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3 Glorious Ships That Will Complete Your Galapagos Getaway



3 Glorious Ships That Will Complete Your Galapagos Getaway

Is there any activity more quintessentially luxurious than a leisure cruise on a gorgeous body of water? Yes! A leisure cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Located in the Pacific Ocean roughly 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, this breathtaking volcanic archipelago is a popular destination for adventurous travelers eager to immerse themselves in natural wonders and exotic wildlife. There are plenty of things to do on dry land. Still, an equal supply of exciting water activities, making it the perfect spot for avid scuba divers, snorkelers, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts. One thing you simply cannot leave off your Galapagos travel itinerary is a day of exploring the archipelago’s surroundings by boat. Not sure where to begin? We’ve come up with a list of some of the top boating excursions for visitors to the Galapagos Islands.





     

The Galaxy Diver 

If you love boating and scuba diving you’ll be pleased to discover you get the best of both worlds on the Galaxy Diver. This 30-meter long, 12-passenger cruise ship is outfitted with an 8-person crew and 2 dive masters ready to guide you along your scuba diving journey. Upon stepping foot on this sleek ship, you’ll be greeted by beautiful, modern interior designs that create an atmosphere of luxury. Cool off in the interior lounge with a refreshing beverage of choice and scenic views from the expansive windows. The outdoor lounge, located on the upper deck of the ship, is just as inviting. Relax on the comfy sofas underneath the covering (or step out into the sun to work on your tan) and take in the views of the natural paradise. Need to take a nap or plan to cruise the ship overnight? The cozy cabins are complete with private bathrooms, air conditioning, all the modern amenities, and ultra soft beds that will have you believing you're sleeping on a cloud.

 

We haven't even gotten to the good part yet: all the diving. The Galaxy Driver can take you through diving sites across the region, including Douglas Cape, Wolf Island, Vicente Roca Point, and Cousins Rock. The best time to spot rare, exotic marine life is from December to June, so try to plan your diving adventure within those months. Diving in the Galapagos during the wet season also means you’ll experience calmer waters and clear visibility. First time diving? Have a fear of sharks? Put your mind at ease knowing you can download the Shark Scan App on your phone to monitor any underwater life in the Marine Reserve. 




      

The Alya

If diving is less of a priority for you and you’d prefer an authentic luxury experience, the Alya is the ship for you. The exquisite design of the ship matches the ambiance of the Enchanted Islands. This 9-cabin ship can fit up to 16 passengers and comes with nine crew members and one guide ready to create an unforgettable experience for you. The Alya is built with a living room, sundeck, al fresco area, dining room, and bar. The ship also comes with the MYDAS app to ensure you get all the comforts of home, including blockbuster movies to watch when you curl up in your private cabin bed at the end of the day. On the Alya, you can choose to simply enjoy the ship for what it is (an unbeatable luxury experience) or add on some adrenaline-inducing water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, or taking a ride on a panga, an inflated zodiac that gives you an even closer upfront look at exotic marine life. 





      

And last, but certainly not least, is the Bonita yacht, the ideal option for adventurers looking for a Galapagos sailing experience at an affordable rate. Onboard, you’ll find ample indoor and outdoor spaces designed to fit up to 16 passengers. Eight crew members and one guide will be there to greet you with a delicious cocktail as you step foot on the main deck. Cool off in the air-conditioned living room and drink in the views of the surrounding waters and islands through the panoramic windows. When you get hungry, you can make your way to the dining room where three square meals and plenty of snacks are served each day (the menu also includes options for vegans and vegetarians). Aside from touring waters filled with some of the rarest aquatic creatures in the world, one of the best ways to experience the Galapagos is by watching the sunset from the yacht’s deck. After a long day of sailing the seas and jumping in the water to snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard, make your way to your private cabin for the best sleep of your life. 

 

Ready to start planning your Galapagos getaway? Eager to put a boating excursion on your travel itinerary or find the best scuba diving adventures around the island? Contact the team at Liquid Diving Adventures today!



      

8 Exciting Activities to Put on Your Belize Travel Itinerary

8 Exciting Activities to Put on Your Belize Travel Itinerary


When you think of Belize, what comes to mind? Is it images of gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters, and dense tropical jungles? Thanks to the country’s diverse culture, language, and cuisine, Belize has much to offer its visitors. There is always something new to discover, from exploring Mayan ruins to scuba diving among vibrant coral reefs.

