AUGUST SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2023 ~ Dive & Africa Discovery Travel

AUGUST SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2023 ~ Dive & Africa Discovery Travel

24 August 2023

I hope Summer has been great and you have had some wonderful family and friends time together! I just returned from an extraordinary trip to Kenya & Tanzania with a group of 7.

I have to say, it was one of the very best wildlife experiences I have had!

It has been a long time since I was in Kenya and it was truly remarkable.

Tanzania was equally beautiful in Tarangire National Park as well as Central Serengeti with all the big cats. Trip report coming soon; I have not even started to look at images
off my dslr camera yet and what I posted on Instagram and Facebook were all from my i-phone!!!

We have some ideas and inspiration for diving and Africa!

Diving Ideas!

Group trips 2024:
Sperm Whale in Water Encounter, January 3-9 2024 Group Trip ~ 5 days on the water with Sperm Whales! 2 spots left!
COST: $6,800 per person based on a single in each room, or for a couple.
Staying at the lovely The Champs in Portsmouth!


Komodo in Warm Water Season!!!
Aboard Adelaar Liveaboard, April 21-May 1 2024 Group Trip
2 spots 1 cabin open, double or twin share on the beautiful Adelaar liveaboard for Komodo
IN THE WARM Water season!
Komodo continues to be one of the premier diving areas in Indonesia;
I finally found a boat that will be there in the WARM WATER time, yay!
I simply cannot dive that cold water any longer, even with my heated vest!
Did you know that horseshoe Bay can actually have GREAT vis with warm water? Shocking I know!
Join me on this fun adventure, the boat only takes 8 people!!

Group trips 2025:

Papua New Guinea: 10nts ~ Milne Bay aboard Oceania Liveaboard, February 6-16 2025 Group Trip
COST: $6,200 per person & $90 E&S fees.

This is a very special rare departure for the beautiful colorful reefs of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea!

I love it here! NO other boats, the absolute pristine reefs in this magnificent Bio-Diverse area of PNG are beyond stunning! Color, life, crazy creatures and a manta cleaning station to name a few of the delights. Oceania only offers these cruises at the best time of the year for Milne Bay February till end of March.

Join me as we venture to the magic of Milne bay! One of the very special places to dive on earth!

Mexico: Mobulas and Orcas, Sea of Cortez, June 14-21 2025 Group Trip

Spotter Airplane Supported Ocean Safaris Onboard Nautilus Gallant Lady
COST: Superior Cabin: $4,200 inclusive of tax + $35 port fee
1 premium cabin at $4,830 per person + $35 port fee

Join us on this wild and crazy snorkel adventure in the Sea of Cortez! Peak season for Mobulas and Orcas! Get ready to jump and swim to be rewarded with thousands of Mobulas and Cow Nose Rays, plus a plethora of surprises only the Sea Of Cortez can offer! Hopefully Orcas!!!


Alphonse Island may be ‘THE’ quintessential idealic ~sublime island experience you will ever have. Imagine NO people, due to the extreme OUT THERE location in the middle of the Indian Ocean! With stunning diving that will knock your socks off. Untouched pristine reefs.

I have proof from guests who have just returned and others there in January.

You will love me forever, let me take you there…………….. can you picture yourself here?

The raw beauty of an untouched natural sanctuary in one of the prime marine environments in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean can be experienced here…

They have some space if you would like to get away in the Festive Season ~ Christmas and New Years!


Looking for something really different? How about Portugal!!?
I have always wanted to go there, especially to the Azores! Why not?

Now there is a dive operator that is working hard to offer diving to all the different areas in Portugal!
It’s a great destination in terms of pricing, culture and diversity.
Time to try something different!

Take a diving trip to mainland Portugal, the Azores archipelago, or Madeira Islands in 2024 offers many advantages and unique experiences for divers. Here are some compelling reasons to consider:

Rich Marine Biodiversity: Portugal, the Azores, and Madeira are renowned for their diverse marine ecosystems, making them ideal diving destinations. Guests can explore various marine life, including colorful fish, dolphins, whales, sharks, and rare species, providing an unforgettable underwater experience.

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Halmahera ~ Indonesia

Kusu Island Resort

Kusu Island is located in South Halmahera, Indonesia and is a tropical paradise for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Kusu Island Resort is the most luxurious and exclusive Dive and Holiday Resort in this region. We are in the heart of the Coral Triangle, which is recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity, and the reefs surrounding Kusu Island are virtually untouched and bristling with marine life.

Hot Specials

Bonus Event Weeks ~ Galapagos~
Booking window: Now until September 15, 2023
Travel window: September 30 to December 30, 2023
Humboldt ExplorerSave $2000! Double the savings!
Dive Galapagos’ best itinerary for maximizing your time underwater with hammerheads.
Now starting at $4,195 per person.
October 23 to October 30, 2023
October 30 to November 6th, 2023
November 27 to December 4, 2023
December 11 to December 18, 2023

Tiburon ExplorerSave $1600! Double the savings!
Dive with endemic marine iguanas, molas, and rare sharks in the Galapagos Islands.
Now starting at $5,395 per person.
November 4 to November 11, 2023
November 18 to November 25, 2023
December 23 to December 30, 2023


Africa is HOT! And now I have a new country to entice you with ~ Chad!

