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  • October 28, 2022 6:16 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023
      A few spots remains open - please reach out to trip Lead: Roger

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at land based extensions before Bilikiki - as a group or individually.
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again.
    Past trips 2022:

    Final Trip reports for Fiji (May) and - Cayman (July) are both still pending due to Covid-19 delays...

    We just finished the Saba trip - very enjoyable - trip report and pictures soon

  • September 30, 2022 8:28 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Last trip - 2022

    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - 20 people going

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our October meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at land based extensions before Bilikiki - as a group or individually.
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again.
    Past trips 2022:

    Final Trip reports for Fiji (May) and - Cayman (July) are both still pending due to Covid-19 delays...


  • August 28, 2022 11:12 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Last trip - 2022

    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $2.500, 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips and transportation. Spots might be available - but the airfare is nearly "Sold Out"
    • Any additional divers: Please inquire with Ronnie or Nils - there are ways to offset the unexpected high airfare: go a day late; go a day early; add a day or two - if interested, please inquire...

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our October meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at land based extensions before Bilikiki - as a group or individually.
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again.
    Past trips 2022:

    Final Trip reports for Fiji (May) and - Cayman (July) are both still pending due to Covid-19 delays...

  • July 26, 2022 9:38 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Last trip - 2022

    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $2.500, 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips and transportation. - We need a single female: Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for that spot; 
    • Any additional divers: Please inquire with Chris or Nils - there are ways to offset the unexpected high airfare: go a day late; go a day early; add a day or two - if interested, please inquire...

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our October meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again

    Preliminary Fiji Trip report - Cayman, July 2022 - and Covid-19 update

    28 people went to Compass Pointe, East End, Grand Cayman. Weather was good - but of course - got even better the day we left.  Diving was great - expect to see the full collection of pictures - soon - on our club's photo-site. We liked the resort and staff and got to dive spots the club has not visited for a very long time.

    Unfortunately our group - again - got caught up in Covid-19 infections.  A total of 8 people got infected. Good news - only one person was quarantined and left behind for 4 extra days. The other 7 only tested positive after return to the US (it appears that the strain that hit us - was spreading slower than the one in Fiji). Nobody needed to be hospitalized. But symptoms were probably a little worse than Fiji. 

    In general "the world is getting tired of Covid-19" - the restrictions for travel worldwide are being reduced or eliminated (due to this sentiment; not due to medical reality): we did not have to pre-test to get into Cayman (testing requirement was cancelled 2 weeks before departure);  the US no longer requires a pre-test to travel home [allowing everybody without strong symptoms to travel home uncontested - and test only back in their homes]. We are vigorously watching the developing requirements for Saba and Indonesia.

    In general  mandated protection - Masks and Distancing rules - are also being relaxed around the world.- anyway we have now proven twice that self protection is still recommended/desired and occasionally needed - and since we never know when - we have to do it all the time.

    The one requirements that stands - in most countries around the world - is that entry is contingent on vaccination status. And just a reminder - the events in both Fiji and Cayman - highlights the need for adequate travel insurance including the "newest element" - coverage for quarantine, only [rather than hospital confinement]. Dependent on country - this insurance is sometimes a requirement for entry - in other cases it is voluntary - but always strongly recommended.


    Preliminary Fiji Trip report - Fiji, May 2022 - and Covid-19 update

    16 people went to Volivoli and Garden Island (Taveuni). Weather was great - except for the day a tropical system went by - hundreds of miles away. Diving was great - expect to see the full collection of pictures in a few weeks on our clubs photo-site. 

    The trip report remains pending - several people got delayed, processing pictures, and our Photo Gallery Coordinator was among the Covid-19 impacted people in Cayman, see above

  • June 27, 2022 10:40 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $2.500, 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips an transportation. - We need a single female: Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next signup

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 spot might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our October meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again


    Preliminary Fiji Trip report - Fiji, May 2022 - and Covid-19 update

    16 people went to Volivoli and Garden Island (Taveuni). Weather was great - except for the day a tropical system went by - hundreds of miles away. Diving was great - expect to see the full collection of pictures in a few weeks on our clubs photo-site.

    Unfortunately half the group caught a Covid-19 infection.  The quarantine delay ranged from 3 to 8 days. In summary, everybody made it home safely, Nobody needed to be hospitalized. One more infection was detected only after arriving home - for a total of 9 out of 16. A few divers spent weeks before fully recovering. Many of us are still waiting for the insurance claims to settle.

    In general - the Covid-19 restrictions for travel worldwide are being reduced or eliminated: we did not have to pre-test to get into Fiji; we did need a negative test to board the Fiji Air planes homebound. For Cayman the requirement to pretest was just canceled (effective 6/30); the US no longer requires a pre-test to travel home. We are vigorously watching the requirements for Saba and Indonesia.

    In general - Covid-19 is not gone but have developed in a more and more benign direction (less bad consequences than in the early days). Self protection is still desired and occasionally needed - and since we never know when - we have to do it all the time [Mandated protection - Masks and distancing rules - are also being relaxed around the world.

    The one requirements that stands - in most countries around the world - is that entry is contingent on vaccination status. And just a reminder - the event in Fiji - highlights the need for adequate travel insurance including the "newest element" - coverage for quarantine, only [rather than hospital confinement]. Dependent on country - this insurance is sometimes a requirement for entry - in other cases it is voluntary - but always strongly recommended.

  • May 24, 2022 9:23 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next signup

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again
  • April 28, 2022 2:00 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next 2 signups 

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again


  • March 27, 2022 4:45 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, Rescheduling pending (tentatively during April) - spots are likely available (standby for details)
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next 2 signups 

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)


  • February 27, 2022 12:59 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)
    Upcoming trips 2022:
    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, Rescheduling pending - spots are likely available (standby for details)
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)
  • January 27, 2022 12:11 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only
    • SABA - land based - by ferry from St Marteen - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. This trip will be advertised at our February meeting. Full details: https://usadiveclub.org/event-4681218  See: Saba: Pristine Gem in the Caribbean 
    The SABA trip will be advertised for sale at the February Meeting

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023*
    • Roatan Aggressor, liveaboard, July 15-22, 2023*

    Upcoming trips 2024*:


    * Trips with a star are not yet advertised for sale.

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