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Our next fabulous adventure will be in both Puerto Galera and Dumaguete, Philippines.
The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7000 islands, is a democratic, English speaking pro-western society with over 80% of the population being Catholic. With all the amenities and services a diver would want.

From Manila we will transfer to Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach, home of the first Atlantis Hotel in the Philippines. We will be greeted by the friendly staff with first class service. The small boutique hotel has forty clean and comfortable rooms, all with mini fridges, snacks and satellite TV’s. The resort lies on Sabang Beach. It meanders up a small hillside filled with tropical gardens, providing a gorgeous view of the surrounding bay with a mountainous landscape.

The dedication and hard work of the dive staff will make our diving effortless! Each divers name is printed on their own locker space. The dive guides prep our gear; transfer it to the boats and at the end of each day, rinse and store them. The dive schedule allows up to four dives per day in small groups of up to six, with very short 2 – 10 minute boat rides to most dive sites. Of course it’s up to you, how much you want to dive. Personally, I enjoy two dives per day with an occasional night dive. All depending on the length and depths we’re diving. Many divers are not yet willing to partake in night dives and that is perfectly fine. This is your trip, I expect everyone to do exactly as they please.

By diving in smaller groups, we are able to give more personalized attention, as well as, making it easier to locate the cool and exotic critters. There are countless varieties of fish, corals and macro marine life in the Philippines! The nudibranchs, anemone fish and Ornate Ghost Pipefish are perfectly and beautifully colored. Divers get to see more of God’s amazing artwork up-close and personal, like no other place on this earth!

Mostly we will reef dive with an occasional muck dive. For those new to this type; muck diving is usually on flat areas of the bottom. At first you might think the bottom is deserted, as there are no reefs in sight. Then with the help of the local dive guides keen eye sight, the most unusual and exciting life will begin to appear: Flamboyant cuttlefish, porcelain crabs, ornate ghost pipefish, devilfish, tiny frogfish ribbon eels, and many more exciting surprises.

The Verde Island is a special place not to be missed; it is located between the islands of Mindoro and Luzon. It is a random island in a country of thousands of islands. This pinnacle barely protrudes from the water. It provides a wonderful underwater mountain landscape with perfectly clear visibility. Every island seems to have a good story; the passage between the two large islands was an important east-west sailing route. The story goes that a Spanish galleon had problems offshore from Verde Island, the boat sunk there in about 196 feet. Divers are still finding booty that is dated back to the time of this ship’s sinking. Most dive shallower to see the myriad of life forms on the reef. The site is approximately 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Galera. One of the most relaxing trips you will ever encounter!

The boat rides around Puerto Galera are scenic with climbing hills of dense green palm trees and mountains aligned against the bright blue sky. You will want to have your camera close at all times.

The dining at Atlantis deserves a special mention. The cooks, staff and Maître D work tirelessly to provide quality service, usually reserved for world class hotels.

After days we will transfer to Manila and a one hour flight to Dumaguete, home to the second Atlantis Hotel. Dumaguete is the Philippines sixth largest city, and it is thriving with activity. More than 30,000 students attend the local colleges and universities. This is a city that has a little bit of everything.

It’s a short 20 minute ride south of town to the Atlantis Hotel in Dumaguete. Once again we will be greeted like Kings and Queens with welcome cocktails, an efficient check-in and orientation. We will stay in another boutique hotel set in tropical gardens on a beautiful volcanic sand beach that stretches for miles. The restaurant sets right on the beach with a great ocean view.

The dive operators use the traditional Bangka style Filipino boats with outriggers. They provide a large, comfortable, covered and stable platform, adding to the cultural experience. The dive sites around Dumaguete offers a variety of wall, muck and patch reef diving. A number of marine sanctuaries were created to protect sections of the reef from hunting and fishing. The Apo Island and Siquijor Island dives are special excursions, 45 minutes on a large Bangka boat, three dives and a delicious buffet lunch. The diversity and quantity of cool marine life make these macro destinations difficult to rival.

The restaurant, food and service is as impressive as the sister property. The meal selection and presentation is impressive. Dumaguete has a nice market, the fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful.

Might you enjoy their beautiful scenery, friendly service, delicious food, great diving, clean hotels and comfortable beds?

I’m in, are you?

Let’s go!

Leslie : )

Cenotes

360 × 270 Dos Ojos Cenotes 787 × 523  cenotes cenote_xcacel Yucatan Cenotes

The water that gathers in these subterranean Cenotes is crystal clear with a slight turquoise color with a very pleasant temperature of about 77-78°F. Cenotes are beautiful, enigmatic and unique in the world, the stalactites and stalagmites that form inside the Cenotes are true natural works of art. In many, holes in the ceiling allow the sunlight to filter into the Cenotes, giving the scene a magical feeling unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

Cenotes were considered sacred places of the Mayans not only because they were the only source of fresh water, but also because they represented the entrance to Xibalba, the underworld where their gods lived.

