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Grand Cayman

February 20-27 2010

Join Dive Instructor Wade Labrecque as he returns to Grand Cayman Island for a one-week tropical getaway!>

The Cayman Islands have approximately 250 dive sites that contain deep dramatic walls with sponges and corals, tons of beautiful reef fish and small invertebrates and even shipwrecks. All is found in 80-degree water with visibility 100 feet or more! And you can’t forget to visit Stingray City, Grand Cayman’s famous 12-foot dive.

There is also plenty to do for the non-diver as well. Grand Cayman is the most cosmopolitan of the three islands. There is the beautiful 7 Mile Beach for water sports and tanning, Stingray City, duty free shopping in Georgetown, horseback riding, golf, sight seeing, the Botanical Gardens and even a turtle farm! At Sunset House alone there is a swimming pool, hot tub, My Bar, for cool tropical drinks and great snorkeling and swimming on the house reef right in front of the resort.

Our Package Includes:

  • Taxi to and from airport
  • 7 night accommodations at the Sunset House
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 days of 2 tank boat dives on Sunset Divers 5 un crowded boats
  • 7 days of unlimited shore diving on Sunset House’s unbelievable reefs, wreck and the world famous Mermaid.

*For an added fee Nitrox is available

*Earn your NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification from Wade for only $75

*For more info on Sunset House and Sunset Divers go to www.sunsethouse.com


ISLANDS OF PALAU

March 5-18th, 2010

The Palau archipelago radiates a diversity of marine life throughout much of the tropical Pacific. And that is just the start of what you’ll discover on this Pacific paradise. Made up of more than 300 islands, Palau is the western-most point of Micronesia in the Caroline Islands. Jealously guarded by snorkelers and scuba divers, the clear, calm waters hold tropical fish in a myriad of colors, platter and mushroom corals, tridacna clams with iridescent mantles of browns, greens and blues, World War II wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels.

The Cliffside Hotel is located on a quiet hillside that overlooks the Koror lagoon. The Cliffside Hotel is only a ten-minute drive from the center of town. Each of the rooms at the Cliffside Hotel is air-conditioned and has a view of the ocean. There is also a gift shop, two bars and restaurant and a large swimming pool with a hot tub and a deck to lie out in the sun!

Divers bring your cameras. Palau has become world renowned for it spectacular drop-offs. Vertical walls begin knee deep and plummet straight down to more than 1,000 feet with 200 feet of visibility and gorgonian fans 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. There are blue holes, giant undersea tunnels, and stalactite filled caves. Palau’s most exciting site is the Blue corner. Here the reef makes a 90-degree, forming a sharp corner that juts out into the open sea. On this dive, divers may experience Gray Reef Sharks, blue marlin, manta rays, Dogtooth tuna and schools of more than 100 Barracuda (a dive opportunity not to be missed).

This trip includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Burlington to Honolulu, Hawaii to Koror, Palau.
  • One night in Honolulu airport hotel including breakfast.
  • Airport/hotel transfers in Palau (airport/hotel transfers in Hawaii not included).
  • Eleven nights at the Cliffside Hotel in a room with 2 queen beds.
  • Nine days of two-tank diving with NECO Marine including nitrox, lunch and Koror State dive permit.
  • Snorkel trip to jellyfish lake
  • Hotel taxes

Not Included:

  • Meals/beverages not specified above
  • $20/person Palau departure tax
  • $20/person to visit Peleliu Island
  • Personal dive equipment
  • Gratuities

Anthony’s Key Resort
Roatan, Honduras

February 23rd-March 1st 2008

Last years trip to Roatan was one of the best dive destinations I have ever experienced, so we’ve decided that we’re going to do it again this year! Back to Anthony’s Key Resort for starters where everything runs like a Swiss watch. The accommodations are pristine and spacious with A/C that actually works! Most of the bungalows are right on the water with a balcony extending over the water creating your very own mini aquarium where you can watch starfish, cowfish, anemones and all sorts of other critters. You will eat like kings (or queens), meals are expertly prepared and delicious and the wait staff is nothing short of stellar! These folks really aim to please!

There is plenty to do topside. Go relax in the pool with a rum drink after your day of diving or enjoy a good book on the plentiful white sandy beaches. The surrounding tropical gardens are stunning and create an island ambiance not to be forgotten. Live music, fire dancers, dolphin experiences and a multitude of other activities are there for you to enjoy.

