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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 reason) 
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 depending on 
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 3.5% higher rate.
To get more details on a specific trip, either e-mail  Ken or call him at 310/652-4990.
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 CANCELLATION 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.

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2016-2017 TRIPS (scroll down for details - prices do not include airfare)  


       
• August 1-6 - Guadalupe Island and Great White Sharks [ SOLD OUT ]
        • August 13-20 - Isla Mujeres and Whale Sharks #1 [ SOLD OUT ]
        • August 20-27 - Isla Mujeres and Whale Sharks #2 [ SOLD OUT ]
        • November 3-16 - Maldives (only 3 spots remaining)
        • July 7-19, 2017 - Yap Immersion #1 (limited to 12 divers - only 8 spots left)
        • July 21-August 2, 2017 - Yap Immersion #2 (limited to 12 divers - only 8 spots left)
  GUADALUPE ISLAND (Great White Sharks) - August 1-6, 2016 (SOLD OUT!!!)  






A trip so good, we went TWICE in 2015 . . .

Reef Seekers has again booked a fabulous trip to the very unique location of Guadalupe Island (in the Pacific 200 miles SW of Ensenada) to go observe the Great White Sharks that congregate there each year. Once again, we'll be on the the Nautilus Belle Amie which is large and roomy and wonderful and perfectly suited for this trip. There are five cages in the water, one at the surface, one slightly submerged off the stern of the boat, and three that are submerged about 30 feet down to give you a really great view of these magnificent fish in their natural habitat.
 
We'll start each of these trips by meeting in San Diego at 7PM on the first evening. Then we'll board a motor coach and be driven down to Ensenada (about another two hours) where we'll board the boat and depart on the 20-hour trip to Guadalupe. So the following day is one at sea all day. Plenty of time to understand the protocols, hook up cameras, and get excited for what’s to come. The morning of the 3rd day, the diving begins around 7AM and continues until at least 5PM. Same thing the fourth and fifth day and at the end of that day, we begin the trip home, arriving mid-afternoon on the 6th day. The motor coach will take us north across the border back to San Diego and then it’s back home.
 
These are not inexpensive trips. We've reserved Deluxe Staterooms (lower deck at the waterline) but we can upgrade you to a Superior Stateroom (slightly more room and on the second deck) if you like. The Deluxe rooms are $3,595/diver and the Superiors are $4,195/diver which incudes tax, tip, and port fees. But the bottom line is that this is quite an adventure that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

READ THE #1 TRIP REPORT      SEE TRIP #1 TRIP PICTURES 

READ THE #2 TRIP REPORT    SEE TRIP #2 PICTURES & VIDEO

  ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO #1 (Whale Sharks) - August 13-20, 2016 (SOLD OUT!!!)  
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  ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO #2 (Whale Sharks) - August 20-27, 2016 (SOLD OUT!!!)  




Can lightning strike three times? We had such a great time in 2013 & 2014 that we're going to do it again in 2016 . . . TWICE!!!

Just about ever diver dreams of someday swimming with a Whale Shark. How about swimming with five or six of them at the same time. How about five or six at the same time in an area where there can be literally HUNDREDS feeding at the surface. (And we'll even throw in the occasional Manta Ray for good measure.)

That's what you can get during the annual congregation of Whale Sharks that occurs just off of Isla Mujeres, a small island 10 miles off of Cancun. We'll do three days of snorkeling with these gentle giants plus two scuba days and one day scuba diving the famed cenotes (caves/caverns) near Tulum.

Trip includes: 3 days of whale sharks (M/W/F - we'll have two boats), 1 day cenotes diving (Tues - includes ferry and transport), Sunday afternoon 2-tank scuba dive (Cancun Underwater Museum), Thursday 3-tank dive, hotel (2-bd condos), RT airport xfer from Cancun airport, Crew/DM/hotel tips. This can also be structured as WS-only trip, skipping the scuba days (perfect for a non-diver who snorkels). We're limited to about 12 people on this trip but if there's enough interest, I'm open to doing back-to-back trips over the course of two weeks. If you're interested, give us a call. 

READ THE 2014 TRIP REPORT     SEE THE 2014 PICTURES & VIDEO

  THE MALDIVES - November 5-14, 2016 (dive dates) - ($4,895)  


When we say we're willing to travel halfway around the world for good diving, we mean it!!! It's a long way to get to the Maldives, but the investment of time (and money) is well worth it as the diving here still presents some of the most pristine in the world. And because it takes so long to get there, we're doing this as a 10-day trip, with 9 days of diving. (Plus there's an optional three days in Istanbul on the back end.)

As you may know, the Maldives lie south of India and Sri Lanka and most of the low-lying islands are protected by vast atolls. We will explore as may of those areas as weather and time permits, visiting both North and South Male Atolls, and Ari Atoll, to name just three. This will mark out third trip to the Maldives and although we haven't been back since 2002, we're doing the trip again with our good friends on the Manthiri, probably the longest-operating liveaboard in the Maldives and definitely the most knowledgeable crew.

The other nice thing about this trip is that we've got the entire boat to ourselves but that still means our group will be small as capacity of this vessel is capped at 12 divers. So no crowding, no cattle boats, and we'll pretty much get to dive our own schedule.

