Trips and holidays
The Social Committee have booked a number of trips and holidays for 2019. Please see below. Some dates have been booked with further information to follow. More trips will be added over the coming months.
We’ve arranged a club diving day on Saturday 18th May at Stoney Cove – if you are planning to go let Helen know and she can add you to the list and if you need to hire kit she can send you a form.
Club trip to: Tobago – Speyside Inn
Date: 15th November 2019
Deposit: £600 – Balance payable 10 weeks before,. Card payments preferred.
Cost: Choice of 10 days or 7 days
10 Days – Base price £1435 then add diving: 6 days for £440 makes £1875
7 Days - Base price £1245 then add diving: 5 days for £350 makes £1595
Base price is the non-diver price
Dive Inclusive Package - depending on what you want, if it’s the 6 days then it’s 12 dives spread over 6 days, 2 dives per day. Helen can give you a price if you want a different number of dives
Meal board is Bed & Breakfast.
We will be staying at the Speyside Inn.
The 19-room Nabucco's Resort Speyside Inn is owned by a German scuba diving operation. Their on-site dive shop and service, Extra Divers, has an excellent reputation. Speyside offers some of the very best diving in Tobago and the wider Caribbean and most of these sites are just a short boat ride from the hotel. The hotel has a small restaurant and swimming pool
It is located in Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago. This is approximately 20 miles (1 hour by taxi) from Scarborough, Tobago’s Capital, and 27 miles (1hr 15mins by taxi) from Crown Point International Airport. The hotel is far from the more touristy parts of Tobago, and is surrounded by nature, and the hallmarks of true island life.
Nestled between the lush foothills of Tobago's highest mountain and the beach of Speyside bay, 'Nabucco's Resort Speyside Inn' and Dive Centre has spectacular unhindered views across the water and out to the nature reserves of Little Tobago and Goat Island.
The small hotel with the attached Extra Divers Dive Centre Speyside Inn provides its clients an ultimate dive holiday and an amazing nature spectacle as well in an unspoiled place, far away from mass tourism.
The hotel provides 19 amiable rooms. 16 double rooms, equipped with a queen-size bed or two single beds, shower/WC, air condition, safe box, mini fridge and a balcony with direct sea view. It also provides 3 rustic cottages with a small kitchenette and a view around the whole bay.
Breakfast (à la carte) is included in the price. The hotels own restaurant provides lunch and dinner à la carte. The hotel is offering fantastic creole food, as well as European specialties and a wide range of great cocktails.
Those who are going to explore the amazing flora and fauna on Tobago, will be able to look around for hummingbirds, colourful parrots or snakes in the opulent green rain forest.
Or you could go for a walk to the next fishermen village Charlotteville, one of the most romantic places on the island.
Have a look at Trip Advisor for more details.
Tobago offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean. It's not the best-known location, but the diving is world-class. The island's unique location at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles chain of Caribbean islands results in wonderful aquatic conditions.
Tobago's sister island, Trinidad, is located just seven miles (11km) from the coast of South America and lies directly opposite the mouth of Venezuela's mighty 1,590-mile Orinoco River. The fresh water outflow from the Orinoco is picked up and channelled northward by the Guyana Current, rushing through the 20-mile Columbus Channel between Trinidad and Tobago, and up Tobago's Atlantic coast.
The seabed surrounding all but the most northern part of Tobago is shallow. The average depth of the Columbus Passage is just 60ft (18m). As the Guyana Current sweeps past the rocky outcrops of the seabed, it creates spectacular drift-diving areas, particularly at the ends of the island.
The nutrient-rich waters of the Orinoco are directly responsible for the wonderfully diverse marine life for which Tobago is famed. The planktonic particles in the water are rich fodder to the sea life and have a dramatic effect on sponge colonies and sea fans. The high nutrient level and strong current combine to produce bizarrely-shaped giant barrel sponges and massive brain coral colonies. In fact, Tobago lays claim to the largest brain coral in the western hemisphere. Located in Speyside's Kelleston Drain, this massive colony is 10-feet (3m) high by 16-feet (5.3m) wide. Huge specimens like this may make brain coral the most memorable, but the waters are home to around 300 different species of coral.
Water temperature is approx. 28 degrees.
What will I need?
You will need to take all your own equipment. If you do not own your own equipment then this can be hired from Helen. Please make sure that you provide her with as much notice as possible to ensure that she has enough time to get this sorted for you.
I would recommend a 3mm wetsuit. Seeing as the dives will be drift dives you will need to ensure that you have a reel and SMB with you. Tanks and weights will be provided by the dive centre.
What will I see?
Tobago offers some of the best diving in the Carribean and Tobago’s unique location makes it an area for challenging and exciting drift dives. The nutrient rich waters support over 400 different species of fish and critters, the manta ray is a regular sighting as well as beautiful corals, including brain corals and sponges. There are dive sites for all levels of divers, the waters are warm and divers are generally part of small dive groups. The dive sites are a mixture of reef and wrecks.
There are 27 dive sites available within 20 minutes boat ride from the jetty.
The electrical current in Tobago is 110 volts / 60hz – US 2-pin plug.
Before you travel, a useful website to visit is the Tobago Tourist Board, which contains all current events and information:
I have been advised that we should take US$ or £GB and exchange them for local currency.
There are ATM Machines at most banks and you will also find one available at the airport.
Visas are not required for Tobago.
Remember to pack your cert cards and PADI med cert form which will come to you with your luggage labels.
Book your place with Helen
Club trip to the Red Sea, Egypt, 2020
Itinerary: Wrecks and Reefs Liveaboard
Date: 4th September – 11th September 2020 (7 nights)
Extras: Nitrox, Alcohol
- Full Board Basis based on either a twin or double room (including all soft drinks)
- Dive package plus tanks, weights, and guide if required
Who will we be diving with?
Blue O Two on Blue Fin Boat, you will be living on a boat for a week.
What will I need?
Full dive kit (though kit can be hired from Blue O Two if required for an extra cost)
What to expect from a Wrecks and Reefs Tour
Day 1 Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.
Days 2-5 Spend four days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including SS. Thistlegorm. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed and Tiran marine parks, Sha'ab El Erg (famous for dolphin encounters) and the island of Gubal.
Day 6 Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.
What do I need to do now?
Let Helen know you’re interested and let her have a £250 deposit.
Have a read of the latest trip reports to see what the club get up to on holiday -