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  1. Dive High-Energy, Picture Perfect
 Palau, Micronesia
 4 spots available Download our Trip Flyer here! Call 800-359-1295, email us or signup online! Join Optical Ocean Sales’ owner Jack Connick for an amazing photo safari to Palau in Micronesia, April 8 through the 15th, 2018. Our 7 night, 5.5 dive day expedition will be staying on the luxurious liveaboard Rock Islands Aggressor, based out of Koror, Palau.

 We will explore the reefs and waters in and around the limestone rock islands of Palau. Dive sites will include WWII wrecks, German Channel, Ulong Channel, Blue Holes and the famous Blue Corner – Micronesia’s most famous shark dive. The vessel is a spacious, comfortable catamaran. Stretching 106 feet, 31 feet wide and accommodates 18 guests who are pampered by a crew of 8! Deluxe cabins are en-suite with a/c. The Aggressor has large camera table and excellent photo facilities. Diving is conducted from a 30’ hard boat that launches with a power lift system, divers, gear and all! Optical Ocean Sales is working closely with the Aggressor for a special dive trip that will emphasize photo opportunities.

Mantas in German Channel, Giant Napoleon wrasse, turtles, large schools of barracuda, huge tridacna clams and schools of small fish like trevally, triangle butterflyfish, and countless sharks are also on the agenda of critters to view. And the reefs abound with macro subjects, small gobies, nudibranchs, shrimp and crabs are all on view against the soft and hard coral backdrops. 
 You also have an opportunity to step back in time and visit the island of Peleliu, site of one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific during WWII, as well as dive the more southern sites there. 
 Read more on the diving from our trip report from our 2013 Photo Expedition. Included: 6 nights shared deluxe cabins onboard the Palau Aggressor II All meals & beverages onboard - including alcohol! 5.5 days diving - tanks, weights. Nitrox is optional at only $100. 1 night lodging at Palau Royal Resort before and after trip. Transfers included!** The cost for this great Palau liveaboard adventure is only $4295*! (airfare not included). 
 Dive Yap with Manta Ray Bay Resort (optional) Includes 4 nights, 3 days diving at the Manta Ray Bay Resort on Yap, a small island famous for stone money, manta ray and shark diving. It features comfortable lodging with excellent dive and camera facilities. Optional add-on $1100.


  2. A group of friends are going to Magic Island Dive resort March 2017. We are taking the entire resort. We had a cancelation and have a room available for double occupancy. $2350 for 10 diving days, 3 dives a day and unlimited shore diving. All inclusive of meals, diving, airport transfer. If interested PM me and I will send you the details. Jim
  3. Hi. In a couple of weeks will be going for one week to Chuuk Lagoon. I´m looking for advice or tips not only on diving but also on things like clothes, money, drugs i should take with me, etc,etc. Let´s say that i'm looking for all kind of advice on the matter that can be considerer important or relevant from people that has already been there. Thank to you all in advance!!!
  4. Socorros on the New Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard, March 10-18, 2015 Join Us for an 8 Day Liveaboard Photo Expedition Starting at only $3355! The Revillagigedos Islands, also known as the Socorro Islands, are located 250 miles offshore southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They form an oasis for pelagic life amongst their volcanic shores. Many hammerhead and silky sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, sailfish, schools of jacks and tuna come to feed, mate and get cleaned by small endemic Clarion Angelfish. These animals tend to be quite friendly towards divers at times, allowing for fantastic interactions and blue water photo opportunities. Giant Mantas: The giant Pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 – 6 meters. What is even more extraordinary is that the local population of bottlenose dolphins have learned to mimic the behaviour of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close and intimate to divers during your trip. Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks. Humpback Whales: Optical Ocean Sales has organized this trip to go at a perfect time of year to see migrating Humpback Whales. A population of 1200 humpbacks moves into the island’s waters in early spring and chances are excellent that you will have encounters with these mighty giants. You may even hear them singing through the hull of the ship at night as you lie in your bunk. New Nautilus Belle Amie Liveaboard: At 140' in length and 300 tons, the Nautilus Belle Amie redefines luxurious diving. Staterooms are located on three decks and are very spacious with ensuite heads and twin beds and no bunk beds! Three high-speed rigid inflatable 28' dive skiffs are loaded on/off the stern, you just step on and off, your gear is ready! A hot tub and bar complete the upper deck, with a comfortable saloon and dinning room and another bar on the wheelhouse deck. The ship is stabilized, fast and comfortable in a seaway. In fact, it's the only boat to offer 6 full days of diving on a week's trip! Departs beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Optical Ocean Sales: owner Jack Connick (making his 4th trip to the islands), will help you get the most of your underwater photo opportunities. Included are: 8 nights/9 days aboard the Nautilus Belle Amie, with 6 days of 4 tank dives Twinshare cabins; either Premium, Superior or standard Staterooms. Fantastic meals, snacks and more! Tanks & weights (special pricing on other rentals) Park Fees & taxes Not Included: Airfare Airport Transfers Hotel the night prior to departure Alcoholic Beverages Nitrox $65 Port fee *Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable to another person. Download our flyer! Sign up at: Socorros 2015 with Optical Ocean Sales or Email Us! Or call: 800-359-1295, or +1 206-284-1142
