Guanaja October 2-9, 2021

SOLD OUT!

Join Drew Gerling and the Tootsie Pop Divers to this private Island for a weeks worth of diving! We will be staying in the Cabanas at Clarks Cay. Imagine one island, 20 guests, almost as many staff, and a private waterpark guaranteed to bring the kid out in anyone!

The Clark’s Cay Team, divers themselves, know their guests enjoy nothing more than being in the water. Any water, all the time.

So, in 2017, while renovating the island amenities, they decided to build a private waterpark for their guests’ enjoyment during their “surface intervals!”

The waterpark originally included a spa and an infinity pool with a waterslide entering a meandering lazy river, complete with a tunnel and waterfall.

In 2019, the Team expanded the waterpark “toys” to include some giant inflatable ride-on floats, and just off the sandy beach, a water trampoline. Paddleboards are now available in addition to kayaks. And lest we forget to mention it – the PADI dive operation offers up to three boat dives daily!

Diving

There are 50+ named Guanaja dive sites, another 6 or so “kept secret” by the Clark’s Cay dive staff for their guests only. More dive sites being discovered every day along the barrier reef off Guanaja and around the numerous cays that surround the island. Below is some information on just a few of our favorite Guanaja dive sites.

Visibility is generally around 100 feet/30 meters. During the rainy season (roughly October to January) visibility can dip below the usual, though we are always able to scout out the areas that offer the best conditions. Currents are mostly mild to non-existent.

More than 50 rarely visited dive sites offer a mixture of pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels, and wrecks

Guanaja’s fringing reef is a protected marine reserve making it an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling nearly anywhere offshore the mainland. Part of a volcanic and coral mountain range called The Bonacca Ridge, Guanaja marks the beginning of the second largest barrier reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It offers a mixture of pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels and wrecks including the nearby Jado Trader, one of the most sought-after wrecks in the Caribbean. It also boasts nearly every species of coral growing in the Caribbean Sea, including several species of rare black coral, and sponges of all colors, shapes and sizes.

Nearly all of the sites offer lively shallow terraces that are perfect for snorkeling as well as scuba diving. Separate snorkel tours are offered to ensure you are taken to a site that is guaranteed for good snorkeling. When joining the scuba divers, we also do our best to accommodate sites that work well for divers and snorkelers.

Expect to see plenty of silverside sardines as well as glassy sweepers, groupers, barracudas, huge groupers, yellowtails, moray eels, and swarms of silverside sardines, sharks, eagle rays, and plenty of reef fish

Trip Includes

  • 7 Nights’ Accommodations
  • 3 Gourmet Meals Daily
  • Happy Hour Snacks
  • Standard Bar Package
  • 5 days of 3 dives daily
  • 2 dives on Friday
  • Unlimited Shore Tanks
  • Sea Kayaks
  • SUPs
  • Airfare from Roatan to Guanaja (must arrive in Roatan by 12:45pm)
  • Boat Transfers from Guanaja Airport
  • $75 per person resort credit

Not Included

  • Airfare to Roatan
  • Nitrox Upgrade:  $120/week
  • Premium Drink Upgrade Pkg:  $150/week
  • $10 cash paid to resort for Environmental Fund
  • Resort/Dive Staff gratuities

Pricing:

  • Quad Occ. Two-Bedroom Suite – $3150 (SOLD OUT)
  • Double Occ. One-bedroom Suite – $3275/pp (SOLD OUT)
  • Double Occ. Oceanview Cabana – $2850/pp  (SOLD OUT)
  • Double Occ. Gardenview Cabana – $2650/pp
  • Single Occ. Gardenview – $5060
  • Non-Diver – Subtract $150
    **ROOMMATE not guaranteed – single traveler will pay single rate if no roommate found
    FINAL BALANCE DUE July 1, 2021
    $300 nonrefundable deposit

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by July 1, 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.

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

SOLD OUT

Join Jamie Sledd & Jolene Philbrook for their annual “Women’s Only” (ages 21 to 100) 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:  $2350
  • Double Non Diver Occ:  $1950
  • Single Diver Occ:  $2850
Deposit:  $300 nonrefundable deposit required to reserve spot
Final Payment Due:  July 10, 2021

 

NOTE:  We strongly recommend travelers insurance!   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, add 3% to the prices above. 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 until airfare is ticketed.

