Land-Based Facilities Articles

Top-to-bottom Refresh of Divi Flamingo Bonaire starts Sept 2014

(Dive Travel Business News- August 7, 2014) -- Chapel Hill, NC and Kralendijk, Bonaire — Divi Resorts announced that it would undertake a top-to-bottom refresh of its Bonaire property, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Renovations on the 129-room resort begin in September, with completion scheduled for June 2015.

New Manager of Divi Flamingo Beach in Bonaire

(Dive Travel Business - June 27, 2014) -- Charles Vos is the new general manager of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort& Casino in Bonaire, effective June 1.   An accomplished hotelier in The Netherlands, where he worked for 20 years, he relocated to Bonaire three years ago.  He came to Divi Resorts from The Sand Dollar Condominium Resort in Bonaire, where he was manager.

Cornell Report: Eco-certification Delivers Better Business for Hoteliers

(Dive Travel Business Monday June 16, 2014) -- According to the latest research from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Center for Hospitality Research, eco-certified hotels "generally have higher resource efficiency on both the operator and the customer factors." And furthermore, "This finding underscores the credibility of audit-worthy eco-certifications … and provides further empirical evidence for operational benefits of eco-certifications."

Sir Captain Don Stewart passes in Bonaire

(Dive Travel Business - Tuesday June 10, 2014) --  It is with great sadness that the island of Bonaire continues to mourn the loss of Captain Don Stewart.  One of the pioneers of diving tourism on Bonaire and legendary in his own right, Captain Don passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Leading Belize Eco Dive Resort Green Globe Certified

(Dive Travel Business - May 23, 2014) -- “We are honored to be re-certified and recognized by Green Globe as a leading Belize Eco-Resort,” said Cathy Alchin, General Manager at Xanadu Island Resort, an eco-resort offering extensive diving opportunities off Ambergris Caye. Situated on the beach in San Pedro, Ambergris, Belize. “Our efforts to preserve and uplift Ambergris Caye and the community of San Pedro are at the core of what makes Xanadu Island Resort a favorite among eco-conscious travelers.”

Cornell Research shows Eco-certified Hotels Better for Business

(Dive Travel Business - April 28, 2014) -- According to the latest research* from the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Center for Hospitality Research, eco-certified hotels "generally have higher resource efficiency on both the operator and the customer factors." And furthermore, "This finding underscores the credibility of audit-worthy eco-certifications … and provides further empirical evidence for operational benefits of eco-certifications."

"Green Challenge" Keeps Divers Coming Back to Cayman Operator

Cayman Dive Operator’s “Green Shorts Challenge” keeps guests coming back for more East End diving year after year

Divi Flamingo Dive Package Special for 2014

(Dive Travel Business - April 18, 2014) -- Divi Dive Bonaire’s 2014 2-tank dive package at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort offers bonuses in May through October.  The package includes seven nights accommodations, round trip airport transfers, daily breakfast, hotel tax, service charges and Wi-Fi.

See St. Thomas Under the Sea

(Dive Travel Business - Friday March 28, 2014) --The experts at the award-winning St. Thomas Diving Club at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will lead guests to some of the US Virgin Islands’ most amazing dive sites, from plunging walls to shipwrecks to colorful coral reefs home to more than 500 species of fish.

Available now through August 31, 2014, the Stay & Dive package includes:

Sandals Resorts Certifies 50,000 PADI Divers

(Dive Travel Business - Tuesday March 18, 2014) --  The Caribbean's Sandals Resorts International has reached 50,000 scuba diving certifications.

Sandals Resorts International has reinforced its scuba diving credentials after reaching 50,000 certifications. PADI Worldwide recognized the milestone that sees Sandals become one of PADI's top five dive companies for scuba.

Each of the Caribbean-based company's resorts offers scuba diving, , as well as a wide array of other water sports, as part of its Luxury Included vacation experience.

Sunset House Partners with Swatch to offer a Free Dive Watch in upcoming Dive Pa

(Dive Travel Business - March 6, 2014) -- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands -- Cayman’s Hotel for divers, by divers, is teaming up with Swatch, the company that introduced affordable Swiss watches 30 years ago, to offer the “Swatch What's Happening at Sunset House Special!” a promotional dive package that includes a free dive watch, a free day of diving and a free tropical drink.

Southern Cross Club Teams Up with REEF on Grouper Moon Project

(Dive Travel Business - January 16, 2014) -- Little Cayman, Cayman Islands -- During the coming winter full moon, in late January and early February, the normally solitary and territorial Nassau grouper will travel a long way to gather at a protected spawning site just off the west end of Little Cayman − one of the last healthy and active Nassau grouper aggregation sites in the Caribbean.

