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The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving.

Water temperatures change between the north and south of the park giving you lots of encounters. In the north we have critters and the reefs around Gili Banta.

The south gives you manta action and nutrient rich reefs and the central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.

  • Emperor Raja Laut is an eye-catching 'schooner-style' yacht for only 12 guests
  • All cabins are ensuite, with air-con
  • Spacious teak deck for relaxing and eating alfresco
  • Two large RIBs get you to the perfect dive spot

 

How about these for starters but we have lots more dates and prices:

14 – 20 July, 2018 Komodo National Park   £1,690 / €1,899      

22 – 29 July, 2018 Komodo National Park   £1,957 / €2,199

 

Email our friendly and incredibly knowledgeable team today on reservations@emperordivers.com

Join Duxy and Emperor for 2018 Red Sea trips

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Emperor Divers has teamed up with Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield for 2018 to bring you some relaxing trips suited to divers who like flexibility and, of course, photographers and videographers.

Duxy has been at the forefront of underwater photography and travel for many years and brings with him a light-hearted take on the diving world and how it has changed the way we now take underwater photographs and video.

A regular speaker at dive shows and dive clubs, Duxy loves nothing more than to share his knowledge and enviable experience with divers of all abilities.

“Getting beginners started on the route to rewarding pictures and sharing advice with anyone who wants to learn is such a great feeling,” says Duxy.

He now combines his time helping people to choose and use cameras, housings, strobes and lenses, escorting trips and running workshops around the world.

His own pictures have illustrated blogs and advertising campaigns and he is currently contributing to Scuba Diver magazine with a regular monthly column.

With more than 40 escorted trips under his belt to the Red Sea and further afield, Duxy continues to develop new ways to pass on knowledge and share his love of diving and underwater photography to divers.

We have two trips planned on two of our magnificent Red Sea liveaboards with at least three ‘open deck’ days a week. Open deck diving means you are free to dive with your buddy between 6am to 6pm at times that suit you. Flexibility is the key so you can capture that killer shot or simply enjoy a lie in! On both itineraries there will be three guided ‘excursion dives’, even when open deck is in place, from either the two Emperor guides and/or with Duxy himself. Photo, video, processing and production advice will be delivered by Duxy.

Sample itineraries - if the weather plays ball – are below.

 

North & Easy with Duxy
Emperor Superior

25 May – 1 June 2018
€1099 / £979

Day 1  Sha’ab El Erg for check dive, Stingray Station 2nd dive and night dive.

Day 2  Shark and Yolanda dive 1 then either the Canyon inside Marsa Bareika or Ghozlani for dive 2. If the weather is calm then Gordon Reef in Tiran for our first 'open deck' opportunity. If the weather is windy we go to Temple instead for our 3rd and night dive.

Day 3  ‘Open deck'. Choose to dive from the boat at Gordon or, if preferred, take a rib to Thomas for a dive. Then we move to Jackson for either one or two dives, or Temple.

Day 4  Early dive 1 at Dunraven, dive 2 & 3 at the Thistlegorm. Leave for Gubal for a dusk or night dive.

Day 5  'Open deck' at the Barge. We also offer the chance to dive further along the Gubal Reef by rib or at Bluff Point allowing for currents and surface conditions.

Day 6  'Open deck' until 10am and then 3rd dive back at Shaab El Erg for our last dive of the week.

 

South for Winter with Duxy
Emperor Elite
30 November – 7 December 2018
€1119 / £999

Day 1  Sha’ab Abu Dabab 2 & 3 for check dive and then Abu Dabab 4 for afternoon dive and night dive.

Day 2  Sha’ab Hamam for dive 1 then Sha’ab Abu Galawa Soraya for the first ‘open deck’ of the week.

Day 3  Sha’ab Sataya full day and overnight for ‘open deck’.

Day 4  Sataya dawn then Hamada Wreck full day and night dive at Abu Ghusun for ‘open deck’.

Day 5  'Open deck' at Elphinstone daytime. Night dive and overnight at Marsa Shona.

Day 6  Marsa Shona open deck until 2pm then return to port.

 

BOOK TODAY! Email our friendly team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

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Dive Indonesia! Offers on Emperor Raja Laut

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Emperor Divers Indonesia - your dream destination

Join us on the beautifully appointed 31m sailing schooner, MY Emperor Raja Laut, and your dream Indonesian diving holiday is right here waiting for you.

And it's not just for divers! Such are the charms of Indonesia, we also include land excursions on many of our liveaboard holidays (think Komodo dragons!). Which makes them ideal for non-divers too. Perfect for happy family and friends.

Dive Raja Ampat! World renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity, it can be divided into three sections covering the North, Central and Southern Sections. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature.

Our 7 and 8 night cruises take in sites in the Central and Southern Sections of Raja Ampat.

How about these little tempters to Raja Ampat?

Emperor Raja Laut
22 - 28 February 20187
£1895 / €2129

24 April - 3 May 2018
Emperor Raja Laut   
£2417 / €2715

» Click here for lots more inside information


 
"A service above water equal to the amazing sights below the surface!"
 

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A glowing review for the Emperor Marsa Alam team from guest,
Gill Horton.
 
"Every single member of the Emperor team greets you with a smile and a friendly word, professional and accommodating to requests (where feasible). Catering for all levels a service second to none, knowledgeable guides, amazingly on the ball boat crews, clean well managed boats, excellent lunches and shore based services to equal this, the office staff are brilliant too, can not fault Emperor Divers and would never hesitate to recommend them to others!"
 