With so many options, planning your trip may feel a bit challenging. Where to begin! In this post, we’ll share eight fun, must-do activities when visiting Belize.


1. Scuba Diving in the Great Blue Hole


With a plethora of scuba diving resorts to choose from, Belize has scuba diving adventures for everyone, whether you're a first-timer or an experienced scuba diver. Blackbird Caye Resort has access to some of the most astounding scuba diving sites, including the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. In these eerie sites, you'll explore unique marine life filled with mysterious stalactites and stalagmites.

Huracan Diving Lodge is another tranquil Belize resort that offers scuba diving. Scuba divers can visit Sandbore Caye and the lighthouse as well as swim among massive stalactites and reef sharks.


2. Snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve


Snorkeling is another exciting activity that makes Belize a fantastic scuba diving destination. Visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, to swim among more exotic sea creatures. The site is home to sharks, fairy basslets, moray eels, and gigantic parrot fish. Don’t forget your camera for the breathtaking underwater views!

The reserve is divided into three areas: the Main Channel, the Shark Ray Alley, and the Mangrove Forest. If you’re feeling really ambitious, plan to check out all three during your visit for a well-rounded experience.


3. Explore the Ancient Mayan Ruins


Mayan ruins are found throughout the country and Black Orchid Resort offers guided tours of popular Belize ruins. Caracol is a less crowded gem near the Belize border with Guatemala, making it a top pick. You are sure to enjoy the epic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Other ruins to visit in Belize are Cahal Pech, Lubaantun, and Lamanai. Climb the top of these ruins and explore the incredible stone structure architecture. Each of these ruins has a unique story about the Mayan civilization.


4. Go Cave Tubing


Cave tubing is a popular activity in Belize. During the excursion, you’ll float on a tube through stunning caves; and these are no ordinary caves. For example, The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave is a must-see. The cave boasts fascinating mummies and artifacts that offer a glimpse into the past. Make sure to book a guided tour at Black Orchid Resort to take you through this archeological site.

The Blue Hole natural sinkhole is another popular option among travelers. With its crystal-clear waters, this spot is perfect for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling.


5. Go Bird Watching


In addition to being a world-class scuba diving destination, Belize is an excellent bird-watching locale. It is home to over 500 species of birds and you’re likely to spot scarlet macaws, keel-billed toucans, and indigo buntings.

The gorgeous Hamanasi Dive Resort offers amazing bird guide tours. You'll learn about the local species and migratory birds. Enjoy other activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking while staying at this scuba diving resort.


6. Have a Beach Day


When in Belize, you simply must spend a day at one of the many breathtaking beaches. Chabil Mar Resort Placencia is one of the best beach fronts in Belize. With clear blue waters and soft white sands, it's easy to spend hours lounging in the sun. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, go for a dip in the ocean, or relax on the sand with a good book. The Chabil Mar Resort Placencia offers countless activities including scuba diving, zip-lining, fishing, and caving.


7. Take a Cooking Class


A cooking class is a great way to taste traditional Belizean cuisine. During the class you'll learn about the history and culture behind these foods. It's the perfect way to meet locals and learn more about Garifuna, Mestizo, Kriol, and Mennonite cultures. Book a room at Ka’ana Resort to experience Belize culture through their cooking and ceramic classes.


8. Take a Jungle Safari


A jungle safari is the perfect activity for nature lovers looking to get up close with Belize's most iconic wildlife. Safari-goers can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including howler monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars. Enjoy a guided safari tour from Ka’ana Resort into Belize's most untouched jungles. This resort also offers a river tour to spot monkeys!

Planning a trip to Belize? Contact our team at Liquid Living Adventures and let us help you plan your trip.



      

Adelaar Liveaboard - Maumere-Ambon Itinerary - Sept 23-Oct 3, 2022

Adelaar Liveaboard

Maumere-Ambon Itinerary

September 23-October 3, 2022

4825 € Per Person Double Occupancy


Think crystal clear waters, deep walls, submerged pinnacles, remote volcanos and amazingly pristine underwater reefs. Imagine big pelagics: hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks, mola molas, tuna, rainbow runners, black and white tip sharks, and maybe even a silky shark. Envision all of those small underwater treasures: frogfish, pontohi seahorses or halimeda ghost pipefish, thorny seahorses, rhinopias, frogfish, and ribbon eels.

