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#329676 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by Wet Wally on 09 January 2017 - 11:50 AM

Hi fellow week-two divers - actually hi to all you divers!!!

 

This will be my second SD dive (first one being Best of Mexico) and my first liveaboard dive.  I'm a widower for the past 10 months but can now say that my grieving is just about over and, thanks to my guardian angel in heaven who is pointing my compass, my new life journey is beginning.

 

I live near Hilton Head, South Carolina having moved here from northern Virginia over three years ago.  I'm retired so have had plenty of opportunities to dive and happy to say did a bunch all over, but mostly in the Caribbean.  But again, this'll be my first liveaboard and am looking forward to fantastic diving and when not doing that, just hanging around wearing tee-shirts and swim trunks just about 24/7!

 

Looking forwards to seeing Kamala again and meeting you all!

Walt 


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#329627 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by little mermaid on 06 January 2017 - 06:46 PM

Hello all,  I'm Kathy aka little mermaid.    I have been on numerous trips with Kamala and SD and have loved everyone of them.  You might see the moniker on the "Happy Birthday" greetings, my little part to help continue the positive attitude of SD.   I love to dive and am practicing to be a mermaid in my next life :teeth:  

 

My Christmas present to myself is a new underwater camera outfit so I can take some really awesome pictures.  Don't know if I will be celebrating any monumental milestones, but will have close to 700 logged dives. 

 

Started diving in 1982 and didn't start logging dives until about 2000 when it really became a requirement with the LDS.

 

Can't wait for this trip, although it is in the middle of snow skiing season :closedeyes:

 

Looking forward to diving with old friends and meeting new ones :cool1:

 

I am on week 2.


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#329686 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by Divergirl662 on 11 January 2017 - 08:57 PM

Hi-

         I’m Lindsay aka Divergirl662. I will be on the first part of the trip from Feb. 26th- March 5th.  This is my first SD trip as well as my first live aboard trip!

               

         I first started scuba diving around 1998 when I was in high school for Marine Biology camp. We got to scuba dive, drive a mini submarine, experience a diving bell simulation, and spend the night underwater in an underwater habitat!

               

         I have received most of my certifications (Advanced, NITROX, Cavern, and Master Diver) through a college course for scientific diving. After becoming a Marine Biologist I worked in two different aquariums and have done many dives in the aquarium tanks! While I was diving the Georgia Aquarium’s tanks one weekend I fell in love with Manta Rays and is why I choose the Maldives as my first trip!

               

         A few years back I moved back to Chicago (where I grew-up) and went back to school for my Master’s degree in Clinical laboratory science. I currently work at a laboratory that specializes in organ transplantation.

 

        I am really excited to have found SD and am looking forward to the upcoming trip!


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#329671 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by SeaLassie on 08 January 2017 - 09:38 PM

Hi all, it's Ellen here....aka SeaLassie.  Gosh when you buy into these trips it's so early on you think it will never be time to GO!  About 8 WEEKS, I'm very excited. I'm from Seattle (GO SEAHAWKS).  I've been on several trips with the Wreck Wench...always have a great time and meet new people.  So stoked that I know several people on the trip.  Candice (Roatan & Fiji), Sandra (Fiji) and Terra (Palau).  I'm playing the airline miles game so coming a crazy route. Had enough miles to get from Seattle to Tokyo to Singapore on the Dreamliner (I'm retired from Boeing-love this plane).  Then bought a ticket from Singapore to Colombo then Mele. I'm week 2 - it's gonna be a great trip!


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#329668 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by ItsScubaJen on 08 January 2017 - 02:30 PM

Hi, I'm Jen. I've been on quite a few SD trips; I believe this will be #10. Maldives has been on my wish list for almost as long as I've been diving, which will be 12 years in March. I'm on the March 5-15 trip, and this will be my second liveaboard experience. I live in St. Louis, and make as many scuba trips a year as I can squeeze in. When I'm not diving, I'm most likely at a concert - I travel a lot for those, too ;)
I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Just a couple of months away!
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#329665 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by MRDESSERT on 08 January 2017 - 10:55 AM

Hi all

I am mrdessert (I own a bakery in NY - sell to law firms, hotels, corporate dining rooms & the UN)..I have been in love with the water since, well forever...been boating, swimming & sailing since I was Much Much younger...grew up near the water & had a sail or powerboat since I was 10...(now a nearly 40 year old Ranger 23 sailboat the family goes out on in Long Island Sound during the summer).

