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Flight time: 10.5 hours

Water temperature: 24 - 28°C

Highlights on-board: Best in class luxury

Highlights underwater: Best central sites including Ari Atoll

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SAVE A MINIMUM OF 10% ON YOUR NEXT DIVING HOLIDAY!

You can save an incredible 10% on holiday and liveaboard packages worldwide* when you book your Regaldive holiday from 29 December 2015. This saving applies to almost every holiday in the Regaldive programme.

Also, benefit from many other special offers, including dive pack offers, free extra nights and room upgrades. 

Example Savings:

RED SEA DIVE PACK OFFERS - INCLUDING ‘BUY ONE GET ONE FREE’

Regaldive are also offering a range of Dive Pack Offers

Call the Regaldive team on 01353 659999 or email us today to book your next diving adventure.

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Dolmen Resort Hotel has over 400 rooms, all with attractive views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, St. Paul's Bay, impressive Neolithic Temples, or the beautifully landscaped gardens, so it will appeal to divers and visitors who are looking for a quality resort with excellent facilities. The Hotel's Oracle Casino boasts a spectacular setting on the shores of the Mediterranean and an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere.

Malta can be reached from the UK in as little as three hours and the Dolmen Resort is less than half an hour’s drive from the airport, putting it within easy reach for UK divers who want to minimise their journey and maximise their diving time.

With its dramatic underwater landscapes, excellent visibility, balmy sea temperatures and lots of wrecks and caves to explore, Malta has enough to keep divers coming back year after year. The island’s history as disputed land has led to an impressive collection of ship, plane and submarine wrecks that have really put Malta on the map for wreck diving. Dozens of shipwrecks, historic and artificial mean that Malta is a key technical diving destination, but it's also an ideal place to learn to dive.

Divers staying at the Dolmen Resort Hotel will be diving with Maltaqua Dive Centre, a PADI Dive Centre and a BSAC School of Excellence with over 40 years’ experience on the islands of Malta. Maltaqua offer Regaldive guests staying at Dolmen Resort a courtesy transfer to their Dive Centre in St. Paul's Bay, just a few minutes’ drive away.

Regaldive is offering seven night twin share packages staying at the Dolmen Resort Hotel including flights, transfers and breakfast from £358 per person. Dive Packs are available through Regaldive starting at £83 per person for seven days of unlimited shore diving (unguided).

For more details, contact our specialist team on 01353 659 999 or email: info@regaldive.co.uk, or visit Dolmen Resort Hotel.

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This liveaboard operates Saturday to Saturday, which means that only 5 days annual leave is required. Flights depart from Gatwick on Saturday morning. 

A 38.7 metre boat, Vita Xplorer easily accommodates 24 guests in her 8 twin-berth cabins, 2 king-size cabins and 1 king-size ensuite cabin. Vita Xplorer has an enviable 120m² of sundecks with both shaded and unshaded areas. Nitrox is provided FREE of charge.

This boat’s itinerary is the popular 'Abu Nuhas & Ras Mohammed' route - it provides the best of both worlds, with visits to famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea, along with some stunning reef diving. Divers can explore the famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. In between wreck dives, divers will visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and also those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.

Night dives offered on this trip can be superb, as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. Whilst in Ras Mohamed, divers may have an opportunity to dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada. 

Vita Xplorer is part of the Aquarius Fleet based in the Red Sea, along with MY Okeanos Xplorer.

For more details, please contact our specialist team on 01353 659 999, or by email, or visit Vita Xplorer.

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Aimed at divers who like to travel as part of a group, and those who may normally enjoy a liveaboard experience, these small group adventures offer an action-packed diving itinerary and excellent value for money. 

Small groups provide the comfort and reassurance of a safe bubble, while affording the opportunity to create bespoke diving itineraries showcasing the very best diving on offer. 

Our small group dive adventures are proving popular so we have added some new dates for travel in 2022! So, whether you want a quick getaway to Egypt, a Maldives experience like no other, or a special trip to Indonesia, we’ve created some exciting small group dive adventures just for you. Read on and join us!

