ROATAN, HONDURAS • MAY 9-16, 2020

ABOUT THE TRIP

It’s on! Join us in the Caribbean: Seasick style. We are headed to Roatan for a week of diving and land-based adventure. Not into mobs of people or hordes of cruise ships? Neither are we. We selected the Turquoise Bay Resort which is located in a less traveled region of the island. Centrally positioned, we will have access to all the famous dive sites on the West End but also the remote and unpopulated sites to the east. Magnificent walls, dramatic coral formations, and no crowds. Yes please! Oh yeah, expect 80°+ water, 100’ visibility and plenty of sunshine. Of course, no trip would be complete without a couple of optional adrenaline-pumping activities. Shark feed, check. Ziplines, check. Dune buggies, check. Tempting — we know.

ABOUT ROATAN

Roatan is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, situated about 30 miles off the north coast of Honduras and in the western regions of the Caribbean Sea. At 30 miles long and less than 5 miles wide, Roatan has a total land mass of about 32 square miles, and sits atop the world’s second largest coral reef. For a small island, Roatan’s geography is amazingly diverse. Visitors can experience everything from flat sandy beaches, rocky volcanic shores, mangrove forests, lush valleys and steep, rainforest-covered hilltops. 

It has a mountainous backbone surrounded by warm waters. Positioned at the southern terminus of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the island is enveloped by coral reefs, which provide calm, clear protected beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and hosts many varieties of sea life for divers. Honduras is said to have about 70% of the sea life in the Caribbean as it attracts an array of marine life from macro critters to the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks (fingers crossed)!

If you want to take a break from diving, you can indulge in some of the fantastic land activities Roatan has to offer. Picture yourself on a zipline flying 330' over tree tops and soaring through the tropical vegetation high above the forest. Or how about an afternoon gettin' muddy on a dune buggy or ATV excursion? If adrenaline is not your thing, you can go for a more relaxed option where you can pet and hold sloths, capuchin monkeys, macaws, iguanas, and parrots.

Location: Caribbean • Country: Honduras • Archipelago: Bay Islands • Total Islands: 7 • Area: 32 square miles • Population: 44,000 (2015) • Time: UTC+6hrs • Industries: tourism, agriculture, lumber and fishing • Currency: Honduras Lempira (LPS) • Electricity: 120V (same as USA) • Official Languages: Spanish

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Roatan is located almost midway between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, which gives the island a tropical climate. The dry season starts in March and goes through July. This period consists of sunny days with the temperature increasing from an average of 84°F at the beginning of the season to 86°F in July. This period is very warm and humid, but moderated by a steady easterly trade wind. 

 

TURQUOISE BAY RESORT

Located on Roatan's Northeast shore, Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island providing you with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine dive sites. The resort is set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views. Your retreat not only includes a relaxing stay in one of their Ocean View or Garden View rooms, but also exclusive access to a wide range of resort amenities. Cool off in their tropical pool or sunbathe on the terrace overlooking the beach and sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. Guests can also enjoy the privacy and tranquility of the longest private beach in Roatan. Their white sand beach has palapas and palm trees offering shade, beach bar, lounge chairs and a volleyball court. The bay is protected by a mangrove island and the off-shore reef so the water is calm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling or exploring with complimentary paddle boards and kayaks! And of course, enjoy full waiter service at your beach chair and poolside.

Number of rooms: 26 • Dining: Udarau Restaurant • Breakfast: Included • Lunch: Included • Dinner: Included • Alcohol and Drinks: Included • WiFi: Included

Outdoor Pool • Spa services • Bar • Lounge • Private beach • Complimentary airport shuttle • Complimentary area shuttle • Beach exercise equipment • Multilingual staff • 24-hour front desk • Gift shop • Porter and bellhop • Laundry services • Concierge • Daily maid service • Safe-deposit box at front desk • Kayaks and paddle boards

ACCOMMODATIONS

OCEAN VIEW KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
Featuring beautiful views of the Caribbean, Turquoise Bay’s Ocean View Rooms are 250 sq. ft. and perched on a low-lying bluff rich with tropical foliage overlooking swaying palms and the azure sea below.

• Complimentary WiFi
• Air conditioning
• Private balcony with seating
• Daily maid service
• Refrigerator

• Cable TV with US channels
• In-room telephone
• In-room safe
• Desk
• Coffee machine

• Filtered water
• Ceiling fan
• Hair dryer
• Toiletries
• Iron/ironing board

GARDEN VIEW KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
Located closer to the dive shop, pool, and beach, the 250 sq. ft. Garden View Rooms offer the same amenities as the other room types at Turquoise Bay.

