Our heart goes out to the people of Canterbury
Seems everyone has been affected, directly or indirectly, by the many tragic events of the past months. The incredible tragedies of the earthquakes, flooding, cyclones and everything else, really puts the important things in life into perspective. Everyone here at Dive Fish Snow Travel send our heartfelt wishes to everyone who has been affected.
To show our support to the people of Canterbury, Dive Fish Snow Travel will be releasing some exciting details of a major fundraising drive within the next few weeks – please watch out for your email notifying you of this great opportunity!
|A Dive newsletter by Dive Fish Snow Travel
Now is the time to think about the important things in life and really make sure you do not put off to tomorrow what you can do today! Get out that bucket list and start working your way through it.
Haven’t you always wanted to hear the haunting melodic song of the Humpback Whales while swimming with these majestic creatures; or what about the adrenalin pumping dive during a shark feeding frenzy; or the magic of seeing first hand the worlds best wrecks, corals, beautiful fish and live-aboard diving experiences; or being dwarfed by the incredibly amazing whale sharks and equally as breathtaking manta rays; or simply wanting to enjoy the azure blue crystal clear tropical waters and pristine white sand? Any of this sound like you?
Then we recommend that you call us and make sure you start to put your plans into action sooner rather than later. Most of the great deals on airfares, accommodation and dive packages are out now and are going to be even harder to get the longer you leave it. Events like the Pacific Heads of Government Forum and the Rugby World Cup are already taking their toll on travelers during September and October with flights and accommodation often hard to find.
Consider the benefits of getting your reservations in place now:
Best of all, you’ll get to dive and or fish in an exotic location this Winter, and have time to look forward to it, and save for it.
- You’ll get our Earlybird Specials, with resorts and dive operators
- You’ll get the cheapest available international flights
- You’ll get the best domestic flight connections
- In many cases you’ll get last year’s prices.
- Plan and organise dates around the best moon phase/currents
- You’ll have time to budget and save for your holiday
- You get to book in your annual leave before everyone else does.
|TONGA – Vava’u – Whale encounters and Magical diving!
We hope you enjoyed the Tongan Holiday Planner sent to you in January. With its captivating Humpbacks, beautiful corals and sealife, and pristine beaches, you could not want for a better holiday.
The Vava’u Island group is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. One word describes the diving here ‘Magic!’ It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. White sand beaches ring some islands while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breathtaking vistas.
To help you plan your Escape to Vava’u, Mystic Sands Resort and Dolphin Pacific Diving have offered Dive Fish Snow Travel clients the following fantastic diving holiday offer:
NZ$1759 ex AKL pp twin share
- 7 nights accommodation - self contained/catering accommodation
- Airfares ex Auckland return
- 10 dive package
- Travel Insurance
- All Transfers
Conditions: for all new bookings deposited by 31 March 2011 - Travel to 30 May 2011.
Pkg Code: #17522
|Australia - Great Barrier Reef after Cyclone 'Yasi'.
For those of you concerned about the preservation of this spectacular reef, here is a great report from Captain Trevor Jackson post Cyclone Yasi:
Last month we took the ‘Cyclone Management Plan’ folder out and read its contents in earnest. Yasi, one of the world’s biggest ever storms, was nearly upon us.
There has of course been much said and written about the after effects of Yasi. Some smaller communities south of here were hit hard, but invariably, amongst divers at least, the conversation turns to the reef and what effect the cyclone has had on marine life. For us, the Coral Sea’s Osprey Reef was of prime concern. To better understand what a ‘significant meteorological event’ does to a place like Osprey Reef one has to remember that it’s over 2 million years old and has been resilient to the effects of wind and waves for that entire time. The species of coral that flourish out there are as tough as they come. They are extremely tolerant to the occasional windy weekend. With that in mind, we expected the reef to be unscathed.
But the fact also remained that Yasi was no ordinary storm. We would have to wait until we actually got out into the Coral Sea before being able to say what the outcome had been... Would the sharks still want feeding? Would the soft corals and fans that decorated those sheer walls, be as resplendent as ever?.
On Sunday the 6th of February, just days after Yasi, we pulled up at “False Entrance” for our first post cyclone look at Osprey Reef. The answer would soon be upon us. Two by two the buddy pairs returned with smiles on their faces. Last out of the water was Spoilsport's resident biologist Laurence Buckingham, brandishing a grin from ear to ear.
“What’s the damage mate?”
“Well Trev, I can’t really say I saw any. The coral looks fantastic, the sharks are swarming everywhere and the viz was great”
‘Oh so it would be fair to say it’s business as usual then?”
“Yeah Trev, business as usual”.
Experience the Great Barrier Reef or Great Liveaboard holiday.
|Great Barrier Reef Deal
NZ$2990 ex AKL pp twin share
- Return Airfares ex AKL
- 2 nights Cairns Accommodation share twin
- 4 days 3 nights share twin live-aboard
- All meals on board
- Upto 12 dives
- Flights from Cairns to Lizard Island
- All transfers
An AU$ 18 reef tax to be paid direct on board, plus any fuel surcharges applicable at the time.
