Overseas Diving

Upcoming Overseas Dive Trips

    • October 08, 2022
    • (ADT)
    • October 15, 2022
    • (ADT)
    • Saba

    SABA: 2022, OCTOBER 8 – 15


    DEMA special = 1 free afternoon dive

    Come join fellow Under Sea Adventurers on a fabulous journey to the unspoiled queen island of Saba. Previously Saba was most often accessed from a live aboard boat due to the small not easily accessible airport that is widely acknowledged as the smallest airport in the world. Now there is a high speed ferry from St Marteen so we can take a jet and then the ferry. No concerns for the world’s smallest airport or if all baggage makes the flights.


    Spend a relaxing week at the Hotel Saba Arawak a brand new deluxe hotel.  We have a meal package that includes eating at different local restaurants around the island to support these restaurants and give us a variety of locations and cuisine.

    We will be driven from the hotel to the dive boat every morning to experience unspoiled diving with great access.

    Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms or even onto the boat. Your gear will be collected once you arrive and stored at the boat. You set up your gear the first day on the boat and after that, the crew set up your gear and change your tanks for you. When we get to the boat, our gear will be ready to go diving.

    Chris will be your trip leader. The trip starts at Miami airport, then to Saint Marteen and then the ferry to Saba. Airfare hasn’t been finalized since some airlines aren’t booking for October yet.

    All travelers must be vaccinated, The following is what is included in our package:

    • Hotel Accommodations at Saba Arawak Hotel                           https://www.sabaarawak.com/
    • Breakfast every day at the hotel
    • Two (2) dinners at the hotel and a to go lunch(for the afternoon dive)
    • Dine around meal plan -- This provides us with 5 additional diners around the island
    • 2 tank morning dives for 5 days
    • 1 tank afternoon dive DEMA special at no addl cost
    • Additional dives will be available for purchase

    Items excluded are:    Airfare, ferry, excursions, nitrox ($59), and marine park fees ($49)

    Interested in cutting down on your luggage fees – Chris does have a price list for rental gear …www.seasaba.com

    It’s always wise to purchase travel insurance for any trip. Here are a few links you can use if interested:

    https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/ - a National geographic favorite

    https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/travel/ a diver’s favorite

    To see some photos from prior trip – go to:

    https://usadiveclub.org/Photos - 2011 Overseas Diving – Caribbean Explorer II Liveaboard Saba

    Trip Prices / payment schedule:

    As always, please contact me (Nils) with any comments, questions or concerns. Or reach out to Trip Leader

    Chris Hardham

    president@usadiveclub.org

     The following link is the XRay Magazine Article as a PDF

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/articles/Travel_Saba_BrandiMueller_87_locked.pdf

    Trip details - in pdf

    Click here to download the signup form.  or call Ronnie or Nils

    • March 04, 2023
    • (UTC+09:00)
    • April 01, 2023
    • (UTC+09:00)
    • Indonesia, W Papua

    Indonesia: Raja Ampat to Triton Bay

     Damai I, Live aboard – Mar 13-24, 2023

    Trip #1 - full - Please inquire for waitlist

    Raja Ampat is an interesting tropical destination inside the Triangle of Diversity. Biodiversity is through the roof; one author said “it feels like the Nudies are throwing themselves in your face”. Indonesia is the biggest country in Southeast Asia. West Papua is the East-most Island in the Indonesian Archipelago, located just south of Equator (the other end of that island is PNG - Papua New Guinea). The latitude is very similar to that of Solomon Islands and located about 2000 miles West of Solomon. This is a “trip of a lifetime.” Our club in our 51 year history has never been there – we tried in 2005, but the Pelagian got sold to Wakatobi and our trip got rerouted.

    Our Trip is highly seasonal and only done a few times a year

    The diving is diverse: Plenty of soft coral like Fiji and PNG, hard coral like Kosrae, big animals: Mantas, Sharks, even Whale sharks, Wobbegongs, Napoleons, Turtles, Cuddle Fish, gigantic schools of Jack and Barracudas. There is also plenty of small stuff: Ghost Pipefish, Nudibranchs, and Pygmy Seahorses and of course “Nemo” …

    Getting there: One of the best routings – for comfort and jetlag management - is from New York (JFK) via Frankfurt to Singapore and then to Manado (for either a short “safety stop” or for a full week of land based diving – Lembeh, Bunaken, etc.). Return is from Kaimana, via Sulawesi to Bali.

