Current Dive Excursions April – December 2018
At Ancora, we believe that our concept of a dive excursion is what may very well separate us from the hundreds of dive charters and scuba shacks around the world. We call no site home, and make each dive our own. We have no intention of spending our entire trip below the surface of the sea and missing out on the local culture and excitement that awaits onshore. We want to experience everything the planet has to offer– Wet, dry or otherwise. Come along! We handle most of the logisitics, so all you’ll have to do is show up! Call or email today to reserve a space or request more information.
The cool waters of the North Pacific are calling! A quick boat trip from Long Beach, Catalina Island has been known as Hollywood’s playground for decades. But just off the coast, over the jagged cliffs and rocky slopes, are some of the world’s most beautiful and healthy kelp forests. You’ll meet scores of Garibalidi fish, a few eagle rays, and maybe even a playful sea lion. We include one overnight onboard our favorite local dive charter, one night on Catalina Island, and as many as two nights in Los Angeles. We’ll even offer a tour of Hollywood and show off some of our favorite spots! Surf lessons in Huntington Beach? Sure. Trip to Disney Land? Why not? Let’s do it all! You can expect up to six dives, but it’s all at your pace! See ya on the left coast!
Great Blue Hole
We’ll meet up at the Maya Beach Hotel and Resort in Belize, just 8 miles north of Placencia Village, on the Placencia Peninsula. We’ll take the first evening to rest up and enjoy some incredible local cuisine at the Maya Bistro. The following morning we’ll head out to Lighthouse Reef for a few tropical reef dives. By that afternoon, we’ll be on the Blue Hole, exploring one of Earth’s great mysteries. For centuries, both locals and foreign adventurers alike have struggled to grasp the true depth of this natural wonder. Underwater navigators, geoligists and naturalists still have no definitive answers. The one certainty though, is that the water will be clear (visibility 70ft+) and warm with lots of local sea creatures to greet us upon descent. Maya Resort will be our homebase, as we pace through the perfect gauntlet of dives, hikes, village treks and meals. This expedition requires all divers to hold at least an Advanced Open Water rating.
South Beach? Check. Wynwood Arts and Design District? No doubt. Absolute luxury in West Palm Beach? Sorta! We’ll meet you in Miami and check out Little Havana by day and Wynwood by night. If opting-out of either in favor of the beach better suits your fancy, then by all means, go for it. After a full day in Miami, we’ll make the short seventy-minute drive up the coast to West Palm Beach, the capital of American drift diving. The gulf stream usually runs so smoothly that you could probably get away with forgetting your fins at home! As we glide along the state-protected coral reef system, you’ll come across three different species of sea turtles, manta rays, nurse sharks (totally harmless and kinda ugly), parrotfish, goliath groupers, and the occasional human-friendly barracuda. By night, we’ll take tea and coffee at one of the new West Palm art galleries before heading to The Breakers Resort for dessert. That’s right, you’ll eat your ice cream like a Kennedy after a full day of diving. This is the original Ancora trip, and one that divers of all skill levels will enjoy and remember forever.