Ok great, what about the diving? Compared to other places, I can say you will be impressed by the health of the reef. Coral and reef inhabitant are in prime condition, unlike other more heavily trafficked destinations. Visibility is quite acceptable, running around 100ft. and the water temp at this time of year is about 82°. Like sea turtles? You will be in nirvana. Morays? Angels? Seahorses? Tangs? Octopus? Maybe a whale shark? See a pattern developing here? The boat rides are short and sweet. The dive masters are "on it" from pointing out things so often overlooked, to helping with gear and selecting the best dive sites for the conditions, as well as always focusing on safety and aesthetics.

It’s really a futile effort to verbally describe what can only be genuinely appreciated in person. Why not make plans to see for yourself? Please accept my personal invitation to come along for this memorable and exciting vacation. You deserve it!

Package Includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Burlington
  • 7 night’s accommodations in a key superior room, include taxes.
  • 3 single tank boat dives daily, includes tanks and weights
  • 2 single tank boat night dives
  • 3 meals daily
  • Horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing, entrance to Roatan Museum and dolphin presentation are also included.


Anthonyís Key Resort
Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras

April 18-25 2009

For over thirty years, Roatan has welcomed the diver and non-diver alike, with crystal blue waters and lush tropical vegetation. The setting is ideal for a tropical getaway vacation. Our accommodations are bungalows on stilts, some over the water, with big louvered windows to take advantage of the tropical breezes. In the open air dining area three delicious meals a day are served. The dive operation is very well run; a fleet of roomy custom dive boats, staffed with helpful, friendly divemasters, take divers to a wide variety of sites just minutes from the dock. Most sites are suitable for any skill level, and divers can expect to see schools of colorful tropical fish, moray eels, turtles, rays, and maybe even sharks! With water temperature in the 80ís and visibility approaching 100 feet, itís no wonder AKR is considered to be a diverís paradise.

One of the great things about AKR is that it also has a lot to do for the non-diver. The Dolphin Research Institute is based on the adjoining property and there is the opportunity to snorkel or dive with the dolphins. From AKR property guests are free to go paddling in a kayak, go horseback riding, go for a swim in the pool or just relax in a hammock under a palm tree.

Join instructor Joe Vicere for this island escape. The price of the trip ($2295.00) includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Burlington to Roatan
  • 7 nights lodging in Key Superior room including all taxes
  • 3 meals a day
  • 3 boat dives per day for 6 days or 2 snorkeling excursions per day
  • 2 boat night dives during the week.

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Wakatobi Dive Resort

February 27 - March 17, 2009

Wakatobi is a remote and exclusive resort built by divers for divers, and founded on the principles of sound, sustainable eco-tourism. Located in an Indonesian archipelago, Wakatobi has the planetís most pristine and prolific tropical reefs. A place that Jacques Cousteau called "the finest diving site in the world."

Diving adventures begins only a few steps from the resortís powder white beach, where a drop off stretches along several distinct dive sites. Fish as familiar as the clownfish, to the elusive blue-ringed octopus, make their appearance while diving the more than four dozen sites. Soft corals, oversized gorgonians and vibrant sponges in every hue give photographers a tapestry of color and texture with which to work. At night, the resortís famous House Reef, one of the worldís best shore dives, explodes in a flurry of activity.

This intimate, and comfortable retreat accommodates only a few dozen guests in a mix of seaside bungalows and villas. With a three-to-one staff to guest ratio, the attentive staff are at your beck and call to assist with your every need. Whether itís about making your diving effortless, or your rest, recreation, and fun more pleasant, they are there for you.

The diving facilities offer the whole range from snorkeling to Nitrox and technical/rebreather diving. The large day dive boats are spacious, well-equipped and a joy to be on. These popular vessels permit easy diving, and incorporate camera table, rinse tanks, towels, hot and cold beverages, snacks, tiled bathroom and a wonderful local crew.

The trip includes round trip airfare from JFK to Bali via Hong Kong. Two nights at the Santika beach resort in Bali, in a deluxe room, including daily breakfast. Then 10 nights at Wakatobi in a garden bungalow. This includes 3 meals a day and unlimited diving. We return to the Santika beach resort for three nights of exploring Bali. All Hotel taxes and airport transfer fees are included.


Bonaire

February 21 - March 1, 2009

Bonaire is known throughout the world as a "Diver's Paradise". The island has earned this reputation because of it's warm tropical waters (80-85F) teeming with some of the most diverse marine life in the Caribbean. It is also known for the ease with which the diver can explore it's more then 70 dive sites. Most sites are accessible from shore!