    Details – Damai 1 is a typical wooden Indonesian dive boat, very spacious – even the smallest room is bigger than the suites we are used to in the Caribean. The staff is very experienced and has been fully retained during the Covid-19 period. There is a dive guide for each 3 (maybe 4) divers

    • 11 nights on the boat – double occupancy
    • 10 days of diving – night dives when possible
    • All taxes and tips included
    • All ground transfers
    • Nitrox, Dive/Snorkel Gear Rental
    • Massage and Laundry Service.
    • Beer, soda, 1 daily glass of wine  

    Not Included:

    • Fuel surcharge (none at the moments)
    • Airfare and hotels and/or land based diving inbound or homebound
    • Park fees - $230 – subject to change

    The priority signup period starts Nov 4 and end Nov 25 (checks will not be cashed until a spot is confirmed; please call for Zelle payments). Single Supplements might be offered based on space available

    Trip insurance, I have a detailed write-up that I can share. Note: due to the remote location the boat requires a minimal level of medical travel insurance. Also note that most likely the Indonesian government will require insurance for “acquired” Covid-19. Please only signup for this trip if you are fully vaccinated – both to protect your fellow divers as well as your own economic interest as there is always a risk that the government can add vaccination as an entry criteria at any moment (this did happen to us travelling to Turks and Caicos – with no impact – because everybody was well prepared. It is also highly likely that airlines will require vaccinations

    Links:

    https://dive-damai.com/ be sure to check out the picture gallery

    Replays from the meeting 11/4/2021 - members, only - https://usadiveclub.org/members

    Rob Myers presentation (11/4/21): Click here to view the 1st part of Rob's presentation

    My trip introduction: Click here for Nils' trip presentation - Damai I - 3/13-24, 2023

    Rob Myers 2nd – photos from our trip: Click here to view the 2nd part of Rob's presentation


    The first article is “our TRIP” on “our boat”

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray107_protected.pdf or at least section (pg 15-27)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/raja-ampat-papuan-odyssey


    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray69_locked.pdf or at least section (pg 88-93)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/shooting-wide-raja-ampat


    http://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray74/X-Ray74_locked.pdf or at least section (pg 51-60)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/indonesias-dampier-strait


    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray55/X-Ray55_iBook_locked.pdf

    at least section (pages: 26-34: 35-40; 41-52;)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/ecologist-mark-erdmann-raja-ampat

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/indonesias-raja-ampat

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/raja-ampat-four-kings


    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray54/X-Ray54_iBook_locked.pdf or at least section (pg 70-71)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/wobbegongs-raja-ampat


    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray06_locked.pdf or at least section (pg 28-39)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/raja-ampat


    Questions? Contact VP of Overseas Diving Nils by e-mail. overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com


    We will have to wait until the ticketing window opens up – in April or later – and schedules gets back to normal “after Covid-19”. PS I have retained a local agent for Airfare inside Indonesia – that is the best way to protect against any late schedule changes


    Click here to see full details of the trip. 

    Click here to download the signup form.


    • March 17, 2023
    • (UTC+09:00)
    • April 14, 2023
    • (UTC+09:00)
    • Indonesia, W Papua

    Indonesia: Triton Bay - Forgotten Islands - Banda Sea - Trip #2

     Damai I, Live aboard – Mar 24 - April 06, 2023

    Full - Please inquire for waitlist


    Triton Bay, Banda Sea is an interesting tropical destination inside the Triangle of Diversity (Green circle). Biodiversity is through the roof; one author said “it feels like the Nudies are throwing themselves in your face”. Indonesia is the biggest country in Southeast Asia. West Papua is the East-most Island in the Indonesian Archipelago, located just south of Equator (the other end of that island is PNG - Papua New Guinea). The latitude is very similar to that of Solomon Islands and located about 2000 miles West of Solomon (Blue Circle). This is a “trip of a lifetime.” Our club in our 51 year history has never been there – we tried in 2005, but the Pelagian got sold to Wakatobi and our trip got rerouted.

    Our Trip is highly seasonal and only done a few times a year

    The diving is diverse: Plenty of soft coral like Fiji and PNG, hard coral like Kosrae, big animals: Mantas, Sharks, even Whale sharks, Wobbegongs, Napoleons, Turtles, Cuddle Fish, gigantic schools of Jack and Barracudas. There is also plenty of small stuff: Ghost Pipefish, Nudibranchs, and Pygmy Seahorses and of course “Nemo” …Getting there: One of the best routings – for comfort and jetlag management - is from New York (JFK) via Frankfurt to Singapore and then to Manado (for either a short “safety stop” or for a full week of land based diving – Lembeh, Bunaken, etc.). From Manado we connect via Sorong to Kaimana. Return is from Ambon directly to Bali (this routing has less flying than trip 1).

