Truk (Chuuk) - Odyssey liveaboard April 9-16, 2017
The Truk Odyssey trip has been completed and most of the participants are visiting other islands in the general area. We will include a report from the trip leader after he gets back from Palau.
Little Cayman Beach Resort
LITTLE CAYMAN BEACH RESORT
June 3 - 10, 2017
Spend a relaxing week at the only deluxe, full service resort on Little Cayman Island. We were there last year in August and can’t wait to get back! Rated as the number one resort destination in the Caribbean for wall diving, number two for favorite reef diving and within the top five for advanced diving, sea life and underwater photography, the dive sites, water temps and visibility are outstanding.
Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms or even on the boat. All divers receive a mesh bag upon check-in at the dive shop and place their gear outside their door on the first morning. Divers set up their gear the first time on the boat and after that, the Reef Diver crew changes their tanks after every dive. You need only to walk a few steps from your room to the large, comfortable, covered boats. The four boats are 42 to 46 ft long and 16 ft. wide and have freshwater showers and restrooms. Rinse tanks and a drying room are on the dock for mask, fins and wet suits.
Roman is the trip leader. We will dive together and enjoy group camaraderie at the daily happy hour around the pool and hot tub. Those who have been here before will vouch for the excellent cuisine, great patio bar and nicely appointed pool view rooms which have been recently redecorated and upgraded.
The dive shop is fully equipped to handle refresher or specialty courses. Rentals are available for cameras, all dive equipment, kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboats. NITROX can be purchased at the dive shop. There are also bicycles, tennis courts, volleyball, and hammocks along the beach.
Divers should carefully consider purchase of travel insurance for this trip. Here are a few you can use:
Dive the beautiful blue waters of Cozumel, Mexico during our week stay at the ALL-INCLUSIVE Hotel Cozumel. Water temperatures are usually in the high 70’s - low 80’s.
Airfare from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel is included.
Enjoy 7 nights in standard pool view accommodations. All meals, snacks, soft drinks and domestic alcoholic beverages are provided.
We will be diving with Dive Paradise. Their professional, enthusiastic staff helps Dive Paradise maintain its enviable safety record among the island’s major operators. In addition, all of the Divemasters and boat captains have been certified in First Aid, CPR, Rescue and Oxygen administration.
We will enjoy 5 days of 2-tank morning dives, 3 days of 1-tank afternoon dives, 1 night dive and unlimited shore diving. The dive shop provides private gear lockers. Nitrox is available for $10.00 per tank (not included).
When it comes to scuba diving in Cozumel, there's simply nothing like it in the world. This easy drift diving mecca boasts some of the best coral reefs around. Fish are abundant and colorful, with so many different species. The coral and sponges are plentiful and hide hidden treasure in the form of micro organisms, like shrimp. Look for the Splendid Toadfish, entirely endemic to Cozumel, a truly wonderful sight to see.
We will revisit Bahamas Aggressor, formerly known as the Carib Dancer (Sept 2014). We will depart Nassau to explore the dramatic walls, lush coral reefs and exciting animal encounters of the Exuma Cays Park. This protected area is one of the world’s most successful marine parks with an area of 175 square miles consisting of an array of more than 350 small islands and cays. The crystal-clear tropical Atlantic pours over the deep cuts between the cays and constantly shifting sand bars. Waters are thick with coral reefs that are alive with every imaginable ocean critter from the living jewels-angle fish and butterfly fish-to the charismatic food-chain toppers like grouper and barracuda-right down to the tiniest living invertebrates. Night diving allows divers to experience an entirely different group of critters not visible by the day. We will dive warm (77-81), turquoise crystal-clear waters and drop-off mysterious blue holes and caverns and shipwrecks.
The MV Bahamas Aggressor Liveaboard offers scuba divers up to five dives per day including a night dive each night in crystal clear waters. Guests will explore plunging walls and vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life such as sharks, rays, barracuda and grouper. The MV Bahamas Aggressor Liveaboard departs from Nassau, Bahamas.
