Join us on our next dive adventure

Socorro Island on board The Nautilus Belle Amie

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March 29 - April 6, 2020


Swim with the world friendliest Giant Mantas at Socorro Island

Travel in luxury aboard the Nautilus Belle Amie to the amazing Socorro  


Humpback Season

The giant pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest  of the rays and we

believe they are the most majestic creatures in the  ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like

pectoral fins, which can grow  up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 - 6 meters.

At Socorro, these giants choose to  interact with divers! They come in very close - less than 1

meter! -  make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you - totally on  their terms.

What is even more extraordinary is that the local  population of bottlenose dolphins have learned

to mimic the behavior of  the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also

 move in close and intimate to divers during your trip. Aside from the usual interaction with

mantas, dolphins and 10 kinds of  sharks, 1200 humpback whales migrate down from Alaska at

this time of  year to mate and breed..    You will see loads of whales on the surface  and you will

hear them singing when you are in the water.   Most  incredible of all is the opportunity to

snorkel with the whales and  sometimes even see them during a dive.  Please note that cooler

waters  and humpback whales go hand-in-hand and you can expect water temps 73 -  74

degrees. 

$3940.00 pp double occupancy credit card

$3825.00 cash price 

https://nautilusliveaboards.com/socorro/

Palau

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February  14-21, 2021 

Plenty of time to plan and pay for this one. We have an early bird price advantage that has been extended until mid Nov.

Lost in a great expanse of deep blue ocean, there lies a Pristine Paradise, one of the few

remaining paradises on Earth – PALAU. 

 The Republic of Palau is scenically  magical. For such a tiny area of land, it packs a big punch.

Its hard  not to be overwhelmed by its extraordinary array of natural wonders:  this is an

archipelago of about 200 largely pristine limestone and  volcanic islands, blanketed in emerald

forest, surrounded by a  shimmering turquoise lagoon. Unsurprisingly, diving is the number-one

 activity here, with truly world-class dive sites. Divers swear by  Palau's exciting seascape,

fascinating wrecks and stunningly diverse  marine life – it's not dubbed "the underwater

Serengeti" for nothing. 


$1799.00 pp dbl occupancy 

7 nights lodging, breakfast each morning plus lunch on dive days

includes 5 days of 2 tank dives 

air not included

non-diver $1069

Flower Garden Banks

Flower Garden Banks on board the MV Fling

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June 27-28, 2020 & October 24-25, 2020

(Boat boards on Friday night for a Friday evening departure)

Rule No. 1 when diving the Flower Garden Banks: No matter how captivating the hard corals and reef fish are,  keep an eye on the open water, or you might miss something big. Really  big.  


The Flower Garden Banks is  a National Marine  Sanctuary, often rated as the some of the best diving in the US. 


 The peaks that form the sanctuary are the northernmost coral reefs on  the North American continental shelf, hosting 23 species of coral and  more than 170 species of fish.  It is without question the best diving we can get to in a days drive from Oklahoma.

 

 When diving at the Flower Garden Banks. You just never know what you might find, and that's what makes this place so special.
Bathed in blue-water Gulf Stream eddies, the sanctuary spans 56  square miles split into three distinct regions: the East and West Flower  Garden Banks and Stetson Bank. In all, the sanctuary has a total of 17  moored dive sites  


 With the nearest coral reef some 400 miles away, the Flower Garden Banks  also attract large pelagic visitors like manta rays, mobula rays,  loggerhead turtles and sharks. It's quite common to see silky sharks,  sandbar sharks or nurse sharks on the reefs. During the late winter and  early spring, schools of eagle rays and scalloped hammerhead sharks  migrate through the area, and whale shark sightings — while sporadic —  are reported throughout the summer months.  


M/V Fling has 31 passenger bunks. The bunks each have their

own privacy curtain, and are grouped in cabins of 4. The

boat’s cabins have doors. Bunks cannot be reserved. SO plan to arrive early bunks are on a first come first serve basis.

Trip includes meals, beverages and snacks, and potentially 7 dives.

Only $585 pp 


Cozumel Mexico

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May 30 - June 6 2020


Join us for one of our favorite dive destinations.  


Cozumel is famous among the diving community for its lush walls and high-voltage drifts. The reef system around the island is a part of the Mesoamerican reef system and is protected by the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. As such, it is extremely healthy for a Caribbean reef and is home to 26 coral species and more than 500 species of fish. 

Cozumel is suitable for all levels of diver from beginners to Tec divers. In particular, Cozumel is currently ranked as one of the top ten places for advanced diving. This is due to the deep walls and visibility that require extra vigilance. Diving in Cozumel can be completed by speedboat or from shore, depending on your preference.

for those joining us on this trip we will be offering a Deep Diver Specialty for only $79.00 

Trip includes 7 nights lodging

Breakfast each morning

5 days of 2 tank boat dives

All this for ONLY $699.00

 


Yap

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Feb 10-14 2021

This is a prelude to Palau  

 

                          Yap is heaven for divers who love the manta ray with resident mantas frequenting several sites along the Mi’l Channel from November-May and Valley of the Rays from May-November. The best time to dive Yap is during manta ray mating season which occurs over December-April. These friendly manta rays  like to come within an arm’s length of divers. Dives with mantas are often shallow and suitable for beginners at a depth of less than 33ft (10m).

For more action and to see sharks, divers can head to Vertigo. Vertigo lies at a drop-off along the outer reefs of Yap and is known for its crystal clear water.   

Other great dives at Yap include swim throughs at Yap Caverns and critter hunting at Rainbow Reef. Yap can be dived year round due to its calm climate and even temperature of 80°F (27°C) throughout the year. Water temperature is also ideal with an average of 82°F (28°C) and a 3mm wetsuit, or a shorty for some, will suffice.                       

Each of these two islands provides its very own fantastic  experiences, culture and highlights above and below water, and it is  very hard to choose, which one to favor for a diving holiday, so why not  do the smart thing and combine the two, getting the best of both worlds? Here is why and how!

Yap and Palau are rather remote, to say the least, and getting there  will require quite some time, so it makes a lot of sense, to experience  not only one island but two during the same trip. Palau and Yap are  indisputable amongst the most amazing diving destinations Micronesia has to offer, and the diving is truly outstanding.


Prices for this portion of the trip start at $1029.00 include lodging and 4 days of diving.

more info to come