Thalatta Resort - Maluay, Philippines
Book 6 Nights, Get 7th Night FREE
Experience the Philippines underwater world with over 3000 species of fish and over 450 species of corals.
Located just south of Dumaguete City, and about a 20 minute ride from the airport, Thalatta Resrt is the perfect vacation resort for the entire family. Thalatta Beach Resort faces Apo Island and is located in Maluay Zamboanguita, close to the Apo Island Pier.
We are offering a Summer 2015 deal valid for travel from June 1 to October 31, 2015. Book a 6 night stay and get the 7th night FREE. And for the dive package, 10 dive package gets 2 FREE dives; 15 dive package gets 3 FREE dives.
Thalatta all inclusive package for 2 divers, 7 nights accommodation, full board meals,15 dives and round trip transfers from/to Dumaguete: total for 2 divers $2000 USD. Ask for our discount!
The trip back in September was great, fantastic crew and nice boat. The only downside: the fact that it was a 3+4 day trip, with most passengers changing in the middle of the trip, meant that it attracted a lot of “light” (inexperienced) divers. For example, most divers did not use nitrox, making it hard for me to find a buddy (on the typical Aggressor boat, most everyone dives nitrox)."
"I will work with you again for future dive trips. Thanks again for the help."
Daniel G. - San Diego, CA USA
We are now booking the Tiger Blue Liveaboard in Indonesia
Tiger Blue is a traditional 34m timber phinisi yacht, which sails around the stunning islands of Eastern Indonesia. The boat has five en-suite cabins, sleeping up to 12 adults, leaving you with plenty of room to relax and take in the incredible scenery. She can be chartered privately or on an individual cabin basis with three core itineraries throughout the year, which can easily be tailored to suit your requirements. Perfect for a family adventure, a once in a lifetime trip among friends or a diving and fishing holiday, Tiger Blue offers an ideal opportunity to spend time together.
A journey on board is full of unforgettable moments, be it finding dragons on the Komodo islands, searching for birds of paradise in West Papua or snorkelling with huge manta rays then kayaking over coral gardens in Raja Ampat. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and discover the spice route of olden days in the Banda islands, where nations fought tooth and nail to secure this exotic and lucrative trade. Embark with a sense of adventure. Switch off your phone and reconnect with each other and with nature. Gather around the large dining table at the heart of the boat and enjoy a leisurely meal to tales of the day's activities.
Contact us for cabin availability or full boat group charters. And ask for our discounted rates…!
Utopia Village Resort Year End Special - $1499
Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras
Get a great deal on a 7 night dive vacation on Utila with this year end special. Book before 31 December 2014 for travel December 2014 to February 2015 and your dive package is $1499, non-divers are $1399 per person based on double occupancy. Contact us for availability and details.
TURNEFFE FLATS – DIVE REPORT - 2 to 7 NOVEMBER, 2014
Air Temperatures – Mid to low 80’s
Water Temperature – 80 to 79F
Overall Weather – The weather was a little challenging this week for divers with cooler, cloudier weather and passing showers. Wind speeds switched between the north and then northeast with speeds between 10 and over 15 knots. As a result, water temperatures dropped to 79 degrees F, and 3mm wetsuits need to be pulled out and donned for the winter season.
Crew - Dive Instructor Anne-Marie had Open Water Referral students whom continued on with their Advanced Open Water certification, and Divemaster Denroy joined her toward the end of the week with other divers. Carlton (AKA Capt) was boat captain for the week.
Sightings – Special sightings for the week included a large Great Barracuda that sat under the boat at Jojo’s Split intimidating the new divers on the first day. Permit and Horse Eye Jack schools swirled near the surface at Myrtle’s Turtle just north of The Elbow, and several groupers of varying species – Black, Nassau, Yellow Fin, Tiger and Yellow Mouth – were seen at Creekozene and throughout the week showing up the healthy population of groupers we have here in Belize. To top that off, a 4-foot Goliath Grouper followed divers along curiously for a few minutes at Chasbow’s Corner to the northwest of Turneffe. This was indeed a heart-warming sight. The night dive yielded some welcome, but not often seen, players in the Spotted Sea Hare, and a Beaded Sea Cucumber. Cryptic Tear Drop Crabs were spotted in a number of tube sponges which appear black at depth, but are in fact a brilliant crimson colour. Eagle Ray Wall on the west side of Long Caye on Lighthouse Reef lived up to its name as four large Spotted Eagle Rays came past divers at close range and continued to circle coming back and forth along the wall for over 5 minutes of the dive. Large Rainbow and Blue Parrot Fish were seen on the northeast of Turneffe at Lindsay’s Back Porch.
