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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.


     

Tubbataha Reef - Philippines - Azores Liveaboard - June 4-11, 2022

Tubbataha Reef

The Philippines - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Azores Liveaboard - June 4-11, 2022 - $3995 PPDO

The Philippines have opened their borders and now you can dive one of the best dive sites in the world... Tubbataha Reef.

Our charter gets you to this pristine location that has not seen scuba divers for more than 2 years. You can be among some of first the divers to experience this amazing location. The Tubbataha Natural Park, also known as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of the Sulu Sea and east of Palawan. The marine and bird sanctuary consists of two huge atolls and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef covering a total area of 97,030 hectares.

   

   

Our Trip:

7 Nights, Check-in June 4, 2022 and Check-out June 11, 2022 - $3995 PPDO


Inclusions:

  • Deluxe stateroom or Owner's Suite (upgrade) accommodations
  • All meals & snacks, local soft drinks
  • Up to 5 dives per day including night diving - night dives are subject to conditions 
  • Social servings of local beer & rum and social servings of wine with dinner
  • Unlimited Nitrox valued at $204.00

 

Exclusions: 

  • Transfers to/from Manila and Puerto Princessa - Round trip transfers between Manila and Puerto Princessa are $244.00 per person.  Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princessa with 70 lbs. of checked luggage per person,  domestic terminal fees, private air-conditioned van between the international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Puerto Princessa Airport and the Azores,  personal airport ‘Meet & Greet’, and luggage assistance.  This rate is subject to change and applies when at least a minimum of 4 are traveling together on the same transfers otherwise a different transfer rate may apply. 
  • Marine Park Fee - $120.00 Marine park fees
  • Equipment Rental, onboard purchases, classes
  • Emergency fuel surcharges, if needed.

How to get to the Philippines and Tubbataha: Divers fly to Manila (MNL) then take a domestic flight to Puerto Princesa (PPR) located on the island of Palawan. Guests board the Atlantis Azores on Saturday at 5 pm. The boat leaves port around 7pm for the 10-hour journey to Tubbataha and arrives the next morning to start diving.


Tubbataha Dive Sites
Northern Tip of North Atoll
Fissures and crevices lead into it where nurse and whitetip reef sharks can be found resting during the day. Small manta rays, stingrays, and spotted eagle rays, together with numerous turtles have all been spotted. The wall has huge gorgonian fan corals, soft corals, and barrel sponges. Blacktip, whitetip, and grey reef sharks can normally be seen.
Southern End of North Atoll
Malayan, Wallstreet, and Amos Rock are the best dive sites. Photographers will enjoy these sites with Denise pygmy seahorses clinging to the sea fans. Scorpion fish, moray eels, and ghost pipefish are found. 
Northern Tip of South Atoll
Highlights include Black Rock, T Wreck, and Eiger Wall. You will lose count of the number of green and hawksbill turtles in the area and marble stingrays in the sand. Eagle rays and large grouper and giant trevally are seen.
Southern End of South Atoll
This area is known for its lighthouse and is home to famous dive sites Delsan Wreck and Black Rock. Hammerheads and occasional whale sharks are seen. Guitar sharks are found in the shallows.
Jessie Beazley Reef
On Jessie Beazley Reef you can see schools of bumphead parrotfish and napoleon wrasse. The shallow reefs are full of colorful tropical fish like the regal angelfish and titan triggerfish.
Southern End of North Atoll
The dive starts on a gentle slope that is covered in superb unmolested corals and ends with a wall covered with dramatic gorgonian fans where divers can often spot pygmy seahorses. If there’s current, you’ll come across a wide variety of large fish, including narrow-barred spanish mackerel, giant trevally, red snapper, napoleon wrasse, and giant groupers.

You can make this a Combo Trip
Add the Atlantis Dumaguete Resort - $2336 PPDO

    

7 Nights, Check-in May 28, 2022 and Check-out June 4, 2022  $2336 PPDO

  

Inclusions:

1)  7 nights deluxe room double occupancy, Free Upgrade to Garden Suites subject to availability

2)  All meals at Toko's Restaurant

3)  Coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and filtered water are complimentary throughout the day. Italian, other specialty coffees, and fresh juice are complimentary until 10am with breakfast and available for a fee thereafter.

