Wednesday

New X-TEK Sidemount System

X-TEK Sidemount System
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SCUBAPRO's modular design and compact independent air cell, developed in coordination with leading side-mount cave divers, provides guaranteed quality and a configuration for every diver's needs. Harness, 12l / 25lb lift wing, 20l/ 45lb lift wing, and cover each sold separately.
  • 1680 DEN Ballistic Nylon outer shell and 420 DEN Nylon inner bladder
  • Compact independent aircell
  • Soft Airnet finished backpack
  • Stainless steel grommets, D-rings and handles
  • New Dump valve, corrugated hose and BPI
  • Bungee and hooks for tank support
  • Fully adjustable, easy to wear and configure
  • Harness includes crotch strap
  • Optional top cover for total streamlining and increased durability.
"Our Sidemount Instructors put quite a few hours in the test models.
The new and improved harness works well and is competitive with other models on the market.  The interchangeable wing is one major function that sets this harness apart from the others.

For details on our sidemount training click here.



P/N
Description

MSRP
21.726.200
Sidemount LT 12

$339.00
21.726.400
Sidemount LT 20

$359.00
21.726.001
Sidemount Harness
$359.00
21.726.117
Sidemount Wing Cover

$38.00





Thursday

Gopro Tips

Hey guys and gals,
Everyone has a Gopro because, well let's face it, they kick ass.
The camera is a pretty amazing tool.
Being so small and powerful it let's you capture all those amazing moments.

I have made some really fun movies for clients over the years.


Check out my friend Nadia's YouTube for inspiration
http://youtu.be/OgddPfb28do

Here are some pro tips I use to guide me.

1)  Shoot Short Shots: A shot is like a sentence—it has a noun and a verb.  Together the noun and verb are what keep the “move” in “movies.”

On your backpacking trip a random video clip of “Bob” is not a shot.  “Bob picks up his pack” is a shot.  “Bob hikes down the trail” is a shot.  To keep your shots short, stop shooting when the action is complete.  “Bob hikes down the trail” is interesting for about 5 seconds unless Bob falls off a cliff.  So once you’ve got the action covered, be done.  We don’t need to see Bob’s back for another 30 seconds as he heads off into the distance. [more on short shots]

2)  Shoot People, Not Scenery: Think about why you’re shooting vacation video in the first place—to remember.

The Empire State Building will probably look exactly the same 10 years from now,  In case it doesn’t, thousands of great photographers have already shot it better than you can.  What makes your vacation video special is that your kids went up the Empire State Building—and your kids are going to look completely different in 10 years.

“But the scenery’s so beautiful” you say.  It is–  in person.  Video of the Grand Canyon looks great in Imax, okay on your 42” flat screen, and like tiny blurry garbage on your iPhone.  Unless you’re shooting Imax, best not to dwell.

Frame a great shot of the kids looking over the railing and that stunning canyon vista will look great too—in the background, where it belongs.

3)  Find the Story: Instead of random shots of the family posing on a boat, find the story of everyone getting together and taking your parents on a cruise. Have your camera ready when you surprise them with the tickets.  Interview your brother, who hates cruises but is coming anyway, armed with Dramamine and wrist-bands because he loves his parents.  Shoot your dad tearing up as he gives a speech to the group at your first big dinner on board

What’s different about your vacation?  Is it the family’s first time out of the country?  Your daughter’s first plane flight?  The Disney vacation you’ve been saving up for for 5 years?  Think before you shoot.  Tell that story.

4) Interview:  Video captures not just what we look like, but how we think.  Which is perfect for that embarrassing wedding video 20 years from now.   Don’t just interview the kids. Interview your spouse, your parents, strangers you meet on the trip.  It’s a great way to capture the emotion of a moment in time.

Your five-year-old will never be 5 again. Ask her open-ended questions about what’s going on.  Let her show you, explain to you, sing to you.

5)  Shoot sparingly. If you shoot just 2 ten-second shots  in each of 8 touring hours a day, that’s almost 3 minutes of footage a day.  A week-long vacation is pushing an Armbrusturian 20 minutes—longer than anyone, including you, will actually watch.  Practice being selective.  Sure you can edit later, but will you?  And even if you do, the shorter and better your footage when you start, the less work it is.


