REEF Trip Schedule - Dive Vacations That Count

Upcoming REEF Trip Schedule

Want to join the fun? Reserve your spot today. Trips fill up fast! Contact us by email at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869, to book your space or to find our more.

Visit the REEF Trips Policy Page for payment and cancellation policies and other information. 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.

May 14
to
May 21
1 week

Bay Islands Honduras - Invasive Lionfish Research Study at Laguna Beach Resort in Utila

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
16 divers maximum
2 spaces available, including a female shared. Inquire at trips@REEF.org


This special Lionfish Research Trip is part of REEF’s ongoing effort to monitor the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish on native fish populations and reef ecosystems. The trip includes a unique research itinerary which includes exploring the many sea mounts scattered across Utila and Roatan. These sea mounts host an abundance of hard and soft coral formations and provide the chance to encounter pelagic species like rays, large snapper and jacks. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to dive the remote Cayos Cochinos, an archipelago off the northern coast of Honduras which is only accessible by boat. Large lionfish have been encountered in the waters surrounding Cayos Cochinos, underscoring the necessity for removal efforts and further data gathering. Trip participants will enjoy complimentary nitrox for all dives, and will also have the chance to be trained in lionfish collection, handling and dissection of specimens to document prey. When participants are not diving, topside fun includes kayaking and horseback riding at the beautiful Laguna Beach Resort, located on a private peninsula in Utila. 

Cost per Person: $1,575 for double occpuancy in a shared bungalow

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a shared bungalow at Laguna Beach Resort, round trip domestic flights from Roatan to Utila, round-trip transportation from Utila airport to the resort, three daily meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine, use of kayaks and horseback riding, 3 daily dives (2 morning and 1 afternoon) including a special research itinerary scheduled for remote seamounts throughout the Bay Islands, 2 night boat dives, unlimited shore diving, free nitrox, tanks, weight and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: $3/person/day Bay Island Conservation reef fee. Airline departure tax typically included in price of airline ticket. 

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Juan Manual Galvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan. From there, participants will be booked on a domestic charter flight to Utila. Domestic flight tickets are included in the package price. After arriving in Utila, participants will be transported via car and boat to Laguna Beach Resort. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion.

Peter A. Hughes is the Founder of the DivEncounters Alliance, a group of independent live-aboard dive operators, and a member of REEF’s Board of Directors. Peter is one of the diving world’s foremost live-aboard operators, having spent more than forty years in the diving industry. Peter received the DEMA Reaching Out Award for helping to evolve the liveaboard diving industry and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bungalow accommodations at Laguna Beach Resort

Relax by the pool during surface intervals.

 The Bay Islands offer excellent dive sites. Photo credit: Bay Islands Yacht Charters

Jun 18
to
Jun 24
6 days

Florida Keys and Blue Heron Bridge - Islamorada Dive Center & Postcard Inn

Led by Carlos and Allison Estape, Expert REEF Surveyors and Underwater Photographers
18 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org


Islamorada is a REEF surveyor's paradise, offering spectacular sites that are brimming with diversity, such as Alligator Ledge and the Wreck of the Eagle. Advanced surveyors may challenge themselves to identify 100 fish species on a single dive, while those who are just beginning to conduct REEF surveys will be able to foster their Tropical Western Atlatic fish id knowledge under the guidance of Expert Level Fish ID Surveyors, Carlos and Allison Estape. When topside, enjoy the laid-back island vibe of the Postcard Inn while participating in educational fish id seminars each evening. Join this trip and see for yourself why the Florida Keys are called the "Diving Capital of the World!"

An optional, but highly recommended, day-trip to Blue Heron Bridge is available for an additional fee. Join Carlos and Allison for a fantastic shore dive at world-renowned dive site Blue Heron Bridge, located inside Phil Foster State Park in West Palm Beach, Florida. Diving this unique location offers the chance to see many cryptic species, including bluethroat pike blennies and seahorses, as well as discover other rare finds such as the Florida Barred Hamlet and flying gurnard! Blue Heron Bridge is a shallow site that is suitable for all levels of divers and surveyors.

Cost per Person: $1,135 for double occupancy in a standard room, $1,658 for single occupancy in a standard room

What is included: Your package includes 6 nights of accommodation at Postcard Inn, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Islamorada Dive Center, hotel taxes and fees, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar, and survey materials. Optional nitrox is available for an additional fee. Transportation not included in package price. REEF recommends renting a car, although the dive shop is within walking distance of the hotel. Optional, highly-recommended trip to Blue Heron Bridge on Friday, June 24, is available for an additional cost for tank, dive flag and weight rentals. If diving Blue Heron Bridge, plan to arrive at Phil Foster State Park by 10am for a dive briefing. For more details about Blue Heron Bridge, please contact a REEF staff member.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants may fly into Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL.) From there, participants may rent a car and drive to Islamorada (both airports are less than two hours from Islamorada) via the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 1. Alternately, participants may choose to ride the Florida Keys Shuttle from either airport and rent a car from Thrifty's once in the Florida Keys.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Carlos and Allison Estape are Level 5 TWA REEF Fish ID Experts, members of REEF’s Advanced Assessment Team, published underwater Photographers, fish id lecturers, and the creators of the 100 Fish ID website (www.100fishid.com), which provides tools to learn how to identify TWA fish species. They are passionate about diving, underwater photography, fish id & marine archaeology/history. Carlos and Allison are Islamorada residents who dedicate their time to being “citizen scientists" and greatly enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the underwater world with others. They frequently participate in REEF's research and data collection, for both the Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. Carlos and Allison were chosen as REEF Volunteers of the Year in 2013.

School of spadefish on the Wreck of the Eagle in Islamorada. Photo credit: Carlos & Allison Estape

Picturesque Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle. Photo credit: Postcard Inn

 The rare Florida Barred Hamlet at Blue Heron Bridge. Photo credit: Carlos & Allison Estape

Aug 13
to
Aug 20
1 week

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands - Dive BVI & Guavaberry Spring Bay Suites

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
11 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org


Join REEF’s first-ever land-based Field Survey Trip to Virgin Gorda for the opportunity to learn about Tropical Western Atlantic fish identification while diving the breathtaking underwater caverns and pinnacles of the British Virgin Islands. Giant grouper, eagle rays and flowing schools of glassy sweeper can be sighted throughout the coral gardens, and your fantastic day of diving can be followed by a stroll across the lovely white sand of Spring Bay. Virgin Gorda is an ideal destination for non-diving companions as well, thanks to awe-inspiring sights such as The Baths, a geological wonder comprised of huge granite boulders that create mysterious sheltered grottos and saltwater pools.

**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.

Cost per Person: $1,587 for double occupancy in a one-bedroom cottage, $2,355 for single occupancy, $TBD for double occupancy in a two-bedroom cottage. *Occupancy limits may apply to two-bedroom units.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Guavaberry Spring Bay Suites, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive BVI, national park fee, daily transportation to and from dive center, daily breakfast and lunch, 10% off Dive BVI retail store, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Optional nitrox is available for an additional cost per tank. Ground transfers between airport/ferry/hotel are not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants may choose to travel to Virgin Gorda via San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. If traveling via San Juan, participants will fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU.) From there, participants will take an inter-island flight to Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ.) Inter-island flights are approximately $300 round trip and may be booked through Air Sunshine or Cape Air. Ground transfers from Virgin Gorda Airport to Guavaberry via taxi (7 minute ride) are available outside the airport and are approximately $8 per person one way. If traveling via St. Thomas, participants will fly into Cyril E. King (STT) airport on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. From there, participants will take a ferry from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda, approximately a one-hour and 45 minute ride. Speedy’s ferry tickets are $70 per person round trip and can be booked online at www.bviferries.com. Taxis to Guavaberry are available at the ferry dock (8 minute ride) and are approximately $8 per person one way.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit Trip Policies page page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Janna is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification. She has completed over 1000 surveys and is the leader of REEF’s Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team. In 2003, she received REEF’s Volunteer of the Year award, in 2013 she received Dive News Network’s Diver of the Year Award, and in 2015 she received REEF's Golden Hamlet Award.

View of the island from Guavaberry Spring Bay Suites. Photo credit: Guavaberry

The Baths, a BVI landmark, are located within walking distance of Guavaberry. Photo credit: Guavaberry

  Large, comfortable dive boats. Photo credit: Dive BVI

Aug 20
to
Aug 27
1 week

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

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
32 divers maximum


Join REEF's fourth annual Lionfish Research 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.

