Articles by Mario

Oct
27
2009

Avoid Airport Delays

1. Check In Online The line at your airline's check-in desk or kiosks can be long and aggravating. Consider checking in online and printing your boarding passes at home. Then, once you get to...

Oct
27
2009

Travel Do's and Don'ts

Mind your shoes and feet After Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi's threw his shoes at President Bush, the commander-in-chief said he wasn't insulted. He should have been. In Arab...

May
28
2010

...Lucky Noah Whitney

Congratulations! Noah Whitney, of Olympia, WA, has won the Scuba Travel Ventures (STV) Free Vacation to Fiji. During the month of May STV exhibited at three consumer dive shows along the...

Jul
19
2010

Dive Into Mystery and History on STV's Exclusive Riveria Maya Adventure

If you’ve always dreamed of sinking mind, body and fins into the realm of the Maya underworld and the magical Caribbean Sea, getting your hiking boots in the dusty earth of ancient ruins and...

Jul
28
2010

Talkin' Bout an Evolution: Fourth Element's State of the Art Wetsuit

Divers usually experience a thermocline as an unexpected and often unwelcome cold rush at depth. But British dive gear manufacturer Fourth Element gives the word new meaning with its Thermocline...

Dec
14
2010

Mark Winslow - Winner of the Mango Inn Giveaway/Florida Dive Show

Dear Mark Winslow, Thank you for stopping by our booth at the Florida Dive Show, Dec. 3 & 4, 2010. You entered in the drawing for the Mango Inn Giveaway. Congratulations! You are the...

Jan
31
2011

Top 10 Reason to Utilize an STV Dive Travel Specialist

Our agents have a wealth of travel knowledge and decades of dive experience. Our support staff works diligently behind the scenes, ensuring all aspects of your trip go as planned. Sure, in...

Apr
12
2011

STV has lost a family member and the dive travel industry has lost an icon

It is with great sadness that Scuba Travel Ventures announces the passing of Terri Dold, long time travel agent in the dive industry, friend to all and mentor to many. Terri and her...

May
23
2011

Newest LiveAboard in Maldives

A review by STV Liveaboard Specialist Randy Osgerby I just returned from a trip on Explorer Venture's new luxury liveaboard, Carpe Vita. Based in the Maldives, she is a beautiful...

Jun
28
2011

Fiji - Spectacular Diving, Friendliest People

Dive Fiji Fiesta 2011 Making my way through security at LAX, all I could think about was Fiji. I've helped many dive travelers get there, but now I was going. Although this was going to...

Jun
28
2011

Featured Dive Travel Specialist - Gene "007" Dold

A conversation with Gene Dold Face it: Doesn't our dashing dive travel specialist look like popular culture's most beloved secret agent? No wonder, years ago while he was in...

Jun
28
2011

STV & Diveheart - Making a difference everyday

For even the most prepared diver, logistics on international dive trips are at best a hassle, and at worst a nightmare. There's a ton of boxes to tick on the mental checklist. Now - if...

Jul
20
2011

ScubaLife Breaking new ground for Dive Industry

The traditional dive retailing is changing and ScubaLife is making it happen ScubaLife is pleased to announce the launch of its B2B site www.scubalife.biz . Its purpose is to explain...

Aug
3
2011

Why The Heck Should I Call Scuba Travel Ventures?

For years, all of us at Scuba Travel Ventures have been hearing this question from potential clients. And we admit, it’s a darn good one. We especially hear this question throughout the...

Sep
27
2011

Costa Rica Adventure Story

We’d been officially warned. Liz, our dive guide with the dive operator Aqua Center, aboard its boat, the Fun Fisher II, let me and the other handful of divers know in her briefing that...

Nov
30
2011

Cocos Islands - A Very Special Place

I just returned from a fantastic dive trip to Isla del Coco, better known as Cocos Island. It has been known as a shark lover's Mecca, not only for the variety of sharks but the sheer numbers....

Jan
18
2012

Rocio Del Mar, Sea of Cortez, Mexico

We weren't in the water for more than 10 seconds, having just dropped in off San Benedicto, one of the islands in Baja California's Sea of Cortez, when suddenly - right there in front of me - I...

Feb
21
2012

And The Winner Is...

STV Annouces Winner of the 2 fer 1 - 7 Night Dive Vacation Scuba Travel Ventures just completed a fabulous weekend in Chicago participating at the 42nd Our World Underwater Dive...

May
6
2013

Scuba Travel Ventures Takes Action to Fight Trash Issue in North Sulawesi

Popular dive and adventure travel provider partners with local operators to make a difference. The marine life and underwater imagery in the Indonesian waters of North Sulawesi are...

May
3
2013

Diving Divas - Traveling Around The World

Bonaire, Philippines, Utila and Grand Cayman Scuba diving is an activity that is best when shared. The group of nine ladies who recently returned from seven days scuba diving and...

