Quads, Kitesurfing And Catamarans – Heritage The Villas’ New Family, Camera, Action Holiday In MauritiusOctober 31, 2014 on 5:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Mauritius, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off
Heritage The Villas, situated on the south coast of Mauritius, is introducing a new Family, Camera, Action Holiday, with the aim of bringing families together and encouraging them to get out into the wild outdoors. Recent research has shown that more than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour a day outside and the “cotton wool generation” are experiencing an indoor existence. On holiday at Heritage The Villas, families are encouraged to enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from quad biking in the estate’s own nature reserve, to kitesurfing at the on-site water sports school, all within a safe environment.
Set within a 2,500 hectare ex-sugar plantation estate, known as the Domaine de Bel Ombre, each two to four bedroom villa has been designed with families in mind. There is plentiful space for the kids to run around, large outdoor verandas, private swimming pool, cots and kids’ beds, plus every mod con a family could wish for.
The Family, Camera, Action Holiday costs from £4,289 per family (four sharing) for seven nights on a B&B basis, and includes:
Holiday planning service
Quad biking or Fauna and Flora Discovery Tour with family photo-shoot
Family golfing lesson
Kitesurfing lesson or catamaran boat trip
Preparing for the trip has been made easy for parents with the holiday planning service – a checklist sent via email, asking what each family member would like to do on their holiday. The concierge will then tailor-make a suggested itinerary, resulting in a holiday that runs smoothly and pleases all the family.
Families can enjoy the Domaine’s stunning Frederica Nature Reserve with aquad biking adventure or fauna and flora 4×4 discovery adventure, to explore the native fauna and flora, such as wild deer. Additionally, a photographer will capture the families’ time at the reserve, and a DVD memento will be created for them as a souvenir to take home.
The whole family can have some fun with a family golfing lesson on the 18-hole, par 72 championship course of the Heritage Golf Club. There is also a 9-hole pitch and putt par 3 course – ideal for beginners and children.
A kitesurfing lesson at the Kite Globing Kitesurf School is also an option in the package, so parents and kids (age 8+) can enjoy learning a new skill together. Other water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling are also available at no additional cost. Another option, and possibly one of the highlights of the holiday, is the catamaran boat trip to Benitiers Island, where guests will be able to spot and swim with wild dolphins.
Families can opt to eat out at any one of 12 different restaurants across the Domaine de Bel Ombre, where all tastes are catered for and each restaurant offers a varied children’s menu.
Families can also enjoy traditional fishing in the River Citronniers which runs through the resort, picnics in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre – a 19th century colonial style mansion, as well as a variety of active pursuits such as SCUBA diving trips, tennis lessons, sports tournaments and mountain biking.
During their stay, all guests have unrestricted access to Heritage Resort’s extensive leisure facilities which include two hotels – Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali, two world-class spas, the C Beach Club, fitness centres and Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. The resort also offers a kids club (age 2-11) and teens club (age 12+) with a diversified programme of activities.
For more information on Heritage The Villas, please visit: www.heritageresorts.mu/en
Luxury dive liveaboard, the Arenui, is in high demand every year. Our 2015-2016 cruises are now 75% fully booked and even 2017 has been selling well for 6 months. We only have a few dates in late 2017 available to charter, so we are opening up our 2018 dates very soon (end of November)!
As a special promotion – exclusively for operators visiting us at DEMA – we are offering priority booking for charter dates on our 2018 calendar, before we publish the schedule online for general bookings. If your clients are looking for outstanding dive sites, beautiful scenery, great weather, luxury cabins and delicious food, plus professional and enthusiastic dive guides supported by a top-rated crew, come visit us at DEMA to discuss the details for a 16-guest charter in Indonesia on our boutique vessel.
ABOUT THE DIVE DESTINATIONS
Raja Ampat: Enjoy stunning topside views as we cruise alongside limestone rock formations and take a surface-interval break to visit remote beach island villages. Dive into this soft-coral heaven in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago and fill your logbook with famous West Papua sites such as Boo Windows in Misool, Arborek Jetty and Dampier Straits. Expect plenty of wobbegong sharks but also rare finds like the epaulette “walking” shark. Look out for photogenic critters like the pygmy seahorse and bring your wide-angle lens for the popular and almost guaranteed manta-sightings at the cleaning station.
