Marcelina (MJ)

Global Tailor Made Specialist

I was born in Madeira where I had a very close relationship with the ocean. I had the opportunity to join Ultimate Diving in 2006. It was the perfect job for me where I could talk to people about 2 of my passions, travel and the ocean. My first task was to learn to dive and discover what lies beneath the waves and as they say, the rest was history! I am still here, very fortunate to have dived many of the destinations we feature offering over 10 years of diving and holidays experience.

My Favourite Places

Recommended

My diving highlights includes being up close and personal with Blue Sharks in the Azores, Tiger Sharks in Fiji and whale Sharks in the Philippines, hence my recommendations list being around the places where you will be able to have these experiences. I also love the small stuff as I have recently bought my own underwater camera, new toy!

Truk Blue Lagoon Resort

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

The Truk Blue Lagoon Resort is an oceanfront retreat with magnificent views of the world most famous lagoon and surrounding islands just minutes away from Chuuk airport.

  • Dive centre on-site
  • Great for groups and clubs
  • Beachfront location
  • Room only basis
  • 54 modern air-conditioned rooms
  • Standard and Superior room types

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa surrounded by a beautiful lagoon offers you an enticing blend of fun, relaxation and luxury in a setting of extraordinary natural magnificence.

  • Located on South Ari Atoll
  • Beautiful House Reef
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Private Island Resort
  • 180 Beach & Water Villas
  • Choice of restaurants & bars

Uprising Beach Resort

Fiji, Pacific Harbour & Kadavu

Nestled on the beachfront between tropical palms, the Uprising Beach Resort offers adventure, relaxation and sheer natural beauty all in one stunning location.

  • Fijian themed accommodation
  • World’s # 1 shark dive site close by
  • Located on Fiji’s Adventure Capital
  • Great for all types of divers
  • Private beach on doorstep
  • 23 cottages and villas

Qamea Resort & Spa

Fiji, Northern Fiji

The Qamea Resort and Spa is an exclusive tropical destination for discerning travellers seeking a truly unique and authentic Fijian experience without sacrificing luxury or service.

  • 17 luxurious bures
  • Romantic getaway
  • Beautiful house reef
  • Adults only island resort
  • Private white sandy beach
  • On-site dive centre & surf school

MV Emperor Voyager

Maldives, Male Atoll

MV Emperor Voyager is a luxurious, modern and spacious boat cursing some of the best reefs in the Maldives from January 2015. This Nitrox and rebreather equipped boat will give you a week full of fun and adventure.

  • Sails from Male
  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Dive Ari & Male Atolls
  • Great value for money
  • Nitrox FREE of charge
  • Rebreather facilities available

Ocean Hunter I

Micronesia, Palau

Enjoy a week’s diving on-board a designed by divers for divers vessel with unlimited diving to a variety of exciting dive sites around Palau and explore over 1500 species of fish and 700 corals the region has to offer!

  • Max 6 guests in 3 AC cabins
  • Free NITROX for qualified divers
  • Gourmet food
  • Unlimited diving guaranteed
  • Technical diving available
  • Easy access to all dive sites

Galapagos Aggressor III

Galapagos Islands, Galapagos National Park

What has to be the most renowned place for diving with the big stuff. The Galapagos Aggressor makes a trip to remember. Quality service, guides and an overall above standard experience.

  • Max 14 guests / up to 4 dives per day
  • Most suitable for advanced divers
  • Pelagic fish inc Hammerheads
  • Visit Wolf and Darwin dive sites
  • Take in above water excursions
  • Book well in advance as trips fill up

Okeanos Aggressor II

Costa Rica, Cocos Island

Spend a week on-board this well renowned brand’s answer to luxury in the Cocos islands. Aggressor Fleet offers above average standard liveaboards around the globe and this one is not to be missed.

  • Max 18 guests / up to 3 dives per day
  • Full board inc beer/wine with dinner
  • 10 night trips to the Cocos islands
  • Suitable for novice divers
  • Spacious cabins
  • Great quality and value

MY Odyssey Liveaboard

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

Land or Liveaboard based in Truk? The main difference is that on a liveaboard you can dive just you and your buddy on these huge wrecks. Each trip includes shark spotting dives on the outer reefs. MY Odyssey Liveaboard takes 16 guests on these adventures!

  • Max 16 guests / up to 5 dives per day
  • Free Nitrox for certified divers
  • Full board including beer and wine
  • Dive the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon
  • Dive big wrecks with your buddy
  • Visit the outer reefs for a shark dive

Passport to Paradise with Alex Tattersall

Indonesia, Manado

Dr Alex Tattersall has teamed with Ultimate Diving to offer a fantastic Photography Workshop taking place at the amazing Lembeh Straits, Manado and Bangka Island. Alex is an very active and award winning underwater photographer and the founder of Underwater Visions.

  • Receive advice about any aspects of your photography from Alex
  • Dive Manado, Banka and Lembeh
  • Escorted group travel
  • Designed for the intermediate/advanced UW photographers
  • Try some of the latest photo post-processing software
  • Informal, friendly and non-competitive workshops

Manado Photography Trip with Saeed

Indonesia, Manado

Saeed Rashid, a self-professed neek (both a nerd and a geek combined) is here to share his knowledge and expertise with you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

  • Perfect trip to learn & experiment your skills
  • Relaxed diving program
  • Workshops are well structured
  • Evening "Image review" session provided
  • Dive Bunaken National Marine Park
  • Ideal for families and couples

Photography Workshop to Komodo with Saeed

Indonesia, Komodo & Lesser Sunda

Komodo National Park is one of the most diverse and rich marine environments in the world, home to over 1,000 species of fish and 250 types of reef-building coral.

  • Dive Komodo National Park
  • 1,000 species of fish and 250 types of reef-building coral
  • Structured workshps
  • Itinerary managed by photographers
  • 9 nights aboard the Cheng Ho
  • Escorted group travel

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The moment I took my first underwater breath

My first dive was challenging, although I loved the ocean I just could not get my brain to engage to what was happening around me. BUT the moment I managed to take my first breath underwater, it was like love at first sight. Now it feels like a necessity, I need to get underwater every now and then just to keep the soul happy. For all the divers out there, you know what I am talking about for those looking to experience the sport, take the plunge and believe me you will never look back.