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New Meetup: Crystal River/Florida Springs with Down Under Surf & Scuba

From: Laura
Sent on: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 1:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Triangle Scuba Group!

What: Crystal River/Florida Springs with Down Under Surf & Scuba

When: Thursday, January 13,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Downunder Surf and Scuba
2857 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

I was going to plan a Florida trip myself, but Down Under just posted one, so I booked with them. smile Call Down Under at 852-5333. Deposit of $175 holds your spot, and is fully refundable if you cancel more than 30 days in advance!

Taken directly from their website:

January 13th, 2011 - Crystal River Manatee Trip
Sign up by the end of August and take $10 off the trip cost!

Join us this January for what is always one of our most popular trips! Each January we make a pilgrimage to the Crystal River, near the gulf coast of Florida. During this time of year the relatively warm, spring-fed Crystal River provides sanctuary for hundreds of endangered West Indian manatees. After a day with the manatees we've added two drift dives down the Rainbow River. Participants can either snorkel or dive the river. We'll conclude the MLK-holiday weekend Sunday with a full day of unlimited diving at Blue Grotto.

?We'll make the drive down to the Crystal River on Thursday, January 13th. We'll travel on our own, but can arrange carpools for those who wish to share the drive. We'll take advantage of the holiday on Monday, January 17th (MLK Day) for our return, thus allowing an extra day in Florida!
?While we're at the Crystal River, we'll be staying at the Best Western Resort. In addition to nice, clean accommodations, the Best Western is ideally situated on King's Bay and only 100 yards from Bird's Underwater. Thus it's only a short walk from the room to the dive center. The large Jacuzzi is always a favorite after a day of snorkeling with Manatees. In Williston we'll be staying at the Quality Inn, convenient to the springs, the interstate, and most importantly, close to Sonny's BBQ.
?Forget the crowded 30+ passenger pontoon boats on the Crystal River since we'll have our own boats provided by Birds Underwater Inc. It means we'll be able to set our own itinerary and avoid the crowds. On Saturday we'll perform two drift dives (or snorkel) the Rainbow River exploring the underwater river sights and wildlife. Finally on Sunday we will visit the freshwater springs at Blue Grotto near Williston.

Price Includes:
?Manatee Boat Charteron King' sBay
?2 Drift dives on the Rainbow River
?KP Hole Park access fee
?Admission fee to Blue Grotto
?2 Airfills at Blue Grotto
?2 nights (double occupancy) at Best Western Crystal River*
?2 night (double occupancy) at Quality Inn Gainesville*

Traveler's Are Responsible For:
?Transportation from Raleigh (typically we are able to help arrange carpooling among the group)
?Additional Airfills
?Dive Flag rental for Rainbow River
?Scuba or snorkeling equipment

Training Opportunities Available:
?Drift Diver ($59)
?Underwater Digital Photographer ($99)

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