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Blue Planet Scuba Holiday Party

Blue Planet Holiday PartyCome celebrate the holidays with all of your dive buddies at Blue Planet! We’re heading back to Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights.

Join your dive buddies as we recount adventures from 2017 and look ahead to a new year. Plus we’ll be announcing our dive travel plans for 2018 and beyond!

When: Monday, December 18, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve got the perfect gifts for the diver and snorkeler on your list! Our staff have weighed in with their top picks to fit every budget.

Blue Planet gift certificateGift Certificates

Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.

Special Deals
Stocking Stuffers
For the Dive Traveler
For the New Diver
For the Underwater Photographer


Special Deals

Free compass with select dive computer purchaseFree SK-8 compass with a dive computer purchase

Now through December 31, 2017, receive a free Suunto SK-8 compass with the purchase of a Zoop Novo wrist, D4i Novo wrist or a Zoop Novo Combo. That’s a value of $105! Compasses come in strap or bungee mount or you can attach them to a Suunto console.

 

 

Free bag with a BCD purchase

Wrap up adventure! Purchase any Aqua Lung BCD featuring their proprietary Wrapture Harness System and wrap it up with a FREE qualifying Explorer Collection Mesh Bag. BCDs include the Axiom, Soul, Dimension or Lotus, with or without the i3 inflation system.

 

 

Free wide angle lens with a SeaLife DC2000 camera

Thinking about getting an underwater camera? This deal is too good to pass up! When you buy the new SeaLife DC2000 camera, you can get a wide angle lens (value of $199) for free. Featuring a 20MP image sensor and RAW formatting capabilities, the DC2000 will let your underwater inspirations guide you to stunning results. And the lens will help you get everything in your shot!

 

On Sale

  • 30% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof hooded vests, longsleeve shirts, socks and beanies
  • 30% off in-stock Aqua Lung AquaFlex 3mm wetsuits
  • $20 off Blue Planet Save-A-Dive kits in Pelican cases
  • 30% off Aqua Lung premium snorkeling set
  • 20% off SP Gadget POV cases for GoPro cameras
  • $150 off Rescue Diver + DAN DEMP course combo

Stocking Stuffers

Lionfish earringsLionfish jewelry ($30)

Help stop the lionfish invasion and support local artisans while sharing a unique gift — lionfish earrings and necklaces! Women in communities throughout several Caribbean countries create these beautiful pieces using lionfish spines, tails and fins.

 

Manta Ray ornamentFair-trade holiday ornaments (starting at $14)

Check out these beautiful hand-crafted ornaments made by craftsmen in a small village in Thailand. We’ve picked out all of our favorite ocean critters, including manta rays, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish, otters and more.

 

4ocean bracelet4Ocean bracelets ($20)

1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean every year. 4Ocean is on a mission to stop it, and you can help! When you buy a bracelet made from 100% recycled materials, it represents one pound of trash that you removed from the ocean.

 

Reef Creature Identification ebookMarine Life books and ebooks (starting at $30)

We have yet to meet a diver who doesn’t love looking through these invaluable guides after a dive. Any of these books are sure to be treasured gifts, but if your diver prefers to travel light, you can now purchase ebook versions of many of the guides! The ebooks can be used on Apple laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, tablets and Windows based computers.

 

Dry Case backpackDry Case dry backpacks (starting at $89)

Divers love to get underwater — but not so much their electronics. Keep your gear dry on the boat or on any adventure with these amazing drybags and backpacks. With high quality waterproof TPU materials, a two-way purge valve for inflation or compression and up to 20 liters of storage, we love to take them on all of our dive trips!

 

DAN Surface Signaling KitSurface signaling device (starting at $35)

An essential piece of equipment for any diver, a surface marker buoy (safety sausage) ensures the boat can find you if you get separated from the group. You can start with the basic 4′ model or go all out with the DAN Surface Signaling Kit, complete with a reflective panel, signaling mirror, marine whistle, safety light and multiple ways to inflate.

 

Bigblue dive light combo packBigblue dive light combo pack (starting at $180)

Ready to experience the thrill of a night dive? Or peek under ledges to see who’s hiding there? This is the perfect primary plus back-up light starter kit for new divers or those just ready to upgrade their light equipment. The primary 1200 lumens light is one of our favorites with an aluminum housing, interchangeable LED head, 4 level push-button on/off switch, battery-level indicator and rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery. The AL250 is a great bonus!

