In this issue you will find following articles.
2009: The year of deals
- 2009: The year of deals
- 2009 Scuba Show at Long Beach
- Destination Philippine: Atlantis Resorts and beyond
Have you visited our SPECIALS page lately? It is full of the great deals. We
have never seen anything like this. If you are even remotely thinking about
vacation, please take a look at SPECIALS, or contact us since specials are coming in almost daily.
Kyoko's Bonaire trip has only a Habitat Cottage room available for
either double ($884 per diver) or single ($1195 per diver) occupancy
for July 4-11, 2009. She has a good mix of singles and couples, and
airfare is still available for $800 out of San Francisco.
Not only dive packages, but airfares are also at a record low. The
lowest airfare right now are April through May, and September through
November. Spring and fall are great time for divers to travel to the
and Southeast Asia (Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia). Especially in
the fall there is a chance of tropical storms for some of the Caribbean
destinations and these areas are a wornderful alternative.
We are now representing Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Regent, Cunard,
Holland and Princess Cruise. We are glad we can book your cruise
to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal or even to Alaska! The state
of Alaska is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and a one week cruise
starts at $299 per person. It may be just right for your summer getaway.
We talked about the Aggressor's 25th Anniversary sale in last issue,
and in March Peter Hughes announced Buddy 1/2 off weeks. This 25% off special also applies to singles. The dates for both
liveaboard specials are also on our SPECIALS page.
2009: Long Beach Scuba Show
This year's Scuba Show will be held on May 30-31, 2009 at the Long
Beach Convention Center. This is one of the biggest consumer show in
United States. Marilyn and Kyoko will be at the booth 339, and we are
planning to have some special prices. If you are attending the show,
please stop by and enter your name for our drawing. We love the
oppurtunity to talk to divers and our past clients in person. For more
information on the Scuba Show please click the Logo on the left.
At the Bay Area Dive Show April 17-18, 09 in San Jose we shared the
Philippine Tourism's booth. Marilyn met 3 clients she has worked with
for 15+ years by phone and email, but never saw in person before. Kyoko
also talked to many old friends and clients. It is always nice to connect
people in person. Now we know who is skinny and who is blond for sure.
Some of the clients told us that they came because of our email, and it
is good to know somebody is actually reading them. We plan to have our own
Inter-Ocean Tours booth next year.
Destination Philippines: Atlantis Resorts and beyond
In diving magazines you see lots about bio-diversity in
Indonesia, but the Philippine's is not mentioned as much. Did you know
that the specimens in the Coral Reef Exhibition at California Academy
of Science were brought from the Philippines? The Acadey had all worldwide
reefs to choose from, and their choice is an indicator of the quality
of reefs and its exceptional inhabitants. There are 7107 islands in the
Philippines with healthy and diverse coral reefs. You can dive walls,
have muck diving, and dive wrecks including Spanish era and World War
II. The reefs are home to whale sharks, mantas, dugongs, and more
species of nudibranches than anywhere in the world; plus new species are being
found all the time.
We have been selling Atlantis Resorts and Expedition Fleet
liveaboards for a long time. We have been getting many inquires about
the Philippines and want to learn about more resorts and different
islands. With over 7,000, this is a big task! That is why Kyoko
traveled to the Philippines in February and visited different islands.
Personal visits and reviews by our staff is the best way to be able to help clients make
choises. She loved the diving so much, she learned and got good
recommendations for many resorts, and ended up promoting Philippine
dive packages in Bay Area Dive Show.
The regions Kyoko visited include South Visayas and Dimakya Island (North
Palawan). In South
Visayas, she dove
Cabilao Island, Balicasag Island,
Panglao Island, and Apo Island (off Dumaguete). They all had beautiful
coral reefs and lots of creatures. She had a chance to visit Atlantis
Dumaguete, had dinner and talked to the general manager Bigs. Bigs has
been there for 2 years and loves her job and the resort. It's always
nice to know that a manager loves the job, since it makes a big
difference in the quality of all aspects of a resort. The Atlantis
Dumaguete was built for
divers, and has nice rooms with a desk for computers and wifi. They
also have well organized dive operations, lockers, a battery charging
room, and great food.
Have we mentioned they offer unlimited boat dives? Yes, boat not shore
dives. Atlantis Resort is one of the best dive resorts for sure. Kyoko
also liked Balicasag
Island Dive Resort in Bohol and Pura Vida Beach Resort next to Atlantis.
Kyoko dove wreck the Kyokuzan-Maru and the house reef with
Dugong Dive Center at Club Paradise. Club Paradise is on Dimakya
Island, and it takes 1/2 hr jeepney ride and
1/2 hr banca (outrigger boat) ride from Busuanga Airport (1/2 hr flight from Manila). The island
was beautiful, and the house reef was superb. Kyoko's photos from the trip
are on her Gallery. She took her first shot of sea moths and warty frog fish. She fed
turtle grass to large, calm, wild turtles and released a baby turtle into
the ocean. As a wine drinker she was impressed by their wine cellar and
enjoyed every single meal: both Filipino and Western. Although she did
not get to see them, there are resident dugongs nearby. When the
weather cooperates, Apo Reef or the wrecks in Coron can be reached from
Club Paradise. This is a great destination for all divers.
There are many additional destinations. Anilao is 11/2 hr ride from Manila, and across the channel
with another 1/2 hr ferry ride is Puerto Galera, and the second Atlantis Resort. Both are known for
good diving. Only accessible by liveaboard is Tubbataha Reef,
world heritage site. Donsol in Southern Luzon is whale shark heaven
from January to April. Malapascua Island (Off northern Cebu),
Mactan Island (1/2 hr from Cebu Airport), Moalboal (West Cebu),
Liloan Santandar (South tip of Cebu), and Balingoan (off Cagayan de
the list is
endless. The dive packages with basic accommodation start at less than
$700 diver for 7 nights double occupancy, 5 days of two tank boat
dives, all meals, round trip airport transfers and taxes. With the
airfare typically around $1000 roundtrip to Manila (not direct
flights), it is amazingly affordable. For more information on
destinations please visit our Philippine page. We are planning to have a group trip to Philippines in 2010.
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