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.

Sep 14
to
Sep 18
4 days

Hornby Island, British Columbia - Hornby Island Diving

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
12 divers maximum
2 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

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).

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).

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
13 divers maximum
6 Spaces Left! (Including 1 Deluxe and 3 Quad Female Shares Available)


Join us for a spectacular week experiencing the best diving Hawaii has to offer aboard the luxurious Kona Aggressor II. An expert in Hawaii fish ID, Christy Pattengill-Semmens will guide novices and experts alike in learning about the amazing biodiversity of Hawaiian fishes, including the many endemic species.

Cost Per Person: Deluxe Stateroom $2,735 (double occ), Quad Stateroom $2,575 (female shares)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation aboard an 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 (except dinner Friday night) including complimentary 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. 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 not included in the cost of the charter. The Kona Aggressor II operates out of the downtown pier in Kailua-Kona, 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: 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.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF’s Director of Science, and has been a part of the REEF program since its beginnings in 1993 when she was an intern for the Nature Conservancy. She has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF’s survey project regions.

The beautiful Kona Aggressor II

 Kona underwater

Deluxe room

Bandit Angelfish, one of the many endemic species only found in Hawaii. Photo by Marty Snyderman.

2015
Mar 14
to
Mar 21
1 week

Grand Cayman - Wall to Wall Diving & Comfort Suites and Resort

Led by Jonathan Lavan, REEF Fishinar Instructor and Fish Expert
11 divers maximum
Male Share Available


A great trip for beginners and experienced surveyors alike, and a perfect destination for your non-diving companions. We will be diving with Wall to Wall Diving, an operation with a great reputation among REEF surveyors. REEF Expert and Fishinar Instructor, Jonathan Lavan, will teach daily seminars using many of his own award-winning underwater photographs.

Cost Per Person: $1,413 (double occ) $2,391 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at Comfort Suites & Resort in a Studio Room with kitchenette, 5 days of 2 tank diving, transfers to/from Wall to Wall dive shop each day (a short drive), daily hot buffet breakfast, WiFi access, all 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. Nitrox available with advance notice ($10/tank). Ground and airport transportation is not included. Airport transfers can be arranged via taxi, approximately $20 one-way. The hotel is centrally located in Georgetown within walking distance to many restaurants, so a car is not necessary unless you want to explore the island.  Daily lunch and dinner not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants fly into/out of George Town (GCM) Owen Roberts International Airport. From there participants may arrange for a taxi at the stand outside the airport.

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 leader: Jonathan Lavan has logged hundreds of fish surveys across the world and was REEF’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Jonathan joined REEF in 2004 and since then has become a member of REEF's Advanced Assessment Teams for both the Tropical Western Atlantic and Pacific Coast survey regions, gathering key data on marine fish and invertebrate populations for REEF's publicly accessible online database. 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 several of these popular webinars each year.

Stunning underwater scenery in Grand Cayman’s marine park

 Wall to Wall Dive Boat

Comfort Suites in Georgetown

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., REEF Science Advisor
16 divers maximum
2 Spaces Left! Plus One Male Share Available


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

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 $163 (subject to change) 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: 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.

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 9
to
May 16
1 week

Bahamas - Invasive Lionfish Control Study – Explorer Ventures Liveaboard

Led by Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees
18 divers maximum
10 Spaces Left! Female and Male Shares Available


This special Lionfish Research trip is part of REEF’s ongoing program to document the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish on native fish populations. A great opportunity to dive off the beaten path, this trip will feature a custom research itinerary aboard the luxurious Explorer II liveaboard, and designations will include Provo, Great Inagua, Hogsty Reef Atoll, and Little Inagua. Participants will have an opportunity to be trained in lionfish collection and dissections of specimens to document prey.

Cost Per Person: VIP Stateroom $2,595 (double occ), Main Deck Stateroom $2,395 (double occ), Lower Deck Stateroom $2,195

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 Provo, Great Inagua, Hogsty Reef Atoll, and Little Inagua (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 $250 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leaders, seminar and survey materials. Paid on premesis: Port tax $85/pp, Bahamian Diving Fee/Tax, $250 Fuel Surcharge, Research Permit Fee, Airline Departure Tax, and Airport Transfers to boat $45/each way. Taxes and fees subject to change. Nitrox available on board for $150/pp for the duration of the trip. Friday night dinner ashore on participant’s own (transportation provided & included), crew gratuity at participant’s discretion.

Airport/hotel transfer information: While our itinerary is based in the southern 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.

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 leader: 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.

The Explorer II

Conduct lionfish research

 Relax between dives

Lionfish invade a reef in the Bahamas. Photo by Rich Carey.

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
2 Spaces Left! One Female Share & One Male Share Available


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 $114  (subject to change)  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: 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.

