Malpelo: News Update From M/V Yemaya

Shark Diving in Malpelo

News update from M/V Yemaya:

It is with a heavy heart that we are informing you of our decision to cease our operation to Malpelo effective January 2018.

The Colombian government decided end of last year to change the rules for the permits to Malpelo National Park. From 2018 onwards, only boats operating from Colombian ports will be allowed to visit Malpelo, citing the need to implement and guarantee the national sovereignty of their country as the primary reason for this change.

This undoubtedly changes everything in our operation. The whole operation that we built up over the years, including our crew, logistics, permits and company in Panama as well as a steadily growing clientele, all our efforts and the results of our hard work, energy and love for what we were building up will come to naught in 2018.

We will of course operate from Panama for the rest of 2016 and 2017, until our last trip departing on December 24th, 2017.

We have limited spaces left on our trips in 2016 and a big number of our 2017 trips have been sold. So if you want to discover the place on earth with more sharks than any other, you still have a chance!

Malpelo trips for 2016 & 2017 - MV Yemaya

View itinerary : http://www.divediscovery.com/malpelo/divetours/malpelo-dive-expedition.php

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
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MV Yemaya

: Mozambique Travel News: Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

“Ananatara Medjumbe Island Resort reopened early December 2015 after an extensive renovation period.  The interiors have been freshened up and brought to life to compliment the amazing azure blues of the surrounding ocean and the white beaches of Medjumbe Island. Mozambique Voyages travelled to Medjumbe to get a first hand experience of the new look and feel of the island.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

The beautiful northern Quirimbas Archipelago is home to Medjumbe.  The private island offers only 12 villas which makes it the ideal romantic hideaway.  The villa interiors have been given a refreshed look and feel with touches of bright African patterned materials.  The new look and feel blends in perfectly with the natural beauty of the island.  The villas still feature en suite bathrooms with both shower and bath as well as outdoor shower.  Also available are a mini bar, Nespresso coffee machines (for the early morning java requirements), gym in a bag and beach bag with hats, flipflops and a wrap just in case you forgot yours.  Additional luxury touches include the soap menu on arrival, from which you can chose your preferred soap bar combinations for bath time, as well as a modernized rooms directory on a mini ipad.

The size of the villas have not changed but the outdoor deck area has been given new life with the addition of modern, comfortable outdoor furniture as well as a newly designed private splash pool in mosaic tile finish.  The outdoor areas of each Villa are now a lot more inviting to guests and a whole day can be spent relaxing here whilst soaking up the surrounding tranquility.

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One of the most notable improvements is the dining experience at Anantara Medjumbe.  On arrival a selection of snacks is available for you to enjoy – from calamari rings, chicken and fish kebabs to fresh fruit and sweet treats.  The “Dining by Design” concept menus are new and exciting and turns meal times back into the highlight that they are meant to be.

A variety of activities are on offer to keep guests entertained.  There are some great diving to be enjoyed in the surrounding waters as well as two snorkel spots available at low tide from beach.  A visit for more snorkeling and a picnic lunch amongst the Palm trees on Quissanga island is always a must do whilst staying at Anantara Medjumbe.  The wellness centre will smooth out stress knots from tired muscles or sit back and enjoy a cocktail whilst sailing on a traditional dhow around the island at sunset.

Take note of changes for 2017 Anantara Medjumbe Special Offers:

Long Stay Special Offer

Stay 6 nights or more and receive 15% discount off your entire stay. This special offer is valid during Standard season (06/01/2017 – 31/10/2017). A minimum of a 6 night stay is applicable in order to qualify for this special offer. This special offer can NOT be combined with the Honeymoon Special Offer (see below). This special offer is not applicable to group bookings. Terms & Conditions apply.

Honeymoon Special Offer

Stay 4 nights or more in a Beach Pool Villa and the bride will receive 50% discount off her accommodation for the entire stay. A minimum of a 4 night stay is applicable in order to qualify for this special offer. This special offer may NOT be combined with the Long Stay offer. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage, a copy of a valid marriage certificate will be requested upon check-in. Terms & Conditions apply.

