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.

Dec 2
to
Dec 9
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters & Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
24 divers maximum
Sold out. Contact Trips@REEF.org to be added to waitlist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cozumel endemic Splendid Toadfish.

 Relax by the pool after diving at Casa Mexicana.

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

Dec 3
to
Dec 9
6 days

British Virgin Islands - Cuan Law Liveaboard

Led by Ellie Splain, REEF Education Program Manager
19 divers maximum
TRIP TO BE RESCHEDULED. NEW DATES TBA

Due to the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this trip has been postponed and will be rescheduled. The new dates have not yet been determined but will be announced as soon as more information is available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cuan Law is the world’s largest trimaran.

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

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

2018
Feb 10
to
Feb 17
1 week

Kona Hawaii - Kona Aggressor II Liveaboard

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Citizen Science Program Manager
13 divers maximum
Sold Out. Please contact trips@REEF.org to be added to the waitlist.

Aloha! From wrasses to butterflyfish, discover the many endemic marine species of Hawaii while diving the volcanic underwater reef topography around the Big Island, including favorite sites such as Au Au Crater, Amphitheater, and Turtle Pinnacle. A fantastic backdrop of lava flows will provide a picturesque landscape for surface intervals aboard the comfortable Kona Aggressor II liveaboard. Participants will enjoy up to 5 dives per day, while learning more about Hawaiian and Tropical Pacific fish identification from REEF Citizen Science Program Manager, Janna Nichols. Weather permitting, the yacht will venture to beautiful South Point, the southernmost tip of Hawaii.

Arc-Eye Hawkfish on a Hawaiian reef.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Quad Stateroom (sleeps 4): $2,835 per person
Deluxe Stateroom (sleeps 2): $3,035 per person based on double occupancy

Accommodations: The Kona Aggressor II sleeps 14 passengers. The boat has 1 Quad Stateroom that sleeps 4 people, with two full bunks and two single bunks. There are 5 Deluxe Staterooms which sleep 2 people, each with a double bed (lower) and a single bed (upper) bunk style. Deluxe Staterooms have a port window. All staterooms are fitted with private toilets, showers, sinks, hair dryers and robes, and have individual climate control and monitor with media player.

Diving: The Kona Aggressor II liveaboard offers 4-5 dives per dive day, including night dives. 2 dives are scheduled for Friday, the final dive day. Average water temperature is 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3-5mm wetsuit and hood is recommended year-round. All diving is from the mother ship. 80 cubic foot tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the charter.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of quad or double occupancy accommodation, 5 days of diving with up to 4-5 dives per day, including night dives, plus 1 half-day of diving, all meals throughout the week including breakfast cooked to order, buffet-style lunch and seated dinners (except dinner on Friday, February 16), mid-morning and afternoon snacks each day, all beverages including local beer and wine, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, transfers to and from the boat dock, dinner on Friday, February 16, optional Nitrox, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: Janna Nichols is REEF's Citizen Science Program Manager, working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. She coordinates REEF's social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (webinar) program. Janna is passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, and many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. She has completed over 1,000 REEF surveys and is an expert level REEF surveyor in the Pacific Coast and Tropical Western Atlantic regions.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Fly into Kona International Airport (airport code KOA) on Saturday, February 10th. Boarding will be between 5:30 -6:00 pm. It is recommended to arrive as close to this time as possible. A few major airlines fly into Kona including American Airlines, United, Delta, Alaska Air and Hawaiian Air. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.

Transfers: The Kona Aggressor II operates out of the downtown pier in Kailua-Kona, a 20 minute drive from the airport. Transfers to and from the pier are not included in the cost of the charter. There are taxis readily available at the curb in front of the baggage claim area at the airport. At the end of the charter, the Captain can assist with organizing transportation to the airport or a nearby hotel if you are extending your stay.

Inside of a spacious and comfortable Deluxe Stateroom.

 

 

Potter’s Angelfish, one of many fish species endemic to Hawaii.

 

 

Dive alongside Surgeonfish and Sea Turtles!

 

 

The Kona Aggressor II is an 80-foot catamaran.

2018
Apr 17
to
Apr 27
1 week 3 days

Thailand - Andaman Sea - Thailand Aggressor Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
15 divers maximum
Sold out. Contact Trips@REEF.org to be added to waitlist.