Jul
15
2013

Saving the Shark

CLICK HERE FOR CNN'S ARTICLE Evidence for the existence of sharks dates from the Ordovician period, over 450 million years ago, but it's possible they've encountered their biggest...

Jul
18
2013

Complimentary 2 Nights Accommodations

Scuba Travel Ventures would like to earn your business. To do so, we are willing to give you 2 complimentary nights at a destination of your choice. We have 20 fantastic cities available to you....

Aug
20
2013

Dive Heart Military Wounded

The following letter is from Dive Heart, written by a 17 year old girl named Heather. Heather helps Dive Heart's Military Wounded... Dear Friend of Diveheart: My name is Heather...

Oct
30
2013

Scuba Travel Ventures DEMA Program: Make Us Your LAST Stop

DEMA SHOW Nov 6 - 9, 2013. Booth #1742 With Scuba Travel Ventures celebrating the start of their 20th year in business, and bundled with incredible incentives make STV’s Booth THE place for...

Nov
12
2013

STV DEMA Show Give Away Winner Annouced!

Congratulations to Lillian Higgins from Wilmington, North Carolina. Lillian won Scuba Travel Ventures' DEMA Grand Prize 7 Night Dive Trip Give Away to Indonesia. Lillian's entry...

Mar
24
2014

Bringing Your Vacation Memories Home - Liz Tuttle

My husband always teases me that we could never run "The Amazing Race" and win because I would want to spend too much time stopping to take a picture of something. Ok, so maybe that could be...

Apr
8
2014

Seattle Scuba & H2O Adventure Show WINNER!

Lalati Resort & Spa - Fiji Congratulations to Lisa Cox from Washington! She is the Scuba Travel Ventures Grand Prize Winner! Just by stopping by the STV booth, talking with us, and...

Nov
5
2014

The Next Generation of Wetsuits

Are you the avid diver who is always looking to see what the industry will come up with next for new technology? Well you might not believe this one. How about a wetsuit that blocks the...

Nov
5
2014

Know Before You Go...4 Handy Travel Apps

Skype This free app has been around for years. It makes it simple to have international communication with loved ones and other Skype users while you are away with video or voice chat...

Nov
6
2014

Industry News…DEMA Show 2014 to be held in Las Vegas

For those who haven’t heard of DEMA before, it stands for Diving Equipment & Marketing Association. This is an international organization which works to promote and help grow the...

Nov
6
2014

Why Entrust a Scuba Travel Ventures Agent with Your Precious Vacation?

Thanks to all those wonderful online travel booking engines and resort websites, everyone can be their own DIY travel planner these days... Right? Well, yes, but did things work out...

Jun
17
2015

Yummy Bites from Bonaire

Delightful Departures with Scuba Travel Ventures Bonaire is known far and wide in the scuba diving community as "Divers Paradise".  It has earned this prestigious name because of its...

Jun
18
2015

Scuba Show Long Beach Prize Winner!!!

Congratulations to Kayley B. of Oceanside, CA for winning the Scuba Travel Ventures prize!!   Kayley has won an incredible dive trip to Roatan, Honduras.  It is a combo...

Jun
18
2015

Happy Client Review

  No surprise!  Another happy client of Scuba Travel Ventures!!     Great job, Gene!  Make sure to give us a call today to receive our great...

Jun
29
2015

Review: Teresa's Customer Service

"Teresa Cabading's customer service is wonderful. She is responsive and patient to my many emails and questions as we plan a diving trip. I appreciate her "smile" that you can see through her...

Nov
11
2015

DEMA 2015 WINNER!!!

Congratulations to Donna W. from Indian Trial, North Carolina! Donna has won the STV DEMA 2015 Prize Give-away ! She has won a FREE trip to Gangga Island Resort in North...

Sep
6
2016

Unique Ventures: Vietnam and Cambodia Add on!

Unique Ventures   Follow STV as we showcase specialty trips and add ons! This month's spotlight is on South East Asia. After doing some incredible diving in the South Pacific/SE...

May
25
2017

STV Malaysia Trip: Day 1

Join STV, as we go Day by Day through our incredible trip to Malaysia... with photos, too!!   DAY 1: Tioman Island We leave Johor Bahru in the early morning and drive two hours...

May
30
2017

STV Malaysia Trip: Day 2

  Join STV, as we go Day by Day through our incredible trip to Malaysia... with photos, too!!   Day 2:  As above, so below Our first full day on Tioman Island is a...

Jun
6
2017

STV Malaysia Trip: Day 3

  Join STV, as we go Day by Day through our incredible trip to Malaysia... with photos, too!!   DAY 3:  Tiger Reef We’re going to keep this one short, because...

Jun
12
2017

STV Malaysia Trip: Day 4

Join STV, as we go Day by Day through our incredible trip to Malaysia... with photos, too!!   DAY 4:  Life of Locals As it was our final day on the island before...