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Manta Divers, June 2012 Looking Forward to 2013 Tropical Adventures

Greetings Divers!

     Just as the local diving season is kicking off, we are ready to announce our tropical destinations for 2013!  January shore diving12-19, we are going to beautiful Bonaire, and  March 30- April 6 we will be treated to a week of valet diving in Cayman Brac.  Start squirreling money away to join Team Manta on either or both of these great diving adventures.

For any diver who has been to Bonaire, you may as well just skip to this and the next paragraphs, because you already know that Bonaire truly lives up to its reputation as a diver’s paradise. For everyone else, allow me to fill you in.  A small island just north of Venezuela, Bonaire known for dives sites that are easily accessible by shore, making it a great destination for snorkelers as well as divers.  In addition, this allows divers to make their own schedule for diving-unlimited diving!  Divers can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and still make a morning dive, or make a night dive any night they desire; the sites are waiting out there when the divers are ready to explore them.  I like this destination in January because it located outside the hurricane belt and therefore has some of the best year round diving. The water temperature is consistently between 78 and 84 degrees.  Manta Divers’ package includes daily boat dives that will assure that we will be able to experience even the dive sites with more challenging shore entries.  Divers can add more boat dives if desired.  This is suggested especially if you require extra help with your gear or with getting in and out of the water

 Splashing into each dive site on Bonaire is like diving into a Christmas present.  You never know what delights are hidden within. Bonaire has an astonishing variety of marine life: shoals of squid, leopard flatworms, and varieties of butterflyfish, spotted drums and on and on.  (Study your reef fish book well before you come!)

During your surface interval, there is much to do as well.  Bonaire is also known for windsurfing, fishing or snorkeling.  Away from the water, vacationers can go horseback riding with one of the two riding stables on the island.  If you need a little more exercise, hiking the Washington/Slagbaai National Park is fun.  This is a particularly good spot for birders, as Bonaire is home to 190 species of birds.  For a little shopping, stroll through Bonaire’s capital, Kralendijk.

 We are again staying at Buddy Dive in 3 bedroom condos.  Breakfast will be provided daily and our condos are all equipped with kitchens, so you can make your own lunch and dinner, or dine out.  $1950* (*cash/check discount price) includes air, double occupancy accommodations at Buddy Dive resort, 6 boat dives, unlimited shore diving, unlimited nitrox (for those who are nitrox certified), full breakfast daily, manager’s rum punch party.  Space is limited, so it is important to reserve your spot with a deposit on the trip.

In the spring, we are returning to Cayman Brac, guests of the famous Brac Reef Resort.  Destroyed by hurricane Paloma in November of 2088, Brac Reef Resort been completely rebuilt.  This is a first rate dive resort is surounded by some of the clearest water on the earth. The walls that comprise Cayman Brac’s reef system offer spectacular views and are home to a riot of colorful corals and marine life.  The diving is particularly easy here, due to the expert care given by Reef Divers, BRR’s dive operation.  I like to describe it as “valet diving.”  You give them your gear at the beginning of the week and they care for it the rest of the week.  You do not even have to walk a step with your gear on out of the water.  When it is your turn to splash, just walk to the swim rack, don your mask and fins, and wait for Reef divers’ staff to bring your gear to you, help you put it on, and aid you as you step off the boat.  Once underwater, prepare to be thrilled with the pristine reefs and abundant life and 80-100ft visibility!  We will, of course, enjoy the Brac’s signature dive, the Russian Destroyer, M/V Keith Tibbetts. She was purposely sunk in September, 1996 and is slowly being over grown by sponges and corals.  Scorpionfish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and goliath grouper are commonly seen here.   The stern sits at 60’ and the bow at 85,’ making it a relatively shallow wreck dive a perfect underwater photo subject.

TibbettsAll meals are included in our package.  This is great especially since the food at BRR is wonderful, fresh and anything but boring!  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are timed to coordinate with the dive schedule,, with seating inside or out.  One word to the wise, though, always save room for dessert!  The staff pastry chef is always creating some new temptation. 

Evenings can be spent lounging by the pool, sharing photos at the bar, or just wandering the beaches, soaking in the island ambience!  This trip includes, air, double occupancy accommodations at BRR, 6 days of two tank morning dives, 5 days of 1 tank afternoon dives, all meals, for $2472 (subtract 3% for cash or check payments).  Reduced rates for non-divers are available.   As with the Bonaire trip, space is limited.

You can reserve your spot on these trips with a $500 deposit.  Hope to have you along on Team Manta’s next big adventures!


In Other News..........

Team Manta has been busy diving locally. Check the calendar for our next dive event and plan to join us!

July 31st is the last day to trade in your old non-functioning dive computer and receive $100-$125 off a new Suunto dive computer!  This offer is good on the purchase of  Suunto Vyper Air, Cobra, Cobra3, D9tx, D6i and D4i.

Need a football fix? Come watch the Anitoch Sting June 23 at 6pm at Ameche field.  Stop into the shop after June 11 for a free ticket! (supply is limited,so don't wait) 

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