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We thought you might like an update on little Acorn, the rescue Hawksbill turtle.

Back in March we told you about our then Dive Master Trainee, Sandeep, at Emperor Laamu rescuing a small Hawksbill turtle that had become entangled in nets floating in the sea. Acorn was flown to Marine Savers Maldives to be cared for and is back to full health.

 

Acorn the turtle

 

We have recently received this video showing Acorn's release into the wild. Thank you to the helpful staff at Olive Ridley Project for their assistance and this update. A special mention goes to the amazing staff at Marine Savers for doing such a great job bringing Acorn back to full health.

 

 

Glowing Guest Reviews

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Don't know about you but when we're looking for our next holiday, independent reviews count for a lot. So bear with us as we enjoy a little trumpet blowing and share these Feefo reviews from recent guests. Thank you.

Emperor Atoll, Maldives
"Great trip to the Maldives. Emperor Atoll was a really good liveaboard. The dive guides Thomas and Muaz were friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. The diving was amazing and the crew on both main dive boat and the Dhoni were amazing. All in all a great trip."
Deborah Cooke

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
"Out of this world. It was my first experience living on board diving continuously. The staff were amazing right from the cleaners to the guides. They all did everything and I mean everything to make sure my experience was unbelievable. I hope to dive with them again. The confidence I gained was out of this world."
Michele Hargan

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
"Awesome experience. 1st liveaboard. Exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended and would use next year."
Trusted customer

Emperor Virgo, Maldives
"Diving it's awesome, but being close to sharks and mantas is amazing! It was my third trip with Emperor Maldives, yet I’ve had another amazing experience with manta rays and sharks. Services provided are awesome below and above water, food is delicious and the staff friendly and helpful. Keep up the good work as I plan to come back every year till the end of my diving days!"
Dragos Popescu

Emperor Virgo, Maldives
"Just perfect. Great staff, beautifull diving, excelent service. Thanks to all for a fabulous week in Maldives paradise."
Trusted customer

Emperor Leo, Maldives
"We've just come back from a 7 day liveaboard trip to the Maldives on Emperor Leo and had the most amazing week. We wanted to say a massive thank you to the whole company. The week just seemed very well thought out and planned to perfection. The variation of the dives were perfect at all of the dive sites and the whole boat crew were faultless from the moment we stepped on the boat right through to the moment we left. The accommodation exceeded any other liveaboards that we've been on in the past and the food on the boat was just perfect. My wife has severe allergies to any gluten and she was extremely well catered for and nothing felt like too much of an effort for them.   In particular we were guided by an English guy called Russ and we cannot rate him highly enough. The company has exceeded all our expectations and we can't wait to get our next trip booked with you guys."
Clayton & Emma Moore

 

Meet Emperor Asmaa

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You really do love her so now is the time to discover more about the amazing Emperor Asmaa. Sailing from Marsa Ghalib Port and Hurghada.

Watch this video of happy divers on Emperor Asmaa making memories in the Red Sea.

 

Emperor Asmaa

 

At a glance:

  • The Red Sea 'Divers' boat with no more than 20 guests on board
  • Superb 'family' atmosphere from guides and crew
  • Always those great Emperor safety and service standards
  • Red Sea Sharks itineraries; getting you in front of the action wherever it is
  • Trips to the Deep South give you 21+ dives in a single week
  • FREE Nitrox, WiFi and red wine at dinner

Dive routes include:

Group Discount:

  •   5 pay full price - 1 free
  • 10 pay full price - 2 free
  • 17 pay full price - 3 free

Come on board! How about these dates?

Feeling impulsive? 02 - 09 May
Get Wrecked
Hurghada
£773 / €899

22 - 29 August 2019
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
Marsa Ghalib - Hurghada
£773 / €899

» Discover more on Emperor Asmaa here

Or email the team at reservations@emperordivers.com for more information and friendly advice.


 

Marsa Alam team's big bouquet from Sandy Catford

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A big thanks to Sandy for such heart-warming words about the team in Emperor Divers Marsa Alam. The best time was had by ALL the team!

"The BEST week with these guys. Couldn't fault them. Just perfect on every level. Great fun, lovely people, attention to detail, experienced informed and utterly professional. I hired everything out there and was thoroughly looked after. Diving was brilliant, boat was great, food was off the scale good. The whole set up works like clockwork."

Discover more here!

 

Red Sea Flagship, Emperor Elite, Redefined

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Emperor Elite, Red Sea

 

Emperor Elite has now set sail for 2019. After an extensive dry dock, we are happy to let you know that she has been fully refurbished, which makes our Red Sea flagship stand up to the most well-appointed diving liveaboards in the region.

All standard cabins on the lower deck are brand new from the hull up; our ever-popular Junior Suite (pictured) has a brand new location on the upper deck with a panoramic view of the Red Sea. Plus we have extended and completely refurbished the saloon and restaurant to create space in stylish surroundings.

We will have more images coming to our social media channels and website in the next few days and a full round up will be in the next newsletter.

Be amongst the first to sail on this magnificent liveaboard in 2019 and take advantage of some great prices here with availability from May onwards:

www.emperordivers.com/liveaboards-fleet-elite.php.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Where to dive in 2019? We help you decide

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Dugong

 

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.

 

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