Bonaire – December 12-19, 2020

Join Erik Payeur to Bonaire, one of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations!

Bonaire’s sea abounds with beautiful marine life and a fascinating variety of multi-colored tropical fish, there is lots to see while diving in Bonaire. The sea is remarkably calm and conditions are superb for both scuba diving and snorkeling.

Bonaire is home to 60 officially listed dive sites and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire, the dive operation at Buddy Dive Resort is geared up for you to make the most out of your dive vacation. Buddy Dive is one of the largest Bonaire dive resorts. With a fleet of custom dive boats and a well stocked ‘Drive Thru’ offering air and nitrox tanks, every divers needs can be satisfied. To help us keep our reef environment healthy for many years to come, we do encourage all divers traveling to Bonaire to familiarize themselves with the Marine Park Regulations prior to their visit.

Shore Diving

Buddy’s Reef is with its ease of entry and minimal current ideal to all level of divers from beginners to experienced divers. While staying at our resort, no matter what suite you book, Buddy’s Reef is always just a few steps away from your room. Both day and night, its perfect for diving and snorkeling.

Have a meet and greet with one of the tarpons that are resident of the house reef. Squid, octopus and sea turtles make frequent appearances together with schools of numerous fish species from along Bonaire’s coast. A healthy collection of sponges and hard corals make this site ideal for spotting shy critters in the crannies.

Each room includes a rental truck so you can motor off and dive any of the shore dives on Bonaire. Tanks and weights are complimentary of course : )

Trip Pricing:

  • Double occupancy diver – $2675
  • Double occupancy non-diver – $2375
  • Single diver – $3525

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • 7 nights at Buddy Dive Resort
  • Round trip hotel transfers
  • Hotel taxes
  • Breakfasts
  • Rental truck – 1 per room (insurance not included)
  • (6) 1 tank boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • WiFi
  • Snorkeling

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Drinks (alcohol)
  • Marine Park Fee – $45
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by October 14, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Bonaire (Women’s Trip) October 16-23, 2021

Join Jamie Sledd & Jolene Philbrook for their annual “Women’s Only” trip to beautiful Bonaire!
We will be staying at the Plaza Beach & Dive Resort. Vacation at Bonaire means enjoying the sun at our pearly white beach or at our wonderful swimming pool. But also diving, snorkeling or discovering the island with a car or scooter. Vacation on Bonaire also means watching a movie under the starry sky or enjoying a wellness treatment. At Plaza Beach Resort everything is at your disposal.
Diving
On average, while diving in Bonaire, the visibility exceeds 100 feet (30 meters) and average water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29c). The fringing reef begins close to the shore, usually a short 30 feet (10 meters) swim or less, making Bonaire world renowned for its ease of shore diving.
We will be doing 6 days of two tank boat dives and unlimited shore diving. We will be doing dives such as One Thousand Steps, Alice In Wonderland, Bari Reef, Hilma Hooker, Karpata, Andrea 1 & 2, plus many more!
Bonaire’s marine life is plentiful! Some of the highlights are seahorses, frogfish, eels, and tarpon.
Trip Includes:
  • Round trip air from MSP to Bonaire
  • 7 night accommodations Jr. Laguna Suite
  • 3 meals daily
  • snacks and beverages
  • local beer and wine
  • 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives
  • 6 days of unlimited shore dives
  • Nitrox
  • SUP and Kayaks
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Hotel Transfers and Fees
Pricing:
  • Double Diver Occ:  $TBD
  • Double Non Diver Occ:  $TBD
  • Single Diver Occ:  $TBD
Final Payment Due:  August 5, 2020

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by August 5, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Truk Lagoon Micronesia January 8-17, 2021

ONLY 9 SPOTS LEFT!

Join Erik Payeur & Steve Philbrook on this amazing adventure diving the sunken WWII shipwrecks from the Japanese Imperial Navy in Truk Lagoon.

