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Cayman Islands Logo CAYMAN ISLANDS --- Earn up to a $700 Resort Credit

Earn Resort Credits -- Simply show your boarding pass from any airline when you check-in at these fine accommodations January 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009 and receive up to $100 resort credit per day. You can apply your credit to some of the incredible services these fine Cayman resorts have to offer, such as dining and spa treatments.

Cobalt Coast Resort Grand Cayman Book Now and Save -- Please do not delay. You must book by March 14, 2009 to take advantage of this great offer.

The Fine Print -- Offer is valid for travel 01.01.09 - 04.30.09 when booked by 3.14.09. A $25 - $75 per night resort credit available at other participating properties with a minimum 4-night stay. Additional resort credit may be available with extension nights at individual properties. Only one credit per booking. Offer based on availability. Blackout dates apply and vary based on property. Cannot be combined with any other offers and other rules and restrictions apply. Resort credit is validated upon check-in by showing a boarding pass from any airline for travel during the designated period and received upon check out. Resort credit cannot be applied to room rate, accommodation tax, resort fee or service charges.

See a list of: Participating Resorts

Island Dreams has all the details! Phone Susan us at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Susan@divetrip.com




GRAND CAYMAN --- Super Spring Special at Sunset House


Sunset House, Grand Cayman

For Divers, By Divers -- Developed for divers, by divers, Sunset House is a dedicated, oceanfront dive resort, with excellent unlimited beach diving just offshore. These packages include airport/hotel transfers, lodging, tax, two boat dives per day, complimentary shore tanks, and full breakfast daily.

Lowest Rates of the Year -- Find out for yourself why Sunset House has been a long-time divers' favorite. The following prices include air-conditioned accommodations w/Digital Cable TV & Telephone with data port; full "made to order" breakfast; daily two-tank boat trips, except day of arrival and departure; complimentary off-shore diving every day except day of departure; taxi transfers from and to the airport; and all Tax and Service Charges.

Super Spring Special -- valid April 1 - June 30, 2009
7 nights lodging with 6 days of two-tank boat diving
Room Type SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD
Courtyard $1855 $1313 $1130 $1041
Oceanview $2145 $1458 $1227 $1113
Suite $2310 $1539 $1282 $1155
Apartment $2454 $1614 $1332 $1192
5 nights lodging with 4 days of two-tank boat diving
Room Style SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD
Courtyard $1316 $ 929 $ 798 $ 734
Oceanview $1523 $1032 $ 867 $ 786
Suite $1641 $1090 $ 906 $ 815
Apartment $1743 $1143 $ 942 $ 842
Prices are per person, based on the room-style and occupancy indicated.
Rates include tax and service charge. Dive Shop gratuities are not included.
An Energy Surcharge of USD $3.75 per room per night will be collected at the resort.

Find additional information and rates:
Sunset House Resort

Enjoy Sunset House's lowest prices of the year. Call Yvonne toll free at 1-866-684-1874 -or- email to: Yvonne@divetrip.com




Fantasy Island Resort logo ROATAN --- Major Rate Reduction for Fantasy Island Resort

Fantasy Island Resort -- Fantasy Island is one of the Bay Islands' most exclusive diving and water sports resort. Air conditioned rooms are complete with mini-bar, telephones, and satellite TV. A fine, full service restaurant, brilliant white sand beach fresh water pool, boutique, and scuba center are among the offerings at Fantasy Island.

Drastic Rate Reductions -- Fantasy Island has just announced substantially lower rates throughout 2009. Book now and enjoy the savings.

Fantasy Island Resort --- 7-Night "Dive Fantasy" Package
These new rates represent a major price reduction!
Dive Package Pricing - including 16% tax Single Double Triple
Winter 2009: January 3 - April 4, 2009 $1391 $1159 $1100
Spring Special: April 4 - May 30, 2009 $1136 $ 869 $ 834
Early Summer: May 30 - July 18, 2009 $1263 $ 997 $ 962
Singles Week: July 18 - 25, 2009 $1286 $1020 $ 985
Late Summer: July 25 - August 1, 2009 $1263 $ 997 $ 962
Fall Special: August 1 - November 21, 2009 $1136 $ 869 $ 835
Thanksgiving 2009: November 21 - 28, 2009 $1263 $ 997 $ 962
End of Year Special: November 28 - December 19, 2009 $1136 $ 869 $ 835
Christmas: December 19, 2009 - January 2, 2010 $1368 $1101 $1067
Prices are person, based on the occupancy indicated.
Please note that all pricing and package inclusions are subject to change.


