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Africa Scuba DivingMombasa is an island city and is the principal port and main gateway to Kenya and Uganda. Second only to Nairobi
Mombasa & the Coral Coast

Mombasa City


Mombasa is an island city and is the principal port and main gateway to Kenya and Uganda. Second only to Nairobi in importance, this colourful city combines a blend of the ancient and modern and is one of the most interesting and picturesque historic centers in East Africa. Sightseeing on the island includes Dhow Harbour and the old Arab Town, with its maze of narrow twisting alleys, ancient mosques and old houses with massive carved doors and over-hanging balconies. Our tour includes a visit to the pink-walled Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593 as a stronghold against the Arabs and now a museum, followed by a visit to the Akamba carvers and a short shopping expedition in the colourful bazaar.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Every couple has a different idea of paradise. Choosing where to go and booking your honeymoon holiday is one of the most enjoyable aspects of organising your wedding, and the opportunity for a holiday of a lifetime. There are many places in the Dive Worldwide brochure that can offer that trip of a lifetime, but on this page you will find some of the places that we think are extra special with the romantic diver in mind. Alternatively why not get married abroad and escape the vagaries of the British weather and all the stress and expense that organising such an event can entail.
Wedding packages include
  • All Administration, Government taxes and Handling fees.
  • Marriage License Fee.
  • All expenses for a Minister or Priest to perform ceremony.
  • Bridal Bouquet of flowers.
  • Corsage.
  • Single layer Wedding Cake & a bottle of Champagne.
  • All applicable taxes & service charge on above.
Remember this is your day or your honeymoon which is why Dive Worldwide tailor- make the package to your specifications to ensure that truly memorable experience.

Fiji

Undoubtedly, the Fiji Islands are some of the most romantic isles in all of the South Pacific. Qamea Resort and Spa is a small and intimate luxury boutique property with 12 Ocean Front Bures discreetly nestled among swaying palms and tropical gardens. A first class, casual, true Fijian-style private island resort - tranquil and for the true romantic. Tokoriki Island Resort's Deluxe Oceanfront Bures are only steps from the beach, with outdoor shower, private patio and deck. Maravu Resort and Spa located among Taveuni Island's wild profusion of natural beauty is a tropical and romantic dream come true. The Honeymoon Bure has a private Jacuzzi Spa Pool with a waterfall in the adjacent stone walled courtyard!

Tahiti

The centre of the universe for romance, there is no better place to celebrate your new life together. Each of the many islands of Tahiti is a tiny paradise. Intimate resorts, small peaceful villages, and miles of quiet pristine beaches explain why Tahiti is ranked number one in the world for honeymooners. Overwater Bungalows must be the world's most perfect hotel room! With so many idyllic islands and resorts please give us a call to discuss the many options available

Mauritius

Mauritius is an all year round destination, perfect for weddings and honeymoons at any time of the year. Movenpick Mauritius is situated in Bel Ombre, on the south west coast of Mauritius, surrounded by the natural beauty of a particularly beautiful area of Mauritian countryside. With casuarina trees swaying in the breeze, undulating sand dunes and deserted beaches bordering the sparkling blue Indian Ocean. Movenpick Mauritius is a luxury beachside resort with an exceptionally versatile choice of spacious accommodation, a revolutionary spa, and an excellent dive centre ensures some memorable diving & snorkelling.

Zanzibar

For centuries, the historical Spice Island of Zanzibar has evoked a mystical and magical dream. Zanzibar is the most romantic of wedding and honeymoon destinations combining turquoise blue seas, white powder sand and waving palm trees with a rich and mesmerizing Swahili culture and fabulous cuisine. The fusion of Arab, African and Portuguese cultures has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine, and a colourful tapestry of architecture, heritage and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.

Breezes Resort with palm fringed untouched beach, great attention to detail and a personal touch is the perfect romantic getaway to celebrate your special occasion. Breezes Resort have created wedding itineraries which range from the simple to the elaborate.

