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Tim of the Deep

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Cenderawasih Whale Sharks & Biak

17 November 2014 - 10:36 PM

July 10-17, 2015

 

Join internationally published Lonely Planet author and Getty Images photographer TIM ROCK aboard the luxurious Damai 1 to go to West Papua's Cenderawasih Bay's incredible new marine park for whale sharks and cool endemics.

 

This is good for couples or good diving buddies as currently we have ONLY 2 (two) spaces left available in our spacious Master Cabin.

 

The week is July 10-17, 2015!!!

We will start and leave from historic Biak, West Papua.

This is a 7 day trip on the luxurious Damai One.

 

Cost per person is $4025

Possible Itinerary:

Day 1: Catalina Sea Plane, Padaido – Biak Rock Islands – The Cave & Salmon Point

Day 2: Peninsular coastal sites to include Japanese Zero and some great Macro

Days 3 & 4: Cendrawasih Bay and Whale Sharks – Open Deck 2 days

Day 5: Tanjung Mangguar and Pojok Berwarna Sea Mount

Day 6: Yappen Island – Tanjung Kelapa & Kebunku

Day 7: Hanging Gardens, Rock Island Wall, Sea Fan Alley

 

Read details here:

 

http://www.guammicro...1/?page_id=2133

 

Contact Tim at:

 

timrock@doubleblue.com


2015 Humpbacks by Catmaran in Ha'apai, Tonga

11 November 2014 - 06:06 PM

September 21 thru 27 – Ha’apai, Tonga – 2 spaces left

 

Join Tim Rock’s privately chartered 50-foot catamaran yacht to cruise the stunning Ha’apai Islands in Tonga in search of humpback whales, marine mammals, manta rays and stunning coral gardens. Tim will offer three charters with experts Dave & Tris Sheen in September 2015, which is the height of humpback whale season in Tonga. The yacht offers  the finest crew of whale experts to be found in beautiful Tonga. The Sheens promote “sustainable interaction” as part of their business, believing the more that islearned about humpback whales, the better the chances of protecting them.

 

We’ll watch their surface antics as they breach, tail slap, pec slap and romp in the sea. They will have heat runs (dramatic fights by males to gain the attention of a female)  that we will follow and watch for the victor. And we will watch while snorkeling as new calves suckle milk from their mothers while resting. We’ll also watch as baby tries to learn from mom by doing breaches and other surface activity.

 

We will enter the water to snorkel only with the humpbacks and videographers and photographers will be led to the best vantage points to get the best images and footage of the humpbacks.

 

This catamaran is a broad and stable platform and is great for viewing and shooting topside whale activity. The sea level entry is perfect for in-water encounters with humpbacks and other marine mammals . Exit is also very easy.

 

Space is limited to just four guests per one-week trip. Tongan law says that only four people and a guide can be in the water with a whale or whales at any time. By having just four guests, everyone is assured of getting in the water every drop, every day, for great interaction and observation.

This is a special opportunity to have your own private charter and do what few humans in the world ever dream to do… swim one-on-one with the largest mammals on the planet.

 

The charter is 7 days and will cruise through the 62 islands of the Ha’apai chain in beautiful Tonga, over-nighting under the stars at various isles along the way.

 

We will visit deserted isles with fruit bat colonies and white sand beaches. We will also snorkel beautiful hard coral reefs and look for fish shoals and manta rays. We will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle board, catch a fresh fish dinner and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this amazing island group.

 

September 21 thru 27 – Ha’apai, Tonga – 2 spaces left

 

Read more here:

 

http://www.guammicro...1/?page_id=1900

 

Trip show here:

 

https://vimeo.com/78398214

 

Contact me at:

 

timrock@doubleblue.com

 

 


Halmahera & North Raja - 2 spaces left w/Tim Rock & Simon Pridmore

08 May 2014 - 07:10 PM

We have a room with a double bed available for our upcoming adventure along the Halmahera coast and into the best of Northern and central Raja Ampat on our Long Tales & Tall Shadows dive trip. Only these two spaces left:

 

READ ABOUT IT HERE

 

Join the Tim Rock & Simon Pridmore 2014 Trip to INDO, “Long Tales, Tall Shadows”!!!

 

Aboard the beautiful Tambora!!

 

Great Macro, Exploration, Wrecks, Amazing Reefs

 

Halmahera has incredible biodiversity, is hard to get to and get around and is only NOW being discovered. This trip combines guaranteed world-class diving with visits to islands and dive sites that few people have ever seen. Raja Ampat, at the end of this adventure, is very much on the diving map and what lies below promises to be exciting. We got a glimpse of some great Halmahera diving last year and immediately resolved to come back one day and see more. Then when we started uncovering more and more information on the unexplored WW2 wrecks of North Halmahera, we knew this would be our destination for 2014.  All we needed was a top live-aboard manned by folks who know their way around the region and would help us design the itineraries. Step forward Uwe and the Tambora, who delivered a perfect route and made the ship available at the absolute perfect time of the year to dive Halmahera.

 

TRIP:  Long Tales and Tall Shadows – Ternate to Sorong, via north and east Halmahera and north and central Raja Ampat

13 nights, 23 September to 6 October, 2014

US$4995, sharing twin

 

ROUTE MAP HERE

 

Contact: 

 

Tim Rock - timrock@doubleblue.com

 

Simon Pridmore - simonpridmore@scubaconfidential.com