Manta Divers September 2007
When the days are long and the temperatures day after day are in the high 80’s, it’s easy to get a sense that the summer’s never going to end. For we lifelong Midwesterners, though, all it takes is that first morning that you find that thin layer of frost on the morning paper to bring you back to the reality of the changing seasons and the inevitability of the cold and snow. It’s hard to believe that summer’s waning; the kids are back in school, and the local dive season will soon end. (That is, unless you are into ice diving!!) As we all are trying to squeeze in a few more dives before the snow flies, it is time to think about some tropical diving.
There are so many great dive destinations and so little time, not to mention funds! Manta Divers is offering two shop trips with a limited number of spots to two of the Caribbean’s best dive islands, Curacao and Grand Turk. The price is right, too, with a discount for those paying with cash or check. If you read any dive magazines at all you have heard of these two islands, each with its unique offerings.
The shop is heading for Curacao from Jan 12 to 19, 2008. The package includes air, lodging at the Habitat, daily American breakfast, two boat dives a day and unlimited shore diving. Curacao is known for it’s smorgasbord of sites such as the mushroom forest and Playa Kalki for beginners to the car pile, and the wreck, Superior Producer, for more experienced divers. The real fun is the terrific dive site just off the resort. Its convenience and beauty make it a great spot for spur of the moment night dives. This trip presents a great place to complete your advanced open water training and try some of these more challenging sites with the guidance of a dive instructor. In addition, when you sign up for the trip, you can take $100 off the price of the advanced open water class! Curacao boasts some wonderful topside attractions, such as the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, the shopping districts of Punda and Otrobanda, numerous 17th and 18th century fortresses, harkening to the area’s pirate days, as well as hiking trails, horse riding and biking.
March 22 to 29, Team Manta will be enjoying the island hospitality of Grand Turk. This trip includes accommodations at the Osprey hotel, two tank boat dives daily and unlimited shore diving. I am, of course, am hoping to spot some manta rays that are often seen gorging themselves on the plankton that blooms around Grand Turk in spring, but we will also have the option of going on an excursion to look for migrating humpback whales. Grand Turk has some beautiful shallow dive sites right off shore, perfect for a relaxing afternoon dive, or a night dive. These spots are also nice for snorkelers. Among the many great dive sites, are the Gardens, where mantas are often spotted, along with octopi, tiny cleaner shrimp and giant Nassau groupers, and the Tunnels, a series of swim-through chutes between 50 and 75 ft. Manta Divers is offering the same $100 off advanced open water class for divers joining us in Grand Turk. So if you are a certified diver, there is no better time to take the next step to advanced open water. We will also have ample opportunities to sample the local cuisine.
The Curacao trip costs $1851 per diver, $1574 for a nondiver. Final payment is due October 5,2007, so don’t delay. You can join us for the Grand Turk trip for $2219 per diver, $1870 for a nondiver. Final payment is due Jan. 5, 2008 As a special incentive, we are offering a 3% for travelers paying with check or cash.
In other news….
Starting Oct. 1, we will revert to our winter hours and close nightly at 6pm. Of course, we will do our best to accommodate anyone who is running late, or needs something last minute, so don’t be shy about calling us and asking us to wait for you. On nights we are holding classroom sessions, we are open until 8pm. All you need do is call the shop.
Mike and I will be off to DEMA at the end October, so stay tuned for news on the latest and greatest in dive gear!