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Get FREE underwater photography coaching and great travel deals for Mexico, PNG and Truk with Indigo Safaris

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Dive travel specialist Indigo Safaris are currently offering some unmissable deals on trips to Mexico and Papua New Guinea, where you can hone your underwater photography skills with trip leader and UWP pro Christopher Bartlett at no extra cost.

MEXICO – SEA OF CORTEZ – JUNE 2023 & JUNE 2024

The Sea of Cortez is home to many different and exciting migrations of megafauna, including one of Indigo Safari’s favourites, the Munk’s Pygmy Devil Ray (Mobula munkiana).  More commonly known as mobula rays, this iconic species gathers in the tens of thousands (not a misprint!) twice a year, with peak season from May to July, in the waters from Cabo San Lucas around to La Paz.  Join Indigo Safaris’ mobula and Orca tour to witness this extraordinary mobula ray migration, along with some rarely encountered guests… and to ensure you don’t miss a thing, there is a dedicated spotter aircraft on hand.

5 Superior Suites at $4200 USD per person including tax
1 Premium Suite at $4830 USD per person including tax
$65 USD port fee paid on board

Inclusions: Accommodation, all meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert), non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, daily room service, towels and onboard facilities such as the hot tub and lounge…  and lots of fun!

Exclusions: Airport transfer, bar, gift shop, crew gratuities, internet access, $65 port fee.

Please note that this is predominantly a snorkeling trip, with an optional day of diving on the last day.

There are only 2 spots left for June 10th-17th 2023, and limited availability in 2024 on this highly sought after bucket-list experience.

3rd – 10th June 2023: FULL
10th – 17th June 2023: 2 berths superior cabin
15th-22nd June 2024: 4 superior berths available
22nd – 29th June 2024: 2 premium berths and 4 superior berths available

For more information on this trip, visit https://www.indigosafaris.com/orcas-and-mobulas-sea-of-cortez.html

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – MV FEBRINA ESCORTED PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP

Simply the best reef diving you will probably ever do. Christopher from Indigo Safaris dives around the world every year running escorted dive trips and checking out suppliers and writing and shooting for dive mags. He’s been visiting here since 2011, and can safely say you will not find more variety, more abundance, and so few divers (none) anywhere on this planet. 75% of the world’s hard coral species are found here, thousands of described fish and invertebrate species call this part of the world home, as do more that are yet to be described, as well as a few mega-rarities like Coleman’s pygmy seahorse. The corals are in amazing condition, and the abundance of pelagic fish like horse-eye jacks and pickhandle barracuda is phenomenal.

Papua New Guinea 10-night Liveaboard trip from 3rd–13th September for the best reef diving in the world: $4490 USD per person sharing (includes 1 night free and 10% off)

For more information on this trip, visit  https://www.bestofpng.com/mv_febrina_escorted_photography_trip_2023.html

Combine with the amazing Goroka Festival with Indigo Safaris, THE Goroka Festival specialists: https://www.bestofpng.com/goroka-festival-and-sing-sing-tours.html

TRUK LAGOON – PACIFIC MASTER LIVEABOARD

Built of steel, the Pacific Master is the newest liveaboard yacht to ply the waters of this lagoon, welcoming aboard 20 guests. Four decks provide ample space for relaxation, dive equipment and camera preparation, whilst the experienced crew ensures you receive only the highest quality service on your diving holiday.

29th October to 7th November 2023

Pacific Master: 10% off, from $2835

9 nights, only 20 clients on board! Dive the sunken Japanese WW2 fleet, now covered in beautiful corals and surrounded by prolific fish life. Tech divers also catered for.

For more information on this trip, visit https://www.indigosafaris.com/truk_liveaboard_2023.html

For more information about these trips or to book, contact Indigo Safaris now:

cb@indigosafaris.com

UK +44 7713342729

USA +1 718 312 8777

France +33 668 74 97 05 

WhatsApp: +33668749705 or +44 7713342729

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Get a FREE undersuit when you buy a trilaminate drysuit from Scubapro

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IT’S TRILAMINATE TIME!

