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Magic Resorts - Philippines

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   April 2, 2017 15:06

Diving is great in the Philippines...! Book a trip to Magic Island or Magic Oceans Resorts. We have some great packages...! Contact us for a discounted deal to the Philippines.

Magic Island Resort

FROGFISH BONANZA

The Philippines is already very well known for frogfish, but just lately the sightings keep on coming. From large gray and green ones, to tiny little bright orange ones, the variety is quite astounding. After a dive to Pescador one diver's comment was “they’re hanging off the walls everywhere”. Take a look at some of these very special and unique creatures of the deep. Interesting fact; frogfish have an expanding stomach and can eat a fish twice its size in one gulp, they also have a voracious appetite and will even eat other frogfish. Good thing they don’t grow too big!

 

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…!

Turks & Caicos VIDEO - Caribbean Explorer II

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   August 12, 2015 06:29

Our dive buddies Yan Grossman, his brother Bruno, and their friend Rick James Chatas were on an April 2015 charter aboard the Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer II to the Turks & Caicos. Here is a short video of some dive highlights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9gyV6LAtA&vq=hd1080

 

Book a trip with us on this great charter…!

Dewi Nusantara Liveaboard 2016 Summer Deals

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   July 19, 2015 18:36

Dewi Nusantara Liveaboard 2016 Summer Deals

Indonesia Charters to Alor, Wakatobi and Komodo

SAVE 10%

Contact us about specific charter dates listed below the photograph and we will quote you an additional discount on top of the 10% offered by the Dewi…! You can't beat our rates.

 

 

1613: 16-27th Jun 2016, Buton, Wakatobi & Alor
1614: 28 Jun - 09 Jul 2016, Maumere & Komodo 
1615: 10-21 Jul 2016, Komodo & Bali
1616: 22 Jul - 2 Aug 2016, Bali & Komodo
1617: 03-14th Aug 2016, Komodo & Maumere
1618: 15-26th Aug 2016, Maumere/Wakatobi/Baubau

Alor & Wakatobi offers two rich and distinct areas of diving: the lush muck sites and unique reefs of Flores and Alor, followed by the bustling coral expanses of the Wakatobi region in Southeast Sulawesi. We will take in many of the best areas of Alor, before sailing northwards towards the Wakatobi region with our last stop at Buton Island. A new "critter central" not to be missed destination! During all trips you will have the opportunity to watch the active Kumba volcano. 


Komodo: We will take you to all the hotspot diving areas - Cannibal Rock, Castle Rock, Manta Alley to name a few as well as a visit to the National Park to get up close and personal with the Komodo Dragons. You will visit the Monkeys at Rinca and enjoy a stroll on a pink beach, one of only 10 in the world..!

Turneffe Flats Resort Travel Report - Turneffe Atoll, Belize

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   January 23, 2015 11:58

Turneffe Flats Resort - Belize

DIVE REPORT – 4 to 9 JANUARY 2015


Air Temperatures – Low to Upper 70s to Low 80s

Water Temperature – 78F

 


Overall Weather – At the start of the week winds came from the NNE at over 15 knots, and by mid-week they had reduced to 5 knots, only to increase again to 15 knots and swivel around to the NNW.  Skies offered alternating sun and clouds with some rain showers here and there.

 


Crew - Dive Instructor Anne-Marie was the dive guide, with Carlton (AKA Capt) as boat captain for the week.

 


Sightings – A positively monstrous size Spotted Eagle Ray came cruising by divers at close range along the Chasbow’s Corner wall on Monday.  Lighthouse Reef Atoll diving on Tuesday was spectacular, with lots of Nassau Groupers along the Half Moon Caye wall area with fat tummies for spawning.  Reef Sharks showed up as usual and showed keen interest in divers whom were taking photos of a Hawksbill Turtle munching on a sponge whom was completely unconcerned with the divers and cameras, or the Reef Sharks whizzing by.  Aquarium to Silver Cave on the western side of Long Caye was a lengthy drift dive covering both action-packed sites.  Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, schools of Horse Eye Jack, numerous large Black Groups, and three Tarpon all made appearances.  The southeastern dives on Friday offered up a White Spotted Toadfish sighting.  Upon close inspection, there was a small Banded Coral Shrimp sitting just above the toadfish’s eye like a red and white eyebrow.  A lone large and muscular Crevalle Jack swam purposefully along the Jojos’s Split wall toward divers coming in close for inspection as it went by.  Each week brings expected sightings and surprises every time.  

 


Sunday 4 January

Winds at over 15 knots from NE.  Mostly cloudy with some sun.

Dive Sites:  #1 Black Pearl North - 60ft visibility / #2 Black Pearl South – 60ft visibility / #3 Amberhead – 60ft visibility

 


Monday 5 January

Wind speed at over 15 knots switching from NNE to due north.  Rains showers in the morning gave way to sun in the afternoon. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Terrace – 60ft visibility / #2 Chasbow’s Corner – 60ft visibility / #3 Elkin’s Bay – 60ft

 


Tuesday 6 January

Winds at just over 10 knots from the NNE.  Mostly sunny conditions all day. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Blue Hole – 30 then 80ft visibility / #2 Half Moon Caye Wall – 60ft visibility / #3 Aquarium to Silver Cave - 50ft visibility

 


Wednesday 7 January

Winds dropped to 5 knots, and skies were mostly sunny with some clouds. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Wishbone – 70ft visibility / #2 Front Door – 70ft visibility / #3 Night Dive at Northern Bogue

 


Thursday 8 January

Winds back up to 15 knots from the NNE, then switching to NNW.  Rain showers on and off, revealing patches of sun. 

Dive Sites:  #1 Creekozene South – 60ft visibility / #2 Pine Ridge – 60ft visibility / #3 Lobster Bay - 60ft visibility

 


Friday 9 January

Light variable winds increased to 10 knots from the NW by mid-morning.  Overcast conditions with passing rain showers gave way to sun in the early afternoon. 

Dive Sites:  #1 The Elbow – 50ft visibility / #2 Jojo’s Split – 70ft visibility / #3 Chrissea’s Place - 70ft visibility

 

Flash Sale - Fiji Airways R/T LAX to Auckland $947

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   November 15, 2014 09:18

We have a FLASH SALE deal on Fiji Airways. Fly round trip from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland for $947 USD. 

Valid for Sale until 17 November 2014

Valid for travel 01 May thru 08 June 2015 and 24 July thru 17 September 2015

Some restrictions apply.


Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines Update

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   November 16, 2013 09:46

Typhoon Haiyan Track thru the Philippines & Dive Report from the Siren Fleet

 

We count ourselves very lucky that our crew and yachts have survived unscathed
by the typhoon’s path, the devastation of which has been most felt in northern
Leyte, Malapascua, Panay and Busuanga islands. 

For the Siren Fleet the majority of our trips remain unaffected. Reports of good
weather and diving conditions have been coming in from Cebu, Bohol and
Negros (Dauin) as well as the all clear given for diving in Anilao and Puerto Galera.
However Busuanga airport is currently closed and the next few trips of the
Philippine Siren will not be able to visit Coron. Our reservations team
are contacting all guests to make alternative arrangements and for the time
being trips will start and end in Batangas. 

Whilst Leyte Island has been the most affected by the typhoon, the area of
Sogod Bay is far south of the main path and all trips planned from February
2014 will be going ahead as scheduled. 

The Tubbataha reefs were not in the path of the typhoon so we can still expect
great diving there when the park opens in February.

The region around Donsol and Ticao was thought to be in the direct path of
Haiyan but the typhoon moved south leaving dive centres and resorts with
very minor damage.

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