REEF Trip Schedule - Dive Vacations That Count

Upcoming REEF Trip Schedule

Want to join the fun? Reserve your spot today. Trips fill up fast! Contact us by email at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869, to book your space or to find our more.

Visit the REEF Trips Policy Page for payment and cancellation policies and other information. An additional REEF program fee ($150-$300) per diver will be added to each trip to cover the cost of the group leader, seminars, survey materials, and data management. Other additional fees for each trip vary. Please consult with the individual trip information for details.

May 2
to
May 12
1 week 3 days

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard, Week 1

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
16 divers maximum
One male share space left!


An amazing South Pacific adventure! This will be REEF's third trip aboard the NAI'A, a custom-built diving liveaboard yacht. We will visit bountiful reefs around the famous Bligh Waters region of Fiji, while being pampered by an amazing crew. We will also experience a traditional Fijian village and be treated to an evening of song and dance.

Cost Per Person: $5,046

What is included: Your package includes double occupancy accommodation aboard this luxury liveboard, 9 days of diving (4+ dives per day) plus one dive on the first day, tanks and weights, Nitrox, all meals aboard ship, transfer to the ship from the Nadi airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, and local taxes.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. A fuel surcharge of $54 and marine park fee of $20 will be collected on board from each passenger. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, sundry personal purchases from the ship's store, the fuel surcharge, or in-transit hotel rooms.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Nadi (NAN). Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on 05/02/15 and back to the Nadi area in the morning on 05/12/15. The NAI'A office can recommend in-transit hotels that offer half-day rates to accommodate early arrival and late departure times. Please contact Alexx at explore@naia.com.fj for assistance in booking day rooms and extending your stay in Fiji.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science, and her husband Dr. Brice Semmens, is a professor of coral reef ecology and fisheries at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Christy and Brice have been part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when they were interns for the Nature Conservancy. They have led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

 

The beautiful NAI'A

 A Fijian reef full of anthias

Traditional village ceremony

May 9
to
May 16
1 week

Bahamas - Invasive Lionfish Control Study – Explorer Ventures Liveaboard

Led by Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees
18 divers maximum
SOLD OUT! Waitlist available, inquire at trips@REEF.org


This special Lionfish Research trip is part of REEF’s ongoing program to document the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish on native fish populations. A great opportunity to dive off the beaten path, this trip will feature a custom research itinerary aboard the luxurious Explorer II liveaboard, and designations will include Provo, Great Inagua, Hogsty Reef Atoll, and Little Inagua. Participants will have an opportunity to be trained in lionfish collection and dissections of specimens to document prey.

Cost Per Person: VIP Stateroom $2,595 (double occ), Main Deck Stateroom $2,395 (double occ), Lower Deck Stateroom $2,195

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights onboard the Explorer II liveaboard, three daily meals and snacks (except dinner Friday night), all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 6 days of diving with a special research itinerary scheduled for Provo, Great Inagua, Hogsty Reef Atoll, and Little Inagua (up to 5 dives per day including night dives and 2 dives on the last day), tanks, weight and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $250 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: Port tax $85/pp*, Fuel Surcharge $250/pp*, Airport Transfers to boat $45/pp each way for up to 2 people, $25/pp thereafter.  *Taxes and fees subject to change up until 30 days prior to travel.   Friday night dinner ashore in Provo on participant’s own (transportation provided & included) and crew gratuity at participant’s own discretion.  Airline Departure Tax typically included in price of airline ticket.  Optional Nitrox available on board for $150/pp for the duration of the trip. 

Airport/hotel transfer information: While our itinerary is based in the southern Bahamas, the port for the Explorer II is located in Turks & Caicos.  Participants fly into/out of Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Turks & Caicos. Ground transfers from the airport to the boat will be arranged in advance. Ground transfer cost will be paid directly to the driver on-site. The vessel is available for boarding after 3pm on Saturday. Participants will disembark the following Saturday at 9am.   

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion.

