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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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     2017 TRIPS (scroll down for details - prices do not include airfare)  

       
March 18-25, 2017 - Bonaire
        June 10-17 - Isla Mujeres (Whale Sharks)
        July 7-19 - Yap Immersion #1 (limited to 12 divers - only 5 spots left)
        July 21-August 2 - Yap Immersion #2 (limited to 12 divers - only 9 spots left)
        September 1-6 - Great Whites Sharks of Guadalupe Island
       
Nov. 20 - Dec. 16 - Ultimate Indonesia (Murex/Manado, Raja Ampat Aggressor, & Lembeh)

        SCUBA CUBA??? - Our thoughts on why this isn't practical for us in 2017
  BONAIRE - MARCH 18-25 (Approx. $1,900 plus airfare)                                                                    






Although we've been going to Bonaire regularly for close to ten years, we missed it in 2015 due to not enough people signing up and missed it again in 2016 because of some timing issues so the goal for this year is obvious: Return to Bonaire. And that's what we plan to do in march.

For anyone who's never been, Bonaire represents reliable diving. (We hesitate to use the word "easy" since when you're underwater, it's still a hostile environment.) But the diving in Bonaire is suited to divers of all levels, from beginners to the very experienced, and because of that, it's also a place when we get hte highest percentage of repeat customers.

We'll again plan to stay with our good friends at Buddy Dive, smack-dab in the middle of Bonaire, so we've got good access to all of the dive sites, including the ones on Klein Bonaire which are only accessible by boat. Our general plan each day will be for the included breakfast at Buddy Dive, then a 2-tank morning guided boat dive, break for lunch, and then either hang out for the afternoon, travel to one of Bonaire's multitude of makred spots for a shore dive, or just dive of of the dock at Buddy on the house reef which is excellent. We also frequently do that dive as an end-off-day dusk dive because it's an interesting dive and we can usually see the nightly River of Fish flowing north.

There are a number of ways to get to Bonaire (please note airfare is NOT included) but the easiest is likely United through Houston. There will also be an option to either do that as a redeye, around 1AM on what is technically Saturday morning, or to leave Friday mid-afternoon, overnight in Houston, and then catch the same flight to Bonaire (which leaves Houston around 1PM).

But this is a great trip for all kinds of divers and, since we'll limit ourselves to about 12 people overall, you don't want to get left behind.

READ THE 2014 TRIP REPORT         SEE THE 2014 PIX

  ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO (Whale Sharks) - June 10-17 (Approx. $2,500 plus airfare)                           




How about some Whale Sharks in your face??? Because that's the big attraction for Isla Mujeres and one we can 99% guarantee will happen to you on this trip. But Whale Sharks aren't the only thing this trip has going for it.

One of the things we really like about this trip is the diversity of the diving in that we're doing something different every single day. We'll start off by flying to Cancun, then take a van to the ferry, take the ferry to Isla Mujeres, a taxi to the hotel, and then we'll settle in. The next morning will be time to set up and get ready for the afternoon diving, exploring the fabulous Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA), and all the statues that have been placed there. On Monday (as well as Wednesday and Friday), we'll only need snorkel gear as we head out to interact with the Whale Sharks who congregate around Isla this time of the year. 2016 was a banner year and we would literally jump in and have Whale Sharks on each side of us no matter where we looked. It was simply amazing. But it's not all Whale Sharks as we'll spend Tuesday exploring the cenotes near Tulum and on Thursday we'll dive a small wreck and investigate one of the reefs off of Isla.

Due to the size of the boats we use, this trip is strictly limited to no more than 10 divers. However, you don't need to be a certified scuba diver to interact with the Whales Sharks because that's limited by Mexican law to snorkeling-only. So we can also accommodate as many as six non-divers in addition to bubble-blowers. But it's really a fantastic trip for both diver and snorkeler and an experience that will live with you for the rest of your life.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PICTURES

  YAP IMMERSION #1 (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - July 7-19, 2017 ($2,995 plus airfare)                           








This is going to be our best Yap trip yet.

