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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.
• October 27 - November 3 - Roatan
--- THE TENTATIVE PLAN FOR 2019 ---
• Easter Island - January 5-13
• Yap & Truk - March (do one or both)
• Bonaire - Late May
• Indonesia - July 6-20 (Murex in Manado
- tentative dates)
• Whale Sharks
@ Isla Mujeres - August 17-24 (tentative dates)
• Maldives - October 12-26
(CONFIRMED - ALMOST FULL)
• Sea of Cortez (Cabo Pulmo)
- December 5-10 (CONFIRMED - TAKING DEPOSITS)
CUBA??? - Our thoughts on why this isn't practical for us in 2019
ROATAN, HONDURAS - OCTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 3 (SOLD OUT!!!)
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
EASTER ISLAND -January 5-13 ($2,995 land portion + airfare approx.
Easter Island - which is more correctly known as
Rapa Nui - is the most isolated inhabited island in the world,
lying some 2200+ miles off of the western coast of Chile (of
which it is part). Easter Island is best known for the
mysterious Moai that dot the island, huge carved statues that
are thought to be offerings to ancient gods. But there's diving
here too, and this trip combines the best of both.
While the diving isn't spectacular, it is quite unique and
enjoyable. Easter Island's fish population isn't huge, but about
25% of it is endemic, which means these species are only found
here. And when you realize how isolated the place is from the
rest of the world, it's easy to see why. The low-profile coral
reefs are very healthy and because there's not a lot of plankton
in the water (which also affects the amount of fish that can
survive), visibility of up to 200 feet is not uncommon.
The plan is to do a 2-tank dive every morning M-F, and alternate
the afternoons with either a land tour of the Moai and the
Birdman Cult (M/W/Fr) or an additional 1-tank dive (Tu/Th).
Breakfast is included daily but we're on our own for lunch and
dinner. (Easter Island has an amazing number of very good
restaurants.) Although our general plan is to come straight back
to L.A., if you wanted to extend your trip once we leave Rapa
Nui, you could easily book a side trip to Machu Picchu in Peru,
or tour Santiago, or go somewhere else in South America.
This trip will be limited to 10 people and is filling fast.
Don't miss out on this unique vacation opportunity!!!
2011 TRIP REPORT
THE 2011 PIX
TRUK & YAP - March-ish (details coming soon)
The only time we dove Truk (Chuuk is
the proper name) was back in 1994. And it was really interesting
seeing all of those sunken ships. At the time, we did it from the
Truk Aggressor which was a great way to explore the area.
There's no real reason we haven't been back and, when we looked at
the air schedules, we realized we could do a week in Truk/Chuuk and
then do the following week in Yap. It's a great way to get more bang
for your buck when the airfare is going to cost around $2,000.
We are stil unclear if we'd be able to do this from the Truk
Odyssey (interestingly, owned by the guy who was the captain of
the Truk Aggressor back in 1994) or if we'll go land-based
through Blue Lagoon. Regardless, this is really unique place to
explore some of the history of WW2 and which marked a huge strategic
and moral victory for the U.S. There are plenty of wrecks to explore
and many times we do multiple dives on a given wreck (the
Fujikawa Maru is a good example) to get the full picture.
Following our time in Truk, we'll take a flight up to Guam and then
down to Yap and spend a week with our good friends at Manta Ray Bay
Resort & Yap Divers. It's truly one of our favorite places in the
world to go dive and we'll spend time at the manta cleaning
stations, we'll explore the many reefs around Yap, watch the nightly
mating ritual of the little colorful Mandarinfish, and sit beneath
the bait while Gray Reef Sharks feast on some frozen fish.
The two of these together will make a very memorable two weeks.
(FYI, we may also do a time-shift to later in the year for a variety
of reasons. So we're not necessarily married to March.)
2018 YAP TRIP REPORT
THE 2018 YAP PIX
BONAIRE - Late May (dates coming soon)
A great word to describe Bonaire would be
"reliable." You know what to expect and it's pretty much that
way 365 days a year. May has proven an especially good time for
us to go because it's not too hot or windy there, most sites are
accessible, and we always have a good time.
Once again, we'll be diving with our friends at Buddy Dive,
right in the middle of the island so we've got easy access to
all the dive sites, including those over on Klein Bonaire (which
is only accessible by boat). Bonaire was one of the first places
in the world to establish themselves as a marine sanctuary so
they'll got very healthy reefs and very good fish life. You
generally don't see "big" animals here (sharks, mantas, etc.)
but there are plenty of Tarpon who you'll doubtless encounter on
a night dive, and they've even over the last few years taken to
hanging out during the daytime as well.
Because we get a vehicle included with our package, we're not
limited to diving just at Buddy Dive (although the house reef is
excellent) and can drive around the island to do some other
shore dives, as well as we can travel to find the Flamingoes
that call Bonaire home.
All in all, this is a very relaxing and "easy" trip and one that
has things for divers of all skill levels. It's great as a
first-foreign-trip as well as for old salts. Our group is
generally limited to 8 (sometimes we'll go to 12), so call in to
reserve your spot.
2018 TRIP REPORT
THE 2018 PIX
INDONESIA - July 6-20 (specifics coming soon)
We love diving with Murex in Manado, Indonesia.
Aside from being the spot where the nickname "Opa Gila" was
first created (it loosely means "Crazy Old Man"), the resort is
wonderful, the staff is attentive, and the diving is
We'll generally do two dives each day in Bunaken Marine Park
where the walls are vertical and the fish are plentiful. Then,
after a break for lunch on the boat, we'll usually come back
across to explore some of the muck diving sites in Manado Bay
where you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.
