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Key Largo July 23 to July 29,2017

Our summer trips have become a cool way for families and friends that cannot travel in the winter to enjoy great diving and fellowship. Our group arrived in Florida, in various ways and times, some by air, and some by land, some on Saturday and Some on Sunday. Yes, we did have 2 couples make this a road trip.

There might have even been a group who dove the Blue Huron Bridge in Miami on Saturday. But that, and a yellow tow boat, are strictly a rumor, or is it.

Monday morning we set to sea with Ocean Divers, for fun week of diving. All told, we made 11 dives, including the Duane, Spiegel Grove, Benwood, and a really awesome night dive.

 

There were laughs, tears of joy, and some really great experiences,   including many cool group dinners, and a visit at sunset form a pirate ship;

There was a bit of local sightseeing, and a soiree to Key West to visit the Mel Fisher and Key West Shipwreck museums, and all the other cool spots.

Including SUNDOWN on Mallory Square.

 FINS UP for Amanda, Logging 101 HOURS Underwater.

Stop by our Facebook Page for the trip for more pictures https://www.facebook.com/groups/842357399266714/photos/

Anthony Key Resort 2017

Anthony Key Resort is located on the west side of Roatan. Our merry band of travelers arrived throughout the day on Saturday (February 11), enjoyed a welcome cocktail, and a stunning sunset.

After breakfast on Sunday, all enjoyed a lively orientation to the dive operation, Roatan, and local diving. Right after the orientation, we hit the water, for a checkout dive and tour of the barrier reef. 

Every day we enjoyed beautiful reefs along the west side of the island, and some great shore diving on the house reef. The meals were fantastic. Good food, lots of it, and a wide assortment. In addition to some night diving, several of the adventurous of the group, enjoyed a shark dive, and a dolphin dive.

Cozumel June 15 to July 2,2016

Our summer trips have become a really cool way for families and friends that cant travel in the winter to enjoy great diving and fellowship. We landed in Cozumel just after noon and shortly thereafter Amanda and Jay) charmed the dive shop manager right out of a full round of cylinders so they could get to dive in on Saturday, even though our dive package didn’t start until Sunday.

 Let’s just say that it was a great week, with many milestones accomplished. We enjoyed some really cool night dives form shore, including octopus and a big puffer who followed us around like a little puppy.

 

Mid week, the group enjoyed an  OUTSTANDING limited penetration wreck dive on the FELIPE XICOTANCATL C-53..

What a week, sea horses, night dives, Marisa and Jay 77 minute dive, Amanda drove the dive boat again, and so much more.

Join us in 2017, Summer Dive Trip, location to be announced

Curacao – February 2016

Our band of travelers ventured to Lions Dive Resort Curacao, to dive with Ocean Divers the week of February 26th to March 4.

During the course of the week, the group made upwards of 19 dives, including trips to the Tugboat, Lost Anchor, Eel Valley, Sandy’s Plateau, Beacon Point, Cornelius Bay, The Car Pile, Sweet Bottom, and the Wreck of the Superior Producer.

Several milestones this week. Liz and Ward 50 dives, Longest dive 1 hour 29 mins, plus several other secret achievements, like first time flying, etc.

Some of our merry band, opted in for a Lion Fish excursion, including assisting Ocean Encounters in removing 71 Lion Fish from the reef. We even had fresh lionfish sushi on our ride back to the dock.

Fins up to the entire Ocean Encounter’s Staff for making this a trip to remember.

COSTA RICA – September 2015

 A little scouting mission to Costa Rica, to scouting out Pacific Ocean diving. We stayed at the Occidental Grand Papagayo and Dove with Rock Fog Divers. Well let’s just say the Occidental Grand pampered us, wine, and champagne in the room, fresh strawberries, couples massages, and all you can eat and drink. We even enjoyed a private candle light dinner that was outstanding.

