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Upcoming Overseas Dive Trips

    • May 11, 2024
    • May 18, 2024
    • Belize Aggressor IV

    May 11-18, 2024

    DEMA Special - $3,300/3,500

    1 single spot remains - male

                              https://www.aggressor.com/destination/British-Virgin-Islands

    Come join fellow Under Sea Adventurers on a fabulous journey to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. While aboard the BVI Aggressor, you will have the opportunity to dive 5 times a day.

    Awake to a delicious breakfast.   Then it’s down to the dive deck for the first dive of the day.  After a surface interval, including a snack, it’s time for dive number 2.  When you surface, lunch will be ready. Then….you guessed it, dive number 3.  Now, here comes another snack and surface interval before you get ready for dive number 4.  Dinner is served with beer or wine, so if you are planning for the night dive - soft drinks are on the menu.

    The BVI Aggressor is a 110’ yacht with a 25-foot beam. Built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, she is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard. Accommodations include two balcony suites, five deluxe staterooms, each having two single beds or a king, and three twin staterooms, each with two single beds, all side by side. All staterooms have climate controls, TV’s and private bathrooms.

    The BVI Aggressor  sleeps 20 guests in privacy and comfort. She features a roomy, air conditioned salon and dining area, sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, an outdoor sound system, shaded cocktail deck, grill, and a photo editing computer for guests to use. Built in 2018 and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag

    Diving amenities include camera table with low-pressure air hoses, and two hot, freshwater showers. The BVI Aggressor staterooms each have a safe aboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store.

    The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure these are noted when completing the GIS (guest information sheet).  You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches feature hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees.  Dinners are chef-prepared and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs.  Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

    The Aggressor’s beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary.  Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand. Drinking and diving do not mix.  Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.

    Their website if full of useful information.  You are able to see the cabins, lounge, dive deck, hot tub and a variety of other interesting ship features.

    Please come and join me, and 20 fellow USA divers, on an unforgettable adventure to the beautiful clear blue water of the gorgeous BVI Islands. As always, please contact me with any comments, questions or concerns.

    The Aggressor’s beverage selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary.  Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand. Drinking and diving do not mix.  Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.

    Please come and join me, and 20 fellow USA divers, on an unforgettable adventure to the beautiful clear blue water of the gorgeous BVI Islands. As always, please contact me with any comments, questions or concerns.

    Not included:

      • Airfare: Club will arrange groups tickets from MIA on AA – or you can buy your own.
      • Port fee: $95; Unlimited Nitrox: $100 for the week; Fuel surcharge $150
      • Friday night dinner: In town…

      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 not yet published

      Looking forward to having you aboard, Ronnie Farr, Trip Leader: treasurer@usadiveclub.org

      Click here for the full trip description

      Click here for the signup form.


      • July 24, 2024
      • August 03, 2024
      • Solomon Islands

      Solomon Islands - 

      Rescheduling Done - spots available 

      Nils needs your input - please

      Bilikiki Liveaboard – Jul 24 - August 3, 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 50 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. This is the 4th dates for this trip – at long last the Solomons are open post Covid-19

      Solomon Islands have half a million citizen – only 1-2% speaks English. Many of them “don’t care for cash” – as it is a two-day canoe trip to get to a place to spend money!

      The diving is diverse: Plenty of soft coral like Fiji and PNG, hard coral like Kosrae and Kadavu (Fiji), big animals: Mantas, Sharks, Bump head Parrotfish, 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 “

      There are two lagoons Marovo Lagoon and “Ironbottom Sound” with 90 ship wrecks from World War II – similar to Truck Lagoon – but smaller and less visited.

      Getting there: Just like Fiji – with a “puddle jump” at the end. We start from home on Sunday 7/21 from FLL (or MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) and continue later the same day to Nadi, Fiji, and on to Solomon the next day*. Airfare is not included at this time – too early to quote. Business upgrade is available – but expensive. We spend a day in Raffles airport hotel. We fly to Solomon early afternoon and board the boat around 4 pm. We have 10 nights on the boat with 8 ½ days of diving. We fly out Saturday afternoon; connect via Nadi, back in LAX at noon – also Saturday, overnight in an airport hotel and fly back - next morning - to avoid the Red-Eye option and back in S Florida Sunday. See below for other travelling options/extensions*

      Details – Bilikiki is the oldest and most experienced live aboard in Solomon with the most experienced sailors…

      • 10 nights on the boat – double occupancy
      • 8 full days of diving, morning dives last day – night dives when conditions allow
      • All taxes and tips included
      • All ground transfers                                  

      Not Included:

      • Airfare: LAX-NAD(Fiji)-HIR(Solomon) (Solomon-PNG) [ticketing window is now open - and the PNG extension is at risk of selling out fast]
      • Raffles(Fiji) one night needed [PS: not needed if you include a land based Fiji stop]
      • Nitrox
      • Fuel surcharge? (being checked)
      • Airfare MIA<->LAX


      Use this schedule for new signups only – if you did sign up for the 2021/22 dates and made payments – I will give you a customized/personal payment schedule

      At this time all sign ups are on first come basis. – Spots are not guaranteed (the boat is allowed to sell to other divers) – please send your sign-up form and deposit ASAP…

      As always, when you sign up for a trip, please consider trip insurance. I have a detailed write-up on insurance principles that I can share if needed?

      Links:

      https://www.bilikiki.com/ at the bottom of the homepage – there is a sign up for their Newsletter. Be sure to check out the picture gallery


      Solomon Islands Tourist site https://www.visitsolomons.com.sb/


      https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray14/X-Ray14_iBook.pdf

      Download the full magazine (iPad format) or at least section (pg 85-93)


      https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray33/X-Ray33_iBook_locked.pdf

      Download the full magazine (iPad format) or at least section (pg 22-35)


      https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray58/X-Ray58_iBook_locked.pdf

      Download the full magazine (iPad format) or at least section (pg 50-58)

      Full size laptop or tablet recommended (all 3 X-ray articles)


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


      *Other options for airfare – you can do your own and add stop(s) as you please – we did that on the first two Micronesia trips and also for the 2015 Fiji trip. At this time Qantas and United both fly to Solomon via Brisbane (BNE) – but the prices are not competitive… We might not have enough people for a group airfare – please be prepared to pay airfare in full in the next 3 months [PS the early payment schedule is “padded” in preparation for this option] – but I recommend that you let our Fiji agent do your bookings from LAX onwards (both in 2020 and 2022 we suffered Covid-19 induced rescheduling’s – and it all went well – and for free – as our agent works well with Fiji Air…


      Optional extensions:

      • Inbound – any land based Fiji Resort (and hence no layover day at Raffles is needed)
      • Homebound – instead of going back to Fiji – we go to Port Moresby – and on to a land based resort for 7 or 10 days of stay and diving. If you sign up fast you will be part of that decision…
      • https://walindiresort.com/
      • https://www.tawali.com/

        I have some draft airfare schedules and calendars to share – just let me know …

        VP Overseas diving

        Nils Jacobsen - overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com


        Click here to see full details of the trip. - updated recently (Aug) 


        Click here to download the signup form. - updated recently (Aug) 


      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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