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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