Liquid Diving Adventures
Pinterest
Follow our Blog
Find us on Facebook
 

Month List

Home
Specials
Our Gear
Destinations
Liveaboards
Contact Us
Specials and Travel Reviews

Latest Blog Posts

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

Yap & Palau - 2 Islands, 1 Trip

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   January 20, 2015 13:19

Yap and Palau - Best of Micronesia, 14 Days

May 2-16, 2015  $3,599

We are now offering an amazing special from Chris at Palau Dive Adventures (Palau) and Bill at Manta Ray Bay Resort (Yap). This 2 islands, 1 trip special gets you diving the best of Micronesia.

** Available only for 12 people during the given dates at this one-time special rate...!

** One week at Manta Ray Bay Resort, Yap and once week at Palau Royal Resort...!

** Complimentary room upgrades, 7 nights in each country, 3 dives per dive day...!

** Includes breakfast and lunch on dive days, nitrox, Wi-Fi, late check out, and ground transfers...!

** Palau includes a Peleliu tour, jellyfish lake and 13 dives...!

$3,599 per person Contact us for additional details. We can arrange flights on United or China Airlines.

May 2-9, 2015 Yap / May 9-16 Palau  Space limited to 12 divers…! Act fast.

Palau & Yap 2 Islands - 1 Trip May 2-16, 2015

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   December 8, 2014 12:44

We have been working with Chris Lubba at Palau Dive Adventures (Palau) and Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort (Yap) to offer a fin-tastic Micronesia combo package, 2 Islands - 1 Trip special. Here is this amazing package. 14 nights for $3599 per person double occupancy.

We get you to the Palau's Blue Hole

  • 14 Nights accommodations:
  • 7 Nights at Palau Pacific Resort on Palau
  • 7 Nights at Manta Ray Bay Resort on Yap
  • 15 Boat dives on Yap, 13 Boat dives on Palau
  • Breakfast at both resorts, lunch on dive days
  • Complimentary room upgrades at both resorts
  • Unlimited nitrox
  • Free internet on Yap
  • Palau and Yap ground airport transfers
This trip is limited to 12 lucky divers so contact us fast to book this bucket list adventure. 20% non-refundable deposit required, balance due 60 days before travel. The price quoted is a cash price, add 3.5% for credit cards. $3599 per person double diver occupancy. Contact us for space.

From the macro to the magnificent, you will experience a wide range of critters. From giant mantas and sharks to mating Mandrin fish, Micronesia has it all. 

Palau Dive Adventures & China Airlines

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   December 2, 2014 09:00
Palau Dive Adventures & China Airlines
Get a Deal to Micronesia & Dive Amazing Palau

Our buddies Chris and Jason with Palau Dive Adventures have some smoking' deals right now. And China Airlines can make the deal even sweeter. We are getting some discounted airfares out of LAX to Palau via Taipei and that makes Micronesia a great choice. Scratch this destination off your bucket list in 2015.

Dive with Palau Dive Adventures, stay at Palau Pacific Resort (PPR), fly China Airlines. Yea!

7-nights Garden View accommodations at PPR, 5 dive days $1880 per person double occupancy.
 
Valid travel dates are April 1-24, 2015; May 7-July 15, 2015; Oct 1-Dec 15, 2015. Opt for the upgrade to Ocean View room for $135 per person.
 
Let's blow some bubbles! Prices quoted do NOT include airfare (add approximately $1020 per person depending upon travel dates - purchase by 31 Dec 2014 for travel to 30 Nov 2015).

Best of Yap Dive Sites 6 of 6

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 6, 2014 09:00

Best of Yap Dive Sites 6 of 6

Stammtisch 2

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort

Best of Yap Dive Sites 5 of 6

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 4, 2014 14:47

Best of Yap Dive Sites 5 of 6

Stammtisch

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort 

Best of Yap Dive Sites 4 of 6

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   October 2, 2014 07:11

Best of Yap Dive Sites 4 of 6

Slow 'n Easy 2

Courtesy of Bill Acker at Manta Ray Bay Resort


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

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

Palau Dive Sites

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   December 23, 2013 17:06

Palau is that destination in Micronesia of which dreams are made. Here are a few of the amazing dive sites you can experience around this island paradise.

Blue Corner

Blue Corner is very possibly the highest-rated and best-known dive site on Earth. It is home to large permanent schools of barracuda, large numbers of fairly harmless grey, white-tip, and black-tip reef sharks, and sea turtles.