Sharm Dive Extravaganza from £695

Enjoy a week of fun and adventure at the Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village, an authentic Bedouin style family run resort north of Sharm el Sheikh. This resort has a has a peaceful village vibe and offers a relaxed ambience away from the crowds. 

Three dives per day are on offer, with a special diving itinerary including Ras Mohamed National Park, an early morning dive in Tiran, the Dunraven wreck and two night dives. A total of 15 dives are included during the week. Accommodation, meals and transfers are also included, with complimentary single supplements for single divers.

Coral reef and black spotted sweetlips in Sharm el Sheikh

Trip dates: 07-14 Oct 2021; 31 Mar – 07 Apr 2022; 06 – 13 Oct 2022

Find out more about our Sharm Dive Extravaganza.

Dive & Detox Maldives from £1,675

Rewind, detox and enjoy wonderful diving with our small group adventures to the Boutique Beach Resort. Created by British ex-pat Romney Drury, this magical dive resort has just six rooms and has won countless awards for its approach. With an enviable location at the tip of the South Ari Atoll, this area is known for excellent whale shark sightings and has over 50 dive sites to choose from, including some of the most celebrated dive sites in the Maldives.  

A total of 17 dives are included in the week, including two full day safaris, a night dive, and some secret dive spots. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included, along with a trip to a non-local island for anyone missing a drink!

Manta ray in the Maldives

Trip dates: 02 - 09 Oct 2021

Find out more about our Dive & Detox Maldives holiday.

Bunaken Bonanza from £1,345

Experience a week of exceptional diving at Tasik Ria Resort on the shores of Manado, facing Bunaken National Marine Park. A spacious, family run property, the Tasik Ria Resort is set in natural surroundings and offers comfort and warm hospitality.  

Three dives per day are on offer, with a special diving itinerary that includes a night dive and a trip to the Lembeh Strait to seek out the weird and wonderful. A total of 17 dives are included during the week. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included, with complimentary single supplements for single divers.

Swimming pool at Tasik Ria in Indonesia

Trip dates: 15 - 22 Oct 2021; 07 - 14 May 2022; 17 - 24 Sep 2022

Find out more about our Bunaken Bonanza.

All prices are quoted on a land only basis and are per person. Flight prices available on request and may vary depending on the time of booking. Group size for all trips is only 6-10 people. All departures can be booked on our flexible booking promise. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date when new departures are added.

To book your diving holiday, get in touch with our friendly team.

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Below we highlight the selected 'Explore the World' trip dates in 2022. Choose an itinerary that's right for you, whether it's shark encounters in the Bahamas or at Cocos Island, a trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos or Palau or perhaps even a cheeky week away in the Red Sea. Grab a deal. Hop on board. You'll be amazed at the experience!

Bahamas Aggressor

01 to 08 January 2022

05 to 12 February 2022

Galapagos Aggressor III

27 January to 03 February 2022

03 to 10 March 2022

Okeanos Aggressor I (for cocos)

03 to 13 May 2022

17 to 27 December 2022

Okeanos Aggressor II (For Cocos)

05 to 15 March 2022

19 to 29 March 2022

Palau Aggressor II

04 to 11 September 2022

25 September to 02 October 2022

RED SEA AGGRESSOR

05 to 12 March 2022

18 to 25 June 2022

Rock Islands Aggressor (For PALAU)

09 to 16 October 2022

23 to 30 October 2022

Aerial of Palau. Image by Aggressor Fleet

Contact the Regaldive team to find out more and book your spot on any of these special trips. Occassionally more destinations and trip dates are added. Check back regularly for updates. Saving is on boat only. New bookings only. The Regal team can help arrange your flights and any additional accommodation required to create a full diving holiday package for you. 

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Our friends at Emperor Divers are offering some BOGOHP (Buy One Get One Half Price) trips to the Red Sea, Maldives and Indonesia throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023! Single travellers can take advantage too, with up to 25% off the price on these selected trips. 

With a low deposit and flexible cancellation policy in place, booking your spot on one of these selected diving trips has never been easier!

Below we highlight some fantastic liveaboard adventures in the Red Sea & Maldives during 2022 to inspire you to book your next diving holiday. If you can’t wait until then, call us here at Regaldive and ask about 2021 departures. For those who really don’t want to miss the boat, there are some great trips planned in Indonesia for 2023. Get in touch with the Regal team for more information.

