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Maldives | Emperor Leo Trip Report | 11 – 18 May
Report by Bernie McAteer

Emperor Leo guests arrived to a boat with space for everyone and, as we enter low season, nine guests took full  advantage of the extra space.

The first day began with a check dive in North Male before crossing to North Ari for two dives on Maaya Thila in the afternoon. The sunset dive was amazing; the guides agreed it was one of the best dives they had done there with grey reef sharks circling, the fusiliers schooling everywhere and the trevallies chasing after the big schools of silversides that completely covered the pinnacle. Emperor Leo was moored in Maaya lagoon and as light faded we kept our fingers crossed for a manta in the lights at the back of the boat, we were not disappointed and a small manta appeared feeding in the boat lights. Divers descended to watch the beautiful creature barrel-rolling to feed on the plankton. Giovanna and Krystal also had time to complete their PADI Enriched air course as the evening drew to a close!

The wind picked up on the second day but it was still enough for a manta dive and the always relaxing Dhiga Thila before a brief BBQ beach run. Rain cut short the visit but everyone still enjoyed the delicious dinner on board and Polka and Chinmay invited us all to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

The following morning wind and rain restricted us to the Dangheti area, which is by far the best place to be, and two dives kept the atmosphere on board buzzing. The weather broke in the morning and we made four dives on the best sites that Ari Atoll can offer. The highlight of the day was a whale shark!

Last day of the trip and we moved again. We delayed the morning dive to increase the chance for some mantas and had 'Mantanado' on Mahibadhoo Gaa; 10 mantas circling the cleaning station was a truly wonderful way to finish the trip. We did not allow the wind and rain to dampen our spirits and ended on a real high after experiencing some of the best dives of the season.

Feel like diving the Maldives? Discover more here.

NEW Emperor Indonesia set to launch

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Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Emperor Divers is excited to announce the birth of Emperor Indonesia and the launch of MY Emperor Raja Laut in September 2017. A strong team will see Emperor teaming up with Andrew Laughlin, who has spent the last 10 years building and managing Indonesian liveaboards and has over 30 years' experience in the diving and yachting industry. He is also a PADI Master Instructor and Yacht Master.

Raja Laut, which means King of the Sea in Bahasa Indonesian, is a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner style sailing yacht built in south Sulawesi in 2005. She has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia for private charter; we are honoured to have her as our introductory boat in the magical Indonesian archipelago.

With 12 berths, the attention to detail and the level of service expected from our 7 crew and 3 dive guides will leave guests wanting to return time and time again.

MY Emperor Raja Laut will be taking us to the world-renowned diving areas of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea and Komodo National Park. Expect to play with mantas, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and pygmy seahorses as well as Komodo Dragons on land. Indonesia offers riches for all and is a truly magical place.

Itineraries will vary from 7 to 12 nights and start from USD 390 per person per night.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming weeks as spaces are expected to sell fast.

reservations@emperordivers.comWant to know more? Email reservations@emperordivers.com

 

 

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So far this year, Emperor Maldives has reported a large number of sightings of whale sharks making their casual, gentle, relaxed way to the back of the boats as they moor for night-time. Not unusual, but certainly gratifying for the guests aboard these spacious liveaboards. And the manta have been around in abundance for both divers and snorkellers.

The 2017/18 season is already shaping up to be a memorable one. We have exciting dive trips sailing a range of routes from ‘Best of the Maldives’ to the ‘Deep South and Southern Sharks’ that, while not guaranteeing to see whalesharks, certainly know how to get the best chance thanks to the intimate local knowledge of their dive guides.

The Maldives certainly has its seasons but when diving, the need for blue skies and constant sunshine diminishes in the face of scoring that bucket-list dive destination. With its gentle climate and year-round temperatures between 26 degrees C-30 degrees C, there is an itinerary to suit divers of all levels and, this is good too, for those who don’t dive.

Our liveaboards are spacious with sun decks, some with jacuzzis, private patios and lend themselves perfectly to snorkelling, swimming and just letting the world go by. Indeed, non-divers are so welcome they get free snorkelling equipment and a $50 voucher to spend on board.

All six Emperor Maldives liveaboards offer fine accommodation and service. Included is full board, free nitrox and local transfers.

Seven-night trips start from £1,091 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin. Ten-night trips are also available. Prices do not include international flights. Up to four free places are on offer for group bookings.

