News from Scuba Travel and the dive world
Scuba Travel are proud sponsors of Equality Run, an initiative by our ambassador Michael Wolhardt. Micke will run from Gothenburg to Stockholm (ca 550 km). He is doing this to remind us all of the importance of humanity and the understanding of every human's right to a decent life, all while collecting money for UNHCR and Amnesty International.
Micke writes: "Running is an excellent way to keep physically fit, but most of all mentally. This idea about running for something that will make a difference hatched a few years ago, but how to direct it was not entirely clear. I feel that so much has happened this past year that my direction became crystal clear; humanity. Without humanity and understanding of every human's right to a decent life we have nothing."
Would you like to learn more about Equality Run and how you can support the project? Click here to get to Equality Run's facebook event (in Swedish only).
New Scuba Travel ambassador + coming group trip to Scapa Flow
Scuba Travel are happy to announce that we have a new ambassador - P-A Andersson! P-A is a cold water diver and tech instructor within Swedtech Diving. He teaches all levels, from beginners to advanced wreck diving and rebreather diving. P-A is no stranger to diving into a cave or mine when the weather keeps him from the sea, but wrecks are his main passion. Learn more about P-A here.
P-A recently returned from Scapa Flow in Scotland, one of the best wreck diving destinations in the world. In 2019, it will have been 100 years since a large amount of ships were sunk in Scapa Flow outside of Stromness. The main attraction to Scapa Flow is the WWI German High Seas Fleet, entombed in the still green waters.
COMING TRIP: In October 2019 P-A will return to Scapa Flow to be there for the 100 year anniversary. You are welcome to set your name up for our interest list for this adventure which apart from the amazing wreck diving will include exciting local events related to the anniversary.
Scuba Travel will shortly launch this trip, but if you would like to secure a spot in advance, please contact Scuba Travel or send us an email on email@example.com.
New Scuba Travel ambassador
Scuba Travel are proud to officially present Magnus Lundgren as a new ambassador. Magnus has previously travelled as an ambassador for Exposure Expeditions, but will now also go on Scuba Travel's own trips. Magnus is an internationally acknowledged photographer, who does not only take fantastic pictures, but also helps his fellow travellers improve their own photography skills. Read more about Magnus here.
Ambassador trip - Silver Bank March 11-18, 2017
Scuba Travel's ambassador Tomas Jansson recentcly travelled with a group to the Dominican Republic, one of only 3 places in the world where you are allowed to snorkel with humpback whales. Below you can see a few of the wonderful pictures he took while on the trip. Scuba Travel staff Erika joined the trip as well, and has made a few videos from the trip that you can view at the bottom of this post.
If you would like to go to the Silver Bank and snorkel with humpback whales, here is a little list of things that are good to bring:
- SUNSCREEN (bring with you in the tender, apply, apply, apply)
- Sun hat
- Buff (to protect your neck and head from the sun while you are in the water)
- Soft gloves with the fingers cut off (will protect your hand from the sun while you are in the water, but you can still press your camera buttons without problems)
- Rashguard (to protect your upper body should you get warm in your wetsuit while still in the tender)
- A wind proof jacket
Onboard Turks & Caicos Aggressor II there is a camera table where you can prepare your camera for the trips on the tenders, and a video lab where you can charge your batteries. Make sure to bring along:
- 2 pin-adapter
- OIf you have several batteries to charge all at once, bring a multi plug
- Laptop or external harddrive, alternatively extra memory cards (you will film/take more pictures than you would believe)
Interested in going to the Silver Bank and snorkel with humpback whales? We still have spaces available on our ambassador trips for 2018 and 2019. You can read more about the 2018 trip with Magnus Lundgren here, and more about the 2019 trip with Ingvar Eliasson here.
Scuba Travel group trip to Silver Bank, March 2017
Damajaqua Cascades, 27 Waterfalls. A lot of fun in beautiful surroundings!
