Overseas Diving

Upcoming Overseas Dive Trips

    • March 12, 2020
    • March 28, 2020
    • Fiji - Nai'a live aboard and Volivoli

    FIJI

    Nai’a Live aboard – Mar 14-21, 2020; Volivoli 21-28(+), 2020

    We start from Home on Thursday 3/12 from FLL to Los Angeles (LAX) and continue later the same day to Nadi, Fiji. Airfare LAX-NAD is included at group rates. Business upgrade is available – but expensive. We spend the morning in Raffles airport hotel. We get picked up by Nai’a by van at 1 pm and board the boat mid afternoon. After a week of live aboard diving – Saturday 3/21 - we will go by van to Volivoli. That resort is completely rebuilt. We have all ground rooms – no hikes up the hill to get to your room. Next Saturday 3/28 – we will stay at the resort until it is time to take a van to the airport for our flight home; back in US early afternoon Saturday 3/28. When all transfers are by van there is no domestic luggage surcharge. We are traveling a little earlier in the season to get warmer waters than the last two times (2008 and 2015).

    Details – Nai’a
    Same boat as in 2008 – Nai'a is the oldest and most experienced live aboard in Fiji with the most experienced sailors.

    • Seven nights on the boat
    • Six full days of diving – night dives when conditions allow
    • House wine with dinner

    Details – Volivoli
    Resort on the north shore of main Island Viti Levu – recently remodeled

    • Premium Ocean View Villas – beachside
    • Welcome drink on arrival
    • Full meal plan – three meals daily with juice, milk, rain water, coffee, and tea at breakfast
    • Beach BBQ (Tuesdays)
    • Three days of two-tank boat diving & two days of three-tank boat diving
    • Unlimited shore diving (reserve tanks 24 hours prior)
    • Traditional Meke performance (Thursdays)
    • Free use of kayaks and participation in a variety of complimentary resort activities

    Other Details - Both

    • Double occupancy
    • All taxes and tip included
    • Raffles day room included – 2-4 per room
    • All ground transfers

    Not Included:

    • Nitrox
    • Fuel surcharge Nai’a (none at the moments)
    • Airfare between FLL and LAX

    Signup Window - The primary signup period ended 8/31. If you signed up by that date the club will cover any potential “single supplement” – and we are extending that offer until we sell four more boat spots or until we can no longer add Fiji Airways seats. Note: unsold spots on Naia will be cancelled by Sept 10 - though we may get a "hurricane extension" from the boat. So if you are interested please act fast. We are holding 12 seats from LAX to Fiji – also only until 9/10.

    As always, when you sign up for a trip, please consider trip insurance, especially since we do a boat payment on Sept 10 – that becomes non-refundable after that.

    Links:

    Questions? Contact VP of Overseas Diving, Nils, by e-mail at overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com. You can ask about – Business class, Single Supplement, xtension at Volivoli, etc.

    Click here to download the signup form.
    If you are looking at this as an email, the signup form is attached.

    Click here to see the trip announcement PDF file.


    • June 27, 2020
    • July 04, 2020
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort

    IT’s Back! It’s Bigger! It’s Better!

    June 27 – July 4!

    DEMA special = free Nitrox

    Price is based on a $100 repeat customer discount

    Spend a relaxing week at the premier, deluxe, full service resort on Little Cayman Island. We have been there multiple years running, and we’re going back again – because it’s just that good! Rated as the number one destination in the Caribbean for wall diving, number two for favorite reef diving, the sea life and underwater photography, the dive sites, water temps and visibility are outstanding, never to be forgotten by those who have experienced them. For those of you who have not experienced the diving at Little Cayman, it’s everything you can dream about, dramatic vistas, amazing photo opportunities/views, wildlife that must be seen to be believed - like the friendly groupers that follow you like a puppy everywhere!

    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 shop next to the dock. You set up your gear the first day on the boat and after that, the Reef Diver crew set up your gear and change your tanks for you. You need only to stroll down the dock, jump on a boat - large, comfortable, covered boats! - And go diving. The four boats are 42 to 46 ft long and 16 ft. wide and have freshwater showers and restrooms. Rinse tanks and a drying room are on the dock for mask, fins and wet suits.

    Ronnie will be your trip leader. The trip starts at Miami airport, then to Little Cayman. Little Cayman Airways is instituting a $25 fee for luggage. Here is the link to the Cayman Airways new baggage fee structure as well, so as always, pack light, but the good news is that they have reduced their extra baggage fees:

    https://www.caymanairways.com/NewBaggageFeeStructure

    Interested in cutting down on your luggage fees – Ronnie does have a price list for rental gear …

    Once there, we dive, eat, relax, and just generally have a fantastic time for the whole week! There is a pool, Wi-Fi, beach chairs and hammocks, and you can rent kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards as well. All diving and dining will be done at the Little Cayman Resort. Nitrox is included! And you can also purchase extra afternoon dives either as a package or as individual add-ons. Doing 2-3 afternoon dives: it is a bargain to book from home.

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

    To see some photos from prior trips – go to:

    Trip Prices / payment schedule:

    Click here for the signup form.

    Airfare is estimated high – there is an 80-90% chance that airfare will be dropped by $45. Your passport must be valid until at least 1/4/2021.

    If you attended the 2019 – and lost one/two dives due to weather – you are entitled to a discount $25/$50: Please check w/ Ronnie/Nils – it will be added to you final refund post-trip.

    Trip Lead: Ronnie: treasurer@usadiveclub.org

    • August 15, 2020
    • August 22, 2020
    • Belize Aggressor IV

    DEMA Special

    August 15 - 22, 2020

    Must sign up by February 10

    Belize Aggressor 4 picture

    $2850 without air

    Includes:

    • Accommodations aboard the yacht
    • Diving - up to 5 dives a day – 5.5 days
    • Tanks, weights, belts
    • Airport and/or Hotel transfers on day of charter
    • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
    • Tips

    Does not include:

    • Nitrox $100
    • Port Fee $110
    • Airfare: FLL-BZE - Please book your own flights when they become available
      • Southwest (#629 [10:55] / #1027) when available for Aug. 15 - 22
      • Starting mid-January, check Southwest site daily to book ticket early
      • Flights in early August were recently selling for $308
    • Friday Night Dinner - We are on our own in town.

    We can board on arrival at the dock, after 3 pm.

    Your passport must be valid until at least 2/22/2021.

    This is a trip that the club has done several times – but not as often as we would have liked due to high airfare cost. Now with Southwest as the second carrier the prices for air have dropped 60% or more. Together with the DEMA special pricing ($600 rebate) we are able to offer this trip at a very attractive price point. We are likely to be greeted by a known face - Captain Dennis Gautreau – who was our captain in Bahamas in 2014.

    Belize mapMost of the diving will be off Lighthouse Reef, but we will occasionally also do Turnefe. Expect to see both large and small animals: Tarpon, Grouper, Eagle Rays, Squid, Octopi, Seahorses, Frogfish, etc.

    Boat-site: https://www.aggressor.com/belize-iv.php

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

    To see some photos from prior trips - BZE AGG III - 2015
    https://usadiveclub.org/Photos - and check out 2015

    Trip Prices / payment schedule:

    Click here for the signup form.

    Trip Lead: Nils: overseasdiving@usadiveclub.org

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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