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Mike says, "Honesty, integrity, marvellous boats and lovely crew." Not just that but Mike says our booking staff are great; "no tricks, cheats, no extra phoney discounts".

And the proof is in the pudding.

Last year Mike enjoyed diving on Emperor Elite, Red Sea and Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia.

This year on Emperor Echo, Red Sea and Emperor Explorer, Maldives.

Hang on, there's more ... next year he's on Emperor Echo again then Emperor Harmoni, Indonesia. 2021 on Emperor Explorer for a double back-to-back.

Wow! Welcome back Mike - time and time again and for as many times as we can welcome you. Now that's Loyalty with a capital L.

 

 

Just why is the Red Sea so amazing?

Dive into this fantastic video taken by Behind the Mask whilst on Emperor Superior and you'll find out why.

It's refreshingly passionate. The team loves to discover new things, be honest in their story telling and to show Nature in her natural light.

Prepare for extreme happiness, hammerheads, reefs, Longimanus (oceanic white tip), pods of dolphins, inquisitive turtle and smiles and smiles and smiles.

 

Behind the Mask Red Sea video

Click here to watch

 

Feefo Reviews

 

Yes we have more! Thanks to all our guests for taking the time to share their Emperor adventures. We hope it helps to give you a personal insight into diving and making memories with us.

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
'Brilliant'
Excellent service in every way. Good food, good diving good accommodation and first class guides and crew. Hany, Hamada and all the crew couldn't do enough for you.
Irene Storey

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
'Great Variety of Diving'
Service was great, airport transfer to the boat on time. Hotel to airport (after the trip) 10 minutes early. On Emperor Asmaa: great crew, great food, very laid back and chilled out. The diving nice and varied a good balance between reefs and wrecks with great conditions. Overall a great week. Love Emperor Divers as a company.
Lovely guest

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
'Fantastic Guides!'
Another fantastic Red Sea Safari; well organised, great sites, great food and excellent dive guiding by Hani and Hamada. All the crew can't do enough to make your trip enjoyable, exciting and safe. Already planning our return trip!
Andy Capel

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
'Had an excellent time'
Had an excellent time on board of Emperor Superior. Amazing staff, clean rooms and good food! Lovely guest

Emperor Superior, Red Sea
'Outstanding thoughtful Company'
I have dived with Emperor for about 20 years and the service is fantastic. I have had back surgery in the past 18 months and your team were outstanding looking after me. Sonia is wonderful lady and understood that i needed assistance but not too much to make me feel helpless in any way. Top of the class I say. Thank you so much.
Paul Clark

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Mike Kuiper

Mike Kuiper

Quick facts...

  • Mike Kuiper is our Dive Centre Manager.
  • He's 51 years old and Dutch nationality.
  • A PADI IDC Staff Instructor.
  • 30 years of experience in the diving industry and some.
  • 10 years working in the Maldives.
  • Speaks Dutch, English and German.
  • Welcoming, fun and incredibly knowledgeable.

You & Me in Raa Atoll is for adults only and perfectly set up for all things diving. We also manage the state-of-the-art Water Sports Centre with a range of activities for divers and non-divers alike offering everything you need for those water sports thrills from snorkelling to jet skis, there is a complete range of water sports equipment and activities.

Our Dive Centre is right on the arrival jetty with direct access to the lagoon.

» Dive into Emperor Divers You & Me Raa Atoll here

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!

 

 

Emperor Raja Laut takes you to some of the world's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The majority of itineraries start in relatively remote domestic airports and so we recommend you use one of the two main international hubs of either Bali or Jakarta, alternative options could be Makassar and Manado.

Alas, Indonesian airlines are notorious for delays and cancellations, so we recommend you plan at least one night in each of these hubs between their international and domestic flights in and out of Indonesia. We like to manage your expectations.

 

Indonesia

 

» Click here to see the recommended hubs for each port

 

 

 

Emperor Explorer Maldives

 

From this August, the new flagship, Emperor Explorer, will be offering contemporary and spacious accommodation where our excellent service (that's what you say) is standard.

At 42 metres, she effortlessly accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con. Add to that her Spa, spacious diving and relaxation areas and guests are set to be captivated with her high standards in liveaboard Maldives holidays.

Emperor Explorer will operate 7-day itineraries chosen specifically to suit the best seasons in the Maldives with longer 10-day trips focussing on dive sites further afield. All diving is done from her large dhoni (tender), giving more living space on board and getting you to the best dive spot every time.

As the flagship, Emperor Explorer will offer up to four dives a day and, as with all Emperor liveaboards, NITROX is free of charge. A glass of wine is served with dinner. With our transparent pricing policy there are no hidden extras on board.

 

Prices start from £1759 / €1979 / US$2295.

 

» Discover more about Emperor Explorer here.

Or email the team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

 

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She's currently under construction and ready to launch in July 2020. Emperor Harmoni is our brand new liveaboard, the second for Emperor Indonesia. One of only a select few liveaboards in this region to have two engines, at 48m she happily welcomes 20 guests in spacious surroundings.

Emperor Harmoni has been designed and built taking into consideration Indonesia’s unique and diverse conditions; harnessing the Emperor Indonesia team’s extensive experience in liveaboard and charter vessels to meet the very highest standards and expectations.

Built of Sulawesi Ironwood and offering a truly new experience to liveaboard holidays, experience a true sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style, comfort and confidence with her two engines. Itineraries include Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda Sea.

•           High quality, contemporary liveaboard for 20 guests
•           Spacious dining, relaxation areas and massage services
•           Up to 4 guides on board and up to 3 dives a day
•           FREE Nitrox and wine with dinner
•           All port and park fees included in our all-inclusive pricing
•           All Emperor Harmoni sailings are guaranteed no matter how many guests

Emperor Harmoni’s three decks have six guest cabins on the lower deck and four on the upper. The main deck features a spacious restaurant, lounge area with a 49" HD flat screen, digital movie and music library, board games, bar and a camera suite.

Enjoy spacious diving and relaxation areas or relax with a massage on deck; whatever your choice, she’s sure to bring harmony and joy.

All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. She offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment including SMBs free of charge and up to four dive guides.

 

Discover more today from the Emperor team at reservations@emperordivers.com or www.emperorindonesia.com/emperor-harmoni.php

 

 

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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