Cost per person: $1,917 for double occupancy in a garden view room

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at the Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with GO WEST Diving, unlimited shore diving, daily breakfast, taxes and service charges, roundtrip airport transfers, ground transportation for group activities, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Lunch and dinner not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants fly into/out of Willemstad (CUR) Hato International Airport. From there participants will be transported to Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, a 30 minute drive from the airport.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion.

Peter A. Hughes is the Founder of the DivEncounters Alliance, a group of independent live-aboard dive operators, and a member of REEF’s Board of Directors. Peter is one of the diving world’s foremost live-aboard operators, having spent more than forty years in the diving industry. Peter received the DEMA Reaching Out Award for helping to evolve the live-aboard diving industry and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame in 2011.

One of GO WEST's spacious dive boats.

Learn lionfish collection and handling techniques from experts. Photo credit: GO WEST Diving.

 The beautiful grounds of Kura Hulanda.

Oct 1
to
Oct 8
1 week

Bermuda - Triangle Diving & Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, Renowned Underwater Photographers and Marine Life Authors
18 divers maximum


Join REEF's Field Survey Trip to Bermuda for the opportunity to dive pristine reefs, expand your knowledge of marine life and search for elusive and unique fish such as the redback wrasse. Trip leaders Ned and Anna DeLoach will entertain participants with their fish id and behavior expertise, providing engaging lectures and photographs in conjunction with educational seminars each evening. Pink sand beaches, fascinating historic sites and a blend of British Colonial and African culture help to make Bermuda, also known as the "Jewel of the Atlantic," a captivating destination for non-divers as well. In fact, Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda "Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic" 18 times since 1994.

Cost per Person: $2,130 for double occupancy in an oceanview superior room, $3,373 for single occupancy in an oceanview superior room

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Grotto Bay Beach Resort, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Triangle Diving, full buffet-style breakfast each day, round-trip airport transfers, all hotel taxes and fees, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar, and survey materials. Optional nitrox is available for $20 per tank.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in St. George's, Bermuda. From there, participants will be transported to Grotto Bay Beach Resort, an 8 minute ride from the airport.

How to book: To reserve you space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders:Ned DeLoach, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine identification books, and his wife Anna are known for their devotion to studying and photographing fish behavior. Anna is an award winning videographer and she and Ned regularly write for Scuba Diver Magazine, among other reputable publications.

Beachfront at Grotto Bay. Photo credit: Grotto Bay

The beautiful Bermuda-version of the Puddingwife. Photo credit: Ned DeLoach

 Hotel room at Grotto Bay. Photo credit: Grotto Bay

Oct 4
to
Oct 16
1 week 5 days

Palau & Yap - Micronesia by Land and Sea - Manta Ray Bay Resort & Palau Aggressor II Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
17 divers maximum
4 spaces available, including a female shared. Inquire at trips@REEF.org

REEF members and enthusiastic fish surveyors will not want to miss our first-ever Field Survey Trip to Micronesia, alongside REEF's Director of Science, Christy Pattengill-Semmens! This exciting 12-day adventure begins land-based at the world-renowned Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap, featuring three days of diving Yap's rich coral walls, channels, and lagoon sites, all while observing creatures including manta rays, reef sharks, and maybe even mating mandarinfish. After diving Yap, recharge with a night at the Palau Royal Resort, within walking distance of the yacht marina. Then the excursion continues with a 7-night charter aboard the Palau Aggressor II, with the opportunity for up to 5 dives per day in warm, tropical water. Surveyors can look forward to discovering Napoleon wrasses, titan triggerfish, crocodile fish, and many different species of gobies tucked among an abundance of hard and soft corals. Participants will also have the unique chance to snorkel Palau's Jellyfish Lake and then dive the Chandelier Caves. Sign up now to reserve your space on this exhilarating exploration of Micronesia!

 

Cost per Person: $4,623 per diver *Palau liveaboard only package, without 4-night land-based Yap itinerary or overnight at Palau Royal Resort, also available for $3,335.

What is included: Your package includes 4 nights double occupancy accommodation in a standard room at Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap, 3 days of 3-tank boat dives with Nitrox in Yap, government room taxes, round-trip airport transfers in Yap, morning wake-up call with coffee and tea, daily breakfast, lunch served on boat between dives, late check-out on last day of resort stay, Wi-Fi, tanks and weights, one night of double occupancy accommodation at Palau Royal Resort on Oct. 8 prior to boarding the Aggressor, 7 nights onboard the Palau Aggressor II liveaboard (double occupancy in a deluxe cabin), up to 5 dives per day including night dives, special trip to Jellyfish Lake on the last day of the charter, all meals and snacks (excluding dinner on the evening of Oct. 16), non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine, tanks, and weight, day room at Palau Royal Resort after disembarking yacht on Oct. 16.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: Optional shore diving available for $10/tank at Manta Ray Bay Resort. Port tax $210 per person paid onboard in Palau, park fees $55 per person. Taxes and fees subject to change. Crew gratuity at participant’s discretion. Airline departure tax in Palau (subject to change) approximately $55. Optional unlimited Nitrox available for $100 on board Aggressor. All transportation fees in Palau (airport-hotel; yacht or hotel-airport) are paid onsite to Neco Marine Harbor. Transportation from airport to Palau Royal Resort $17.50 per person. Package price does not include gratuities, dive gear and photo/video equipment rentals, or sundry personal purchases made from the ship’s onboard mini-boutique. Price does not include any other in-transit lodging other than overnight Oct. 8 and day room Oct. 16.

Airport/hotel transfer information and itinerary:

Monday, Oct 3: Depart from US cities, fly to Palau (ROR) or Guam (GUM)

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Participants will fly on to Yap International Airport (YAP). From there, the group will be transported to Manta Ray Bay Resort. Transportation to and from the airport in Yap is included in the package price.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Friday, Oct. 7: Three days of three-tank diving at Manta Ray Bay.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Late check-out at Manta Ray Bay Resort. Participants will be transported from the resort to the airport for an evening flight to Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (ROR) in Palau. After arriving in Palau, participants will spend the night at Palau Royal Resort, within walking distance of the Palau Aggressor marina. Please note ground transportation to and from the Palau airport is not included in the package price and will be pre-arranged in advance, as there are no taxis at the airport in Palau. Transportation to the hotel from the airport will be paid onsite to Neco Marine and will be $17.50 per person.

Sunday, Oct. 9Guests board the Palau Aggressor at 4pm.

Sunday, Oct. 16: Participants disembark the yacht at 8am. Because most flights leave Palau after midnight, day rooms at the Palau Royal Resort for Sunday are included in the package price.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions. This will be Christy's second REEF trip to the Central Indo-Pacific.

A magnificent fire dartfish, one of many great fish finds in Micronesia. Photo credit: Manta Ray Bay Resort

 Colorful, comfortable rooms at Manta Ray Bay.

The Palau Aggressor.

Get up close with Napoleon wrasse while diving the reefs of Palau. Photo credit: Palau Aggressor

Spend a week diving the tropical islands of Palau! Photo credit: Palau Aggressor

Oct 9
to
Oct 13
4 days

Barkley Sound, British Columbia - Rendezvous Dive Adventures

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
9 divers maximum
2 spaces available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org


Discover Barkley Sound with local expert Janna Nichols, as well as Peter Mieras and Kathy Johnson, longtime REEF supporters and owners of Rendezvous Dive Adventures. Situated between Port Alberni and Bamfield, Barkley Sound will treat participants to excellent diving and encounters with wildlife both above and below the water. This region has some of the world's richest waters, and is home to many fascinating creatures including China Rockfish, as well as Wolf Eels and Giant Pacific Octopus. Also called the Emerald Sea, it was rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top dive sites in the world!

Cost per Person: $970 Canadian Dollars per diver for double occupancy

What is included: Your package includes 4 nights of lodging, 4 days of diving (2-3 dives per day depending on conditions and distance of sites), all meals beginning with breakfast on Monday through lunch on Thursday, round-trip transportation from Port Alberni, use of kayaks and hot tub, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $150 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Nitrox is available for an additional fee (must be arranged at least 3 weeks prior to trip.) Fuel surcharges may be added if fuel prices continue to increase; participants will be notified of fuel surcharges in advance of the trip.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Divers will be picked up in Port Alberni at 4pm on Sunday. Please bring your own dinner to eat in transit. Participants will return to Port Alberni at 4pm on Thursday.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Janna is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification. She has completed over 1000 surveys (REEF's Golden Hamlet Club) and is the leader of REEF’s Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team. In 2003, she received REEF’s Volunteer of the Year award and in 2013, she received Dive News Network’s Diver of the Year Award.

