(Dive Travel Business News - January 21, 2013) -- Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas, an innovative leader in dive travel, is extending dive package deals to 7 different dive destinations. Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas is offering excellent value with these packages to the following destinations and well-known suppliers:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – Humboldt Explorer Liveaboard ~ Save $1,200 per person to every diver’s “must do” destination
$2,950 with Free Nitrox for any of these dates in 2013:
April 8 – April 15, 2013
April 29 – May 6, 2013
May 27 – June 3, 2013
Packages include 8 days / 7 nights aboard the vessel, 3 meals daily, plus between meals snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, up to 3 dives per day, free Nitrox for Nitrox certified divers, transfers and government taxes. Fuel surcharges, National Park and chamber, tourist fees, any hotel stay, non-Galapagos transfers, crew gratuities, last evening meal are additional. read more »
Dive Travel Business News - June 6, 2012) -- COZUMEL, MEXICO -- Mexicandiver Magazine recently celebrated its second anniversary of publication with the Cozumel Digital Fiesta 2012. The event was held at the popular Casa Del Mar Resort on Cozumel.
At this event, divers from across the United Sates engaged in cave diving, reef diving, underwater photography workshops and a friendly photo competition and prizes. Professional photographer, Phil Rudin provided a macro and wide angle presentation that included lens and equipment reviews. Dr. Dario Gomez and Laura Johnson, representatives of Divers Alert Network (DAN) provided a Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and Local Diving Accidents Statistics presentation.
At the end of the week, Publisher Jorge Gonzalez opened the dinner awards ceremony with a slide show of different photos from participants including the winning photographs. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - April 11, 2012) -- Mexico's Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) recently announced that 2011 was a record-breaking year that saw 22.67 million international travelers. That's 2 percent higher than in 2010, which in turn was 5.7 percent higher than 2009. More important, 2011's international arrivals were 0.2 percent higher than 2008, Mexico's best year in history to that point. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - February 17, 2012) -- The U.S. Department of State has updated its travel warning for Mexico to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in the country and is detailing what areas are affected and which ones are not. This travel warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated April 22, 2011.
The State Department’s updated travel warning for tourists planning to visit Mexico has the distinction of being more specific than previous versions. They include information on drug violence on a state-by-state and city-by-city basis. The travel warning urges Americans to defer nonessential travel to all or parts of the these 14 states: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Nayarit. Travelers should also exercise caution visiting all or parts of Baja California, Colima and Morelos.
The previous US travel warning issued for Mexico by the State Department, dated in April, advised American to avoid travel to all or parts of 10 states. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - December 6, 2011) -- The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) updated its travel warnings to Mexico on December 5, 2011. While most major tourist areas have not been affected by the extreme levels of violence in the northern border region, travelers to Mexico should exercise a high degree of caution due to a deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country.
it is highly advisable to travel to Mexico by air (please refer to our official warning for the Mexico-United States border below). High levels of criminal activity, as well as occasional demonstrations and protests, remain a concern throughout the country.
Presidential elections are scheduled for July 1, 2012. In the period leading up to and during the elections, Canadians are advised to remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and demonstrations, exercise caution, follow the advice of local authorities, and monitor local media. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - December 27, 2011) -- The popular scuba diving television series Into The Drink is heading into its third season in 2012. The ground-breaking adventure program set new standards for excitement and exploration when it first premiered on HDNET. The entire first season has been packaged in a three-disc DVD box set.
According to show creator Randy Harris, “The first season set the bar that the entire crew has worked to match in subsequent seasons. We travel throughout the world exploring not only some of the most pristine diving destinations on the globe, but we also show some of the unique topside and cultural experiences found in these places. Throw in a bit of humor and colorful characters and you have Into The Drink, Season 1.” The DVD Box set is available for $29.95.
Season 1 of Into The Drinkfeatures all 13 episodes and a bonus disc with surprise footage never before released on DVD. Episodes include:
• Turks & Caicos, Parts I & II
• Honduras, Parts I & II read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - December 29, 2011) -- Dive Travelers are going to have access to more air lift, more access, more options and more gateways from the U.S. this year signaling a comeback in travel from the past two years. The downside - higher fares and full planes. Here is a summary of some of the new air service.
• American began nonstop flights four times a week from Kennedy to Antigua in November.
• St. Vincent Grenadines Air offers daily scheduled service between Antigua and Montserrat.
• JetBlue offers a Saturday flight from Boston to Aruba in addition to its two weekly flights
• AirTran has weekend flights from Baltimore to Aruba through March 14, plus daily service to Aruba from Atlanta and weekend flights from Orlando.
• Delta has weekly nonstop service on Saturday from LaGuardia to Aruba, complementing its Saturday nonstop service from DKennedy and its flights via Atlanta to Aruba from Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark and Westchester County Airport. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - October 26, 2011) -- Mexico issued a hurricane watch along the Yucatan coast and readied 1,130 storm shelters in Quintana Roo, the state that includes Cancun and Cozumel. Authorities are evacuating fishing communities on Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast and some tourists began to leave, as Hurricane Rina took aim at Cancun and the island of Cozumel on Wednesday.
Rina’s maximum sustained winds remained steady at about 110 mph (175 kph) early Wednesday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, making it a Category 2 storm. Forecasters predict it will strengthen as it nears the Mexican coast Wednesday night before rolling over the island of Cozumel, a popular dive spot and cruise-ship port, then along the coast to Cancun.
State Tourism Director Juan Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez said there were about 83,000 tourists in the state, with about 45,000 of those on a stretch of coast south of Cancun that includes Tulum and Playa de Carmen, and almost 28,000 in Cancun. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 6, 2011) -- In an effort to combat drug-related violence, Trinidad has extended its sate of emergency (SOE) and curfew for three more months. A nightly 8-hour curfew was first imposed on Aug 21, 2011 in direct response to a wave of violent crime linked to drug trafficking that included the murder of 11 people over a 48-hour period. Government security forces had already been fighting the illegal drug trade, that culminated in a multi- million-dollar bust at the island's international airport in last month.
Trinidad is a major transhipment point of cocaine. Colombian and Mexican drug dealers who had been fighting for drug turf locally were set to go on a bloodbath, following the seizure of cocaine worth $22 million at Piarco International Airport on August 16, five days before the declaration of the state of emergency. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News May 27, 2011) -- The most recent U.S. State Department alert, issued April 22, expanded the areas in Mexico that are experiencing drug-cartel-related violence and advised U.S. travelers to exercise caution in visiting some parts of Mexico. One of the more confusing things about the State Department’s warning was that it sometimes named cities, sometimes states,sometimes vaguely delineated portions of states, sometimes roads, routes or border areas: The result leaves many travelers with the impression that entire states posed a security risk for visitors. read more »