Discover more about Marsa Alam and the amazing diving (in more ways than one)!

How to get to Indonesia | We share the tips

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With our little info-pack on getting to Indonesia, you can soon be sailing these amazing dreamy dive areas on the rather superb Emperor Raja Laut:

Journey along to here; find out how to get to our new Emperor Indonesia with really helpful advice on airports, hubs and more.

 

Special offers for Emperor Indonesia

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We want to get you diving here just as soon as we can. So here's a special incentive just for you!

Emperor Raja Laut
17 - 26 September 2017
Komodo National Park
from Labuan Bajo, Bali
£2618 / €3044

Emperor Raja Laut
20 - 28 January 2018
Raja Ampat
from Sorong
£2356 / €2739

Raja Ampat

Emperor Indonesia | Oh! Get me to that diving!

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Emperor Raja Laut will be sailing the seas to these fabulous, must-dive places. Ready to be inspired?

Komodo National Park

Central: Gili LawaLawa, Tatawa, Sebayor, Makasar Reef, Wai Nilu, Batu Bolong.
South: Padar, Nusa Kode, Manta Alley.
Longer trips include
North: Sangeang Volcano, Gili Banta, North West Komodo.

Komodo

Raja Ampat

Central: Gam, Penemu, Airborek, Cape Kri.
Raja Ampat, by Cary YannySouth: Daram, Wayilbatan, Fiabacet, Pele.
Longer trips include
North: Wayag, Kawe, Aljui Bay.

Raja Ampat & Banda Islands

Komba Volcano, Alor, Wetar, Gunung Api, Tebang, Nil Desperandum, Manuk Island, Banda Islands.

Banda Islands: Pohon Miring, Batu Kapal, Batu Kapal Pinnacle, Banda Neira Jetty and Lava Flow.
Raja Ampat South: Daram, Wayilbatan, Fiabacet, Pele.
Raja Ampat Central: Gam, Penemu, Airborek, Cape Kri.

Banda Sea

>> Come and dive Indonesia. Discover more here.

 

Emperor Indonesia - off to a flying start

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Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Her first sailings are this September and she's already
proving popular! MY Emperor Raja Laut

Emperor Raja Laut, a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner-style sailing yacht, has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia. Now she's in the Emperor Divers' family and we have some tingly diving to share with you.

AT A GLANCE (and in brief)

·         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

·         Exciting mix of itineraries varying from between 7 and 12 nights

» Click here for lots more inside information

 

Diving in Indonesia

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‚ÄčThese trips are ideal for people with little or no photography experience. Emperor Divers is offering free advice from photo pro, Jordi Chias, on both Red Sea and Maldives selected sailings.

“This is a free, value-added service from the team at Emperor to anyone who wants to ask questions and get hints and tips in relaxed surroundings. It’s not a seminar or workshop so no competitiveness required,” explains Luke Atkinson, Emperor Divers’ General Manager.

The trips follow Emperor’s successful free photo advice trips last year and welcome highly acclaimed photographer, Jordi Chias, who will once again be sharing his experience in a friendly and encouraging way.

Maldives dates:

3 - 10 December 2017    Emperor Orion     Best of Maldives    €1769/£1627
10 - 17 December 2017  Emperor Serenity Best of Maldives €1749/£1609

Red Sea dates:
3 - 10 November 2017    Emperor Elite     Simply the Best    €1269/£1142
9 - 16 November 2017    Emperor Asmaa  Simply the Best    €1149/£1034

With work published in many different media and recognized with prominent mentions, among them the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Jordi has a wealth of knowledge that guests can tap into during the week. He is also one of the most internationally awarded Spanish photographers, who also speaks fluent English

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to hone photography talents for free.

For more on Emperor Maldives visit www.emperormaldives.com or for Emperor’s Red Sea visit www.emperordivers.com

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Maldives | Emperor Leo Trip Report | 11 – 18 May
Report by Bernie McAteer

Emperor Leo guests arrived to a boat with space for everyone and, as we enter low season, nine guests took full  advantage of the extra space.

The first day began with a check dive in North Male before crossing to North Ari for two dives on Maaya Thila in the afternoon. The sunset dive was amazing; the guides agreed it was one of the best dives they had done there with grey reef sharks circling, the fusiliers schooling everywhere and the trevallies chasing after the big schools of silversides that completely covered the pinnacle. Emperor Leo was moored in Maaya lagoon and as light faded we kept our fingers crossed for a manta in the lights at the back of the boat, we were not disappointed and a small manta appeared feeding in the boat lights. Divers descended to watch the beautiful creature barrel-rolling to feed on the plankton. Giovanna and Krystal also had time to complete their PADI Enriched air course as the evening drew to a close!

The wind picked up on the second day but it was still enough for a manta dive and the always relaxing Dhiga Thila before a brief BBQ beach run. Rain cut short the visit but everyone still enjoyed the delicious dinner on board and Polka and Chinmay invited us all to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

The following morning wind and rain restricted us to the Dangheti area, which is by far the best place to be, and two dives kept the atmosphere on board buzzing. The weather broke in the morning and we made four dives on the best sites that Ari Atoll can offer. The highlight of the day was a whale shark!

Last day of the trip and we moved again. We delayed the morning dive to increase the chance for some mantas and had 'Mantanado' on Mahibadhoo Gaa; 10 mantas circling the cleaning station was a truly wonderful way to finish the trip. We did not allow the wind and rain to dampen our spirits and ended on a real high after experiencing some of the best dives of the season.

Feel like diving the Maldives? Discover more here.

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