Thursday, 13 June 2019

UPDATED: Even MORE reasons to dive Curacao this year!

There's a TON of fun, exciting stuff going on and coming up at The Dive Bus and in Curacao - and YOU’RE invited.
(Because it just wouldn't be the same without you.)

If you were wondering how come you hadn't heard from us for a while, you're about to find out.

It’s not because we’ve been enjoying awesome dive adventures of our own or sitting around sipping cocktails in the sun on a lovely Curacao beach. (Which, according to the Curacao Tourist Board’s recent announcement, “more people that ever” have been.)

It's because we've been having the most amazing, exciting and busiest Winter and Spring seasons EVER. It's been awesome!

Mark and Suzy were out and about on The Dive Bus “International Chilled Out Tour”: a series of dive show debuts in shockingly cold places (one even had snow.) On the upside, they met up with hundreds of Dive Bussers and heaps of potential Dive-Bussers, bought a ton of clothing for the next time it snows in Curacao and announced some exciting new Dive Packages...

Meanwhile, back in lovely warm Curacao, The Dive Bus Crew were diving and training heaps of #seriouslyfun divers and Dive Bus Returners - all of whom (hopefully) did enjoy some awesome dive adventures and spending time sipping cocktails on a lovely Curacao beach.

In-between, we've been working on a stack of super-cool fun stuff for your next awesome Curacao dive vacation. Check out these quick tasters and keep an eye open for upcoming Blog posts for more info, to get you started on your planning.

Because this could be your best Curacao dive vacation yet ...

The Dive Bus Seriously Fun
International Chilled-Out Tour

Mark and Suzy decided to take The Dive Bus and Curacao to divers, for a change. 

In some very cold places (it was snowing in one of them), to meet some very cool Dive Bus divers...


New DRIVE, DIVE + STAY Packages:
The Dive Bus DIVE + DRIVE Packages just got even better.
  watch this space or drop us an email...
The Curacao International Dive Festival
29 September - 5 October 2019

Save the dates, this is going to be GREAT!

Curacao AWARE Week 2019
14 September - 22 September

Join Project AWARE and The Dive Bus crew for Curacao AWARE Week, for even more fun, easy ways to get involved with a subject very close to our hearts: 

fun, simple, easy ways to protect our oceans and
support United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14).

Save the dates and watch this space or drop us an email......

*** NEW ***
Curacao "
off-gassing” adventures and experiences:
Because you can't dive every day, but you can have fun every day

Now you can book a bunch of cool stuff for your non-diving days as well as your diving, with us at The Dive Bus. In spite of the title, the new off-gassing adventures are a lot fun - which we know because your dedicated Dive Bus Crew tried, tested and fun-factor-approved them all.

(Yup, it's been a dirty job and a terrible hardship but we're happy to put ourselves out for you guys 😄).

MORE INFO COMING SOON: watch this space or drop us an email...
Curacao and The Dive Bus nominated in theDive Magazine 2019 Dive Travel Awards - 
for the 2nd year in a row!

We're a just little bit thrilled and excited - and YOUR vote counts...



...there’s plenty of ridiculous / cool / random fun stuff and more info, on The Dive Bus social media channels - enjoy! 

 Got questions?
AWAREweek #Curacao #divecuracao #curacaodiving #thedivebus #curacaodivefestival #projectaware #PADI #sustainability #oceanprotection #divetravelawards #bestdiveshop #bestdivecenter #DEMA #OAS #beneaththesea #curacaodivespecials

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Why you won't want to miss the 2019 Curacao International Dive Festival
The Curacao International Dive Festival
29 September - 5 October 2019

If you’ve been waiting for the right time and/ or the right reason to make your first trip to Curacao OR return for a(nother) awesome dive vacation? 

The Curacao International Dive Festival may be just what you’ve been waiting for. 

Because it’s going to be GREAT!

According to Bryan Horne of Dive Curacao, the man behind the Curacao International Dive Festival, the objective of the week-long event is to put Curacao on every diver’s must-dive list – and keep it there.
“Curacao is truly an amazing dive vacation destination, but it’s been a well-kept secret for way too long. The Curacao International Dive Festival will showcase Curacao as an amazing dive vacation destination to the international dive community.”

An impressive and ever-increasing number of major international dive and ocean protection organizations, across the USA, Canada and Europe, have thrown their full support behind the Dive Festival, including Dive Bus buddies from PADI and Project AWARE.

Joining them is an impressive and ever-increasing number of Curacao businesses - ocean-related organizations, dive centers, hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and many others - offering special Programs, activities, Packages and offers specifically for the Curacao Dive Festival.

