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.

Feb 20
to
Feb 27
1 week

Barbados - Dive Barbados Blue & Coconut Court Beach Hotel

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


Barbados, the most easterly island in the Caribbean, is a new Field Survey Trip destination for REEF surveyors and offers the perfect escape from cold winter climates. With less than 250 total fish surveys conducted in the waters surrounding the island, this trip is an excellent opportunity for surveyors of all levels to collect valuable information for REEF’s online fish sightings database. Beginning and advanced surveyors alike have the opportunity to expand and reinforce their fish identification knowledge while exploring the many reefs and wrecks throughout Carlisle Bay Marine Park. This protected area attracts an abundance of marine life including octopuses, seahorses, and many tropical fish species; in fact, Barbados has the Tropical Western Atlantic region’s highest sighting frequency of the elusive Flameback Angelfish.

Cost per person: $1,303 for double occupancy in a standard room, $1,969 for single occupancy

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at Coconut Court Beach Hotel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive Barbados Blue, round trip airport transfers, full daily breakfast each morning, daily transfers to and from the dive shop, overnight gear storage at the dive shop, service charges and government 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 leader, seminar, and survey materials. Paid on premises: $5 per person marine park fee for a wristband for the week. Optional additional dives may be added for $35 per tank.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Christ Church, Barbados. From there, participants will be transported to Coconut Court Beach Hotel, approximately a 20 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.

A whitespotted filefish on a reef in Barbados. Photo credit: Dive Barbados Blue

Bright and cheerful room at Coconut Court Beach Hotel

 Carlisle Bay Beach. Photo credit: Barbados Tourism Board

Apr 9
to
Apr 16
1 week

Philippines - Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
23 divers maximum
1 space available - female shared. Waitlist also available. Inquire at trips@REEF.org

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $1,928 for double occupancy. 

What is included: Your land-based package includes accommodations in a deluxe room based on double occupancy, unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives per day, including night diving; all meals at Toko's Restaurant in the resort (coffee tea and water available all day), unlimited internet access, day trip to Apo Island (or similar location).

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 (discounted Program Fee when both land and sea package are booked). A marine park fee of $108 will be collected by the resort from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the week is available for $100. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or transfers to/from Manila.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Transfers between Manila airport and Dumaguete will be provided by Atlantis at a cost US$290 per person (subject to change with any significant airfare increases). Rate includes round trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort. This rate assumes a minimum of four people traveling together on the same transfers.

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

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.

 

Over 3,000 fish species call the Philippines home. Emperor Angelfish, photo by Paul Humann.

 The Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

Diving around Dumaguete is a great mix of coral reefs and muck diving, where we'll try and find the famed Wonderpuss. Photo by T. Kho.

Apr 9
to
Apr 23
2 weeks

Philippines by Land and by Sea - Atlantis Dumaguete Resort and Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
16 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available - inquire at trips@REEF.org

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $5,523 ($5,823 after June 1), trips are also available booked separately (week 1, week 2)

What is included: Our adventure will start with an all inclusive land-based package that includes accommodations in a deluxe room based on double occupancy, unlimited scheduled boat dives (up to 5 dives per day, including night diving), all meals at Toko's Restaurant in the resort (coffee, tea, and water available all day), unlimited internet access, and day trip to Apo Island (or similar location). On April 16th, we will transfer to Puerto Princesa, where we will board the luxurious Atlantis Azores liveaboard. Our at-sea itinerary includes the isolated (accessible only by boat) Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park, which features a dramatic underwater terrain, incredible biodiversity, and megafauna such as sharks and manta rays. The liveaboard package includes double occupancy twin share accommodations, all diving (up to 4 dives a day), all meals and snacks on board, local soft drinks, beer and wine.

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 (discounted Program Fee of $300 when this land and sea package is booked, a $300 savings). Marine park fees of $213, covering all parks visited during the two weeks, will be collected by the resort/boat from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the two weeks is available for $200. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or ground/air transfers. Due to continuity and scheduling, all portions of domestic transfers must be made by Atlantis Resort (see next section).

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL), arriving by April 9th. Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Transfers between Manila airport and Dumaguete on April 9th will be provided by Atlantis at a cost US$290 per person (subject to change with any significant airfare increases). Rate includes round trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete, round trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort. This rate assumes a minimum of four people traveling together on the same transfers. On April 16th, Atlantis will provide round trip transfers between Dumaguete and Puerto Princesa (boat boarding location) at a cost of US $300 per person (subject to change with significant airfare increases). Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores boat. This rate assumes 2 passengers traveling on same transfer - otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. **Note: The liveaboard portion of this trip is dependant on a minimum number of bookings by July 10, 2015, so please do not delay if you are interested.