Rendezvous Dive Adventures lodge and property. Photo credit: Janna Nichols

Gorgeous sunset at Barkley Sound. Photo credit: Janna Nichols

 Yellowtail Rockfish swim over fields of Plumose anemone at Tyler Rock. Photo credit: Janna Nichols

Oct 22
to
Oct 29
1 week

Saba - Sea Saba Dive Center & Juliana's Hotel

Led by Paul Humann, Renowned Author/Photographer and REEF Co-Founder and Jonathan Lavan, REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project Assistant
22 divers maximum


Join REEF Co-founder Paul Humann, alongside Volunteer Fish Survey Project Assistant Jonathan Lavan, to finesse your fish identification skills in the beautiful mountainous island of Saba, known as the "Unspoiled Goddess." Paul and Jonathan will lead REEF presentations each afternoon, using their own award-winning underwater photographs to educate trip participants about the many wonders found on the reefs surrounding this eco-friendly island. In addition to enjoying the excellent diving offered at Saba Marine Park, participants are invited to attend Sea Saba's special "Sea and Learn" seminars, which occur during October of every year. "Sea and Learn" features a variety of naturalists, scientists and academics in fields ranging from sharks and seagrasses to spiders and orchids, who will conduct nightly presentations. These same experts also work with Saba's school children to ensure the next generation continues to have appreciation for the nature of Saba.Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in field and research projects or assist in nature surveys conducted as part of "Sea and Learn." After each fantastic day of diving, surveying and educational seminars from both REEF and "Sea and Learn" experts, trip participants will also be treated to special group dinners at a variety of restaurants located throughout the island.

Cost per person:$1,580 for double occupancy in garden view room

What is included:Your all-inclusive package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Juliana's Hotel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Sea Saba Dive Center plus 1 extra afternoon dive, hotel tax and service charge, round-trip airport/ferry transfers, three daily meals including special group dinners at local restaurants around the island, welcome cocktail at Tropics Cafe, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: Saba Marine Park fees (currently $4/dive per diver) and Nature Fees (currently $1/night per person.) Airport departure tax not included. Optional nitrox available for $59 per person for the week, optional additional dives available for $50 per tank, optional night dives available for $80 per tank.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will fly into/out of Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on St. Maarten. From there, participants may get to Saba by either air or sea. If traveling by air, participants may book a connecting flight via Windward Island Airways to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) on Saba. Flight time is approximately 12 minutes. If traveling by sea, participants may reserve a spot aboard the Dawn II ferry. Check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure to clear immigration. Transportation to and from the Saba airport or ferry dock at Saba is included in the package price.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Paul Humann, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine life field guides, was the first to photograph many species in their natural habitats. He is renowned in the photography and diving industries. In 2006, Paul was recognized with the DEMA Reaching Out Award and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame. Later, in 2007, Paul was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to how we understand the underwater world. Jonathan Lavan joined REEF staff in San Diego in 2015 after 11 years of active involvement. He has logged hundreds of fish surveys across the world and was REEF’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. He has submitted surveys in five of REEF's six regions. Jonathan is also known to many as the voice of REEF’s Fishinars, and he teaches many of these popular webinars each year.

Breathtaking views from the top of the island. Photo credit: Saba Tourism Board

Quant towns and steep hillsides. Photo by Jonathan Lavan.

 A colorful underwater scene in Saba. Photo credit: Saba Tourism Board

Nov 7
to
Nov 10
3 days

Coronado Islands, Mexico/San Diego, California - Waterhorse Charters

Led by Jonathan Lavan, REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project Assistant
17 divers maximum


Join REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project Assistant Jonathan Lavan on the West Coast for four days of diving off of Southern California and the Coronado Islands. These exciting dive destinations offer a diverse array of habitats and organisms, including kelp forests brimming with fish and invertebrates, as well as playful sea lion pups. The Coronado Islands are known to have excellent visibility and offer diving suitable for all levels. Following your three daily dives, Jonathan will teach seminars using many of his own award-winning underwater photographs.

Cost per Person: $546 per diver

What is included: Your diving package includes four days of 3-tank diving with Waterhorse Charters, including 2 days of diving the Coronado Islands, 1 day of diving Wreck Alley and 1 day of diving Point Loma Kelp Forest. Please note that lodging is not included in this package.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $150 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: $25 per person per day Mexican visa cost for Coronado Island dives (2 days.) Optional nitrox is available for an additional fee. Lodging and transportation not included.

Airport / Ground Transportation Information: Participants will fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), a short 15 minute drive from the dive boat dock. Other regional airports (LAX, LGB, SNA) are also options, and are all within 1.5 hours. A rental car is recommended in order to get the most out of your time in the area.

Lodging information: Lodging is not included in the package. If needed, participants will need to make their own arrangments. The Dana on Mission Bay and Hyatt Regency Mission Bay are both within walking distance of the dive boat. Nearby Hotel Circle also offers many budget-friendly options.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $250 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Jonathan Lavan joined REEF staff in San Diego in 2015 after 11 years of active involvement. He has logged hundreds of fish surveys across the world and was REEF’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. He has submitted surveys in five of REEF's six regions. Jonathan is also known to many as the voice of REEF’s Fishinars, and he teaches many of these popular webinars each year.

Playful sea lions await divers at Coronado Island.

Explore spectacular kelp forests. Photo by Elaine Jobin.

 The Humbolt, Waterhorse Charters' dive boat.

Dec 3
to
Dec 10
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters & Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist, and Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
24 divers maximum
2 spaces available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org


Join REEF's annual trip to Cozumel for a wonderful week of camaraderie, diving, and citizen science! Enjoy fabulous diving in crystal clear waters that have been protected as a marine park for nearly 20 years. Many great fish finds await, including the endemic Splendid Toadfish, found only in this area. When not diving, you will enjoy all the wonderful food and culture that Mexico has to offer, as well as daily seminars by Cozumel local and long-time REEF Expert, Tracey Griffin, and REEF Outreach Coordinator Janna Nichols, who conducted her 1,000th REEF survey in Cozumel in 2015! Reserve your spot today - this popular trip always sells out early.

Cost per person: $654 for double occupancy at Safari Inn, $820 for single occupancy at Safari Inn, $716 for double occupancy at Casa Mexicana, $1,017 for single occupancy at Casa Mexicana

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at either Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Chili Charters, deluxe breakfast buffet included in Casa Mexicana package, daily gear storage, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and survey materials. Airport transfers, ground transportation, and meals (other than breakfast if staying at Casa Mexicana) not included - there are many excellent restaurants just a few steps away from both lodging options. Nitrox available with advance notice (prices to be determined.) Optional additional afternoon dives are $40 per person, optional night dives at $50 per person. A $2.50 per person per day marine park access fee will be collected onsite. Taxes and fees subject to change.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Cozumel (CZM) Airport. Taxi from airport is approximately $5 (8 minutes ride.)

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leaders: Tracey Griffin is a REEF fish expert who is passionate about marine life. A full-time resident of Cozumel, she has led the REEF Field Survey Trip there for many years. Under Tracey’s leadership, the Cozumel Field Survey Trip is one of REEF’s most popular trips, and the only destination we return to every year. Tracey has completed over 700 surveys, is part of the Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and shares her fish ID expertise in REEF Fishinars. Over the years, she has participated and contributed to all of REEF’s projects including the volunteer Fish Survey Project, Grouper Moon Project, and Invasive Lionfish Project.

Janna is REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification. She has completed over 900 surveys and is the leader of REEF’s Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team. In 2003, she received REEF’s Volunteer of the Year award and in 2013, she received Dive News Network’s Diver of the Year Award.

A spacious guest room at Casa Mexicana.

The Cozumel-endemic Splendid Toadfish.

 A group of surveyors on a past Cozumel trip.

