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
  • Unlimited Nitrox (if certified)

Not Included:

  • $45 Port Fee (paid onsite)
  • $105 Marine Park Fee (paid onsite)
  • $25 Egyptian Visa (paid onsite)
  • Lunch and Dinner during hotel days
  • Single Occupancy upcharge for Hurghada hotel ($175)
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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

SOLD OUT!

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.

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.

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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.

Fiji -Volivoli and Beqa Lagoon – March 16-30, 2023

 

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Join Aquaventure 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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Bega Lagoon

  • Round trip airfare LAX
    • (Optional: Round trip MPLS to LAX add $625)
  • 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 bus and boat transfers

Volivoli

  • beqa lagoon, fiji 7 nights at Volivoli Beach Resort (options below)
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Full meal plan
  • 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
  • Local and Cultural Shows and Entertainment
  • Kayaks and Variety of Complimentary Resort Activities
  • Air, tax, and fuel surcharges
  • Resort & Government Taxes
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting
Not Included:
  •  Domestic Airfare to/from LAX (optional:  add $625)
  • Unlimited Nitrox $200 for full trip
  • Tips & gratuities

Trip Price:

  • Double Occ Diver:  $5950
  • Double Occ NON Diver:  $5050
  • Single Occ. Upcharge:  Add $950
  • Optional:  VoliVoli Deluxe Upgrade – Add $125/pp
  • Optional: Round trip Airfare MSP/LAX – Add $625

 

 

 

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.

Curacao – April 15-22, 2023

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Join Aquaventure group trip leaders, Steve Philbrook & Noel Skogen, in Curacao April 15-22, 2023!  We will be staying at the all-inclusive Sunscape Curacao Resort!

Grab some snorkel gear and step right from the beach into the crystal-clear Caribbean waters that a host of marine life calls home. Show off your skills on a stand-up paddleboard or catch a boat right from our pier for an unforgettable dive adventure. Try your luck at the casino or sip cocktails at the pool bar. Shopping and sightseeing more your speed? Take a shuttle into downtown Willemstad for the opportunity to sightsee! No matter how you fill your day, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible, all-inclusive vacation in Curaçao.

Curaçao is located 43 miles (70km) off the North Coast of Venezuela, outside of the hurricane belt in southern part of the Caribbean. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands and, together with Aruba and Bonaire, it constitutes the “ABC” islands. Curaçao is considered part of the Dutch Caribbean that also includes St. Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius, also known as Statia.

Located at just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao’s consistently warm and sunny climate creates the perfect scenario for year round tourism. That coupled with the average temperature around 27°C (81°F) plus the cooling winds blowing constantly from the east (strongest in the spring months) provide excellent conditions for adventure travelers and beach goers alike.

Why Dive in Curacao?

Reason #1: Because Curacao is not only a world class scuba diving and vacation destination, it is also one of the best Caribbean destinations to travel to for 2022! Scuba Diving Magazine, 2022 Readers Choice Award

In Curacao you can see numerous species of fish and coral; flower corals, giant brain corals, anemones, sea turtles, porcupine fish, smooth trunk fish, yellow tail snappers, parrot fish, groupers, spotted drums, spotted moray eels, green moray eels, sharks, lobsters, and conchs.

With over 70 world class dive sites to choose from, Ocean Encounters (the onsite dive operator) offers you unlimited shore diving and boat dives you will never forget!

Ocean Encounters is committed to delivering the highest-quality dive experience. The facility is the biggest on island, catering to the highest number of repeat guests. Divers return to Curaçao and Ocean Encounters for a handful of reasons, starting with the lineup of famous sites, such as Mushroom Forest, Klein Curaçao, Eastpoint and Blue Room, where visitors can’t help but be wowed by the health of the reefs and the density of the fish schools flowing over top.

Underwater Photography in Curacao

Are you an underwater photographer?  If you are then you should discover Curaçao. This Dutch Caribbean island is a fantastic alternative to Bonaire and it is consistently rated as one of the 5 Best Places For Macro Scuba Diving and underwater photography in The Caribbean & Atlantic regions, according to Scuba Diving Magazine.

Shark and Manta sightings are rare which makes the encounters very special. But all the photogenic small stuff is here.  Some of fan favorites are the Frogfish, Longlured and occasionally Occelated. These can be great subjects for wide-angle close ups and of course Seahorses are for the sharp eyed.  Also, if you are good with your camera and buoyancy, the dive masters are more likely to share their little secrets.

INCLUDED:

  • R/T Airfare from Minneapolis
  • 7 Nights’ Ocean View Accommodations
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
  • 5 Days of 2-tank Boat Dives
  • Unlimited Shore Dives
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Onsite Casino
  • Four onsite pools
  • Kayaks
  • Taxes and Gratuities

PRICE:

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Diver Double Occ:  $2750
NonDiver Double Occ:  $2125
Single Diver:  $3425
Balance Due:  February 4, 2023

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by February 4, 2023. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card. 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.

