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We're building a community of friends, that love to travel and dive, to Caribbean and South Pacific destinations, and more. If you love to travel and dive, please check us out, and join our meetup. We'll have local happy hours to meet and socialize, but our goal is to travel to great tropical destinations, to dive, and build friendships, and create fun memories together. I'll find the best values on the planet, then provide the absolute best information and service, so we'll want to do it again, and again, every year. And, with other dive & travel meetup groups in Colorado Springs, and Denver, you can be sure we are a very active group. If I just described you, and this sounds interesting to you, please join us.

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North Sulawesi's Most Iconic Dive Resorts

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SILADEN RESORT & SPA

Siladen Resort & Spa is an exclusive boutique dive resort located on Pulau Siladen, a lush tropical island in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park, a protected ocean area known worldwide for the richness of its waters and epicenter of global marine biodiversity.

Located on the western side of the island on a 300 meters long stretch of white coral reef beach facing the Manado Tua volcano, guests enjoy breathtaking sunsets all year round.

DIVING

The Bunaken National Marine Park, where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet, is composed of the islands of Siladen, Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage and Nain. It covers a total area of over 890 square kilometers, hosts 390 different species of corals, is a center of marine global biodiversity and ranks among the top diving destinations in the world.

LEMBEH RESORT

A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia. Lembeh Resort is nestled away in a private cove with a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in a central part of Lembeh Island. Westerly views of ancient extinct volcanoes and spectacular sunsets await you.

DIVING WITH “CRITTERS AT LEMBEH RESORT”

Lembeh Strait is world famous for it’s abundance of rare and unusual marine life. This is one of the most unique dive destinations on earth and with our leading Dive Center, Critters at Lembeh Resort, you’ll experience diving in Lembeh in luxury.

DIVE PACKAGE FOR NO. SULAWESI (SILADEN + LEMBEH)

This dive package at Siladen Resort & Spa (Bunaken National Marine Park) and Lembeh Resort (home of Lembeh Straits).

We’ll do 5 nights at each resort with all meals, and 11 dives at each resort. Our transfer day will likely be a boat trip with a 2-tank boat dive in another region (Bangka) along the way.

DIVE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

5 Nights Garden View Rooms at Siladen Resort
3 meals daily
3 days of 3-tank boat dives
1 day of 2-tank boat dives
Boat transfer with 2-tank boat dives along the way
5 Nights Garden View Rooms at Lembeh Resort
3 meals daily
3 days of 3-tank boat dives
1 day of 2-tank boat dives
Unlimited diving at House Reef
Airport transfers
Marine park fees
All taxes and charges included

PACKAGE PRICING*:

Complete package starts at $2,935 USD per person. Prices are based on double occupancy. Upgrades available at both resorts for those that respond early. An optional extra day at Lembeh is also available as an upgrade.

TRIP PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

International airfare to Singapore, Manado (approx. $1400)
Hotels required to reach destination (inside SIN airport)
Meals as needed for travel to destination
Diver education
Equipment rentals
Dive crew gratuities
Dive accident, travel insurance (highly recommended)

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Deposit: $500 to reserve your space
2nd Payment: $1000 due on Oct 15, 2019
Final Payment: due on Mar 15, 2020

For complete trip details and exciting videos, please go to http://coloradodivetravel.com/trips/pacific/north-sulawesi-siladen-lembeh-june-1-11-2020/

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance. Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

  • Credit card payments can expect an additional 3% to be added to the final invoice for all payments made with credit cards. Checks are always welcome.

If interested, contact Andy Skuntz via email [masked] or call[masked].

Trip documents will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the deposit will be sent.

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The Best of Tanzania - Serengeti + Zanzibar

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Meetup will not allow me to show complete dates - it is September 8-23, 2022. For complete details and pricing, go to: http://coloradodivetravel.com/trips/africa/tanzania-africa/tanzania-serengeti-ngorongoro-crater-zanzibar-aug-sep-2021/

Serengeti and The Northern Circuit - Four National Parks with the Greatest Wildlife on the Planet

Safari in Swahili means “the journey”. Tanzania, home of the Swahili, is also home to the most prolific wildlife on our planet. In Tanzania, ‘safari’ has come to mean ‘a journey with animals’. Tanzania has been consistently voted the world’s number one safari destination.