A Tale About Great Whites and Whale Sharks by Anders Salesjö
“At the end of July, we were 11 divers all full of expectations, who left a rainy Swedish summer to go to warm and sunny Mexico. However, it wasn’t exactly the sun and warmth we were looking for, rather we wanted to realise a dream we all shared; we wanted to dive with fully grown sharks. The thought behind the expedition was to experience both Whale Sharks and Great Whites on the same trip.
We started our adventure on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the east coast of Mexico, where hundreds of Whale Sharks gather every year. They come to this place to feast on all of the fish eggs that float on the water’s surface. After a very long and bumpy boat ride we finally spotted the first Whale sharks. Once in the water we were able to see that there was a huge group of them. They were everywhere; over us, under us, in front of us and behind us. We were surrounded by Whale Sharks. When they were at their most, there was four to five in our field of view and from up on the boat, above the water, you could see at least twenty at once. It was like this on the second, third and even fourth day and there was even a large number of manta rays that made the experience even better. On the way back on the fourth day we heard rumours about that a hurricane was coming and it started to blow powerfully. The storm made it so that our dive with Whale Sharks was cancelled on the fifth day. Despite this, we were all very happy and satisfied. We had already seen tons of Whale Sharks and Manta rays so our expectations had been met.
From Cancun on Mexico’s east coast, we flew to San Diego where we spent two nights at a hotel before we were to go with a bus transfer down to Ensenada in Mexico. From there, we went out onto the Pacific Ocean on the liveaboard boat Nautilus Explorer. The final destination was Guadalupe; the world’s best place to dive with Great Whites. We had now come to the trip’s high point; we would finally get to experience Great Whites under the surface. It was obvious that many of us had had this dream since childhood and now it was going to be realised, once and for all. The cages opened around 7 in the morning after a bumpy 24-hour long journey. Nothing happened the first few hours but then we spotted a Great White from the surface based cages next to the sinkable ones. A few sharks came and went during the day but they kept their distance and there wasn’t much more activity. When day two came we all thought that today would probably be better, with more sharks coming closer to us. Unfortunately, we were totally wrong and we didn’t see a Great White the entire day. Worry began to spread among the travellers wondering if it would get any better than this and if we would see any Great Whites. Thankfully, it got better. Early on day three we had already spotted a shark and after that we spotted even more that came and went over the course of the day. Sometimes they came so close, they bumped straight into the cage. It rattled heartily and caused a clutter when it happened. We had good opportunities to take photos when they came so close and the grand finale was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the travellers”. – Anders Salesjö
If you are interested in diving with sharks, there are more opportunities to go with Anders Salesjö. He is one of Scuba Travels more active ambassadors and he has more trips with sharks on the go in the future. There is a trip to the Galapagos in October of 2017 (1 spot left) where you have the chance to dive with Whale Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Scalloped Hammerheads. In addition to this, he has a trip to French Polynesia in 2018 where you can see an unbelievable amount of reef sharks during a natural phenomenon called “wall of sharks”. Both of these trips are almost fully booked, but there will be more trips with Anders. The next to be created will be a trip to Palau in February 2018 where you can, among other things, experience the reproduction of fully grown Parrotfish, Grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, ancient squid, well-preserved coral reefs and much, much more. The trip to Palau has not been launched yet but you can let us know you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in going to Guadalupe, we have created a new trip for August 2018 together with our ambassador Tomas Jansson. Read more about it here!
Scuba Travel attending the Dive show "Dykmässan" March 19 - 20, 2016
The weekend of March 19-20, 2016 Scuba Travel will be in Stockholm. Because at that time it is time for this year's dive show "Dykmässan" at the Nacka Strandmässan. We hope to see as many as possible of you there to talk dive memories and trips. The fair has something for everyone; children as adults and divers as non divers. You will have the opportunity to get inspiration for scuba diving trips, join contests, test equipment, listen to interesting talks and make try dives in the pool. In our booth (B6) you can, in addition to meet our own staff, also talk adventure with our partners in Mexico, the Yucatan Dive Trek and Extra divers, who has diving centres all over the world. Joining us will also be some of our nice ambassadors.