Philippines

If the Overwater bungalows of Tahiti are too far away for that island dream experience then take a look at the Philippines. The Club Noah Isabelle, located on the island of Apulit has a total of 50 cabanas all situated over water in a beautiful cove surrounded by a large reef. Fish use the shallow water as nurseries, so the waters are teeming with life. Each cabana has its own balcony where you can sit back and relax with all the luxuries of room service. Isabelle (Apulit Island) is home to Club Noah, but the surrounding islands and locales are just as much a part of the experience as the island itself. On Isabelle, there are sanctuaries such as Puesto del Sol, a beach perfect for snorkelling and much more.

Belize

If you envision something unique for your wedding or honeymoon, Belize is the place for you. Whether you want a legal or a religious ceremony, getting married in Belize is easy. Want to do something different then why not say 'I do' in the arena of an ancient Mayan ceremonial site?

Roberts Grove Inn located on the Placencia Peninsula, a romantic off-the-beaten-path destination on the southern coast of Belize, The Inn at Robert's Grove is an intimate five-star resort that is ideal for more traditional weddings or small group weddings. The Inn is also ideally situated for sea and inland adventures, not the least of which is diving or snorkelling the world's second largest barrier reef and exploring Belize's magnificent rainforest and ancient Mayan sites. If you've dreamt of getting married under swaying palm trees, on a white sand beach with the blue/green Caribbean lapping up around your toes, followed by a honeymoon with lots of adventures, then The Inn at Robert's Grove is a dream-come-true.

Before You go

Airlines & Regional Departures

We have special arrangements with many of the world's major airlines and can offer departures from a number of regional airports. Just advise us if you would like a regional departure, it is really no problem to organise!

Passport & Visas

You should be in possession of a full 10-year passport valid for at least 6 months after completion of your journey. It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel documentation including visas and passport are in order and available in good time before travel. If In doubt you should contact your country's consulate for advise.

Diving Baggage

All scuba equipment must be carried within the weight allowance of the airline; in most cases this is 20kg or 44Ib. Hand luggage is restricted to 5kg or 11Ib. Most transatlantic flights allow two pieces of luggage which will normally be a total of 64kg or 144Ib. This does vary between airlines so please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the various options. Certain airlines may increase the baggage allowance to accommodate diving equipment but this is discretionary and cannot be guaranteed. On inter island flights, where light aircraft are used, the allowance may only be 15kg and in some cases even less. Carriage of excess baggage is at the airline's discretion and often only on payment of an appropriate fee.

Qualified Divers

If you are a qualified diver, be sure to take your certification card and log book with you. If it has been a while since your last dive a review dive may be required and will have to be paid for locally. In many resorts divers will be required to undergo a local orientation as their first dive; this will be counted as the first dive if you have a pre-paid package.

Insurance

At Dive Worldwide we believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. Therefore comprehensive travel insurance is a must whenever you travel abroad. It is a condition of joining one of our holidays and our very comprehensive policy is available to anybody, no matter what nationality or where you live in the world and is specifically designed to cover the activities shown in this brochure.

Due to the nature of the trips featured in this brochure, it is very important to ensure that you are covered for incidents that might occur whilst diving. If you choose not take out our specialist insurance, please ensure that any alternative policy you choose does not specifically exclude any of the activities featured in this brochure such as scuba diving beyond 30 metres, unlimited number of dives, diving around wrecks, dry suit diving or night dives.

Medical Requirements

All passengers scuba diving whilst on holiday will be required by the Diving Centre in resort to complete a medical questionnaire. If the operator is in any way unsure of your fitness to dive, you will be required to undergo a medical examination. This may result in considerable extra cost for which you will be charged locally. No refunds will be given if you are refused medical clearance to dive. You are strongly advised to undergo a full medical examination before booking your holiday, and you must do so if you reply in the positive to any of the questions in the following questionnaire. If you currently hold a diving medical be sure you take it with you.

