January 26-February 4, 2017
Learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment during an Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program. Citizens of the U.S. will fly into Havana where they will spend a full day meeting with scientists about Cuba’s marine parks. After two nights in Havana, transportation is provided to the southern town of Jucaro, where the Jardines Aggressor live aboard docks. Guests will depart for six days of scuba diving in the Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, one of the oldest marine national parks in the world, located 60 miles off the southern coast. Biologists will host discussions and presentations covering many topics including: proper mooring procedures and installations, fish tagging, commercial fishing and other local environmental issues.
View Cuba Dive Trip details here
June 17-27, 2017
On this unique expedition, the emphasis will be on EXPLORATION! Virgin dive sites, blue water bait balls, remote pinnacles PLUS the typical Socorro hot spots such as Roca Partida and the Boilers. This trip is for the adventurous spirit!
View Socorro Islands Dive Trip details here
June 22-29, 2017
Join DUI on an educational diving oriented adventure to the Arctic Ocean around Spitsbergen. Dive, snorkel and cruise around massive icebergs, spot the endangered polar bear, and explore pristine polar landscapes- all while learning more about medical issues unique to the polar regions. Your adventure will include lectures on diving medicine, dealing with medical emergencies in remote locations and coping with thermal issues in extreme environments. Those who qualify and apply can receive up to 16 CMEs through the University of CA at San Diego’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
View Spitsbergen: Arctic Ocean Dive Trip details here
September 4-18, 2017
Join Faith Ortins, VP of DUI, and photographers Michael Salvarezza and Chris Weaver from Eco-Photo Explorers, on an amazing expedition to the far North. The itinerary offers the opportunity to explore both Iceland and Greenland above and below the water-perfect for Divers and Non-Divers alike!
We will start our Arctic Ocean adventure in Iceland! Imagine diving in a fissure in the Earth’s crust, the separation point between two continental plates, flooded with decades old glacial melt water filtered through 50 miles of lava stone to produce the purest, clearest water on Earth. This is Silfra, one of the most awe-inspiring dives on the unique island of Iceland. Geologically active with hundreds of volcanoes, Iceland presents unique opportunities and challenges for divers. Join DUI as we visit Silfra, and then journey on to dive Strytan, the only diveable hydrothermal vent in the world. While on expedition, we will also explore rivers of hot water and photograph the colorful marine life that inhabits these mysterious waters.
View Iceland and Greeland Dive Trip details here
September 23 – October 5, 2017
Jacques Cousteau and John Steinbeck saw the magic that the Sea of Cortez has to offer. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “the worlds aquarium.” John Stienbeck wrote “The Log of the Sea of Cortez” a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit. Dolphins, sea lions, pilot whales, humpback whale, blue fin whales, orca and sperm whales. Flying mantas, blue and brown footed boobie birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls.
The bio-diversity between the Northern and Southern Sea of Cortez is incredible. Diving the entire Baja is spectacular. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dingy or snorkeling is fantastic.its these mysterious waters.
View Sea of Cortez Dive Trip details here
November 9-15, 2017
We have an amazing dive trip in the beautiful Southern California Channel Islands and lots of fun at the DUI factory. The VP of DUI, Faith Ortins, will host a fabulous dinner at her house!
California’s Channel Islands offers some of the best natural beauty the world has to offer. Join us for this amazing liveaboard dive trip.
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February 18 – March 3, 2018
Join Faith Ortins, VP of DUI, and other diving and underwater photography specialists on a truly remarkable educational diving oriented expedition to Antarctica.
We embark in Ushuaia, Argentina and sail through the Drake Passage directly to Antarctica. Along the way we will encounter Humpback and Minke whales all while learning about medical and diving issues unique to the polar region. We will tour glaciers and icebergs on zodiac cruises and set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape surrounded by alpine peaks and huge glaciers calving at sea level. For divers, this is an opportunity to swim with penguins and leopard seals as well as the unique invertebrate life of Antarctica. And don’t forget claiming your own iceberg! Your adventure will include lectures on diving medicine, polar history of exploration, glaciology, underwater photography and more! Those who qualify and apply can receive 16 CME’s through Wilderness Medicine.
View Antartica Dive Trip details here
Three dates to choose from: April 1-12, April 12-23, April 21-May 2, 2018
Explore the wonders of down under with DUI as we explore one of the most remote parts of Australia, TASMANIA! Home of the Tasmanian Devil on land and amazingly rich marine life underwater such as weedy sea dragons, fur seals, fish covered wrecks and magnificent kelp forests. On land you can enjoy pristine national parks, incredible historical sites, beautiful hikes and diverse wildlife.
View Tasmania Dive Trip details here
DUI TRAVEL LEADERS
DUI is excited Paul Holbrook is joining the DUI Team as Expedition Leader on many of our new destinations. From the Belugas of the Canadian Arctic to the Humpbacks of Tonga, Paul’s passion and expertise have taken him to some of the most unique places on earth over his 30 years of expedition diving. Previously a dive retailer, Paul continues to be an active dive instructor as well as a practicing pharmacist in addition to pursuing his passion of exploring new destinations. He particularly loves places that allow him to interact with “big animals”. In addition to diving expeditions, he has led trips to Base Camp Mt. Everest and large land animal excursions including mountain gorillas.
Our other Expedition Leader will be our own Faith Ortins, DUI’s Travel Manager.
Faith has spent most of her adult life in the ocean. Starting as a scientific diver and volunteering for public safety diving operations in the 1980’s, Faith became a technical diver and divemaster and has thousands of dives over her 35 year plus diving career. She worked with DUI to develop some of the first women’s drysuits and now leads DUI’s sales team worldwide. Joining DUI in 1997, she was instrumental in the creation of the DUI DEMOTOUR, which promoted local diving while allowing divers to test dive DUI products, and the DIVEOPS program which promoted education about the risks of diving in contaminated water. She continues to lead expeditions around the world including many to the most remote places on Earth.
Faith’s favorite part about working at DUI is the opportunity to meet such amazing people from all over the world. “I love working with our dealers to help them be more successful in their business and with divers interested in expanding their diving horizons with DUI equipment. And sharing dive stories is pretty fun too!”
When not diving or traveling, Faith loves to cook and entertain for her friends. If you get an invite to Faith’s house, don’t pass it up!
One or both of these experienced and fun individuals will be your guide to a fantastic adventure. We are looking forward to having you join us.
Epic adventure to Antarctica. Read all about it along with amazing photos.
Two dive trips to the California Channel Islands helped us in celebration of our 50th anniversary.
By Faith Ortins
After traveling almost 20,000 miles, on 8 different planes, 5 buses, 1 train and 1 amazing ship, we have all safely returned to the US after our incredible expedition to Antarctica. While we are still editing thousands of images and hours of video (and one person is actually waiting for film to be developed!), we have a few images to share and an amazing story to tell. I will try to do it justice!
View trip photos and read entire adventure by clicking 2010 ANTARCTICA TRIP REPORT
Above photo by Jeff Hannigan
Adventure in the High Arctic: Spitsbergen Island
June 21- July 5, 2012
22 adventurous DOGs (DUI Owners) set out on an expedition to explore the territory and dive sites around the remote island of Spitsbergen. In the land of never ending daylight, we explored historical sites, got up close and personal with Polar Bears and Walruses, got to dive with diving birds and had fun diving among icebergs, amazing walls and more. It truly was a magical trip. Come join us next time.
View trip photos and read entire adventure by clicking ARCTIC CIRCLE TRIP REPORT
We look forward to having you join us on one of our epic dive trips!