The dive show is open Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 at 10:00-17:00. Entrance fee is 150 SEK per adult (over 13 years old) and 10 SEK for youth (6-12 years old). The place to be is Nacka strandmässan in Stockholm. For more information about the dive show, go to: dykmassan.se
Together with our partners we will also make a bunch of interesting talks during the "Dykmässa", read more about them below:
Saturday March 19 at 11:45-12:00 (Lilla salen)
Yucatan Dive Trek with Scuba Travel
If you want to get the most out of your Mexico trip, you should go with "Yucatan Dive Trek". They arrange the whole trip together with the Scuba Travel. They will talk about diving with whale sharks, in cenotes, at Cozumel, at Playa del Carmen, but also snorkelling with crocodiles!
Saturday March 19 at 14:45-15:30 (Lilla salen)
Ingvar Eliassons group trips with Scuba Travel
Ingvar will talk about how you can learn to become a really good photographer in the Red Sea, on a liveabaord full of photo interested divers. Ingvar Eliasson is an experienced and well qualified underwater photographer, who has lead photo trips and workshops for many years. He will be joining you on this trip to the Red Sea and help you to the perfect shot! He will also mension his amazing trip to Sri Lanka in 2018, where you'll have the chance to snorkel with the blue whales, humpbacks and sperm whales.
Saturday March 19 at 15:00-15:45 (Stora salen)
Tomas Janssons group trips with Scuba Travel
Big animals! Crocodiles and sharks are the hallmarks of Tomas Jansson's group trips. Tomas will briefly tell you about his upcoming trips; snorkel with crocodiles in Mexico, dive with Thresher Sharks in the Philippines and dive with great white sharks in the Pacific!
Sunday March 20 at 11:00-11:45 (Stora salen)
Extra Divers with Scuba Travel
You will hear about all destinations that Extra Divers has to offer worldwide. From diving in the Canary Islands to the unexplored areas around Halmahera (in Southeast Asia).
Free dive with whales and dolphins in March 2018!
Right now we are putting together a new group trip. A really exciting adventure together with UW-photographer Ingvar Eliasson. This is a trip to Sri Lanka with full focus on snorkelling with whales and dolphins. You will be staying one week onboard liveaboard Sri Lanka Aggressor and during this week you will have the opportunity to go snorkelling with thirteen different varieties of whales, including blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales etc. You also have the chance to see eight different kinds of dolphins. This is defiantly a journey for those who like big wildlife. We will also have an extension for those of you that like to explore Sri Lankas land side.
Previous trips of this type has been filled up extremely fast. So if your find this trip in March 2018 interesting we recommend you to put your name on our interest list now, email us at email@example.com. We hope to release the trip in February in 2016.
(published January 21, 2016)
New destination and a "bucket-list-must", French Polynesia!
We are excited to tell you about our new “bucket list must” that will begin next year. We are talking about French Polynesia. The liveaboard French Polynesia Master will be able to take you to places like Fakarava and Rangiroa to dive with lots of sharks. French Polynesia Master is part of the Master liveaboards and Siren Fleet-family and will be doing its maiden trip in May 2016. French Polynesia is a plethora of small islands with stunning white beaches, surrounded by crystal clear warm water. Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean this island archipelago is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins.
Sounds interesting? Join our group trip in Oktober 2018 together with Scuba Travel ambassador Anders Salesjö. Let us know now and we will keep you updated, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about dates, price and itinerary will be coming later this year (2015).
UPDATE (Nov 2015)! This group trip to Frech Polynesia is now fully booked, all spots where filled within a couple of weeks.
Götaverkens Sportdykarklubb back from God´s Pocket!
Götaverkens Sportdykarklubb (GVSDK) returned in May 2015 from Scuba Travel’s first ever trip to God’s Pocket in British Columbia, Canada.
God’s Pocket Resort is situated on beautiful Hurst Island on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. The resort has been operating for more than 25 years, and is a great location for all levels of cold water divers. The island is only accessible by boat, making it a secluded wilderness spot surrounded by forested islands and the waterways of the Queen Charlotte Strait.