  5. Only Two Spots Left! “Simply the Best” Underwater Photo Expedition on the Damai II Liveaboard to Raja Ampat, Indonesia - January 11-22, 2015 Raja Ampat lies in the center of the Coral Triangle and simply has the finest diving in the world. Over 700 vibrant coral species are the backdrop for every image you will want to capture. This is more than ten times what you would find in the Caribbean. It also has the highest level of diversity of fish life in the world with over 1300 species. From Pygmy seahorses to giant mantas! We will visit muck diving sites, mangroves, piers teaming with schools of fish, manta cleaning stations, and of course every form of reef structure you can dream of. Raja Ampat is a diver’s dream realized. Join us for 11 days as we dive and sail these beautiful waters on board the Damai II liveaboard. The Damai II is one of the most luxurious liveaboards catering to diving photographers. The boat is limited to just 12 divers and caters to this smaller group with just 4 divers per guide. The boat also understands photographers; if the group wants to repeat a site, they will try to accommodate! The camera room puts to shame many you will find at dry land resorts. The word everyone uses to describe the Damai II is luxurious and for good reason. The two Master Suites are 400 sq ft and all suites are beautifully appointed. There are 3 outside lounging areas, one section dedicated to the Spa where you can get a massage. The food is simply some of the best you will find on a dive holiday. You don’t just “eat”, you “dine”. But beyond luxurious, the Damai II is functional, with generous storage for your dive gear, excellent pangas and crews. Your trip leader Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales will be available to help you with daily lectures on subjects ranging from strobe positioning to Photoshop Lightroom. Take part in as much, or as little, as you like. Included in your Package: • 11 Days/10 Nights on board the Damai II Liveaboard • UW Photo Presentations & Help • Beer & Pop onboard • Airport Transfers to/from boat Limited Space: 2 spots available in twin share cabin $6600/pp Not Included: Airfare RT Sarong Sarong, $100 for Nitrox, $100 Park Fee. We can help book air travel. $3300 non-refundable (transferable) deposit holds your spot! Call or write us today! Download our flyer here! *Final price may change due to fuel charges, taxes and surcharges not under our control. Optical Ocean Sales is a registered Seller of Travel in the State of Washington
  6. The Best of Both Worlds: Bunaken to Lembeh, May 20 - June 1st, 2013 Coral and Fish-Rich Reefs to the Best Macro Diving in the World! Travel with Optical Ocean Sales on an all-inclusive photo expedition to dive the heart of the “Coral Triangle” of North Sulawesi, which contains more marine species than any other area on the planet! Begin with 4 days of 3-4* tank dives photographing the incredible reefs and vistas of Bunaken National Park. This region is home to over 390 species of coral and a myriad of tropical fish. Its beautiful walls are teaming with life! Bunaken is simply one of the best places to hone your wide-angle photography skills. Then on to what is considered by many the “greatest macro diving in the world!” Lembeh Straits. Enjoy at least 3 dives a day with the small and bizarre creatures that make Lembeh’s black sands their home. Residents include; pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, psychedelic mandarin fish, walking sharks, plus just about every type of frogfish, octopus, squid and nudibranch imaginable! The number of incredible creatures to photograph can be overwhelming. There will be daily seminars ranging from “Buoyancy for Photogs” to “Shooting Super Macro.” Even a little friendly competition thrown in. Experiment with backlighting, snoots and “close focus, wide angle.” In the evenings there will be a chance to review the day’s photos with the goal of everyone taking their skills to the next level. Take part in the daily activities as much or little as you like. Trip includes round trip air fare from Seattle to Singapore and onto Manado on Singapore Airlines! Resorts include 5 nights at the ever popular Tasik Ria Resort in Poolview Rooms, including up to 14 dives and a free night dive. Next, 5 nights at the at the luxurious Kasawari Resort, in Deluxe Villa accommodations. Included are 13 dives and a free night dive. Rooms in Singapore, transfers, meals, tanks, weights and nitrox are all included! May 20th-June 1st, 2013 - 11 Days/10 Night All-Inclusive Trip - Only $3925! Lead By Martin Heyn from Optical Ocean Sales Round Trip Air Fare from Seattle** (2 bags at 50lbs free) 10 nights twin share accommodations including all meals 8.5 days diving, Free Nitrox, and transfers Tanks & weights, 50% discount on rental gear In Airport Day Hotel, Singapore 1 night Peninsula Hotel, Singapore Park Fees, T-Shirt, Thumb Drive w/Tutorials Upgrades, additional dives, private guides and land tours available. $500 deposit*** holds your spot! See our Flyer or Website for more details, or call us at 800-359-1295 / +1 206-284-1142 Email Martin Heyn at Optical Ocean Sales *Final price may change due to fuel charges, taxes and surcharges not under our control. **Air fare is a group rate based on 10 people departing Seattle. *** Deposit refundable if trip doesn't occur, otherwise it is transferable, but not refundable. Final payment due by April 1st.
