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Trips & Events

The Northern California Rainbow Divers (NCRD) strives to provide high quality, good value, safe and fun trips to club members in relaxed and non-threatening environments and that respect the natural beauty underwater.

It helps our volunteers immensely if payments for our events are made electronically via PayPal, instead of by paper check.  Thank you for helping facilitate the work of the club's hard-working, unpaid volunteers!  Please use this email address for PayPal payments: treasurer@rainbowdivers.org 

Upcoming events

    • 28 May 2022
    • (EDT)
    Register
    Little Cayman 2022

    Rainbow Divers
    May 29, 2021 

    Rescheduled:

    May 28, 2022

    Attention, we may have availability for a male traveler sharing a pool view room, or a female traveler sharing an ocean view room. If interested please use the wait-list registration and we'll likely be able to confirm you onto the trip.


    7 nights inclusive stay at

    Little Cayman Beach Resort

    with six days of boat diving

    Only $1995!

    Contact Tommy

     


    Little Cayman Beach Resort is located on a sandy beach on the south side of Little Cayman, just a short boat ride from the top dive sites of Bloody Bay Wall. There are a variety of dive sites suitable to all levels of experience, and this package is a great value including meals, beverages, and two boat dives each morning, PLUS five afternoon dives, for a total of 17 dives. There will be other LGBTQ+ groups at the resort during our stay, including an UnderSeaX women's group with their own dedicated dive boat. Feel free to inquire about availability if that interests you. 

    $1995 Price Includes:

    • 7 nights at Little Cayman Beach Resort in an air-conditioned pool view room (double occupancy)
    • Upgrade to Ocean View for $350 (not available as of May 31,2021)
    • Subtract $250 for non-diver.
    • Early bird special for NCRD! Sign up and pay your $100 deposit by Mar 31, 2021 and get free Nitrox for the week, a $170 value.
    • Welcome rum punch
    • Full course buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, from dinner on day of arrival through breakfast on morning of departure
    • 17 boat dives with Reef Divers (six two-tank morning dives plus five afternoon dives)
    • Manager's cocktail reception
    • Tanks, weights and weight belt
    • Free use of dive computer
    • Airport transfers on Little Cayman on arrival and departure

    Not Included: Airfare to Little Cayman, meals and beverages not listed above, Nitrox fills ($12 per tank or $170 per week,) rental equipment or instruction if needed, dive and resort gratuities, items of a personal nature, and travel or dive accident insurance.

    Payments: 

    • $100 deposit to hold your space, paid by credit card upon registration

    • $500 second payment November 1, 2021

    • Balance February 1, 2022


    Getting There and Back

    Book your tickets directly to Little Cayman (LYB) on Cayman Airways, or call the helpful staff at Clearly Cayman at 1-800-327-3835 to book flights using American, Delta, United, and other carriers to Grand Cayman with connecting flights to Little Cayman all on one ticket for a reasonable service fee. Just let them know you are part of the "Rainbow Divers" group and give them the dates of travel, May 28-June 4, 2022. They can also arrange extra nights or layovers on Little Cayman or Grand Cayman.

    You can book separate tickets online to Grand Cayman, and then on Cayman Express from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman; be aware, however, that if you book separate tickets one airline is not obligated to help you if the other is delayed and you miss a connection. It's better to book both flights on the same electronic ticket.


    As you plan your departure, please keep in mind that this package includes SIX days of morning boat dives, Sunday-Friday, so schedule your Saturday departure with an appropriate surface interval after your last planned dive. If you have questions, just call and ask us! The friendly staff at Clearly Cayman are also happy to clarify travel arrangements after diving.



    About Rainbow Divers

    Rainbow Divers is a 501(c)7 non-profit mutual benefit organization, and can only organize activities and trips for its members. Membership is cheap and comes with a bunch of new lifelong friends at no extra charge. So if you’d like to participate in this trip, please join us.

    Payments are due within 10 days of sign up, and are generally non-refundable. If you sign up and your plans change there may or may not be someone interested in taking your spot. If you cancel without having made all payments it is your responsibility to find someone to pay your obligation in full. It is a very good idea to carry trip insurance to cover such an eventuality.

    Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. PayPal will accept credit card payments, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to paypal@rainbowdivers.org

    All divers on this trip should be comfortable diving in currents and have good buoyancy skills.  Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as may be obtained from Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

    Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip.

    Event Terms and Conditions.pdf

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    • 20 Nov 2022
    • Socorro Islands
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    Socorro Giant Mantas 2022

    Rainbow Divers

    &

    Scuba Meet

    &

    Undersea Expeditions

    November 20, 2022
    8 nights on board Nautilus Belle Amie

    Mantas & dolphins & sharks, oh my!

    Registration will begin 12 months before the trip



    Often referred to as the "Mexican Galapagos", the Revillagigedos Islands of Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida offer the big animal encounters that are possible in the eastern Pacific.

    We'll board the boat in easy-to-reach Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, for a one day crossing to these islands to dive and interact with the friendliest giant mantas in the world. 

    Socorro is big animal diving at its best - dolphins, tuna, whale sharks (Nov-Dec), hammerheads, up to five other species of sharks and, of course, giant manta rays. They are known as the 'Friendly Giants' because not only do they measure up to 21 feet across, but they are famous and unique in the world for up-close and intimate interaction with divers. Shark sightings are also very good with sightings of silky, galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks. Whale sharks are also a possibility in November, the beginning of the Socorro season.

    The great thing about Socorro is that no two dives are exactly alike. Whether its a game of acrobatics with a dolphin, hovering in awe as a school of hammerheads fills your field of view, or simply being mesmerized by three or four giant mantas circling you, you're sure to experience that unforgettable dive that dreams are made of!

    Some dive sites in the Socorro Islands can be challenging due to currents and blue water ascents. Call us if you would like to discuss the scuba skills you'll need to experience this diving adventure of a lifetime!

    Price, DBL Occupancy:

    • Standard stateroom: $3495
    • Superior suite: $3995
    • Premium suite: $4595
    • Add 5% government tax
    • Add $375 pre-paid Marine Park fee

    Payments:

    • $300 to register
    • $1000 due Jan 1 2022
    • $1000 due Mar 1 2022
    • Balance due May 1 2022
    Included
    • 8 nights accommodations
    • 6 days of guided diving, 3-4 dives per day 
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
    • Most non-alcoholic beverages
    Not Included:
    • Optional dive gear rental
    • Nitrox
    • Crew tips
    • Airfare
    • Airport taxes and departures fees
    • Visa and entry fees
    • Pre and post cruise hotel accommodations
    • Any items of a personal nature
    • Travel or dive accident insurance

    Getting There and Back:

    Boarding and departure take place the evening of Nov 20 to begin the long open ocean crossing to the islands. You can arrive Los Cabos, airport code SJD, on the 20th or sooner. Many airlines offer direct service to SJD. For your return we will arrive into port early morning Nov 28 and you can schedule your flight for anytime after 12 noon. We can recommended accommodations for before and after the trip.

    About Rainbow Divers

    Rainbow Divers is a 501(c)7 non-profit mutual benefit organization, and can only organize activities and trips for its members. Membership is cheap and comes with a bunch of new lifelong friends at no extra charge. So if you’d like to participate in this trip, please join us.

    Payments are due within 10 days of sign up, and are generally non-refundable. If you sign up and your plans change there may or may not be someone interested in taking your spot. If you cancel without having made all payments it is your responsibility to find someone to pay your obligation in full. It is a very good idea to carry trip insurance to cover such an eventuality.

    Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. PayPal will accept credit card payments, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to paypal@rainbowdivers.org

    Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as may be obtained from Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

    Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip.

    Event Terms and Conditions.pdf

    Rainbow Divers Liability Release

    • 31 Dec 2022
    • (CST)
    • 07 Jan 2023
    • (CST)
    • Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
    Join waitlist
    Cuba Scuba New Year 2022

    Rainbow Divers

    &

    Undersea Expeditions

    Save $600 Today!

    December 31, 2022
    7 nights onboard Avalon III

    Gardens of the Queen

    Registration will begin soon



    Travel legally to Cuba with us on a humanitarian environmental project expedition in the spectacular Gardens of the Queen marine park onboard Avalon III. Travel to Cuba under this program is legal for U.S. citizens and residents.