Catarina Jostéus from GVSDK says: ”If you like diving in Swedish and Norwegian waters, you will love the diving at God’s Pocket. Everything is big! The nudibranchs are as big as your fist, and the sea pens are more than a meter high. We swam with sea lions for more than an hour, and the food was amazingly good. We had freshly baked goods several times a day, and waking up to the smell of muffins or bacon is absolutely wonderful”.
Would you like to join GVSDK on their next trip to God’s Pocket in Oct 2017? Click here to see the itinerary, and contact us to book your trip.
Galapagos Master's maiden trip!
Galapagos Master has now spent over eight months in the shipyard, where the refit and refurbishment has been carefully overseen by the owners of Worldwide Dive and Sail and Master Liveaboards.
Onboard Galapagos Master there is space for a total of 16 divers in nine large and modern cabins. In June 2015 she finally made her maiden trip in Galapagos. Please read Mark Shandur's blog below about Galapagos Master's first trip in the paradise.
Would you also like to go on a trip with Galapagos Master? Click here to get to all our departures in Galapagos to find a date that fits you. You can also contact us on email@example.com or +46 301 22 100. Would you like to join Scuba Travel's next group trip on Galapagos Master? It is in October 2017 and you can get more information by clicking here (text in swedish)!
The Galapagos Master maiden trip blog
(written by Mark Shandur, owner of Worldwide Dive and Sail and Master Liveaboards)
Located at the junction of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a spectacular melting pot of marine species. Our excitement could not be contained as we made our way to the Galapagos Master. She has just spent 8 months in the shipyard where the refit and refurbishment was overseen by my business partner and Worldwide Dive and Sail founder, Frank Van Der Linde.
The trip was a special one as my wife, Hanako, and I were joined by old school friends Ben Shrimpton, Mark Upson and Alec & Lucy Birkbeck. The maiden voyage also hosted world-renowned photographer, Aaron Wong, and his wife Lynette Ang and Marcel Wilpernig from WIRODIVE. Daniel Brinckmann came on assignment from Underwasser. Then we were also joined by Renee Wong, and four guests who have now become friends, who were on the Fiji Siren with us last year including Mauro Resnitzky, Ramone Gonzalez and Raj & Vijay Vaswani.
The diving in the Galapagos is some of the most unique in the world, and we were anxious to jump into the water and experience Darwin’s playground.
Our first dive of the trip was at Punta Carrion, a boulder strewn reef, where we saw many hammerheads, white tip reef sharks, and schooling fish. During the second dive at Punta Carrion, I noticed a skeleton underwater at approximately thirty metres. Bewildered, I thought to myself, “Who’d thrown their dog overboard?” Upon surfacing, and speaking to one of the dive masters, I realized that we’d seen the skeleton of a sea lion. Doh! Towards the end of the second dive, we experienced a really strange vertical thermocline current coming in. The water temperature dropped by at least 3-5 degrees and the visibility went down to less than 5m. However, this cold, nutrient rich water seemed to bring in many fish and we experienced sightings of huge groupers, who seemed to enjoying appearing from the depths and scaring us!
North Seymour Island was our next stop. We went ashore and experienced some of the amazing wildlife that the Galapagos offers. We saw blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and scores of land iguanas.
Darwin Island was the next stop on our itinerary, and it was absolutely unbelievable. Although no land permits are allowed here, the extinct volcano that reaches 165 metres above sea level is a sight to behold. Darwin’s Arch provided an amazing drift dive with a medium to strong current and loads of schooling fish.
Wolf Island, without a doubt, offered the best dive of the entire Galapagos Master trip. Another massive, extinct volcano that pushes 253 metres above sea level, here our group had the pleasure of hundreds of Galapagos sharks and a frenzy of 40-50 hammerheads. At Wolf Island, we also had the opportunity to meet some local fishermen. Regulated by the park, the fisherman hand catch yellow fin tuna that has already been bitten by sharks. These fishermen had some stories to tell, and we bartered with them. We swapped their yellow fin tuna for water and other supplies, and had a great dinner that evening.
