February 2019 Archives

 

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Emperor Echo has had a fantastic first year of sailing since we bought her in late 2017. We made a major rebuild of her in the 2017/2018 season, so this year's dry dock was never going to be huge but we wanted you to know that we listened to your feedback and ideas and implemented them.

Of course everything has been freshened up and maintained as usual but we also made a few key changes thanks to the ideas we got from you, our wonderful guests:

  • Restyled bathrooms with new fittings and much more space to store personal items
  • Renovated the dive deck to make much better use of the space for kitting/dekitting
  • New diving ladders
  • Increased air conditioning power to the upper saloon
  • Extra emergency exit from the lower cabins

We hope those of you who came on Emperor Echo in 2018 will notice and appreciate the changes and we know that those of you coming for the first time in 2019 will simply adore her. Here's to another great year!

» More sound information on Emperor Echo right here.

 

 

An audience with Emperor Elite

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Emperor Elite

 

She's custom-designed and built to a superior standard, which is why Emperor Elite constantly proves a popular choice with guests to the Red Sea.

At 38 metres, she accommodates no more than 26 guests in 8 standard twin-berth cabins, 3 premium twin cabins, a double Junior Suite and a premium, upper deck Executive Suite. All have ensuite, independent air conditioning, flat screen TV, three towels and a bathrobe per guest.

She is a spacious boat with three sundecks, dive deck with platform, air-conditioned salon and dining room where great food and free red wine with dinner is served. She has all diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards and is equipped with Nitrox.

 

Elite video
Watch our Elite video here

 

Dive routes include:

At a Glance:

  • Our grandest Red Sea liveaboard
  • Ample variety of cabin types to choose from on multiple decks
  • The largest cabin on the waves; 28 sq m Executive Suite
  • Dive the iconic offshore reefs of Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone
  • Often as many as 5 different species of shark
  • FREE Nitrox, WiFi and red wine at dinner

 

Want to be there? Lots more info here or email reservations@emperordivers.com.

 

Discover the best time to dive the Red Sea

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Cousteau named the Red Sea 'The Corridor of Miracles' and it does indeed live up to its name. Its soft coral walls and hard coral gardens covered in myriads of colourful fish, many of them endemic, its crystal clear visibility for most of the year and the intense light, make the Red Sea a truly miraculous place. And then there is the big fish and mammals department.

We may snorkel and dive with dolphins all year around. Bottlenose dolphins are very friendly and very playfully interactive with divers at Gubal, Abu Nuhas and Shaab el Erg; and we may snorkel with Spinner dolphins in southern lagoons like Sataya and Samadai. Swift underwater encounters with dolphins can happen in any reef though, for example at the Brother Islands, Elphinstone, Daedalus, Rocky and Zabargad, the Thistlegorm, the Rosalie Moller to name but a few.

Snorkelling and diving with the spectacular dugong is also possible, mainly in bays north and south of Marsa Galeb Port, where its main meal, sea grass, grows.

And then there are the sharks. White tip reef sharks can be seen all year round on most reefs.

Grey reef sharks are also a permanent feature of the off shore islands, as well as most walls, even those that are close to shore.

The shy thresher sharks can be seen mainly at the Brother Islands and at Daedalus Reef, mostly in deeper water, and all year around. They tend to be off-shore sharks but they do come to the reefs to make use of the cleaning stations and to feed.

Individual hammerheads visit the Brothers but can also be found at reefs closer to shore like Tiran Straits, Ras Mohamed, outer Safaga Reefs, Shaab Sharm, outer Fury Shoal Reefs, St Johns, Rocky and Zabargad, all year round really. Some tend even to be resident to a spot, like the one we often see off the wreck of the Numidia at the Big Brother Island.

The north side of Jackson Reef at Tiran is famous for schooling hammerheads but Daedalus is definitely our schooling hammerhead hot spot, especially because they have been known to be quite interactive with humans, circling divers for long intervals of time. At Tiran the best time to see them is the summer months, while at Daedalus they are typically shallow from May to June and then get progressively deeper during the summer and autumn months and less visible during the winter. Due to strange current patterns, along with possible other reasons, the sightings of interactive large schools have been less frequent for about a year now.