Our journey will take us deep into the bush lands of Northern Tanzania, with ample time to explore all areas of the major parks that make Tanzania’s safaris so famous. Early September is the start of the dry season in Northern Tanzania, and this means you have great opportunities to view the wildlife of the plains and savannahs. There will be large herds roaming the plains, and you’ll no doubt see prides of lion following the buffalo, zebra, and gazelle.

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Zanzibar Archipelago + Stone Town

Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels.

Our journey includes an extension to Zanzibar to enjoy a week on the beach and diving in the Indian Ocean. The dives are followed by easy afternoons to have that cold drink on the beach, or to go explore the island with its’ natural beauty and history.

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Included in Serengeti & Northern Circuit:

1 Night Arusha Lodge, prior to safari, full board
7 Nights lodging in 4 national parks including:
-Private cars (1 car/max. 6 pax)
-English-speaking driver-guide
-All meals in national parks
-Unlimited miles in parks
-Tea, coffee, water, soda in vehicles
-Entry to 4 parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Crater)
-Crater concession fees
Free storage in Arusha
Lunch in Arusha prior to flight to Zanzibar
Transfers at Arusha airports
Temporary insurance cover with Flying Doctors

Included in Zanzibar + Stone Town:

Flight Arusha to Zanzibar one way
Transfer to beach location
6 Nights lodging in beach resort Zanzibar with daily breakfast
Dinner for first night in Zanzibar
Total of 10 dives, guided/NITROX fills for each dive
1 Day long range diving sites at Mnemba Atoll
Sunset cruise on dhow
Transfer to Stone Town
1 Night guesthouse in Stone Town, B&B
Transfer to Zanzibar Airport

Not Included in package:

International flights to JRO, return from ZNZ
Entry Visa
Vaccinations, COVID Testing
Insurance (travel, dive, medical)
Upgrades requested
Alcoholic or soft drinks in any location
Personal expenses
Gratuities for safari driver/guide, and dive crew
Any items or activities, or meals not mentioned above
Hotel levy tax in ZNZ of 1 USD pp per night in Zanzibar

Complete Package Pricing - $5985

Prices are per person in US$ and based on double occupancy. For single occupancy, please request a quote.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

All payments are non-refundable, subject to cancelation policies of The African & Oriental Travel Company on the detailed itinerary, unless we can find a replacement, then subject to administrative fee of $50.

Deposit: $1500 to reserve your space.
Subsequent Payment: $1500 due March 5, 2022
Final Payment: $2985 due on June 5, 2022

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

Travel and dive accident insurance are required, available to purchase!

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz via email, [masked] or call[masked]

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The Forgotten Corner - Solomon Islands

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THE FORGOTTEN CORNER – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THE CORAL TRIANGLE IS THE MOST BIO-DIVERSE MARINE WATERS IN THE WORLD AND WE’RE HEADED TO THE LEAST EXPLORED REGION, THE SOLOMON ISLANDS.

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands comprises 992 islands, situated SE of Papua New Guinea. They have some of the most pristine dive sites in the world. Indulge yourself exclusively in diving with pilot whales, various kinds of sharks, mantas and huge shoals of fish, right down to the macro wonders such as pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish. You'll also find; wrecks, caverns, wide-angle reefs and large sea fans. Solomon Islands rival any other Indo-Pacific dive travel destination for coral reefs, marine life and diversity but without other tourists.

Solomons PNG Liveaboard

Solomons PNG Master is a custom designed diving vessel with 12 cabins accommodating up to 20 guests and a crew of 12 including your dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs.

Diving Itineraries

Offering both 7 and 10 nights, our itineraries encompass the best diving in Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands are THE destination for the real diving fan looking for a change of scenery, completely off the beaten track. Wreck fans will get a thrill out of our special wreck itinerary. A significant number of Japanese and Allied Forces’ ships and planes ended up on the bottom of the Iron Bottom Sound near Honiara during WWII.

M/V Solomons PNG Master (Oct 31-Nov 7)

Trip Package Includes:
-Transfers between the airport and liveaboard on days of embarkation/disembarkation
-Full board accommodation on the vessel, double occupancy
-Drinking water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, fruit juice
-Up to 4 guided dives daily
-Single 10.8 ltr (DIN/INT) cylinder with air fills, and weights

Trip Package Excludes:
-International Flight from Denver to Honiara
-Equipment hire
-Nitrox
-Alcoholic drinks
-Crew and dive guide gratuities
-Marine Park & Port Fees

WELCOME TO UEPI ISLAND RESORT (Nov 7-12) – The Solomon Islands
Almost one thousand tropical islands stretching in a gentle arc from the eastern end of Papua New Guinea to the northern reaches of Vanuatu. Dominated by ocean expanses, dense green rain forest, endless blue lagoons, stunningly diverse coral reefs, and prolific fish life.