• Complimentary WiFi
• Air conditioning
• Private balcony with seating
• Daily maid service
• Refrigerator

• Cable TV with US channels
• In-room telephone
• In-room safe
• Desk
• Coffee machine

• Filtered water
• Ceiling fan
• Hair dryer
• Toiletries
• Iron/ironing board

THE DIVING

Roatan is a world-renowned scuba diving destination. Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this area of the island providing scuba divers with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine sites. The North side of Roatan offers scuba divers the unique opportunity to experience the largest variety of reef topography on the island. Roatan is surrounded by the world’s second largest barrier reef which is also one of the healthiest in the Caribbean due to the Roatan Marine Park and the local dive community which encourages conservative diving practices. You can explore sloping plateaus which are perfect for spotting macro life, sheer walls with large soft corals and barrel sponges, wreck dives abundant with life, crevices, trenches, overhangs and cavern systems.

DEPTH: 10' - 130'+ (From shallow reefs to deep walls and wrecks)

VISIBILITY: Generally 75'-100'+

CURRENTS: Minimal

WATER TEMPERATURE: Expect 79-82°F

DIVE SEASON: Year-round, but the best time to dive is between April and May (the rainy season is July to January and hurricane season is October to January)  

SKILL LEVEL: There’s something for every diver here, from beginner to intermediate to seasoned veteran

FEATURED CREATURES: There are more than 300 identified fish species in Bay Island waters. Divers frequently see dolphin, grouper, rays, barracuda, angelfish, squid, butterfly fish, parrotfish, yellow tail snapper, horse eye jack, octopus, lobsters, crabs, moray eels, nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks and even whale sharks

SUBWAY WATERSPORTS

Turquoise Bay Resort’s on-site dive center is operated by Subway Watersports. They are an elite PADI 5 Star Instructor Development and National Geographic Dive Center. Subway Watersports opened for business in April 2001 and soon became well known for its quality and personal service. The location at Turquoise Bay opened in March 2006. They offer small groups of 6-12 divers per boat and a PADI Divemaster guides all dives. The dive sites are close by so we come back to the dive shop for our surface intervals. When going to some of the further dive sites, we will do a two-tank dive in the morning and one tank in the afternoon. They are the only dive operator diving on this part of Roatan which means you will not see other scuba divers during your dive and have private unspoiled dive sites.

All-inclusive dive packages include three boat dives per day. Should the sea conditions not allow us to dive on the Roatan North shore we will take our guests by bus to an alternate location on the South side of Roatan. When diving on the South side we are able to do two boat dives per day instead of three.

OPTIONAL WAIHUKA SHARK DIVE

REQUIREMENTS: Advanced Open Water Diver
COST: $120 + 15% tax per person. Paid to Turquoise Bay Resort

“Cara Cara”, which in Spanish means “face to face”, is a famous shark dive in Roatan. It is organized by the Waihuka Dive Center situated on the south side of the island. Here, divers are literally “face to face” with a dozen, all female, Caribbean reef sharks measuring up to 10 feet in length.

It is a 10-15 minute boat ride from the Waihuka Dive Center to the “Cara Cara” dive site. All dives start with a detailed briefing by the staff prior to entering the water. The maximum depth is 70 feet and bottom time 30-35 minutes. Visibility is typically 80+ feet. Cara Cara may have mild to strong current so divers must use a descent line down to the flat plateau. The dive starts in a stationary position, with a little wall behind everyone so that the sharks will never come from behind. The divemaster manages a closed bucket of dead fish which attracts the sharks. Based on the divemaster's discretion (and if the current is not too strong) divers have the ability to swim around with the sharks!

Towards the end of the dive, the divemaster requests that everyone return to their initial position. He then opens the bucket and the real show begins! All the sharks fight for the best bite. Usually the sharks leave when the bucket is empty. Empty bucket means it is time to surface.

NOTES: Underwater photo and video cameras are allowed, however GoPro cameras are not allowed. A professional video is also available for sale after the dive.

OPTIONAL AFTERNOON TOUR WITH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ZIPLINE

REQUIREMENTS: None
COST: $65 if paid in US cash (add 19% tax if paid by credit card). Paid to Pirates of the Caribbean

Like thrills? How about soaring above the tree tops? This fascinating trip on the canopy rainforest offers the opportunity to see the flora and fauna that exist on the island.

