Cozumel High School Adventure Trip July 8-15, 2022

 

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Cozumel High School Adventure Trip July 8-15, 2022

Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center of Maple Grove is once again partnering with Andover High School science teacher, Bob Ameli, to bring you the 9th Annual High School SCUBA Trip—a truly unique and unforgettable learning experience! Aquaventure has provided safe and thorough dive training and group travel for over 28 years! Come, explore, and learn with us! Don’t wait! Spots fill quickly!

For this adventure we will be saying at Scuba Club Cozumel.  A secured resort right on the water on the island of Cozumel.  During this adventure students will have the opportunity to come face to face with a variety of marine life including: turtles, moray eels, nurse sharks, octopus, lobsters, crabs, squid, various reef fish, the indigenous Cozumel splendid toadfish, and whale sharks!  That’s right, whale sharks!

EARN COLLEGE CREDIT FOR YOUR PADI COURSE ON THE TRIP!

How It Works

Validating the quality of the PADI System of diver education, many institutions and national educational councils around the world recommend PADI scuba courses for college credit, occupational certificates or educational funding. Find out how it works in your area.

United States

The American Council on Education (ACE) through its College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended college credit for 18 PADI courses and one Emergency First Response course. ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions.

Want to learn more? Download an information sheet and Student Transcript Request form (pdf) or contact PADI Americas at [email protected].high school trip

High School Trip Reviews

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This Adventure Includes:

  • Round Trip Air from Minneapolis to Cozumel
  • 7 nights accommodations at Scuba Club Cozumel Dive Resort
  • Daily hands-on exploration and study of the coral reef and ecosystem
  • Daily onboard assignments and Marine Biology lessons with Bob Ameli
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinners (soda pop not included)
  • A Lifetime PADI Open Water Scuba Certification (includes textbooks, classroom/pool instruction, open water dive training, and certification processing
  • Rental of Scuba equipment for the trip
  • 4 days of 2 tank boat dive excursions
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Unlimited snorkeling
  • Scuba Mask, Fins, and Snorkel (yours to keep!)
  • Whale shark snorkel excursion
  • Quintana Roo, Cozumel town tour
  • All air and hotel taxes and transfers
  • Marine Park Fees
  • Trip T-Shirt
  • Trip “Memories DVD”

Not Included:green moray eel

  • Passport (required!)
  • Food during travel days
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Incidentals/personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (www.dan.org)
  • PCR Covid test on return

Trip Payment Schedule:

  1. Reservation Deposit – $750
  2. January 15th – $750
  3. March 15th – $750
  4. Final Balance Due April 1st – $725

NOTE – reservation deposit is nonrefundable

Cash Price = $2975 (please add 3% for credit card payments)

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Turks and Caicos – October 1-8, 2022

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Turks and Caicos – October 1-8, 2022

Drew Gerling and the “Tootsie Pop” divers are headed to South Caicos. We will be staying at East Bay Resort. With warm turquoise waters, moderate currents, and visibility to over 100 feet, South Caicos offers some of the most unspoiled, well-preserved, and isolated diving in the world.

Divers will have great opportunities to see large marine life year-round including several species of Sharks, Turtles, Rays, Eels and Large Schools of Jacks in addition to other diverse reef creatures and fish.

Our valet-style service takes the hard work out of your diving experience by handling the heavy lifting and care of your boat dive gear—from your first dive with us through your last dive. We rinse, dry, and store your BCD and regulator daily, so they’re set up and ready for your next day’s diving. The only finger you’ll have to lift is the one to point out your gear as you relax in the boat, ready to go diving.

Trip Includes:

  • InterIsland Flight RT Providenciales/South CaicosEast Bay Resort and East Bay Beach South Caicos, Turks And Caicos
  • 7 nights accommodations at East Bay Resort
  • Resort fees, taxes, and service fees
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • 6 x 2-Tank a.m. Boat Dives
  • 5 x 1-Tank p.m. Boat Dives
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Managers Cocktail Reception
  • Airport Ground Transfers
  • Wifi
  • Paddleboards

Not Included:

  • RT airfare U.S.A/Providenciales
  • Nitrox – $10/tank
  • Dive Staff Gratuities

Pricing:

  • Double Occ Diver Oceanfront Room – $3095
  • Double Occ Diver Oceanfront Deluxe 1 Bdrm – $3195
  • Single Occ Diver Oceanfront Room – $4195
  • Double Occ Non-diver – SUBTRACT $245 from prices above


NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by July 20, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Belize (Womens Trip) October 15-22, 2022

 

belizeJoin Jamie & Jolene on this adventure to Belize!  We will be staying at the beautiful new Belize Dive Havem Resort!

