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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

Reasons to dive the Red Sea

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Your search for a memorable Red Sea holiday is over. You're in the right place, right here, right now.

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World class diving awaits you at our dive resorts

El Gouna (Hurghada)
Marsa Alam
Sharm El Sheikh

Or choose one of four liveaboards to dive sites near and far

Emperor Elite
Emperor Superior
Emperor Asmaa
Emperor Echo

Where to dive? You'll be spoilt for choice

From Hurghada
Famous Five Cruise
Simply the Best
Reefs & Wrecks
Get Wrecked
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone

From Marsa Ghalib (Port Ghalib)
Simply the Best
South & St. Johns
Daedalus, Fury & Elphinstone
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
Red Sea Sharks

 

Drop us an email for friendly advice and we’ll help to create your dream holiday.

SAVE 5% if you've been with Emperor before. 5% discount as a returning guest (Red Sea, Maldives and Indonesia) when booking your diving with our Reservations team prior to arrival in resort.

Remember; with all our liveaboards you get:
All-inclusive prices where all fees are included
FREE Nitrox
Wine with dinner
No hidden nasty extras with our transparent pricing policy

Discover more here www.emperordivers.com

 

Dive Shows galore - come and see us

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FESPO Zurich
31 January - 2 February
Chris Maechler will be there on We Dive's stand. Be sure to call by and say Hi.

DUIKVAKER Utrecht
3 - 4 February
Luke, Tracy and Cat will be on Diving World Netherlands stand ready to share all things diving with you.

GO DIVING SHOW, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
22 – 24 Feb
Clare will be there on Diverse Travel’s stand with news galore of our new Maldives resorts and liveaboard as well as Red Sea and Indonesia diving.

 

 

Where to dive in 2019? We help you decide

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The world is your oyster in the Red Sea, the Maldives or Indonesia. Because that's where we have our fabulous liveaboards and resorts. All waiting for you to return or to try for the first time in 2019.

Make it a happy New Year and start planning. Here are your quick links to some fabulous photos, videos and lots and lots of information. What a great way to spend a festive day...just dreaming of diving! Enjoy.

Red Sea Liveaboards:

Red Sea Resorts:

Maldives Liveaboards:

Maldives Resorts:

Indonesia Liveaboard:

 

Email our friendly Reservations Team for more advice and information or visit www.emperordivers.com and have a browse.

 

Where to dive in 2019? We help you decide

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The world is your oyster in the Red Sea, the Maldives or Indonesia. Because that's where we have our fabulous liveaboards and resorts. All waiting for you to return or to try for the first time in 2019.

Make it a happy New Year and start planning. Here are your quick links to some fabulous photos, videos and lots and lots of information. What a great way to spend a festive day…just dreaming of diving! Enjoy.

Red Sea Liveaboards:
Emperor Elite
Emperor Superior
Emperor Asmaa
Emperor Echo

Red Sea Resorts:
El Gouna (Hurghada)
Marsa Alam
Sharm El Sheikh

Maldives Liveaboards:
MV Emperor Serenity
MV Emperor Virgo
MV Emperor Voyager
MV Emperor Leo
MV Emperor Atoll

Maldives Resorts:
Laamu Atoll at Reveries Diving Village
Coming soon! You & Me. Brand new 5-star resort in Raa Atoll

Indonesia Liveaboard:
Emperor Raja Laut

Email our friendly Reservations Team for
more advice and information


 

Flight news! Flight news!

 

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New direct flights are coming onboard to Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

Here’s the overview but do contact us for more details.

 

UK to Hurghada direct:

*Thomas Cook*
Birmingham
Manchester
Gatwick
East Midlands
Glasgow

*TUI*
Bristol
Gatwick
Birmingham
Manchester

*EasyJet*
Gatwick
Stansted

 

UK to Marsa Alam direct:

*Thomas Cook*
Birmingham
Gatwick

*TUI*
Gatwick

 

Email reservations@emperordivers.com for all the information you need to come diving the wonders of the Red Sea.

Save up to 20% with Emperor's Autumn Sale

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...starting this Saturday, 20th October.

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Liveaboards

EMPEROR SERENITY SAVE up to €350 / £310
Best of Maldives from €1699 / £1510.

EMPEROR ATOLL SAVE up to €300 / £265
Various itineraries from €1099 / £979.

EMPEROR RAJA LAUT SAVE up to €450 / £400
Raja Ampat (9 nights) from €2990 / £2660.
Komodo (7 nights) from €2240 / £1995.

EMPEROR ELITE from €899 / £799
South & St Johns / Reefs & Wrecks.

EMPEROR ECHO from €749 / £669
Various itineraries.

We've got some BIG SAVINGS for GROUPS & FULL CHARTERS with up to 5 FREE places on selected '19, '20 & '21 sailings too!

Resort Based Diving

Red Sea
MARSA ALAM or EL GOUNA: Buy 5 days' boat diving (10 dives) for €225 / £200

Maldives
Laamu: Buy 5 days' boat diving (10 dives) for €400 / £356
BONUS: REVERIES RESORT OFFER with a FREE UPGRADE

Book early as places at the offer price are limited; don’t forget you can secure your place and the offer price using our low deposit scheme and just €200 / £180.

 

Email reservations@emperordivers.com 

 

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NEC Dive Show
Birmingham
27-28 October
Stand 400

Are you ready for the NEC Dive Show in Birmingham?

We hope you can make it and come along to find out all you need to know about diving the Red Sea, Maldives and Indonesia.

Don’t worry if you can't get there, we’ll have our Dive Show Offers/Autumn Sale on our website, Facebook and Live Chat on the website too.

WIN FREE DIVING!
How about 2 x 5-day dive packs to be taken at an Emperor Divers’ resort of your choice?
It’s worth up to £425 and if you’re not at the Show, you can enter online here!

Come and meet the team at Stand 400.


 

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Veronique Geerts, Marsa Alam
"I would like to say that this company is more than professional. My instructor is very good, I really trust him and look where I am now...I really didn't expect that I could do this. In the beginning I was afraid, but my first teacher taught me the right way...After the first day, I was happy that we have found your diving centre.
Second day, also the instructor very professional. At my first dive the sea was hard and I wanted to give up but he made me feel safety with him and so we started our dives. It was amazing, wow. I am very happy."

Sjoerd van Tuijl, Marsa Alam
"We came back to this dive center for the fifth time...I think that says enough! Great service! Great people!"

Jason Marley, Marsa Alam
"We had a fantastic week diving with Emperor in Marsa Alam. The staff were friendly and attentive and the diving was great. The crew on the boats were also great, incredibly helpful and the food was amazing. A great bunch of people and a fun week's diving. Can't wait to return."

Kohly Kohlmeyer, Marsa Alam
"Wir waren rundum zufrieden. Ich werde euch weiterempfehlen."

Yvette Li Hanney
"Emperor Divers 5 Star! Have been diving with Emperor Divers for over 20 years, wouldn't choose another company. Service, safety, dive masters and of course the dive sites all 5 star."

 

 

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