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Glowing praise for Marsa Alam team

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5 star customer service

5 star reviewsThank you to all our guests who have shared their feedback via Feefo, a global ratings and reviews provider of genuine guest feedback.

If you have a moment, you can read lots of guest reviews here.

 

This one just in!

SERVICE Excellent
Had a fantastic week diving with our guide Tracy. Boat and ground crew were their usual helpful and friendly selves. Would recommend Emperor Divers Port Ghalib to anyone.

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Emperor Maldives has new exciting dive trips to sail to the southerly Maldives atolls and dive into the shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Laamu.

From February to April, spend time away from the madding crowds and dive Foammulah and Huvadhoo on the lookout for the Indian Ocean's larger residents; tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks and whale sharks.

Guests can choose to travel either from Male to Huvadhoo to join their liveaboard or from Huvadhoo to Male. Expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks around Foamulah. At Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for even more shark sightings including hopefully whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks spotted most of the time. There are swift channel dives with several kandus; Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey, as well as reef thila dives; Gazeera and Vaadhoo.

This itinerary suits experienced divers (100+ dives) looking for 'away from it all and different' diving with quite a focus on drift diving.

Liveaboards operating these routes are Emperor Virgo and Emperor Leo, both with fine accommodation and service as standard. Included is full board, free Nitrox, local transfers.

A video showing the amazing diving on this route can be seen here. 

Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment + $50 voucher to spend on board.

The 7-night trip is £1978.80/€2328.00 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin. 10-night trips are also available. Prices do not include international flights.

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, visit maldives.emperordivers.com/ or email info@emperordivers.com

 

Emperor Orion | Wreck, sharks, turtle, mantas

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Treat yourself to a little chill time with this video from dive guide, Marc Chicano on Emperor Orion.
 
This was the Best of Maldives from 30 October - 5 November complete with wreck, sharks, turtle and mantas. And many happy guests.
 

Action-packed video from Maldives' Deep South

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1016 deep south stills collage.jpgOh boy! Does Emperor Maldives have an action-packed Deep South adventure waiting for you!

Mantas, whale sharks, dolphins, sharks and so much more.

Take an Emperor Maldives’ Deep South route and dive the southern atolls. This is one special route with action-packed marine appearances!

>> Watch the video here and prepare to be happy.

Then be even happier and come and see for yourself!
www.emperormaldives.com/liveaboards-routes-deep-south.php

And we have a New Year special offer for South Central 7 Atolls.
NINE days on Emperor Orion for just £2,240 / €2,575.
Amazing value so book soon.

 

Meet the Maldives at the NEC Dive Show this weekend

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NEC Dive Show 2016
22/23 October, Birmingham
Stand 230

We do hope you can join us. The team is ready to give you the latest on the Red Sea and the Maldives.

AlexAlex Bryant, MD of Emperor Maldives, has over a decade's experience of diving here and will be sharing this with you at a Seminar on diving this iconic area from our BIG fleet of six liveaboards.

Entitled "#MustBeMaldives; six of the best" you'll just have to come along to discover the best of the best!

Catch him from 14.50 - 15.20 on both Saturday and Sunday in Ocean Theatre 1.

And our whole team of dive guides really are the best in the area. Ready yourself for an entertaining 30 minutes of photos, anecdotes and interesting information to inspire you! He's also happy to take any questions (well, related to diving in the Maldives, of course).

Luke Atkinson will be here too, and what tales he and Tracy have to tell of diving the Red Sea this year. It's been the best diving for a decade. Discover more first hand at the Show.

 


NEC Dive Show | 22/23 October, Birmingham

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Stand 230
 
Hope you can join us! We've got the team lined up and ready to give you the latest on the Red Sea and the Maldives.
 
Alex Bryant, MD of Emperor Maldives, has over a decade's experience of diving here and will be sharing this with you at a Seminar on diving this iconic area from our BIG fleet of six liveaboards.
 
Entitled "#MustBeMaldives; six of the best" you'll just have to come along to discover the best of the best!
 
Catch him from 14.50 - 15.20 on both Saturday and Sunday in Ocean Theatre 1.
 
And our whole team of dive guides really are the best in the area. Ready yourself for an entertaining 30 minutes of photos, anecdotes and interesting information to inspire you! He's also happy to take any questions (well, related to diving in the Maldives, of course).