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
Jun 13
to
Jun 20
1 week

Roatan - Anthony's Key Resort

Led by Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, REEF Co-Founders, Marine Life Authors, Photographer and Videographer
22 divers maximum


Ned and Anna DeLoach will delight trip participants with amazing pictures, videos, and stories, covering fish ID and behavior. The group will also search for many of the fish species restricted to this region, such as the Filament Blenny, Bearded Toadfish, and Kuna Goby. This is sure to be a great week of diving and camaraderie.

Cost Per Person: Key Superior Room $2,034 (double occ) $2,242 (single occ), Key Deluxe Room $2,395 (double occ) $2,603 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights accommodation in a air-conditioned room, full American meal plan with 3 meals daily, 6 days of 3 single tank boat dives per day, 2 single tank boat night dives, air tanks, weight belts & weights, buoyancy control workshop, shore diving during shop hours, day excursion to Maya Key, Island Fiesta Night on the Key, airport shuttle transfers, welcome island cocktail and orientation, kayaking, entrance to Roatan Museum and Dolphin Show presentation, and 19% package tax.

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. Nitrox (32%) available daily $8/tank, weekly $120 plus tax.

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants fly into/out of Roatan (RTB) Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport. Upon arrival, participants will board the Anthony’s Key Resort shuttle bus, a 20 minute drive to the resort.

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: 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.

Anthony's Key Resort

Roatan Marine Park. Photo by Marc AuMarc.

 The amazing Filament Blenny. Photo by Ned DeLoach.

Relax after diving

2015
Jul 11
to
Jul 18
1 week

Grand Turk - Oasis Divers & Osprey Beach Hotel

Led by Led by Paul Humann, REEF Founder and Renowned Marine Life Author and Photographer
15 divers maximum


Join REEF Co-Founder and renowned underwater photographer and author, Paul Humann, for a week in beautiful Grand Turk. This trip is designed for divers and snorkelers who are interested in learning more about marine life and the environment to enhance their diving experiences. Paul will give presentations about reef fish and creature identification and behavior.

Cost Per Person: King Room $1,236 (double occ) $1,674 (single occ). Two Queen Room $1,334 (double occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at Osprey Beach Hotel, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Oasis Divers, air tanks, weight belts & weights, daily breakfast, 12% tax.

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. Limited tank supply of Nitrox available for $15/tank. Airport transfers to/from lodging not included.  Daily lunch & dinner not included. 

Airport/hotel transfer information:Participants fly into/out of Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Turks & Caicos. From there participants will take an inter-island flight to JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) on Grand Turk. Inter-island flights are approximately $150 r/t and may be booked through InterCarribbean or Caicos Express. Ground transfers from GDT to Osprey Beach via taxi (5 minute ride) are available outside the airport and are approximately $8 one-way.

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 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.

Diving a spectacular wall in Grand Turk

 Osprey Beach Hotel

Poolside dining at Osprey Beach

2015
Aug 1
to
Aug 8
1 week

Bonaire - Buddy Dive

Led by Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
22 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. This is a perfect trip for the beginner or experienced surveyor alike. Marine biologists, Drs. Brice and Christy Semmens, will be your guides on what is sure to be a great week.

Cost Per Person: 

Studio $1,175 (double occ) $1,852 (single occ).

One-Bedroom Apartment $1,256 (double occ) $2,014 (single occ).

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at Buddy Dive in either a studio or one-bedroom apartment, 7 days rental vehicle (per room), 6 1-tank daily boat dives, 6 days of unlimited air fills for shore diving, 6 days of free Nitrox upgrades, daily American style breakfast buffet, welcome drink, Manager’s Rum Punch Party, airport transfers, all government 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. Meals other than breakfast are not included.

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 Buddy Dive Resort. A rental vehicle (for each room) will be provided upon check-in.

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.

Buddy Dive Resort

 Buddy Dive boat and dock

Beautiful Bonaire uw scenery

Bonaire topside and flamingos

2015
Aug 22
to
Aug 29
1 week

Curacao - Invasive Lionfish Control Study – GO WEST Diving & Kura Hulanda Lodge and Beach Club

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


This is the third 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.

Cost Per Person: $1,882 (double occ) $2,421 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a Garden View Room at Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, breakfast each morning, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, roundtrip airport transfers on Curacao, ground transportation for group activities, and all taxes.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $250 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.

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: 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.

Curacao dive dock

 GO WEST dive boat

 Collecting lionfish

Lionfish data collection

2015
Sep 19
to
Sep 26
1 week

Bahamas - Aqua Cat Liveaboard

Led by Led by Heather George, REEF Fish Expert
21 divers maximum


A diver’s dream - spending a week sailing through the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas, diving from a luxury liveaboard. Long-time REEF trip leader, Heather George, will guide both beginner and experienced REEF surveyors to discover the biodiversity treasures of the waters around the Exumas.

