Egypt – Liveaboard – March 7-17, 2022

Egypt – Liveaboard

March 7-17, 2022

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

Fly to Hurghada Egypt from US Saturday March 5/6 2022 (Travelers arrange their own flights)

PRICING FOR TRIP INCLUDES

March 6 stay at the Continental Hurghada Hotel.  Room includes  breakfast and transfer from the airport to hotel.

Blue Horizon – Simply the Best Itinerary. March 7-14 2022

Includes:

7 nights – 6 Days of diving with up to 4 dives per day

Transfers between Hurghada (Egypt) airport and live aboard on days of embarkation and disembarkation

Food/Water/coffee/tea/soft drinks

12 Litre cylinder with air fills

Weights

Obligatory surcharges

Entry Visa

Government Reef Tax – 80.00 per person

Premium Cabin Situated on the mid deck, these king suites offer accommodation for two people in a large and comfortable bed as well as plenty of storage space.

 Classic Cabin on the Lower Deck 1 twin and 1 double bed OR 2 twin beds

Extra costs

Cabin upgrades and sole occupancy

Rental equipment

Nitrox

Private dive guide

Alcohol

Tonic & soda water

On board merchandise

Crew & dive guide gratuities

 

March 14 – A 3.5 hour private bus ride from Hurghada to Luxor where we will embark on the Nile Cruise and tour.

Land itinerary – March 14 – 17/18, 2022

Day 1: Luxor Nile Cruise

Transfer to embark Nile Cruise before lunch.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Visits: Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple.

Day 2: Luxor Nile Cruise – West bank

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Visits: Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon.

Day 3: Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Visits: Horus Temple, Kom Ombo Temple.

 Day 4: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours / Disembarkation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Visits: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple.

March 17 – We will disembark from the Nile Cruise at Aswan and transfer to the Aswan airport.  At the Aswan airport we will catch a mid-afternoon flight to Cairo.

Fly to US from Egypt – March 17/18, 2022. (Travelers arrange their own flights.) *Please see flight information for Heidi and Doug below.

If you have a strong desire to see the sites of Northern Egypt (Memphis, Alexandria, Giza) please let us know.  Heidi and Doug will not be touring northern Egypt but the same people who have arranged the rest of this experience for us can and will be happy to add on a couple days in Cairo for people who want to see the Pyramids and the other sites around the area.  Pricing will be dependent upon days and sites seen in Cairo.

Pricing for this trip is:

Double Occupancy Classic Cabin – $2910 per person

Double Occupancy Premium Cabin – $3010 per person

Single Occupancy Classic Cabin – $4210 – We will make every effort to find you a roommate if you are traveling solo.  However, if a roommate cannot be found you will be billed at the single occupancy rate.

Not included:

Airfare from the US to Hurghada

Airfare from Cairo to the US

Any nights in Cairo

Any tours in Cairo

Rental equipment

Nitrox

Private dive guide

Alcohol

Tonic & soda water

On board merchandise / Souvenirs.

Crew & dive guide gratuities

Entry Visa

Government Reef Tax – 80.00 per person

 

 

*Flight suggestions for this trip:

 

There are many different options for getting to and from this trip:

Turkish Airlines

United Airlines

Swiss Airlines

Air France

KLM

British Air

 

For Economy flights as of May 4, 2021 Turkish Airlines was the least expensive option.  On the same day, Business Class options were the least expensive on United and Swiss.  On that same day we found appreciable savings could be had by arriving a day early.  However there will be an extra hotel room charge if you elect to arrive in Hurghada before March 6.  The flight option Doug and Heidi chose is:

 

– Fri, Mar 04, 2022, UA1899, Houston, TX, US (IAH) to Chicago, IL, US (ORD)

– Fri, Mar 04, 2022, UA907, Chicago, IL, US (ORD) to Frankfurt, DE (FRA)

– Sat, Mar 05, 2022, LH1484, Frankfurt, DE (FRA) to Hurghada, EG (HRG)

-Fri, Mar 18, 2022, LH587, Cairo, EG (CAI) to Munich, DE (MUC)

-Fri, Mar 18, 2022, UA160, Munich, DE (MUC) to Houston, TX, US (IAH)

 

 

 

Bahamas-Small Hope Bay Lodge – November 20-27, 2021

Bahamas – Small Hope Bay Lodge

November 20-27, 2021

Fly into Nassau, Bahamas and take a charter flight to the quaint resort. Enjoy incredible diving, beautiful beaches and turquoise water for a relaxing week for Thanksgiving!  See below for more details!