Belize Dive Haven is located in the pristine Turneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers off shore from Belize City. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and cayes. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees and dolphins.

Belize Dive Haven is located on 47-acres of breathtakingly beautiful and private land within the Tuneffe Atoll. Nestled between palm trees and the Caribbean Sea, we provide the perfect getaway for couples, individuals or groups.

Diving

Turneffe Atoll was designated a marine reserve in 2012 and is considered to have the best resort-based diving in all of Belize. The shallower reefs provide the perfect dive spot for novices, while the nearby Great Blue Hole is the perfect scuba location for experienced divers.

There are countless dive locations in and around the atoll and we can tailor your diving adventures to your expertise level and preference. Belize dive Haven is centrally located to the best sites in Belize.

Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere with an area that stretches about 300 kilometres. The reef is a UNESCO heritage site and it’s the second largest reef system in the world with its seven sites (Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, South Water Caye, Glovers Reef, Laughing Bird Caye and Sapodilla Cayes) showcasing how a reef develops.

The reef is home to numerous threatened species, such as the West Indian manatee, the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the loggerhead turtle and the American crocodile. The largest West Indian manatee population in the world lives in the area with numbers of between 300 to 700.

You’ll be exposed to all kinds of plant life with the reef boasting 178 types of plants that grow on land and 247 types of plants that grow in the water. During your ocean explorations, you have the chance to see over 500 types of fish, 65 marine corals, along with many different kinds of sponges, crustaceans and molluscs.

The reef stands out thanks to its untouched, pure condition and large size. It also has unique features including many different reef types in one area, atolls and mangrove cays located away from the shore.

Pricing:
  • Double Diver $3150
  • Double Nondiver $2715
  • Single Diver $3395
Trip Includes:
  • RT airfare
  • 7 nights oceanview accommodations
  • 17 boat dives (Valet Diving)
  • 3 meals daily
  • Round trip boat transfers from Belize City
  • Resort amenities and hotel taxes
  • Wifi

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

Red Sea Aggressor Liveaboard – November 30-December 11, 2022

 

Red Sea Aggressor Liveaboard – November 30-December 11, 2022

Join Erik & Melanie Payeur on this amazing adventure! The Red Sea is a world class destination! We will be staying on the Aggressor III on the South itinerary. If you like seeing beautiful soft corals, large sealife, and cool wrecks this trip is for you. Below are a sample of some of the dive sites we will be diving!

BIG BROTHER: The Brothers (Big Brother and Little Brother, or in Arabic, ‘El Akhawein’) are two small islands in The Red Sea. They are situated 67 km out to sea from Al Qusayr. Above water, Big Brother features a lighthouse which was built by the British in 1883 and is manned by the Egyptian military. Underwater, there are two wrecks: Numidia and Aida. The walls of Big Brother plunge down into the blue at an almost-vertical angle. Shallow swim-throughs are concealed in the wall on the west side of the site making them fun to discover. Hard and soft corals, including some Gorgonian Fans cover the reef and the ubiquitous Anthias are found in the thousands. Fish of all sizes and species live here, including large pelagic life such as Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Longimanus (from October/November), and occasionally, Hammerhead Sharks.

LITTLE BROTHER: Little Brother is, as the name suggests, the smaller of the two islands and is located 1 km to the south of Big Brother. Much like Big Brother, the currents can be strong or not present at all and they often change at a moment’s notice, adding to the adventure and excitement. Deep walls surround the island with a glorious plateau in the north. Here, it feels like diving in an aquarium with a huge variety of marine life including the larger Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. The ‘Gorgonian Forest’ lies in the south east of the site. Longnose Hawkfish perch on the large Gorgonians, however, their shy temperament means they can be a challenge to photograph!

red seaLITTLE BROTHER: Little Brother is, as the name suggests, the smaller of the two islands and is located 1 km to the south of Big Brother. Much like Big Brother, the currents can be strong or not present at all and they often change at a moment’s notice, adding to the adventure and excitement. Deep walls surround the island with a glorious plateau in the north. Here, it feels like diving in an aquarium with a huge variety of marine life including the larger Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. The ‘Gorgonian Forest’ lies in the south east of the site. Longnose Hawkfish perch on the large Gorgonians, however, their shy temperament means they can be a challenge to photograph!