Guy Harvey and Neal Watson Dive Outfitters

(Dive Travel Business News - Dec 3, 2013) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- With his Marine Corps training, scuba diving legend Neal Watson knows a thing or two about taking a beachhead and securing a landing zone.  As the newly appointed Director of Dive Operations for Guy Harvey Outpost, Watson is the company¹s new commander in its bid to plant Outpost dive flags on beachfronts throughout Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Diving in Style: Red Sail Sports offers Convenient All-Access Dive Package for a

(Dive Travel Business - October 25, 2013) -- Trinity Caves on the West Wall, Eagle Ray Pass on the stunning North Wall, Grouper Grotto at remote East End, Stingray City in the North Sound − all iconic dive sites in the Cayman Islands − all available through Red Sail Sports in one dive package being offered for a limited time. The Ultimate Dive Stay and Play Package, with accommodations at the Westin Grand Cayman Resort on Seven Mile Beach, is an all-access pass to Grand Cayman’s best dive sites.

Compass Point Dive Resort Receives Green Globe Re-certification for Sustainable

(Dive Travel Business News - October 22, 2013) --The Compass Point Dive Resort at East End in Grand Cayman has recently received its Green Globe re-certification for sustainable tourism.  Green Globe provides a framework and guidelines to help tourism businesses develop and improve on best sustainability practices to save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs and positively contribute to local communities and their environment.

Little Cayman's Southern Cross Club Wins World Travel Award

(Dive Travel Business - October 17, 2013) -- Little Cayman, Cayman Islands – Most visitors to the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman praise the resort as the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation on this secluded island Paradise, and their high opinion was affirmed last month by the 20th World Travel Awards (WTA), considered the “Oscars” of the travel Industry. 

(Dive Travel Business -- October 16, 2013) -- Utila, Bay Islands -- Winner of Trip Advisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence, Utopia Village is a PADI Resort on the island of Utila, in the Bay Islands, Honduras. It's friendly, it's casual, it's beautifully designed and it's a remote adventure set in unchoreographed natural surroundings. There are no roads at our Utila dive resort, no fast food joints and no nightclubs.

Luxury Scuba Diving at Reethi Rah, one of the Award-Winning One&Only Resorts

(Dive Travel Business News - Oct 3, 2013) -- Wondering where to send your best high-end customers for a unique dive vacation experience?  Try Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Reethi Rah is part of the One&Only hotel chain of just eight luxury resorts in exotic locations. It was recently named the best hotel company in the world by 79,000 respondents to CondeÌ Nast Traveler's annual Best Hotels poll.

Encounter the Elusive Great Hammerhead Sharks in Bimini Starting in January

Dive Travel Business News - Sept 4, 2013) -- ALICE TOWN, BIMINI, BAHAMAS -- The endangered and elusive Great Hammerheads, the second largest predatory shark in the ocean, will be returning to the sand banks off the tiny Bahamas out-island of Bimini starting in January 2014.

Massive Fire at Ramon's Village Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

(Dive Travel Business News - August 28, 2013) -- Ramon’s Village Resort, an iconic tourism institution on Ambergris Caye, Belize, has suffered major damages after a fire ravaged through its grounds on Tuesday August 27.  The fire started shortly around 8PM when a building in the southern section of the resort caught fire. It took almost 2 ½ hours before the fire was brought under control, at which time about 2/3 of the resort was completely destroyed. 

Great White Shark Cage Diving Season in Australia

(Dive Travel Business News - June 26, 2013) -- Both the city of Adelaide and the town of Port Lincoln in southern Australia are known for the populations of Great White Sharks that cruise the waters near shore, and there are many companies that offer divers the chance to see these magnificent animals up close – real close – with a variety of cage diving tours.

Dominica's Fort Young Hotel Launches Kids Club for Family Getaways

(Dive Travel Business News - June 20, 2013) -- Roseau, Dominica --The Fort Young Hotel has announced the launch of its Cannonball Kids Club for children ahead of the summer holiday season to better cater for families on adventure and diving vacations.  The Fort Young is Dominica's leading hotel and is the first to launch a Kids Club on the island.

Southern Cross Club Earns 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

(Dive Travel Business News - June 11, 2013) -- LITTLE CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- Southern Cross Club, Little Cayman;s original dive and fish resort, has earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, recognition awarded by the number of positive guest comments posted on the widely-read travel website. The resort also received the recognition in 2012.

Belize Tourism Board Honors Splash Dive Center as Tour Operator of the Year

(Dive Travel Business - May 28, 2013) -- On Saturday, May 18, 2013, over two hundred and thirty guests, including industry stakeholders and government officials, gathered at Bannister Caye in Belize to honor the recipients of the 12th Annual National Tourism Awards. Among those was Splash Dive Center based in Placencia who BTB named Tour Operator of the Year. 