The Extremely Extreme Zipline includes 9 incredibly long zip lines that adds up to 2 miles of pure adrenaline fun! The longest zip line during this tour has a total length of 1,980' in distance. The highest zipline has a total of 328', all while zipping over trees and flying next to tropical birds in the zip park’s wildlife reserve.

This zipline is perfect for everyone including first-timers and people of all ages and levels of fitness. Pirates of the Caribbean is the only zipline on Roatan with auto braking. Relax while enjoying the breathtaking views of both sides of the island as you slow down by gravity with no anxiety or fear of having to break on your own. As you smoothly come to the end of each line a professional guide will greet you and assist you by unclipping and then clipping you onto the next line. The time for the tour will range from 40 - 90 minutes depending on the size of the group.

We call it Extremely Extreme because it's extremely high, extremely easy, extremely safe, and extremely fun for all ages!

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Tennis shoes or strap back sandals are recommended. Comfortable clothing. Camera and/or video camera. Cash for drinks, souvenirs and tips. Sunscreen and bug repellent.

NOTES: Water, soft drinks and T-shirts are available for purchase. Restroom facilities are available. Bring your own GoPro camera and attach it to your helmet or have our on-site photographer take beautiful photographs of this unforgettable experience!

OPTIONAL AFTERNOON EXCURSION WITH LET'S BUGGY TOURS

REQUIREMENTS: Driver's license
COST: $110 if paid in US cash (add 19% tax if paid by credit card). Double occupancy. Paid to Let's Buggy Tours

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, your Roatan Dune Buggy guide will provide you with driving instructions and a safety briefing before it is its time to follow the guide in your off-road buggy. Each buggy is a shared, two-person vehicle. The buggy has an automatic transmission so driving is easy. The buggy is open, and has a tubal design so get ready to get dirty, wet and maybe even muddy. On the buggy trail, you will cross the island on a mountain ridge and drive on narrow jungle paths, quaint village back roads, local plantations, steep terrain, forest dirt roads and more for a real Buggy Adventure Excursion in Roatan! Keep your eyes open for the unique views of nature, coast, beaches and wilderness where you may see Wishy Willys (indigenous iguanas) and Monkey Lalas, a local species of lizard, as well as parrots, toucans and deer. You will stop for a 20-minute beach break to stroll, relax and just enjoy nature before it is time to return. Please note that this beach does not have restaurants or other facilities...it is just you and the island's natural environment.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Tennis shoes, strap back sandals, water shoes or dive booties are recommended. Comfortable clothing. Camera and/or video camera. Cash for drinks, souvenirs and tips. Sunscreen and bug repellent.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

MAY 9: NIGHT 1
Arrive at Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport
45 minute transfer to the Turquoise Bay Resort
Afternoon free. Dinner included

MAY 10: NIGHT 2
Dive Day 1: 3 dives
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

MAY 11: NIGHT 3
Dive Day 2: 3 dives
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Optional zipline tour

MAY 12: NIGHT 4
Dive Day 3: 3 dives + 1 night dive
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

MAY 13: NIGHT 5
Dive Day 4: 3 dives
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Optional shark dive

MAY 14: NIGHT 6
Dive Day 5: 3 dives
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Optional buggy tour

MAY 15: NIGHT 7
Dive Day 6: 3 dives
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Adios Amigos Party

MAY 16
Breakfast and lunch included
Transfer to Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport

PACKAGE INCLUDES

8 days / 7 nights at the Turquoise Bay Resort
6 days diving • 18 boat dives + 1 night dive
Tanks • Weights
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Alcoholic beverages • Non-alcoholic beverages
Kayaking and paddle boarding
WiFi
Group airport transfers
Group airport transfer gratuities
Roatan Marine Park fee
19% Government Tax and Service Charge
Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
Post-trip party in Orange County, CA

DIVER PACKAGE (OCEAN VIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,795
DIVER PACKAGE (GARDEN VIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,695
DIVER PACKAGE (OCEAN VIEW SINGLE OCC)  $2,095
DIVER PACKAGE (GARDEN VIEW SINGLE OCC)  $1,995
NON DIVER PACKAGE (OCEAN VIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,450
NON DIVER PACKAGE (GARDEN VIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,450

Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
February 1, 2020 Balance

Prices subject to change

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

* Nitrox is a $142 flat fee for all dives. Payable directly to Turquoise Bay Resort. Includes 19% Government Tax and Service Charge

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Private transfers • Nitrox • Equipment rentals • Waihuka Shark Dive • Zip Line Adventure • Buggy Adventure • Resort gratuities • Diving gratuities • Departure tax (if applicable) • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Massages and spa treatments • Possible increases in fuel and taxes (TBD)

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.