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Emperor Echo 

Emperor Echo liveaboard

WAS: £791pp 

NOW: £638pp 

Depart: 06, 13, 20, 28 January 2022

Itinerary: South & St Johns 

An incredible adventure as you dive the southern Red Sea spots of St Johns, Rocky, Zabargad and the Fury Shoals reef system. To enjoy the best of this itinerary it is recommended for advanced qualified divers certified to dive to 30 metres and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. 

Emperor Asmaa 

Emperor Asmaa liveaboard

WAS: £809pp 

NOW: £647pp 

Depart: 04, 11, 18 February 2022

Itinerary: Reefs & Wrecks 

Departing from Hurghada this is one of the most popular itineraries which includes the famous dive spots of Abu Nuhas, Straits of Gubal, the SS Thistlegorm, Ras Mohamed, Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller wreck. A fantastic diving experience for all. 

Maldives

Emperor Atoll 

Emperor Atoll liveaboard

From: £1147pp (2 Jan) and £1219pp (other dates in January) 

Depart: 02, 09, 16, 23 January 2022

Itinerary: Best of Maldives 

Offering the best sites of the Central Atolls, the itinerary has some flexibility to ensure divers have an amazing experience during the week-long safari. Expect reef, channel and drift dives, macro life, manta rays at Maaya Thila cleaning station and shark encounters.  

Emperor Leo 

Emperor Leo liveaboard at sea

From: £2731pp 

Depart: 08 January 2022

Itinerary: Deep South & Southern Sharks 

Start the new year in style on this extended adventure to the southern atolls starting in Malé and ending in Gan. Recommended for advanced qualified divers (minimum 100 logged dives) expect plenty of shark encounters and thrilling drift dives in the channels of Laamu and Huvadhoo atolls. Plus, whale sharks at night, majestic manta rays and a visit to Foammulah where tiger sharks are prevalent.  

Emperor Serenity 

Emperor Serenity liveaboard

From: £3451pp 

Depart: 02 & 26 January 2022

Itinerary: Deep South & Southern Sharks 

The first few months of the year are renowned for spectacular shark encounters in the southern atolls of the Maldives. Hop on board an extended 14-night safaris for an amazing experience. Expect to encounter several species of shark including grey, silvertip, silkies and hammerheads. Don’t let them detract you from the tiger sharks, mantas and whale sharks plus exciting drift dives and plenty of other pelagic marine encounters. Recommended for experienced divers with a minimum of 100 logged dives. The first trip date starts in Malé, the second ends there. 

Emperor Serenity 

Emperor Serenity salon

From: £1345pp 

Depart: 01, 08, 15 & 22 May 2022

Itinerary: Best of Maldives 

Discover just why the itineraries to the Central Atolls are named ‘Best of Maldives’. During the week-long itinerary expect to dive channels, reefs and wrecks observing an incredible and varied marine life. Highlights include large schools of pelagic fish, shark and manta encounters plus a night dive with nurse sharks and stingrays. Suited to divers of all abilities it’s the best way to experience the underwater delights of the Maldives. 

Contact us to find out more or book your space!

See Schedules & Prices tab on each liveaboard for further information and itinerary details. Prices quoted are boat only. 

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13 May 2021

turtle, turtles

Cath Bates

In my years of diving I have had many lucky encounters with turtles, even seeing them chased by sharks! One memory though particularly stands out from a trip to Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi in Indonesia. While you can be divebombed by a multitude of both green and hawksbill turtles throughout your time there, occasionally one will steal your heart.

Turtle in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Cruising along the wall of Manado Tua, I turned mid-dive to find a medium-sized green sea turtle gently finning next to me. She passed right in front manoeuvring her body lithely to look me over and check I wasn’t a threat, before settling down beneath a ledge on the wall. It was too good a photo opportunity to miss and as I slowly approached, she began scratching her carapace like a cow on a fence. Allowing me to snap her contented portrait she slowly moved along the reef to munch on some tasty broccoli coral. The coral broke up in the water generating a cloud of goo. I clearly wasn’t of interest but she would occasionally glance to her left and right to check nothing was coming to steal her dinner.