Cabin features bunk beds and a shared bathroom.
|Beqa, Fiji for the adrenalin rush of diving with Sharks
Watch the Shark
Feed Video in Beqa
If you’re looking to do some adrenalin pumping diving – shark encounter dives are a must and a specialty in Beqa! Beqa Lagoon has a big fish site called “Shark Reef”. It has been declared a “no take zone” and has been turned into a National Marine park, and a huge breeding area. The highlights are encounters with Grey Reef and Bull Sharks (very fat!), a school of Giant Trevally, a very large Maori Wrasse and masses of schooling smaller fish, but be prepared and captivated, as it is definitely a predators playground!
During your 3D Shark Dive it is not uncommon to see 7 to 8 species of shark during one dive, plus there are usually over 15 Bull Sharks! Sharks such as Silver tip, Nurse, Lemon, Tiger, Grey reef and the famous Bull shark regularly cruise this area.
Read more here »
NZ$2445 ex AKL pp twin share
- Return Airfares ex AKL
- 7 nights accommodation Garden View Bure at The Uprising
- 6 Reef & wreck dives including Tanks & Weight Belts
- 4 Shark Feed Dives including Tanks & Weight Belts
- Return airport transfers to Beqa
|Solomon Islands - Uepi Island Resort
Arguably one of the best land based dive resorts in the South Pacific
A stunning 5 star location with 3 star accommodation.
The diving around Uepi is extraordinarily varied with great visibility at the 10 main dive sites consisting of coral gardens with magnificent drop-offs, ledges and gutters, sharks, all manner of light game fish and an enormous diversity of reef fish. Turtles, mantas and eagle rays are fairly common sights, as well as the friendly Uepi hammerheads that cruise by throughout the year.
Uepi's natural beauty, wildlife, rain forest and sandy beaches, combined with great diving make it a very special dive resort - and arguably one of the top 3 in the South Pacific - it is pure magic and a 'must dive' consideration.
Uepi Island Resort »
|Special Accommodation Deal in Vanuatu
Stay 7 pay 4* in two of Port Vilas finest accommodations.
- The Grand Hotel & Casino
- Iririki Island Resort
Enquire here to book your Vanuatu Holiday and take advantage of this great offer!
* some conditions and black out dates apply. For bookings made before 8 April, 2011 with travel by 15 December 2011.
|Single and don't want to dive alone?
Dive the South Pacific/ Asia with like minded individuals.
It’s one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to enhance your diving experience – and everything is organised and planned for you at the best locations for the best price!
Share your amazing diving experience with a Dive Fish Snow Travel Dive Group and get the dive holiday you have dreamed of.
Benefits of Joining a Group
- Group travel offers the camaraderie and expertise of other like-minded divers
- Groups often receive greater service and extras from operators
- Single travellers can reduce their costs by sharing a room or cabin with another group member
- Make new diving friends
- Timely resort transfers
- Expertise of a tour leader, who is often an instructor and prepared to give you a helping hand or useful tips.
- Tour leaders often have local knowledge as they have been there before
If joining a group sounds like something you’d be interested in, take a look at our list of upcoming group packages and departure dates.
2011 trips include: Fiji, Palau, Niue, Santo, Beqa, Solomons, PNG. Maldives, Truk Lagoon and Raja Ampat – all truly world class diving experiences offering many exciting and different opportunities.
Some have sold out already – so don’t wait any longer – call our team on
09 479 2210 or toll free on 0508 348 334
Dive Groups page to Enquire online »
|School holidays sell out!
How many times have you heard us say this?
Many resorts and airlines are already nearing full capacity for Easter and the Winter School Holidays on key departure and returning days – Fri, Sat, Sun – Not to mention around and during the Rugby World Cup!
School Holidays are a prime time to take a tropical winter break –
But that’s when everyone else wants to go too!
Then there is the added pressure of Rugby Fever hitting downunder during September/October with flights and accommodation already at a premium!
So if you want your holiday to be YOUR choice at the best price we urge you to do it now – don’t be one of the many that leave it to the last minute and miss out on the Holiday they desired.
School Holidays for 2011 are listed below – so make a date with us and keep everyone happy and entertained with a tropical holiday to remember.
- 16th - 1 May
- 16th - 31st July
- 8th - 24th October
- 9th September - 23rd October
|Rugby World Cup 2011
Avoid these problems created during the Rugby World Cup 2011:
- Lack of Flights to/from Auckland
- Lack of Trans-Tasman flights to connect to Solomons, PNG and Indonesia
- Air NZ flights to Fii, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue etc – all will have reduced space due to Rugby Fans taking advantage of long haul flight deals with free or cheap add ons to the South Pacific during, before and after the Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off.
Don’t be disappointed - book your South Pacific Holiday now and secure your space without delay!
Dive Holiday Booking Enquiry »
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- Return Airfares to Solomon Islands ex Brisbane
- Return Transfers within the Solomons
- 7 nights accommodation in a bungalow at Fatboys Resort, Gizo
- 10 dives plus 2 shallow plane dives, includes picnic lunches and a visit to the World Fish Centre for 2 with Dive Gizo
- 7 nights accommodation at stunning Uepi Island Resort with all meals and 10 dives.
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