Diving into Amazing Journeys in 2014

Setting your New Year plans now?

You should if you havent!!

Just last week, we celebrated Christmas. With all the joy, laughter and thanksgiving, in a short time, we now all have to look into a new beginning on the calendar.

2014 is knocking on the door. It might be time to work toward a new career breakthrough, it might be marriage plans, moving house, climbing to a higher peak or even going to a new place.

In 2014, Amazing Dive has done up irresistible dive travel for all Amazing Divers!! Beside going to our usual favourites, we have new addition of Raja Ampat!! Let’s take a look what exciting destinations are available for 2014!!

First let us have a look at the year’s travel plans.

Amazing 2014 Travel
Amazing Dive Travel 2014

Excited already? Look further and you’ll see the different options and availability.

Malaysia
Malaysia
Dive Sipadan
Dive Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai Island

Available for diving all year round, Sipadan Island is ranked as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. The island’s deep walls and numerous caves is well know among divers all round the world.
Located in the Celebes Sea just off East Malaysia, travellers fly in from Tawau airport and transfer to Semporna for a boat ride to Mabul or Kapalai Island.

Spotting big turtles and white tip reef sharks is almost guaranteed for divers at Sipadan Island. At the same time, huge schools of barracudas and jacks fish (giant trevally), who love to put up their captivating tornado swim performance, never fail to mesmerize scuba everytime.

The nearby Mabul and Kapalai Islands is the treasure ground for the small to macro marine life lovers such as nudibranchs, pipefish, juvenile harlequin sweetlips, mandarin fishes and even the blue ring octopus!

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.

Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air, Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

24th – 29th Apr

27th Jun – 2nd July

Dive Tenggol
Dive Tenggol

Tenggol Island is located at the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its marvellous marine life varieties, turtles and huge range of coral reefs make it a wonderful diving spot. Splendid diving conditions made it suitable for the adventure seekers.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

6th – 9th Mar

9th – 12th May

25th – 28th July

25th – 28th Sep

 

Dive Redang
Dive Redang

First made popular to all beach lovers by a Hong Kong Movie, Summer Holiday, in year 2000. Redang has always been a top choice for divers from Singapore and Malaysia. The availability of wide range of dive sites made it a great place to start with your diving adventure. Not to forget, there are also challenging dive sites for the more experienced diver. The snorkellers and beach lovers would also love the beautiful sandy landscape and clear blue waters. A great place for everyone

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Land and Boat transfers

Group Departure Date:

17th – 20th Apr

26th – 29th Jun

28th – 31st Aug

23th – 26th Oct

 

Dive Layang Layang
Dive Layang Layang

Known as “The Jewels of the Borneo Banks”, Layang-Layang is the ideal dive destination with warm crystal clear waters rich in both pelagic and macro diving. Coral walls plunge down to the sea floor 2000 metres below as barracuda, hawksbill turtles, manta rays, and tuna swim in the nearby open ocean. The most sought after creature here is the hammerhead sharks which are found in abundance during the April-May mating season.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 15th – 20th May (Limited Spaces Only!)

Indonesia
Indonesia
Dive Lembeh
Dive Lembeh

Muck diving is all about spotting tiny underwater critters, species that you would normally not look for or find easily during a regular dive. Diving at Lembeh Straits means you are on the lookout for numerous weird but amazing looking species, especially from echinoderms group. The uniqueness and beauty will surely make you fall in love with them. It is no surprise that divers around the world make their way to Lembeh to dive in this strait. For obvious reasons Lembeh is a real paradise for those that are into underwater macro photography.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date:  29th Jan – 3rd Feb (Limited Spaces Only!)

 

Dive Manado, Bunaken
Dive Manado, Bunaken

The Bunaken Island National Marine Park in Manado has the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Home to an extended range of fish and coral variety, divers can find the smallest shrimp to reefs sharks and eagle rays. Fulfilling interests of divers of all kinds.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date: 10th – 15th Sep

 

 

Dive Raja Ampat
Dive Raja Ampat

Travellers who have been to Raja Ampat will never forget its beauty. Located inside Earth’s coral triangle, Raja Ampat is, no doubt, rated the top dive spot in the world. Besides housing the smallest shrimp to the huge manta rays. Many divers come here to witness the unique marine species never found at any where else in the world.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-A-Board (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air transfers

Group Departure Date:  3rd – 10th Oct

 

Dive Bali
Dive Bali

One of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bali is a very popular dive holiday destination. Dive in the world famous USS Liberty ship wreck at Tulamben, chance an encounter with the rare Mola Mola at Nusa Penida or expand your macro photography collection at Amed. There is always a good reason to travel back to Bali for more! One will really never know just what they might see in this ever-changing underwater jewel.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Custom Departure Date: Contact us to find more out!

