Wednesday, 4 December 2019

10 GREAT Christmas gift ideas for your favourite scuba divers AND our oceans

If you're searching for fun, awesome, cool, ocean-friendly Christmas gift ideas for your favourite people?
This may help.

Because people don’t need to be divers to care of our oceans.
1. Pimp ‘em up and protect the ocean with Project AWARE

It's a fact universally acknowledged that it's simply not possible to have “too many” t-shirts. And, especially for guys, “too many” hats. (Or is that just Dive Bus Mark..?)

An international registered non-profit organization and a global movement for ocean protection, powered by a community of adventurers (that would be you), proceeds from Project AWARE apparel sales help fund their important activities around the world.

Project AWARE's ever-expanding range of cool, ocean-related apparel, printed with low-waste ink, on 100% organic, made in a wind-powered factory, make for awesome, impactful gifts all year-round, “connecting our passion for ocean adventure with marine conservation”.

2. Pimp ‘em up and protect the ocean with PADI Loves

Check out the latest "PADI Loves" range for more super cool, fun gifts that that give back by protecting what you love: the ocean.

Working closely with Project AWARE, according to PADI:
"'PADI LOVES' harnesses the enormous power each of us has to impact our Blue Planet. With every purchase we make, we’re voting for the world we want, directing entire industries toward sustainability.  
PADI loves these brands because they enable us to choose products that lessen our impact on the environment. They share our ocean ethos, creating eco-conscious products and developing sustainable practices we can all stand behind."

3. Help change the picture. 

If you, your dive buddies, friends and family really do have too many t-shirts and / or would like to give (or receive) a meaningful, impactful gift this Christmas, how about:
A non-profit organisation, Project AWARE spends 75% of donations on marine protection:
  • 32% Shark & Ray Conservation
  • 29% Marine Debris Solutions
  • 14% Ocean Protection
  • 25% Global Operations
4. Give the gift of diving -
and turn your family and friends into something useful 😉

Gift a PADI eLearning course or a Discover Scuba Dive at your favourite dive shop, and you'll have a dive buddy for life.

How useful is that!

Whether you choose a local dive shop or one in an awesome year-round dive destination like Curacao (just sayin' 😉) choose a 100% AWARE dive center wherever possible.

100% AWARE dive centers make a donation to Project AWARE for every every PADI dive course certification that they issue. So you'll enabling your chosen dive center to give your family and friends an incredible, unforgettable experience and to take care of our oceans.
5. Ditch single-use plastic gifts. For EVER.

With an estimated 16 billion pounds of plastic entering the ocean each year, avoiding single-use plastic especially over the festive period makes a massive, positive difference to our oceans.

Yup, we know it can be hard to change habits or 'default' / automatic purchase decisions, because we've done it ourselves. But this one is super easy, low cost and massively, instantly, impactful.

scuba tank water bottle

Gift a re-usable metal water bottle to your buddies to take on each and every (dive) vacation.

Sure, it may cost a little more in the first place, but re-usable metal water bottles last forever, save money and massively reduce single-use plastic bottle consumption.

(And they can pimp it with stickers from each dive center and dive destination they visit for a fun, unique, cool and practical alternative to single use plastic bottles. And to show off their dive adventure destinations, just a little...)

6. Gift meaningfully

Not only are these awesome Fair Tradewinds holiday favorites the coolest socks ever, they also protect sharks, plant trees, fight breast cancer, give water, protect dogs, provide relief kits and give people a reason to talk about your feet, while keeping them warm and stylish.

Click here for more Fair Tradewinds Christmas gifts that give back. Gift certificates also available if there are just too many cool things to choose from!)

7. Remove a pound of trash from our oceans and coastlines with these awesome bracelets

Support 4Ocean’s mission to clean our ocean and coastlines, one pound at a time, by gifting these cool and highly meaningful bracelets this Christmas.

With an estimated 16 billion pounds of plastic entering the ocean each year, each bracelet sold goes towards funding their massive clean up operations. It's a great way to "end the plastic pollution crisis together."
8. TONS of great, funky and fun stuff,
made from recycled marine debris!

