Cuba!!! It is OK to go!

Havana and the Gardens of the Queen

The best way to help the Cuban people is to travel here. It’s so sad for Cuba to see the new warning from the US State Department to not travel to Cuba. This is politically motivated.  Cuba is open for US travelers. Some news agencies are reporting inaccurate news. The US has said it will not issue visas for Cubans to visit the US, but you can still travel to Cuba and get your Visa at the airport on the way.

Havana is open and working!

Cubans are visibly discouraged with the change of attitude coming from the current US Administration.  The best way to impact change in Cuba is to visit, see the country for yourself, talk with Cubans, spend money supporting small private business owners and show solidarity and compassion.

The sharks, fish & friendly crocodiles are awaiting the divers at the Gardens of the Queen.

The difference is we cannot travel as individuals, but it is OK in groups. We have several American departures with groups. Just ask the dates and we can make this happen!

The Cuban people were just beginning to find hope in the visiting Americans! We can still help and support them!

Diving in Cuba is a great value! We are offering DEMA specials to sweeten the deal!

  • Tortuga $2890.00
  • Avalon 1 $2950.00
  • Avalon 2 $3050.00

Plus 200.00 inscription fee + 100.00 conservation fee

*Nitrox 100.00 on Avalon 2 only.
*RT airport transfers Included from Santa Clara or Camaguey airports. Do not need group departures.
*Havana transfer extra and this would need to be part of a group departure.

Valid for all bookings from July 2018 thru Dec 2019.
Tortuga from July 2018 through March 2019.
Confirm before Nov 30 2017.

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
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Indonesia: Misool Named a Mission Blue Hope Spot

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue has designated our 300,000-acre, privately-managed Misool Marine Reserve as a Mission Blue Hope Spot.

Led by Her Deepness Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access, and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.

The Misool Marine Reserve, in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, surrounds the private resort island of Misool. This is a protected area inside which all extractive practices are prohibited, including longlining and shark-finning. The area is patrolled by a 15-person, locally-staffed and salaried Ranger Patrol who are strategically positioned at 4 Ranger Stations. The team also uses radar surveillance, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) patrols, and works directly with the marine police.

In the last decade, our team have achieved some incredible conservation wins. Data shows that ecosystem health and biodiversity is increasing: fish biomass has increased on average of 250% over a six-year period. Anecdotal reports from scuba divers reveal that the diving conditions continue to improve year-on-year. Similarly, anecdotal reports from local fishermen working just outside the Misool Marine Reserve confirm higher catch rates.

You, our guests, friends and family, make this possible. By choosing to visit Misool, generously donating to Misool Foundation and supporting our vision, we have been able to achieve incredible things. Our growing tribe of supporters and ocean warriors fills us with hope.

Carry on reading to find out what Dr. Sylvia Earle and Misool Co-founder, Marit Miners, think about this announcement.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

“Misool is a shining beacon of hope within the Coral Triangle,” commented Dr Earle. “The sheer abundance and diversity of life within the Misool Marine Reserve is unparalleled. Just over a decade ago this area was rife with shark-finners and longliners.  The Misool Marine Reserve effectively transformed the region into a sanctuary for sharks, mantas and countless other species. The Misool Marine Reserve embodies the true meaning of a Hope Spot. The team’s steadfast commitment to protection is powered by a unique partnership of responsible tourism and marine conservation.”

Marit Miners

“It is incredibly exciting to receive the news that the Misool Marine Reserve has been designated a Mission Blue Hope Spot,” said Misool Co-Founder Marit Miners. “This spectacularly beautiful region is very fragile, and we have to do everything in our power to protect it, for all life that depends on it now and for generations to come.  We are humbled by Mission Blue’s stand with us to protect Misool’s marine treasures. None of this would have been possible without the support of our guests, our team and our partners. Most importantly, we acknowledge our unique partnership with our local stakeholders and our Ranger Patrol. Their foresight, support and continued vigilance has been key to protecting the world’s richest reefs.”

Do you want to know more about Misool’s unique marriage of conservation and tourism? Then take a look at the following article.

‘What do you get when profit and passion collide? A story of love, hope and the world’s richest reefs’.

 

Launching Offer:Tiaré – New Indonesian Liveaboard

Tiaré  - Indonesia Liveaboard

LAUNCHING PROMO:

During this LAUCHING PERIOD “24 July – 12 Dec 2017” we are giving a 10% discounts to Dive Discovery’s customers.

What You Can Expect On Board Tiaré

Tiaré offers a spectacular experience for divers as well as non-divers, with bright airy cabins, spacious bathrooms and a large front deck where you can socialize, eat under the stars or just relax in the Indonesian sunshine. There is also a separate diving deck with hot water showers to warm up after a night dive.