It’s in the central heart of the African continent! I will be working on offering a group here in the future once I can find a year that works. SOON! This place is special! From a friend and colleague who has been guiding safaris and worked as camp managers in the finest camps and reserves.

‘The draw is 62 different lions in a week, huge herds of Tiang and red Buffalo, subspecies of giraffes, bushbuck, duikers, gazelles, absolutely astonishing volumes of geese/pelicans/water birds, it’s remoteness and it’s association with Africa Parks.’
Read some info here:

Stay tuned, you can only get here by private charter. Its about the most remote place you can get to! Africa Parks has taken over Zakouma National Park and transformed it back to the throngs of wildlife it used to be!!! And I mean throngs!


And of course, my favorite operator for Southern Africa in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia making all my guests so happy and returning time and time again!

They offer different category types of camps for all budgets!
*current family special: kids 15 & under stay free, conditions apply.

South Africa offers a wonderful kaleidoscope of activities, wine country, safaris throughout the magnificent country, hiking the Drakensburg Mountains, the Sardine Run in June-July!
The list goes on, and pricing is excellent as the SA Rand vs the USD is approx. 16 to 1 USD. It’s an amazing value!

East Africa

Kenya & Tanzania offers a completely different visual with open plains, flat topped acacia thorn trees, it seems to go on forever. I just returned and the wildlife was out of this world!

Stay tuned for my trip report!

Namibia is about the ‘big picture’ the most incredible scenery you can ever imagine! I love this trip: also my operator has recently finished an amazing new camp in Damaraland!

Congo ~ Odzala camps offers a wild place to see lowland gorillas and more. They are offering a super deal right now as they have rebranded:
For the 7-night Odzala Discovery package, we are extending FREE FLIGHTS, which will save each person an impressive US$ 2,070 until end of Dec 2023.
Check out this youtube:

We offer many countries in all of Africa some for amazing culture!

West Africa is renown for incredible culture, we have loads of trips here on our website.

Ethiopia as well in the north and south to see the very very unique tribes as they are today in the Omo Valley

Gabon a crazy country, visits Loango Reserve to see Lowland gorillas & forest elephant, buffalo and more. Also there are 2 reserves to see the beautiful Mandrill primates.

Thank you my dear friends and guests of Dive and Africa Discovery Travel! We cherish your continued support and friendships!

Let us know what is on your mind and where you would love to travel next!

Cindi LaRaia and the Dive and Africa Discovery team!

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Dive and Africa Discovery Holiday Newsletter 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR to 2023!!

What was the best part of 2022 for you?

We have some tasty temptations for you with Scuba Diving Adventures and Africa Safaris! Get OUT of the incessant rain out west and freezing cold and snow everywhere else!


Humpback whales of the Silver Banks!

End of January to early April

We have space in the top Whale Season dates from End of January through beginning of April! Check with me asap this is a fantastic trip to snorkel face to face with these gentle beautiful giants! Listen to the singing males entice the females with love songs!

San Ignacio Luxury Glamping ~ Kiss a Gray Whale baby and Mama!!!

End of January to early April

Lots of love to go around here!

You have not lived until you have these gorgeous loving whales blow into your face!! Giggling madly as they turn and look at you!! You can touch their Baleen also! They love it! Mama’s bring the babies to the boats for love!!!

Space in camps from end of January to early April!

Ojo de Liebre Camping ~ Fly in gray whale trips beginning in San Diego to Laguna Ojo de Liebre

Once again offering 4, 5, 6 & 8 day gray whale trips, flying to Guerrero Negro.

Flight time is only a couple hours. So smooth!

Departures & end dates can be arranged any Monday, Wednesday or Friday.                   *some space is still remaining if you are ready to go!!!

Accommodation - Gray Whale Watching at Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Mexico

INDONESIA, May 21-30 2023 group trip, all Raja Ampat & Misool~Dive Damai 2

Cindi has space in Master cabin 6 or a lovely twin share, double cabin!

Join me on this trip.

Look at this beautiful boat!

RED SEA ~ New Red Sea Aggressor IV

3 great itineraries! Starting March 4 through April 29 2023 don’t miss this wonderful special starting at 899.00 per person!

We also offer fantastic land tours in Egypt; Cairo and Nile Cruise,

marvel at the antiquities from long ago!

It is TIME to go!!!

Something very different, Columbia- diving the wild waters of Malpelo on the Ferox! Not for the feint of heart! Thousands of hammerheads, silkie sharks and more!

If you are a shark lover, this is a must do!!

Your adventure awaits!

South Australia Great White Sharks~ The BIG ONES are here!

Winter/Spring:  The Giant Great White females come to the Neptune Islands

(which for us in the Northern Hemisphere is June thru November).