Dive the Maldives on our 'best of the best', Emperor Serenity. New for 2016 and already a big hit with guests who are giving her a big thumbs up with comments on our Facebook page:

"Just had two weeks on this. Rather nice I have to say. We were in this room as well. Get it booked you know you want to." [Mark Winter]

and

"I can 100% confirm that this boat and its staff are amazing!!! We had a brilliant time in total luxury! ??." [Liz Jackson]

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Make your Christmas sparkly bright this year and book Emperor Serenity in good time so you get the best choice of flights and prices! We promise festive fun and super diving!

How about these dates which include 7 nights in shared cabin, 6 days diving, 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on local island, unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive), guide, tanks, weights. PLUS FREE Nitrox, return airport transfer, Government taxes and bed tax, Male city tour (on request), separate diving dhoni. Only things not included are your flights, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices.

3 – 10 December

Best of Maldives

€1,999 / £1,699

10 – 17 December

Best of Maldives

€1,843 / £1,567

17 – 24 December

Best of Maldives

€1,843 / £1,567

24 – 31 December

Best of Maldives

€2,179 / £1,852

 

Get a group together and see what you can save...

Now - 26 November

 All other sailings

6 pay + 1 free
12 pay + 2 free
18 pay + 3 free
22 pay + 4 free

11 pay + 1 free
16 pay + 2 free
19 pay + 3 free
22 pay + 4 free

 

And remember, non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board. PLUS, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner on both Emperor Serenity and Emperor Orion. Pure relaxation!

» Discover so much more about Emperor Serenity here

Maldives spotlight on Emperor Leo

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Sailing into her fourth season, Emperor Leo has undergone some sweeping changes over the summer months.

With a modernised look and the use of light and bright colours, Emperor Leo will stand out in the Emperor Fleet as another ‘flagship’ liveaboard.

A newly added upper deck cabin offers outstanding ocean views, with a total of three superior cabins on the upper deck, each with direct access to the open patio area.

All cabins have undergone a transformation and offer guests a stylish and comfortable haven. With compact, modern bathrooms, the accommodation is of hotel standard and service.

Whilst features in the lounge and dining area have been updated, they reflect her traditional décor and returning guests will enjoy the fine level of improvements. Utilising the wood design of bar and dining area, the whole space welcomes the Maldivian sunlight, mirrored in the colourful accessories and luxuriously large sofas.

Not only has the boat undergone changes but in order to stay abreast of culinary expectation, Emperor’s professional chefs are interchanged across the Fleet in order to provide contemporary and innovative international cuisine.

Emperor Leo lays claim to having one of the most experienced dive guides leading the choice of trips in the Maldives; Chris Trickey. For over 15 years, Chris has headed diving trips here and he truly knows where to dive, how to dive and how to make the best out of your trip. He is renowned throughout the diving industry and guests return trip after trip specifically to dive under his guidance.

Experience and knowledge continues with the years of Maldivian maritime experience and familiarity from Captain Ahmed. Having taken command of Emperor Leo several years ago, he carries a calm and reassuring presence, sailing the boat through the Atolls whilst running the team of professional chefs, housekeepers, barmen and crew with unflappable skill.

To ensure memorable diving, it is essential to have an exceptional dhoni captain. MV Sirina accompanies Emperor Leo, acting as the diving platform from which to enjoy the magical waters and giving more room on the ‘mother ship’. Captain Niyaz, a man who hails from the southern Atolls, has navigated the Maldivian waters both north and south. His unsurpassable knowledge of the dive sites needs to be seen to be believed – his promise to direct the boat to the best possible drops is legendary.

Emperor Leo sails Best of Maldives, South Central 7 Atolls, Deep South & Southern Sharks and offers group discounts up to 20 pay and four go free.  

Discover more about Emperor Leo and diving in the Maldives here.

Red Sea on FIRE! Best diving for a decade ...

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We divers know the sea is not an aquarium and that nothing can be guaranteed, but we also know that there are certain destinations to go to for the
best chances of diving with the big stuff.

The Red Sea has always been convenient, close and with reliable clear, warm waters. It has also always had the capacity to surprise, with sightings big and small every year to delight divers. Right now though, it is on a hot streak and is delivering delights that we haven't had since the pioneer days of Red Sea diving.