Peter A. Hughes is the Founder of the DivEncounters Alliance, a group of independent live-aboard dive operators, and a member of REEF’s Board of Directors. Peter is one of the diving world’s foremost live-aboard operators, having spent more than forty years in the diving industry. Peter received the DEMA Reaching Out Award for helping to evolve the live-aboard diving industry and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Explorer II

Conduct lionfish research

 Relax between dives

Lionfish invade a reef in the Bahamas. Photo by Rich Carey.

May 12
to
May 19
1 week

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard, Week 2

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
16 divers maximum
SOLD OUT, inquire about wait list at trips@REEF.org


An amazing South Pacific adventure! This will be REEF's third trip aboard the NAI'A, a custom-built diving liveaboard yacht. We will visit bountiful reefs around the famous Bligh Waters region of Fiji, while being pampered by an amazing crew. We will also experience a traditional Fijian village and be treated to an evening of song and dance.

Cost Per Person: $3,534

What is included: Double occupancy accommodation aboard this luxury liveboard, 6 days of diving (4+ dives per day) plus one dive on the first day, tanks and weights, Nitrox, all meals aboard ship, transfer to the ship from the Nadi airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, and local taxes.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. A fuel surcharge of $114  (subject to change)  and marine park fee of $20 will be collected on board from each passenger. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, sundry personal purchases from the ship's store, the fuel surcharge, or in-transit hotel rooms.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Nadi (NAN). Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on 05/12/15 and back to the Nadi area in the morning on 05/19/15. The NAI'A office can recommend in-transit hotels that offer half-day rates to accommodate early arrival and late departure times. Please contact Alexx at explore@naia.com.fj for assistance in booking day rooms and extending your stay in Fiji.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science, and her husband Dr. Brice Semmens, is a professor of coral reef ecology and fisheries at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Christy and Brice have been part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when they were interns for the Nature Conservancy. They have led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

The beautiful NAI'A

 A Fijian reef full of anthias

Traditional village ceremony

 

Jun 13
to
Jun 20
1 week

Roatan - Anthony's Key Resort

Led by Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, REEF Co-Founders, Marine Life Authors, Photographer and Videographer
22 divers maximum
SOLD OUT, waitlist available. Inquire at trips@reef.org


Ned and Anna DeLoach will delight trip participants with amazing pictures, videos, and stories, covering fish ID and behavior. The group will also search for many of the fish species restricted to this region, such as the Filament Blenny, Bearded Toadfish, and Kuna Goby. This is sure to be a great week of diving and camaraderie.

Cost Per Person: Key Superior Room $2,034 (double occ) $2,242 (single occ), Key Deluxe Room $2,395 (double occ) $2,603 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights accommodation in a air-conditioned room, full American meal plan with 3 meals daily, 6 days of 3 single tank boat dives per day, 2 single tank boat night dives, air tanks, weight belts & weights, buoyancy control workshop, shore diving during shop hours, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the Key, airport shuttle transfers, welcome island cocktail and orientation, kayaking, entrance to Roatan Museum and Dolphin Show presentation, and 19% package tax.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Nitrox (32%) available daily $8/tank, weekly $120 plus tax.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants fly into/out of Roatan (RTB) Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport. Upon arrival, participants will board the Anthony’s Key Resort shuttle bus, a 20 minute drive to the resort.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Ned DeLoach, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine identification books, and his wife Anna are known for their devotion to studying and photographing fish behavior. Anna is an award winning videographer and she and Ned regularly write for Scuba Diver Magazine, among other reputable publications.

Anthony's Key Resort

Roatan Marine Park. Photo by Marc AuMarc.

 The amazing Filament Blenny. Photo by Ned DeLoach.

Relax after diving

Jul 11
to
Jul 18
1 week

Grand Turk - Oasis Divers & Osprey Beach Hotel

Led by Led by Paul Humann, REEF Founder and Renowned Marine Life Author and Photographer
15 divers maximum
SOLD OUT! Waitlist available, inquire at trips@REEF.org


Join REEF Co-Founder and renowned underwater photographer and author, Paul Humann, for a week in beautiful Grand Turk. This trip is designed for divers and snorkelers who are interested in learning more about marine life and the environment to enhance their diving experiences. Paul will give presentations about reef fish and creature identification and behavior.

