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Global Climate Strike - Friday, September 20, 2019

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.

Airport Travel Tips

Airport Travel Tips

You may have seen these airport travel tips but they are worth repeating as we get ready for our winter dive travel to tropical destinations.

  • Getting through security checkpoints is always a major hassle. A little preparation can save you time and aggravation. Be mindful of the carry-on restrictions. Before your trip, stock up on small travel-size toiletries that are allowed for carry-on. This may also reduce your bag weight.
  • If you are travelling internationally, weigh your bags before you leave home and again, be mindful of weight limits as they differ from airline to airline. You may also have to weigh your carry-on bags so remember the check specific airline restrictions and weigh your carry-on before you leave for the airport.
  • There are a number of smartphone apps available to help navigate airport terminals. Gate Guru ( is a favorite as well as Seat Guru ( for getting that seat with a bit more leg room. If travelling through the US, TSA information is also available (
  • A common trick to save a couple of bucks….carry an empty water bottle. Many airports now have water bottle fill stations near drinking fountains. You can avoid the high price of bottled water at post-security shops and restaurants.
  • Many people are right-handed and tend to choose checkpoint and immigration lines to the right. You may find lines to the left shorter with less of a wait. Of course, signing up for the TSA Pre-check program can also save you time and hassles in security line.
  • We have changed our dive gear bags from soft-side bags with rollers to lighter canvas sport duffel bags and we have saved close to 10 pounds in bag weight. We do need to get luggage carts now but we rarely worry about dive gear weight, and when we  are on a liveaboard with limited storage space, these soft duffel bags compress to save cabin space.
  • Take a photo of your boarding pass with your smartphone. Then you won't have to worry about opening your email program to find the boarding pass. We also take photos of our travel documents, passports, C-cards, and other personal records that might get misplaced. Check out our smartphone app as it has a section just for this purpose (Liquid Diving Adventures on the Apple app store or Google Play).
  • That camera in your smartphone can be used to take pics of your luggage, your parking lot location and other common travel events that you may forget after a week of scuba diving. Use that phone for more than just selfies…!
  • We have started to purchase a bottle of wine or other alcohol at duty free. We don't save much on the cost of the bottle but it can really save on the resort bar tab. You might consider some of the mini-bottles of alcoholic beverages to mix with a free soft drink on the plane. Just remember to pack them in a plastic baggie to get through the security checkpoints. And remember to use caution when bringing alcohol into to some Middle Eastern countries for travel to the Red Sea.
  • If you are not a frequent flyer member and don't have access to Premier Lounges, you may find some clubs will allow for day purchases. It may be worth the extra cost (say 420 to $50) to get out of the crowd if you have a long layover.

Travel safe, dive safe and have great adventures…!

Turneffe Flats Resort Travel Report - Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Turneffe Flats Resort - Belize


Air Temperatures – Low to Upper 70s to Low 80s

Water Temperature – 78F


Overall Weather – At the start of the week winds came from the NNE at over 15 knots, and by mid-week they had reduced to 5 knots, only to increase again to 15 knots and swivel around to the NNW.  Skies offered alternating sun and clouds with some rain showers here and there.


Crew - Dive Instructor Anne-Marie was the dive guide, with Carlton (AKA Capt) as boat captain for the week.


Sightings – A positively monstrous size Spotted Eagle Ray came cruising by divers at close range along the Chasbow’s Corner wall on Monday.  Lighthouse Reef Atoll diving on Tuesday was spectacular, with lots of Nassau Groupers along the Half Moon Caye wall area with fat tummies for spawning.  Reef Sharks showed up as usual and showed keen interest in divers whom were taking photos of a Hawksbill Turtle munching on a sponge whom was completely unconcerned with the divers and cameras, or the Reef Sharks whizzing by.  Aquarium to Silver Cave on the western side of Long Caye was a lengthy drift dive covering both action-packed sites.  Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, schools of Horse Eye Jack, numerous large Black Groups, and three Tarpon all made appearances.  The southeastern dives on Friday offered up a White Spotted Toadfish sighting.  Upon close inspection, there was a small Banded Coral Shrimp sitting just above the toadfish’s eye like a red and white eyebrow.  A lone large and muscular Crevalle Jack swam purposefully along the Jojos’s Split wall toward divers coming in close for inspection as it went by.  Each week brings expected sightings and surprises every time.  


Sunday 4 January

Winds at over 15 knots from NE.  Mostly cloudy with some sun.