DAEDALUS: This large reef, also referred to as Abu El Kizan, is found 80 km offshore from Marsa Alam. A lighthouse which was built in 1861 by the British stands tall on the small artificial island in the centre of the reef. Today it is manned by the Egyptian military. Currents tend to be much more predictable here, and divers have an excellent opportunity to spot large pelagic life such as schooling Ham

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merhead Sharks, Thresher Sharks which are commonly seen in the north. Manta Rays can be found anywhere (from March – October), and Grey Reef Sharks and Whitetip Reef Sharks patrol the reef walls. Whale Sharks occasionally pass by in the summer months. Broccoli Corals in a range of candy colours grow out from the reef on all sides. There are pristine hard coral formations in the north and east especially, while overhangs are home to schools of Glass Sweepers. The south plateau is covered in yellow Litophyton Arboreum and Pulsing Xenia. The west has two spectacular sights… ‘Anemone City’ is a section of the reef wall which is covered in Magnificent Anemone. Further down to the south west is another section of the wall which is covered in Elephant Ear Coral. In terms of topography, the very north of the reef is concave. Many different fish such as Wrasse, Parrot Fish, Rabbit Fish, and Unicorn Fish congregate on top of the reef in the clear, shallow water.

ELPHINSTONE: Elphinstone is a very famous, cigar-shaped reef which sits 6 km out to sea from Marsa Alam. There is a long plateau in the north and south of Elphinstone with the rest of the reef being a steep, colourful wall rich in hard and soft corals. Currents are variable, and can be strong or not present at all. While shark sightings are not guaranteed, the Longimanus cruises in the shallows in the season, and every so often divers encounter Hammerhead Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Silky Sharks, and Manta Rays. Barracuda hang in the blue, and Cornet Fish use divers for cover while they hunt the Anthias.

 

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Pricing:

 

  • Double Occ Deluxe Stateroom:  $3750
  • Double Occ Master Stateroom:  $3895

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable Deposit:  $500
  • 2nd Deposit:  $1000 May 20, 2022
  • Final Balance:  September 1, 2022

Trip Includes:

  • RT Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Ground Transfers
  • 7 nights’ Liveaboard accommodations
  • All Meals and beverages on liveaboard
  • 20-23 dives (including several night dives)
  • 3 nights Hotel accommodations + breakfast

Not Included:

  • $45 Port Fee
  • $105 Marine Park Fee
  • $25 Egyptian Visa
  • During hotel days, lunch and dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Land Excursions
  • Dive and Travel insurance

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip.  2nd payment due May 20, 2022.  Final payment is due by September 1, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Truk Lagoon Micronesia February, 2023

Moved to February 2023!

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 TDB
  • 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)
  • 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.

 

Cayman Brac – January 14-21, 2023

cayman bracEnjoy the white sand beaches of the all-inclusive Cayman Brac Beach Resort.  Along with plenty of diving and snorkeling options, the island offer excellent bird watching, hiking, cave tours, and deep sea fishing.  The resort will keep the group hopping with karaoke, Bingo night, BBQ night, and outdoor movie night.  Consider furthering your scuba education by taking the PADI Advanced Open Water certification or various specialty classes from your trip leader while in this ideal warm environment.

The Diving

tibbetsCayman Brac is the site of one of the world’s best wreck dives, the Russian Missile Frigate #356, renamed the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nassau Groupers, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda, Flying Gurnards and more!

  •  100 different hard and soft corals and over 500 types of fish.
  • Cayman Brac Beach Resort diving affords near unlimited visibility, usually 100 to 150 feet, with little or no current.
  • The Warm water at Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a joy. Temperatures average 82° to 86°.
  • Trips to Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park are offered during the week, but are weather dependent.

Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms. Upon checking in, divers receive a Reef Divers bag for the duration of their stay. They put their gear in the bag, place it outside their door the first morning, and dive shop staff will take it to the boat and set it up. The dive staff on-board changes the divers’ tanks after every dive. At day’s end divers take their wetsuits, diveskins and masks to the storage area to dry and their photo/video gear to their rooms. All of the divers gear on-board will be rinsed with fresh clean water after each diving day.

Beach Casual

The Tipsy Turtle Pub is a poolside bar overlooking the beach, specializing in refreshing tropical drinks, and is the gathering place for guests before and after meals.

The bar opens at 12 noon and closes at 1 a.m., Monday through Friday; closing at midnight on Saturday. Sunday hours 12 noon until midnight.

The bar also offers a great menu of food including delicious burgers, fries and salads. Food is served at the bar daily between 12 noon and 9 p.m.

If you have special dietary needs, every effort will be made to accommodate those needs.

Want to sign up?

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

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Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $2895
  • Double Occupancy Non Diver: $2645
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $3295

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights beach view accommodations at Cayman Brac Beach Resort
  • Round trip AirfareCayman Brac
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Welcome rum punch
  • 3 Meals Daily (dinner on arrival, breakfast on departure)
  • 6 days 2 tank morning boat dives
  • 5 days of 1-tank afternoon dives
  • Resort fees & taxes
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Manager’s cocktail reception
  • Complimentary use of dive computers (dive computers are required)
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fitness center
  • Onsite spa for hire

Not Included:

  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Dive crew gratuities
  • Nitrox – $170/week
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/Dive insurance

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by November 1, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. 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.

Clark’s Cay (Guanaja) – February 4-11, 2023

ONE SPOT LEFT for a male traveler!

Join Mike Daust to this private Island paradise 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 Include

  • Round trip airfare from MSP
  • Ferry transfer from Roatan to Guanaja Island
  • Boat Transfers to Clark’s Cay
  • 7 Nights’ Accommodations
  • 3 Gourmet Meals Daily
  • Happy Hour Snacks
  • Happy Hour “Drink of the Day”
  • Standard Bar Package (local beer, house wine, well liquor)
  • 5 days of 3 dives daily + 2 dives on Friday
  • Unlimited Shorediving
  • Kayaks
  • Wifi
  • $75 per person resort credit

Not Included

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

Pricing per person:

  • Quad Occ. Two-Bedroom Suite – $3475
  • Double Occ. Standard Cabana – $3475
  • Double Occ. Oceanview Cabana – $3685
  • Double Occ. One-bedroom Suite – $3890
  • Single Occ. Standard Cabana – $5885
  • Non-Diver – No Discount
**ROOMMATE not guaranteed – single traveler responsible for Single Rate if no roommate found
$300 nonrefundable deposit
FINAL BALANCE DUE – December 1, 2022

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by December 1, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. 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.

Fiji -Volivoli/Beqa Lagoon – March 17-30, 2023

 

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Join Trip leaders Steve & Jolene Philbrook on this Fijian adventure!

Beqa Lagoon – Scuba diving enthusiasts will have a chance to plunge into the amazing underwater world at Beqa Lagoon Resort – VOTED ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP DIVE RESORTS by Scuba Diving Magazine Readers! The GREAT BEQA REEF surrounds our island with 190 miles of spectacular coastline. You’ll enjoy some of the best diving in Fiji, the Soft Coral Capital of the world. With over 100 unique sites to discover, divers are able to explore at a variety of depths with sites as shallow as 15ft (5m) and others drop away to nearly 100ft (30m) and beyond. With year-round temperatures ranging between a cool 75˚f and a bathwater 84˚f divers are comfortable in 3mm to 5mm suits.

 

All of our boat dives are guided by PADI Divemasters who have been diving the waters of Beqa since they were children. Knowing every small hole and hiding place on these pristine reefs they are able to show divers all of the colorful and amazing treasures that these waters hold from Blue-ribbon eels, Clown Triggerfish, Leaf Scorpionfish to camouflaged day Octopus. All the while you dive in a rainbow of vivid pink and orange anthias and silver-blue fusiliers. Take some time to explore sunken wrecks or even feed your adrenaline with the Beqa ‘Big Fish/Shark Encounter ’, a dive that teases you with huge groupers, bait balls of massive Trevally, and the chance of being up close and personal with 9 different species of sharks including tiger sharks. Why not even travel out to the edge of the reef and dive along under the famous Frigates surf break, enjoying your lunch on the boat as you watch waves crash, and sneaking in that third dive before heading back to the resort and happy hour.