Learn more about Roatan here:
Roatan Dive Resorts

Let the diving begin! Phone Rae at 1-800-568-2350 -or- email to: Rae@divetrip.com




Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort COZUMEL --- Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort

Cozumel Quality and Value -- Enjoy a great deal at this excellent oceanfront 5-star, luxury hotel while making the most of multiple swimming pools, restaurants, a beautiful beach club, even an exercise room and jogging trail. The in-house dive operation, Juan Leca's Dive House, is top-notch. Check out the closest hotel to Palancar Reef, and one of the over-all best values in Cozumel.

Early Booking Bonus -- Enjoy discounted rates for both Winter and Summer seasons at Fiesta Americana Cozumel. But please do not delay, the booking deadline is approaching. To enjoy these savings you must book, and make your deposit, prior to March 15, 2009.

Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort

Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort

Catch this Early Booking Bonus...     Book Now and Save!

  • Winter 2009 -- Early Booking Bonus
  • Valid for travel: January 30 - April 18, 2009
      Deadline: Must book before March 15, 2009
  • Summer 2009 -- Early Booking Bonus
  • Valid for travel: April 19 - December 21, 2009
      Deadline: Must book before March 15, 2009
    These are "European Plan" (EP) pricing schedules. No meals are included.
    For meals-inclusive programs please visit:   Modified All-Inclusive Program

    Find plenty more info and options here:
    Explore Cozumel

    Fiesta Americana is ready! Phone Christy at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Christy@divetrip.com




    COZUMEL --- 2009 Pricing for Presidente InterContinental Cozumel


    Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort & Spa

    The Very Best of Cozumel -- If you are looking for Cozumel's ultimate hotel lodging, this is the place. Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa indeed provides Cozumel's most beautiful, upscale, and service-oriented accommodations for guests who want the very best.

    2009 Rates Now Online -- Winter rates are shown below. Link to our Presidente page and find all rates periods now through December 2009.


    Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa
    Winter 2009:   January 5 - April 4, 2009
    Package Duration Room Category Diver
    Single occ.
    Scuba Diver
    Double occupancy
    Vacationer
    Double occ.
    3 nights lodging
    with
    2 days boat diving
    Pool View $1297 $ 721 $ 575
    Ocean View $1498 $ 822 $ 676
    Ocean Suite $2234 $1190 $1044
     
    4 nights lodging
    with
    3 days boat diving
    Pool View $1753 $ 986 $ 767
    Ocean View $2022 $1120 $ 901
    Ocean Suite $3003 $1611 $1392
     
    5 nights lodging
    with
    4 days boat diving
    Pool View $2210 $1251 $ 959
    Ocean View $2546 $1419 $1127
    Ocean Suite $3772 $2032 $1740
     
    6 nights lodging
    with
    5 days boat diving
    Pool View $2667 $1516 $1151
    Ocean View $3069 $1717 $1352
    Ocean Suite $4541 $2453 $4088
     
    7 nights lodging
    with
    6 days boat diving
    Pool View $3123 $1781 $1343
    Ocean View $3593 $2016 $1578
    Ocean Suite $5310 $2874 $2436
    Packages include: Lodging in seclected room category, two-tank boat diving, and 12% hotel tax.
    Meals are not included. Airfare is not included. Please call for pricing options.
    Rates are per person, based on the occupancy indicated.
    All prices and inclusions are subject to change.

    Find additional information and rates:
    Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel

    Experience Cozumel's finest accommodation...and the lowest rates of the year. Call Yvonne toll free at 1-866-684-1874 -or- email to: Yvonne@divetrip.com




    Scuba Club Cozumel COZUMEL --- Buddy Dives FREE at Scuba Club Cozumel

    Scuba Club Cozumel is simply one of Cozumel's longest serving and most well respected dive resorts. Due to the personalized quality of its service, and the excellent price point, Scuba Club enjoys one of the highest repeat customer ratios of ANY dive resort in the world.

    Meals are included in the package, but there is no attempt to compete with the large, all-inclusive tourist hotel. Scuba Club has always been dedicated to one thing -- giving serious scuba divers the best of Cozumel at a great price. We suggest you make use this excellent special and experience it for yourself.


