Palau – March 15-27, 2020

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Steve & Jolene Philbrook are heading back

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to Palau!  Join them on this journey to one of the world’s most amazing dive destinations!

We will be staying at the beautiful Palau Royale Resort. Home to its beautiful private beach, pool, restaurants, snorkeling area, marina, and much more!

All Superior rooms are located on the 2nd-4th floors, north wing of the hotel facing the harbor, where you can enjoy a quiet scenic view of the sailing yachts and cruisers. Enjoy the beautiful treescapes and flower beds around the pond viewed from the room’s balcony.

The Diving

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Palau is considered one of the world’s premier dive

destinations, with dozens of dive sites in a rare variety: walls with fascinating coral formations, reef corners where the currents attract sharks, rays and schooling fish, channels and other sandy bottom sites, tunnels, holes, caves and caverns, and plenty of WWII freighter and plane wrecks! From macro to mantas, Palau has it all!

Depending on your daily schedule, most boats return to Sam’s Tours around 3-4 p.m. You can hop right back into the water, with our offer of unlimited free dives at Sam’s Macro Wall right off our dock, where mandarin fish are often spotted mating at twilight.

One of the best loved sightings among divers is the Bumphead Parrot Fish (Bolbometopon muricatum). Often seen patrolling the reefs in schools of up to 20 or more, these encounters are favorites for many divers, but imagine an aggregation of nearly a thousand individuals!

The New Moon Expedition takes us to a remote dive site, where aggregations begin forming early in the morning. Awaiting the exact time for spawning, hundreds of Bumphead Parrot Fish from all around the area join one another for what is about to be an unforgettable event.

Palau video – click link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ohHWuEs-I

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: $4550

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip Airfare from LAX
  • 11 nights Superior Gardenview at Palau Royal Resort
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Resort fees & taxes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch on dive days
  • 4 days of 3 tank boat dives
  • 3 days of 2 tank boat dives
  • Nitrox (if certified)
  • 1 day “Unique Diving Experience” (3 tanks)
  • Jellyfish Lake snorkel
  • Unlimited shore diving at Sam’s Macro Wall
  • Free PADI Blue Corner Specialty Course
  • Boat water bottle
  • Reef hook
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi

Not Included:

  • Marine park fees (Approx. $130 paid onsite)
  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Lunches on NON-DIVING days
  • All Dinners
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by January 3, 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 – March 28-April 4, 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)
  • 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 January 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.

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

sri lanka safariJoin 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:

  • Double Occupancy Diver w/safari – March 31 – April 4, 2021 $TBD
  • Liveaboard – April 4 – April 11, 2021 (less safari) $TBD

Trip Includes:

  • TBD

Not Included:

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

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by January 3, 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.