February 2016 Archives

Take a liveaboard from Hurghada

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We have no fewer than five liveaboard cruises leaving from Hurghada, each offering something a little bit different. There are regular flights into Hurghada airport so we thought we would give you a quick overview of what's waiting for you...

Liveaboard from Hurghada

Famous Five Cruise
Rosalie Moller, Abu Nuhas, Thistlegorm, Ras Mohamed, Brother Islands, Salem Express.

Simply the Best
Elphinstone, Brothers, Deadalus Reef.

Reefs & Wrecks 21+ DIVES
Abu Nuhas, Straits of Gubal, SS Thistlegorm, Ras Mohamed, Ulysses and others.

Get Wrecked! (on request) 21+ DIVES
Explore the famous Northern Red Sea wrecks: Abu Nuhas, Ulysses, Rosalie Moller, Thistlegorm and others.

Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
Panorama Reef, Middle Reef, Abu Kafan, Salem Express, Brother Islands, Abu Dabab and Elphinstone.

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 Our thanks to Tony McFarlane who sent this insightful trip report following an Army diving trip on Emperor Atoll...

"It has long since been acknowledged that the Army ‘Marches on its stomach’, well it also ‘Dives’ on its stomach, or at least it did during our recent trip to the Maldives.

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Maldives Medics on Emperor Atoll's dhoni

Early in February 2016 my group of 12 military medics flew to the Maldives to spend a week aboard the MV Emperor Atoll on the ‘Sharktastic’ tour of the Northern Atolls. Whilst we were expecting to experience the marvels that the Indian Ocean had in store for us, we certainly didn’t expect them to come from the galley on the dive boat.

The standard of food served up was outstanding and as much talked about by the group as the pelagics we were experiencing under the water; adding to the overall Atoll experience.

This compact liveaboard was just right for our group and accommodating a maximum of 12 divers it gave us exclusive use of the boat. The crew was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. A malfunctioning air-conditioning unit in my cabin, sure to impact on the trip in the Maldivian heat, was removed and replaced while we were on the morning dive, meaning that we returned to a chilled cabin. The itinerary was discussed with us at the start of the day’s diving, ensuring that we had a say in what we were doing and not merely being ‘put on us’ by the crew. This attitude was typical of my experience of Emperor Divers throughout the months leading up to our trip; nothing was too much trouble or too difficult and I was made to feel as if I was their only customer throughout, such was the level of customer service I received.

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SADS briefing aboard Emperor Atoll's dhoni

Due to the constraints that we must observe in the way that we dive, military groups are not ideal for liveaboard conditions unless, like us, they have exclusive use of the dive deck.  Again, the crew could not have been more accommodating or understanding and worked with us throughout the week to ensure that we had a fantastic time, whilst still observing our strict diving practices.

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe our Maldives’ experience but undoubtedly the experience was enhanced by being accommodated onboard MV Emperor Atoll, our own pearl in the Indian Ocean; well for a week at least!

Thank you Emperor."

Tony McFarlane
Officer Commanding the Expedition (OiC Exped)

NEW 14-night 'Best of Maldives' on Emperor Serenity

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NEW 14-night ‘Best of Maldives’  | 12-26 November, 2016

Come and enjoy this longer 14-night Best of Maldives holiday - the best way to experience the magic of the Maldives covering iconic dive sites such as Male Atolls, Lhaviyani Atoll, Noonu, Raa and Baa Atolls, Rasdhoo Atoll and Ari Atolls. Combining top quality diving with the promise of ‘bucket list’ marine sightings and the superb hotel-style of Emperor Serenity, this is destined to be a Maldives triumph.

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Sailing from Male, Emperor Divers Maldives’ liveaboard, Emperor Serenity, brings a class of her own with contemporary styling and plenty of space 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 so even a two-week holiday just won’t feel long enough.

7-night trips can also be arranged on the same itinerary if the 14 night voyage is too long by using domestic flights to and from Male giving guests the choice of joining the outbound or return legs.

Included is full board, free Nitrox, around 37 dives (14-night trip), local transfers, a visit to a deserted island for a BBQ under the stars and the chance to dive with manta, whale sharks, sharks, turtles and myriad marine life as well as a City tour with local guide.

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

The cost for 14 nights is £3288/€4270 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin.

The 7 night trip is £1644/€2135 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin. These prices do not include international or domestic flights.

Emperor Divers 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.

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


Emperor Elite trip. 15 - 22 January. Elphinstone,The Brother Islands, Safaga. 

Come with us in this fab video by dive guide, Sergio, as we leave port and find the magic of the Red Sea.

Click here to watch the video.

We're at LIDS in London 11 - 14 February

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BOOT, Düsseldorf


Along with Diverse Travel we will be at LIDS this year at ExCel, London, from Thursday, 11 February to Sunday, 14 February on Stand D140.

Stand D140.

Visit us to find out more about diving the Red Sea and the Maldives with us ... and check out lots of show offers PLUS the chance to win some Red Sea diving.

LIDS opening times:
Thursday 11 February. 1.00pm-8.00pm
Friday 12 February. 10.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 13 February. 9.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 14 February 2016 9.00am-5.00pm



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