Komodo: This is a great itinerary for all kinds of muck diving, as the dive sites here are packed full of unbelievable critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs and of course the weird and wonderful nudibranchs (if lucky, the ridiculously cute Pikachu nudi)! Divers keen on coral reefs will also be amazed at the range of corals that Komodo has to offer – from soft to hard and in warm to temperate waters – while those seeking out schooling fish need look no further than the thrilling current dives of Gili Lawa Laut. If you’re also hoping for some pelagics and ocean giants then bring your wide-angle lens along too for the resident mantas and sharks, but keep a watch for passing dolphins, whales and the elusive mola-mola (sun fish).
Alor: Explore the hidden gems of Alor – one of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise. This area is famous for beautiful rhinopias but also plenty of pelagic action. This fascinating dive destination boasts stunning topside scenery and impressive volcanoes; plus a visit to the famous Pura Island villagers, who splash out of their wooden dugout canoes and dive underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles. Take time out of diving for some land excursions here; trekking through the park to find ‘Varanus Riungensis’ – another giant lizard, slightly smaller and brighter than its cousin on Komodo).
Maluku: Unlike other areas, with high populations and subsequent pressure from fishing, the Bandas’ relatively small human population has been a blessing for divers – offering a vibrant, healthy reef system with fish life in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and sponges and some truly monumental hard corals. Expect plenty of pelagics, widespread muck diving and unexplored coral gardens, as well as a rich colonial heritage on land. Dive Nusa Laut, which showcases the positive effects of a village taking care of its habitat, where the reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago and a favorite of many dive enthusiasts.
Forgotten Islands: For a new itinerary why not visit this little known and under explored, remote area of Indonesia? The Forgotten Islands are part of a remote archipelago in the south-east corner of the Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara). These trips are for true explorers and those divers seeking out something new and unusual, as we take you from one secret paradise to another. Expect plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but also fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet an enigmatic whale shark or elusive hammerhead.
The Arenui is a magnificent Phinisi (traditional Indonesian wooden sailing vessel) and a work-of-art in itself. She was built using 70% recycled wood and has been designed to give guests a real taste of local culture, with handicrafts and décor from around the Indonesian provinces.
She is operated by one of the finest crews in Indonesia, with 3 Indonesian divemasters plus 4 highly experienced western cruise directors and a further 18 well-trained crew members from captains and engineers to masseurs and chefs.
The Arenui is a truly boutique liveaboard experience. Unwind in exceptionally spacious cabins, relax with professional massage and spa treatments and enjoy the view from the fabulous sky deck. Arenui believes that, even when sailing around remote islands, there’s no reason to forgo fine dining so our talented chefs offer sumptuous buffets but also daily a-la-carte menus. After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive!
Join the Arenui to dive Indonesia – the world’s no. 1 spot for biodiversity! Enjoy small groups with only 16 guests per cruise, so 4 per dive group. Your only challenge is which destination to choose! We explore the best dive sites of Komodo and Alor, Maluku and Raja Ampat, plus an exciting new destination – the Forgotten Islands?
Experience the beauty and hospitality of Indonesia with the Arenui.
Boutique eco-resort commits to maintaining the global standard in sustainable tourism and will continue improvements for the benefit of guests, employees and the community
HOPKINS, Belize — Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, an award-winning boutique eco-resort in Belize, recently earned a Bronze Certification from Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), illustrating full compliance with a set of baseline best practices aligned with global sustainable tourism criteria. Hamanasi is the first hotel in Belize to earn this esteemed certification.
The revolutionary STEP Eco-Certification Standard was one of the first standards to be formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The standard includes universally accepted best practices for tourism business management and dozens of sector-specific practices. Each practice includes multiple levels of involvement, ranging from low-cost baseline criteria to resource-investment industry leader criteria.
