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Dedicated worldwide charters exclusive to Great Escapes customers

We regularly put together dedicated charter trips to offer exclusively to our clients. The aim of these charter trips is to offer our customers something a little different to normal itineraries, often involving extended trips that can take in a wider range of dive sites.

We have two Indonesia liveaboard trips currently on offer, hosted by experienced cruise director couple Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler.  Many of you will know them from the many years they worked with us in the Maldives or from previous dedicated worldwide charter trips they have run.

We are also very pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity to join underwater photographers Phil and Anne Medcalf on their Alphamarine Photography Workshop trip to Dive Into Lembeh Resort in November 2023. This will be a great chance to hone your photography skills and to gain tips from the pros, who will be on hand to help you get the best possible shots.

INDONESIA: Komodo National Park 14nts,  18 June – 02 July 2022 with Matt & Anne-Marie

Introduction to the cruise, from Matt and Anne-Marie
We have always wanted to dive Komodo so we have put together a special 14 night charter on Mermaid II through our friends at Great Escapes Diving Holidays. This is an extended 14 nights cruise on the boat, plus travel time, so the entire trip is around 17 nights.

We have been in contact with some marine biologists in the area and have carefully considered the balance of weather, sea conditions and probability of marine encounters. The plan is to cover the popular sites but also use our extra time to explore more of this exceptional area and to dive the less visited areas and enjoy more time at the best sites.

This 14 night trip will start and finish in Bali with no need for domestic flights and the associated hassle with diver’s baggage

Mermaid II liveaboard
Built in 2000 as the sister ship to the Mermaid I, the 33 metre Mermaid II is an excellent liveaboard that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Located on the main deck are eight twin or double Deluxe Cabins with en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are two twin Budget Cabins that share a bathroom between the two.

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Mermaid II page.

14nts Komodo National Park on board Mermaid II with Matt & Anne-Marie
18 June – 02 July 2022

Trip itinerary is as follows:-
Thu 16 Jun    Depart London for overnight flight to Bali
Fri 17 Jun      1nt Bali
Sat 18 Jun      Transfer to Mermaid II for 14nts Komodo
Sat 02 Jul       Transfer to airport for afternoon/evening flight to London
Sun 03 Jul     Arrive London

Mermaid II liveaboard costs:-
1 x Twin/DBL Deluxe Cabin available at £5165 per person (Deluxe has en-suite bathroom)
1 x Twin Budget Cabin available at £4295 per person (shared bathroom)
Liveaboard price includes: return transfers from Bali to hotel to liveaboard, 14nts accommodation in twin/double cabin as stated, full board, snacks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, drinking water, diving with tanks and weights on air.
Liveaboard price excludes: Park & Port Fees Euros €370pp payable on board, Nitrox package 14nts £175pp.

Additional costs:-
International flights are expected to come in between £550 – £850pp, depending on airline preference.
1nt Bali, staying in a decent hotel in Sanur (which the Mermaid boat will do transfers from) would cost about £50pp on twin/double share basis with breakfast.

Please note: Liveaboard prices are based on current Euros/Sterling exchange rate of €/£1.17 and is subject to rate fluctuation.
Because of the fluctuations in the cost of fuel there is currently no additional fuel surcharge in place. However, if the price of fuel increases then this will be added to the booking prior to your balance being due. The Mermaid II has already incorporated a small fuel surcharge (Euros €50pp) for our special 14nt itinerary, as they plan to cover areas not normally included in Komodo trips (such as a whale shark area).

INDONESIA: Raja Ampat 8nts 30 Mar – 07 Apr 2023 with Matt & Anne-Marie

We are excited to offer our guests the chance to join our special March 2023 Raja Ampat charter trip hosted by Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler. The 9 day trip will be on board the fabulous Mermaid II liveaboard and will take in the very best dive sites of Raja Ampat.

To make this trip even more special, we are offering the option to join Matt and Anne-Marie for a 5 day stay at the amazing Dive Into Raja Resort, on the island of Waigeo, immediately before joining the liveaboard. Here you can relax and enjoy the solitude and jungle setting and take in 3 days diving at some of the wonderful surrounding dive sites.  A perfect way to ready yourself for the exciting liveaboard cruise ahead.

There are just 18 places up for grabs on this trip, so we do advise booking as early as you can to avoid missing out.

Mermaid II liveaboard
Built in 2000 as the sister ship to the Mermaid I, the 33 metre Mermaid II is an excellent liveaboard that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Located on the main deck are eight twin or double Deluxe Cabins with en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are two twin Budget Cabins that share a bathroom between the two.

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Mermaid II page.

Dive Into Raja Ampat
Located on Waigeo Island, this fabulous beach front resort has been built into the surrounding jungle. In the canopy covering the resort local wildlife such as the Indonesian Cuscus and birds of paradise can be found. The resort has different categories of rooms, all with 24 hour electricity, western en-suite bathrooms and Air Conditioning.

For full details of the resort please visit our Dive Into Raja Ampat page.

Mermaid II liveaboard 9 days / 8 nights Raja Ampat
Boat dates: Thu 30 Mar – Fri 07 Apr 2023
The Mermaid II liveaboard takes a maximum of 20 passengers in the following cabin types:-
2 x Lower Deck Twin Budget Cabins (one shared bathroom between the two cabins)
8 x Main Deck Double/Twin Deluxe (all have an en-suite bathroom)

Liveaboard costs
Budget Cabins cost £2906 per person.
Deluxe Cabins cost £3419 per person.