Dec 3
to
Dec 10
1 week

Turneffe Atoll, Belize - Blackbird Caye Resort

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
21 divers maximum


This will be REEF's second trip to this wonderful island in the heart of Belize's Turneffe Atoll, and we can't wait to return. The all-inclusive trip includes meals, diving, and lodging at the specatular Blackbird Caye Resort, named one of Sport Diver Magazine's "2015 World's Best Diving Resorts." This is a great destination for fish watchers, with a high diversity of fishes, including several endemic species only found there. Participants will also have an oprotunity to visit the famous Blue Hole, as well as a breeding bird sanctuary. Non-diver companions will delight in the sandy beaches, pool side relaxing, and kayaking. 

Cost per person: $2,199 for double occupancy in a standard cabana. Other accommodation options include: $2,099 for double occupancy in a triplex cabana, $2,199 for double occupancy in a duplex cabana, $2,299 for double occupancy in a superior cabana. Single occupancy pricing also available - please inquire for more information.

What is included: Your all-inclusive package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a cabana at Blackbird Caye Resort, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, round-trip airport transfers, round-trip boat transportation to and from the island, three daily meals, use of resort kayaks and paddleboards, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: $31.50 per person hotel tax, $40 per person marine reserve fee, gratuities at participant's discretion. Optional nitrox available for $20 per day, optional additional dives available for $60 per tank. Optional trip to Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef Atoll with lunch at Half Moon Caye for $200 per person (Minimum of six guests required for trip, deep diver certification required to dive The Blue Hole.)

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City. From there participants will be transported to the boat, where they will have a 30 mile boat ride from the mainland to Blackbird Caye Resort. Participants should plan to arrive in Belize City before 2:30pm on Saturday, December 3. Participants may schedule departure flights out of Belize City any time after 12:30pm on Saturday, December 10.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

Beautiful Blackbird Caye Resort.

Turneffe Atoll is home to over 500 species of fish, including the Butter Hamlet. Photo by Jonathan Lavan.

 A wonderful place to relax.

2017
Feb 18
to
Feb 25
1 week

Dominica - Dive Dominica and Castle Comfort Lodge

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects
23 divers maximum

Dominica, known as the “Nature Island”, has a picturesque landscape of tropical rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls as well as boiling pools and geysers. Dominica’s volcanic activity and unique geothermal properties mean that the island has many one-of-a-kind locations, such as Champagne Reef, a warm, shallow dive site that gets its name from the many bubbles emerging from the ocean floor. In 2016, fish surveyors on REEF's Dominica Lionfish Study recorded more than 200 fish species, including stippled spoon nosed eels, pipefish, bluespotted cornetfish and cardinal soldierfish!

Dive Dominica boat in the marine reserve. Photo credit: Ari Perryman

Cost per Person: $1,271 for double occupancy in a standard room

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Castle Comfort Lodge, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive Dominica, 1 night dive, unlimited shore diving off Dive Dominica’s dock, full breakfast each morning, round-trip airport transfers, service charges and government taxes (subject to change), use of sea kayaks, welcome cocktail upon arrival, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: $20 per person marine reserve fee. Optional nitrox available for $15/tank.

About the trip leader: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs, including the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. In 2005, he began focusing his efforts on exotic species, including the invasive lionfish. He is a member of REEF's Golden Hamlet Club, an elite group of fish surveyors who have submitted more than 1,000 REEF surveys. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Dominica can be reached by several Caribbean gateways, but REEF recommends that participants fly through either San Juan (SJU) or St. Martin (SXM). If flying via San Juan, please be advised to allow ample transfer time, both for yourself and your baggage, as this airport services a major cruise port and can be very busy during peak travel season. Connecting flights should be booked to fly into Melville Hall (DOM) airport. From there, participants will be transported to Castle Comfort Lodge, a one-hour drive from the airport.

A gorgeous underwater scene in Dominca. Photo credit: Ari Perryman

 Colorful and comfortable rooms at Castle Comfort Lodge. Photo credit: Dive Dominica.

Enjoy a nighttime dinner or drink outside. Photo credit: Dive Dominica.

2017
Apr 4
to
Apr 14
1 week 3 days

Solomon Islands - M/V Bilikiki Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
18 divers maximum

This will be REEF’s inaugural trip to the Solomon Islands, an archipelago of 992 tropical islands and atolls, situated in the South Pacific between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. This 10-day charter on the Bilikiki Liveaboard will provide opportunities to visit and dive remote areas such as the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Mborukua Island, and Marovo Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon in the world! The waters of the Solomons contain thousands of different marine life species, and provide spawning grounds and migratory routes for 1,000 reef fish species, dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world's seven sea turtle species. The remarkable biodiversity of the Solomons makes the Islands an excellent place for fish surveyors of all levels to add exciting new species to their life list of sightings. Participants will travel in and among the Islands while aboard the Bilikiki, and will also have opportunities to meet the friendly people of the Solomon Islands, while experiencing exotic local customs and traditions.

Manta Rays in the Solomon Islands. Photo courtesy Tanya G. Burnett.

Cost Per Person: $5,200 for double occupancy in a deluxe cabin. 

What is included: Your package includes 10 nights in a shared deluxe, air-conditioned accommodation with private bathroom, unlimited diving, round trip airport or hotel transfers, all meals and snacks onboard, tanks, weights and weight belts. Please note that dive evacuation insurance is mandatory for every participant on this trip.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. $25/night onboard tax ($250 per person total) tax will added to the final payment balance. Bar drinks and personal purchases not included in package price. Optional nitrox is available for $20 per diving day.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Honiara International Airport (HIR) in the Solomon Islands, arriving on or before April 4. Hotel or airport transfers to the ship are included in the package. Participants may board the ship at 4pm on April 4, and will disembark at 8am on April 14. If you require an overnight in Honiara before or after the trip, rooms at Mendana Hotel are approximately $220 per night and may be booked by contacting the hotel directly.

The M/V Bilikiki. Photo credit: Jo O’Shea.

 A juvenile batfish among seagrass. Photo credit: Bilikiki

A floating market, one of many great cultural experiences in the Islands.

2017
May 6
to
May 13
1 week

Turks and Caicos Islands - Dive Provo and Ports of Call Resort

Led by Jonathan Lavan, REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project Program Assistant
19 divers maximum

REEF's Field Survey to the Turks and Caicos Islands is a great spring getaway and offers the chance for both beginning and advanced surveyors to advance their fish identification skills in a beautiful tropical setting. Ports of Call Resort is newly renovated with modern rooms and a luxurious pool area, just steps away from a dock leading to the gorgeous white sand of Grace Bay. Dive Provo is known for excellent service and concierge diving. The owners are longtime REEF supporters and the dive itinerary will include fantastic sites throughout the reefs surrounding the islands, including West Caicos, Northwest Point and French Cay. 

Relax around the pool at Ports of Call Resort.

Cost per Person: $1,661 for double occupancy in a garden view room. Non-diver rates also available. Please contact REEF Trips for more information. 

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a garden view suite, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive Provo, daily transfers to/from the dive dock, daily breakfast each morning, free Wi-Fi, all taxes and hotel service charges.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Airport transfers not included in package price, but taxis are readily available at the airport in Provo and are approximately $20 per person each way. Optional Nitrox available for $10/tank.

About the trip leaders: Jonathan Lavan joined REEF staff in San Diego in 2015 after 11 years of active involvement. He has logged hundreds of fish surveys across the world and was REEF’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. He has submitted surveys in five of REEF's six regions. Jonathan is also known to many as the voice of REEF’s Fishinars, and he teaches many of these popular webinars each year. To find out more about Jonathan, visit the Trip Leaders Bio page.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. From there, participants may take a taxi to Ports of Call Resort. Transfers are approximately $20/person each way and are not included in the package price.

Dive Provo's dive boat.

 Beach access to the beautiful Grace Bay is nearby.

A modern, newly renovated room at Ports of Call Resort.

2017
May 14
to
May 21
1 week

Galapagos Islands - M/V Galapagos Sky Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
15 divers maximum
5 spaces available, including a male shared and a female shared. Inquire at trips@REEF.org.

Join REEF’s first Field Survey Trip to Darwin’s domain aboard the luxurious Galapagos Sky Liveaboard! The entire archipelago is a National Park and marine reserve filled with life not found anywhere else on the planet. Observe penguins swimming with tropical fish, iguanas feeding underwater and swim beside giant whale sharks and Galapagos sharks. Participants will visit the Wolf and Darwin Islands, which boast some of the best diving in the world, while enjoying three land excursions throughout the week to Bartolome, the highlands of Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora, and San Cristobal. REEF Director of Science, Christy Pattengill-Semmens, will help surveyors sharpen their knowledge of fish species found in the Galapagos, while the dive team aboard the Galapagos Sky are Galapagos National Park naturalist certified to offer expert guidance both underwater and on land.

