I had a wonderful trip with Blue Planet! I traveled solo and was among many other solo travelers. The trip was organized very efficiently. I had the required information at each stage. The diving was exceptional.
What an amazing trip! Couldn’t have asked for a nicer boat, a more fun group of people, or a more beautiful place to dive. Raja Ampat and the Dewi did not disappoint and Heather, Jonas, and Blue Planet were fantastic as always!
I couldn’t believe that gorgeous island was for real! The diving was wonderful, the water so warm I didn’t need a wetsuit all week, and trip mates and organizers made it as special as it was both above and below water. I was astonished by how good the food was every single meal. The staff from hotel to dive shop could not have provided better service. The scenery: breathtaking!
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
We all enjoyed the trip. The dive crew was very well organized and great to dive with. The hotel that we stayed at was privately owned. The owners we very nice and responsive to needs. I Had never traveled with Blue Planet before. I found the group to be made up of great people. Very respectful of the differing skill level of the group. Their enjoyment of the dives as well as their respect for the environment was obvious. I plan to travel more with them in the future. Really relaxing week.
Had a great time with the crew from Blue Planet. Marin is the best! While the Hilton hotel (Resort,what a crock)was in a great location, the price they charged for breakfast is outrageous! 23 bucks what a rip off! Really ticked me off!!! Majority of the dive shop personal were very helpful,professional. Capt Scott a true professional in his briefings and handling the boat! Didn’t like how one dive guide was inattentive and basically lost the group, claiming we were “ ahead of her” . Overall Marin and the rest of the folks from Blue Planet made me feel right at home,
This was our first trip with Blue Planet, and we made a decision to join them any time we plan a dive trip. Everything was planned the best possible way and everyone was included the whole time. Both Josh and Michael are just amazing!!! We had the best dive experience !!! Thank you!
My second trip with Blue Planet and I must say it was incredible. I got to fit in all the diving I wanted to do, completed 4 classes, explored the island, and made so many new friends! I have so much fun with the Blue planet crew and I cant wait to experience my next adventure with them again!
Bonaire is a great location for diving, both by boat and uniquely for shore diving. There are more than 50 shore diving options. It is a true divers paradise with clear water, healthy coral, lots of fish and regular sightings of turtles, rays, eels, crustaceans, sea horse and more.. Blue Planet dive shop out of Washington, DC does an excellent job organizing the trip, making sure everyone is prepared and has a great time. This was my second time in two years and I hope to go next year too!
What an amazing trip! Heather, Jonas, and the rest of the Blue Planet Staff put together an AMAZING trip! The trip included 9 boat dives and unlimited shore diving; allowing divers to dive as much (21+ dives) or as little as they wanted! The boat dives and the crew were fantastic and made it a point to showcase Bonaire's amazing wildlife. We saw more than 50 turtles (ranging from little babies to massive adults), 20+ squid, 10+ eagle rays, 10+ stingrays, 4 + massive eels, crabs, lobster, and fish of all sizes and kinds! We even got to race our boat with a pod of 6 or 7 dolphins during one of our surface intervals. Blue Planet offered a wide variety of certification classes including Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and 5+ specialty classes (Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Photography, etc.). Heather also went above and beyond by offering a fish ID class to everyone. And if you didn't want to take a class there plenty of fun diving. It was truly an amazing trip. From the instructors, the resort's onsite food options, the quality of the resort's dive shop, the boat dives, the unlimited shore diving, and the other trip participants- it was unforgettable and worth every penny.
This trip was amazing! The food was perfect and the people were so fun. The diving was the best! We saw 2 whale sharks, lots of shark including Hammerheads, and so many giant mantas! I love Socorro. Thanks to BluePlanetDC for an unforgettable dive trip.
Blue Planet is THE BEST at planning a fantastic trip! We stayed right on the water at an all-inclusive, so everything was at our fingertips. The diving was great, but it was a larger group (20) so the dive shop there wasn't always smooth with rental equipment. Food and room were very basic, not plush, but adequate and definitely a good value.
Had an amazing time in Socorro, the marine life didn't disappoint! The accommodations, food and service was superb! I love diving with the Blue Planet family, I'm always meeting new people and diving with previously fellow divers. Blue planet is an awesome dive shop and plans fantastic trips with great memories!
We had a great time. Poncho's food was great! Great weather, which we realize you have no control over. The dive masters brought great energy (Cory...i am talking about you!!!), knowledge, and were helpful when needed. Kudos to Blue Planet for assembling a great team for a great week of diving in a great place to make our vacation one we will brag about until alzheimer sets in.
Another awesome trip by Blue Planet! Thanks Heather and Jonas and the crew of the Valentina! My fourth live-aboard trip and best so far. Diving was great - especially whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, and pelagic fishes! Blue Planet group was fun and smart and interesting, as usual. I’m looking forward to next trip.
Great time and great accommodations. A beautiful location and view. The diving was great and super convenient. Under water was clear with lots of life. Coral looked to be in good condition and there is a great variety of formations.
Outstanding trip, as always with Blue Planet Scuba . Great lodging, excellent dive operator, fantastic location and a fun group. A very satisfying long weekend vacation diving in warm, turquoise water with friends and lots of sunshine.
This was a fantastic trip! I joined as a new, uncertified diver, was able to get certified within the first 2 days, and the rest of the trip was a blast full of great experiences, great dives, amazing people, and of course good food and drinks. I caught the scuba bug on this trip and cant stop!
I had so much fun! What an incredible way to ring in the New Year with old and new friends. The vessel was great, the crew was personable, fun, and safe, the food was incredible, the cabins were comfortable, and the dive deck was very accommodating! Can’t wait for my next trip with Blue a Planet. Thanks Heather and Jonas, you’re the best!!!
I had a great time on this trip! The group was super fun! The crew was exceptionally friendly and very accommodating. Blue Planet did an amazing job as always! It was a fantastic way to spend New Years!!!
I had a great time diving in Belize. Ambergris Divers were great. The Sunbreeze Hotel had comfortable accommodations. Andrea and Kim were great trip leaders and made everyone feel comfortable. I had a great time and hope to travel with Blue Planet Scuba again.
Nice hotel accommodations at Sea Breeze, beautiful location, good diving on the reefs and especially at the Blue Hole. Andrea Williams and Kim Walker did a fantastic job organizing the trip for Blue Planet Scuba and working with the Belize DMs at Ambergris Divers.
We had an absolutely amazing time on this trip. This was our first liveaboard and we were not disappointed. The liveaboard staff was incredible and made the entire experience unforgettable. The dive sites had amazing marine life and wrecks that made the trip well worth it. My husband and I would both go diving in the Red Sea again. The week after, we had the pleasure of doing a land tour and Nile cruise with a fantastic guide, who was with us the entire trip. It was really helpful having the same guide everywhere we went and we really appreciated him looking out for us and giving us good advice on how to make our experience that much better. Blue Planet did a great job organizing this trip! We really felt like we didn't have to do much at all to have this great experience with some pretty awesome people. The people who go on the Blue Planet trips are so friendly and welcoming and we felt like we made a number of new friends. Hope to dive with you all again!
What a wonderful trip! The diving and the land tours were spectacular. To see the remnants of ancient Egyptian history in front of your eyes is mesmerizing. Our Egyptologist was full of knowledge and personality. The group was fantastic, all the venues were beautiful albeit touristy, but the information learned was essential and fun because you were immersed in the actual places and lands you were learning about.