Liveaboard prices include –
Return transfers from Sorong to liveaboard, 8nts accommodation in twin/double share cabin as stated, all meals, snacks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, drinking water, diving with tanks and weights on air.

 Liveaboard price excludes
Park & Port Fees Euros €225pp payable on board,
Nitrox package 8nts £103pp (may be subject to change).
International flights.
(Prices based on GBP/Euro €1.17 and are subject to currency fluctuation)

Optional Extension – Dive Into Raja Resort
Waigeo Island is the largest island in Raja Ampat with the Earth’s most diverse marine life- above and below the water. The beach front resort has been built into the surrounding jungle. In the canopy covering the resort local wildlife such as the Indonesian Cuscus and birds of paradise can be found. The resort has different categories of rooms, all with 24 hour electricity, western en-suite bathrooms and Air Conditioning.

Dive Into Raja Resort extension 5 days / 4 nights with 3 days diving
Arrive: Sun 26 Mar 2023
Depart: Thu 30 Mar 2023

Resort costs
Waterfront Villa (3 available) £795 per person
Sea View Villa (5 available)  £775 per person.

Resort prices include –
Return ferry transfers from Sorong to Waisai, transfers to resort, 5 days / 4 nights accommodation in twin/double villa as stated, all meals, welcome drink, drinking water, afternoon teas, 3 days diving with 3 guided boat dives per day plus one house reef dive per day, use of tanks and weights on air.

Resort prices exclude
Marine Park Entrance Fee approx. USD $70 payable locally (price subject to change).
International flights.
(Prices based on GBP/USD $1.35 and are subject to currency fluctuation)

INDONESIA: Alphamarine Photography Workshop: Dive Into Lembeh Resort 12nts, 09-23 Nov 2023 with Anne & Phil Medcalf

We are very pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity to join Phil and Anne Medcalf on their Alphamarine Photography Workshop trip to Dive Into Lembeh Resort in November 2023.

Between them, Anne and Phil have been diving for over 45 years and have been taking digital pictures underwater for over thirty of those. They turned their interest into a business in 2017 and now own Alphamarine Photography Ltd, an underwater photography training and retail company.

They have a popular blog and a Facebook Q & A group with nearly 2000 members worldwide. Their workshops on underwater photography and photo editing attract customers from all corners of the UK and you can join them on this fantastic and exclusive 12 night trip to photograph the amazing critters of Lembeh Strait.

This will be a great chance to hone your photography skills and to gain tips from Phil and Anne, who will be on hand to help you get the best possible shots throughout the trip.

For more information about Alphamarine Photography, visit their website: alphamarinephoto.com

Dive Into Lembeh is a small and beautifully natural resort nestled in Kasawari Bay on the main land of Lembeh Strait, just off the north east coast of Sulawesi. Lembeh Strait is home to some of the finest ‘muck diving’ in the world and is a true macro photographer’s paradise. The resort is located at the northern end of the Strait out of sight of Bitung Harbor in the south, offering unspoiled views of Lembeh Island.

Muck diving is all about spotting weird and wonderful underwater critters and species that you would normally not find during a regular dive. You can explore the wonderful house reef in resort and the dive sites nearby and with the help of experienced guides you may find frog fish, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus, mandarin fish and orangutan crabs, to name a few. 

For full details of the resort please visit our Dive Into Lembeh page.

Dive Into Lembeh Photography Workshop
09 – 23 November 2023
Dive Into Lembeh 12nts, with 11 days diving / 2 guided boat dives per day

Travel on scheduled Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow to Manado via Singapore
Thu 09 Nov   LHR-Singapore          1125-0730+1   SQ317
Fri 10 Nov     Singapore-Manado    0925-1315       SQ8468  (operated by Scoot Air)
                      Transfer to Dive Into Lembeh for 12nts
Wed 22 Nov  Manado-Singapore   1400-1730        SQ8469  (operated by Scoot Air)
Wed 22 Nov  Singapore-LHR          2330-0555+1
Thu 23 Nov    Arrive London Heathrow at 0555hrs

Twin/double share Long House Rooms costs £1819 per person. Single supplement is £24 per person / per night.
Twin/double share Sea View Rooms costs £2142 per person. Single supplement is £39 per person /  per night.

Price includes return transfers from Manado airport to resort, 12nts accommodation as stated, full board meal plan, unlimited teas, coffees and drinking water, 11 days diving with 2 guided boat dives per day plus unlimited house reef diving between 8am – 6pm, tanks and weights on air and all government service fees and taxes.

Not included: International flights on Singapore Airlines/Scoot Air. Guide price for these, based on November 2022 fares, is around £780 per person for economy class (25kgs baggage plus carry on).

Additional diving costs
Additional guided boat dives outside of the above packages can easily be arranged once at the resort and paid for locally. Guided dives by speedboat (day or night dives) cost US $50 per person/per dive.
For those wishing to dive with Nitrox, the cost per tank is US $7, or US $20 for the day.

(Prices based on GBP/USD $1.30 and are subject to currency fluctuation)

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

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Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

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Tel: 01449 535010
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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