Could you be pregnant or are you attempting to become pregnant?
Do you regularly take prescription or non-prescription medications?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you will need medical clearance from a doctor before you can dive:
Are you over 45 years of age and have one or more of the following:
  • Currently smoke a pipe, cigars or cigarettes?
  • Have a high cholesterol level?
  • Have a family history of heart attacks or stroke?
Have you ever had or do you currently have:
  • Asthma, or wheezing with breathing or wheezing with exercise?
  • Frequent or severe attacks of hayfever or allergy?
  • Frequent colds, sinusitis or bronchitis or any form of lung disease?
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)?
  • History of chest surgery?
  • Claustrophobia or agoraphobia (fear of closed or open spaces)?
  • Behavioural health problems?
  • Epilepsy, seizures, convulsions or take medications to prevent them?
  • Recurring migraine headaches or take medications to prevent them?
  • History of blackouts or fainting (full/partial) loss of consciousness?
  • Do you frequently suffer from motion sickness (seasick, carsick etc.)?
  • History of diving accidents or decompression sickness?
  • History of recurrent back problems or back surgery?
  • History of diabetes?
  • History of back, arm or leg problems following surgery, injury or fracture?
  • Inability to perform moderate exercise (walk 1 mile within 10 min)?
  • History of high blood pressure or take medicine to control blood pressure?
  • History of any heart disease or heart attacks?
  • Angina (heart or blood vessel surgery)?
  • History of ear or sinus surgery?
  • History of problems equalizing, popping ears with aeroplane or mountain travel?
  • History of bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • History of any type of hernia?
  • History of colostomy?
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse?
Vaccination and health requirements vary from country to country. Your own GP is the best person to speak to regarding relevant requirements. Make your GP aware that you will be scuba diving as some medication like Larium is not recommended for scuba divers.

What to Expect

The reasons for exploring the underwater world are many and varied here are suggestions of some of the things that can be seen at a selection of the locations we feature. This is by no means a complete list but an insight in to what is available.

Whale Sharks

Although not the easiest of species to encounter it is possible to increase your chances by choosing your destination and season carefully. During February to May is the best time in southern Thailand on one of our liveaboards that go to the Andaman Islands and Burma Banks. Head to the southern Kenya coast between November and February and your chances of a Whale shark encounter is very high! Between August and mid October in Baja California there is a good chance of seeing these magnificent creatures; Dive Worldwide even has dedicated Whale shark liveaboards. If you are in Australia in April through May head to Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.

Whales

The first encounter with a whale is a memorable and moving experience for everyone. Now imagine being in the water as they swim beside or below you. The opportunity to encounter whales below the water is a rare experience and there are only a few places where this dream can be realised. One of these places is on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia where 2 of the liveaboards have licences to dive with the Minke Whales in July and August. It is also possible to interact in the water with Humpback Whales in Tonga and in the Turks and Caicos islands of the Caribbean. Snorkel or dive with Orcas in the Norwegian Fiords in November. New Zealand has 39 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. A new and exciting opportunity is now possible, for close encounters with some of these amazing creatures on a tour, due to depart in July 2004. With a strong emphasis on education, supporting research projects, and in the company of experts it may be possible to have as company Humpback, Bryde's, Southern Right, Minke, Pilot, Orca and Sperm Whales, together with Bottle-nosed, Common and Hector's Dolphin.

If you are considering a trip to the Sea of Cortez in January or February do take some time to head to Magdalena Bay to see the Grey Whales. In March Blue Whales are often to be seen in the Sea of Cortez. Other great areas for Whale watching include South Africa, Madagascar, Dominica, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.