STEP measures all aspects of sustainability for tourism businesses and serves as a practical tool for assessment, benchmarking and education. Companies enrolled in the STEP program are required to assess the impact of their business practices and continue to thoughtfully integrate sustainable practices into future operations.
“Hamanasi is illustrating leadership in sustainable tourism by committing to the certification process,” said Robert Chappell, Senior Director of Standards & Monitoring at Sustainable Tourism International. “It is a rigorous undertaking and by completing this process, it shows they’re committed to having their work generate positive impact on the people and places where they’re located.”
The bronze level is the first step in the certification process, laying the foundation for future sustainability initiatives. One of the primary focuses of the program is to demonstrate continuous improvement over time. These improvements can have a profound effect on habitat preservation, cultural heritage protection and area economic systems.
“Reducing our carbon footprint, educating others and engaging in community projects are energizing, on-going commitments. These include expanding our organic garden, enhancing our Green Team’s outreach initiatives and transitioning to more eco-friendly infrastructure. We see being a sustainable resort as a continuous journey with and for the benefit of our employees, guests and community,” said Dana Krauskopf, co-founder and owner of Hamanasi.
Within 12 months of receiving the bronze level certification, businesses are encouraged to setup an on-site assessment of best practices from an independent, third party auditor. Common Accommodations best practices involve facility management, safety, employee training, guest rooms, public areas, and kitchen operations.
To find out more about the STEP Standard, visit www.sustainabletravel.org. To find out more about Hamanasi’s commitment to sustainability and to book your stay at the No. 1 Small Hotel in Central America, visit www.hamanasi.com or call 877-552-3483.
About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort:
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.
About Sustainable Travel International:
Sustainable Travel International is the world’s leading organization that is harnessing the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. We help communities, businesses and governments build a better future for themselves and their environments through travel and tourism. Our vision has always been to harness the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. Since our creation, we have dedicated ourselves to understanding the complexities of travel and tourism around the world and spent more than 10 years developing tools and partnerships that deliver on such ambitious goals. Today, in response to urgent threats facing our planet, we are convening leading travel corporations and tourism destinations to scale-up our solutions in order to improve the lives of at least 10 million people over the next decade. Collectively, we are redefining global travel and tourism as a force for good.
Welcome to Gala-Gala Eco Resort, Ponta d Ouro, Southern Mozambique. Only 8km from the South African border our accessibility makes this an easy Mozambique holiday. The biodiversity of the area in and around our resort is extensive with impressive bird life, butterflies and other indigenous & interesting forna & flora. Only few hundred metres from our resort is a stretch of African coast line with some of the world best diving, boasting abundant marine life including fish, rays, eels, turtles, dolphins, whales and of course an extensive list of sharks species.
Gala-Gala Eco Resort offers space and serenity for those who want to be away from the village vibe, but also a large number of activities for people looking for an active and social holiday. The beautiful surroundings of our authentic Mozambique accommodation bring you back to nature. You will be struck by its beauty and tranquillity. At Gala-Gala Eco Resort, our intimate operation & barefoot luxury style ensures personal service second to none in a space unlike anything else in Ponta d Ouro. Gala-Gala offers a variety of accommodation options including exclusive private ensuite cabanas with air conditioning, standard cabanas with fans & shared facilities & camp sites each with their own bathrooms.
Only 1km from the markets of Ponta d Ouro you are treated to easy access to the vibe of the village but then you can retreat to the quiet of our resort to relax and unwind. Your stay with us is fully chaperoned ensuring authentic experiences and making your holiday hassle free and carefree.
Ultimate African Sea & Safari Adventure
Experience the best of African wild life in a unique environment on land and in the ocean. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino & 9 different species of sharks including tiger sharks and hammerheads. Be part of a hands on program including rhino tracking or leopard monitoring or join in on a dolphin encounter making these trips a once in a life time opportunity. All this within a 50km radius. These trips are dates specific please enquire about available dates.