Summer/Autumn: The days are warm and long, the male Great Whites are circling

fur seals and sea lions! (December thru May).

We can combine a super fun Great white shark trip on the liveaboard which are from

3 to 5nts long as well as;  9 dive days on location with a variety of dive sites

showcasing the underwater wonders of South Australia, including Hopkins Islands,

for the playful Australian sea lions.  Kangaroo Island, for weedy sea dragons and stunning reef, often with dolphins, and local jetty dives to observe the rare and beautifully ornate leafy sea dragon.

Great White Shark Cage Diving, South Australia

INDONESIA ~ Kalimaya! A new dive resort on the edges of Komodo National park, on the island of Sumbawa. This is a gem, I love this area for diving!!

It’s a 5 star PADI resort, owned and operated by professional divers!

No other resorts in this area, super remote and the best of the best in this area!

Many of us have dived Komodo many times. You will recognize these amazing sights: Sangean Volcano, black sand and bubbles. Gili Banta, high voltage and mantas!

West Komodo, current and pelagics! Something for everyone here!

Baja Mexico! The best of:

Snorkel: with sharks, orcas, whales, whalesharks, humpback whales, mobulas you name it. The seasons tell the story, something different comes in with each passing month!

Dive: Cabo Pulmo with Bull sharks, and thousands of fish! Lapaz with whalesharks, mobulas and more! The Sea of Cortez remains The Aquarium of the World, words from Jacques Cousteau! It’s a water paradise!

We can arrange liveaboard diving, snorkel trips with the top operators in the area, and scuba dive land based in Cabo Marine Park and Cabo Pulmo!

Also Day trips all over for sea kayaking in sea of Cortez, swim with sea lions, hike in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve! The Reserve is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life and up to 30% of species are endemic. Stay in Todos Santos with our partner and enjoy all these wonderful day trips and more!!

Papua New Guinea ~ Raw adventure in the highlands with a rare look into festival & Ceremony called Bingla Ingu!

Not seen since 1979, not the commercial festivals that have been well marketed such as in Garoka, Mt Hagen, Rabaul Mask festival etc.

This is new, brought back to life from my partner in the highlands of PNG from her people, her language her tribe.

July & September of 2024.

It will combine well with the other festivals for extended cultural visits.

The festival is funded by European Union – SPC Cultural Grants.

Our New Festival Product is called Sipuu-Waa (Simbu) Cultural Festival.

The Festival will include the Bigla Ingu Festival ( Pig Killing & Food Ceremonial Exchanges in the Simbu province), Tumbuna Pasin Show, Kids Traditional Festival and Bilums and Bilas Festivals and you will see the main arena Singsing and Dance.

For those of you who love PNG ‘ The land of the Unexpected’ with its magnificent diving and outstanding culture, you will want to know more about this.

Its Real and Raw.

Some images from last month’s festival! I have videos and load of images just sent to me! Let me know, it’s pretty spectacular! I will have this up on our website soon.


Africa has so much to offer. For those who have been to Tanzania and Kenya;

now maybe time to venture southward to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe & Namibia! Each of these countries have so much to offer, all unique and different!

Budgets for all.

Have you ever locked eyes with a gorilla? There are not only mountain gorillas, but lowland gorillas! Did you know that? The main difference between lowland and mountain gorillas is the lowland gorillas have lighter and shorter hair whereas Mountain gorillas are darkly colored with much thicker longer fur.

We offer lowland gorilla trips in Gabon & Congo.

Uganda and Rwanda have the mountain gorillas.

Which is which?

For those of you who have been all over Africa;

something very unique is waiting for you if you can go this March!

CHAD- It’s definitely a whole new experience!!!

Zakouma National Park- ask for details.

Its not too late to plan an Africa Safari for this year- 2023! We have time!

Southern Africa is best from April- May through to November!

East Africa is best from July thru to end of October!

This is the epic migration time!

We custom create the best areas based on time and budget.

So many camps and lodges to for every budget!

West Africa~ for those who love love culture;

it is THE most epic place for so many dancing, masks and festivals, it will make you dizzy!!

Wonderful driving itineraries with our partner who has trail blazed this entire side

of West Africa for 40 years!

Ghana, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau the list goes on!

Even a 58 day Trans Sahara and West Africa for those with time!

Or pick out segments to join!

Its truly inspiring and you will never experience anything like this!!

Click the email us button below to get more information on one/many of these

awe inspiring adventures.

A word from Cindi:

“Make everyday count, tomorrow is not promised!

Get out there, dream big & live like there is NO tomorrow!!!”

Cheers and Joy from the Dive and Africa Discovery Team!

Cindi LaRaia

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phone: 1-800-886-7321, (415) 444-5100

Dive and Africa Discovery Holiday Newsletter 2022

Dive and Africa Discovery
Holiday Newsletter!

Wishing our friends around the world a most wonderful Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday season!

While many countries we offer scuba diving to are still closed, they are working diligently to
start reopening procedures!!
The south pacific and south east Asia, are looking at the first quarter of 2022.