**Are you an educator or hold a position that is education oriented? Click here to view the CEDAM scholarship opportunity for this field survey trip and find out if you are eligible to apply.

Cost Per Person: 

King Room: $1,236 (double occ), $1,674 (single occ)

Two Queen Suite Mini-Kitchen: $1,334 (double occ)

Non-Diver Rates available.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at Osprey Beach Hotel, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Oasis Divers, air tanks, weight belts & weights, daily breakfast, 12% tax.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Limited tank supply of Nitrox available for $15/tank. Airport transfers to/from lodging not included.  Daily lunch & dinner not included. 

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants fly into/out of Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Turks & Caicos. From there participants will take an inter-island flight to JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) on Grand Turk. Inter-island flights are approximately $150 r/t and may be booked through InterCarribbean http://www.intercaribbean.com/ or Caicos Express http://caicosexpress.com/. Ground transfers from GDT to Osprey Beach via taxi (5 minute ride) are available outside the airport and are approximately $8 one-way. 

(Please be advised it is suggested that you leave at least one hour in between landing in Provo (PLS) and catching the next flight to Grand Turk (GDT).  You will need to clear customs and immigration in Provo before proceeding to the next section of the airport for your interisland flight.  The last flight to Grand Turk each day is 5:00pm on one airline and 5:15pm on the other.  In regards to your return flight, please plan to arrive two hours ahead of your scheduled flight out of Provo (PLS).  (For reference, the first flight out of Grand Turk (GDT) is at 8:30am)). 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Paul Humann, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine life field guides, was the first to photograph many species in their natural habitats. He is renowned in the photography and diving industries. In 2006, Paul was recognized with the DEMA Reaching Out Award and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame. Later, in 2007, Paul was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to how we understand the underwater world.

Diving a spectacular wall in Grand Turk

 Osprey Beach Hotel

Poolside dining at Osprey Beach

Aug 1
to
Aug 8
1 week

Bonaire - Buddy Dive

Led by Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
22 divers maximum
SOLD OUT, inquire about wait list at trips@REEF.org


Home to eight of the most species-rich sites in REEF’s Caribbean database, the reefs of Bonaire are legendary among underwater naturalists. This is a perfect trip for the beginner or experienced surveyor alike. Marine biologists, Drs. Brice and Christy Semmens, will be your guides on what is sure to be a great week.

Cost Per Person: 

Studio $1,175 (double occ) $1,852 (single occ).

One-Bedroom Apartment $1,256 (double occ) $2,014 (single occ).

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at Buddy Dive in either a studio or one-bedroom apartment, 7 days rental vehicle (per room), 6 1-tank daily boat dives, 6 days of unlimited air fills for shore diving, 6 days of free Nitrox upgrades, tank rental and weights, daily American style breakfast buffet, welcome drink, Manager’s Rum Punch Party, WiFi, airport transfers, all government taxes.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Meals other than breakfast are not included.  Bonaire Marine Park Fee of $25/pp cash to be paid directly to dive shop at time of required shore diving orientation. 

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will fly into/out of Kralendijk, Bonaire (BON) Flamingo International Airport, and then transported the short distance (15 min) to Buddy Dive Resort. A rental vehicle (for each room) will be provided upon check-in.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science, and her husband Dr. Brice Semmens, is a professor of coral reef ecology and fisheries at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Christy and Brice have been part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when they were interns for the Nature Conservancy. They have led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

Buddy Dive Resort

 Buddy Dive boat and dock

Beautiful Bonaire uw scenery

Bonaire topside and flamingos

Aug 22
to
Aug 29
1 week

Curacao - Invasive Lionfish Control Study – GO WEST Diving & Kura Hulanda Lodge and Beach Club

Led by Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees
1 Space Left - Male Share. Waitlist available, inquire at trips@reef.org


This is the third annual project to Curacao to document the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish as part of REEF's ongoing effort to minimize the Indo-Pacific predator's impact on native fish populations. Participants will have an opportunity to be trained in lionfish collection and dissections of specimens to document prey.