Master Suite: accommodates 2 adults
It has a double bed (207 x 160 cm), a sofa (207 cm x70 cm) which converts in to an extra bed for twin share, 2 nightstands, 2 closets, 2 desks and plenty of storage space.

Staterooms 2 & 3: accommodates 2 adults
Each has a double bed (200 x 140 cm) and a sofa 9200 x 70 cm) which converts into an extra bed for twin share, a nightstand, a closet and plenty of storage space.

Stateroom 4: accommodates 2 adults
It has a double bed (198 x 128 cm), a nightstand, a closet and storage space (twin share not available).

All staterooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, as well as a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Guest rooms are all en-suite with Kohler wash basins, Grohe faucets, a hot water shower, and JETS vacuum toilet. Amenities from “Sensatia Botanicals” include calming shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.


     


      

DAY 1 MAUMERE
After boarding Adelaar in Maumere in the North of Flores, you will enjoy your first day on board while cruising eastwards along the Flores coast.

DAY 2 ADONARA
The submerged seamounts off Adonara are covered by a diverse mixof hard and soft corals. They provide shelter for a variety of reef fish and attract bigger predators such as jacks, tunas, and black tip and grey reef sharks. Juvenile silvertip sharks are often seen patrolling the typically clear blue water.  (3 day dives)

DAY 3 PANTAR
We start the day with an adrenalin filled dive with the objective to see schooling hammerhead sharks, followed by a second morning dive on a stunning wall that is covered so completely in soft corals that we might get a sensory overload. The afternoon and night dive take place on a patch reef that is well known for harboring rhinopias. After the afternoon dive, we let the locals show us around their picturesque village. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 4 PURA
Today’s diving takes us to a unique site that is dominated by sheerendless carpets of anemones, regularly visited by thresher sharksand mola molas. It is a spectacularly beautiful hard coral reef, where one of the attractions is observing local free-diving fishermen. The impressive big overhang hosts a variety of critters: clown frogfish, pontohi seahorses or halimeda ghost pipefish. It is very likely that Adelaar will be visited by a group of local ikat weavers, offering their beautiful fabrics for purchase. (3 day dives)

DAY 5 WETAR
After a night crossing we arrive in the morning in the Moluccas, where we
dive the walls and slopes of Reong and Wetar. Depending on theprevailing current they can be very rich in fish. Grey reef sharks, bamboo sharks, giant trevally, schooling big eyed jacks, rainbow runners and tunas are often seen here. On the quieter dives there are areas completely covered in zebra anemones. Looking closely we may spot the beautiful but rare leopard shrimp, that lives in symbiosis with them. As we start our journey into the heart of the Banda Sea, keep your eyes open for whalesthat migrate through these waters during this time of the year. (3 day dives)

DAY 6 GUNUNG API
Gunung Api means simply volcano in Indonesian. It is an old, lonely volcano that arises from the depth of the Banda sea. It attracts a huge colony of resident seabirds above the waves, while under water the island is home to schools of jacks, surgeonfish,tunas, barracudas and other pelagic fish species – as well as a lot of sea snakes. These venomous but unaggressive reptiles can be encountered on each dive around Gunung Api, sometimes in great numbers, which makes these dives absolutely unique. (4 day dives)

DAY 7 LUCIPARA MAISEL ARCHIPELAGO
The Lucipara archipelago consists of several uninhabited low profile sandy islands with lush tropical vegetation. The islands themselves are inaccessible, protected by very shallow fringing reefs that extend out several hundred meters from shore line. At the edgethese huge coral shallows plunge steeply into the typically crystal-clear abyss of the Banda Sea. Diving this remote location has by definition an exploratory characterthe location in the middle of the deep sea with no other islands around, is very inviting for pelagics, thus  increasing our chances of close encounters with tunas, rainbow runners, thresher sharks, silky sharks or hammerhead sharks. (4 day dives)

DAY 8 LUCIPARA PENYU ARCHIPELAGO
Another day just like the day before! Apart from the chance to see more pelagics, the general healthiness and sheer vastness of the reefs is overwhelming. Some of the walls and steep slopes are studded with luxuriant soft coral growth, in otherparts, the landscape is dominated by giant barrel sponges or immense sea fans. The shallows are mainly intact hard coral gardens inhabited by myriads of different species of reef fish. (4 day dives)

DAY 9 SOUTH AMBON
After two morning dives on the exposed south coast of Ambon island
that are both stunning from a topographical and coral cover point of
view, we enter Ambon Bay where we will go hunting for critters. Thorny seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, rhinopias, frogfish and ribbon eels are just a few examples to illustrate the extraordinarily rich muck diving of Ambon Bay. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 10 LAHA
Laha’s muck diving sites are world renowned. Apart from a plethora ofnudibranchs, cephalopods, ambon scorpionfish and different species of leaf scorpionfish, Laha is also famously the only place in the worldwhere  with some luck  the beautifully weird psychedelic frogfishmay be spotted. (2 day dives)

DAY 11 AMBON
After a last breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and disembark - until the next time.

