Overland Underwater Holidays 2015
We have some great trips planned for 2015 with a trip to Mexico including diving the famous Cenotes in June and then a luxury Red Sea liveaboard in October. Looking a bit further ahead we also have a trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia planned for 2016. All details can be found below. If you are interested in going on any of these trips please contact us for further information.
Mexico - 17th June 2015
We will be going to Playa Del Carmen and staying at the Allegro Playcaar Resort. There is a one week or a two week option for this trip, with five day dive package (extra days can be added) and the option to dive the famous Cenotes caverns.
You will find Playa Del Carmen about an hour’s drive south out of Cancun’s International Airport. Here you will find a lively blend of old Mexico and modern resort amenities. Topside activity in Playa del Carmen centres around Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), a pedestrian walkway located just inland from the beach that offers an extensive collection of designer shops, bars and restaurants.
The beautiful white sandy beaches along this section of the ‘Riviera Maya’ give way to large swathes of flat reef tops, buzzing with marine life. This is easy and relaxed diving. The strong currents add interest and excitement, attracting pelagic species, and making for great drift dives. There will also be an option to dive the famous Cenotes
The Cenotes are justifiably known as the jewel in the crown of Yucatan diving. Float in gin clear fresh water amongst stunning formations of stalagmites and stalactites, bathed in shafts of light filtering through the jungle canopy above. Cenote diving is the highlight of any Mexico diving holiday. The chance to explore this incredible submerged limestone cave and cavern system is the reason so many divers head to this part of Mexico. Reached in just over an hour’s drive inland from Playa Del Carmen, the Cenotes is a vast network of subterranean rivers, caverns and sinkholes (cenotes) that extend literally for miles inland. Used as a source of fresh water by the ancient Maya, these distinctive geological formations offer some of the most exciting and unique diving to be found anywhere in the world.
Visibility in the crystal clear water here can reach in excess of 50m and the limestone structures are beautifully illuminated in parts by sunlight streaming through the jungle canopy above. Many of the dives here are better suited to the more advanced diver but even less experienced divers can also participate in this once in a lifetime experience as many of the cave systems have guide ropes to follow, in addition to your guide. The water is quite cool here (compared to the sea temperature). Divers will enjoy the sensation of haloclines, and the chance to take stunning photographs, in this sacred underworld of the ancient Maya civilisation
The Allegro Playacar Resort:
Situated on the finest stretch of white sand beach in Playa del Carmen, the Allegro Playacar Resort is a lively all-inclusive hotel surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hotel is the ideal base from which to discover the wide variety of nightlife and leisure options in the resort centre Playa del Carmen which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
The Resort offers 286 comfortable rooms that are decorated in a bright, tropical-style décor. The rooms are spread throughout the lovely beach-side gardens within larger bungalows. Each room offers a balcony or terrace with table / chairs and a hammock, and some have views of the sea or the pool. Each room is equipped with AC and ceiling fans and offers a king size bed or two double beds, plus en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. There is also cable TV, mini bar, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and a safe within each room. Extra beds and children’s cots are available on request.
At the Allegro Playacar Resort the all-inclusive plan offers unlimited meals and beverages at its comprehensive range of restaurants and bars. The Buffet offers international buffet-style dining for breakfast and dinner, as well as a continental breakfast options starting at 6am. La Trattoria and Mexicano restaurants offer a la carte Italian and Mexican specialities respectively. During the day, pizzas and sandwiches are available from La Pizzeria, whilst the Snack Bar serves a full variety of light snacks, hot dogs and hamburgers. There are four bars and a Disco Bar to make the most of your evenings.
The resort offers a choice of three swimming pools and two floodlit tennis courts plus a basketball court. Guests also have free use of a variety of activities and non-motorised water sports including snorkeling, table tennis, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking.
The trip will include flights from Manchester, transfer from Cancun and accommodation in the Allegro Playacar resort on an all-inclusive basis. You can select a one or two week option. The trip is open to divers and non-diving friends / partners. A ten dive package can be pre-booked and there is an option to upgrade to do a days diving at the Cenotes (this is booked locally in resort and costs approx. $100 supplement).
- 1 week: £1335
- 2 weeks: £1735
Single supplement £20 per night. If you book individually we will endeavour to put you in a twin room with another member of our group. If you prefer a single room the single supplement will apply. Otherwise we will only book your place with Regal as a room share partner becomes available or if you confirm you are willing to pay the single supplement in the event that it does not.