All indoor and outdoor living areas, decks, and cabins are made with antique teak salvaged from old Joglos, which not only gives the feel of “real Indonesia”, but has helped to reduce the use of Indonesia’s disappearing rainforests.

Boat details: https://www.divediscovery.com/indonesia/liveaboards/tiare.php

Living area, Cabin - Tiaré  - Indonesia Liveaboard

For more information, contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

For The Well Travelled Diver- Lembeh

Introducing a New Jewel in North Sulawesi of Indonesia.

The Aman Lembeh

The Aman Lembeh

 

The Aman Lembeh is the newest addition to the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi of Indonesia. A Boutique Dive Resort that emphasizes in private and personalized experience of staying and relaxing in a traditional handmade bungalows, as well as a privately customized scuba diving trip from beginners up to professional Underwater Photography.Each diver and/ or dive groups are catered personally with our private butler services that handle all divers’ needs 24/7 from arrival, meals, dive programs, to your land tours.The Aman Lembeh offers unlimited dives, and unlimited fun scuba diving and exploring the Lembeh Strait and its surrounding of Bunaken National Marine Park and Bangka Archipelago.The Aman Lembeh

The Aman Lembeh Special Package Offer!

4 Days/ 3 Nights
US$ 425 Per Person TRIPLE Shared
US$ 510 Per Person TWIN Shared
US$ 785 Per Person SINGLE Room

5 Days/ 4 Nights
US$ 555 Per Person TRIPLE Shared
US$ 640 Per Person TWIN Shared
US$ 1020 Per Person SINGLE Room
Prices are quoted in US Dollars.

Unlimited Day Dives start from 8am and ends at 4.45pm.
Prices include land and sea transport from/ to Manado Airport and The Aman Lembeh (Roundtrip).
Prices exclude flights, personal expenditure, tips, dive equipment rentals, alcoholic beverages & soft drinks.

For more information and to take advantage of these special package offers, please contact

Dive Discovery
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

South Pacific Special Offers

**Attention scuba divers and snorkelers**

Lindblad Expeditions/ National Geographic Orion

partners with
Dive Discovery Travel for 2018

National Geographic Orion

What does this mean?

Because of this union, we are able to offer you an ‘exclusive’ $200.00 on board credit per person booked only through Dive Discovery.  (*new bookings only)

Also, SPECIAL OFFERS:

  • Book 2 or More and Save 10%
    Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard National Geographic Orion and take 10% off each voyage. Savings is applicable to back-to-back or non-consecutive voyages.
    ***This savings is available on voyage fare only, and is not valid on airfares or extensions.

Our South Pacific & Polynesia Trips

* links to PDF files

Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

  • 17 days Jun / Aug, from $15,680 to $33,440

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

  • 19 days Mar / Aug, from $17,990 to $37,990

Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji

Epic Polynesia: Cook Islands to Fiji

  • 17 days May, from $15,680 to $33,440

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

  • 10 days Apr / Jun / Jul / Aug, from $7,690 to $16,840

Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands

Isles, Atolls, and Pristine Corals: Southern Line Islands

  • 10 days Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug, from $7,690 to $16,840

Diving / Snorkeling Note:

We have Dive Equipment onboard 24 with compressors, tanks and all equipment required. Masks/fins/snorkels/dive weights/dive computers etc. Plus, snorkel gear for all 102 guests.
***There is an additional charge of $95 per person for each dive.

Overview

Actively explore every day

Hike tropical trails to some of the most Insta-worthy waterfalls on Earth, or venture inland on a lazy bike ride. Join a glass-bottom Zodiac cruise, glide along verdant shorelines on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, then cool off with a dip in a crystal-clear lagoon. If you prefer to stay aboard to read in the stillness of the library or indulge in a massage at the Health Spa, that is equally encouraged. There’s no one-size-fits-all scheduling ever: you choose your activities, activity levels, and staff members to join daily.

Revel in the remarkable undersea experience – Diving and Snorkeling

From the Southern Line and the Pitcairn Islands, both identified as Pristine Seas sites, to fantastic Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the South Pacific offers an unparalleled opportunity: to witness intact, vibrantly healthy marine habitats unlike anywhere else on the planet. All of our itineraries take full advantage of this underwater bounty and you’ll have numerous chances to dive, snorkel, and swim among brilliantly-hued coral, playful clownfish, gentle mantas, blacktip reef sharks and much more.

Orion carries complete snorkeling gear (yours for the duration of the voyage) for every guest and scuba gear for 24 divers, plus dive masters to oversee every excursion. And, we travel with an onboard undersea specialist and an ROV which takes video images up to 1,000 feet below the surface, far beyond the range of divers. So you’ll get incomparable, up-close access to the dazzling marine environments and their inhabitants. For those who prefer to stay dry, the addition of a glass-bottom craft to our fleet of Zodiacs provides perfect undersea viewing opportunities without the need to dive or snorkel.

