The galapagos islands, ecuador - june 3-10, 2019 (Liveaboard)

We went on the SCUBA diving trip of your dreams, to Charles Darwin’s playground circa 1831. Some 900 km west of Ecuador are islands sprinkled on either side of the equator. These islands and their weird and wonderful inhabitants helped forge over a century of understanding on how life on this planet evolved. Las Islas Galapagos, so sacred in the history of science, is a place of scarcity and abundance. The cold waters of the Humboldt Current feed one of the most productive fisheries on earth, and the islands’ isolation gave rise to species found nowhere else.

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Images by Sumer Verma

Images by Sumer Verma

We chased the big ones and the oddballs both above and below the surface – schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, Mola mola, marine iguana, red-footed boobies, giant tortoises. This is our second guided trip to The Galapagos, and Sumer and the Lacadives team could not wait to adventure in this SCUBA wonderland again.

This trip is closed. Trip report coming soon!

THE RED SEA, EGYPT - MARCH 21 - 28, 2019 (LIVEABOARD)

The Red Sea is Biblical – both literally and figuratively.

This SCUBA diving mecca boasts more than 1,000 species of marine invertebrates, over 200 species of soft and hard coral, and 1,100 species of fish, of which just about 20% are endemic (the Red Sea has been connected and isolated from the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean at various points in its geological history, giving rise to high rates of endemism). The Red Sea had something for everyone – spectacular visibility, pelagic sharks, ship wrecks, and walls and fields of soft and hard coral. We explored the southern reefs of Elphinstone, St. Johns and Fury Shoal.

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RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 9-16, 2018 (Land based)

We went over the rainbow - to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It was the trip of a lifetime! Our Managing Partner, Sumer Verma (a.k.a. Luminousdeep), led this trip.

Photography by Sumer Verma, Tarak Patel and Papua Explorers

Raja Ampat is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. We experienced crystal clear waters, rich coral gardens bursting with life, sharks, and land and seascapes redolent of James Cameron's Avatar. It's a SCUBA diver's candy store - for those who liked tiny, colorful things, it was a macro paradise.  For those chasing pelagics, there were reef sharks by the dozen, including the weird and wonderful Wobbegong Shark . And for those in love with post-dive sunsets and sundowners, this trip fulfilled all of that and more! 

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GILI Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia - June 10-17, 2018 (land based)

In 2017, we dived in Bali. In 2018, we headed to Gili Trawangan, off Lombok, which is Bali's eastern twin. 

Photography by Sumer Verma and Blue Marlin Dive

As usual, Sumer Verma (a.k.a. Luminousdeep) led this trip. It was as holidays should be - easy, breezy, with blue water and white sand. And gorgeous diving! The Gili Islands are known for their abundant turtle population, thanks to conservation efforts to protect the creatures. We also caught a glimpse of fields of delicate soft coral fans, coral walls with sullen moray eels, a sunken pier that has a couple of resident frogfish, and sandy bottoms with sleepy sharks. 

With 3 or more dives per day, this trip was perfect for certified divers looking for an island getaway with family (there was plenty to do on Gili T. other than dive!), and those who got their PADI Open Water certification. 

This trip is closed. Trip report coming soon!

 

MAlapascua, The philippines, january 21-27, 2018 (land based)

We had been wanting to visit Malapascua and its gorgeous dive sites for years – and in 2018, it finally happened!

Photography by Sumer Verma and Evolution Dive Resort

We were most excited for healthy coral reefs, the Picasso-like mandarin fish and blue-ringed octopi – but the crowning glory of this place are the ethereal thresher sharks that grace Monad Shoal in the early mornings. Ideally, our participants needed at least 30 logged dives with deep (30 meters) and night diving experience. But for the ones who didn't, Evolution helped organize extra training for deep and night diving so that they didn't miss out!

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Sipadan, Malaysia - October 15-21, 2017 (land based)

We skipped town over Diwali 2017 and headed to Sipadan in Malaysia, one of SCUBA diving’s most famous meccas.

Photography by Sumer Verma and Borneo Divers

We saw swirling barracuda vortices so dense they blotted out the sun, brilliantly coloured coral gardens and 40 meter visibility! It was all of Diwali’s splendor and none of the noise. This trip was led by Sumer Verma, Lacadives’ Managing Partner and a veteran SCUBA instructor and underwater photographer – and so it was also a master class in diving and photography.

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Bali, Indonesia - June 25-30, 2017 (Land based)

Lacadives and UACTIV had teamed up to take a SCUBA diving trip to Bali! 

Photography by Sumer Verma

Both organizations - one, a veteran SCUBA diving company, the other, a dynamic startup committed to active living - embrace healthy, engaged lifestyles. And SCUBA diving does all of these, and more. For those who joined us, it was a trip of a lifetime to Bali's clear blue waters and sun-kissed beaches! Bali is known for its incredible marine life - giant manta rays, large schools of fish, brilliantly colored coral, anemones and nudibranches, and Mola mola!

This trip is closed. Read trip report here!