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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 your unlimited free dives at Sam’s Macro Wall right off their 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 WWII, 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!

  • Diver Double Occ:  $TBD (approx $3000)
  • NON-Diver Double Occ:  $TBD (appr $2200)
  • Diver Single Occ: $TBD (approx $4000)

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:

  • Airfare to Koror, Palau (ROR airport code)
  • Koror State Rock Island Permit $50
  • Jellyfish Lake Permit $100 (optional tour)
  • Peleliu Scuba Permit $30 (optional tour)
  • All Other Water Activities Permit $10
  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Lunches on NON-DIVING days
  • All Dinners
  • Travel Insurance (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
  • DAN dive medical insurance (REQUIRED) see DAN.org

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

Curacao – October 21-28, 2023 (Women’s Trip)

Trip Sign up Form

Join Aquaventure group trip leaders, Jolene Philbrook, in Curacao October 21-28,2023!  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:

  • RT Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 7 Nights Oceanview Accommodations at Sunscape Resort
  • All inclusive of all meals & snacks
  • Unlimited Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
  • 5 Days of 2 tank Boat Dives
  • Taxes and Gratuities
  • Unlimited tanks for Shore Dives

Not Included:

PRICE:

Trip Sign up Form

Diver Double Occ:  $2695
NonDiver Double Occ:  $2175
Single Diver:  $3175
Balance Due:  August 15, 2023

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

Bonaire – November 25-December 2, 2023

Join Erik & Melanie Payeur as they head to Bonaire! We will be staying at the beautiful Dive Flamingo Resort!

Bonaire has been known as one of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations! If you like shore diving, this is the place! Immerse yourself in fifty shades of blue at this spectacular oceanfront resort conveniently located just minutes from the airport and a 5-minute walk to town. Colorful and laid-back, this water-lover’s paradise offers two sparkling pools, a day spa and fitness center, weekly activities, delicious dining, an intimate casino, and an award-winning PADI five-star dive operation with a fleet of six dive boats, private dive lockers, a dive shop with equipment rental, and a famed house reef you can explore 24/7.

With over 60 marked dive sites throughout the island, it’s no wonder why this Bonaire is known for its world-class diving. Snorkelers can explore vibrant coral reef formations and unique wreck sites teeming with colorful creatures. An underwater oasis awaits you!

You can also take a break from diving and explore the extraordinary on the unforgettable island of Bonaire. Good things come in small packages and this bite-sized Dutch island is full of activities!   The icing on the cake…it’s one of the top dive destinations in the world!

 

COVID testing and vaccinations are no longer required to visit Bonaire.

INCLUDED:

  • RT Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 7 Nights Accommodations – Deluxe Rooms
  • Full Breakfast & Lunch Daily
  • 5 Days of 2 tank Boat Dives
  • 1 Day of 1 tank afternoon boat dive
  • Taxes and Gratuities
  • Unlimited tanks for Shore Dives
  • Complimentary WI FI
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Scuba Tune Up at Aquaventure Pool

Not Included:

  • DAN Dive Insurance (Required) DAN.org 
  • $75 Tourist Tax and Marine Park Fee
  • Nitrox – $100

PRICE:

Trip Sign up Form

Diver Double Occ:  $2550
NonDiver Double Occ:  $2225
Single Diver:  $3150
Balance Due:  September 15, 2023

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by September 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 (by August 15), 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 – January 13-20, 2024

Join Aquaventure instructor Adam Payeur as we kick off the New Year in Roatan!

The Diving

The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Spanning across the coast of 4 countries and nearly 700 miles, this reef boasts an astounding biodiversity of marine species with 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and over 500 species of fish in addition to rare endangered and protected animals like Sea Turtles and Manatees. Divers from all over the world travel to the Mesoamerican Reef for the opportunity to explore the secret underwater treasures buried beneath the waves.

The reef itself begins just minutes from shore, with plateaus at 10ft, 20ft, 45ft and then the amazing wall that drops away in places to over 2000+ feet. The ocean offshore is generally very calm and this area doesn’t experience too many strong currents, meaning the conditions here are perfect for divers of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced diver.  You can take the plunge and discover world famous dive sites such as West End Wall, Texas, Mandy’s Eel Garden, Blue Channel, Hole in the Wall, the El Aguila Wreck and many more. Whether your passion is for swimthroughs, wrecks, caves, walls, or stunning shallow reefs-Roatan has it all!