Leader:  Doug Jones

Pricing:  7 nights/ 5 days of diving (2 tanks in the morning and 1 tank in the afternoon)

  • Divers $3,072 pp double occupancy plus tax for a total of $3,441 pp
  • Divers $3,737 pp single occupancy plus tax for a total of $4,186 pp
  • Non-divers $2,065 pp double occupancy plus tax for a total of 2,314 pp
  • Children 0-2 years old, FREE (babysitting fees apply).
  • Children 2-7 years old, $875 per week plus tax for a total of $980 pp
  • ADD:  Hopper Flight from Nassau to Andros – $249 pp – Charter that Gigglin’ Marlin has set up. (send your airfare to: barbie@gigglinmarlin.com)

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

Come Spend Thanksgiving with Gigglin Marlin at Small Hope Bay!

What is Small Hope Bay?  Watch this…..

Itinerary:

Arrive Andros Town Saturday (afternoon / evening), November 20, 2021  –   Depart Andros Town Saturday (mid-morning / early afternoon), November 27, 2021.

There are many options for flying into Nassau. Here is what our leaders are doing:

11/20/21 Houston, TX, US (IAH) to Nassau, BS (NAS)  UA 6206 9:42 am Arriving 1:50 pm Nonstop

11/27/21 Nassau, BS (NAS) to Houston, TX, US (IAH) UA 6208  2:39 pm Nonstop

Getting from Nassau to Andros is also easy.  We recommend Titan Air.  Titan has scheduled flights between Nassau and Andros Town.  However, they also offer charter flights between the two locations that are more convenient (and since they include ground transfers in Nassau a good value!).  We would recommend coordinating flights into Nassau so that a charter can be arranged to and from Andros Town. We will help with this!

Diving and the Resort:

Here is a longer video about Small Hope Bay. As the two videos show diving at Small Hope is diverse and amazing.  There are turtles, sharks, pristine and huge coral formations, deep (to 185 feet) dives, shallow dives, cavern dives, an enormous blue hole, and the most ridiculous array of different shades of blue water.  The variety all in one spot is unreal.  Checkout Doug’s Instagram Account for some pictures from their December 2020 trip!

Small Hope Bay is a family owned, environmentally friendly resort with private bungalows, long private beach, solar heated hot tub, and scads of activities for divers and non-divers alike.  Take a look at this video to get a feel of the facility.

Oh yeah, food and beverages are included!!  US, Bahamian, and Vegetarian options are available at every meal.  Gluten and food allergy issues are also managed.  For Thanksgiving the resort holds a LARGE dinner feast with a couple main courses (usually Turkey and a whole roast pig), numerous sides and too many deserts to choose from.  Another video!

These prices include: beachfront cottage accommodations, all meals, beverages, bar drinks, nightly hors d’oeuvres, Discover Scuba or introductory snorkeling lesson, kayaks, bikes, nature trails, windsurfers, Escape sailboat, hot tub on the beach, FREE WIFI in the lounge during the day, FREE VOI calls to US & Canada.

Also included in this trip:  Sunset Cruise, 2 free night dives, one free shark dive and the discounted Nitrox fill fee (listed below.)

Doug will also be available to teach specialty courses on site.  On past trips people have found on site specialty course pricing so attractive that many have completed enough specialties to achieve Master Diver status.  Interested individuals should inquire directly to Doug; courses will be charged through and processed by Gigglin’ Marlin.

 Pricing for Extras with Payment to Small Hope Bay Lodge Upon Checkout:

  1. Taxi fare from the airport to Small Hope is $20 for the first 2 people and $4 for each additional person one way per taxi.  It is preferable that Taxi fare be paid directly to the taxi driver but the resort will happily add this expense onto your bill due at checkout.
  2. There will be a 6% general staff gratuity- this is calculated from the accommodation cost.
  3. Dive Staff Gratuity –  At your discretion but please remember 10-15% is customary.
  4. Nitrox is $15 per fill – Gigglin’ Marlin discounted to $10 per fill!
  5. Equipment rental is $35 per day for BCD/REG /Wetsuit or Rent from Gigglin’ Marlin for $55 per piece for a week of diving.
  6. Tour Options:
    1. Guided Bone Fishing Tour – Half Day (8-12noon) $385 Whole day (8-4pm) $550. Additional surcharge may apply based on fishing location. Rates include snacks/lunch, equipment
    2. Snorkeler on the dive boat -$40 pp per boat trip.  Snorkeling on the property is free!
    3. Guided Nature Tour- Half day minimum of 2 persons – $70 per person per trip / Whole day minimum of 2 persons -$100 per person per trip.
    4. Guided Birding Tour – We have experienced there are three types of birders; recreational birder – which we can accommodate well at the nature tours pricing. There are birders that are only interested in photography which can be accommodated with the nature tour pricing. However, a half-day is 4hrs and a full-day is 8hrs. The third type of birder is a very serious birder, which we highly recommend outsourcing a bird guide from the community, pricing is negotiated on an individual basis.
    5. Batik Tour – The batik tour is a walk through the factory with a history on the process and how it all got started. No charge for that. However, the batik lesson engages you in the wax portion of batiking along with a tour. The fee is $25 per person per piece. This can be confirmed during your stay based on availability at the factory.
  7.  Childcare – Small Hope offers complimentary babysitting for children over the age of 2 years during the evening hours (between 6 – 9 PM) and babysitting is available during the day time for parents who wish to enjoy some time to themselves or wish to participate in daytime activities.   The fee is $7 per hour for those children 2 years and older.  If you have a child less than 2 years old there is an additional $7 per hour for the extra babysitter Small Hope will bring in to give your little one the extra attention they require.

Babysitting at night is mandatory for children 7 years and under.  Babysitting hours are very flexible, let us know in advance so that we can arrange accordingly.   Small Hope Bay policy for children 7 years old and under is eating dinner in the “games room.” It has been a firm policy for 60 years and it works!  There is a room adjoining the lounge where Good Hope provides a complimentary babysitter/activity person to be with children from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm. For children 2-year-old or younger who may need more attention, we provide one-on-one babysitting. There is a nightly charge of $25 for children 0-2 years.

Cozumel, Mexico with Lifewaters – August 14-21 & Aug 21-28, 2021

Cozumel, Mexico

August 14-21 and August 21-28, 2021 (Sat-Sat) – 2 weeks

Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim, Lifewaters and SDI Scubility Buddies are all partnering up for an Amazing Week of Diving!!  We will be diving over a 2 week period.  Please choose ONLY ONE WEEK but mark if you are interested in adding the 2nd week if we have space!  Please let me know if you will need an accessible room.

Packages include:  Hotel Accommodations for 7 nights, Meals, Drinks, Airport Transfers, 4 days of 2 tank diving and 1 day of 1 tank and el cielo trip, t-shirt

2 Hotel Choices:

Hotel Cozumel

$1406 pp Diver in Standard Room – Single Occupancy

$1126 pp Diver in Standard Room – Double Occupancy

$1406 pp Diver in Junior Suite – Double Occupancy

Non-Divers reduce pricing by $531 pp 

Included: hotel, airport transfers, 4 days of 2 tank boat diving and 1 day of 1 tank boat dive with El Cielo trip on Thursday afternoon and nitrox with Roberta’s Scuba Shack, all meals at Hotel Cozumel, and drinks (including alcohol) at Hotel Cozumel, Tuesday party at The Fite’s House, group t-shirt.

Not Included in package price:  airfare, new eco hotel tax (approx. $10 per room per week), rental equipment, courses and dive tips, transportation to other events hosted – Alberto’s Friday night party-transportation, meals/drinks, Turtle Release Excursion, Night Boat Dive.

Complete your Open Water Course, Advanced Course or Specialties in the gorgeous Caribbean Ocean!  Let us know what you are interested in!

Village Tan Kah Rates: TBD

Diving Only Package $531 pp

Add Ons:

Snorkeler Rate

$70 – Night Boat Dive

$20 – Turtle Excursion

Rental Equipment – BCD ($50/wk), Reg ($50/wk), Computer($50/wk), Wetsuits ($35/wk) – let us know what you need!

$40 – 100 cu. ft tank

Nitrox Specialty Course – $299pp

NEW MEXICO RULE:

  Please see link and attached regarding new procedures for entering Cozumel.

CLICK HERE

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Truk Lagoon, Micronesia – Liveaboard – November 20-27, 2021

Truk Lagoon

Japanese War Ship Wreck Diving

Truk Odyssey Liveaboard

November 20-27, 2021

 

8 Cabins for 16 divers: $3749pp

Includes: Liveaboard boat-rooms, taxes, meals, airport transfers, Chuuk Dive Permit

Excludes: airfare, 1-2 nights at Blue Lagoon Resort depending on your airfare.