Bonaire is one of the famous ABC islands located off the coast of Venezuela. It was originally settled by the Dutch and is now part of an island nation known as the Netherlands Antilles. It is just over 21 miles long and about 9 wide. Bonaire is a quite island mainly dedicated to the diver, or snorkeler, and the pleasure of exploring a reef.

The beauty of Bonaire lies in its shore diving. You can take the plunge anytime you wish, day or night. From our luxury accommodations at Buddy Dive you will be able to pull into Buddy's unique drive through air station. There will be no walking great distance to select tanks for that day diving. Instead your tanks will be filled and waiting. Grab as many as you wish and head down the road. More then 50-shore dive sites await you within minutes of your hotel. This is a 24-hour air station for those who wish to dive at midnight or nine in the morning the choice is yours. You can choose from sites like "Angle City, Karpata (almost always turtle sightings), White or Red Slave, and many, many more. Did you ever want to dive a large shipwreck? Dive on the famous "Hilma Hooker". This large freighter was intentionally sunk to provide an artificial reef and site for divers. It lies if 90' of water and is but a short 5 minute swim from shore. From the surface over the wreck you can easily view the ship on the bottom. It's an amazing feeling as you slowly descend to the wreck and the many details of the ship materialize in the 100' visibility. Our package does include six single-tank boat dives as well. These can be taken at any time during your stay. There are a few sites, such as those around the small island of Klein Bonaire, which are only accessible by boat.

There is so much more to diving in Bonaire then can possibly be written here. So what are you waiting for! Join Instructor Gary Niquette on the dive vacation you won't forget, join us in Bonaire! You deserve it!

Your Bonaire Vacation will include:

  • 7 nights lodging (based on 4 people sharing 2 bedroom condos each with 2 baths
  • 6 one tank boat dives
  • Unlimited air, shore diving and weights for each condo unit
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Free nitrox upgrade
  • Hotel taxes and island transfers included
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Burlington to Bonaire

This is going to be a special vacation for another reason. A normal dive trip includes 5 full days of diving but our trip this year includes 6. We depart Burlington at 5:20 PM on February 17 and arrive in Bonaire at 5:33 AM on February 18. This gives us a full extra day to explore the reefs or just relax and get use to Island Time.


Saba - St. Eustatius - St. Kitts
Liveaboard

January 10-17, 2009

The Northeast Caribbean is an intriguing area offering a blend of Dutch, British, French and native cultures on some of the most scenic islands of the Caribbean. Enjoy an 8 day/7 night diving expedition aboard Caribbean Explorer II. This itinerariy includes 5 1/2 days of diving, including 2 to 2 1/2 days within the Saba Marine Park, a day within the St. Eustatius Marine Park, and 2 to 2 1/2 days at St. Kitts. 5 dives daily are normally offered, including night dives; the schedule also provides for up to 3 island tours during the week, providing ample time for our guests to explore forts, rainforests, duty-free shops and museums.

The Caribbean Explorer IIís combination of diving and optional island access has always been unique within the liveaboard diving industry. As a dedicated dive liveaboard, all diving is done directly off of the vessel, using the expansive dive deck covering the aft third of the main deck. Each diver has his or her own dive gear bin; a large camera table, as well as rinse tanks, wetsuit drying racks, charging stations are available for all to use. Nitrox is available; tanks are filled in place between each dive, so there is nere any need to disassemble your gear. If you are interested in touring the islands, other guestsí can continue diving. We can also arrange additional time ashore to hike the rainforest-covered mountains, or even horseback riding on the beach.

Caribbean Explorer II features private ensuite bathrooms in each of the nine air-conditioned double state- rooms, as well as nitrox, a larger dive deck, and more on-board space. A crew of seven, including 4 dive instructors, caters to the needs of our 18 guests each week. Each stateroom has a private lavatory, toilet and shower; most have queen beds with a twin bed option, as well.

A large semi-enclosed salon serves as the main gathering place for meals, slide shows and movies; aft of the salon, the sundeck provides a large area and lounge chairs to relax and soak up the rays.

