Belize – June 3-8, 2024


Length of trip  6 Days / 5 Nights

Departure June 3, 2024

Return June 8, 2024

Dives 3 days of 2 tank dives

Experience Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Location Belize

Deposit $500
Click here to reserve your spot with a $500 Deposit!

Available Rooms

4) Jungle Deluxe Rooms w/ 2 queen beds

  • $1505 pp double
  • $1354 pp triple
  • $1278 pp quad

(6) Jungle Deluxe Rooms w/ 1 king bed

  • $1505 pp double

(1) Seaside Deluxe Room w/ 2 queen beds

  • $1574pp double




Cozumel, Mexico with Lifewaters – June 22nd-29th, 2024

Cozumel, Mexico

June 22-29, 2024 (Sat-Sat)

Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim, Lifewaters and SDI Scubility Buddies are all partnering up for an Amazing Week of Adaptive Diving!!  Meet up with old friends, meet new dive buddies and experience the ease of adaptable diving with the pros!  Cozumel is the best diving spot in the world! We had an incredible time last year and we want you to join us this year!

Hotel Cozumel

$1462 Diver in Standard or Adaptive Room – Double/Triple Occupancy
$1969 Diver in Standard or Adaptive Room – Single Occupancy

$2074 Diver in Junior Suite – Double Occupancy
$2582 Diver in Junior Suite – Single Occupancy

Package Included: hotel accommodations, airport transfers, 4 days of 2 tank boat diving and 1 day of 1 tank boat dive with El Cielo trip on Thursday afternoon, Nitrox Tanks, gear concierge service, full lunch on the dive boat daily, all meals and drinks (including alcohol) at Hotel Cozumel and a Group T-shirt.

Not Included in package:  airfare, eco hotel tax (approx. $10 per room per week, paid at check in), rental equipment (paid to Gigglin’ Marlin prior to the trip), courses and dive tips ($100-200pp), transportation/fees associated for any activity or excursion off Hotel Cozumel property.

You must be an Enriched Air Nitrox Diver.  Please contact Tonya on details to complete this training.

If you are staying in another location, no worries, you can join us for a

Dive Only Package of $805 pp.  This includes the 4 days of 2 tank diving, 1 tank with El Cielo Trip, Nitrox and a Group T-shirt.

Add Ons:

$80 Night Dive with Air

Rental Equipment – BCD ($60/wk), Regulator ($60/wk), Wetsuit ($60/wk), Computer($100/wk) Please confirm rentals prior to arrival into Cozumel.

$60/wk – 100 cu. ft tank or steel tanks

Premium Drinks Package – paid at the hotel upon check in

E-Learning Nitrox Specialty Course – complete the online portion prior to the trip: COURSES, then ONLINE COURSES, select online courses on PADI site, select enriched air nitrox.  Pay PADI the course fee and then $50 to Gigglin’ Marlin to complete the hands-on portion in Cozumel & we will process the certification.  There is also an option for the Nitrox course through SDI.  Contact Tonya: 281-445-3483

Non-Refundable Trip Deposit is $500 due at the time of booking.


Cozumel, Mexico – July 21-28, 2024

July 21-28, 2024 – SCUBA TRIP!

Park Royal All-Inclusive Resort – NEW LOCATION TO TRY

The BEST diving in the WORLD! Join us!

Trip Leaders: Tonya & Bill Merritt

Dive the beautiful Caribbean water with your current dive buddies or make new ones! This trip is suited for all diving levels and non-divers too. We can complete Open Water check out dives, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and many specialties including Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Boat Diver, Surface Marker Buoy Diver to name a few! Let us know what you are interested, and we can sign you up!

This package includes hotel accommodations of 8 days/7 nights at Park Royal Hotel with 3 swim up bars with 2 infinity pools and hot tub over looking over the ocean, designated area on the ocean/beach that is an adult only section , 6 days of 2 tank boat dives with lunch and gear Concierge Service, 32% Nitrox & 1 night boat dive with Air, All-Inclusive Meal Plan (5 restaurants, coffee shop, room service-once per day), alcohol and other drinks, Round Trip Airport Transfers, and a Sunset Cocktail Social at Villa Gigglin’ Marlin Del Mar located in Costa Del Sol in Cozumel.


Diver – $1928 pp based on Double Occupancy

Diver – $803 pp based on Single Occupancy



Diver – $2061 pp based on Double Occupancy

Diver – $3069 pp based on Single Occupancy

Non-Diver – Deduct $974 off any room rate

Other Options: Cenote Diving, Cavern Course, Whale Shark Snorkel, Dolphin Encounter, Fishing Charter, Spearfishing Charter, and Mopeds around the islands!

