Professional Diving Instruction, Gear and Adventure

Upcoming Dive Vacations
Dates - 2019 Destination
February 23rd-March 2nd, 2019 Bonaire - "Divers Paradise"
March 16th-23rd, 2018 Utila Bay Islands, Honduras
April 17th - April 27th, 2019 Maldives on the Manthiri Liveaboard
October 19th-29th, 2019 Solomon Islands
 

Bonaire - "Divers Paradise"

February 23rd - March 2nd, 2019

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Join Waterfront Diving Center and Tony Vargo on a week of adventurous diving in Bonaire at Buddy Dive Resort. Bonaire's shore diving allows you to explore the 60+ dive sites with your buddy, on your own schedule.

Bonaire's sea abounds with beautiful marine life and a fascinating variety of multi-colored tropical fish. The sea is remarkably calm and conditions are superb for both scuba diving and snorkeling. On average, Bonaire's visibility exceeds 100 feet and average water temperature is 80 degrees Farenheit. The fringing reef begins close to the shore, usually a short 30 foot swim or less, making Bonaire world renowned for its ease of shore diving.

Bonaire's waters offer something special for every diver. Novice divers will appreciate the calm waters, reefs that run parallel to shore, and minimal currents. And the abundance of marine life living along the shallow drop-off area of the reef slope allows for maximum bottom time. All levels of divers can enjoy the freedom of unlimited 24/7 shore diving in addition to the scheduled boat dives which depart in the mornings and afternoons daily.

There are plenty of air and nitrox tanks available at either The Drive Thru or on the dock where there are convenient benches for gear set-up and two sturdy ladders that provide easy access to the water. Rinse tanks are located at The Drive Thru as well as on the docks where there is an extensive gear storage room. This simply makes diving at Buddy Dive Resort easy and enjoyable.Bonaire shore

Bonaire offers many activities for the non-diver and adventure seeker. Enjoy windsurfing, free diving, cave exploration, mangrove kayaking and snorkel, mountain biking and more.

Complete Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Burlington, Vermont
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; double occupancy in two-bedroom, two-bath condo
  • Rental of a 4-person truck
  • Unlimited Nitrox and Air
  • 3 days of two-tank boat diving
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Airport transfers in Bonaire

The resort has spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, a full service dive center, activity desk, two swimming pools, two restaurants, pool bar, vehicle rentals and a drive-thru air and Nitrox full station. You'll enjoy the view of either the ocean or lush tropical gardents from your own private balcony or patio.

Apartments include:

  • Full equipped kitchens including microwaves, stoves, refrigerators and coffee makers,
  • Comfortably furnished living area and cable TV and phone,
  • Safe deposit boxes,
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms with two singles and one double bed as per your request,
  • Large private balconies or patios, and
  • Daily housekeeping service.

Complete Package Price for Diver (Double Occupancy) $2495

Complete Package Price for Non-Diver (Double Occupancy) $2395

Deposit $750.00 Due 11/15/18

Final Payment Due 12/15/18

 


Utila Bay Islands, Honduras

March 16th-23rd, 2019

Utila 2019

Join Waterfront Diving Center and dive master John Siminger for another fun Sat. to Sat. trip to experience the fabulous diving of Utila, in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Utila Lodge consists of only eight guest rooms plus their restaurant, complete dive shop and on-site pier w/ fleet of dive boats. They are in a busy little town w/ lots to do.

We have reserved all eight rooms for this week, so this trip will be limited to a maximum of 16 divers; however our group will probably be smaller if we get the usual requests for private rooms. This will be an All-Waterfront affair -we'll have the resort to ourselves!

THE RESORT

Paradise as it was intended! Set out over the turquoise Caribbean waters of Utila Bay, Utila Lodge is the perfect place for whatever you’re looking for in a vacation. They will be your relaxing getaway and your home for a week of great diving and fun adventure. There are LOTS of exciting things to do on Utila in addition to diving!

Utila 2019DELUXE ROOMS OVER THE WATER

Utila Lodge has 8 beautiful island-style rooms built over the waters of Utila Bay and include private bathrooms and screened in porches. Each room has both a queen and double bed and the bathrooms have double sinks. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and high speed wireless internet. The beds are comfy, the rooms are spacious and the private porches are the perfect place to unwind after a busy day.

It wouldn’t be a proper dive vacation without having a place to get a great night of sleep before heading out on the next day’s morning boat and it wouldn’t be a proper Caribbean escape if there wasn’t a place to lay in a hammock to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

ALL INCLUSIVE DIVER & NON-DIVER PACKAGES

Vacations are made easy with Utila Lodge. They offer everything we'll need. Non-Diver packages are priced several hundred dollars less that the Diver Package.

