Monday, 13 October 2008
Recent dive travel short stories for Diver Magazine and divermag.com
Above: the island of Nevis Below; Diver Travel News
ß The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, once a favoured holiday retreat for Lady Di, and now a popular Nevis hotel for divers, is offering a $500 Airline Credit this fall. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club will reimburse hotel guests up to $500 toward the cost of their vacation. From October 10 through December 1, 2008 the Nevis property will apply a $500 credit at check out to help offset the cost of airfare. This 36-square-mile Caribbean island lies a couple miles south of St Kitts near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago.
ß The collapse of the UK's third largest package holiday group in September left hundreds of British divers stranded in the dive resort city of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and thousands more in England holding unusable tickets. A statement on the now bankrupt XL Leisure Group's website said the closure was “a result of volatile fuel prices, the economic downturn, and were unable to obtain further funding."
ß The 78-year old John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Oceanarium (dolphin and whale tanks) in Chicago is closed for renovation. For the next eight months, the aquarium’s seven beluga whales and four Pacific white-sided dolphins are being housed and displayed in the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Mystic Aquarium, located in Mystic, Connecticut is the base for the famed oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard - known best for his discovery of the RMS Titanic.
ß The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is funding a mooring project aimed to protect the fragile coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. This summer a number of permanent moorings were installed in key scuba diving areas of the sanctuary located 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico. The underwater park is a no anchor zone, these moorings that allow boats less than 100 feet long, to tie up and access the sanctuary. Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary