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And we’re off!   We are so excited to introduce our 39′ Maxim catamaran, Te Poerava.  Named after The Black Pearl (in Tahitian), we’ll point her towards the Channel Islands this summer, and head down the Baja peninsula after hurricane season passes. As most of you know, Kristy worked on a black pearl farm in

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Exotic Adventures Since The 1970's

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  • South Africa Sardine Run & Safari
  • 07/13/2015 - 07/19/2015
  • 2009



    Every year in June & July, many millions of silvery sardines travel along South Africa’s Wild Coast in what is commonly known as the annual Sardine Run.

    Visible even by satellite, these famoJuly12014us sardine shoals travel in seething masses stretching for up to ten miles in length, and nearly 130 feet deep.  National Geographic’s Wild Ocean I-MAX movie inspired this expedition.

    The Sardine Run is a spectacle in itself, but add to this hundreds of animals arriving en mass to partake in a feeding frenzy, and you get a wildlife extravaganza. Birds, dolphins, sharks, whales and game fish gorge themselves on sardine’s-a-plenty, putting on a show that will undoubtedly live on in memory for a lifetime!

    Divers and non-divers will enjoy phenomenal marine-life action and coastal views from the beautiful and ideally situated, Mbotyi River Lodge.  Please follow this link for details about The Wild Coast afternoon activities and sample itinerary.  The Wild Coast makes my spirit soar, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

    $4395 package inclusions:

    • Transfers from Durban
    • 7 days/6 nights accommodation
    • Meals
    • Microflight spotter planes
    • 5 days on the water, as a spectator or diver
    • PLUS these guided activities:  hiking, canoeing, waterfalls, tribe-visits, fishing, horseback-riding
    • Add a trip to the Aliwal shoal to see Tiger Sharks, Raggy and Brindle (3 hour drive, approx. $154).  Follow this link for more details about Aliwal Shoal and Seascape Resort.

    We are really, really excited to be organizing this magical trip to Africa’s Wild Coast– we hired a private boat that takes a maximum of 8 divers– as of 02/09/15 we have 2 spots open.  Please review the optional add-ons (Kilimanjaro, Aliwal Shoal, Durban, Cape Town) and follow the directions below to reserve your space.






    July 19-22:  Safarilounging leopard


    July is the best game viewing month due to the fact its winter (dry), when animals congregate around the water for drinking.  Sabi Sabi, being situated on the banks of the Sand River, is ideally placed so as to take advantage of this. Also, being in the middle the dry season, the bush is not as thick, which makes for better game spotting and there are also fewer bugs!  The only disadvantage is that it’s chilly on the early morning and evening game drives, but with hot-water bottles, blankets, and warm sherry– you are well taken care of by the staff at Sabi Sabi, one of Africa’s finest establishments.

    Day 1
    The Sabi Sands Private Reserve, borders Kruger National Park– animals roam freely between the Reserves making this one of the best game viewing locations in all of Africa.  Your afternoon/evening game drive will be in open 4×4 safari vehicles. At sunset we’ll stop in the bush for sun-downers before continuing on into the night looking for the nocturnal animals with a powerful spot lamp.  Return for dinner in the “boma”, around a roaring log fire, under the African stars.

    Days 2-3wildebeest bath
    Full day spent game viewing. You will be woken by the beat of African Drums for tea and coffee at the Lodge before venturing out for the early morning game drive.  After breakfast you are free to enjoy the tranquility of the African Bush: go for a bush walk with your armed Ranger & Tracker, go down to the hide and sit quietly as game come to drink during the heat of the day, go bird watching, enjoy the spa or just laze by the pool.  After afternoon tea, set out for the sunset game drive.lioness chin hair

    Day 4
    After the early morning game drive and breakfast, you will return to Kruger Airport.

    Included: Accommodation (dbl occ.), road transfers; Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fee; afternoon tea/coffee; soft drinks; wines; local spirits and beers; meals; game drives; nature walk accompanied by armed tracker; fully equipped gym; laundry.

    Excluded:  International and local flights and taxes; champagne; cognac; cellar wines; premium spirits; cigars and cigarettes; spa treatments; items of a personal nature; gratuities.

    Please refer to this link for more information on South Africa Health and Safety.


    Mount Kilimanjaro:  July 3-13, 2015  $2376kili3

    The Machame route is the most scenic approach to Kilimanjaro, and it allows for effective altitude adjustment. Expert guides speak fluent English and are versed with the Flora and Fauna, Culture and Geography of Tanzania.  Machame is ideal for those who are confident in their ability to hike for long periods of time over somewhat steep terrain. The route takes six days minimum to summit.  The descent is down Mweka.  All your supplies and camping equipment are carried by porters and your meals are prepared.  Please follow this link for More About Mount Kilimanjaro.



    Reservations:  A $1000 deposit reserves your space on-board.  A second payment of $2,000 is due 9 months prior to the trip (October 2014).  Final payment is due 6 months prior to the trip (January 2015).  Airfare booked by Worldwide Diving Adventures will be paid upon flight reservation.

    Cancellations are subject to a $300 processing fee and replacement guarantee.  Price is based on double occupancy and is subject to change.  Reservations and payments will be forfeited if full payment is not received.  No refunds can be made after January 19, 2015.  lion serengCredit cards (VISA & MC) may be charged with a 3% transaction fee.

    Please make checks payable to:
    Worldwide Diving Adventures
    1150 Whitewater Cove
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    We strongly encourage purchasing Divers Alert Network Trip Insurance.  They off competitive rates, and your money goes to a fantastic program. Also, if you make the purchase through the link above, we get points towards DAN products.  Thanks!

    Contact Kristy for more details:  kristy@finstad.com

    California Seller of Travel #:  2020378-40

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