Rapopo Plantation Resort
Rabaul-Kokopo Dive Center
New Britain, PNG
Rapopo Plantation Resort, located on Gazelle Peninsula on the Island of New Britain, is situated ten minutes from the airport and five minutes from the township of Kokopo. The Resort has an absolute beachfront with stunning views of Tavurvur volcano overlooking the crystal-clear waters and islands of Rabaul. Looking across Simpson Harbour, the rim of an ancient volcano to Rabaul, the area is a wonderland above and below water.
The resort offers three classes of accommodation: Garden Bayside Rooms, Premier Poolside Rooms, and Executive Suites. The Bayside rooms feature a balcony with garden and sea view, polished local timber floors, private bathroom with bathtub, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and ceiling fan, desk, and cable TV. The Suites also feature timber dining table and chairs, leather furniture, two LCD Flat Screen TV, and a Nespresso machine with complimentary coffee capsules.
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Rabaul-Kokopo Dive PADI Center is an independently owned dive operation that operates out of the Resort. Rabaul-Kokopo Dive prides on a safety-first operation and offers world-class diving in a rich and diverse underwater eco-system. Explore the rich history and WW2 wrecks East New Britain has to offer, both on land and underwater.
If you were ever a fan of off-road racing, you remember the fabled Baja 1000 from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Now here is the Ocean version...!
Rocio del Mar
Explore Baja Expedition
September 19-October 1, 2020
13 Days / 12 Nights / 11 Days of Diving
Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo
$4000 per person, double occupancy
Save $295 Per Person
Start in Puerto Penasco and end in San Jose del Cabo. Cover over 1000 kilometers in 13 days as you go where there are no roads, a handful of people, and only an occasional boat.
Each day you will awake to a fantastic sunrise amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world…clear skies, deep blue seas, and terrain only millions of years could create. Enjoy 3 to 4 dives daily as we move from island to island. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. The north is a macro photographer's dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, see jumping mobula rays, and dive with playful sea lion colonies.
As we go south, you will dive on wrecks, Fan Ming and Salvaterra, do a night dive with mobula rays, and we are seeing schooling hammerheads and giant manta rays again. Last year guests even got to snorkel with an orca.
If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dingy available to take you to shore. We also have kayaks to take a serene cruise around the islands. Between activities get spoiled with amazing meals and the best crew in the industry.
Cozumel is Open for Diving
Let's Get to the Reef
Villa Adlora and Aldora Divers
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The town of Cozumel is quiet but the diving is great, the people friendly, and the food tasty! We have some great packages with accommodation at Villa Aldora and premier dive services by Aldora Divers.
The Villas vary in cost from $95 per night to $295 per night for either of the two largest villas. The Aldora and Norte Suites can accommodate full families and feature full kitchens. All suites offer free guest parking, a private beach, free Wi-Fi and internet, TV, direct-dial phones, laundry facilities, kitchens, and a great outdoor Bar-B-Q. Bicycles are available for guest use. All rooms are airconditioned.
Aldora Divers offers typical dive packages with two morning dives for $95 per person and also offers exclusive long-range trips for $200 per person. Aldora divers discovered five large coral heads way to the north of Cozumel in which large Caribbean reef sharks can be found sleeping in a somewhat catatonic state. This is the place where the fabled Isla Mujeres Sleeping sharks ran and hid. Not only the sharks, but the pristine coral formations with squadrons of eagle rays and other pelagic abound there. Long range, full day, 3 tanks dive trip to the North of Cozumel, depart at 7:30am from the Aldora dock.
Eastern Airlines to Cabo San Lucas Promo
$199 Per Person Round Trip
The Maldives is Now Open to International Travelers
Scubaspa Ying Liveaboard
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The Scubaspa ships are as much a floating resort as they are dedicated scuba diving liveaboard ships. The unique concept combines exceptional spa experiences with unforgettable scuba diving. The Scubaspa has been designed for divers who travel with non-diving partners, and guests with a desire for an exceptional spa experience. Scubaspa’s purpose-built yachts explore the picture-perfect islands and divers explore the reefs in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
The liveaboard diving yachts Scubaspa Ying and Scubaspa Yang have been designed to accommodate up to 40 guests. The ships feature 10 cabins and nine suites on each yacht, and are tastefully decorated, all with panoramic sea view or port lights. The cabins are configured with queen, king or twin bed combinations. One suite and one cabin sleep up to three people. All cabins have air conditioning, en suite bathrooms with shower, personal safe, and mini-fridge.
Diving takes place from a tender. Approximately 20 meters in length, the dive boat carries all the equipment, including air compressors and state-of-the-art nitrox; purpose-built for comfort, each has adequate seating, multiple entry points, stern platform, and on-board toilet facilities. Both yachts are the only vessels in the Maldives awarded PADI 5 Star Dive Resort status. Nitrox is available but Scubaspa does not support technical diving or rebreathers.
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Smooth Handfish Extinction Marks a Sad Milestone
For centuries humans believed the ocean was so vast that it was impossible to do it measurable harm. But we now know human activities can destroy critical marine habitats, dangerously pollute seawater and make sea environments more acidic. Overharvesting has disrupted food chains and directly pushed many ocean species into the critically endangered category—and has driven some animals, including Steller's sea cow, into total extinction. This past March the smooth handfish officially became the first modern-day marine fish to be declared extinct.
