Horizons Unlimited Scuba is offering another bucket list destination.
The Maldives is an archipelago comprising some 1,200 islands, only about 200 of which are inhabited. With 26 atolls, coral reefs, and coral islands in the archipelago, it’s no wonder this remote destination in the Arabian Sea is famous for its world-class scuba diving.
You are likely to be able to spot Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses, lots of pelagic fishes such as the Giant Trevally or the Barracuda, the magnificent Manta Rays, and the very rare Whale Shark!
You will also have chances to encounter the Whitetip and the Grey Reef Shark, and if you are fortunate, the rare Hammerhead Shark!
We will be offering a land-based and a liveaboard option. It’s a bucket list destination, so why not join us for both. We will start at Kuredu Resort for seven nights (a 5-night option is also available). Keredu will be Followed by seven nights onboard the beautiful Maldives Emperor Explorer.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Kuredu Resort, February 20-27, 2022
The resort is located in Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. It is a paradise dream in real life, with more than 3 km of white beaches and aquamarine lagoons. The resort is situated on the northern reef of the Lhaviyani Atoll, just a 35 minutes Seaplane ride from the Male Airport. The resort has a house reef.
Garden Bungalow = $2,316.56 Diver, $1566.56 Non Diver
Beach Bungalow = $2,434.69 Diver, $1684.69 Non Diver
Beach Villa: = $2,756.25, Diver $2006.25 Non Diver
Sangu Water Villa = $3,504.38 Diver, $2754.38 Non Diver
The package includes seven-night accommodations, daily breakfasts, lunch and dinner, roundtrip seaplane transfers and for divers, five days of 2-Tanks boat dives, and hotel taxes.
airfare not included
Maldives Emperor Explorer,
February 27- March 6, 2022
At 42m (138 feet), MV Emperor Explorer is contemporary and spacious. Four decks with three levels easily accommodate 26 guests in 13 appealing ensuite cabins, all with air-conditioning. Add to that her spa services, spacious dive deck, many relaxation areas, and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner, and she’s the model of luxurious liveaboards.
Accommodation on the MV Emperor Explorer includes 13 spacious and modern cabins,
divided between three decks. The upper deck has two suites with a king bed and
two cabins with a queen and a twin bed. The main deck carries two suites with
a king and a twin bed. The lower deck contains five cabins with a queen and
a twin bed and two cabins with a queen bed. There is plenty of space for even
the most discerning travelers.
M/V Emperor Explorer will cruise the celebrated central Maldivian Atolls, gliding past uninhabited islands and shockingly turquoise lagoons on the way to each of the four dives (offered most charter days). Having all dives conducted from the roomy dhoni (tender) means greater ease for divers and a stunning variety of dive sites. Specialty itineraries showcasing remote islands, exhilarating channel dives, and encounters with elusive Thresher Sharks round out the spectacular array of offerings.
Seven nights on board to include Nitrox, Food, and Nonalcoholic Beverages. Seaplane transfers from Male. Lower berth $2774.00. Other berths may be available for an upcharge based on availability at the time of booking. Rates are based on double occupancy. Single willing to share a berth with another same-sex single will be charged at the double rate.
airfare not included
Plenty of time to plan and pay for this one. We have an early bird price advantage due to a 2021 cancelation.
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.
It's 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
August 16-18, 2021
(Boat boards on Sunday night the 15th for an 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 $785 pp
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 RT Airfare form OKC 7 nights lodging, All Inclusive Resort
5 days of 2 tank boat dives
All this for ONLY $1379 pp dbl occ
Non Diver $999
prices subject to change based on availability
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 3 days of diving.
more info to come