Indonesia was opening in Manado Sulawesi & Bali
with a 3-day quarantine;
Lembeh Resort has received their paperwork from the government to be a certified Quarantine Hotel!
** However, since Omicron entered the scene they are back on 10 day quarantine thru the holidays.
We will keep you updated when this changes back
to 3-day quarantine!

We are all holding our breath for our group trip to resume end of April on Damai 1!

FIJI is ‘Open for Happiness’ NOW!
Gotta love them! Let me know who wants a warm Fijian welcome from cold winter!!! Now is the time to go!

Silver Banks – Dominican Republic – HUMPBACK WHALES!!!

Space recently opened up due to a film crew backing out. April 2-9 2022!
Going fast, let me know!!!

San Ignacio – Pacific Gray Whales

Now is the time to book and plan your wonderful holiday in Baja Mexico!
4 days of whale watching in beautiful San Ignacio lagoon!
Indulge in Whale Love, you have not lived until you have been ‘blow holed’ from an exuberant baby whale and mama as she brings her baby to the boat to seek love and tender petting!!
Have you ever touched a giant whales tongue!!?? You will be touched forever!!!
Families welcome!
WE have space, trips are from end of January to April!
There is a legendary lagoon on the Pacific coast of Baja Mexico that is spoken of in hushed whispers, where gray whales finish an 11,000 mile migration from the Bering Sea and Alaska to mate and calve each year.

The gray whales here are uniquely curious and interactive, allowing for close-up, intimate encounters with these gentle giants and their newborn calves.

This is San Ignacio Lagoon, one of only 4 mating and birthing lagoons in the world, with the highest concentration of sociable whales, and the only lagoon still untouched by human development.

With round-trip private charter flights from Cabo San Lucas, it has never been easier to arrive at the lagoon. With three nights and four days of fully catered camp and up to nine gray whale encounter trips (90 mins each). Enjoy this wonderful experience that will give you lifetime memories!

Glamping Tent
Top of the line Eeather Heaven tents with private en-suite toilet and shower. Internet access.
Twin or quasi king beds. Beautiful linen, rug, chandelier.
Adirondack chairs on your porch.
Fire pit nearby.
$2395.00* Plus tax

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Tent interior - San Ignacio Whale Watching

Costa Rica

Tropical Jungles, Volcano and Cloud Forests to name a few of the splendors you can
sink your teeth into this friendly happy country!


TAHITI!! Is definitely calling!!

Magdalena Bay, Mexico ~ Striped Marlin Sardine run!

Aboard the beautiful Galant Lady ~ Nov 17-24 2022
cabins going fast! 2995.00 per person + tax.
This has become a hot place to visit, the madness of the bait balls being formed when the marlin and sea lions are working to get their share.
Marlins, whales & sharks what more can you ask for?

PALAU has been open for some time now!
Shark Week 7nts February 27-March 6 2022
is always very special with Fish N Fins!
Packages starting from USD 1518.00 per person on up depending on the hotel choice!

ANTARCTICA and the ARCTIC are now open:
we love our Ocean Wide trips- Plancius & Ortelius offers wonderful trips for all different lengths of time, trip departures and well priced to suit all budget types!

*** Just in, huge discounts on upcoming Antarctica cruises if you can go last minute! December and January cruises on 2 of the boats there now!!!
Let me know!***

Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp – Arctic & Antarctic Dive Tour

North Spitsbergen (Arctic) | Basecamp Plancius – Arctic & Antarctic Dive Tour

SRI LANKA has been successfully open welcoming vaccinated guests for months now.
A real gem for culture and wildlife! Here is just a sample of the many splendid tours we offer there:
The Best of Sri Lanka, 11 Nights / 12 Days

Indonesia ~ Damai 1 Liveaboard Scuba Diving (all Raja Ampat), April 30-May 10 2022 Group Trip

available 2 twin share/double deluxe cabins available $6,150 per person + fees

Dive Raja Ampat MapSperm Whale Snorkel, Dominica Island, June 5-11 2022 Group Trip
$8250.00 per person includes 5 days with government permit includes in-water swim with the whales; 6nts beach front accommodation no extra single charge!
After a successful trip snorkeling with these magical, friendly giants, we will do this again in June of 2022!!
The Families are very friendly with humans in the water, sometimes offering a squid, staying to turn and roll right in front of you! The babies feeding from mommy’s before your very eyes!! This is too good to miss!!!
Only small groups of four plus Cindi LaRaia as tour leader! Inquire now!

Indonesia ~ Banda Sea, 10nts Onboard Damai 2, October 24-November 3 2022 Group Trip

* 1 double cabin left!
$6,750 per person plus park and port fees

Mandarin FishA word about the new Omicron Covid variant! Many of you are wondering, ‘how will this affect my travel plans’? Currently as info starts to emerge from the CDC and WHO, countries have been very cautious on how best to proceed. We are hoping the current travel bans will be lifted soon so we can all get back
to doing what we love the most…. TRAVEL!!!