    Scuba Club Cozumel
    Your Buddy Dives FREE

    Five nights lodging, three days of boat diving,
    three meals daily, and unlimited shore diving

    valid February 1 - March 31, 2009
    Special includes:
    three meals daily
    three days of diving
    and unlimited shore tanks
    Double occupancy Triple occupancy
    First Diver Buddy pays non-diver rate First two Divers Third diver pays non-diver rate
    5 nights lodging
    with 3 days diving
    $695 + tax =
    $778
    $590 + tax =
    $661
    $629 + tax =
    $704
    $524 + tax =
    $587
    Price includes lodging at Scuba Club Cozumel, 12% hotel tax, three meals daily,
    two-tank boat diving, and unlimited shore diving. Special is valid February 1 - March 31, 2009.
    Not included are beverages, airport transfers, gratuities, rentals, and expenses of a personal nature.
    Availability is limited. No other discounts apply. Airfare to Cozumel is additional. Call Island Dreams for details.


    Scuba Club Cozumel -- August Special
    Seven nights lodging, six days of boat diving,
    three meals daily, and unlimited shore diving

    Valid August 1 - 31, 2009
    Deadline: You must book, with deposit, prior to March 31
    Special includes:
    three meals daily
    six days of diving
    and unlimited shore tanks
    Single Double occupancy Triple occupancy
    Diver Diver non-diver Diver non-diver
    7 nights lodging
    with 6 days diving
    $979 + tax =
    $1096
    $799 + tax =
    $ 895
    $635 + tax =
    $ 711
    $745 + tax =
    $ 834
    $590 + tax =
    $ 661
    Price includes lodging at Scuba Club Cozumel, 12% hotel tax, three meals daily,
    two-tank boat diving, and unlimited shore diving. Special is valid for visits August 1-31, 2009.
    Not included are beverages, airport transfers, gratuities, rentals, and expenses of a personal nature.
    Availability is limited. No other discounts apply. Airfare to Cozumel is additional. Call Island Dreams for details.

    Find more info and pricing data here:
    Scuba Club Cozumel

    Like to see Scuba Club for yourself? Phone Rae at 1-800-568-2350 -or- email to: Rae@divetrip.com




    Cobalt Coast Resort, Grand Cayman Island GRAND CAYMAN --- Crazy New Specials at Cobalt Coast Resort

    Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites -- Cobalt Coast is Grand Cayman's finest dedicated divers' resort. Located on the northwest shore of Boatswains Bay, near the Turtle Farm, it is just a few miles north and removed from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile Beach. Set on a secluded, oceanfront, the resort provides spectacular views overlooking the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea.

    A Grand Cayman Diver's Best Bet -- Cobalt Coast Resort gets Island Dreams' vote as the best dive resort on Grand Cayman Island. We've stayed there ourselves, and have had many satisfied customers coming back for more. So why not enjoy Cobalt Coast for yourself?

    Lower Rates for Summer and Fall -- To capture your interest, Cobalt Coast has just announced a couple of cool specials and pricing discounts that feature free lodging and diving. They've also added a "Nitrox & Suds" option that lets you add Nitrox fills and get three drinks per day. Check you the details below.

    Cobalt Coast Resort Grand Cayman


    Great New Discounts at Cobalt Coast Resort
    Cayman Summer Splash
    May 23-August 30, 2009
    FreeFallin' Fall Special
    September 5-December 19, 2009
    Your 5th lodging night FREE and 6th dive day FREE Your 5th night FREE and the boat diving is 25% off
  • Children stay free in parents' room
  • Children eat free breakfast
  • Children get 50% off boat diving package (1 each per paying adult diver)
  • Children get 50% off on Discover Scuba Diving
  • Children ages 12-18 (1 each per paying adult) when travelling with parents.
  • Upgrade to Nitrox & Suds - enjoy Nitrox fills,
    plus 3 drinks per day (wine, beer or well drinks)
    • 7 nights: add $125 per diver / $50 per non-diver
    • 6 nights: add $105 per diver / $40 per non-diver
    • 5 nights: add $ 85 per diver / $30 per non-diver

    Read Ken Knezick's:
    Cobalt Coast Resort Report

    Find more info and pricing data here: Cobalt Coast Resort

    Agent Susan Young lived in Grand Cayman for 15 years. Phone her at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Susan@divetrip.com




    Little Cayman Beach Resort LITTLE CAYMAN --- Eagle Ray Round-Up at Little Cayman Beach Resort

    "Thanks again for arranging my trip to Little Cayman Beach Resort. I had a great time at a great place. The diving was fabulous. Lots of big free swimming nurse sharks, two very curious reef sharks, tons of turtles, its a cornucopia of life, I am so glad I made that trip. Loved the resort, the people were absolutely the best I have dealt with at any resort, and the food was fantastic. I can't say enough other than had a GREAT time and will be going back!"
    Bob Dougherty, Mountain Top, PA.