Aquaventure Family Scuba Trip

JUNE 10-17, 2023

Welcome to Aquaventure’s Family SCUBA Trip!

It’s time to unplug, recharge, and make family memories that will last a lifetime!  We have activities planned for everyone – both in and out of the water!    This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE trip with no hidden costs!  Say GOODBYE to those post-trip outrageous credit card bills!

How does this work?

We’ve planned family activities as well as time for you to recharge without the kids!  Each morning, families eat breakfast together and then parents head out for a two-tank morning boat dive.  The younger kids enjoy a fun-filled morning of kid’s club activities while Turquoise Bay’s experienced divemasters take the teen divers out on their very own boat! (Max depth 40 feet for ages 10-11 and max. 60 feet for ages 12-14.)

The morning dive boats return and parent’s meet up with their kids for lunch together before heading out on an afternoon one-tank family boat dive.  That’s right…it’s the best of both worlds…dive on your own and dive with the whole family!  Do you have non-diving kids?  No worries!  They can stay at Kid’s Club with the nannies while the rest of the family enjoys their afternoon dive together.  Does one spouse dive and the other doesn’t?  No worries!  Non-diving parents can get some downtime while the boats are out and the kids are at Kid’s Club.  Stroll the beach, ride horseback, shop west-end Roatan, take a dip in the pool, snorkel from shore, or read a book in the hammocks!  Enjoy what you want while your family is well cared for!  Evenings are spent dining as a family with local entertainment and optional activities.

Why a family scuba trip?

We are parents too and understand how challenging it is to connect with kids in this fast-paced world!  We have also experienced the amazing bondslothroatan that adventure travel brings to families.  Therefore, we have designed this trip so that no one will have to compromise their vacation!  There will be plenty of opportunities to build lasting memories – both in and out of the water.

What will we do?

Dive and snorkel together, kayak the mangroves, zipline the jungle canopy, tour the botanical gardens, visit the Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary, ride horseback on the beach, practice the art of sand sculpting, learn about Turquoise Bay’s coral restoration efforts, sing karaoke, eat three meals a day together, watch the fire dancers and local entertainment, or just play together in the pool!  All of these activities are included in the cost of the trip to make it easy and carefree!  As a result, relax and enjoy your family time!  We’ve got you covered!

Who is leading the group?

The trip leader is Aquaventure Instructor, Aaron Allison!  As a father of two scuba kids, he and his wife are avid divers and believe that a family that travels and dives together creates a very special bond.  Aaron’s experience traveling and sharing scuba adventures with his young family brings a unique and helpful perspective as Aquaventure’s trip leader!

Why Roatan?

We have chosen the remote and quaint Turquoise Bay Resort as your paradise destination for the week.  The onsite dive shop has years of experience teaching kids scuba, snorkeling, and how to care for our beautiful ocean.  Located on the northeast end of Roatan, this is an ideal spot for those who have a passion for exploration and a desire to disconnect and relax.  The resort is nestled between a lush tropical backdrop and a long white-sand beach!

Due to its close proximity to pristine reefs, Roatan is famous for its world-class diving!  The reefs are easily accessible for both first-time divers and experienced divers, which provides the opportunity for all levels of 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!

How do I sign up?

Stop in or call the shop to place a deposit of $300 per person to hold your spots.  Complete the Trip Sign Up Form for each family member and drop off/email/or mail it to the shop.  Make sure you let us know if you want to upgrade to an oceanfront room!

Join us and all the scuba families who have been waiting for this type of family excursion!  You and your family are bound to meet new friends and enjoy a week of relaxation and adventure!

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Trip INCLUDES:

  • Round Trip Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Airport Ground Transferskids diving
  • 7 nights’ accommodations at Turquoise Bay Resort
  • 19% Hotel taxes and Fees
  • Welcome Orientation Meet and Greet
  • Three Meals Daily, including kids menu
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited beverages, including alcohol for adults
  • 5 days of 3-tank guided boat dives
    • 2-tank morning boat dives – separate parent boat and teen boat
    • 1-tank afternoon dives – families dive together on same boat
    • Jr. Open Water checkout dives included for ages 10-14 seeking certification
  • Intro Scuba programs for ages 5-10 (SASY and Seal Team with instructors in the pool/shallow water)
  • Nanny care / Kid’s Club (while parents dive)
  • Beach BBQ
  • Paddle boards
  • Kayaks
  • Beach games and volleyball
  • Jungle Canopy Zipline Adventure
  • Mayan Jungle Monkey Excursion
  • Fire Dancer Show
  • Sand Sculpture Lessons
  • Horseback Riding
  • Reef and Coral Educational Presentation
  • Roatan Botanical Tour
  • Karaoke
  • Wifi

Adult Trip Price (ages 18 and up):

  • Double Occ Adult Diver:  $2455
  • Double Occ Adult Non-Diver:  $2355
  • Single Occupancy Adult Diver:  $2700
  • Single Occupancy Adult Non-Diver:  $2600

Children Trip Prices (ages 17 and under):