Ten dive package £310 (supplement for diving Cenotes paid locally)
To book your place we require a £500 deposit (cheques payable to RegalDive or payment by card). You will need to confirm whether you want to come for one or two weeks when you book. The balance is then due twelve weeks prior to travel. If you would like to book on this trip please let us have your deposit asap as we only have a limited number of places reserved and prices are not fixed and are likely to increase nearer the time of travel.
Red Sea Liveaboard – 30th October – 6th November 2015
MY Blue Horizon – Deep South Itinerary
Built in 2006, award winning M/Y blue Horizon is Blue O Two’s flagship vessel. With a contemporary and stylish feel, M/Y blue Horizon takes liveaboard luxury to a whole new level and is truly deserving of the title 'Liveaboard of the Year 2011' awarded by DIVE magazine and FOUR times in the DIVER Awards.
With a large dining area, totally separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system, shaded deck area and sun deck, there is always space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Red Sea.
All cabins benefit from air conditioning, ensuite facilities, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems.
This safari is suitable for open water divers and above, offering big drop-offs overgrown with huge gorgonians and colourful soft corals. Divers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of truly unique dive sites home to some very interesting and unusual reef formations. This itinerary is perfect for divers wanting to experience a slightly more 'untouched' Red Sea and is not to be missed.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
- Day 1 - Shona or Abu Dabab and Shaab Sharm
- Day 2 - St John's Reef
- Day 3 - St John's Reef
- Day 4 - St John's Reef
- Day 5 - Fury Shoal Reef
- Day 6 - Elphinstone and/or Shona, Abu Dabab
St. Johns Reef: Exciting drop-offs overgrown with huge gorgonians and colourful soft corals, stunning coral gardens and safe anchorages for night diving. Barracudas, tuna and mackerel are often sighted here and on rarer occasions manta rays and dolphins. Hammerheads, grey sharks, silvertip sharks and white tip reef sharks can often be spotted out in the blue.
St. Johns Reef North : Located one hour north of the main St.John's area. Have fun finding your way through tunnels and around pinnacles.
Elphinstone Reef: A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with north and south plateau's covered in hard and soft corals. This is a truly awesome reef.
Fury Shoal: An immense chain of reefs creating a host of outstanding dive sites including Abu Galawa in the north to Sataya in the south. Have fun exploring caves, tunnels, coral gardens, plateaus and drop offs! Abu Galawa is located within Fury Shoal - have fun exploring the wreck of 'Tug Boat'. The reef also has good coral dives on the west side.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
£1299 per person (Plus £70 Manchester flight supplement and £20 for VISA 'Meet and Greet' service).
Includes: Return flights, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
To book your place we will require a £10% deposit now with a further 15% deposit due by 30th January and the balance due 12 weeks prior to departure. Payment by cheque (payable to Blue O Two), cash or card (card details will be passed to Blue O Two to process payment)
Sulawesi, Indonesia 4th – 14th October 2016
We have a very exciting trip planned for 2016. Diving in Sualwesi, Indonesia
Staying at the Lembeh Reort, Manado, North Sulawesi. Magnificent coral reefs, white sand beaches, fertile lands, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, majestic mountains and active volcanoes make up this stunning province which also plays host to a huge variety of intriguing wildlife from a mixture of Asian and Australian origins!
The waters that surround this area have made it famous;... divers will be in paradise! There is plenty for the non divers too, who will be spoilt for choice with an array of activities including hiking and river rafting. If you love nature both above and below the water, North Sulawesi is definitely the place for you!
The package will include flights from Gatwick, ten nights accommodation at the Lembeh Resort: included at the resort- full board accommodation in a Garden View Room, breakfast, lunch morning and afternoon snack, A- La- Carte dinner, unlimited tea, regular coffee and drinking water, guided boat dives, one self-guided house reef dive per day (24 dives in total) with nitrox, round trip airport transfers and all taxes. (There will also be an $18pp per dive supplement payable in resort for night and mandarin dives). Please note that unused dives are not transferable and are non-refundable.
Cost based on twin share: £3129 per person including diving (awaiting price for non divers)
The price per person is based on two people sharing and the price for the same package but a single room would be £3569.00 per person
A 25% deposit will be required to reserve a place (we can probably negotiate paying this in three installments over three months) but initially we are looking to confirm numbers interested. If you would like to come or would like more details please let us know to provisionally book a place. We will then request the deposit once numbers are confirmed.
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