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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.

Happy divers with Sonia

 

BOAT DIVING

for just £29 / €35 per day in Marsa Alam and El Gouna.

ADD an 'ALL-IN' Package to your diving.
When you book 3 or more days' diving you can add one of our value packages where we've bundled in your lunch and drinks on board, some third dives, the daily Environmental Tax and even included 12 litre Nitrox for FREE!

 

HOTEL PACKAGES

Valid on travel dates between now and 30 September on any new booking.

7 nights' hotel + airport transfers + daily boat diving

MARSA ALAM - from £232 / €280 per person
(Marina Lodge 4* HB)

EL GOUNA - from £360 / €434 per person
(Three Corners Ocean View 4* B&B)

 

LIVEABOARDS

FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

RED SEA

17 – 24 Aug
21 – 28 Oct

Emperor Asmaa, South & St Johns
Emperor Superior, Get Wrecked

£580 / €699
£622 / €749


MALDIVES

11 – 18 Sep
09 – 16 Oct
26 Nov – 03 Dec

Emperor Orion, Best of Maldives
Emperor Orion, Best of Maldives
Emperor Serenity, Best of Maldives

£1,327 / €1,599
£1,410 / €1,699
£1,535 / €1,849

Above offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability.

Dive yourself happy.
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

 

 

 

Please vote for us in Sport Diver Awards

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Dived with us and liked what you’ve seen?
Please vote for us in the Sport Diver Awards

 

Please vote for us in the two categories below. We'd be happily grateful.

Just click on the badge and vote for either:

Emperor Divers Marsa Alam for Best Overseas Dive Centre
or
Emperor Voyager Maldives for Best Liveaboard.

 

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Thank you!


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BOAT DIVING 

Just £29 / €35 per day in Marsa Alam and El Gouna
Valid for all 2016 dates excluding 22 September to 31 October.

£29 / €35 per day for daily boat diving on selected dates

Boat Diving includes: 2 dives per day with guide, tanks, weights, weight belt, transfers to/from your hotel, all port fees and surcharges.

 

ADD an ‘ALL-IN’ Package to your DIVING

When you book 3 or more days’ diving you can add one of our value packages where we’ve bundled in your lunch and drinks on board, some third dives, the daily Environmental Tax and even included 12 litre Nitrox for FREE!

  • ADD to the price of 3 days’ of diving:
    3 days’ lunch/drinks/Environmental Tax, 2 x 3
    rd dives and 12 litre Nitrox for an extra £58 / €70   
  • ADD to the price of 5 days’ of diving:
    5 days’ lunch/drinks/Environmental Tax, 3 x 3
    rd dives and 12 litre Nitrox for an extra £95 / €115 

 

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 £232 / €280 per person

Marina Lodge 4* HB

With 3 days’ boat diving = £232 / €280

With 5 days’ boat diving = £279 / €336

Valid on travel dates between now 30 September on any new booking.

 

EL GOUNA - from £360 / €434 per person
Three Corners Ocean View 4* B&B
 

21 August – 30 September

3 days’ boat diving from  £360 / €434

5 days’ boat diving from  £418 / €504

 

21 July – 19 August

3 days’ boat diving from  £395 / €476

5 days’ boat diving from  £453 / €546

Above prices are valid on any new booking received

 

LIVEABOARDS

RED SEA

25 August – 01 September  EMPEROR ASMAA                £580 / €699


27 August – 03 September  EMPEROR SUPERIOR            £580 / €699

21 – 28 October                  EMPEROR SUPERIOR            £622 / €749

 

MALDIVES

4 - 11 September                EMPEROR LEO                   £1,120 / €1,349

4 - 11 September                EMPEROR ORION               £1,327 / €1,599

0209 October                  EMPEROR ORION               £1,410 / €1,699

30 October06 November   EMPEROR ORION               £1,410 / €1,699

26 November – 3 December EMPEROR ATOLL                £1,103 / €1,329

26 November – 3 December EMPEROR SERENITY           £1,535 / €1,849

Above offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability.

 

Dive yourself happy. 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.

 

NOTES and OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

All of the above offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount and are valid on new bookings only.  

The daily boat diving offer is available for dates: 21 July – 21 September & 1 November – 15 December 2016 and must be booked and paid in full at least 21 days prior to arrival in resort. This offer may be withdrawn at any time and without notice.

All rates shown are RETAIL per person in Euros. Prices are subject to change and those detailed are for promotional purposes only.

All bookings taken under a special offer are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be redeemed against another service.  Normal payment terms apply. Cancellations made any time after payment is received normal cancellation policy applies.

‘ALL IN’ notes

You must be a certified Nitrox diver in order to receive Nitrox offer. Packages are fixed for standard daily boat diving and cannot be amended or credited for any other service. There are certain activities still payable as a supplement outside the 'All-In' package, such as, but not limited to, special trip supplements, night dives and diving equipment rental. Please ask us for more details.

The ‘All In’ cannot be discounted and is non-commissionable.

 

 

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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.

 

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

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