Always start taping a few seconds before the important action begins and continue a bit after it ends, to give yourself room to choose edit points.Get establishing shots--wide-angle views of the location, so that viewers can orient themselves. Pan (slowly and smoothly) if necessary, to encompass the whole scene.From each shot to the next, change both the image size (long shot to closeup) and the camera angle (front view to three-quarter view) to create smoother cuts. It also helps if subjects begin out of view, move into the shot, then exit the frame. This makes closely-matched action unnecessary.In addition to covering the main action, get insert shots to reveal small details (a stone cherub's head, a flower in a Yosemite meadow) and color shots (billboards, swaying willows, reflections on water). These cutaways will help you condense and pace the sequences.Look for natural titles in things like posters, street signs, or the covers of brochures.Don't forget sound. Tape several minutes of ambient sound to help smooth the audio differences among different shots. And if you're in exotic places, pick up tapes or CDs of local music. This can lend a wonderfully authentic quality to your program.

1. Let the location speak for itself!
Show, don't tell. Think of the setting as one of the subjects of your video. You can still be the star, but let the scene have it's camera time, too.

2. Show us your friends.
Video allows for candid moments. Try to capture your fellow travelers being themselves as opposed to herding them in front of notable landmarks and forcing them to say "Cheese!" (Though a little cheesiness never hurt anyone, see the Pro Tip below!) Take a look at Escape byScott Foley for a good example of this.

3. Think in shots.
It's easy to get carried away and film everything you see, but this can make editing a bit of a headache. Have the final video in mind when you're shooting, and be selective. Try to shoot clips that vary in length. It's hard to edit down really long clips.

4. Document the "moments" you want to remember.
Sometimes little things like a bottle of beer sweating in the sun can bring back the strongest memories. Try to notice the little things and give those moments some time in your video. If you watch a performance, there's no need to document the whole thing, just show a moment from it, and that's all you need. Think of your video as a highlight reel!

5. If you're having fun, chances are it's going to be fun to watch!
If you're having a blast on your vacation, taking some video while you're in the midst of your happiness will preserve that time for the future! Sometimes it doesn't hurt to let one of your trusted travel companions to take some video of you, too.

Pro tip: A fun alternative to those classic group vacation shots is what we call a 'fauxtograph', where you tell your subjects you are taking a picture but it's actually a video. Get everyone set up and then see how long you can get them to sit still. Trust us, it's a hoot!

Thanks,

Bryan Eslava


Saturday

Sea of Cortez (Palapas Ventana) Spearfishing, Freediving, Surfing, and Kayaking Trip October 6th 2014


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Bienvenidos - Welcome - to Palapas Ventana, the newest and most unique resort in La Ventana Bay in the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico. We are located just 35 minutes southeast of La Paz between La Ventana and El Sargento. When you visit us, you will see why Tim and Karon Hatler, the owners, chose this beautiful spot with incredible turquoise water, amazing sunrises and sunsets, and perfect temperatures. Come join us to experience the natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez, friendly Mexican culture, foods with unforgettable flavors, and a time to just "be in the moment".



You'll know you are at Palapas Ventana when you see the palapa roofs of our quaint casitas overlooking the Sea of Cortez and Cerralvo Island. Our beautifully constructed casitas are strategically set amongst native Baja desert plants, including barrel cactus, cardon, elephant tree, palo adan, candelillo, cholla, mesquite, palo verde, and pitaya agria. Each casita is a separate unit with a porch adorned with flower-filled Mexican wooden planters made by a local artisan. Every casita has a fantastic view!

