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Caribbean Scuba: An RX For Arthritis?

It’s a typical morning on the Cayman Islands. The sun is shining, people are smiling, and the inviting warm waters are crystal clear, making it easy to enjoy the vibrant coral reefs teeming with schools of colorful tropical fish.

On the beach, Hans R. took a long sip from his cocktail and smiled. “What can I say? The doctor said I needed to do something for my arthritis. I guess I have no choice but to have this much fun!”

One in five Americans suffers from arthritis. Their search for pain relief has led to a surprising discovery: dive travel. SCUBA diving turns out to be a great form of exercise for those with mild to moderate arthritis.

Dive trips to the warm waters of the Caribbean support aching joints, alleviating the pressure, stress and tension that cause pain. The motions associated with SCUBA are ideal for people who want to preserve their flexibility and even increase their range of motion. Working with expert, experienced dive operators – the only type that Ultimate Dive Travel works with! – ensures that your dive adventure is both safe and suited to your individual fitness needs.

Am I Too Old To Learn How To SCUBA Dive?

It’s never too late to learn how to SCUBA dive! Many people function under the mistaken impression that people have to learn how to dive when they’re young. Nothing could be further from the truth! Older adults often make the best SCUBA dive students – they know how to pay attention and ask questions when things aren’t clear in order to make the most of their Caribbean dive trips.

SCUBA: For Happiness and Health

Caribbean SCUBA dive trips are ideal for arthritis management. The islands are very close to the States, and travel back and forth is simple and easy. While much of the world is caught up in political turmoil, the Caribbean offers a chance to get safely away from it all.

Relax on beautiful beaches. Meet the local people and learn about their amazing culture – there are real artistic and historical treasures to be discovered if you’re willing to go beyond the typical tourist experience. Dive every day – multiple times a day, if that’s what you’d like to do! – with the region’s friendliest, most knowledgeable dive operators.

“When you have arthritis, you have to embrace every opportunity to make yourself feel better,” Hans said. “SCUBA helps me maintain my joint health, and being in this beautiful setting lifts my spirits. It’s a win-win combination.”

Are you ready to give SCUBA a try? There are several attractively priced Caribbean dive vacation packages available, suitable both for the experienced diver and those new to the sport. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan an itinerary you’ll love!

Make 2014 The Year You Try Indonesian Muck Diving

More and more people are asking us about muck diving. Muck diving generally takes place in shallow waters, and the diver concentrates on the creatures that dwell on the sandy, sometimes rocky bottom. The scale of the creatures you encounter on muck dive trips is many orders of magnitude smaller than the rays, sharks, or whales you may see in open water, but when it comes to biological diversity, individual beauty, and sheer scientific curiosity, muck diving can’t be beat.

Indonesian Muck Diving

The Ambon Bay region of Indonesia is quickly becoming one of the best scuba diving locations for muck divers.Beneath the surface of the water, the sea bottom doesn’t, at first glance, look like much. But if you’re willing to wait and patiently explore, these sandy, silty waters will reveal their treasures to you. There are numerous species of rhinopias and frogfish, as seen in our photos here, as well as seahorses, many types of crabs, sea urchins, and all kinds shrimps to watch and photograph. Indonesian dive trips are a wonderful way for amateur naturalists to do their own field observations.

Indonesian Dive Resort: Maluku Divers

When people choose Indonesian dive trips, they do so because they truly want to get away from it all. Maluku Divers offers peaceful beachfront bungalows nestled between mature trees in the village of Laha that encourage total relaxation. This truly unique resort is also perfectly situated to enjoy the best diving in Indonesia. Between the restful and comfortable accommodations and once in a lifetime diving opportunities, you’ll feel completely rejuvenated and restored after your stay with Maluku Divers.

Maluku Divers, the only internationally owned and managed dive center in Ambon, provides excellent shore diving, along with boat dive trips to the best muck diving sites in Ambon Bay. With the world class muck diving and diverse options for accommodations, Maluku Divers in the Ambon Bay region of Indonesia is truly one of the best scuba diving locations in the world. Contact us to learn about special pricing on Indonesian muck diving packages!

Maldives Liveaboard Diving: The Ultimate Corporate Retreat

If you’re an events planner or responsible for arranging the annual corporate retreat for your organization, you may know that the trend toward adventure-oriented events continues strong, while almost universally, travel budgets are shrinking. How can you get the maximum bang for your buck?

Maldives liveaboard diving is one answer that’s sure to be a winner. The Maldives is known the world over as one of the very best scuba diving locations and the Maldives Princess Liveaboard. Your team can enjoy multiple dives throughout the day with friendly, skilled guides. The soft corals and sponges in the regions are breathtaking. Many of these species can be found nowhere else in the world. Your Maldives live aboard diving experience can include diving near one of the many atolls surrounding the islands; there you can see the larger sea life including manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads and more.

At the end of the day’s diving, enjoy the comfortable luxury of a Maldives Liveaboard. It’s the perfect setting for brainstorming or visioning sessions; you’re far from the hustle, distraction, and chaos of normal life, while wi-fi connectivity allows you to access needed files, information, and resources easily.

Maldives live aboard diving is surprisingly affordable, especially when you compare the costs to more traditional, less exclusive, less exciting corporate retreat venues. It’s an ideal option for small, dynamic companies with an active, adventurous leadership team that values unique experiences. If your team already knows how to scuba dive, that’s great. They’ll truly appreciate the majestic beauty of Maldives live aboard diving. Do some members of your team need dive instruction and certification prior to departure? We can help you arrange that too.

