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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, aswell 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 highthat you will make a memory that will last a lifetime.

Interested? Email us today or book  online.

 

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Enter the Wide Angle category and the winner will be diving with us. You can choose any 'Reefs and Wrecks' Red Sea liveaboard between 01/01/2019 and 30/06/2019, subject to availability.
 

Wide Angle entry. How much can you fit in that lens? Have you been lucky enough to dive with whales, dolphins or sharks? How about a turtle in the deep or a diver just about to jump. Within this category you are encouraged to submit portraits of divers doing what they love.

 
The competition closes 13th October.
 
 

Lawson Wood to join Duxy on unique Red Sea photo trip

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Talk about value for money. Not only will you reap the benefits of sharing photo tips with Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, but now the legendary Lawson Wood is on the same trip!

Lawson has made his passion his career and you can tap into some of the passion this November. He has published over 50 books including the Underwater Guide to the Red Sea, so he knows a thing or two. He is also a co-founder of the Marine Conservation Society, found of the first Marine Reserve at St Abbs and Eyemouth in Scotland and made history in becoming the first person to be a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society - and there's a whole lot more but we'll leave that to Lawson to share with you on the trip.

One last thing, Lawson has lived and worked in the Red Sea for many years so you can imagine the depth of knowledge and tales he has to tell. Join Duxy and Lawson on this unique trip - who knows when you'll get another chance!

South for Winter with Duxy and Lawson Wood
Emperor Superior
30 November - 7 December 2018
€1049 / £923

 

 

 

 

Whale shark, seen in Sharm

 

  • World class diving awaits you in El Gouna (Hurghada), Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh
  • Emperor liveaboards cruise to dive sites from nearby to the deep south of Fury Shoals and St Johns
  • Day diving, liveaboards and PADI dive courses with our friendly team of dive experts
  • Marina Lodge for unbeatable convenience. See your boat from the breakfast table
  • 'All-In' great value dive packages
  • Sharks, dugong, turtles and dolphins. Even the odd whale shark
  • Reefs & wrecks & fishes galore
  • SAVE 5% if you've been with Emperor before in, not just the Red Sea but also the Maldives and Indonesia (when booking your diving with our Reservations team prior to arrival in resort)
  • Your money is safe. Pay online by credit card and your money is held in safe-keeping by Barclaycard Visa until you go on holiday
  • No credit card fees! The price you see is the price you pay

 

And now watch this super little video of Emperor Marsa Alam
and really get the feel of diving the Red Sea...

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'Do it' video of Red Sea Duxy photo trip

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Here's a great video review from recent guest, Chris, who joined our Duxy Photography trip recently. Gives you a real flavour of what you can expect.

You can join us, too, on Emperor Elite from 30 November - 7 December.
Just €1119 / £999 for all that fun and sharing of knowledge.

Adds another dimension to the wonders of the Red Sea.

Ready to join us? Or discover more at our Facebook Page.

 

 

Emperor Voyager video | Best of Maldives

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Andreas Schumacher took this fabulous video from the air, from the boat and from below the water whilst on Emperor Voyager and wrote this trip report …

 

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“We started in North Malé the to South Malé and further south to Vaavu and Meemu with some cruising west to South Ari, North Ari and back to Malé. In Vaavu Atoll we had gorgeous soft corals and lots of fish. We saw schools of jacks, batfish, barracudas and turtles.

The dive guides pointed out small stuff like nudibranchs, ghost-pipe fish, leaf fish, some octopus and, of course, plenty of colourful anemones. We had great shark and eagle ray encounters. In South Ari Atoll we watched out for whale sharks first cruising with the dhoni and then during the dive.

After an interesting seminar about manta rays we dove Rangali and saw plenty of in one spot. Almost impossible to count. In Ari Atoll we did the Kudhimaa Wreck, which is also known as Machafushi Wreck. A really nice wreck, which is easy to dive and with a bit of luck you can find sleeping nurse sharks.

At the end of the trip we did Fish Head in North Ari Atoll, which has huge schools of yellow snappers; maybe the biggest population in the world.

Emperor Voyager is a really comfortable liveaboard with a massive yet cosy salon and open bar area. All meals are served outside, which gives a perfect feeling of a holiday on the Maldives. Highlight was a breath-taking sunset on the barbecue island.

The week on Emperor Voyager was just stunning! Great dive guides and crew! Excellent company.”

Thanks Andreas!

Want to find out more? Email our incredibly friendly and helpful team at reservations@emperordivers.com or visit our Maldives website and Emperor Voyager now.

Emperor Voyager Offer!

Best of Maldives
June - July €1199 / £1044

August – early September €1299 / £1130

 

Dolphins, sharks and Emperor Raja Laut

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Did you know, you have an extremely high chance to see certain marine life such as dolphins and sharks when you come and dive with Emperor Raja Laut in Indonesia?

The quite beautiful Emperor Raja Laut sails four fabulous itineraries:

Get in touch today and book yourself a piece of happiness!

 

Tiger sharks 'keep turning up' in the Maldives

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They're becoming a popular sighting from lots of our liveaboards including Emperor Atoll during our Sharktastic trip.

The guides tell us they have been encountering a tiger shark for the past few weeks on the check dive! Let's hope it stays around. As we said, lots of boats have been seeing it as the check dive is close to Hulhumale. Rather a super check dive!

Enjoy this video of a tremendous tiger shark filmed recently in North Male Atoll.

» Discover more about our Sharktastic trips here - From just £1130 / €1299

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Seriously stunning images from one of our amazing guests Johan Amerijckx. Look at the vivid colours and fabulous marine life here in the Red Sea right at this very minute. Just the place to be for a helping of happiness.

PS Johan used a Canon G16 in a Nauticam housing, 2 INON D-2000 strobes and a INON (UWL-S100) wide-angle lens for these images. Nice work Johan!

» Discover Red Sea diving right here

 

Duxy heads to the Red Sea

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Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield joins us with his light-hearted take on the diving world and how it has changed the way we take underwater photographs and video. And he’s going to share it ALL with you …

South for Winter with Duxy and Lawson Wood
Emperor Superior
30 November - 7 December 2018
€1049 / £923

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