Island Dive Safaris
Scubadive West's island dive safaris are what legends are made of! Spectacular island diving coupled with an overnight stay on either Inishturk, Inishbofin or Clare Island will delight even the most ardent divers.
Island Dive Safari Itinerary
A typical dive safari itinerary includes departing from the dive centre on Saturday morning, completing two dives on Saturday, an overnight stay in an island guesthouse on the Saturday evening, (including dinner B&B), completing another 2 dives on Sunday and returning to the dive centre on Sunday evening.
Introducing the 'Sea Sprinter'
High speed, smooth sea keeping and great shelter onboard.
2017 Island Dive Safaris take place from the Sea Sprinter: a twin engined 'Lochan 38' dive charter boat.
Powered by twin 300HP Caterpillar engines, the Sea Sprinter can really move! Combined with an excellent hull shape for cutting through any choppy water, the comfort while underway is unrivalled. A large cabin space with comfortable seating leads out to a shelterd deck. This boat is ideal for our two day Island Dive Safaris.
Price is €269
Island Scuba Dive Safaris 2017
For summer 2016 we have special 2 Day Island Dive Safaris. This includes one night's dinner, B&B staying overnight on Saturday on either Inishturk, Inishbofin or Clare Island, 4 hardboat dives, airfills and tanks if needed.
17th & 18th, Clare Island (1 place available!)
8th & 9th July. Inishturk ( 4 places available)
22nd & 23rd July. Clare Island (full)
12th & 13th August. Clare Island (full)
27th & 28th Inishbofin (full)
Sunday 10th & Monday 11th Inishbofin (2 places available)
More dates tbc
Further dates available on request
Please note that Scubadive West reserves the right to cancel or postpone a trip based on weather and bookings.
Further Dates available on request
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We also have available on request A Special 3 Day Island Dive Safaris, departing on a Thursday evening and visiting all 3 islands; Inis Turk, Inis Boffin and Clare Island.
Please note that minimum Advanced Openwater Diver (or equivalent) with recent Irish diving experience is required to take part in our dive safaris.
Contact us to book.
We also offer:
Saturdays - local boat dives at 10am. and 2pm.
Sundays - local boat dives at 10am. and 2pm.
We also offer mid-week boat dives for groups and boat excursions.
call or email to check availability.
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Red Sea Dive Holiday 13 - 20th Oct 2015 Marsa Shagra Eco Village
Special Price of £810 for the first eleven to book.
Where in the Red Sea will we be going?
Given the popularity of 2014's trip to this unspoilt area, we have decided to return to the Southern Red Sea and stay in Marsa Shagra Eco-Village. Marsa Shagra is the largest of the Eco-Villages, located just 40kmsouth of Marsa Alam airport. Divers will stay in luxurious beach safari tents, situated opposite the world famous Elphinstone reef.
The Southern Eco-Villages are the brainchild of Hossam Helmy and the 20 years' pioneering from his Red Sea Dive Safari team. The Eco-Villages and the pristine diving that they offer give visitors unsurpassed access to the reef oceanography of the Egyptian coastline between Safaga and Sudan.
Click our Marsa Shagra Information Sheet!
What kind of diving is it?
Marsa Shagra benefits from fantastic housereefs with hard and soft corals of offshore quality. These reefs can be accessed from the shore or by a short zodiac ride. Underwater photographers will be in heaven! Unlimited diving on these house reefs is available to all guests of the camp.
Desert trucks leave the camp twice daily (one in the morning and one after lunch) to explore the sharms, marsas and reef walls along the coral coast. Enjoy over 150km of coral fringe reef, from 8m coral gardens to 60m drop offs, pitted caves, elaborate tunnels and a huge diversity of marine life to match.
Offshore boat diving day trips can be arranged for a very reasonable price on site and will visit such diving meccas as Elphinstone reef. For example, a trip to Elphinstone Reef will cost approx €20 per dive.
The Fury Shoal Explorer is a luxury liveaboard offering mini-safaris (3 days, 2 nights) to the world famous Fury Shoals. This vessel will access dive sites and routes unknown to many other operators.
Where will divers stay?
We will stay in state of the art beach safari tents and full board; including meals and unlimited cake!! Accommodation upgrades are available; upgrades include Mandarah Lodge, Royal Tents and Madyafa Guesthouse.
How much does it cost?
All prices include flights from/to Gatwick airport to/from Marsa Alam, airport transfers, six days' unlimited diving, full board and soft drinks for a week.
Marsa Shagra Diving £810 for first eleven to book
- Includes 6 Days unlimited shore diving
- Free use of zodiacs on house reefs
- 2 accompanied truck dives per day
- 7 Nights in a luxury Beach Safari Tent
- Full Board & soft drinks
Please note that these prices are as accurate as we can be but could vary slightly. However, we will be working closely with our tour operator and they have assured us as to the price accuracy. Booking is by a deposit of £200, payable directly to Oonas Divers by bank draft or credit card. This deposit must be paid by 1 February 2010 with the full balance payable by 1st August 2014. Call us at Scubadive West and we can provide you with all the details needed.
El Hierro has become a regular favourite with adventurous Irish divers and walkers in recent years. The smallest and most remote of the Canary Islands, El Hierro offers superb diving and awe inspiring walking. El Hierro is located 70 miles from Tenerife on the most western edge of the Canarian archipelago.
The currents that fringe the outer edge of the archipelago bring warmer waters to El Hierro than to the other islands. Sea temperatures range from 21°C to 24°C throughout the year. These warm currents promote greater growth underwater, and are home to temperate and tropical sea life. Visibility is generally 30 metres or greater.
At Scubadive West are offering very special guided trips to this beautiful Island, at a discounted price!
If you are looking for some beautiful Hillwalking or Scubadiving (or both!) on a great value for money week away this Spring or Autumn, you have just found it. El Hierro is the most westerly of the Canary Islands, and quite different from its busy neighbours.is the best diving month of the year; the sea is a minimum of 24 degrees; the marine life is at it´s best; the weather is perfect. We have a reduced price of just €625.
This special low price includes all transfers and transport; all ferries, all accomodation and ten boat dives with tanks air, weights.and dive guide.
EL HIERRO TRIPS -2017
Monday 20 February - limited availability
Monday 20 March
Monday 3 April
Saturday 6 May - FULL¡Gracias!Shane
Call us now for further details and to plan your trip!
This magical island is 5,000ft high and offers world-class scenery. The upper plateaus host green fields, stone walls, sheep, cattle and goats. While a walk downwards through the pine forests and vineyards brings you through pineapple, banana and papaya plantations.
How do I get there?
Your host and 'local' guide Shane Gray, a well known figure amongst Irish divers and walkers, leads trips to El Hierro throughout the year. He has brought over 130 groups of Irish hillwalkers and Scuba Divers to El Hierro over the last 15 years. Next trip departs in March. Eur 625 including all transfers, self catering accommodation and diving, and just Eur 425 for Hill walkers / non divers.
Contact http://www.shane-gray.com/ through his website
for further information and bookings.
The JuliaT shipwreck has been named as one of the ‘100 Essential Wreck Dives’ in the Ultimate Dive Destinations magazine. This is an annual publication, highlighting exciting wreck dives around the globe. The Julia T is perfect for underwater photographers and marine life enthusiasts, as it positively groans under the weight of colourful plumose anenomes and pulsates with fish, both large and small. read more >>
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The Julia T is a 30 metre supply vessel, located a mere 10 minutes' boat ride from the dive centre. It sits upright in 27 metres of water.
Video by Andrew Stuart.
Divers exploring the stern of the Julia T.