|A Dive newsletter by Dive Fish Snow Travel
|Best time to Dive the South Pacific & Asia
It may be Spring now, but the long hot Summer days are still a few months away, and Winter hasn’t yet released it’s grip on us.
Meanwhile, the forecast for our South Pacific and Asian neighbours is for blue skies and a balmy high of 28º, with water temperatures around 27º and underwater viz of 25 –35 metres. Expect an icy cold beverage to appear around sunset, and a candlelit table to keep you warm for al fresco dining in the evenings.
We are lucky in NZ and Australia to have so many of the World’s best diving and tropical holiday locations only a short flight away. We know that hundreds of our clients managed to escape our gloomy Winter to recharge their batteries, soak up some sun, enjoy some fantastic tropical diving and use up that extra week of holiday.
Spring into action now and plan your own inspiring dive holiday. The best time to dive in the South Pacific is July – early November, and the best time to plan for next year is NOW! You know what they say – the early bird gets the best deals! See our article on Planning your trip Early.
But if you just can’t wait til next Winter, the diving is phenomenal in the South Pacific there right now, and there’s still space available on most dive boats and in many dive Resorts. So get there now!
Best time to Dive: July to Early November
|One of the great aspects of my job is seeing all the wonderful images
One of the great aspects of my job is seeing all the wonderful images and hearing all the stories of our clients’ awesome adventures, from divers swimming with whalesharks in PNG or shark diving in Fiji, to the eerie depths of penetration dives in wrecks off the Solomons, PNG, Truk Lagoon or Vanuatu.
But every now and then, one such adventure stands out, and this Winter it was Geoff Tizard’s truly amazing and inspirational dive holiday to Tonga, with Mother Nature at it’s best. Read his “Tonga Trip Report” and see those humbling images of humpback whales.
Read the full Trip report »
|Diver's Guide to South Pacific
We have created these useful and informative dive guides. We hope you find them useful.
|1 Week Diving Packages Under $2000
Special Divetimes Packages Under NZ$ 2000
Departures September 2009 to March 2010
Port Vila: NZ$ 1695.00pp twin/share
Rakiraki: NZ$ 1795.00pp twin/share
Vava'u: NZ$ 1995.00pp twin/share
- Return Airfares Ex-Auckland (including taxes)
- 7 Night Accommodation at Diver Lodge Style (twin share)
- 10 Dives incl. Tanks, Weight belt hire, airfills
- Diver Travel Insurance
Due to the specialised nature of Dive holidays, all trips are customised to your individual needs.
For a detailed quote, give us a call
Dive Fish Snow Travel
Ph: +64-9-4792210 or Toll Free NZ: 0508 348 334
or complete the booking enquiry
The recent devaluation of the Fiji $ makes Fiji even better value. Combine this with specials Dive Fish Snow Travel has with Matava Resort, and you will save even more.
Kadavu Island, Fiji
- The Great Astrolabe Reef
- The manta ray dive is sure to be the highlight
- Matava Resort – Recognised as a great eco resort
A 1 hour scenic flight from Nadi gets you to Kadavu Island, home of The Great Astrolabe Reef. This fringing reef extends along the entire southern side of Kadavu, stretches for over 120km, and is rated as one of Fiji's premier diving locations. Here you’ll find virgin reefs crowded with purple and pink soft corals, great vis of 25+ metres, a huge variety of fish life and great pelagics, plus an equally diverse range of both hard and soft corals. The area abounds in fish life including schools of sharks, wrasse and barracuda. At one spot regular visitors are giant manta rays, some with spans of up to 4-5 metres. This is one of the few dive sites in the South Pacific where you are almost guaranteed to dive with mantas.
The dives are all boat dives and you will usually do 2 dives each day with a surface interval back at the Resort or on a local sandy beach. The boats are custom built dive boats, staffed by experienced qualified dive instructors with years of experience. . More on Kadavu Island »
Special Divetimes Package at Matava Resort
- 7 nights twinshare Oceanview Bure
- All Meals
- Domestic Airfares from Nadi to Kadavu
- Transfers to / from Kadavu Airport
- 6 Dive Package | Upgrade to 10 Dives for only $95 extra
- Tanks, Weight Belt
Price: NZ$ 1795.00pp twin share
Just Add Airfares
Ex Auckland from: NZ$ 765.20pp return includes tax
Bonus Offer: Book before 30 September 2009 and receive $50 pp bar tab.
