Cobalt Coast Resort
* * * BLACK FRIDAY DEALS * * *
7 Nights Accommodations, Breakfast & Dinner, 6 Days 2-Tank Dives, Airport Transfers, Taxes
Contact us fast for discounted rates as these dates will sell out..!
Jungle Bay Resort - Dominica
* * * DEMA SPECIAL * * *
Now Re-opened in June 2019
Our favourite resort on the "Nature Island" of Dominica was destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. The resort has now been relocated from the east side of the island to a location on the west side of the island near Soufriere village of Morne Acouma overlooking a marine reserve. The resort has 24 eco-villas in the first phase of reconstruction along with a restaurant, reception, yoga studios, meeting rooms, pool, and recreation center. The new location places the resort closer to the harbor and easier access for scuba divers.
We have a great DEMA Dive Show Special for Jungle Bay. Pack you dive gear and grab a flight to Dominicawith connections typically through San Juan, Puerto Rico. Other routes are available through Caribbean airports.
Contact us for an amazing adventure on Dominica and spectacular diving..!
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Tufi Resort - Papua New Guinea
* * * Cozumel Closes Marine Park Southern Portion * * *
The southern part of Cozumel Marine Park will be closed beginning October 7 until at least January, seriously limiting where dive boats can go. If you’re thinking about a trip to Cozumel, you may wish to reconsider. If you already have plans, you may wish to contact your dive operator to see how the closures will affect your diving.
The Marine Park includes the southwest quadrant of the island’s coast. The harder-to-reach northern and eastern sites will still be open, but, because of strong currents, only experienced divers prepared to make what can be lengthy and arduous boat journeys in rough water should consider diving these sites. These include the sites from El Mirador on the more exposed east coast, to Baja de Molas at the most northerly point.
The areas where most diving in Cozumel occurs -- from Palancar Gardens (on Cozumel’s southwest quadrant) to Maracaibo, and Playa Bosh in the extreme south (including dive sites Columbia, Punta Sur, and El Cielo) will be closed so government scientists may investigate the causes of ‘white syndrome’ affecting hard corals there and gauge the amounts and effects of pollution discharged by the large hotels that border the marine park.
Local dive operators say popular sites that can still be accessed by dive boats include Barracuda Reef on the extreme northwest coast, the wreck of the C-52, Tormentos Reef, San Francisco Reef, Santa Rosa, El Cedral, and Punta Delila on the west coast.
White syndrome starts with the coral showing well-defined areas of whitening, which then expand and, apparently spread to all other coral colonies by contact, mainly through divers touching infected coral during dives. Otherwise known as stony coral tissue loss disease, it’s affecting reefs in Florida too.
Global Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019
At Liquid Diving Adventures, our business depends upon clean water, healthy oceans, healthy coral reefs. We support marine clean-up campaigns, ending the use of plastics, and other initiatives to protect that which is 70% of our planet...the Oceans.
Alongside more than 700 businesses and organisations, we have pledged to be part of the This is Not Business as Usual movement to add our voice to the collective call for urgent action.
Will you be striking with us?
For the past year, the youth climate movement has been quietly growing in coffee shops in midwestern suburbs, libraries in urban centers, and classrooms in the rural south. Young people are preparing for a revolution
to save our future, and on Friday, September 20, we invite you
to join us.
On that day, three days before the UN Climate Summit in New York,
young people and adults all over the world will strike
to demand that our leaders take transformative action to address the climate crisis
; the strike includes some 500 events in the US alone. Across the globe, a coalition of hundreds of groups have been working over the last few months in hopes of making September 20 the largest climate mobilization
in world history — and to create momentum that will launch us into a new era of climate action to save our futures.
Our dive buddies Yan Grossman, his brother Bruno, and their friend Rick James Chatas were on an April 2015 charter aboard the Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer II to the Turks & Caicos. Here is a short video of some dive highlights.
Book a trip with us on this great charter…!
Beqa Lagoon Top 10 Dive Sites
Beqa Island, Fiji
We have been advised by the Raja Ampat park authorities that the Raja Ampat park tag fee has been increased by $40 USD. The fee is now $225 USD.
We appreciate your support of this fee system. Conservation of Raja Ampat's spectacular marine habitats and biodiversiity requires long term funding. In addition, the local communities who own these reefs need to see direct benefits of tourism through community programs that will improve their quality of life.