2 nights Bhekula Safari & 5 nights Gala-Gala Eco Resort diving ~ 7 nights rack rate
Big 5 game viewing & unlimited diving ~ R15755.00 per person sharing DBB
3 nights Somkhanda Safari & 5 nights Gala-Gala Eco Resort diving ~ 8 nights rack rate
Conservation & tracking program & unlimited diving ~ R16915.00 per person sharing DBB
5 nights Bhekula/Somkhanda Safari 5 nights Gala-Gala Eco Resort diving ~ 10 nights rack rate
Big 5 game viewing, conservation & tracking program & unlimited diving ~ R22570.00 pp sharing DBB
These packages include:
Meet & greet Ushaka airport Durban
Transfers to Bhekula or Somkhanda game lodges & Gala-Gala Eco Resort
Meal as specified
Conservation, community levies & marine taxes where applicable
Cylinders & weight belts for dives
These packages exclude:
Drinks, tips & gratuities & items of personal nature
Optional extra activities
Meals not specified
Travel and medical insurance
Other dive gear hire
For other detailed T’s & C’s please see request our important notes
Visit the website at: www.gala-gala.co.za
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – Both beginner and veteran scuba divers will enjoy the Scuba Dive vacation package deal offered at The Sands at Grace Bay for travel to Turks & Caicos now through December 20th. By partnering with Ocean Vibes LTD – a leading PADI dive and snorkel facility in Providenciales – this top-rated resort located on world-famous Grace Bay Beach is offering a weeklong “Surf & Turf” themed vacation package that features a discounted luxury resort stay and daily scuba dive excursions to breathtaking sights around the island that are selected based on the diver’s skill level and interests.
The “Surf & Turf” themed Scuba Dive vacation package rates start from $1,250 per person for a six-night stay, and from $1,480 per person for a seven-night stay (based on double occupancy) and include:
Studio Courtyard accommodations at The Sands at Grace Bay resort (room upgrades are available for an additional charge)
Resort taxes & fees
Two-tank scuba dive excursions for “two” offered through Ocean Vibes: The 6-night package includes 5 days of diving and the 7-night package includes 6 days of diving.
For the “turf” portion of this package, guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations at The Sands at Grace Bay resort located on world-famous Grace Bay Beach. The resort offers guests free use of non-motorized watersports including snorkeling gear, Hobie Cats, kayaks, windsurfing equipment and stand-up paddleboards, plus bicycles for island exploration. It also boasts three free-form swimming pools, tennis courts, and the island’s legendary Hemingway’s Restaurant.
For the “surf” portion of this package, guests will enjoy up to six days of two-tank scuba dive excursions with Ocean Vibes to explore some of the world’s leading dive sights. Each daily dive excursion is selected based on the diver’s skill level and includes: hotel pick-up and drop-off, a scenic 45-foot boat ride to the best dive sites around the island, and complimentary lunch and refreshments. Valid scuba dive certification is required. SCUBAPRO dive equipment rentals including regulators, wet suits and BCDs are available for an additional charge.
The Sands at Grace Bay’s “Surf & Turf” dive travel package is available for new bookings made for stays of six nights or more, for travel now through December 20, 2014. Package rates start from $1,250 per person for a six-night stay in a Studio Courtyard Suite, and rates vary based on room type, additional night add-on’s and hotel availability at the time of booking. To book this offer, call the resort’s toll-free reservations line from the U.S. (877) 777-2637 and request the “SCUBA DIVE” travel package. For more information about this package, visit www.thesandstc.com or the OceanVibes website.
About The Sands at Grace Bay
The Sands at Grace Bay is situated on the world-renowned 12-mile crescent of powdery white sand known as Grace Bay Beach. Named one of the, “Top 15 Resorts in the Atlantic” by the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, this gracious, family-friendly 114-room resort offers accommodations in studios and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet, all of which combine comfort-focused amenities and spectacular natural surroundings. Suites also come with fully equipped kitchens appointed with stainless appliances, dining and living room areas, private balconies, washer/dryers and more. The Sands at Grace Bay is the home of Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar – a legendary beach-side venue and local favorite – where guests can enjoy gourmet selections and island specialties seven days a week. Spa treatments by Spa Tropique are also available by appointment.