Dive Fish Snow Travel
Ph: +64-9-4792210 or Toll Free NZ: 0508 348 334
Special Dive Charters to Remote dive location 2010
You often hear, or read about, divers’ amazing experiences in remote dive locations, featuring stories of manta rays, hammerhead sharks, pilot whales, pristine untouched reefs, WWII shipwrecks, caves and a profusion of technicolour marine life.
You too can become part of these adventures. Here at Dive Fish Snow Travel, it is our passion, and our pleasure, to help clients experience their own diving dreams and adventures. Let us help you plan your next dive trip overseas.
Dreams don’t just happen overnight. They need nurturing and planning. Early. Which brings us to the main message here: Planning early has huge rewards and savings.
Now is your opportunity to have your say on getting to those far flung remote locations. We would welcome your input in our planning for diving trips in 2010/11.
We all know that part of the fun of a dive trip is the camaraderie, fun and enduring friendships of a group of like minded divers having fun together, as well as booking liveaboards during prime time dive conditions and going to premium locations that otherwise might not be available.
We are in the planning stages of putting 3 charters together for 2010 and welcome your ideas and thoughts. But here's something to get you started:
Komodo, Maldives, Indonesia, Galapagos, Cocos Island, Solomons.
|Check out some of the best Manta Ray, and whale shark footage I have ever seen, taken at Maldives, where we are looking at diving next September. Video on Youtube »
Let us know where you would like to go »
|Why dive the South Pacific + Asia?
The avid diver knows the advantages of going on a tropical dive holiday:
- Remote unspoiled reefs,
- Superior marine life like mantas and eagle rays or big schools of fish,
- Underwater photography of the colourful critter that make their homes in the kaleidoscopic tapestry of coral reefs,
- A great adrenalin rush of sharks and shark feed dives.
- Snorkelling in cobalt blue waters and getting up close and personal with a humpback whale and her newborn calf,
- Exploring WWII wrecks, planes and subs,
- exciting drift and wall dives with bottomless drop offs.
There’s much more to diving overseas: You’ll find well run professional dive resorts where the focus is on YOU, and getting you Down Under every day, where the weather and water conditions are perfect for diving just about every day.
But wait; there’s more!….
Non Diving Partner: An increasing number of our clients these days are heading to dive resorts that cater for non diving partners. Indulge in your passion during the day, and romance your partner by night.
Families: Many Dive Resorts are family friendly. While you’re out diving, the kids are being cared for at Kids Clubs and having a fantastic time. And teenagers are picking up the sport of diving in warm tropical waters that will spark a life long passion underwater.
Many divers feel that to go on an exciting dive holiday you need to be a real “gung-ho” diver with thousands of logged dives. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Diving in the Tropics is made easy with warm water (so you can wear lighter wetsuits), great viz, and experienced dive teams around you to ensure you are diving within your limits and safety. Many of the best dives overseas are shallow, coral gardens and some wrecks close to the surface, so they are suitable for beginners. And you are never going to find the amazing array of corals, WWII wrecks and tropical marine life like this anywhere in NZ.
So if you’ve never considered a dive holiday to the South Pacific or Asia before, now is the time to give us a call. Let the professionals in dive holidays help get you started on your next dive adventure. We only recommend, and use, professional dive resorts that offer the most exciting diving in their area, and we’d love to expand your diving boundaries beyond NZ and introduce you to the wonders of the tropical Underwater World.
|Who wants a Free Dive Holiday?
Of course, everyone wants a free dive holiday, and we can make that happen for you.
Dive Fish Snow Travel has negotiated with most of our dive operators and resorts for a special rate for tour leaders – “FREE”! Yes, that’s right, - FREE.
Here’s how it works:
- Get 8 – 10 of your dive buddies together for a great dive trip in the Tropics, and you can dive and stay for free.
- Plus, you receive a discount on your airfare of between $400 - $700 depending on the destination and final number in your group.
- Bookings need to be in place by the end of October.
- For more details on how you can get a free dive holiday, contact Steve
Ph: DDI (09) 918 5527
|Don't spend hours trawling through the Internet
Looking for information on Dive holidays?
