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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.

 

 

 

Focus on Emperor Raja Laut

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Raja Laut means 'King of the Sea' and stepping on board this 'schooner style' inspired yacht, built from tropical hardwood, you will experience a truly regal sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style and comfort. Itineraries include:

 

AT A GLANCE
Extremely eye-catching 'schooner-style' yacht for only 12 guests
Sailing the Indonesian seas including Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda
All cabins are ensuite and with air-con
Spacious teak deck for relaxing and eating alfresco
Two large RIBs get you to the perfect dive spot

And you can get started right here!

 

 

 

Emperor Raja Laut

 

Emperor Raja Laut is a fabulous liveaboard sailing Indonesia. Welcoming just 12 guests, she recently hosted a group of pals who fell in love with her charismatic qualities. Not all were divers, some snorkelled and some just went horizontal. All were made to feel rather special and pampered with the crew and guides sharing their time, their knowledge, their diving tales and their flair for creating yummy food.

Read this write up from guest, John Murray, and a few photos from fellow guest, ABC cameraman, Ron Ekkel, who were part of the happy band.

 

"We arrived on Raja Laut on 22nd September where we were greeted by the cruise directors and the crew. All was ship-shape and the excitement was tangible.

Once all guests were settled on board we set sail from Labuan Bajo and cruised through the warmth of the evening for Gili Banta to the north west of Komodo.

The following day we were able to do some diving in Banta Bay and some great snorkelling for the non-divers in the group. That's the beauty of this area and Raja Laut, you can choose to dive or take it easy so ideal for a mix of friends.

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Although outside the National Park of Komodo the island is pristine and some of the dive sites offer fantastic opportunities to see critters and bigger pelagics.

After leaving Gili Banta we set sail for Sangeang volcano, an active volcano promising some of the most stunning diving in the region. We headed to lighthouse reef and its fringing reef with stunning soft and hard corals; again ideal for snorkellers and divers. After Lighthouse we visited the estuary also known as black magic thanks to the black sand with patches of sea grass and short corals; fantastic for muck diving, sea horses, frog fish and rare nudibranch. The shallows also makes it welcoming for snorkelling.

We also had a chance to dive the famous dive site called Hot Rocks, a beautiful site with black sand and vibrant coloured black coral bushes, feather stars, sponges and whip corals. Famous for the fields of volcanic bubbles, as the name of the site suggests, Hot Rocks was created by volcanic action.

From here we entered Komodo National Park, visiting the sites around Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Darat and dived at Golden Bay where we had plenty of reef fish and beautiful corals.

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We had the chance to dive one of the famous dive sites here, Shotgun. As the name suggests this is not for the faint hearted, better dived on a falling tide. The currents take you at speed from around 10 metres up to 4 metres through a small gulley spitting you out the other side where you can be greeted by manta rays swimming in the currents (and giving you a virtual 'thumbs up').

On to central Komodo, we snorkelled at Mawan and then dived and snorkelled at Takat Makassar. The current wasn't strong so it was a gentle drift and the snorkellers were lucky enough to see a manta thanks to the eagle eyes and 'insider' knowledge of the crew who knew where to find them. Disbelief gave way to total delight as friends scrambled for the water to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On the 27th, we headed further south down the Komodo Channel to Padar, which sits in the middle of the channel between Komodo and Rinca where we dived at the Three Sisters, three submerged pinnacles covered in soft corals, sea fans and sponges of all variety and colour. Also always a good chance to see the coral cat shark sleeping under the table corals in between the pinnacles. We also snorkelled at Atillas beach before trekking our way up to the summit of Padar to watch the sunset over Komodo and the Komodo channel; a bit of a hike but more than worth it for the spell-binding tranquillity and 'pinch-me' moments.

The next day we headed north to Siaba Besar island where we had the pleasure of diving with six large green turtles and a giant marbled grouper.

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During the trip we had plenty of chances for land excursions where we had drinks on the beach enjoying the sunsets and ticked the 'Komodo Dragons' box (not whilst sitting on the beach!).

A fine and truly memorable holiday and one that each of the twelve friends would repeat in a heartbeat."

 

 

» Discover more here and dream the dream.

 

 

We're only as good as the people who dive with us

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Which is why we are so VERY proud
to share guests' words with you

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Thanks to our guests who take the time to feedback their Emperor experience! It means a great deal to be able to pass these on to all the team and crew.

These are for Emperor Maldives liveaboards but there are so many more for our Emperor family at Feefo.

Robert Brown | Emperor Voyager
I was very pleased with all aspects or my liveaboard tour of the Maldives. The crew, guides, food and accommodation were all excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to book another liveaboard with Emperor in the future.

Trusted Customer | Emperor Serenity
Utterly outstanding trip! The boat, Serenity, was impeccable, the staff on the boat were fantastic, attentive, polite and lovely characters. The dive guides were impeccable, Gabriel is incredibly experienced and so much fun to talk to and to learn from. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone.

Ashley Sutherland | Emperor Serenity
Highly, highly recommended!! Couldn't fault anything, amazing service from all of the team!

Norman Donachie | Emperor Serenity
The best liveaboard. I could not find a fault in anything. Boat, cabin, bathroom, meals spot on. Guides and crew so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent service.

Trusted Customer | Emperor Voyager
A brilliant trip. Everything about this trip went well. The organisation was efficient. The dive masters and instructors were experienced and friendly in their approach, coping brilliantly with a group of divers ranging from very experienced to the relatively new to the sport. Particular praise to Chris for his leadership. And we saw everything - whale sharks, manta rays, nursing sharks. Just brilliant.

» Read many more at Feefo here.

 

 

Komodo National Park

7 - 11 night trips | July to October

Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the Park. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.

 


 

Raja Ampat

7 - 12 night trips | December to May

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, which in Indonesian means the Four Kings, is a Marine Park world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity. The park covers a large area with approximately 170 nautical miles separating the northern and southern extremities. It would be possible to dive for weeks and weeks without seeing the same sites twice.

 


 

Raja Ampat & Banda Islands

12 night trips | May & October

Raja Ampat & Banda Islands

The Ambon to Sorong cruise is special because it takes in two magnificent regions in the one cruise. Beginning in Ambon we head to the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) before rounding the east coast of Seram and rejoining the south and central sections of Raja Ampat. The Banda Islands offer the opportunity for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, before diving arguably one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat. This cruise will take in the Banda Islands plus the Southern and Central sections of Raja Ampat.

 


 

Banda Sea

12 night trips | October

Banda Sea

This is for those with the spirit of adventure as we set sail to rarely dived sites, islands and atolls. There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and the depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythical Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) make this a once in a lifetime cruise.
Please note: There are 600-700 nautical miles to cover during this 12-night cruise. We are mostly diving three dives a day and then travelling at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way. For those with a bit of salty seadog in you, you are definitely looking at the right itinerary.

 


 

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