For those of you still travelling with us to Africa, I commend you!
Some airlines have cancelled flights, however United and Delta are still flying (with their partners) into
and out of South Africa and East Africa!
The same protocols are in place, the only difference is Americans must get a negative covid test ‘1 day’
prior to departure back to USA instead of 72 hours.
Our teams on the ground are quick to get this worked out, nothing is a problem!

Thank you once again for your resilience and trust in us with your valuable holiday travel plans!
We are here to serve you and keep you safe and well informed!
If you have any questions be sure to click the email us button below.

Have a most wonderful, loving, safe and healthy Holiday Season!
From Cindi LaRaia and the team of Dive and Africa Discovery!!

Dive and Africa Discovery Holiday Newsletter 2021

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Hello Dive and Adventure friends!

I do hope you are all healthy and well! We are on the back end of this very unusual, awful year of Covid-19. Here is hoping this will be the last of this kind of horror that has taken the entire globe to its knees.

I know many of you are chomping at the bit to GET OUT, ESCAPE, get on a plane and travel to a favorite Dive region or Africa or other wonderful travel destinations! The Vaccines have started shipping today as I pen this letter to you! Yipeeeee! The light is finally at the end of this very longggggggggg dark tunnel!

Enjoy your holiday time the safest way you can, feast your senses on some new thoughts and ideas to consider for the coming TRAVEL year of 2021!

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Places you can start packing for in 2021!

As travel opens, we are ready to help you explore the places you have been imagining.
Whether you are yearning to get back in the water and see our underwater gems of the sea, snorkel or dive in sublime French Polynesia or you have decided the time is right for a long-awaited safari in Southern Africa, East Africa or more, here are the destinations you can travel to now and in 2021.

French Polynesia Tahiti; Maldives; Red Sea; Costa RicaCocos Island; Various Caribbean islands. Mexico– Cabo San Lucas, LaPaz, Cozumel, Cabo Pulmo.

A quote from a guest I recently sent to French Polynesia and just returned:

“Just do it. Cindi sent me for 3 weeks to Tahiti returning on December 8.

After I got my head around the idea and committed to go, I felt totally safe from the time I stepped into SFO until the time I arrived back home 3 weeks later. If you want to socially distance, this is the trip – the airport and airplanes were empty, the resorts were usually around 30% full up around 50%.  All the restaurants are outside dining, the dive boats are open air, sitting on the beach or on your porch reading or, relaxing is certainly safe. And then, of course, the rest of the time you are experiencing world class diving. My sanity and peace of mind have been rejuvenated and I’m ready to face 2021.

I’m also more than happy to talk to anybody with questions.”
Rosie H.

And here is Cindi’s trip report when she went late summer after Tahiti opened its doors:
French Polynesia: Marquesas & Moorea, August 25-September 6 2020 Trip Report

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Baja Mexico: Todos Santos Adventure & snorkel; Pacific Gray Whales San Ignacio (new LUX Glamping endless time loving babies and mama whales)

Silver Banks/Dominican Republic: Humpback whales!

Costa Rica.

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South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, West Africa.

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Nautilus Dive Expeditions San Ignacio- Mexico: Pacific Gray Whales!
A wonderful new way to spend a ton of time loving baby whales, petting their tongues and getting love and kisses and sea spray from mama and baby! You have not lived until you get baby whale spray up your nose!
1st 2 trips of the season! Yes the whales are there in late January! See video below.
Jan 25-28, 2021 – 50% off
Jan 28-31, 2021- 50% off
* Please inquire for more Feb + Mar dates
Regular 2021 Rates:
Outfitter Tent – shared facilities – $2995
Glamping Tent – $3495
Premium Tent – $3995


For any of our guests booked on a Socorro trip with Nautilus Dive Adventures you are entitled to 50% off ANY trip to San Ignacio Pacific Gray Whales for 2021. January through March 9 not just January)!

Read Cindi’s recent trip report from Socorro on Nautilus Explorer!! Nov 26-Dec 4 2020
It was such an amazing trip in many ways, a full escape, outstanding diving and wonderful new friends!!!


Special until end of April 2021:

  • Bora Bora- Luxury 7N package USD 3119.00 per person sharing
    Traditional Welcome Flower Lei/Meet & Greet service on arrival
    All transfers and baggage handling
    Round-trip Papeete-Bora-Bora
    1 night accommodation at the Intercontinental Tahiti resort (breakfast included) – Superior garden room
    6 night-accommodation at the gorgeous Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana (breakfast included) – Lagoon overwater Junior Suite bungalow
    Connectivity pack with our partner Tahiti-WiFi (unlimited data)
    Eco-participation for our partner Oceania (protection of the whales)
    *you can also add on 5nts in Moorea with outstanding activities; or runaway for a quick 5nts- Air Tahiti Nui is offering great air fares from LAX!
  • Luxury Getaway to Moorea with Hilton 5N package USD 2608.00 per person sharing
    Traditional Welcome Flower Lei/Meet & Greet service on arrival
    All transfers and baggage handling
    Round-trip Ferry Papeete-Moorea-Papeete
    5 nights accommodation at the gorgeous Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa (breakfast included) Panoramic Overwater Bungalow
    Connectivity pack with our partner Tahiti-WiFi (unlimited data)
    Eco-participation for our partner Oceania (protection of the whales)


