REEF Trip Schedule - Dive Vacations That Count

Upcoming REEF Trip Schedule

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

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

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

Come with us on a dive vacation that counts!

You can find useful information on the following pages:

Field Survey Trip and Cancellation Policies

REEF Liability Form

REEF’s Experience Levels – Become a REEF Expert!

Field Survey Tax Deductibility Information

Past Field Surveys

Description of Different Types of REEF Trips

Aug 16
to
Aug 23
1 week

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

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, and Peter Hughes
One Female Share Left!

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 14
to
Sep 18
4 days

Hornby Island, British Columbia - Hornby Island Diving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 8
to
Nov 15
1 week

Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands - Brac Beach Resort

Led by Heather George, REEF Expert
20 divers maximum
FULL!

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

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

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

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

Dec 6
to
Dec 13
1 week

Cozumel - Aqua Safari and Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
16 divers maximum
FULL!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 6
to
Dec 13
1 week

Nevis, Eastern Caribbean - Oualie Beach Resort

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., Fish Expert
20 divers maximum
Sold Out (male roommate space possible, please inquire)

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

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

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

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

2015
Feb 28
to
Mar 7
1 week

Big Island Hawaii - Kona Aggressor II Liveaboard

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

Cost Per Person:  $2,735 per person double occupancy

What is included: 7 nights double occupancy deluxe accommodation aboard the 80-foot catamaran, 6 days of diving the west and south sides of the Big Island of Hawaii beginning on Sunday (up to 5 dives per day including night dives) and 2 dives on Friday, tanks and weights, and all meals aboard the ship including complimentary beer and wine.

Additional fees: A REEF Program fee of $300 per diver will be added each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials.  Paid on premises: Kona International Airport (KOA) transfer to/from Kailua-Kona Village dock (approximately $20 cab fare each way), unlimited Nitrox $100 (optional), and dinner on own Friday night following Sunset Cocktail Party. Package price does not include gratuities, dive gear and photo/video equipment rentals, sundry personal purchases made from the ship’s onboard mini-boutique, or in-transit lodging.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Kona International Airport (KOA). Taxi transfers can be arranged at the airport and are at the participant’s own discretion as they are not included in the cost of the charter. The Kona Aggressor II operates out of the downtown pier in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, a 20 minute drive from KOA. The yacht will dock Saturday afternoon at the Kailua Pier between 5:30pm-6:00pm to greet passengers. Check-out is the following Saturday at 8:00am; transfers are not included but the crew can assist in arranging post-charter transportation.

How to book: This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Jamie Dietrich, trips@REEF.org, 305-852-0030.  A $1000/pp deposit will be collected at time of booking.

2015
May 2
to
May 12
1 week 3 days

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard, Week 1

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., Fish Expert
16 divers maximum
1 Space Left! One Male Share


An amazing South Pacific adventure! This will be REEF's third trip aboard the NAI'A, a custom-built diving liveaboard yacht of traditional Indonesian gaft rigged Phinisi style with seven sails. We will visit boutiful reefs around the famous Bligh Waters region of Fiji, while being pampered by an amazing crew. We will also experience a traditional Fijian village and be treated to an evening of song and dance.

Cost Per Person: $5,046

What is included: Double occupancy accommodation aboard this luxury liveboard, 9 days of diving (3 dives per day) plus one dive on the first day, tanks and weights, Nitrox, all meals aboard ship, transfer to the ship from the Nadi airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, and local taxes.

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 fuel surcharge of $200 and marine park fee of $20 will be collected on board from each passenger. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, sundry personal purchases from the ship's store, the fuel surcharge, or in-transit hotel rooms.

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

How to book: This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Jamie Dietrich, trips@REEF.org, 305-852-0030. A $1,500/pp deposit will be collected at time of booking.


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 NAI'A

 A Fijian reef full of anthias

Traditional village ceremony

2015
May 12
to
May 19
1 week

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard, Week 2

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
16 divers maximum
Book now, will fill up fast!


An amazing South Pacific adventure! This will be REEF's third trip aboard the NAI'A, a custom-built diving liveaboard yacht of traditional Indonesian gaft rigged Phinisi style with seven sails. We will visit boutiful reefs around the famous Bligh Waters region of Fiji, while being pampered by an amazing crew. We will also experience a traditional Fijian village and be treated to an evening of song and dance.

Cost Per Person: $3,534

What is included: Double occupancy accommodation aboard this luxury liveboard, 6 days of diving (3 dives per day) plus one dive on the first day, tanks and weights, Nitrox, all meals aboard ship, transfer to the ship from the Nadi airport or hotels in the Nadi area, transfer back to Nadi at the end of the charter, and local taxes.

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 fuel surcharge of $200 and marine park fee of $20 will be collected on board from each passenger. Package price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), gear or camera rentals, sundry personal purchases from the ship's store, the fuel surcharge, or in-transit hotel rooms.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Nadi (NAN). Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on 05/12/15 and back to the Nadi area in the morning on 05/19/15. The NAI'A office can recommend in-transit hotels that offer half-day rates to accommodate early arrival and late departure times. Please contact Alexx at explore@naia.com.fj for assistance in booking day rooms and extending your stay in Fiji.

How to book: This trip is booked through REEF Headquarters. To reserve your space or find out more, contact Jamie Dietrich, trips@REEF.org, 305-852-0030. A $1,500/pp deposit will be collected at time of booking.


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 NAI'A

 A Fijian reef full of anthias

Traditional village ceremony

 

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