We dove with ROCKET FROG Divers and they were great. Our driver picked us up each day and took us to the dive shop, where we boarded a zodiac. Yes, we dove a zodiac all week and it was great. We dove cool rock formations, amazing puffer fish, and MASSIVE Stone Fish, devil rays, sea turtles, and much more.

 

We took a day trip to BAT ISLAND. So let me sum that up as:

120 miles to airport

2212 miles by air

20 miles by van

21 miles by zodiac

Diving with Pacific Manta Rays......Priceless!

Curacao - June 2015

Our band of travelers ventured to Sunscapes Resort Curacao, to dive with Ocean Divers the week of June 13 to June 20th. Our group had made special arrangements to dive on the day of our arrival, which made for a nice start to the trip. We ventured out of the dock and had a nice relaxing 40 minute shore dive, surrounded by stunning coral, lots of little creatures, and huge puffers.

During the course of the week, the group made upwards of 18 dives, including trips to the Tugboat, Lost Anchor, Eel Valley, Sandy’s Plateau, Beacon Point, Cornelius Bay, The Car Pile, Sweet Bottom, and the Wreck of the Superior Producer.

Some of our merry band, opted in for a boat night dive, while others enjoyed a Lion Fish excursion, including assisting Ocean Encounters in removing 59 Lion Fish from the reef. We even had fresh lionfish sushi on our ride back to the dock.

Fins up to our Dive Master Brian V, and the entire Ocean Encounter’s Staff for making this a trip to remember.   

Roatan CoCoview Resort 2015

CoCoView Resort is located on the south side of Roatan. Our merry band of travelers arrived throughout the day on Saturday (July 28), enjoyed a welcome cocktail, and a stunning sunset.

After breakfast on Sunday, all enjoyed a lively orientation to the resort, Roatan, and local diving. Right after the orientation, we hit the house reef, for a checkout dive and tour of the barrier reef and the wreck of the Prince Albert.  After lunch, we headed out for our first boat dives.

Every day we enjoyed beautiful reefs along the east side of the island, and drop off dives on either CoCoView wall or Newman’s Wall. The meals were fantastic. Good food, lots of it, and a wide assortment. In addition to some night diving, several of the more adventurous of the group, enjoyed a sunrise dive mid-week (yes, that’s a 5am start, but it was worth it.

On Thursday, we took ventured by boat to the west side of the island, or a 3 tank dive day, with lunch on board and great surface interval shopping in the town of West End.

Cozumel 2014

This was a family trip (July) to get the young guppies of the SCUBA Crew a chance to dive in the ocean. We landed in Cozumel just after noon and shortly thereafter Pickles and Relish (Amanda and Becca) charmed the dive shop manager right out of a full round of cylinders so they could get to dive in on Saturday, even though our dive package didn’t start until Sunday. Let’s just say that it was a great week, with many milestones accomplished.

Amanda - Advanced Dive Certification – 50th dive

Becca – 25th dive     RJ – 100th dive      Kevin – 300th dive

What a week, sea horses, night dives, Sunrise Dives, Amanda drove the dive boat, swimming with dolphins, and so much more.

Join us in 2015, Family Dive Trip week, location to be announced

Ambergris Caye – Belize – 2014

Talk about a GROUP TRIP, 36 of us ventured form 5 states in March, to Ramon's Village Resort Ambergris Caye, Belize

Well If you thought the September 2013 trip to Ramon's was great, multiply that by 36. Because this was a great trip, with great people. Ramon’s, Staff did a GREAT job keeping all of us up-to-date on the dive plans, and departure times.

After the 1st dive day, the group split into two sub-groups, since about 20 were booked on the big three tank dive to the Blue hole. Both groups had a great time, and joined back up in the evening to share stories.

With such a big, group, every one getting into small groups and ventured around the island sightseeing, when the dive day was done.

Well 18 dives later it was time to say goodbye to the island.

Time just flew by.

From the Dive Shop Management team, to the new deck hand every one treated us like we were owners. The dive shop team spent a lot of time with us, helping to plan our days. They listened to the needs of our group, the types and experience level of our divers, and helped us design a dive profile that will please everyone.

