REEF Trip Schedule - Dive Vacations That Count

Upcoming REEF Trip Schedule

REEF Field Surveys trips are a great introduction to fish identification for novice fishwatchers, and a fun way for experienced surveyors to build their life list while interacting with fellow fishwatchers. REEF coordinates Field Surveys to locations throughout our project regions each year. These projects are led by REEF staff and other REEF instructors and feature daily classroom seminars and a full diving schedule.

Want to join the fun? Reserve your spot today. Trips fill up fast! Trip bookings are either handled through a dedicated travel desk at Caradonna Dive Travel (877-295-REEF (7333); REEF@caradonna.com) or directly through REEF HQ (305-852-0030, trips@REEF.org). Please refer to the specific trip description for booking information. All prices are per person, double occupancy unless noted. Single occupancy rates are available on some trips. Airfare is not included in any REEF packages. REEF accepts all major credit cards for payment, but check and bank draft are preferred to avoid hefty credit card fees.

An additional REEF program fee ($150-$300) per diver will be added to each trip to cover the cost of the group leader, seminars, survey materials, and data management. Other additional fees for each trip vary. Please consult with the individual trip information for details.

Come with us on a dive vacation that counts!

You can find useful information on the following pages:

Field Survey Trip and Cancellation Policies

REEF Liability Form

REEF’s Experience Levels – Become a REEF Expert!

Field Survey Tax Deductibility Information

Past Field Surveys

Description of Different Types of REEF Trips

Apr 26
to
May 3
1 week

Turneffe Atoll, Belize - Blackbird Caye Resort

Led by Jonathan Lavan, REEF Fishinar Instructor, Nature Photographer, and Environmentalist
16 divers maximum
FULL!

$2,270, double occupancy in a Standard Cabana (other room options available, please inquire). Package includes 6 days of 3 dives per day, accommodation, 3 daily meals, use of resort kayaks, airport transfers. R/T ground/boat transfers from Belize City Airport (BZE).

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

Additional costs NOT included: dive/snorkel equipment rental, optional Blue Hole trip of $200.00 plus US$40 marine reserve fee per person for trip to the Blue Hole, hotel tax of US$31.50 per person, bar drinks, and gratuities. Trip to the Blue Hole is weather permitting and 6 guests are required for the excursion. Deep diver certification required to dive the Blue Hole.

Flight/transfers information: In order to make the transfer, participants must arrive in Belize City Airport no later than 3pm on April 26, and plan to depart Belize City on May 3 no earlier than 12:30pm. Participants arriving early in the day on 4/26 will be taken to the Radisson Fort George where you can store your bags, relax, have some lunch or explore Belize City.

Join the voice of REEF's Fishinar series and fish expert, Jonathan Lavan, for an unforgettable week diving on the Turneffe Atoll in Belize. This is sure to be a trip to remember!

This trip is booked through our travel specialists at Caradonna. To reserve your space to to find out more, contact REEF@caradonna.com, 1-877-295-REEF (7333).

May 31
to
Jun 7
1 week

Northern Bahamas - Lionfish Control Study, Aqua Cat Liveaboard

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
20 divers maximum
FULL!

$2,620 per person double occupancy. Includes: lodging for 7 nights onboard the Aqua Cat luxury liveaboard in an ocean view cabin, all meals and drinks, up to 5 dives per day for 6 days and 2 dives on the last day of diving, and r/t ground transportation from Nassau Airport.

+$200 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

This trip is part of REEF's Invasive Lionfish Research Program to document the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish as part of REEF's ongoing effort to minimize the Indo-Pacific predator's impact on native fish populations in the western Atlantic. Participants will have an opportunity to be trained in lionfish collection and dissections of specimens to document prey.

This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Martha Klitzkie, trips@reef.org, 305-852-0030. All proceeds benefit REEF's Lionfish Control Studies.

Jun 21
to
Jun 28
1 week

Bay Islands, Honduras - MV Caribbean Pearl II Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., Fish Expert
16 divers maximum
Only 1 Space Left - a male share.

Join us as we spend the week cruising around the Bay Islands of Honduras aboard the luxurious MV Caribbean Pearl II. We will begin our diving journey in Utila, then explore hidden sea mounts and search for whale sharks enroute to Roatan. After diving in Roatan we will head back to the home port on Utila. The week ends with a walk around the charming town of Utila.

