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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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2015 TRIPS (scroll down for details)  


        • October 21-26 - Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island aboard the Nautilus Explore (THREE spots now available)
        • December 1-13 - Red Sea special aboard the Red Sea Aggressor plus touring the pyramids in Cairo (
SOLD OUT)
        • STARTING WORK N THE 2016 TRAVEL SKED
  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 good way.

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 photograph.

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.

READ THE 2015 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2015 PIX & VIDEOS

  PALAU (Palau Aggressor II) - March 15-22, 2015 (TRIP COMPLETED)  





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, and more.

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.

READ THE 2015 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2015 PIX & VIDEOS

  INDONESIA (Murex in Manado) - July 11-23, 2015 (TRIP COMPLETED)  




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 you'll learn 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.

READ THE 2015 TRIP REPORT          SEE THE 2015 PICTURES

  GUADALUPE ISLAND (Great White Sharks) - July 31- August 5, 2015 (TRIP COMPLETED)  






Reef Seekers has booked not one, but TWO trips to Guadalupe Island (in the Pacific 200 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 Nautilus Belle Amie. Both vessels run the trips the same way with four or five cages in the water, one at the surface, one slightly submerged off the stern of the boat, and two or three 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 regular 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 around 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 plus 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 2015 TRIP REPORT          SEE THE 2015 PICTURES

  GUADALUPE ISLAND #2 (Great White Sharks) - October 21-26, 2015 ($3500-$4000)  


Same trip as we already completed but this one is aboard the Nautilus Explorer herself. The short version:

          • Drive to San Diego, then a bus to Ensenada where we board the boat
          • Day sail to get out there
          • 3 days of diving, multiple jumps per day
          • 4-5 cages, two just off the boat at or near surface, others submerged
          • Everyone takes turns in the cages, three 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 INCLUDES airfare)  




(PLEASE NOTE 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 is
         known as world class diving.
    • 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 2015)  




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. 

READ THE 2014 TRIP REPORT     SEE THE 2014 PICTURES & VIDEO


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