ADA's Grand Cayman Dive Trip is Ready to Book!
July 7 - 14, 2018

--by Daryl Johnson

The 2018 trip is to Grand Cayman at the Cobalt Coast Resort July 7-14. For those of you that went to Cayman Brac with us you will be happy to know this resort is owned by the same company and has the same dive operator, Reef Divers with their “Valet Diving”. This property was built in 2000 and just won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016.  Check out the rave reviews at Trip Advisor with mostly top ratings.

While ADA has gone to many exotic locations, this trip gets “back to basics” at a location known for blue water, marine life and wall diving. Take a look at the 5 star ratings for North Wall diving on Trip Advisor at Trip Advisor. And we will be doing a lot of diving since this trip includes six two tank morning dives and 5 one tank after noon dives. With all that diving you are going to want to use nitrox- so guess what?? That’s included as is the use of a dive computer if you need one!

If you have never been to the Cayman Islands before, the first thing you learn is that food is very expensive and you can easily spend $75-$100 per person a day eating out. That’s not going to be a problem for us as three meals a day are included! You can dine in the beautiful restaurant right next to the pool.

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Flights are very inexpensive with direct flights from Miami starting at $319 on Cayman Airways for a nonstop flight directly to Grand Cayman. As usual, we do NOT include flights so that you can use your favorite carrier or frequent flier points if you want.

So, this is what is in the package:

  • 7 nights Garden View Room including breakfast, lunch, dinner daily,
  • free Wi-Fi, welcome rum punch, cocktail reception, fees, taxes and gratuities
  • 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, use of dive computer, tanks, nitrox,
  • weights and belts.
  • 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, use of dive computer, tanks, nitrox,
  • weights and belts.
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

The total price is $1399 per person, double occupancy (a single occupancy requires a single supplement). A deposit of $100 is required at booking and final payment of $1299 is due by check by April 15, 2018.  As usual we will match up divers without a companion to get to double occupancy. So get ready for another awesome ADA dive trip by using the “deposit button” at the end of this article or send a $100 check to:

Open-air dining area at Cobalt Coast Resort

Jerry Kosakowski
298 NW 83 Lane
Coral Springs, FL 33071-7439

See you there!!

Grand Cayman Dive Trip
$100 Deposit

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2018 ADA Dive Cruise is on SALE

The 2018 ADA Dive cruise is on SALE!!! Yes, that's right, we have already booked the dive cruise for next year since it is such a spectacular itinerary and includes a free drink package when you book a balcony or above by August 31, 2017. It's a round trip on the Royal Princess from Fort Lauderdale on November 24, 2018 for seven days and stops at four world class dive locations: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Roatan.

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Fantastic Looe Key/Key West Weekend

On July 22 and 23, ADA divers set out for Looe Key and Key West for an adventuresome weekend of diving and enjoying the sights. The morning of Saturday, July 22nd, three ADA divers toured the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured sea turtles. The tour was very informative and we really enjoyed it.

The next chapter of our adventure brought us to Looe Key resort where we boarded a very large, crowded pontoon boat, with 16 divers and 30 snorkelers. On the way out to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, we ran into a large pod of friendly dolphins. Captain Katie pulled alongside so we could get a closer look at them frolicking in the aqua blue water. It's always a good omen to run into dolphins in a dive trip and this pod portended two wonderful dives in crystal clear, warm water.

The towering finger reefs of Looe Key were teeming with life: tropicals of all kinds including, schooling Atlantic Spadefish, two free-swimming Caribbean reef sharks, and pristine examples of pillar and elkhorn coral. At the end of the second dive, we were treated to a visit by "Junior" the resident Goliath Grouper, who was getting friendly with the divers and snorkelers under the boat.

After a relaxing afternoon at Looe Key's pool and dinner at the Tiki bar with live rock and roll music, Sunday morning came bright and early. We made our way down to Key West for the 7:30 a.m. check-in at Lost Reef Adventures to experience one of south Florida's best wrecks - the General Hoyt S. Vandenburg. Once a military transport ship, it was converted to a satellite tracking vessel that once tracked space launches off of Cape Canaveral, complete with swim-through satellite dishes, whose aluminum is unfortunately disintegrating after years of exposure to salt water. We moored to Ball #4, which was 2two-thirds of the way to the stern. There was a mild current on the first dive, but it became stronger as the second dive progressed. Still is was possible to cover the entire length of the 524 foot vessel between both dives. The ship had good coral encrustation, numerous large barracudas, schooling Bermuda chubs, crevalle jack, and schooling brown chromis. There was a significant thermocline at 75 feet with water temp 87 above and 82 degrees below. With the current getting stronger, the crawl to the bow into the current was a workout but the free ride back two-thirds of the length of the ship was exhilarating. Interesting rooms to explore such as the cut-out navigation bridge. The dive was over by noontime, which left plenty of time to take in the sights of Key West before heading home.

The ADA Key West weekend is in its third year and, due to popular demand, Lon promised to put it back on the ADA dive schedule for 2018.

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Moved or Changed Email Addresses Lately?

If so, please email us with your current information. You may send an email to Dr Dan Baeza, Membership Chair at ActiveDiversInfo@gmail.com.

If you haven't renewed yet for the new season, you may still do so. You may pay by check or online. Go to http://activedivers.org/Membership-Renewal.html to renew your membership online. To pay by check, mail a check made out to "Active Divers Association"  with the appropriate amount to:

Dr. Dan Baeza
Membership Chairman - Active Divers Association
7592 Parkview Way
Coral Springs, FL 33065

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