Not included: airfare, tips and any extra excursion you choose.

Flight Suggestions:  United or Southwest are great options out of Houston, but American is good out of Dallas and Delta out of Atlanta. For us to confirm your transfers, please send your airfare to: 

You can fly into CUN – Cancun Airport – but it is not recommended – unless there is not a flight option for that day into Cozumel (CZM).

Click here to reserve your spot with a $500 Deposit!

Please write the room type and single/double occupancy on the Trip Notes Tab on the Reservation Form.

USS Oriskany Wreck – July 26-27, 2024

July 25th-28th

USS Oriskany wreck in Pensacola, FL

Includes: 2 days of 2 tank boat diving on July 26th & 27th

Not Included: Hotel & travel expenses, dive gear/tanks & air fills.

Lead by: Ron Clarke

Rec Diver : $450

Tech Diver : $560


Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on the trip date and date of cancellation)

South Africa-Cape Town, Durban & Bayala Safari – September 26-October 6, 2024 , 2024

South Africa Safari and Apex Predator Diving Vacation


Sept 26-29, 2024  – 3nights Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa – Capetown

Sept 29 – Oct 3, 2024 – 4 nights the Lazy Moose Restaurant & Lodge – KwaZulu Natal south Coast

Oct 3 – 6, 2024 – 3 nights Bayala Game Lodge


$5600 pp Diver Rate, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)-

Non-Diver deduct $400 off the package, based on double occupancy (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

$1900 pp Single Supplement Add-On (prices are subject to fluctuate due to their currency)

20 spaces available

$1000.00 Deposit to reserve your spot!


Meet and Greet Cape Town airport, private road transfer to hotel

3 nights Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel- bed and breakfast basis

Great White Experience Gansbaai

Full day private guided Peninsula Tour including entry fees and 1 wine tasting.

Road transfer to Cape Town airport

Meet and greet services, Durban airport, road transfer to Umkomaas

4 nights Lazy Moose Lodge, bed and breakfast basis

4 Dives Aliwalshoal including cylinders, weightbelt hire, diving permit return transfers to/from the dive centre.

Tiger dive – baited dive

3 nights Dinner transfers to restaurants within 50km from lodge

1 x Complimentary Braai dinner (Barbeque)

Road transfer Umkomaas to Hluhluwe via St Lucia

2 hour boat Cruise St Lucia to see Hippos and Crocs

2 hour Educational tour at Emdoneni Cat Center

3 nights Bayala game reserve including full board, 2 safaris per day, park fees

Road transfer Hluhluwe to Durban airport


International Flights

Domestic Flight from Cape Town to Durban

Activities not specified outside of this itinerary.

Purchases of personal nature



Options to add:

Rhino Vet Experience – Helicopter shoots tranquilizer to enable Rhino temporarily.  We come in the trucks on the ground and witness first-hand surgery on a Rhino’s.

Airfare to Confirm prior to purchase:

If you choose to fly on United, IAH/CPT, it arrives at 3:20 pm and that will work with this itinerary.

Departing Flight is recommended out of Cape Town also on United

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles – November 23-December 1, 2024 (Sat-Sun)

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

Trip Leader:  Doug Jones

9 days/8 nights

1 or 2 bedrooms options:

Per Person Pricing for first 7 Nights, 8th Night at Courtyard by Marriott:

$2880 in a 1 bedroom / single occupancy

$1771 in a 1 bedroom / double occupancy


$2241 in a 2 bedroom / double occupancy

$1754 in a 2 bedroom / triple occupancy

$1511 in a 2 bedroom / quad occupancy


Price includes:

– 7 nights stay at Buddy Dive Resort, 1 night stay at Courtyard by Marriott

– 9 one tank boat dives

– Unlimited shore dives

– Nitrox

– Breakfast daily

– Weekly truck rental including insurance (except last day at Marriott)

– Drive through air / nitrox

– Airport transfers / Group Marriott Transfer on front end only

– Taxes

– WiFi

Not Included:

-Courses with the Famous Doug!!


-Scuba Rentals

-Dive Tips

-Transfer from Marriott Courtyard to Airport at end of trip (approx. $15pp)

-Bonaire entry tax (currently $75) paid online 1 week prior to entry

-Marine Park fee (currently $40) paid online 1 week prior to entry

-Lunch, Dinner & Drinks – Bonaire has a full assortment of restaurants, cafes, bars, and food trucks to choose from.  For those who would prefer to use their in room kitchen there is also multiple grocery stores on the island that sell European, South American, and North American based groceries (typically in that order of variety and availability).  Mix and match between the grocery store and restaurants, it’s fun!

