Quick Launch - Little Cayman 2014 Yap 2013 Palau 2013 Bahamas - 2013 Florida - 2013 Aqua Cat - 2013 Maui - 2013 Mexico - 2012 Grand Cayman 2012 Wakatobi 2012 Cancun 2011 Key Largo 2011 Roatan 2011 Puerto Aventuras Aruba 2011 Jamaica 2011 St. Maarten/Saba 2010 Cabo 2010 Kona St. Lucia Cancun 2009 Cozumel Curacao Maui St. Croix Kauai Utila Tobago Costa Rica Akumal Roatan 2006
XTC Was founded by a group of friends with similar interests of scuba diving and exploring warm and tropical islands/countries. The founding members are Trent and Cheryl. The addition of other friends joining them on the trip creates the “X” factor. All pictures are Copyright and property of Trent Sehnert. If you would like a high definition copy of one of the pictures, please let me know via the Contact link at the bottom of this page. NOTE: Most pictures are saved through facebook. So if you cannot see them, please logout of facebook, then try again.
Little Cayman - Jan 2014
Trent and Mrs. X visited the Little Cayman Beach Resort in January of 2014. The resort was very good and we had an ocean front room with an amazing view. The resort staff were all very friendly, and the dive staff were great. The dive staff would set up your gear and switch it out for you, as well as carry it to and from the ladder for you. All you had to do was sit down at the back of the boat, put on your gear, and jump in the water. And the diving was pretty good as well. We'd highly recommend this resort for anyone looking to do some diving in the Caribbean.
Here are some photos from the trip.
Trent and Mrs. X visited the Micronesia island of Yap in November of 2013. We stayed at Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers. It was the best combined resort and diving experience we had all year. We can highly recommend the resort and the diving. The highlights were seeing all the Manta Rays, the sharks, and the amazing long tailed sea hares that Mrs. X found one day. Here are the pics from the trip.
Trent and Mrs. X visited Palau in November of 2013. We were there in the middle of the strongest Typhoon ever recorded, so we missed a day of diving, and were unable to get to some of the best dive sites, but we still had a good time there. We stayed at the Sea Passion hotel and went diving with Palau Dive Adventures, who are based right at the Sea Passion. The hotel was nice, with a fantastic view of the little lagoon we were in. And Palau Dive Adventures were a great, personalized dive service. They also let us take tanks for a shore dive right in front of the hotel. At night you can see the Mandarinfish even! I would highly recommand Palau Dive Adventures for all those heading to Palau for some diving. Here are some pics from the trip. On the third, all diving was done in front of the Sea Passion. On the 4th, we also were at Jellyfish Lake.
Bahamas - September 2013
T and Mrs. X visited Sandals Royal Bahmian resort in Nassau, Bahamas in September. The resort grounds were fantastic, and the ocean view from our room was pretty good too. I could tell you more about sandals, but look for my review on Tripadvisor in September for more information. But basically we could really recommend this Sandals, though would suggest experienced divers may want to go elsewhere for a diving service better geared towards experienced divers. If you're inexperienced, go for it. Anyway, here are the pics.
Trent and little X (he niece) went diving in the West Palm Beach area, then headed over to Crystal River on the other side of Florida for some snorkeling with Manatees. West Palm Beach had some great diving, and it was amazing to see the large amount of HUGE turtles all around. We were diving with Pura Vida Divers based on Singer Island in West Palm. I can highly recommend the dive op, and the diving! Oh, and if you get a chance, dive the Blue Heron Bridge as well. We did that a couple times and it was quite the experience. Lots of cool critters.
Aqua Cat - Mar 2013
In March, Trent and Mrs. X went on our first dive liveaboard boat, called the Aqua Cat, which is based out of Nassau, Bahamas. The crew was great, the boat was large and comfortable, and there was some great diving. We'd definitely do a liveaboard again based off our experience there. It was so good, I wanted to cancel our trip to Sandals in September, and go back on the Aqua Cat instead. Anyway, here are the pics form that trip.
Maui - Jan 2013
We took another trip to Maui in January of 2013. We just did a rental through VRBO and we managed to get a few days of scuba diving in, even though I was feeling a little under the weather a few days. Still had a nice time there, as it's one of our favorite places to go.
Mexico - November 2012
Trent and Mrs. X visited Mexico in November and stayed at the El Dorado Royale resort in the Mayan Riviera. If you've never been there, it's a fantastic resort and we can highly recommend it. Great rooms, great food, great service and pretty nice beaches. We went through Scoripio Divers in Cancun for our diving. A great outfit ran by Jorge. Tell him I said HI if you happen to book with him. We saw all kinds of cool stuff. Eagle Rays, Sharks, Dolphins, Eels, turtles, tons of fish, etc. The diving around Cancun and Puerto Morelos is highly underrated in my opinion. If you haven't been there, now might be the time to give it a try.
Grand Cayman - September 2012
We visited Grand Cayman in September of 2012 for some sun and scuba. We went diving with Living The Dream Divers, who give a great, personalized service and get you to all the places you want to go. I took a Lionfish hunting course with them as well that was pretty fun, though I only caught one lionfish. And a grouper ate that lionfish right off the spear before I could show it to my instructor! Oh well.. Good for the grouper. Now if he would just eat them without someone spearing them first. Got lots of good pics, and here they are.