After happily posing for some more photographs, she lazily pushed off the ledge and swam into the clear blue water. Her ornate shell featured dark sunflower bursts of brown, white and gold as if it had been painted by an impressionist artist. Something startled her and she began to pelt faster and faster making it look like she was leaving a trail of fire behind her. Then - as if someone had tied her to a bunch of helium balloons - she floated effortlessly up to the surface to catch her breath. Silhouetted against the sun I marvelled at the prehistoric shape that had just afforded me such a memorable moment in time. Within seconds she turned, swimming downwards into the abyss and was gone. 

Charlie Munns

My favourite turtle interaction was during my time working aboard the Odyssey liveaboard in Truk Lagoon. 

My favourite dive in Truk Lagoon was on the huge Shinkoku Maru, an old fuel tanker in the Japanese fleet. This oiler is a haven for hard and soft corals and as it is one of the rarer wrecks that sits in the middle of nowhere (rather than at anchor off the coast of one of the islands), it was always a magnet for any wildlife in the area. Sitting on white sand at a max depth of 40m and standing a good 28m to the top of the superstructure (the masts come to within 7m of the surface), the Shinkoku offers fantastic multi-levelling diving.

On one such dive, having bimbled about in the massive engine room and made my way up to the rear deck, I began my gradual ascent to the boat (and hot food) with a quick stop atop the huge smoke stack that dominates the rear half of the deck. It is covered in so much life, it could easily be classed as a reef all unto itself. As I neared the top of the smoke stack, I initially made out a large dark shadow. My first thought was this was another guest who was now late for their evening meal, but on closer inspection it was obvious this was a very, very large green turtle. Everything about this big-boy was oversized. The carapace was at least my size, his head was the size of a football. He was so large, I was a little bit intimidated to be honest. Fully expecting him to take offence at my arrival, I was surprised he barely reacted at all. He was far more interested in the smorgasbord of soft sponges adorning the perimeter of the chimney. As he munched and crunched his way around, I just knew I could settle down for a closer inspection.

Green turtle in Truk Lagoon

Bit by bit, as he moved to his right, I shimmied to my left until I was right up against him. I could hear him eating. He could surely hear my breathing but neither of us were perturbed and something rather magical happened. He shuffled closer and almost as if yawning at the same time, his front right flipper came to rest on my left arm. This was a 'moment', you know that time when everything around you is just calm. The 'moment' you look around to see if anyone else is bearing witness but realise you are totally alone. The 'moment' you know you are at one with nature and neither of you are deemed a threat to the other. I immediately wanted to put a name to this gentle giant and the name Benson came to mind, his namesake was a local guy working alongside me on the Odyssey. Over the following weeks and months, Benson and I would regularly meet up at the same smoke stack. He was always there, always munching, always chilled. Initially I kept him secret from the others aboard but if I knew a guest was likely to be diving at dusk, I began to make it known where to find him. On my last visit to Truk in 2019, I did not see either of the Bensons but that's OK. I know they are both out there, both yawning, both are either eating or preparing to eat and that just makes me smile. 

Best turtle diving experiences

Feeling inspired? We offer a range of holidays where turtle sightings are common, and we can also arrange trips to see them nesting in season - an unforgettable experience that's sure to make for a rewarding holiday.

Dive with turtles in Oman.

Dive with turtles in Tobago.

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ULTIMATE RED SEA

The Red Sea is a classic liveaboard destination that we all know and love and there are many great itineraries, from the thrilling diving at the Brothers to discovering the mighty Thistlegorm. If you are looking to get the most out of the Red Sea however, how about booking the ultimate Red Sea liveaboard adventure?

Join the Blue Melody on select dates in April and May 2022 and embark on a 10-night adventure covering the Brothers, Daedalus, Elphinstone, Tiran and the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm.

Blue Melody liveaboard in the Red Sea

Selected departure dates:

28 April, from £1,387 

08 May, from £1,621  

20 May, from £1,621

30 May, from £1,621  

SENSATIONAL SUDAN

Head south from the Egyptian Red Sea and the diving gets even better as you enter the seldom dived waters of Sudan. Join the luxurious Royal Evolution on her special annual two-week expeditions departing from Egypt to Sudanese waters. Highlights include the wreck of the Umbria, coral reefs bursting with life and a variety of shark encounters.