During World War II, Truk Lagoon was the Empire of Japan’s main base in the South Pacific theatre. Truk was a heavily fortified base for Japanese operations against Allied forces in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, serving as the forward anchorage for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

By early 1944, the U.S. forces amassed a huge armada of top line carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines for a major surprise sweep against Truk on February 16th, 17th and 18th. This attack, coded “Operation Hailstone”, caught the Japanese totally unaware, leading to one of the most successful U.S. engagements of WWII.

We will be staying at Blue Lagoon Resort. Blue Lagoon is a quant resort in Truk Lagoon. It still has many of the war artifacts on its premises. You will be surrounded by history the entire time you’re there. Truk Lagoon is considered to be the BEST wreck diving destination in the world! Dive iconic wreck like the Fijikawa Maru, Sankisan Maru, Nippo Maru, San Fransisco Maru, Hein Maru, Airplanes, and more!

Truk Lagoon offers diving for all levels on the same wrecks. Whether you’re a novice, seasoned, professional, or tech diver Truk Lagoon is for you! Nitrox, mixed gas, and extra tanks are available.

**PLASE READ** – This is a recreational trip. Although some dives can exceed recreational limits (130 ft) most dives will be within the 130 ft depth limit. An advanced certification is highly recommended!

All travelers must be in Las Angelas the night before (January 7) Our flight to Truk Lagoon leaves early in the morning on January 8, 2021. These flights and hotel arrangements are not included and need to be made by the individual traveler. These flights are subject to change until ticketed.

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $500 deposit.

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $3650
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $4075

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip Airfare from LAX
  • 7 night at Blue Lagoon Resort
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 7 days of 3 tank boat dives (21 boat dives)
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi

Not Included:

  • Meals ($30-$60 per day)
  • Flight to LAX
  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Land excursions
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Extra dives
  • Tips & gratuities

 

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by November  1, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

 

Cozumel – January 23 – 30, 2021

cozumel

Join Brett Gerdes as we head back to Scuba Club for our annual adventure to Cozumel! This destination is the biggest bang for your buck in the Caribbean! From topside to bottom-side, it’s hard to beat the Cozumel experience!

Cozumel has been a favorite Caribbean dive destination for years! Known for its relaxing drift diving and consistently clear water – Cozumel offers world class snorkeling and diving no matter your level of experience.

Cozumel waters are loaded with turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, moray eels, nurse sharks, and various species of reef fish. Night diving is incredible whether you dive from boat or shore. Lobster, crab, octopus, and reef squid are just a few types of marine life you can expect to see.

This is a perfect location to further your dive education. Choose from a number of continued education classes such as Drift Diver, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver, etc. that will be offered by your trip leaders.

We will be staying at Scuba Club Cozumel. This quaint resort is located on the water just
one mile south of downtown. It features restaurant, bar, dive shop, and pool as well as hammocks overlooking the water to relax in after a day of diving.

For those divers who can’t get enough of Cozumel’s undersea life, unlimited shore diving is always available just a few steps away from your room. Lockers are located next to the water for convenient gear storage.

You’ll be picked up daily at the dock and transported to some of the world’s most spectacular reefs and fish life. After a day of diving, you’ll be able to trade experiences with other divers while relaxing by the pool or on the hammocks located on the water.

A Day In Cozumel Video – click here

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $300 deposit.

Trip Sign up Form

Trip includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Hotel taxes/airport transfers
  • 7 nights at Scuba Club
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • 5 days of two-tank boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Hotel provided group photo
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Aquaventure snorkel lesson for non-divers
  • Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party

Not included:

  • Daily marine park fee (Approx $30 per week)
  • Alcohol & soda
  • Tips & gratuities

Diver rate (double occupancy) is $1900

Non-diver rate (double occupancy) is $1675

Single (occupancy) diver rate is $2425

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by November 10, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Bonaire February 13-20, 2021

