Great weather and diving meets Scuba Shack divers in Nassau

Scuba Shack’s annual Memorial Day Weekend in Nassau, Bahamas with Stuart Cove’s Dive South Ocean and Orange Hill Beach Inn got off to a terrific start on May 25. Sunshine greeted the 24 divers lead by instructor Peter Katz, a treat considering the cold spring we had in Connecticut.

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Don’t miss this year’s annual Memorial Day Weekend trip to Nassau!

Every year, this trip sells out quickly and this week we are taking deposits for the annual Memorial Day Weekend trip to Nassau, Bahamas. Consistently our most popular long weekend away for diving, dining and fun, this year’s trip is priced at $995 plus air.

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Nassau Bahamas 10th Anniversary Trip with Peter Katz

Scuba Shack has been featuring trips to Nassau, Bahamas to dive the Tongue of the Ocean for more than 20 years, but Peter Katz, Scuba Shack instructor, has been organizing the adventure for dive, food and drink lovers for the last 10 years. This is a great year for a reunion trip! Only two spots remain as of Jan. 21.

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Memorial Day Nassau group trip report

May 20, 2009 was the kick-off date for the annual Scuba Shack Nassau trip. Nineteen intrepid divers accompanied Scuba Shack instructor, Peter Katz, on a fun filled weekend of diving, dining and partying. Although the weather was not as sparkling as last year, the group’s spirit never dampened.

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We were able to try new dive sites such as the BBC’s wreck, Blue Plunder. This year we did dive Hole in the Head and have the pictures to prove it.

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This trip was characterized by juvenile spotted drums, turtles and the ever present lionfish.

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One of our “regular” dive sites, the wreck of the Willaurie, became more interesting with the addition of skeletal remains left by a movie company.

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We were fortunate to have Vivian and Barry back as our crew.

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The Exuma trip was a bit of a trial for our group, but all survived and enjoyed it. All the fun was not limited to the water. We had a great meal at the Marley Resort and Spa surrounded by the memorabilia and music of legendary Bob Marley. I would have to say the “highlight” of the trip had to be the evening at Senor Frog’s. With Craig’s stirring karaoke and Bobby G’s leading the crowd in “YMCA”, the evening was a resounding hit.

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I am happy to report that the hardcore blackjack players did make a dent in the Casino’s bank, with most players leaving the table with more than they started. Roulette Red started out well, but may have been overdone with the Casino scoring numerous consecutive runs of Roulette Black! Sunday night was our barbecue and farewell party with the Stuart Cove dive staff at Orange Hill.

The Three J’s held court in Orange Hill’s bar and although I recall having an adult beverage or two, my bar bill seemed to indicate I treated the entire Island!

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The trip was a resounding success do to a great group of people who really know how to have a good time!

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Memorial Day Weekend – Nassau Bahamas

Now is the time to start planing your first visit – or a return visit – to Nassau, Bahamas this coming Memorial Day weekend with Peter Katz, Scuba Shack instructor.

This special weekend is a custom trip designed by Scuba Shack and Peter. Scuba Shack has been visiting Nassau since the mid-1990s and with more than 60 group trips to this destination, we know they diving hot spots – and the dining hotspots on the island. It’s time to make your reservations!

This years trip will be limited to between 18 and 22 divers which will allow Scuba Shack to have their own custom dive boat and private bus transportation to and from the dive center for a full group*. As Scuba Shack has done since the mid-1990s, we’ll be staying at Orange Hill Beach Inn.

Located in the central Bahamas, the southwest side of Nassau features excellent diving opportunities for every level of diver. With walls starting at 35 to 45 feet and dropping vertically one mile, an advanced diver may cruise the wall at 80 to 100 feet – while novice divers complete open water certification dives at the top of the wall near a recently sunk artificial reef. To fully enjoy this multi-level diving experience, dive computers are required.

Diving along the Tongue of the Ocean is a special experience and we’re certain that you will enjoy the diving diversity offered.

Take advantage of the afternoon Shark Dive. You’ll swim with Caribbean Reef Sharks and watch them feed while experiencing an adrenalin filled rush! A photographer and videographer will be in the water and you can purchase prints at Fin Photo™, Stuart Cove’s full service photo and video center, or purchase them online after your trip from home.

Orange Hill Beach Inn is a family run hotel with 32 rooms. Only 75 steps from the beach, Orange Hill is very comfortable for divers and has been recently renovated. The hotel is conveniently located five minutes from the international airport, 15 minutes from Cable Beach, and 12 minutes from the dive center.

Join group leader Peter Katz, PADI instructor, on this fun adventure back to Nassau. For information, contact Scuba Shack at 860-563-0119.

Top-notch wall diving, wreck diving and beautiful reefs. Great for the novice and advanced diver.

Five nights at Orange Hill Beach Inn, all hotel taxes and gratuities, full breakfast each morning. Four days of diving with Stuart Cove’s Dive South Ocean, two boat dives each morning. Tanks, weight, belt and complementary transportation to and from the dive center.

Special Deal:
Nitrox divers can pre-purchase all the Enriched Air Nitrox they need for the entire trip for only $67 when paid and ordered through Scuba Shack in advance.

Package does not include airfare, airport transfers, lunch, dinner, drinks or optional diving.

More airlines then ever are offering service into Nassau’s international airport (NAS) and jet service is available that can put you on the island by 11 a.m.

The trip cost and details are available below, and are subject to change. Keep in mind that this trip has limited space, so book early and don’t miss out!