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Happy New Year from Team Scubaverse!

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All of us at Team Scubaverse would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

It’s fair to say that 2021 is one of the most eagerly-anticipated years yet… like everyone, we will be glad to see the back of 2020 and we can’t wait to get started on our fresh and exciting new plans for 2021.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support over the past 12 months…. we simply wouldn’t exist without you.

The Scubaverse has grown massively with our printed and digital magazines  – Dive Travel Adventures, Dive Travel Companion, and Philippines Dive Adventures – our new-look, Scubaverse.com and our brand new websites – Worldwide Snorkel Adventures and Caribbean Dive Adventures.

This coming year, you can expect more of the same great diving and snorkeling, underwater photo and video, travel and marine conservation related content from us… as well as a few new surprises – watch this space!

Remember, Scubaverse is for YOU, so don’t forget to get involved. Enter our monthly photo and video competitions, submit an article or blog for us, share and follow our social media channels, and remember, you have to be in it to win it… enter our fantastic competitions to get your hands on free dive kit and the latest accessories.

We hope that 2021 brings your long-awaited and greatest underwater adventures yet! We can’t wait to share it with you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Love from Team Scubaverse x

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News From Captain Don’s Habitat, Bonaire – upward for the home of diving freedom

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46 years ago, Captain Don Stewart created the first dive resort on Bonaire and infused the philosophy that every employee, past, present, and future of Habitat will always embrace. Habitat is a dive operation with accommodations. It is with this mandate guiding all their planning that they announce the expansion of Captain Don’s Habitat.

Claire Sealy, Managing Director of Captain Don’s Habitat stated, “Many of our guests have been visiting Habitat and creating memories for years, some decades others new, so it was of the upmost importance to maintain the intimacy with belonging that we have delivered since 1976.”

Habitat will say goodbye to eight cottages highlighted in the drawing within the red lines. They will not be saying goodbye to all entirely. It was decided to maintain a recently completed renovated cottage for those that want a touch of nostalgia. During the expansion, this unit will not be rented.

As shown below, Habitat will welcome six brand new luxurious accommodations consisting of 42 total units divided into rooms designed like our ocean view rooms, and including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom configurations. The new rooms will be within a beautiful garden, a true oasis of peace and relaxation, equipped with a luxurious swimming pool.

In keeping with their objective as the home of diving freedom, they will expand the heart and soul of Habitat, the dive operations. Habitat will invest in two new high volume nitrox systems, a completely new fill station and an automated self-service drive through station to extend our concept of diving freedom. Habitat will also be adding new dive lockers and purchasing a new custom dive boat making it possible to offer even more boat dive packages including two-tank boat dives, which were recently introduced.

In recent years Habitat has made investments in the property. A completely renovated dock, bar and restaurant and all boats undergoing a complete retrofit. In memory of Captain Don’s legacy of conservation which led to the creation of the Caribbean’s first marine park and now the designation of Bonaire as the first Blue Destination, the team strives to create a resort that is environmentally friendly. Future plans will include expanding greater use of solar energy panels and ecologically friendly practices.

Demolition of the old Habitat Cottages will begin in early 2021 and construction will follow immediately. All work will be enclosed and done only during specific hours. Anyone booked in cottages will be reserved in similar or higher category accommodations.

Claire Sealy declared: “A BIG thank you, to all our guests and distributors who have trusted us and have become part of the Captain Don’s Habitat family. We would not be able to do it without you!  Thank you for your endless support to the home of diving freedom.”


Source: www.divenewswire.com

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Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center offers ferry with Day Trips and Packages

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Bimini based Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center and South Florida based Baleària Caribbean Fast Ferry announced today that they will be partnering to offer Ferry Inclusive Day Trips and 2-Night, 4-Night and 5-Night Hotel Packages.

Baleària Caribbean will resume passenger services to Bimini on February 10th, 2021. The ferry will depart from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9am. It will return from Bimini at 6.30pm.

Ferry + Dive Inclusive Day Trips will be available every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Guests will have the choice between diving with Great Hammerhead Sharks or exploring the historic Sapona Shipwreck and diving with Reef Sharks. Both day trips will be available to scuba divers, snorkelers and freedivers.

In addition to Day Trips, Ferry Inclusive Hotel Packages will also be available. 2-Night, 4-Night and 5-Night options will showcase the best of Bimini diving — including (depending on the length of stay) NWBSC’s exclusive Bull Shark Cage Dive, Great Hammerhead Safari, Sapona Shipwreck + Reef Shark Adventure and Stingray + Blacknose Shark Safari at Honeymoon Harbour. Hotel accommodations will be provided by Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. For more information about BBGC, please visit: https://biggameclubbimini.com

Regarding Baleària Caribbean Fast Ferry’s resumed service, strict sanitation protocols have been put in place to ensure passenger health and safety. Most notably, Baleària is the first shipping company in operation to receive a Global Safe Site Covid-19 Certificate by Bureau Veritas. Other safety measures include:

  • Temperature scanning for each passenger prior to boarding.
  • Easy access to sanitizer dispensers in the terminals and aboard the vessel.
  • Mandatory face masks/coverings.
  • Reduced capacity of the vessel by forty percent.
  • Required social distancing.
  • Plexiglass dividers added on every seat and common areas.
  • Deep and extensive sanitation process (on ship and terminals) before, during, and after each sailing.

Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center and Baleària Caribbean will continue to work closely with the US and Bahamas government to follow all travel guidelines and sanitation protocols.

Guests are urged to verify travel requirements before making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit: http://www.bahamas.com/TravelUpdates and https://travel.state.gov

For more information about Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba visit their website by clicking here.

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