Prawno rashguardBlue Planet rashguards from Prawno ($55)

Rashguards are an indispensable item for divers, snorkelers or anyone who enjoys time in the water. And we’re excited to announce these new Blue Planet rashguards from Prawno! In both mens and womens cuts and sizing, these long-sleeved shirts have a UPF 50+ rating. That means they’re a great alternative to slathering on sunscreen, which can be harmful to the beautiful corals we travel so far to see. Save the reefs and cover up in these stylish rashies!

 

For the Dive Traveler

Fish ID Travel Edition“Reef Fish Identification TRAVEL EDITION: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida” by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach ($30)

Are airline weight restrictions forcing you to leave your prized Reef Fish Identification book at home? The digital age is upon us, but divers still want a book in their hands when they return from a dive to look up the fishes they encounter. At 3/4 of a pound, this travel edition is the answer!

 

DAN travel first aid kitDAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit ($20)

There is no easier way to improve readiness for emergencies in remote settings than to bring a first aid kit. The presence of a few important items can make a big difference in an injured person’s ability to continue a trip. The DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit is stocked with a supply of high quality components to help you deal with injuries while waiting for help to arrive.

 

Save-A-Dive Kit (on sale for $56)

Broken mask or fin strap? Check. Chewed up mouthpiece? No problem. Need to switch around hoses on your regulator? Easy. Our custom Save-A-Dive Kit has all of the basics for any kind of dive equipment quick fix, and it comes in a handy waterproof pelican case. Keep it in your bag and you can even store your phone, wallet or other small items on the boat!

 

Stahlsac mesh duffel bagStahlac bag (starting at $40)

No diver should be without a boat bag on a trip! This packable, breathable mesh duffel bag from Stahslac is a staff favorite. It’s perfect for throwing in your suitcase and then stowing all of your gear once you arrive. And it’s great for containing overflow for the plane ride home — perfect for a damp wetsuit or dirty laundry.

 

Nautilus Lifelife GPSNautilus Lifeline GPS ($199)

Keep your favorite diver safe with the updated Nautilus Lifeline. Broadcast your GPS position and a distress message to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Peace of mind for only $199.

 

NitroxPADI Enriched Air Diver course ($175)

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Doesn’t every diver want to stay down longer and get back in the water sooner? Elearning option is available!

For the New Diver

BUFF HeadbandBUFF Multifunctional Headwear (starting at $15)

Get that hair under control! The BUFF® UV Multifunctional Headband offers thermal efficiency, built-in sun protection, seamless construction and the moisture-wicking performance of COOLMAX® PRO fiber. Comfortable as a headband and wearable nine different ways, this versatile multifunctional headband is the choice for hot summer runs, rides, hikes and dives!

 

Eezycut Trilobyte cutting toolEEZYCUT Trilobite Cutting Tool ($25)

A cutting tool is an essential piece of scuba equipment, and none is easier to carry and use than this one. All of our staff wear at least one of these on their BCDs. They are perfect for cutting through fishing line, nets or even webbing or suits. And they’re super safe and easy to use, even with gloves on.

 

Suunto dive computersDive Computer (starting at $299)

When anyone asks us what a new diver should invest in first, we always suggest a dive computer. This is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can own! It monitors your dive time, depth and no decompression limits while recording your dive profile for logging and future dive planning. It’s an essential tool that none of our staff ever dives without.

 

Neutral buoyancy turtle disapproves of your flailingPADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course ($195)

Achieving good buoyancy control is a fundamental dive skill and also one of the hardest to master. This course is all about determining your ideal weighting and trim and learning the techniques needed to glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. If you can’t complete the whole course right away, we offer buoyancy clinics in the pool throughout the year.

For the Underwater Photographer

Intova DUB cameraIntova DUB Camera ($119)

Just getting started? Capture incredible footage of your adventures with full high definition, 1080p video resolution and a 8MP sensor. Whether you’re skimming the surface on a surf board or submerged underwater, the removable, compact and rugged housing floats and is waterproof to 200 feet. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery provides up to 2 hours of battery life, allowing you to count on being able to film and shoot the highlights of your day.

 

GoPro Hero5GoPro HERO5 Black Camera ($399)

Take your underwater video to the next level with the HERO5. Shoot in 4K Ultra HD with an improved low light sensor, shake-free technology and voice commands. This version also takes 12MP photos in Single, Burst, and Time Lapse modes in a RAW format, providing the most flexibility when using advanced photo editing software. Plus new GoPro software makes it easier than ever to edit and share clips of your dives with buddies!