With these packages, you won’t have to worry about a thing for the duration of your stay. From dinner on the night of your arrival to breakfast on the morning of departure, they've got you covered. Your delicious meals are built around your diving schedule.

On the dive boats you’ll be spoiled by their hard working staff. Every morning and afternoon your tanks and gear will be waiting for you all set up and ready for your next dive. Ice cold water and fresh watermelon will be available to you on each set of dives. After each dive, feel free to grab one of their Fish ID books to discuss what you saw with your Divemaster and fellow divers.

COMPLETE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Round trip airfare from Burlington, VT.
  • 7 nights air-conditioned ocean view accommodations / double occupancy
  • 6 days of 3-tank boat dives per day (including 2 night dives)
  • All meals, from beginning to end
  • Free high speed wireless internet
  • Use of tanks, weights, and belts
  • Use of sea kayaks
  • Whale shark presentation (yes, they are there to see if we're lucky!!!)
  • Exclusive private use of entire resort
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers & Hotel taxes

Complete Package Price $2995*

Non-Diver Package Price $2685*

Deposit of $750.00 Due by 12/1/2018

Final Payment Due 1/1/2019

*Prices subject to change until ticketed.


Maldives on the Manthiri Liveaboard

April 14th-27th, 2019

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Why Dive the Maldives on the Manthiri?

Mantas, Whalesharks, Turtles, Octopus, Schooling Fish and More!

Join Waterfront Diving Center Co-Owner and Instructor Robert "Ski" Wilczynski for this dive trip of a lifetime, to one of the top all-around dive destinations on the planet, the Maldines. Ski had the opportunity to dive the Maldives in September 2016 and loved it so much that he wants to go back! Perhaps nowhere else in the world is the marine life as rich, divers or colorful as in these warm waters of the Indian Ocean.maldives manta

Located Southwest of India, the Maldives consists of 26 atolls stretching 470 miles across the equator. The Maldives are defined a garland shaped atoll chain dotted with countless reefs and 1,190 islands, nearly a thousand uninhabited. This is one of the most exciting places for fish photography and a nearly perfect year-round dive destination. Imagine yourself drifting over channels, lingering over pinnacles or drop-offs, and exploring valleys of soft corals and gardens of hard corals croweded with fish. Maine life incldues but not limited to tropicals to pelagics, morays, mantas, turles, octopus, sharks, whalesharks and large schools of fish. Encounters with 10,000 to 100,000 schooling fish of a dozen eagle rays are not uncommon.

When not in the water diving, divers will spend time on board the Manthiri. Manthiri is a beautiful 85-foot liveaboard vessel built of fine tropical timber, and custom-designed for dive cruises. The wide beam of 25 feet contributes toward a stable hull and minimizes rocking motion and allows for 6 spacious cabins. Cabin configurations consist of four cabins with two twin beds and two cabins with one queen-size bed. No more than twelve guests are on each cruise and the attentive eleve-person crew ensures that every need is met.

All cabins have private bathrooms with hot water showers,convenient hair dryers, individually controlled air conditioning and minibars. There's plenty of storage in every cabin, including a locker and drawers for clothes and luggage stowage.

Manthiri's teak paneled salon is one of the largest found on any vessel of this size. This lounge area is furnished with six sofas, a music system, DVD player and multi-system TV/VCR with video camera viewing capabilities. The camera salon is equiped with a well-lit work station, spacious tables to store cameras, and ample 230V and 110V power outlets. Manthiri has been outfitted by professionals with underwater photographers in mind.

maldivesManthiri's top deck is arranged to accomodat both sun worshippers and shade seekers. Deck chairs are ideally placed for soaking in the rays, icy drink in hand or star-gazing in the evening. For full details and pictures of the boat visit their website at www.manthiriliveaboard.com.

A seperate specially outfitted dive tender, called a dhoni, provides a home for all dive gear, compressors, and Nitrox systems. The dive boar has a full bathroom with a shower and one outside shower. This is a very spacious boat as four people can giant stride into the water at one time and there is a very stable ladder to get back on board.

With other 20 years of experience diving the Maldives, the crew has discovered new dive sites that are exclusive to Manthiri guests. This, along with only 12 guests per voyage, means less diver congestion in the water. The crew also knows the best times to visit certain sites to see specific marine life based upon the time of year, currents, phase of the moon, etc. Visitors can expect to see species that include, but are not limited to whalesharks, mantas, turles, octopus, eels, soft and hard corals and more...

The food on Manthiri is wonderfully prepared and plentiful. Trained at a top Maldivian Resort, professional chefs ensure a sophisticated twist on the contemporary flavors of the Maldives, as tasteful blend of East and West. With ten years of serving on board Manthiri, the chefs know precisely how to pamper divesr with the finest seafood, aromatic local specialities, and global cuisine guaranteed to suit the palates of guests from around the world.