SUP slide

  • 5 days and 4 nights
    • 3 full days of chasing fish in fully equipped 26 foot pangas
    • Filet and freezer services for fish
    • Breakfast and lunch everyday you are at Palapas Ventana...dinners are on your own - there are many good eateries within walking distance.
    • Use of kayaks, bikes, and snorkeling gear
    • Additional days may be added to this package. Contact us for details.
    • Windsurfing and Kite boarding
    • Morning Kayaking
    • Morning Snorkeling
    • Morning Scuba Diving – instruction available
    • Morning Stand Up Paddle Surfing
    • On low wind days - fishing, Spearfishing, and SCUBA trips
    • Tours to La Paz/Todos Santos/San Antonio and El Triunfo/Mira Flores, Santiago, and Santa Rita Springs
    • Small Boat Sailing
    • Bird Watching
    • Hiking
    • Beachcombing
    • Exploring
    • Relaxing

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Specialty Casita
Accommodates up to 4 people
  • King size bed and twin bed
  • Private bathroom w/sink and shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Purified water dispenser
Fishing Slide
Regular Casita
Accommodates up to 2 people
  • Choice of King size bed or 2 twin beds
  • Air conditioning *NEW for Summer 2008!*
  • Sink
  • Purified water dispenser
  • Shower and bathroom just 25-30 feet from casita
  • Ceiling fan
Free Diver Package Price:
$700 per person double occupancy (plus taxes, transfers and fees)
Includes breakfast, lunch, spearfishing charters, use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, sailboats, and beach support.

Beach Comber Package Price:
$360 per person double occupancy (plus taxes and fees)
Includes breakfast, lunch, use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, and beach support.

Sample Flights (not included) from Pensacola to La Paz Mexico:
$762.40 $134.69 (taxes) = $897.09 
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Conatact Cpt. Micheal Sumlin @ 251-609-5266
or Email westpasser@hotmail.com

Blackbeard's Sail and Dive Adventure November 1st 2014



Blackbeard's Cruises offers Liveaboard scuba diving travel vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. We offer the Caribbean's largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas ; Sea Park. Our 3 sailboats; Sea Explorer, Morning Star and Pirate's Lady depart Nassau every Saturday for a week of live aboard diving in the Exumas, SW Eleuthera ; Little San Sal in the Central Bahamas. The camaraderie and adventure on our liveaboard dive trips keep divers coming back year after year. Our motto is "Twice the Fun for Half the Price"....you won't get a better bang out of your diving dollar anywhere else!




Dive the Caribbean's largest underwater park, the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Divers can experience deep sea diving on the many beautiful walls. Sharks are a big draw for divers! See Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, even tiger sharks on the sandy banks! Colorful reefs teeming with marine life sit in depths of 15- 80 feet so divers of all levels enjoy the scuba diving we offer on our Bahamas scuba diving vacations!



The central Bahamas were once the hideout of pirates and privateers... now these islands offer spectacular diving in warm, crystal clear waters with deserted beaches as backdrop each week during our adventure travel vacations. Visit Allen's Cay to feed the iguanas or Staniel Cay for the swimming pigs and the Thunderball Grotto.





There is no set itinerary- we go where conditions and weather are the best to offer our divers an adventure of a lifetime! Live-aboards offer the best variety of diving available- dive with sharks at Amberjack Reef, watch eagle rays gracefully glide by the walls, get tumbled around on our high speed drift dive, the Washing Machine or shoot photos of all the great macro and micro shots you'll see in the gin clear water of the Bahamas. Blackbeard's Cruises is recognized by divers as one of the best live aboard experiences available year after year!

Scuba diving travel with us is a breeze! Our all inclusive scuba diving adventure travel vacations are popular with outgoing individuals from all over the world! We supply everything but your personal gear and towels. Blackbeard's Cruises offers top of the line high quality rental gear for those who require it. Our sailboats carry up to 22 passengers in dormitory style bunks. While there isn't a lot of privacy, the fun and adventure more than makes up for it.
Dive Bahamas Reefs Blue Holes Out Islands with Blackbeard├ó€™s Cruises

  • The Charter is $959.00 plus $100 port tax.
  • With this in mind, the amount due will be $1059.00 per person.
  • This fee is nonrefundable once payment is has been sent.

Here are the details:

All Inclusive Scuba Live-Aboard Cruises Offer the Best Adventure at a Bang For Your Buck Price.
·  Up to 19 Dives Per Week
·  All Meals and Snacks
·  All Beverages Including Beer, Wine and Rum Punch!
·  Dormitory Style Cabins Fully Air Conditioned
·  Camaraderie You'll Never Forget and Memories You'll Wish to Relive Over and Over Again!



