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Damai II Liveaboard - LAST MINUTE 30% discount - Forgotten Islands - April 12-23, 2014

Damai II LAST MINUTE 30% DISCOUNT….We have limited space on the Damai II liveaboard trip to the Forgotten Islands. Embark in Maumere and disembark in Ambon, diving along Alor, Nyata, looking for hammerheads in Nil Desperandium, sea snakes in Manuk, the great Banda Neira and Nusa Laut. Indeed an amazing trip. Damai is offering a 30% discount on this trip and we will add an agent's discount on this trip. Contact us for pricing.


 

Blackbird Caye Resort - Belize

One of our favourite resorts in Belize is back again with a supper scuba deal to get you out of the winter deep-freeze. We have a BOGO deal that is hard to beat, book one (1) diver and the second diver is 40% OFF…! The scuba dive package includes air conditioned cabana accommodations; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; three (3) boat dives daily (except for arrival and departure days); use of beach toys, kayaks, etc; and airport transfers from Belize City (Wed and Sat). Package rates per person double diver occupancy in USD:

Ask for our Agent's Discount on these packages…!

Standard Cabana   $2470pp    Sale $1916pp   You save $988 per couple..!

Superior Cabana    $2570pp    Sale $2056pp   You save $1028 per couple..!

Deluxe Cabana      $2770pp  Sale $$2216pp  You save $1108 per couple..! 

Duplex / Triplex Cabana  $2370pp   Sale $1816pp   You save $948 per couple..!

You must book this BOGO deal by February 28 and is valid for travel between March 01 - May 31, 2014. Contact us for cabana availability. You can add a trip to the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Monument for $200 per person (depending upon weather).

  

M/Y Dolce Vita Liveaboard - Red Sea

M/Y Dolce Vita - BluSudan Dive Team - Red Sea, Sudan 

 

The Red Sea is known as one of the world's premier scuba diving destinations. Abundant fish species and soft corals abound around the many fantastic dive sites of the Red Sea, and with few coastal developments on the shores, the dives sites are considered pristine by all divers. The M/Y Dolce Vita is a new ship with an experienced crew who know the routes in the Red Sea. A typical north-south route will include Angarosh Reef, Merlo Reef and Abington Reef to the north. Heading south the sites Qita'el Banna, Sha'ab Rumi, Sha'ab Suedi, Sanganeb, and the famous Umbria Wreck will be visited. Charter dates are now available in early-2014 with standard cabins at $890 Euro / $1210 USD, suites at $920 Euro / $1250 USD per person. Contact us for details and availability for charters in 2014. Photos courtesy of Mariacristina Pulliero, Manager, BluSudan Dive Team, Dolce Vita.

   

 

Palau Dive Sites

Palau is that destination in Micronesia of which dreams are made. Here are a few of the amazing dive sites you can experience around this island paradise.

Blue Corner

Blue Corner is very possibly the highest-rated and best-known dive site on Earth. It is home to large permanent schools of barracuda, large numbers of fairly harmless grey, white-tip, and black-tip reef sharks, and sea turtles.

The dive site can best be described as a large flat triangle similar to the top of a large office building. Coral is not especially dense on this triangle; rather, its high density of animal life is supported by the plankton-rich water carried over it by strong currents. The omnipresent plankton reduces visibility to approximately 20m/60 feet which is typical in Palau, but roughly 1/3 lower than comparable but plankton-poor sites elsewhere in nearby Micronesia. The edges of the Blue Corner are dramatic vertical drops from this 50'-deep plateau to dramatic, un-SCUBAable depths. Typically, divers will drift along the outer edges, making brief forays onto the plateau. Photographers typically arm themselves with a "reef hook," so that their hands are left free while they take photographs in the strong current. Safety stops are typically done "on the fly"-- that is, while drifting out into blue, open water and maintaining neutral buoyancy without benefit of an anchor rope or ladder. This is popular as a "last dive of the vacation" and pinnacle of the tour for dive guides leading tourists, since its unparalleled level of sensory overload "spoils the customer" for less spectacular sites.

Chandelier Cave

Chandelier Cave is remarkably different from Palau's other dives, in that it is 1) a well-developed cave system, 2) almost coral-free, and 3) less than 5 minutes' boat ride from the nearest SCUBA companies' docks. Near the cave entrance on the shallow, flat, sheltered harbor floor, divers may be able to spot rare, shy Mandarin fish. The first and second caverns are as wide and tall as a small concert hall, but almost entirely under water and drably colored. Moving further back, however, there is a far smaller group of hotel room-sized chambers that are largely above water. The walls in these rearmost chambers are bright orange and white with numerous fragile crystal growths resembling sugar frosting on donuts. Divers are regularly permitted to enter these chambers, remove their SCUBA gear, and walk and crawl about as long as the divers are respectful of the cave's fragility.

Divers should not attempt to enter this area without an experienced guide and two light sources per diver.