REEF continues to expand the Volunteer Fish Survey Project throughout the Central Indo-Pacific (CIP) reigon with our first-ever Field Survey to Thailand! Known as the "Land of Smiles", Thailand is only 8 degrees north of the Equator and is home to some of the most species-rich waters and reefs in the world. Our special 10-day charter aboard the Thailand Aggressor is not available during any other time of year. The boat will follow its North Andaman Sea itinerary, with chances to dive sites in areas such as the famous Richelieu Rock and Similan Islands. This is an excellent location to see hundreds of fish from damselfish and anemonefish to colorful dartfish, as well as large pelagics, plus Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, and Whitetip Reef Sharks!

Keep an eye out for the Ornate Ghost Pipefish!

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Master or Deluxe Stateroom: $4,700 per person based on double occupancy

Accommodations: The Thailand Aggressor sleeps 16 passengers. There are 8 staterooms onboard, 3 Master Staterooms and 5 Deluxe Staterooms. Master Staterooms sleep 2 people and have 1 queen bed. Deluxe Staterooms sleep 2 people and have 2 twin beds which can be combined. All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers, sinks and hair dryers.

Diving: The Thailand Aggressor liveaboard offers 4-5 dives per dive day, including night dives. Average water temperature is 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. All diving is done from outboard skiffs which can carry up to 9 guests each. 80 cubic foot tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the charter. All tanks have K-valves, no DIN valves are available.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 8 days of diving with up to 4-5 dives per day, including night dives, plus 1 half-day of diving, all meals throughout the week including breakfast cooked to order, buffet-style lunch and seated dinners, mid-morning and afternoon snacks each day, all beverages including local beer and wine, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights, $140 park tax (subject to change), optional Nitrox, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance is available here.

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

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Fly into Phuket International Airport (airport code HKT), the second largest airport hub in Thailand. There are numerous connecting flights from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia offering daily service to Phuket via Bangkok, as well as direct flights from Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul. Airlines offering service to Phuket include Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Thai Aiways, Asiana Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.

Transfers: The Thailand Aggressor departs from Tap Lamu Pier, located 1.5 hours North of Phuket International Airport. Transfers are complimentary on the charter arrival and departure dates at the following pick up points: Phuket International Airport, Kantary Beach Hotel and Villa.

 

The Thailand Aggressor is a spacious 115 ft. yacht.

 

 

The interior of a Deluxe Stateroom.

 

 

An adult Emperor Angelfish on the reef.

 

 

The Andaman Sea is home to many unique sand-dwellers, including the beautiful Decorated Dartfish.

2018
May 1
to
May 6
5 days

God's Pocket, British Columbia - God's Pocket Resort

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Citizen Science Program Manager
11 divers maximum

Cold water diving enthusiasts will experience some of the best diving British Columbia has to offer on REEF's Field Survey to God's Pocket Resort. This secluded family-owned resort houses just 12 divers and is the perfect place to spend lots of time underwater finding fascinating creatures, including Wolf Eels, Giant Nudibranchs, Puget Sound King Crabs, a variety of young rockfish, anemones, shrimp, and all sorts of other underwater life, even the Giant Pacific Octopus. The resort's 40 foot dive boat is outfitted with various unique amenities, including an elevator to help you get back onboard comfortably at the end of your dive! This trip will be led by Janna Nichols, an expert on temperate fish and invertebrate identification throughout the region.

Lucky surveyors could find the cryptic Decorated Warbonnet at God’s Pocket.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $1,608 per diver based on double occupancy *Please see note below about exchange rates.

Accommodations: God's Pocket Resort accommodations are two cabins on stilts over the water. There are four double occupancy rooms in each cabin. Each room has two beds and a bathroom. Outside each room is a covered boardwalk with porch seating. In addition, there are two separate cabins for couples, which have a queen bed and bathroom.