 

Started diving on thanksgiving vacations and got certified 10 years ago. Dive whenever I am away and once in Dutch Springs (way too cold...but cool to see the thermocline!!)

 

Very excited for this trip - my wife is sending me on it and told me to "be careful and have fun!". So, I plan on doing as much of that as possible!!

 

If any of you want I am thinking about the yellow boat tour or the desert safari tour...maybe we can all do one of these or both together...on 3.3.17, that seems like the most people will be available on that day...

see you all soon!


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#329640 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by wildtang on 06 January 2017 - 11:25 PM

Watching it rain, (which is rare here in Southern California),  and dreaming of week 1 in the Maldives...  Ok I'm back.  I live about 1.5 hours East of LA, I have been diving about 10 years I think, I've lost track. Since learning to Dive, is there any other kind of vacation, nope!  I live for the liveaboard experience!  I stopped by Dubai on the way to Raj Ampat 2 years ago, it was too hot to enjoy.  So I am stopping by there again this time, the weather should be cooler, if anyone wants to check things out prior to heading to Male on the 24th, let me know.  This is my first SD trip, although I am always a single diver,none of my friends or family think this activity is the least bit entertaining.   When not diving I am an Orthopedic Surgical Nurse, and find great joy in being with my 4 grand children that have to occasionally bring along their parents. I look forward to a great week one in the Maldives. 

 

"the entry into water that provides the small existential moment, is its total privacy.  The moment the water encloses me, I am, gratefully, alone." John Jerome


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#329625 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by DiverSandra on 06 January 2017 - 06:33 PM

Hello fellow divers,

I'm Sandra, aka DiverSandra. I know, not a very original alias, I'll put that one on Kamala ;)

I've been diving since 1990 and take as many trips as my job will allow each year. Of course, that's never enough.

This will be my second trip with single divers and I'll be on the two week trip.

Looking forward to meeting new friends and catching up with old friends.
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#325829 Disillusioned These Days

Posted by shadragon on 26 February 2016 - 02:04 PM

I live on an island, so frequent international air travel is unavoidable. Last year, I was one flight away from Platinum status so I've seen a delay or two. My tips:

 

- Leave a day earlier than you need to and schedule your return flight to come back the day before your vacation ends. That gives you flexibility and reduces the stress of delays/cancellations. 

 

- Locate the gate for your next flight before heading off for a meal or other activity. Knowing where it is, let's you get there on time.

 

- Always be able to live off what you have in your carry-on for 24-48 hours. Checked bags sometimes travel without you. 

 

- When dealing with airline staff (even the ticked off ones) to resolve issues, be polite, smile and be patient. Your chances of success are greatly enhanced. 

 

- Have the airline customer service phone numbers in your phone. Then you have an alternative instead of standing in long lines.

 

- Travel insurance rocks. 

 

- I fly American usually. They have a great phone app that updates flights and gate numbers. One day, the wife received an app alert. We were able to re-book a flight before the actual cancellation had been announced at the gate. 

 

- If you have a flexible schedule, you can take a bump and end up with a business class ticket, free air miles and five hundred to a thousand bucks in your pocket. The wife does this quite often when they are desperate for someone to give up a seat and ask for volunteers. Don't be afraid to negotiate bump rewards.

 

- A battery charge pack to top up your phone / tablet without having to deal with the crowded public charge stations. Really helps if stuck somewhere in a crowd of thousands or you're rushing and can't stop to use one. This unit will let me charge my phone and tablet twice before needing to be plugged in. Also, I can plug my phone / tablet into it in my carry-on bag and charge while moving or in the air. Turn off your phone when in the air to save battery life.  

 

- Travelling long distance or with multiple layovers? Admirals Club. Well worth the price and a decent place to spend multiple idle hours. 

 

The vast majority of my flights have been uneventful and the airlines do reasonably well keeping to their schedules. However, it isn't the end of the world if there are delays.

 

Feel free to add your own tips.

 

Cheers.    


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#334416 BettyBarnacle from CT

Posted by BettyBarnacle on 26 June 2018 - 05:48 AM

So excited to become a member of Single Divers! Can't wait to meet all of you and be under water again. Favorite diving is definitely in warm water with lots of colorful fish! Hope you're all enjoying your summer.


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#330411 DOMINICA: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by DivinDoctorMom on 14 April 2017 - 10:36 PM

Hi!

