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Komodo - So much more than great diving

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By Florent Delente

Around Komodo, Sangeang Volcano with its Hot Rocks dive site is a must see. As Emperor Raja Laut sails nearby you can admire this almost 2,000 metre-high smoking volcano. The village of Bonto is located in a stunning bay with the black sand area being one of the best spots for a world-class night dive. Many critters inhabit these rich waters; cuttlefish, octopus, bobtail squid, tiny frogfish as well as many different types of nudibranch and other invertebrates.

Sangeang Volcano

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The 800 km tow from Kendari to Serangan in Bali was uneventful with John and his team eager to get started on the internal fit-out.  As you can see from the pictures she is making good progress. Fitting the twin engines, something that is unusual here in Indonesia, went well. Our diary log of photos shows Romain and his team preparing the hull for that final touch of class  that Emperor Harmoni will become known for.

Here’s an interesting point we’d like to share about the sourcing of the wood being used to fit-out Harmoni. Rightly, the Indonesian government has placed restrictions on deforestation especially for Iron Wood, and Teak, so it became clear we’d face a shortage trying to complete the build. Luckily the idea of recycling was put to us by our local contacts in Kendari who suggested they had a win-win solution. They knew of some old derelict wooden houses that we could buy from the village allowing them to build new usable properties. A deal was struck and we dismantled two derelict houses creating about 20 cubic metres of Teak in the process, which will be used for walls and decking giving a beautiful golden glow. All parties happy with their individual win and a great way to recycle such a strong and solid wood type that is already aged.

More to come as we progress with the build.


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Liveaboard offers

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Red Sea - SAVE UP TO 25%

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Dive Shows Galore! We're all over the place

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Paris Dive Show
10-13 January 2020
Who's there? Fabien, JT

InterDive Frankfurt
15 - 19 January 2020
Halle 11.1 Stand E25
Who's there? Chris, Alex

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18-26 January 2020
Halle 12, Stand F35 (shared with Sun+Fun)
Who's there? Alex, Clare, Chris, Nino


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Spend more time exploring two of the most popular itineraries with Emperor Explorer in the Maldives. 10 nights on board this fabulous liveaboard means more dives and flexibility.


Emperor Explorer at a glance:

  • High quality, newly constructed contemporary liveaboard
  • Spa on main deck
  • Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
  • Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
  • Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
  • Free glass of wine with dinner
  • Free Nitrox
  • 4 dive guides
  • No hidden extras with Emperor’s transparent pricing policy


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Depart & Return to Male
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South Central Atolls at a glance:

  • North Male Atoll (Check dive): Beautiful Pinnacles & House Reefs.
  • South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels, magical soft corals, pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others.
  • Meemu Atoll: Enchanting channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks at night.
  • Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with shark encounters.


16 - 26th August 2020, Northern Hi-Lights
Depart & Return to Male

Was €2,825 / £2,429 / $3,110
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Northern Hi-Lights at a glance:

  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles.
  • Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves.
  • Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay, Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and many more.
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead dive, Beautiful reef with pelagics.
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations.


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Black Friday Offers to brighten your day!

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Offers open TODAY
28 November and close Monday 2 December


Red Sea

Match cheap flights to Hurghada with a Red Sea Liveaboard

Go South with EMPEROR ECHO
16 - 23 January 2020
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Head North with EMPEROR ELITE
17 - 24 January 2020
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Top Tip: Flight Match Option
January is the cheapest time of the year for flights and dive sites are at their quietest. Take advantage of one of these two sailings and get yourself some winter diving and sun. Daytime air temperature is in the mid-twenties; water temperature is still around 22 degrees and there's a good chance we will have many of the dive sites all to ourselves.



Last minute pre-Christmas Break

The Best of Maldives with EMPEROR LEO
14 - 21 December 2019
Was €1799 / £1560 / $1979
Now €1499 / £1290 / $1649
SAVE €300 / £270 / $330

Top Tip: Flight Match Option
Oman Air has a flight sale on right now. We've seen Oman Air become a fierce competitor for scheduled flights to the Maldives. Or take a look at the ever popular Turkish Airlines for excellent regional departures all over Europe and the UK.



Nothing but the best in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat North & Central with EMPEROR RAJA LAUT
21 - 28 April 2020 (7 nts)
Was €2940 / £2529 / $3235
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Top Tip: Flight Match Option
Use Jakarta from the US or Europe.
Arrive in Jakarta for a connecting flight to Sorong with Garuda Indonesia. Stay a night in Sorong at the Swiss-Belhotel before joining Emperor Raja Laut.
Or consider adding a land-based resort + dive stay. Try Sorong with Meridian Adventure Dive Resort or fly from Sorong to Manado to North Sulawesi for a stay in Lembeh (Bitung) for critters galore.


Bucket List and Dragons in Komodo & Maumere, Indonesia

Komodo & Maumere with EMPEROR RAJA LAUT
21 - 30 September 2020 (9 nts)
Was €3330 / £2865 / $3665
Now €2830 / £2435 / $3110
SAVE €500 / £430 / $555

Top Tip: Flight Match Option
Use Jakarta or Bali from the US and Europe.
Arrive in Jakarta or Bali for a connecting flight to Labuan Bajo with Garuda Indonesia. Stay a night in Labuan Bajo at La Prima Hotel before joining Emperor Raja Laut.
Or how about adding a land-based resort and stay in Maumere a little longer then fly back via Jakarta or take a trip across to Bali and a stay in Ubud before returning home from there.


  • Offers open 28th November and close Monday 2 December
  • Subject to availability


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Focus on Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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7 & 9 night trips
- December to May -

Now is the time to plan your lifetime dive trip to Indonesia's Raja Ampat. World renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity, it would be possible to dive for weeks and weeks without seeing the same sites twice.

Our 9 night cruises take in sites in the Northern, Central and Southern Sections of the National Park. Whereas the 7 night cruises visit the Northern and Central Sections.

» Discover so much more here



Merry Christmas in the Maldives

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22 - 29 December
Emperor Atoll
Best of Maldives
£1484 / €1649
SAVE €150 / £135
[Book here]

» Discover the Maldives





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In case you missed it, here's a happy reminder that TUI UK has resumed package holidays with flights to Sharm.

All you have to do is book your flights and hotel with TUI, your diving with our Sharm team and get ready for a deliciously divine diving holiday




Komodo Island will be remaining open to everyone

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Here's some good news from Indonesia! Komodo Island will be remaining open to everyone. Indonesian authorities are working with all the parties involved to make sure the most sustainable practices are observed.

Tourism  has increased over the past few years but regular surveys have shown this hasn’t had a detrimental effect on those living on Komodo Island nor the Komodo dragons.

Emperor Indonesia welcomes this development and continues to be a leading player in helping to protect the environment and support the local population where possible.

Discover more about diving Komodo here





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