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 Atlantis Dumaguete Resort

The beautiful Atlantis Azores Liveaboard.

 The Philippines is home to over 3,000 fish species, including the Leafy Scorpionfish.

The spacious dive deck, amazing crew, and wonderful food are standards aboard the Azores.

An incredible table coral in Tubbataha. Photo by Q Phia.

Apr 16
to
Apr 23
1 week

Philippines - Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
15 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Waitlist available - inquire at trips@REEF.org

The Philippines -- an exciting new adventure for REEF travelers! Join us for our inaugural trip to explore this diverse region of the Central Indo-Pacific. We have two weeks of adventure - by land, based at the Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete, April 9-16, and then by sea, aboard the Atlantis Azores Liveaboard, April 16-23. Join for one or both! The area is known for some of the most interesting and beautiful fish and critters to add to your life list, including ghost pipefish, mandarinfish, pygmy seahorses, flamboyant cuttlefish, and much more. We'll dive and stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis Resort in Dumaguete. The hotel features first class accommodations and an on-site restaurant, spa, camera room, and five star PADI dive operation. The Philippines archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish, and the dive sites combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs and shoals of schooling fish. The diving, accommodations, and amenities are all sure to make for a once in a lifetime adventure - sign up early to secure your space!

Cost Per Person: $3,895

What is included: Your liveaboard itinerary includes the isolated (accessible only by boat) Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park, which features a dramatic underwater terrain, incredible biodiversity, and megafauna such as sharks and manta rays. Your package includes double occupancy twin share accommodations, all diving (up to 4 dives a day), all meals and snacks on board, local soft drinks, beer and wine.

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 (discounted Program Fee when both land and sea package are booked). A marine park fee of $105 will be collected by the resort from each passenger (subject to change). Nitrox for the week is available for $100. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, in-transit hotel rooms, or transfers to/from Manila. Due to continuity and scheduling, all portions of domestic transfers to the boat must be made by Atlantis Resort (see next section).

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants will make arrangements to fly into Manila Airport (MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms near Manila airport can be arranged directly through Atlantis. Atlantis provides round trip transfers between Manila and Puerto Princesa (boat boarding location) at a cost of US $300 per person (subject to change with significant airfare increases). Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores boat. This rate assumes 2 passengers traveling on same transfer - otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply. Passengers who sign up for both weeks of the Philippines trip (land and sea) will travel from Dumaguete to Manila to Puerto Princesa on April 16.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, email us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. **Note: This trip is dependent on a minimum number of bookings by July 10, 2015, so please do not delay if you are interested in booking.

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 beautiful Atlantis Azores Liveaboard.

 The Philippines is home to over 3,000 fish species, including the Leafy Scorpionfish.

The spacious dive deck, amazing crew, and wonderful food are standards aboard the Azores.

An incredible table coral in Tubbataha. Photo by Q Phia.

May 14
to
May 21
1 week

Bay Islands Honduras - Invasive Lionfish Research Study aboard M/V Caribbean Pearl II

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
16 divers maximum
1 space remaining - male shared. Waitlist available. 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 aboard the magnificent Caribbean Pearl II, 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 also have the chance to be trained in lionfish collection, handling and dissection of specimens to document prey.

Cost per Person: $2,795 for double occupancy in a deluxe cabin (14 spots available), $2,695 for double occupancy in a standard cabin (2 spots available)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights onboard the M/V Caribbean Pearl II liveaboard, round-trip transportation from airport to yacht, three daily meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine, 6 days of diving with a special research itinerary scheduled for remote seamounts throughout the Bay Islands (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 $115/person, park fees $55/person. Taxes and fees subject to change. Crew gratuity at participant’s own discretion. Airline departure tax typically included in price of airline ticket. Optional Nitrox available on board for $100/person for the duration of the trip.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Juan Manual Galvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan. Ground transportation from the airport to the yacht in included in the package price and will be arranged in advance. Check in for the vessel is at 3pm on Saturday. Participants will disembark at 8am the following Saturday.

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.

The Caribbean Pearl II

The dining and meeting area aboard the ship.

 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. 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


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 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.

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
7 additional spaces just added! 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
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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

 

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