Take a peek at the 2002 trip report to get a feel for what we saw then and give us a call at 310/652-4990 to snag one of the boat spots.

                                                     
READ THE 2002 TRIP REPORT 

  YAP IMMERSION #1 (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - July 7-19, 2017 ($2,995)  



This is going to be our best Yap trip yet.

The general thought is that it's a 13-day trip with 10 days of diving in Yap. We call it "Yap Immersion" because we really want to immerse you in everything that makes Yap such a special place to dive and to visit. On the diving end, we will do up to 24 dives that will include manta dives at the cleaning stations, a shark feed, a Mandarinfish dive, macro dives, reef dives, and wall dives. We will also include a Manta ID program (you'll get a PADI specialty card) which will teach you the ins and outs of manta identification. We'll build on that with what I'm calling "The Manta Project" which is simply that we will track with photos all of the different mantas we see over the course of our time there. (Sometimes we have one at a cleaning station, but sometimes we get seven or eight or more. And without photos to document the different markings, they start to all look alike.) And because a lot of this ID-ing is enhanced by the photos, we also be including photo workshops and critiques throughout the week. The best plan is to do the dives on nitrox, which is included in the trip package, and for those of you who are NOT nitrox-certified, we'll include a NAUI Nitrox course at no extra charge (other than materials costs). On the non-diving side, we'll take one day off from diving to do a full island tour that will include delving into Yap's role in World War 2, and giving you a sense of the history of the people, which also includes the unique Stone Money that forms part of their culture. On our final day (non-diving to outgas before the plane ride home), there will be a morning kayak tour of the mangroves for those interested, followed by an afternoon visiting a local village. You probably all know by now how much I enjoy going to Yap, and I think this will be a fabulous trip. We're also scheduling this for July (usually we go in March) because the winds have died down then and that means that all the dives sites on both sides of the island should be accessible, as well as it should be the time of the calmest waters and the smoothest rides. Everyone will get a double-occupancy Ocean View room (single supplement available if desired), breakfast daily, all the stuff I just mentioned and more, airport transfers, and crew/staff tips. Not included are lunches and dinners (figure another couple of hundred bucks) and also not included is airfare (generally around $1800-2100). Cost of the "Immerse Yourself in Yap" package will be $2,995 which I think is a really good deal, especially when you consider everything you're getting. (Of course, I might be a bit prejudiced about this.) The other thing I like - and you will too - is that we're setting this up as a 12-divers max trip. So no big cattle calls to deal with. And even with 12, we'll likely do it as two boats of 6 most days, with me on one boat and Bill on the other. The goal is to give you a really great and unique experience and find the best diving possible on every given day. You can download the flyer by clicking here. If this might be of interest to you, print it out and stick it on your refrigerator as a reminder.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PIX

  YAP IMMERSION #2 (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - July 21 - August 2, 2017 ($2,995)  

So nice, we're doing it twice..

The general thought is that it's a 13-day trip with 10 days of diving in Yap. We call it "Yap Immersion" because we really want to immerse you in everything that makes Yap such a special place to dive and to visit. On the diving end, we will do up to 24 dives that will include manta dives at the cleaning stations, a shark feed, a Mandarinfish dive, macro dives, reef dives, and wall dives. We will also include a Manta ID program (you'll get a PADI specialty card) which will teach you the ins and outs of manta identification. We'll build on that with what I'm calling "The Manta Project" which is simply that we will track with photos all of the different mantas we see over the course of our time there. (Sometimes we have one at a cleaning station, but sometimes we get seven or eight or more. And without photos to document the different markings, they start to all look alike.) And because a lot of this ID-ing is enhanced by the photos, we also be including photo workshops and critiques throughout the week. The best plan is to do the dives on nitrox, which is included in the trip package, and for those of you who are NOT nitrox-certified, we'll include a NAUI Nitrox course at no extra charge (other than materials costs). On the non-diving side, we'll take one day off from diving to do a full island tour that will include delving into Yap's role in World War 2, and giving you a sense of the history of the people, which also includes the unique Stone Money that forms part of their culture. On our final day (non-diving to outgas before the plane ride home), there will be a morning kayak tour of the mangroves for those interested, followed by an afternoon visiting a local village. You probably all know by now how much I enjoy going to Yap, and I think this will be a fabulous trip. We're also scheduling this for July (usually we go in March) because the winds have died down then and that means that all the dives sites on both sides of the island should be accessible, as well as it should be the time of the calmest waters and the smoothest rides. Everyone will get a double-occupancy Ocean View room (single supplement available if desired), breakfast daily, all the stuff I just mentioned and more, airport transfers, and crew/staff tips. Not included are lunches and dinners (figure another couple of hundred bucks) and also not included is airfare (generally around $1800-2100). Cost of the "Immerse Yourself in Yap" package will be $2,995 which I think is a really good deal, especially when you consider everything you're getting. (Of course, I might be a bit prejudiced about this.) The other thing I like - and you will too - is that we're setting this up as a 12-divers max trip. So no big cattle calls to deal with. And even with 12, we'll likely do it as two boats of 6 most days, with me on one boat and Bill on the other. The goal is to give you a really great and unique experience and find the best diving possible on every given day. You can download the flyer by clicking here. If this might be of interest to you, print it out and stick it on your refrigerator as a reminder.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PIX


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