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
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
$3940.00 pp double occupancy credit card
$3825.00 cash price
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
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
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
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