  7. Eeks! Late Cancellations - A Trip Organizers Worst Nightmare!! Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2012, 4 spaces Nov 05 - Nov 19, 2012, 1 space Both are: Liveaboard. 14 diving days, 14 nights on board. Sorong - Sorong round trip, departure 9AM on first day - diving ASAP! Return to Sorong port late evening on night before departure. Discounted heavily on cancelled spaces. see Raja Ampat Diving Details I'm eager to replace these divers as I'm committed to paying for the full charter & the expenses of the extra crew I hire so that other divers on the trip are not disappointed. Discount is offered on the website & in the newsletter (subscribe on the website). Currently $1000 off these cancelled spaces on either trip. If you can get away these dates and are at all interested, please touch base by email to see if we can work you into one of these trips. (use email on signature) Visit the City Seahorse website for dive trip prices, trip inclusions, guest comments, sample Raja Ampat itinerary, maps, weather remarks and more. Why these trips? More diving. An extra day of diving (14 diving days on a 14 day trip, not 12-13 as on other ships & at the resorts) & quantity of dives offered (estimate 61) during the trip. The freedom to dive as you like. Unlimited dive times & several "open deck" days when you can dive as much as your computer allows. Only 12 guests on the ship. Special team of dive guides, cruise director and trip organizer all heavily experienced in Raja Ampat. Individual attention. Only 3-4 divers per guide IF everyone dives at the same time and WANTS a guide. Extra guides and dive guides. The trip organizer arranges local freelance dive guides who are experienced with the dive sites and among the best in Indonesia at assisting photographers; a local guide very experienced with the sites and with getting divers in/out of the water in the right places; and an exceptionally talented cruise director to insure the trip will have a great crew, above and beyond the ship's regular crew. Flexible itinerary. The dive sites & areas visited are customized to the divers aboard to offer you the best diving available at the time. Don't like current? This trip can accomodate you. Diving only the best dive sites in Raja Ampat. Unique opportunities for underwater photography and video. One-on-one contact with your trip organizer and leader (13 years organizing & supervising small group trips to Raja Ampat) to plan your trip. Individual attention before and during your dive trip to help you get the most from your trip. Dive with a buddy of similar experience and interests or you can dive with one of our Raja Ampat expert guides. Women, share a cabin with another woman, guaranteed! Book a single cabin for a small surcharge per night (based on availability). Your travels will be easy and safe. Don't worry if you've never been to Indonesia before, we'll take charge. Meet and dive with interesting people from different countries. Receive a 20 page document outlining your travel in great detail, the diving, what and how to pack, how each dive day is structured and more. Your completed Guest Info form provides information on your dietary requirements and preferences, and goals for the trip, so we can customize the trip for you and the other 11 divers on your trip. These Raja Ampat diving trips are also appropriate for experienced divers who are not photographers. Single cabins are available. Many of our guests are solo travelers. There is no extra charge for a single diver if willing to share a cabin. Women traveling solo are guaranteed a female cabin mate. I will help you organize your travel to meet the ship. You only need to arrange your International flights. Please check: http://www.cityseahorse.com/raja-ampat-diving/ or contact me, Deb Fugitt, for the most current details.
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