Upcoming Overseas/Long Range Trips
Forgotten Islands to Triton Bay: “Journey Through the Banda Sea to West Papua, Indonesia” Diving and Eco Expedition 2020
November 10 - November 25
The Forgotten Islands are called that for a reason -- much of the 1000+ km stretch of the archipelago remains unexplored, untouched, and pristine. Furthermore, this specially customized itinerary focuses on the even less explored area of the Banda Sea, from the heart of the Forgotten Islands through the Kai Islands to Triton Bay (West Papua). During our 500+ mile journey, we will do some exploratory diving in the Kai Islands and be among the very first divers to lay their eyes on their pristine coral reef wonders. There will be amazing deep walls covered with soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. You will be surrounded by schools of jacks, fusiliers, redtooth triggerfish, and surgeonfish. You may have dove in the other parts of the famed Coral Triangle, but this area of the Triangle is truly the world’s last frontier. There is no other place with such endless stretches of amazingly preserved coral reefs in the world. You will also have the privilege of visiting remote villages and witness their unique cultures. You will observe the intimate relationship that some village fishermen have with the whale sharks in the area, and have the chance to snorkel with these majestic animals. The planning stages for this expedition began in 2016 -- it takes four years to get a trip like this to happen! You definitely don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
March 13 - March 29
Ever since the discovery of the Galápagos archipelago about 200 years ago, nature-lovers, scientists and explorers alike have flocked to this speck of land in the middle of the ocean to observe, study, and marvel at this unique natural gem. In March 2021, Ocean Safari Outdoors will embark on the journey to explore both above and underwater throughout the Galápagos Islands. Then the adventure continues to Colombia, to visit the traditional villages, coffee plantations, and high altitude lakes of the Andes mountains. This is a custom trip so you won't get a guided package like this anywhere else! You will be immersed in the historical and cultural heritage of Colombia, from the Spanish legacy, iconic foods and drinks, ecological significance, and the traditions of the numerous indigenous peoples of the area.
March 23 - April 5
March 23 to 30 - Philippines
March 30 to April 5 - Okinawa
We have designed a special two-part dive & eco trip for spring 2020: Anilao, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. Both parts of this expedition will be co-hosted by Ocean Safari’s resident macro photography enthusiast and nudibranch geek, Megumi Itoh. This is also one of the few resort-based dive trips for Ocean Safari, which means this would be a good trip to bring your non-diver friends and family members. Located in the Coral Triangle and having been a protected marine area since the 1970’s, Anilao is known for the beautiful reefs and incredible marine biodiversity. Perhaps you have heard of it being referred to as a paradise for underwater photographers. The reefs of Anilao are very healthy. At every dive site, you will find a variety of soft and hard coral, sponges, colorful reef fish, and all sorts of critters. Be ready to spot critters such as frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, pipefish, shrimps and a variety of nudibranchs. For part two of our expedition, we are returning to Okinawa for another visit to the Yonaguni Underwater Monument. After such a successful trip in March of 2019, we just had to plan a return visit to this amazing dive site. This time, our Okinawa trip will feature diving at Yonaguni and eco tours at Iriomote Island.
June 23 - July 7
Join Ocean Safari for an amazing opportunity to witness both underwater and safari wildlife in South Africa! During the short window between June and July the Benguela current brings millions of sardines in bait balls along the east coast of South Africa. This sardine migration attracts marine megafauna such as whales, seabirds, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins. After a week chasing the spectacular underwater action, we’ll stay in the first established (longest-protected) wildlife preserves in Africa, with a chance to see all African Big 5 safari animals. The big five include the elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, Cape buffalo, and lion. You’ll also see other safari animals such as giraffes, cheetahs, wild dogs, antelopes, and zebras.