Please note that the average water temperature in the Galapagos in May is 72 F, but temperatures range from the mid 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and annual variation.

A large school of barracuda in the Galapagos Islands.

Cost per person: $5,695 for double occupancy in a deluxe stateroom, $5,895 for double occupancy in a master stateroom. The M/V Galapagos Sky has 4 deluxe staterooms, located on the Iguana deck (lower) and 4 master staterooms, located on the Dolphin deck (main). All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, wardrobes, hair dryers, and biodegradable toiletries.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a shared, air-conditioned accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Sky, up to 4 dives per day for 5.5 days including 1 night dive, 3 land excursions in the Galapagos Islands, service of naturalist guides/divemasters, all meals, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine with dinner), free nitrox, airport meet and greet in Guayaquil, transfers in the Islands between airport and dock on cruise dates, morning beverage service, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Avianca Airlines flight from GYE to San Cristobal approximately $437/person roundtrip (rate subject to change), $100/person Galapagos National Park fee, $20/person transit card fee, and $35/person recompression chamber fee will be added to the final payment balance. Gratuities, onboard purchases, and equipment rentals not included. Cost of overnight hotel in Guayaquil not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly in to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE), arriving on Saturday, May 13, to allow for potential flight delays. Galapagos Sky is able to book rooms at Oro Verde Hotel for approximately $175/room. Please contact REEF if you would like assistance booking your overnight in Guayaquil. Flights to Galapagos (San Cristobal) are scheduled for Sunday, May 14, and are serviced by Avianca Airlines flight 1636 departing from Guayaquil at 10:35am and arriving in San Cristobal at 11:30am. Please be at the airport in Guayaquil 1.5 hours prior to departure for check in. Trip participants are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets through Galapagos Sky/REEF for the San Cristobal flight, to receive assistance with the check in procedure and the option to pre-pay the transit card and park entrance fee. A representative from Ecoventura will accompany participants on the flight to San Cristobal. On Sunday, May 21, participants will take Avianca Airlines flight 1637 departing San Cristobal at 12:30pm and arriving in Guayaquil at 3:25pm. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

The M/V Galapagos Sky.

  A pair of seahorses, one of many exciting sights while diving the Galapagos.

Plenty of space and luxury aboard the ship.

The breathtaking Pinnacle Rock at Isla Bartolome. Photo credit: Michael Pritchett.

Discover unique invertebrates such as this vibrant and endemic nudibranch.

2017
Jun 10
to
Jun 16
6 days

Alaska - Ravencroft Lodge

Led by Andy Dehart, Shark Expert and REEF Board of Trustees Member
11 divers maximum

Join REEF’s first Field Survey Trip to Alaska for adventures in the wilderness, excellent diving, and once in a lifetime animal encounters. Alaska is one of the last great frontiers for wildlife and is home to the salmon shark, one of the fastest sharks on the planet. Each summer, salmon sharks visit the waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound to feed on the salmon returning to their home rivers and streams. Only a few lucky individuals have had the opportunity to be in the water with salmon sharks, and REEF Board of Trustees member and shark expert, Andy Dehart, will be your guide to encountering this magnificent shark species. Andy has spent months working closely with salmon sharks and in 2015, was featured in a Discovery Channel Shark Week show highlighting this work.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to encounter other amazing Alaskan wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, and otters. Participants will get to dive on remote sites flourishing with rockfish, hooded nudibranch, feather stars, and even Giant Pacific Octopus. Above the surface, guests will observe brown and black bears from the safety of a boat, and spot majestic bald eagles. No trip to this region of Alaska would be complete without visiting the Columbia Glacier, which is included in the itinerary. REEF members with an adventurous side and a passion for sharks, or simply those who wish to take advantage of a unique opportunity are encouraged to attend this trip. Sign up today for an intimate Alaskan experience of being far from civilization, while enjoying all the comforts of home in a fantastic and remote location.

Enjoy the solitude of the Alaskan wilderness.

Cost per person: $2,160 based on double occupancy

What is included: Your package includes 6 nights of accommodation at Ravencroft Lodge, 5 days of 2-tank boat diving, plus nature tours on the boat which include whales, a stellar sea lion rookery, puffins and the Columbia Glacier, all meals and snacks, round-trip transportation to and from Valdez, tanks and weights, use of Lodge kayaks and paddle boards.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. If you plan to fish from the dock at the Lodge, you will need to purchase a fishing license prior to departure from the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

About the trip leader: Andy Dehart is a member of REEF's Board of Trustees. He has worked in the public aquarium industry for over 25 years and is Vice President of Animal Husbandry at the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science in Miami. Andy's lifelong passion for sharks began at age 5, and since then his knowledge of sharks has led him to serve as Shark Advisor for Discovery Channel, as well as provide shark expertise to a number of other high-profile media outlets including The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, and USA Today.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into the Valdez Airport (VDZ) in Valdez, Alaska. From there, participants will be transported to the dock to catch a water taxi to Ravencroft Lodge, about a 3 hour ride featuring plenty of opportunities for sightseeing along the way! The water taxi will depart the dock at 2pm on June 10. On June 16, participants will be transported back to Valdez via water taxi, arriving at the dock at approximately 1 pm. Participants will then be transported by van from the dock to the airport.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to encounter salmon sharks. Photo credit: Andy Dehart.

 Ravencroft Lodge. Photo credit: Ben Sampson.

Bears are one of many great topside sightings in the Alaskan frontier. Photo credit: Mark Rackley.

2017
Jun 24
to
Jul 1
1 week

Roatan - CoCo View Resort

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator, and Scott and Patti Chandler, REEF Fish Experts
23 divers maximum

Experience some of the most wonderful diving the Bay Islands have to offer by joining REEF’s Field Survey to CoCo View Resort, a REEF Field Station located on a secluded key in Roatan. REEF's Janna Nichols will join fish experts, Patti and Scott Chandler, for a week of serious fishwatching. Enjoy up to four boat dives daily, plus unlimited, 24/7 shore diving at CoCo View’s house reefs, which are home to 311 fish species. Fish enthusiasts will be delighted to search for the many fish species restricted to this region, such as the Filament Blenny, Bearded Toadfish, and Kuna Goby. Patti and Scott spend a month at CoCo View each year, and they know every nook and cranny of the reefs. The group will also celebrate the Great Annual Fish Count with fun and games. The resort is an excellent fit for non-diving companions, who can enjoy front yard snorkeling and access to ocean kayaks.

Spacious over-water bungalows are the perfect accommodation.

Cost per Person: $1,464 for double occupancy in an ocean front room, $1,514 for double occupancy in an over water cabana or bungalow. Single occupancy rates also available: $1,664 for single occupancy in an ocean front room, $1,914 for single occupancy in an over water cabana or bungalow. Non-diver rates also available; please contact REEF Trips for more information.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in an air-conditioned accommodation, 2 boat dive trips (up to 4 boat tanks) daily including one moored site and one drop off dive, unlimited shore diving and night diving from the shore, three daily meals including made-to-order breakfasts, round trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, free Wi-Fi, use of ocean kayaks, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. A 19% resort tax will be added to the total package price for each individual. Optional unlimited nitrox available for $125/person for the week.

About the trip leaders:  Janna is REEF's Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. She coordinates REEF's social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (webinar) program. Although Janna officially joined REEF staff in 2010, she has been conducting surveys, teaching Fish ID classes and giving REEF presentations as a volunteer since 2000, and is based in Vancouver, Washington. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. Scott and Patti Chandler joined REEF in 1994 and have spent their time diving in the Caribbean. They are active underwater enthusiasts who love to share their joy of fish and creature watching with others. They have been presenting fish identification classes at different locations in the Caribbean for over 10 years. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan, Honduras. From there, participants will be transported to CoCo View Resort via shuttle, followed by a short boat ride to the resort.

An aerial view of CoCo View Resort, featuring the famous “Front Yard” reef.

The amazing Filament Blenny is one our group will look for. Photo by Ned DeLoach.

The Wreck of the Prince Albert is located right in front of the resort. Photo courtesy of CoCo View Resort.