Royal Evolution liveaboard in Sudan

Selected departure dates:

10 February, from £2,428

24 February, from £2,428

10 March, from £2,428

24 March, from £2,428

GO DEEP (SOUTH) IN THE MALDIVES

The Maldives deserves its reputation as one of the best liveaboard destinations in the world. This island nation comprises 26 atolls and over 1,100 coral islands spread over 750 kilometres of the Indian Ocean. 

Most liveaboard itineraries focus on the central atolls. However, in the early months of each year certain liveaboards venture south. Deep south, in fact. The southern reaches of the Maldives are rarely visited and - at this time of year - are known for exceptional marine life encounters, especially with sharks. 

Manta ray in the Maldives

Join one of these special liveaboard adventures to experience a different side to the Maldives.

Selected departure dates:

20 January - Emperor Leo, from £ 2,253

12 February - Emperor Explorer, from £2,570

26 February - Emperor Leo, from £ 2,253

5 March - Emperor Explorer, from £2,570

13 March - Amba from £4,499 (25-night extended special!)

MANTAS & MORE IN SOCORRO

Socorro, or the Revillagigedo Archipelago to give the islands their true name, lie in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of Mexico. Along with Cocos and the Galapagos Islands, they form part of the pacific shark corridor. However, the islands are primarily renowned for having the most impressive manta ray sightings in the world. The supporting cast for this show is equally impressive, with up to seven species of shark, dolphin and numerous other pelagic visitors.

Join us on these exclusive, extended adventures in prime manta season to experience the jaw-dropping beauty of these mighty animals on board the Nautilus Explorer.

Diver and manta ray in Socorro

Image by Stuart Westmorland

Selected departure dates:

3 March, from £2,983

18 April,  from £2,822

THE BOUNDLESS BAHAMAS

The Bahamas has long been one of the top diving destinations in the Caribbean. Its location promises plentiful shark encounters in addition to great wreck dives, colourful reefs and azure blue waters. This special extended itinerary focuses on the diving around Grand Bahama Island and Bimini, with the possibility of encounters with two of the Bahamas’ most iconic inhabitants: the great hammerhead and the tiger shark.

Bahamas Master liveaboard

Image by Brett Davis

Selected departure dates:

7 January - Bahamas Master, from £3,789

6 April - Bahamas Aggressor, from £2,635 - SAVE £615!

23 July - Bahamas Master, from £3,359

PERFECT PALAU

Consistently ranked as one of the world's most spectacular dive destinations, Palau is home to an astonishing spectrum of marine life and is famed for its pelagic action. Sharks are frequent visitors to these protected waters and there are also a number of manta ray cleaning stations. The big fish encounters are complimented by stunning reefs and some great wreck dives too.

Palau Siren liveaboard

Head to Palau on these select departures to catch all the action with these liveaboard departures.

Selected departure dates:

20 March - Rock Island Aggressor, from £2,260 - SAVE £460!

24 June - Palau Siren, Spawning Special - New Moon from £3,792

MASTER THE GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Islands need little introduction. Straddling the equator, 97% of these enchanted islands are protected national park, while the waters surrounding the islands are a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Several oceanic currents meet here, creating and extraordinary abundance of marine life that has few equals anywhere in the world.

Liveaboard itineraries are closely controlled by the Galapagos National Park and seven-night itineraries are the norm here, spending as much time as possible at the Wolf & Darwin Islands. These liveaboards are bucket-list adventures in their own right, but occasionally extended 10-night adventures are offered, allowing those lucky few to discover even more of the majestic Galapagos Islands. Join one of these special trips in 2022 for the ultimate Galapagos diving adventure.

Galapagos Master liveaboard and Darwin's Arch

Selected departure dates:

6 January from £6,875

10 February from £6,875

28 February from £6,875 - Only 2 spaces left!

All prices displayed are per person, boat only.

Demand is high for these special trips, so get in touch with our friendly team today to discuss your big adventure for 2022, or view all our liveaboard diving holidays.

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