Coralia Liveaboard Summer Discount 20% Off

Coralia Liveaboard Summer Discount 20% Off

Voted best liveaboard in the world!

Limited Space - Book Fast!


Selected Dates: July 17-24, 2022 - July 27-Aug 5, 2022 - Aug 7-14, 2022

July 17-24 - 7 Nights Batana and Dampier Strait Itinerary  $2996 PPDO
July 27-Aug 5, 2022 - 9 Nights Batana, Kawe, Dampier Strait  $3852 PPDO
August 7-14, 2022 - 7 Nights Batana and Dampier Strait  $2996 PPDO
Single Supplement Base + 55%

    

Emabark and Disembark Sorong

Starting from Sorong in West Papua we head to the south of Raja Ampat’s largest island Waigeo to the famous Dampier Strait. We will select the best dives sites for the experience of the divers and according to the current and weather conditions. Here you can expect to dive at some world class, adrenalin- packed dive sites such as Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sleeping Barracuda, Sardine Reef, Mioskon and Blue Magic. Our guides can take you to places where the current meets the reef head on, where you can witness predatory fish like for black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel and dog tooth tuna hunting huge schools of smaller fish like fusiliers and big eye jacks. Sea mounts and long reefs offer this hunting action as well as sightings of bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, turtles and manta rays.


    


      

Costa Rica Long Beach Scuba Show Specials

Costa Rica Dive & Stay 

7 Nights / 10 Dives 

Long Beach Scuba Show Specials

Travel Dates: May 1 to June 30, 2022 and Sept 1 to Oct 29, 2022

Dive and Beach Adventures

          

All Rates are Per Person Double Diver Occupancy

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Villa Sol - All-Inclusive  $1558

Occidental Papagayo - All-Inclusive  $1619

    

Secrets Papagayo - All-Inclusive  $1993

Margaritaville - All-Inclusive  $2299


Margaritaville - Breakfast  $1999

Villa del Sueno - Breakfast  $1099

    

Beginners Guide to Exploring the Ocean - Part II

Scuba Diving 101 - Part II

A Beginners Guide to Exploring the Ocean

Originally posted on Porch.com


By


Paula Hernandez


Diving Preparation Tips



Before you “dive in,” there are several important things to consider. Remember that each step in the preparation process is vital to be comfortable and safe in the water. If you’re not familiar with swimming in the ocean, take a few swimming practice lessons before you start diving.

      Take local diving lessons: Before you spend money on scuba equipment and get your certification, it’s a good idea to take a few diving lessons near you. These lessons typically take place in a standard swimming pool, so you won’t need to travel long distances or live near the ocean to get in some basic practice.

      Get your certification: It’s recommended that you take the PADI Open Water Certification training before you start scuba diving. This course takes two full days to complete, with a lesson in diving theory completed beforehand. Once you receive your certification, it is good for life and never expires, so it’s well worth the effort upfront. If you’re traveling after you get your certificate, wait at least 24 hours from your last dive before you fly to your destination so your lungs can acclimate.

      Learn marine biology: You don’t need to be an expert in marine biology, but some certifications include a brief course to help you learn more about the fish, plants, and animals that inhabit our oceans. If your training doesn’t include marine biology, feel free to buy a few books on the subject or read articles about it online to help you learn.