Nature often has cycles but could there be another reason for such amazing diving right now? Is it due to the reduced number of, not just divers, but water users up and down the Red Sea coast since the decline in tourism due to the 2011 and 2013 uprisings? Certainly there are many fewer dive boats on each dive site compared to the peak years of the early 21st century but not only that, there are many fewer watercraft, not as many bathers, less construction on the coast, less sewage and less chemical runoff all as a consequence of lower numbers.

Plus, conservation organisations such as HEPCA have been subsidising fishermen to encourage them not to fish in breeding seasons.

Could it be that all these factors are starting to produce a positive effect on the marine environment in the Red Sea? Well, we've now had excellent diving for more than a year so we certainly think so.

This newsletter is going to showcase the phenomenal sightings we have had – and to really prove a point we will only include pictures and videos from this June and July!

September through to November usually presents the best diving year on year. Sea temperatures are an average of 28-30C while air temperatures cool a little from the hot summer. The big life loves these months, and we cannot wait to see what's in store under the waves. With good flight prices available now for those three months, come and get some of the action with a truly welcoming team of guides and crew.

What's been showing in the Red Sea theatre...

Marsa Alam
Dennis returns!
June 2016

Not seen since 2014, Dennis the Dugong makes a welcome return in this video by guest, Chris Colliard.

Dennis the Dugong

 

Emperor Asmaa
Hammerheads at Daedalus
July 2016

A theatre of delights with hammerheads and happy guests.

Hammerheads

 

Emperor Elite
Daedalus & Elphinstone
July 2016

Top of the tops diving, plenty of sunlight, warm water, excellent boats, professional and smiley team and affordable prices.

Daedalus & Elphinstone

 

 

Marsa Alam
Elphinstone day trip
July 2016

Oceanics get close up and personal in this video.

Oceanics at Elphinstone

 

Emperor Elite
Red Sea safari
July 2016

Everybody do the manta dance! Fabulous video with thanks to guest, Simon. Got your wavy arms ready?

Manta dance

 

Marsa Alam
Meet the dugong whisperer!
July 2016

Dive guide Taki gets it right most of the time. Here with dugong mum and her calf with thanks to Eric and Valerie Du Pont for the photos. Magical.

Meet the dugong whisperer!

 

Emperor Asmaa
The Big Friendly Giant
July 2016

Happiness is waving at a whale shark. Right here in the Red Sea. Not too far to travel for an experience of a lifetime is it?

Whale shark

 

Now all you need to do is get here!
Contact our really helpful team today.
reservations@emperordivers.com

 

Really super offers | Boat diving, hotel packages & liveaboards

 

BOAT DIVING

for just £30 / €35 per day in Marsa Alam and El Gouna.

HOTEL PACKAGES

Valid on travel dates between now and 31 August on any new booking received by 25 August.

7 nights' hotel + airport transfers + daily boat diving

MARSA ALAM - from £238 / €280 per person
(Marina Lodge 4* HB)

EL GOUNA - from £369 / €434 per person
(Three Corners Ocean View 4* B&B)


LIVEABOARDS

FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

RED SEA from €599 / £509

07 – 14 Sep
15 – 22 Oct

16 – 23 Nov

26 Nov – 03 Dec

9 – 16, 16 – 23, 23 – 30  Dec

9 – 16 &  16 – 23 Dec

 

Emperor Asmaa, South & St Johns
Emperor Superior, Famous Five
Emperor Asmaa, Simply the Best

Emperor Superior, Get Wrecked

Emperor Elite, Reefs & Wrecks

Emperor Asmaa, South & St Johns

 

€849 / £722
€799 / £663

€899 / £765

€799 / £679

€599 / £509

€599 / £509

 

MALDIVES from €1,399 / £1,189

11 – 18 Sep
24 Sep – 01 Oct
09 - 16 Oct
15 – 22 Oct
16 – 23 Oct
29 Oct – 05 Nov

Emperor Orion, Best of Maldives
Emperor Voyager, Best of Maldives
Emperor Orion, Best of Maldives
Emperor Serenity, Best of Maldives
Emperor Orion, Best of Maldives
Emperor Serenity, Manta Madness

€1,649 / £1,402
€1,399 / £1,189
€1,699 / £1,445
€1,799 / £1,529
€1,699 / £1,445
€1,899 / £1,615

 

Above offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability and based on the exchange rate at time of issue.

Contact our helpful Reservations Team or have a browse around our
Red Sea website or Maldives website to discover diving in
the Red Sea and Maldives.

More liveaboard offers right here throughout the year.
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