Manta video from St John's Reef, Red Sea

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Manta, St John's Reef

 

St John's Reef always promises amazing diving but what more could you want than a manta to join you for part of your dive!

Thanks to Paul Fassolas for the video taken whilst on Emperor Asmaa.

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5 days / 4 nights | July to September

Join us on our new itinerary as we showcase some of the highlights of Komodo including the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat. Then there are the beautiful beaches, lookouts to climb, a range of water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkelling and some easy diving to experience paradise both below and above the water.

This allows for 1 or 2 dives a day for qualified divers whilst non-divers have the chance to experience an ‘Introductory Dive’. Our experienced guides will select the best spots to dive, snorkel and swim in each location and to suit local conditions, marine life opportunities and your skill.

Prices are per person, sharing a twin/double cabin: €1449 / £1289 / $1625

Non-diver discount: €250 / £220 / $280

More info here

Talk to us today or email our super friendly Reservations team
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Phone: (+20) 122 234 0995
UK callers: 0203 695 097

 

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A former soldier in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve, Jamie Hull was fulfilling a lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot in 2007 when, on a routine solo flight, his engine caught fire. Jamie sustained 60 per cent third-degree burns to his body, tissue scarring and internal injuries. He was given a five per cent chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over: “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.” Read how diving, one of Jamie’s first loves, helped him to get life back on track …

Back in 1998, Jamie was a keen and ambitious scuba diver. Originally a full-time officer in the Thames Valley Police, he decided to embark on his IDC with leading Course Director of the day, Theresa Simpson, who quickly took him under her wing and mentored him to success. A then newly qualified PADI Open Water Instructor, Jamie couldn't resist the pull of the ocean and soon afterwards took the plunge to take a sabbatical from UK policing and return to the Red Sea to work directly for Emperor Divers. “I still remember those early years,” Jamie reflects, “great memories of the excitement of working in a busy dive industry in Hurghada, resounding with the same clarity as the magical visibility of the Red Sea itself!”

Jamie's life story, however, went on to take the guise of many twists and turns including a comprehensive service with the British Army as a higher committed Reservist working all over the world before being subjected to the ultimate physiological and psychological downfall that a human being could possibly sustain. In the summer of 2007, little did Jamie realise that an epic life-changing accident was on the horizon.

A catastrophic injury, sustained during his training to be a pilot, left him with 60% third-degree burns to his body, severe tissue scarring and internal injuries; Jamie was given only a 5% chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through only by the skin of his teeth but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over, “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.”

Ultimately however, Jamie never gave up and after many years of pain and discomfort, he went on to further project himself in a range of challenging events and endeavours, always going a little further to achieve his goals and in doing so, helping to support others.

“Following on from the ethos of my former Regiment 21 SAS, I always try to continue to live by those values and, in particular, the 'individual pursuit of excellence'.  By way of example, I've continually followed my passion for scuba diving as a vehicle for benefitting my own recovery and rehabilitation from the burns injury. Over many years, I've worked very hard with the diving and recently certified as a PADI Course Director. It's such an amazing sport, which has helped me enormously on the long road to a stronger recovery. One of my goals now is to continue working with others to enable them to fulfil their career ambitions within the dive industry.” 

Excitedly going back to his roots with Emperor Divers, Jamie recently delivered a diving expedition for several UK veterans, training them on a range of PADI courses and using the Blue Brothers’ Emperor Divers dive centre in the stunning marina at El Gouna. 

“Having previously used the efficient and reliable services of UK-based Diverse Travel, I was very impressed with the whole organisation of my recent dive trip to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers. In all sincerity, for anyone looking to organise any kind of dive trip around the world, the booking and administration of Diverse Travel always delivers as smoothly as a well-balanced regulator at 40 metres!”

“The expedition I ran was indeed a great success, supported by the enthusiastic and diligent staff at Emperor Divers’ marina shop including a highly competent captain and crew of the Emperor Pegasus dive boat. As a Course Director, I genuinely recommend the top service Emperor provides for divers of all levels. What's more, as for the diving in the Red Sea, I can still see the magic down there; with all the beauty, clarity and warmth there ever was!”