The week flew bye, we were sad to leave, well a few decided to stay another week.

Ambergris Caye – Belize - 2013

We Just got back from Ramon's Village Resort Ambergris Caye, Belize (www.ramons.com) as part of our scouting mission for the March 2014 trip. We stayed in a beach front cabana, just few short steps from the water. Our room was perfect, mini refrigerator, safe, telephone, clock, and a king bed, and what a view from our private porch. I’ve stayed in a lot of “island rooms”, over the years. This was by far the nicest room I have ever had on a dive trip.

Scuba Diving with Ramon’s, is GREAT. From the Dive Shop Management team, to the new deck hand every one treated us like we were owners. Well you can’t go to Belize and not make a trip to the Blue Hole. While it is a long boat ride, 3 hours, the time flew by. Saw a ton of sharks, Maybe even a hammer head, but that’s unconfirmed.

We also spent an evening visiting with MR. and Mrs. Headrick and learning of the mission work they do throughout the world. I must tell you that talking with Richard was moving, take a look at http://www.hellfighters.org/mm-national.

Bonaire 2013

This was the group’s second trip to DIVI Bonaire. We enjoyed slow relaxed dives, certified 6 new Nitrox Divers, 5 NAUI Advanced Divers, and 2 NAUI Master Scuba Divers.

Most of the dives were slow and relaxed, but we did have a few funny dives, including the search and recover dive for lost masks, go-pro cameras, etc Several personal records were also set including Rich for his 100thDive, most dives in a week was a tie between Rich and Fred. Deepest dive was also a tie between Amanda and Rich.

Often referred to as the dive capitol of the world, Bonaire hosts a wide range of marine life, outstanding under water visits, and stunning beaches.

If you visit Bonaire make sure to dive the Helma Hooker Wreck and off the shore of Flamingo Beach at night for the Tarpon experience is a must.

Cozumel 2012

Well, to say that the Cozumel 2012 Trip was wild would be an understatement. So much activity in a short week, it’s hard to know where to start. But, here goes… We had a very diverse group (23 people), with divers from 5 states joining us.

 

During the trip, we had a wide range of exciting dives, from drift diving along the reef, to wreck, night, and cenote diving. In all some of the divers logged more than 20 dives, each with its own unique experiences.

St. Croix 2011 – Diving with a Living Legend

In December, A quick trip to St. Croix as guests of Dive Experience, which is owned by Diving Legend Michelle Pugh. Michelle was inducted in the Woman Divers Hall of Fame in 2004, for her outstanding achievement’s including, being the first American woman to teach diving in Russia, diving with the killer whales, and establishing the mooring system on St. Croix.

Michelle provided great dives, wonderful hospitality, and an all-round wonderful experience. We dove 2 dives each morning for three days, and took afternoons off to tour Christiansted, we watched the light display as sail boats cruised the harbor on Saturday night for the annual Christmas parade and fireworks.

Each night was a new adventure as we sampled the nightlife along the harbor board walk. Mid-week, we shifted from diving to touring around the island in a jeep. Great weather 82 degrees above the water and below. Made new friends and look forward to a return trip.

Utila 2011

We ventured back to Laguna Beach Resort in February of 2011, with 24 daring divers and family in tow. To put it simply, there was a lot of diving available and some of the “fish” took advantage of that, several of whom logged 23 dives for the trip, including a few with 5 dives in a day, thanks to a 5am sunrise dive!

The afternoon drop off dive on the house reef became a rite of passage, with almost all of the divers participating at least once. The final drop off dive started well beyond the resort and provided the “fish” with a great view of sea turtles and lion fish in an area rarely dove by others.

We had Andrzej from Utila Center for Marine Ecology come and give a lecture, lead 2 lion fish hunts and then teach us how to clean and prepare the fish for fresh ceviche. Then then the Dive masters in our group were permitted to continue hunting lion fish for the rest of the trip. The lion fish hunt was conducted to help remove the invasive fish from the reef area. As part of the hunt, we fed the lion fish to native species such as morays and trigger fish. In all 30 lion fish we removed from the environment.