    "Eagle Ray Round-Up" Package -- The seven-night package offers excellent diving-per-dollar value. It brings you breakfast and dinner daily, two boat dives per day, transfers, and free use of a dive computer. Use this cool special to experience the best of Little Cayman for yourself!

    2009 -- Eagle Ray Round-Up -- 2009
    Valid January 3 - December 15, 2009
    Poolview Room -- MAP with Breakfast and Dinner
    7 nights lodging
    with 12 boat dives
    $1506 diver $1026 non-diver
    Eagle Ray Round-Up package includes: 7 nights Poolview room lodging,
    breakfast and dinner daily, 12 boat Dives, free use of dive computer,
    plus airport transfers and hotel taxes & service charges.
    Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy lodging, and subject to availability.
    Please note that the "Eagle Ray Round-Up" special includes only two boat dives per day.


    Want more? Three boat dives per day, lunch, and evening drinks? Check out the: "Bloody Bay Escape" Package


    Little Cayman Beach Resort

    Learn more here: Little Cayman Beacn Resort and Conch Club Condos

    Details? Call our Cayman Islands expert, Susan Young, at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Susan@divetrip.com





    BELIZE --- Low Season Special at Hamanasi Resort

    Hamanasi Dive & Adventure Resort
    Hamanasi Dive & Adventure Resort
    Hamanasi Dive & Adventure Resort

    Hamanasi is located on a beautiful beach south of Dangriga near the Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins. Its unique location has convenient access to the best dive locations and the best onshore sites in Belize. Hamanasi offers you Belize's best soft adventures, both on land and off shore in the beautiful Caribbean sea.

    2009 -- Low Season Special -- 2009
    7-night Reef & Rainforest package
    From $1695 per person, double occ.

    Valid: June 13 - December 18, 2009
    (except Thanksgiving)

    Subject to availability. Subject to change.
    Please call toll free, or email Island Dreams for details.
    1-800-346-6116 --or-- info@divetrip.com

    Reef and Rainforest Package -- Hamanasi's finest offering is its "Reef and Rainforest" Package, for which you will find complete pricing at the link below. The Reef and Rainforest option enables guests to mix and match from a wide menu of adventure options; diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, touring, and more.

    Learn more here: Hamanasi Adventure Resort

    Your Hamanasi Adventure awaits you. Call Christy at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Christy@divetrip.com




    RSD Reader's Choice Award BONAIRE --- Suite Seventh Heaven Special

    Plaza Resort Bonaire -- This highly dive-friendly property features 200 suites with lagoon or ocean view, beautiful white sand beach, pool, restaurants, water sports, in-house dive operation, and a new casino. For larger parties, one and two-bedroom villas (condominiums) add even more function and comfort. See below for descriptions and pricing of the interesting array of lodging options available to you.

    Suite Seventh Heaven -- Seven (7) nights lodging in spacious suite accommodations, six (6) days of unlimited shore diving, your choice of boat diving options, round-trip airport transfers, welcome drink, tax and service charges.

    Suite Seventh Heaven:   April 18 - December 18, 2009
    7 nights lodging with 6 days of diving
    Lodging Style Occupancy 11 boat dives 6 boat dives shore diving only non-diver
    Standard Suite
    (Pool View)
    Single $1693 $1609 $1504 n/a
    Double $1037 $ 953 $ 848 $ 730
    Triple $ 880 $ 796 $ 691 $ 573
    Grand Suite
    (Ocean View)
    Single $1880 $1796 $1691 n/a
    Double $1130 $1046 $ 941 $ 823
    Triple $ 943 $ 859 $ 754 $ 635
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy indicated.
    Upgrade to seven days of buffet breakfast -- Add $133 per guest.
    Package includes: seven (7) nights lodging in spacious suite accommodations, six (6) days of unlimited shore diving,
    your choice of six or eleven boat dives per week, round-trip airport transfers, welcome drink, tax and service charges.

