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'The boys are back in town'. Red Sea Longimanus video

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Red Sea Longimanus video

'The boys are back in town'! The Oceanic whitetip sharks, or Longimanus, are back at Elphinstone (not sure if they are boys or girls!).

Taken on Emperor Echo recently - thanks to Lizzie for the video.


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Indonesia - SAVE UP TO 30%

18/09 - 25/09 | Emperor Raja Laut | Komodo National Park | SAVE €791 / £704
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Watch this short but rather moreish video of our new liveaboard, Emperor Explorer, meeting up with Emperor Serenity in Ari Atoll.
The two big sisters of our Maldives fleet.


Emperor Explorer and Serenity video


Want to know how to be on one of those decks and incredibly inviting cabins? Here you go!



Find out why Berk Celebi loves Emperor Asmaa

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Manta, St John's Reef


Berk Celebi was so impressed with Emperor Asmaa, the team and the diving. Here's what he said.

"Simply the best. This is by far the best team I've ever met in the Red Sea. If anything goes wrong, they do their best to make it right. They make you feel like all their staff are working individually for you to make your holiday the best one ever. Food is awesome, hospitality is on the top level. Meet them once and you'll never look for another."

Thanks Berk! And a little reminder that we have some super offers on Emperor Asmaa right here.




Did someone say dugongs and dolphins?

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Emperor Divers Marsa Alam


Emperor Amy is back from dry dock and looking rather good at Emperor Divers Marsa Alam.

What's more, her lucky guests got to snorkel with a dugong and dolphins on their surface interval at Trombi earlier this week. Thanks to Joyce for the photos.


White tip sharks video


This is why we use reef hooks; in strong currents or surging water the marine life becomes accustomed to divers being in their environment.

By us staying in one place maybe then they do not perceive us as a threat, becoming more bold, like these two white tip reef sharks coming within two metres of us.

We are always thankful for amazing close encounters like these and being able to share them with you. Every day of every week should be just like this.




New Red Sea itinerary: North & Easy


North & Easy
(from Hurghada | May to September)
Sha'ab El Erg - Ras Mohamed - Straits of Tiran - Dunraven - SS Thistlegorm - Straits of Gubal

Discount for non-divers: €150 per person.

Designed to showcase some of the highlights of the Northern Red Sea at a relaxed pace whether diving or snorkelling, it's ideal for both divers and non-divers. It's also the best time of year for dolphin spotting and the world class fish schooling event at Ras Mohamed.

We spend more time moored at each location and less time travelling from dive site to dive site; perfectly designed for the divers who like to take things easy, the photo enthusiasts looking for more dive time to capture that perfect photo opportunity or for non-divers looking to soak up the scenery, both below and above the water.

» Lots more information here

Manta video from St John's Reef, Red Sea

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Manta, St John's Reef


St John's Reef always promises amazing diving but what more could you want than a manta to join you for part of your dive!

Thanks to Paul Fassolas for the video taken whilst on Emperor Asmaa.

Talk to us today or email our super friendly Reservations team.

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5 days / 4 nights | July to September

Join us on our new itinerary as we showcase some of the highlights of Komodo including the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat. Then there are the beautiful beaches, lookouts to climb, a range of water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkelling and some easy diving to experience paradise both below and above the water.

This allows for 1 or 2 dives a day for qualified divers whilst non-divers have the chance to experience an ‘Introductory Dive’. Our experienced guides will select the best spots to dive, snorkel and swim in each location and to suit local conditions, marine life opportunities and your skill.

Prices are per person, sharing a twin/double cabin: €1449 / £1289 / $1625

Non-diver discount: €250 / £220 / $280

More info here

Talk to us today or email our super friendly Reservations team
Live Chat with us or
Phone: (+20) 122 234 0995
UK callers: 0203 695 097


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A former soldier in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve, Jamie Hull was fulfilling a lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot in 2007 when, on a routine solo flight, his engine caught fire. Jamie sustained 60 per cent third-degree burns to his body, tissue scarring and internal injuries. He was given a five per cent chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over: “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.” Read how diving, one of Jamie’s first loves, helped him to get life back on track …

Back in 1998, Jamie was a keen and ambitious scuba diver. Originally a full-time officer in the Thames Valley Police, he decided to embark on his IDC with leading Course Director of the day, Theresa Simpson, who quickly took him under her wing and mentored him to success. A then newly qualified PADI Open Water Instructor, Jamie couldn't resist the pull of the ocean and soon afterwards took the plunge to take a sabbatical from UK policing and return to the Red Sea to work directly for Emperor Divers. “I still remember those early years,” Jamie reflects, “great memories of the excitement of working in a busy dive industry in Hurghada, resounding with the same clarity as the magical visibility of the Red Sea itself!”

Jamie's life story, however, went on to take the guise of many twists and turns including a comprehensive service with the British Army as a higher committed Reservist working all over the world before being subjected to the ultimate physiological and psychological downfall that a human being could possibly sustain. In the summer of 2007, little did Jamie realise that an epic life-changing accident was on the horizon.

A catastrophic injury, sustained during his training to be a pilot, left him with 60% third-degree burns to his body, severe tissue scarring and internal injuries; Jamie was given only a 5% chance of survival. Undergoing over 60 operations, he was able to pull through only by the skin of his teeth but, for Jamie, life as he knew it was over, “I couldn’t see a life beyond injury, I couldn’t see that road ahead. Physically, I felt I was done for.”

Ultimately however, Jamie never gave up and after many years of pain and discomfort, he went on to further project himself in a range of challenging events and endeavours, always going a little further to achieve his goals and in doing so, helping to support others.

“Following on from the ethos of my former Regiment 21 SAS, I always try to continue to live by those values and, in particular, the 'individual pursuit of excellence'.  By way of example, I've continually followed my passion for scuba diving as a vehicle for benefitting my own recovery and rehabilitation from the burns injury. Over many years, I've worked very hard with the diving and recently certified as a PADI Course Director. It's such an amazing sport, which has helped me enormously on the long road to a stronger recovery. One of my goals now is to continue working with others to enable them to fulfil their career ambitions within the dive industry.” 

Excitedly going back to his roots with Emperor Divers, Jamie recently delivered a diving expedition for several UK veterans, training them on a range of PADI courses and using the Blue Brothers’ Emperor Divers dive centre in the stunning marina at El Gouna. 

“Having previously used the efficient and reliable services of UK-based Diverse Travel, I was very impressed with the whole organisation of my recent dive trip to the Red Sea with Emperor Divers. In all sincerity, for anyone looking to organise any kind of dive trip around the world, the booking and administration of Diverse Travel always delivers as smoothly as a well-balanced regulator at 40 metres!”

“The expedition I ran was indeed a great success, supported by the enthusiastic and diligent staff at Emperor Divers’ marina shop including a highly competent captain and crew of the Emperor Pegasus dive boat. As a Course Director, I genuinely recommend the top service Emperor provides for divers of all levels. What's more, as for the diving in the Red Sea, I can still see the magic down there; with all the beauty, clarity and warmth there ever was!”

By Jamie Hull – PADI CD #109809






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