Utila 2010

Dive staff was outstanding. The Dive Master and Captain catered to our every need. Consistent water temperatures of 87 ºF. Dive master guided each dive allowing divers to adjust their profile to meet their individual’s desires. Those who wish to explore the depths or go off on their own are welcome to do so; likewise, those who prefer to stay shallow are also accommodated.

WHALE SHARKS! During the second day of diving while in route to the second morning dive site we changed course when the captain spotted the telltale signs of a whale shark. Within 10 minutes the captain had us alongside a 30’ majestic whale shark.

Bonaire 2010

Diving in Bonaire, is much like its sister island Curacao. Slow relaxed dives, coupled with exciting wall dives. Bonaire is home to some of the best shore diving sites in the Caribbean. Often referred to as the dive capitol of the world, Bonaire hosts a wide range of marine life, outstanding under water visits, and stunning beaches.

While visiting the island make sure to do a wreck dive of the Helma hooker and see how many crosses you can find, Visit Flamingo Beach, the dive the spot where Captain Don, yes the famous founder of Diving Bonaire, first landed (ok the boat sank).

In addition, watch out for sea horses, the area is filled with them.

Curacao 2009

Part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao), Curacao is a Dutch Colony filled with quiet little dive resorts and picturesque dive sites. Diving in Curacao is relaxed; sea horses abound, as well as tons of other small marine life. Shore diving is readily available throughout the island.

Top side, vacationers can go horseback riding take an ATV adventure or enjoy the beautiful beaches for just kicking back. Diving ranges from the calm shallows reefs, to deep wall dives.

Do not miss the chance to dive the Mushroom forest. This dive site is reminiscent of a lost world, with mushroom shaped coral heads that are stacked on top of the other. Looking up for 60 feet, the scene is much like an image from the movie "Lord of the Rings".

Roatan 2007, 2008, 2009

Roatan is where Like ‘da Fish got its name. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands and provides a breath taking escape form the hustle of the modern world. Leave your worries and your watch at home.

Time is often discussed in ‘ish’, such as dinner is 7ish, which means in or around 7 to 7:30.

While on Roatan, make time to travel to the dolphin institute at Anthony’s Key Resort.

Lastly, no trip to Roatan is complete without at least one dive in Spooky Channel. The Channel was formed by years of tidal currents and fresh water run off moving out to see through the off shore reef. What remains is a stunning deep-water channel that runs from Sandy Bay to the open water.

Cozumel 2007

Accessible from most northeastern airports, Cozumel is both a divers and vacationers dream.

The island sits on top of a reef that promises nice relaxed shallow diving, calming drift dive locations for the more experienced diver, and a great many swim though options.

Do not forget to take an excursion to the mainland to dive the Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The Island offers both dive focused resorts and five star vacationer resorts, that can include outstanding dive service packages.

Key Largo 2006, 2007, 2008

The Crew has made several trips to Key Largo staying in different locations both on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The Florida Keys offers wonderful diving, warm waters and easy access by all major carriers.

Diving in the Keys can be from a dive resort - lodging and dive service combined, or through an a la carte type arrangement.

Some of our favorite places include Amoray Dive Center, and the Marina Delmar complex with Ocean Divers.

While diving in Key Largo do not forget to take a dive trip to The Christ of the Abyss on molasses reef, the USS Spiegel Grove, the Duane or the Bibb.

Jamaica 2005, 2006

Our Traveling adventures began in September of 2005, at Couples Negril Jamaica. We fell in love with the islands and diving, so much that we returned to Jamaica in February of 2006.

While Jamaica is not your traditional dive destination, we found the all-inclusive resorts, like Couples Resort, to be a refreshing and relaxing environment. Most of the resorts in Jamaica provide diving services for the vacationer.

Warm water, lush tropical setting, and friendly dive sites make Jamaica a nice place for families and divers traveling together.

 

 

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