Over the reef you will be amazed as you discover countless trumpetfish, trunkfish, drum fish, hogfish, crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish, cowfish, filefish, eels and maybe even a squid or two. For those who love macro we also have a good population of nudibranchs, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, blennies, worms, sea spiders and many species of shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled on the sand and rubble patches for jawfish, flounders, mantis shrimp, conch and stingrays.  The reef itself is made up of a smorgasbord of hard and soft corals, corallimorphs, sea fans, tunicates, anemones and sponges of all colours, shapes and sizes.

The ResortMayan Princess

We will be staying at the Mayan Princess.  Enjoy the 250ft blue lagoon pool & heated 8 person jacuzzi, free in-villa & public area wifi, beach volleyball, board games, book exchange, and canopied shade beds & lounge chairs. Dine at 4 all-inclusive restaurants with á la carte & buffet style natural, low calorie, vegetarian and deli-style menus as well as unlimited premium drinks including domestic & international liquors, beers & wines and take in daily entertainment like live music and cultural shows.

Relax at Kukut (meaning “body” in ancient Mayan) spa with massage, facials, waxing & nail services or explore the island with the resorts onsite tour coordinator.

Want to sign up?

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

Trip Sign up Form

DAN Dive Insurance Required DAN.org

This ALL-INCLUSIVE Trip Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Hotel taxes and fees
  • 7 nights at the Mayan Princess Resort in a 1-bedroom pool villa
  • 3 meals daily
  • 2 Onsite Specialty Restaurants for Dinner
  • Unlimited premium liquor
  • 15 boat dives
  • 1 night dive
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party
  • Total cost is based on Double Occupancy

Rates and Options:

Diver or Non-Diver Double Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $TBD

Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:   $TBD

Non-Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $TBD

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by November 20th, 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.

Little Cayman – March 9-16, 2024

Join Aquaventure instructor Hanno Koho as he heads to Little Cayman.

Immerse yourself in the experience that is Little Cayman Beach Resort—designed by divers to provide guests with the ultimate enjoyment of world-class diving that’s just minutes away. Bask in an intimate environment where our staff remember your name and preferences to provide you with personalized services, above and below the water.

Cayman Islands diving is mostly current-free, which is optimal for new divers, divers who wants to move at their own pace, and underwater photographers who may want to spend their entire dive at one location, waiting for the perfect shot.
All of the dive sites are moored, which marks the beginning and ending points of that dive. Our dive masters will brief the location, establish dive limits, and draw a map of the tour they’ll lead. As long as divers remain in buddy teams and stick with the predetermined limits, it’s their option to follow the tour or go off on their own.
For those who follow, the tour lasts 35 to 40 minutes. By the time they’re back at the mooring and know that the boat is overhead, most divers feel comfortable enough to continue exploring on their own until their time is up or they run low on air.

Reef Divers provides the personalized valet dive services that many guests don’t even know they want until they experience it.
Reef Divers takes the work out of your diving—handling the heavy lifting and care of your boat-dive gear, from your first dive with us through your last dive (unless you’d prefer to do it yourself). 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.
At the top of the dock, we have separate rinse tanks for photo equipment, wetsuits, and general dive gear, plus a drying room for wetsuits so you don’t have to take them to your room.

Want to sign up?

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

cayman bracTrip Sign up Form

DAN Dive Insurance Required DAN.org

Trip Pricing:

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

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights beach view accommodations at Cayman Brac Beach Resort
  • Round trip Airfare
  • 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 insurance

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by January 31, 2024. 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.

 

Bonaire – November 25-December 2, 2023

Join Erik & Melanie Payeur as they head to Bonaire! We will be staying at the beautiful Dive Flamingo Resort!

Bonaire has been known as one of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations! If you like shore diving, this is the place! Immerse yourself in fifty shades of blue at this spectacular oceanfront resort conveniently located just minutes from the airport and a 5-minute walk to town. Colorful and laid-back, this water-lover’s paradise offers two sparkling pools, a day spa and fitness center, weekly activities, delicious dining, an intimate casino, and an award-winning PADI five-star dive operation with a fleet of six dive boats, private dive lockers, a dive shop with equipment rental, and a famed house reef you can explore 24/7!

With over 60 marked dive sites throughout the island, it’s no wonder why this island is known for its world-class diving. Snorkelers can explore vibrant coral reef formations and unique wreck sites teeming with colorful creatures. An underwater oasis awaits you!

You can also take a break from diving and explore the extraordinary on the unforgettable island of Bonaire. Good things come in small packages and this bite-sized Dutch island is full of activities!  The icing on the top…it’s one of the top dive destinations in the world!

