DIVER Destination of the Year
What, no Maldives? That’s a first for the top three, but what isn’t new is the winner, back in the game as Sharm flights resume.
1st – Egypt
“This excellent news comes at a very exciting time, when we have just heard that direct flights to Sharm el Sheikh from the UK will soon be resumed,” Amr el Ezabi, Director of the Egyptian Tourist Authority in London, told DIVER. He is seen right with Monty Halls accepting the award at the DIVE 2019 show at the NEC.
“We can now offer two large, world-class resorts to British scuba divers – our much-loved treasure, Sharm el Sheikh, and also our old-faithful Hurghada which has been greatly rejuvenated over the past four years.
“Our heart-felt thanks go out to DIVER readers, who have remained loyal during difficult times and continued to vote for us. A warm, friendly welcome awaits you all in the Egyptian Red Sea and on shore.”
2nd – Malta
3rd – Indonesia
DIVER Liveaboard of the Year
A touch of deja vu here – this category remains unchanged!
1st – Hurricane
“Wow!” exclaimed Angela Nordin, MD of Scuba Travel, which represents operator Tornado Marine Fleet in the UK. “This is the fourth year Hurricane has won Liveaboard of the Year – what an accolade!
“We believe the crew and guides on Hurricane are the best in the Red Sea, and we’re so proud to see that our fellow-divers agree. This award goes to show that when it comes to amazing diving holidays, experience matters… that and brilliant food!
“We believe this is what keeps people coming back year after year. Hurricane is a Red Sea legend, and we look forward to welcoming folks back on board in 2020.”
2nd – blue Horizon
3rd – Valkyrie
DIVER Resort of the Year
It’s a new category this year to complement Liveaboards and you voted with great enthusiasm – especially the many Bonaire devotees!
1st – Buddy Dive Resort, Bonaire
‘’We are very happy to be awarded Resort of the Year and would like to thank everyone who voted for us,” said Buddy’s Dive Operations Manager Augusto Montbrun.
“We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary next year, and we look forward to hosting our guests for another 40 years!
“We’ll keep renewing and improving our resort and we hope to see you all (again) on Bonaire soon!’’
2nd – Siladen Resort & Spa, Indonesia
3rd – Roots, Egypt
DIVER Retailer of the Year
Persistence pays – 10-times-in-a-row winner Simply Scuba has been eased off its top spot this year! And Go Dive is back.
1st – Mike’s Dive Store
“Mike Calder would be proud to know that, after 27 years of putting the customer first, Mike’s Dive Store has won this accolade,” said MD Steve Brown on behalf of his London-based team.
“Mike may no longer be with us, but the philosophy he established is alive and well. Besides the busy shop, staffed entirely by keen divers, Mike’s has moved with the times to provide industry-leading online shopping, advice blogs and other handy resources. We work hard to make shopping an all-round great experience.
“We’ve recently been responsible for the replanting of 20 acres of Amazon rainforest (so far) by green-energising our warehouse and we donate to Sea-Changers who have funded over 150 marine conservation projects. So keeping our customers happy helps the environment too!”
2nd – Simply Scuba
3rd – Go Dive