Tiburon Explorer & Humbolt Explorer! January thru June HOT specials!
Regular price is $5495 Humboldt plus $150 and Tiburon price is $6395 plus $150
Specials are between $1900 and $2400 off on Tiburon and between $1700 and $2200 on Humboldt

Humboldt 11-18 Jan $3295 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 23-30 Jan $3995 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 30 Jan- 6 Feb $4495 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 13-20 Mar $4495 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 20-27 Mar $4495 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Humboldt 22-29 Mar $3795 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 3-10 Apr $4495 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Humboldt 26 Apr- 3 May $3795 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Tiburon 1-8 May $4495 per person plus $150 fuel tax
Humboldt 31 May- 7 June $3795 per person plus $150 fuel tax

Red Sea:

Grand Sea Explorer: For travel dates in March and April, 2021, you can take $200 off per person, making the already low price of this trip even lower – only $1695 per person! Our Sneak Peek offers expire January 6. How can you pass this up?


Explore the World 25% off selected trips throughout the world– ask for details there is a long list. Also: Pay $750 for a $1000 Travel Voucher
Huge added value! Available to use on any Aggressor for up to two years!
Purchase Dates: Dec 17 – 31, 2020 Travel Dates: Dec 20, 2020 – Dec 31, 2022

Africa Promotions:

*Now is the time to GO to Africa, be in the bush all by yourself, if you need to run away soon, I can help you with SUPER great specials! * There are so many I cannot list them all, just ask!

Nomad Tanzania ~ one of my fav companies: 7 nights for the price of 5 across Tanzania.
2020/21: All Nomad camps in any combination. For travel from 1st December 2020 to 20th December 2021 (this is the time to get to Greystoke Mahale with the chimps, my favorite place on Lake Tanganyika!)

African Bush Camps: Botswana and Zimbabwe, Zambia~ stay 6nts pay 5; stay 10nts pay 8.
Save up to 970/night per person! 100% refundable deposit Covid T&C, book now, travel in 2021.

Namibia: Bounce Back Special!! Let’s Go and have all of Namibia to yourself safely!
16 – 25 February 2021
02 – 11 March 2021
23 March – 01 April 2021

Space available and new ideas!


Damai 1 Liveaboard Scuba Diving (all Raja Ampat), May 24-June 3 2021 Group Trip ***master cabin 5 open & a single male share spot open**

October 20-26, 2021: NEW  Sperm Whale ~ Dominica, Caribbean in water snorkel encounter- expedition leader Cindi LaRaia; info coming soon.


Banda Sea, 10nts Onboard Damai 2, October 24-November 3 2022 Group Trip **master cabin 5 open & twin-double cabin.

Most countries have some sort of special, especially if you can travel soon, just ask!

Thanks so much to all our wonderful clients and friends around the world!
You know who you are, I am grateful for your trust and friendship! I sure do miss you!!

Have a most wonderful, peaceful, safe and happy Holiday Season!
With thanks and joy, happy travels, soon to come!

Cindi LaRaia and the Dive and Africa Discovery team!

Here is a special Christmas poem a very dear friend sent me, it made me feel better since I cannot go home to see my family for Christmas for the first time ever…… this poem will work for all faiths!

Pandemic Christmas Poem

T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.

The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.

They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.

Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.

When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s December
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.

It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
Who will see it,
No one but me.

But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.

Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope ❤

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Dive package special- Tahiti- Oct Nov 2020

Tahiti Dive Package SPECIAL!

7 nights
October- November 2020

Emmerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of French Polynesia.

Tahiti Special Offer

Spend 3 nights in Moorea at the Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea in a Garden View Room. Includes American breakfast each morning.

Located only 9 miles from Tahiti, Moorea, the sister island, offers spectacular dives on the outside reef. During your dives in Moorea, you’ll meet many sharks, including the impressive Lemon Sharks who have made their diving reputation in Moorea..

Meet the stingrays and other many species of colorful fish. Some of the highlights of Moorea diving – the Moorea Shark experience, where you actually get to swim with the sharks in a safe and calm atmosphere and the deep dive in the Garden of Roses – beautiful coral roses (Montipora) are not to be missed!

Spend 4 nights in Rangiroa at Le Relais de Josephine in a bungalow.
Includes transfers, breakfast and dinner.

A small charming family hotel located along the Tiputa pass,
the Relais de Joséphine allows you to spend a pleasant
stay in a unique setting, right beside the Tiputa pass where you can
watch the ebb and flow of the tides in and out of the pass.

On drift dives and with the current flowing strongly inwards, pelagic encounters offer unforgettable moments of wonder… Dives in Rangiroa are action-packed and exhilirating, with sightings of dolphins, marlin, grey and hammerhead sharks, manta rays… A MUST DO for divers!

USD $4080.00 Per person.