Join Waterfront Diving Center Instructor Erick Tichonuk for this fantastic dive adventure. Package price of $2,495

Packages Include:

  • 7 nights/8 days aboard vessel double occupancy
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • 5 dives daily
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Port and Immigration Fees
  • Round-trip air from Burlington, VT

Packages Do Not Include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Friday evening dinner
  • Optional Island Tours
  • Rental, instruction and retail charges
  • Crew gratuities
  • St. Maarten or St. Kitts departure taxes (approx. US$20-$30)
  • Port taxes, immigration and Marine Park diving fees ($115 pp)
  • Temporary Fuel Surcharge ($160)
  • Nitrox

Little Cayman

March 8th - 15th, 2008

Join Instructor Wade Labrecque on a trip to LITTLE CAYMAN and diving the
Bloody Bay Wall.

Bloody Bay Wall is one of the most pristine underwater sites in the world. Bloody Bay Wall is part of a unique ocean reef system surrounding Little Cayman Island. The unusual characteristics of the reef's architecture provide exceptional underwater visibility, and a diverse profusion of marine life thrives on and about its submerged cliff walls. Many types of hard and soft coral grow along its craggy face. Sharing living space with the corals are vivid yellow tube sponges, red rope sponges and wondrous sea fans. Thousands of mobile creatures inhabit the wall as well, some seeking the wall's excellent protection from predators, and others searching its shelters for prey. Tiny shrimp, brittlestars, Christmas tree worms, lobsters, sea cucumbers, moray eels, and countless varieties of small brilliantly colored fish coexist in timeless balance. Turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, barracudas, groupers and sharks are often found swimming nearby.

Divers don't have to lug their gear every day from their rooms. Upon checking in at the dive shop, divers receive a Reef Divers bag. They put their gear in the bag, place it outside their door the first morning, and the dive staff will take it to the boat. The diver sets up his/her gear the first time. After that, Reef Divers changes their tanks after every dive. At day's end, we take care of rinsing BCs, regulators and weight belts on the boat. Divers take their wetsuits and skins to the storage area to dry and their photo/video gear to their rooms. Dive boats anchor only to buoys attached to permanent moorings. Dive boats are limited to a maximum of 20 divers. Divers are welcome to use computers to maximize bottom time. Divers are provided an orientation at the dive shop, a dockside briefing on the dive boat before departure, and a briefing at each dive site.

The Resort:

  • 500 feet of beautiful white sand beach with shaded hammocks
  • Snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, basketball & darts, tennis
  • Watersport rentals including sailboats, wind surfers, paddleboats and kayaks
  • Freshwater swimming pool, heated Jacuzzi and hot tub
  • Fitness & Games rooms, Bicycles for exploring the island
  • Reef Photo & Video Center - Instruction, rentals, processing and custom video service
  • The Nature Spa - massage, hairdressing, body & facial treatments
  • Bird of Paradise Restaurant - Caribbean and international buffet dining in a casual atmosphere
  • Beach Nuts Bar - poolside bar, specializing in refreshing, tropical drinks

Package includes:

  • Round trip airfare from JFK
  • 7 nights at Little Cayman Resort (taxes included)
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • 6 Days of 2 Tank Boat dives

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Anthony's Key Resort
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

February 23 - March 1, 2008

Paradise. That's what many have called it, and now you can experience it for yourself. Both above and below the surface of her crystal blue waters Roatan offers something incredible for everyone. Anthony's Key has been a flourishing dive resort for over thirty years for many good reasons.

The location is idyllic. Nestled on the lush tropical hillside of this island paradise are bungalows resting on stilts, some suspended over the water. You'll fall asleep to the gentle rush of surf and tropical breezes. Although Roatan is remote AKR is developed enough to make you comfortable and unbelievably relaxed. The open air dining puts out some incredible spreads that will satiate the hungriest diver.

The dive operation is first rate. With eleven custom dive boats and a professional staff to cater to your every need AKR makes diving easy. The boat rides are just 5 to 30 minutes to some of the best sites the Caribbean has to offer. Suitable for novice and expert divers alike, all should brace themselves for eagle rays, green morays, schools of exquisitely colorful fish, garden eels, and even the occasional shark. Well south in the Caribbean you can expect water temperatures in the 80ís and visibility ranging from 50 to 100 feet.

Need a surface interval? Have a non-diving friend? There's plenty more to do! Try snorkeling (or diving) with dolphins, both an amazing and unique experience. Take out a kayak, go horseback riding, lounge in a hammock, take a dip in the pool, or explore the island. You can also opt for longer explorations of the mainland if you like. There's plenty of fun at AKR, including a beach picnic and island fiesta night!