OPTION 1: SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF MARCH 28, 2020 • $567 ROUNDTRIP

LOS ANGELES - ROATAN FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

ROATAN - LOS ANGELES FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020


OPTION 2: SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF MARCH 28, 2020 • $507 ROUNDTRIP

LOS ANGELES - ROATAN FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

ROATAN - LOS ANGELES FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020


OPTION 3: SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF MARCH 28, 2020 • $594 ROUNDTRIP

LOS ANGELES - ROATAN FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

ROATAN - LOS ANGELES FLIGHT • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DEFINITIONS: “Company” is defined as Underwater Exposures, Inc. dba Seasick Productions, incorporated in terms of the laws of California, United States of America. "Company Affiliated Parties" is defined as the Company, Dive and Photo LLC, its directors, members, partners, employees, agents, consultants, suppliers, and contractors. “Guest” is defined as any person or persons placing a booking (whether provisional or confirmed) with the Company and who contracts with the Company for any of the Services together with his/her spouse, dependents and companions. “Services” is defined as the provision of accommodation, transport, transfers, scuba diving and snorkeling activities, tours or any other activities or services provided by the Company and the procurement by the Company of the provision of accommodation, transport, transfers, scuba diving and snorkeling activities, tours or any other activities or services by any Third-Party Contractors.

GENERAL: Price based on double occupancy group rate. Single supplement, extensions, additional services, and all other items not listed in itinerary are not included. All prices subject to change without notice. A $1,000.00 deposit per person is required with each Guest reservation. Company reserves the right, without advance notice, to make changes or cancellations, in part or in whole, as circumstances dictate. Any deposit or payment made to Company or any representative of Company shows acceptance and acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as stated herein.

CHANGES TO RESERVATIONS: Any request by Guest to amend or change a booking once it has been confirmed, may be accommodated by Company subject to availability. If Company is able to assist, a reasonable administrative fee may be charged. Any such administrative fees shall be invoiced to the Guest and must be settled as per the standard terms applicable to the booking. If the invoice is not paid within such time, Company may construe such non-payment as an act of cancellation on the part of the Guest and the provisions of the cancellation clause shall apply.

CANCELLATIONS TO RESERVATIONS: Refund (less cancellation fee) may be issued if reservation is cancelled four months prior to departure date and if another Guest can fill the vacancy. All authorized refunds will be assessed a $300.00 cancellation fee. No refund or credit will be made for Services not utilized by Guest.

FORCE MAJEURE: “Force Majeure Event” is defined as any event which is beyond the control of the Company, including, but not limited to a national strike, act of war, armed conflict, insurrection, civil commotion, terrorism or the threat of terrorism; any act of God including but not limited to lightning, earthquake, flooding, fire, cyclone, hurricane, typhoon, tidal wave, storm, volcanic eruption and other unusual and extreme adverse weather or environmental conditions; any event which falls within any of these categories that is suffered by Third-Party Contractors of the Company, who are involved in the receipt or provision of the Services; and or any other cause or contingency beyond the control of the Company. The Company shall not be deemed to be in breach of any of its obligations to Guest due to any Force Majeure Event. If the Company is affected by a Force Majeure Event, it may in its sole and absolute discretion, amend or cancel any of the Services or the remainder thereof, or to make any alteration in route, accommodation, transportation or arrangement in the event of the Services or any part thereof being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable.

GUEST INSURANCE: Company requires Guest to possess a dive accident insurance policy prior to using any of Company’s Services. Information on dive accident insurance can be found at the Divers Alert Network’s website: www.diversalertnetwork.org. Company recommends trip insurance in the event a Guest must cancel the trip. Information on trip insurance can be found at the Divers Alert Network’s website: www.diversalertnetwork.org or the DiveAssure website: www.diveassure.com.

RESPONSIBILITY: Company acts only as agents for the Third-Party Contractors providing transportation, accommodations, diving and other Services. All tickets and vouchers issued constitute the sole contract between the Guest and Company. Company or its representatives shall not at any time be responsible in any way for loss, injury, or damage arising from any Force Majeure Event, act of government, theft, sickness, customs regulations, delay, cancellation error, or any cause beyond its control. Company or its representatives accepts no liability for the consequences of the personal activities of any Guest who is personally responsible for decisions concerning health, safety, fitness for diving and snorkeling, or any other circumstances beyond its control.