Diving: There are three boat dives each day, with diving beginning on Wednesday, May 2. All dives are done directly from the resort's 40 foot aluminum boat, which has a hydraulic lift and a sturdy ladder. The boat will depart twice a day, once for a 2-tank dive trip, and once for a 1-tank trip. Dock dives are also available after the boat diving has finished each day. All resort tanks are steel 85 cubic foot cylinders. If you prefer to bring your own tanks, please let REEF know ahead of time. Due to the remote location of this trip, please ensure that your dive gear is serviced and in good working condition. Please ensure that you have your dive certification cards with you. Nitrox is available for an additional fee. If you plan to dive with Nitrox, please be prepared to present your certification card.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 5 nights of accommodation, 4 days of diving (3 boat dives per day), all meals including dinner on May 1 and continental breakfast on May 6, snacks, hot and cold beverages (non-alcoholic only), round-trip transfers via boat to the resort from Port Hardy, tanks, weights, and air fills.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - Optional Nitrox for 17 cents per cubic foot, optional gift shop purchases, optional landline phone calls, optional Wi-Fi available for additional fee. Alcoholic beverages, soda and "junk food" are not available at the resort and should be purchased beforehand. Gratuities are not included and are at the individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Participants are responsible for getting to the pickup point in Port Hardy, British Columbia, by 4pm on Tuesday, May 1. The pickup location is Seagate Dock at the foot of Granville Street in Port Hardy. Information on how to get to Port Hardy can be found here.

Transfers: Transfers to God's Pocket from Port Hardy are included in the package and will be via boat. Participants will be picked up at Seagate Wharf at the foot of Granville Street in Port Hardy at 4pm on Tuesday, May 1. On Sunday, May 6, the boat will return to the same dock before 9am. There is plenty of free parking at the wharf. If you need to pick up supplies for your stay at God's Pocket, there is a grocery store, liquor store and gas station all within a few blocks of the dock.

*Canadian Dollars Exchange Rate: Please note that although God's Pocket Resort is located in Canada, the trip price is quoted in US dollars. All fees paid to REEF must be submitted in US dollars. The package price is subject to change if a significant change occurs in the exchange rate. Final package pricing will be determined 90 days prior to the trip departure, on or around November 1, 2017.

The resort’s 40 ft. dive boat has a hydraulic lift in addition to large, sturdy ladders.

 

 

Juvenile Wolf Eels are a fun and colorful sighting.

 

 

God’s Pocket Resort is located on the inside of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

The Hurst Isle has plenty of amenities to make your dive days comfortable.

 
2018
May 12
to
May 19
1 week

Grenada - Aquanauts Grenada and True Blue Bay Resort

Led by Amy Lee, REEF Trips Program and Communications Manager
19 divers maximum

With its large variety of dive sites, Grenada is known as the dive capital of the Eastern Caribbean. Colorful reefs and spectacular shipwrecks filled with fish life will thrill all types of divers. Conditions are typically excellent both above and below the water, with dive visibility normally between 50-100 feet. Grenada is also home to a world-famous underwater sculpture park and has plenty of land-based activities to enjoy during surface intervals, including hiking, visiting beautiful Grand Anse Beach, river tubing and touring historic sites. Participants will contribute to REEF's online survey database and expand their Caribbean fish ID knowledge on this dive trip.

The reefs in Grenada are beautiful and teeming with fish!

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $1,351 per diver for double occupancy in a standard room. $1,752 per diver for single occupancy in a standard room. $831 per non-diver, based on double occupancy in a standard room.

Accommodations: True Blue Bay Resort's standard rooms have either 1 king or 2 twin beds. All rooms have a bay view, fully-equipped kitchenettes, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and TV. Please inquire with REEF Trips if intersted in pricing for room upgrades. 

Diving: The trip package includes 5 days of 2 morning boat dives, with diving beginning on Sunday, May 13 and ending on Thursday, May 17. Additional afternoon dives and/or dives on Friday are optional and can be arranged onsite. Average water temperature is in the low 80's. If you plan to dive with Nitrox (free with the trip package), please be prepared to present your certification card. Some diving will be drift diving, so it is recommended to bring a surface marker buoy. Aquanatus Grenada offers a valet diving service, and the dive crew will rinse and store gear for each diver.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, free Nitrox, marine park fees, daily continental breakfast buffet, round-trip airport transfers, tanks and weights.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, meals apart from continental breakfast, optional additional dives $45 per dive (minimum number of divers required), optional rental gear, optional island tours (prices and itineraries vary.) Gratuities are not included in the package price and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: As REEF’s Trips Program and Communications Manager, Amy organizes, plans, and promotes trips to dive destinations throughout REEF’s nine survey regions, and is also in charge of marketing for the program. Her unique educational background in marine science and journalism makes her an excellent steward for the marine environment. Amy has experience diving and conducting surveys throughout the Caribbean, Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. She is an expert level surveyor and member of REEF’s Advanced Assessment Team for the Tropical Western Atlantic region.

