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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

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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

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

 

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.

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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

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Adding to the vast wealth of knowledge already totted up by the Emperor Maldives dive guides, two new dive experts now join the team to strengthen it even further.
 
Marilen Enseñat and Marc Chicano hail from Spain and have successfully run liveaboard dive holidays in every region of the Maldives, especially central and deep south atolls, since 1997.
 
Fluent in Spanish, French and English, the couple will share their vast knowledge of these iconic atolls having a honed instinct to know where to go for the best chance of superlative diving. With literally thousands of dives and 19 consecutive seasons on Maldivian boats, Emperor Maldives guests are sure to drink in their experience and passion.
 
“Having guides who know these waters and atolls like the back of their hands is so important.” explains Emperor Maldives MD, Alex Bryant, a veteran himself. “Guests will truly feel they are in the hands of connoisseurs, because that’s exactly what our dive guides are.”
 
From October, Marc and Marilen are dedicated to three Emperor liveaboards, Emperor Orion, Emperor Leo and Emperor Virgo, covering three itineraries, Best of Maldives, South Central 7 Atolls and Deep South & Southern Sharks. Prices for 7 nights start from 1669 Euros / £1302.
 
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.
 
 
Click the image or click here for full details of itineraries, dates 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

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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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

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
 
 
 

Our thanks to Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography for a happy call out for the wreck of the Kudhimaa, just off the island of Machafushi in the Maldives.

Read all about it here.

And you can be there with Emperor Maldives

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