4)  Up to 5 dives a day including night diving

5)  Apo Island Day Trip

6)  Unlimited internet access

7)  Unlimited Nitrox valued at $156.00


 Exclusions:

1)  Atlantis provides round-trip transfers between Manila and Dumaguete at a cost of $208.00 per person. Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete with 70 lbs. of checked luggage per person,  domestic terminal fees, private air-conditioned van between the international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort, personal airport ‘Meet & Greet’, and luggage assistance. This rate is subject to change and applies when 4 to 15 guests are traveling together on the same transfer otherwise a different transfer rate may apply.


2)  The marine park fees are approximately $120.00. This estimate may be high as actual fees are charged by dive in 2021 at 210 pesos per day dive and 350 pesos for night dives.  Guests pay these fees at the resort on their personal bill at check-out. These fees are set by local municipalities and can change at any time.


3)  You can purchase additional day trips to Apo or Sumillon for $114.00. A day trip to the whale sharks at Oslob is $138.00. Rates are subject to change.

Rocio del Mar Liveaboard - Socorro Islands - Nov 2023

Rocio del Mar Liveaboard

Socorro Islands

Nov 29 to December 8, 2023

Published Rate $4095, Our Rate $3600 PPDO



 **  Get our discounted rate of $3600 USD per person double occupancy  **

The Revillagigedo Islands (also Revillagigedo Archipelago or Islas Revillagigedo) are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystem. The islands are home to many endemic plant and animal species, and are sometimes called Mexico's "little Galapagos".  Socorro island is the most diverse in flora, fauna, and topography.

The islands lie 250 miles off Baja Mexico's southern shore. When embarking on a trip to the Socorro Islands; possible destinations on the itinerary are San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida, and Clarion Islands.

These islands are a spectacular magnet for the largest ocean pelagic animals in the world. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, oceanic white tips sharks, whale sharks, and mantas.

Day 1 - Board the boat at 5pm / Dinner is served at 7pm / Boat departs shortly thereafter

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - San Benedicto - 4 dives scheduled

Day 4 - Roca Partida - 3 dives scheduled

Day 5 - Roca Partida - 3 dives scheduled

Day 6 - Socorro Island - 3 dives scheduled (check in with naval station)

Day 7 - Socorro Island - 4 dives scheduled

Day 8 - San Benedicto - 4 dives scheduled - at the end of the day we will start our return to San Jose del Cabo

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Arrive at San Jose del Cabo in the early morning hours - disembark at 8:30 am

    

    

   

Maldives Last Minute 50% OFF - Blue Force One Liveaboard

Blue Force One Liveaboard

Maldives Last Minute - 50% OFF

December 19-26, 2021


RATE PER PERSON INCLUDES
Transfers (airport - boat - airport), 7 nights onboard Blue Force One full board basis, beverages (water, tea, coffee), dives on air, S80 tank, weights, dive guides.

RATE PER PERSON DOES NOT INCLUDE
Flights to Male, Maldives taxes: $155; Green tax: $42; Service fee: $130; nitrox; soft drinks and alcohol; dive gear rental; softnolime for rebreathers; domestic flights for Southern routes.

    

    

Dive Cuba - Avalon III and Avalon IV Liveaboards

Dive Cuba 

Jardines de la Reina 

Avalon III and Avalon IV Liveaboards


Avalon III Package

Low Season: May 28th - Oct 1st. $ 2,975.
High Season: Jan 1st - May 28th / Oct 1st - Dec 31st. $ 3,950.

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy.
Program runs Saturday through the following Saturday out of Jucaro Port.

The JA3 has 4 suites with balcony and 11 standard cabins for a total of 15 cabins with a max load of 30 passengers.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

- 7 nights accommodation aboard the Jardines Avalon III (JA3)
- 3 dives/day (18 dives + 1 night dive)
- All meals and snacks while onboard
- 6 beverages per day (including alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water) 

       

Avalon IV Package

Low Season: May 28th - Oct 1st. $ 2,499.
High Season: Jan 1st - May 28th / Oct 1st - Dec 31st. $ 3,300.