Wakatobi - May 2012
Trent and Mrs. X visited the Wakatobi Dive Resort in May of 2012 and had a fantastic time diving, eating, and relaxing. Enough cannot be said about how great the customer service is with not only the diving, but the resort staff in general. If you are thinking of visiting, I'd highly recommend it without any reservations. Though there is one caveat, if you are looking for BIG creatures, such as sharks and rays, this isn't the destination for you. This area is all about the small creatures, great corals and fish, and the occasional turtle. You'll get an idea of what you'll see by scanning through my pictures below. Some pics I went through and posted just the best, and some I posted everything I took. (Upwards of 400 per day on some days)
My general review of Wakatobi Dive Resort was that it was a great place to visit and we're very glad we made the trip. We would recommend it to anyone that wants to go try diving in that area of the world. The service was great, the diving was easy, and there were lots of little things to see.
Cancun - December 2011
Trent and Mrs. X visited Cancun for a week of relaxation Christmas week in 2011. We stayed at the Oasis Cancun resort (highly advised you stay away from it) and went diving with Scorpio Divers in Cancun. I can definitely recommend Scorpio Divers. Jorge and the gang there give you very personalized service and the DM's are very friendly and helpful. The scuba diving in Cancun is highly underrated in my opinion. Some of the dives in the area are to be placed on your "must dive" list. A couple in particular are the C58 Wreck in Cancun, and the wreck in Puerto Morelos. Eagle rays galore! Anyway, here are the links to my pics and videos from the trip.
Key Largo - Dec 2011
I took a long weekend to go visit my brother in Ft. Lauderdale in December and managed to squeeze a day of scuba diving in a couple sites near Key Largo. The vis was a bit cloudy with particles/sand from the recent winds, but it was a pretty good day of diving. I was amazed at how good the coral life there was. These pics are from the sites Key Largo Dry Rocks, and Key Largo Dry Rock North North.
Roatan - November 2011
Trent and the X-Dog spent a week diving the West End area of Roatan with Coconut Tree Divers . While there, we stayed at CocoLobo, a great little resort. All photos were taken with a Sealife DC1400 with strobe. Here are the links to the dive pictures.
Puerto Aventuras Mexico - October 2011
Trent and Mrs X. visited the El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Mayan Riviera area of Mexico. We went diving with Dive Aventuras in the Puerto Aventuras area. This was my first trip with my Sealife DC1400 w/ strobe. Visibility was also a bit poor the first day or two of diving, so you'll have to fogive some of the backscatter. I didn't do any cleanup of these pics yet, so you'll notice how I was using the SEA method.. Shoot, Examine, Adjust. Not always getting better results, but usually.
Aruba - May 2011
Trent and Mrs X. went with some family to Aruba in May. We went diving with S.E. Aruba Fly 'n Dive and I can definitely recommend them to others if you happen to be in Aruba. I had went with Dive with Clive once in the past, but he didn't have a boat while we were there! Here are the dive pics. These were taken with a Fuji F30 with Fuji housing, and I was working on manually setting the white balance to try to get good pics. This worked in some cases, not so well in others. (Deeper water would not allow setting a white balance, but more shallow pics seemed to turn out ok)
Jamaica - Jan/Feb 2011
Trent and Mrs X. stayed a week at Sandals in Ocho Rios in January/February of 2011. If you've not been to Sandals in Ocho Rios, I can highly recommend it. The Sandals there is currently called the Sandals Grande Riviera. We really enjoyed our stay there. The diving wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. Here's a link to my review for our stay there. Sandals Grande Riviera Review. And Here are some pics from our trip.
St. Maarten and Saba - Dec 2010
Trent and Mrs X. visited the islands of St. Maarten and Saba in December of 2010. In St. Maarten, we stayed at Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club, and went diving with Aqua Mania Adventures. In Saba we stayed at The Cottage Club Hotel and went diving with Sea Saba. We had also used Aqua Mania Adventures for our Ferry transport to Saba. The ferry was ok, but Aqua Mania really left us hanging after we got back from Saba, and we were stuck without transport to our hotel for over an hour. Here are the pics from that trip.
Cabo San Lucas Mexico - October 2010
Trent and Mrs X. met some friends in Cabo San Lucas in October 2010. We stayed at the Tesoro Los Cabos, which is now apparently a Wyndham property. We enjoyed the location of the resort, right on the Marina and close to the best restaurants, but there was a bad smell coming from the sewers or something that seemed to permeate our room. We had to spray air freshener into the A/C unit to try to get the smell out a bit. We went Scuba Diving with Sunshine Dive and Charter in Cabo, which was located under the Tesoro hotel. They were a friendly bunch that I would definitely recommend to others to use. We mostly dove around the Cabo San Lucas corridor, but also did a further trip to Cabo Pulmo that was pretty amazing. Here are links to the pictures and videos from the trip.
Trent and Mrs X. spent a week on the Big Island of Hawaii in May of 2010. Photos here are of our tour around the island, and photos and videos taken while scuba diving. The manta ray videos, and the video of the Spanish Dancer, are not to be missed. If you like the pictures and want to comment on them, feel free to add me as a friend in Facebook.
The following links are the the videos of the Dolphins and Manta Rays from the night dive on the 6th, and the Spanish Dancer from the dive on the 7th. Some videos are very short, while some are a bit longer. But nothing over 2 minutes. Please enjoy.
Trent and Mrs X. spent a week at the Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia in February 2010. Sandals has "all-inclusive" pricing that included everything from motorized water sports, like skiing or knee boarding, to even Scuba Diving! Here are links to pictures taken on the trip. If you like the pictures and want to comment on them, feel free to add me as a friend in Facebook.
Cancun - Isla Mujeres - Playa Del Carmen - Puerto Morelos - December 2009
Trent spent a week diving with Scorpio Divers , while we (Trent and X-Factor Kiwi) stayed at the Oasis Grand Caribbean Resort in Cancun. Some of the diving was done in Cancun, some in Isla Mujeres, some in Playa, and some in Puerto Morelos. Follow the links to see the pictures. Also, follow the Video link to see all the videos taken on the trip.
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