$2,610 per diver double occupancy. Includes: lodging for 7 nights in a Deluxe Cabin with private bathroom, diving, and all meals and drinks while on board. Two smaller Deluxe Cabins are available, $2,510 per diver double occ. Additional fees paid onboard: $115 port fee, inter-island airfare (see below), $75 fuel surcharge, $100 Nitrox fills for the week (optional).

Travel details: The group boards the boat in Utila at 3 pm on Saturday. The M/V Caribbean Pearl II office arranges charter flights to transport guests to Utila from either Roatán (RTB) or San Pedro Sula (SAP) to Utila. The domestic transfer is confirmed once you book/advise of your international flight times with Caradonna. Participants need to arrive in Roatan (RTB) no later than 1:30 or in San Pedro Sula (SAP) no later than 2:00 in order to make the connecting Utila flight. The charter flight is not included in the charter rate. The connecting flight is booked directly by the boat and paid for onboard ($240 r/t from San Pedro, $200 r/t from Roatan). Ground transfers to and from the airport to the yacht are included in the package price

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

This trip is booked through our travel specialists at Caradonna. To reserve your space to to find out more, contact REEF@caradonna.com, 1-877-295-REEF (7333).

Jul 19
to
Jul 26
1 week

Key Largo, Florida - REEF Discovery Tour, Horizon Divers and Marina del Mar Hotel

Led by Paul Humann, Renowned Author/Photographer and REEF Co-Founder
11 divers maximum
3 Spaces Left

$1,009 per person double occupancy. $1,462 single occupancy, $517 pp non-diver double occupancy. Includes: 7 nights of lodging in a studio suite with kitchenette, 6 days of 2-tank AM boat dives, daily continental breakfast, all taxes. Nitrox additional charge (+$10/tank, reserved in advanced).

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

Discovery Tours are designed for divers and snorkelers who are interested in learning more about marine life and the environment to enhance their diving experiences. Each day, REEF co-founder and world-renowned marine life photographer Paul Humann will give presentations about reef fish and creature identification, behavior, and environmental issues facing the underwater world we love.

This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Martha Klitzkie, trips@REEF.org, 305-852-0030.

Aug 16
to
Aug 23
1 week

Curacao - Lionfish Control Study with GO WEST Diving and Kura Hulanda Lodge

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
Only 1 Space Left!

$1,726 per person double occupancy ($2,146 single occupancy) - includes: lodging for 7 nights at the Kura Hulanda Lodge, breakfast each morning, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, r/t airport transportation on Curacao, ground transportation, and all taxes.

+$200 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

The second annual project to Curacao to document the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish as part of REEF's ongoing effort to minimize the Indo-Pacific predator's impact on native fish populations. Participants will have an opportunity to be trained in lionfish collection and dissections of specimens to document prey.

**Are you an educator or hold a position that is education oriented? Click here to view the CEDAM scholarship opportunity for this field survey trip and find out if you are eligible to apply.

This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Martha Klitzkie, trips@reef.org, 305-852-0030. All proceeds will benefit REEF's Lionfish Control Studies.

Sep 14
to
Sep 18
4 days

Hornby Island, British Columbia - Hornby Island Diving

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
12 divers maximum
6 Spaces Left!

$908 CAD per diver double occupancy, $482 CAD for non-divers double occupancy. Includes: 7 boat dives plus unlimited shore dives, airfills, tanks and weights, 4 nights of accommodations, all meals during your stay (dinner Sunday night to breakfast on Thursday), and sales tax.

+$150 USD (US Dollars) REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials, and data management. This fee is payable directly to REEF through a secure payment portal on the REEF webpage.

Hornby Island is known for its good visibility, gentle currents and abundant colorful marine life including Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolfeels, various rockfish species, colorful anemones and nudibranchs. Natural sculpted sandstone reefs make for interesting above and underwater terrain. Delicious meals fit for hungry divers. Special diets can be accommodated if arranged in advance. Evening fish and invertebrate ID seminars and games will help both new and experienced fishwatchers enhance their skills. Don't forget your underwater cameras - so many photo ops here!

This trip is booked through Amanda and Rob Zielinski, Owners / Operators of Hornby Island Diving, info@hornbyislanddiving.com, or 250-335-2807.

Rob and Amanda can also provide information on transportation options to Hornby Island. A non-refundable deposit will be collected to reserve your space, that is the value of the first night's stay including taxes ($266.17 CAD per diver, $124.42 CAD per non-diver). Final and full payment is due no later than August 14, 2014. No refunds after 8/14/14.