 

Backscatter Flip5 Pro PackageBackscatter FLIP5 Filter Kits for GoPro (starting at $99)

Dramatically improve your underwater photos and videos with these custom-made filter systems for the GoPro HERO5 and HERO6. The rugged, aircraft-grade aluminum frame allows you to easily switch between any 2 filters on the same dive. And the Pro Package includes the +15 MacroMate lens, a must for getting all those nudibranchs in focus!

 

Underwater photographersDigital Underwater Photography Post-Production Diver course ($175)

Now that you’ve taken all of those amazing photos, how do you organize, edit and share them? This course is a great introduction to one of the best tools available for photo editing! An instructor will walk you through the beginning steps and features of Adobe Lightroom to enhance your underwater photographs plus import, organize and develop/enhance your photos. Plus this counts as a specialty towards Master Scuba Diver.

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Happy Thanksgiving! See you at Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving Hours

The Blue Planet Scuba shop will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you enjoy the time with your family and friends.
Thursday, November 23, 2017 – CLOSED
Friday, November 24, 2017 – CLOSED

Small Business Saturday

We will be open on Saturday for Small Business Saturday. Stop by to take advantage of great sales and specials on gear.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – OPEN 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Gear sales and specials

  • Buy a Suunto Zoop Novo or D4i Novo dive computer and get a free SK-8 compass
  • Buy an Aqua Lung Axiom, Soul, Dimension or Lotus (i3 optional) BCD and receive a free qualifying Explorer Collection bag
  • 30% off in-stock Aqua Lung AquaFlex 3mm wetsuits
  • 30% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof products (including hooded vests, shirts, socks, hoods and beanies)
  • 20% off in-stock BigBlue dive lights
  • Save 20% when you buy a neoprene hood and glove set from Henderson, AquaLung or Deep See
  • Save $100 when you buy a GoPro Hero5 with Flip 5 Pro filter kit, POV Aqua Case and Dive Buoy
  • Save $20 on our special Save a Dive kit with pelican case
  • Save 30% on our premier snorkeling set (Look2 mask, Wind fins, Zephyr snorkel)
  • Buy a SeaLife DC2000 camera and receive a free wide angle lens plus a pool session with an instructor ($250 value)
  • Save $150 when you sign up for our PADI Rescue Diver + DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) combo package
  • Buy an Aqua Lung drysuit and receive the PADI Drysuit Diver certification course for free
  • Buy a Hollis or Apeks sidemount kit (BCD and regulators) and receive the PADI Sidemount Diver certification course for free

*Based on availability. Suunto and Aqua Lung offers valid through December 31, 2017, or while supplies last. Promotions and discounts cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. 

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Free bag when you buy a BCD

Wrap up adventure! Purchase any Aqua Lung BCD featuring their proprietary Wrapture Harness System and wrap it up with a FREE qualifying Explorer Collection Bag.*

 

*Availability may vary depending on retailer BCD and bag selection. Offer valid only at participating Aqua Lung Retailers in the U.S., Caribbean, and Canada through December 31, 2017, or while supplies last. Promotions and discounts cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Visit your local Aqua Lung retailer for more details.

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Seminar: Diving Etiquette - November 29, 2017

Are you new to this whole dive thing? Do you want to be sure you’re not THAT person on the boat, the one who doesn’t understand what’s considered good diver behavior? Don’t miss this talk! You’ll walk away knowing everything you need to be the perfect dive buddy.

When: Wednesday, November 29; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email

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Weekend Getaway to the Mayan Riviera -- WAITLIST

December 9-13, 2017

4 nights + 7 dives

Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of diving and relaxing in beautiful, quiet Mahahual, Mexico. The southern end of the Yucatan Peninsula is the perfect place to get away from it all: gorgeous beaches, great diving and snorkeling, mysterious cenotes, and plenty of top-side adventure.

Mahahual

A 3.5-hour drive south of the Cancun airport, Mahahual is the perfect beach getaway. This is not touristy Cancun, or even Playa del Carmen or Tulum; this small fishing village has managed to maintain its local culture and charm despite its growing popularity.

The Diving

Mahahual sits on the magnificent Meso-American Barrier Reef System, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The reef along the Costa Maya is made up of canyons and swim-throughs, and with only a very slight current to the north, the diving is suitable for beginners and/or experienced divers. Visibility averages 25m/80ft, and water temperature averages 27*C/78*F.