Standard Honeymoon Added Value (applicable to stays of a minimum of 4 nights): Fruit platter and bottle of wine in room upon arrival, One three-course romantic dinner for two, including wine, either on the room patio or on the beach and One snorkeling trip for two (non-private and weather dependent)”

For more information about this beautiful place and special offers and availability, please contact

Dive Discovery at:

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Hammerheads are taking over Malpelo, Columbia

“The sharks have taken over Malpelo and transformed the whole island into a big cleaning station.

Hammerheads are nearly everywhere and interacting with them, the first large schools of Silkies in the season, and smaller groups of Galapagos, and the first Whale sharks are showing up.

Since the beginning of May, Malpelo is booming in life, as we have never seen it in over 7 years of operation.

As if Nature is celebrating the end of EL NIÑO, with the most gigantic shark congregation ever.

Water temperatures have dropped significantly; 27°C on the surface and 17°C below. These are the coldest measurements we’ve had in 40 meters.

These are La Niña settings. As Scientists advise, it will be like this for a while and it will develop even more in early fall and will possibly last until spring 2017.

If this happens, it will be the ultimate chance to experience Malpelo at its peak, as this happens only every 6 or 7 years.

There are still a few spaces left on our trips. Book now and enjoy Malpelo at its fullest.”

Video of Malpelo trip, May 2016

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Prices are between $3930.00 to $5050.00 depending on cabin choice.

For more information and to see this place booming with life, contact Dive Discovery at:

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New Liveaboard in the Maldives- The Carpe Novo Explorer!

Introducing the M/V Carpe Novo Explorer, beginning service in March 2016! This new modern vessel, sister ship of Carpe Vita Explorer and Carpe Diem, is the newest member of the Explorer Ventures Fleet expanding our itinerary offerings to include longer trips to more remote areas in the Maldives. This new 22-passenger, 140-foot wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her 60-foot custom matching dhoni (dive tender), was built by one of the Maldives most accomplished boat builders. It provides guests with an exceptional yachting experience, hotel-style staterooms and unmatched open-air comfort!
M/V Carpe Novo Explorer
The Carpe Novo Explorer offers 11/10-night, 7-night and specialty itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offers a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns.

Staffed by a crew of 13, the Carpe Novo Explorer is ideally sized and equipped for divers. Three dives are conducted daily directly from a 60-foot dhoni, which is fully equipped with a bathroom, hot-water showers and air and nitrox compressors. The vessel is well-stocked with quality diving gear for those who choose not to bring all or some of their own. The crew, one of the most experience and qualified in the Maldives, is ready to take you on an adventure to one of the most amazing diving destinations in the world, whether you are a first-time or repeat visitor!

Please contact us to get a spot on this luxurious, just built liveaboard.

Galapagos Enlarged Marine Sanctuary

“The Galápagos Islands are home to the highest abundance of sharks known in the world!  In March, 2016 Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, announced creation of an enlarged marine sanctuary protecting over 18,000 square miles (47,000 square kilometers), or about one third of the water around the Galápagos Islands. The new sanctuary alone encompasses 15,000 square miles (40,000 square kilometers) and extends around the northern Galápagos islands of Darwin and Wolf.  Great news for sharks!”

Galapagos Marine Sanctuary, Shark Sanctuary

 

If you would like to visit this Marine Sanctuary, please contact us at

Dive Discovery
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CNN Travel says….

We are excited to share this with you…Carpe Vita Explorer has been named one of the world’s top luxury liveaboards by CNN Travel!!

 Carpe Vita Explorer, Explorer Ventures

 

 

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“The M/V Carpe Vita Explorer, began service in February 2011 as a very luxurious addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet! This 20-passenger, 125-foot wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her 60-foot custom matching dhoni (dive tender), was built by one of the Maldives most accomplished boat builders. It provides guests with an exceptional and luxurious yachting experience, large, hotel-style staterooms, hot tub and unmatched open-air comfort!”

Here is CNN’s link  http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/15/travel/scuba-diving-luxury-liveaboard-boats/index.html

“The Carpe Vita Explorer offers 10-night and 7-night itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offering a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns.”