I'm Amy.  This is my first trip with SD and I'm soooo excited!  This next month is going to go way too slow.  I've been diving since 1991.  I have no idea how many dives, since my ex convinced me to quit filling out the log book, way back when.  I guess he thought it was a waste of time.  Now I regret not having that info.  As you can see by my screen name (picked in a fit of panic when signing up) I'm a doctor, gynecologist more specifically.  I'm a mom of two great guys, ages 19 and 10, and a pet mom to one dog, one cat, 12 chickens and a frog.  I love to play the piano, knit, dive, read, build things, transport kids, care for parents, feed the animals............Calgon!! Take me away!  See why I NEED this trip??  Anyway, I can do 2-3 dives per day followed by the obligatory evening libation(s).  I can't wait to meet everyone!


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#330356 DOMINICA: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by TabeaK on 08 April 2017 - 08:16 AM

Hello, I am Jenny or TabeaK on here and this will be my 5th SD trip since I began diving in 2012. My other awesome SD excursions were to the Maldives, Galapagos, Little Cayman and Bonaire. Because life got in the way, I have been out of the water for over a year, so I can't wait to get back into diving. I am on week one and look forward to seeing everyone.


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#330263 DOMINICA: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by jesterdiver on 22 March 2017 - 01:15 PM

Well....if all goes as planned, I'll be on WEEK #1.  Looking forward to meeting those I haven't met yet and catching up with those I have.  Time to see what all the hubbub is about around this place..  AND it will be a bonus birthday celebration - a little early, but I'm celebrating all year....

 

Finally get to dive with you! The hype is for real, best diving I've done in the Caribbean so far! So good I was putting in for vacation time for the 2017 trip on the day I got back from the 2016 trip!


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#329698 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by susiq on 12 January 2017 - 04:56 PM

I'm Susan (aka susiq), and I'll be on week 1 of this trip. It's finally becoming real.  This is my first liveaboard trip  and my first dive trip outside our hemisphere (if you don't count a 2 tank dive off of Maui). This bucket list trip is my fourth time with SD!   Looking forward to meeting (or re-meeting) and diving with you all; I always have a great time with K and the SD crew.

 

Diving since 2004 and have a 300-dive mark coming up on this trip.  Since I live in NYC I'm always dreaming about warm tranquil Caribbean destinations of which my favorite is Cozumel, going there at least once a year since 2005. How can I say no to the most amazing reef system in our part of the world and also? Unlimited guac and the best piña coladas with my many friends there.

 

I'm a classical musician/pianist and work with opera singers! But diving is my mid-life Ferrari! I'm so glad I found this new life-long passion; after spending 2 month on a cruise ship job, snorkeling around the Caribbean, I had to try diving and I was hooked immediately!

 

See you all soon!! :fish2:  :dazzler:


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#329639 MALDIVES: Who's All Going on This Trip??? Please introduce yourself!...

Posted by Libradiver on 06 January 2017 - 09:01 PM

Hello week 1 divers, I'm Libradiver aka Marcia (pronounced Marsha, like the Brady Bunch 😆)

I live in Maine, but have been diving in the Caribbean since 2013. I've been on 1 SD trip, so far. I've never been across the pond, so this trip is a big leap! Also my first time in a liveaboard.

I look forward to meeting all my new friends.
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#327593 NOW OPEN!! 2016:11 Bonaire, Nov 5-12, 2016

Posted by eveninsilence on 16 July 2016 - 05:52 PM

Deposit submitted. Forms forthcoming. See you all in Bonaire.


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#322929 2015-10: WONDEROUS WAKATOBI - Oct 12-23, 2015

