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Euphoria Liveaboard - Raja Ampat 30% OFF in 2016

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   November 10, 2015 12:09

Euphoria Liveaboard

Raja Ampat 30% OFF in 2016 

Here's a superb liveaboard and we are offering 30% discounts on a number of charters in 2016. Book between November 10 to December 20, 2015 with deposits paid before December 31, 2015 for this special opportunity.

Here are the dates available, and most of these are 12 day trips.

Jan 23, Feb 23, Mar 15, Mar 27, Apr 29, May 14, May 29, Jun 13, Sep 9, Sep 24, Dec 8,and Dec 23, 2016

These charter dates are to Raja Ampat. If you have been considering a live aboard to RA, now is the time to book. Contact us for availability.

Utopia Village Resort - Utila - YEAR END Special

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 30, 2015 18:04

Utopia Village Resort

Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

Last Minute BOGO Sale

We have a last minute sale at Utopia Village offering a great BOGO deal. Book one diver and the second diver is 50% OFF. Travel dates November 7 to December 19, 2015.

  • Diver package $1700 / $850 plus tax. Non-diver package $1400 / $700 plus tax.
  • All PADI dive courses are 50% OFF
  • Group of 4 divers: 2 pay full price, 3rd diver is FREE, 4th diver is 50% OFF.
  • Solo diver, no problem….NO single supplement.

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 27, 2015 09:00

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

Needless to say we had an amazing, relaxing trip to Playa Escondida this past week (Oct 10-17, 2015). We can't say enough about this place…the people, the food, the Luna Alegre room, the pools and restaurant area, and the wild and crazy surf. If you want a special vacation to a secluded, small resort (only 29 rooms), this could be your destination. Contact us for special rates. You can also find some short videos on our new YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSexlRqk3GnjxOMw0ZAJOqA

Airport Travel Tips

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 25, 2015 06:30

Airport Travel Tips

You may have seen these airport travel tips but they are worth repeating as we get ready for our winter dive travel to tropical destinations.

  • Getting through security checkpoints is always a major hassle. A little preparation can save you time and aggravation. Be mindful of the carry-on restrictions. Before your trip, stock up on small travel-size toiletries that are allowed for carry-on. This may also reduce your bag weight.
  • If you are travelling internationally, weigh your bags before you leave home and again, be mindful of weight limits as they differ from airline to airline. You may also have to weigh your carry-on bags so remember the check specific airline restrictions and weigh your carry-on before you leave for the airport.
  • There are a number of smartphone apps available to help navigate airport terminals. Gate Guru (www.gateguru.com) is a favorite as well as Seat Guru (www.seatguru.com) for getting that seat with a bit more leg room. If travelling through the US, TSA information is also available (http://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/).
  • A common trick to save a couple of bucks….carry an empty water bottle. Many airports now have water bottle fill stations near drinking fountains. You can avoid the high price of bottled water at post-security shops and restaurants.
  • Many people are right-handed and tend to choose checkpoint and immigration lines to the right. You may find lines to the left shorter with less of a wait. Of course, signing up for the TSA Pre-check program can also save you time and hassles in security line.
  • We have changed our dive gear bags from soft-side bags with rollers to lighter canvas sport duffel bags and we have saved close to 10 pounds in bag weight. We do need to get luggage carts now but we rarely worry about dive gear weight, and when we  are on a liveaboard with limited storage space, these soft duffel bags compress to save cabin space.
  • Take a photo of your boarding pass with your smartphone. Then you won't have to worry about opening your email program to find the boarding pass. We also take photos of our travel documents, passports, C-cards, and other personal records that might get misplaced. Check out our smartphone app as it has a section just for this purpose (Liquid Diving Adventures on the Apple app store or Google Play).
  • That camera in your smartphone can be used to take pics of your luggage, your parking lot location and other common travel events that you may forget after a week of scuba diving. Use that phone for more than just selfies…!
  • We have started to purchase a bottle of wine or other alcohol at duty free. We don't save much on the cost of the bottle but it can really save on the resort bar tab. You might consider some of the mini-bottles of alcoholic beverages to mix with a free soft drink on the plane. Just remember to pack them in a plastic baggie to get through the security checkpoints. And remember to use caution when bringing alcohol into to some Middle Eastern countries for travel to the Red Sea.
  • If you are not a frequent flyer member and don't have access to Premier Lounges, you may find some clubs will allow for day purchases. It may be worth the extra cost (say 420 to $50) to get out of the crowd if you have a long layover.

Travel safe, dive safe and have great adventures…!

Cayman Islands DEMA Dive Show Specials

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 15, 2015 09:00

Cayman Islands

2016 DEMA Dive Show Group Specials

One of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, well actually, more than one…!

Little Cayman Beach Resort and Brac Reef Resort are offering great group deals for 2016. Travel dates for both resorts are July 2 to December 17, 2016. Contact us for group deals and free of charge spaces for groups of 10.

Little Cayman Beach Resort

Little Cayman Beach Resort package includes 7 nights accommodations, 12 boat dives (6 2-tank dive days), three gourmet buffet meals daily, airport ground transfers, and welcome rum cocktail. Pool view $1695 per person, Ocean View $1943 per person group rates. Ask about free of charge (FOC) spaces and our discount rates.