    This licensed humanitarian environmental project visit examines the relationship of Cuban citizens with their natural environment, including socioeconomic and cultural issues brought about by Cuba’s growing ecotourism industry. The exchange also represents an opportunity to explore important environmental issues that impact the marine waters that both nations share through face-to-face interaction. The environment, and particularly the marine environment, is something that both biologically and culturally joins Cuba and the U.S. Visitors will meet with Cuban scientists and resource managers in workshops and perform citizen science.

    You'll spend seven nights onboard the beautiful liveaboard dive vessel, Avalon III, in the heart of Cuba's Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, an archipelago comprising a chain of 250 virgin coral and mangrove islands extending along 75 miles of turquoise waters. Gardens of the Queen was featured on an award-winning segment of the CBS news program, 60 MINUTES hosted by Anderson Cooper. Gardens of the Queen is Cuba's first marine park and the largest no-take marine reserve in the Caribbean, where much of the story lies underwater. U.S. visitors will accompany Cuban specialists and scuba dive in one of the healthiest marine ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean.

    An optional land tour of Cuba will be offered the week prior to our dive adventure. A special Christmas like none you've ever experienced! More details to follow.

    Price, DBL Occupancy:

    • Standard stateroom: $3599
    • Balcony suite: $4399
    • Optional land tour: $2995 (approximate with more details available soon)

    Payments:

    • $500 to register
    • $1000 due Mar 1 2022
    • $1000 due Jun 1 2022
    • Balance due Sep 1 2022
    Included
    • Up to 4 dives daily, including some night dives, conditions permitting
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Local non-alcoholic beverages
    • Participation in Humanitarian Environmental Project with Blue Sanctuary
    • Transportation in Cuba to the liveaboard from Havana (or from our land tour.)
    • Extra $$ discounts for NCRD early-bird signups
    Excluded:

    Airfare to Cuba, OFAC License fee of $100 (if on land tour), Port Fee of $340, Conservation Fee of $120, Nitrox ($100 for week if you wish to dive with EANx), alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature. Visa or visitor fees, departure or arrival taxes, may be collected when purchasing your airfare, or may be paid separately.

    Flights:
    Divers coming for just the liveaboard will need to arrive in Havana on December 30.
     Alternatively fly in on December 24 if you are participating in our land tour. Don't book flights until consulting the trip leader. 

    Please contact us for the latest information on air travel to Cuba. Plan to depart on January 7 after 3:30 pm from Havana directly to the USA or elsewhere.


    About Rainbow Divers

    Rainbow Divers is a 501(c)7 non-profit mutual benefit organization, and can only organize activities and trips for its members. Membership is cheap and comes with a bunch of new lifelong friends at no extra charge. So if you’d like to participate in this trip, please join us.

    Payments are due within 10 days of sign up, and are generally non-refundable. If you sign up and your plans change there may or may not be someone interested in taking your spot. If you cancel without having made all payments it is your responsibility to find someone to pay your obligation in full. It is a very good idea to carry trip insurance to cover such an eventuality.

    Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. PayPal will accept credit card payments, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to paypal@rainbowdivers.org

    Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as may be obtained from Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

    Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip.

