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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.


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The Emperor Atoll is a fine boat - we knew what to expect as we'd been on it last year. It's small and basic, but the food is lovely and the crew are great, which suits us fine.

Twelve divers means that there's less faff kitting up and fewer divers in the water. We get the impression that over the last few years operators have been moving towards bigger/more luxurious boats. To be honest, that's not what we're really looking for.

The small, basic end of things is good for us - and who actually needs a Jacuzzi after four hours in the water? We dived with Arif, who we'd also dived with last year, and he's one of my favourite dive guides - really nice and slow. Overall good diving with a couple of excellent manta encounters. 

So, overall, very satisfied! We'll probably be looking for something for Easter next year, so will be in touch shortly about that..."


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.



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.




Emperor Divers has upgraded the service on two of its Red Sea boats and, as a thank you for being a frequent diver, will offer free cabin upgrades, wine and more for their guests in the Red Sea and Maldives.

From 1st September 2016, Emperor’s Red Sea service will offer complimentary red wine with dinner on all Red Sea boats, Emperor Asmaa, Emperor Superior and Emperor Elite (where this has been offered for some time).

In the Maldives a complimentary glass of wine will be provided with dinner on Emperor Serenity and Emperor Orion. As a further service enhancement the number of free places has been increased to four on Emperor Leo and Emperor Orion when booking a full charter.

As well as the Red Sea upgrades, Emperor’s new Loyalty Scheme, Friends of Emperor, recognises guests who have dived with Emperor Divers or Constellation Fleet on five or more occasions. As a thank you to loyal guests, when boarding a liveaboard in the Red Sea or Maldives, they will receive a complimentary bottle of wine per person and an Emperor gift voucher to use whilst onboard. Also, when booking, guests can ask for a free cabin upgrade and request 15 litre tanks subject to availability. 

Please note: These benefits only apply to new bookings and have to be requested at the time of booking.

For more information, please contact our really helpful team on

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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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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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 or email

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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Thanks to guest Daniel French for this fabulous video taken whilst staying for nine days on one of the new Emperor fleet liveaboards, Orion, recently on the Deep South & Southern Sharks trip.

Just look at the masses of information that Daniel has shared re the dive sites and marine life sightings! Well worth watching.

>> Watch here now



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