Scuba Trips and Workshops
Fish Geek Weeks in Lembeh and Komodo
with Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann
- Lembeh Fish Geek Week, July 9 – 16, 2018 (Lembeh Resort): OPEN
$3100 per person.
- Lembeh Fish Geek Week + Komodo aboard Damai 1:
July 9 – 17 (Lembeh Resort) and July 18 – 25, 2018 (Damai 1 – Komodo)
Your satisfaction is our primary goal.
We place a high value on every person who travels with us, and we do our best to provide a quality experience for our guests.
We know that dive trips on premium boats like the ones we book are expensive. And, the last thing we want you to have to think about is yet another bill after the diving is done. That’s why we do our best to include all of the significant extras, such as nitrox, park fees and, when possible, fuel surcharges.
“Stop Taking Pictures and Start Creating Images”
2018’S FEATURED TRIP
Critters and Fish with the Ultimate Geeks, Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann
I don’t think our two geeky experts need much intro. Most of you know that Dr. Gerry Allen is the world’s foremost tropical fish ichthyologist, a hilarious speaker and an excellent teacher. We’ve known Gerry for years and being with him, gleaning his knowledge of the reef world is an experience not to be missed. Dr. Mark Erdmann, besides being Conservation International’s head of Marine Programs for the South Pacific Region, is also one of the new generation of species hunters. Mark is an excellent teacher, warm and approachable. The last time Mark and Gerry were in Lembeh they found five new fish species. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what they come up with and watch them do the preliminary analysis?
Spending a week with these guys is not nearly enough so we’ve added a week in Komodo National Park, hosted by Burt, Mark and Gerry. They will be continuing their fish and critter geek work aboard Damai 1. The cruise is for seven nights from Bima, where we’ve found a great new critter spot, to Labuan Bajo, avoiding most of the more visited sites in the north. We promise to do our best and not put you on a reef with day boats or other liveaboard divers. We’ll be looking for new fish and spending time at new sites. Komodo like you’ve never seen it before!
Lembeh Fish Geek Week
- July 9 – 16, 2018 (Lembeh Resort): OPEN
$3100 per person.
Fish Geek Week – Komodo aboard Damai
- July 18 – 25, 2018 (Damai 1 – Komodo): LIMITED
Please contact us for more details on these trips.
“My husband, Mickey Rosenau, and I have known Maurine and Burt for several years, but the trip to Raja Ampat was a ‘dream trip’, and our first opportunity to dive with them. At this point in our lives, we prefer a small group, a top notch boat, lots of attention from eagle-eyed guides, great food, and as much comfort as is available. Maurine and Burt are far and away the best dive tour leaders we have had the pleasure to be with. I would like to be an ichthyologist in another life, so I would name my wish list and Maurine and Burt would magically arrange dive sites where these wonders would appear. Maurine and Burt make certain everything goes perfectly and are constantly trying to address whatever new need or desire pops up.
Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D.
“This was my first trip to Indonesia and every resource I looked at was clear – if you want as trouble-free an adventure as possible, you need to hook up with people who really were experts in all things Indonesia. My research pointed me to Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock of Secret Sea Visions and I could not have been happier. They made every aspect of the trip a breeze and even given the remoteness of the location, it was the easiest and most enjoyable trip I ever had. They handled all of the complicated logistics flawlessly and prepped us well for our adventure. Their knowledge of the diving in Raja Ampat is incredible and really maximized our diving experience. Their detailed drawings of the dive sites and how to best give them, the intimate knowledge of the diversity of life in the region, as well as tips on maximizing marine life interaction was incredible. They are outstanding and highly creative photographers and really opened up my eyes beyond just better mechanics for taking pictures, but what it takes to create outstanding images. The quality of everyone’s photography improved dramatically during the trip and the knowledge I gained will be invaluable in the future. Burt and Maurine are genuinely nice people who really enjoy meeting others and love to share their passion for the underwater world. You can sense the thrill they get exposing us to some of the best diving in the world – we will definitely be going on other adventures with them.”
John David Johnston
“I recently returned from Indonesia’s Raja Ampat. I joined Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock for 10 wonderful days of diving and learning.
Burt and Maurine attended to every detail beginning with coming and going, making our travel uneventful. Their knowledge of the Indonesian system helped us avoid hassle and missed flights. They truly took the worry out of the travel.
On board, we were briefed about the dive operations and were offered a good understanding of what to expect on every dive. The most remarkable part of the trip was their ability to analyze our underwater photographic skills, or lack thereof, and make appropriate suggestions to improve and build our body of knowledge. The evidence of improvement can be seen in my images from day 1 to day 10. Both Burt and Maurine have excellent communication skills. Combined with a keen understanding of the problems we face as underwater photographers, it is easy to understand why they are so effective. The “value added” portion included saving my camera equipment from a flood, listening to experiences over their long careers, and the daily informative critiquing of my images.
If you are in the market for world class diving, exponentially stepping up the quality of your images while meeting an interesting group of serious divers and photographers, you need look no further than Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock. They certainly have not seen the last of me.
Highly recommended by,”
Dr. Jeffery W. Johnston PADI Master Instructor #38991