    Event Terms and Conditions.pdf

    Rainbow Divers Liability Release

Past events

23 Apr 2022 2022 Philippines Aggressor Live Aboard
16 Apr 2022 2022 Philippines Atlantis Resort Dumaguete
11 Apr 2022 2022 Philippines Atlantis Resort Puerto Galera
09 Apr 2022 2022 Malapascua Philippines - Thresher Sharks!
03 Apr 2022 2022 Palau Follow-On Land Based Trip
27 Mar 2022 2022 Palau Aggressor Live Aboard
12 Oct 2019 2019 Turks & Caicos Live Aboard
27 Jan 2019 2019 Mermaid II Raja Ampat Liveaboard, Session 2
18 Jan 2019 2019 Mermaid II Raja Ampat Liveaboard
12 Sep 2018 Cancelled - 2018 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip
09 Jul 2018 2018 Wakatobi Dive Resort in Indonesia
17 Dec 2017 2017 Holiday Party
02 Nov 2017 Canceled - November 2017 Channel Islands Dive Trip
03 Oct 2017 2017 MV FeBrina Charter in Papua New Guinea
14 Sep 2016 2016 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip – Santa Barbara Island and the Northern Islands
13 Aug 2016 2016 Solomon Islands Liveaboard
13 Aug 2016 2016 Solomon Islands Waitlist
26 Jun 2016 2016 Summer Pride Sunday Party
14 May 2016 2016 Philippines Visayas Dive Safari
20 Mar 2016 2016 Little Cayman Beach Resort
12 Dec 2015 2015 Holiday Party
21 Nov 2015 Bay Islands Liveaboard (Undersea Expeditions)
18 Nov 2015 2015 Mermaid I Raja Ampat Liveaboard
16 Nov 2015 2015 Indonesia Waitlist
16 Nov 2015 2015 Sea Safari 8 Raja Ampat Liveaboard
09 Nov 2015 2015 Maluku Divers Resort in Ambon
10 Oct 2015 Men's Week in Cozumel, Mexican Caribbean (Undersea Expeditions)
26 Sep 2015 Diving For Life (DFL) 2015
16 Sep 2015 2015 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip – Southern Islands
16 Sep 2015 2015 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip – Southern Islands - WAIT LIST
27 Jun 2015 2015 Summer Pride Party
06 Jun 2015 28th Annual Scuba Show Long Beach
23 May 2015 2015 Men's Week in Bonaire, Caribbean
22 Feb 2015 2015 Cozumel Villa Coralina
09 Nov 2014 2014 Cabo Pulmo in Baja Mexico
13 Sep 2014 Diving For Life (DFL) 2014
24 Aug 2014 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip - San Miguel
24 Aug 2014 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip - San Miguel - WAIT LIST
07 Jun 2014 Scuba Show
31 May 2014 2014 Saba, Netherlands Antilles, Land-Based Dive Week
12 Apr 2014 Rainbow Divers @ Atmosqueer's Spring Fling
23 Mar 2014 2014 Chuuk/Truk Shore-Based Dive Resort
16 Mar 2014 2014 Palau Liveaboard
08 Mar 2014 2014 Yap Shore-Based Dive Resort
10 Feb 2014 Board Meeting
08 Dec 2013 2013 Holiday Party and Annual Board Election
01 Dec 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
30 Nov 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
29 Nov 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
13 Nov 2013 Board Meeting
12 Oct 2013 Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Open House
03 Oct 2013 2013 Seychelles Shore-Based Dive Resort
28 Sep 2013 Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Reopening Ceremony
28 Sep 2013 2013 Fiji Islands Nai'a Liveaboard
23 Sep 2013 2013 Fiji Islands Shore-Based Dive Resort
02 Sep 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
01 Sep 2013 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
31 Aug 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
25 Jul 2013 Annual Channel Islands Dive Trip
23 Jul 2013 Board Meeting
29 Jun 2013 2013 Summer Party and Gear Swap
16 Jun 2013 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
15 Jun 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
28 May 2013 Board Meeting
05 May 2013 2013 Cozumel Women's Week
29 Apr 2013 Board Meeting
28 Apr 2013 2013 Cozumel Men's Week
21 Apr 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
20 Apr 2013 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
25 Mar 2013 Board Meeting
25 Feb 2013 Board Meeting
26 Jan 2013 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel (Canceled)
20 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
16 Dec 2012 2012 Holiday Party and Annual Board Election
09 Dec 2012 Board Meeting
18 Nov 2012 Board Meeting
03 Nov 2012 Halloween Night Dives on the Silver Prince
20 Oct 2012 Post-DFL Liveaboard to Komodo, Indonesia
13 Oct 2012 Diving For Life 2012
06 Oct 2012 Pre-DFL Trip to Lembeh, Indonesia
26 Sep 2012 Board Meeting
23 Sep 2012 Caspar Headlands State Beach Shore Dives
22 Sep 2012 Van Damme Park Shore Dives
25 Aug 2012 Sea of Cortez August 2012, Rocio del Mar Liveaboard