Cost Per Person: $1,882 (double occ) $2,421 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a Garden View Room at Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, breakfast each morning, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, roundtrip airport transfers on Curacao, ground transportation for group activities, and all taxes.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $250 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Lunch and dinner not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants fly into/out of Willemstad (CUR) Hato International Airport. From there participants will be transported to Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, a 30 minute drive.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion.

Peter A. Hughes is the Founder of the DivEncounters Alliance, a group of independent live-aboard dive operators, and a member of REEF’s Board of Directors. Peter is one of the diving world’s foremost live-aboard operators, having spent more than forty years in the diving industry. Peter received the DEMA Reaching Out Award for helping to evolve the live-aboard diving industry and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame in 2011.

Curacao dive dock

 GO WEST dive boat

 Collecting lionfish

Lionfish data collection

Nov 1
to
Nov 5
4 days 1 hour

Catalina - Scuba Luv & Pavilion Hotel

Led by Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
19 divers maximum
4 Spaces left, including male share


Join REEF for our first field survey to Catalina Island, 22 miles off the Southern California Coast. After taking a ferry across the channel, we will spend 4 days diving in typically clear waters and beautiful kelp forests. You will be led by REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, Janna Nichols, an expert in rocky reef fauna. This beautiful sub-tropical destination is also great for your non-diving companions.

Cost Per Person: $858 (double occ), $1,205 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 4 nights accommodation at the Pavilion Hotel, located just steps from the beach and bustling Avalon Pier, 3 days of 3-tank boat diving, roundtrip boat transportation from Long Beach Downtown to Catalina Harbor aboard the Catalina Express*, complimentary hotel breakfast, and lunch on dive boat, tanks and weights. *Price subject to change.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $150 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Nitrox is available 32% - $18/tank or 36% - $21/tank (Nitrox discounts available for multi-day use). Transfers to/from the Long Beach ferry terminal is not included.  Daily dinner not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: The package includes transportation to Avalon Harbor aboard the Catalina Express from the Downtown Long Beach Landing (approximately 28 minutes from LAX - 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802). Other Catalina Express ports (Dana Point, San Pedro) can be used for an additional fee. Out of town participants can fly into/out Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB), or Orange County Airport (SNA), and then arrange for a taxi to the ferry terminal. Trips via the Catalina Express to Avalon, Catalina are approximately 1 hour. Participants should plan to arrive in Avalon by 5pm on November 1 and can depart on any ferry November 5.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Janna is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification. She has completed over 800 surveys and is the leader of REEF’s Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team. In 2003, she received REEF’s Volunteer of the Year award and in 2013, she received Dive News Network’s Diver of the Year Award.

Catalina Kelp Forest. Photo by Janna Nichols.

 Pavilion Hotel

Avalon Harbor and Casino

The iconic Garibaldi. Photo by Janna Nichols.

Dec 5
to
Dec 12
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters & Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
16 divers maximum
SOLD OUT! Waitlist available, inquire at trips@REEF.org


Join us for this great annual trip to Cozumel. Enjoy a week of diving in waters that have been protected as a marine park for almost 20 years. Many great fish finds await - including the endemic Splendid Toadfish, only found there. When not diving, you will enjoy all the wonderful food and culture that Mexico has to offer, as well as daily seminars by Cozumel local and long-time REEF Expert, Tracey Griffin. This popular trip always sells out early.

Cost Per Person: Safari Inn, $721 (double occ) $913 (single occ). Casa Mexicana: $783 (double occ) $1,037 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at either Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Chili Charters (additional dives can be added onsite). Deluxe breakfast buffet is included in the Casa Mexicana package. All other meals are on your own. There are many excellent restaurants just a few steps away from both lodging options.