Including The Dive Bus 😊:
"The whole Dive Bus Crew is really excited about Curacao Dive Festival", says Mark. "We're working on a bunch of ideas to make the Festival as fun and memorable as possible for our divers. It's going to be great, we're all really looking forward to it!"

Here’s what’s currently in the works at The Dive Bus for the Curacao Dive Festival:
  • a fun Dive Program for the week, built around cool Festival events and activities so you don’t miss out on anything
  • great Dive Bus Curacao Dive Festival Packages and Specials, including NEW, hot off the press DRIVE, DIVE + STAY Packages
  • with ocean protection initiatives "built-in" (because that's how we roll everyday)
Watch this space and our social media channels for more info coming soon... But if you can't wait and want to get going on your Curacao vacation planning right now? Get in touch now!

    How to "Dive Right In"to find out more about the 2019 Curacao International Dive Festival:
    1. Check out the Festival website, here.
    2. Check out the latest version of the events schedule, here (more being added all the time, so keep checking it).

    3. Add these dates to your calendars:
    Sunday 29 September – Saturday 5 October, 2019

    4. Start being really nice to your boss.

    5. Start looking for flight deals.

    6. Submit your vacation dates request to your boss. You may want to include the fact that, by approving your vacation request, they're enabling you to contribute to, participate in and support vital ocean protection initiatives.

    (Which makes them a hero, too - right? It's worth a try at least, but you may want to leave out the part about it being a lot of fun...)

    7. Repeat points 4 to 6 above until your boss submits to your request.

    8. Thank your boss profusely to keep them happy for your next Curacao dive vacation request...

    9. Register for the Curacao Dive Festival asap to claim your VERY cool, limited availability Sustainable Gift Package (worth $70!), courtesy of Stream2Sea, Caribbean Organic Beauty, Flavors of Curaçao, Lionfish Caribbean and Plastic Free Curaçao:
    10. Share this post with your dive buddies and your favourite dive shops so they can join in too and tell more divers (because the more, the merrier!) And keep watching this space and The Dive Bus social media channels for more info...
    (If your dive buddies need more convincing about what's so great about diving Curacao, check out what Bryan had to say in his Toronto Caribbean News radio interview during  The Dive Bus “Seriously Fun” Chilled Out Tour"* and their recent article.)

    *Watch this space for more about our fun debut at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show on The Dive Bus "Seriously Fun” Chilled Out Tour.
    (The show was so great, we’re heading back for next year's show, too!)

    And keep an eye on the Dive Bus social media channels for more about the Curacao International Dive Festival (in addition to the usual ridiculous / cool / random / fun stuff):

    Ready to get going on your Curacao dive vacation planning?
    Drop us an email and let's get this party started! 

      #Curacao #divecuracao #curacaodiving #thedivebus #curacaodivefestival #projectaware #PADI #sustainability #oceanprotection#DEMA #OAS #beneaththesea #curacaodivespecials #seriouslyfundiving

    Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    Major airlines offering additional flights and seats to Curacao!

    With non-stop flights from 17 cities,
    it's easier than ever to dive into Curacao on your next vacation.

    According to DIVE magazine, Curacao is the hot Caribbean dive and vacation destination, all year round. 


    And the great news is that more airlines are offering more seats on more flights to our awesome Caribbean island. 


    With year round average air temperatures of around 82F / 28C, and ocean temperatures averaging a balmy 80F / 27C, if you're looking to warm up and chill out, get yourself on a flight to Curacao.


    According to Bryan Horne, founder of Dive Curacao:

    "Although Curacao is surrounded by more than 40 square miles of some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean, the island has remained relatively 'off radar' for divers. But that's changing a lot. And quickly.

    Curacao's healthy coral reefs, the vast variety of marine life and an ever widening choice of places to stay, eat, discover and do, are attracting increasingly more human visitors to our Caribbean island, too."

    With non-stop flights from 17 cities, maybe now's a great time to start planning your (next) Curacao dive vacation, too...

    Now's most defniitely a great time to be in Curacao if you live anywhere even vaguely near Toronto or Montreal, and prefer warmth, sunshine and diving to negative air temperatures and snow-shoveling. (Ask one of the 21,000 Canadians who visited Curacao last year if you don't believe us.)

    There are 566 seats a week ready and waiting to carry you and your dive buddies away from cold, cold Canada to toasty-warm Curacao...


    Speaking of Winter and Spring getaways to the Caribbean sun, American Airlines have 2 flights per week out of Charlotte, NC. and 3 daily flights out of Miami, FL.

    You could be here in less than 3 hours: that's less time than it takes to order and eat dinner at a Curacao beach-side restaurant...

