Manta Divers July, 2012 Dive Travel
Exciting News Divers!!
We have finalized our plans for our two tropical trips. The criteria for destinations were spots that were a little off the beaten track, reasonably priced, and of course had kick butt diving. I have to say, I think we’ve really hit is out of the park this time.
On January 14, 2012, we plan to leave (cold, dreary, stormy) Chicago for a week in sunny, warm Barbados. For those of you who are not familiar, Barbados is an island country, only 20 x 14 miles in size, situated in the Lesser Antilles, northeast of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal hurricane belt, so we should be able to count on great weather. We will be guests of the Coconut Court Beach resort, a little ways from Bridgetown, Barbados’ most populous city. This beachside resort offers Lounges both at the pool and on the beach, a gift shop, nail and massage salon, and much more. Our rooms are standard oceanview, but for those who wish to upgrade, there is a modest up charge based on what accommodation you choose. Barbados Blue dive shop, which boasts a staff that includes two marine biologists and over 27 years of combined Marine conservation and restoration, will guide our dives in Barbados. Team Manta will doubtlessly be in good hands! The cost, $1889 per person (with cash/check discount), covers 7 nights double occupancy accommodations, 5 days of 2 tank dives, breakfast daily and round trip airfare. If you want to add dives, it is only $45 extra per dive.
April 7-14, 2012 Team Manta will be enjoying the tiny island of Saba (pronounced SAY-bah), a 5 square mile island, nicknamed “The Unspoiled Queen” due to its unique ecosystem in the Leeward Antilles. Saba is a volcanic island that lacks the beaches common in the Caribbean, but offers spectacular views and breathtaking wall and pinnacle dives. Safety-wise it is a good bet with 200-300 students in attendance at the medical college and its own hyperbaric chamber. Each buddy team will have a unique room, either Gardenview or Oceanview at Juliana’s Resort. For only $2100 (with cash or check payment discount) per person, double occupancy, Team Manta members will have roundtrip travel from Chicago to Saba, 7 nights at the resort, 4 days of 2 tank dives, 1 day of 3 tank dives including a lunch, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, unlimited internet and a fabulous time!! Staff at Sea Saba will be giving us a tour of some of the most pristine sites around this tiny island. In April, the water will be warming to the 80F + range, making it comfortable in a 3mm suit. In addition to Saba’s famous pinnacles, there are plenty of beautiful shallow sites as well as the option of a “muck dive” to find a variety of interesting bottom dwellers, a particular attraction for photographers in the group. When not diving, travelers can hike, shop, take an art class, or even relax! There is something for everyone.
If you are not yet certified, or are interested in completing any of the specialty certifications offered by Manta Divers, think of how wonderful it would be to get those done while is a wonderful tropical paradise with warm, clear waters. Safety is a given as all dives can be tailored for all experience levels, and you will be accompanied by a minimum of two dive instructors and a divemaster on each dive. Don’t hesitate to call the shop for more details. Take the plunge with Team Manta!!
In Other News...............
Don't miss out on the local summer diving season. We still have trips to Haigh Quarry, Pear Lake and Lake Wazee on the schedule. Sign up today!
You can get a $250 travel voucher for a variety of destinations with the purchase of An Aqualung BC or a Suunto dive computer with Aqualung's GEAR UP AND GO promotion.
Congratulations to Keiran Lynn, our newest rescue diver. Keiran came to Manta Divers all the way from Liverpool, England for rescue diver class. Okay, maybe he came to the area mainly for a job, but he's part of Team Manta now!
Update: Diana Gallagher, the diver who was injured while navigating stairs on the Manta Divers Bonaire trip, is back to diving again. She worked dilligently on her rehab with the goal of diving in St John in June! We are happy to report that she acheived her goal. Way to go, Diana. We are all glad you are okay!