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Save $300 when you bundle any Suunto D-series dive computer with a wireless transmitter. Offer valid January 15 – March 15, 2019.
February 16-20, 2019
4 nights + 6 Boat Dives
Join Blue Planet for the perfect winter weekend getaway to Providenciales, known as Provo, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Still relatively undiscovered, Provo offers warm weather, clear water, white sand beaches and miles of barely explored reefs.
March 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 Boat Dives + Shore Diving
Join us in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Dominica is absolutely stunning both above water and below: green rainforest-covered mountains drop down to gorgeous pristine reefs. Between the diving, whale watching, hiking and other topside adventures, this is one trip you won’t forget.
April 13-22, 2019
9 nights onboard the M/V Valentina + 3-4 dives per day + all meals
Join Blue Planet for some incredible big animal encounters in Socorro, the “Mexican Galapagos.” These islands draw sharks, mantas, whales and pelagic fish in large numbers, promising a memorable week of diving from the M/V Valentina liveaboard.
The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro, is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide…like up-close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
There are plenty of sharks — hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers. Divers have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! We may even get lucky and see whale sharks.
Add to the mix extremely large tuna, wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the best big animal diving on earth!
As the diving here is usually deeper and more challenging, each diver must have a minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent) and at least 50 dives. Enriched air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.
The M/V Valentina
The 125 ft long M/V Valentina will be our home base for this incredible trip. It has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, tea, coffee and draft beer. Relax between dives on the large, partially covered sun deck, or enjoy the stars at night while floating in the middle of the ocean.
You should plan to fly in to San Jose del Cabo on or before April 13. We will check in to the boat between 3:00-6:00 PM. You can fly back any time after noon on April 22 — we will disembark after breakfast.
Double occupancy in a double or twin cabin ($3680 per person) with a private bathroom, air conditioning and personal entertainment system.
In addition to nine nights accommodation on the boat, the package includes:
- 3-4 dives per day
- all meals and beverages
- roundtrip airport transfers
- taxes and service charges
This does NOT include:
- Chamber support fee ($15)
- Nitrox ($120)
- rental equipment
- onboard purchases
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
- Deep Diver specialty
- Underwater Naturalist specialty
Sign up now!
May 25-June 1, 2019
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!
June 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 boat dives + island excursions
Join Blue Planet for a week of world-class diving in Tobago. Just north of Venezuela and south of Grenada, this modest island is home to just over 50,000 people. But its small size belies its reputation for big diving. With hard and soft corals, macro critters and pelagics, there’s something for everyone. Plus hiking, paddling, nesting sea turtles and more topside adventures!
June 28-July 2, 2019
4 nights + 8 Boat dives + shore dives just hours from DC
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 Friday and be back in town by Tuesday and still get a lot of great dives in!
We’re still confirming the final details on this trip. Click here to Join the waitlist and we’ll notify you as soon as it’s ready to book!
July 5-7, 2019
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.
We’re still confirming the final details on this trip. Click here to join the waitlist and we’ll notify you as soon as it’s ready to book!
July 20-27, 2019
7 nights + 11 boat dives + shore diving + coral restoration
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and exciting recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Whether you are newly certified or an advanced diver, diving is easy, accessible and offers an array of experiences for everyone. Dive a wreck, wall, pier and reef all in one day! We’ll also be offering coral restoration training and dives for any citizen scientists on the trip.
We’re still confirming the final details on this trip. Click here to join the waitlist and we’ll notify you as soon as it’s ready to book!
Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
Now through December 31, 2018, all Suunto D-Series wrist computers are on sale. That includes the DX, D6i Novo, D4i Novo and D4i. Take advantage of this special offer while supplies last!
- 50% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof hooded vests, longsleeve shirts, socks and beanies
- Up to 30% off select Big Blue dive lights and sets
- 20% off SP Gadget POV cases for GoPro cameras
- $150 off Rescue Diver + DAN DEMP course combo
- Buy a SeaLife camera and receive a free pool session with an instructor
- Buy an AquaLung drysuit and receive the Drysuit Diver course for free
- Buy an Apeks sidemount kit (BCD + regulators) and receive the Sidemount Diver course for free
- Plus clearance pricing on rental camera kits, drysuits and dive computers
4Ocean 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.
Reusable Utensil Kit with Straw ($22)
Whether you’re going to the office or on a trip, this utensil kit is the perfect pairing for your adventure. Includes everything you’ll need to stay plastic free for everything you love doing. A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip wherever you may roam, perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet.
BUFF 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 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.
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.
Bigblue 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!
*Save up to 30% on all in stock Big Blue Combo packs, while supplies last!
“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 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.
Stahlac 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 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.
PADI 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!
Surface 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.
Dive 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.
PADI 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.
GoPro HERO7 Black Camera ($399)
Take your underwater video to the next level with the HERO7 Black. Shoot Ultra 4K video with Hyper Smooth stabilization. Tough as nails and waterproof down to 33ft without the separate Super Suit. Voice control, 12 MP HDR Super photo, live streaming and so much more. This is our favorite camera for stunning underwater video.
Backscatter FLIP6 Filter Kits for GoPro (starting at $39)
Dramatically improve your underwater photos and videos with these custom-made filter systems for the GoPro HERO3 all the way through the latest HERO7. 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!
SeaLife AquaPod (on sale!)
The SeaLife AquaPod allows for close up underwater photos and videos while maintaining a comfortable distance between you and your subject. It’s ideal for exciting shark images and video, as well as easily frightened ocean species. The AquaPod extends from 18” to 53” (46cm – 135cm), is corrosion resistant and salt-waterproof and includes both a ¼-20 mount (for SeaLife and other cameras) and a GoPro camera mount.
Digital 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.