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  • Raja Ampat The Realm of the Four Kings
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    Raja Ampat The Realm of the Four Kings
    Positioned within the world’s coral triangle, Raja Ampat is a dive enthusiast paradise, offering some of the richest bio and coral diversities in the world. Whether you enjoy spotting fascinating tiny critters on a muck dive, the thrill of a drift dive past pelagics or simply admiring the magnificent underwater scenery, Raja Ampat will spoil you for choice.

    Raja Ampat, translated as the world of the four kings refers to the four main islands found in the East of Indonesia. This archipelago includes the islands of Misool, Salawati, Bantana and Waigeo, along with over 1000 smaller islands. Positioned within the world’s coral triangle Raja Ampat is a dive enthusiast paradise, offering some of the richest bio and coral diversities in the world. Whether you enjoy spotting fascinating tiny critters on a muck dive, the thrill of a drift dive past pelagics or simply admiring the magnificent underwater scenery, Raja Ampat will spoil you for choice.

    Bantana is renowned for its macro diving, and is a great location for those who enjoy the challenge of spotting fascinating tiny critters. Here, fresh water channels bless the ocean with nutrient rich water and welcome a dazzling variety of weird looking creatures.

    At Magic Mountain you can enjoy close encounters with manta rays as they frequent the cleaning stations along the reef. Witnessing these majestic swimmers is a mesmerising experience that will leave you feeling in awe as they glide elegantly though the water in a hypnotic display of their grace and beauty. Due to the strong ocean currents at this dive site you can also expect strong drift dives, along with thrilling close encounters with pelagics.

    On land, the scenery is just as breath-taking as mushroom islands house lush mangrove forests and steel blue seas offer many hidden secrets, including unexplored caves, still lagoons and pristine powder white beaches. A kayak ride through the many weaving channels or a relaxing walk through virgin rainforests is the perfect way to unwind as you lose yourself in the surrounding beauty.
  • Palau
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    The enchanting islands of Palau with lush tropical rainforests, dense mangrove swamps and pristine sandy beaches house many hidden treasures. From brightly coloured exotic birdlife to ancient stone monoliths, and saltwater crocodiles to historic WWII tank and plane skeletons, exploring the Palau Islands is a spectacular experience not to be soon forgotten.

    Located to the west of Micronesia and to the east of the Philippines is a magnificent archipelago made up of 8 main islands and over 250 smaller islands. This tropical paradise is best known for its excellent diving opportunities with breath-taking drop-offs, sunken shipwrecks and a large diversity of marine life, making it a dream destination for dive enthusiasts. However, although Palau is best known for its magnificent underwater attractions and activities you don’t have to go diving to enjoy Palau.

    On land you can explore mysterious archaeological remains, rich flora and fauna inhabited by exotic birds and endemic wildlife, WWII remains and picturesque rainforests with cascading waterfalls.

    Palau’s main island, Babeldaob is a volcanic island ranked as the second largest Island in Micronesia and considered one of the largest untouched tropical rainforests in Micronesia. With its terrain being mostly tropical rainforest, towering mountains with cascading waterfalls and fresh water lakes, this enchanting island is a small piece of heaven on earth. Home to a spectacular variety of tropical flowers, lush vegetation and endemic wildlife, it is also a treasure trove for naturalists and animal lovers alike. Babeldaob also houses many cultural and historical sites from ancient Palauan time. Amongst these is Bai, a traditional meeting house for men and the mysterious Stone Monoliths, dating back to AD100.

    The Rock Islands are Palau’s most striking and recognisable land marks. These enchanting mushroom shaped islands are home to an intricate maze of winding channels, pristine coral reefs, secret lagoons, forgotten WWII sites and magnificent sandy beaches. Hidden amongst the Rock Islands is Jelly Fish Lake, a secret lake populated with millions of golden jelly fish. Snorkelling is a popular activity within the lake as the jelly fish, having being isolated from predators, have evolved over millions of years to have very weak stingers, making it safe to snorkel amongst them.

    Kayaking or canoeing is the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of the Rock Islands with its many hidden networks of secret lakes and magnificent mangrove forests. As you weave through the many twisting channels and mangrove swamps surrounding the Rock Islands you may even get an opportunity to see the endemic saltwater crocodile, a permanent resident on Palau’s Islands.

    Bordering the Rock Islands to the south is the Island of Peleliu, a historic site where a fierce battle between the Japanese and America military forces took place during WWII. Remnants of the battle can still be seen on the island as carcasses of tanks and planes lie scattered across the forest.
  • The Estuaries of Inhambane
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    The Estuaries of Inhambane
    The picturesque setting of Inhambane is the ultimate beach holiday getaway, and with a wealth of luxurious accommodation to choose from, along with year round sightings of manta rays and whales sharks, visitors are spoilt for choice.

    The idyllic estuaries of Inhambane are located along the magnificent Mozambique coastline, 480km north of the capital, Maputo. The transparent turquoise waters, pristine beaches and multitude of marinelife make Inhambane a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all walks of life, be it beach lovers, dive enthusiasts, fishermen, holiday makers and honeymooners alike.