Phillippines Resort Recognized for Sustainability with Prestigious Global Touris

(Dive Travel Business News - April 9, 2013) -- El Nido Resorts in the Philippines was recognised for their work in leading sustainable tourism initiatives at the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday night during the 13th annual World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit held in Abu Dhabi.

Palau's Fish 'n Fins Dive Shop Begins Helicopter Touring Service

(Dive Travel Business News - January 16, 2013) -- Palau’s pioneer dive shop, Fish ‘n Fins, in the western Pacific's Micronesia,  has introduced a new helicopter service. Officially known as Palau Helicopters Inc., Fish ‘n Fins now owns and operates a new Robinson R66 turbine helicopter, which allows visitors to experience the beauty of Palau’s Rock Islands from the air.

New GM Team at Sunset House Grand Cayman

(Dive Travel Business News - November 5, 2012) -- Grand Cayman's Hotel "For Divers, By Divers," Sunset House has recently announced its new management team: Husband and wife dive industry veterans Keith and Karen Sahm have joined this long-established dive resort as “on-property” Co-General Managers.

Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman Reaches Out to Colorado Dive Market

(Dive Travel Business News - October 3, 2012) –– Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman recently spent a week making sales calls to travel partners in the Denver area and then greeting customers face to face at the Colorado Dive Show on September 28 & 29, 2012.  This was a concerted effort to increase its presence in Colorado’s active dive community.  Red Sail Sports teamed up with The Reef Resort to offer a great dive package that was well received by

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Bonaire Celebrates Industry Month in September

(Dive Travel Business News - August 16, 2012) -- Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Bonaire is celebrating Industry Month this September. Designed for dive industry shop owners along with their employees and instructors, this long-established Bonaire dive resort is offering its dive packages at 50% off to use as a FAM trip or as a personal vacation. The FAM Special is available for travel any week in September.

Dine or Sleep Under the Sea at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

(Dive Travel Business News - June 25, 2012) -- Snorkeling and scuba diving were once the only way to see wild reefs and tropical fish up close, and then came a handful of sea-adjacent aquariums. But at the 5-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, travelers can see the wonders of the water world without getting wet, while dining, or sleeping. 

Red Sail Sports offers Scuba Hall of Fame Package

(Dive Travel Business News - May 15, 2012) -- CAYMAN ISLANDS - With international honorees being inducted into the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in November 2012, Red Sail Sports has created the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame dive package available November 3 – 10, 2012.  The package gives divers the opportunity to explore Cayman's reefs by day and mingle with the pioneers of diving by night at the awards dinner and International Film Festival.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort offers Paws for a Vacation Program

(Dive Travel Business News - May 1, 2012) --  Popular Dive Hotel in St Thomas USVI, the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort has partnered with the Humane Society of St. Thomas for an island pet adoption program. Guests who “Paws for Vacation” and adopt a cat or dog from the Humane Society of St.

INNER SPACE: World's Largest Rebreather Event May 26-Jun 2, 2012

(Dive Travel Business News - May 1, 2012) -- The world’s largest Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) diving event is once again coming to Grand Cayman  May 26 to June 2, 2012.  INNER SPACE is a dedicated week of Closed Circuit Rebreather Diving and CCR training, lectures, technology conference and more! It's an all inclusive week bringing together divers, Instructors, dive shops, manufacturers, training agencies and more.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort offers Dive Discounts this Summer.

(Dive Travel Business News - April 24, 2012) -- A well-known dive hotel, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the US Virgin Islands is offering a Stay and Dive package with a discount of 34% available for stays from May 1 – August 31, 2012 when diving conditions are ideal in the US Virgin Islands.

Divi Flamingo Bonaire Celebrates 60 Years in 2012

(Dive Travel Business News - April 6, 2011) -- A landmark Bonaire dive resort, the  Divi Flamingo is celebrating 60 years in the business.  To recognize six decades of providing scuba diving holidays and activities for tourists and diving-enthusiasts, the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort has launched a series of promotions and events that will take place every month at the resort,. 

Grand Cayman's Resort 'For Divers By Divers' Celebrates a 40th Anniversary

(Dive Travel Business News - March 29, 2012) -- Sunset House Grand Cayman is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its dive center, Sunset Divers, with a special anniversary event to be held April 26 - 30th, 2012. Divers Alert Network, the major sponsor of the event, will be there to launch a "Special" initiative to be announced during the celebration.

Sardine Run South Africa - The Greatest Shoal on Earth

(Dive Travel Business News - January 22, 2012) -- This article is provided by shark specialist Debbie Smith, owner of  eco-tourism company Diving With Sharks. Her specialty area is annual Sardine Run in South Africa.