Join Mike Daust as he heads to beautiful Bonaire
We will be staying at the Plaza Beach & Dive Resort. Vacation at Bonaire means enjoying the sun at our pearly white beach or at our wonderful swimming pool. But also diving, snorkeling or discovering the island with a car or scooter. Vacation on Bonaire also means watching a movie under the starry sky or enjoying a wellness treatment. At Plaza Beach Resort everything is at your disposal.
Diving
On average, while diving in Bonaire, the visibility exceeds 100 feet (30 meters) and average water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29c). The fringing reef begins close to the shore, usually a short 30 feet (10 meters) swim or less, making Bonaire world renowned for its ease of shore diving.
We will be doing 6 days of two tank boat dives and unlimited shore diving. We will be doing dives such as One Thousand Steps, Alice In Wonderland, Bari Reef, Hilma Hooker, Karpata, Andrea 1 & 2, plus many more!
Bonaire’s marine life is plentiful! Some of the highlights are seahorses, frogfish, eels, and tarpon.
Trip Includes:
  • Round trip air from MSP to Bonaire
  • 7 night accommodations Jr Suite Pool View
  • 3 meals daily
  • snacks and beverages
  • local beer, wine, and cocktail of the day
  • 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives
  • 6 days of unlimited shore dives
  • Nitrox (If certified)
  • Beach towels
  • WiFi
  • SUP and Kayaks
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Hotel Transfers and Fees
Pricing:
  • Double Diver Occ:  $2575
  • Double Non Diver Occ:  $2200
  • Single Diver Occ:  $3150
Final Payment Due:  December 1, 2020

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by December 1, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Grand Cayman – March 13-20, 2021

Erik Payeur to beautiful Grand Cayman for a week of amazing Caribbean diving!
Enjoy Grand Cayman’s fabulous diving – away from the crowds – when you stay at Cobalt Coast Resort. Enjoy a set price with our packages, which include accommodations, meals, and diving. Experience our unique valet diving service on roomy boats built just for diving, which only Reef Divers can deliver. And weather permitting, shore diving is available off our ocean dock.

Discover the abundant reefs of the Caribbean Sea with our much-acclaimed valet diving service. Reef Divers takes the work out of diving, so you can just relax and enjoy your vacation.

Our custom fleet of dive boats will take you to explore the island’s elite diving sites. With our superior diving service, all you have to do is get on the boat. Reef Divers takes care of the heavy lifting, including changing your tanks after every dive. At the end of your 2-tank boat dive, we’ll handle everything, including the cleaning and care of your diving gear. Once you’ve experienced valet diving, a regular diving experience will never be the same.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can dine al fresco at our poolside and oceanside restaurant. It’s the perfect place for enjoying the sea breezes, watching sunsets, or just enjoying the stars fill the night sky. For more casual lunches, dinners, or late-night snacks, order from the menu at our bar.

They also serve fresh, full, made-to-order breakfasts, or served buffet style, to help you get on your way to the 2-tank morning boat dives; American-style lunch (hand-formed hamburgers, wraps, or salads), and a continental three-course dinner with a daily special, to offer more menu options.

Reef Divers Valet Diving

Experience the wonders of the sea with Reef Divers, our one-of-a-kind valet diving service, where divers can relax and let the dive team do all the work, providing a relaxing, wonderful experience. Guests travel comfortably on our fleet of spacious 42’ and 46’ custom Newton boats.

 

Trip Includes:
  • 7 nights accommodations in Garden Room or Standard Room
  • Round Trip Airfare from MSP
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Taxes/Fees
  • Welcome Rum Punch
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • 6 Two-Tank Morning Boat Dives
  • Unlimited Shore diving from the dock
  • Complimentary use of dive computer
  • Managers Cocktail Reception
  • Welcome rum punch
  • Wifi

Grand Cayman – Colbalt Coast (3 room options):

Double Diver Garden Room – $2595
Single Diver Garden Room – $2750

Double Diver Standard Room – $2795
Single Diver Standard Room – $3150

Double Diver 1 Bedroom Suite – $2995
Single Diver 1 Bedroom Suite – $3550

NON DIVER DISCOUNT – subtract $245 from prices above

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by January 5, 2021. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Maldives Aggressor w/Sri Lanka Safari – March 31 – April 11, 2021

sri lanka safari

Join Steve & Jolene on this amazing dive/safari adventure to the Maldives!  You can choose to do both the safari & liveaboard or just the liveaboard.