    Additional pricing and info:
    Bonaire Dive Package Options

    Bonaire awaits you. Call Tina at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Tina@divetrip.com




    Rancho Leonero Logo SEA of CORTEZ --- Rooms 50% off at Rancho Leonero

    Rancho Leonero -- A small, American-owned resort, set on its own rocky bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez, this property represents the most exclusive of the available lodgings on the East Cape region. The swimming pool and deck offer a stunning ocean view, while the adjacent restaurant and bar have a safari theme with mounted wild-game trophies. The reef out front, while perhaps a bit shallow for beach diving, offers good snorkeling opportunities. Considering that the rates seem to be only marginally higher than the other options, Rancho Leonero seems a great choice for couples, families, or groups who will appreciate the beautiful rustic beach and remote natural setting.

    50% off SALE -- Visit Rancho Leonero August 23 - September 23, 2009 and your room is 1/2 price! Just be sure to book before March 31 deadline. Enjoy!

    Rancho Leonero Resort

    Rancho Leonero Resort - East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico

    Inclusions: The following package pricing for Rancho Leonero Resort includes lodging, 12% hotel tax, 10% service charge, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and daily two-tank boat diving including tax. Airfare and transfers are at additional cost. Diving is with Vista Sea Sports. These rates reflect a discount of 50% off regular season lodging rates.

    50% Off SALE -- Valid August 23-September 23, 2009; booking deadline March 31, 2009

    Standard Room -- 50% Off SALE

       3 nights lodging / 2 days boat diving   $ 379 diver    $ 137 non-diver
       4 nights lodging / 3 days boat diving   $ 546 diver    $ 183 non-diver
       5 nights lodging / 4 days boat diving   $ 713 diver    $ 229 non-diver
       6 nights lodging / 5 days boat diving   $ 880 diver    $ 275 non-diver
       7 nights lodging / 6 days boat diving   $1046 diver    $ 320 non-diver
    

    Deluxe Room -- 50% Off SALE
       3 nights lodging / 2 days boat diving   $ 434 diver    $ 192 non-diver
       4 nights lodging / 3 days boat diving   $ 619 diver    $ 256 non-diver
       5 nights lodging / 4 days boat diving   $ 804 diver    $ 320 non-diver
       6 nights lodging / 5 days boat diving   $ 989 diver    $ 384 non-diver
       7 nights lodging / 6 days boat diving   $1174 diver    $ 448 non-diver
    

    Oceanview Bungalow -- 50% Off SALE
       3 nights lodging / 2 days boat diving   $ 471 diver    $ 229 non-diver
       4 nights lodging / 3 days boat diving   $ 668 diver    $ 305 non-diver
       5 nights lodging / 4 days boat diving   $ 865 diver    $ 381 non-diver
       6 nights lodging / 5 days boat diving   $1063 diver    $ 458 non-diver
       7 nights lodging / 6 days boat diving   $1260 diver    $ 534 non-diver
    

    Learn more about East Cape Lodging and Diving:
    Sea of Cortez

    Island Dreams has all the details! Phone Rae at 1-800-568-2350 -or- email to: Rae@divetrip.com




    Kararu Dive Voyages, Indonesia Kararu Dive Voyages -- Superb live-aboard cruising to Indonesia's best dive regions

    Special Banda Sea Cruise -- March 22 to April 3, 2009, sailing Ambon/Ambon

    Experience Kararu's special Banda Sea cruise, March 22 - April 3, 2009. Enjoy extensive muck diving around Ambon, great walls and reefs of Banda Neira and nearby Islands, Snake island Manuk, the stunning reefs of Nusa Laut. Cultural highlights are huge during this trip and a visit to Banda Neira with over 400 years of Dutch history and the Island of Run that was traded against Manhattan from the English to the Dutch.
    Kararu Dive Voyages' M/V Cheng Ho
    Great diving and history! Availability is limited...confirm your space now.

    Find complete pricing and details: Kararu Dive Voyages

    Access a wealth of reports and galleries: Komodo Information

    Discuss the details with Tina at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Tina@divetrip.com




    El Galleon Dive Resort, Puerto Galera, Philippines El Galleon Dive Resort -- Renowned for its peaceful beachfront surroundings El Galleon is on Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera. Thirty air-conditioned rooms have been constructed on the tropical hillside all in keeping with the areas natural beauty. With views of Sabang Bay and Small Lalaguna beach, each room is complete with a fully stocked mini-bar, hot & water, and hotel amenities. All rooms have both a a/c unit and a ceiling fan.