Additional fees:A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Airport transfers, ground transportation, and meals (other than breakfast if staying at Casa Mexicana) are not included. Nitrox available with advance notice for approximately $12/tank. A Marine Park Access Fee of $2.50 per person/per day will be collected onsite. Taxes and fees subject to change.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will fly into/out of Cozumel (CZM) Airport. Taxi from airport is approximately $5 (8 minutes).

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Tracey Griffin is a REEF fish expert who is passionate about marine life. A full-time resident of Cozumel, she has led the REEF Field Survey Trip there for many years. Under Tracey’s leadership, the Cozumel Field Survey Trip is one of REEF’s most popular trips, and the only destination we return to every year. Tracey has completed over 700 surveys, is part of the Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and shares her fish ID expertise in REEF Fishinars. Over the years, she has participated and contributed to all of REEF’s projects including the volunteer Fish Survey Project, Grouper Moon Project, and Invasive Lionfish Project.

A view from Casa Mexicana

 The Cozumel-endemic Splendid Toadfish.

A previous REEF trip in Cozumel

A REEF surveyor enjoying a sea turtle in Cozumel. Photo by Doug Biffard.

Dec 5
to
Dec 12
1 week

St. Lucia - Anse Chastanet

Led by Heather George, REEF Trips Program Manager
23 divers maximum
6 Spaces Left


Heather will share her knowledge of fish ID and behavior at this lovely seaside resort in the heart of beautiful St. Lucia. The entire region is a protected marine area and excellent beach diving is available directly in front of the resort. This is sure to be a great week of diving and a relaxing break during the hectic holiday season!

Cost Per Person: Superior Room $2,529 (double occ), Superior Room $3,399 (single occ), Non-diver rates available.

What is included: Your all inclusive package includes 7 nights accommodations in a Superior room, all taxes and service charges, full meal plan and non-alcoholic beverages (including 3 meals and afternoon tea daily), 6 days of 2 tank boat dives, 2 night dives, complimentary shore diving (must pre-arrange a day ahead and be accompanied by resort staff), weight belts & weights, complimentary nitrox, airport transfers, activities such as tennis, windsurfing, sailing, and a guided tour of Old French Colonial Plantation.

Additional fees:A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminars and survey materials. Rooming upgrades at an additional cost to Beach Deluxe and Hill Deluxe rooms may be available, please inquire if interested.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants fly into/out of Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on St. Lucia. Upon arrival, participants will board the complimentary Anse Chastenet resort shuttle, a 50 minute ride from the airport

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Heather George is the Trips Program Manager for REEF and has been an active surveyor since 2002. She has led multiple REEF Field Survey Trips and is an expert-level REEF surveyor in the Tropical Western Atlantic. Heather served as a REEF board member from 2007-2010, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2011.

The island of St. Lucia

 Underwater splendor.

A reef scene in St. Lucia.

A great trip for divers and snorkelers!

2016
Apr 9
to
Apr 16
1 week

Philippines - Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
23 divers maximum
10 Spaces Left

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $1,828 ($1,928 after June 1), Atlantis liveaboard add-on option to visit Tubbataha Reefs, April 16-23 2016 for an additional $3,695 ($3,895 after June 1), click here to see complete land and sea Philippines package

What is included: Your land-based package includes accommodations in a deluxe room based on double occupancy, unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives per day, including night diving; all meals at Toko's Restaurant in the resort (coffee tea and water available all day), unlimited internet access, day trip to Apo Island (or similar location).

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials (discounted Program Fee when both land and sea package are booked). A marine park fee of $108 will be collected by the resort from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the week is available for $100. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or transfers to/from Manila.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Transfers between Manila airport and Dumaguete will be provided by Atlantis at a cost US$290 per person (subject to change with any significant airfare increases). Rate includes round trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort. This rate assumes a minimum of four people traveling together on the same transfers.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

 

Over 3,000 fish species call the Philippines home. Emperor Angelfish, photo by Paul Humann.

 The Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

Diving around Dumaguete is a great mix of coral reefs and muck diving, where we'll try and find the famed Wonderpuss. Photo by T. Kho.

