Duxy joins Ultimate Diving and Oonasdivers

Posted by - 20th March 2017

Scuba Diver’s underwater photography guru Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield has been a leading figure within the dive industry for the last ten years, initially as a mover and shaker within the world of underwater photography, appearing at dive industry events making the subject accessible to all within the diving community and helping move it from a

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Cruise ship coral calamity continues

Posted by - 17th March 2017

The Indonesian government is not remaining quiet after a cruise ship operated by a British company destroyed part of a pristine reef in Raja Ampat earlier this month, and Luhut Panjaitan, Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, has now reportedly summoned the UK ambassador Moazzam Malik for discussions on the situation. He said that he was

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Diverse Travel adds new Indonesian liveaboard

Posted by - 16th March 2017

A new Indonesian liveaboard has been added to the worldwide offerings from UK tour operator Diverse Travel. MY Pindito is a 38-metre liveaboard, which sails the iconic dive sites in East Flores, Komodo, Raja Ampat and the unique Biodiversity Cruise. She has six double cabins and two twin cabins all ensuite, individual climate control and

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Bahamas ‘swimming pigs’ killed by ingesting sand

Posted by - 10th March 2017

  Several wild pigs which were a staple tourist attraction on Big Major Cay in the Exuma Marine Park, Bahamas, were found dead in February, causing a spate of wild speculation on the internet, including that they had been poisoned, or had died after being fed rum and other alcohol by visitors. However, now that

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Azure Window set to live on

Posted by - 10th March 2017

Just days after the collapse of the Azure Window, the Maltese government announced an international consultation initiative for suggestions on how to memorialise the iconic structure. Several officials, including Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis and Minister for Sustainable Development Jose Herrera, made the announcement, and said that the government wants the site of the Azure

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Regaldive – new Thailand offerings

Posted by - 9th March 2017

Diving holiday specialists Regaldive have recently expanded their programme in Thailand with a hotel and three liveaboards in Phuket. The hotel and two of the liveaboards are owned by Sea Bees Diving, an award-winning local dive centre that has been operating for over 20 years. The third liveaboard is part of the highly regarded Aggressor

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Gozo’s Azure Window finally succumbs

Posted by - 8th March 2017

The island of Gozo has lost one of its most-iconic landmarks – the fabled Azure Window. The Azure Window, which was created when two limestone caves collapsed, attracted thousands of tourists over the years, who swarmed to the coastline to photograph the picturesque scene, which saw the famed dive site Blue Hole framed by the

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Emperor Elite gets new Executive Suite

Posted by - 7th March 2017

She has always been a popular choice in the Red Sea, but now Emperor Elite is set to impress even more with her latest, massive make-over. All cabins on Emperor Elite have been refreshed, while the Junior Suite and upper and main deck premium cabins have been overhauled to include new beds, furniture and design.

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Cruise ship demolishes Raja Ampat reef

Posted by - 7th March 2017

A revered section of pristine coral reef in the diving paradise of Raja Ampat has been badly damaged after a 90-metre-long cruise ship ran aground at the weekend. The MV Caledonian Sky, which was carrying 102 passengers at the time, ploughed into the reef, near Kri, on Saturday afternoon and while it managed to free

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Egypt to hike price of tourist visa

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

You would think that a country struggling to restablish their tourism industry would be doing all it could to help invigorate the market, but instead, the Egyptian government has revealed plans to raise the cost of a tourist visa from US$25 to US$60 – that’s a 140 percent price hike! Originally, the vast increase in

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