Sample Flights (not included) searched 1st quarter 2014

Popular Flights from Pensacola to Nassau

  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on AirTran from $377 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on US Airways from $390 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on Delta from $393 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on Northwest from $397 round trip
  • Airfare from Pensacola to Nassau on American from $405 round trip









To sign up call or email Jim Mahan 251-424-7987 email james.mahan@live.com

Free Diver Course

Free-diving (or freediving) is a form of underwater diving that relies on a diver's ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. Examples include breath-hold spear fishing, freedive photography, recreational breath-hold diving, apnea competitions, and to some degree, snorkeling. The activity that garners the most public attention is the extreme sport of competitive apnea in which competitors attempt to attain great depths, times, or distances on a single breath.

The Freediver Course is aimed towards any individual who is interested in exploring the underwater world with freedom of no SCUBA. 
This entry level course is designed for people who are new to freediving or those with a little experience who wish to learn the correct techniques to allow them to be more comfortable and safe during dives.  It also a great bridge for those wishing to take the more advanced courses hosted by other agencies.
Our Freediving Instructors have been freediving in the Gulf since the early 1990s and have a variety of training ranging from the old school to today's more modern courses.


Sample Course Overview


Day 1: (Classroom and Pool)
Example of Knowledge Development Topics
- Proper Freediving Equipment
- Correct finning techniques
- Safety support for dynamic apnea
- Static apnea (breath-hold on the surface with the face immersed)
- Safety support for static apnea
- Rescue techniques
- Correct breathing and preparation before static apnea
- Special techniques for static apnea
- Breathing techniques for dynamic apnea
- Correct decent procedures (duck-dive)
- Correct breathing techniques
- Diaphragmatic/abdominal breathing, thoracic and chest breathing
- Full breathing
- Relaxation exercises

Day 2: (Open Water-Boat or Alt. Location)
Dive1:
- Practice and demonstrate skills and techniques from previous session in Open Water
- 25' Freedive (Constant Weight)
- Buddy skills and Rescue Workshop

Dive2:
-50' Freedive
-Buddy Skills
-Black Out Rescue

Contact: Captain Michael Sumlin for dates.
westpasser@hotmail.com

Course Fee: $250 plus boat or park fees.

Thursday

Bahamas Live Aboard March 22-29 of 2014




Reservation Information for Individuals

Regular Pricing

Per person, double occupancy
Per person, quad occupancy
50% per person deposit required at booking, balance due 100 days prior to the charter (non refundable)
 



Current Price (subject to change)

$2095
$1895
plus 5% VAT/Sales Tax and $30 dive permit fee

Throughout the week aboard the Carib Dancer guests will depart Nassau to explore the dramatic walls, lush coral reefs and exciting animal encounters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. This protected area is one of the world's most successful marine parks with an area of 176 square miles consisting of an array of more than 350 small islands and cays. The crystal-clear tropical Atlantic pours over the deep cuts between the cays and constantly shifting sand bars. Waters are thick with coral reefs that are alive with every imaginable ocean critter from the living jewels – angelfish and butterfly fish – to the charismatic food-chain toppers like grouper and barracuda – right down to the tiniest living invertebrates. Night diving allows guests to experience an entirely different group of critters and bevy of behaviors not visible during the day.

The Bahamas and her Out Islands offer a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease. The islands and cays sprawl across nearly 100,000 square miles of ocean, beginning at the northern point east of Palm Beach, Florida and spanning practically 750 miles to the southeast where there come inside 50 miles of Cuba and Haiti.

Getting There:

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and nearly 2,500 cays. About 30 of these islands are inhabited. The capital city of Nassau is located on New Providence Island. Close by is Paradise Island which is accessed by bridges from Nassau. The closest island to the U.S. is Bimini, about 55 miles off the coast of Florida.

