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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 - prices do not include airfare)
March 11-19 - Yap (can be
combined with Palau)
March 20-27 - Palau on the
Palau Aggressor II (can be combined with Yap - only ONE spot left)
Late May or early June -
Bonaire or Cayman
July 9-21 - Indonesia
August 1-6 - Guadalupe Island
and Great White Sharks
August 13-20 - Isla Mujeres
and Whale Sharks #1
August 20-27 - Isla Mujeres
and Whale Sharks #2
November 3-16 - Maldives
(only 7 spots remaining)
YAP (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - March 11-19, 2016 ($2,495)
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 20-27, 2016 ($3,295 -
We had a great time in Palau last year, so let's go back again!!!
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 to 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 limited spots on the boat. This trip can be done on its own or combined
with our Yap trip above.
THE 2015 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2015 PIX & VIDEOS
(Murex in Manado) - July 9-21, 2016 (APPROX. $2,700)
We love Indonesia about as much as we love Bonaire. And if there's
enough interest, we'll go back again in 2016. 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 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 2015 TRIP REPORT
THE 2015 PICTURES
GUADALUPE ISLAND (Great White Sharks) - August 1-6, 2016 ($3,595)
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
whats 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
its 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.
THE #1 TRIP REPORT SEE
TRIP #1 TRIP PICTURES
THE #2 TRIP REPORT SEE
TRIP #2 PICTURES & VIDEO
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO #1 (Whale Sharks) - August 13-20, 2016 (postponed from
. . . or . .
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO #2 (Whale Sharks) - August 20-27, 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 . . . 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.
THE 2014 TRIP REPORT SEE
THE 2014 PICTURES & VIDEO
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