Manta Rays

Manta rays with wingspans as big as 20 feet look like huge birds gliding gracefully through the water and are high on any divers' wish list. Mantas prefer plankton-rich waters and are regular visitors to a few select locations. These include Bora Bora and other islands in French Polynesia, the Sea of Cortez and Mozambique. Cleaning stations are ideal places to encounter the Mantas and these can be found in Southern Mozambique and Manta Ridge, Yap, Micronesia. From March through July, mantas visit the island of Tobago, feeding in the rich waters fed by the Orinoco estuary in South America. On Hawaii's Kona Coast, mantas are drawn each evening to the lights of a large hotel. Night divers watch as the mantas feed on the plankton that is attracted by the lights.

Dolphins & Seals

Dolphins can often be seen bow-riding or frolicking in the waters around dive boats almost anywhere in the tropics but a few special places where encounters are nearly guaranteed are New Zealand, Southern Mozambique, Sudan, Zanzibar and the Bay of Islands in Honduras. These playful creatures will often circle around a couple of times if you are in the water before heading once again into the blue.

Sharks

You either love them or hate them! For those that love them there are plenty of areas still where you can get your fix. Some of the best Great White Shark expeditions are to be found in South Africa, Guadalupe or South Australia. Alternatively head to the Galapagos, Cocos or Malpelo Islands for Hammerhead sharks. Mozambique, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Sipadan, Layang Layang, Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica, Tobago, Cayman Islands and Sudan all offer great opportunities for observing these exciting and elegant creatures.

Macro Life

Macro life is often of keen interest to underwater photographers but who has not wondered in awe at the fascination of some of these tiny animals? So for those that want to take time to watch these intriguing tiny critters then Dive Worldwide can recommend a number of destinations around the world. For the Caribbean head for Bonaire and Dominica; for Asia try Kungkungan Bay, Manado possibly the best in the world or Kapalai near Sipadan, Malaysia. Further a field there is Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Live - Aboards

The advantages of a live-aboard holiday are numerous: Many live-aboards provide the opportunity to dive remote and often otherwise inaccessible areas of the world; for those wishing to experience the largest number of dives in the shortest space of time then live-aboards are ideal. While most resort diving is limited to 2 or 3 dives a day, most live-aboards manage 4 to 5 a day. Other advantages include no heavy gear bags to pack and unpack, no hanging around between dives and all the facilities at close at hand. For single travelers there is no doubt that live-aboards provide the best solution for meeting like-minded companions for finding a buddy and socializing after the dives plus all importantly avoiding single supplements. Live-aboards may look more expensive at first but please do take into account all that is being included, often drinks as well as meals and snacks! Dive Worldwide features live- aboards throughout the world and has many that have not made it to print. So if there is anywhere in particular you would like to visit do give us a call and we will check our database for you.

Shore Diving

Not everyone enjoys spending hours on boats but there are many areas in the world where you can just step off the beach into some fantastic dive sites. There is no doubt that Sipadan in Malaysia with its huge dropoffs offers some of the best shore diving in the world, often with immediate shark and turtle encounters! Bonaire in the Caribbean is another shore diving mecca with in excess of 60 marked sites. These are best accessed by means of a self-drive package but all resorts we feature have their own sites right in front of the properties. Other areas include Curacao in the Caribbean, Dahab in Egypt and Gozo in the Mediterranean. Remember as these areas are so close to the shore they are also ideal areas for snorkelling. There are even a few wrecks that are accessible from the shore like Tulamben, Bali and off the Portofino beach, Bonaire.

Wrecks

Combine the eerie stillness of a sunken shipwreck with the teeming life of a coral reef. The lure of exploring sunken vessels, airplanes and automobiles is something most divers can't resist. There is nothing like seeing a wreck appearing from the depth as you descend the line. Underwater wrecks soon become encrusted with life to become veritable wonders of hard and soft corals and a safe haven for thousand of species. Wreck diving offers dramatic photographic possibilities and concentrations of marine life like no other dive sites on earth. Hot wreck spots of the world include Gibraltar, Sardinia, Truk, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Malaysia at Labuan, Australia on the South Australian Coast and in Queensland the Yongala Wreck. New Zealand has the Rainbow Warrior and the Philippines has Subic Bay. These are only a few as there are many wrecks old and new throughout the world so please do call us if there is any one that you are particularly interested in seeing.