(must have at least one parent in room at prices above)

  • Teen or Jr. Open Water Boat Divers (ages 10-17):  $1875
  • Seal Team Divers – scuba in pool/beach only (ages 8-10):  $1775
  • SASY Divers – snorkel-scuba in pool (ages 5-7):  $1450
  • No Dive Child Price (age 11-17):  $1775
  • No Dive Child Prices (ages 5-10):  $1375
  • Ages 3-4:  $815
  • Ages 2 and under:  FREE (no airline ticket, ride on parent’s lap)

Optional :

  • Oceanfront Upgrade:  Add $300 per room
  • No Airfare:  Subtract $700 

Not Included:

  • Nitrox (if nitrox certified) – approx. $150/week
  • Gratuities for resort staff, boat crew, dive guides, dive instructors
  • Scuba Equipment for certified divers (gear included for Seal Team and Sasy kids)
  • If completing certification in Roatan –  Elearning and Pool Class from Aquaventure ($299)
  • Onsite Spa services
  • Optional offsite excursions – dolphin experience, west-end shopping, etc – can be arranged onsite

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit per person holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by March 10, 2023. We strongly recommend travelers insurance.  Good insurance options can be found at DAN.org, Diveassure.com, or Travelsafe.com.   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.

Roatan High School Scuba Trip – July 8-15, 2023

Roatan High School Scuba Trip – July 8-15, 2023

A LEARNING ADVENTURE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME!!!!

Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center of Maple Grove is once again partnering with Andover High School science teach- er, Bob Ameli, to bring you the 10th Annual High School SCUBA Trip—a truly unique and unforgettable learning ex- perience! Aquaventure has provided safe and thorough dive training and group travel for over 28 years! Don’t wait! Spots fill quickly! Explore and learn with us!

We will be staying at Turquoise Bay Resort. We will be diving the East End’s pristine coral reefs 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.

High School Trip Reviews

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This Adventure Includes:

  • Round Trip Air Minneapolis/Roatan
  • 8 days/7 nights at Turquoise Bay Resort
  • All Meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Daily hands-on exploration and study of
  • the coral reef ecosystem
  • Marine Biology lessons with Bob Ameli
  • Open Water Scuba Diver Certification (includes elearning, classroom/pool instruction, open water dive training, & certification processing – good for life!)
  • Rental Scuba Equipment
  • Mask, Fins, & Snorkel (yours to keep!)
  • 3 boat dives a day
  • Coral Preservation Garden Education
  • Unlimited snorkeling
  • Jungle Canopy Zipline Adventure
  • Jungle Botanical Tour
  • Monkey/Sloth Excursion
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Sand Sculpture Lessons
  • Beach BBQ & Fire Dancer Show
  • Karaoke
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Marine Park Fees and Hotel Taxes
  • All Gratuities
  • Trip T-Shirt

Not Included:

  • Passport (required!)
  • Food during travel days
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Incidentals/personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (www.dan.org)

Trip Payment Schedule:

  1. Reservation Deposit – $750
  2. January 15th – $800
  3. March 15th – $800
  4. Final Balance Due April 15th – $800

NOTE – reservation deposit is nonrefundable

Cash Price = $3150 (please add 3% for credit card payments)

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Palau – October 5-14, 2023 (Tootsie Pop Trip)

The Tootsie Pop Divers are heading to Palau!

palauJoin Drew Gerling and the Tootsie Pop Divers 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 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

Palau for NON-Divers

Palau is an amazing destination for non-divers as well! Not only does Palau have world class snorkeling but it also have an amazing history. One of the attractions of Palau you should not miss on your vacation is a visit to Peleliu Island. This seemingly peaceful island was the venue of the battle of Peleliu which became one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific during WW2, and even today, many artifacts let the tragic history of the Island of Peleliu come to life.

Planet Blue offers tours to the German Lighthouse and archaeological hiking Ulong Island tours. Both tours include an optional snorkeling stop, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rock Islands, as well as Palau’s beautiful reefs.

  • Rock Island/Jellyfish Lake Snorkel tour
  • WWII History Tour (Battle of Peleliu)
  • Kayak Tours
  • Cultural Land Tour
  • Snorkel Blacktip shark Beach
  • Island Hiking Tours

 

Want to sign up?

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

Trip Pricing:

NOTE – This trip does not include airfare!

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $TBD
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $TBD

Trip Includes:

  • 9 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)
  • Free Rental Gear (no computer)
  • Jellyfish Lake snorkel
  • Blue Corner Specialty Course
  • Chandelier Caves
  • Unlimited shore diving at Sam’s Macro Wall
  • Boat water bottle
  • Reef hook
  • WiFi

Not Included:

  • Koror State Rock Island Permit $50
  • Jellyfish Lake Permit $100
  • Peleliu Scuba Permit $30
  • All Other Water Activities Permit $10
  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Lunches on NON-DIVING days
  • All Dinners
  • Passport
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $500 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by August 1, 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.

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.

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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.