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

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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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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

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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!

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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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Fantastic French Polynesia - WAITLIST

June 16-23, 2018

7 nights onboard the French Polynesia Master + up to 20 dives + all meals

Join Blue Planet on the trip of a lifetime! Enjoy 7 nights diving the waters around the spectacular Tuamotu Archipelago and Fakarava Island with this itinerary showcasing some of the best marine environments in French Polynesia.

Tuamotu Archipelago

Butterfly fish in French PolynesiaJust say the words “French Polynesia” and what springs to mind are a plethora of small islands with stunning white beaches, surrounded by crystal clear warm water. Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this island archipelago is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins.

Diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels you can expect to see grey reef hammerhead, black tips, silky, tiger and silver tip shark species cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers. Whilst drift diving through the 1200m wide channel at North Fakarava Island, you can experience incredible shark action, see huge Napoleon wrasse and witness marbled groupers spawning.

A typical diving day will see you cruising through channels and exploring the outer reefs of the atolls, yet there are numerous of shallow dive sites within the Tuamotu Archipelago, each with stunning hard corals, sheltering all manner of crustaceans and molluscs.

The French Polynesia Master

Built in 2016, the French Polynesia Master is now a fully fledged member of the Master Liveaboards fleet. Guests may choose between lower deck and upper deck cabins, each with en-suite bathrooms and individual air conditioning units. Communal relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks comprising a spacious indoor lounge area, camera set up station and guest storage drawers, with comfortable bench seating and plasma screen. There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more comfortable seating. Finally, there is a sun deck on the upper level with two jacuzzi’s where you can literally soak up the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands.

Travel

Groupers in French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia is a set of islands that is an overseas country attached to France located in the South Pacific Ocean. We will transfer to the boat on Saturday from Quai D’Ohotu, Rangiroa and disembark the following Saturday in Fakarava. An overnight hotel stay is strongly recommended prior to boarding. Please contact the shop before booking any flights or hotels.

Interested in extending your trip? We’re planning a land-based tour in the islands after the liveaboard.

Package Price

$4300* per person, double occupancy in a lower deck cabin
$4600* per person, double occupancy in an upper deck cabin

*Add 3% to the package price when you pay with credit card.

In addition to 7 nights aboard the vessel, the package includes:

  • Napoleon wrasse with diver in French Polynesiaup to 20 dives
  • all meals and beverages

This does NOT include:

  • international or domestic airfare
  • hotel accommodations before or after charter
  • rental gear or Nitrox charges
  • alcoholic beverages
  • dive accident insurance (required)
  • dive trip insurance
  • tips
  • onboard purchases
  • marine park fees

Want to take a class ahead of the trip or on the boat? These are some great options:

  • Enriched Air/Nitrox specialty
  • Underwater Digital Photography specialty
  • Underwater Videographer specialty
  • Deep Diver specialty
  • Underwater Naturalist specialty

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Wreck Diving in North Carolina

July 5-7, 2018

3 days of 2-tank boat dives

Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of world-class wreck diving off the coast of North Carolina. Swirling schools of silvery fish and docile sand tiger sharks await you. We’ll be diving from Morehead City, which is conveniently located and has access to wrecks famous for sand tiger sightings.

Why Dive North Carolina?

Diving a wreck in NCScuba diving in North Carolina is truly an incredible experience. Fed by the warm, clear waters of the Gulfstream, it offers incredible visibility and comfortable temperatures making NC Diving top rated by scuba enthusiasts and dive publications. North Carolina is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” – more than 2,000 ships have sunk in these waters since people began keeping records in 1526, and Olympus Dive Center knows the best wrecks to dive off the coast of North Carolina!

Travel & Lodging

We’re happy to set up carpools OR we can even rent a van and you can leave the driving to us! We’ll be heading down Wednesday afternoon, July 4 and returning on Sunday, July 8. Accommodations are not included in the price of the trip, but you have several choices:

Price

The cost of the diving is $455*. This includes 6 boat dives over 3 days with experienced Blue Planet instructors or divemasters leading the dives. (*If you pay with a check or cash, you can deduct 3% off the package price.)

This is just the cost of the diving. This does NOT include tanks (air or Nitrox), transportation to NC, accommodations, meals, rental equipment or tips.

Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of 20 logged dives. Advanced Open Water Certification preferred. Experienced divers with Open Water Certification and required dives are accepted. At least 1 dive in the ocean to 70 feet or greater.
  • At least 2 logged boat dives.
  • At least 2 dives in the last 12 months. Minimum age for Full Day Charter is 15 years of age.
  • Enriched Air Nitrox certification. Discounted Nitrox classes will be offered in advance.

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