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REEF SEEKERS PHILOSOPHY WHEN IT COMES TO FOREIGN VACATION TRIPS
We specialize in small groups (as few as 4
divers, generally 8-12 per group) and all are personally led by Reef
Seekers owner and NAUI instructor Ken Kurtis, who's been
doing this since his since 1980, so he may have picked up a few
tricks along the way. Ken's always available to be a dive buddy,
help with photo questions, ID fish (he always
brings his fish ID books with him), and just generally solve
whatever issues or problems may pop up along the way to insure you
have the smoothest, most-hassle-free, and
enjoyable vacation you can. You might be able to book something
cheaper on your own, but it certainly won't be better and you
certainly won't have someone with Ken's
experience and knowledge to run interference for you.
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. 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 4% 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 are cash/check and exclude airfare)
• Sea of Cortez (Cabo Pulmo)
- December 4-10 (SOLD OUT!!!)
• March 16-29 - Yap
Immersion (extended trip with fish ID & photo workshop, and manta ID
• May 15-23 - Bonaire (we
didn't go in 2019 so it's time to return)
• August 1-8 - Isla
Mujeres, Mexico (Whale Sharks, Underwater Museum, Cenotes, and more)
• September 9-14 -
Guadalupe ( Great White Sharks!!! - Note Early Bird pricing through Nov.
• October 17-29 - Return
to Indonesia and Murex, Manado (one of our favorite places to go)
• December TBA - Socorro
on the Nautilus Belle Amie (make it an early Christmas present
REEF SEEKERS STATEMENT ON THE CONCEPTION FIRE
CABO PULMO - DECEMBER 4-10 (SOLD OUT!!!)
For 26 years, we ran trips out of
La Paz exploring the Sea of Cortez on the wonderful Don Jose.
Sadly, those trips ended for us after 2012, and we haven't gone
back because there hasn't been a liveaboard plying those waters.
We are delighted to share with you that there will be a new boat
down there called the Nautilus Gallant Lady, run by our
good friends at Nautilus Explorer. The boat's larger than the
Don Jose (the Lady is 116'x22') and takes fewer
people (12 vs. 16) so we get the best of both worlds: bigger
boat and less people.
We'll also be exploring new territory but still within the Sea
of Cortez. Our old itinerary took us north of La Paz to places
like Los Islotes, Las Animas, and El Bajo. But our new ship will
be based south of Las Paz, halfway down to Cabo, and will
explore the waters of the world's most successful marine
protected area (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cabo Pulmo.
This is a magnificent reef that routinely attracts Hammerhead
Sharks, Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, huge shoals of fish, and
everything else you'd expect to find in a thriving eco-system.
There will be plenty of new places and sites to explore and
we'll have 4.5 dive days to do so, generally doing 4 dives each
day (2 dives on the half day). We dive out of pangas, using the
Lady as a mothership, so we'll have maximum flexibility and
Because we can only take 12 people (really 11 since Ken Kurtis
will lead each trip and counts as one of the 12), we expect this
will fill quickly but we're also open to the idea of doing
back-to-back trips and staying down there to dive with a second
group of 12. But the point is, get your $500 deposit in now to
guarantee your spot and then we'll work out the rest of the
It's going to be great to return to the Sea of Cortez, one of
our most popular trips over the years, and we look forward to
having you with us (again).
YAP IMMERSION - MARCH 16-29 ($3,995 - incl. fish & manta ID, photo
workshop & more)
Yap!!! There's a whole host of reason, from the diving to the
resort to even the hole-in-the-wall where we go have lunch. So
join us for this trip and let us show you all the magic Yap has
This is our popular "Yap Immersion" trip which is an extended
version of a one-week trip but which allows us to "immerse" you
in all things Yap. In addition to the dives (generally three
boat dives each day), we be offering a Manta ID class, Fish ID
workshops, photo workshops and tips, a 1/2-day land tour of yap
which will include some of the World War II history of the
island as well as cultural stops, and more. This ia truly a trip
we love doing every time we can.
Cost of the trip includes all your diving, double-occupancy
Ocean View room (single supplement available) all diving on air
or nitrox, breakfast daily, Mandarinfish dusk dive, Shark Feed
dive, plenty of manta cleaning station dives, and other top Yap
sites (25 dives in total), airport transfers in Yap, and crew
tip. Are is NOT included and on United is running now running
Plan to join us so you can see why we're so excited to be
Yapping About Yap.
2019 YAP TRIP REPORT
THE 2019 YAP PIX
BONAIRE - MAY 15-23 ($2,450 - boat diving, beach diving, and Buddy
If you're looking for a place with
reliable conditions, interesting dives, plenty to see, and
non-diving activities too, then Bonaire is the place for you.
And we'll be making another trek back to this wonderful place in
the Caribbean later this year.
Although Bonaire is well-known for the numerous (and easily
accessible) beach div sites, we always book this with plenty f
boat dives as well as having opportunities to do some beach
dives as well. And, quite frankly, the house reef at Buddy Dive
9where we always stay) is quite wonderful and a place we dive
almost every evening at dusk, with the hopes of seeing the
fabled "river of fish" which are thousands and thousand of
Creole Wrasses on a northward journey, and it happens almost
Cost of this trip includes a shared 2-bedroom apartment (3-4
people/apartment), all diving, breakfast daily, use of a vehicle
(one per room), crew/staff tip, airport transfers in Bonaire, a
hotel overnight in Miami on the way in, and all the fun you can
READ THE 2018 BONAIRE TRIP REPORT
SEE THE 2018 BONAIRE PIX
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO - AUGUST 1-8 ($2,850 - Whale Sharks, cenotes, &
"YOU get a Whale Shark, YOU get a
Whale Shark, YOU get a Whale Shark . . ." If Oprah was your DM,
that's what it would sound like.