-last day at Marriott-there is not a rental vehicle or diving

-Government Taxes are subject to change or increase per the Bonaire mandates.

$500.00 deposit to hold your spot!

Trip Cancellation Fee –

$100 until April 1, 2024

$200 until August 16, 2024, after this date non-refundable.


$500pp Deposit due at booking

Mid Payment Due:  April 1, 2024

Final Payment Due:  August 16, 2024


2024 – Rig Trips / Spearfishing Trips

Join us as we head out into the Gulf of Mexico to dive on the Oil Rigs.  The Oils Rigs are an artificial reef habitat to many species of underwater creatures!  If trained and meet the requirements, you have the option to spearfish while on these trips.

Spearfishing season: April-October

Trip Dates:


Trip Details:
· A very experienced Dive Instructor leads the trip

· 2 or 3 Tank Rig Trip

· Going 40-65 miles out

· Spearfishing Optional (must be trained)

· Boat leaves out of Freeport

· Boat departs in morning and returns same night

· Dive Equipment Rentals (if needed), tank rentals and Nitrox mixes are in addition to the boat price.  Contact the store to reserve your gear and order mixes.

· Bring your own drinks and snacks

$499 pp – 1 day Trip

$799 pp – 2 day Trip

Call 281-445-3483 to book or on link below



Photo by Erich Schlegel


Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)

Call to register. 281-445-3483

Want to learn how to spearfish so you can join our trip? Enroll in our Spearfishing Course!

Flower Gardens 2024 Trips

Flower Gardens 2024


New for 2024!  Bookings made Simple!

Please use the QR Code to book and pay for the Flower Gardens Trips.

Weekend Flower Garden Tour

7 dives
This is our most popular tour of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
We depart Freeport in the evening and motor out to the West Bank, famous for sighting manta rays, so divers must remember to LOOK UP!
After lunch we stop off at an oil platform. Be prepared to be impressed. Divers often go on this dive with modest expectations,
but the deep-water oil platforms change a lot of minds. And many divers tell us the rig dive is the best we offer.
The evening is spent at the East Bank where divers will usually find turtles that hang out and aren’t shy about getting their photo
Overnight we motor to Stetson Bank for two more dives before heading back to port for a Sunday evening arrival around 5-6PM.

Departs Friday evening at 7PM
Saturday Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 1&2 at the West Bank, famous for cruising Manta Rays
Lunch, then Oil Platform Dive
Dives 4&5 at the East Bank, visit with the turtles, Dive 5 is a night dive
Sunday Wake-up at 6AM
Dives 6&7 at Stetson Bank, nowhere for the critters to hide
Return to Freeport at about 5:30-6PM

Price: $794 

3-Day Extended Flower Garden Tour
(long-weekends, holiday weekends, weekday excursions)
11 dives
Day 1 Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 1&2 at the West Bank, famous for cruising Manta Rays
Lunch, then Oil Platform Dive
Dives 4&5 at the East Bank, visit with the turtles, Dive 5 is a night dive
Day 2 Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 6&7 at the East Bank, “the wall” with the sun coming up bathing it in light
Lunch, transit to Stetson Bank
Dives 8&9 at Stetson Bank, including the famous night dive at Stetson!
Day 3 Wake-up at 6AM
Dives 10&11, Stetson Bank
Return to Freeport at about 5:30-6PM

Stetson-Kraken Day Trip
(30 hours)
4 dives
New for 2023, we’re going for a quick trip! As usual, you’ll SLEEP on the way out and wake up to world-class diving.
This trip features two dives at Stetson Bank and two at the Kraken artificial reef. These four dives are designed to get you out to
world-class, blue-water diving in a shorter weather window.
Stetson Bank is a salt dome that has pushed up from deep water. It’s known for the much larger and more visible variety of
animals, including big sharks!
The Kraken is a 371-ft long cargo ship that was deliberately sunk near Stetson Bank. Like most artificial reefs, it’s known for its
sport fish congregations. The ship was sunk in 2017 and has since grown all manner of marine animals and creatures.

Friday, Arrive at 7PM, Board at 7:30 and depart soon after
Saturday Wake-up at 6AM
Dives 1&2, Stetson Bank
Dives 3&4, Kraken Reef
Arrive in port at midnight, disembark at 7AM Sunday

Price: $485

Stetson-Kraken 2-Day
7 dives
One of the highest rated dives in our inventory is the very special Night Dive at Stetson Bank. Stetson bank is most notable for
it’s LACK of coral reef cover, resulting in many of the same animals but with nowhere to hide from snooping divers. The
wildlife at Stetson is a real treat, but at night, an entirely new set of creepy animals comes out from hiding. And prowling out in
the deep water, beyond the drop-off of the bank, big sharks (a resident Sandbar for example) and other visitors are common.
The Kraken is a 371-ft long cargo ship that was deliberately sunk near Stetson Bank. Like most artificial reefs, it’s known for its
sport fish congregations. The ship was sunk in 2017 and has since grown all manner of marine animals and creatures.