(Dive Travel Business News - January 19, 2012) -- The Dive Cooperative, a dive operation and training academy in Cozumel on a mission to bring a higher consciousness to diving, is launching an innovative new retreat entitled "Dive Within". This unique 7-day program brings together the synergies of scuba diving and yoga in an integrated program that allows for exploration of many aspects of day-to-day life.

Dusit Thani to Open First Maldives Resort in 2012

(Dive Travel Business News - January 18, 2012) -- Dusit International has revealed its first venture into the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by a vibrant 360 degree coral reef and turquoise lagoon, the Dusit Thani will feature 100 villas (46 beach villas, two beach houses, 30 water villas, 20 ocean villas, and two ocean houses), tree top spa and 3 restaurants and bars as well as other utilities relating to the resort business.  The resort is also home to the largest infinity pool in the Maldives.

Little Cayman Beach Resort Reopens Nature Spa

(Dive Travel Business - December 3, 2011) --  Little Cayman Beach Resort has opened it newly remodeled Nature Spa.  Housed in a cottage built in the traditional Caymanian style, the new design captures the island’s tranquility with island themed colors and textures to excite your senses.  The spa environment includes a nature inspired waterfall and contemporary surroundings and furnishings designed by Sherry Fickling of the Crown Point Design firm located in Greenville, North Carolina.

Sunset House Dive Resort Completes Upgrades to Oceanview Rooms

(Dive Travel Business News - December 11, 2011) -- Sunset House Dive Resort, located on the west side of Grand Cayman and walking distance from George Town Cayman Islands, has invested over US$250,000 in renovating their premium rooms into a whole new level of service. Located on the north end of the property on the sea side of the resort, upgraded Oceanview, Suites and Apartments offer more space with 2 Queen beds or 2 King-size, flat screen cable TV and a private balcony looking out through the palm trees to the Caribbean Sea.

Major Chains Launch

(Dive Travel Business News - January 12, 2012) -- Choice Hotels International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotel Group have started a new hotel website

Lionfish Recipe a Conservation Initiative at Bimini Big Game Club

(Dive Travel Business News - Nov 9, 2011) -- With more than 400 servings of a new menu item last month, Bimini Big Game Club‘s General Manager Michael Weber and Chef Alvarez Bastian have found a recipe to help the environment and sate the most discriminating palate at the same time.

Bonaire’s Hotels & Partners Plan Huge Splash with DEMA 2011 Show Specials

(Dive Travel Business - October 27, 2011) -- With many of Bonaire’s businesses offering DEMA Show specials, this year’s show floor is the ideal place for attendees to meet with Bonaire’s hoteliers and dive operators to plan and book their group travel for 2012. “We are very pleased to continue Bonaire’s tradition of a strong presence at DEMA,” said Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism. “I would like to welcome everyone to visit the Bonaire Pavilion - you’ll find us under the “Divers Paradise” license plate banners.

(Dive Travel Business News -  March 18, 2011) -- Two resorts on Hawaii’s Big Island -- the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the Kona Village Resort  -- remain closed in order to undertake repairs and clean-up caused by the  tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, which reached the shores of Hawaii. Both properties are located on the Big Island’s Kona Coast.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board welcomes Karolin Troubetzkoy as association president

(Dive Travel Business News - March 15, 2011) -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is welcoming the appointment of distinguished hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy as President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA).

Troubetzkoy, executive director of marketing and operations of the award-winning Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in the southern town of Soufrière, assumes leadership of the private sector body from Elite Island Resorts' Anthony Bowen who served the association honourably over the past two years.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resort features Neal Watson's Dive Bimini

(Dive Travel Business News - March 3, 2011) -- The legendary Bimini Big Game Club recently celebrated a public grand re-opening as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort property in Alice Town, North Bimini. The resort just introduced Neal Watson’s Dive Bimini, a Guy Harvey Outpost Dive Center, offering diving experiences with amenities ranging from a 60-foot, glass bottom dive boat to all-new tanks and rental gear and even frequent chances to dive with Neal or Guy.

Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park attracts divers and snorkelers

(Dive Travel Business News - December 8, 2010) -- Since its inception in 2006, Grenada's Underwater Sculpture Park has received international acclaim, captivating locals and visitors alike as a unique art installation. Located in clear, shallow water and dappled by sunlight, the Park's sculptures can be readily viewed by snorkelers, divers and passengers in glass-bottomed boats.

Three St. Lucia Resorts Scheduled to Reopen after Hurricane Tomas

(Dive Travel Business News - November 24, 2010) -- Three St. Lucia resorts will reopen in December after being  closed to guests as a result of damages from Hurricane Tomas at the end of October.

The region around the Pitons on St. Lucia's southwestern coast one of the hardest-hit areas on the island,
Located near the Pitons in Soufriere, Ladera Resort plans to reopen on Dec. 15. 

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