Common marine life found in the area includes turtles, lobsters, moray eels, king crabs, various stingrays, the occasional nurse shark, barracuda, as well as most varieties of tropical Caribbean reef fish such as damsels, butterfly fish, pork fish, parrotfish and wrasses. Night dives are particularly spectacular; as well as the odd octopus, honeycomb moray eels are very common, as are lobsters, shrimp and crabs. Plus look forward to countless types of hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and mollusks.

We’ll be diving with our fabulous friends at Dreamtime Dive Resort, a PADI dive center focused on diver safety, ocean conservation and fun!

La Posada de los 40 Cañones (Forty Cannons)

The Forty Cannons resort is located right on the beach in Mahahual. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in the spacious hotel courtyard overlooking the ocean. It’s also centrally located and walking distance from the dive shop, restaurants, and the center of town. All rooms have wireless internet, air conditioning, private bathrooms, etc.

Restaurant at Forty Cannons

What’s Included

Diver, double occupancy: $865.00* per person
Diver, single occupancy: $1045.00*
Non-diver, double occupancy: $545.00*
*Subtract 3% if you pay with cash or check!

This package includes the following:

  • Room at 40 Cannons in Mahahual4 nights at the Forty Cannons beach-front resort
  • 2 days of two-tank dives + 1 day of three-tank dives (7 dives total)
  • Ground transportation between Cancun airport and Mahahual

This does NOT include:

  • airfare
  • meals
  • rental equipment
  • taxes and gratuities

You can add:

  • additional dives
  • top-side excursions like kayaking, visiting local Mayan ruins, etc.

Travel

Plan to arrive in Cancun by noon on Saturday. We’ll take a private charter bus south to Mahahual. We’ll return to Cancun Wednesday so plan to fly out after 3:30 PM that day. Or if you’d like to stay longer, let us know and we can provide recommendations!

Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. Or if you need assistance with flights, just let us know!

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Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach -- WAITLIST

January 13-17, 2018

4 nights + 8 Boat dives + shore dives just hours from DC

Escape the cold and join Blue Planet on Florida’s Palm Beach and Singer Island for world class diving. Just a 2.5 hour flight from DC, you can fly down Saturday and be back in town by Wednesday and still get up to 12 dives in!

West Palm Beach

Reef in West Palm Beach The mighty Gulf Stream makes its closest pass to Florida here. The strong current brings crystal-clear, warm waters and large marine life to the region. It also gives rise to the area’s special forte — drift diving! The reefs of West Palm Beach are a mere two miles offshore and covered with colorful sponges and corals. Divers who dive regularly on the reefs and wrecks of West Palm Beach routinely spot hawksbill and loggerhead turtles. Green turtles and giant leatherbacks have also been spotted.

For those who love wrecks, Palm Beach County has a well-developed artificial reef program. Several barges and ships have been scuttled to make interesting dive spots. With warm waters, sea turtles, treasure ships, reefs and wrecks, every diver will be able to find dive spots to enjoy in West Palm Beach!

The Diving

Seahorse at West Palm BeachWe’ll do 8 dives with our friends at Pura Vida Divers: morning and afternoon 2-tank boat dives Sunday and morning 2-tank dives Monday and Tuesday. Plus you’ll have multiple chances to dive at the famous Blue Heron Bridge. This shallow dive site reveals a surprisingly diverse world of macro diving — watch for octopus, tons of juvenile fish and more. We’ll be done in time for you to fly home early Wednesday morning if you need to get back to work…or not.

What’s included

$755* per person, quad occupancy in a 2 bedroom condo (4 twin beds, 1.5 bathrooms)
$875* per person, double occupancy in a 1 bedroom condo (1 queen bed, 1 bathroom)

These packages includes the following:

  • 4 nights in a condo at La Doral on Singer Island (condo includes full kitchen, living room, etc.)
  • 3 days of two-tank morning dives
  • 1 afternoon two-tank dive on Sunday
  • Nitrox on all 8 boat dives
  • up to 4 shore dives at the Blue Heron Bridge (optional; you only pay for tank and weights)

*If you pay with a check or cash, you can deduct 3% off the package price.

La Doral kitchenLa Doral queen bedLa Doral twin beds

 

 

 

 

 

This does NOT include:

  • airfare
  • meals
  • ground transportation
  • rental equipment
  • gratuities

This is a great trip to brush up on your skills! You can take the following classes at special rates:

  • Underwater Digital Photography specialty
  • Fish ID specialty
  • Underwater Naturalist specialty
  • Drift Diver specialty
  • Deep Diver specialty

Travel

We’ll fly into PBI (West Palm Beach Airport) on Saturday, January 13 and return Wednesday, January 17. Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. Or if you need assistance with flights, just let us know!