Raja Ampat is blessed with some of the highest marine biodiversity and healthiest coral reefs in the world. In order to protect this unique biodiversity, Raja Ampat has 7 nationally mandated and locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs). As with any park or reserve, conservation and tourism management cost money. The previous park fees were introduced in 2008 and with all things, costs increase.
Murex Bangka Resort, Indonesia - August 2014
"Bangka was better than I expected, since LR is now rotating one of their eagle-eyed dive guides into Murex Bangka whenever possible (Sandro is a good guide with a great personality). They also have 2 former LR dive shop staff on site trying to keep a handle on things. They also have access to a new boat, which is technically shared with Murex Manado (which apparently has first dibs) which we mostly got to dive on (I see now why people complain about the old boats as they are pretty dilapidated and not as user friendly). I think I actually liked that new boat better than LR's boats - really awesome built-in wooden hangers for suits to dry on during lunch. I was in one of the oldest rooms - right next to the gear up area, on top of the (not used) dive shop, and beside the kitchen/restaurant, so a bit noisy but I survived. I knew Bangka was outback but the shower wasn`t great (needs a new shower head - yes the water smells, but I knew it was remote going in). I asked to tour the newer rooms which are much nicer and have more amenities, better water pressure, newer ACs, etc. It took a lot of lobbying but I managed to dive Bantu Pendita the day all the children and snorkellers (and their diver family members) went on a Lembeh day trip, which was beautiful, current ridden and Komodo-like, as one of my SB friends had advised. One of my favourite dives of the trip. Did not see the dugong, but there was a close encounter a few weeks before I arrived. Did not manage a night dive - no one really keen to do one. That place attracts a lot of families with non-divers bc of the beach. There was a Dutch family there for a month doing just 1 dive a day. Food is simple and some westerners have found it a bit repetitive (again I can see why). They managed the vegetarian request fine except for the last night where they put a vegetable dish with fish in it in the position where the vegetarian side dish usually was (there was no vegetarian side dish that night) and didn't tell anyone about the fish. There is now a snack after dives - often Western fresh baked cake - which is nice. There are also local peanuts. I think they definitely have made the best power decision of the other ops on island from my discussions with others who have dove Bangka (power roughly 6 PM to 6 AM so you can run AC and sleep). I had a SB friend diving at Mimpi Indah in the same period and he definitely thought my experience was better - better guiding, better AC, and he prefers the Murex bungalows. Very different vibe than Lembeh due to the non-24 hour power and dial up internet. I enjoyed it and would go back despite a few wrinkles. Saw my first pygmie squid (which I had never seen at Lembeh despite multiple attempts - of course I then went and found my own in Lembeh) and a cyerce nudibranch I had been hoping to see for years. The senior guide there is very good for Batu Pendita - knows how to manage the current which can be fierce. I am not sure attempting that dive site with a newer or less Bangka-experienced guide would be a great idea. I also saw some fighting junior mimics which the guides were excited about. Yes they had a rhino picked out too."
Natasha S - Toronto, Canada
Lembeh Resort - Lembeh, Indonesia
"Lembeh Resort is still great. They`ve improved meals and snacks and the pool area significantly since we were last there. The resort GMs are still amazing - e.g. they were doing spot checks on the chef to make sure he was using the vegetarian soup base for soups rather than chicken or beef while I was there so that I could eat the soups. They previously worked at Wakatobi which IMO shows. I also managed to hit Fish Geek week which was amazing - heard talked from Mark Erdmann and Gerry Allen and got to dive on their boat and see them in action underwater. Super cool. Anita felt there were less critters this trip than last time she went (I think in 2012) and I would tend to agree. Definitely fewer mimics. I still had a good time looking for obscure nudis (but that`s not Anita`s cup of tea). My favourite guide who I have dove with the past 3 visits managed to find me 3 phyllodesmium rudmani`s after many days of searching (which I had been on a mission to see - see SB post) so that was exciting. I still don`t love the food there (I ate vegetable soup for dinner every night for the entire length of our stay) but that`s partly because eating any raw veggies even at tourist oriented dive resorts tends to result in stomach sickness. I thought the old dive shop managers had a better system of focusing on the best/hopping dive sites rather than the new dive managers' current system, which just rotates through the entire list irrespective of quality or current activity levels. Dimpy the marine biologist remains terrific for IDing obscure nudis."
Natasha S - Toronto, Canada