    The surrounding waters offer something for every diver, from pelagic lovers to macro-life photographers, along with a wealth of dive sites to choose from, including shallow reefs, shipwrecks, pinnacles, wall drops and caves. The Estuaries of Inhambane are internationally recognised for the excellent year round sightings of manta rays and whales sharks. Additionally, this stretch of coastline is a direct migratory route for Humpback and Southern Right whales, who make their way along the coast during the months from June to December.

    Although Inhambane offers visitors a wealth of water activities such as diving, canoeing and deep sea fishing, for a change of scenery visitors can also enjoy sunset horse rides on the beach, sand dunning or a trip into one of the vibrant city centre markets.
  • Full Moon Dinners
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    Full Moon Dinners
    Visitors to the Maldives can enjoy a charming fine dining experience. On the sandy beach front, beside tranquil water and under the starlit sky is where your private full moon dinner awaits. Surrounded by the dim glow of candle lights and the sound of the gentle motion of the waves, as they tease the shoreline and tickle your toes, creates the perfect setting for an evening of luxury, romance and relaxation.

    The Maldives is a tropical paradise bordered by towering palm trees, powder white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. Renowned for its pristine beaches that stretch across the horizon and magnificent coral gardens that house a fascinating variety of marine life, the Maldives is the perfect setting for the ultimate luxury getaway. Whether you are a dive enthusiast, beach lover or simply enjoy relaxing while soaking up the sun, the Maldives has it all.

    With abundant marine life and a kaleidoscope of colourful corals that decorate entrances to caves and caverns as well as make for magnificent atolls, diving in the Maldives is a magical experience sure to exceed your expectations.

    Visitors who dive in the Maldives can enjoy the thrill of diving caves and caverns, strong currents that make for exiting drift dives as well as will have an opportunity to see large pelagics, including manta rays, hammerhead and reef sharks as well as large schools of barracuda as they frequent the many cleaning stations along the reef.
  • Lake of Stars Bed
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    Lake of Stars Bed
    A magical night’s sleep under the starry African sky. Nkwichi Lodge on Lake Malawi in Mozambique offers a unique and unforgettable experience with their “Lake of Stars” Bed. On a small private rock island rests a beautifully decorated bed, perfectly positioned while dimly lit by the soft glow of candle lights, creating the ultimate setting for an evening of luxury and romance.

    After enjoying a private dinner for two your Star bed awaits you, ready for a magical night’s sleep under the starry African night sky. When you awake a relaxing boat ride to a secluded island is the perfect ending to your evening of romance where a breakfast made just for your enjoyment is beautifully prepared under the shade of a baobab tree on the magnificent Likoma Island.

    Lake Malawi is renowned as one of the best tropical freshwater diving destinations in the world, offering visitors fantastic diving opportunities alongside endemic marinelife. The rugged underwater landscape is covered with textured rocks that create magnificent dramatic rock formations, caves and caverns and visibility is fantastic, allowing divers to get close to the brightly coloured endemic cichlids that make the lake their home.
  • Mystical Cinque Terre
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    Mystical Cinque Terre
    A charming collection of rustic coastal villages. Cinque Terre, translates into the ‘the five lands’ and refers to the cluster of small villages on the northern Italian coast. These five rustic villages include, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Tall, narrow and painted in an array of pastel hues, these picturesque villages sit atop rocky ledges with dramatic drops into the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

    The Cinque Terre is so appealing because it does not display any modern developments in it architecture. Much of what remains in the villages today dates from the Middle Ages, including several castles and churches. The inhabitants rely mostly on fishing and cultivating wine by building vineyards into the sides of the mountains.

    No cars are allowed in the villages and rather series of interconnecting pathways allow visitors to take in the views of the meandering shoreline in the most authentic ways possible. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these magnificent villages prove to be a rewarding destination for hikers and nature lovers.

    Although there is much to admire from the rugged coast hilltops, there is much more to see below the water’s surface. Cinque Terre is one of the best places to dive in the Mediterranean with plenty of opportunities for tourists to enjoy the marine environment. Diving allows visitors to discover the underwater richness of Cinque Terre, a world full of life and colour and home to an array of marine species that are unique to the area.
  • Table for Two Bazaruto
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    Table for Two Bazaruto
    The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The Bazaruto Islands are a line of tropical islands, namely Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Bangue and Santa Carolina located along the Mozambican channel.

    Classified as a World Heritage site as well as forming part of the Bazaruto National park, this magical holiday destination offers world class diving against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery.