Sign up here

Complete and submit the form below to register for the trip. Your spot is not confirmed until we receive a deposit. Contact the shop if you have any questions!

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Eco-Adventure in Fiji

February 17-27, 2018

10 nights + 18 boat dives + shore diving + all meals

Join Blue Planet for a 10-day trip in gorgeous Fiji! Experience the magnificent beauty of a remote, unspoiled, tropical Fijian Island. Plunging volcanic rainforest slopes meet azure coral lagoons and the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef; a rare untouched slice of nature unfolds before your eyes.

Matava

On the remote and magnificent island of Kadavu, Matava — Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort — boasts secluded splendor while also satisfying your spirit of adventure. Bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava is a small and intimate getaway.

sick roomAs a PADI Five Star resort and only a stone’s throw away from the Great Astrolabe Reef, Matava offers the perfect environment to see Fiji’s beautiful reefs and marine life. And there’s plenty for non-divers, too: Snorkel marine reserves, explore jungle trails, kayak mangrove bays, experience the real Fijian culture, picnic deserted beaches or just pamper yourself in the Spa.

No roads, no noise, no stress. Traditional thatched Fijian ‘bures’ with solid mahogany timber polished floors, louvre windows, timber Queen and King Sized beds and private decks are nestled in the rainforest to offer privacy, comfort and superb ocean views. Private sun decks gaze over turquoise lagoons. Solar powered lighting, solar hot water and no carbon footprint.

The Package

waterfall– $2485* per person, double occupancy
– $2845* per person, single occupancy — WAITLIST
– Non-diver subtract $440*
(*save 3% when you pay by check or cash)

Includes:

  • 10 nights at Matava in Oceanview Bures
  • 8 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • 3rd dive on 2 afternoons (18 dives total)
  • Unlimited shore diving at Critter Junction
  • The Matava Manta Experience
  • All meals
  • Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava Ceremony
  • Matava Beach BBQ
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • School visit, waterfall and village afternoon

Travel

You will need to book flights through Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji. From there, we will take a short flight to the island of Kadavu, where Matava is located. Please contact Heather for more information before booking flights!

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Saba: Stunning Above and Below

March 24-31, 2018

7 nights + 11 boat dives

Join us in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Saba is the perfect winter escape for divers and non-divers alike. Explore beautiful underwater sites sculpted by the island’s volcanic history, teeming with marine life. Disappear into the cloud forest at the summit of Mt. Scenery or splash around in crystal clear tide pools. The charm of this idyllic island and its friendly people will make this one trip you won’t forget! 

Saba

“The Unspoiled Queen” of the Caribbean, Saba is one of the few places in this tropical region that remains trapped in time, with an ideal amount of amenities and untouched natural beauty above and below the surface of the sea. Home to 1400 residents, there are no franchises or cruise ships here. Small eclectic bars and restaurants will infuse your nightlife after you’ve hiked a mountain rainforest trail, dived a world-acclaimed site or just lazed by a pool with a good book. And we can’t forget to mention the stunning views both topside and underwater!

The Diving

Saba’s volcanic origins have blessed her waters with spectacular formations and structural diversity. From shallow patch reefs to deep water seamounts, Saba offers interesting diving at each depth and for every diver’s experience level. And with dive sites all around the island, you never know what you’ll see!

Not far offshore, Saba’s famous pinnacles and seamounts rise dramatically from the depths to within 85 feet of the surface. The mere size and abundance of large sea fans and sponges put the pinnacles at world class status even without the added bonus of reef creatures and fish and whoever may be visiting from the blue.

Nearby shallower sites are home to nurse sharks, turtles, eels of all kinds, spotted eagle rays and even more cryptic critters like seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish and more. From hook and groove reef formations to walls, coral gardens to sandy muck diving, Saba is home to an astonishing amount of life.

Other Activities

There’s plenty to keep you occupied top side as well. Snorkeling on local reefs, hiking any one of Saba’s 14 trails, birding, rock climbing, exploring galleries or relaxing in the spa.

Juliana’s Hotel

Located on the perimeter of Windwardside, this intimate hotel offers both garden and ocean view rooms as well as four handsome Saban cottages that join the main property. This immaculately maintained property is surrounded by well-manicured tropical gardens and features the on-site Tropics Cafe where breakfast is served daily (in addition to full lunch and dinner menus), plus the Tipsy Goat Bar right next to the hotel’s pool.