Don't waste your time searching the information over the internet.
So if you want to know where the best dive locations are, which dive operator should I dive with , which airline has the cheapest flights, best schedule and how to dive your $ further.
|| All the best Resorts
All the best advice
All the best tips
All the best deals
|Some of our Benefits & Difference
Our Service is Free to you
Some things are better done by the professionals like:
- a leaky hot water system you will leave it to a plumber.
- electrical fitting in the house you will leave it to an electrician
- legal matters you will leave it to a lawyer
and you pay for their work and services.
So why book direct when you can get all the services of a professional Dive Travel Agent for free, for the same cost as booking direct.
Yes, with all the Professional Travel Agent Services, you do not pay any more than booking direct. Plus we do all the work for you and guide you through choosing the best diving destination that suits your personal needs and budget.
|Talk to a diver who's been there and done that.
Our team of specialist dive travel consultants are also passionate divers. It’s a hell of a job, but someone has to dive all the top dive resorts, check out the dive sites, accommodation so you can
Benefit from our 1st hand knowledge and personal experience.
With so many websites and brochures to go through, it’s nice to talk to some who actually makes it their job to offer you unbiased and objective advice, not just on 1 location, but on hundreds of locations, so you benefit from our experience and knowledge. That’s why we say
We really have been there, done that. Between our dive team of Ron, Steve, Mike, Christine & Markus, they’ve dived over 100 resorts in 25 different countries. Add this to their years of diving and travel consulting experience. So when you talk to us, you're talking with professionals.
|Do not forget. We can book any overseas holiday
We can help you with any overseas holiday plans too and of course, you don't pay any more than you would anywhere else, plus you get our friendly personal service.
Book with us:
- Rail journeys
- Beach holiday
- Coach tour
- Romantic Getaways
- Europe, Asia, USA, Canada or even Africa.
anything from relaxing on a tropical beach in Vanuatu for a week to a month overland through Africa or even a family trip to Disneyland! Trade in your winter blues for some Tropical Blues
Contact us and we can get you the same deals as anywhere else. Just call us
Ph: +64-9-479 2210 or
Toll Free NZ: 0508 348 334
|Landmark birthdays, anniversaries or retirement plans
- 50th Birthday
- 60th Birthday
- Landmark Wedding Anniversary
Are any one of these coming up for you? Why not give a gift to remember for life. Give them a wonderful diving holiday. If you are reaching a landmark, you deserve to shout yourself. We can help you plan something to remember it by – whether it’s a special trip for just yourselves, shared with a group of friends, or for someone special in your life.
Booking Enquiry »
|School Holidays, Family Holidays: Don't Miss out
What better way is there to spend the School holidays next Winter than diving, fishing, kayaking, sailing and snorkelling with your kids? Or let them have a ball at a Resort Kids Club while you go off indulging your passions.
But each year, families run into the same problem – they leave it too late to book and therefore miss out on the best airfare deals and the best family resorts.
We don’t want you to miss out. We highly recommend you start planning your next Winter School Holiday Escape early.
Some of the advantages of booking early:
- You get the cheapest airfares over school holidays.
- You get all the Earlybird special discounts and offers from the resorts
- You get your choice of the best rooms
- You have time to save for your holiday
- You’ll have plenty of time to get excited about the trip and it’s something you can all look forward to.
- Give the family a winter dive holiday as a Christmas present.
September / October School holidays
If you can’t wait until next Winter, the next School Holidays are 25 September – 10 October. You’ll need to contact us NOW if you want to go on a holiday.
Tonga – already booked out
Vanuatu – the flights are all booked out.
Fiji – OK at this stage, but flights and Hotels filling up fast.
Cairns - OK at this stage, but flights and Hotels filling up fast.
2010 School Holidays:
02 – 18 April (includes Easter)
03 – 18 July
25 September – 10 October
Dive Fish Snow Travel makes booking a family holiday even easier.
For bookings made during September we only require a family deposit of $250 total, with the balance of the deposit due in April 2010 (normally $500 per adult and $250 per child payable within 10 days of booking.)
Except for bookings for the April holidays, when a deposit is due in early December with the balance due mid Feb.
Airfares: Will still need to be paid for, on due date and can be charged to your credit card
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