$500.00 deposit to hold your spot!

Call Tonya for more information!

(281) 445-3483

 

2021 Flower Gardens Trips

Come dive the Northernmost coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico with Gigglin’ Marlin. Some trips will have a GMD Trip Leader; however, we can book any trip that The Fling offers. Boat departs from Freeport on the night before the trip date. Arrive at 7:00 pm for check-in & early boarding at 7:30 pm. The boat returns to Freeport around 6:00 pm on Sunday.

NEW PROCEDURES SINCE PANDEMIC:

ALL DIVERS AND STAFF ON THE FLING BOAT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN ADDITIONAL RELEASE FORM PERTAINING TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE  TAKEN PRIOR TO BOARDING.  YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING IF YOU HAVE A FEVER.

Full payment is due at time of booking.

Trip Cancellation Policy – Once you book the trip, the space is yours, no refunds.  However, if the trip cancels due to weather, then you can get a full refund less the credit card processing fee or roll your money to another available date for the full value.

2021 dates 

June 19-20 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

June 21-23 (3 day weekday Mon-Wed)

June 24-25 2 day weekday Thur-Fri)

June 26-27 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

June 28-30 (3 day weekday Mon-Wed)

July 1-2 (2 day weekday Thur-Fri)

July 8-9 (2 day weekday Thur- Fri)

July 12-14 (3 day weekday Mon- Wed)

July 15-16 (2 day weekday: Thur-Fri) Stetson/Kraken

July 22-23 (2 day weekday Thur- Fri)

July 26-28 (3 day weekday Mon-Wed)

July 29-30 (2 day weekday Thur-Fri)

August 5-6 ( 2 day weekday Thur-Fri)

August 9-11 (3 day weekday: Mon-Wed)

August 12-13 (2 day weekday Thur-Fri)

August 27-30 (4 day weekend: Fri-Mon) Coral Spawn

September 18-19 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

Oct 16-17 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

Oct 30-31 (2 day weekend  Sat-Sun)

2021 pricing 

2 Day Weekday (air only):$685.00 Reserve Now

2 Day Weekend (air only): $685.00  Reserve Now

3 Day Weekday (air only): $785.00 Reserve Now

3 Day Weekend (air only): $800.00  Reserve Now

4 Day Weekend (air only): $980.00 Reserve Now

4 Day Weekday CORAL SPAWN (air only): $980.00 Reserve Now

Full payment is due at time of booking.

Trip Cancellation Policy – Once you book the trip, the space is yours, no refunds.  However, if the trip cancels due to weather, then you can get a full refund less the credit card processing fee or roll your money to another available date for the full value.

Little Cayman, Cayman Islands – March 12-19, 2022


Little Cayman Beach Resort, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

March 12-19, 2022 – NEW DATES YET AGAIN!

We are able to keep 2019 pricing!!

Come dive the Bloody Bay Wall with us!

Leaders: Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

Room Choices:

4 Ocean View Rooms, based on double occupancy: $2548pp, Single Rate add:  $867

6 Pool View Rooms, based on double occupancy: $2285pp, Single Rate add:  $605

Non Divers Discount $250pp

Package Includes: Resort accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, all meals, free wifi, welcome rum punch, cocktail reception, fees, taxes, Nitrox, 6 days of 2 tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1 tank afternoon boat dives, tanks and weights, t-shirt.

Not Included:  Dive Guide Tips, Staff Tips, airfare, $200 for Drinks Package (3 per night)

Gigglin’ Marlin is holding on Cayman Airways: 

seats holding for this schedule with Cayman Airways

KX4724Q 27MAR J GCMLYB HK14  320P  355P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman

KX4722Q 03APR J LYBGCM HK14 1055A 1130A – Little Cayman/Grand Cayman

seats holding for this schedule with Cayman Airways

KX4624Q 27MAR J GCMLYB HK6   230P  305P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman

KX4421Q 03APR J LYBGCM HK6  845A 920A – Little Cayman/Grand Cayman

Round trip airfare is $200.00 per person tax included, final taxes are subject to change and determined upon ticketing ..

Gigglin’ Marlin is holding the following Hopper Flights with Cayman Airways for the trip to Little Cayman March 12- 19, 2022

This schedule is holding for 14 people ..