Bonaire, Dutch Antilles – Learn from some of the world’s top professional dive teachers at the Caribbean’s premier luxury dive and beach destination, and save 20 percent on your accommodations when you register for a newly offered instructor development course beginning November 26, 2014.
Great Adventures Bonaire at Harbour Village Beach Club has expanded its dive services to include instruction of professional level certifications, a greater range of diving education, and achieved PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort Rating. The dive center recently welcomed Gary Mawston, a Platinum Course Director with many successful years of experience working with instructor candidates in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2008, Mawston was ranked in the top five course directors worldwide with professional certifications in excess of 10,000 and is one of only 65 Platinum Course Directors worldwide.
“Gary is a great addition to the team at Great Adventures Bonaire and compliments the current teaching staff,” said Frank Gonzalez, Managing Director of Harbour Village Beach Club. Mawston joins PADI Master Instructor Christine Ball, Master Scuba Diver Trainers Mark Spychala and Jan Van Den Ouden, Open Water Scuba Instructor Alfonso Rodriguez, and Open Water Instructor/Dive Shop Manager Muriel Anderson Spychala, who collectively offer more than 80 years of teaching experience.
Great Adventures at Harbour Village Bonaire will run an Instructor Development Course from November 26 at the resort, with the Instructor Exams following on December 6 and 7. The center will also offer DiveMaster, Assistant Instructor, Emergency First Responder Instructor and Tec Rec Coures, as well as a number of specialty instructor ratings and new internship opportunities for divers interested in a professional diver instruction career.
Great Adventures Bonaire at Harbour Village is conveniently located along the resort’s white sand beach. “It’s the perfect location to learn to teach new divers,” said instructor Ball. “We also have our two air-conditioned classrooms and a peaceful beach gazebo that doubles as a great outdoor classroom,” she said.
Harbour Village, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is set within an exclusive beachfront enclave on a four-acre, private peninsula on the island of Bonaire that offers direct access the best diving in the Caribbean. Bonaire is designated as having the most pristine coral reef environment and most species of fish in the Caribbean by the NOAA and is consistently named Best Overall Dive Destination by Scuba Diving Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Due to Bonaire’s leeward location outside of the hurricane belt, and its consistently pleasant climate, crystal-clear visibility prevails at any depth and gives an enthralling view of the undersea landscape. Dive sites just off Harbour Village’s shore include the shipwreck of the 60-foot “Our Confidence,” located just 50 yards out from the beach, while another popular dive site, “Something Special,” is also a short swim away.
Harbour Village Beach Club’s luxurious private villas are located just a few steps away from the beach and feature opulent décor and thoughtful details like secluded lanais and double hammocks. The resort is also home to the acclaimed La Balandra Restaurant and Bar, which gives the sensation of sailing into the Caribbean seascape with a dining deck located on a jetty extending out to sea, as well as The Spa at Harbour Village Beach Club.
In addition to diving, the resort’s concierge can help craft the perfect itinerary of island adventures. Explore natural wonders such as Bonaire’s famed solar salt beds and one of the world’s largest pink flamingo nesting grounds, or catch a glimpse of the island’s rare Bonairean Lora Parrot. Or relax at the resort, lounging at the seaside pool, dozing in a hammock on the beach or taking to the waves with our complimentary paddle boards and kayaks.
About Harbour Village Bonaire
Harbour Village Beach Club was voted Bonaire’s Leading Hotel in the 2013 World Travel Awards, hailed as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal. Located in the Dutch Antilles within an exclusive beachfront enclave on a four-acre, private peninsula on Bonaire, Harbour Village Beach Club is often referred to as “the best kept secret” in the Caribbean where vacationing is effortless, and the world’s best diving and underwater landscapes are just steps away. Harbour Village Beach Club offers 30 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a private white-sand beach, onsite PADI 5 Star Dive and Water Sports Center, private 64-slip marina, beachfront restaurant, full-service spa, lighted tennis courts, beachside and cascade pools, fitness center, supervised children’s programs, complimentary wireless Internet and a wealth of other premium amenities.
Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the island of Bonaire offers year round sunshine, low annual rainfall, and has been designated as having the most pristine coral reef environment and most species of fish in the Caribbean by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation lists eight out of almost 90 of Bonaire’s dive sites in their top 10 in terms of species richness in the Caribbean — abundant underwater life includes more than 300 species of tropical fish and over 120 different types of coral. The island is able to maintain this environment and receive awards for Bonaire diving year after year because its surrounding waters have been protected as the Bonaire National Marine Park for over 30 years.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Away Vacations
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Away Vacations
Islands In The Sun has partnered with French explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his non-profit organization, Ocean Futures Society, to empower tourists to learn all about the natural and cultural beauty of Queensland. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Away Vacations are the perfect blend of adventure, exploration, and escape that highlight the best dive spots and some of the most beautiful locations in the Great Barrier Reef. Clients will be amazed by the colorful coral reefs, diverse wildlife, diving opportunities, and cultural experiences. Start planning a trip to the amazing Great Barrier Reef with Islands In The Sun today!
5 Day Great Barrier Reef Live-aboard Diving FROM $1099*
Package includes 2 nights onboard Pro Dives purpose built dive boat, 11 dives (including 2 night dives), unlimited snorkeling, full use of diving and snorkel equipment, moorings at exclusive dive sites, 2 nights in Cairns at the Pacific Hotel Cairns, full breakfast daily, transfers between the airport and the marina/hotel, and more!
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
4 Day Port Douglas, Reef & Rainforest FROM $1799*
Package includes 3 nights in Port Douglas at Thala Beach Lodge, private transfers to/from Cairns to Port Douglas, 3 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, diving the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Adventure, flames of the Forest and Aboriginal Cultural Experience, 24/7 After Hours Emergency Travel Helpline, and more!
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
4 Day Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceans Away Vacation FROM $2999*
Package includes 3 nights in the Great Barrier Reef on Heron Island, round trip seaplane transfers from Gladstone to/from Heron Island, all meals, Great Barrier Reef Diving (20 dives sites within a 20 minute boat ride), 24/7 After Hours Emergency Travel Helpline, and more!
For those who regard themselves as well-travelled but rarely venture into the underwater world, then it’s time to expand your horizons says diving holiday specialist Regaldive. World Oceans Day takes place this Sunday and to mark the occasion, Regaldive is encouraging travellers to ‘Pledge to Plunge’. With over 70% of the planet lying under the water and nearly 50% of all living species on Earth residing there, there’s a whole world waiting to be explored.
If you are pledging to plunge for the first time, then the labyrinthine tunnels, canyons and arches of the Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean, offer the perfect setting. First timers can admire spotted, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, turtles, octopus and rays close to the shore. Once confident, they can venture to adrenaline fuelled bubbling hydrothermal vents, the MV Dori wreck – a Liberian cargo ship which sank in 1964, and an eerie anchor graveyard. Seven nights’ at the Hotel Talisman on the island of Sao Miguel cost from £701 per person, including flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. A PADI Scuba Diver Course costs from £263 per person.
For those wanting to travel further afield, the nutrient rich waters of Pemba, in the Indian Ocean, will transport them to another world. Beginners can enjoy shallow inshore dive sites and the islands reefs and coral gardens, home to stunning gorgonian sea fans, barracuda, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, jacks and the endemic chromis damselfish. Once qualified, divers can venture to Manta Point for the rare opportunity to swim with mantas rays. Seven nights’ at the Manta Resort cost from £1,782 per person, including flights, transfers and all inclusive accommodation. Guests can upgrade to spend a night in the resort’s underwater room from £900. A PADI Open Water course costs from £375 per person.
For experienced divers pledging to plunge in the most exotic of locations, then the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean offer just that. The islands are recognised as one of the best locations to encounter sharks in large numbers. Regaldive’s eight day Galapagos Sky liveaboard journeys around Wolf and Darwin Islands, allowing divers the chance to swim alongside whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, dolphins and rays, in addition to other world renowned sites. Costing from £4,894 per person, the package includes flights, transfers, accommodation, most meals, diving, air tanks and weights.