Because Chandelier Cave is shallow, near many docks, and not reliant on sunlight to provide enjoyment to divers, this is an extremely popular spot for SCUBA divers who wish to make a third dive on a single day. Because it's in a very sheltered, shallow bay, it is also popular as a dive site when weather conditions make other sites un-divable.

Siaes Tunnel

Siaes Tunnel (pronounced like the English word "sighs") is a natural formation in a submerged coral wall drop-off. It is comparable in many respects to the Blue Hole in Guam (not to be confused with Palau's "Blue Hole"), although Siaes Tunnel differs in having far more abundant coral. The tunnel starts at a fairly shallow point and dives down steeply to a moderately deep exit point, and is wide enough to accommodate several divers swimming shoulder-to-shoulder. The tunnel was discovered by divers fairly recently (roughly a decade ago).

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is a vertical, virtually bottomless wall and one of the most popular standard dives in Palau. There is a boat mooring at the beginning, close to the wall. This, coupled with the exceedingly shallow, sandy flat area between the nearby rock island and the cliff make for a perfect lunch/rest/snorkelling area between dives. The dive itself is typically conducted as a multilevel dive, with the first portion at 60'/18m where the larger life (sharks, rays, large turtles) are, and gradually coming up shallower until the safety stop which is done while drifting along near the top edge of the underwater cliff. The shallow areas are filled with their own collection of smaller but equally dazzling life: smaller turtles (one yard / 1m long), abundant reef fish, gorgonian sea fans and so on. The current is seldom strong, so photographers can pause and do macro-lens photography without unusual effort.

Ulong Channel

Ulong Channel (pronounced like "ooh-long", much like Asian "oolong tea") is an ideal drift dive. Typically, dive boats wait until a strong outgoing tide, then deposit the divers in a 30~40'-deep bowl-like sandy area surrounded by a shallow, dense coral reef. The divers then ride the strong outgoing rip-tide along a 10~15-foot-wide sandy channel through the reef, travelling in excess of 10mph without swimming. Along this 40 minute joyride, one typically sees handfuls of smallish turtles, cabbage corals, and harmless young foot-long reef sharks. The depth is limited by the shallow, sand bottom of the riptide channel until one reaches the end of the ride, where one must quickly grab at a boat mooring rope along a cliff-like edge. This mooring rope is sometimes visited by large numbers of relatively harmless grey reef sharks, so what might otherwise have been a relatively boring safety stop at the end of a dive becomes an exciting opportunity with minimal effort. Except for the possibility of drifting into deep water at the end of the dive, this is an idyllic introduction to drift-diving and one of the best dives in Palau.

Text about the Palau dive sites courtesy of Wikipedia. Dive site map courtesy of Palau Visitor Authority. Other information courtesy of Palau Dive Adventures.

 

Cayman Brac - Brac Reef Resort

 

 

Brac is Back…! Book this package to the Brac Reef Resort for travel in January 2014 and get a 5-pack afternoon dive package FREE. Get beach view accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 12 boat dives plus 5 FREE afternoon dives, airport transfers and the Manager's Reception party. All this for $1185 per person, but you must book by 30 December 2013. Contact us for availability. Experience some Caymankind diving with Reef Divers.

 

Cozumel

Cozumel is Mexico's largest Caribbean island located off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Originally inhabited by the Mayans as far back as 300 AD, the island now has a population of about 75,000. Many of the island's residents are employed in the tourism sector which is now the prevalent industry. A television show in the the 1960s documented by Jaques Cousteau raised awareness of the reefs surrounding Cozumel and since then scuba diving in Cozumel has done nothing but grow. Cozumel welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors every year..!  

What was once a small village that attracted adventuresome travellers from the glitzy hotels at Cancun, Cozumel has grown into its own destination famous for the suburb scuba diving. Cozumel now is a port of call for cruise ships and the passengers enjoy the shopping, restaurants, ancient ruins, beach clubs and ocean activities…an of course, diving. The all-inclusive resorts like the Occidental Grand, the Allegro, the Aura and other dotting the island's West coast take full advantage of beautiful sand beaches providing families fantastic vacation opportunities. Besides large all-inclusive resorts there are a number of resorts that cater specifically to the scuba dive crowd. These resorts often feature their own dive operation, underwater photography, and PADI or SSI training facilities. 

There are more than forty (40) major dive sites around the island with the majority on the West side. The dive sites range in experience level offering spectacular diving for the novice diver as well as the highly experienced. Well-known to divers are Maracaibo, Columbia Deep, Palancar, Santa Rosa Wall, Tormentos, and Devil's Throat. These sites are all part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef system in the Americas. Some of the dive sites like Tormentos offer exciting strong current drift dives on occasion.

With temperatures ranging from the mid-80s in the summer to mid-70s in the winters, the climate attracts beach lovers all year around. Water temperatures range from 77 to 82 F and underwater visibility is usually excellent.