The general thought is that it's a 13-day trip with 10 days of diving in Yap. We call it "Yap Immersion" because we really want to immerse you in everything that makes Yap such a special place to dive and to visit. On the diving end, we will do up to 24 dives that will include manta dives at the cleaning stations, a shark feed, a Mandarinfish dive, macro dives, reef dives, and wall dives. We will also include a Manta ID program (you'll get a PADI specialty card) which will teach you the ins and outs of manta identification. We'll build on that with what I'm calling "The Manta Project" which is simply that we will track with photos all of the different mantas we see over the course of our time there. (Sometimes we have one at a cleaning station, but sometimes we get seven or eight or more. And without photos to document the different markings, they start to all look alike.) And because a lot of this ID-ing is enhanced by the photos, we also be including photo workshops and critiques throughout the week. The best plan is to do the dives on nitrox, which is included in the trip package, and for those of you who are NOT nitrox-certified, we'll include a NAUI Nitrox course at no extra charge (other than materials costs). On the non-diving side, we'll take one day off from diving to do a full island tour that will include delving into Yap's role in World War 2, and giving you a sense of the history of the people, which also includes the unique Stone Money that forms part of their culture. On our final day (non-diving to outgas before the plane ride home), there will be a morning kayak tour of the mangroves for those interested, followed by an afternoon visiting a local village. You probably all know by now how much I enjoy going to Yap, and I think this will be a fabulous trip. We're also scheduling this for July (usually we go in March) because the winds have died down then and that means that all the dives sites on both sides of the island should be accessible, as well as it should be the time of the calmest waters and the smoothest rides. Everyone will get a double-occupancy Ocean View room (single supplement available if desired), breakfast daily, all the stuff I just mentioned and more, airport transfers, and crew/staff tips. Not included are lunches and dinners (figure another couple of hundred bucks) and also not included is airfare (generally around $1800-2100). Cost of the "Immerse Yourself in Yap" package will be $2,995 which I think is a really good deal, especially when you consider everything you're getting. (Of course, I might be a bit prejudiced about this.) The other thing I like - and you will too - is that we're setting this up as a 12-divers max trip. So no big cattle calls to deal with. And even with 12, we'll likely do it as two boats of 6 most days, with me on one boat and Bill on the other. The goal is to give you a really great and unique experience and find the best diving possible on every given day. You can download the flyer by clicking here. If this might be of interest to you, print it out and stick it on your refrigerator as a reminder.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PIX

  YAP IMMERSION #2 (Manta Ray Bay Resort) - July 21 - August 2, 2017 ($2,995 plus airfare)              




So nice, we're doing it twice. Same as above. This is simply the second week.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PIX

  ISLA GUADALUPE, MEXICO (Great White Sharks) - September 1-6 ($3,095 plus tip & port fee)           







How about we put you nose-to-nose with the ocean's top predator, a Great White Shark? How about if we put you nose-to-nose with two of three of them? In fact, how about if we put you nose-to-nose with a bunch of the over 175 already-identified Great Whites who come back to this rocky outpost in the middle of the pacific each year?

This will be the fourth time we've ventured out to Isla Guadalupe, about 200 miles south of Ensenada. In each of our three previous trips, we've seen Great Whites on just about every single dive that was made over the course of each trip. Sometimes they were a little standoffish and sometimes they were so close that you instinctively took a step back even though you're protected inside a cage.

We will again be on the Nautilus Belle Amie, which is huge and wonderful and comfortable and has to be the nicest dive boat we've ever been on. It is perfectly suited for this trip with an ample dive deck that comfortable holds the five shark cages (three submersible and two surface). And because there are surface cages, this trip is also open to non-divers as well. After a short orientation, you'll be allowed unlimited access to the surface cages, each of which can hold up to four divers.

We'll spend three full days diving with the sharks (plus dozens of Yellowtail and mackerel and even some Yellow-Finned Tuna) which means we also have a day on the way down to get acclimated and set up cameras, and most of the day on the way back to organize our best shots and pack gear. The trip starts and ends in San Diego and the chartered bus ride down to Ensenada is included in the trip price.

Please note that we're limited to 6 spots on this trip (we're sharing with Ocean Adventures who also has six). We also have spots available in Superior staterooms (as opposed to the standard doubles) which adds another $500/person. But at any price, it's a great trip and you don't want to miss out.

READ THE 2016 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2016 PIX

  ULTIMATE INDONESIA - BUNAKEN, RAJA AMPAT, & LEMBEH - Nov. 20 - Dec. 16 ($TBA)                







This is admittedly a work-in-progress but doable when enough people commit. This started out as an inquiry about going to Raja Ampat and the follow-up question to that was, "Since we're traveling so far, is there anything else we can add on?" On top of that, you can't get to Raja Ampat without overnighting in either Balai or Manado, so it makes sense - since you have to stop anyhow - to extend the stop and do some diving. And that's how this plan was born.

But the key to this whole plan is getting enough people to firmly commit to the boat dates. We may have lost the dates we were originally looking at so the dates listed above may need to shift. An we were trying to do a full 10 days in Raja Ampat but that may also not be available by the time we get enough folks signed up. So if this is something you're interested in, we need to know so we can get you in on the planning.

Because even though the boat's the key, it's the middle part of the trip. We would start with a week in Manado at Murex, then do our stint on the boat (most likely the Raja Ampat Aggressor - either 7 or 10 days), and then wrap up with a couple of days in Lembeh. And you don't have to do all three legs. It's OK to do Murex/boat or boat/Lembeh, or even just the boat. But the boat is key because we need to commit to a fixed number of people and then have that number commit to going. On Murex and lembeh, because they're land-based, we have much more flexibility with the numbers.

Indonesia is simply a fabulous place to dive and raja Ampat is considered one of the unspoiled jewels. With this trip if you do all three legs, you'll get the best of all possible worlds with fabulous reefs and good muck diving in Manado, incredible reefs in raja Ampat, and then marvelous creatures at Lembeh, considered some of the best muck-diving in the world.

So don't let this one pass you by. Given the boat skeds, the timing could also be in November or even October. But if we don't know of your interest, we won't be able to include you in the planning. So make sure you contact us and let us know what works for you.

READ THE 2015 TRIP REPORT      SEE THE 2015 PIX


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