12 Aug 2012 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
11 Aug 2012 Silver Prince 3-Tank Charter - Carmel
05 Aug 2012 Board Meeting
18 Jul 2012 Truth Aquatics Charter to Catalina Island
08 Jul 2012 Board Meeting
01 Jul 2012 North Monastery Shore Dive - Change to Coral Street
30 Jun 2012 Breakwater Night Dive
30 Jun 2012 Sanctuary 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
23 Jun 2012 Annual Picnic/Gear Swap
03 Jun 2012 Board Meeting
28 May 2012 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
27 May 2012 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
26 May 2012 Coral Street Shore Dive
12 May 2012 Northern California Dive & Travel Expo
05 May 2012 Long Beach Scuba Show 2012
15 Apr 2012 Coral Street Shore Dive
14 Apr 2012 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
18 Mar 2012 Board Meeting
26 Feb 2012 Silver Prince 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
25 Feb 2012 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
12 Feb 2012 Board Meeting
31 Jan 2012 GUE and BAUE Information Session
30 Jan 2012 Sanctuary, The Last Stand For Sharks
29 Jan 2012 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
28 Jan 2012 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
08 Jan 2012 Board Meeting
18 Dec 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
17 Dec 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
13 Dec 2011 Holiday Party and Board Elections
20 Nov 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
19 Nov 2011 Silver Prince 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
18 Nov 2011 BeachHopper Friday Special 2-Tank Charter
30 Oct 2011 Coral Street Shore Dive
29 Oct 2011 Hopkins Marine Station Open House
29 Oct 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
19 Oct 2011 Manta Rays - Presentation by Dr. Andrea Marshall
02 Oct 2011 Castro Street Fair
25 Sep 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel (Canceled)
24 Sep 2011 Sanctuary 2-Tank Charter - Carmel (Canceled)
17 Sep 2011 Diving For Life
10 Sep 2011 Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
28 Aug 2011 McAbee Shore Dives and Lunch
27 Aug 2011 Breakwater Shore Dives, Lunch and Night Dive
24 Jul 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
23 Jul 2011 Silver Prince 3-Tank Charter - Carmel
09 Jul 2011 Reef Check Training 2011 - Santa Rosa
18 Jun 2011 Reef Check Training 2011 - Monterey
12 Jun 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
11 Jun 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
10 Jun 2011 The Birdcage - The Paper Wing Theatre Company - Monterey
04 Jun 2011 Long Beach Scuba Show 2011
22 May 2011 BeachHopper "In Reserve" 2-Tank Boat Dives - Point Lobos
21 May 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
07 May 2011 Invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria) Removal - San Francisco
30 Apr 2011 Reef Check Training 2011 - Fort Bragg
24 Apr 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
23 Apr 2011 Sanctuary 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
27 Mar 2011 Sanctuary 2-Tank Charter - Carmel
26 Mar 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
09 Mar 2011 8th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
27 Feb 2011 Breakwater Shore Dives
26 Feb 2011 Silver Prince 3-Tank Charter - Carmel
20 Feb 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives
19 Feb 2011 Invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria) Removal - San Francisco
12 Feb 2011 Invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria) Removal - Half Moon Bay
05 Feb 2011 Pacific Northwest: Fishes and Diving
30 Jan 2011 BeachHopper 2-Tank Charter - Carmel (Closed)
29 Jan 2011 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dives (Wait List)
17 Dec 2010 Holiday Party and Board Elections
12 Dec 2010 Breakwater Shore Dive
11 Dec 2010 Escapade Two Tank Morning Dives - Carmel
23 Nov 2010 Thailand 8 Day Live-Aboard on the M/V Nautica
21 Nov 2010 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dive
21 Oct 2010 From Flipper to The Cove and Blood Dolphin$ - A Conversation with Ric O'Barry
17 Oct 2010 Point Lobos State Reserve Shore Dive
16 Oct 2010 Beachhopper II Charter - Carmel
16 Oct 2010 Invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria) Removal Weekend
14 Oct 2010 Celebrate Sharks at the Cal Academy Nightlife
28 Aug 2010 Annual Picnic and Swap Weekend
31 Jul 2010 Beachhopper II Charter
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