The REEF Fee for this trip is payable directly to REEF via this link - http://www.reef.org/trips/reeffee

Nov 8
to
Nov 15
1 week

Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands - Brac Beach Resort

Led by Heather George, REEF Expert
6 Spaces Left! Female Share space available.

$1,485 per diver double occupancy. Includes: 7 Nights Accommodation, all meals, 6 Days of 2-Tank Dives and 5 days of 1-tank PM dives, and airport ground transfers. Additional package options: Single Occupancy Diver - $1,748 Non-Diver double occupancy - $882 per person.

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

While REEF has conducted many Field Surveys to the other two Cayman Islands, this will be our first trip to Cayman Brac. The wonderful staff at the Brac Beach Resort will take great care of us as we explore the island's beautiful reefs and document its fish biodiversity. There is also interesting topside hiking and cave exploration possibilities.

This trip is booked through our travel specialists at Caradonna. To reserve your space to to find out more, contact REEF@caradonna.com, 1-877-295-REEF (7333).

Dec 6
to
Dec 13
1 week

Nevis, Eastern Caribbean - Oualie Beach Resort

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., Fish Expert
16 divers maximum
Only 4 spaces left! Male looking for roommate.

$1,695 per diver double occupancy, $1,175 per non-diver double occupancy, includes all meals, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, and r/t ground and boat transfer from St. Kitts Airport to Nevis. Participants fly in/out of St. Kitts airport (airport code SKB), which is served by several major airlines. The package price includes ground and boat transportation to the Oualie Resort on Nevis.

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials.

We are returning to Nevis after a wonderful Field Survey to Oualie Beach Resort in 2012. This small, beachfront resort hosts a wonderful restaurant where we eat all of our meals (included in the package) and the dive shop is on site, making diving a breeze. The dive staff were wonderful and very supportive of REEF and our survey efforts. The fish diversity and overall reef health surprised everyone in 2012 and we are looking forward to going back. Dive sites are spread around Nevis and St. Kitts.

This trip is booked through our travel specialists at Caradonna. To reserve your space to to find out more, contact REEF@caradonna.com, 1-877-295-REEF (7333).

Dec 6
to
Dec 13
1 week

Cozumel - Aqua Safari and Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
16 divers maximum
Sold Out! Inquire about wait list.

Two Lodging Options Available -- Safari Inn - $690 for Double Occupancy per person, $825 for Single Occupancy per person. Casa Mexicana - $750 for Double Occupancy per person, $985 for Single Occupancy per person. Both Packages includes round trip airport transfers and all local taxes*, 7 night standard room accommodations, and 5 days of 2 tank boat dives at Aqua Safari. Deluxe Breakfast Buffet is included in the Casa Mexicana package. All other meals are on your own. There are many excellent restaurants just a few steps away from both lodging options.

*Due to a local government tax increase from 14% to 19% starting January 1 any bookings after January 1 will pay the higher tax rate. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Participants fly in/out of Cozumel (airport code CZM), or in/out of Cancun (airport code CUN) with a van transfer to Playa del Carmen and then take a ferry to Cozumel. Flight and ferry costs not included. Ground transportation is provided from the CZM airport to the hotel. An additional fuel surcharge may be added to the package price, up to 2 months prior to the trip departure.

This annual Field Survey is always popular and typically sells out at least 6 months ahead.

+ $300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials, and data management.

This trip is booked through our travel specialists at Caradonna. To reserve your space to to find out more, contact REEF@caradonna.com, 1-877-295-REEF (7333).

2015
May 2
to
May 12
1 week 3 days

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., Fish Expert
16 divers maximum
6 Spaces Left!

$5,046 pp - includes: double occupancy accommodation aboard this luxury liveboard, 9 days of diving (3 dives per day) plus one dive on the first day, tanks and weights, Nitrox, all meals aboard ship, transfer to the ship from the Nadi airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, and local taxes. A fuel surcharge of $200 and marine park fee of $20 will be collected on board from each passenger. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, sundry personal purchases from the ship's store, the fuel surcharge, or in-transit hotel rooms.

Airport/hotel transfer information - Participants will fly into/out of Nadi (NAN). Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on 05/02/15 and back to the Nadi area in the morning on 05/12/15. The NAI'A office can recommend in-transit hotels that offer half-day rates to accommodate early arrival and late departure times. Please contact Alexx at explore@naia.com.fj for assistance in booking day rooms and extending your stay in Fiji.

+$300 REEF Program Fee per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials.

This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Martha Klitzkie, trips@REEF.org, 305-852-0030. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking.

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