Isla Mujeres is the home to the largest known Whale Shark
congregation in the world, with as many as 800 of these huge
critters in the general area. We go out and find them and you
get to jump in and snorkel with them. And we've definitely had
times where literally anywhere you turned, there were one or two
Whale Sharks passing you by. It's a pretty spectacular
Of the six dive days we'll have there, three of them will be
spent Whale Sharking (and even on those days, we're usually back
at the resort around 3PM). We'll also have two dives exploring
Cancun's Underwater Museum (MUSA), we'll do a day at tone of the
cenotes down near Tulum, and we'll have a wreck/reef day as
well. It's a combination. of snorkeling and diving so this is a
GREAT trip for someone who doesn't dive but who'd like to
experience the Whale Sharks up close and personal.
This trip is very logistics-heavy. Cost includes xfer from the
Cancun Airport to the Puerto Juarez ferry terminal, RT ferry to
Isla Mujeres, taxi xfer to the resort, double-occupancy at
Nautibeach in 2-bedroom condos, all diving (tanks & weights when
need), all transport and diving for the cenotes day, and crew
tips. Experiencing the Whale Sharks is really something quite
special and this is a great way to do it, while getting some
other types of diving in as well. And it's actually a very
relaxing trip overall, which is also nice. Lots of down time
during the week.
READ THE 2016 ISLA MUJERES TRIP REPORT
SEE THE 2016 ISLA MUJERES PIX
GUADALUPE - SEPTEMBER 9-14 ($3,795
- EARLY BIRD PRICE $3,395 THRU
NOV. 30 0NLY)
DIVERS LOVE DISCOUNTS - SAVE $400 BY GIVING YOUR
DEPOSIT BEFORE NOVEMBER 30!!!
Whitey, the Landlord, the Ultimate
Predator, and even Bruce (the nickname for the shark in Jaws),
Great White Sharks are pretty awesome animals. And this is your
chance to view them literally from only a few feet away as we
make our fifth trip out to the remote island opf Guadalupe, 200+
miles south of Ensenada.
We'll again be diving from the Nautilus
Belle Amie which is the absolute perfect vessel to observe
these creatures from as the Belle has FIVE cages from
which the sharks can be observed and photographed. And the
submerged cage dives are scheduled throughout the day so you're
guaranteed at least three 45-minute submerged dives each dive
day plus whatever other time you want to spend in the surface
This trip starts in San Diego and since we
have to drive down there (assuming you're coming from L.A.), we
chose dates to avoid weekend traffic. Once in SD, we'll board a
motor coach for the ride across the border and down to Ensenada,
where we'll board the boat. After a 20-hour ocean crossing
(plenty of time to set up camera gear and get excited), we'll be
ready to go.
Cost of this trip includes
double-occupancy on the Belle Amie (rooms upgrades available),
RT motor coach xfer to Ensenada, and crew tip. Don't let this
one slip away, let alone with the offer of a discount.
READ THE 2017 GUADALUPE TRIP REPORT
SEE THE 2017 GUADALUPE PIX
INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17-28 ($2,995 - we had such a good time
in 2019, we can't stay away!!!)
We can't say enough good things
about all the times we go to Murex. The diving is fabulous, the
resort is idyllic, the staff is wonderfully accommodating, the
food is delightful, and the only complaint is that we can't stay
longer or do it more often.
So we'd like to go back again in 2020, but this time we'll go in
the fall. (Usually we go in July.) But we'll experience all that
Murex has to offer: the spectacular walls and sites at Bunaken,
macro muck dives along Manado Bay (close to the resort), a day
trip via boat to Bangka Island with all of the wonderful soft
corals, an overland day trip to dive the amazing Lembeh Straits,
and a night dive as well.
This is a 9-day trip (plus travel time) and includes
double-occupancy at Murex, all diving (air or nitrox), all meals
(can't promise you won't gain weight), day trip to Bangka, day
trip to Lembeh, air port transfers in Manado, and crew/staff
tips. If you're looking to fall in love with a destination, this
is the trip for you!!!
2019 TRIP REPORT
SEE THE 2019 PIX & VIDEOS
SOCORRO (REVILLAGIGEDO ISLANDS) - DECEMBER TBA (It's high time we returned)
started this write-up, I had to look back at the last time we
went to retrieve pictures. And when I saw that it was 2010, I
said, "That can't be right." But it was correct although not
right, because Socorro (or more correctly - the Revillagigedos)
is NOT a place that you should visit only once every ten years.
So let's rectify that.
We'll be on the fabulous Belle Amie and we'll be able to dive -
weather permitting of course - all three islands in the
chain: Socorro, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida. The last one is
the most spectacular as it's this small rock in the middle of
nowhere with sheer dropoffs and spectacular marine life. (My
personal fav is the shelf on the backside where there are always
numerous Whitetip Sharks taking a rest.) We see a lot of animals
here that you don't see elsewhere like Clarion Angelfish and
Leather Bass. Plus you get Hammerheads, Manta Rays, Marble Rays,
and maybe even some Humpback Whales if we get lucky.
Cost of the trip includes double-occupancy room (upgrades
available for extra $$$), all diving, all meals, crew tip, and
transfers from the Cabo San Lucas Airport. (Due to the timing of
the start and end of the trip, we will not need to do a hotel
overnight on either end.)
READ THE 2010 TRIP REPORT
SEE THE 2010 PIX
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