 

Philippines
Philippines
Dive Donsol
Dive Donsol

Donsol is one of the very few places in the world where it is possible to see whale sharks on a regular basis. These gentle giants gather from December until May yearly. Plankton in the local waters drawn in by the currents will attract the whale sharks to feed. Frequent sighting of the whale sharks has drawn an increasing numbers of people to this remote area to meet them.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 12th – 16th Mar

 

Dive Malapascua
Dive Malapascua

One of the few places in the world that you have a good chance of seeing Thresher Sharks! Just 20 minutes by boat from Malapascua, Monad shoals is the house to the Thresher Sharks. Their early appearance means an early start for the divers – often leaving at 5.00am! Occasionally manta rays and hammerheads are seen here as well.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air & Boat transfers

Group Departure Date: 4th – 8th Jun

 

Maldives
Maldives
Dive Maldives
Dive Maldives

The nation of more than a thousand islands, with less than 300 are inhabited. The Maldives consists of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean and has its highest point just about 2 meters above sea levels. On land The Maldives is flat with lots of beautiful white sandy beaches. Underwater, surrounded by excellent reefs and abundance marine life, The Maldive is a dream destination to many around the world. Together with some of the finest live-aboard dive boats and luxury resorts on the globe, the impression combination for an unforgettable dive vacation.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-aboard (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air transfers

Group Departure Date: 

11th – 20th Apr (Limited Spaces Only!)

26th Apr – 3rd May

12th – 21st Sep (FULL!)

20th – 27th Dec

 

 

Thailand
Thailand
Dive Similan
Dive Similan

The wonderful formation of of nine islands made The Similan Island the top dive destination in Thailand.

(<Similan means “9” in the Malay language> Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong.)

These islands housed colorful reefs, abundant variety of corals and marine life. Similan islands are usually accessed by liveaboards from Khao Lak and Phuket, it is also one of the most sought after destination during the Malaysia monsoon seasons.

Suitable for: Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Live-aboard (LOB)

Travel Mode: Air & Land transfers

Group Departure Date: 

3rd – 7th Jan (FULL)

18th – 23rd Nov

 

Dive Phuket
Dive Phuket

Phuket Island has some good dive sites and is the base for the largest diving centre in Thailand. Both the hard and soft coral reefs around the area are in a healthy condition. Therefore attracting a good amount of marine life. The wide range of dive locations offers a good selection to divers of all levels.

Suitable for: New & Experienced Divers.
Dive Accommodation: Dive Resort

Travel Mode: Air transfer

Custom Departure Date: Contact us to find more out!

 

AMAZING!!
Start 2014 With Non- Stop Dive Adventures Throughout The Year!!!

With so many choices on the schedule, I am confident that there is some trip catered to everyone!!

To avoid disappointment, call 9677 3627 or email [email protected] now for more information!!

I am totally excited to start 2014! Join me together for the adventures!!

Happy New Year Amazing Divers!!

Greetings & Well Wishings from All Amazing Dive Crew.

-Nicholas

Amazing Christmas 2013

CHRISTMAS TIME!! MAKE A WISH!!!!

Ok I am half accurate as it is Boxing Day for SIngapore today. However, remember the other side of Earth that is still celebrating Christmas now?

Let’s all enjoy this Meaningful Festival regardless where we are, who we are.

We all know Scuba Diving is a lot about making friends, sharing joy and participating in activities. This Christmas was slightly more heartfelt as I got a chance to be part of the “Secret Santa” gift exchange.

Unlike the usual “blind” gift exchange when I just prepare a general gift for whoever lucky (or not). This time, I know who my receiver is and I would need to secretly prepare this gift without him/her knowing. Through the drawing lot manner, i got to prepare for one of the lady crew. Oh no~~ Ladies gift, usually harder to buy. Fortunately, I was scheduled to be on a trip to Maldives. So instantly I know I am able to get something nice for the “Lady Scuba Diver”.

Over at The Maldives, there were too many things. After narrowing down all the choices, I decided to get a lovely looking Turtle Sarong for her, thinking that it is both practical and personal gift.

Cute turtle sarong all the way from The Maldives

Christmas Eve is the day we will unwrap and guess who the “Secret Santa” is! So every staff from various departments gathered together with lots of anticipation.

As the receivers names are called out, they will unwrap their present in front of everybody and than make a guess on who gave them that present.