Shore Diving

Our beautiful house reef is perfect for diving any time of day or night, when the fancy takes you. Located straight out from the resort, the reef boast healthy hard corals, numerous juvenile reef fish, rays, and even the illusive seahorse likes to hide in the shallow eel grass. Reaching a maximum depth of 25ft (8m) this site is not only perfect for diving, but makes an ideal protected area for snorkelling your day away.

Volivoli

We will be staying at Volivoli Beach resort for the second week of this adventure.   Ocean View Rooms are beautifully finished in sustainable hard-woods, featuring one queen size bed and 2 single beds , Wi-Fi**, deck chairs, 2 large ceiling fans, air con, tea and coffee facilities , balcony and Volivoli’s famous 180 degree Ocean views!

The reefs in the surrounding Bligh Waters are some of the healthiest in the world, with very little pollution and few boats, so you’ll be able to see an array of marine life including anemone fish, turtles, colourful soft coral and reef sharks.

fijiSome of Ra Divers’ most popular sites are in the fascinating Vatu i ra Passage. These sites are a mixture of walls, bommies and drift dives, all of which are teaming with life and colour. Sites like Black magic mountain, Mellow yellow and Instant replay will soon be etched in your memory forever!

For those seeking a real thrill ‘Breathtaker’ is a deep reef dive to see an incredible display of large fish, white tip, black tip, whalers and grey reef sharks.

Ra Divers is one of Fiji’s longest established diving operations, and our staff our renowned for their local knowledge and expertise. With over 20 years local experience diving the Bligh Waters has allowed our crew to handpick superb dive sites for a truly unique experience. Check out our interactive dive site map below to help familiarize yourself with our sites before you come.

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  • Round trip airfare TBD
  • Welcome poolside foot massage
  • Airport transfers & boat transfers
  • 5 nights accomodations in Fijian-style bure
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • Fijian cultural & entertainment daily
  • 3 gourmet meals daily
  • 3 days of two-tank reef boat dives
  • 1 day of 2 tank tiger shark dive
  • Kayaking, hiking treks, snorkeling, paddle boarding
  • Roundtrip ground and boat transfers to Beqa Lagoon return to Volivoi
  • Fijian cultural & entertainment daily

Volivoli

  • beqa lagoon, fiji 7 nights at Volivoli Beach Resort (options below)
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Full meal plan
  • Welcome foot message and ritual
  • 3 meals daily
  • 3 Days of 2 Tank Boat Dives
  • 2 Days of 3 Tank Boat Dives including the Bligh Waters!
  • Unlimited shore diving on dive days
  • Beach BBQ
  • Hosted Group Event on Last Night
  • Free use of Kayaks and Variety of Complimentary Resort Activities
  • Air, tax, and fuel surcharge
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting

Pricing:

  • Double Occ Diver:  $TBD
  • Double Occ NON Diver:  $TBD
  • Single Diver:  $TBD

 

 

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by January 10, 2023. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. 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 – March 4-11, 2023

 

Join Aquaventure PADI Instructor and group trip leader, Hannu Koho, as we head to Cozumel for another amazing adventure! This destination continues to becozumel 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 Advanced Open Water, Drift Diver, Boat Diver, etc. that will be offered by your trip leaders.

We will be staying at Iberostar. This quaint resort is tucked in the flora and fauna of the island and  located at the South End right on the water’s edge.  Some of the best dive sites of Cozumel are just a few minutes by boat from the resort’s dock!    This resort features multiple restaurants, bars, an onsite dive shop, a beautiful pool, and hammocks overlooking the water…a perfect way to relax after a day of diving!

You’ll be picked up daily at the dock and transported to some of the world’s most spectacular reefs and fish life.

