March 2021 – Maldives

 

Best of the Maldives Atolls Vacation Liveaboard

March 16-26, 2021 CONFIRMED DATES (plus add travel dates)

10 night Emperor Explorer Liveaboard and Land Based Hotel

Price includes Nitrox, Park Fees

Diving Locations:  Rasdhoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls, Vaavu Atoll, North & South Male Atolls.
Airport/hotel transfer included if on embarkation and disembarkation day.

Embark: Male (MLE)
at 13:00
Disembark: Male (MLE)
at 07:00

6 spaces available

$3873 Main Suite Cabin Category

Leader:  Doug Jones

Doug is doing this itinerary:

Hotel: H78 Maldives March 16, 2021

Flight: Qatar Airlines

Departs HOUSTON GEORGE BUSH
QR 714 17:50h 13 Mar 2021
Arrives DOHA HAMAD INTERNATIONAL
17:20h 14 Mar 2021

Departs DOHA HAMAD INTERNATIONAL
QR 672 02:10h 15 Mar 2021

Depart MALE VELANA INTERNATIONAL
QR 673 10:15 26 Mar 2021
Arrive DOHA HAMAD INTERNATIONAL
13:15 26 Mar 2021

Depart DOHA HAMAD INTERNATIONAL
QR 713 08:30 27 Mar 2021

Arrive HOUSTON GEORGE BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL
16:45 27 Mar 2021

THIS IS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR ROUTING TO BE ABLE TO DIVE THE FULL LAST DAY:
FLIGHT EK 212 – EMIRATES SUN 14 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: HOUSTON, TX (GEORGE BUSH INTERCONT), TERMINAL D 14 MAR 07:55P
ARRIVAL: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 15 MAR 07:45P
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 14:50
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MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP HOUSTON, TX TO DUBAI
EQUIPMENT: AIRBUS A380-800

FLIGHT EK 656 – EMIRATES TUE 16 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 16 MAR 02:45A
ARRIVAL: MALE, MV (VELANA INTERNATIONAL) 16 MAR 07:50A
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 04:05
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MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP DUBAI TO MALE
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 777-300ER

FLIGHT EK 653 – EMIRATES FRI 26 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: MALE, MV (VELANA INTERNATIONAL) 26 MAR 10:55P
ARRIVAL: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 27 MAR 02:05A
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 04:10
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BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 2PC
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP MALE TO DUBAI
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 777-300ER

FLIGHT EK 211 – EMIRATES SAT 27 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 27 MAR 10:05A
ARRIVAL: HOUSTON, TX (GEORGE BUSH INTERCONT), TERMINAL E 27 MAR 05:40P
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 16:35
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BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 2PC
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP DUBAI TO HOUSTON, TX
EQUIPMENT: AIRBUS A380-800

FLIGHT(S) CALCULATED: $1966.00 pp
(rate quote: 5-29-20)

Here is another option for flights:

FLIGHT EK 212 – EMIRATES SUN 14 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: HOUSTON, TX (GEORGE BUSH INTERCONT), TERMINAL D 14 MAR 07:55P
ARRIVAL: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 15 MAR 07:45P
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 14:50
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP HOUSTON, TX TO DUBAI
EQUIPMENT: AIRBUS A380-800

FLIGHT EK 656 – EMIRATES TUE 16 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 16 MAR 02:45A
ARRIVAL: MALE, MV (VELANA INTERNATIONAL) 16 MAR 07:50A
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 04:05
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP DUBAI TO MALE
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 777-300ER

FLIGHT EK 653 – EMIRATES FRI 26 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: MALE, MV (VELANA INTERNATIONAL) 26 MAR 10:55P
ARRIVAL: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 27 MAR 02:05A
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 04:10
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 2PC
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP MALE TO DUBAI
EQUIPMENT: BOEING 777-300ER

FLIGHT EK 211 – EMIRATES SAT 27 MARCH 2021
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DEPARTURE: DUBAI, AE (DUBAI INTL), TERMINAL 3 27 MAR 10:05A
ARRIVAL: HOUSTON, TX (GEORGE BUSH INTERCONT), TERMINAL E 27 MAR 05:40P
FLIGHT BOOKING REF: EK/BR6EG6
RESERVATION CONFIRMED, ECONOMY (K) DURATION: 16:35
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: 2PC
MEAL: MEAL

NON STOP DUBAI TO HOUSTON, TX
EQUIPMENT: AIRBUS A380-800

FLIGHT(S) CALCULATED AVERAGE CO2 EMISSIONS IS 1851.68 KG/PERSON

 

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

November – Truk Lagoon, Micronesia [Liveaboard]

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

 

April – Little Cayman, Cayman Islands


Little Cayman Beach Resort, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

April 3-11, 2021 – NEW DATES

Spend Easter diving the Bloody Bay Wall!

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
KX4624  GCMLYB 230P 305P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman
KX4722  LYBGCM 1055A1130A – Little Cayman/Grand Cayman

seats holding for this schedule with Cayman Airways
KX4724  GCMLYB 320P 355P – Grand Cayman/Little Cayman
KX4421  LYBGCM 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 ..

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  IAHGCM 942A1235P – Houston/Grand Cayman
UA 387  GCMIAH 135P 435P – Grand Cayman/Houston

Also, Southwest Flys to Cayman!

$500.00 to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

September – Cozumel, Mexico (Annual Marlin Dive Team Trip!)

September 19-26, 2020 (Sat to Sat) – UPDATED MONTH for TRAVEL

Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort

Marlin Dive Team Annual Trip

Annual Cozumel Trip is September 19-26, 2020 (Sat-Sat)

Trip Leaders: Bill & Tonya Merritt

Join the Marlin Dive Team on their annual Cozumel Getaway!  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 Dives, if needed!