Package Includes: RT air from LAX to Papeete; all internal air and ferry transfers, 10 dives to share per person (more can be booked if needed); breakfast and room at the beautiful Manava Beach resort and spa in Moorea, breakfast, dinner and room at the lovely Le Relais De Josephine in Rangiroa.

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French Polynesia Special Offer

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Where to travel now? 

Where can Americans travel to now?

So,,,, who is SICK TO DEATH of this Covid-19 mess? ME!! ME!! ME!!

I had to run away to French Polynesia and just returned on Labor Day weekend,
I went to check out 2 islands I have not been to before; Marquesas, Hiva Oa to check out the diving and the culture; then onto Moorea to check out the whale watching operators and diving!

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The country opened July 15; I have been planning trips! They require 72 hr negative Covid test before boarding the plane, they offer a free self-test kit 4 days after arriving in the country.  Very good protocols, masks, sanitizing and spacing.  All great!
I was thoroughly impressed! I will be working on my trip report and it will be up on our website soon!  I also made 3 Facebook posts; 1 from Marquesas, 2 from Moorea with images and pictures, please have a look:

** See my French Polynesia posts on Facebook!
** French Polynesia: Marquesas & Moorea, August 25-September 6 2020 Trip Report 

It is a great place to run away to, its barely 8hrs from LAX and SFO!
If you want to swim with the whales, I was very lucky with a singing male underwater
then the other whale day I had 3 whales, mama, baby and male escort!
If you want to run away NOW, the whales are there through to mid October!!
Check this out on FB and view the video below!

Mama holding up baby to keep her safe from the male escort – the white underside

Posted by Cindi Laraia on Monday, September 7, 2020


Some other great ideas to travel to!

Scuba diving~ Sun and Fun & SPECIALS:
We have some great places Americans can travel to NOW!

Baja Mexico- Magdalena bay- Striped Marlin and more, October 04 -11 ,2020
12 stateroom berths available: $1795 per person before tax- plus 65/port fee paid on board.  We’re super excited to announce new 7-night Mexican Sardine Run trips on the Nautilus Under Sea. Join a trip of a lifetime to magical Magdalena Bay to snorkel/dive/photograph the sardine run, bait balls, zippy striped marlin, 2 newly discovered wrecks and a whole lot more! Intro rate of $1795. Per person. Ask me asap on this, this is a fantastic deal, close to home and FUN!!! See pictures below.

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Maldives– lovely liveaboards and land-based resorts all with heavy discounts!

Red Sea– many liveaboard offers here and very well priced. We also offer Egypt touring on luxury Nile cruise ships and Cairo city touring.

Galapagos & Ecuador– You need a negative PCR from the US within 10 days of arrival in Ecuador and another PCR on arrival in Ecuador. You need 2 nights in Quito or Guayaquil to allow for this.
There are a couple dates for 2020 with 25 to 30% off!
Oct 24-31, 2020 and Nov 7-14, 2020 Tiburon Explorer only $4495 plus $150 fuel tax ($1900 savings). Specials cannot be combined with other discounts or group comp policy and do not count toward the 6th trip credit. Additional booking terms and requirements apply, contact us for details. More savings to come for Dec-March but not finalized yet. Please inquire.

Costa Rica & Coco’s island– some USA states are allowed to travel here with updates coming. As of September 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States. As of September 15, residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania can also enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States.

Africa ~ Seeking Seclusion on an African Safari & great deals!!

ZAMBIA!!! I am all about Zambia!
Zambia is open for business! Ethiopian and Emirates are flying into Lusaka, we have limited domestic schedules and several camps that are open and operational, most importantly we are issuing tourist visas to anyone arriving with a negative COVID test that is no more than 2 weeks old.
We have several options for safari with South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue; all different price points, from budget meaning REAL BUSH experience (yes please) to more moderate priced to stunning Luxury!
This is such a game rich country, the least visited and the golden Secret of Southern Africa!
IF you really want to get the heck out and feel free and find your meaning in life again.
Just do this…! You will love me forever! 😊
See some samples we have on our Africa Discovery Website.
We have so many lovely camps with outstanding game; walking safaris in the bush was invented here!
The best guiding for those who want to walk and see life as the animals do!
Stunning & beautiful landscapes! Abundant wildlife, LEOPARDS, Wild dog! Canoe the Zambezi!
NO OTHER PEOPLE! YOU do not see other people! What a concept!

Tanzania and Kenya are open and this is prime time for the annual migration! We have beautiful camps waiting to welcome you and be alone, Africa and the wildlife to yourself!

Rwanda for Gorillas is open now!
Uganda will open October 1.
Zimbabwe will open October 1.
Namibia opening soon!
Morocco is open!
West Africa opening international airports, hardly any covid there!! Excellent Culture!

South Africa is still pondering what to do, they will not look at opening until OCT 15.
We are all so disappointed in this news as of yesterday!

