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Diving with… Yvette C. Lee, Discovery Fleet, Philippines

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Yvette C. Lee

What is the name of your business?

Discovery Fleet Corporation

What is your role within the business?

Director of Marketing & Media Affairs

How long has the business operated for?

Since 2013

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

Since 1979. Rescue Diver

What is your favorite type of diving?

Exploration for new dive destinations.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

With over 7,000 islands there are always new, pristine dive sites to explore. Usually off the beaten track, liveaboard diving is the only way to access some of these sites.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Tubbataha Reefs, it’s been called the Africa of diving.

What types of diving are available in your location?

With over 7,000 islands, name it, we have it!

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The diving community. People with like passions. I also enjoy meeting colleagues from all over the world at international dive shows.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Mantas, I can’t get enough of them.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

We are facing unchartered waters in this time of Covid, what will be the new “normal” in this time of abnormality?

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Reluctance of Local Govet Units to open their towns to Tourism/Scuba Diving

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Where ever we operate, we always have something going on. COTs collection, Coral planting, Clam seeding, Data gathering.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

I’d like to believe that every diver is an environmentalist at heart, I’d like to make them more vocal and visual about their UW experience so non-divers realize what treasure we have beneath the waves.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

Come visit us and find out why one of our dive sites, the Verde island passage has been called the “Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity” and why Tubbataha is called the “Africa of Diving.”

Where can our visitors find out more about your business? 

www.discoveryfleet.com

info@discoveryfleet.com

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DAN and Indonesia Ministry of Tourism advance commitment to Safe Diving

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Divers Alert Network and the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism are moving forward with their commitment to promoting dive safety in Indonesia. DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle and COO Panchabi Vaithiyanathan met with Indonesia Minister of Tourism Dr. Sandiaga Uno on September 1 to further the two organizations’ Partnership to Promote Diving Safety

The meeting took place in Jakarta amid the opening of Deep and Extreme Indonesia, Asia’s largest outdoor adventure, diving, and marine tourism show, and followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in which the organizations committed to working together to promote safe diving.

In the months ahead, DAN’s Indonesia team, led by Ronny Hertiadhi and Bayu Wardoyo, will be undertaking various initiatives including raising awareness for the new DAN Emergency Hotline in Indonesia (which is available in Bahasa Indonesia and English), training physicians through DAN’s Academies of Dive Medicine, conducting inspections and providing support for recompression chambers, training chamber operators, disseminating safety resources for divers (new and experienced), and supporting dive professionals and operators with free safety consultations, safety seminars, and risk mitigation measures.

“We are so pleased to be working with Minister Uno and his colleagues on this bold initiative,” Ziefle said. “Their enthusiasm — and the enthusiasm of the attendees at the DEEP show — was inspiring. The ministry has embraced the importance of safety in promoting Indonesia as a great place to dive, and we are excited to work alongside them to implement meaningful programs and strategies.”

While the effort is ongoing, the next major milestone in the collaboration will take place on September 13, when DAN Vice President, Risk Mitigation, Francois Burman and DAN Vice President, Medical Services, Matías Nochetto will travel to Indonesia to present a series of lectures and safety presentations to dive operators and medical professionals around the country.

Join the DAN community or learn more at DAN.org.

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Save on NEW Emperor Harmoni

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The launch of Emperor Harmoni – Emperor Divers’ brand-new liveaboard in Indonesia – is just a few weeks away with the finishing touches currently taking place. And, to welcome her to their fleet, Emperor have put together an offer as magnificent as the boat herself.

Anyone booking a trip on Harmoni for 2022 or 2023 will receive a 25% discount if they book and confirm before October 1st 2022.

That means the first guests on board can not only explore and dive the Indonesian waters in the finest of style but do so at an incredible price. And sailing on Harmoni really is fine.

She is a 24-berth, traditional Indonesian phinisi-style vessel which has been bespoke made using a combination of Emperor’s vast experience of liveaboards and the expertise of legendary Indonesian boat builder Pak Haji.

Constructed almost entirely by hand using Sulawesi ironwood, Harmoni has been designed specifically to offer the finest diving experiences possible in spacious surroundings of the very highest standard.

The beautifully-finished cabins all have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning while the deck areas offer plenty of comfortable places to sit and maybe even enjoy a relaxing massage. The dining area is spacious and serves the high-quality food and drink you would expect from an Emperor Divers holiday.

The first trip leaves on September 16th and will cruise from Bali, taking in the wonderful scenery of Moyo Island, Sumbawa and Sangean Volcano before finally reaching Komodo National Park. 

The offer is valid on new bookings only and discount is not to be combined with group free places or any other discount or promotion.

Email reservations@emperordivers.com to confirm pricing and availability or speak personally to the Emperor Divers’ reservation team to find out more.

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