July 2015 Archives

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Sailing from Male, Emperor Divers Maldives’ liveaboard, Emperor Serenity, is brand new and brings a class of her own to Maldivian waters.

She is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

Operating from March 2016, Emperor Serenity has three levels of cabin available on the Upper, Main and Lower decks. Included in the trip is a visit to a deserted island for a BBQ under the stars and the chance to dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks and whale sharks.

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 and she is rebreather-friendly and offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station.

Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Emperor Serenity adds to the existing Emperor fleet of Maldives liveaboards, Emperor Voyager and Emperor Atoll. Guests on these have enjoyed fabulous sightings throughout the season and Emperor Serenity will be covering similar popular routes from March 2016.

Mike Braun, Emperor Divers’ General Manager, says, “We are really proud of Serenity. She’s a brand new boat built to our exacting specifications. Great for divers but equally great for non-divers as she’s got plenty of space and relaxation areas.”

Groups can enjoy various discounts including 11 pay full price and 1 goes free or 22 pay full price and 4 go free.   

For more on Emperor Serenity, visit here or email info@emperordivers.com



Emperor Superior scores 5/5 on TripAdvisor

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Johannesburg, South Africa
“Superior in every way - and it just keeps getting better each year!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 

There is a reason we have returned to the Emperor Superior 3 years in a row. The crew go above and beyond to ensure we have the best possible trip. From the most delicious and generous food portions to an impeccably clean boat and a captain who does his best to ensure his divers get to all the sites on their bucket list, there is no end to the effort everyone puts in... The crew and hosts have become like family and we cannot wait to return to the Emperor Superior.    

A special note must be made about our host Sonia. The online reviews about her are the reason we first booked to dive with Emperor and the reason we will continue. She is warm, humble and the most inspiring diver we have ever met. The reviews about her do not even begin to describe what an asset she is to Emperor.......


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Dive guides Anke Westerlaken and Sonia Goggel will be sharing a few of their favourite wrecks with you. Here Anke shares her love of that iconic wreck, the SS Thistlegorm.

Wrecks of the Red Sea

I love this tour probably most of all - Wrecks and Reefs in the Northern Red Sea. As a diver I like the variety; some drifts, some lagoons, night diving and the chance to visit a piece of history.

On this one dive, night had fallen and we took a service line to the bow of our liveaboard, Emperor Superior. Since we were moored up just above this famous wreck, we decided to take the bowline down to about 20-25 metres. Visibility was great that night and only a little current accompanied us. While we held on to the rope we descended and the bow came into sight. Big winches, an anchor in the seabed with the second one was still hanging on its chains.

In the light of our torches we see some lion fish hunting for dinner and we start moving south where we find the first manhole. It's big and wide so we go inside, just to have a small peak at the treasures. And while we do, the resident turtle comes out for a swim.

In these manholes there are two levels. Each carrying pieces of history dating back to the second world war. To supply the 8th army in Alexandria, this ship was on its way from Great Britain, going around Africa and entered the Red Sea from the south. While it was at safe anchorage it awaited permission to enter the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. Carrying locomotives, ammunition, rifles, air plane wings, motorcycles and many more, she was, unfortunately, discovered by German bombers and sunk to where she now lies.

As every wreck has a history, this one speaks out to us, especially because of its beautiful artefacts. And she still is upright and only badly damaged in the four manholes of her 126 metre long hull. I prefer to visit the manholes, sometimes meeting the turtle, the resident moray or even the giant grouper that hides on the outside of the hull.

I can recommend this wreck dive to anybody, even when you prefer to visit only reefs. Because this wreck is the handsomest piece of old metal I have ever seen, holds a great history and is an underwater museum with artefacts from the Second World War. Now she is a home to beautiful marine life; bat fish, lion fish, puffers, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, moray eel, turtle, clown fishes and far more than I can ever capture here. And if you are really lucky, you will see some tuna passing by or maybe even a grey reef shark.

Now you see why this is one of my favourite Red Sea dives. Come and join me!

» Discover more about our Reefs and Wrecks tour
» Click here to find out more about the SS Thistlegorm

QUICK! Dive 5* Sharm for just £324/€455!

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SAVE up to £288/€400 pp.

Hilton Sharm Dreams 7 nights All Inclusive. 3 days’ diving. Airport transfers. £383/€539. 

Or same but with 5 days’ diving. £443/€623. B&B from just £324/€455.

Prices for twin room share between 01 – 31 August.

Email reservations@emperordivers.com or book online here.


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Last Minute Summer Offers

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They're here...our last minute summer offers!

Choose from:
El Gouna, Hamata, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh and liveaboards in the Red Sea and the Maldives.

Book before 31 July for smiley savings:

  • Dive from €40 / £29 a day in a choice of Emperor resorts
  • 7 night hotel/dive packages from €231 / £164
  • Red Sea Liveaboards from €599 / £426
  • Maldives Liveaboards from €999 / £710

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All year-round diving in the Maldives? Oh yes!

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Read this from National Geographic…why the Maldives is an all-year-round destination. Positives from 'negatives'? Too right! 

Click here for a really great read...


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Our thanks to Phil for this honest and open review of Emperor Divers Sharm via TripAdvisor...

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Phil G
Bristol, United Kingdom
“There's a reason I always dive with Emperor...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 NEW

There are lot's of dive schools/dive operators in Sharm, but there is one reason I come back time and again - you as the customer are put first, safety is always top of the bill and I've never had a bad experience yet.

Combine great boats, well maintained equipment and some thoroughly excellent instructors (and back office staff) you are guaranteed a great trip.

Such was the confidence my partner has in Emperor (she went along as a snorkeler and can highly recommend this too) she plucked up the courage for a try dive - we will be going back for her to complete her open water referral!

To everyone at Emperor, thank you and we will be back - you are a credit to yourselves and the company. Special thanks to Sa'ad, Pete, Holly, Ben & Elise

Discover more on diving Emperor Sharm here!



Greatest Show on Earth - Ras Mo, Right Now!

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By Emperor's Regional Manager, Luke Atkinson

The phrase ‘world class’ gets overused, and it’s true I’ve seen people turn their noses up when I say the Red Sea can offer true ‘world class’ diving. I suppose it’s comforting to think that unless you make 2 or more flight connections and spend at least a full day travelling then yeah sure, you can have great diving, but not ‘world class’.

I’m lucky enough to be able to travel around all the Emperor Red Sea centres and meet divers in every location. What surprises me is that not everybody knows about what is for me (and many, many others) one of the greatest spectacles you can see under the water anywhere in the world, and it’s just a 5 hour flight from Europe.

Diving in Sharm

Sharm El Sheikh offers great diving year round, but from mid-May-ish to mid-July-ish (hey – this is nature we’re talking about), the tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the 2 gulfs collide becomes the meeting place for huge schools of fish concentrated on one or two dive sites, and it is so good you run out of superlatives. The Egyptians have known about this for years, and fortunately made Ras Mohamed area a marine reserve in 1983. For more than 30 years, divers have been able to witness enormous schools of snapper, batfish, barracuda, tuna and unicornfish among others. True world class.



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