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What a bonus for guests on Emperor Serenity 03 – 10 December and Emperor Leo 11 - 18 December. Travel with Emperor Maldives and improve your photography with Jordi Chias, (www.uwaterphoto.com), a professional photographer with more than 15 years of experience.

The highly acclaimed photographer will be onboard and offering a FREE mini Photography Workshop for guests who would like to improve their underwater and general photography.

With work published in many different media and recognized with prominent mentions in various competitions, among them the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014), Jordi has a wealth of knowledge that guests can tap into during the week.

Do you like underwater photography?

Do you want to get the most out of your camera?

Do you want to learn with the assistance of the best professionals?

Jordi, one of the most internationally awarded Spanish photographers, who also speaks fluent English, will hold a specialized workshop with special focus on large animals such as mantas and whale sharks.

He will teach different techniques as well as advising on the most suitable gear to get the best results.

During the trip Jordi will give daily talks, reviews and comments on guests’ images in order to improve results. He will also share techniques to help guests with computer picture processing, at basic level, so they can process their own pictures.

Guests must bring their own cameras.

Also, although not a speciality, Jordi can help improve video.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hone photography skills for free!

For more on Emperor Maldives visit www.emperormaldives.com or email reservations@emperordivers.com today to secure your place.

Free Maldives Video Workshop on Emperor Virgo

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Emperor Maldives is offering you a free video workshop from 15 – 22 January 2017.

Emperor Virgo will be sailing the iconic ‘Best of Maldives’ route, divers who have an interest in underwater video can enjoy professional advice and tips from top dive guides Marc and Marilen Chicano.

Their work can be seen here http://bit.ly/2dOhUFH, showcasing the marvels of the Maldives and how to capture video of which to be proud.

Marc and Marilen will help to improve skills on manual, semi auto and auto video equipment from Go Pro to digital tape cameras.  Learn about white balance, focus, underwater shooting, editing using iMovie (Mac) and how to share on social media.

Guests need to bring camera equipment and an Apple computer if available, and the rest of the workshop is completely free.

And a reminder that a free underwater photography workshop is being held on Emperor Serenity 03 – 10 December and Emperor Leo 11 - 18 December 2016 by BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Jordi Chias.  

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hone video and photography skills for free.

For more on Emperor Maldives visit www.emperormaldives.com

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.

 


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

 

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6 pay + 1 free
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11 pay + 1 free
16 pay + 2 free
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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

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

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