Many major airlines fly into Nassau: American Airlines, Air Tran, Bahamas Air, British Airways, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit, United, US Airways. There are many direct flights from the US and several connecting flights through the US gateway cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

The Carib Dancer departs from Elizabeth on Bay Marina in downtown Nassau, a short ride from Nassau International Airport (NAS). Your return is greatly simplified with US Customs and Immigration Pre-Clearance services at the Nassau International Airport. All flights originating out of Nassau and arriving in the USA arrive as a domestic flight. This in turn allows travelers to have normal "domestic" connection times instead of extended "international" connection times.

Arrival/Boarding/Departure:

Guests arriving into Nassau (NAS) International Airport on Saturday will first clear customs then proceed to the taxi stand located just outside the terminal building. A fixed fare taxi can be secured to take you to “Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina” in downtown. Guests may board the Carib Dancer after 4 pm on Saturday. At 6 pm the yacht departs for its night anchorage to prepare for diving Sunday morning. After a full week of diving, the Carib Dancer returns back to the Elizabeth on Bay dock in Nassau Friday afternoon after lunch. Check-out is Saturday morning at 8 am. The crew will assist organizing transportation back to the Nassau International Airport Saturday morning or a local hotel if you are extending your stay.
Diving Environment:

•Sharks, Eagle Rays, Stingrays, Groupers, Walls and Reefs with abundant marine life and multiple macro critters.

•All dives from mothership.

•Water temperature: 78-84F, 25-28C (summer months) 75–80F, 24-27C (winter months, with possible 72F, 22C drop in January)

•3-5 mm wetsuit recommended

Truk Lagoon, the world’s best shipwreck destination March 2016

Truk Odyssey
Dive with us to see the ghost fleet of Truk Lagoon, the world’s best shipwreck destination. That’s only the beginning of your adventure. You’ll see an abundance of incredible tropical fish, anemones, gorgonians, and eagle rays.
You'll have the option to dive at your leisure, or borrow one of our experienced local dive guides who will show you all those places you wouldn't find on your own.
On a normal itinerary all sites can be dived within the recreational dive limits. 
We highly recommend Wreck, Deep, Sidemount, and Tec 40.  More course info here.
We recommend DAN insurance or equivalent. DAN Master insurance is preferred but not required.

Commonly Visited Wreck and Reef Sites
Ship Name
Highlights
Length
Depth Range
Fujikawa Maru Lush coral growth. Zero airplane fuselages and wing sections.
439’
0’-120’
Yamagiri Maru 18" diameter artillery shells of Battleship Musashi.
437’
60’-120’
Nippo Maru 2 man tank and artillery guns on deck. Photogenic wheelhouse.
353’
50’-150’
Heian Maru Torpedoes and submarine telescopes. Massive size.
510’
35’-100’
Sankisan Maru Lush soft coral growth on mast. Machine gun ammunition in hold.
200’
0’-100’
Hoki Maru Trucks, bulldozer and tractor in hold. Massive destruction of bow.
250’
45’-150’
Unkai Maru Photogenic bow gun. Good coral growth on masts.
360’
30’-130’
Rio de Janiero Maru Awesome size. Photogenic propellers. Large engine room.
461’
40’-120’
Hanakawa Maru Lush soft and hard coral growth.
363’
10’-100’
Fumitzuki Destroyer Bow and stern guns, torpedo launcher.
320’
80’-120’
Betty Bomber Japanese small twin engine bomber.
60’
50’-60’
Momokawa Maru Aircraft parts, truck frames and artillery shells.
380’
80’-150’
Shinkoku Maru Lush coral growth. Fantastic marine life. Excellent engine room.
500’
30’-130’
Aikoku Maru Massive destruction of bow. Photogenic stern gun.
270’
100’-200’
San Francisco Maru Tanks on deck. Trucks, mines, bombs and ammunition in holds.
375’
100’-200’
Pizion Reef Wall dive. Large coral heads in the shallows. Sharks
15’-200’+
Not all sites are visited every week. Weather, water conditions, dive skills and experience and guest requests are all taken into consideration on planning the particular itinerary of each trip. 

