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Philippines Malapascua & Visayas Liveaboard (10 nights)

 

Start your diving adventure today…

Itinerary:  Malapascua & Visayas (10 nights)
Dates:      10th – 22nd October 2018
Aboard:    S/Y Philippine Siren


The Vessel…
The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2008. Hand crafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area), you will find no other diving 

liveaboard as beautiful in Philippine waters. Each cabin is air-conditioned and offers its own personal computer, audio-visual entertainment system and en-suite bathrooms with hot water. For added luxury bathrobes, hair dryers and towels are provided. The spacious, air-conditioned saloon benefits from a cocktail bar, 50 inch flatscreen TV and computer server which supports the inter-cabin network. Dining is outdoors under a covered area with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. An expansive dive and leisure deck provides ample space for kitting up, even when the vessel is full.

The Diving…
This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives (including night dives) and takes you to the beautiful regions of Malapascua and Visayas, allowing you to experience some of the best diving in the Philippines.

Itinerary Highlights include…

Gato Island
A marine reserve and seasnake sanctuary, the island of Gato provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals whilst white tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. There are several sites around the small island which we visit.

Pescador Island
The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines; just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some large friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whalesharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers and yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as trumpet fish, box fosh, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen.

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where blacktip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally and unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans.

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating.

Balicasag Island
The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks and crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

£3,999 per person*
*30% deposit. Remaining due 12 weeks prior to departure.
Price is subject to change but will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Includes:
Return flights from London – Cebu.
10 Nights on board the liveaboard,
Certain transfers between liveaboard and local airport or hotel on days of embarkation and disembarkation, full board accommodation on the vessel based on double occupancy, Tea, fresh coffee from our espresso machine, fruit juice, soft drinks & beer, all diving on air, nitrox if certified, 12lt cylinder, weights & weight belt.


BOOK NOW!

Please contact Carol or Rob at Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or
email weborders@divemachine.co.uk to book on to this Philippines liveaboard trip please

 

Maldives Liveaboard 5th – 13th January 2019

Start your Maldives adventure today…

Itinerary:  Pelagic Encounters
Dates:      5th – 13th January 2019
Aboard:    M/Y blue Voyager
The Vessel…

Originally sailing as a blue o two fleet vessel in the Red Sea, M/Y blue Voyager was fully refurbished in 2017 ready for her move to the Maldives. M/Y blue Voyager is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel that boasts three spacious double and ten twin cabins. She features a separate outdoor dining area, bar and sky lounge, as well as a luxurious Jacuzzi.
M/Y blue Voyager benefits from a separate tender and diving dhoni which allows for the best use of space on the liveaboard to explore the pearls of the Indian Ocean in comfort. The vessel is also equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and camera station.
The Itinerary…
This itinerary travels further south to Vaavu with the purpose of seeking out the larger pelagics. More channel diving is offered to maximise your chance of ‘big fish’ encounters and manta cleaning stations are also visited.
Itinerary highlights…
**PLEASE NOTE**
the dive sites below are just an example of the route taken and are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Fish Head
Fish Head also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a Thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40 to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Featuring a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snappers against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.
Miyaru Faru
Unsurprisingly given that ‘miyaru’ means shark in Dhivehi, sharks feature prominently at this North Male spot! At around 30 metres there is an overhang which can shield you from the strength of the passing current, and with an incoming current the visibility can be excellent and the parade of pelagics and local residents, impressive. You might see a number of grey reef sharks as well as barracuda, kingfish and tuna. Large groups of eagle rays and their larger cousins, the manta rays, are often seen here, filter feeding in the plankton-rich water.
Fotteyo Kandu
Many scuba divers consider Fotteyo Kandu (Vaavu Atoll) to be the best dive site in Maldives and it is also rated among the top 5 dive sites in the world. The mouth of the channel is exposed to the ocean and during north east monsoon when the currents are incoming, a good variety of fish species gather at the entrance to the channel. Animals commonly spotted here include grey reef shark patrolling the 

channel mouth, jack and tuna in the deeper water, schools of midnight snappers and red snapper form in huge groups. The wall features caves, overhangs and swim-throughs at different depths. These caves and overhangs are filled with colourful yellow colour like soft coral, deeper caves and overhangs are filled with huge bushes of black corals.
Guraidhoo Kandu South
Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

£2,195 per person
Includes: Return flights from LON, 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel, visa, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water.

