SCUBA DIVING NEWS

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The newest wreck in the BVIs and the only place to see a Kraken!

Hop onboard the Cuan Law and come dive the BVIs newest wreck! Businessman Richard Branson’s newest project is not meant to be a massive money maker, but intended to place a special focus on marine conservation and bringing back vulnerable species of Grouper, such as the Goliath Grouper. Sir Richard says, “We are planning to sink the former USS YO-44, a ship that served and saved lives in Pearl Harbour during World War II. This historic vessel was primed to be scrapped for metal before Owen Buggy – former marine mechanic and photographer on Necker Island – identified it and the team dreamed up this project. The ship will form the centrepiece of a unique new dive site called The Maverick BVI Art Reef.”
“It will include a large-scale art sculpture of an 80-foot Kraken. This will double as a human interest feature for divers and a coral out-planting platform, which will kick-start a thriving reef ecosystem through innovative and effective coral restoration techniques. I’m sure it will be one of the most unique dive sites in the world.”

Contact our office to come experience this exciting new wreck dive, as well as  the Wreck of The Rhone and the Chikuzen.

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Wednesday April 12, 2017

1st Quarter Web Winner for Aqua Cat Cruises & Blackbeard’s

Each Quarter All Star Liveaboards gives away a free trip on Aqua Cat Cruises & Blackbeard’s Cruises. Visit the vessel’s page to sign up for our e-newsletter and for a chance to win our trip giveaway.

Our 1st Quarter Winner for Aqua Cat is Lawrence Frank and the 1st Quarter Winner for Blackbeard’s is Darlene Goettsch. Congratulations Frank & Darlene! Not our lucky winner? Contact us to find out about available trips in 2017 or to reserve for 2018. With vessels in the Bahamas, BVIs and Indonesia we have something for everyone!

Aurora Komodo Itinerary is $720 off July 17-26, 2017 and August 9-18, 2017

Cat Ppalu Citizen Scientist Trip is only $1,595 July 29-August 4, 2017.

 

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Manta Trust Trip aboard Aurora Indonesia

THE MANTA TRUST  Trip July 8-15th, 2017.  7 nights aboard the AURORA just $2,520 plus fees.
A UK registered charity, the Trust`s mission is to advance the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, by raising awareness and providing education, influence and action. The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these amazing animals, their close relatives and their habitat. Join Niv on this amazing trip and make a difference while you dive!

SPECIAL 9 NIGHT TRIPS on Aurora to Komodo National Park for only $2,520

July 17-26, 2017

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Friday February 10, 2017

Announcing the 2016 Photo Winners from the Aqua Cat!

All of the entries are posted for 2016 and we have completed the random drawing of winners for each category! Joseph Safirstein is the overall winner. Joseph wins an Aqua Cat vacation! The other category winners get half off their next vacation with us. There were so many wonderful entries, it’s a good thing it’s a random- choosing would have been very hard otherwise!

Here is Joseph’s photo from inside Thunderball Grotto.

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Stephen Feng is the wide angle winner with a great shot from the shark dive on the Austin Smith.

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Aaron Lit is our macro winner with this up close and personal shot of a Tiger Grouper.

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Devin Krugly was our topside photo winner and took this during one of our many eco-adventures offered.

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Wednesday January 4, 2017

4th Quarter Web Winner for Aqua Cat

The 4th quarter winner of our on line drawing for a free Aqua Cat cruise is Carman Karase! Not already entered to win, be sure to enter for our next drawing on April 1!

Wednesday January 4, 2017

4th Quarter Web Winner for Blackbeard’s Cruises

The 4th quarter winner of our on line drawing for a free Blackbeard cruise is Maxwell Cummons! Not your lucky day? Try again, we’ll draw the next winner on April 1! Don’t wait to book your next Blackbeard’s adventure. There is limited space available in March and only a couple of spaces left in the summer!

Friday December 23, 2016

Citizen Scientist Charter Dates!

We have added four Citizen Scientist trips on the Cat Ppalu for 2017. This trip is $1,595 per person all-inclusive offering up to 19 dives.

February 4-10        Only 1 Cabin Remaining

February 11-17       Sold Out!

March 11-17           Space still available

May 6-12               Space still available

*Availability as of 12/23/16

We are working together with Marine Biologist Tanya Kamerman on several projects. One is helping restore diadema populations to struggling reefs by translocating them as well as beginning coral out planting. The out planting is in the very beginning stages because the nursery is still being built up and only a few corals have been placed onto a reef but hopefully in another 8-12 months that part will be expanding quite a bit. The urchin aspect will be ongoing and monitoring the reef sites is key but it will be slow so no changes are expected to be visible for a little while longer. She has selected 8 sites (4 in Exumas and 4 in Eleuthera) that urchins are being placed on and we have seen the relocated urchins months later so that is promising. The second aspect will be looking at a coral eating snail that has proven to be quite negatively impactful on reefs and the dynamics between them and their predators in relation to coral health. This will involve more of the same monitoring but putting more emphasis on the snail populations and looking at what eats the snail itself. Goals are all closely related for both of these. They are to help improve coral reef populations through the urchin moves, coral out planting, reef monitoring, and education to make as positive of an impact as we can to the struggling reefs. The data will hopefully be used in the future by Bahamian government affiliates to better protect these ecosystems.