What’s Included

The package costs $1430* double occupancy and includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Garden View or Ocean View room
  • 5 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • 1 additional afternoon boat dive
  • breakfast daily
  • roundtrip airport and dive transfers
  • welcome drink and dinner

*Room upgrades to suites and cottages are available. Single diver in a room is $1855. Non-diver sharing a room is $755. If you pay with a check or cash, you can deduct 3% off the package price.

This does NOT include:

  • airfare to Saba
  • rental equipment
  • Nitrox
  • Marine park fees
  • Nature fees
  • Airport departure tax

Saba is also a great place to brush up on your skills! You can take the following classes at special rates:

  • Advanced Open Water
  • Underwater Digital Photography specialty
  • Fish ID specialty
  • Underwater Naturalist specialty

Travel

Plan to fly into St. Maarten (SXM). Then we can take a short flight over to Saba or the ferry. Call Heather for details before you book flights!

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Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise + Marine Life Education Week

May 26-June 2, 2018

7 nights + 9 boat dives + unlimited shore diving + truck rental (and free Nitrox!)

Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire. Part of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an oasis for divers. The island has been a Marine Protected Area since 1979 and is teeming with life. And the best part is that almost all of the dive sites are accessible from shore!

Want to learn more about marine life? You’re in luck! Buddy Dive will be offering a week full of fun, presentations and guided dives to learn about life on the reefs and the underwater wildlife with Ned & Anna Deloach!

Bonaire

For over twenty-five years, Bonaire has led the Caribbean in the conservation of its marine resources. This tiny island, formerly a Dutch colony, has a long history and rich culture. We’ll be staying right on the beach outside of town with easy access to diving, shopping, restaurants, etc. English is spoken widely, and the US Dollar is the official currency. Does it get any easier?!

Reef in Bonaire

The Diving

You’ve probably seen Bonaire highlighted again and again in dive magazines, and with good reason: the island not only has a healthy marine environment, but also excellent macro life, visibility, and an unusually high number of fish species.

Several factors combine to offer Bonaire visitors shore diving opportunities unlike any found elsewhere in the Caribbean. One is the sheer number of shore dive sites available. With close to 60 marked sites, and any number of easily accessible unmarked entry points to choose from, divers will run out of vacation time long before they run out of diving options.

Other Activities

Bonaire has plenty to do when you’re not underwater. Mountain biking, ocean and mangrove kayaking, windsurfing, kite boarding, birding, and snorkeling are just a few of the activities you can try out. There’s a great national park, the donkey sanctuary, and of course, shopping.

pool at Buddy Dive BonaireBuddy Dive Bonaire

One of the premiere dive resorts on Bonaire and in the world (as recently rated by Scuba Diving Magazine), Buddy Dive offers divers everything they could want: condos with full size kitchens and spacious living areas, two pools, two restaurants, an on-site dive shop, drive-through tank pick-up, diving dock and more.

What’s Included

The package includes double occupancy in a 3 bedroom condo ($1135 per person*) with each bedroom containing two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.

*Want your own room in the condo? Pay $1605. Non-divers sharing a room pay $815. If you pay with a check or cash, you can deduct 3% off the package price.

In addition to seven nights accommodation, it includes:

  • bedroom at Buddy Dive Bonairebreakfast daily
  • unlimited shore diving
  • 9 boat dives
  • 50% food credit (max discount of $75 per person)
  • free Nitrox for EANx-certified divers
  • truck/van rental (per unit)
  • car and room taxes and service charges
  • roundtrip airport transfers
  • Free BBQ dinner one evening

This does NOT include:

  • rental equipment
  • truck rental insurance
  • Living room at Buddy Dive BonaireMarine Park fee

You can add:

  • equipment rental
  • camera rental
  • additional boat dives
  • UV Night dives and East coast dives
  • Coral Restoration dives

Bonaire is also a great place to brush up on your skills! You can take the following classes:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver
  • Underwater Digital Photographer
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Fish ID
  • Underwater Naturalist

Travel

Round-trip flights to Bonaire on Delta and United start at $650 and go up from there.

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Blue Planet Scuba Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with all of your dive

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We've got the perfect gifts for the diver and snor

Happy Thanksgiving! See you at Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving Hours The Blue Planet Scuba shop wil

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Blue Planet Scuba
1755 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 527-9419
info@blueplanetdc.com

STORE HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

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