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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!
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
Mantas, whale sharks, dolphins, sharks and so much more.
Take an Emperor Maldives’ Deep South route and dive the southern atolls. This is one special route with action-packed marine appearances!
Then be even happier and come and see for yourself!
And we have a New Year special offer for South Central 7 Atolls.
NINE days on Emperor Orion for just £2,240 / €2,575.
Amazing value so book soon.
NEC Dive Show 2016
22/23 October, Birmingham
We do hope you can join us. The team is ready to give you the latest on the Red Sea and the Maldives.
Alex 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.
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...
Not seen since 2014, Dennis the Dugong makes a welcome return in this video by guest, Chris Colliard.
Hammerheads at Daedalus
A theatre of delights with hammerheads and happy guests.
Daedalus & Elphinstone
Top of the tops diving, plenty of sunlight, warm water, excellent boats, professional and smiley team and affordable prices.
Elphinstone day trip
Oceanics get close up and personal in this video.
Red Sea safari
Everybody do the manta dance! Fabulous video with thanks to guest, Simon. Got your wavy arms ready?
Meet the dugong whisperer!
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.
The Big Friendly Giant
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?
Now all you need to do is get here!
Contact our really helpful team today.
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.
Manta video from guest on Emperor Atoll
Watch this great video by Dan Petrescu from his trip on Emperor Atoll on the Sharktastic route recently ... which is also mantatastic!
As you will see!
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.