    With glistening turquoise waters that welcome dolphins, whales and the rare and docile dugong, towering sand dunes and long stretches of powder white sand beaches, this archipelago is a diver’s dream and nothing short of paradise. From water sport activities, sunset horse rides along the Santa Carolina Beach (commonly known as Paradise Island), sand dunning and diving the world renowned two-mile reef located off the coast of Benguerra Island, the Bazaruto Islands offer a little piece of heaven for everyone, attracting nature lovers, sun bathers and dive enthusiasts the world over.
  • The Dragons of Komodo
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    The Dragons of Komodo
    Komodo National Park boasts breath-taking scenery with secret coves, magnificent coral gardens and rolling green hills. Also home to the largest reptile in the world, the Komodo dragon, a visit to these islands is sure to delight even the most discerning travellers.

    The Komodo National Park in Indonesia consists of three larger islands, Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with a plethora of smaller islands and seamounts that boast some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Home to many species of reef building corals and over 1000 species of fish, it is no wonder why the Komodo National Park stands apart as one of the world’s premier and most pristine diving destinations. Fully deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, along with its selection as one of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’, a trip to Komodo National Park is sure to amaze.

    Exploring the wonders of the Park is often enjoyed on a liveaboard, allowing you to enjoy the comfort of a hotel whilst being in close proximity to dive sites. For those who would prefer land based accommodation, there is also a permanent resort on Komodo Island.

    Due to the park having three larger islands and many smaller ones, there are many beautiful bays and coves that make for unique and magnificent diving sites. Some of the coves drop deep and are towered by magnificent walls of coral which burst with colour, whilst others lend themselves for excellent muck diving opportunities. The Komodo National Park is home to some of the world’s most pristine reefs.

    Between the islands, the Indian and Pacific oceans meet, attracting a dazzling variety of marine creatures as well as making Komodo National Park a direct migratory route for sea turtles and whale sharks. One of the best ways to enjoy the underwater world of Komodo is through a drift dive. Be swept along by the ocean currents and feel as though you are ‘flying’ through the water as you catch a glimpse of the magnificent lush coral reefs beneath you, teaming with life.

    On land you may have a rare opportunity of spotting a Komodo dragon, where scenic walks often lead to encounters with these fascinating creatures. With savannah vegetation, the island of Rinca is the best place to see the Komodo dragon, the biggest reptile in the world as well as an endangered species.

    Walks through the rugged terrain vary between short strolls and longer, more physically demanding treks. Komodo National Park is the only place in the world where you can experience close encounters with these fascinating creatures, making it a must see destination to add to your bucket list.
  • The Sea Villas of Pangkor Laut
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    The Sea Villas of Pangkor Laut
    On a remote and secluded private island off the west coast of Malaysia lies Pangkor Laut Resort. Nestled comfortably into its rainforest habitat and fringed by turquoise waters and white sandy beach, places this resort in the heart of paradise.

    Pangkor Laut is the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation, with tasteful and sophisticated accommodation surrounded by magnificent scenery. Choose between elegant sea villas positioned on stilts above lapping turquoise waters or garden villas surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Activities include relaxing spa treatments, nature walks through the rainforest, kayaking, sun bathing on the wooden decks or long walks on the pristine Emerald Bay beach.
  • The Underwater Room Pemba
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    The Underwater Room Pemba
    Pemba Island in Tanzania is a tropical Island blessed with temperate Indian Ocean currents and home to lush coral reefs, making it the ultimate getaway. One of the features of the Manta Resort on Pemba Island is the Underwater Manta Room.

    This floating hotel room can be found just off the coast of Pemba Island in a secluded opening in the coral reef, offering visitors private accommodation with spectacular sea views and fantastic diving opportunities.

    The Underwater Manta Room consists of three levels, each with their own unique features. The lower level is fully submerged beneath the water, providing guests with a 360° view of the surrounding coral reef, allowing them to see marinelife up close from the comfort of their room. The deck, at sea level provides guests with a recreational area where they can relax while enjoying magnificent sunsets and the upper roof level functions as a sun deck as well as a star bed.

    During the day guests can soak up the sun while at night they can star gaze and fall asleep under a sheet of stars as the gentle glow of the moon soothes their souls and the rocking of the ocean current lulls them to sleep. At night giant spotlights light up the area surrounding the hotel creating a mystical turquoise aura while attracting many nocturnal species.
  • The White Pearl Experience
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    The White Pearl Experience
    Luxury, private accommodation in paradise

    White Pearls Resort in Ponta Mamoli, situated on the southern coast of Mozambique offers the ultimate luxury coastal holiday. This private beach resort boasts spectacular scenery with pristine sandy beaches that stretch across the horizon, rich and dense vegetation and glistening turquoise waters. Whether you enjoy a relaxing massage, long walks on the beach, diving magnificent reefs or feeling the wind in your hair as you gallop across the beach on horseback, White Pearls Resort will see it come true. Blessed with rich Indian Ocean currents and welcome to a large biodiversity, diving along one of the world’s top pinnacle reefs is sure to entice dive enthusiasts.

    Visiting White Pearls Resort during the months from November through to February provides guests the rare opportunity for witnessing a once in a lifetime experience of Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles nesting along the beach. Further south, along the coast of Ponta do Ouro divers can also dive alongside playful wild dolphins.
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