And we'll also spend one full day in the legendary Lembeh
Straits where even more weird and wonderful creatures, some
endemic to Lembeh, reside.
The other nice thing about this trip is that, because we go
through Singapore, we have the option of adding on a few days of
touring Singapore on to the back end on our way back to Los
Angeles. Totally optional but Singapore's a really fascinating
So it's really a great trip, especially when you realize that
it's 9-days at Murex, all meals included, all diving, side trip
to Lembeh, and all the fun you can handle. Be sure to reserve
your spot on this one.
2015 TRIP REPORT
THE 2015 PIX
ISLA MUJERES - August 17-24 (tentative dates)
How would you like a Whale Shark in
your face . . . GUARANTEED??? (Well, almost guaranteed. I don't
want to over-sell it.)
Isla Mujeres is the jumping off point for the largest known
congregation of Whales Sharks in the world. They gather annually
over the summer months in this area to feed and scientists
estimate there may be as many as 80-0 individuals involved. And
we can put you right in the middle of them. Mexican government
regulations limit the interactions to snorkeling only but it's
still pretty cool to have one coming at you, mouth agape, while
you see three or four others passing by that one. And we'll go
out looking for them on three of our six dive days there.
This trip is not just limited to Whale Shark snorkeling. We'll
do our first day diving through the Cancun Underwater Museum, a
series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor that depict a
number of tableaus. We'll spend one day over on the Yucatan
mainland exploring one of the cenotes near Tulum. And we'll do
yet another day on a small wreck near Cancun as well as explore
reefs near Isla Mujeres.
It's a really unique trip because every day we're doing
something different. It's also a very relaxing trip because -
except for Tuesday when we go to the cenotes - most days we're
back at the hotel mid-afternoon, leaving lots of time for beach
lounging, consuming margaritas by the pool, or taking a nap.
Especially for people who don't want a trip that's
dive/dive/dive, or who have a non-diver in the mix, this is the
perfect plan. Give us a call at 310/652-4990 to get signed up or
to ask questions.
2016 TRIP REPORT
THE 2016 PIX
MALDIVES - OCTOBER 12-27 ($5,695 + airfare - possible backend land
tour as well)
In simple terms, the Maldives is
one of the fishiest places we've ever been diving. The reefs are
really healthy and thriving and, because it's the Indian Ocean,
there are likely numerous species of fish that you've never seen
before. We last visited in 2016 and it's high time we went back.
And one change we're making this time (this will be our 4th time
visiting - and we'll again be diving from the mighty Manthiri)
is that instead of exploring the southern atolls, we'll be
heading north to the area of Baa Atoll and surroundings. One
reason for this is that, at this time of the year, hundreds and
hundreds of manta rays gather in this area to feed on plankton
and to mate. And we're hoping to get a glimpse of that.
But even without that, our erstwhile dive guide Moosa Hassan
tells us that these reefs are sometimes even more interesting
than the southern ones. So we'll hope to get in great diving,
new locations, and see some spectacular sites.
We're not sure of our specific routing yet (good chance we'll go
through Singapore) but we'll overnight in Male on the way in and
then have nine days on the Manthiri. When we get off the
boat, we'll go straight to the airport for our flight out and
will likely offer an additional 2-3 days land-based in whatever
gateway city (Singapore, Dubai, even Moscow) that we fly
The Manthiri only hold 12 divers and many of the people
who went with us in 2016 are coming again so space is filling
quickly. If this is on your bucket list - and it should be -
make sure to get your deposit in to lock down your spot.
2016 TRIP REPORT
THE 2016 PIX
SEA OF CORTEZ (CABO PULMO) - DECEMBER 4-10 ($3,495-ish + airfare)
For 26 years, we ran trips out of
La Paz exploring the Sea of Cortez on the wonderful Don Jose.
Sadly, those trips ended for us after 2012, and we haven't gone
back because there hasn't been a liveaboard plying those waters.
We are delighted to share with you that there will be a new boat
down there called the Nautilus Gallant Lady, run by our
good friends at Nautilus Explorer. The boat's larger than the
Don Jose (the Lady is 116'x22') and takes fewer
people (12 vs. 16) so we get the best of both worlds: bigger
boat and less people.
We'll also be exploring new territory but still within the Sea
of Cortez. Our old itinerary took us north of La Paz to places
like Los Islotes, Las Animas, and El Bajo. But our new ship will
be based south of Las Paz, halfway down to Cabo, and will
explore the waters of the world's most successful marine
protected area (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cabo Pulmo.
This is a magnificent reef that routinely attracts Hammerhead
Sharks, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, huge shoals of fish, and
everything else you'd expect to find in a thriving eco-system.
There will be plenty of new places and sites to explore and
we'll have 4.5 dive days to do so, generally doing 4 dives each
day (2 dives on the half day). We dive out of pangas, using the
Lady as a mothership, so we'll have maximum flexibility and
Because we can only take 12 people (really 11 since Ken Kurtis
will lead each trip and counts as one of the 12), we expect this
will fill quickly but we're also open to the idea of doing
back-to-back trips and staying down there to dive with a second
group of 12. But the point is, get your $500 deposit in now to
guarantee your spot and then we'll work out the rest of the
It's going to be great to return to the Sea of Cortez, one of
our most popular trips over the years, and we look forward to
having you with us (again).
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