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New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Compact design sits upright for use
  • Zippered main compartment
  • Accessory side zippered pocket
  • #5 metal zippers
  • Durable 840D Nylon exterior with 210D Polyester interior liner
  • COLOR: Black with Twilight accents
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Super lightweight – only 6.5 lbs
  • Compact while accommodating 1 complete set of cold water or 2 complete sets of warm water dive gear
  • Internal fin pockets allow you to provide rigidity to the bag and protection for your gear when packed
  • Interior quick-access mesh pockets for organizing items
  • Dual interior compression straps to prevent shifting of gear during travel
  • Protective kick plate & skid rails absorb hits
  • Durable ball bearing wheels for smooth rolling
  • Durable 840 Denier Nylon exterior with 210 Denier Polyester interior liner
  • Lightweight extendable aluminum handle
  • Rigid bottom handle and soft top handle for easy loading and unloading
  • External ID pocket
  • DIMENSIONS: 27.5 x 13.5 x 12
  • CAPACITY: 4151 cubic inches
  • COLOR: Black with Twilight Accents
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Longer and narrower in the palm & fingers to best fit a woman’s hand
  • Super stretch neoprene throughout for comfort
  • Triple glued and blind-stitched seams are water tight
  • Rubberized pattern on palm and fingers provide excellent grip
  • SIZES: Small through Large
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Longer and narrower in the palm & fingers to best fit a woman’s hand
  • High stretch materials for comfort and dexterity
  • Ventilation holes and quick-dry fabrics
  • Integrated entry pull eases donning
  • Soft polysuede palm for added protection
  • Finger tip reinforcement panels for durability
  • Adjustable wrist strap keeps gloves securely in place throughout a dive
  • COLOR: Black with Twilight Accents
  • SIZES: Small through Large
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013 
  • Includes Spring Heel Strap for streamlined comfort and easy on and off
  • The Shot FX has a dedicated blade that is shorter and softer than traditional fins
  • The foot pocket’s design compounds and sizing are dedicated to women’s feet resulting in greater comfort
  • Compact for carry-on travel
  • New foot pocket design can be worn with bare feet
  • Quick release quick-adjust buckle makes adjusting a snap
  • Easy on / off fin strap thumb loop
  • Maintaining optimal thrust throughout every phase of the fining stroke minimizes fatigue
  • Flexible center channel accelerates water over the blade for improved efficiency
  • Reduces the stress on a diver´s leg while accelerating the water over the blade
  • COLORS: Twilight White Arctic
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

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New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Specifically designed for the woman diver
  • Advanced Fit Technology (AFT) uses bands of different textures around the edge of the skirt resulting in a superior seal against the face
  • Low Volume
  • The clever Comfort Buckle System (CBS) prevents the diver’s hair from getting tangled in the buckle
  • Crystal silicone – The highest grade silicone available for a soft comfortable seal
  • COLORS: Pink Twilight White Arctic
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

New Scuba Diving Gear »

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  • Brand new for 2013
  • Super stretch upper is shaped to accomodate a woman’s lower calf
  • Zipperless entry elimates water exchange & heat loss common on zip-up styles
  • Triple glued & blind-stitched seams are water tight
  • Anatomically correct ERGO™ shaped footbed and outsole
  • Protective toe instep and heel cap for added durability
  • Custom molded rubber outsole
  • FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

Dive Travel Deals »

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February 2 – February 9 2013 carib dancer-individuals, -, OTHER, Bahamas

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 worlds 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, us airways, delta and british 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 in january)
• 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended
taxes & fees:
plus port charges $90, park fees $10 (paid onboard).

transfers:
not included in charter price.

Dive Travel Deals »

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February 2 – February 9 2013 Carib Dancer Bahamas, -, OTHER, Bahamas

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 worlds 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, us airways, delta and british 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 in january)
• 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended
taxes & fees:
plus port charges $90, park fees $10 (paid onboard).

transfers:
not included in charter price.

Dive Travel Deals »

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January 31 – January 31 2013 komodo dancer-alor islands, -, OTHER, Indonesia

come experience the allure of alor, a cluster of small volcanic islands located just east of flores island in southern indonesia on the itinerary we call “east of flores”. your liveaboard diving adventure begins in maumere, the capital of flores where the elegant, two masted, wooden komodo dancer will meet you. climb aboard to explore the best of these fauna-rich waters in the flores sea.

this 10-night cruise on board the komodo dancer will explore the chain of islands between flores and alor, deep into what is called east nusa tenggara. crystal clear visibility, exciting drifts along sheer walls, dazzling coral gardens and some magnificent sandy critter dives combine to house one of the most prolific and diverse marine ecosystems on earth. “east flores” and the alor area are now firmly on the map of must see places for divers wanting to experience something exciting, new and out of the ordinary.

this is what we call “pioneer diving” where we go way off the beaten track of the underwater world. there is hardly any tourism infrastructure in these parts – and that is what makes this a perfect liveaboard itinerary because we bring everything with us!.

getting there:
the flores/adonara/lembata/pantar/alor islands of indonesia lie toward the end of the nusa tengarra archipelago, 160 nautical miles directly south of the large island of sulawesi and 500 nautical miles east of bali. most of this huge island chain is about eight degrees below the equator and enjoys calm seas and warm sunny weather throughout most of the year.

airlines fly into bali international airport: cathay pacific, china air, continental airlines, singapore air and thai airlines. an overnight in a bali hotel is required before boarding a domestic flight to maumere on flores island where you will meet the komodo dancer.

arrival/boarding/departure:
reaching the komodo dancer will involve a round trip domestic flight from bali to wai oti airport in the city of maumere (city code mof) on flores island in the east nusa tenggara province in indonesia.

we recommend at least two hotel nights be built into your travels one upon arrival between the international and domestic legs of your trip, and one on your journey home between the domestic and international legs.

the komodo dancer aims to return to port on the evening prior to disembarkation. final disembarkation will occur between 8:00 am –1:00 pm at the end of the charter. guests will be transported to the maumere (mof) airport for a domestic flight back to bali.

diving environment:
• known for healthy and vibrant reefs, seamounts, sheer walls, caves, black sanded areas, beautiful coral gardens and magnificent critter dives
• all dives from tender
• water tempera¬tures can vary greatly within the park, ranging from a low of 68f (20c) in the south to a high of 82f (28c) in the northern region
• 3-5mm wetsuit with hood and reef hooks recommended

taxes & fees:
alor park and resource fee $90 (paid onboard).
note: credit card payments made on board the vessel incur 2.25% service charge.

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 airport domestic tax (dps) is 40.000 rupiahs, bali airport international tax is 150.000 rupiahs and the maumere airport tax (lbj) is 15.000 rupiahs.

transfers:
land transfers between the airport, hotel and vessel (3 transfers in total are 1 in bali and 2 in maumere). transfer in bali is only provided for guests staying around the kuta/ sanur/ denpasar area.