SCUBAPRO is launching its 2024 drysuit promotion:

With the purchase of a trilaminate drysuit EVERTECH DRY BREATHABLE or DEFINITION DRY, SCUBAPRO gives you the matching K2 EXTREME undersuit (GBP 345) for free.

If that’s not a reason to start drysuit diving, because in our climate it’s drysuit season all year round! So don’t miss out – the promotion is valid until May 31, 2024 at participating SCUBAPRO retailers and in participating regions.

All information at https://scubapro.johnsonoutdoors.com/eu/en-gb/free-k2.

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Diving with Frogfish in Costa Rica: A Hidden Gem Underwater

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In the vast and vibrant underwater world of Costa Rica, there’s a peculiar creature that often goes unnoticed but holds a special place in the hearts of divers: the frogfish. This enigmatic and somewhat odd-looking species is a master of camouflage and a marvel of marine life. Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is not just a dive; it’s an adventurous treasure hunt that rewards the patient and observant with unforgettable encounters. Let’s dive into the world of frogfish and discover what makes these creatures so fascinating and where you can find them in Costa Rica.

The Mystique of Frogfish

Frogfish belong to the family Antennariidae, a group of marine fish known for their incredible ability to blend into their surroundings. They can be found in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, red, green, black, and white, and they often have unique spots and textures that mimic the coral and sponges around them. This camouflage isn’t just for show; it’s a critical survival tactic that helps them ambush prey and avoid predators.

One of the most remarkable features of the frogfish is its modified dorsal fin, which has evolved into a luring appendage called an esca. The frogfish uses this esca to mimic prey, such as small fish or crustaceans, enticing unsuspecting victims close enough to be engulfed by its surprisingly large mouth in a fraction of a second. This method of hunting is a fascinating spectacle that few divers forget once witnessed.

Where to Find Frogfish in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is dotted with dive sites that offer the chance to encounter these intriguing creatures. Bat Islands (Islas Murciélagos), Catalina Islands (Islas Catalinas), and the area around the Gulf of Papagayo are renowned for their rich marine life, including frogfish. These sites vary in depth and conditions, catering to both novice and experienced divers.

The key to spotting frogfish is to dive with a knowledgeable guide who can point out these master camouflagers hiding in plain sight. They’re often found perched on rocky outcroppings, nestled within coral, or even hiding among debris, perfectly mimicking their surroundings.

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Diving Tips for Spotting Frogfish

Go Slow: The secret to spotting frogfish is to move slowly and scan carefully. Their camouflage is so effective that they can be right in front of you without being noticed.

Look for Details: Pay attention to the small details. A slightly different texture or an out-of-place color can be the clue you need.

Dive with Local Experts: Local dive guides have an eagle eye for spotting wildlife, including frogfish. Their expertise can significantly increase your chances of an encounter.

Practice Buoyancy Control: Good buoyancy control is essential not just for safety and coral preservation but also for getting a closer look without disturbing these delicate creatures.

Be Patient: Patience is key. Frogfish aren’t known for their speed, and sometimes staying in one spot and observing can yield the best sightings.

Conservation and Respect

While the excitement of spotting a frogfish can be thrilling, it’s crucial to approach all marine life with respect and care. Maintain a safe distance, resist the urge to touch or provoke, and take only photos, leaving behind nothing but bubbles. Remember, the health of the reef and its inhabitants ensures future divers can enjoy these incredible encounters as much as you do.

Join the Adventure

Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is just one of the many underwater adventures that await in this biodiverse paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or taking your first plunge, the waters here offer an unparalleled experience filled with wonders at every turn. Beyond the thrill of the hunt for frogfish, you’ll be treated to a world teeming with incredible marine life, majestic rays, playful dolphins, and so much more.

So, gear up, dive in, and let the mysteries of Costa Rica’s underwater realm unfold before your eyes. With every dive, you’re not just exploring the ocean; you’re embarking on an adventure that highlights the beauty, complexity, and fragility of our marine ecosystems. And who knows? Your next dive might just be the one where you come face-to-face with the elusive and captivating frogfish. Join us at Rocket Frog Divers for the dive of a lifetime, where the marvels of the ocean are waiting to be discovered.

About the Author: Jonathan Rowe

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