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada (airport code GND), arriving on May 12 and departing on May 19. All participants are responsible for booking their own flights. REEF is not able to book airfare.

Transfers: Round-trip airport transfers are included in the package price. It is approximately a 10 minute ride from the airport to the hotel. Flight information will be collected from each participant in advance to arrange for an easy pickup.

Aquanauts’ spacious dive boat.

 

 

Many cryptic species, including Frogfish, can be found in Grenada.

 

 

An aerial view of True Blue Bay Resort.

 

 

The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique attraction.

2018
May 26
to
Jun 2
1 week

Bahamas - Turks and Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes, REEF Board of Trustees
18 divers maximum
5 spaces available including a female shared space.

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

The Turks and Caicos Explorer II is perfectly set up for diving directly from the ship.

Trip Type: Invasive Lionfish Research - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Lower Deck Stateroom: $2,495 per person; Main Deck Stateroom: $2,695 per person; VIP Stateroom: $2,895 per person. All rates based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: The Turks and Caicos Explorer II sleeps 20 passengers. The boat has 3 Lower Deck Staterooms with two twin beds, 5 Main Deck Staterooms with queen or twin beds, and 2 VIP/Boat Deck Staterooms with queen beds. All Staterooms are air-conditioned with private bathrooms and a wardrobe.

Diving: The dives on this trip will be part of a special research itinerary to be conducted in the Southern Bahamas, around Mayaguana, Plana Cays, Crooked Island, Salina Point and Castle Island. The Turks and Caicos Explorer II offers up to 5 dives a day for 5.5 days. Average water temperature during the time of the trip is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. All diving is done directly from the dive platform of the mothership, which has two in-water ladders for easy access to and from the water.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 5 full days of diving plus one half day of diving, three daily meals and snacks (except Friday night dinner), all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - Port tax and fuel surcharge to be determined (subject to change until 30 days prior to the trip departure) all flights, transfers to and from the boat dock, dinner ashore in Providenciales on Friday night, optional Nitrox, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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

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

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: While the dive locations will be in the Bahamas, the port for the Turks & Caicos Explorer II is located in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Participants should book round-trip flights to Providenciales International Airport (PLS), arriving on Saturday, June 26, and departing on the following Saturday, June 2. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.

Transfers: Ground transfers to and from the boat will be arranged in advance. The cost of these transfers will be paid directly to the driver onsite, and the cost will be determined before the trip. The vessel is available for boarding after 3pm on May 26, and participants will disembark the boat the following Saturday at 9am.

All cabins aboard the ship have either port lights or windows.

 

 

The trip itinerary features diving around remote islands in the Southern Bahamas.

 

 

Participate in important lionfish research and learn more about the impacts of the invasion.

 

 

Divers will be trained in safe lionfish collection and handling procedures to safely remove lionfish while diving.

2018
Jun 2
to
Jun 12
1 week 3 days

Fiji - NAI'A Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
16 divers maximum
1 space available - female shared.

REEF's fourth Field Survey to Fiji is sure to be a fantastic 10 days of diving, camaraderie, surveying, and fun! Central Fiji is known as a hotspot for diving, due to a combination of unique characteristics, including nutrient-rich runoff, deep-ocean upwelling, tidal and wind-driven currents and numerous barrier islands to offer protection. The South Pacific is a highly diverse region with massive schools of pelagics such as Bigeye Trevally, Scad, and Barracuda; Gray Reef and Whitetip Reef Sharks, and unusual creatures like the Leaf Scorpionfish and Hairy Ghost Pipefish. Fiji's Bligh Waters even boast a site called Humann Nature, named for REEF Co-Founder Paul Humann! The luxurious NAI'A is world-reknowned for her crew of experienced Fijian divers and sailors known for their friendliness and expertise. The itinerary also includes a visit to a traditional Fijian village, providing a great cultural experience in addition to unforgettable diving.

A Fijian reef full of colorful anthias. Photo by Paul Humann.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Stateroom: $5,676 per person based on double occupancy

Accommodations: The NAI'A sleeps 18 passengers. There are 9 staterooms onboard, all of which have private ensuite bathrooms. 3 staterooms have king size beds that may configured as individual singles, 2 have both a king bed and a single bunk above at the foot, 2 staterooms have only a king bed, and 2 staterooms have 2 twin bunk beds. All the staterooms have plenty of storage for gear.