Check out these amazing products made with recycled ocean plastics / marine debris - there's something for everyone, from sunglasses to skateboards, and plenty more:
9. Gifts that give back

Every product in the Fair Trade Winds online store is lovingly handmade by folks working hard to create a better world for their families and children.

Help make that happen - check out this year's Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide more:

10. Zero Waste, Plastic Free Christmas Decorations & Gifts

Have some fun: make and gift your OWN zero-waste gifts and decorations for your friends and family this Christmas.

You might be pleasantly surprised by your own creativity!

 Ho, Ho, Ho and happy ocean-friendly Christmas gift shopping!

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

5 GREAT reasons to dive Curacao this Christmas and New Years

If you haven't decided where to spend your Christmas and / or New Years dive vacation yet? 


Here are a bunch of reasons why Curacao should be at the top of your list:

Reason #1: 
It'll be at least 85 degrees of sun, sun and more sun in Curacao. So you could be shoveling ice into your cocktail on the beach, instead of shoveling snow off of your driveway.
Reason #2:
At a balmy 80(ish) degrees, Curacao’s ocean temperature will be warmer than your air temperature back home.

Reason #3: 
Instead of freezing your butt off at home, you could be chilling out at 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 many awesome restaurants, like this one: 

Reason #4:
This year's Curacao Christmas festivities begin on 16 November with the arrival of "Sinterklaas" and his band of "Black Piets", by boat, in downtown Willemstad:

They’ll be making surprise appearances all around the island, entertaining and collecting / handing out bucket loads of candy and speculaas cookies, before setting sail again on 6 December.

More fun Curacao Christmas events and festivities not to miss include:
Reason #5:
For a New Years Eve (or "Old Year's Eve" as the Dutch call it) you'll never forget, spend it in Curacao. 
It's a spectacular, erm, spectacle, with the island's night sky exploding spectacularly. For hours and hours and hours.

Conveniently for divers and dive instructors who can't manage to stay awake until midnight, celebrations begin at 5pm on 31 December, coinciding with midnight in Holland and beer o’clock at The Dive Bus.

While we chill out with a cold beer or 2, Curacao home and business owners set off gigantic chains of “pagaras”, to banish evil spirits and clear the way for good one (and deafen bystanders). Like the annual Pietermaai pagara, the biggest on the island:

Made from red, biodegradable paper, the exploding pagaras sound like rapid machine gunfire: deafeningly loud. We can hear the Pietermaai pagara from the dive center, 2 miles away.

Then, as soon dusk begins to fall, hotels, bars and restaurants up, down, across and around the island unleash their incredible firework displays to the skies.

The intensity, frequency and grandeur of the fireworks increase as midnight draws closer and there's absolutely NO possibility of missing or sleeping though the New Year without serious pharmaceutical assistance. Even residents of Bonaire can see and hear Curacao’s fireworks, too.

You can be certain there'll be no bad spirits still hanging around in Curacao by 1 January. Only the pagaras’ red ‘petals’ lining the streets until they dissolve - and maybe a few bad heads...
Reason #6:

Because diving in Curacao OFFICIALLY rocks.
That's why Curacao made it to the top 10 in several categories in the Scuba Diving magazine's 2020 Reader Choice Awards
Both Curacao and The Dive Bus reached the final 25 in this year's DIVE Travel Awards  - for the 2nd year in a row!
If you're hoping or planning to be in Curacao for your Christmas and / or New Years dive vacation, book early! 

And if you're hoping or planning on diving with us at The Dive Bus - and especially on a DRIVE + DIVE Package - you might want to get in touch asap. Vehicle availability is always limited at this busy time of year and our opening hours / days change over the holidays... 

Here for info about flights to Curacao   
Not quite in the festive planning mood yet?
This fun blast-from-the-past may

Wherever you spend Christmas and New Years,
we hope it's your best EVER
and hope to see you soon!