Spectacular Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are colonies of billions of tiny jelly-like individual creatures that have joined together to form colonies, which have been built up slowly over thousands of years. It is the living coral that gives the reef its colourful appearance. Shallow warm water is the ideal environment, with lots of water movement, plenty of light, salty water and low in nutrients. Healthy coral reefs teem with colourful fish and support an abundance of marine life. All over the world one can still find scenically spectacular reefs but some of the most scenic can be found in Australia - need we say more, Fiji - the soft coral capital of the world, Malaysia, Indonesia, French Polynesia and Micronesia.

Tips and Advice on How it works

Read through our brochure and decide where it is you wish to travel to - the chances are that you already have a pretty good idea! Hopefully our brochure will whet your appetite for doing one or two other things as well.

If you like the look of one of suggested itineraries then you can book it 'straight from the page' either by telephoning one of our consultants or by going onto our Book Now! link Of course, you are also very welcome to come and visit us at our offices in Bishop's Sutton (give us a quick ring first though just to make sure that an expert in your chosen area is going to be there when you arrive).

If you like the look of our itineraries but they don't quite fit the bill (perhaps you want to stay in different resort, or extend your stay, or even visit completely different locations) then give us a call or send us an email. Our highly experienced consultants will discuss your ideas, and of course throw in a few of their own, and then design a holiday for you. We will tell you where the best places are to go at the time of year you wish to travel, and we will give you the best advice on the places to stay.

If you are not completely happy to begin with, then we will discuss the itinerary again, and refine it so that you are completely happy with the arrangements prior to booking.

Once you have made your booking we will confirm your holiday and send you our pre-departure pack with advice on the country that you are to visit and what to expect on arrival. All you need to do is look forward to going away on holiday!

Once you are on your holiday you will be exceptionally well looked after and (unless we tell you otherwise) you will be met and transferred from place to place. Local guides will accompany you on any pre-arranged sightseeing and the dive centre will help ensure you get the most out of your diving holiday.

Groups

Whether you are organising a diving holiday for a dive club, centre, society or just a group of friends, as specialists in dive travel we know what a headache it can be getting all the answers to make group trips work. That is why at Dive Worldwide we have a dedicated groups co-ordinator, with first-hand experience of being a dive group leader, available to assist you with all your group arrangements. The same person will handle your group booking from beginning to end, ensuring it will be handled in a smooth and efficient manner. This assistance will range from choosing a suitable location to providing promotional material and organising a presentation on your chosen destination.
We will also assist with all the details of your group travel arrangements and provide answers to all those questions. We guarantee you a first class service from the initial enquiry to the last cocktail on the beach. In addition, free places for group leaders may be arranged with all our group bookings, although minimum numbers vary from resort to resort. Please call our groups co-ordinator for details.

Travelling Alone

If travelling alone, it is often cost that is the limiting factor since single room supplements can increase the holiday price dramatically. Dive Worldwide has negotiated with a number of resorts to offer some special rates for single travellers at specific times of the year, so do give us a call to discuss the options. If you are prepared to share a cabin then liveaboards can often provide the ideal solution.
Dive Worldwide also offers the option of trying to organise shared accommodation on our group departures. The smaller, dedicated dive resorts provide the opportunity not only to dive in company but also to be able to socialise with like-minded divers in the evening. Examples of such resorts can be found in Curao, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sipadan, Manado, Philippines, South Africa, Mozambique, Mafia Island, Fiji and the Sea of Cortez.

