed to Elphinstone reef, one of the most famous reefs in the Red Sea. Elphinstone is like a colour explosion, the orange of the millions of anthias blends with the blue of the fusiliers and the pelagic trigger fishes. Stunning coral, bait balls of sardines… It’s easy to understand why this place is famous. After Elphinstone, Marsa Shouna, this shutter bay hides one of the richest reefs in the area, and a sea grass field always willing to surprise our Superior people. Sea grass field?? It sounds bored… Well, if you think this the two huge green turtles feeding in the grass, the trunk fishes and the huge trigger fishes which live in Shouna probably would change your mind in just one dive. Ras Torombi is a lovely coral garden with lovely creatures as lemon coral gobies, crocodile fishes and even a hawksbill turtle resting peacefully on a coral. So, we had to stop here for another fantastic dive.
 
Last day of the trip and we are back around Hurghada. Giftun island offered us an exciting drift dive enjoying one of the best gorgonian forest in the Red Sea. Gota Abu Ramada welcome us again to enjoy its beautiful coral garden and the last but not the least el Mina, the minesweeper boat sunk here during the six days war between Egypt and Israel makes another wonderful dive barely some meters from Hurghada’s harbour. 
 
We want to say thank you so much to our dear guests this week for making our life super easy. It was wonderful have you on board and share the Red Sea and its wonders with you!
 
Huge thanks to our fantastic Captain Ahmed Omran, taking us during long nights to the dive sites and mooring always in the best spots. Thanks Capi. Thanks also to our magnificent and hard-working Crew; safe, professional, efficient and always smiling. Thank you guys, this would be impossible without you.
 
Take care. Safe trip back home. We hope see you soon again. Hugs from the depths of the Red Sea!
 
Sergio & Ana
 
 
 

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