    Lodging, Meals, and Diving -- Best of all, Island Dreams' packages at El Galleon Dive Resort include your lodging, three daily meals, and up to four boat dives per day. You can even add a night boat dive for only $9 more.


    El Galleon Dive Resort
    Puerto Princessa, Philippines

    Pricing valid now through December 19, 2009

    Includes Lodging, Three Meals Daily, and up to Four Boat Dives per Day

    * Add a boat night dive for just $9 USD per night *

    From a Seaview Room at El Galleon Dive Resort - Puerto Princessa, Philippines

    Select your duration of stay
    and preferred lodging style
    Room Style Diver
    Single occ.
    Scuba Diver
    Double occupancy
    Vacationer
    Double occ.
    7 nights lodging and meals,

    with 6 days of boat diving

    Budget Room $1030 $ 854 $ 494
    Poolside Room $1204 $ 945 $ 585
    Seaview Room $1344 $1015 $ 655
    Family Room $1239 $ 959 $ 599
    Penthouse $1694 $1190 $ 830
    10 nights lodging and meals,

    with 9 days of boat diving

    Budget Room $1471 $1220 $ 680
    Poolside Room $1720 $1350 $ 810
    Seaview Room $1920 $1450 $ 910
    Family Room $1770 $1370 $ 830
    Penthouse $2420 $1700 $1160
    Packages include: Lodging, hotel tax, three meals daily, and up to four boat dives per day with Asia Divers.
    Rates are per person, based on the occupancy indicated. No refund for unused portions of package.
    Airfare is not included. Airport/hotel transfers are additional. Call for pricing options.
    Beverages, bar bill, and other items of a personal nature are at additional expense.
    All prices and inclusions are subject to change.


    Find complete pricing and details:
    El Galleon Dive Resort

    Read Ken Knezick's: Philippines Dive Report

    Philippines are fabulous! Discuss it with Ken at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Ken@divetrip.com




    Matangi Island Resort, Matagi Island, Fiji FIJI --- "Two Nights Free plus an Upgrade at Matangi Island Resort

    Matangi Island Resort -- Matagi Island is the smallest of a cluster of volcanic islands off the eastern tip of Taveuni. Wrapped around a submerged crater, the entire Matangi area is a Scuba divers mecca. Matangi Island Resort offers 14 private cottages set within lovely tropical gardens, along with a main dining and lounge area, a fleet of boats and a dive facility, plus three tree house honeymoon cottages built 30 feet off the ground in the embrace of ancient almond trees. In addition to offering some of Fiji's best diving, Matagi's also great for its beautiful white sand beaches, hiking through lush rainforest, or a cultural visit to one of the local native villages.

    Matangi Island Resort, Fiji

    Free Night Special plus a Room Category Upgrade -- The team at Matangi Private Island Resort are excited about their property and want to share it with you. So they have created the following specials to encourage you to visit. These are great opportunties, so don't miss out. Availability is limited, and these special must be booked in advance. Call or email Island Dreams now for complete details.


    Free Night Specials

    Pay for 5 nights -- stay for 7 (all room categories)
    Valid until March 31, 2009

    Pay for 8 nights -- stay for 10 (Beachfront Bures Only)
    Applies All Year Round!

    YES -- Free Night Specials are combinable with Upgrade Specials!
    $299 Upgrade Special

    Book an Island Bure -- get a Beachfront Bure
    Book the Beachfront Bure -- get a Treehouse!

    Upgrade fee is USD $299 per room. Applies to bookings of seven nights and longer.
    Valid for travel through March 31, 2009. Some black-out dates may apply.
    Subject to availability...please do not delay. Contact Island Dreams for complete details.



    Find complete:
    Matangi Resort Pricing

    Read Tina's new: Fiji Dive Resort Update

    Also consider Ken Knezick's: Fiji Dive and Travel Report

    Fiji is fine! Discuss the details with Rae at 1-800-568-2350 -or- email to: Rae@divetrip.com




    MANADO & LEMBEH --- Best of Both World's Combination Packages

    Lembeh Bunaken Combo - photo montage copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams Travel

    Lembeh & Bunaken Combination Packages -- Island Dreams customized combo packages include all transfers forward from Manado International Airport, lodging and diving as indicated, hotel taxes, and three meals daily. Lodging at KBR in Traditional House room; and in Deluxe room at Hotel Santika. Upgraded room categories are available. On the day you transfer from one resort to the next, you will have three days of boat diving, so no time is wasted. Drinks, souvenirs, rental equipment, etc. are at the guest's additional expense, as is airfare to Manado. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Prices and inclusions are subject to change.

