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.

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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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!

Spring Lake at The Meadows Center [formerly Aquarena Springs]

$285 per person for the Course ($30.00 deposit to hold spot)

Volunteer Diving is Free once you have completed the course, only a Reservation is Required!

Marlin Dive Team Members & Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim Customers are welcome to take the Diver Authorization Program, dive and discover the uniqueness of Spring Lake (formerly known as Aquarena Springs).  

Schedule:  SATURDAY – Class from 8am – 12pm & Dive from 1-5 pm

2021

April

Friday, April 23rd SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 24thSOLD OUT
Sunday, April 25thSOLD OUT

May

Friday, May 21stSOLD OUT
Saturday, May 22ndSOLD OUT
Sunday, May 23rdSOLD OUT
Friday, May 28thSOLD OUT

June

Friday, June 18th- Few Spots Remaining
Friday, June 25thSOLD OUT
Saturday, June 26thSOLD OUT
Sunday, June 27thSOLD OUT

Call to Book Now! 281-445-DIVE (3483)

Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver with 20 dives beyond certification course, photocopy of certification card, photocopy of your very last completed dive log page, 4 completed assessment quizzes (course attached below), all of your dive gear (there are no tank fills) and payment.

 

You can find the Course Description (including the schedule for the dives and accident management plans), Check List, and Site Map here: Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

You will need to read through all the Course Content

Then complete all four quizzes and fill out the following forms: Volunteer Diver Agreement; Assessment of Risk, Waiver and Release Form; Continuing Education Form: Forms & Quizzes

You will also need to fill out a Medical Form

and the Registration Form

Course No Show without notifying- $30 fee (to avoid, call to reschedule prior to course date minimum of 5 days prior)

Links:

Course Description/Checklist/Site Map: Here

Forms & Quizzes: Here

Medical Form: Here

Registration Form: Here

Just a reminder, we are still operating at 50% reduced capacity and are limited to 24 diving students per day and 8 DAC participants per class until further notice.  If you’d like to review our current policy, you can find it here.

FLORIDA – Key Largo Diving

 

FLORIDA – Key Largo Diving

  • Join Pascal and Michael in their diving adventure in Florida
  • Book with us and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Keys
  • Enjoy 4 Major Wrecks in Key Largo – The Bib, Duane, Eagle & Spiegel 

80 Reef Dive Sites and 7 Wrecks – Diving very close to shore

  • Morning trips and afternoon trips to get 4 dives in a day.
  • Starting March 1st with bookings – $100 pp/day for a 2 tank dive (no Nx needed!)
  • Any course can be completed there! We can set everything up for you!

Prices are dependent upon the type of diving you are doing.  Call Tonya for details.  281-445-3483

FLORIDA DIVING – Blue Heron Bridge

 

FLORIDA DIVING – Blue Heron Bridge

Planning to go in summer or even over over 4th of July weekend

5d/4n/3 diving days for a long weekend in the summer!

Dive with the Goliath Groupers and Fantastic trip for Photography

Join the Photography Shooting and Editing Course for additional instructor on the trip with Mathis Weatherall, our Professional Photographer.

 

Prices are dependent upon the type of diving you are doing.  Call Tonya for details.  281-445-3483