“Staffed by a crew of 13, the Carpe Vita Explorer is ideally sized and equipped for divers. Up to four dives are conducted daily directly from a 60-foot dhoni, which is fully equipped with a bathroom, hot-water showers and air and nitrox compressors. The dhoni is well-stocked with quality diving gear for those who choose not to bring all or some of their gear. The crew, one of the most experienced and qualified in the Maldives, is ready to take you on an adventure to one of the most amazing diving destinations in the world, whether you are a first-time or repeat visitor!”

 

If you would like to book a trip on one of the world’s top luxurious liveaboard’s contact us at:

Dive Discovery
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

 

Mozambique updates!

Hello! I am so excited to tell you about the trip to Mozambique I am going on in less than a week. I am going on an agent educational trip and will be visiting and getting information about all of these lodges.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa reopens with a fresher look and new Signature Experiences.  The secluded Resort situated on a pristine private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago recently reopened its doors following an extensive refurbishment to the entire Resort.
This luxury hideaway boasting 12 beautifully appointed villas now features upgrades to the villas, refreshed styles and décor, depicting the colorful culture of the locals and new signature experiences, including a Robinson Crusoe-style star bed for the ultimate romantic experience. The Island is a mere one kilometer long and 300 meters wide, offering a naturally intimate and secluded getaway, with convenient access, just a 45 minute light aircraft transfer from Pemba International Airport.
All of the 12 thatched Beach Pool Villas, which open out onto the sandy beach, offer a sense of natural luxury, including newly designed splash pools with a built-in Champagne step.

The guest villas and public area have been replenished with custom designed furniture produced in Indonesia and South Africa, depicting incredible attention to detail complimented with brightly colored fabrics that were sourced from the local markets.Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa

Azura Benguerra – New Royal Beach Villas   We are excited to announce that Azura is launching a new villa type: The Royal Beach Villas.

At 172m2 they are the largest of the villas, and are packed with features, including a 10m infinity pool and adjoining Jacuzzi that spans the entire front deck, a separate lounge area and second bathroom, two spacious outdoor relaxation pavilions, as well as all the normal features of an Infinity Beach Villa. They are our most luxurious yet, with fantastic locations and all the space and facilities travellers are looking for. The 2 Royal Beach Villas are located at the northern end of the property next to the Presidential Villa, with large landscaped gardens for a sense of total privacy and exclusivity, as well as 30m of picturesque beach frontage with magnificent sea views.

The Royal Beach Villas are expected to open later this year, in July.Azura Benguerra – New Royal Beach Villas

 

Nuarro Lodge is Open Again After an extremely wet season, the lodge has reopened after managing to get all the annual maintenance done. And the hard work has paid off, the lodge is looking superb!

Nuarro is the ideal spot for a family holiday or if you are interested in diving, Nuarro offers some of the BEST! One of the very few places where you can dive directly from the beach. The instructors will get you comfortable in the water in no time!

Nuarro Lodge, Mozambique

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
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Mozambique Resorts: Anantara Medjumbe & Bazaruto

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort

Anantara Medjumbe (Quirimbas Archipelago ) North, near Town of Pemba and Tanzania Border, easy to combine with East Africa Safaris, or Southern Africa Safaris etc.

  • Medjumbe just completed a Revamp and we open now 01 December this is amazing tiny Island 1km long and 300m wide.. ¼ of the Island is a Runway.
  • We have an Opening special for stays in Dec 2015 and Jan 2016. (we pay the return charter flight to come to our runway and back to /from Pemba)
  • Medjumbe has no fresh water on Island meaning we have no mosquitos and no Malaria risk, it also means we will be now the first ever Moz property to offer star bed sleep out. (set up on beach and sleep out under stars and sounds of ocean)
  • We also convert all sea water into fresh drinking and shower /bath water
  • Another new thing is we will be the first ever property that will offer a Dhow sailing course, learn to sail a local Dhow and get a certificate of qualify etc… then sail it between a short course and record your time forever and see how you did.

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Then we have the Anantara Bazaruto, this is the one further down south Mozambique with easy daily access from South Africa and great flights also twice a week linking direct Sabi Sands and Vilanculos.

