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Travel to Papua New Guinea to learn what it really means to step back in time where the worries of the world fade and the magic of nature unfolds.

Located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear protected waters of Milne Bay, Tawali offers travelers a unique location to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of this magnificent part of the world.

The diving from Tawali resort is both amazing and convenient. By the end of your trip you’ll be able to look at your log book and check off one of everything. You’ll see beautiful clams and turtles and other residents of the reef, mantas that skim underwater walls, drop-offs that are visited by hammerhead sharks, shallow rubble dives with octopus and cleaning stations, large Gorgonians and tiny pigmy seahorses. The list goes on.

Book at trip to Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea and stay in deluxe accommodations. Balcony and ocean view rooms are available at Tawali Resort. All meals and snacks on the dive boat are included. Your time underwater will include daily boat dives and shore dives on the house reef. Tanks, weights, round trip transfers, reef, chamber fees and fuel surcharges are also included. Packages start from $2,230 USD per person. Rate is based on double occupancy. For more information, call (800)794-9767 or email png@reefrainforest.com.

Expires June 30, 2013. Click here for details

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Dive the Reefs and Explore the Rainforest: Malaysian Borneo

Why not pamper yourself in an over-water bungalow with an uninterrupted view of the sea, amazing muck and macro diving right off your deck? Fleets of turtles, schools of barracuda and leopard sharks are just a short boat ride away. How about a blue ring octopus or a pygmy seahorse you ask? They’re all here in this trip, just waiting for you.

Very few of the top diving destinations offer exciting wildlife experiences topside, but this is one of them. One of the last strongholds of the wild orangutan, Malaysian Borneo has some excellent jungle lodges and experienced guides who can show you the red-haired ape, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and if you are lucky, pygmy elephants.

Reef & Rainforest has put together a special 10-night itinerary where you can experience this spectacular destination for a very reasonable rate, but hurry, this offer expires 15 September.

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Reef & Rainforest Dive & Adventure Travel, an agency specializing in exotic dive travel, announces plan to offer more trips to the Caribbean.

In preparation for expanding to the Caribbean, the company’s staff has revamped the Caribbean section of their website, negotiated rates with resorts and added staff who are experts in the area.

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Capture stunning images, dive action-packed atolls and cruise on an enchanting vessel in the Maldives! Photographer Ethan Gordon will lead this exciting journey, offering guidance on composition, technical adjustments and other valuable tips to get the very best shots. You will have plenty of great subjects to practice on from tiny critters for macro to mantas and pelagics for wide angle.

Your home on the sea will be the Maldives Siren, a beautiful gaft rigged schooner complete with charging stations and computers for editing in each cabin.

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Coral in the Solomon Islands

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Wreck Diving the Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon

This is a very special Truk Lagoon wreck diving trip with Odyssey liveaboard and Blue Lagoon Dive Resort. Rebreather divers who have been longing to dive the Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon and spend as much time as you want exploring and filming, this trip is for you!

There are only 11 spots available for divers who have Closed Circuit Rebreather cert-ification and wreck experience. Open circuit is not an option on this trip, sorry. Rebreathers are not included but stage bottles will be available for rent at the resort and on board the Odyssey.Divers arrive at Blue Lagoon first for four days of land based diving. This allows time to optimize gear configurations. Deeper wrecks like the Japanese destroyer “Oite” and Submarine “I-169” will be options for those divers that want to go deep.

We will board the liveaboard Odyssey for a week of wreck diving. The diving schedule will be designed per the group’s request. Want to stay in one place all day? No problem. Want to dive several wrecks in one day? No problem.

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Until now, divers traveling to Layang Layang would be hard pressed to find luxury accommodations. Reef & Rainforest is pleased to offer liveaboard scuba diving trips to Layang Layang. Starting in May 2012 the luxury yacht, SY Oriental Siren, will be offering ten-night trips to this exotic scuba diving destination.

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Dive Damai

Travelers who prefer distant and undiscovered dive sites where the coral reefs are undisturbed and the wildlife is abundant will be interested in a new trip available at Reef & Rainforest Dive & Adventure Travel. Especially if you like to experience nature’s wild side from the comfort of the world’s most luxurious scuba diving liveaboards.

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Whether you’re a diver or a manta ray, Mozambique is a secluded place to retreat and rejuvenate yourself.

The plastic-bucket sandcastle beach-brigades are missing and there is no need to muscle for rank on a crowded dive boat. Mozambique is a secluded place for divers to relax. Your toughest choice for the week will be whether to take the golf cart to your bungalow, or to walk along the long over-water path to your room.

Flamingo Bay Water Village is a jewel of a resort; a perfect home-base for divers wanting to see the best of Mozambique. Built on stilts, each luxury chalet hovers above a peaceful ocean. You can jump off the back deck to snorkel in turquoise water and go diving with handsome marine life.

The Republic of Mozambique is in Southeast Africa. It is bordered on the south by South Africa, Zambia is to the west and Malawi and Tanzania are north and northwest. The closest airport to Flamingo Bay is Inhambane Airport. Most flights arrive from Johannesburg. African waters are far off, but you’ll find it to be worth every second of time it takes to get you there.

BarraDive, is a PADI Gold Palm operator who specialize in diving the Manta Coast of Mozambique. Manager Megan Williams leads the team that will send you on your underwater safari to discover unspoild reefs, dolphins, manta rays and whalesharks. “We have a huge variety of marine life here, ranging from large marine animals like the whaleshark to tiny crustaceans such as the harlequin shrimp (every photographers delight). The diving here is truly spectacular and a must see for seasoned divers as well as perfect training conditions for beginners.” says Megan.

Humpback whales migrate through the waters June through October. Whale sharks and giant manta rays can be found any time of year but are more common December-May. While November through February bring the rainy season, it also brings a reason to take your camera out of the housing; excellent bird watching conditions.

Mozambique is known for hosting a population of Mantas that return each year. Marine biologists have learned that Mantas go to Mozambique every year for a very important part of their life cycle. They come to breed and to visit the coral reef cleaning stations. This is where a manta will hover over a reef and let cleaner wrasse climb aboard to remove small parasites. Sometimes several wrasse line up to wait their turn.

Reef & Rainforest invites you to follow the migration of the manta rays to Mozambique. Find your “cleaning station” human-equivalent and rejuvenate yourself at Flamingo Bay.

Seven nights accommodation based on twin/double occupancy, round trip charter flight from Johannesburg to Inhamban, 5 days of 2 tank boat diving, meals and non-motorized activities. 

2010 Rates start at $2850 per person for low season..