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Not your average Solomon Islands dive trip!

The trip filled and they're on their way!!

We have organised a trip to the amazing Solomon Islands... but with a difference!

First we travel to Gizo for 6 nights with 10 dives over five days.

But why go home then! We decided to stick around and make this a double header! But rather than flying to the next resort, we head south to the second resort by boat! This allows us to do two dives at rarely dived sites between the resorts! We then arrive at the second resort for "another" 5 night 8 dives in the fantastic but very different diving area of Munda!

2016: Solomon Islands

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Date of departure: Wednesday 3 August 2016

Booking Number: 32043

FLIGHT DETAILS

AUCKLAND to BRISBANE on Qantas Airways Flight QF124 (Boeing 737-800 (winglets)

Departing Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 at 6:45 AM Arriving at 8:40 AM

Economy Class Seating - Meals Served: Breakfast

BRISBANE to HONIARA on Solomon Airlines Flight IE701 (Airbus Industrie A320-100/200)

Departing Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 at 10:00 AM Arriving at 2:15 PM

Economy Class Seating - Meals Served: Lunch

HONIARA to GIZO on Solomon Airlines Flight IE802 (De Havilland DHC-8 Dash 8)

Departing Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 at 3:15 PM Arriving at 4:40 PM

Economy Class Seating 

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

Fatboys Resort

Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands

6 Nights in:

Includes: Arrivalairport transfers and a daily meal package.

Located on Mbabanga Island, an 8 minute boat ride from Gizo. Amenities: Bar & restaurant.

Facilities: Private bathroom, ceiling fans, screened windows, large ocean facing verandah, tea + coffee making facilities, 240 volt generator power..

In: 3 Aug 2016   Out: 9 Aug 2016 

DIVE DETAILS

Dive Gizo

1x 10 Dive Package Each

10 Dive Package with Dive Gizo including 1 free single tank dive, light lunch on 4 days, tanks, weight belts, air fills and dive guide. Based on 2 morning dives per day for 4 days + 2 dives including a bonus single tank dive.

Starting Date4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Aug 2016 

BOAT TRANSFER DETAILS

Dive Munda

Includes: 2x Dives

One way boat transfer between Gizo and Munda

Transfer Date:   9 Aug 2016 

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

Zipolo Habu Resort

Munda, New Georgia, Solomon Islands

5 Nights in:

Includes: Transfers andDaily meal package.

Located on Lola Island, a 20 minute boat ride from Munda Airport. Facilities: Restaurant/cafe, bar, volleyball court, kayaks avalable for guests' use.

Amenities: 24hr power, Kitchenette with single gas burner stove & bar fridge, ceiling fans. Shared bathrooms are located behind the bungalows.

In: 9 Aug 2016   Out: 14 Aug 2016

DIVE DETAILS

Dive Munda

1x 8 Dive Package Each

8 Dive Package, based on 2 dives per day, is included with Dive Munda. Includes tanks, weightbelts, airfills and dive guide. Dive equipment is available at an additional cost. An AU$10 per diver per day custom fee is to be paid directly to Dive Munda.

Starting Date:   10, 11, 12, 13 Aug 2016 

MUNDA to HONIARA on Solomon Airlines Flight IE801 (De Havilland DHC-8 Dash 8)

Departing Sunday 14 Aug 2016 at 11:30 AM Arriving at 12:25 PM

Economy Class Seating

HONIARA to BRISBANE on Solomon Airlines Flight IE700 (Airbus Industrie A320-100/200)

Departing Sunday 14 Aug 2016 at 1:30 PM Arriving at 3:45 PM

Economy Class Seating

BRISBANE to AUCKLAND on Qantas Airways Flight QF125 (Boeing 737-800 (winglets)

Departing Sunday 14 Aug 2016 at 6:40 PM Arriving at 11:50 PM

Economy Class Seating - Meals Served: Dinner

DIVE CENTRE PACKAGE&

NZ$ 5630.00 per Adult   Cash / Cheque / Direct Credit Payment

NZ$ 5770.00 per Adult   Credit Card Payment 

ADDITIONAL COSTS - Optional Comprehensive Travel Insurance

NZ$120 per Adult up to 66 years of age.

Leisure Policy - Plan B - Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

12 Day Policy, with $100 excess per claim.

Name on Passport MUST Match Name on Ticket 

To ensure ticketing details are correct can you please advise your names as listed in your passports.  Most airlines no longer accept any name changes and therefore penalties will apply should any changes need to be made.   

Airline Taxes 

We have made every endeavour to include all ticketable taxes and government levies applicable to your booking.

However taxes are subject to Government and local authorities change and we are often not notified of any changes until time of issuing your tickets. At that time, if extra taxes apply, we will contact you to collect any additional taxes owing.   If this occurs, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.   

These costs are current at time of writing and are therefore subject to airfare increases, and currency fluctuations until paid in full.   

Please be aware that special conditions of purchase apply to each of your travel arrangements. These conditions include cancellation or amendment fees as per our Schedule of Fees. Many of our supplier products are non-refundable, so insurance is recommended.   

We act as the agent of the supplier and are not liable for the default of any principal involved.   

Some suppliers may reserve the right to cancel or amend travel, accommodation, activities etc (even after firm bookings have been made) and as this is beyond our control, we cannot accept responsibility should this occur and must therefore reserve consequential rights to cancel and amend any arrangements made.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

Essential for a Dive Fish Snow Holiday! 