Cayman Air 4724 12 MAR GCM to LYB – Little Cayman , 320pm – 355pm

Cayman Air 4722 19 MAR LYB to GCM – 1055am 1130am

This schedule is holding for 6 people :

Cayman Air 4007 12 MAR Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac

Cayman Air 4424 12 Mar Cayman Brac to Little Cayman

Cayman Air 4422 19 Mar Little Cayman to Grand Cayman

Round trip airfare is 220.00 per person tax included, final taxes are subject to change and determined upon final ticketing

When booking your airfare from the states, in and out of Grand Cayman, allow 1 hour and 30 minutes in each

Direction to make the connection valid.

BAGGAGE LIMITS :
When travelling to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman via the Twin Otter Service; Baggage allowance is 55 lbs per person (combined weight of up to 2 pieces) and only one 15 lb carry-on, any excess will be charged US$0.50 per pound.

In addition to the one carry-on item, you may bring free-of-charge items below:

One small personal article such as a briefcase, purse, day planner, small laptop computer, camera case, compact disk player or similar sized personal entertainment item Personal aid devices such as wheelchairs, braces, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices and walking sticks, provided passenger is dependent on them One infant article such as a small collapsible stroller, a diaper bag or a government approved child seat (larger strollers can be checked in the jetway prior to boarding the aircraft)

Once you make your Grand Cayman Flights from Houston, let me know which of the options you would like.

Suggested Houston Flights:

UA 369  27MAR  IAHGCM    935A1231P – Houston/Grand Cayman

UA1854  03APR  GCMIAH     420P 717P – Grand Cayman/Houston

Also, Southwest Flys to Cayman!

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

Cozumel, Mexico – June 19-26, 2021

June 19-26, 2021 (Sat to Sat)

Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort

The BEST diving in the WORLD!  Join us!

Trip Leaders: Bill & Tonya Merritt

Join the Marlin Dive Team on our annual Cozumel June Trip !

Dive the the beautiful blue water with all of your dive buddies, or come along to make new ones.  This trip is suited for all diving levels and non-divers too.  We can complete lots of specialties this week along with, Advanced Open Water and even Open Water Check Out Dives!

Deluxe Room Diver, based on Double Occupancy: $1853 pp

Deluxe Room Diver, based on Single Occupancy:  $2462 pp

Master Suite Diver, based on Double Occupancy:  $2154 pp

Master Suite Diver, based on Triple Occupancy:  $1972 pp

Non-Divers, reduce price by $885 pp

For Additional nights or Less nights – Contact Tonya: 281-445-3483 (DIVE).

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

Included:  hotel, tax, meals at 7 restaurants, drinks, alcohol, room service, mini bar, 5 days of 2 tank boat diving, 6th day (Friday) – 1 tank & El Cielo – South Beach/Ocean Excursion Trip, nitrox, 1 night boat dive, 2 dive PADI specialty, trip t-shirt.

Not included: Airfare, Dive Tips, Hotel Eco Tax

Southwest is now flying directly Houston Hobby to Cozumel Airport! United Airlines is also a great option out of IAH airport to go directly into Cozumel (preferred) or you can fly into CUN – Cancun Airport.   

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

NEW MEXICO RULE:

  Please see link and attached regarding new procedures for entering Cozumel.

CLICK HERE

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Wakatobi, Indonesia – MOVING TO 2022

October 2022 (Fri to Mon)- Wakatobi

(Reserve Oct 5-20 to include travel days.)

Trip Leaders:  Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

Fly Houston to Bali and stay 1 night then take a charter flight to Wakatobi for 10 days / 9 nights / 8 days of diving.

Package Includes: accommodations, diving – 2 options, meals and diving package at Wakatobi resort,

Not Included: Airfare, Bali Hotel night(s) (or additional nights depending on your flights from Houston), alcohol, marine park fees, tips and Round Trip Charter Flight from Bali to Wakatobi.

Option to add:  2-3 days in Bali on either end of the trip staying at a Southern Beach Resort – Monkey Reserve, Volcano, Balinese Dance, Lu ac Coffee Tour.  Let me know if you are interested.

prices may change since we are moving the trip to 2022

$ 5880 pp – Palm Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 2 rooms, 4 spaces)

$ 6880 pp – Ocean Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 3 rooms, 6 spaces)

$ 9330 pp – Two Bedroom Villa Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 1 room, 2 spaces)

Repeat Customer Discount available!!

Non-divers are welcome also, reduce either room category by $300 pp.

$500.00 deposit to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

2021 – 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:

TBD

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!