The dive site can best be described as a large flat triangle similar to the top of a large office building. Coral is not especially dense on this triangle; rather, its high density of animal life is supported by the plankton-rich water carried over it by strong currents. The omnipresent plankton reduces visibility to approximately 20m/60 feet which is typical in Palau, but roughly 1/3 lower than comparable but plankton-poor sites elsewhere in nearby Micronesia. The edges of the Blue Corner are dramatic vertical drops from this 50'-deep plateau to dramatic, un-SCUBAable depths. Typically, divers will drift along the outer edges, making brief forays onto the plateau. Photographers typically arm themselves with a "reef hook," so that their hands are left free while they take photographs in the strong current. Safety stops are typically done "on the fly"-- that is, while drifting out into blue, open water and maintaining neutral buoyancy without benefit of an anchor rope or ladder. This is popular as a "last dive of the vacation" and pinnacle of the tour for dive guides leading tourists, since its unparalleled level of sensory overload "spoils the customer" for less spectacular sites.

Chandelier Cave

Chandelier Cave is remarkably different from Palau's other dives, in that it is 1) a well-developed cave system, 2) almost coral-free, and 3) less than 5 minutes' boat ride from the nearest SCUBA companies' docks. Near the cave entrance on the shallow, flat, sheltered harbor floor, divers may be able to spot rare, shy Mandarin fish. The first and second caverns are as wide and tall as a small concert hall, but almost entirely under water and drably colored. Moving further back, however, there is a far smaller group of hotel room-sized chambers that are largely above water. The walls in these rearmost chambers are bright orange and white with numerous fragile crystal growths resembling sugar frosting on donuts. Divers are regularly permitted to enter these chambers, remove their SCUBA gear, and walk and crawl about as long as the divers are respectful of the cave's fragility.

Divers should not attempt to enter this area without an experienced guide and two light sources per diver.

Because Chandelier Cave is shallow, near many docks, and not reliant on sunlight to provide enjoyment to divers, this is an extremely popular spot for SCUBA divers who wish to make a third dive on a single day. Because it's in a very sheltered, shallow bay, it is also popular as a dive site when weather conditions make other sites un-divable.

Siaes Tunnel

Siaes Tunnel (pronounced like the English word "sighs") is a natural formation in a submerged coral wall drop-off. It is comparable in many respects to the Blue Hole in Guam (not to be confused with Palau's "Blue Hole"), although Siaes Tunnel differs in having far more abundant coral. The tunnel starts at a fairly shallow point and dives down steeply to a moderately deep exit point, and is wide enough to accommodate several divers swimming shoulder-to-shoulder. The tunnel was discovered by divers fairly recently (roughly a decade ago).

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is a vertical, virtually bottomless wall and one of the most popular standard dives in Palau. There is a boat mooring at the beginning, close to the wall. This, coupled with the exceedingly shallow, sandy flat area between the nearby rock island and the cliff make for a perfect lunch/rest/snorkelling area between dives. The dive itself is typically conducted as a multilevel dive, with the first portion at 60'/18m where the larger life (sharks, rays, large turtles) are, and gradually coming up shallower until the safety stop which is done while drifting along near the top edge of the underwater cliff. The shallow areas are filled with their own collection of smaller but equally dazzling life: smaller turtles (one yard / 1m long), abundant reef fish, gorgonian sea fans and so on. The current is seldom strong, so photographers can pause and do macro-lens photography without unusual effort.

Ulong Channel

Ulong Channel (pronounced like "ooh-long", much like Asian "oolong tea") is an ideal drift dive. Typically, dive boats wait until a strong outgoing tide, then deposit the divers in a 30~40'-deep bowl-like sandy area surrounded by a shallow, dense coral reef. The divers then ride the strong outgoing rip-tide along a 10~15-foot-wide sandy channel through the reef, travelling in excess of 10mph without swimming. Along this 40 minute joyride, one typically sees handfuls of smallish turtles, cabbage corals, and harmless young foot-long reef sharks. The depth is limited by the shallow, sand bottom of the riptide channel until one reaches the end of the ride, where one must quickly grab at a boat mooring rope along a cliff-like edge. This mooring rope is sometimes visited by large numbers of relatively harmless grey reef sharks, so what might otherwise have been a relatively boring safety stop at the end of a dive becomes an exciting opportunity with minimal effort. Except for the possibility of drifting into deep water at the end of the dive, this is an idyllic introduction to drift-diving and one of the best dives in Palau.

Text about the Palau dive sites courtesy of Wikipedia. Dive site map courtesy of Palau Visitor Authority. Other information courtesy of Palau Dive Adventures.