2009 TRAVEL SCHEDULE

 

FLORIDA KEYS -- MAY 12-17 2009

 The Keys offer great reef dives plus wreck dives, too. The shallow waters are perfect for your Open Water training dives,  and you'll gain experience in boat diving--two a day. These five-day, four-night trips are perfect for those who have tight schedules. They are reasonably priced and reachable by air in half a day.  The Keys also are a  great destination for those whose travel companions who aren't divers--world-class fishing, sightseeing, kayaking, snorkeling, shopping or just lazing by the pool are just a few options. Because we do our two-tank dives in the mornings, divers, too, can take advantage of all the Keys have to offer.  

We offer two pricing options for these trips, depending on your choice of accommodations. Prices include a full dive package with two-tank boat dives daily, and double-occupancy accommodations. 

Air fare is not included--you're free to find the best fit for your schedule and budget, or we'll be happy to help. We've found flying into Ft. Lauderdale Airport to be convenient and reasonably priced..

Ragged Edge Resort:  A small intimate resort directly on the Atlantic Ocean, Ragged Edge offers you Tahitian-styled accommodations with an ocean view, screened patios and immaculate, comfortable efficiency apartments.  There's also an ocean-side, heated freshwater pool, a shuffleboard court, a wooden gazebo, an observation deck for a spectacular vista, bicycles for your use, and all new docks  in a protected harbor-great for fishing or lounging.  Cost:  $  895.00 per person, double occupancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Motel: For the budget-minded diver, we offer accommodations at Sunset Motel, a comfortable, no-frills location conveniently located on Route 1. The Sunset offers a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a great nearby restaurant noted for its breakfast menu.  

Cost is $  695.00

In the Keys, we have long gone diving with Holiday Isle Dive shop, whose experienced dive staff know all the best places to dive.  Here are a couple of their favorites...and we agree!!

Davis Ledge (25')
 Easy to navigate, tons of fish, and the Buddha's Belly to rub for luck. As we know, divers need lots of luck.

The Fish Bowl
and The Aquarium
(25-30')

Double patch reefs with fish
and more fish! We sure hope you like swimming around with a thousand fish eyes critiquing your diving skills. 

Hamasaurus (25-35')
We didn't name this one, we just dive it. It's a nurse shark and moray eel traffic jam.

Crocker Reef (35-60')
A spur and groove formation with mounding coral heads on top. These formations often have turtles hiding among them, plus a variety of other sea life. Another great dive for the novice or experienced diver.

The Wreck of "The Eagle" (75-110')
This 287 foot freighter was sunk as an artificial reef in 1985. She is lying on her starboard side with her port rails lying at 75 feet and her propellers and rudder lying in 110 feet on the sandy bottom. She's a great wreck dive!! In 1998, The Eagle was broken in two by Hurricane Georges. With twenty years of growth she is unrivaled in her collection of marine life including a family of jewfish (aka. Goliath Grouper) which have taken up residency in a tear in the wreck created by Georges. You'll love the way we set up lines for descent and safety stops making for a great wreck diving experience.

Hen & Chickens (10-20')

BONAIRE, N.A.

9-15 thru 9-22 or 9-29

 

 

BLACKBEARD'S LIVE-ABOARD  SAIL/DIVE CRUISE, the Bahamas,   9-26  9-30 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKBEARD'S :   We're spending a week on Blackbeard's 65' live-aboard  sailboat in the waters around Grand Bahama Island. We anchor at different dive sites daily,  so you just slip on your gear and take a giant stride off your "hotel" into widely varying but enchanting live coral reefs and wrecks. Since you're already on-site, your dive day often can extend to four to five dives daily, as opposed to the two dives daily most land-based trips offer. This year we're sailing aboard  Blackbeards  from June 14 through 21. This all-inclusive trip (accommodations, food, beverages, air fills) is a great value and easy to reach by plane in half a day, meaning you can be in the water the same day you arrive. If you want an "immersion" in diving, this is your trip.

Airfare is not included, leaving you free to make your own travel arrangements, or we'll be happy to help. Blackbeard's home base is Freeport, Grand Bahamas, and daily flights are available from Dulles.

For more information, call 540-539-1615 or email SCUBA@visuallink.com

 

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