      Get the right equipment: Every scuba diver needs the right equipment to ensure a safe dive.

o   How to obtain equipment: You can choose to rent your equipment from a scuba dive center near your dive location at a reasonable cost. However, if you’re planning to dive more frequently, investing in your own equipment is well worth the price. Key items include goggles or a face mask, a wetsuit, fins, a scuba tank, a regulator, a snorkel, and a depth gauge.

o   Bring a camera: Cameras and video cameras are optional, but they provide an amazing opportunity to capture incredible images and videos. Make sure that your camera equipment is designed for use underwater. A snoot is a great accessory that provides light to help you capture dramatic photos underwater. You can use it to adjust the lighting underwater for spectacular macro photography, and create the best photo album!

o   How much does it cost? Your dive training should cost between around $350 and $450 or more, depending on the type of certification and location. Personal equipment like fins, goggles, and wetsuits can run between $200 and $300 on the low side. If you’re investing in professional equipment such as gauges and cameras, plan to spend several hundred dollars more on each. Budget for between $700 and $1,000 if you’re a beginner, which should include your certification and all of the basic gear you’ll need to get started.

o   Where to store your equipment at home? Proper Storage is the key to keeping your scuba equipment in good condition. Rinse used gear off with a hose before putting it away to remove salt and mineral buildup. Ensure that every item is completely dry before putting it in storage. Hang wetsuits up in a clean, dry area away from direct sunlight or high temperatures. You can keep equipment like your snorkel, fins, and facemask in a sealed plastic container or a plastic bin with a lid in between dives.

Planning Your Trip


Once you’re certified and have all of your equipment, it’s time to start planning your first official dive.

      Find the best place to scuba dive: If you’re staying within the United States, there are several fascinating places to discover. Try Monterey, California, home to a massive kelp forest filled with a fantastic range of sea life. Ginnie Springs, Florida, has crystal clear waters and is an excellent East Coast option with three dive sites within the park. Maui, Hawaii, is home to many popular scuba diving sites filled with turtles, fish, rays, and unique underwater lava tubes. Explore several options to dive near you or plan a trip to an exotic location to discover new worlds and species.

      Choose a dive shop: When looking for dive shops, make sure they are PADI certified for your safety. These dive shops are easy to find with a simple Google search or via scuba diving Facebook groups and on Twitter and other social media outlets.

Important Scuba Diving Safety Tips


Part of your diving certification training will include information about the safety precautions every diver should take. Here are some basic safety tips to always keep in mind before, during, and after a dive.

      Get a medical examination: If you’re fit and healthy, a medical exam is not required, but it can help to ensure that you’re in good health before you start diving. If you feel unwell, don’t dive until you’re feeling completely healthy. You’ll need to sign a medical statement before you dive, so it’s best to confirm that you’re in good shape before you start.

      Food: Stick to light, well-balanced meals before any scuba diving trip and wait at least two hours before getting in the water. Remember to drink plenty of water and avoid consuming any alcohol on the day of your dive.

      Sleep: Make sure that you get plenty of restful sleep the night before your dive. At least six hours is recommended, but eight is preferable.

      Ear pain: You may notice mild ear discomfort called ear barotrauma when you dive due to a pressure imbalance between the middle ear canal and the water pressure outside your ears. Use an exercise called the Valsalva maneuver to help restore the balance in your ears.

      How long before can you fly after scuba diving? Always wait at least 24 hours after your last dive before you fly. When you fly in a pressurized environment, it can cause decompression sickness if you don’t give the nitrogen in your lungs time to dissipate.

      Listen to your dive guide: Listen carefully to your dive guide, and make sure that you always keep them within view. Follow the guide’s instructions regarding where you will be going, what you should do, and what to look out for.

      Try meditative breathing: If you feel anxious while diving, slow down and take some deep, meditative breaths. Two short inhales, and one long exhale can help you feel calm and more relaxed.

      Don’t touch anything: Never touch anything while you’re diving. Coral reefs and oceans contain a variety of species that can be poisonous or even deadly. Plus, touching plants and marine life can cause harm to the living things in the ocean.

     Can scuba diving be sustainable? Scuba diving can be a sustainable sport if you follow a few basic practices. This includes never touching or taking anything from the ocean, never feeding sharks, and learning to use a flash camera correctly. Avoid using single-use plastic while on-board so that it doesn’t accidentally get into the ocean. Choose a scuba dive program that focuses on sustainability and uses good policies regarding eco-friendly equipment and methods.


Other Fun Underwater Activities: Snorkeling




Aside from scuba diving, you can also have fun underwater with snorkeling. While scuba diving involves using an underwater apparatus that allows you to go deep underwater, snorkeling lets you explore shallower waters. When you’re snorkeling, you will stay near the surface of the water and use a mask and a breathing tube called a snorkel. You’ll be able to discover beautiful panoramic underwater views from above without ever having to deep dive underwater. Snorkeling is also a great alternative to scuba diving for children, beginners, or those who simply want to enjoy a quick hour or two of exploring without complicated equipment.