Wednesday, Arrive at 7PM, Board at 7:30 and depart soon after
Thursday, Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 1&2 at Stetson #1
Dives 3-5 at Stetson #3 (including the famous night dive!)
Friday, Wake-up and 6AM
Dives 6&7 at the Kraken reef
Arrive at the dock about 5:30PM

Price: $735

Oil Platform Adventure 2-Day
6-7 dives
Most of our excursions focus on “natural” reefs that have formed and built up over thousands of years, but the Gulf also holds
some special, man-made, “vertical reefs.” Since the 1950-1960s, oil companies have installed structures in the Gulf to facilitate
the extraction of fossil fuels from the depths. Some of these platforms are within sight of land (boring), but our Oil Platform
Adventure brings you far afield, where water depths reach 900+ ft.
The special feature on the adventure is the Cerveza Platform. Built in 1983, it has stood in 935 ft of water for decades, as a
result, one of the things divers won’t see is the platform itself. There’s too much growing on it! Mollusks and crabs and worms
and all manner of creatures, some hiding in their shells and others hiding behind the others. There’s plenty to see. And don’t
forget the big game fish.
Oil platforms “retire” when their production runs out, and some of them will be “reefed” in deep water. Some are simply cut-off
in place, but others are cut off at the mud-line and moved elsewhere. These “toppled rigs” provide an entirely different dive
experience, and these are the rigs we’ll dive on Friday before returning to port.

Wednesday, Arrive at 7PM, Board at 7:30 and depart soon after
Thursday, Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 1&2 at Cerveza Platform
Dives 3-4 at the “Intersection Rigs” (near Stetson Bank) – Are you up for a night dive on an oil platform?
(Night Dive if conditions allow)
Friday, Wake-up and 6AM
Dives 5&6 at the Matagorda toppled rigs
Arrive at the dock about 5:30PM

Price: $735

Gulf of Mexico Tour 4-Day
17 dives
New for 2023
For divers who want to get away for a longer trip, we’re offering a tour of all the features described on other trips. Designed to
capture the divers who will travel from further in order to see all the Gulf has to offer, this trip has it all:
o The Flower Garden Banks
o Oil Platforms (variety, including Cerveza)
o Deep-water (6000+ ft), Black Water Drift Dives
o Toppled rigs
o Stetson Bank
o The Kraken Reef

Sunday, Arrive at 7PM, board at 7:30, depart shortly after
Monday Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 1&2 at West Flower Garden Bank
Dive 3 at Oil Platform HI376-A (or other nearby)
Dives 4&5 at East Flower Garden Bank
Tuesday Wake-up at 7AM
Dives 6&7 at Cerveza Platform
Dives 8-10 Stetson Bank
Dives 11&12 at Stetson Bank
Dive 14&15 at Oil Platform (intersection rigs)
Dives 16&17 Matagorda toppled rigs
Return to port at about 5:30PM

Price: $1326

Coral Spawn Experience 4-Day
(2023 is a “split spawn” year, featuring 2 coral spawn events)
16 dives
Each year, a few days after the full moon in August (and sometimes again in September) corals the world over release their gametes into the ocean currents. These magical moments happen just after dark at the Flower Garden Banks reefs, and we designed this trip to put you into the mix with all that spawning.
There’s more! All that spawn in the water attracts other bigger animals too, especially the sharks and filter feeders like Mantas.
This trip is four days and five nights of diving and is designed to place you in the action for as many corals as possible. During the day, you’ll enjoy all the reef has to offer, plus an oil platform or two.
(No itinerary. Specific dive sites determined by expected spawn locations and times.)

Price: $1326

Non-Dive Excursions
In 2023, the Fling will offer wildlife and educational excursions. We’ll offer two birding itineraries from Freeport, one east to the Louisiana border and the other south to Rockport. These trips, while not immune from the weather, are inshore and less dependent on good weather offshore.

