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

Got any questions?

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We have the most wonderful, helpful and friendly team who are more than happy to answer any questions you have on diving the Red Sea or the Maldives.

You can contact them at reservations@emperordivers.com

Or you can see some frequently asked questions here.

It's all happening in the Maldives

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Emperor Divers Maldives

Fabulous feedback via Feefo...

What is Feefo? Feefo generates feedback from our guests and delivers real reviews from real customers that have actually used our services and are therefore qualified to give a view.

Our thanks to a recent guest (Feefo keeps names anonymous, it's not us!) who was on Emperor Atoll in the Maldives.

"The level of service for the whole trip was first class. Was met at the airport without any problem and the transfer to the boat went smoothly. The boat was well equipped and the catering was excellent considering the on board galley facilities were limited. The guides and crew were hard working and ensured that everyone had a good time and nothing was too difficult. The dive sites were good and ensured that we saw a lot of the fish life including a whale shark, mantas, reef sharks and a wide variety of reef fish. Would have no hesitation recommending Emperor Divers or using them again. For me everything went smoothly with no complaints."

And this one for Emperor Voyager in the Maldives...

"Patrick, Eva and Ralf were just awesome, the boat was great and ticked all the boxes, the team tried so hard to make everything great for us, when the boat rolled and a fan fell, the first thought was our safety, food was spectacular, diving teams were thought through and completely as we wanted it. I can't and wouldn't find fault with this team, just a great trip...recommend this business."

Come and enjoy the same experience! Have a browse around here.

 

 

Spotlight on Emperor Elite in the Red Sea

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Guests love her new upgrade and here's why ...

"Outstanding week on Emperor Elite. Great boat, fantastic crew bar none, amazing dive leader. The service, food, organisation, diving and general attention to detail was truly brilliant. One of the best weeks of my life. The other divers were a lovely mix of lovely people also, so I felt truly blessed by the whole experience. Will come again, as soon as I can!"
So shared one happy guest via our Feefo feedback

The ‘want to know’ bit ...

She’s custom-designed and built to a superior standard and measures in at a pleasing 38 metres. A maximum of 24 guests relax in 11 twin-berth cabins (choice of decks) and a double master suite, all with ensuite and air conditioning.

Elite is spacious with limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications only when in signal), three sundecks, dive deck with platform, two air-conditioned lounges and air-conditioned dining room where good food and free wine with dinner is served. She has all the diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards and has FREE NITROX. And guests just love her!

Want to find out more straight from the horse's mouth? 
Read this recent trip report on our Facebook and enjoy a HUGE album of fabulous photos.

» Discover more about Elite here

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Looking for some shark action? Our team and crew know the best time to have the best chance to see those Red Sea sharks in action.

Explore the majestic southern Red Sea during the warm summer months of May to August with a new Southern Sharks itinerary offering flexibility and focus for ‘action’ dives on liveaboard Emperor Asmaa 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 Emperor goes where the action is.

The 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 to visit are St Johns, Rocky, Daedalus and Elphinstone but Emperor Divers General Manager, Luke Atkinson explains, “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.”

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

Email reservations@emperordivers.com for all the information

Maldives and Red Sea SAVINGS
Save up to £250/€320

Emperor Atoll
Emperor Elite

» Click here for all Maldives information and prices or

» Click here for Red Sea information and prices.

 

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Trip report by Sonia and Momo on Emperor Elite

Fins Scuba Ltd on Emperor Elite diving the Brothers, Safaga and Elphinstone

Whale shark, threshers, hammerheads, large grey reef sharks, silkies, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna and a lush soft corals…perfect!

When you get to see mantas on almost every dive, you know something special is happening and when mantas are accompanied by a whale shark, slowly circling threshers getting cleaned, close up hammerheads, large grey reef sharks, silkies chasing schooling unicorns under the boat at night, yellowfin tuna, schooling dogtooth tuna, and all this with a back drop of lush soft corals, and tons of reef fish, you know there are not many seas like the Red Sea and not many dive sites like the Brothers … you know diving here is truly special.

Read the full feedback here and enjoy lots of fabulous photos.

 

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