It was heart warming because, most of the presents are quite personalized. Like one who have been using a old bag pack, received a new one. Another lady who loves a particular brand of cosmetic products got “free refills” because “Secret Santa” manage to find out that “refills are needed”. This is a sign of close working relationships.

I was, in fact, much more amazed that most of the receivers can guess who their “Santa” was!!

Even for myself, who receive a book from the exchange (ok don’t laugh), immediately have 2 names popping out on my mind after unwrapping my gift! Strangely, one of the names was correct! hahaha..

How To Win Friends & Influence People In The Digital Age….

As for me, personally, my receiver was on medical leave that very day, so the event organizer had her present unwrapped by her representative – her boyfriend.

I guess she would have like the present if she had received it personally. She messaged me after the event  and said “Thank you for the present. My boyfriend said I got a “table cloth”!!!” hahahaha.. I could not stop laughing after reading it!! But I really hope she likes it when she finally sees it.

Alright, let us take a look at what are the presents given during this gift exchange!! (photos are use to represent actual gifts)

Bags and Bags of Chips for the Snack Lovers!!
Gentle Teddy for the Angry Boy..
For the one who has a tight schedule.
Music on all occasions!
For the Pirate Inspired Divers!
For The Multipurpose Repair Man!!           (No joke! It was in the list!!  =P)
For The Stylish Lady On Wednesday Night!
All Packed for 2014!!
Best Gift for Christmas 2013!!
What is it?
Who got it?
Who sent it?
Let it all be a Mystery!!
heheheh~

 

Sure we have lots of fun this year!
We hope you enjoy your Christmas too!!

Looking ahead, a brand new year is approaching. Amazing Courses, Amazing Dive Trips, Amazing Happenings. Be sure that Amazing Dive is going to have lots of surprises for you in 2014!! Stay tuned!!!

Before signing off, I like to, on behalf of Amazing Dive and all her Crew Members, wish everyone A Merriest Christmas and A Joyous New Year!!

 

Cheers!

By Nicholas

Amazing Crew

PADI Divemaster Training Trip

Learning on board, ALL ABOARD!!
When you know that you have stepped into the next phase of your life with a new step taken, you will smile.

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For 9 of the Dive Master Trainees on board the MV Nautica, it was all anticipation and excitement to learn a whole range of new skills and to better ourselves in diving! This special trip, for only DM trainings, is one of it kind in Singapore and seemingly, the world.
All the hungry and food deprived faces reached the Nongsa Port in Batam, after 1 hour ferry ride, to board the MV Nautica with dinner served to us! Then we started our briefing that will mark the start of the trip and our journey to become dive masters.

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The makings of a dive master has been set in motion and we are all set!

After a good night sleep, the first item on the agenda was search and recovery of a small item in the large expense of the ocean. The technique was taught previously and the plan was to find that weight belt that the instructor “lost”. After 15 minutes of searching with the U-shaped pattern, the belt was found! After which the intensive session of learning how to give briefing, set up the dive site, choosing the dive sites, using a lift bag, leading the night dives and a whole lot of working knowledge was shared and taught!

 

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The most interesting part of the whole day was mapping a brand new site that
was not explored fully! With 7 teams, we
started near the coastal site and mapped out Ezther I. The maps are in consolidation currently and will be published for other divers to use.
Then sharing of the ideas and knowledge was shared with the rest of the DMTs about the lives and workings of a dive professional in Amazing dive and Asia Dive Academy and the day ended with a nice dinner and chill-out session with everyone talking about their lives and experiences! (Well, let’s not forget the Hokkien and Gaelic learning sessions that came in the middle!)

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The second day started with an early deep navigation dive where the rain has brought all the silt up from the bottom. Tough navigation with 1m visibility, it really tested our skills when crunch time is involved. After much effort, we finally cleared the skills required (along with some additional current pushing us). Finally it was the last item, rescue, again. With the current and waves moving fast due to the rain and the wind, it made it even more realistic and difficult. Having cleared the rescue, I had to say providing help to the Dive Master Trainees who were performing the skill was already tough enough.
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With all said, the effort and sweat (maybe it was sea water) put in, everyone did a really great job on this trip and learnt so much more than you could have normally. Congratulations on the Dive Masters who had graduated with FLYING COLOURS and the Dive Master Trainees who are in this current batch, let’s work hard and graduate like this too! 
 

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I shall end this blog with the quote from President Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
 
Best Regards,
Qua Xuan Wei, Elton
PADI Dive Master of Amazing Dive
Photos By: Jason Yew
PADI Dive Master of Amazing Dive