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If you’ve always wondered what lies beneath, now is the time to find out!
Crusader Travel partner, Aqua-Sport, is close to many of Eilat’s hotels. For those on a shoestring there is the beachside Divers Lodge with pleasant multi bedded rooms with en suite facilities. The club has a restaurant/bar Bedouin tent and is a great place for divers and their families.
The minimum age to learn to dive in Eilat is 12, however, just a short drive across the border in Taba children can learn from the age of 10.
Aqua-Sport Eilat has another base just 2 miles down the coast at the Taba Hilton across the Egyptian border. The Aqua Sport dive centre in Taba offers opportunities for diverse dive-programmes using a dive boat and taking divers on daily excursions. Daily dives to rarely dived coral ‘drop offs’.
The dive programmes of Aqua-Sport Eilat and Aqua-Sport can be combined
Purchase 2 identical packs and get 25% off.
Applicable on bookings made for between December and March (excluding Christmas & New Year) and when combined with a land package.
|Pack A1||6 guided shore dives||£75|
|Pack A2||10 guided shore dives||£120|
|Pack A3||6 guided shore dives: 2 Japanese Gardens boat dives, 4 shore dives||£100|
|Pack A4||6 guided shore dives: 2 Japanese Gardens boat dives, 2 Sinai boat dives, 2 shore dives||£125|
|Pack A5||10 guided shore dives: Japanese Gardens boat dive, 4 Sinai boat dives, 3 shore dives, 1 Dolphin dive||£230|
|Pack A6||6 guided dives including 3 Sinai boat dives||£170|
|Pack A7||10 guided dives: (Eilat and Sinai) 5 day boat diving||£230|
Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and free nitrox for any lucky last minute guests wishing to join Mermaid I and the mantas in Komodo !
Including Overnight 4* Hotel stay both ways in Bali from £3838.00 per person with flights & transfers.
Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali.After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx. 19:00 hours as e cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa
Day 2 Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch ! Visit the local village then its lunch for us ! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.
Day 3 The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark.
Day 4 Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving !Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta ! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more !
Day 5 Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons ! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loadsof reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.
Day 6 More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by…maybe e make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc ! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers
Day 7 Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep.
Day 8 The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibrancs, ghost pipefish anyone ?
Day 9 We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning. Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends.
Total 28 Dives!
Day 10 After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…
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11 nights Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay from Saigon to Siem Reap.
Main Deck from £3,062.00 per person Twin share, departs September 2017 – March 2018.
An adventure on the Mekong onboard luxury river cruiser for 11 nights tour price includes:
◾Return airfare from London
◾7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities
◾Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
◾Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary
◾Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes.
◾Hotel style passenger ship with 3 decks: Main, Upper, Sundeck
◾Main deck with guest cabins in front; Crew area in the back
◾Upper deck with guest cabin and bridge house in front; Reception, restaurant, galley bridge house
◾Sundeck with lounge, library, bar, health club, gym, spa and whirl pool, 360 degrees view.
◾30 cabins (100% twin balcony)
◾12 Main Deck Staterooms
◾14 Upper Deck Staterooms
◾02 Suite (upper deck)
◾02 Deluxe Suite (main deck)
13 DAYS/11 NIGHTS ADVENTURE: SAIGON TO SIEM REAP
Day 1: London – Saigon
Fly from London to Saigon.
Day 2 : Saigon
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 3: Saigon
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be
After breakfast, you will be transferred overland by coach to My Tho port to board Cruiseco Adventurer. Enjoy welcome drinks and lunch, then check in to your luxurious cabin. While cruising towards Cai Be, join the Captain‘s Cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner and folk performances. Moor overnight midstream near Cai Be.
Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec
After breakfast, take a junk trip to the floating markets. Visit sights including the French Gothic Cathedral and rice paper manufacturers. Return to the ship for lunch while sailing towards Sa Dec, a quaint little city. Explore Sa Dec in the evening, including the Fujian Temple, local markets along the river banks, and pass the home of Marguerite Duras. We then set sail for Tan Chau with evening cocktails and dinner.
Day 6: Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Discover Tan Chau, a small town untouched by tourism. We sightsee by local boats, through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island and floating fish farm. Afterwards, enjoy a local tour by rickshaw (xe loi). Board the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border, enjoying lunch, a Vientamese cooking demonstration by the executive chef, cocktails, dinner and a screening of the movie “The Killing Fields”. Overnight we cruise to Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities in Phnom Penh, including visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You may also choose to visit Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 Detention Centre) and the Killing Fields, providing an understanding of a crucial part of Cambodia’s history. In the evening enjoy Khmer folk dancing before dinner. You may like to relax in one of many bars ashore just opposite the dock as the ship will stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 8: Chong Koh Village
Sail towards little known Chong Koh. After breakfast, we take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk-weaving village. Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream.
Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach*
After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
**As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed
Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoyig farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap.
Day 11:**High Water
Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides.Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the worlds largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel.
Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang
Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlandsReturn to the boat for lunch . After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening.The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam.
Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights.
Day 12: Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples.
Day 13: Siem Reap
After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London
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Holidays to the Azores this autumn – Eight nights for the price of seven + further special offers
Are you free to travel on Saturday 30 September? If the answer is yes, we have an incredible, special offers just for you!
From just £638.00 per person, you can travel to the mid-Atlantic, nature paradise island of Sao Miguel and spend 8 nights exploring the jewel of the Azores. This is a saving of 20% PLUS extra night’s stay free of charge.
Antillia Hotel Apartments : 8 night holidays from £638.00 per person when departing 30 Sept and including flights, transfers and bed & breakfast accommodation
• City centre location
• Complimentary health spa
• 150m from the marina
This modern hotel is located in the centre of Ponta Delgada. The ideal city centre location means that there is easy access to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as the marina. In addition to the outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, guests have access to a complimentary health Spa, including a Sauna and Jacuzzi.
Furnas Boutique Hotel: 8 night holidays from £944.00 per person when departing 30 Sept and including flights, car hire and bed & breakfast accommodation
• Rural location
• Spa facilities
• Natural hot springs and gardens
Located in the rural village of Furnes, this hotel is ideal for those wanting some peace and quiet. Guests will feel completely relaxed as they take advantage of the spa facilities, such as the thermal pool and sauna. There are five restaurants within a five minute walk, providing guests with plenty of different cuisine choices.
The Azores form an enchanting archipelago of nine emerald green islands, home to a landscape of unspoiled, rural beauty and adorned with flowers and shimmering lakes. Set in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal (1,500km) and North America (3,900km). The Azores not only with their enchanting appearance but also with the friendly and passionate locals.
The Azores offers variety of activities to choose from including Whale & Dolphin Watching Trip, Birdwatching, Canoeing, Fishing from Sao Miguel, Bike Tour and Rock Climbing.
This is a destination for those who appreciate unspoiled scenery, like to be outdoors and immersed in nature, and enjoy warm, authentic hospitality.
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