Andreas Elia, Managing Director of Regaldive commented, “It’s well known that travelling opens up your eyes to the world and the same goes for diving. With so much of the planet lying under the water, the unforgettable sights and life-changing experiences on offer are endless. With this in mind, we’re asking people to pledge to take the plunge this World Oceans Day. To fully appreciate it you need to get to know it, and what better way to do that than to explore it!”
For more information, or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call 01353 659 999.
Seeking to enhance Dominica’s growing reputation as the number one dive spot in the Caribbean, the Fort Young Hotel has launched a special summer all inclusive package aimed at travellers wanting to focus their holiday around diving. The new All Inclusive Summer Dive Package gives divers the chance to enjoy a huge amount of time underwater, fully aware that everything has been taken care of back on land, leaving them the maximum amount of time to enjoy themselves on and off shore.
The All-inclusive Summer Dive package starts at US$1,541 per person based on double occupancy. It is valid on new reservations made between now and October 10, 2014 for travel between June 1st and October 15th 2014. Also available and customizable for groups, the package includes accommodations for seven nights, all meals and in-house beverages, and five days of 2 tank dive trips (ten dives) with visits to some of the Nature Island’s best loved dive sites. These include Champagne, where volcanic fumaroles beneath the sea bed fill the water around you with thousands of bubbles; the five dramatic coral-covered spires known as Danglebens Pinnacles, and the 1.5km long wall La Bym, where divers might just encounter a turtle or manta ray idling by. There will be plenty of time to discover why, this March, Scuba Radio said Dominica, “consistently delivers the best in Caribbean diving, if not the world”.
What really makes Fort Young the perfect hotel for a dive vacation in Dominica is how its facilities cater to divers. There’s an on-site dive shop as well as the hotel’s own jetty – itself an iconic site on the island, especially at sunset – where dive boats collect and drop divers off. The jetty is also the embarkation point for world class whale watching, and snorkelling trips from the hotel, as well as the romantic setting for many weddings.
Many of the island’s best dive sites are just 20 minutes or so from the hotel by boat. As a result of its unrivalled facilities and location, The Fort Young Hotel was chosen earlier this year to be the Dominica partner for Guy Harvey Outposts, a Florida-based specialist tour operator, which takes American guests on some of the finest marine holidays in Mexico, Galapagos, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman… and now Dominica.
Once back on land, divers can just sit back and relax. All meals are included in the package, along with any in house alcoholic beverage. And because the diving is so accessible from the hotel, there’s still plenty of time available to explore the rainforests for which Dominica is equally famous, and which are just as easy to reach from Fort Young. Or, guests can simply unwind in one of the hotel’s rooftop Jacuzzis, swim a few laps of the infinity pool, or enjoy dinner or drinks in its oceanfront restaurant and bars.
About the Fort Young Hotel:
Built into the original fort (first constructed in 1699), The Fort Young is Dominica’s leading hotel and a landmark in the capital city Roseau. The hotel has 32 original Fort rooms, 38 Oceanfront and Deluxe Oceanfront rooms, along with three suites, offering a combination of old world charm and spacious modern luxury. It features an on-site Dive Shop, Excursion Desk, Duty Free shopping as well as Massage & Wellness Center and Conference Rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout. The Fort Young Hotel serves as the perfect base for visitors to explore the island, whether for business, diving, leisure or shopping. For more information, visit http://www.fortyounghotel.com
In a region saturated by tourism, Dominica remains one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. Known as the “Nature Island” due to its abundance of natural splendors: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, black and white sand beaches; and below the water, volcanic vents, plunging sea walls, colorful reefs, soft corals, sea turtles and sperm whales. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers.
Beachfront Resort Entices Travelers with New Rooms and Exciting Dive Experience
Curacao Rooms 3WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – May 27, 2014 – With National Dare Day right around the corner (June 1), Hilton Curaçao has launched an exciting dive experience that challenges adventure seekers to discover the underwater world of Curaçao – recognized as a top diving destination in the Caribbean. Now through Dec. 24, 2014, pros and amateurs alike can explore the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean with Hilton Curaçao’s “Dare you to Dive” package and Caribbean Sea Sports, the resort’s new on-site dive center.