The sport of scuba diving provides you with a wonderful way to reflect and do something you love. It’s also an excellent opportunity to try a new activity, get some exercise, and gain a new appreciation for the beauty of our world’s open waters. Scuba diving shows you how fragile nature is, and it opens your mind to exploring and discovering new species, environments, and much more. 

Originally posted on Porch.com


By

Paula Hernandez

Beginner’s Guide to Exploring the Ocean - Part I

Scuba Diving 101 - Part I

A Beginners Guide to Exploring the Ocean

Originally posted on Porch.com


By


Paula Hernandez



Scuba diving is a fascinating sport that provides you with a wonderful way to open yourself up to discovering new worlds and new experiences. Even if you’re new to scuba diving, it’s a great way to get out and explore the world while getting healthy exercise. The ocean is a place filled with wonder, and scuba diving allows you to experience this incredible part of nature in an up-close and personal way. When you are scuba diving, it will enable you to be present and to get inspired in new, creative ways. This fun sport can become your new favorite hobby, or you might even advance to becoming an expert in the sport over time. You can also enjoy traveling, swimming, and capturing amazing photographs as part of the diving experience. It’s a great way to enjoy spending time alone or with your friends, and also gives you the chance to meet new fellow scuba enthusiasts. As you learn to scuba dive, you’ll learn how to control your breathing, listen to your heartbeat, and simply soak up the moment as you’re filled with wonder and awe. This guide has some helpful tips for beginners, so you can rid any fears of the unknown and dive into a new adventure.

Fascinating Facts About the Ocean



The ocean is an inspiring and mysterious place. Here are a few fantastic and fascinating facts about the world’s oceans.

      97-percent of the earth’s water consists of the ocean, and seven percent of the oceans are covered by sea ice.

      The Great Barrier Reef is so large that it can be seen from the moon.

      There are 230,000 known marine species, but over two million are estimated to exist.

      The Bahamas has the largest underwater cliffs in the world, with a sheer drop of up to 13,100 feet.

      Many species living at the bottom of the ocean glow in the dark. This process is a chemical reaction called bioluminescence.

      The oceans travel along the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt, and it takes 1,000 years for water to make a complete journey around the earth.

What is Scuba Diving?


Scuba diving is the sport of diving underwater with help from equipment that allows you to breathe while you’re submerged. The term SCUBA is an abbreviation for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Tanks that contain compressed air are used to deliver life-sustaining oxygen to your lungs while you’re deep underwater. The tanks contain a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen and are delivered through a breathing tube that attaches to your mouth. It takes training and practice to learn how to scuba dive safely, so taking lessons from a professional is highly recommended. Once you have the process down, scuba diving is a fun way to get out and explore the oceans in a fascinating way.

Species You Might Find While Diving


Scuba divers have an incredible opportunity to see a variety of unique marine fish and animals that most people will never see. There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of marine species out there, including unusual fish, coral, shellfish, and crustaceans. A few of the species you might find include sharks and manta rays. Depending on where you dive, you’ll have an incredible opportunity to discover a myriad of amazing coral species in a range of vibrant colors and unique shapes. Tropical waters are full of vibrant fish like clownfish, amazing octopi, and starfish in a wide variety of unusual shapes and sizes. You’ll also likely run into different crab species like the Japanese spider crab, the pea crab, and the coconut crab. The further out you go and the deeper you dive, the more variety of species you’ll see.


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The Unspoiled Solomon Islands

The Unspoiled Solomon Islands


So near and yet... A group of Pacific islands north-east from Australia, just close enough to Papua New Guinea to fly over and borrow a cup of sugar, and just a three-hour flight from Brisbane, the Solomon Islands beckon the adventurous traveler who doesn’t need to be coddled.

The Solomon Islands is a sovereign nation of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in the South Pacific. The islands have many WWII-era sites. Guadalcanal, a province and one of the archipelago’s largest islands, honors fallen Allied soldiers at its U.S. War Memorial. Guadalcanal is also home to the nation’s capital, Honiara. The capital city has a bustling Central Market that is famous for the islands’ produce and traditional handicrafts.


