Bahamas - Invasive Lionfish Control Study – Explorer Ventures Liveaboard

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Saturday, May 16, 2015 (1 week)
Led by Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees
18 divers maximum
6 Spaces Left! Male and Female 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.

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