Brac Reef Beach Resort

Brac Reef Beach Resort has recently been remodelled and they are ready to show off their improved facilities. Diving is still provided by Reef Divers, known for their "valet service." Your package includes 7 nights accommodations in a beach view room, 12 boat dives (6 2-tank dive days), three gourmet buffet meals daily, airport ground transfers, and a welcome rum cocktail. Get this package for $1425 per person double diver occupancy. Meet us in the bar for a "K" beer or a yummy mudslide.

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 14, 2015 08:12

Playa Escondida Resort - Sayulita, Mexico

We are starting to post some short videos to our YouTube channel. We are playing with our GoPro and having a blast. We have yet to be able to schedule any dives but really enjoying the resort, the beach and the pool. This is an amazing resort….!

Liquid Diving Adventures YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSexlRqk3GnjxOMw0ZAJOqA

Manta Ray Bay Resort - Manta Mania 2016

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 29, 2015 13:22

Manta Ray Bay Resort - Manta Mania 2016

Citizen Science Eco-Tourism Week - February 7-14, 2016

Get involved…! Join a manta ray conservation party on an upgraded luxury vacation package at Manta Ray Bay Resort. Yap is one of several research sites with Manta Trust - for one week leading manta ray and shark scientists will host a "hands-on" citizen science field research symposium and media event. 

“This is an rare opportunity for divers to dive with manta rays together with the scientists who study them. You’ll get to see the type of equipment we use, how we gather information and how its processed. We planned this event to take place during manta mating season, the most active time of year where close interaction with multiple animals is nearly assured - we are hoping to get a lot of valuable information. During the day you’ll dive with mantas and over the pristine reefs surrounding Yap, in the afternoon you’ll attend workshops to learn about megafauna, and in the evening you get to see pictures of these amazing animals. Not only will you be learning about mantas but also their very close relatives the mobula, sharks and other marine mammals. We hope everyone will come away from this experience awed by the ocean and its creatures with a deep appreciation for Yap and love for it’s people and culture."

Join Julie Hartup, Guy Stevens, Vanessa Jaiteh, and Steve Lindfield for a week of diving, symposiums, and hand-on experiences with mantas and sharks around Yap.

Packages are $1699 for standard room, $1799 for ocean view and $1999 for deluxe ocean view. Rates are per person double diver occupancy. Contact us for complete details.

Package Includes:

  • Manta ray awareness workshops, field research events and diving with leading scientists
  • Shark feed specialty, mating Mandarin fish and night dives
  • 1 three tank dive day with lunch in a Yapese village
  • Complimentary Wake-up service w/ coffee & tea
  • Culture Tour in a Yapese village center
  • Private beach BBQ on Saturday
  • Photo and video workshops
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Double occupancy room
  • Airport transfers
  • NITROX
  • Taxes

Carpe Vita - Maldives Deep South Shark Trip

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 27, 2015 10:46

Carpe Vita Liveaboard

Maldives Deep South Shark Itinerary

February 28 to March 10, 2016

We have one (1) remaining male share cabin on the popular Carpe Vita on a Maldives Deep South Shark itinerary. The charter departs Male and ends in Addu. The charter rate includes domestic return airfare from Addu to Male. Check out the itinerary map below. Ask for our discounted rate on this charter. Published rates listed below are in USD:

Charter $4,329

Airfare $230 

Green Tax $66 payable onboard

Fuel surcharge $100 payable onboard

Nitrox $200 payable onboard

Pearl of Papua Liveaboard - LAST MINUTE - Raja Ampat 20% OFF

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 23, 2015 13:19

Pearl of Papua Liveaboard

20% OFF * *  Last Minute Spaces October & November 2015  * * 20% OFF  

We have some very limited spaces available on the popular Pearl of Papua liveaboard for trips to Raja Ampat this October and November. Discounted pricing on these cruises listed below. These trips are to Raja Ampat North itinerary and depart from and return to Sorong.

  • October 13-20 (7 night charter) lower deck Seahorse cabin 4 available for male share - NOW $264 per night, was $330
  • October 13-20 (7 night charter) Manta Suite available for female share - NOW $288 per night, was $360

  • November 19-29 (10 night charter) lower deck Seahorse cabin 3 available for male share - NOW $264 per night, was $360
  • November 19-29 (10 night charter) upper deck Trevally deluxe cabin 1 available - NOW $280 per person per night, was $350
  • November 19-29 (10 night charter) Manta Suite available for female share - NOW $288 per night, was $330

Don Questo Liveaboard Sudan Red Sea

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   September 13, 2015 15:39

Don Questo Liveaboard Sudan

She's not the most beautiful ship, but she's reliable and stable in rough seas…!

The Don Questo was built in Selby (England) in 1964 as a trawling vessel. In 1984 she was transformed into an oceanographic research vessel under the Italian flag. In 1991 she had a complete overhaul but it was in 1998 that the Don Questo was fitted out to become a diving liveaboard ship. The Don Questo is the only ship running in Sudan that has a one-person recompression chamber on board. The Don Questo is running 4 different itineraries, the Northern Route, Central Route, Southern Route, and the Deep South.

Charter rates (Yes, we discount)

  • Central Cruise (1 week): 1.050 €
  • Two-week Cruise: 2.050 €
  • Deep South Cruise (2 weeks): 2.250 €
  • Mini Deep South Cruise (1 week): 1.200 €
  • Single cabin: 500 € pp per week
  • Sudanese Visa: 65 €
  • Sudanese Taxes: 185 € (1 week) – 250 € (2 weeks)
INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation in double cabins, full board
  • Water, coffee and tea
  • Transfers and attendance in Port Sudan
  • Unlimited dives (depending upon conditions)