Starting at US$291* per night based on double occupancy, the thrilling package features:
Deluxe accommodation in a newly renovated guest room
One dive per person based on double occupancy, from 9:00am to 12:30pm, including tanks and weights
Fresh fruit on boat
Daily American breakfast buffet
Caribbean Sea Sports, a PADI 5 dive shop with over 20 years of experience, offers guests an array of water sports and beach activities. Professional dive instructors and crew welcome guests with superior service, modern equipment and flexible offers.
Located on a magnificent stretch of white sand beach on the edge of the turquoise Caribbean, Hilton Curaçao resort recently completed a renovation of all 196 guest rooms. Drawing inspiration from the island of Curaçao itself, the completely redone rooms deliver an elegant, relaxing and comfortable tropical ambiance, complete with new bedding, furniture and residential feel. All rooms and suites are outfitted with the Hilton Serenity Collection of amenities featuring plush bedding, high-definition LCD flat screen television, alarm clock with MP3 player connection, high-speed Internet access, Peter Thomas Roth bathroom products and more. New neutral wood-toned furniture reflects sophistication and tropical character, while redesigned bathrooms offer stone vanity, porcelain tile, glass shower and upgraded fixtures. New closets with a hospitality unit including an under counter refrigerator, and subtle lighting add the final touch to the rooms’ decor.
Guests staying in executive rooms and suites will benefit from access to the executive lounge offering daily continental breakfast, light snacks and beverages throughout the day, complemented by amazing ocean views and the resort’s picturesque surroundings.
Additionally, Hilton Curaçao recently debuted a new Cornershop and dive center. After a complete transformation, from shop-like style to trendy café, guests at the new Cornershop can enjoy a chic setting while savoring a selection of freshly brewed coffee, delicious sandwiches, warm pastries and crispy salads in a relaxed atmosphere. Trained baristas indulge guests for breakfast, lunch or an evening bite with a perfectly fresh brewed artisan coffee that ignites all the senses. The Cornershop is open daily from 6:30am until 10:00pm.
For reservations or further information, visit www.hiltoncuracaoresort.com.
* This offer is subject to availability and seasonal variations. Blackout dates and certain restrictions may apply. Rates are per room per night based on double occupancy, do not include taxes, service charges or gratuities, and are subject to change without notice. Tax and service charges are additional at 19.84%. Minimum length of stay of 2 nights is required depending on flight itinerary. There are different dive options for certified vs. non-certified divers. Divers must dive with a buddy and dive within the non-decompression limits. Please contact the hotel for further details regarding the dive options.
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About Hilton Curaçao
Located on Piscadera Bay just 10 minutes from Hato International Airport, the beachfront Hilton Curaçao resort welcomes guests with gentle tropical breezes and two pristine white sand beaches. Set on 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Hilton Curaçao guests will be mesmerized by the turquoise sea and underwater world that awaits discovery. Five minutes from quaint downtown Willemstad, guests can also venture out to discover the island’s heritage and history. All 196 guest rooms and suites, including accessible rooms, rooms for guests with allergies, and executive floor rooms, feature private balcony, stunning ocean or island views, and the Hilton Serenity Collection of amenities. An executive lounge offers daily breakfast, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the day. Leisure-seekers can take advantage of all that Hilton Curaçao has to offer. Water enthusiasts can visit the on-site PADI five-star Golden Palm certified dive center and explore underwater coves, caves and colorful sea life, or enjoy the center’s water sports activities. For relaxation, guests can unwind under a palm tree on the resort’s private beaches, cool off in the refreshing swimming pool, or schedule a treatment at the Color of People Spa. Families can enjoy a children’s pool and Kidz Paradise activity center with an array of fun and games. Additional recreation options include a casino, fitness center, and tennis courts. To tempt palates, the resort features authentic Curaçao cuisine or international specialties in two restaurants. For business travelers and event planners, Hilton Curaçao offers over 4,000 square feet of meeting space with capacity for up to 450 guests, and a Hilton Meetings complex with boardroom, six meeting rooms, plus a business center.
About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. View a list of official social channels at www.hilton.com/social. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market leading brands.
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