Email our wonderfully helpful Reservations team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

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Thomas Cook is launching two new flights from the UK to Marsa Alam for the winter season from 01 November 2017 to April 2018.

Flights are now as follows:
Thomas Cook: Mondays from Birmingham and Thursdays from Gatwick
Thomson: Wednesdays from Gatwick

Perfect! The Thomas Cook Thursday Gatwick flight is perfect for Emperor Asmaa. So as a special, book any Emperor Asmaa sailing between 15 December 2017 to 19 April 2018 and enjoy a 5% discount from our online prices.

Also, enjoy day diving at Emperor Marsa Alam for just 40 Euros a day between 20 November 2017 and 25 March 2018. Book by 31st August 2017.

Time to dive the Red Sea this winter!

Contact reservations@emperordivers.com

Why choose a liveaboard? Let's IMAGINE right now!

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If you've tried liveaboard diving, chances are you know what makes it so special. If not, take a minute to sit back and imagine the following:

  • Imagine boarding a 100ft plus boat knowing you're about to join a small diving community and you won't set foot on land for a whole week.
  • Imagine knowing you'll complete between 18 and 24 dives, in multiple locations, over 6 days.
  • Imagine being in places so remote there are no emails, no standard phone signal, just you and nature.
  • Imagine virgin reefs and incredible wildlife that can only be seen by liveaboard divers.
  • Imagine diving a place that has got better and better year on year recently, including hammerhead schools of 30+.
  • Imagine waking up every day in a brand new place; the best dive sites in the Red Sea brought to your doorstep as if by magic.
  • Imagine the pure bliss of the Dive-Eat-Sleep-Repeat cycle.
  • Imagine a boat with 4 deck levels, air conditioned throughout, with sundecks, ensuite cabins, lounges, dive decks and large zodiac tenders to give you the ultimate diving and relaxing experience.
  • Imagine knowing that all dives, accommodation, food and soft drinks are included as part of your trip.
  • Imagine knowing you'll only set up your equipment once and that your tank will be refilled in between dives ready for the next one.
  • Imagine having an ice cold beer or cocktail at sunset after completing 3 or 4 dives every day, knowing that tomorrow you do it all again.

So there you go, your reasons for choosing liveaboard diving!

Why choose an Emperor liveaboard?

If you've ever dived with us, you'll know we set the standard for service and safety in the Red Sea. When you stay on a boat for a week you'll want to know that all is ship-shape and that you're in the best hands. Our liveaboards are fully licensed and insured to international standards as well as providing the service and professionalism you come to expect from our friendly team.

All our liveaboards:

  • are ensuite, even in standard cabins
  • guarantee same-sex cabin share
  • offer free Nitrox
  • serve free red wine at dinner
  • have international and USB charging points, hairdryers and 3 towels plus a bathrobe to help with your luggage allowance
  • provide 2 experienced guides per trip
  • help you with a customised booking process, with low deposit scheme, secured payments and diver friendly terms & conditions

    Discover so much more here.

 

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Celebrate our 25th anniversary with our Buddy Offer
& Family Fun

ONLY for bookings made between 2 - 5 May 2017

Red Sea Day Diving: Buy One Get One for €25 / £21 + Kids dive FREE!

Valid for diving 1 August to 8 September 2017

Marsa Alam: Buy 5 days’ boat diving for €300 / £252 and get your buddy’s for just £21 / €25

El Gouna: Buy 5 days’ boat diving for €230 / £193 and get your buddy’s for just £21 / €25

Boat diving includes 2 dives a day with guide, tanks, weights, weight belt, transfers to/from your hotel, all port fees and surcharges.

ADD even MORE value to your diving

When you book a 5 day dive pack add our ‘All-In’ package for £97 / €115 where we’ve bundled in your lunch and drinks on board, three third dives, daily Environmental Tax and even 12 litre Nitrox for FREE!

Looking for some FAMILY FUN this summer?

Bring the family to Marsa Alam, book your diving and the kids dive for FREE. Valid July and August 2017

Contact us for more details

 

Need a hotel? We’ve got that covered too!

Marsa Alam: Twin/Double room for two people on half board + 2 x 5 days’ diving + return Marsa Alam airport transfers = from €424 / £356 per person  

El Gouna: Twin/Double room for two people on bed and breakfast + 2 x 5 days’ diving + return Hurghada airport transfers = from €499 / £420 per person  

Email our really helpful Reservations Team today – reservations@emperordivers.com

Remember – this only runs for bookings made between 2 – 5 May!

 

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