Families

Families need not mean the end of diving holidays. However young the children, if the destination and resort are chosen carefully, everyone can have a wonderful holiday. For babies and the very young children it is often possible to find a babysitter in the resort, giving the opportunity for both parents to dive together. As the child gets older there are resorts offering a full range of PADI programmes for children:
  • From age 5 SASY units let kids experience the underwater world the easy way - by snorkelling with scuba equipment instead of a snorkel.
  • The Bubblemaker program is an introduction to the thrill of breathing underwater. For those aged 8 and above.
  • Whilst The PADI Seal Team is for young divers who are looking for an action-packed, adventurous program filled with exciting scuba "AquaMissions."
  • From the age of 10 Kids are able to begin the Junior Scuba Diver or Junior Open Water Courses allowing whole families to dive together.
  • Non-diving Partners
By making careful choices it is possible for non-divers to have a wonderful holiday with their diving partners. One solution is to choose a resort where the diving is completed by lunchtime so the rest of the day can be spent together; this is possible at many of our Caribbean and African destinations. Alternatively, choose a resort with plenty of non-diving activities like Rocktail Bay in South Africa, where partners will be with other guests exploring, hiking and snorkelling in small groups, or the La Concha in La Paz with its gym, sauna, swimming pools and water sports. Live-aboards are not usually a good idea for non-diving partners but the Blue Lagoon Cruise to the Yasawa Islands, and the Lammer Law and Mistral in the Galapagos Islands actively encourage this combination so, whilst you are off diving your partner may enjoy island visits or take part in such activities as kayaking or hiking.

Island Hopping

An ideal island hopping dive holiday should feature islands that have a unique feel both above and below the water. They may have the same origin and be separated by just a few miles of sea but like sisters, they can be very different. The staff at Dive Worldwide have explored many of these island nations and we would love to discuss the differences that you can find. Take the Pacific islands of Tahiti where some are volcanic and others are coral atolls; in Malaysia, Sipadan is volcanic, Layang Layang man-made and Kapalai just a submerged reef; in the Dutch Caribbean some are mountainous like Saba and others like Bonaire barely a hill in sight; in Tanzania there is the history of Zanzibar with the remoteness of Pemba. The list is endless so please give us a call to discuss the options.

Equipment Hire

Dive packs usually include tanks and weights only. Hire of other equipment will be charged locally unless a full equipment pack was purchased at time of booking. Please note that diving computers are not usually available for hire. Wetsuits are recommended even in tropical waters, to reduce the waters cooling effect and protect the skin. Many centres only have a limited range of equipment; you are advised to take your own equipment where possible.

Weather

Diving is often a weather dependant activity. In most places diving is possible all year round. However, as weather conditions can sometimes be unpredictable, dive operators may occasionally have to reschedule the diving itinerary to alternative sites or suspend diving altogether. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure the number of dives booked are accomplished no refunds will be made if the diving itinerary is suspended or altered in anyway due to weather conditions.

More Travel Tips

If taking your own equipment, make sure it is serviced and in good working order before you travel.

Responsible Travel

We endeavour to use only diving operators who are environmentally responsible. Please help by being a responsible diver.
  • Dive carefully in fragile aquatic ecosystems, such as coral reefs.
  • Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving.
  • Keep your diving skills sharp with continuing education.
  • Consider your effect on aquatic life through your interactions.
  • Understand and respect underwater life.
  • Resist the urge to collect souvenirs.
  • If you hunt or gather game, obey all fish and game laws.
  • Report environmental disturbances or destruction of your dive sites.
  • Be a role model for other divers in diving and non-diving interactions with the environment.
  • Get involved in local environmental activities and issues.

Health & Safety

Diving is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is safe. When established safety procedures are not followed, however, there are dangers. To scuba dive safely, you must not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Your respiratory and circulatory system must be in good health. A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, is pregnant, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not dive. If taking medication, consult your doctor and the instructor before participating in any scuba diving.

Please note :

Improper use of scuba equipment can result in serious injury.

Flying or travelling to altitude after diving.
It is recommended that you do not fly within 24 hours of your last dive. This also applies to going to an altitude of more than 300m after diving so be particularly careful when staying in a mountainous region.
 

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