Join instructor Erick Tichonuk for a fantastic dive vacation. He's led over fifteen group dive trips to the Caribbean including two to AKR. The price for this dive package is $2550 pp/dbl occupancy and includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Burlington to Roatan. These are incredible connections with no small island hoppers!
  • 7 nights accommodations in a key standard room. All room taxes are included.
  • 3 meals per day.
  • 3 boat dives per say for six days, or two snorkeling excursions per day.
  • 2 night dives during the week.

Palau & Yap

Jan 17 - Feb 01, 2008

Divers bring your cameras! Vertical walls begin knee deep and plummet straight down to more than 1,000 feet. With 200 feet of visibility and gorgonian fans 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, these are photo opportunities you won't want to miss. There are blue holes, giant undersea tunnels and stalactite filled caves. Palauís most exciting site is Blue Corner. Here the reef makes a corner that juts out into the open sea. On this dive divers may experience Gray Reef Sharks, Blue Marlin, Manta Rays, Dogtooth Tuna and schools of more than 100 Barracuda.

Having dived this part of the world for many years, I can honestly say that this is by far some of the best diving Iíve ever done. This is Big Blue Water with Big Fish and Big Currents. Its exciting, exhilarating and not for the meek or timid. I would love this place for the diving alone, however, there is one more added benefit, and that's the food. Regardless of your tastes: Indian, Japanese, local cuisine, its all good and all fresh, all the time.

"Who wants to see the Mantas?!" If you do, then good news! Our next stop is Yap, the unchallenged leader of Manta Ray Diving in the world. Most encounters occur in depths of 25 to 50 feet in channels to the sea. These gentle giants appear unafraid of divers making any encounter one of the most exhilarating experiences a diver can have. Besides the Mantas, the culture of Yap is intact; with the people doing the things the same way their forefathers did, including the use of stone money.

This trip includes round trip airfare from Burlington to Honolulu, HI to Guam to Koror, Palau. One night at a hotel near Waikiki. Airport/hotel transfers in Palau (airport/hotel transfers in Hawaii not included). Eight nights at the West Plaza Hotel in a double room, six days of two tank diving with NECO Marine including lunch and dive permit fees. Then off to Yap for three days of diving; while on Yap we will be staying at the Manta Ray Bay in ocean view rooms with breakfast included.


Dive into Cozumel, Mexico:

April 21 - 28, 2007

NAUI Instructor Jim Squires is once again leading a group of fortunate divers back to Cozumel, the diving mecca made famous by Jacques Cousteau. Jim absolutely loves the diving and topside amenities as he returns for his 18th time- it must be good!. Although much of the diving is geared toward intermediate divers, there is more than enough to keep every diver happy and safe with over 50 dive sites available. Jim guarantees the "WOW factor" will be in effect. For those divers feeling a bit rusty, Jim offers a "refresher dive" shortly after arrival (time permitting). Underwater photography is terrific and the "Splendid toadfish" awaits your arrival. Optional advanced diving and speciality courses are easily arranged.

Non-divers will love it too, whether they want to sit by the pool with a good book, snorkel at Chankanaab National Park, shop for silver and pottery, discover Mayan ruins on the island or incredible Chichen Itza on the Yucatan, or stare at the azure ocean. The food offers something for all tastes. And don't miss Sunday evening's fiesta in town!

Includes: round-trip air from Manchester, NH on Delta (6AM departure), transfers,7 nights all-inclusive accommodations and meals/drinks at Hotel Cozumel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Aqua Safari's guides (tanks/weights included) & marine park fee. Not included: tips (approx. $75), optional night dives & suntan lotion. Passport/proof of citizenship & C-cards necessary.


Grand Caymen:

February 24 - March 3, 2007

Join Dive Instructor Wade Labrecque as he returns to Grand Cayman Island for 8 days and 7 nights.

Price includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from Burlington, taxi to and from airport, departure fees
  • 7 night accommodations at the Sunset House
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 days of 2 tank boat dives on Sunset Divers
  • 5 un-crowded boats
  • 7 days of unlimited shore diving on Sunset Houseís unbelievable reefs, wreck and the world famous Mermaid.

Night dives I will be leading.

For the non-diver Sunset House offers a swimming pool and hot tub, My Bar for cool tropical drinks. Grand Cayman offers 7-mile beach for water sports and tanning, duty free shopping in Georgetown, horseback riding, golf, sight seeing.

For an added fee Nitrox is available or take an underwater photography class at world famous Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Center.

For more info on Sunset House and Sunset Divers go to http://sunsethouse.com



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