Oceanic white tip sharks are common in the colder months, September through to June, at the off shore islands of Elphinstone and at St Johns Reefs but have also been spotted on many other walls, for example, around Sharm El Sheikh, or even at coral gardens close to deep water areas.

We also get whale shark and manta sightings that can happen all year around, especially frequently in the Sharm El Sheikh area and the offshore islands but can happen on any reef; I saw my first whale shark in the Red Sea on the shallow coral garden of Samadai Reef.

There are also occasional black tip oceanic sharks at Ras Mohamed, as well as tiger sharks on many different reefs like Elphinstone, Rocky, Panorama Reef, Carless Reef, among others. Silky sharks used to make frequent appearances at the Brothers and Daedalus but have been mostly replaced by Oceanic white tips.

So wherever you dive in this 'Corridor of Marvels' the chances are high that you will make a memory that will last a lifetime.

Want to see for yourself?
Dive right in here and discover the magic of the Red Sea.

 

 

 

 

Emperor Raja Laut takes you to some of the world's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The majority of itineraries start in relatively remote domestic airports and so we recommend you use one of the two main international hubs of either Bali or Jakarta, alternative options could be Makassar and Manado.

Alas, Indonesian airlines are notorious for delays and cancellations, so we recommend you plan at least one night in each of these hubs between their international and domestic flights in and out of Indonesia. We like to manage your expectations.

 

Indonesia

 

» Click here to see the recommended hubs for each port

 

Liveaboard lovelies from yours truly

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Red Sea

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21/02 - 28/02 | Emperor Asmaa | Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone | Was €999 / £889

Now €899 / £800

01/03 - 03/03 | Emperor Superior | Get Wrecked | Was €1099 / £978
Now €999 / £889

09/03 - 16/03 | Emperor Echo | Get Wrecked | Was €999 / £889
Now €899 / £800

28/06 - 05/07 | Emperor Elite | Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone | Was €1219 / £1085
Now €1099 / £978

09/08 - 16/08 | Emperor Elite | Simply the Best | Was €1269 / £1129
Now €1139 / £1014

22/08 - 29/08 | Emperor Asmaa | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | Was €999 / £899
Now €899 / £800

 

Maldives

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05/05 - 12/05 | Emperor Virgo| Pelagic Magic | Was €1579 / £1405
Now €1299/ £1156

01/06 - 08/06 | Emperor Leo| Best of Maldives | Was €1629 / £1450
Now €1529/ £1361

18/08 - 25/08 | Emperor Serenity | Best of Maldives | Was €1829 / £1672
Now €1549/ £1379

29/09 - 06/10 | Emperor Explorer| Best of Maldives | Was €1699 / £1512
Now €1779/ £1583

20/10 - 27/10 | Emperor Virgo| Best of Maldives | Was €1749 / £1557
Now €1549/ £1379

01/12 - 08/12 | Emperor Explorer| Best of Maldives | Was €1979 / £1761
Now €1879/ £1672

 

 

Indonesia

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18/03 - 25/03 | Emperor Raja Laut | Banda Sea | Was €2800 / £2492
Now €2460 / £2189

27/03 - 08/04 | Emperor Raja Laut | Raja Ampat & Banda Islands | Was €4800 / £4275
Now €4320 / £3845

09/08 - 16/08 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | Was €2590 / £2305
Now €2330 / £2074

21/09 - 03/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | East Flores & Alor | Was €3600 / £3205
Now €3330 / £2964

02/10 - 14/10 | Emperor Raja Laut | Alor & Banda Sea | Was €4800 / £4275
Now €4440 / £3952

 

» Click here for more offers: Red Sea | Maldives & Indonesia

» Book online here

 

Emperor Divers Maldives is THE place to dive this year

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Two new island resorts and a new 'flagship' liveaboard!

