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"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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Emperor Raja Laut

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.

NEW Emperor Indonesia set to launch

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Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Emperor Divers is excited to announce the birth of Emperor Indonesia and the launch of MY Emperor Raja Laut in September 2017. A strong team will see Emperor teaming up with Andrew Laughlin, who has spent the last 10 years building and managing Indonesian liveaboards and has over 30 years' experience in the diving and yachting industry. He is also a PADI Master Instructor and Yacht Master.

Raja Laut, which means King of the Sea in Bahasa Indonesian, is a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner style sailing yacht built in south Sulawesi in 2005. She has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia for private charter; we are honoured to have her as our introductory boat in the magical Indonesian archipelago.

With 12 berths, the attention to detail and the level of service expected from our 7 crew and 3 dive guides will leave guests wanting to return time and time again.

MY Emperor Raja Laut will be taking us to the world-renowned diving areas of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea and Komodo National Park. Expect to play with mantas, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and pygmy seahorses as well as Komodo Dragons on land. Indonesia offers riches for all and is a truly magical place.

Itineraries will vary from 7 to 12 nights and start from USD 390 per person per night.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming weeks as spaces are expected to sell fast.

reservations@emperordivers.comWant to know more? Email reservations@emperordivers.com

EASTER FLASH SALE – up to 30% off LIVEABOARDS
from NOW until 18 April

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HUGE savings on Maldives liveaboards this summer PLUS some winter warmers for the Red Sea.

Look for our ‘RED’ hot sailings.

Up to 30% discount has been applied on selected summer sailings.

Check out our offer pages during Emperor’s Flash Sale: www.emperormaldives.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

NOTES and OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Discount has already been applied to prices on the Schedule page
  • All the above offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
  • Valid on new bookings received until 18 April.  
  • Liveaboard offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability.
  • Groups and full charters can be extended on application.
  • All bookings taken under a special offer are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be redeemed against another service.  Normal payment terms apply. Cancellations made any time after payment is received normal cancellation policy applies.

    Now is the time to dive the Red Sea and the Maldives. More diving for less - win/win!

    Email reservations@emperordivers.com TODAY and book your saving!

Emperor Serenity

She was brand new last year and brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard.

This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

Reasons to choose Emperor Serenity

  • High quality, contemporary liveaboard
  • Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
  • Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
  • Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
  • FREE Nitrox
  • 4 dive guides
  • Free wine with dinner
  • Large dhoni giving more living space on board
  • Non-divers are welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board
  • Group discounts
  • Prices from £1565 / €1799

How about these?

April
16/04 - 23/04   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1739/€1999

May
07/05 - 14/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
14/05 - 21/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
28/05 - 04/06   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799

» Click here to discover more about Emperor Serenity + more photos and a video

 

** Make sure you ask the right questions when choosing your liveaboard **

Space: No final frontiers here. Make sure there's enough for all guests with enough decks to relax on.
TICK Serenity

Dive deck: Make sure there's enough space to kit up and keep your equipment.
TICK Serenity (separate diving dhoni, perfect!)

Eating: Is the food of good quality and are there enough snacks throughout the day? Complementary drinks are a bonus.
TICK Serenity (even free wine with dinner)

If you have any questions at all, do contact our friendly, helpful team at reservations@emperordivers.com.

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