Isn’t It Time You Had An Adventure?

Do you ever think about the dreams you had when you were a kid? You were going to do so much: explore the world’s jungles, climb every mountain, maybe even take a rocket ship into space. But then reality happened. You had to grow up and do the right thing: go to school, get the career thing figured out, raise the family. Now you’re standing here, at this point in your life, and it’s impossible not to wonder: when it is your time, for your adventure?

SCUBA Dive Trips: Adventure is Closer than You Ever Imagined

The unknown frontier is closer than you think. So many of the world’s mysteries lie waiting to be solved – beneath the surface of the ocean. There are species to discover, sea life to understand, historical shipwrecks and dynamic coral reefs to observe. A Caribbean scuba diving vacation can bring you face to face – or more correctly, mask to face! – with amazing tropical fish, marine mammals, and more. It’s an experience that will change the way you see the world – and yourself.

Caribbean Scuba Diving: Great for the Beginning Diver

To get the most out of your scuba dive trips, it’s best to take some SCUBA classes & get certified before you go. Give us a call here in the shop; we’ll go over what’s involved and help you find the best training facility in your region.

The Caribbean’s warm waters, easily accessible coral reefs, and preponderance of highly skilled dive boat operators makes it an ideal destination for the beginning diver. Begin your adventure by diving in Grenada, St. Lucia, or St. Kitts if you want to be a little off the beaten track; head for the Bahamas or Cayman Islands to include a little more nightlife into your itinerary.

At Ultimate Dive Travel, we visit and dive with every operator we represent. When you let us help you plan your Caribbean Scuba Diving Vacation, you can do so in the confidence that you’re getting realistic information from people who have actually been there. The time to start your adventure is now. Call us today. Haven’t you waited long enough?

Cocos Island Scuba: Worth A Trip From Anywhere

In Costa Rica, the Turrialba volcano has been acting up. Scientists who monitor the volcano’s activity report that the volcano, which normally has around 20 tremors per day, has recently been having as many as 30 tremors per hour. If you’re a fan of watching how the world transforms itself, keep your ears open for news about Turrialba. It won’t be long, we think, before something exciting happens there.

Volcanic activity has played a huge role in the formation of the Cocos Islands. The islands are 300 miles off the shore of Costa Rica, and they serve as a valuable resting spot for lots of wildlife. Hammerhead and white tip sharks school here in great numbers. It’s a favorite destination for migrating whales and rays. Schooling fish abound, including jacks, tuna, and Creole fish.

The Cocos Islands are famous for the rich diversity of sea life. The gently sloping coral reefs that surround the islands are home to many species of fish that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. The rosy-lipped batfish is one great example, with a unique form and appearance. The rosy-lipped batfish has a vivid crimson splotch that covers the fish’s face and mouth.
Cocos Island scuba divers should keep their eyes open for bait balls, whirling, swirling masses of bait fish who group together to avoid predators. Any time you see a bait ball, predators are sure to be nearby!

Liveaboard Scuba Diving in the Cocos Islands

At Ultimate Dive Travel, we personally visit and dive with every dive operation we partner with. We want to be sure that all of our customers have a great experience on their trips. There are three great liveaboard scuba diving operators we recommend in the region: the Undersea Hunter, the Sea Hunter, and the Argo. Each boat offers a luxurious travel experience with plenty of time in the water with expert guides and exceptionally friendly support staff.

We have some very attractively priced liveaboard scuba diving trips available to the Cocos Islands right now. Contact us for more information. Space is limited, so act fast – you don’t want to miss out on a trip to this one-of-a-kind dive destination.

Fiji Scuba: Amazing Coral, Friendly People

At Ultimate Dive Travel, there’s nothing we like more than telling people about the more than two dozen dive vacation sites we work with. Every dive destination has something special and unique to offer to the traveler, from the dazzling nightlife of the Grand Cayman Islands to the one-of-a-kind biodiversity to be found scuba diving the Galapagos Islands.

But we have to admit to having a special place in our heart for Fiji. Fiji is one of the best scuba diving locations to visit if you’re a big fan of soft coral. The coral reefs off of Fiji are absolutely amazing, healthy and exquisitely colored. The Bligh Waters off the northern coast of Viti Levu (the main island in the 300+ island chain) are particularly nutrient rich. The coral here thrives, and as a result, the reef is overflowing with life. Even novice divers will find it easy to discover sea stars, anemones, clown fish, scorpion fish and puffer fish.

Fiji Is For Lovers: Shark Lovers!

Sharks and other predatory fish treat the coral reefs as their own personal buffet line. Pacific Harbor, on the southern short of Vita Levu, is famous for its shark population. We’ve had guests on Fiji dive trips report seeing as many as eight different shark species in a single day!

If you’re in search of your own personal Shark Week, we can help you put together a Fiji dive vacation that will rock your world. Seeing sharks in the wild can be a life-changing experience. You want those changes to be positive, so we strongly recommend you practice extreme caution and follow the instructions of your dive leader to dive with sharks safely.

All of the dive operators we work with for our dive trips are local experts, highly trained and very knowledgeable about Fiji’s waterways. Educating yourself ahead of time on local shark species and their behaviors is a great idea. The Fiji Shark Count is a great source of information. We highly recommend reading this page before your Fiji dive vacation.

The Time To Visit Fiji Is Right Now

We have some great Fiji dive trips right now. Don’t miss the chance to cross one of the world’s best reef-diving sites off your bucket list! Contact us to reserve your space today.