Connect with the Polynesian culture and people

Thanks to the nimbleness of Orion, and the commitment, logistic skills and connections of our staff, we’ll have the peerless opportunity to meet and interact with the friendly and hospitable people who inhabit these remote islands and learn much about their traditional lifestyles. As we sail into a new port we will often be greeted with festive ceremonies native to that particular island. Throughout our itineraries we’ve arranged to visit ancient archeological sites like the many maraes (sacred meeting grounds), explore intricately carved tiki’s, witness traditional dances, and delve into the distinctive cultures for which this part of the world is so well-known.

The following link will allow you to download the Video I for Orion and her voyages!
https://youtu.be/uXFbatys4TU


Call Dive Discovery and book today to explore the South Pacific & Polynesia and get your ‘exclusive’ $200.00 per person on board credit.
(415) 444-5100,
1-800-886-7321
Or email CindiLaRaia@divediscovery.com

Passport to Paradise package: Bunaken, Bangka & Lembeh Diving

Passport to Paradise - Map

Visit North Sulawesi’s Most Famous Dive Sites with the Passport to Paradise

The Passport to Paradise scuba diving package allows you to explore three distinctive dive destinations (Bunaken, Bangka, & Lembeh) in one dive holiday, without missing dive days transferring by car. There is no traffic at sea, no long car rides, and no missed dives or snorkeling opportunities! That’s why our boat transfers between resorts is the perfect way to travel. Let us transfer you between our three resorts on our spacious, purpose-made dive boats, and you can just worry about having a good time relaxing, diving, and snorkeling along the way.   view details >>

Contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

 

Journeys Inspired by BBC PLANET EARTH II

Journeys Inspired by BBC PLANET EARTH II

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, you can experience many of the scenes that have unfolded on screen in real life with Dive and Africa Discovery. From marine iguanas in the Galapagos to great one-horned rhinos in India. To the elusive Show Leopard in Ladakh, India Himalaya’s. As well as the adorable lemurs of Madagascar!

We offer wonderful tours to see the wildlife in this selection of Planet Earth II.… more  >>

Contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

 

New Indonesian Liveaboards: Blue Manta Explorer & Raja Manta Explorer

Blue Manta Explorer - Liveaboard in Indonesia

The M/V Blue Manta Explorer offers itineraries through Ambon, Banda, Forgotten Islands, Komodo and Raja Ampat. Accommodating 18 to 22 guests (depending on the charter) she measures 45 meters in length (148 feet) with 14 spacious ensuite cabins situated over three decks. Blue Manta Explorer offers many advantages, but two great ones that come to mind are Single Occupancy for only a 10% surcharge on lower deck cabins and twin engines!   Blue Manta Explorer is a very spacious and luxurious steel hull vessel offering all of the amenities you expect on a quality live aboard, and more. There are even individual rinse tanks on the dive deck! You can put your mind at rest – your clients will be pampered and taken care of by a crew of 20 highly trained crew members.  more details >>

Raja Manta Explorer - Liveaboard in Indonesia

Raja Manta Explorer

With a major makeover in 2016, the M/V Raja Manta Explorer is a boat designed for divers, by divers. Offering exciting itineraries through Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki and Raja Ampat, the 37 meter (121 foot) steel-hulled vessel is stable, strong and reliable, making it perfect for extended itineraries in the fabled Coral Triangle. With 8 ensuite cabins and 3 shared-facility cabins, the Raja Manta Explorer can comfortably accommodate up to 22 guests served by her 18 crew. An enormous dive deck,  a spacious full-length sun deck, beautiful alfresco dining area, and a comfortable indoor salon all ensure plenty of opportunities for your clients to relax and enjoy in-between dive times.  more details >>

Contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

Scuba in Cuba Easter deals!

Garden of the Queens, Cuba, Scuba Diving

LUXURY LIVEABOARD, EXTRA COMFORT FLOATING HOTEL OR SIMPLE DIVING BOATS. WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY TASTE!

Avalon II: $4000
Including 7 night’s accommodation, full board, all beverages, 4 dives/day

Avalon I: $3800
Tortuga floating Hotel: $300 off
Halcón & Reina: $200 off
Including 7 night’s accommodation, full board, 6 beverages and 3 dives/day

**Does not include: $200 inscription fee, $100 conservation fee – Nitrox $100 (available only on Avalon II) **Transfer included only from Santa Clara or Camaguey Airports

See the boats here:  http://www.divediscovery.com/cuba/liveaboards/

For more information or to book a trip to Cuba with these amazing deals

Contact Dive Discovery at:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us