Boat Package Includes:
• Airport transfers in Male,
• 10 days/9 nights aboard the Manthiri based on double occupancy 4/17/19- 4/27/19,
• Approximately 4 dives per day or 3 day dives and 1 night dive for 8 1/2 days (about 30 dives),
• Meals, bottle water, juices, coffee, and tea (alchoholic and soft drinks are for sale.),
• Tanks and weights,
• $6 per day Green and 12% Food/Services Taxs.

Additional Costs - Depending on Air Schedule:
• Airfare - estimated $1500-$2000,
• 1 Night at the Hulhule Hotel based on double occupancy with airport transfers - $195 per person,
• Day room at the Hulhule Hotel based on double occupancy with airport transfers (if needed)
• Nitrox, Crew Gratuity, Soda, beer, wind, hard liquor, Personal purchasese, Meals in transit & Trip Insurance.

Maldives Transfers & Boat Package $4899.00 (airfare and hotel not included in this price).

Hulhule Hotel Night (Based on Double Occupancy) $195 (estimated, 2019 prices not available yet)

Airfare Call for Current Price. (Price available 11 months prior to departure.)

 

 

Boat Payment Schedule Option 1:

Initial Deposit: $500

Monthly payments of $175.96 starting April 1st 2017

Boat Payment Schedule Option 2:

Initial Deposit $500

Scheduled Payment #1: $1466.33 Due October 31st, 2018

Scheduled Payment #2: $1466.33 Due December 31st, 2018

Final Payment: $1466.33 Due February 2nd, 2019


Solomon Islands

October 19th-29th, 2019

Solomon Islands

Join shop co-owner, Jonathan Eddy, for an adventure to the remote and fabulous Solomon Islands. Jonathan was there in March of 2017 and knew he had to go back. The Solomons' are a group of over 900 islands extending just south of Papua New Guinea, over 1,000 miles, to the southernmost island of Guadalcanal. Only approximately 140 of the 900 plus islands are inhabitated and most of those have only subsistence fishing villages.

Due to their remote location, and the lack of development, the Solomon Islands offer some of the most pristine diving the world has to offer. The reefs start in as little as a few feet of water and are covered in beautiful soft and hard corals which are teeming with marine life in every direction. Many islands are ringed with deep walls which start at the shore's edge and drop off to below sport diving limits. These locations offer an opportunity to see deep ocean marine life such as schooling pelagics.

After landing at Henderson Field on Guadacanal, we will be transportated to the Taka, our liveaboard dive boat and home for the next ten days. The 100' Taka was built as a dive vessel in 2004. She is very comfortable and has 13 air conditioned cabins. We have reserved six cabins on the second deck, each with a large window and ensuite bathroom. The Taka has a well laid out dive deck with special tables and a rinse tank for camera gear. Also on the dive deck are five heads with showers making it easy to rinse off between dives without having to go back to your cabin. Due to the underwater topography most of the diving is done from the Taka herself. A very large swim platform makes getting in and out of the water very easy. There is also always an inflatable in the water to retrieve divers if needed.

The meals and snacks onboard are very good and plentiful. Meals feature a selection of fresh local fruits and vegetables, often purchased from the islanders who paddle up in wooden dugout canoes when the Taka anchors for the evening. Dinners consist of fresh fish, chicken, beef or pasta and homemade breads. Special dietary needs can be accomodated with advanced notice.

In short, don't miss the opportunity to dive this beautiful and remote part of the wold. The price based on double occupancy is only $4995.00 (list price is $5730.00)

Complete Package Includes: Solomon Islands boat

  • 10 nights accommodation in upper-deck cabin,
  • 3 meals daily and snacks
  • 3 to 4 dives to day
  • Custom fee (Reef Tax)
  • Visit to a fishing village
  • Round trip airport transfer

Not Included: Airfare, Nitrox, Bar Drinks, Crew Gratuity

Note: This trip does not include airfare, however we can make air reservations for you. We will not be able to provide accurate quotes until one year prior to travel - October 2018. The departure city for the boat is Honiara on the island of Guadacanal, Solomon Islands. Flight can be arranged through Fiji, or through Australia.

Space will be reserved on a first come, first served basis with a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 due no later than October 15, 2018. A second deposit of $1000.00 is due April 15, 2019 and the balance is due July 15, 2019. Please contact Jonathan at Waterfront Diving Center with any questions.

Complete Package Price for Diver (Double Occupancy) $4995

First Deposit $750.00 Due 10/15/18

Second Deposit $1,000.00 Due 04/15/19

Final Payment Due 07/15/19

 

 



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