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy.
Program runs Saturday through the following Saturday out of Jucaro Port.

The JA4 has 4 full suites, 4 demi-suites, and 12 standard cabins for a total of 20 cabins with a max load of 40 passengers.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

- 7 nights accommodation aboard the Jardines Avalon IV (JA4)
- 2 dives/day (12 dives + 1 night dive)
- All meals and snacks while onboard
- 6 beverages per day (including alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water) 

      

    

Calipso Galapagos Liveaboard - Last Minute - Save $1400

Calipso Galapagos Liveaboard

Last Minute - Save $1400

November 18-25, 2021

Now $4295


Take advantage of our super deal now and save $1400 and FREE nitrox.

All ensuite double cabins can be converted to 1 bed. Cabins have individual climate control, TV, safety deposit box, storage, hairdryer, and windows. The dive deck has a rinse tank, a large camera table, a dry charging area, hot showers, individual dive stations with storage, wetsuit racks, and a bathroom.

   


   

The Arenui Liveaboard - Ready to Sail Post-COVID

The Arenui Liveaboard

Ready to Sail Post-COVID

Limited Berths Available for 2022, 2023, 2024

If you have always wanted to join a charter on the fabulous Arenui, now is your chance of a lifetime. There are limited berths available from 2021 our to 2025 and we have listed a few. The rates are different for each charter. Contact us for Agent rates on these charters.

2022 Rates: 8N, $5360; 9N $6030; 11N $7370

2023 Rates:10N $6700; 11N $7370; 12N $8040

2024 Rates: 9N $6120; 11N $7480; 13N $8840


ALOR
This hidden gem is unbeknown to some of even the keenest of divers. It is a rapidly up and coming destination and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only does Alor host the world’s best Rhinophia dive site but it is the only clear water critter Mecca in Indonesia. The magical anemone covered site of ‘Anemone City’ and pristine coral reefs gives divers the feeling they are part of a Disney movie. 

  • KOMODO-ALOR | 05-Jul-22 ~ 16-Jul-22 | 11 nights | 1 single bed available (female) $7370 USD
  • ALOR-KOMODO | 04-May-23 ~ 15-May-23 | 11 nights | 2 single beds available ( female and male)
  • ALOR | 26-Jul-23 ~ 02-Aug-23 | 7 nights | 6 cabins available
  • KOMODO-ALOR | 03-Sep-23 ~ 14-Sep-23 | 11 nights | 2 cabins available
  • ALOR-KOMODO | 02-May-24 ~ 13-May-24 | 11 nights | 6 cabins available
  • KOMODO-ALOR | 22-Jul-24 ~ 02-Aug-24 | 11 nights | 6 cabins available
  • ALOR | 04-Aug-24 ~ 13-Aug-24 | 9 nights | 7 cabins available $6160 USD
  • ALOR | 15-Aug-24 ~ 24-Aug-24 | 9 nights | 7 cabins available $6160 USD

KOMODO
Komodo is now one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature! This National Park is located in the coral triangle and has some of the best diving in the world! It has some of the most diverse dive sites ranging from macro subjects to pelagics. Love critters? There are pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, blue-ringed octopus, nudibranchs, crabs and more. Want schooling fish, soft corals, hard corals and some of the most colorful reefs you will ever see? You've got it all on this cruise!