Sunday 2 NovemberWinds from the N at 15 knots. Mostly cloudy with passing showers, and some sun in the afternoon.Dive Sites: #1 Jojo’s Split N - 40ft visibility / #2 Jojo’s Split S – 40ft visibility / #3 Calabash Caye Wall - 50ft visibility
Monday 3 November
Winds remaining at 15 knots from the N. Morning clouds with showers. Mostly sunny in the afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Black Beauty N - 60ft visibility / #2 Black Beauty S - 60ft visibility / #3 Myrtle’s Turtle - 70ft visibility
Tuesday 4 November
Wind speeds increasing to over 15 knots from the NE. Partly cloudy with some sun in the morning and afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Creekozene N - 80ft visibility / #2 Creekozene S – 80ft visibility / #3 Amberhead – 80ft visibility
Wednesday 5 November
Wind speeds at 10 knots from the NE, and decreasing throughout the day. Mostly sunny.
Dive Sites: #1 Chasbow’s Corner – 70ft visibility / #2 Elkin’s Bay – 70ft visibility / #3 Night Dive @ Northern Bogue
Thursday 6 November
Winds at 10 knots from the NE and dropping sharply in the morning to less than 5 knots. Heavy cloud cover with showers in the morning, giving way to sunny skies in the late morning and afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Blue Hole - 30ft visibility / #2 Half Moon Caye Wall – 60ft visibility / #3 Eagle Ray to Painted Wall – 50ft visibility
Friday 7 November
Winds at less than 10 knots from the NNW. Passing showers in the early morning with patches of sun broadening to a mostly sunny afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Lindsay’s Back Porch – 70ft visibility / #2 Lettuce Lane – 70ft visibility / #3 Wishbone – 70ft visibility
We have a FLASH SALE deal on Fiji Airways. Fly round trip from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland for $947 USD.
Valid for Sale until 17 November 2014
Valid for travel 01 May thru 08 June 2015 and 24 July thru 17 September 2015
Some restrictions apply.
John M, Rhonda M and David H - Trip to the Atlantis Resort and the Azores Liveaboard - Philippines - Oct 2-11, 2014
The trip was nice. The resort was wonderful, the Azores was good, but not great. The weather was not ideal, with the typhoon over India."
"The muck diving was very nice, with lots and lots of frogfish. Very comparable to Lembeh resort. Pick up service by the Atlantis team was as good as it could get at the airport."
"Couple of negatives:
1. No schools of fish, only small fish
2. The two captains on the boat had a less than perfect relationship.
3. Captain David was a bit of a know it all, and appeared to have an issue with women (nothing major, but it was apparent)
4. The boat had a higher rate of issues versus other liveaboards we have been on. Probably a function of its age. Sewer smell, leaks, breakdowns, etc.
5. We dove several locations many times. Mostly due to weather, but I believe a more seasoned captain would have known other dive spots even with weather."
1. Local crew and dive masters were awesome.
2. Whale shark encounter, although artificial, was really nice.
3. Saw a blue ring octopus and a hairy frogfish together in one spot!!!
4. Muck diving was great
5. Frogfish galore, especially Giants! Saw at least 20!
6. Food was very good
7. Lots of public room on boat"
"Overall, I give the trip a 6 out of 10. Makes me feel a lot better towards the png trip! Still it was as you advertised, and was our option #4 if I remember correctly. Thanks for your help."
"Regards, John and Rhonda"
Matangi Private Island Resort - Fiji
Stay 7 Nights / Pay for 4 Nights + $100 per Night Discount
Bula landlubbers…! How about Fiji this winter…? Matangi Resort is set on a 240-acre private Fiji island. This small luxury resort offers just 9 individual beachfront and ocean view bungalows and 3 Tree House bures that overlook the beach and ocean. This resort is first class all the way.
This package includes 7 nights ocean view bure accommodations, all meals, fruit basket on arrival, round trip resort transfers, AND round trip airfare from LAX to NAN via Fiji Airways. Package price $2979 per person double occupancy. Scuba diving not included in this package but can be added. Contact us for availability.
Valid for travel 10 September to 14 December 2014 and 16 January to 10 June 2015. Must book by 30 November 2014.
Atlantis Resorts DEMA Deal
Our thanks to Kristi Marchetti with Atlantis Resorts for this great DEMA Dive Show Deal. Book a 7 night stay at either Atlantis Dumaguete or Atlantis Puerto Galera and get 2 additional nights FREE.
These resorts treat you like you are on a liveaboard with up to 5 dives a day possible.
Dumaguete travel dates valid Jan 1 - Feb 13 or May 23 - July 4 or Sept 12 - Dec 31, 2015. Must book by Nov 30, 2014.
Puerto Galera travel dates valid January 1 - December 31, 2015. Must book by November 30, 2014.