Deluxe Room Diver, based on Double Occupancy: $1760 pp

Master Suite Diver, based on Double Occupancy:  $2103 pp

Single Rates, Non Diver Rates and Additional nights or Less nights available! Contact Tonya to quote: 281-445-3483 (DIVE).

Other Options may include: Cenote Diving, 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, 6 days of 2 tank boat diving, nitrox, 1 night boat dive, 2 dive PADI specialty, trip t-shirt, el cielo afternoon beach excursion by boat.

Not included: Airfare, Dive Tips, Hotel Eco Tax

Southwest is now flying directly Houston Hobby to Cozumel Airport!

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

August – Aqua Cat – Bahamas

August 22-29, 2020 – THIS TRIP IS A GO!!  Come join the FUN!

Aqua Cat Liveaboard – Exumas, Bahamas

Trip Leader: Doug Jones

$2915 pp Ocean View Rooms based on Double Occupancy

$2515 pp Ocean View Rooms based on Triple Occupancy (3 twins or queen & twin rooms)

$2315 pp Some Ocean/1 skylight room based on Quad Occupancy (4 twins or bunk combo rooms)

6-12 spaces available

PRE-TRIP KICK OFF PARTY: Thursday, August 13th at 6:00pm

The trip includes boat accommodations, meals (except Friday night), beverages ($soda, run drinks, vodka, beer, wine), diving, Shore Excursions, t-shirt, Airport Transfers, Safety PADI Marker Buoy Specialty.

Not Included:  Airfare, Tips(15%), Taxes, $225 Port Fees,$150 Nitrox for the trip, Dinner Friday Night

Boat Departs from:  Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
Boarding: Saturday, 6:00pm
Saturday you will take Ground Transfers

Boat Returns to:  Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Friday afternoon
Disembark: Saturday, 9:00am

Sample Itinerary
Itineraries are weather dependent and tailored to best diving available each trip.
Saturday:
6:00pm board. Check in, dinner, unpack, orientation and safety briefing.
Sunday:
Depart before first light; offering 4 daytime dives and 1 night dive today.
Monday through Wednesday:
4 daytime dives and 1 night dive per day/night in the Exuma Cays and/or Eleuthera. Shore excursions are offered daily.
Thursday:
4 daytime dives Captain’s Dinner with photo and video presentations; awards presented during dessert.
Friday:
2 daytime dives.
Return to Nassau 2:00-5:00pm depending on weather and travel distance.
6:00pm Farewell Cocktail Party.
Port night in Nassau! Dinner on your own. The evening is yours to enjoy in Nassau.
Saturday:
Disembark vessel by 9:00am.

See the Aqua Cat Flyer:  https://gigglinmarlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/ASL-aqua-cat-flyer-wo-CTA.pdf

October – Wakatobi, Indonesia

October 8-18, 2021 (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.

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

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

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

Repeat Customer Discount is available as well.

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)

 

2020 Shark School Dates – Eleuthera, Bahamas

2020 Dates: October 17-24, 2020

Join Dr. Erich Ritter (experimental shark behaviorist and avid conservationist) and his organization, SharkSchool, for a week long class that teaches divers, snorkelers, rescue swimmers, and others how to interact with sharks, what to look for when entering the water, and most importantly, how to feel safe among sharks. SharkSchool’s main purpose is to bring humans closer to sharks, focusing on how to interact with these animals while emphasizing their crucial position and importance in the marine realm. (http://www.sharkschool.org/about.html)

Dr. Erich Ritter is the head of the SharkSchool, an organization

Challenge yourself by encountering these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, knowing that sharks are top marine predators and physically far superior to humans. Once you have learned to interpret shark behavior,  you’ll put your own fear / anxiety aside and be comfortable with sharks.  In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the entire encounter and to act accordingly and to respond on the basis of scientific knowledge learned, rather than on the basis of presumptions and fear. In this way, your shark encounters are pleasant, incredibly fascinating and safe.

*Ross University students will have the opportunity for additional education tours around the island!

Shark School Package and Costs

The Shark School package includes:

Seven (7) nights at Cape Eleuthera Resort, four (4) person occupancy per condo

Group breakfast and dinner at the Bull Dolphin restaurant at Cape Eleuthera

Five (5) days of lecture with a copy of Dr. Ritter’s book, “Shark-Human Interaction”

Five (5) days of one (1) tank dive with the sharks, followed by in the water interaction with the sharks at shark beach.

Rental car for each four (4) divers for seven (7) days, gas is the guest responsibility, pick up and return at Governor’s Harbour Airport.

Daily gear storage, fresh water rinse and set up at Ocean Fox Cotton Bay dive shop.

Cost for the one week stay and shark school is $2571. Deposit of $600 required, no refunds within 30 days of the school.

March 2022 – Tubbataha Reef Diving in Palawan, Philippines

March 23-29, 2022 (plus 1-2 days of travel)

Tubbataha & Palawan, Philippines

Trip Leader:  Doug Jones

Siren Live Aboard & Land Based

Fly into Porta Princesa (connecting through Manila) and may need to spend 1 night Hotel for 6 days & 5 nights.  Meals and Diving will be included at this for the land based!  Then you will board the boat from the hotel the Siren Liveaboard for 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days of diving in Tubbataha.

Not Included:  Airfare, drinks, tips, Marine Park fee and any upgrades to ocean front rooms or suite.

Plan for 1-3 days of travel time.

    • $TBD pp – Ocean Front – Double Occupancy (DIVER)
    • $TBD pp – Suite – Double Occupancy (DIVER)

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

 

2020 – 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:

Coming Soon for April to October, 2020

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

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!