    Details – Damai 1 is a typical wooden Indonesian dive boat, very spacious – even the smallest room is bigger than the suites we are used to in the Caribean. The staff is very experienced and has been fully retained during the Covid-19 period. There is a dive guide for each 3 (maybe 4) divers

    • 11 nights on the boat – double occupancy
    • 10 days of diving – night dives when possible
    • All taxes and tips included
    • All ground transfers
    • Nitrox, Dive/Snorkel Gear Rental
    • Massage and Laundry Service.
    • Beer, soda, 1 daily glass of wine  

    Not Included:

    • Fuel surcharge (none at the moments)
    • Airfare and hotels and/or land based diving inbound or homebound
    • Park fees - $230 – subject to change


    The priority signup period is expired - first come first serve. Single Supplements might be offered based on space available

    Trip insurance, I have a detailed write-up that I can share. Note: due to the remote location the boat requires a minimal level of medical travel insurance. Also note that most likely the Indonesian government will require insurance for “acquired” Covid-19. Please only signup for this trip if you are fully vaccinated – both to protect your fellow divers as well as your own economic interest as there is always a risk that the government can add vaccination as an entry criteria at any moment (this did happen to us travelling to Turks and Caicos – with no impact – because everybody was well prepared. It is also highly likely that airlines will require vaccinations

    Links:

    https://dive-damai.com/ be sure to check out the picture gallery

    Replays from the meeting 11/4/2021 - members, only - https://usadiveclub.org/members

    Rob Myers presentation (11/4/21): Click here to view the 1st part of Rob's presentation

    My trip introduction: Click here for Nils' trip presentation - Damai I - Trip #1 - 3/13-24, 2023

    Rob Myers 2nd – photos from our trip: Click here to view the 2nd part of Rob's presentation

    Note: Rob talks about several destinations from Trip #2: Banda Sea, Manuk, Nils Desparandum and Ambon


    The primary article on Banda Sea:

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray100_protected.pdf or at least section (pg 12-25)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/articles/Travel_BandaSea_MatthewMeier_100_protected.pdf


    Read about Triton Bay…

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray107_protected.pdf or at least section (pg 12-27)

    Webpage: https://xray-mag.com/content/raja-ampat-papuan-odysse


    Read about Ambon…

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray51_locked.pdf  or at least section (pg 56-64)

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/mags/X-Ray16_locked.pdf  or at least section (pg 35-46)

    webpage: https://pdfs.xray-mag.com/articles/Travel_Ambon_ScottBennett_16_locked.pdf


    Questions? Contact your trip lead Chris Hardham - president@usadiveclub.com

    Or VP of Overseas Diving Nils by e-mail. overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com

    We will have to wait until the ticketing window opens up – in April or later – and schedules gets back to normal “after Covid-19”. PS I have retained a local agent for Airfare inside Indonesia – that is the best way to protect against any late schedule changes


    Click here to see full details of the trip. 

    Click here to download the signup form.


    • July 23, 2024
    • August 02, 2024
    • Solomon Islands

    Solomon Islands

    Rescheduled - spots available

    Bilikiki Live aboard – Jul 23 - August 2, 2024

    The Solomon Islands is an interesting tropical destination inside the Triangle of Diversity. Biodiversity example – they have 50 species of seahorses. Solomon is located south of Equator, closer to PNG than to Fiji. The latitude is very similar to Micronesia. This is in more ways than one a “trip of a lifetime” Our club in our 51 year history has never been there. And if you look at a list of places that might not be here in another 100 years due to sea level raising Solomon is on top of that list! Solomon Islands are the third largest group of islands in the Pacific. We are going there in the dry season – for visibility.

    Click here to see full details of the trip. - outdated

    Click here to download the signup form. - outdated

    PS - we will advertise later - based on the new dates 

Club Logo on Your Clothing

Nils Jacobsen has found a local embroidery shop that has scanned our logo and will embroider it on pieces of new clothing for $20 + sales tax. Nils drives by the embroidery shop on his way to work. If you get clothing to Nils at one meeting, he can return it by the next meeting with the embroidery done. For clothes made of an atypical material. please check with Nils before sending them off to be embroidered.


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