Tuesday, 25 September 2018

5 GREAT reasons to spend this Christmas diving in Curacao

Why Christmas and New Years in Curacao ROCKS

If you haven't decided where to spend your Christmas and New Years vacation yet, this may help:
  1. It'll be at least 85 degrees of sunshine, so you can be shoveling ice into your cocktail on the beach, instead of shoveling snow off  your driveway.

  2. While your nearest and dearest will be freezing their butts off back home, you'll chill out in one of Curacao's many, many beach-bars after another day of fabulous shore diving. before heading out for dinner in one of Curacao's many awesome restaurants...

  3. With ocean temperatures around a balmy 82 degrees or so - possibly warmer than the air temperature back home - you may not even need to dive in a wetsuit...

  4. The Caribbean festive-feeling is hard to beat - and Curacao's, in particular. This year's Curacao festivities begin on 17 November with the arrival of "Sinterklaas" by boat, with surprise appearances of him and his band of "Black Piets" all around the island, until he sets sail again on 6 December (lots of fun, bring plenty of candy...)
  5. And if you can't make it to Curacao for Christmas, you have to experience New Years Eve here (or "Old Year's Eve" as the Dutch call it). It's a spectacular, erm, spectacle, as the island's night sky explodes in, well, spectacular style. For hours.

    For sure, there will be no bad spirits left in Curacao by 1 January 2019 - just maybe a few bad heads...

    If you're thinking about or planning on, joining us for this amazing time of year, booking in advance is strongly recommended!

    We only take small groups of divers per Dive Bus Crew member and there are changes to our regular schedule during this Holiday period:

    And if you're not quite in the festive planning mood just yet, maybe this will help:

     (Or not!)

    Happy planning, ho ho ho ;)

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    Monday, 3 September 2018

    New, fun sustainability initiatives launch in time for AWARE Week 2018

    Fun, simple ways to protect our ocean planet at The Dive Bus, Curacao:

    AWARE Week: 15 - 23 Sept 2018

    Project AWARE has teamed up with long-time partner PADI and dive professionals around the world for the first ever AWARE Week.

    From 15 - 23 September 2018, Project AWARE and PADI dive centers - including The Dive Bus, Curacao - are organizing ocean conservation activities and actions to encourage and enable more divers to take care of our underwater world.

    Specific areas of focus include tackling ocean pollution and creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, by empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, fins on and fins off.

    While these issues are extremely important - such as banning shark finning -  we do our best to make raising awareness of them and tackling them, a whole lot of fun and, therefore, more 'front of mind' (hopefully!):


    Curacao Clean Up 2018

    Curacao's community is playing its part with the annual, island-wide Curacao Clean Up event, bringing people and communities together, across the whole island.

    To date, this initiative led to more than 1 million kgs / 2.2 million lbs of trash being removed for proper disposal. That's equivalent to the weight of 6 Boeing 747s ...

    We'll be joining in with a Dive Bus Clean Up dive  – you're welcome to join in or find events happening near you, here (scroll down the events page and you may spot someone you recognize … and here, too!)


    The new Dive Bus Sustainability Policy

    The Dive Bus Eco Policy was one of the highest visited pages on our website. Built back in 2005 with help from Project AWARE, it's been the heart of the dive center from the very beginning.

    Long overdue for an update, the policy formerly known as The Dive Bus Eco Policy has been completed overhauled into The Dive Bus Sustainability Policy.

    The original Dive Bus Eco Policy focused mostly on fixing what had already impacted. The new Dive Bus Sustainability Policy focuses on simple, easy and fun ways, to prevent or minimize impact in the first place.
    “Since The Dive Bus first opened its door, thousands of divers have helped clean up Curacao's reefs on hundreds of Clean Ups," says Dive Bus Mark, a PADI Ambassadiver.

    “The cool thing is not only how many of our divers are more than happy to help out, but how many choose to dive with us because of our commitments to taking care of the ocean.”
    "But," adds Suzy, one of The Dive Bus Women of Conservation, "cleaning up trash from our beaches and oceans only fixes part of the problem. The other part is preventing trash getting there in the first place. The new Sustainability Policy includes a bunch of solutions to help address that, through education, awareness and fun, simple actions."


    NEW PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water course:
    only available at The Dive Bus, Curacao

    Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, it’s a sad fact that divers can contribute to reef damage. Usually accidentally or unknowingly, it’s still damage that an ‘Oh crap!’ can’t fix.

    But the brand new Dive Bus PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water course can.

    Tailored for divers with ocean protection at their heart, this special  Dive Bus version of the PADI Advanced Open Water course has been enthusiastically supported by our buddies at Project AWARE and PADI, calling it:
    "An amazing initiative!"