Because of the proximity to the ocean, salt water also seeps into the Cenotes, though the freshwater of the Cenotes floats on top of the higher density saline water intruding from the coastal margins. Where the saline and fresh water meet is called a halocline, which means a sharp change in salt concentration over a small change in depth. The mixing of fresh and saline water results in a blurry swirling effect due to refraction between the different densities of fresh and saline waters.

Over the past 20 years experienced cave divers have explored these caves and underground river systems, discovering to date more than 300 miles of inter-connected caves and passageways. Some of the Cenotes are more than 300 feet deep and part of underground cave systems that are several miles in length, though special training and equipment is needed to explore beyond the limits of visible light or go deeper than 70ft. All of the dives are suitable for certified Open Water divers.

Scuba Diving Kansas City

Many people over the years have said, “Scuba Diving Kansas City?  How do you do that?”

Well, we explain, we have airplanes in Kansas City too.

Even if we were not land locked we would still fly to the Caribbean for pleasure dives!

The East & West coasts have great diving, however, for the really beautiful clear blue water…you may want to leave the states.

Scuba diving in Kansas City is an excellent place to train.  The pool & classroom training only requires two full days and the open water certification takes another two full days; your certification lasts a lifetime.

Once you are fully trained it’s time to set sail for an exotic trip to the Caribbean, Asia, South Pacific or any other place that may be on your bucket list.

So the next time someone mentions scuba diving Kansas City…you can remind them… the world is their oyster!

We will go anywhere they desire!

Happy Diving!

Scuba Diving Honduras

Turks & Caicos

Where the water is perfect, calm clear & beautiful!  One of Leslie’s many favorite dive locations.

A swim to the dive boat in beautiful clear & turquoise water.

Turks & Caicos

 

Cayman Brac

If you are craving natural terrain, crystal-clear water & outdoor adventure, then Cayman Brac is where you’ll want to be!
The island gets its name from its landmark “The Bluff”- from the Gaelic word ‘brac’- which draws visitors in search of a stunning view.

There is a wide range of activities to keep everyone happy. One of the most popular is diving. the only Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere, the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts was intentionally sunk in 1996 as an artificial reef. The Brac has 11 sites that are accessible by shore including Charlie’s Reef on the north side of the island. This site is named after a six-foot green moray and is known for the friendly schools of Spanish grunts.

Cayman Brac is a tropical paradise for both divers and non-divers alike. If diving isn’t for you; take time to explore the Museum in Stake Bay. Cayman Brac is a tropical paradise for both divers and non-divers alike.
The island offers some excellent opportunities for deep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna and Wahoo as well as fishing the flats with light tackle or fly rod for permit, tarpon and bonefish.

There is a series of caves to see, nature trails to hike, The island is also gaining a reputation as a premier rock climbing site with a number of locations along the 140-high bluffs on the eastern tip of the island..

Whether your interests are diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, hiking, sunbathing on the beach or by the pool, or just relaxing in a hammock, Cayman Brac offers visitors a safe, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy a carefree vacation!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to breathe under water?

There’s only one way to find out…try it! 

Class begins in 3′ of water.  If you become uncomfortable simply stand up.  You will be amazed how easy and safe scuba diving truly is.  Educating yourself on this topic will reduce all fear, getting involved and doing it will enrich your life!

We train scuba divers everywhere in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan areas:  Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, Lenexa, Overland Park, Kansas – anywhere North, South, East & West.  We come to your area and teach you at the nearest pool.  YMCA’s, local pools, your backyard pool, etc.

This is a great sport for anyone that enjoys water sports such as: skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, sailing & wind surfing.    And most any type of athletes that enjoy water.  I’ve actually taught many people that had extreme fear of water- if you truly want to overcome it, we can make it happen!

Could you envision yourself coming with us on a scuba trip?  Imagine riding off to your 1st dive site.  Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the wind blowing through your hair as the boat sails through crystal clear water.  You can see white sand beaches lined with palm trees against the bright blue sky.  As we dive in, the water is bath water warm so there is no need for a wet suit.  You are surrounded by fantastic varieties of colorful corals, beautifully colored fish, dolphins and more!   Got the picture?

During your trip you have many options:  walk through a rainforest, ride a zip-line above the tree tops, rappelling of a cliff, wildlife & bird watching, jungle treks on nature trails. 

Some prefer sunning at the pool, enjoying a spa treatment, shopping for fun clothes, finding unusual décor for your home, a leisurely drive around the island or countryside, a luxurious lunch or an elegant dinner.

Or you may like to read a captivating book while swinging in a hammock as you drift off to sleep until happy hour begins at the local drinking establishment, just in time to bet on your turtle before the race begins.

In order to do all this, you will have to spend a few days completing the scuba course & a few days for certification before we leave!

It’s a two day commitment for class and two days to certify. You won’t want to waste the time or expense during your trip for this.

This is a lifetime certification. 

Organize a group of 7 people & your class will be free!  ($180 value)!

The beginning of your new adventure!

Call:  Leslie 913-522-8131