Bonaire – November 27-December 4, 2021

SOLD OUT

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

NOTE:  Travelers must have a negative PCR Covid test result/report taken within 72-hours of arrival into Bonaire.  Completion of the Bonaire Health Declaration Form and travel medical insurance are mandatory as well.  Details available.

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 : )

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Trip Pricing:

  • Double occupancy diver – $2600
  • Double occupancy non-diver – $2300
  • Single diver – $3450

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from MSP
  • 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)
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Marine Park Fee – $45
  • Covid Testing (mandatory)
  • Travel/medical insurance (mandatory)
  • Airline baggage fees

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by August 15, 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.

Palau – January 14-28, 2022

SOLD OUT

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

palau

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 wrecks, freighters, and plane wrecks! From macro to mantas, Palau has it all!

We will be diving some of the world’s best dives sites!

1. Blue Corner

2. German Channel

3. Ulong Channel

4. Peleliu Wall

5. Peleliu Express

6. New Drop Off

7. Ngemelis Coral Gardens

8. Blue Holes

9. Helmet Wreck

10. Jellyfish Lake

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.

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: $5295
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $6645

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip Airfare from Minneapolis
  • One night hotel accommodations Guam + Breakfast
  • 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
  • 4 days of 2 tank boat dives
  • Nitrox (if certified)
  • Jellyfish Lake snorkel
  • Chandelier Caves
  • Unlimited shore diving at Sam’s Macro Wall
  • Boat water bottle
  • Reef hook
  • 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 October 20, 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.

Cozumel – January 22-29, 2022

Join Brett Gerdes as he heads to Cozumel! This destination is definitely 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 complete your scuba certification or further your dive education. Choose from a number of continued education classes such as Advanced Open Water, Drift Diver, Night Diver, Boat Diver, etc. that will be offered by your trip leaders.

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

For those divers who can’t get enough of Cozumel’s undersea life, shore diving is unlimited.

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
  • Two checked bags on flights
  • Hotel taxes/airport transfers
  • 7 nights at Scuba Club Cozumel
  • Breakfast & lunch daily
  • 5 days of two-tank morning boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting

Not included:

  • Boat staff & Divemaster gratuities
  • $2.50 per day eco tax (cash)

Double Occ. Diver – $1950

Double Occ. Non Diver – $1520

Single Occ. Diver –  $2450

Triple Occ. Diver – $2090

Triple Occ. Non Diver – $1475

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by October 15, 2021. We strongly recommend travelers insurance from Travelguard.com or Diveassure.com. 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 5-12, 2022

Join Mike Daust this trip to beautiful Bonaire!
We will be staying at the Plaza Beach & Dive Resort. Vacation at Bonaire means great diving, enjoying the sun on a pearly white beach or in the Plaza’s swimming pool, 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. This is your chance to experience famous dives sites, 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 Poolside
  • 3 Buffet Meals Daily (Live Cooking Stations)
  • Theme Buffet Night
  • Snacks during the day
  • Unlimited drinks
  • Daytime Resort Activities
  • 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives
  • 6 days of unlimited shore dives
  • Nitrox
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Hotel Transfers and Fees
Not Included:
  • Marine Park Fees (approx $45)
  • COVID testing
Pricing:
  • Double Diver Occ:  $2800
  • Double Non Diver Occ:  $2350
  • Single Diver Occ:  $3650
Deposit:  $300 nonrefundable deposit required to reserve spot
Final Payment Due:  November 1, 2021

 

NOTE:  We strongly recommend travelers insurance!  Please visit Travelsafe.com, Diveassure.com, or DAN.org for pricing and to purchase your insurance!   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, add 3% to the prices above. 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 until airfare is ticketed.

Truk Lagoon Micronesia February 26-March 7, 2022

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!

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: $TBD
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $TBD

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  15, 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.

 

Roatan – March 11-18, 2022

Join Aquaventure as we head to beautiful Roatan!