COVID vaccinations and testing are no longer required to visit Bonaire.

INCLUDED:

  • RT Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 7 Nights Accommodations – Deluxe Rooms
  • Full Breakfast & Lunch Daily
  • 5 Days of 2 tank Boat Dives
  • 1 Day of 1 tank afternoon boat dive
  • Taxes and Gratuities
  • Unlimited tanks for Shore Dives
  • Complimentary WI FI
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Scuba Tune Up at Aquaventure Pool

Not Included:

  • DAN Dive Insurance (Required) DAN.org 
  • $75 Tourist Tax and Marine Park Fee
  • Nitrox – $100
  • Travel insurance

PRICE:

Trip Sign up Form

Diver Double Occ:  $2550
NonDiver Double Occ:  $2225
Single Diver:  $3150
Balance Due:  September 15, 2023

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

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!

Trip Sign up Form

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

Trip Sign up Form

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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2022 Summer- Local MN Fun Dive Schedule

It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes and our 2022 and our local dive season is in full swing!!  Whether you have been diving locally for years or if freshwater exploration is new to you, our fun dives are about community and supporting each other!  There are many great dive sites in Minnesota!   Come out and share in the fun!  See you at the lakes!

Click Location for Details:

Crosby

June 25 – Lake Wazee 

July 9 – Lake Ore-Be-Gone

July 23 – Lake Wazee

July 30 – Crosby/Cuyuna

August 20 – Scuba Palooza, Lake Ore-Be-Gone

August 27 – Crosby/Cuyuna

September 18, 19, 20 – North Shore Weekend Excursion $425 per person(max 6 people)

Fun dives are $20 lead by an Aquaventure divemaster or instructor.  The day will consist of two dives  and includes lunch and drinks.  These dives are designed to give divers a glimpse into the beautiful recreational diving that Minnesota Lakes offer.  Max dive depth will be 60 feet.

Need rental gear?  Aquaventure has rental scuba systems available.  You will receive 50% off your rental when joining our fund dives!  PLEASE NOTE:  rental systems are first come first serve basis.  No refunds or transfers!  Thanks!

Rental Gear Price List

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

SOLD OUT!

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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.

tiger shark fijiBega Lagoon

  • Round trip airfare from LAX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 

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.

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

SOLD OUT!

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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.

tiger shark fijiBega Lagoon

  • Round trip airfare from LAX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 

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.

Aquaventure Family Scuba Trip – June 10-17, 2023

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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Bonaire – November 25-December 2, 2023

Join Erik & Melanie Payeur as they head to Bonaire! We will be staying at the beautiful Dive Flamingo Resort!

Bonaire has been known as one of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations! If you like shore diving, this is the place! Immerse yourself in fifty shades of blue at this spectacular oceanfront resort conveniently located just minutes from the airport and a 5-minute walk to town. Colorful and laid-back, this water-lover’s paradise offers two sparkling pools, a day spa and fitness center, weekly activities, delicious dining, an intimate casino, and an award-winning PADI five-star dive operation with a fleet of six dive boats, private dive lockers, a dive shop with equipment rental, and a famed house reef you can explore 24/7!

With over 60 marked dive sites throughout the island, it’s no wonder why this island is known for its world-class diving. Snorkelers can explore vibrant coral reef formations and unique wreck sites teeming with colorful creatures. An underwater oasis awaits you!

You can also take a break from diving and explore the extraordinary on the unforgettable island of Bonaire. Good things come in small packages and this bite-sized Dutch island is full of activities!  The icing on the top…it’s one of the top dive destinations in the world!

COVID vaccinations and testing are no longer required to visit Bonaire.

INCLUDED:

  • RT Airfare from Minneapolis
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • 7 Nights Accommodations – Deluxe Rooms
  • Full Breakfast & Lunch Daily
  • 5 Days of 2 tank Boat Dives
  • 1 Day of 1 tank afternoon boat dive
  • Taxes and Gratuities
  • Unlimited tanks for Shore Dives
  • Complimentary WI FI
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Scuba Tune Up at Aquaventure Pool

Not Included:

  • DAN Dive Insurance (Required) DAN.org 
  • $75 Tourist Tax and Marine Park Fee
  • Nitrox – $100
  • Travel insurance

PRICE:

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Diver Double Occ:  $2550
NonDiver Double Occ:  $2225
Single Diver:  $3150
Balance Due:  September 15, 2023

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by September 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 (by August 15), 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 – January 13-20, 2024

Join Aquaventure instructor Adam Payeur as we kick off the New Year in Roatan!