Wildlife is plentiful with iguanas, tree frogs, crocodiles, frigate birds, brown pelicans, cormorants, and other sea birds. Underwater you will find the reefs teeming with vibrant sea life, tropical fish, turtles, eels, eagle rays, queen angelfish, and the illusive magnificent toadfish. More than 250 species inhabit Cozumel's reefs. And on the less inhabited East side, endangered sea turtles nest and baby turtles can be found in their mad dash to the ocean in hatching season.

In 1966 the Mexican government recognized the importance and fragility of the island's reefs and lagoons and declared much of the area area as "Arrecifes de Cozumel" National Park. Government biologist constantly monitor dive sites to determine if diving is impacting specific areas, and if so, certain sites are temporarily closed allowing fish populations and corals to recover.

Our scuba diver recommendations:

Don't dive with gloves or knives.

Maintain your buoyancy control; stay above the corals and reef; watch where your fins are kicking.

Use a non-oily biodegradable sun block

Blue Angel Resort - Cozumel

Always a favourite of divers from the US and Canada, San Miguel de Cozumel, or just plain Cozumel attracts divers year round. Reefs in excellent condition, dive sites rated for experienced and novice divers alike, friendly people, good food, and a wide selection of airlines flying to "Coz" make this an easy choice. Many resorts are focused on the dive crowd and Blue Angel Resort is no exception. But Blue Angel is exceptional…!

We have a great package at Blue Angel to start 2014 off with a splash. Book one of the ocean front rooms, and remember all the rooms at Blue Angel are ocean front, and get 7 nights accommodations, breakfast, and 5 days of 2-tank boat dives for $1524 total for two divers based on double occupancy. Get free Wi-Fi and you can use the Magic Jack to call the US and Canada for FREE. Contact us for availability. 

 

Atlantis Resorts - Puerto Galera & Dumaguete, Philippines - Buy 1, 2nd Diver 50% OFF

Atlantis Resorts in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete, Philippines are telling us the diving is fine and their resorts are in great shape after the typhoon. To encourage you to visit the Philippines to experience the diving first-hand, we have a great offer. Book one dive package and the second diver is 50% OFF. This special is good for travel until 31 December 2013 so book fast…! Contact us for availability as space is limited.

 

Some restrictions apply. 

  • These cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
  • Based on availability.
  • Full payment must be received within 15 days of the reservation for this special rate to apply.
  • The person paying 50% is the least expensive rate (ie, non‚Äźdiver).
  • Both people must be traveling on the exact same itinerary and share accommodations.
  • 50% rate does not include: marine park fees, equipment rental, dawn dives, day trips, transfers,excursions, personal purchases, spa treatments, Nitrox fills and etc.
  • Singles get 25% off the single supplement rate.

Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines Update

Typhoon Haiyan Track thru the Philippines & Dive Report from the Siren Fleet

 

We count ourselves very lucky that our crew and yachts have survived unscathed
by the typhoon’s path, the devastation of which has been most felt in northern
Leyte, Malapascua, Panay and Busuanga islands. 

For the Siren Fleet the majority of our trips remain unaffected. Reports of good
weather and diving conditions have been coming in from Cebu, Bohol and
Negros (Dauin) as well as the all clear given for diving in Anilao and Puerto Galera.
However Busuanga airport is currently closed and the next few trips of the
Philippine Siren will not be able to visit Coron. Our reservations team
are contacting all guests to make alternative arrangements and for the time
being trips will start and end in Batangas. 

Whilst Leyte Island has been the most affected by the typhoon, the area of
Sogod Bay is far south of the main path and all trips planned from February
2014 will be going ahead as scheduled. 

The Tubbataha reefs were not in the path of the typhoon so we can still expect
great diving there when the park opens in February.

The region around Donsol and Ticao was thought to be in the direct path of
Haiyan but the typhoon moved south leaving dive centres and resorts with
very minor damage.

Deep Blue Seafari - Untouched Diving - El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

 

Yep folks, the stories are true. The Philippines has some superb scuba diving, very friendly people, good food, and photo opportunities that won't quit above and below the water. And El Nido in Palawan offers some very untouched dive sites. Our buddies and owners of Deep Blue Seafari are offering us some fin-tastic package for exploring the underwater world near Palawan. And the can even get you to the amazing Tubbataha Reef onboard the M/V Sakura. Join Jose and Diana, the owners of Deep Blue Seafari will welcome you to El Nido and treat you to beach BBQs, camping on an exotic tropical island, and dive sites including Coron, Paglugaban Cave, and Tubbataha Reef. 

 

If beach camping is not your style, comfortable accommodations are available at Cauayan Island Resort, Golden Monkey Cottages, and El Nido Garden Resort. Our 4-day, 3-night dive packages with 14 dives start at $685 USD, accommodation packages and meals are extra. Contact us for resort and dive package availability. 

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