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Best of Yap Dive Sites 3 of 6

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 30, 2014 06:58

Best of Yap Dive Sites 3 of 6

Slow 'n Easy

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort


Best of Yap Dive Sites 2 of 6

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 24, 2014 06:56

Best of Yap Dive Sites 2 of 6

Big Bend 2

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort

Best of Yap Dive Sites

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 22, 2014 17:11

The Best of Yap Dive Sites

Big Bend

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort

Brac Reef Resort Waives Single Supplement Fee - Again…!

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 20, 2014 16:14

Brac Reef Resort - Meet Me at the Bar…! 

Calling All Solo Divers - No Single Supplement

 

Get some Caymankind diving under your weight belt with this deal on Cayman Brac at the Brac Reef Resort. We have a 7-night or 5-night package that includes accommodations, three gourmet buffet meals a day, airport ground transfer and dives with Reef Divers (8 dives on a 5-night package and 12 dives on a 7-night package).

5-Nights Package = $767 and 7-Nights Package = $1078  

Book by Oct 17 for travel between November 15-28 or Dec 6-22, 2014

Thalatta Beach Resort - Underwater Photos

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 16, 2014 12:54

Thalatta Beach Resort - Philippines

 We Get You Here…!

Underwater Photographs

Turks & Caicos Explorer Ventures Testimonial

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 15, 2014 10:11
"Good Morning Greg,

Just wanted to follow up with you and say thank you once again for all of your help.  Had a wonderful time on the boat.  The crew was stellar and it could not have been better.  Lots of sharks! "  
 
 
Scott K - Astoria, NY 
 

Thalatta Beach Resort - Philippines

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 14, 2014 12:37

Our dive buddies at the Thalatta Beach Resort are offering us a great deal on a dive package for travel between October 15 to December 1, 2014. Thalatta Resort is located in Maluay Zamboanguita and the resort faces Apo Island. The area offers fin-tastic diving and the resort is staffed with friendly and professional people. Our package at Thalatta for 7 nights, all meals + 2 drinks daily and 10 dives is normally $1650 for two divers (not per person) but is on sale now for $1350 for two divers, SAVE $300. Contact us for availability and other dive package options (15 dives and 20 dives).


Explorer Ventures Turks & Caicos Oct 10-17, 2015 - Group Charter

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 9, 2014 16:43

Explorer Ventures Turks & Caicos Oct 10-17, 2015

Group Charter - Save $200

Join us on a small group charter to the Turks & Caicos on the fin-tastic Turks & Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard. We have only 2 remaining cabins on this charter.

We have Main Deck cabins reserved and these are normally $2395 per person. Now save $200 per person at the price of $2195 per person. Twin or queen bed, desk and chair, dresser, hanging closet, wardrobe, large window(s), private ensuite bathroom and shower.

Packages Include:

  • 7 nights/8 days aboard vessel
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • up to 5 dives daily
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Not included: Port fee $85 and fuel surcharge $125.

Scheduling 5 dives daily, including night dives, the vessel boards in Providenciales each Saturday and offers 5 1/2 days of diving each week. You'll explore the 5 different black coral species at Black Coral Forest, the reef sharks of Provo's Shark Hotel, the deep-water gorgonians of G-Spot, and the spotted eagle rays of Double D, along with a multitude of other dive sites along the region's plunging walls.  

Turneffe Flats Resort Belize - BOGO Deal - Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 6, 2014 16:03

Turneffe Flats Resort October Diver BOGO Deal

Special valid for the following weeks:
October 4 - 11, October 11 - 18, October 18 - 25
 
Dive Package: Purchase 1st at regular low season rate and receive 2nd at 50% off.
1st Package: $2,395.00 + $176.63 (Taxes) = $2,571.63
2nd Package: $1,197.50 + $74.85 (Taxes) = $1,272.35

Total Package cost for 2 Divers: $3,843.98

Packages Include: Airport transfers, double occupancy lodging, 3 dives per day, 3 meals per day plus evening
hors d' oeuvres, use of all on-site amenities (pool, internet, kayaks, exercise area, etc.)
 

Trurneffe Flats Resort - Belize - Trip Report

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 5, 2014 15:45

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.