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We are here for you to help you decide the best place you can escape to!
Trust me, my runaway trip to French Polynesia was very much needed and
what a great escape I had for 10nts.  It is worth it. The airports are very empty not many people, everything is sanitized, the airlines are doing a fine job with allowing spacing, offering sanitizer, wipes and masks!  I was extremely impressed!!
Let me help you keep your sanity and run away to some place cool!!!

Stay safe, follow the rules, wear a mask, and let me send you away!


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Plan your trip for 2021

Plan your trip for 2021
while you have all this time on your hands!

Many places to choose from.
With Cindi’s recommendations, expertise and personal experience;
Plan a trip of a lifetime.


Coralia liveaboard

Coral reef in Raja Ampat - photographed by Quentin Bennett

Now is the perfect time to start planning for travel in 2021!

Where would you like to go?
What would you like to see?
What would you like to experience?

What is on your wanderlust list?

Would you like to snorkel with whales in the Dominican Republic?

Would you like to go on an African safari that goes to multiple countries within Africa?

How about going to Brazil to see the jaguars?

Do you want to experience other cultures in Papua New Guinea?
There are many festivals to go to throughout the year.

Have you been on the new Coralia liveaboard in Indonesia that all guests are raving about? Indonesia is a scuba divers paradise. Did you know we can also add on an Orangutan river safari before or after your diving trip?

Don’t forget South Africa and its Winelands. Safari and wine make a fantastic getaway.

And lastly, who is looking for some romance?! Quality time someplace beautiful with your loved one. Consider one of these: Tahiti, Sri Lanka/Maldives, Fiji,
Alphonse Island- Seychelles, and Tanzania.

Cindi can custom tailor a trip just for you based on your wants and needs.

Let us know how we can assist you in creating the perfect trip for you by clicking the email us button below.

Explore- Enjoy- Experience.

Somalisa Acacia - Zimbabwe safari camp

Wings Over Southern Tanzania - Africa Discovery

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2020 Discounted Trips- Cocos Island and Silver Bank

Cocos Island
Silver Bank Whale Watching

2020 Discounted Trips


Been dreaming of Cocos Island? Count hammerheads instead of sheep.

Cocos Island was named one of the ten best scuba diving spots in the world by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and is a “must do” according to diving experts.

Breathtaking marine life and biodiversity.

We’re offering HUGE deals & discounts on new bookings for the following 2020 trips aboard the MV Argo! Best of all, the DeepSee submersible is scheduled to sail on all four of the following journeys,
so don’t forget to reserve your space on the sub as well.

Email us today for more info!

Apr 19-29 – Regular price: $6,445 | $2,000 discount | Special price: $4,445
May 15-25 – Regular price $6,445 | $500 discount | Special price: $5,945
May 28-June 7 Regular price is $6,445 | $1,500 discount | Special price: $4,945
June 10-20 – Regular price is $6,445 | $500 discount | Special price: $5,945

*NOTE* Offers are valid for new bookings only.
Prices listed above do not include the national park fee.
The national park fee is an additional $490.


Last chance for whales at Silver Bank!

We still have a few spaces available on our special expedition to Silver Bank, Dominican Republic aboard the Sea Hunter Mar 28 to April 4!
The whales are calling…book now and save $500 USD on new bookings!

March 28 – April 4 – Regular price: $4,395 | $500 discount | Special price: $3,895

*NOTE* Special price does not include the national park fee. The national park fee is an additional $450.

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Liveaboard Diving and Orangutans in Indonesia 

Truly Experience Indonesia
Scuba Diving and Orangutans!

The Coralia Liveaboard and an Orangutan add on in Kalimantan

Liveaboard Diving
The Coralia was voted BEST liveaboard in 2019 by Dive Magazine!
Our guests have also raved about this boat!

8-11 night itineraries
Banda Sea
Forgotton Islands
Raja Ampat

*Let us know your specifications and we will check availability.

Master Cabin on Main/Upper Deck (double): 540 USD per person per night
Lower Deck Cabin (double or twin): 495 USD per person per night
Single Cabin Surcharge: above rates plus 55% (percent)

Plus: Port, fuel and park fees. Cost depends on location.

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Orangutan Add-on in Kalimantan – tour options:

Orangutan tour- 3 day/ 2 nights
Samboja Lodge is a part of Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation.
Visitors of the lodge will be able to gain first-hand knowledge on what is required to
rebuild a forest and protect its wildlife. The efforts here are to preserve the rainforest and supports the preservation of Bornean orangutans and their habitat.
On this tour, you will go trekking to observe the orangutans and go to Bukit Bangkirai
to observe the typical Borneo rainforest.

Orangutan River Cruise- 4 day/ 3 nights
Board a deluxe houseboat and cruise down the Seikonyer River.
You will see some wildlife such as birds, Macaque, Proboscis Monkey and Orangutan,
and if time permits, visit Orangutan feeding in Tanjung Harapan.
Observe and learn more about Proboscis monkeys along the river banks.
Proboscis monkeys are an endemic animal that can be seen only in Borneo.
Trek up into the forest to see orangutan feeding.

For more information or to book both or 1 of these tour options,
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