#curacaochristmas #caribbeanchristmas #christmasdivevacation #thedivebus #divecuracao #divebuscuracao #@newyear #divevacation #rightnowincuracao #curacao #CHATA #PADI #driveanddive #seriouslyfundiving

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Curaçao Pride: time to dive AND party!

Dive into Curacao Pride 2019
for a tremendously fun party week in Paradise
that you won't forget!

Curacao Pride 2019 is the seventh edition of this amazing event and - if it's anything like previous Curacao Pride events - it's not to be missed. 

Catered to the LGBTQ community and their friends, everyone and anyone is welcome to dive into in the 5-day event, filled with tons of parties, celebrations, activities and FUN. 

Last year's Curaçao Pride was an overwhelming success. Thousands of visitors came specifically for the event, and a record number of people took part in the Curaçao Pride Walk and the Opening Concert - The Dive Bus Crew very happy to be among them.

One of the reasons for the success of Curacao Pride is the island's melting pot of nationalities, languages, religions, history, skin color, opinions, perceptions, currencies, you name it - that centuries have forged into the “Biba i laga Biba" mentality of the island's people:
“Live and let Live”
Friendly and tolerant, there's no history of gay violence towards LGBT locals or visitors - or even a "gayborhood". According to Gay Travel:
"Curaçao does not have a gayborhood as you would encounter in other major cities around the world. As part of the “Live and let Live” mentality there are plenty of places to go and activities to do that are LGBT welcoming.
You will find that quite a large number of the LGBT community are working in hospitality and they tend to make sure that you have a great time!
Not only that but Curaçao is a great vacation destination by all standards. Beaches, accommodations, activities, culturally speaking and much more."
It's for these reasons that the IGLTA and the Chairman of the Caribbean Travel Association (CTO) honored the Curaçao Tourism Board as a Destination Pioneer, putting Curacao on the map as a leading destination for LGBT travelers in the Caribbean. 

Because, in a nut shell:
  1. Curacao rocks.
  2. Curacao Pride is awesome.
  3. Everyone is welcome.
  4. Come on down.
  5. And the diving rocks. So if you want to fit in a dive or 2, just let us know 😎:
If you're a certified diver,
enjoy the best of
underwater Curacao, too...

Yet another great reason to vacation in Curacao.
You're going to love it - see you there!
 Hope to dive you in sunny Curacao during Curacao Pride - or whenever you like - soon! 
#rightnowincuracao #curacaopride #gaycuracao #pinkcuracao #thedivebus #divecuracao #curacao #gaytravel #divecuracao #learntodivecuracao #curacaopride

Thursday, 15 August 2019

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 ...
Dive into the
Curacao International Dive Festival

29 September - 5 October 2019

This is going to be GREAT!

 Check out The Dive Bus Dive Festival Events here - more being added / updated so keep watching this space....

And ...
... we're adding and updating The Dive Bus Dive Festival Events so keep watching this space 👌

Curacao AND The Dive Bus through to 
the final 25 in this year'sDive Magazine Dive Travel Awards!
If you're one of the folks that nominated The Dive Bus and / or Curacao for these awards - for the 2nd year in a row:

If your (other) favourite dive centers and destinations are finalists too, they'll be just as thrilled and excited and would really appreciate your vote - because it matters: 

*** 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 😄).

atch this space or drop us an email if you can't wait to find out...

New DRIVE, DIVE + STAY Packages:
The Dive Bus DIVE + DRIVE Packages just got even better.
MORE INFO COMING SOON: watch this space or drop us an email...

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 the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14).

Curacao Pride 2019
25 September - 29 September

Join in this tremendously fun party week in Paradise, for a vacation you won't forget!

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

The Dive Bus Seriously Fun
International Chilled-Out Tour

Find out what happened when Mark and Suzy decided to take The Dive Bus and Curacao to divers for a change. 

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


...there’s plenty of ridiculous / cool / random fun stuff and more info, on The Dive Bus social media channels - enjoy!
Got questions?
Let's make your next Curacao dive vacation your best one EVER!
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