 

Emperor Maldives

 

Mantas, whale sharks, sharks and the blue of the Indian Ocean are just some of the reasons the Maldives is such a popular diving destination. Your choice is plentiful from Emperor liveaboards to Emperor resort diving.

Our six liveaboards consistently attract top-rate guest reviews ranging from the contemporary design of Emperor Explorer to Emperor Atoll, so popular with small groups. And then there are our two new resorts.

Read the full, incredibly interesting lowdown on our two new resorts and new liveaboard here.

 

 

 

Olive Ridley turtle rescue! Emperor Virgo came across this poor turtle who was stranded on the surface tangled up in ropes and plastic.

The team did an amazing job to remove everything and set the turtle free. Thanks to Kristen and Charlie for the video clips.

 

Turtle rescue video

 

Watch the rescue here

 

 

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Our super-saving Spring Sale is open for bookings taken until 28th February.

This is an ideal opportunity to make 2019 the year to dive the Red Sea, the Maldives, complete with our new flagship liveaboard, Emperor Explorer, or Indonesia on Emperor Raja Laut.

  • Red Sea from €829 / £739 on Emperor Echo. Saturday sailing and totally refurbished.
  • Maldives from €1239 / £1099 on Emperor Atoll, so popular with small groups.
  • Indonesia on Emperor Raja Laut from €2460 / £2189. Elegant and limited to 12 guests.
  • Dive Marsa Alam and El Gouna: 5 days’ boat diving for €225 / £200

Red Sea Resort diving: 5 days / 10 dives for €225 / £200. Last chance to take advantage of this great price as prices will increase 15% in April 2019.

Maldives Resort Diving: Emperor Laamu 5 days / 10 dives boat diving €399 / £359. Valid for all diving in 2019.

Book early and save! Book your 2020/21 trip before 30 April 2019 and save an extra 10% on Emperor’s online prices.

New for 2019 – Emperor Explorer, Maldives. Newly constructed and launching in August, Emperor’s brand new 42m liveaboard welcomes 26 guests and offers 4 dives a day plus Nitrox and wine with dinner.

Free Nitrox on all Emperor liveaboards. Emperor has always offered free Nitrox on their Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards. Now, new for 2019, Nitrox is also free on Emperor Raja Laut liveaboard, Indonesia.

Complimentary wine with dinner on all Red Sea liveaboards, Emperor Serenity, Emperor Virgo and Emperor Explorer in the Maldives and, new for 2019, Emperor Raja Laut in Indonesia.

Dive Indonesia with all-inclusive prices. Emperor Raja Laut is now all inclusive so no port, park fees or taxes to pay on board. The price you see is the price you pay thanks to Emperor’s transparent pricing policy.

For more on all the offers (and there are more), click here or email info@emperordivers.com

 

Emperor liveaboards - we hide nothing

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There are no hidden extras on our liveaboards!

Click here and discover what's included; free Nitrox, park and port fees and no fuel surcharges.

You're very welcome.

 

 

Unbelievable! Emperor Raja Laut's exciting news!

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Emperor Raja Laut is an extremely eye-catching 'schooner-style' yacht for only 12 guests and we have some really exciting NEW benefits when you book her. Ready?

Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

  • All-inclusive prices where all fees are included
  • FREE Nitrox
  • Wine with dinner
  • Confirmed and guaranteed sailings no matter the number of guests. Sail with confidence!
  • All Raja Ampat cruises: we include a one-way ferry ticket from Sorong to Waisai in the price of your liveaboard
  • 10% discount for early bookings

And there's more:

  • She sails the Indonesian seas including Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda
  • All cabins are ensuite and with air-con
  • Spacious teak deck for relaxing and eating alfresco
  • Two large RIBs get you to the perfect dive spot

Book one of the most appealing and dreamed-of dive destinations in the world.

And it's not just for divers! Such are the charms of Indonesia, we also include land excursions on many of our liveaboard holidays (think Komodo dragons!). Which makes them ideal for non-divers too. Perfect for happy family and friends.

For more, visit www.emperorindonesia.com or email info@emperordivers.com.

 

 

 

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