Please pay for your Travel Insurance the same day you pay your Deposit as you are then covered for cancellations as stated in the Comprehensive Brochure.   An Application Form is attached.

Please talk to your Consultant if you will be diving on a Liveaboard Dive Cruise, or diving to depths beyond your qualification level for Specialised Scuba Diving Insurance Options.

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

All travel bookings and associated services are endorsed with our professional services, accreditations and industry credentials.  Any monies paid or commitments made by you are accepted, subject to our Terms and Conditions.  Please read our Terms and Conditions, sign and return with your deposit/final payment, along with copies of your passport information page. 

PAYMENT

Contact Steve Teixeira on 09 918 5527 for booking details.

A Deposit of $2000.00 is due as each person commits to the trip.
Final Payment Date: 8 Weeks Prior to Travel on 03 June 2016


PAYMENT METHODS -
Direct Credit
NZ Bank Account Details:
03-1509-0074437-002
Dive Fish Snow Travel Limited / Westpac
Please Quote YOUR Reference: 32043 “SURNAME”

Cash / Cheque
Postal / Street Address is: Dive Fish Snow Travel / 39a Apollo Drive / Mairangi Bay 0632 / North Shore / Auckland

Credit Card
I have quoted a separate Credit Card Package Price.

AMENDMENT FEE

Now that the above booking is confirmed, an amendment fee of $50 per person will apply to all alterations to confirmed arrangements, plus any charges that operators or Airlines impose. However, any additions to your booking may not incur this fee.  

PASSPORT/VISAS

If you are not travelling on a New Zealand Passport a visa may be required.

1. You MUST have a machine-readable NZ passport, for travel to or through (includes transit) some countries, to be eligible for a VISA.

2. Some destinations in the South Pacific DO require a minimum of 4 to 6 months validity in your passport from your intended date of return.

3. If you have had any problems with, been detained by or deported by Customs in the past AND/OR have a

Criminal Record you may be refused entry or be required to obtain a VISA.

Please contact the Consulate of the country you are visiting for further information.

Please call us if you have any questions regarding Passports / Visa info.

You are responsible for all visa requirements.



Galapagos - Once in a lifetime Ultimate Liveaboard in August 2014

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Galapagos Trip Report: Once in a Lifetime Dive Trip!

Text & Images by Malcolm & Barbara Kidd

The two days flying and sitting around airports with barely any sleep are forgotten... 

The earthquake we experienced in the Santiago Airport is but a distant memory…

The 17 hour crossing on our liveaboard dive boat from the main island to get here is not even in my mind...

I’m sitting just 14m underwater on a shelf on the southern side of Wolf Island in the Galapagos looking at something I’ve waited my whole life to see... schooling Hammerheads... not just a few... hundreds!



Another great Tropical Escape in July 2012

coolidgediveA common item on most divers bucket list is to get to dive the "President Coolidge" wreck in Santo, Vanuatu. We went there in July 2012 and did just that!

A sprinkling of 83 tropical islands from volcanic beginnings, Vanuatu lies peacefully in the warm waters of the South Pacific, only 2 hours 45 mins from Auckland.

Santo is a mecca for divers from all over the world because of the diversity of the diving offered, ranging from live coral to spectacular wrecks.

It is the final resting place of the 22,000 ton liner turned troopship "SS President Coolidge" and the destroyer "USS Tucker", both victims of US placed mines.



We're back from Palau, Micronesia, and it is the best tropical diving we've ever done!

21st May to 31st May 2011

We stayed board the Palau Aggressor II, one of the most famous "Liveaboard Dive Vessels" in the world, for seven days of diving and exploring some of the most beautiful reef systems in the world! 



In 2009 we visited Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga

Vava'u mother_calfThe highlight for everyone was swimming with Humpback Whales! Until you have been in the water with Humpbacks, you can't really understand the feelings you have being close to these beautiful creatures!

We did two afternoons and one full day Whale Watching, and at one stage had 8 Humpbacks in the same bay with us! We spent 3 hours swimming with a mother and calf, and the baby came within 2 metres of us and even suckled from her mother 2 metres away! INCREDIBLE! :-)



In 2008, we experienced one of the ultimate land based dive destinations in the world!

Manta Ray - 3 Across

We only had one Tropical Holiday planned for 2008, but 'What a Trip!" Layang Layang is in the South China Sea, 300km off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. It is a deep sea atoll rising up out of 2000m deep crystal clear ocean! An 80 room luxury resort, 10 dive boats, 300 dive tanks, and incredible drop offs, pristine reefs and huge palagic fish like Manta's, Whale Sharks, Giant Trevally, Barracuda and occasionally massive schools of Hammerhead sharks! This is a divers dream!



Trip reports from Winter 2007

Vanuatu - June 2007

This trip was fantastic with everyone loving the diving and the deep dives on the President Coolidge, Million Dollar point and the surrounding reefs!

Niue - August 2007

Our second (and third) tropical trip this year was to Niue, where we found some of the clearest tropical waters in the world, rarely below 40m viz, and often up to 60m! We were lucky enough to have three Humpback Whales come through after a dive! A one month old baby, a medium size male and a huge female! It was an incredible experience to be in the water with gigantic creatures like this, and is something all of those with us will never forget.