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Thursday October 27, 2016

2016 3rd Quarter Winner Announced!

The second quarter winner of our on line drawing for a free Aqua Cat cruise is Ed Lyons! Not your lucky day? Try again, we’ll draw the next winner on January 1, 2017! Don’t wait to book your next Aqua Cat adventure. We are already filling in for 2018!

Friday October 7, 2016

Blackbeard’s Third Quarter Web Winner Announced 2016!

The third quarter web winner is Rachel Redding!  Rachel gets a free cruise on Blackbeard’s.  Not your lucky day?  Try again- the next draw is January 1th!

Friday July 29, 2016

Blackbeard’s Second Quarter Web Winner Announced 2016!

The second quarter web winner is Mike Wilford!  Mike gets a free cruise on Blackbeard’s.  Not your lucky day?  Try again- the next draw is September 30th!

Thursday June 30, 2016

2016 Aqua Cat Second Quarter Winner Announced!

The second quarter winner of our on line drawing for a free Aqua Cat cruise is Derrick Rhodes!  Not your lucky day?  Try again, we’ll draw the next winner on Oct 1st

Friday June 17, 2016

2016 Aqua Cat First Quarter Winner Announced!

Lee Butterfield is the lucky winner of our web drawing!

Tuesday June 14, 2016

Scuba Show 2016 – Another Successful Event!

Glad we are a part of it! Thanks to both old and new dive buddies for welcoming us to the California with great weather, diving stories and adventures. We gave away a 7 day get-away on Blackbeard’s at the end of show, and the lucky winner is Skylar Profancik! Contact our offices to collect your certificate!

Thursday April 14, 2016

Blackbeard’s First Quarter Web Winner Announced 2016!

The first quarter web winner for 2016 is Michael Farley. Not your lucky day- register to win again- we’ll draw the next winner on August 1st. Enter to win here!

Wednesday March 9, 2016

Blackbeard’s Fourth Quarter Web Winner Announced 2015!

Matthew Villaneuve is our lucky diver! Contact our offices to collect your certificate for a free Blackbeard’s Cruise!

Tuesday January 5, 2016

Aqua Cat Last Winner of 2015 Announced!

A week of diving in luxury aboard the Aqua Cat- what a great way to start the new year! We give away one free cruise every three months! The Fourth Quarter 2015 web winner of a free Aqua Cat cruise is…….John Kalimnios! not your lucky day- try again, we will draw another winner on March 31, 2016!

Friday January 1, 2016

2015 Aqua Cat Photo Winners Announced!

We’ve got all the entries posted for 2015 and have completed the random drawing of winners for each category! Video winner is James Clanton and the overall winner is Thiago Louback. Thiago wins an Aqua Cat trip! The other category winners get half off their next trip with us. There were so many wonderful entries, it’s a good thing it’s a random- choosing would have been very hard otherwise!

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Wednesday October 14, 2015

Aqua Cat Third Winner of 2015 Announced!

The third quarter web winner of a FREE Aqua Cat Cruise- congratulations to Amy Walton! Please Contact our office to get your certificate! Not your lucky day- register for our next drawing on January 1st!

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Aqua Cat Second Winner of 2015 Announced!

Time flies when you are having fun! We are ready to announce the second quarter web winner of a FREE Aqua Cat Cruise- congratulations Don Coulson of Charlerlie, Pennsylvania! Contact our office to get your certificate! Not your lucky day- register for our next drawing on October 1st!

Tuesday July 21, 2015

Blackbeard’s Second Quarter Web Winner Announced 2015!

This year is flying by at the speed of light! it’s already July and the second winner of our web drawing is announced! Congratulations to Neal Wiler of Aurora, CO! Neal is the lucky winner of a FREE Blackbeard’s Cruise! Not your lucky day- enter to win our 3rd drawing of the year!

Monday July 20, 2015

Blackbeard’s First Quarter Web Winner Announced 2015!

I am sure you have all been waiting with fish bait breath for this…finally! The first quarter web winner of a Blackbeard’s Cruise is announced! Congratulations to Denise Knepp of Archie, Missouri! Not your lucky day? try again- we’ll draw next on July 1st!

Wednesday April 15, 2015

First Quarter 2015 Aqua Cat Winner from Web Drawing Announced!

Congratulations William Mason- a free Aqua Cat Cruise has your name on it!  Contact our offices to get the details of your prize!

Tuesday February 24, 2015

2014 Aqua Cat Photo Contest Winners Announced

The drawing is random- one winner from each category was chosen!  Overall wins a free Aqua Cat cruise and the rest get 1/2 off their next Aqua Cat Cruise!

Best Overall Steve Zimmerman
Best Macro by Steve Bragg
Best Topside by Marie Schalke
Best Wide Angle Nolan Hardison
Best Video by Angie Fuller

Wednesday February 4, 2015

2014 Aqua Cat Web Winner Announced! Fourth Quarter

Everyone that visits our website is encouraged to enter our drawing. each quarter one lucky winner is randomly chosen! ….. and the lucky winner this quarter is…. drum roll…. Stephen Norris of Wiggins, Mississippi! Not your lucky day- enter to win again for the second quarter or better yet, book your dive vacation with us now! In the meantime, dive safe and dive often!