Sri Lanka Safari / March 31 – April 4, 2021

The Aggressor Safari Lodges® is located near Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks. Guests will be treated to exciting jeep safaris in both parks, seeing the large game of Wilpattu plus many other animals and birds in their natural jungle habitat. Guests will also be amazed at the wonders of Minneriya National Park to visit the largest Asian elephant gathering in the world.sri lanka safari

Two World Heritage Sites, the 3rd Century BC ancient city in Anuradhapura,  home to the largest stupa (monument housing relics) in the Buddhist world and the 5th Century AD Sigiriya Rock Palace, will be visited which are the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka and known as the 8th Wonder of the World.

And finally, we are thrilled to include a full day jungle excursion to Monkey Kingdom, Sri Lanka’s Primate Center. As an extension of the Smithsonian Institution, the studies on these monkeys were recently highlighted by Disney in the film “Monkey Kingdom”. Guests will be able to observe the monkeys in their natural jungle habitat. It’s quite a treat!

7 nights Maldives Aggressor II / April 4 – April 11, 2021

The Maldives Islands lie Southwest of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. We will be doing the ‘Best of the Maldives’ 7-night itinerary that includes the areas of:  North Male, South Male, North Ari, South Ari, Vaavu and Rasdhoo which includes spectacular channel-drift dives, wrecks, pinnacles and world famous night dives. Guests will embark and dismark from Male.  This is a year round itinerary with each of the dive areas offering exciting diving.

Which Atolls: North Male, South Male, North Ari, South Ari, Vaavu,
Rasdhoorn

When: All year round. Itineraries prepared and specific dive sites carefully chosen depending on weather.

Type of Diving: Spectacular channel-drift dives, wrecks, reefs, pinnacles, world-famous night dives.

Marine life: Divers will be astonished by the variety of marine life. From nudibranchs, eels, schooling reef fish, eagle rays, sharks and turtles to manta rays and whale sharks.

Embark/Disembark: Guests will fly in and out of Malé, Velana International Airport (MLE) and will be met on the start date of the charter from 11 am – 5 pm and transferred by speedboat to the Maldives Aggressor II.
The “Best of Maldives + Baa & Hanifaru” itinerary has a domestic flight not included in the charter rate prior or post charter week out of Dharavandhoo Airport (DRV).

Trip Sign up Form

Trip Pricing:

  • Maldives Aggressor II Liveaboard with luxury Sri Lanka Safari (March 31 – April 11, 2021)
    • Twin Stateroom Double Occ – $6655 pp
    • Deluxe Stateroom Double Occ – $6795 pp
    • Suite Stateroom Double Occ – $7435 pp
  • OR Maldives Aggressor II Liveaboard Only – April 4 – April 11, 2021 (no safari)
    • Twin Stateroom Double Occ – TBD
    • Deluxe Stateroom Double Occ – TBD
    • Suite Stateroom Double Occ – TBD

Trip Includes:

  • Airfare RT MSP to Maldives
  • 7 nights all-inclusive accommodations on Aggressor Liveaboard
  • 22-24 dives
  • Airport land and water transfers to Aggressor II boat
  • With Safari:  4 nights Aggressor luxury Sri Lanka Safari
  • With Safari:  1 night hotel stay in Colombo Sri Lanka
  • With Safari:  Land Transfers/Taxes/Fees

Not Included:

  • $290 Port Fees due upon liveaboard arrival
  • possible Sri Lanka 30-day visa (safari only)
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip.  Second deposit of $1500 due Oct 1, 2020.  Final trip balance is due by December 31, 2020. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 4% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 4% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Raja Ampat & Lembeh Strait April 14-29, 2022

raja ampatJoin Steve & Jolene to these two amazing underwater paradises! Raja Ampat & Lembeh Strait offer some of the most diverse diving anywhere! From the incredible muck diving of Lembeh Strait to the spectacular coral reefs of Raja Ampat, these Indonesian destinations deliver an incredible experience you will never forget!