Posted by Diver Ed on 05 April 2015 - 08:39 AM

Having recently returned from my first trip to Indonesia, and seeing as how Kamala has two up coming trips there, I figure a trip report is in order.  After having lost out on my Maldives trip last October, I needed something to plan and look forward to.  Indonesia became the answer.  My research quickly showed me that while airfare from LAX to Bali was very reasonable, it was four times the price from Savannah airport.  I then knew that this trip would be done in stages, which actually is beneficial to me, as my body does not hold up well to long travel.  After checking LAX to Bali flights daily for about a month, I caught a price drop to about $930.00, and booked them on Cathay Pacific.  That was followed up with booking Savannah to San Diego flights with a couple of days on each end, to visit with my mom.  Tuesday March 10 finally rolled around, and my sister and I headed up to LAX for our 1:00 AM flight the next morning.  About 24 hours later, we were touching down in Bali.  Off the plane and into the airport, our first stop was to collect our $35.00 visa.  I believe they changed the rules, and that is no longer required for Americans.  After immigration, baggage claims, and customs, all of which were extremely simple and quick, we went to the taxi counter and paid for our taxi.  I had four nights booked in the Citadines hotel in Kuta, which was a nice, comfortable hotel.  I would recommend the hotel, if you are staying in Kuta.  If you plan on travelling around Bali, which is most likely the case, the traffic in Kuta was terrible, and I suggest looking at hotels in a different area.  After a night of rest, we were picked up at the hotes at 9:00 AM am were off to the Bali Safari and Marine park.  Having taken a family photo safari to Africa several years ago, I thought having the chance to ride an elephant with my sister made this a great choice for us.  Between riding the elephant, petting a lion cub, and hugging a orangutan, as well as the rest of the day in the park, our trip was off to a great start.  For our next two days, I scheduled a driver from a company named Adimelali Bali.  Initially, I thought about renting a car for our stay, but when I thought about hiring a driver at only $60.00 a day, it seemed to make a lot more sense to go that route.  The company offered several itiniaries on their web site, and I opted for two of them.  Nothing was firm, and we made adjustments as we went along, based on how much time we wanted to spend at each area.  After driving around Bali for about 30 seconds, I knew that I made the right choice in hiring a driver instead of renting a car.  I do not know why they have any lines in the road, as is seems to be more of a free fo all style of driving.  Cars are constantly passing eachother when they have an inch of room, and motor bikes are passing or being passed on both sides of the car at all times.  I classify it as controlled chaos, only because it seems to work for them, and I did not witness any accidents in the few days that I was there.  The driver gave us a broad view of the island, and culture, as we saw several temples, the Ubud monkey forest, rice terraces, a stop to sample coffee and tea at a small coffee plantation, waterfall hikes, local shops, and a traditional village tour.  We planned on watching a traditional ceramonial dance, but opted to pass on it as we were getting very tired.  My initial plan was to spend a few days in Bali, and do some diving each day, prior to heading out for our live aboard portion of the trip.  When my sister decided to join me for the Bali portion, I opted to spend out time there doing land based sightseeing, and I am very happy that we did.  As divers, that is always the focal point, and highlite of our trips.  Spending a day or two top side, and seeing the temples and other attractions added a lot to this trip, and I am glad I opted for it.  As for the diving, all I can say is WOW.  Book the trip, and go experience it.  I know I will be back.

 

Ed


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#302283 What other Single & Buddyless Divers have said about SD Trips & Site...

Posted by CanadaJack on 11 August 2012 - 07:59 AM

Hello All,

I am excited to tell you how incredible an experience it was to go diving on the Atocha with Kamala and SingleDivers.com. It took me some time to believe that I could actually go diving on the Atocha and that diving with a group of people I don't know was okay. It was better than okay, much much better. First of all, it was a dream come true to be able to be part of the Atocha experience. Secondly, Key West was warm and friendly - really a tropical paradise. Thirdly, the trip was well organized, I felt secure, it was an amazing adventure, and what really made it the best was the people, starting with Kamala. Kamala had everything organized well and if something might be going wrong, she was on top of things instantly and made things right. She is friendly and easy to talk to and Single Divers is doing a wonderful service by organizing trips such as the Atocha and getting people from all over the world diving together all over the world!

I had only ever dove in the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, so diving in Florida was a treat - just like having a bath. T-shirt and shorts were good enough, even to a depth of 100 feet. Some found it a little chilly, but for me it was warm. Diving the Vandenburg is definately worthwhile and diving the Atocha the best. There is plenty to do in Key West as well, either just walking around or going to one of the many fine restaurants or buying souvenirs at the local shops.

I found it quite ironic that I have recently become single and yet on the trip there were three couples. It turns out, I had a wonderful time (since the motto is buddy-less divers and their hook-ups really are to tanks!). The trip was well organized and the couples were awesome, easy going, friendly, and open. I made new friends and we plan on diving together again next year.

I highly recommend diving with SingleDivers.com, not only on the Atocha but on any dive. For me, diving on the Atocha and being part of the Mel Fischer experience was a dream come true. However, the trip was much more than that - it has changed my life. I thank Kamala and SingleDivers.com for enabling this experience to come true for me - THANKS!!!!!

Jack
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#296354 When I have time on my hands...

Posted by PlatypusMan on 07 February 2012 - 12:00 AM

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