BOOK NOW!

Please contact Rob or Carol at Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email robert@divemachine.co.uk for more information or to book on this Maldives safari!

Annual 2 day January Scuba Sale

Once again the hugely popular Dive Machine annual sale weekend is almost upon us again.

None of our items will be available at these prices on-line and will only be open to personal callers in the dive centre.

Previous customers know this is a sale not to be missed.
Genuine 10% off everything in store.
Up to 80% off selected item’s.
If that’s not enough the popular buy any 2 training courses and get a 3rd at 50% off* (*lowest price course purchased)

We also have a huge range of 2nd hand quality used item’s. More this year than ever before.
There are Computers, BCD’s, Regulators, Cylinders, Stage aluminium cylinders, Wing’s, SMB’s, Reels, Wetsuits, Drysuits, gloves, hoods, Dive Bags and many other accessories available.
Just too many to mention. Come have a browse with many item’s starting as low as 50p each.

Our 2 day sale opens on:-
Saturday 6th January at 09:30 until 17:30 also
Sunday 7th January 10:00 -16:00

Need more info: regarding our 2 day sale? EMAIL – US

Santa Dives for December 2017

Santa Dives.

Anyone up for a Santa Dive?

There are 2 days of Santa Dives locally this year.
These are fun day’s being dressed as Santa, where you can do 1 or 2 dives in a Santa suit. (you will need your own suit)

Saturday 23rd December 10:00 (Preferred date)

Buckland Lake £10 or £5 if wearing a full Santa Suit.
Just a hat will not get the £5 discount.

Sunday 24th December 10:00

Leybourne Lakes £8 per Santa Diver

Please ring 01732-773553 or email robert@divemachine.co.uk if you are interested in either of these Santa days.
If you need dive equipment hire please let us know.

  

PADI Diver training courses at Divers Cove

What a terrific weekend at Divers Cove in Godstone.

With our PADI Open Water, Rescue and Speciality Dry suit divers undergoing their open water assesments this weekend we all had a fabulous time.

Well done to everyone who took part on a very chilly but fun weekend.

Congratulations
to all the students getting through their courses and the Instructors with Divemasters assisting.

We even had 2 froups of  great pleasure divers taking part over the 2 days there with Dive Machine.

Thank you all for a fun weekend. — at Divers Cove Scuba Diving.

More Photo’s here:-

New Suunto Eon Core Dive computer

The Suunto Eon Core

This is the next evolution of the Suunto Eon computers.  The Suunto Eon Core colour dive computer comes with the wireless transmission capability and is smaller than the Eon Steel.

The compact Suunto EON Core is a great dive companion whether you are just beginning diving or an active diver exploring new depths. The key details of your dive are easy to read from the clear color display with large, prominent digits, This fully-featured and customizable dive computer is your reliable partner no matter if you’re exploring shipwrecks or admiring the colorful marine life.

Easy to read

Read all the important diving details at a glance from a clear, legible screen. Large numbers and texts with high contrast colors are easy to see even in murky waters or when diving at night time.

Grows with you

Suunto EON Core is ready out-of-the-box, but you can modify the features as you like to fit your own needs with the Suunto CustomDisplay™. Choose from different view styles and select the dive details you want to see. Updatable software makes Suunto EON Core a loyal diving partner for years to come.

Compact and comfortable

The lightweight, compact composite case with an elastomer strap (or bungee) is comfortable on any size of a wrist. Press large buttons easily with or without gloves. Conveniently re-charge the battery through USB.