Living up to its nickname “The Ice Box,” Punta Vicente Roca was extremely cold. However, this dive gave us a good chance to see some big marble rays. We looked for penguins, but only encountered sea lions. Diving with sea lions is fun as they are naturally curious and provide some underwater laughs.
The last stop of our Galapagos Master trip was at Cousin’s Rock, the beautiful, photogenic coral covered rock and lava flow. Here, we saw lots of enormous turtles, more playful sea lions and spotted eagle rays. Cousin’s Rock was a great way to wrap up our trip.
As we headed back to Guayaquil, we all prepared for our long, sad goodbyes. It was amazing to be able to experience a destination such as this with such close friends and colleagues; it definitely was a trip of a lifetime.
Scuba Travel at Blodomloppet in Gothenburg!
On June 1, 2015 the whole Scuba Travel team plus our mascots put on our running shoes and went to Gothenburg, it was time for the yearly 5 km race "Blodomloppet". We had a sunny and happy day in the race tracks and finnished our day with a well deserved picnic baskett. Even Camilla did run the race remote from the Netherlands. Very good work all :-)
"Blodomloppet" is a yearly event and the main goal is to in order to draw attention to the importance of blood donation. Please visit geblod.nu to read more about giving blood.
Scuba Travel has growing pains!
Now we have gone and done it again. We are growing! In March 2015 we have increased our, not so little team, to include yet another unique individual. We are both proud and happy to introduce Sanna Bastås to our team. Sanna will be working with us as a travel consultant and with that, we hope to provide all our customers with even better service. We thank all of our fantastic customers that believe in us and allow us to grow, giving us the opportunity to have even more wonderful people to work with here in the office. That means that we have 8 staff in our office, an amount that was merely a dream when Scuba Travel sent the first groups away on holiday 10 years ago.
Sanna has worked in Thailand and South Africa, and most recently the Maldives where she spent two years heading up the daily operations for two of the countries best liveaboard boats. Read more about Sanna here!
New cooperation between Scuba Travel and Exposure Underwater!
In Jan 2015 a new cooperation has been made, this time between Scandinavia's biggest dive travel agent, Scuba Travel and Exposure Underwater, specialists and supplier of equipment for UW-photography.
- “ We are very happy to start up this cooperation with Scuba Travel. This will give us a direct channel to many of Scandinavias most active divers and UW-photographers”, says Exposure Underwater CEO Magnus Lundgren.
This new partnership gives a lot of benefits for Scuba Travels customers. They will have access to a great amount of photographer knowledge through newsletters and Scuba Travels website. In addition Exposure Underwater will be offering photographer products to special rates to customers of Scuba Travel.
- “ This is the first step of many in our partnership and we look very much forward to offer our customers an even better service and wider selection than before” comments Henrik Almers, founder and owner of Scuba Travel.
Further on, the cooperation will include workshops and trips with focus on UW-photography and great nature experiences. For more information please contact Scuba Travel at +46 301 22 100 and check out Exposure Underwater.
A new app to help you prepare for your holiday!
To the majority of us, wearing a seatbelt while in the car, or a helmet while on a bike, is standard practice. For some reason, many of us don’t respect these same safety rules while we are abroad on vacation. Many of us have heard of, or have been involved in an accident while on holiday and many of us also know the costs involved for both our wallets and on our health. Obviously you cannot stop an accident from happening, but you can prepare well before your trip in case something should happen.
The Swedish foreign affairs department has in July 2014 created an app called UD Resklar. Through the app you can receive help to plan your trip in order to avoid forgetting important information such as your passport, visa or insurance. You will also have access to the Swedish embassy’s travel report and important phone numbers in the country that you are going to visit should anything happen. Download this app before your next holiday: ud.se/reseapp
Other news for those of you living in Sweden is that you can sign up on the embassy’s “Swedish list” via a web portal. In this way the foreign affairs department or the embassy can get in touch with you in the case of an emergency. Read more: swedenabroad.com/svensklistan
Scuba Travel strengthens the team!