  • KOMODO-ALOR | 05-Jul-22 ~ 16-Jul-22 | 11 nights | 1 single bed available (female) $7370 USD
  • ALOR-KOMODO | 04-May-23 ~ 15-May-23 | 11 nights | 2 single beds available ( female and male)
  • KOMODO-ALOR | 03-Sep-23 ~ 14-Sep-23 | 11 nights | 2 cabins available
  • ALOR-KOMODO | 02-May-24 ~ 13-May-24 | 11 nights | 6 cabins available
  • KOMODO FOCUS | 15-May-24 ~ 23-May-24 | 8 nights | 7 cabins available
  • KOMODO-SUMBAWA | 25-May-24 ~ 02-Jun-24 | 8 nights | 6 cabins available
  • KOMODO-ALOR | 22-Jul-24 ~ 02-Aug-24 | 11 nights | 6 cabins available 

RAJA AMPAT & TRITON BAY

Raja Ampat in the heart of the Coral Triangle, offers the most striking biodiversity on the planet! With over 1,000 islands the landscape, as well as the diving, is a photographer’s paradise. Diving here comes with a warning...the vibrant colors and unbelievable sea life in the near-perfect diving conditions will spoil you for life! 

  • GREATER RAJA AMPAT | 22-Dec-21 ~ 04-Jan-22 | 13 nights | 1 single bed available (female)
  • RAJA AMPAT | 26-Nov-22 ~ 07-Dec-22 | 11 nights | 1 single bed available (male) $7370 USD
  • MALUKU-BANDA-RAJA AMPAT | 26-Mar-23 ~ 07-Apr-23 | 12 nights | 1 single bed available (male)
  • RAJA AMPAT-TRITON BAY | 09-Dec-23 ~ 20-Dec-23 | 11 nights | 1 cabin available
  • RAJA AMPAT | 22-Dec-23 ~ 02-Jan-24 | 11 nights | 1 single bed available (female)
  • RAJA AMPAT | 04-Jan-24 ~ 15-Jan-24 | 11 nights | 1 single bed available (male)
  • RAJA AMPAT | 07-Dec-24 ~ 18-Dec-24 | 11 nights | 7 cabins available
   


     

5 Reasons to Choose a Liveaboard

5 Reasons to Choose a Liveaboard

1. Excellent value for money

 

Who doesn’t appreciate good value for their money? Organizing a diving trip on your own can be costly. In most cases, you pay for your hotel, transport, food, equipment rental, and diving separately. These things can add up, leaving the most passionate divers wishing they’d taken up snorkeling at their local beach instead. One of the most attractive aspects of liveaboard diving is just how cost-effective it is. Liveaboard charters include all your dives, accommodation, and meals. These dives will be in some of the most exotic sites that the world has to offer. You also get your air refills, meals, snacks, and drinks included in the cost, and many liveaboards offer free nitrox. 



2. More dives each day

 

If you love scuba diving as much as we do, then you will want to make the most of being in the water. With 3-4 dives a day you’ll have plenty of time to explore the beauties of the underwater world. Your itinerary could look something like this: a refreshing, early morning dive to start your day, a mid-morning channel dive to build your appetite for lunch, an exciting wreck dive in the afternoon, and an adrenaline-fuelled night dive with nurse sharks to finish off the day. What diver doesn’t love having more dives, more locations, and more experiences all in one day?



3. Pristine dive sites


The more accessible a dive spot is, the more divers you’ll usually find on the reef. Too many divers on one site can result in poor visibility and damaged reef systems. These things can impact the enjoyment of your diving experience. Nobody wants to go on a dive vacation just to see few fish and poor visibility. Many of the dive destinations our dive buddies experience are only accessible by liveaboard boats. The result is that the dive sites are pristine with an abundance of undisturbed marine critters to share your dive. With multiple dives a day there is plenty for you to explore. We offer trips around the world including the Red Sea, the Maldives, the Galapagos, the Socorro Islands, Sea of Cortez, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Truk Lagoon, and Palau to name a few.



4. Hassle-Free Diving


From the joy that comes once you have made that giant stride and submerged yourself in the water, most divers will agree that diving’s downsides take place above the water. Thankfully, liveaboards save you from these challenges. On most boats, the crew will help you get out of the water and will also help remove your fins and BCD. The crews make sure you don’t have to lift finger before or after your dive. And You will wake up on top of your next dive site. Plus, being on a liveaboard boat takes away the hassle of getting between site locations. You can relax in plush surroundings, while the captain navigates to your next inspirational dive site.