Cost Per Person: Cabin $2,495 (double occ), (one female share space available in forward Cabin#11 with skylight, $1,895)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights onboard the Aqua Cat luxury liveaboard in an ocean view cabin, all meals (except dinner Friday night), snacks and beverages including rum, beer, & wine, 6 days of diving in the Northern Exumas (up to 5 dives per day including night dives and 2 dives on the last day), tanks, weight and weight belts, all shore excursions, transfers to/from airport.

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. Other fees to be paid to REEF prior to departure include: a port tax $100/pp, Underwater Park Visitor Fee $10/pp, and Fuel Surcharge $90/pp (fuel surcharge subject to change). Nitrox (32%) available on board for extra $150/pp for the duration of the trip. Friday night dinner ashore on participant’s own.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants will fly into/out of Nassau (NAS) The Bahamas International Airport. From there participants will be transported to the Aqua Cat at Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island, a 25 minute drive. Participants may drop bags off at the boat prior, but boarding for the Aqua Cat is at 6:00pm on Saturday. Participants will disembark the Aqua Cat on the following Saturday by 9:00am.

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 leader: Since becoming a member nearly a decade ago, Heather George has conducted hundreds of REEF surveys throughout the world, and is a member of the Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic and Hawaii. Through the years, she has conducted fish identification trainings for dive shops and aquaria and has led several REEF Field Survey Trips. In 2011, Heather assisted with the expansion of the Volunteer Fish Survey Project to the South Pacific as part of the field team to American Samoa. She served on the Board of Trustees for 5 years and received REEF’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011.

Underwater scenery of the Bahamas. Photo courtesy Fotopedia.

 The luxurious Aqua Cat

Salon inside the Aqua Cat

Spacious diving deck.

2015
Nov 1
to
Nov 5
4 days 1 hour

Catalina - Scuba Luv & Pavilion Hotel

Led by Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator
19 divers maximum


Join REEF for our first field survey to Catalina Island, 22 miles off the Southern California Coast. After taking a ferry across the channel, we will spend 4 days diving in typically clear waters and beautiful kelp forests. You will be led by REEF’s Outreach Coordinator, Janna Nichols, an expert in rocky reef fauna. This beautiful sub-tropical destination is also great for your non-diving companions.

Cost Per Person: $858 (double occ), $1,205 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 4 nights accommodation at the Pavilion Hotel, located just steps from the beach and bustling Avalon Pier, 3 days of 3-tank boat diving from the M/V King Neptune, roundtrip boat transportation from Long Beach Downtown to Catalina Harbor aboard the Catalina Express*, complimentary breakfast, lunch aboard the M/V King Neptune, tanks and weights. *Price subject to change.

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. Nitrox is available 32% - $18/tank or 36% - $21/tank. Transfers to/from the Long Beach ferry terminal is not included.  Daily dinner not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: The package includes transportation to Avalon Harbor aboard the Catalina Express from the Downtown Long Beach Landing (approximately 28 minutes from LAX - 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802). Other Catalina Express ports (Dana Point, San Pedro) can be used for an additional fee. Out of town participants can fly into/out Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB), or Orange County Airport (SNA), and then arrange for a taxi to the ferry terminal. Trips via the Catalina Express to Avalon, Catalina are approximately 1 hour. Participants should plan to arrive in Avalon by 5pm on November 1 and can depart on any ferry November 6.

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 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 800 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.

Catalina Kelp Forest. Photo by Janna Nichols.

 King Neptune Dive Boat

Avalon Harbor and Casino

The iconic Garibaldi. Photo by Janna Nichols.

2015
Dec 5
to
Dec 12
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters & Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
16 divers maximum
Book now, will fill up fast! Male and Female Shares Available


Join us for this great annual trip to Cozumel. Enjoy a week of diving in waters that have been protected as a marine park for almost 20 years. Many great fish finds await - including the endemic Splendid Toadfish, only found there. 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. This popular trip always sells out early.

Cost Per Person: Safari Inn, $721 (double occ) $913 (single occ). Casa Mexicana: $783 (double occ) $1,037 (single occ)

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights of accommodation at either Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Chili Charters (additional dives can be added onsite). 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.

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) are not included. Nitrox available with advance notice for approximately $12/tank. A Marine Park Access Fee of $2.50 per person/per day 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).

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 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 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.

A view from Casa Mexicana

 The Cozumel-endemic Splendid Toadfish.

A previous REEF trip in Cozumel

A REEF surveyor enjoying a sea turtle in Cozumel. Photo by Doug Biffard.

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