Deluxe Stateroom (#2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Double bed (lower) and twin bed (upper) bunk-style. All with private head and shower, port window, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.
Quad Stateroom (#1)
With two sets of twin bunk-style beds. Private head and shower, port windows, individual climate control, monitor
with media player and hair dryer.
The Exumas consist of an array of more than 350 small islands and cays streaming down from just 35 miles south of new Providence to the anchor islands of Great and Little Exuma to the south. The Exumas are a 120-mile-long island chain-within-the-chain of the Out Islands. The Cays are the most exotic of the Out Islands, a collection of tiny jewels set in the aquamarine and sapphire of the most beautiful water you’ve ever imagined with an intriguing combination of walls and rich shallow reefs.
Nassau Lost Blue Hole - The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, stingrays and many schools of fish. There is a lobster filled crevice at 80'. In the sand surrounding the hole, divers will find many small fish such as Banded jawfish, Seminole gobies and Tobacco fish. There are usually 1 or 2 nurse sharks here and during the spring a large school of Blacknose sharks inhabits the bottom of the 200' hole. This is the location of the Bahamas first lionfish sighting.
Periwinkle Reef - This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish. The local Nassau operators feed fish here, so sergeant majors and angelfish will approach scuba divers looking for a handout.
Exumas Amberjack Reef - A 50' patch reef that has prolific fish life. You will see reef sharks and up to 10 large grouper. This dive also has many interesting small critters such as pirate blennies and garden eels. During the safety stop divers will be surrounded by a school of 100+ horse-eye jack that hang out under the yacht.
Austin Smith Wreck - A 90' Bahamian Defense Force Cutter lying in 60’ of water that sank in 1995 while being towed to San Salvador to be sunk there as a dive site.
Barracuda Shoals - This bankside patch reef has huge schools of fish as well as many small critters on the reef and surrounding sand.
Blacktip Wall - Hammerhead sharks have been sighted frequently on this wall. This reef is also where Ned Deloach (Reef books co-author) found the very rare Lemon goby.
Cathedral - This site is part of the Dog Rocks Reef. This reef starts at 35' and slopes off to 50' before dropping straight down into the Exuma Sound. The Cathedral is a large swim-thru where the light filters down from above reflecting off the thousands of silversides that occupy the swim-thru. This swim-thru has many grouper and jacks that come to feed on the silversides. The wall has large stands of black coral and orange elephant ear and tube sponges. Pelagics, eagle rays and sharks are frequently seen off the wall.
Cracked Coral Head - This massive coral head rises 40' off the bottom. Several large swim-thru’s make it looked like it is cracked.
Jeep Reef - This site named from a coral encrusted jeep that sits near the mooring is in the middle of the Exumas Land & Sea Park and hosts a healthy population of fish. It is also one of the prettiest reefs you will ever see. Current that sweeps through this cut keeps the reef 's corals very healthy..
Pillar Wall - One of many excellent wall dives. It starts at 30' and slopes to 50' before dropping 5,000' to the bottom. There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of Yellowhead jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.
Southwest Eleuthera Cave Rock - A large coral mound in 50' of water surrounded by several smaller coral heads. There are several caves where you can swim from one side to the other. The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. Hammerhead Sharks have been frequently seen here.
Monolith - Large mounds of coral rise out of the sand at the edge of the wall. They start at 100' and rise to 55'. There is a colony of Garden Eels in the sand next to the mounds.
Little San Sal (Half Moon Cay) Cave Reef - This 40' shallow patch reef has several large swim-thru’s cutting through the middle.
Empress Pinnacles - This wall dive features 30' high pinnacles coming out of the sand at the edge of the wall. Pelagics are seen frequently in the clear water off the wall. There are large stands of black coral on the sides of the pinnacles.
Come join me and “13” other divers for a wonderful relaxing fun filled week. Please sign up by 5/25. “No Airfare available on request”