Scuba Travel continues to grow and in July 2014 we had the pleasure of presenting a strong player to the team in the form of Daniel Benér! Daniel’s main roll at Scuba Travel is as a travel advisor for our private customers and groups. Daniel lives in Göteborg and became a dive fanatic when took his dive certificate during a very cold February in 2000. Despite the cold, he was fascinated by the feeling of weightlessness that comes with diving, as well as the new world that presented itself to him. Read more about Daniel!
Scuba Travel needs more space!
As our Scuba Travel team has grown over the past couple of years, we were in July 2014 forced to look for new office space. A positive problem of sorts. Luckily, we were able to relocate just down the hall, in the same building and didn’t have to even leave Hindås.
Camilla on the other hand had to move slightly farther then 10 meters down the hall. She chose to follow the love of her life to Utrecht in Holland. From there she will be working for the next two years. So suddenly we are now in two countries. Welcome to the family, Scuba Travel Utrecht!
Scuba Travel join "Blodomloppet" in Gothenburg!
On Monday, June 2, Scuba Travel joined "Blodomloppet" in Gothenburg to help draw attention of how important it is to give blood! Thanks to Oxygene Gothenburg for entering us all!
"Blodomloppet" first started in 1993 and it is a race where you can choose to walk or run 5 or 10 km. The race is carried out to highlight the importance of giving blood. Being a blood donor is to save the life of another human being. Giving blood means you spend about an hour per year to help a stranger or maybe someone you know. Every day somebody is in need of a blood transfusion to survive.
For more information about where you can donate blood go to geblod.nu
Lovely day with the Scuba Travel team!
After a great planning meeting in may 2014 the new office, we went out paddling on the nearby lake. Beautiful weather, lots of fun and a picnic on a beach. Thank you guys for an awesome day in the sun!
The Scuba Travel team is growing!
Scuba Travel is proud to say that we have a new member of staff with us in the office in Hindås. As of April 2014, Erika Broberg joined the admin side of the office together with Heather and Camilla. Read more about Erika and the whole team here.
Scuba Travel and Red Sea Explorers team up in a new partnership
To further strengthen the already solid foothold in the Nordic countries, the highly acclaimed liveaboard operator Red Sea Explorers has from Jan 2014 and on, teamed up with the Nordic region's largest diving tour operator, Scuba Travel.
– We are already strong in Scandinavia because we deliver the kind of diving that most Scandinavians prefer, but the increasing demand for our unique services warranted a strong local partner that can handle the volume and still make sure that everybody gets what they expect. Scuba Travel has proven to be the perfect match, says Red Sea Explorers’ Chief Operating Officer Mozi El Ariss.
– We are very excited to enter into the partnership with Red Sea Explorers and we look forward to sending guests off on MV Tala, MV Nouran and the other vessels in the RSE-fleet, says Heather Almers from Scuba Travel.
Read more about Tala here.
Welcome to our new website 2013!
We are proud to finally be able to say those words and we really hope that you like what you see. Our goal has been to make it easier for you as a customer to find out where you want to go on your next dive holiday. Click on the "Start your journey" button on the home page beside the rotating globe so you can start to find what you are looking for.
Choose between Wrecks, Reefs & Walls, Wildlife Encounters or Something Special and then click onwards to the holiday destination that will give you the experience you are looking for. Quite simply, we have focused on the experience instead of the destination. After you have chosen your experience, contact us by clicking on the "Panic Button" and we will send you a tailor made offer focused on that which are looking for.
Another tip is to go into our Group trips and discover all of the exciting destinations that we have made available. There are trips for all levels of diver and all tastes, from wrecks to marine biology to photography. We are also pleased to present group trips to the following destinations that we have never had before: Scapa Flow, Bahamas, Madagascar and Fiji.
If you are a liveaboard-junkie, then you will love the new liveaboard departure section! Choose from over 700 departures worldwide, including dates, routes and prices. You can find it under "Liveaboard departures."
Last but not least, you can test diving on some of the world's best wrecks before you even get to the dive site! We have three fantastic 3D animated wrecks including the Thistlegorm in the Red Sea, Um el Faroud in Malta and the SMS Brummer in Scapa Flow. We also have an interactive map over Truk Lagoon.
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