Reservation Information for Individuals
Regular Pricing
Per person, double occupancy
Guaranteed single occupancyin a double occupancy room




Current Price (subject to change)
$3,095
$4,645
plus 5% VAT/Sales Tax and $30 dive permit fee
Discounts
Back to Back: When a person reserves 2 consecutive charters, a 20% discount on the second week will be applied.
Non-diver: When traveling with a diver, a non-diver will receive a 10% discount.
Free Nitrox: For certified Nitrox divers, nitrox fills are available at no additional charge.
What's included:
  • Greeting at the airport by crew member
  • Transfers to and from the airport at the beginning and end of the charter for those arriving and departing on charter schedule
  • Double occupancy accommodations on board for seven (7) nights
  • Private head, shower, and sink in each cabin
  • Your own air conditioning control in your cabin
  • Fascinating wreck and night diving
  • Guided dives, if desired
  • Warm towels after dives
  • Six (6) amazing days of diving, up to 5 dives a day
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks, except for dinner on final evening
  • All beverages including beer and wine
  • Relaxing in a spacious entertainment center with loads of movies, games, and books
  • Use of your own dive locker while on board
  • 30% Nitrox fills for certified Nitrox divers
  • Filled tanks, weights and weight belts
  • Meeting other divers from around the world
Technical divers:
  • Mixes up to 100% oxygen available at $2 per cubic foot
  • Use of doubles with dual valve isolation manifolds (DIN or yoke)
  • Use of 30 cu. foot pony bottles
 
What is not included in your package:
  • Chuuk departure tax (US $20)
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Airfare
  • Equipment rentals
  • Dive courses
  • Optional land tour on departure day
  • 5% Chuuk VAT/sales tax
  • $30 dive permit
Individual Reservations
  • Seven hundred dollars ($700.00) per person deposit due within 15 days of the booking date.
  • Ninety (90) days prior to charter date, full payment is due.
Individual Cancellations
  • Forfeit entire deposit amount ($700)
  • Less than 60 days prior to charter date: No refund. 

Komodo Dive Trip March 28th 2015


Komodo Dancer

Komodo National Park Indonesia was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial. The Komodo National Park encompasses 1,817 square kilometers of spectacular land and marine wilderness, including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and Gili Montagne and their surrounding waters. The signature land attraction on your Komodo Dancer LiveAboard cruise will be an encounter with the world’s largest lizard - the flesh eating Komodo Dragon.

Komodo Dancer offers 7 Night and 10 Night cruises, featuring an enhanced itinerary that allows guests more time diving, more time in the signature area of the Komodo National Park.

Many of our guests are avid photographers who like nothing more than hunting out weird and wonderful critters on the reef and sand. As part of the expanded Komodo itinerary we have added two locations to the west of the Komodo National Park – Sangeang Indonesia, an island volcano to the north of East Sumbawa and Bima Bay Indonesia, an inlet that meanders down to Bima town on Sumbawa. There are two specific sites in both of these areas that are producing a dazzling array of rare creepy crawlies on a regular basis – “Estuary” on Sangeang and “Fuzzy Bottom” at the entrance to Bima Bay.

Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Komodo National Park Indonesia is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java Indonesia on the West and Lombok Indonesia and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands Indonesia (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) on the East.
Airlines fly into Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpassar Indonesia: Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Air, Eva Airways, and Qatar Airways. An overnight in a Bali hotel is required before boarding a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo where you will meet the Komodo Dancer.

Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.

Arrival/Boarding/Departure:
Reaching the Komodo Dancer will involve a round trip domestic flight from Bali to Komodo Airport near the city of Labuan Bajo (LBJ) on Flores Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia. The Komodo Dancer is scheduled to depart at 1:00 pm. Guests should arrange to take one of the two available morning flights.

Once you have claimed your luggage in Labuan Bajo Airport, please look for an agent holding a Komodo Dancer sign or a sign with your name on it. A transfer company has been hired to meet and greet our Komodo Dancer guests who have arranged this transfer in advance.

The Komodo Dancer aims to return to port on the eve¬ning prior to disembarkation. Final disembarkation will oc¬cur between 8:00 am –1:00 pm at the end of the charter. Guests will be transported to the Labuan Bajo airport for a domestic flight back to Bali.