Handfish are a family of 14 unusual bottom-dwelling species related to deep-sea anglerfish. Unlike most other fishes, they do not have a larval phase and do not move around very much as adults; these traits make them sensitive to environmental changes, according to Graham Edgar, a marine ecologist at the University of Tasmania. “They spend most of their time sitting on the seabed, with an occasional flap for a few meters if they're disturbed,” Edgar says. “As they lack a larval stage, they are unable to disperse to new locations—and consequently, handfish populations are very localized and vulnerable to threats.” In 1996, he adds, another species called the spotted handfish was the first marine fish listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
The smooth handfish was once common enough to be one of the first fish species described by European explorers in Australia. Now none has been reported in well over a century, despite frequent scientific sampling in its known range (including by Edgar and his colleagues). Red List guidelines officially define “extinct” as meaning “there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.” Edgar and the members of Australia's National Handfish Recovery Team were forced to that conclusion earlier this year, and the Red List placed it in the extinct category. Scientists are unsure exactly what finished off the species, but others in the region are threatened by trawl fishing, pollution and climate change.
Article courtesy of Scientific American ( scientificamerican.com )
5th Annual St Lucia Dive Fest
September 5-12, 2020
Anse Chastanet Resort, St Lucia
Anse Chastanet Resort and their scuba operation Scuba St. Lucia have created a week of special activities in celebration of Saint Lucia’s 5th annual Dive Fest. The dive fest at Anse Chastanet will celebrate everything about Saint Lucia’s marine life and diving, with a week full of boat and shore dives, PADI courses and photo competitions. The week’s activities include a lionfish hunt followed by a cooking demonstration and special dinner feast of the lionfish prepared by Anse Chastanet’s culinary team.
Guests participating in the DIVE FEST get treated to a JAZZY sunset cruise as part of the Dive Fest package. For those non-diving guests, Anse Chastanet offers an array of other activities from biking to sailing, kayaking to bird watching, chill on the beach, or try out the complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga classes. Non-divers staying at Anse Chastanet can also try a scuba beginner's course for free.
Fest package includes 7 nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink, Dive Fest special activities,12 beach or boat dives, sunrise and sunset yoga, non-motorized watersports. Marine park fee not included.
Published rates - we are offering a $200 discount off these rates...!
Diver: $2,719 USD per person double occupancy
Non-Diver: $2,329 USD per person double occupancy
We also have discounted rates for triple occupancy. Please request.
Sorido Bay Resort
“Heart of Raja Ampat”
September 19-29, 2021
* * 5 Sentani Bungalows Available * *
Why Sorido Bay Resort…The resort is located in the center of the Raja Ampat Marine park. This area has been declared a “no take” zone and the reefs in close proximity to Sorido Bay are regarded as the best dive sites of Raja Ampat. The dive guides are all Papuans, and are the most experienced of Raja Ampat. This is their home and they have dived their backyard reefs for many years. And the kitchen chefs will serve familiar dishes but will also offer you the chance to discover new local dishes and tropical fruits and vegetables. This will be an adventure you will not soon forget.
Our unique adventure will brighten your day with an original Papuan smile that will stay with you years after this vacation. Your adventure includes 10-nights accommodation in a Sentani bungalow, all meals plus snacks, water, coffee, tea (sodas and alcoholic bevies not included), 3 boat dives per day and unlimited unguided jetty dives, free nitrox for certified divers, free laundry service, free Wi-Fi, use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, scheduled island transfers, and all taxes. We are also including a $50 credit for the Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit.
Some of our favorite dive sites include Cape Kri, Sardines, Blue Magic, Manta Sandy, and The Passage. There are more than 25 more dive sites within close proximity to the resort and the 10 km fuel surcharge limit. Excursions to more distant dive sites can be arranged and can include land tours.
Cost: $4,410 USD per person double occupancy including all taxes, 5% Agent Discount and $50 Park Permit credit.
Solomon Islands Adventure
April 10-20, 2021
* * 4 Cabins Available * *
The Bilikiki has 10 deluxe cabins, eight with a double bed and single bunk and two with twin single beds and no bunk. All cabins are air-conditioned and have their own ensuite bathroom. The ship has a large sundeck, comfortable lounge, camera area, and spacious dive deck. Her large size and a steel hull that was built for South Pacific seas are two main reasons why you will find this ship one of the most spacious and comfortable vessels that you have experienced.
Our unique package offers 10-nights deluxe cabin accommodation on the fabulous Bilikiki liveaboard where we will visit the Russell Islands, Mary Island and the Florida Islands to dive the stunning reefs of these areas, and we also visit the Marovo Lagoon area of the Western Province. On this unique adventure we will stop at villages to experience native singing and dancing and get a taste of the traditional customs and life. We will also see the famous wood carvings of the area, and have an opportunity to buy hand-made carvings and other traditionally made items.
This adventure includes deluxe cabin accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea), nitrox for certified divers, and unlimited diving with the dive day built around five daily dives.
Cost: $6,360 per person double occupancy includes standard package, nitrox, and taxes. Ask for our agent special offer...!