    Kungkungan Bay Resort + Hotel Santika Manado
    Lembeh / Bunaken Combo Packages
    Valid through March 31, 2010
    Suggested Combo Package Options Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
    9 nights lodging / with 8 days of diving
    5 nights at Kungkungan Bay Resort
    plus 4 nights at Hotel Santika
    $1676 $1868
    11 nights lodging / with 10 days of diving
    6 nights at Kungkungan Bay Resort
    plus 5 nights at Hotel Santika
    $2117 $2357
    14 nights lodging / with 13 days of diving
    7 nights at Kungkungan Bay Resort
    plus 7 nights at Hotel Santika
    $2579 $2915
    Combination packages include round-trip airport/hotel transfers, 3 meals daily, and 3-tank boat diving daily.
    Pricing based is on Traditional room or Cottage Suite at Kungkungan, and Deluxe Room at Hotel Santika.
    Room-style uprades are available. Please note that only two boat dives are included on transfer days.
    All scuba diving pricing is based on air fills. Upgrade to Nitrox fills may be arranged.
    Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, include all hotel taxes, and are subject to change.
    Package inclusions are subject to change. No refund for unused portion of packages.

    Find further details here:  
    Best of Lembeh and Manado Combo Packages

    Or simply speak with Tina at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Tina@divetrip.com




    El Ocotal Beach Resort COSTA RICA --- Special Dive Packages at El Ocotal Resort


    Costa Rica is known today as a unique dive destination, and not only for its marine life, but because of its many other attractions. Divers have the opportunity to visit national parks, go white water rafting, big game fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, swim on secluded beaches, enjoy breathtaking sunsets and warm star-filled nights and feel welcomed by friendly Costa Rican people.

    Bungalow at El Ocotal Resort Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast is the diving world’s newest discovery. Few places in the world have waters with such varies and plentiful marine life.

    Couple this glory of nature with El Ocotal Beach Resort’s luxurious resort facilities, new dive boats and equipment; the resorts highly-trained, dedicated staff and Costa Rica’s most experienced dive masters; the country’s natural beauty and its warm, friendly people, and you have the most exciting alternative to traditional dive destinations.

    El Ocotal's dive packages are now ready to bring you the best of Costa Rica!

    Find pricing and details here: El Ocotal Resort

    Costa Rica awaits you. Phone Christy at 1-800-346-6116 -or- email to: Christy@divetrip.com




    Copyright Susan Young FIJI UPDATE -- Susan Young's Dispatches from Fiji

    Island Dreams' dive travel specialist Susan Young has just returned from another familiarization trip to Fiji. A scuba instructor with her 100-ton ship captain's ticket, Susan lived for 15 years on the island of Grand Cayman, where she worked as a manager for Red Sail Sports.

    When she travels on behalf of Island Dreams, Susan stays in touch with the office via emails which describe her experiences along the way. A compilation of her messages are reproduced in this report.
    We hope that you will find Susan Young's unique insight and boundless enthusiasm helpful as you plan your own Fiji adventure.

    Find it here: Susan Young's Dispatches from Fiji




    Where's the kitchen sink? SAFE TRAVELS -- Travel Tips for the 21st Century

    ALERT to New Baggage Weight Limitations -- This is an aspect of air travel that is currently experiencing immense change...and they are assuredly not making it any easier for the traveler.

    Be advised that most domestic flights are now limiting passengers to a single checked bag, with a maximum weight of 50 pounds. A second bag may be checked, but at an additional charge of $25 to $100 or more per bag.

    Some, but not all, international flights may still allow two bags at 50 pounds each. Overweight bags will be charged a penalty, or with increasing frequency simply denied loading aboard the aircraft. Carry-on bags are also being limited in both quantity and weight.

    Don't be surprised at the gate. Phone your airline in advance, and/or check with their web site, and ascertain current baggage allowances. Then pack accordingly, or be prepared to pay extra.

    Read the entire report here: Travel Tips for the 21st Century




    NEW LIFT -- Singapore Airlines Now Flying from Houston

    Singapore Airlines In an exciting turn of events, Singapore Airlines (airline code SQ) has just announced new service from Houston, Texas to Singapore, via Moscow. Now it will be possible to fly to Asia directly from Houston, making use of the world's top-rated airline.