Price:
Charter $2700 to $2950 per person Double Occ. ($1350 Deposit upon booking non refundable)
Komodo National Park/Port Fee: $130 (paid onboard).
Note: Credit card payments 3-4% service charge for reservations and 2.25% for on-board purchases.
Flights not included.

Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency. It is required for all guests to have some local currency as departure taxes and overweight baggage charges MUST be paid in local currency. Each passenger is required to pay an airport tax at check in. Payment can only be made in local currency. The Bali Domestic Airport Tax (DPS) is 40.000 Ru¬piahs, the Bali International Airport Tax is 150,000 Rupiahs and the Labuan Bajo Airport Tax (LBJ) is 11.000 Rupiahs.

Transfers:
Land Transfers included (3 transfers):
Transfer on date of embarkation from hotel in Bali (Kuta/ Sanur/ Denpasar area) to Denpasar Airport (DPS) for the domestic flight to Labuan Bajo (LBJ)
Transfer from Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ) to Komodo Dancer
Transfer from Komodo Dancer to Labuan Bajo Airport (LBJ)
Komodo Dive Sites
Diving Environment:
  • Known for colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life
  • All dives from tender
  • Water temperatures can vary greatly within the park ranging from a low of 72F (22C) in the south to a high of 84F (29C) in the northern region
  • 5 mm wetsuit with hood and reef hook recommended
Contact Bryan padi190853@gmail.com for reservations.

Wednesday

Black Friday clearance sale is here!




It's that time of year.  Down Under's Black Friday clearance sale is here!
Make your holiday shopping list for that diver in your life and get ready!  Are these deals good? No, these deals are great.

With Down Under's Black Friday sale, you will save on every item including accessories,air tanks, BCDs, Dive Computers, Regulators, Wetsuits, Dry Suits, Fins, Cameras and much more.Check out all the Black Friday deals below.

You can find something (and a great deal) for the diver (or yourself) on your list. This year's Black Friday Sale is going to big so get here early before someone snatches up that piece of gear that you've had your eye on.  Remember these deals are for this Friday only 8:00 AM while supplies last.

All Wet Suits  15% to 25% Off! Used wet suits starting at $50


 All Bags and Travel Gear 15% to 25% Off!

 All Fins 25%-*50% Off!*Huge Savings when added to a package!

SMS 100 $600.  Save $160!!!
BCDs  10%-15% Off!*Huge Savings when added to a package!
REGs  10%-15% Off!
*Huge Savings when added to a package!
Computers s  10%-15% Off!
*Huge Savings when added to a package!





Masks  15% to 50% Off!*Huge Savings when added to a package!

Big Blue Lights  15% to 25% Off!











All Knives 15% to 25% Off!
DX GE5 50% Off!*Get a certificate for a Digital Underwater Photo Course, a $205 value!
All Sealife 15%-20% Off!
*Get a certificate for a Digital Underwater Photo Course, a $205 value!




DX 2G 50% Off!
*Get a certificate for a Digital Underwater Photo Course, a $205 value!





Ghost, Mask, Fins, and Snorkel Combo $199.25
(Same as getting mask and snorkel Free!!)





15% Off!*Get a certificate for a Full face Mask Diver Course, a $205 value!
25% Off

25% Off on Cammo Suits
15%-25% Off!

Pelican Boxes15%-25% Off!

All spearfishing equipment 15% to 25% Off!


Free Heart rate monitor with purchase of Meridian.

Extra 10% off on all instock Gopro Cameras!
&
25% off of all Gopro and after market accessories!!! 


Free *Specialty with the purchase of Open Water, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver or DM
Carib Dancer, Bahamas:  
March 22-29 of 2014.  Deluxe spaces are selling for $2095.00 per person, double occupancy.  Quad spaces are selling for $1895.00 per person.  50% per person deposit required at booking, balance due 100 days prior to the charter.
All undergarments 15% to 25% Off!
Lavacore buy Top and Bottom and get free hood or gloves.
















All apparel (Hats, Shirt, Shoes, Sunglasses) 25% Off