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When you travel with Reef Seekers, all you need to do is get yourself to
LAX (well, after you've paid us for the trip of course). Then turn off your brain (within
because we'll take
it from there. All of our trips are escorted by Reef
Seekers owner Ken Kurtis so you don't have to deal
with the minutia and hassles of putting together
a vacation. (The idea is for
you to relax.) Generally, the prices you see quoted include diving, accommodations, meals (all-inclusive for a boat and it varies
where we are for land-based trips), airport
transfers, and crew tip/gratuity. Airfare is generally NOT included in
the quoted prices. We would prefer that you arrange that
on your own, but we will give you the preferred flight itinerary
for a given trip. Prices quoted are cash or check.
Credit cards are okay but will be billed at a 4.0% higher rate.
To get more details on a specific trip, either e-mail
Ken or call him at 310/652-4990.
POLICIES ON ALL FOREIGN TRIPS:
120 days or more
prior to departure: Forfeit initial $500 deposit.
90-119 days prior: Pay 50% of the entire
published trip price.
60-89 days prior: Pay 75% of the entire
published trip price.
59 days or less: Pay 100% of the entire
published trip price.
NOTE THAT SOME OF THE 2018 DATES MAY STILL CHANGE SLIGHTLY AS WE FINALIZE
• April 14-22 - Bonaire (at
• June 8-20 - Yap (10-day
"Yap Immersion" - same format as we ran in 2017)
• July 14-28 - Indonesia (Sulawesi
& Lembeh Straits based at Murex in Manado, plus Singapore on the back
• August 18-25 - Isla Mujeres
(Whale Sharks, Cancun Underwater Museum, Cenotes)
• October 27 - November 3 - Roatan
(at Anthony's Key)
CUBA??? - Our thoughts on why this isn't practical for us in 2018
BONAIRE - April 14-22 ($2,495 plus airfare)
We love going to Bonaire and that's
why we'll journey back the re again in 2018. Bonaire is what you
could call very "reliable" diving: Conditions are
generally very predictable and don't vary that much day-to-day or
even month-to-month. And it's a destination that's really got
something for everyone, whether you're a newbie or an old salt.
Our general plan is to stay with our friends at Buddy Dive and do
a 2-tank boat dive each morning. After a break for lunch, we've
got the afternoon free to explore the island, do a shore-based
dive at one of Bonaire's many marked dive sites, or even just dive
from the dock at Buddy on their house reef (which is actually
quite good). And for the past few years, we've done a 6PM
"dusk dive" each day that we're there, not only to see
the reef starting to change from day top night, but also to
observe the nightly River of Fish, which is seemingly endless
parade of Creole Snappers making their way north Add into that
Tarpon, seahorses turtles, colorful reef fish, and healthy corals,
and you've got an ideal dive destination.
2017 TRIP REPORT
THE 2017 PIX & VIDEO
YAP IMMERSION - June 8-20 ($3,345 plus airfare)
We can't say enough good things about
Yap, and that's one of the key reasons we're going back again. It's
a little bit out of the way and it's take a while to get there (LAX-HNL-GUM-YAP)
but it's absolutely worth the effort. And we're going to do again
this year, the same format we did last year, which is a 10-day trip
(although we can arrange for you to depart early if need be) that we
call "Yap Immersion."
By doing it this way, we really get a chance to experience all that
Yap has to offer, both underwater and on land as well. We'll have multiple
dives at the famous manta cleaning stations, as well as
you'll enjoy a Manta ID class (sanctioned by PADI) that will teach
you how to recognize individuals, as well as you'll learn something
about the species as well. We'll do a Mandarinfish dive, a shark feed, explore many reefs and
walls, look for little creatures during a couple of muck-like macro
dives, and we'll even have a free day where we'll take a 4-hour land
tour that will expose you to Yap culture, including educating you
about Yap's role in World War 2, and seeing what various aspects of
Yap culture are about.
We'll do all of this from the fabulous Manta Ray bay Resort, which
has got to be one of the nicest dive-dedicated resorts in the world.
In addition to three boats dives daily, there wil also be
opportunities for some shore diving (granted, it's exploratory), as
well as photo workshops for the photogs and fish ID for all
Yap's a fabulous place to explore and is one of those magical spots
in the world where you'll really feel like you're not in Kansas anymore (whether your name is Dorothy or not).