    The Dive Bus PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water course also includes a Dive Against Debris Specialty dive, giving you an optional "double-whammy" certification, to get you on your way to your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

    To launch this exciting new course, we're giving away a FREE reusable stainless steel straw, courtesy of the good folks at 4Ocean to our PADI AWARE Advanced Open Water course graduates.

    Want one for yourself? Hurry before they're gone..!


    Enjoy AWARE Week 2018 wherever you spend it,
    and keep up to date with the latest on social media:

    #thedivebus #seriouslyfundiving #AWARE #PADI #sustainability #givingback #learntodive #divecuracao

    Monday, 13 August 2018

    WOW! Curacao and The Dive Bus nominated in the DIVE Travel Awards

    On a return visit to The Dive Bus recently, the wonderful and slightly bonkers Potocnjak family dived their boots off, earning their prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

    They were also
    kind enough to post The Dive Bus's 1,000th 5 Star Trip Advisor review which, as you can see in the video above, was pretty exciting for The Dive Bus Crew:

    "... What makes (The Dive Bus) unique is that they make diving very safe but fun... so all divers have a great experience."

    HUGE congratulations and thanks to the Potocnjaks on their certifications - and to all our divers that helped us reach this awesome milestone. Very much appreciated!

    A couple of days later, our week got even more exciting when we received news that .... <insert your own drum roll here>:
    ...The Dive Bus AND Curacao made it to the final 25 dive centers and dive destinations in this year's DIVE Travel Awards!

    So if you, like the Potocnjak family, enjoyed diving in Curacao and / or diving with us at The Dive Bus, please tell the world by voting in the DIVE Travel Awards, here

    For reasons to vote for The Dive Bus and / or Curacao, or just for fun, check out:
    Speaking of Curacao shore diving sites, we were working on the results of our recent Curacao dive site survey, when we got the news about the DIVE Travel Awards.

    The nominations have set the survey results
    back a wee bit, but we certainly haven't forgotten about them. HUGE thanks if you participated in the survey and keep a look out on Dive Bus youtube, facebook and instagram channels, soon...
    Voting in the DIVE Travel Awards takes literally 10 seconds or less. 

    So next time you have a spare 10 seconds, you know how to spend them šŸ˜‰.

    HUGE thanks in advance for voting for Curacao and The Dive Bus!

    Winners will be announced at DEMA this November. 

    If The Dive Bus or Curacao make it to the Top 3 (OR beat our buddies in Bonaire) trust us, you'll hear about it!

    #divecuracao #thedivebus #seriouslyfundiving #CHATA #diveindustryawards #DEMA #divemagazine

    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    13 reasons to turn the kids into something useful ...

    Your dive buddies.

    If your kids are 10 years or older, they're able to become a PADI Junior Open Water diver. 

    Sure, it’ll cost money to get them certified BUT there are some great returns to be had on your investment. Like these:

    1. Ask anyone who's lucky enough to share scuba diving adventures with family why they do it, a common response is:
      “It brings us together.”
    2. You’ll have a dive buddy on hand whenever you need / want one.

    3. You’ll never have to carry, set up or rinse or your dive equipment ever again.
    4. You’ll never not know what to get them as birthday or Christmas gifts.
    5. You’ll never run out of fun things to talk about with them.
    6. They’ll learn about responsibility in a fun way – for themselves and their dive buddy. 
    7. Any additional lessons in responsibility that you can teach the kids will help reinforce their dive training. For example, responsibility for doing (your) household chores or cleaning (your) car.

      (OK that's it's a bit of a reach but it's worth a try.)
    8. It’s a great excuse reason for you to take a dive vacation (or 2) every year. And as divers, the kids will never be bored on vacation again. 

      Buy them one of the cool fish ID books and turn them into fish nerds even when they're not diving. (This may become important to you in later life - keep reading, this is going somewhere...)
    9.  If you’re not (all) divers yet, get certified together, as a family. Instead of being "Mum and Dad" you'll all be students: learning, overcoming challenges and discovering new, cool things. Together, at the same time.

      If you're at different levels of certification, take a PADI Specialty course together, later. It's a pretty cool thing to achieve together and have in common. 

