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Inter-Ocean Tours enews
June 2009

Trips for Divers

P.O. Box 27116
Oakland, CA 94602
travel@interocean.com
510-638-3448/800-345-7159
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Topics of IO-enews June 2009:
Scuba Show 20092009: Long Beach Scuba Show

Inter-Ocean Tours had a booth at Scuba Show May 30-31,09. The show had a good turnout and we enjoyed talking to divers new and familiar. Marilyn and Kyoko visited with many resorts and liveaboards at the show. We learned of some great specials and have summarized them at our Specials page.

Winner for a Cayman Brac House
We had a drawing for one week in a two bedroom, two bath new house on the beach at Cayman Brac Island. We received 260 entries and the winner is: (drum roll!) Barbara Lass of San Diego. Congratulations!

We will have a booth at Scuba Show 2010. We hope to see you at the show May 15-16, 2010. Inter-Ocean will have a drawing again next year.

ACT QUICKLY! 
All the Packages from the show will expire JUNE
30!
These “SCUBA Show Specials” are the best rates we have seen this year. Most are good for travel until December 15, 2009.

All Inclusive Fiji with Air Pacific
All the Fiji packages include round trip airfare from Los Angeles, inter-island flights and all meals.

Wananavu Beach Resort - $1848 free upgrade to Ocean view Bure, free 1 hr massage per bure
Lalati Resort & Spa - $2379
Beqa Lagoon Beach Resort "December Special" - $2295
Matana Beach Resort/ Dive Kadavu "Tropical Special" - $2497 Aug, 2009- Mar 2010
Paradise Taveuni Resort - $2690 30 min Paradise massage, and mountain trek guided hike

Air Pacific SaleFiji Reef

The Fiji packages above include the Air Pacific special fare $565 + $298 tax= $863 round trip from Los Angeles to Nadi.

Air Pacific is also offering special fares (includes tax) to great dive destinations for bookings made by June 30 for travel until December 31. Also listed are some packages for these islands.

$869 to Tonga
             Tongan Beach Resort - $1900
                                        Reef Resort - $1700 no meals
$904 to Vanuatu         Coral Quayes Resort - $1691  3 dives/day
$1005 to Solomons   Bilikiki or Spirit of Solomon - $2590 4+ dives/day

Typical packages include: 7 nights double occupancy, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore dives, airport transfer & taxes. Some packages have special added features as listed. Inquire for package details. Prices depend on availability and are subject to change without notice due to the increases in government taxes and fees, and foreign currency exchange fluctuation until paid in full. Most Specials exclude holiday weeks.

Dee Scarr and Coral Conservation
by Marilyn Johnson Hearney

If you have traveled with us, you received "Dee Scarr's Suggestions to Divers for Reef Preservation and Contented Undersea Creatures" with our gear list and your travel documents. Dee gave it to me at the 1988 DEMA Show. I was very impressed with the upbeat way she clearly explained 10 tips to help protect our marine environment. I know these ideas are not covered well in most dive classes and observed divers unknowingly damaging coral and not understanding how to interact with the life there. I added that we should not buy shells and corals  since this encourages the locals to harvest the corals and such. We have been distributing the 10 tips to divers ever since.

I first met Dee in Bonaire when she was a dive guide at Flamingo Beach Resort in the 70's. She taught me and the divers I was escorting about treating the reef creatures more gently. Many facts & tips were new to us. Her first book was published in 1984, "Touch the Sea", giving details of her encounters with sea creatures and continues helping us learn more about their reef home. Her next book was "Coral's Reef" It is a story written to help children learn about the gentle world beneath the sea. The "Gentle Sea" was written - with humor and plenty of personal experiences and continues the lessons in  "Touch the Sea" enhanced with new things she learned.

She continues to be a champion for our coral reefs, currently with the ABC Project =  Action in Behalf of Coral. She is distributing  a sticker that explains the fragile creatures and how easily they are destroyed. She is hoping divers will take the sticker with them on their trips to coral reefs to post on the dive boats and dive shops there. This is a simple way for you to help protect the coral reefs. You can read more about ABC project and download a sticker in pdf file on her webpage at www.touchthesea.com.

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