  • Also at both properties the 5th Night is always free, Lucky number 5…
  • In BAZARUTO we take great care to offer personalized service and unique experiences, also great activity like Horse riding on beach, in ocean, on Dunes, Dune boarding, great Diving and snorkelling!
  • ONLY DIVE DISCOVERY AND AFRICA DISCOVERY CAN OFFER FREE SCUBA DIVING FOR 5NT STAYS

Anantara resorts map

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
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Maldives: Whale shark by night/research trips – May, 2016 onboard Carpe Novo Explorer

whale shark

A short story that led to these very special trips…
In Huvadhoo Atoll, in the South of the Maldives, whale sharks started showing up at the back of fishing boats at night to feed on the plankton gathered in the bright lights the fishermen were using to attract small fish. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, the fishermen didn’t think so since the whale sharks interfered with their fishing. The solution they came up with was brilliant – alert the liveaboard dive boats to the action taking place. So, long story short, liveaboards started putting up lights at the back of the boat to attract these magnificent creatures away from the fisherman. The whale sharks, busy feeding, don’t seem to mind a bit that snorkelers and divers are enjoying this unique chance to be up close and personal with them.

During the special Deep South Trips between Male and Gan during February and March, this activity takes place but, for most boats, only 1 night during the charter as the focus on those trips is on seeing as many different shark species you can see. That’s why it was decided to place Carpe Novo Explorer in Huvadhoo atoll for most of the month of May, 2016 – so we could try a few nights each charter to have this very special encounter.

What can you expect?

A week of Southern Maldives diving/snorkeling aboard Carpe Novo Explorer, a brand new boat and a brand new member of the Explorer Ventures liveaboard Fleet!

Whale Shark Adventure in Huvadhoo! Under the guidance of the Maldives Whale Shark Research team, you will snorkel, swim with and identify as many whale sharks as possible during the evenings then dive this exciting atoll during the day!

Weather permitting, a day trip to Foammulah, below the equator, in hopes of spotting the tiger shark and thresher shark, both of whom frequent this area!

These trips will start or end in GAN with a beautiful manta dive!

These very special trips led by the Maldives Whale Shark Research team will make great memories…whale sharks by night; spectacular diving by day…all from the beautiful and new Carpe Novo Explorer!

When and how much?

May 11-18, 2016 Huvadhoo-Gan

May 18-25, 2016 Gan-Huvadhoo

Pricing starts at $1743 per person plus $6 per person per night Green Tax and round trip domestic air ($400pp).

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
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Dewi-Nusantara – Save US$3000! Yes, you read that correctly!

Northern Raja Ampat - Dewi Nusantara Liveaboard -Dive Discovery

Dewi Nusantara – Indonesia Liveaboard
An incredible offer not to be repeated!

Offer valid 15 Mar 2016 – 01 Aug 2016
Discount/Price: Dewi Duo Deal ! Second diver pays 50%!

It’s our pleasure to offer you the Dewi Duo Deals! Book one diver and second diver comes on board for 50% off the published price! (That’s a duo saving of US$3000!)

The Dewi Duo can be booked on the following trips (subject to availability):

Cruise Number 1610, 7 – 19 May 2016

We set sail from Ambon to the volcanos of the Banda Sea and from there on to the eastern part of the Forgotten Islands. An unique cruise full of great diving and stunning topside!!

Cruise Number 1611, 21 May – 2 June 2016

Another cruise of the beaten track not to be missed! We sail from Saumlaki in the east of the Forgotten Islands via the southern Maluku’s on to eastern Nusa Tenggara where we end in the port of Maumere.

Cruise Number 1613, 16 – 27 June 2016

You embark in Bau Bau from you will set sail to the south east tip of the Island of Buton for off the chart critter diving! From there on to the fabulous kaleidoscope waters of Wakatobi. Witness Kumba Volcano erupt and end this journey in the rich waters around Alor.

Kumba Volcano eruption

Cruise Numer 1618, 15 – 26 August 2016

This trip visits the same dive sites as the trip mentioned above just in reverse order. You start in Maumere and will disembark in Bau Bau.

Notes:

  • single travellers can be matched up with other same sex single travellers to get the same deal!
  • supersedes previous offers
  • not valid on any other dates

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
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