 

2017
Jun 24
to
Jul 1
1 week

Bahamas - Invasive Lionfish Research Study, Explorer Ventures Liveaboard

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
18 divers maximum

This special Lionfish Research Trip is part of REEF’s ongoing effort to monitor the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish on native fish populations and reef ecosystems. The trip includes a unique research itinerary aboard the Turks and Caicos Explorer II to visit remote areas of the Bahamas including Mayaguana, Plana Cays, Crooked Island, Salina Point, and Castle Island. Trip participants will also have the chance to be trained in lionfish collection, handling and dissection of specimens to document prey.

Enjoy a unique lionfish research itinerary in the Bahamas, aboard the Explorer II liveaboard.

Cost per Person: VIP Stateroom - $2,795, Main Deck Stateroom - $2,595, Lower Deck Stateroom - $2,395. All pricing based on double occupancy.

What is included:Your package includes 7 nights onboard the Explorer II liveaboard, three daily meals and snacks (except dinner Friday night), all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 6 days of diving with a special research itinerary scheduled for Mayaguana, Plana Cays, Crooked Island, Salina Point and Castle Island (up to 5 dives per day including night dives and 2 dives on the last day), tanks, weight and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: Port tax and fuel surcharge amount to be determined.* Airport Transfers to boat $45/person each way for up to 2 people, $25/person thereafter. *Taxes and fees subject to change up until 30 days prior to travel. Friday night dinner ashore in Provo on participant’s own (transportation provided & included) and crew gratuity at participant’s own discretion. Airline Departure Tax typically included in price of airline ticket. Optional Nitrox available on board for $150/person for the duration of the trip.

About the trip leaders: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion.

Peter A. Hughes is the Founder of the DivEncounters Alliance, a group of independent live-aboard dive operators, and a member of REEF’s Board of Directors. Peter is one of the diving world’s foremost live-aboard operators, having spent more than forty years in the diving industry. Peter received the DEMA Reaching Out Award for helping to evolve the liveaboard diving industry and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame in 2011.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: While the trip itinerary is based in the Bahamas, the port for the Explorer II is located in Turks & Caicos. Participants fly into/out of Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Turks & Caicos. Ground transfers from the airport to the boat will be arranged in advance. Ground transfer cost will be paid directly to the driver on-site. The vessel is available for boarding after 3pm on Saturday. Participants will disembark the following Saturday at 9am.

More about REEF Lionfish Study Trips: Want to know more about these special trips and to see highlights of findings from previous trips? Visit this page.

Participate in invasive lionfish research and removals while diving.

The boat has a spacious and convenient dive deck setup. Photo credit: Explorer Ventures

Collect important lionfish data and study the impacts of the invasion.

Explore remote areas of the Bahamas.

2017
Aug 19
to
Aug 26
1 week

Curacao - GO WEST Diving and Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects; Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees; and Ellie Splain, REEF Education Programs Manager
32 divers maximum

 

In 2017, REEF is offering an Invasive Lionfish and Fish Identification Combo trip to Curacao, once again in partnership with the fabulous Go West Diving and Kura Hulanda Lodge.

Participants may choose to sign up for the trip with either a lionfish research or fish survey focus, with the chance to attend both lionfish and fish identification seminars each evening and become involved in both projects throughout the week. Lionfish trip participants will focus primarily on documenting 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 and will be led by REEF Director of Special Projects Lad Akins and REEF Board of Trustees member Peter Hughes. Fish survey participants will expand their knowledge under the guidance of REEF Education Program Manager Ellie Splain. Surveyors will be delighted at the diversity of Curacao's reefs, and enjoy surveying and shore diving on Go West Diving's home reef, Alice in Wonderland, where many great fish finds await discovery. 

Dive boats at Go West.

Cost per person: $1,822 for double occupancy in a garden view room

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at the Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with GO WEST Diving, unlimited shore diving, daily breakfast, taxes and service charges, roundtrip airport transfers, ground transportation for group activities, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Lunch and dinner not included.

About the trip leaders: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees member, have been co-leading REEF's Lionfish Research Trips in Curacao for the past four years. In 2017, they will be joined by Ellie Splain, REEF's Education Program Manager and REEF Expert Surveyor. Ellie will lead the fish ID portion of this combo trip. It's a winning combination, and this trip is going to be great!

To read more about Lad, Peter, and Ellie, check out the REEF Trip Leader Bio page.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants fly into/out of Willemstad (CUR) Hato International Airport. From there, participants will be transported to Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, a 30 minute drive from the airport.

The beautiful grounds of the Kura Hulanda.

 Participate in lionfish research. Photo credit: Go West Diving.

The dock to the house reef at Go West, a fantastic fish survey site. Photo credit: Go West Diving.

2017
Aug 19
to
Aug 26
1 week

Midriff Islands, Sea of Cortez Mexico - Rocio del Mar Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
18 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org

Join Christy and Brice for an unforgettable week of diving and citizen science in the diverse and dynamic Sea of Cortez, home to a wide range of creatures including nudibranchs, blennies, jawfish, rays, guitarfish, sharks, eels, octopuses, seahorses and much more! In addition to numerous fish and invertebrate families, participants may also get to observe pilot and sperm whales while in transit and we'll look for Whale Sharks on the last day. The plankton-rich currents of the Pacific along the coast of California and Mexico, along with the sheltered waters of the Sea of Cortez, also create a great opportunity to encounter whale sharks and manta rays. In fact, Jacques Cousteau once called this region, "the aquarium of the world." Participants will spend 7 nights aboard the magnificent Rocio Del Mar liveaboard, a spacious 110-foot vessel complete with a fantastic crew.

Divers are treated to amazing topside scenery in the Sea of Cortez.

Cost per person: $2,495 per diver for double occupancy in an air-conditioned stateroom with private bathroom and shower.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights onboard the Rocio Del Mar liveaboard, 3-4 dives a day plus night dives, all meals onboard including continental breakfast on the last morning of the trip, non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premises: $125 per person round-trip shuttle transportation from Phoenix, AZ, to Marina Fonatur in Mexico, payable directly to shuttle service. National park fees $28 per person and hyperbaric chamber fee $15 per person paid onboard. Optional nitrox for the week available for $120 per person, gratuity at participant's discretion. Fuel surcharge to be determined at time of trip departure. Per Rocio Del Mar's policy, dive insurance is required for this trip, in addition to one dive computer, safety sausage and whistle per diver.

About the trip leaders: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science, and her husband Dr. Brice Semmens, is a professor of coral reef ecology and fisheries at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Christy and Brice have been part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when they were interns for the Nature Conservancy. They have led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Phoenix, Arizona, and then arrange for a shuttle service to the boat through Head Out to Rocky Point. The Rocio Del Mar is located at Marina Fonatur in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, approximately a 4 hour drive from Phoenix. The shuttle will pick up all passengers at PHX between noon and 1 pm on August 19. Participants should arrange to arrive in Phoenix no later than 11 am that day and depart from Phoenix no earlier than 3 pm on Aug. 26.

The beautiful Rocio del Mar. Photo by Lili Sandoval.

A school of King Angelfish. Photo by Paul Humann.

Launching the dive pangas in the morning.

We'll spend our last day looking for Whale Sharks. Photo by Christy Semmens.

 

2017
Sep 2
to
Sep 9
1 week

Bequia - Bequia Dive Adventures & Village Apartments

Led by Paul Humann, Renowned Author/Photographer and REEF Co-Founder
11 divers maximum
1 space available. Contact trips@REEF.org.

REEF's first Field Survey Trip to Bequia since 2004 offers the unique opportunity to dive and survey the walls and reefs of the Grenadines. Travel times to the dive sites are all 15 minutes or less, and each afternoon, REEF Co-Founder and noted photographer Paul Humann will lead fish identification presentations for the group to expand their knowledge of local fishes. Bequia, known as the "Big Little Island", offers a true Caribbean experience with beautiful sandy beaches framed by lush green hillsides and turquoise water. Your accommodations at Village Apartments overlook Admiralty Bay and Bequia's yacht harbor, and are a short walk from the grocery store as well as many beachfront restaurants. *Please note that this destination does not offer nitrox.