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 Iberostar
  • 3 Meals Daily (Buffet & Specialty Restaurants)
  • Snacks
  • 5 days of two-tank boat dives
  • 1 Night boat dive
  • Nitrox (if certified)
  • Unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting

Not included:

  • Daily marine park fee (Approx $3 per day)
  • Boat crew tips & gratuities

Double Occ. Diver – $2595

Double Occ. Non Diver – $2125

Single Occ. Diver –  $3345

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by December 1, 2022. We strongly recommend travelers insurance from Travelguard.com or Diveassuer.com. 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 II – January 28-February 4, 2024 (with Safari Add-on option)

Join Steve & Jolene on this amazing dive adventure to the Maldives!

7 nights Maldives Aggressor II

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 and transferred by speedboat to the Maldives Aggressor II.

Trip Sign up Form

Trip Includes:

  • Airfare RT MSP to Maldives
  • 7 nights’ accommodations on AggressorII Liveaboard
  • All Meals
  • All Beverages (including soda, beer, and wine)
  • 18-21 dives
  • Airport land and water transfers to Aggressor II boat

Trip Pricing:

  • Twin Stateroom Dbl Occ – $TBD
  • Deluxe Stateroom Dbl Occ – $TBD
  • Suite Stateroom Double Occ – $TBD

Not Included:

  • Port Fees – $340 paid onsite (3.5% fee on credit card pymnts)
  • Gratuities
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)

Sri Lanks Safari Add-on Option / February 4 – 10, 2024

Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest. Its documented history spans 3,000 years. Your visit will include some of Sri Lankas ancient World Heritage Sites including the ancient city of Anuradhapura home of Sigiriya Rock Palace known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

Tours include daily jeep safaris with private guide to Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks and entrance fees to both. All transportation is in an air-conditioned coach/minibus or car with private driver. All excursions include a private local guide. Below’s just a sample of what we’ll be doing.

Wilpattu National Park

After check-in and lunch, guests are taken on an afternoon safari into Wilpattu National Park around 2:30 pm to experience big game viewing of the parks with potential to see leopards, elephants, bears, buffalos, deer, crocodiles, jackals and many other animals and birds in their natural, jungle habitat and then back to the Safari Lodge for dinner at night fall.

All private luxury chalet tents are air-conditioned, have memory foam mattresses, private bathrooms with a bathtub/shower, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, robes, and a safe to lock your valuables. The lodge has plenty of hot and cold water with very good water pressure. Meals are included with breakfast (cooked to order), picnic lunches and an elegant dinner with table side service. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while staying at the lodge. Linens are changed daily(upon request)and fresh towels are placed in each chalets needed.

Sigiriya Rock Palace and Minneriya National Park
After breakfast, guests will leave the lodge at 7:00 am and travel to the 5th Century AD Sigiriya Rock Palace. The palace and fortress complex takes several hours to climb from the bottom to the top.

After lunch at a local restaurant, guests are taken on an afternoon safari from 2:30 pm into Minneriya National Park. It is home to the largest known Asian elephant gathering on Earth. Guests relax and watch as these huge animals drink, play and snack on the green, lush grasses that have been exposed by the receding water. Dinner follows at the Safari Lodge.

“Monkey Kingdom” Primate Center

After an early breakfast guests will leave the hotel at 5:30 am and head to Sri Lanka’s Primate Center for a Sri Lankan monkey excursion. Established over 50 years ago, the Primate Center is where Disney Studios filmed the movie “Monkey Kingdom”. It is home to three species of Sri Lankan monkeys, the Toque macaque, the gray langur and the purple faced langur. While visiting the monkeys in their natural jungle communities, visitors can observe their complex social interactions. Guests can observe behaviors including nurturing young, courtship, cooperation, and teamwork as well as dominance and aggression as the monkeys go about their day.

After the Monkey Kingdom tour the guests return to the Aggressor Safari Lodge for lunch and have the afternoon free to relax on the grounds or lounge at the lodge swimming pool.

Included

  • Airfare Maldives/Sri Lanka/MSP
  • 6 Nights Accommodations at the Aggressor Sri Lanka Safari Lodge
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • All Beverages (including alcohol)
  • Ground Transfers

Not Included

  • Tour Passes paid onsite
  • Climbing Sigriya Rock & Museum – $30
  • Anuradhapura Heritage Site – $25
  • Ancient City of Polonnaruwa – Monkey Primate Center – $25

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip.  Second deposit $TBD due July 15, 2023.  Final trip balance is due by October 15, 2023. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. 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.