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Watch this super video taken at Mundhoo Kandu of a whale shark that the team at Emperor Divers Laamu might just get to name! Thanks to Adam and all for sharing. Adam explains:

"What an amazing dive looking for white tip and grey reef sharks, and instead we came across this graceful beauty! Sooooo lucky! We are currently waiting feedback from Maldives Whale Shark Research Project for details of this amazing creature. Their initial response is that as this has been a new encounter we get to name it!"

 

Maldives whale shark video

Komodo National Park 'revealed'

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Komodo National Park

 

(7 & 9 night trips | July to September)

The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the Park and provide varied encounters. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.

A 7-night cruise generally takes in sites in the Central and Southern Sections of the Komodo National Park. On occasions the cruise will take in the Central and Northern Sections depending on sea and wind conditions, especially related to southerly swells.

This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent.

Special offers just for you:

Emperor Raja Laut
5 - 14 July
£2697 / €3030

Emperor Harmoni
16 - 21 July
£2073 / €2330

 

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South for Winter with Duxy

 

Want to come and dive and take photos with Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield?

Our 'North & Easy with Duxy' trip on Emperor Superior, 21st June is now SOLD OUT. Don't panic! You still have time to book the last few places on our next trip, 'South for Winter with Duxy' on Emperor Elite, 29th November.

» Book today

 

 

You & Me Resort, Raa Atoll

 

Our brand new Emperor-managed dive centre at You & Me in Raa Atoll is open and brings our number of resort-based diving centres to two, along with Emperor Divers Laamu, Gan (Laamu Atoll).

You & Me in Raa Atoll is for adults only and perfectly set up for all things diving. We also manage the state-of-the-art Water Sports Centre with a range of activities for divers and non-divers alike offering everything you need for those water sports thrills from snorkelling to jet skis, there is a complete range of water sports equipment and activities.

This brand new 5-star resort is just 20 minutes by speedboat from Ifuru domestic airport or a 45 minute seaplane ride from Male's international airport.

Come and enjoy channel, tila and wall diving for all levels, colourful soft and hard corals, sharks, rays and large schools of reef fish, mantas and feeding stations.

Our Dive Centre is right on the arrival jetty with direct access to the lagoon. This is also where the dive dhonis (boats) leave for an exciting range of dive sites. For the more skilled there is wall and current diving with eagle rays, grey reef sharks, tunas, snappers, mantas and more.

How about opting for 2-tank and full day trips as well as a full range of PADI courses from beginner to professional level. You will find brand new Scuba Pro rental equipment, aluminium cylinders, equipment room, rinse facilities and a teaching area.

And to give you a little taster of the diving here, watch this video taken by guest, Nino Faranda.

 

You & Me Resort video

 

» Visit Emperor Divers as You & Me Raa Atoll here

 

 

Emperor Explorer Maldives

 

From this August, the new flagship, Emperor Explorer, will be offering contemporary and spacious accommodation where our excellent service (that's what you say) is standard.

At 42 metres, she effortlessly accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con. Add to that her Spa, spacious diving and relaxation areas and guests are set to be captivated with her high standards in liveaboard Maldives holidays.

Emperor Explorer will operate 7-day itineraries chosen specifically to suit the best seasons in the Maldives with longer 10-day trips focussing on dive sites further afield. All diving is done from her large dhoni (tender), giving more living space on board and getting you to the best dive spot every time.

As the flagship, Emperor Explorer will offer up to four dives a day and, as with all Emperor liveaboards, NITROX is free of charge. A glass of wine is served with dinner. With our transparent pricing policy there are no hidden extras on board.

 

Prices start from £1759 / €1979 / US$2295.

 

» Discover more about Emperor Explorer here.

Or email the team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

Latest liveaboard offers

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Red Sea

09/03 - 16/03 | Emperor Echo | Get Wrecked | Was €999 / £889
Now €799 / £711

31/05 - 07/06 | Emperor Superior | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | Was €1149 / £1023
Now €1049 / £934

26/07 - 02/08 | Emperor Superior | Reefs & Wrecks | Was €999 / £889
Now €949/ £845

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

19/09 - 26/09 | Emperor Asmaa | Red Sea Sharks | Was €1099 / £978
Now €989 / £880

 

Maldives

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

25/05 - 01/06 | Emperor Leo | Best of Maldives | Was €1629 / £1450
Now €1359/ £1210

29/06 - 06/07 | Emperor Voyager | Hanifaru & North | Was €1479 / £1316
Now €1349/ £1201

13/07 - 20/07 | Emperor Leo | Best of Maldives | Was €1629 / £1450
Now €1379/ £1227

18/08 - 25/08 | Emperor Serenity| Best of Maldives | Was €1829 / £1628
Now €1549/ £1379

01/09 - 08/10 | Emperor Explorer| Best of Maldives | Was €1979 / £1761
Now €1699/ £1512

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 €1899/ £1690

 

Indonesia

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 €3600 / £3204
Now €2520 / £2243

10/04 - 19/04 | Emperor Raja Laut | Raja Ampat North, South & Central | Was €3600 / £3204
Now €3000 / £2670

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 / £3204
Now €3330 / £2937

02/10 - 14/10 | Emperor Raja Laut | Alor & Banda Sea | Was €4800 / £4272
Now €4440 / £3952

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

» Book online here

 

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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