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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 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.
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)
• July 11-23 -
Indonesia with Murex Dive Resort ( Bunaken Marine Park & Lembeh
31-August 5 - Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island aboard the Belle
Amie (spots now available)
21-26 - Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island aboard the Nautilus
Explore (one spot now available)
1-13 - Red Sea special aboard the Red Sea Aggressor plus
touring the pyramids in Cairo (SOLD
YAP (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - March 8-14, 2015 (TRIP COMPLETED)
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 2015 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2015 PIX & VIDEOS
PALAU (Palau Aggressor II) - March 15-22, 2015 (TRIP
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 2015 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2015 PIX & VIDEOS
(Murex in Manado) - July 11-23, 2015 ($2595
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
GUADALUPE ISLAND (Great White Sharks) - July 31- August 5, 2015
Reef Seekers has booked not one, but TWO trips to
Guadalupe Island (in the pacific 250 miles SW of Ensenada) to go
observe the Great White Sharks that congregate there each year. The
October trip will be on Nautilus Explorer (we used them for our
two Socorro trips) and the July trip will be on their sister ship,
the Belle Amie. Both vessels run the trips the same way with four
cages in the water, one at the surface, one slightly submerged off
the stern of the boat, and two that are submerged about 30 feet
down to give you a really great view of these magnificent fish in
their natural habitat.
The other thing that I happen to think is really
cool (and I realize some people feel it’s too risky for their
taste) is that there’s opportunity to view these animals from
the TOP of the submerged cage (not free-swimming, so still sitting
on the top of the cage) with basically nothing between you and the
sharks. To make sure everyone gets a chance to dive the
fully-submerged cages, those are scheduled at 30-minute intervals
and people are assigned times to rotate in and out, giving you at
least three submerged cage dives each of the three diving days.
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 no
later than 7AM and continues until at least 5PM. Same thing the
fourth and fifth day and at the end of that day, you 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. On the July trip,
I have 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
$2995/diver and the Superiors are $3495/diver. To each of those
you add a 5% Mexican VAT, a $65 port tax (payable on the boat),
and we'll include a crew tip as well. But the bottom line is that
this will be quite an adventure and one that you'll remember for
the rest of your life.
GUADALUPE ISLAND #2 (Great White Sharks) - October 21-26, 2015
Same trip as we have scheduled for July 31 but this
one aboard the Nautilus Explorer herself. The short version:
to San Diego, then a bus to Ensenada where we board the boat
• Day sail to get out there
• 3.5 days of diving, multiple jumps per day
• 4-5 cages, two just off the boat at or near surface, three
• Everyone takes turns in the cages, 4-5 divers/cage at a time
• All hookah diving - no scuba gear needed
• They'll even take a non-diver because one cage is at the
surface and not submerged
• $3500-4000-ish depending on what type of room you go into
THE RED SEA (Egypt - southern route) - December 1-13, 2015 ($3,950
THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT BUT WE DO HAVE A WAITING LIST)
We'll start by flying to Frankfurt and then Cairo, where we'll vae
tow days to acclimate and tour the Pyramids. Then we'll fly south
to Hurghada for an overnight and then venture further south to
Port Ghalib where we'll board the Red Sea Aggressor. We're
doing the southern route which is generally calmer and a bit
prettier than going out to the Brothers:
Southern/St. John's Reef Itinerary
• Dives along the South of Egypt's Red
Sea making Red Sea LiveAboard diving the only way to go.
• Sites like Sha’ab Claudia offer
extensive reefs and coral gardens. Coral tunnels and caverns for
divers to explore.
• Fury Shoal’s offer more exposed
reefs and wall dives that attract the pelagics. Reefs such as
Sha’ab Mansour and Sataya, divers go
deep on the walls to see schools of barracuda and big-eye trevally
and sharks as well as further south to St. John's Reef which
known as world
• Dolphin Reef at Sataya offers a coral
lagoon where divers can spend one or two dives snorkeling with
resident Spinner Dolphin pods.
• Great sheltered bays for night diving.
Price for this plan includes airfare, all land stuff (hotels,
tours, guides, etc.), overnight hotel going and coming in
Hurghada, transport from Hurghada to and from boat, airport
transfers, and Aggressor crew tip. Not included is nitrox,
about $120 in port taxes and marine park fees, Egyptian visa fee
& exit tax, lunch/dinner in Cairo/Hurghada, or items not
specifically mentioned. (Photos courtesy of www.aggressor.com)
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO (Whale Sharks) - August 2016 (postponed from
Can lightning strike three times? We had such a great time in 2013
& 2014 that
we're going to do it again in 2016!!!
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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