03/07/2020 - 03/13/2020

Bahamas

Reefs, wrecks, sharks and more!

Where we are diving

Join trip leader Chris Hill and wave goodbye as we head south to the Exuma Cays. We will be staying and diving off the Blackbeard’s liveaboard. We are getting away from the cruise ships and the city lights. Divers can experience deep sea diving on the many beautiful walls. Sharks are also a big draw for divers! See Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, even tiger sharks on the sandy banks! Colorful reefs with marine life sit in depths of 15- 80 feet so divers of all levels enjoy the scuba diving they offer! These dive sites are only reached by scuba diving liveaboards. This Bahamas diving adventure will offer spectacular diving in warm, crystal clear waters with deserted beaches as backdrop during our travel and daily dives. We will also visit Allen’s Cay to feed the iguanas. There is no set itinerary – we go where conditions and weather are the best to offer our divers an adventure of a lifetime! This liveaboard offers a great variety of diving and will typically get in 3 -4 dives per day, including night dives. Divers will be able to dive with sharks at Amberjack Reef, watch eagle rays gracefully glide by the walls, get tumbled around on our high speed drift dive, or shoot photos of all the great macro and micro shots you’ll see in the clear waters of the Bahamas.

Trips like this sell out fast!
Registration closes on December 1, 2019

Resort Details

Where we are staying

We will be staying and diving off the Blackbeard’s liveaboard. All sleeping quarters are bunk bed style fully air conditioned. You’ll get three solid meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks. A fruit hammock hangs in the salon so you can dig into it any time. The coffee is strong to get you amped up for the day and there are plenty of other choices to keep you hydrated. Once your diving is done, you can enjoy a cold beer or some famous rum punch. If you have special dietary needs, let us know. With notice, chef can prepare special foods, such as vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, etc.

Learn more about the accommodations from Blackbeard’s.

Trip Details

Price

  • $1,480 per diver

Deposit and payments

  • $500 deposit due upon sign up
  • $500 due September 1, 2019
  • Full payment due November 15, 2019

Other info

  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

What’s included

  • Six nights aboard Blackbeard’s
  • Up to 19 dives
  • All meals and beverages

What’s not included

Recommended courses

  • Underwater Photography 
  • Deep Diving

Recommended equipment

  • SeaLife DC 2000 camera
  • SeaLife Dragon flashlight

What prior travelers say

“Camaraderie, fun, and freedom! Marine diversity, island excursions, lion fish free diving, beach BBQs and beautiful Caribbean sunrises. This is a great value and it’s one of the best dive trips I’ve ever been on!”

– Aaron P.

Important Details

Know before you go

Seasonal weather
The average high temperature is 85°F and the average low temperature is 75°F. The average water temperature is 77°F.

Passport/Visa requirements
All U.S. citizens must have a passport when traveling to the Bahamas. Please reconfirm the travel-document requirements prior to departure. All visitors need proof of onward passage.

Drinking water
In most cases, the water is safe to drink, yet bottled water is the common choice. We suggest opting for the bottled water when off-board. Bottled water is available at stores/supermarkets and tastes better than that from a tap. On many of the Out Islands, rainfall is the main source of water, so be sure to drink bottled water there.

Electricity
All guest cabins, main salon and photo table on the dive deck have US outlets for 120 volts/15 amps.

Telephone codes
The country code is +1242. No city codes required.

Time zone
Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4).

Language
English is the official language of the Bahamas. Other popular languages are Bahamian English and Haitian Creole.

Money
The Bahamas currency is Bahamian dollars, which are equivalent to the U.S. dollar and are interchangeable. If you have U.S. dollars, there is no need to exchange currency on the boat or on land! You can charge any specialty classes, boutique purchases, and crew gratuity to your cabin account. They accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Tipping
Because the Bahamas is so much like America in their hospitality standards, you should also tip like you would in the States. The standard 15%-20% tip should be used, especially in touristy areas and at resorts. Note: Some places automatically add in a 15% gratuity to the total of the bill. Make sure to confirm if the tip has been added automatically to your bill before you shell out more money for a tip.

Sunscreen and insect repellant 
Everyone knows to bring sunscreen, but few actually bring enough. You’ll probably require about twice as much as you’d initially expect. Higher SPF, such as SPF 30 is desirable, as is water-resistance. Please use biodegradable sunscreen. Conventional sun screens have been proven to cause long lasting damage to the reefs and environment. If it’s been raining recently, you’ll want to have insect repellent as there can be mosquitoes and sand fleas at times.

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