NOTE:  Travelers must have a negative PCR Covid test result/report taken within 72-hours of arrival into Roatan

Dive the East End’s pristine coral reef and experience the underwater world at our premier dive resort. Soak in the sun on our private beach set against a lush tropical backdrop of Turquoise Bay. Roatan’s untouched East End is an ideal destination for those who have a passion for exploration and a desire to disconnect and relax.

Honduras was named by the early explorers for the blues of the sea caused by its dramatically variant depths. At Turquoise Bay you’ll take in the brilliant natural landscape and breathtaking views of Roatan’s Northeastern shores, snorkel the rainbow coral reef and dive the deep blue.

Roatan has long been famous as a world-class diving destination. Infrastructural improvements, direct flights from North America have made Roatan more roatan shark diveaccessible as an upscale divers´ haven. Roatan also has an amazing shark dive (not included – optional)

Roatan’s close proximity to the Reef offers a wide variety of diving locations to choose from and to explore its calm protected world-class waters. With the reef easily accessible for both first-time divers and experienced divers, it will give the opportunity to all level divers to explore a variety of marine environments at shallow depths with colorful walls that go as deep as your certification allows you to dive, guided by local experienced divemasters.

Trip Sign up Form
Trip includes:
  • RT Airfare – direct from Minneapolis
  • 2 checked bags
  • Hotel Transfers
  • 7 nights  accommodations at Turqoise Bay Resort
  • All Meals and Snacks
  • 5 days of 3-tank boat dives
  • Unlimited beverages
  • Pool
  • Paddle boards
  • Horseback riding
  • Resort amenities
  • Complimentary Wifi
Double Occ Diver:  $2450
Double Occ NON Diver:  $1975
Single Diver:  $2750
Not included:
  • Weekly Nitrox $119 + tax
  • Boat staff & Divemaster gratuities

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by December 10, 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.

Raja Ampat & Lembeh Strait April 14-29, 2022

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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.

Tiger Beach, Bahamas Aggressor – May 7-14, 2022

Join Steve Philbrook on this awesome shark adventure!  Visit the remote areas around the West End of Grand Bahama aboard the Bahamas Aggressor.  This liveaboard offers up to 5 dives per day.

The West End area is rarely visited by guests and is home to many creatures – both large (sharks and dolphins) and small (grouper, snapper, assorted other reef fish).   At least one afternoon during the trip will be dedicated to a dive at the area know as “Tiger Beach” where we will try to attract sharks using a “scent triangle” filled with bait.   Both Caribbean Reef sharks, Lemon Sharks and Tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.

Please note:  All shark interactions are natural, passive and observational in style.  The Aggressor Fleet does not actively feed sharks nor chum the waters.

Diving Details:

  • Dive with Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and hopefully Great Hammerhead sharks, as well as dolphin, grouper, snapper  and  other abundant marine life
  • All dives from mothership
  • Water temperature: 78-84F, 25-28C
  • 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended
  • 7-night charters:  up to 27 dives
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Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and nearly 2,500 cays.  About 30 of these islands are inhabited. Guests will fly in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport. Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.

 

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Arrival/Boarding/Departure:

The BAHAMAS AGGRESSOR™ will dock in and out of “Old Bahama Bay Resort: Old Bahama Bay. Guests will fly in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport, (airport code is FPO). It is a 30 to 45 minute taxi ride to Old Bahama Bay and approx. $75.  Transfers are not included.

Flights: There are direct flights from Atlanta, Georgia;  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Miami, Florida to the Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO).

Trip Pricing: 
  • Double Occ:  $3195 (5 staterooms – 10 spots)
  • Quad Occ:  $2995 (1 quadroom – 4 spots)
1st Deposit – $500
2nd Deposit – $1500 by December 1, 2021
Final Balance – February 10, 2022
 
Trip Includes:
• 7 Nights Accommodations aboard the yacht
• Unlimited Diving
• Compressed air tanks, weights & belts
• All meals and snacks
• non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine

 

Not Included:

• Airfare (boat departs from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island)
• Ground Transfers (approx $75)
• $110 port fee per person – paid onboard

NOTE: A $500 deposit holds your spot for this trip.  All Liveaboard deposits/payments are Non Refundable.  Final payment is due February 10, 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.