We start our journey at NAD on Lembeh Strait. Here you will encounter some of the world’s most unique and crazy critters. A macro photographer’s dream! Some of the critters you can encounter are various species of frogfish, cuttlefish, octopus (including the deadly Blue Ring), ornate pipefish, various crabs & shrimps, and many species of seahorses. NAD-Lembeh Resort and the Lembeh Strait are famous all over the world for the peerless macro and muck diving. NAD-Lembeh is expert in Photography.

The Lembeh Strait region offers more than just face-to-face encounters with weird and wonderful critters. We also have wall diving, technical diving, big fish dives but most importantly – a lot of muck and sand.

What is Blackwater Diving? 

https://aquaventurescuba.com/black-water-diving/

Blackwater diving can be broadly described as dropping in the water and looking for planktonic / larval forms of marine creatures. Beyond that there are a few methods you can use depending on what depth of water you are prepared to hang over:

  • ‘Bonfire’ diving is where you put some lights on the sand to attract plankton.
  • ‘Blackwater drift’ is where you attach lights to a hang line and drift through deep water. All going well you will not see the bottom.
  • ‘Black ops’ this is the most difficult style where we drift without any strong lights in deep ocean water.

pygmy seahorseFrom here we need to go down and see what we can find. Your guide (remember you have 2 guests to one guide as standard at NAD Lembeh) will find things for you. If needed they will help you with their spotting torch as you take pictures to make sure you don’t lose the subject. After you’ve had a few shots they will ask you to switch out with your buddy.

Common subjects such as mantis shrimps, flounders and slow moving subjects just as jellyfish will be pointed out to you and the guide will move on to look for rarer subjects. Use this opportunity with flounders to practice the skill of not losing the subject. If the guide is staying right by you, and making a lot of noise you are shooting something special that he does not want to lose, and he will call over other divers to share the subject after an amount of time. Please also remember that the guide’s eyes are not hidden behind your camera, so they will try to position themselves in a way that minimises their exposure to camera flashes.

raja ampatFrom Lembeh we fly to Sorong and board the Damai 1 liveaboard for a week long trek through the unforgettable waters of Raja Ampat. From the Dampier Strait which manta rays frequent to Misool to find the Tasseled Wobbegong shark all swimming along some of the worlds most majestic and overwhelming reefs. Raja Ampat is a wide angle photographers playground offering endless photo opportunities

Diving in Raja Ampat is breathtaking, with the marine life thriving from the sea floor to the surface and the colourful reef teeming with activity. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming.

Raja Ampat liveaboard trips offer divers the opportunity to explore the entire region. You have the colourful soft coral areas around the southern islands of Misool with the opportunity to see sharks and mobula rays. In the north you have the world famous current rich Dampier Straits with iconic dive sites like Cape Kri and Blue Magic. In the east you can visit pristine coral gardens and climb to the viewpoint above the lagoon at Penemu. In the north you can dive with mantas at Kawe and go critter hunting in Aljui Bay.

 

Want to sign up?blue ring octopus

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $500 deposit.

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $TBD
  • Damai 1 Raja Ampat dates April 21-28 (if you want to do the live aboard only)

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip Airfare from LAX
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 5 nights at NAD Resort in Lembeh Strait
  • 3 dives per day at NAD Lembeh
  • 7 nights on the Damai 1 Raja Ampat
  • Up to 4 dives per day on Damai 1

Not Included:

  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

 

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by February  1, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.