Admiralty Bay on Bequia is arguably one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Cost per Person: $1,303 for double occupancy in a studio apartment, $1,380 for double occupancy in a deluxe studio apartment or 1 bedroom cottage, $1,496 for double occupancy in a deluxe one bedroom, $1,600 for double occupancy (per room) in a 2 bedroom cottage. All apartments are spacious, have a kitchen or kitchenette to prepare meals, a private bath and a porch or patio. There is a limited number of each accommodation option available on a first come, first served basis.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 6 days of 2 tank boat dives with Bequia Dive Adventures, 10% VAT tax, round trip airport or ferry transfers, free Wi-Fi, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

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

About the trip leader: Paul Humann, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine life field guides, was the first to photograph many species in their natural habitats. He is renowned in the photography and diving industries. In 2006, Paul was recognized with the DEMA Reaching Out Award and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame. Later, in 2007, Paul was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to how we understand the underwater world.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Bequia can be reached from several Caribbean gateways, however REEF recommends that participants fly through Barbados (BGI) as this provides more daily connecting flights to Bequia (BQU) than any other connecting airport. Connecting flights to Bequia can be booked on SVG Airways or Mustique Airways. After arriving, participants will be transported from the airport to Village Apartments via taxi. The cost of transfers to and from the airport is included in the package price.

Bequia Dive Adventures.

 

A low key experience, hanging around the dive shop, discussing fish!

The rarely-sighted Giraffe Garden Eel can sometimes be found in Bequia! Photo by Colin Harvey.

 

2017
Oct 1
to
Oct 8
1 week

Grand Cayman - Sunset House

Led by Paul Humann, Renowned Author/Photographer and REEF Co-Founder
20 divers maximum

From walls adorned with spectacular corals, wrecks that are home to a diverse array of marine life, or shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish species, the dive sites of Grand Cayman will delight REEF surveyors, who will enjoy fish id seminars from renowned underwater photographer and REEF Co-Founder Paul Humann. Weather permitting, trips to Stingray City and the USS Kittiwake will be scheduled for the group, and participants may also take advantage of the unlimited shore diving directly in front of Sunset House. While Grand Cayman has more than 365 fantastic dive sites, this destination also has plenty of activities to enjoy during surface intervals or to entertain your non-diving companions, including Stingray City, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park, as well as visiting the stunning 7 Mile Beach, a short taxi ride from Sunset House.


*If you are planning to attend REEF Fest 2017 in Key Largo, the fun doesn’t have to end when the weekend is over! Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, Grand Cayman is an easily accessible destination, just a short 70-minute direct flight from Miami. This Field Survey is the perfect addition to your trip and a great way to expand your fish identification knowledge while enjoying time with like-minded divers who share your passion for marine conservation.

Enjoy this view and see just how Sunset House gets its name.

Cost per Person: $1,192 for double occupancy in a courtyard room. Single occupancy rates also available: $1,584 for single occupancy in a courtyard room. Non-diver rates and ocean view upgrades also available, please contact REEF Trips for details.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a courtyard room, 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, unlimited shore diving, daily made-to-order breakfast, round trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, government tax and service charges, Sunset House souvenir water bottle, tanks, and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Optional nitrox available for $18/tank, or unlimited nitrox for $125/person for the week.

About the trip leader: Paul Humann, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine life field guides, was the first to photograph many species in their natural habitats. He is renowned in the photography and diving industries. In 2006, Paul was recognized with the DEMA Reaching Out Award and subsequently joined the DEMA Hall of Fame. Later, in 2007, Paul was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to how we understand the underwater world.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Owen Roberts International Aiport (GCM) in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. From there, participants will be transported to Sunset House via concierge service.

The dive dock at Sunset House.

Stingray City is one of many fun activities on the island.

Comfortable and spacious rooms at Sunset House. 

 

2017
Oct 14
to
Oct 25
1 week 4 days

Indonesia - Lembeh Strait and Manado - Eco-Divers

Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, REEF Board of Trustees, Underwater Photographers, and Marine Life Authors
18 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org

Join renowned underwater photographers and REEF Board of Trustees members Ned and Anna DeLoach for an unforgettable Field Survey Trip to one of the best yet least known dive destinations in the world, nestled in the unique, volcanic landscape of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 11-day adventure will begin in Lembeh Strait at Eco Divers Lembeh, a macro marine creature-lover’s paradise. On each dive day, your fully-equipped day-liveaboard will moor over shallow, black sandy slopes where a vast array of weird and wonderful fish and critters live.

Ned and Anna’s expert guidance will allow participants to experience a whole new side of muck diving. Participants will then transfer to Eco Divers Manado, for 5 days of diving Bunaken National Park. The waters of the park are home to shoals of red tooth triggerfish, bannerfish and pyramid butterflyfish, as well as reef sharks, turtles, Napoleon wrasse and eagle rays. The resort is situated in an unspoiled and serene location, far from crowds, allowing for a peaceful experience both topside and underwater. REEF’s Indonesia Field Survey offers the chance to examine the unusual, and often undiscovered, marine life found in this unique region of the Central Indo-Pacific.

A gorgeous view in Manado. Photo credit: Eco Divers.

Cost per person: $2,355 based on double occupancy

What is included:Your package includes 11 nights in an air-conditioned accommodation (6 nights in Lembeh, 5 nights in Manado), 10 days of boat diving (up to three dives per day), all meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and mineral water, round trip airport transfers and transfers between Lembeh and Manado, Internet access, taxes, tanks, and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: Bunaken National Park fee $11/person. Optional nitrox available for $7/tank.

About the trip leaders: Ned DeLoach, co-founder of REEF and co-author of more than nine marine identification books, and his wife Anna are known for their devotion to studying and photographing fish behavior. Anna is an award winning videographer and she and Ned regularly write for Scuba Diver Magazine, among other reputable publications.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC) in Manado. For flight booking suggestions, visit the Eco Divers FAQ page. From the airport in Manado, participants will be transported to Eco Divers Lembeh. Transfer between resorts is included in your package price.

Lembeh Strait from above. Photo credit: Eco Divers.

  Diving in Lembeh offers the chance to get up close with many unique creatures, including the crocodile fish. Photo credit: Ned DeLoach.

A rare comet fish sighting in Lembeh. Photo credit: Ned DeLoach.

2017
Oct 15
to
Oct 19
4 days

Hornby Island, BC - Hornby Island Diving

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
11 divers maximum

Hornby Island is known for its good visibility, gentle currents and colorful marine life including Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf eels, various rockfish species, colorful anemones and nudibranchs. Natural sculpted sandstone reefs make for interesting above and underwater terrain. Evening fish and invertebrate ID seminars and games led by REEF Outreach Coordinator and Pacific Coast fish expert Janna Nichols will help both new and experienced surveyors enhance their identification skills.

A male kelp greenling poses with a red urchin. Photo credit: Janna Nichols.

Cost per Person: $984 CAD for double occupancy. Non-diver rate also available: $528 CAD for double occupancy.

What is included: Your package includes 4 nights of accommodation, 6 boat dives, unlimited shore diving, all meals during your stay (dinner Sunday night to breakfast on Thursday), sales tax, tanks, and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $150 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Optional nitrox available for $15/tank.

About the trip leader: Janna is REEF's Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. She coordinates REEF's social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (webinar) program. Although Janna officially joined REEF staff in 2010, she has been conducting surveys, teaching Fish ID classes and giving REEF presentations as a volunteer since 2000, and is based in Vancouver, Washington. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. Her efforts were integral to the design and photography on REEF's many laminated fish identification cards. She has personally completed over 1,000 REEF surveys and is an expert level REEF surveyor in the Pacific Coast and Tropical Western Atlantic regions. Janna is a PADI certified SCUBA instructor (retired), a past AAUS Scientific Diver and DSO, and the leader of REEF's Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team. In 2003, she received REEF's Volunteer of the Year award, in 2013 she received Dive News Network's Diver of the Year Award, and in 2015 she received the Golden Hamlet award from REEF.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Hornby Island is located east of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is recommended to drive to Hornby Island, especially if traveling with dive gear. More information on transportation can be found on Hornby Island Diving's travel page.

Beautiful scenery in Hornby Island. Photo credit: Hornby Island Diving.

 Observe plenty of invertebrate life, such as sunstars and urchins. Photo credit: Janna Nichols.

Enjoy this view as you head out to dive each morning. Photo credit: Hornby Island Diving.