Solomon Islanders share a diverse history and cultural background. The population is mostly of Melanesian descent but is also made up of Polynesians, Micronesians, Chinese and Europeans. There are approximately 550,000 people living in the Solomons and about 70,000 live in the capital city. The islands have been settled since at least some time between 30,000 and 28,800 BCE, with later waves of migrants, notably the Lapita people, mixing and producing the modern indigenous Solomon Islanders population. 

 

Located in the Coral Triangle, the Solomon Islands are known for their diverse aquatic life, ranging from macro to pelagic life. In fact, roughly 75% of the ocean’s coral species are found in the Coral Triangle. As an emerging tourist destination, Solomon’s reefs are untouched, and the waters generally aren't overcrowded with divers.


Leru Cut


Leru Cut is one of Solomon’s most famous dive sites, known for its canyon that sits high above the water and dives deep into the ocean. Ideal diving time is between 11 am and 2 pm as the sun trickles into the cut and illuminates the underwater vegetation, making this a stunning stop for photographers. Divers can search for hidden nudibranchs and octopi or swim over to the nearby wall teeming with sharks, turtles, and schools of triggerfish. The cut can only be accessed by liveaboard and is located in the Eastern Russell Islands.

 

The history of World War II is apparent in Solomon’s waters, with wrecks and artifacts resting on the sandy bottom. Six months of warfare took place in the Pacific, resulting in nearly 70 ships and almost 700 planes being destroyed. Currently, these wrecks live on as habitats for marine life and as sites for divers to explore. In Wickham Lagoon, there are multiple unidentified Japanese cargo vessels. In the Florida Islands, there are several Japanese and US aircraft wrecks. Hai Island’s site, White Beach, named after a US military code, has a reef constructed of trucks, tractors, bulldozers, and ammo. The artificial reef is now home to jawfish, archerfish, harlequin shrimp, and more. This site is ideal for wreck fanatics, history buffs, and macro lovers. 


 

Off the coast of the Florida Islands are several exciting dives like the northern wall, sandy channel, and two abandoned wrecks with countless glassfish, anthias, and damsels. There is a coral garden with giant clams, peacock mantis shrimp dens, and cuttlefish on the eastern side. The Devil’s Highway is close to the shore and is home to giant manta rays. Near this manta haven is a shallow reef where visitors often drift as they experience the pelagic life feed and swim. Divers looking for a thrill can visit Mary Island and feel the rumbles from the underwater volcano. Barracuda, jacks, and sharks are often spotted at this site. 

 

Visitors can choose from a selection of resorts and liveaboard for their Solomon diving adventures. The Solomon Islands are ideal for divers looking for a quiet, pristine experience, with countless caves, wrecks, and reefs to explore. We recommend the Bilikiki liveaboard for an amazing dive adventure in the Solomon Islands.


     

Buddy Dive Thru the Lens Photo Event - August 20-27, 2022

Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire

Thru the Lens Photo Event

August 20-27, 2022


Book a package with us and save 10%


Taking good underwater pictures is an art! To make this great hobby fun and accessible to everyone, Buddy Dive Resort is launching a brand new event in cooperation with SeaLife. Join Guillermo Alcorta Heyes, digital photo pro, for some great seminars.

Buddy Dive Thru the Lens is all about underwater photography! It offers a fantastic opportunity if you are new to underwater photography or if you want to develop yourself and learn new skills. A wide offer of SeaLife demos, clinics, presentations, and photography dedicated boat dives will make this week one you will remember forever!

Bonaire has been chosen as the Caribbean’s best underwater photography destination in PADI's Scuba Diving Readers Choice Awards. With an average of 30 m / 100 ft visibility, beautiful reefs, abundant marine life, and fantastic diving conditions, you couldn’t ask for a better place to improve your skills. In addition, Buddy Dive offers all facilities you could wish for as a diver and photographer. Do we need to give you any more reasons to book your Drive & Dive package to enjoy Buddy Dive Thru the Lens?

Our Drive & Dive (6-boat dive) package includes:
* 7 nights in selected accommodation
* 7 days rental vehicle
* 6 days of unlimited shore diving (+ optional 6 boat dives)
* Free Nitrox Upgrade
* American style breakfast daily
* Free Wifi
* Airport transfers
* All government taxes

Not included: Equipment rental (including camera), boat dives, when not prepaid, PADI Underwater Photography specialty, any other meals/ items that are not prepaid.

Info on SeaLife Cameras --> CLICK HERE

      Guillermo Alcorta Heyer



     

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