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What sets Diverse Travel apart?

Question: What sets Diverse Travel apart?

Answer: Over twenty years of managing dive centres and resorts and instructing in scuba diving!

The hands-on experience of the team at Diverse gives us the ability to give you a truly great service far above the standard. We know just what to look for when selecting destinations and resorts or liveaboards to give you the very best holiday choices. Our strong relationship with suppliers, developed over years, means you’ll get pleasing value for money. You can look forward to an effortless holiday experience thanks to our promise to share our knowledge and advice.

A choice of worldwide destinations concentrating on top-class diving is on offer where all suppliers have been chosen on the basis of outstanding customer care and value for money. As a Member of the TTA (Travel Trust Association), every holiday booked with us benefits from full financial protection under ATOL.

Diverse Travel is no ordinary travel agent, acting more as a personal holiday consultant with a seamless service guaranteed. Managing Director, Jim Yanny, says, “Over the past twenty years we’ve travelled and dived extensively and seen both the good and the bad. Our aim is to offer the best, and extra, and that means we cherry pick the products to suit our client.”

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Meet the Team

Jim & Cary YannyJim & Cary Yanny

A few moons ago, Jim was General Manager of Emperor Divers Red Sea, where Cary was Senior Instructor. Later they moved to Indonesia to establish and run an award-winning dive centre and resort management company, Eco Divers, before returning to the UK to launch Diverse Travel.

Cary also runs a photographic business and is the Photo Pro, often leading photographic trips to different exotic destinations, most recently to South Africa and Mozambique.

Jim and Cary’s driving passion, simply put, is to deliver the best personalised travel service available. Their personal philosophy has remained unchanged throughout their time in diving; to be honest and courteous and provide a caring, professional service, giving what people pay for – and a bit more. That same philosophy shines through Diverse Travel and sees clients return again and again to book their next holiday.

Holly GibsonHolly Gibson

Holly has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years with the last 10 years specialising in scuba diving holidays. Having qualified as a diver in 2001 she is passionate about diving and has enjoyed traveling the world in search of her favourite things – sharks! With her love of stuff with big teeth she is all too happy to share her wealth of knowledge about the world’s top diving destinations. Whether it’s a single or multiple destination trip or even a ’round the world trip’ diving all the top destinations in one go, this girl can make any dream itinerary come to life. Always on the lookout for new and exciting destinations with which to tempt you, you are ensured of a super friendly, efficient and professional service when you book with Holly.

 

Bridget van der HorstBridget van der Horst

With over 30 years’ diving experience, Bridget has been a UK diver for many years, turning her passion into a profession in 1990. She spent many years working as an instructor and dive centre manager in the UK and overseas eventually owning her own dive centre.

Since 2002, when Bridget returned to the UK having dived her way around the world, she has worked in dive travel spending seven years with a leading dive tour operator. Sharing her vast knowledge and experience is a great help when coordinating group and individual travel arrangements and she’s rather good at putting together complex itineraries.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have dived in some of the world’s best dive places and love the challenge of helping clients to design their perfect itinerary.”

Stuart Mather-PikeStuart Mather-Pike (South African Office)

With an enviable reputation in fine travel planning, Stuart is the ‘go-to’ person for all things travel in South Africa. He manages our Representative Office, located in Johannesburg. With Stuart’s massive local knowledge, Diverse Travel’s clients are assured of the very best advice on tailor-made itineraries and will also benefit from our full support “on the ground” throughout their holidays in Southern Africa.

Stuart first ventured into scuba diving through the South African Navy. In 1997 he become a PADI instructor and opened his dive centre, soon growing the business in Johannesburg. Evolution took its course and he started an in-house travel division; planning and guiding trips to all Southern Africa’s dive sites and ‘must see’ adventures. In 2001, Stuart sold the successful businesses and bought the largest scuba resort and charter in Southern Mozambique whilst still managing the travel business.

In 2016, he moved on from Mozambique to focus on dive travel from his Johannesburg office. Today the business is active in sending South Africans to many of the world’s iconic dive destinations as well as, importantly for Diverse Travel, bringing divers to South Africa. Stuart manages every aspect of the tours including diving, concierge, transfers, accommodation and additional activities, expertly advising and organising big game safaris, winelands tours and many other top ‘things to do’.

“I am honoured to partner with Diverse Travel as their Southern African representative and look forward to showing, and sharing with, their clients the infectious beauty of Southern Africa!”

Kirsty ScopesKirsty Scopes

Having joined the company as Administrator, Kirsty works alongside Jim, Cary, Holly and Bridget. She is responsible for ticking the boxes for guest’s dream holidays whilst making sure everything runs seamlessly.

Kirsty has worked in administration for 13 years and appreciates that good customer service is about understanding just what each client is looking for, keeping promises and delivering consistently high standards.

When not in the office, Kirsty has a passion for Volkswagens and travels the UK in her camper van. She also loves the sea and is looking forward to becoming a certified diver so she can fully appreciate why our clients love this sport so much.

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