The Diving

The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Spanning across the coast of 4 countries and nearly 700 miles, this reef boasts an astounding biodiversity of marine species with 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and over 500 species of fish in addition to rare endangered and protected animals like Sea Turtles and Manatees. Divers from all over the world travel to the Mesoamerican Reef for the opportunity to explore the secret underwater treasures buried beneath the waves.

The reef itself begins just minutes from shore, with plateaus at 10ft, 20ft, 45ft and then the amazing wall that drops away in places to over 2000+ feet. The ocean offshore is generally very calm and this area doesn’t experience too many strong currents, meaning the conditions here are perfect for divers of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced diver.  You can take the plunge and discover world famous dive sites such as West End Wall, Texas, Mandy’s Eel Garden, Blue Channel, Hole in the Wall, the El Aguila Wreck and many more. Whether your passion is for swimthroughs, wrecks, caves, walls, or stunning shallow reefs-Roatan has it all!

Over the reef you will be amazed as you discover countless trumpetfish, trunkfish, drum fish, hogfish, crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish, cowfish, filefish, eels and maybe even a squid or two. For those who love macro we also have a good population of nudibranchs, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, blennies, worms, sea spiders and many species of shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled on the sand and rubble patches for jawfish, flounders, mantis shrimp, conch and stingrays.  The reef itself is made up of a smorgasbord of hard and soft corals, corallimorphs, sea fans, tunicates, anemones and sponges of all colours, shapes and sizes.

The ResortMayan Princess

We will be staying at the Mayan Princess.  Enjoy the 250ft blue lagoon pool & heated 8 person jacuzzi, free in-villa & public area wifi, beach volleyball, board games, book exchange, and canopied shade beds & lounge chairs. Dine at 4 all-inclusive restaurants with á la carte & buffet style natural, low calorie, vegetarian and deli-style menus as well as unlimited premium drinks including domestic & international liquors, beers & wines and take in daily entertainment like live music and cultural shows.

Relax at Kukut (meaning “body” in ancient Mayan) spa with massage, facials, waxing & nail services or explore the island with the resorts onsite tour coordinator.

Want to sign up?

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

Trip Sign up Form

DAN Dive Insurance Required DAN.org

This ALL-INCLUSIVE Trip Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Hotel taxes and fees
  • 7 nights at the Mayan Princess Resort in a 1-bedroom pool villa
  • 3 meals daily
  • 2 Onsite Specialty Restaurants for Dinner
  • Unlimited premium liquor
  • 15 boat dives
  • 1 night dive
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party
  • Total cost is based on Double Occupancy

Rates and Options:

Diver or Non-Diver Double Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $TBD

Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:   $TBD

Non-Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $TBD

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by November 20th, 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.

Little Cayman – March 9-16, 2024

Join Aquaventure instructor Hanno Koho as he heads to Little Cayman.

Immerse yourself in the experience that is Little Cayman Beach Resort—designed by divers to provide guests with the ultimate enjoyment of world-class diving that’s just minutes away. Bask in an intimate environment where our staff remember your name and preferences to provide you with personalized services, above and below the water.

Cayman Islands diving is mostly current-free, which is optimal for new divers, divers who wants to move at their own pace, and underwater photographers who may want to spend their entire dive at one location, waiting for the perfect shot.
All of the dive sites are moored, which marks the beginning and ending points of that dive. Our dive masters will brief the location, establish dive limits, and draw a map of the tour they’ll lead. As long as divers remain in buddy teams and stick with the predetermined limits, it’s their option to follow the tour or go off on their own.
For those who follow, the tour lasts 35 to 40 minutes. By the time they’re back at the mooring and know that the boat is overhead, most divers feel comfortable enough to continue exploring on their own until their time is up or they run low on air.

Reef Divers provides the personalized valet dive services that many guests don’t even know they want until they experience it.
Reef Divers takes the work out of your diving—handling the heavy lifting and care of your boat-dive gear, from your first dive with us through your last dive (unless you’d prefer to do it yourself). 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.
At the top of the dock, we have separate rinse tanks for photo equipment, wetsuits, and general dive gear, plus a drying room for wetsuits so you don’t have to take them to your room.

Want to sign up?

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

cayman bracTrip Sign up Form

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Trip Pricing:

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

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights beach view accommodations at Cayman Brac Beach Resort
  • Round trip Airfare
  • 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 insurance

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by January 31, 2024. 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.