Diving: The NAI'A Liveaboard offers 4-5 dives per dive day, including night dives. Average water temperature is 79-83 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3-5mm wetsuit and a hooded vest are recommended. If you get cold easily, it is suggested to bring additional layers. More information on water temperate is available on the NAI'A's website. All diving is done from inflatable skiffs. Tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the charter.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 9 days of diving with 4-5 dives per day, round-trip transfers to the ship from the airport or hotels in the Nadi area, all meals onboard, beverages including wine with dinner, tanks, weights, and taxes.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights, alcoholic beverages other than the house wine served with dinner, optional Nitrox ($210 for a 10-day charter), optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. A fuel surcharge will be added to each individual's onboard bill. The amount will be determined approximately 90 days prior to the start of the trip. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed on DiveAssure's website.

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

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Nadi International Airport (airport code NAN). Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.

Transfers: Participants will be transferred from Nadi to the boat at 1pm on June 2, and back to the Nadi area (airport or hotel) after disembarking at 8am on June 12. 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.

 

The NAI’A is a 120 ft. yacht.

Inside one of the staterooms.

A school of Yellowback Anthias. Photo credit: Cat Holloway

Randall’s Shrimpgoby, one of many interesting fish in the sand. Photo credit: Cat Holloway

 
2018
Jun 23
to
Jun 30
1 week

Key Largo -25th Anniversary of the REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project - Horizon Divers & Marina Del Mar

Led by Paul Humann, Renowned Underwater Photographer and REEF Co-Founder
24 divers maximum

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Volunteer Fish Survey Project by becoming a citizen scientist with REEF! In 1993, REEF began collecting data on the abundance of marine fish populations. Since then, this project has grown to make up the world's largest marine life sightings database and includes more than 200,000 surveys conducted by volunteer divers and snorkelers. Key Largo, where REEF Headquarters is based, is nicknamed the "dive capital of the world" and was also home to the very first REEF Field Survey Trip. Participants will visit some of the same dive sites visited on that first REEF Trip, to observe how fish populations have changed over time and collect important data to help scientists and resource managers continue to protect the ocean life and habitats. REEF will also offer a week of Ocean Explorers Summer Camp to coincide with this trip, so plan to bring your entire family! We welcome campers aged 7-13. Camp registration will be open in early 2018. For more information about summer camp, visit our Ocean Explorers Camp page.

Mixed schools of grunts and snappers are frequently found in Key Largo. Photo credit: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $1,043 per diver based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, non-diver, and family-style suite pricing also available. Please inquire with REEF Trips.

Accommodations: The standard accommodation is a resort room at Marina Del Mar. Each room is air-conditioned and has a coffee maker, refrigerator, and 1 or 2 beds (depending on requested bedding setup.) Other family-friendly accommodation options are available including a suite, which has a separate bedroom with a king bed, kitchenette, full living room and dining area, and queen size Murphy bed and sofa.

Diving: Horizon Divers' dock is located at Garden Cove Marina, which has plenty of parking. The diving will begin on Sunday, June 24 and end on Thursday, June 28. Additional dives can be done in the afternoon or on Friday for an additional cost. Average water temperature in Key Largo in June is 82-84 degrees Fahrenheit. Onsite gear storage is available.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a standard room, 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, all taxes, daily continental breakfast, tanks, weights and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights and transportation to and from Key Largo, meals other than breakfast, transportation around Key Largo (rental car information is below), optional Nitrox and additional diving available for an additional cost. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: Paul Humann is co-founder of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation and co-writer of ten fish identification field guides, is a celebrated scuba diver and an expert underwater photographer. Paul’s work has been featured in numerous magazines including Ocean Realm, Sport Diver, and National Geographicand he has been recognized as a leader in the study of fish. Paul’s detailed photographs have been key to positively identifying many species. In fact, many of his photos were the first ever documentation of living species in their natural habitats. This trip is based in Key Largo, Florida, home to REEF Headquarters, and will also provide the opportunity to dive and learn from members of REEF's talented staff and Board of Trustees.

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Key Largo is the northernmost island of the Florida Keys. Participants may choose to drive the entire way to Key Largo, or fly to one of South Florida's airports and then rent a car to drive to Key Largo. Participants should make arrangements to arrive in Key Largo on Saturday, June 23, and depart on Saturday, June 30. Participants may fly into Miami International Airport, 60 miles from Key Largo (airport code MIA) or Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 90 miles from Key Largo (airport code FLL.) Participants are responsible for booking their own air travel. REEF is not able to book airfare.