2016
Apr 9
to
Apr 23
2 weeks

Philippines by Land and by Sea - Atlantis Dumaguete Resort and Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
16 divers maximum
5 Spaces Left on liveaboard (more for land-based only)

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $5,523 ($5,823 after June 1), trips are also available booked separately (week 1, week 2)

What is included: Our adventure will start with an all inclusive land-based package that includes accommodations in a deluxe room based on double occupancy, unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives per day, including night diving), all meals at Toko's Restaurant in the resort (coffee, tea, and water available all day), unlimited internet access, and day trip to Apo Island (or similar location). On April 16th, we will transfer to Puerto Princesa, where we will board the luxurious Atlantis Azores liveaboard. Our at-sea itinerary includes the isolated (accessible only by boat) Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park, which features a dramatic underwater terrain, incredible biodiversity, and megafauna such as sharks and manta rays. The liveaboard package includes double occupancy twin share accommodations, all diving (up to 4 dives a day), all meals and snacks on board, local soft drinks, beer and wine.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials (discounted Program Fee of $300 when this land and sea package is booked, a $300 savings). Marine park fees of $213, covering all parks visited during the two weeks, will be collected by the resort/boat from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the two weeks is available for $200. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or ground/air transfers. Due to continuity and scheduling, all portions of domestic transfers must be made by Atlantis Resort (see next section).

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL), arriving by April 9th. Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Transfers between Manila airport and Dumaguete on April 9th will be provided by Atlantis at a cost US$290 per person (subject to change with any significant airfare increases). Rate includes round trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort. This rate assumes a minimum of four people traveling together on the same transfers. On April 16th, Atlantis will provide round trip transfers between Dumaguete and Puerto Princesa (boat boarding location) at a cost of US $300 per person (subject to change with significant airfare increases). Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores boat. This rate assumes 2 passengers traveling on same transfer - otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. **Note: The liveaboard portion of this trip is dependant on a minimum number of bookings by July 10, 2015, so please do not delay if you are interested.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

 

 The Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

The beautiful Atlantis Azores Liveaboard.

 The Philippines is home to over 3,000 fish species, including the Leafy Scorpionfish.

The spacious dive deck, amazing crew, and wonderful food are standards aboard the Azores.

An incredible table coral in Tubbataha. Photo by Q Phia.

2016
Apr 16
to
Apr 23
1 week

Philippines - Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
15 divers maximum
5 spaces left! (Including 1 Male Share)

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $3,695 ($3,895 after June 1), Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete add-on option the previous week, April 9-16 2016 for an additional $1,828 ($1,928 after June 1), click here to see complete land and sea Philippines package

What is included: Your liveaboard itinerary includes the isolated (accessible only by boat) Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park, which features a dramatic underwater terrain, incredible biodiversity, and megafauna such as sharks and manta rays. Your package includes double occupancy twin share accommodations, all diving (up to 4 dives a day), all meals and snacks on board, local soft drinks, beer and wine.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials (discounted Program Fee when both land and sea package are booked). A marine park fee of $105 will be collected by the resort from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the week is available for $100. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or transfers to/from Manila. Due to continuity and scheduling, all portions of domestic transfers to the boat must be made by Atlantis Resort (see next section).

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Atlantis provides round trip transfers between Manila and Puerto Princesa (boat boarding location) at a cost of US $300 per person (subject to change with significant airfare increases). Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores boat. This rate assumes 2 passengers traveling on same transfer - otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply. Passengers who sign up for both weeks of the Philippines trip (land and sea) will travel from Dumaguete to Manila to Puerto Princesa on April 16.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. **Note: This trip is dependant on a minimum number of bookings by July 10, 2015, so please do not delay if you are interested in booking.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

 

The beautiful Atlantis Azores Liveaboard.

 The Philippines is home to over 3,000 fish species, including the Leafy Scorpionfish.

The spacious dive deck, amazing crew, and wonderful food are standards aboard the Azores.

An incredible table coral in Tubbataha. Photo by Q Phia.

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