    Jet Blue has four daily flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Curaçao’s Hato International Airport. 

    So you can breakfast at home and Happy Hour on the beach well before sunset. 

    It's rude not to, really.


    With 11 flights from Bogota, Columbia to Curacao every week, and 150 seats per flight, Curacao dive vacations are super-easy for divers from Latin American countries including Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina, to name just a few...

    The only direct, year-round escape route from Europe to Curacao is via Amsterdam, in the tropical Kingdom of the Netherlands (or Holland as some of us call it, even though that's incorrect - who knew!

    At just over 10 hours, it's quite a flight - but last year, more than 177,000 people figured it was worth it.

    Top Tips:
    1. According to google, you can fly non-stop to Curacao from 10 MORE cities around the world.

    2. If your budget is a bigger constraint than your time, check out flights to these nearby locations and "puddle jump" to Curacao:
    3. If you have the option, it's well worth flying in and out of St Martin to experience the amazing / terrifying / thrilling take-off and landing of your life (so far) ...


      (With personal experience of being on that plane and that beach, we can tell you it's a hell of a lot more quiet on the plane!)

      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 amazing travel experiences and something a bit off-the-beaten path.

      It's also one of the most LGBT-welcoming islands in the region - find out for yourself at this year's Curacao Pride event:
      Curacao 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, tons of fun activities and experiences - and plenty more cool things. All in incredible year-round climate. 

      (AND it's a unique shore diving haven, one of the top diving destinations in the world. Just so you know,)


      And here's your invitation from the Curacao Tourist Board:

      You're going to love it.
      #aircanada #divecuracao #flightstocuracao #jetblue #americanairlines #avianca #curacao #thedivebus #feelitforyourself #feelit

      #aircanada #divecuracao #flightstocuracao #jetblue #americanairlines #avianca #curacao #thedivebus #feelitforyourself #feelit #curacaoflights #flightstocuracao

      Thursday, 14 February 2019

      8 reasons to share the love in Curacao

      Just some of the reasons why
      Valentines Day is better in Curacao

      1. It won't be cold and raining
      So your romantic day, evening or both won't get washed out.

      And if it does rain, it won't be cold and will be over in less than 10 minutes (ish), like it never happened.  

      2. It's cheaper than you might think
      According to this Huffington Post survey, Curacao is one of the most affordable getaways in the Caribbean...

      3. There are HEAPS of culinary delights to experience - affordably
      Enjoy Curaçao's huge range culinary delights with the brand new Curacao Dine Around Plan. Click below to find out how you can enjoy romantic 3 course meals and great service on your Curacao Valentines vacation:

      4. Choose from a HUGE range of accommodations
      Curacao offers accommodations for every budget. Check out the quality accommodations, committed to safety, quality and eco standards through CHATA, here.

      Our current pick is Avila Beach Hotel, just down the road from The Dive Bus They're committed to sustainability like us, and have an all-inclusive option...

      5. Check out heaps of awesome beaches
      Many of Curacao's beaches are quite different to what you might expect on a Caribbean island. Like the lovely Pierbaai Beach at Marie Pampoen, right across the road from The Dive Bus, and the access to our gorgeous house reef.

      6. There's heaps of evening entertainment

      Eat, drink, party, relax ... it's your choice, and there's plenty of it.

      Chill's a great place for romantic sun-downers and pretty good food overlooking the ocean, and  one of The Dive Bus Crew's favourites.

      2 top tips for wherever you go for dinner:
      • make a reservation
      • go before you're hungry (think "island time")

      7. There's heaps to do in the daytime, too
      There's plenty of things to do and discover together. Like discovering the island's rich and fascinating history, sailing, climbing, parasailing, wake-boarding, walking, cycling, exploring, surfing, shopping, scuba diving ... or just relaxing on the beach.

      8. The scuba diving is world class ... 

      As divers already know, diving's a great way to meet and make new friends. Some of us are even lucky enough to meet their true-love through diving, too. Which makes a Curacao dive vacation a great way to celebrate Valentines Day for at least a week...

      The new Dive Bus DRIVE and DIVE Packages are a great, fun way for you and your favourite buddy to discover and explore some of Curacao's best shore dive sites,  on your own Curacao adventures.

      How romantic is that!

      All in all, some pretty good reasons to celebrate Valentines Day in Curacao for a week or 2 - wouldn't you say?

      #avilabeachhotel #love #scuba #dive #diving #duiken #tauchen #vacation #holiday #curacao #dutchcaribbean #rightnowincuracao #caribbean  #padi #travel  #adventure  #divepackages #divecuracao #valentines #thedivebus