These are a few of the features of the Suunto Eon Core dive computer:-

  • Water resistance 80 m (262 ft)
  • Customizable color screen with large digits
  • Rechargeable battery, 10 – 20 h per charge
  • Wireless mobile connectivity
  • User-updatable software
  • Gauge/Air/Nitrox/Trimix/CCR (fixed point)
  • Multiple tank pressure reading (with Suunto Tank POD)
  • Tilt compensated 3D digital compass

For more detailed information regarding the Eon Core please go to our website or follow the links on this page.

 

Diving Vobster Quay (Sept 2017)

What superb overcast but warm sunny weather for diving today at Vobster Quay.

Congratulations to John and Mahew on completion of your PADI Advanced Open Water course.
Also to Paul on completing the PADI Wreck Diver Speciality today.
Water temperature was 17 degrees on the surface dropping to a cool 9 degrees on the deep dive.

Thank you to Helen and Gary for the inwater instruction and supervision of today’s divers who showed great competence and skill improvement throught their courses.

Christmas Party December 2017

Dive Machine Christmas Party – Saturday 9th December 2017.

The theme for this year is “A Christmas Carol”

It’s Fancy Dress or come along in DJ’s or Cocktail dresses.
Fancy dress can be anything to do with the “Christmas Carol” film’s or based on an actual Christmas Carol song.Let the idea’s run wild.
Family and friends are welcome to going in the fun and very pleaseant dining at the Rose & Crown in Tonbridge.
Tickets including 3 course Meal and Tea/Coffee with music and dancing after are £38 p.p.
We are pleased to still keep the prices low for the 3rd year running for this evening.

Full detail’s and booking form are on the link below:
Download – Xmas Party 2017 Booking Form & Menu

Please download, print & complete the above booking form. Also telephone the Dive Centre to make you booking. Tel: 01732773553

Once again there will be a superb raffle with some great prises on offer. ALL monies raised will be going to the Lifeboat fund.

We look forward to seeing you all there.
Robert, Carol and the staff at Dive Machine.

Dive Machine receives PADI 20 year award

Great news.

Emma Hewitt, Regional manager paid us a visit a few days ago and presented us with our 20 year award as a PADI Dive Centre.
It was well receive by Course Director Robert Varns and Carol Varns.
Hard to imagine all those years ago when we started out back in Southborough that we would still be teaching and serving divers.

PADI 20 year awardIn these years we have met many new friends and aquaintences.
Taught literally thousands of divers to either start diving or taking them to new levels of experience.
Of these we have gained new friends. Some of them have been with us throughout our 20 years of teaching.
We have seen 3 generations of divers coming through. Various divers have met through diving with us, got married and now their children are also diving.

It gives us enormous pleasure to see all our customers, to assist them and give then expert advice.
Looking forward to a great future ahead and seeing  the Dive Machine go to newer heights.

A huge thank you goes out to every customer, also present and past staff in helping us reach this prostigious 20 year achievement.

Hope to be seeing you all again real soon.

Robert Varns
PADI Course Director
EFR (&FAAW) Instructor Trainer
TecRec Instructor Trainer

A superb weekend of diving with students.

What a great weekend of diving.

The open water students did extremely well despite poor visibility, including one who has immediately started his Advanced Open Water course.
The Wreck speciality divers worked well mapping 2 wrecks and practicing laying wreck lines both externally and internally inside the wrecks. We was surrounded by hundreds of perch and also spotted 5 pike on the dives to add to the enjoyment.
Eloise completed her Peak Performance Buoyancy course and was able to shed a further 2 kg in the process.
Once again the staff of Dive Machine excelled in their hard work and effort making it a supoerb weekend of diving.
Roll on Friday where  we will be doing one morning dive followed by a great air show at Eastbourne Air Display.
We have 2 late cancellations so there are 2 spaces now available for the 18th August. If you wish to join us for a great day out in the channel email or ring us at the dive centre. Tel:01732773553.