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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
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
where we are for land-based trips), airport
transfers, and crew tip/gratuity. Airfare is generally NOT included in
the quoted prices. We would generally 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% higher rate.
To get more details on a specific trip, either e-mail
Ken or call him at 310/652-4990.
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.
TRIPS (scroll down for details)
• November 1-8 -
Belize aboard the Belize Sun Dancer II (JUST GOT BACK!!!)
March 8-14, 2015 - Yap at Manta Ray Bay Resort (can be combined with
March 15-22 - Palau aboard the Palau Aggressor II
(can be combined with Yap above)
• May or
early June - Return to Bonaire and Buddy Dive
• July, 2015 -
Indonesia with Murex Dive Resort ( Bunaken Marine Park & Lembeh
15-22 - Isla Mujeres (Whale Sharks, cenotes, and reefs)
BELIZE (Belize Sun Dancer II) - November 1-8, 2014 (JUST GOT
This will be a first for us (well, technically second
as we were there in the early 90s). Belize is a destination we've
had on our radar for quite some time but never have gotten around to
putting it on the schedule until this year.
Belize sits at the northern end of the world's second-largest
barrier reef which stretches al the way down to Roatan. It's known
for spectacular visibility and, of course, the legendary Blue Hole, which
is visible from space. (They used to say it was bottomless but they
now know it ends around 400 feet.)
So we are looking forward to a fabulous week here aboard the Sun
dancer II (which is owned/operated by the Aggressor Fleet) and will
be delighted to share the tales of our exploits with you. We still
do have ONE space available for a woman who will be sharing with
another woman already signed up for the trip. If you're interested,
give us a call.
YAP (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - March 8-14, 2015 (approx $2,450 + airfare)
Yap feels like a second home to us at Reef Seekers.
We simply love going there and love diving with our good friends at
Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers. Yap is simply a marvelous
place to be and it's definitely doesn't feel like home, but in a
Yap is most famous for its resident Manta Rays and we'll be getting
up-close-and-personal with them. Mostly this will come through
multiple visits to the cleaning station at Stammtisch, where you'll
be in 20 feet of water as multiple mantas (we've had as many as
seven at one time) glide only inches away from your head. It's
pretty amazing when a animal that big is willing to come that close.
We'll also have a chance to observe the nightly mating antics of the
little Mandarinfish. Although they're elusive during the daytime,
each evening at dusk, they come out and romp for about an hour in a
ritualized mating frenzy that's always interesting to observe and
And we'll also have a shot at some high-intensity shark action
during the weekly shark feed. You can get pretty much as close as
you want to the bait as upwards of 50 or more reef sharks hit it
over the course of the 40-minute dive. Afterwards, search the ground
for shark's teeth that have fallen out during the tussle.
Yap is always a fun destination and this can be done on its own or
combined with the Palau trip below.
THE 2013 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2013 PICTURES
PALAU (Palau Aggressor II) - March 15-22, 2015 (approx $3,350 + airfare)
It's been over seven years since we were last in Palau and that's
waaaaay too long so we're going back in 2015!!! Palau is a destination
that's got something for everyone: reefs, wrecks, currents, lagoons,
Of course, it doesn't hurt to be on a gorgeous and very well laid
out dive boat. The PA2 gives us a lot of flexibility tyo explore
sites out of the range of the day boats as well as some dive sites
that are off the beaten path like the Buoy 6 wreck and Wonder
Channel. Plus we'll hit the "usual" spots like Blue Hole,
Big drop, Ulong Channel, and the legendary Blue Corner (which we
usually visit multiple times). If weather permits, we'll also try to
get across to Pelilu, home to not only some great diving but also a
major battleground in the pacific during WW2.
And no trip to Palau would be complete without a visit to Jellyfish
lake, where millions of sting-less jellyfish spend the day following
the sun and you get a chance to see what it's like to snorkel in Jell-O.
It's truly a unique experience that that produces an awful lot of
giggles and laughs during the hour we spend there.
We only have 12 spots on the boat (6 rooms - double occupancy) so
that's our limitation. This trip can e done on its own or combined
with our Yap trip above.
THE 2007 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2007 PICTURES
(Buddy Dive) - Late May or early June, 2015 (approx $2,000 + airfare)
We LOVE going to Bonaire (which is why we do it every year - little
later than usual in 2015 because I have to work around a family
obligation in mid-May). We LOVE
diving at Buddy Dive Resort (which is why we stay there every time
we go). The diving is very good, the conditions are very reliable,
and we get taken care of very nicely. (Plus there's an amazing
number of really good restaurants in Bonaire.)
This trip combines the best of boat and shore diving. We'll do boat dives this year which means we'll have access to such sites as
all of the ones on Klein Bonaire (right across from Buddy), Rappel,
Somethin' Special, Thousand Steps, and others that you'd rather not
do from shore. Plus we'll have ample time to dive the Buddy House
Reef (which is excellent in and of itself) and explore other shore
sites Like Andrea II, Ol' Bue (a personal favorite), Alice in
Wonderland, the Hilma Hooker, and more
This trip is limited to 12 divers so if Bonaire's on your list (and it should be) don't get left
THE 2014 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2014 PICTURES
(Murex in Manado) - July 2015 (approx $2250
plus airfare + optional Singapore Stopover)
We love Indonesia about as much as we love Bonaire. And if there's
enough interest, we'll go back again in 2015. It takes a while longer to get there, but it's absolutely worth it. (And
the whole story behind "Opa Gila".)
One great thing about this trip is that we're able to combine the
best of what the region has to offer: fabulous reefs and clear water
with 100-foot visibility, along with muck diving that may have less
viz, but has some of the most unusual creatures you'll ever
encounter on a dive. We will definitely plan a single-day excursion to
the legendary Lembeh Straits where you may be able to check off
dozens of creatures that are on you're I-wanna-see list,. like
Rhinopias, Blue-Ring Octopi, and Pygmy Seahorses.
The reefs of Bunaken Marine Park are simply spectacular with
vertical walls, pristine corals, a resident HUUUGE turtle (named
Rambo) at one site, and plenty of good stuff to see. And if we ever
got phenomenally lucky, one of these days a Coelacanth will rise
from the depths of Manado Tua.
There are eight full days of 3-tank diving plus there's still plenty
of time to relax. And on the way back, we can arrange to stop over
for three days in Singapore and explore that fabulous city. (Or you
can head back to LA with just a single-night layover.) We generally
max this trip our at 12 divers so don't get left behind. Give us a
call to sing up or at least get on the "interested" list.
THE 2014 TRIP REPORT
THE 2014 PICTURES
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO (Whales Sharks) - August 15-22, 2015 (approx
$2495 plus airfare)
Can lightning strike three times? We had such a great time in 2013
& 2014 that
we're going to do it again in 2015!!!
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.
THE 2014 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2014 PICTURES & VIDEO
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