Transfers: If you choose to fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you will need to rent a car to get to Key Largo via the Florida Turnpike and US 1. Rental cars are readily available at either airport. There is no reliable public transportation in Key Largo, so participants should plan to have a rental car for the duration of the trip.

Marina Del Mar is located in Port Largo, close to restaurants and shops. 

Seaweed Blenny perching on a reef in the Florida Keys. Photo credit: Jeff Haines 

The inside of a Studio Room at Marina Del Mar.  

Schools of spadefish are a common sighting on Key Largo’s artificial reefs. Photo credit: Jeff Haines.

2018
Jul 14
to
Jul 21
1 week

Costa Rica - Diving and Mountains Eco-tour Family Adventure, Bill Beard's Costa Rica

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science and Brice Semmens, Ph.D, REEF Science Advisor
18 divers maximum
7 diver spaces available, including a male-shared.

This eco-adventure will give REEF members a chance to experience many alluring facets of Costa Rica, including abundant marine life, vibrant tropical rainforests and active volancoes. The trip includes a unique itinerary featuring diving or snorkeling to conduct REEF surveys, as well as land tours in two diverse regions of the country - Guanacaste and Arenal. This weeklong family-friendly excursion also includes a wildlife boat tour, volcano hike, Hanging Bridges guided walk, and even a chocolate tour and tortilla making lesson! Divers and non-divers of all ages are welcome on this trip.

Costa Rica is a bird watchers paradise.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more! This trip will also feature a land-based ecotour component. Details and itinerary are below.

Pricing: $1,711 per diver. $1,531 per snorkeler or non-diver. All rates based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates and child (age 9 and under) raates are also available; please contact REEF Trips for more information.

Accommodations: Participants will travel throughout Costa Rica during this week-long trip, from the coast to the mountains. Accommodations include 4 nights in a junior suite at Bosque Del Mar Hotel in Playa Hermosa, 2 nights at Hotel Arenal Manoa, and 1 night at Best Western Irazu in San Jose.

Diving: The trip package includes 2 days of 2 morning boat dives. Snorkelers may join the dive trips as well. The average water temperature in Costa Rica during the time of the trip is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, 2 days of 2-tank boat dives, 2 days of snorkeling on dive boat for non-divers, transfer from Liberia Airport upon arrival, transfer to San Jose Airport for departures, guided transfers during trip, land-based excursions and activities (weather permitting) detailed in itinerary below.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, and meals other than those specifically mentioned in the itinerary below. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adquate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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. Brice Semmens, Ph.D., is a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He is the lead scientists on REEF's Grouper Moon Project and is an expert surveyor in all of REEF's project regions.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Because this trip includes a land-based component, participants must fly into Liberia and out of San Jose. Participants should make arrangements to fly into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Libera (airport code LIR) arriving on July 14. Departure flights should be booked out of Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (airport code SJO) departing on July 21. All participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel.

Transfers: Round-trip airport transfers are included in the trip package. Participants will be picked up from the airport in Libera and transported by shuttle to Bosque del Mar in Playa Hermosa, approximately a 30 minute drive. It is recommended to arrive in Liberia between 12-3pm if possible. On July 21, the final day of the trip, participants will be transported to the airport in San Jose for departure flights.

Itinerary:

Saturday, July 14: Arrival day. Fly into Libera airport. Representative will meet all participants at the airport for transfer to Playa Hermosa. Check into Bosque del Mar hotel. Dinner not included.
Sunday, July 15: Breakfast at hotel. 2-tank morning dive trip. Lunch and dinner not included.
Monday, July 16: Breakfast at hotel. 2-tank morning dive trip. Lunch and dinner not included.
Tuesday, July 17: Breakfast at hotel. Wildlife boat tour at Palo Verde National Park. Lunch included. Dinner not included.
Wednesday, July 18: Breakfast at hotel. Check out of Boque del Mar and transfer to Arenal. Stop at Llanos de Cortez waterfall. Lunch included. Check into Hotel Arenal Manoa. Dinner not included.
Thursday, July 19: Breakfast at hotel. Morning guided walk at Arenal Hanging Bridges, afternoon volcano walk and volcanic hot springs. Lunch on own, not included. Dinner included.
Friday, July 20: Breakfast at hotel. Chocolate tour and tasting, La Fortuna waterfall visit and tortilla making lesson. Lunch included. Transfer to San Jose in the evening. Check into Best Western Irazu in San Jose. Dinner not included.
Saturday, July 21: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to San Jose airport for departure flight.