Marovo Lagoon
Marovo Lagoon is the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. The two major volcanic islands of Vangunu and New Georgia bound it on its southern and western sides. The northern boundary consists of 130 kms of raised barrier reef with about 100 individual islands along its length.

Uepi Resort Package Includes:
-5 nights in Beachfront or Garden Bungalows, or Guest Rooms (twin share)
-All meals, domestic RT flight Honiara (HIR) to Seghe (EGM)
-RT boat transfers – Return Seghe/Uepi/Seghe
-Meet & Greet & inter terminal transfers in Honiara – return
-3 days of 2-tank boat dives
-1 day of 1-tank boat dive
-1 night boat dive
-All government taxes and fees

Uepi Resort Package Excludes:
-Equipment hire
-Alcoholic drinks
-Crew and dive guide gratuities
-Marine Park & Port Fees

For complete trip details, go to http://coloradodivetravel.com/trips/pacific/the-forgotten-corner-solomon-islands-october-20-31-2021/

COMPLETE PACKAGE PRICING*:

All packages are for 12 nights; 7 nights aboard the Solomons PNG Master and 5 nights at Uepi Island Resort. Complete package prices are shown below:

-Solomons PNG Master Premium Cabin, Uepi Resort Beachfront Bungalow 5 nights – $5997
-Solomons PNG Master Classic Cabin, Uepi Resort Garden Bungalow 5 nights – $5607
-Solomons PNG Master Classic Cabin, Uepi Resort Guest Room 5 nights – $5577

All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices for Uepi Island Resort are based on Australian Dollars, currently $100 AUD to $68 USD, so rates may fluctuate. Package price includes domestic flight Honiara to Seghe, priced at $360 USD, subject to fare changes.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to [masked], or call at[masked]

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Aldora Divers - Only the Best of Cozumel

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ABOUT ALDORA DIVERS
Since 1995, Aldora Divers has been providing the best experience and best service anywhere while diving the beautiful and diverse reefs of Cozumel. They use high-capacity steel tanks, which provides 50% more air, and computer aided multi-level dives. Average bottom time is 70 minutes, which is almost double the island standard. In addition to the extra dive time, their boats depart at 7:30 am which allows arrival at far south, north or east dive sites, long before the crowds arrive. They also have small, fast boats with small group size of 6 divers per boat. Divers are separated by experience so you’ll always dive with other divers of similar experience.

Special Operations
Since 2002, our Aldora Special Operations division began exploring other areas of Cozumel that had yet been unexplored, to offer unique dive experiences to their divers. These dive sites include the windward eastern side of the island as well as dive sites to the north of Cozumel.

One of our greatest Aldora Adventures is the “Cave of the Sleeping Sharks” where you can see Caribbean Reef Sharks sleeping in a partial catatonic state.

The dive package is with Aldora Divers, staying at Casa Mexicana. This one is for Advanced Divers only, please inquire and share your experiences, and let's see if you're a great fit, for our small, fast boat.

Dive Package Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations at Casa Mexicana
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 6 days x 2 tank boat dives
  • Nitrox included (qualified divers)
  • Marine park fees
  • Tanks, weights and belts

Dive Package Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Airport to Hotel transfer
  • Equipment rentals
  • Meals not specified
  • Scuba training
  • Crew gratuities

Complete Package Pricing – starting at $945.
Prices are per person in USD, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement – add $300, price is $1245.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
· Deposit: $300 to reserve your space ($300 deposit is non-refundable)
· Final Payment: Balance is due on September 25, 2022.

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance. Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

To purchase DAN dive accident insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Join DAN Today!, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

To purchase travel insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Purchase Travel Insurance?, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN
Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals. So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

* Credit card or any payments made through the PayPal invoice will be charged an additional 3.5% (5% international payers). This fee covers the cost of the PayPal fee. Venmo, Zelle, Send Money to Friends and Family, and checks are always welcome.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to askuntz@yahoo.com, or call at[masked]. This exciting trip will fill up fast.

Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.
Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.

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