5. Comfortable and flexible surroundings


On a liveaboard, the crew will ensure you enjoy your fourth dive as much as your first. Wouldn’t it be better to spend time between dives relaxing? Wouldn’t you rather spend time talking to your buddy about the experience that you just shared? Liveaboards are designed to make your time out of the water as memorable as your time within it. Whether you are swimming with a whale shark or sitting on a spacious deck, sipping a beverage, and admiring the sunset, the whole experience is designed to be easy and comfortable. Can you think of anything better than falling asleep listening to the sounds of the sea while drifting off in a remote corner of the world? Waking up on top of your next dive site?




                                                                               

Diver's Guide to the Socorro Islands

A Divers Guide to the Socorro Islands


The Revillagigedo Archipelago is made up of four islands: Socorro, Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarion. Due to the popularity of the largest island, the archipelago is often referred to as the Socorro Islands. All of the islands are volcanic. The islands were declared as a marine reserve and a Mexican national park in 2017. The waters typically reach a low of 68 F (21 C) and a high of 82 F (28 C), and the weather is typically warm and sunny.  



Socorro Island rises abruptly from the sea to 1,050 meters (3,440 feet) in elevation at its summit. The island is the emerged summit of a massive, predominately submarine shield volcano. The island is part of the northern Mathematicians Ridge, a mid-ocean ridge that became largely inactive 3.5 million years ago when activity moved to the East Pacific Rise. All four islands along with the many seamounts on the ridge are post-abandonment alkaline volcanoes. Socorro Island is unusual in that it is the only dominantly silicic peralkaline volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. It most recently erupted in late January-early February 1993, which was a submarine eruption off the coast from Punta Tosca. An earlier eruption was on May 21, 1951. Earlier eruptions probably occurred in 1905, 1896 and 1848. The island's surface is broken by furrows, small craters, and numerous ravines, and covered in lava domes, lava flows and cinder cones. 



There is a naval station, established in 1957, with a population of 250 staff and families living in a village with a church. The village stands on the western side of Bahia Vargas Lozano, a small cove with a rocky beach, about 800 meters east of Cabo Regla, the southernmost point of the island. The station is served by a dock, a local helipad and Isla Socorro airport, located six kilometers to the north. There is a freshwater spring about 5 km northwest of Cabo Regla, at the shoreline of Ensenada Grayson. This is brackish and sometimes covered by the sea at high tide. In the 1950s, a small freshwater seep was known to exist some 45 meters (49 yards) inland at Bahia Lucio Gallardo Pavon, about 800 meters NW of the naval station. 



The islands are located nearly 400 km (250 miles) from the Baja California peninsula. Due to the isolated location, the only way to visit Socorro is through liveaboard. Most visitors begin their trips by arriving at Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico. Then, divers travel 45 minutes to Cabo San Lucas where they take off on a liveaboard. It usually takes about a day for the liveaboard to arrive at the islands. 

 

The diving season lasts from November to May as that is when the often-rough waters are at their calmest. However, even the calmer waters have strong currents, making this trip best for advanced divers.


                                                    

Although the Socorro’s waters are not filled with the colorful reefs many divers look out for, the marine life more than makes up for it. Manta rays, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, are just a few of the common sights in these waters. Humpback whales can even be seen on their migration path through the months of January and February, and the dolphins are known for coming into close contact with divers, most commonly from January to March.  





When divers first arrive at the islands, they often begin their scuba adventure at El Fondeadero. This dive site is located in San Benedicto’s shallower waters where there are three pinnacles and sightings of lobster and eels. The famous sightings of humpback whales are east of Socorro island at the Cabo Pearce dive site. Abundant pelagic life can be seen at the isolated Roca Partida dive site. This site is over 80 miles from San Benedicto and has a pinnacle peaking up out of the water. This site is best suited for advanced divers and has over 100 feet of visibility. 

 

When planning your next dive trip, make sure the Socorro Islands are at the top of your list. The close encounters with dolphins, sharks, and manta rays at this location are unmatched, and the humpback whale sightings are one of a kind. 







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