    10. As divers, your kids will better understand the significance of our impact on our oceans and want to protect them for their own kids. Your grand kids.
    11. Encourage the kids to go on to become PADI Divemasters. This is when they become significantly more useful to you and you may be able to get away with not tipping them when they start working as a PADI Pro in an amazing dive destination (now you're starting to see where this is going, right..?)
    12. Support them entirely, utterly and completely when they decide to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. This is not only when the kids start becoming even more useful to you, it's also a very important step for achieving your ultimate, final goal:
    13. Encourage them even more entirely, utterly and completely to buy their own dive shop as soon as they're old enough. Someplace relatively easily / affordably reachable from your closest airport; warm, beautiful, with awesome diving.
      Because then...
      FREE dive vacations for you for EVER!

    OR if this isn't quite what you had in mind for your or your kids' future, it would be sufficiently awesome just to be doing something you love, with the people you love - right..? 

    AND if you're heading to Curacao for your family vacation (check out this Blog post if you haven't booked flights yet), click the images to the right for more info on these entry level dive courses.

    AND no matter where you're spending your next family vacation, your kids can start learning to dive, or start their next PADI dive course, today [PADI e-learning] and complete it on vacation - or at your local PADI dive center at home.

    More info:

    • Minimum age for scuba diving is 10 years, depth restrictions apply and lower instructor to student ratios, for safety.
    • PADI e-learning is a great way for your kids to learn the theory for PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water certification courses.

      They can start whenever they want (access to eLearning is valid for 12 months)
      and you can work through it with them, in your own time at their own pace.
    At The Dive Bus, all things being equal*, you're welcome to join in your kids' last PADI Open Water training dive, with the the option of a professional videographer to capture this amazing, significant life experience...

    * Your child's safety is our priority so we reserve the right to refuse this if we believe it may negatively impact their safety for any reason, including:

    • distraction through excitement - this is typically the parents rather than the kids (!)
    • breaking PADI safety standards for teaching ratios

    If this Blog post has got you thinking,
    look out for Dive Bus Dive into Fall and Dive into Winter Specials here, to help make this happen:
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    Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    Major airlines announce new flights and hundreds of additional seats to Curacao!

    Curacao is shaping up to be the hot vacation destination: major airlines announce additional seats and new flights to this awesome Caribbean island.

    So if you’ve been wondering where to take your next vacation, the answer is - clearly! - Curacao. And now, it's even easier to get here with direct flights from...:



    Starting this month, Avianca’s weekly flights from Bogota, Colombia to CuraƧao’s Hato International Airport, will be onboard bigger planes - Airbus 320s - creating additional capacity of 350 seats.

    And, from August, they're  adding 4 additional weekly flights from Bogota, making a total of 11 per week.

    A major gateway airport, these additional flights and seats will make divers from Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and many more countries really happy that their next Curacao dive vacation just got sooo much easier to arrange.


    ...New York (JFK)

    Also happening in June, Jet Blue are adding a fourth flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to CuraƧao’s Hato International Airport.

    With a highly civilised arrival time in sunny Curacao, you can breakfast at home and celebrate Happy Hour on the beach well before sunset. It'd be would be rude not to.



    Winter is a perfect time to be in Curacao if you live anywhere even vaguely near Toronto and prefer sun and diving, to cold and snow-shoveling. Or a break from it, at least.

    Lucky for you if so, because Air Canada are running a third flight a week out of Toronto starting this December, and one per week out of Montreal. So you could be celebrating Christmas and New Years in sunny Curacao...

    Flying Airbus 320s, that’s 566 seats available every week, to transport you from cold, cold Canada to lovely, toasty-warm Curacao, so make sure one of them has YOUR name on it. (And one for your dive buddy, while you’re at it, eh.)



    Speaking of winter getaways to the Caribbean sun, in addition to the two American Airlines flights per week out of Charlotte, NC., American Airlines are adding a 3rd daily flight from Miami to CuraƧao, starting December 19, 2018.

    The timing is perfect for your Curacao Christmas vacation – and Curacao is a great place to welcome in the New Year (trust us, it’s an incredible experience - watch this space for more about Christmas and New Years in Curacao, coming soon-ish.)


    ... and 14 other cities, offering nonstop flights to Curacao (according to google) 

    So - what’s so great about Curacao?

    According to Travel Agent Central, Curacao is a popular destination for Millennials and other savvy Caribbean travelers, looking for something a bit off-the-beaten path.

    It's also one of the most LGBT-welcoming islands in the region - come on down and find out for yourself at this year's Curacao Pride event:

    Curacao also has a huge range of accommodation, food and drink choices to suit all budgets and tastes, fascinating history (especially if you love Pirates - and which diver doesn't?), stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and tons of activities. And in an incredible year-round climate.

    It's also a unique shore diving haven and one of the top diving destinations in the world.  

    And that's not all - click below ...

    If you get bored in Curacao? You're doing something wrong. 
     Come, see for yourself.
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