2017
Nov 4
to
Nov 11
1 week 1 hour

Bonaire - Captain Don's Habitat

Led by Amy Lee, REEF Trips Program Manager and Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
24 divers maximum

Home to eight of the most species-rich sites in REEF’s Caribbean database, the reefs of Bonaire are legendary among underwater naturalists. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled week of up to 12 boat dives on a spacious dive boat, as well as unlimited shore diving throughout Bonaire's marine park. Experience Bonaire's world-renowned dive sites such as Red Slave, Bari Reef, Salt Pier and Something Special, while expanding your knowledge of Caribbean fish species alongside other marine life enthusiasts. REEF staff members and Tropical Western Atlantic fish experts Amy and Janna will team up to help REEF surveyors, both beginner and advanced, finesse their fish identification skills with educational presentations each evening. In addition, Bonaire is an excellent destination for families and non-diving companions, with many shallow snorkeling reefs teeming with fish and invertebrate life, as well as attractions such as flamingoes and Pink Beach.   

Captain Don's Habitat in Bonaire.

Cost per Person: $1,137 for double occupancy in a deluxe ocean view room, $1,235 for double occupancy in a deluxe junior suite, $1,186 for double occupancy in a 1 bedroom bungalow. Other accommodations including 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom bungalows also available. Single occupancy also available: $2,039 for single occupancy is a deluxe junior suite. Non-diver rates available as well. Please contact REEF Trips for details.

Deluxe ocean view rooms have two queen beds, refrigerator, coffee maker, full bath with tub, and secluded balcony or patio. Deluxe junior suites are located on the waterfront and have one king bed, granite top wet bar with sink, microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator. 1 bedroom cottages have a garden view, spacious dining and living room, full kitchen, 1 large bedroom, 1 bathroom, and covered patio with furniture.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in an air-conditioned accommodation, 7 days rental vehicle (one car per room), up to 12 boat dives (scheduled with the group) with nitrox, unlimited shore diving and air fills, round trip airport transfers, daily breakfast buffet, service charges and taxes, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Meals other than breakfast are not included. Bonaire Marine Park Fee of $25/person to be paid in cash only will be paid onsite. Nitrox included for boat dives only; optional unlimited nitrox for the week can be added onsite for $30/person.

About the trip leaders: This trip will be co-led by Amy Lee and Janna Nichols. As REEF’s Trips Program Manager, Amy merges her passions for diving, communication, science, and travel, while enabling individuals to immerse themselves in REEF’s numerous conservation projects. A lifelong ocean lover and travel enthusiast, Amy has experience diving and conducting surveys throughout the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Indo-Pacific. She is an expert level TWA surveyor and member of REEF’s Advanced Assessment Team for the Tropical Western Atlantic region. Amy is based at REEF Headquarters in Key Largo, Florida, where she dives and surveys in her spare time.

Janna is REEF's Outreach Coordinator, focusing on member relations, field stations, and working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. She coordinates REEF's social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (webinar) program. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. She has completed over 1,000 REEF surveys and is an expert level REEF surveyor in the Pacific Coast and Tropical Western Atlantic regions. 

For more information about Amy and Janna, visit the Trip Leaders Bio page.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Kralendijk, Bonaire (BON) Flamingo International Airport, and then transported the short distance (15 min) to the resort. A rental vehicle (one per room) will be provided upon check-in.

Relax in a deluxe room at Captain Don's.

 Spectacular shore diving at over 100 sites along the island.

A diver floats along a beautiful reef in Bonaire. Photo by HelmutCorneli/Alamy.

View amazing sunsets from the deck of Rum Runners Restaurant.

 

2017
Dec 2
to
Dec 9
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters & Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
24 divers maximum

Join REEF's annual Field Survey Trip to Cozumel for a wonderful week of camaraderie, diving and citizen science! Enjoy the fabulous drift diving in warm, clear waters that have been protected as a marine park for nearly 20 years. The dive staff at Chili Charters are avid REEF supporters and are always eager to help surveyors discover new fish! Many great fish finds await, including the endemic Splendid Toadfish, found only in this area. When not diving, you will enjoy all the wonderful food and culture that Mexico has to offer, as well as daily seminars by Cozumel local and long-time REEF Expert, Tracey Griffin. Experienced and novice surveyors alike will enjoy learning and diving on this trip with fellow fish enthusiasts! Reserve your spot today - this popular trip is known to sell out quickly.

Sargassum Triggerfish are a frequent and exciting sighting in Cozumel. Photo courtesy NOAA/NURC/FGBNMS.

Cost per person: $674 for double occupancy at Safari Inn, $737 for double occupancy at Casa Mexicana. Single occupancy also available: $845 for single occupancy at Safari Inn, $1,048 for single occupancy at Casa Mexicana.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at either Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Chili Charters, deluxe breakfast buffet included in Casa Mexicana package, daily gear storage, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Airport transfers, ground transportation, and meals (other than breakfast if staying at Casa Mexicana) not included - there are many excellent restaurants just a few steps away from both lodging options. Nitrox available with advance notice (prices to be determined.) A $2.50 per person per day marine park access fee will be collected onsite. Taxes and fees subject to change.

About the trip leader:Tracey Griffin is a REEF fish expert who is passionate about marine life. A full-time resident of Cozumel, she has led the REEF Field Survey Trip there for many years. Under Tracey’s leadership, the Cozumel Field Survey Trip is one of REEF’s most popular trips, and the only destination we return to every year. Tracey has completed over 700 REEF surveys. To read more about Tracey, check out the REEF Trip Leader Bio page.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Cozumel (CZM) Airport. Taxi from airport is approximately $5 (8 minutes ride.)

The Cozumel endemic Splendid Toadfish.

 Relax by the pool after diving at Casa Mexicana.

A surveyor on a drift dive in Cozumel. Photo by: Janna Nichols.

2017
Dec 3
to
Dec 9
6 days

British Virgin Islands - Cuan Law Liveaboard

Led by Ellie Splain, REEF Education Program Manager
19 divers maximum

Join REEF's Field Survey Trip to the British Virgin Islands for a stellar Caribbean diving experience aboard the Cuan Law, the largest trimaran in the world! The British Virgin Islands have more than 100 spectacular dive sites to explore, including coral gardens, pinnacles, and wrecks teeming with fish. Blackbar soliderfish, glassy sweepers and eagle rays await divers in the clear, calm waters surrounding the Islands. Weather permitting, a unique Northside itinerary is planned, to allow surveyors to collect fish abundance data from less frequently-dived areas in the BVIs. Between dives, enjoy activities such as Hobie Cat sailing, kaykaing, water skiing, snorkeling or wakeboarding, or relax in a comfortable hammock onboard.

The Baths of the British Virgin Islands are a breathtaking sight. Photo courtesy Cuan Law.

Cost per Person: $2,845 for double occupancy in an air-conditioned stateroom with private bathroom.

What is included: Your all-inclusive package includes six nights of double occupancy accommodation in a stateroom with private bathroom aboard the Cuan Law liveaboard, 3 dives per day featuring a special itinerary (weather permitting), 3 daily meals plus hors d'oeuvres and snacks, drinks including beer and wine with dinner, local taxes, and unlimited use of sporting equipment for activities including Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, water skiing, snorkeling or wakeboarding, tanks and weights.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Transfers to and from boat not included in package price, but the Cuan Law staff can help arrange taxi transfers. Contact trips@REEF.org for more information. Crew gratuity at participant's discretion. Optional Nitrox available on board for $10/tank.

About the trip leader: Ellie serves as REEF’s Education Program Manager and is a passionate teacher of the marine environment. Ellie primarily focuses on education programs and efforts at REEF’s headquarters in Key Largo, Florida and outreach events including the annual REEF Fest. Under Ellie’s leadership, REEF’s education programs have grown to include the Ocean Explorers Camp, week long marine science programs for elementary and middle school students. Since her initial internship with REEF in 2013, Ellie has been captivated by the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, becoming an expert level surveyor and joining the Advanced Assessment Team for the Tropical Western Atlantic. Ellie is a divemaster and an experienced surveyor throughout the Caribbean. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS) and plan to arrive in time to board the Cuan Law on Sunday, December 3, at noon at the CSY Dock, Road Town, Tortola. Please inquire about land-based lodging options if you would like to arrive early. Disembarkation will be at 10am on the following Saturday, December 9, in Road Town. Anyone with early morning flights can be run in by that boat tenders before the boat comes in to meet their taxi transfer. Bags can be left aboard for the afternoon to accommodate later departures. All transfers to and from the boat are at participant's expense; however, the Cuan Law can help arrange these transfers.

The Cuan Law is the world’s largest trimaran.

 Schools of blackbar soldierfish are one of many great fish finds awaiting surveyors. Photo credit: Cuan Law.

Enjoy kayaking and other activities during surface intervals. Photo credit: Cuan Law.

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