September 15 - September 26
Alor and Flores islands are a remote part of Indonesia in the heart of the Coral Triangle. These islands are a must-visit for any adventurous diver and there’s something interesting for everyone: macro life, large pelagics, huge schools of fish, wreck diving, and pristine coral gardens atop unique volcanic reef formations. Imagine the excitement of finding a rare rhinopias scorpionfish while muck diving, or the thrill of sharks swimming overhead while surrounded by some of the most astounding coral reef structures in the world! This area is home to a world-record setting number of fish biodiversity, with over 1200 species recorded during a scientific expedition in Maumere Bay alone. You may also find blue ring, mimic, and wunderpus octopuses. You may have the chance to dive with dugongs. But Flores and Alor doesn’t stop with a magnificent underwater scene, these volcanic islands offer some of the most dramatic and beautiful topside sceneries as well. We will also visit the traditional villages on the islands, including the Pura Island villagers with their dugout canoes, who dive with homemade wooden goggles with glass bottle lenses. We’ll also be welcomed with the Lego Lego dance by the Abui tribe, wearing traditional clothing and brass anklets.
October 30 - November 5
Join us for an unforgettable journey in one of the most biodiverse waters in the world, which Jacques Cousteau called “The Aquarium of the World.” The Sea of Cortez is home to 891 reef fish species, 90 of which are found nowhere else in the world. We’ll venture to the best that sites in the southern Sea of Cortez, such as the Suwanee Reef, La Reina, Las Animas, Cerralvo Island, and wreck of the ferry Salvatierra, all of which are teeming with life. We will explore areas that cannot be accessed via day trips from La Paz, where only very few liveaboards journey to. Recently the shark and manta population have recovered, so we will have a chance to see the big marine life as well. Cabo Pulmo marine park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the home to the Pacific’s easternmost barrier reef - the only coral reef in Baja California. The local village helped this unique ecosystem from overfishing and desolation, and now is a rebounding reef home to over 235 fish species and hundreds more species of marine invertebrates and mammals. You will not believe your eyes when you see the explosion of marine diversity and an astounding density of fish amongst the colorful reefs! You are sure to encounter some of the largest schools of fish you’ve ever seen, as well as sea lions, sharks, and mantas. We’ve planned our trip for the best season to dive in the Sea of Cortez, when the water temperatures are over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility is over 100 feet!
November 4 - November 13
Most people visit Fiji by going to one of the resorts on the main islands, diving only at the reefs close to shore. However, Fiji is composed of over 300 islands, and with Ocean Safari, you can have a more authentic adventure - traveling to the smaller, less visited islands which has the most pristine coral reefs, beaches, and less visited villages. To do so, Ocean Safari has chartered an 8 day 7 nights trip on the best liveaboard in Fiji, the NAI’A. Will explore the capital of soft coral diving in the world, in one corner of the Coral Triangle. The areas we will be diving is too remote to be accessed by resort divers. We will cover most of the remote Bligh Water, diving at underwater pinnacles covered with soft coral, surrounded by schools of barracuda and trevally and fish species found nowhere else on Earth such as the Fiji anemone fish, flasher wrasse, and Terry’s dwarf goby.
October 2 - October 8
The islands of Loreto and northern La Paz are hidden gems on the Sea of Cortez with peaceful charm and dazzling landscapes. This area is very difficult to reach within the time restraints of a short day trip, which means that this area is rarely visited and remains pristine. The coast is backed by the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, which limits access to the area from the west coast of Baja. There are only a few, very rugged trails across the mountains.
Join us for an unforgettable journey in one of the most biodiverse waters in the world, which Jacques Cousteau called “The Aquarium of the World.” The Sea of Cortez is home to 891 reef fish species, 90 of which are found nowhere else in the world. We’ll venture to the most remote islands in the southern Sea of Cortez, such as Isla Coronado, Carmen, Danzante, Monserrate, Catalina, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Las Animas and San Francisco, all of which are teeming with life. You will not believe your eyes when you see the explosion of marine diversity and an astounding density of fish amongst the colorful reefs! We’ve planned our trip for the best season to dive in the Sea of Cortez, when the water temperatures are over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility is over 100 feet! In addition, we have invited a special guest, Rafael Murillo, who is the most knowledgeable person about diving in the Loreto area. With such an experienced divemaster/co-host guiding our dives and helping to select the dive sites, you will have a rare opportunity to explore the best that this area has to offer!