    This is an excellent new opportunity, affording easier travel to world-class diving destinations such as Bali, Manado, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, and points beyond.

    Find details here: SQ Begins Service from IAH




    COMMENTS -- Guests Speak Out on Wakatobi

    Wakatobi Dive Resort Island Dreams Ken Knezick has had plenty to say about Wakatobi...yes, he loves the place. But for another opinion, you can hear what a group of recent Wakatobi guests had to say for themselves.

    Read the guest comments here: Wakatobi Guests Speak Out

    Enjoy photos my Wakatobi guests: Wakatobi Guest Photo Gallery

    Also see Ken Knezick's most recent Wakatobi Report: Wakatobi Update




    TRAVEL REPORT -- Little Cayman Beach Resort

    Jawfish with Eggs, copyright Tom Collier Thomas Collier, Travel Coordinator for the Houston Underwater Photographic Society, reports on the recent HUPS trip to Little Cayman Beach Reosort

    "Bloody Bay Wall is an awesome dive location with many dive sites. The water was crystal clear with very little current - a perfect location for underwater photography. The corals were in good shape with plenty of the usual tropical fish. No large marine life to speak of with the exception of turtles, rays and the resident groupers (who are extremely friendly). A couple of reef sharks were spotted and an eagle ray was also seen several times. Sailfin blennies, jawfish (many with eggs), lobsters, sting rays and turtles were seen and photographed on most dives.

    "A morning boat trip to the Tibbets, a Russian destroyer, sunk off Cayman Brac was another highlight of our trip. There is an modest additional charge for this excursion but well worth it. The wreck is an excellent location for wide-angle photography; although so is all of Bloody Bay Wall. Our only dilemma was what to shoot - Wide-angle or Macro? This dive trip to Little Cayman certainly offered up an abundance of both."

    Read Tom Collier's complete story here: Little Cayman Report




    Island Dreams Tours & Travel GROUP TRIPS -- Don't Miss the Dive Boat!

    Our 2008 trips are filling quickly. If you'd like to join in a exciting group conducted tour, with new friends, good fun, and great diving...don't miss the boat! Now is the time to act.

    Enjoy the world's finest diving with Island Dreams’ experienced divemasters and instructors. Our trips are designed for enjoyment, safety, and fun. Single diver?...no worries, we'll find you a dive buddy. A deposit of $500 per person guarantees your space; final payment is due 60 days prior to trip departure. You may pay with MC, VISA, AMEX, DISCOVER, or check. But remember that availability is limited, and please be advised that all dates of travel and prices are subject to change. Let's go diving!

    Groups for 2008 and 2009:   Island Dreams' Conducted Group Tours




    PHOTOS of the MONTH -- Socorro and the Revillagigedos Archipelago
    Photography by Ken Knezick

    Magnificent Manta Ray - Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

    Island Dreams' owner Ken Knezick and an intrepid group of Island Dreams divers spent the beginning of December aboard the Solmar V. Boarding the vessel in Cabo San Lucas, the adventure began with 22 hours of cruising, in 6-8 foot quartering seas. The first dive site was at The Boiler, off San Benedicto Island in the Revillagigedos Archipelago.

    Other dives were made around Socorro Island and the even more remote and prolific Roca Partida. Animals encountered included a pod of curious dolphin, an immense school of giant yellowfin tuna, a variety of pelagic sharks, many manta rays, and a baby whale shark.

    From the photos in this gallery, you will see that it was well worth the long trip. Check out the images, and then have a look at Ken's new Socorro Dive Report. Enjoy!

    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Manta Approaching
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Black Beauty
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Descending Wing
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Sunny Disposition
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Baby Whale Shark
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Black Jack
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Schooling Tuna
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Whale Tail
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Eye Contact
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Dolphin Encounter
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Lava Tube
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams
    Manta Departing
    Copyright Ken Knezick, Island Dreams -- All rights reserved.
    Do not copy these images without prior explicit written permission.


    Read Ken Knezick's:   Socorro Dive Report

    Learn more about Socorro the Solmar V:   Big Animal Adventure

    Join Ken's December 2009 Socorro cruise:   Group Trip aboard Solmar V

    Dive the world from your desk. Explore Island Dreams':   Destination Photo Galleries

    Make some pictures of your own:   Join Ken Knezick on an upcoming Conducted Group Tour




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