Overseas Diving

Upcoming Overseas Dive Trips

    • May 10, 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • May 17, 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Volivoli Resort, Fiji

    Volivoli Resort, Fiji

    May 10-17, 2022

    We have one male and one female spot available at advertised prices

    Other spots available - based on double occupancy - at different prices

    2022: We start from home on Thursday 5/8 from MIA(FLL) to Los Angeles (LAX) and continue later the same day to Nadi, Fiji. Airfare LAX-NAD-Solomon is quoted in the Solomon/Bilikiki trip – or check out the Brisbane option. Business upgrade is available – but expensive. Volivoli will pick us up on arrival – no need for Raffles this time, and drive us back to the airport for the departure to Solomon. At present we are 7 people travelling on the vouchers from 2020. This is to allow for new signups – either just Fiji or as an add-on to Solomon.

    DetailsVolivoli - Resort on the north shore of main Island Viti Levu – recently remodeled – it looks great - we spent 2 days there as part of the March 2020 evacuation:

    • Premium Ocean View Villas – ground level
    • Welcome drink on arrival
    • Beach BBQ (Tuesdays)
    • Traditional Meke performance (Thursdays)
    • Double occupancy
    • All taxes and tip included
    • All ground transfers
    • Free use of kayaks and participation in a variety of complimentary resort activities
    • Unlimited shore diving (reserve tanks 24 hours prior) – they have about 5 resident seahorses
    • Full meal plan – 3 meals daily with juice, milk, rain water, coffee, and tea at breakfast
    • 3 days of 2 tank boat diving & 2 days of 3 tank boat diving

    Not Included:

    • Nitrox
    • Airfare MIA(FLL)<->LAX; prices below are from 2020 (subject to change); 2022 should be available in June or July

    Signup is first come first serve – Nils will request to add the rooms only as they sell. If you sign up early the club will cover any potential “single supplement” cost.

    Last update 2021 0603 (0604-0614)

    Please click here to see the full trip details, including costs.

    Please click here to download the signup form.


    • July 09, 2022
    • July 16, 2022
    • Compass Point

    1 room available


    Due to circumstances beyond our control we had to change venue for our scheduled dive trip* (see details below - or give me a call)


    Good news - All the airline tickets we hold are an equally good fit for the new destination.


    Overall the new trip is cheaper - and something we have not done the last 25-30 years:

    East End Grand Cayman: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:

    ·  https://www.compasspointdiveresort.com/

    ·  https://www.oceanfrontiers.com/

    We are still on a DEMA special w/ good discounts. Our package includes:

    ·  One car/SUV per condo - we pick the car up leaving the airport - each condo need a volunteer driver (Cayman drives on the left in US cars)

    o The dive shop picks up our luggage at the airport - for our main arrival - Southwest from FLL

    § if you are arriving on a different schedule - please call me - and we will cover your options


    ·  Daily Breakfast

    ·  Each Condo has a full Kitchen - hence we do have a preference between eating in or out

    ·  Standard dive package - 6 days of 2 morning boat dives

    o DEMA special included option:  3-Tank Safari incl. Kittiwake (weather permitting)

    § This is the West side Wreck we dove in 2018 (from Cobalt)

    ·  The hotel has a real beach

    ·  Diving tip (similar to the original trip)

    ·  PS - there are no port fees!


    Optional extra diving:

    ·  we can add afternoon dives - for up to 4 days (1 tank a day)

    o If we do it from home we get 10% discount

    ·  Night diving is available - and w/ SW luggage allowance we can get our equipment there

    o booking probably should be on site only (based on weather)


    There are about 8 restaurants in the East end Area - we can drive around and find relatively cheap food


    There is an onsite restaurant -  https://www.eaglerays.ky/


    Nitrox is available - $99 for the 12 tanks



    ·  Single supplement - in One bedroom - $2,400

    ·  One bedroom   [couple]  (King) - $1,800 per person


    If you please let Clare and me know what options you are able and willing to accommodate - we will write up the details before we ask you to commit

    PS: we got a very favorable quote for a non-diver: please subtract $695 from the above prices


      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
      • http://www.mhross.com/ our agent’s favorite
      • PS: Covid-19 specific requirements for Cayman Islands - not yet published; club rules - until further notice - we only travel with fully vaccinated divers...

      Looking forward to having you aboard, Clare Anthon, Trip Leader: hospitality@usadiveclub.org

      Click here for the full trip description - not active yet

      Click here for the signup form. - on request Nils or Clare


      • 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

      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 with any comments, questions or concerns.

      Chris Hardham

      Trip Leader

      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

      Click here to see full details of the trip. 

      Click here to download the signup form.
      • 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 - room for a Single Female

      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

      1 (or 2) spots might be open

      first come first serve


      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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