By Jamie Hull – PADI CD #109809

 

 

 

El Gouna dolphins and their babies video

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Dolphin encounter, El Gouna

 

Diving with dolphins is so special. They're inquisitive, intelligent and beautiful and a real connection happens.

We are so lucky in the Red Sea to have these encounters especially at Emperor Divers El Gouna where guest, Bo Smit, ably assisted by 'actor', Alex Crompvoets, made this wonderful video of our mammalian friends bringing their young for a bit of interaction. Pure joy!

 

 

 

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We are having a bit of a tidy up of our Facebook pages.

Facebook Emperor Divers will now be our main official page where we will share content not only from the Red Sea, but from Emperor Maldives and Emperor Indonesia too.

Our diving centres and luxury liveaboards in the Maldives, our sailing schooners in Indonesia and, of course, our original diving centres and fabulous boats in Egypt.

It's your main way to keep in contact with us and we promise to be there for you giving you up to date information, answering your questions and sharing a smile along the way.

 

 

** Flash Sale Open **

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Up to 28% off! Serious savings to be enjoyed for everyone!

Save up to €515 / £455 - 7 nights in Indonesia
www.emperorindonesia.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

Save up to €480 / £429 - 7 nights in the Maldives
www.emperormaldives.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

Save up to €300 / £270 - 7 nights in the Red Sea
www.emperordivers.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

Happy, happy diving!

 

 

Watch as Emperor Raja Laut sails right in front of Sangeang Volcano with its Hot Rocks dive sites (we'll be bringing you the underwater video soon).

 

Sangeang video

 

» Discover Indonesia, Emperor Raja Laut and Emperor Harmoni here

1 good reason to book with Emperor Indonesia

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Our pricing is ALL INCLUSIVE. The price you see is the price you pay!

When you’re shopping around, make sure you check the small print for any extras to be paid on board your liveaboard such as Park and Port fees, fuel surcharges and taxes. These fees can range from €150 - €250 per person.

Remember, with us it’s all included so no nasty surprises for you.

You're welcome!

 

 

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Emperor Harmoni is a 48m traditional Phinisi hull that has been adapted to hold two main engines and, because of the clever design, has increased deck space and stability by removing the need for masts and sailing rigs.

She starts operating from July 2020 in Komodo and will go on to cruise the majestic archipelago of Indonesia, taking in world famous hot spots such as Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park and the Banda Sea.

With her state of the art navigation and safety systems and design incorporated into the hull, Emperor Harmoni, like her name, brings a truly harmonious marriage of modern and traditional features.

Built by renowned Pak Haji Wahab, known to many as the champion of the Bugis Phinisi craftsmen, he is responsible for the construction of many of the most famous names in Indonesian liveaboard vessels including Emperor Indonesia’s own, Emperor Raja Laut.

As Emperor Harmoni takes shape, we’ll be bringing you the ‘inside story’ on her interior design, how the Emperor team sourced 50 year old teak wood from derelict houses and how she will deliver the WOW factor and some. Plus more photos so you can follow her transformation into a striking liveaboard.

Meet Emperor Harmoni here

 

 

 

Emperor Divers

 

Mike says, "Honesty, integrity, marvellous boats and lovely crew." Not just that but Mike says our booking staff are great; "no tricks, cheats, no extra phoney discounts".

And the proof is in the pudding.

Last year Mike enjoyed diving on Emperor Elite, Red Sea and Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia.

This year on Emperor Echo, Red Sea and Emperor Explorer, Maldives.

Hang on, there's more ... next year he's on Emperor Echo again then Emperor Harmoni, Indonesia. 2021 on Emperor Explorer for a double back-to-back.

Wow! Welcome back Mike - time and time again and for as many times as we can welcome you. Now that's Loyalty with a capital L.

 

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