Dive Sites:  #1 Black Pearl North - 60ft visibility / #2 Black Pearl South – 60ft visibility / #3 Amberhead – 60ft visibility


Monday 5 January

Wind speed at over 15 knots switching from NNE to due north.  Rains showers in the morning gave way to sun in the afternoon. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Terrace – 60ft visibility / #2 Chasbow’s Corner – 60ft visibility / #3 Elkin’s Bay – 60ft


Tuesday 6 January

Winds at just over 10 knots from the NNE.  Mostly sunny conditions all day. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Blue Hole – 30 then 80ft visibility / #2 Half Moon Caye Wall – 60ft visibility / #3 Aquarium to Silver Cave - 50ft visibility


Wednesday 7 January

Winds dropped to 5 knots, and skies were mostly sunny with some clouds. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Wishbone – 70ft visibility / #2 Front Door – 70ft visibility / #3 Night Dive at Northern Bogue


Thursday 8 January

Winds back up to 15 knots from the NNE, then switching to NNW.  Rain showers on and off, revealing patches of sun. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Creekozene South – 60ft visibility / #2 Pine Ridge – 60ft visibility / #3 Lobster Bay - 60ft visibility


Friday 9 January

Light variable winds increased to 10 knots from the NW by mid-morning.  Overcast conditions with passing rain showers gave way to sun in the early afternoon. 

Dive Sites:  #1 The Elbow – 50ft visibility / #2 Jojo’s Split – 70ft visibility / #3 Chrissea’s Place - 70ft visibility


Murex Bangka Resort, Indonesia - Trip Report

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

August 2014

Lembeh Resort, Indonesia - Trip Report

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

Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard - Trip Report

"Hi Greg,
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

Turneffe Flats Resort Travel Report - Turneffe Atoll, Belize

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 November
Winds 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

Review - Atlantis Resort & Azores Liveaboard

John M, Rhonda M and David H - Trip to the Atlantis Resort and the Azores Liveaboard - Philippines - Oct 2-11, 2014

"Mr. Greg,
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."

"Good points:
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" 

Trurneffe Flats Resort - Belize - Trip Report

Turneffe Flats Resort - Dive Report

DIVE REPORT - 10 to 15 August, 2014

Air Temperatures – Mid 80’s

Water Temperature – 84F

Weather for the week was kind to the divers, offering about 10 knots of northeasterly breeze and surface conditions with gentle swells of no more than four feet.  Skies were mostly sunny with some passing clouds and showers.  Both Divemaster Denroy and Dive Instructor Anne-Marie guided for the week, with Carlton (AKA Capt) handling our 36-foot dive boat Miss Turneffe, designed for medium-sized groups of 5 to 10 divers. 

Black Pearl, as well as North and South Creekozene, were the chosen dive sites of the day all delivering a clear 80 feet of visibility.  Some of the eye-catching sightings included a tiny Pipefish which lay on the sand and waved its tail and body mimicking a piece of seaweed waving gently in the surge.  A Yellow Stingray was spotted hiding in the sand with only its eyes and pumping gills visible.  A Giant Barrel Sponge filled with Neon Gobies anxious to nibble on extended hands, brought the expression “a barrel full of gobies”, to mind.  Two tiny juvenile Peacock Flounders were barely visible through their movement as they were perfectly camouflaged on the sand bottom.  An inch-long juvenile Nassau Grouper flexed its predatory muscles from its hiding place in the hole of a small tube sponge, stalking unwary minute shrimp nearby.  A large frond of soft coral growing in a sand bed turned out to be cover for a host of transparent Gorgonian Shrimp that only became visible as they darted from branch to branch.  A healthy-sized Black Grouper swam by in its full display of black and white batik-like pattern.  The white jagged lines of this interesting design radiated away from its eyes, creating a startlingly beautiful effect.

For the second day, we visited the Terrace, Mandy’s Dandy, and Chasbow’s Corner, all with 70 feet of visibility.  There were numerous quantities of small, brilliantly coloured purple and orange-yellow Fairy Basslets everywhere, in addition to their less spectacular Black Cap Basslets cousins.  Magnifying glasses offered close up views of Arrow Blennies, Wire Coral Shrimp, and Neck Crabs covered with reddish-brown sponge for a disguise.  A Hawksbill Turtle, and a Spotted Eagle Ray, both made an appearance.  Blue Bogas shot down the wall in a tight school, followed by enterprising Bar Jacks.  A squadron of three Mackrel swam by at a steady pace in mid-water, as schools of blue Creole Wrasse streamed through coral heads on the top of the wall. 