Eastern Wildlife Adventure
Texas is blessed with some of the best birding grounds in the country. High Island is a prominence located to the north and east of Bolivar and is a world-famous birding feature. Our eastern wildlife excursion will start on Saturday morning at Texas Point, the southeastern corner of the state and the mouth of the Sabine River. We’ll travel up the river to the intracoastal waterway and turn back toward High Island, approaching through a puzzle of wildlife preserves:
o Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
o Candy Cain Abshier Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
o Big Hill Bayou WMA
o McFadden NWR
o Anahuac NWR (High Island area)
o Goat Island and “back lakes”
o Brazoria NWR
The Fling is well-suited to wildlife viewing. Our spacious upper deck offers clear, 360 degrees of viewing. Passengers are encouraged to bring their favorite folding chair.

Southern Wildlife Adventure
Our other wildlife excursion races down the coast to Rockport, TX where the famous Whooping Cranes nest each season, then wanders the way back inshore through healthy and productive wetlands. These birds are making a precarious come-back from the brink of extinction, and the nesting grounds in the Aransas NWR have been a critical habitat for their recovery. To make this trip even better, there’s plenty of other productive wetland habitat the entire route home, passing through several preserves.
o Aransas NWR
o Matagorda Bay
o Mad Island WMA
o Big Boggy NWR
o San Bernard NWR and Cedar Lakes (accessible only by water)
o Justin Hurst WMA and Jones Creek

Field Trip Afloat
This year, the Fling is offering a unique chance for students (and teachers too) to spend a weekend afloat, at sea and in the estuary, learning about the coastal habitats, ocean sciences, nautical science, and other lessons you won’t find anywhere else.
From the time you come aboard, we’ll start our study of safety of life at sea with a case study. That will be followed by a demonstration of an important principle, light pollution, and we’ll demonstrate it by escaping from the lights that obscure the night sky! Spend the night at anchor and wake up Saturday to begin looking closely at marine and ocean science topics. We’ll pull a bottom trawl and go through the catch to ID the fish we catch. A plankton seine will give students a chance to work with the microscope.
In the afternoon and evening, we’ll examine nautical science, and the students will have a chance to drive the Fling in and around the harbor entrance (with close supervision from the Captain, of course). This lesson will demonstrate line-of-position navigation, bridge-to-bridge communications, passing arrangements, and more.
We’re not posting a specific itinerary because these trips will vary based on weather (which we will study) and conditions. We’ll adapt to what we find in the field, but spend two full days learning about the world around us.
Each minor student must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend booking a top / bottom bunk for a parent – child pair, or a whole cabin for a parent (or two) and two or three kiddos.

Complete topic list
o Astronomy – star ID, light pollution, time zones
o Marine Science – Fish ID, Classifications, ecosystems, estuary habitat, plankton ecology
o Ocean Science – Salinity, turbidity, haloclines thermoclines, and other segmentation, currents
o Nautical Science – Basic Navigation, true motion vs relative motion, bridge operations
o Fire science – Fire prevention, Extinguisher operation, Evacuation planning and execution
o Weather – Cloud classification, convective systems, frontal zones, soundings
o Critical Reading – “Sea Stories” and other literature

This list includes more topics than we’ll have time for on our trip, because some may not be available. For example, star identification is not possible on cloud-covered weekends. Our specific itinerary for these trips will be determined by the weather conditions for each trip, but we’ll squeeze in as many activities as we’re able.
As always, passengers on these trips will enjoy all the benefits of our full galley and cozy bunk rooms.


June 14-26, 2025 – Tubbataha Predator Diving & Dumaguete in Philippines

June 14-21, 2025 Azores Liveaboard and Land Based June 21-26, 2025 (plus 1-2 days of travel) – SOLD OUT!

Tubbataha and Dumaguete, Philippines – 12 days plus travel days (max 14-15 days)

Trip Leader:  Bill & Tonya Merritt

Azores Live Aboard & Land Based

Fly into Manila June 13 and stay at the Belmont Hotel (don’t have pricing yet.)

Fly into Porta Princesa (connecting through Manila) and board Azores Liveaboard at 5pm

Meals and Diving will be included on the Liveaboard to Tubbataha.  At the end of the charter, we are doing a transition day back to Dumagette. Depart the boat at 7am and move to the hotel.

Jun 21-26 – 5 nights at Dumagete Hotel

Pricing includes: Azores Liveaboard, Dumaguete Hotel, Manila/Puerto Princesa transfers, Dumaguete/Manila Transfers

Not Included:  Airfare, drinks, tips, Marine Park fee, Nitrox, Hotel at the Belmont.

Plan for 1-3 days of travel time.

    • $7261 pp – Double Occupancy for Liveaboard & Dumaguete Hotel (not Belmont in Manila)

Non-Refundable $500 deposit pp due at time of booking

$3000 payment pp due August 30th, 2024 – No refunds after this payment

$3000 payment pp due November 30th, 2024

Final balance pp due March 30, 2025