2017 TRIP REPORT
THE 2017 PIX & VIDEO
THE 2018 FLYER
NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA - July 14-28 (Approx. $2,495 plus airfare)
There are a couple of places that
we travel where it feels like we're coming home rather than going
on a vacation, and when we go to Murex Dive Resort in North
Sulawesi, Indonesia, it definitely feels like we're coming home.
The area is simply am amazing place to dive. Using Murex (at the
south end of Manado Bay) as our base of operations, we can easily
go across to all the wonderful sites that lie within Bunaken
Marine Park, where pristine vertical walls of hard corals will
greet us while thousands and thousand of colorful fish dance over
our heads. On top of that, many of the near-shore sites to Murex
have become very productive "muck diving" areas where
you might find seahorse, Ghost Pipefish, or even a Blue-Ringed
Octopus. Plus we'll definitely do an overland trip to the Lembeh
Straits for a day of diving what's been referred to as the
"Muck Diving Capital of the World" and where we've seen
such creatures as a Mimic Octopus, Devil Scorpionfish, and Pygmy
Simply put, diving with Murex - aside from being a fabulous place
to stay and dive - gives you incredible dive opportunities that
can be found nowhere else in the world. (The house reef is pretty
good too.) The air sked in and out of Manado require us to do this
as a 9-day trip which means you'll get in a LOT of diving and,
since all meals are also included, you get a lot of bang for your
buck. And on the way home, since we have to overnight in Singapore
regardless, there's an optional Singapore Stopover add-on that can
give you time to explore that fabulous city/state.
2015 TRIP REPORT
THE 2015 PIX
ISLA MUJERES - AUGUST 18-25 (Approx. $2,495 plus airfare)
Can you say "Whale
Sharks"? Can you say "hundreds of Whale Sharks"??
Because that's the big (no pun intended) attraction in coming to
Isla Mujeres, a wonderful small island that's about 10 miles off
of the Mexican coast across from Cancun. Every year from roughly
May to September, hundreds and hundreds of Whale Sharks gather in
these waters. The specific purpose is still not understood. But it
known as the largest gathering of Whale Sharks in the world. And you can be
snorkeling right in their midst. In fact, we can
almost GUARANTEE that will come nose-to-nose with one or more of
the largest fish in the ocean. And we'll have three mornings to
interact with them. But that's not all.
We'll also spend a couple of scuba dives exploring the various
sculptures and structures that make up the Cancun Underwater
Museum, an unique combination of art and nature interacting. And
we'll take a day to go down to Tulum (on the mainland side) to
explore one of the cenotes found in that area under the watchful
eye of an expert guide. And we'll even spend a morning exploring a
local wreck and one of the offshore reefs.
If you've got a non-diving S.O., this is a perfect trip for them
because three of our six dive days are snorkel-only since that's
the rule with Whale Sharks. And, unlike most "normal"
dive trips, not only are you doing something different each day,
but the pace is very slow and relaxed so there's a lot of time and
opportunity to just chill out.
2016 TRIP REPORT
THE 2016 PIX
ROATAN, HONDURAS - OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 3 ($2,195 plus airfare)
We first visited Roatan in 2013 and
it's high time we went back fro a second look. Even though we had
some weather issues back then, we really liked the resort
(Anthony's Key) where we stayed and we saw a lot of really
interesting critters. And for those who like boat dives, this is
the perfect setup as - even though there's shore diving available
- the standard package is three boats dives each day we're there.
Yahoo!!! And we'll be staying out on the Key in their Superior
rooms which means that after the diving is done, you can relax on
your own deck overlooking the water before we head off to dinner
(which is included, as are all the other meals).
Roatan sits at the bottom end of the world's second-largest
barrier reef so it's well-stocked with fish and corals. It's also
known, as in Bonaire, for being a great place to go find little
things, like the "pea" (which is really a juvy Smooth
Trunkfish) that you see lower left, so-named because they really
ARE the size of a pea.
So if you're looking for a great destination that's fairly easy to
get to and which offers so nice diving, give us a call about
Roatan. We're already getting a lot of interest on this one and
it'll fill rather quickly.
2013 TRIP REPORT
THE 2013 PIX
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