The best weather conditions were available for our weekly visit to the Blue Hole on Tuesday, so we headed out early to be the first ones to arrive.  Both a deep and shallower version of this dive was covered as we had varying dive experience abilities with our group.  Divers who went to the full 130 feet, had a full view of the Caribbean Reef Sharks when three showed up.  Visibility was 60 feet both shallow and deep.  Divers doing the shallower plan did a maximum depth of 70 feet, and found they could just make out one of the giant stalactites that hung out at the top of the overhang below them.   They too saw the sharks down in the deep.  Four large resident Midnight Parrots cruised the top of the ledge at 40 feet munching on algae growth both from the bottom and what grew on dead coral.  They were quite comfortable allowing divers to venture close, and a view of their moss-covered mouths revealed a likeness to large mustaches.  At this close proximity, one could see the detail of the serrated edge on their large, formidable beaks.   Our second dive at Half Moon Caye Wall gave divers 70 feet of visibility, and a fair amount of sightings.  A Caribbean Reef Shark swam back and forth along the wall just below divers for half of the dive.  Nassau Groupers were spotted facing off in a scuffle on the side of the wall, and a Great Barracuda shot down to them as if to find out what the row was about.  A Green Turtle tootled around on the top of the wall for several minutes, going up to the surface for air, and returning again for more foraging.  A small school of Rainbow Runners raced past, followed by shimmering, darting Mackrel Scad.  Ballyhoos swam just below the surface above divers, as two Permit dived down from a shallow position to skirt the top of the reef wall.  A Spotted Eagle Ray swung by, as two Great Barracudas chased each other with a burst of incredible speed.   When divers pulled off over to the sand bed next to the wall, there seemed to be large Southern Sting Rays everywhere, whether sitting partially hidden in the sand, or digging around for hidden treats.  After an extended lunch time break at the beautiful and tranquil isle of Half Moon Caye, we chose the Aquarium as our third dive location, and had 60 feet of visibility there.  This dive site is encrusted with knots of life.  Here, sponges, as well as hard and soft corals all hang tightly packed off of older coral growth everywhere.  Divers get an eyeful of colours and textures on this beautiful wall that has promontories thick with Deep Water Gorgonian Sea Fan growth.  A number of hefty Black Groupers cruised the area, both off the wall, and between stands of Gorgonians.  Three Caribbean Reef Sharks were seen in various sizes.  The first was about three feet long, followed by a tiny one that couldn’t have been longer than 18 inches.  The last was a bit bigger at four feet, but was still smaller than those seen previously that day at Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Wall.

The Elbow was the choice for Wednesday’s dives, and Myrtle’s Turtle right next door was visited for the second dive.  There was a northbound current that divers swam against for the first dive.  Visibility was excellent at 80 feet for each dive, and the water seemed particularly clear, showing off the intricate detail of the spectacular spur and groove formations along the wall’s edge at both of these sites.  An unusual sight of at least a thirty-strong school of Mackerel swam by on two occasions.  A unit of ten large Permit swam over the reef swimming past the divers and along with the current.  A huge gathering of Dog Snappers were spotted just at the visibility line, far off of the wall.  A Hawksbill Turtle fed contentedly on a large Loggerhead Sponge on the bottom.  Smaller schools of Rainbow Runners, Cubera Snappers, and Atlantic Spade Fish also showed up.  Divers got a bonus at the end of the Elbow dive, when Bottlenose Dophins decided to join them with their squeaks and clicks, darting up and down in the water column.  What a great treat for the day!  The Night Dive offered a full spectrum of reef dweller sightings.  Lots of Caribbean Spiny Lobsters were quite active crawling over the reef heads.  Beaded Sea Cucumbers were out, as well as a Sea Hare, and Lettuce Leaf Slug.  Even Octopus and Squid were seen.  Large flotillas of Sargassum Seaweed started drifting in, and juvenile fish were seen hiding below its canopy near the surface, exposed by the beam of divers’ lights. 

Choices of Elkin’s Bay, Molly’s Folly, and Tunnels & Barrels to the northwest were made for Thursdays dive sites, all offering 70 feet of great visibility.  Three Spotted Eagle Rays swam together up the wall and passed by at close range surprising divers, who were focusing on small subjects with their cameras.  Divers took closer looks at Pederson Shrimp, Squat Anemone Shrimp, and the easy-to-find Coral Banded Shrimp with its long white antenna giving away its hiding place in tight crevices.  In addition, a not-often-seen Cryptic Teardrop Crab was spotted in a tube sponge. 

For the last day of diving, divers decided to only do two of the three dives offered due to departure flight times the following day.  Pine Ridge with its big bay-shaped sand bed nestled between coral walls, and Amberhead with a dizzying collection of sponges offered great views with 70 feet of visibility.  A Spotted Eagle Ray, and a Hawksbill Turtle showed up for a farewell viewing before divers had to surface for the last safety stop.                   

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