Enjoy a scenic view of Arenal Volcano from the hotel.

 

 

 

King Angelfish, one of many fish species to call the reefs of Costa Rica home. Photo by Paul Humann.

 

 

 

A wildlife boat tour offers a great chance to see animals like white-faced capuchin monkeys.

 

 

 

The social Barberfish butterflyfish form schools on the reefs of Costa Rica. Photo by Carol Cox.

2018
Aug 4
to
Aug 13
1 week 2 days

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil - Atlantis Divers Brazil

Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, REEF Board of Trustees
18 divers maximum
Sold out. Contact Trips@REEF.org to be added to waitlist.

Discovered in 1503, Brazil's Fernando de Noronha archipelago is known as a great destination for ecotourism and diving. The islands are located about 200 miles from the mainland and the entire area makes up a protected marine park. Ocean currents from East Africa flow past the islands, creating excellent dive conditions year round, making this a perfect destination for REEF surveyors who enjoy warm, clear water. Unique underwater structures including rock formations and reefs attract many diverse species of fish and other marine life. Renowned marine life authors and REEF Board of Trustees members Ned and Anna DeLoach will lead daily evening presentations focusing on fish identification and behavior. When not diving, attendees can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the island, including lush greenery and deserted beaches.

 

Fernando de Noronha is known for its beautiful landscapes, both topside and underwater.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $2,829 per diver based on double occupancy. Non-diver and single occupnacy rates are also available - please contact REEF Trips for details. 

Accommodations: Accommodations on Fernando de Noronha will be in pousadas, which are simple bed and breakfast style guesthouses. Breakfast will be served each morning at the pousada.

Diving: The diving will begin on Sunday, Aug. 5 and end on Saturday, August 11. Average water temperature at Fernando de Noronha in August is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 9 nights of accommodation, 7 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, daily breakfast and lunch, round-trip airport transfers from airport in Fernando de Noronha, tanks, weights and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, government taxes including approximately $20 per person per day permanency tax and approximately $30 marine park entrance ticket valid for 10 days. Taxes and entrance fee costs are approximate as the rates have been converted from Brazilian real to USD and are subject to change. Optional Nitrox available for additional fee. Optional gear rentals available for additional fee. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Fly into Gov. Carlos Wilson airport in Fernando de Noronha (airport code FEN), arriving on Saturday, Aug. 4. Flights to FEN have a layover in mainland Brazil (usually Recife or Natal) on the way. If traveling from the USA, it is recommended to fly through Fort Lauderdale (FLL) or Orlando (MCO) on Azul Airlines. Departure flights should be booked for August 13. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel.

Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport in Fernando de Noronha are included in the trip package. Participants will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Pousada Atoba via shuttle.

Atlantis Divers’ spacious dive boat.

 

 

Explore deserted beaches of the island.

 

 

Large school of Squirrelfish congregating on a wreck.

 

 

Pousadas are comfortable, locally-owned guesthouses.

2018
Aug 18
to
Aug 25
1 week

Gardens of the Queen Cuba - Avalon II Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D, REEF Director of Science, and Brice Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Science Advisor
18 divers maximum
2 spaces available.

Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), a marine park located on the southeastern portion of Cuba, is known as one of the best-preserved marine areas in the Caribbean, offering a high amount of diversity and fish biomass. A variety of marine habitats including patch reefs, seagrass, and mangroves surround the islands, providing important nursery areas for many juvenile fish species. Large fish such as snapper, grouper and sharks are a frequent sighting for divers in this area, and the barrier reefs have a fantastic abundance of hard and soft coral and sponges. Surveyors will have the chance to contribute their sightings data to REEF's online database while discovering why this protected area is considered to have some of the best diving in the Caribbean!

 

Plenty of sharks and brightly colored sponges call this area home.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $5,400 per diver based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: The Avalon II sleeps 20 passengers in 10 deluxe staterooms. Each stateroom is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom. The staterooms have two beds (1 full and 1 twin) and each stateroom has a window.

Diving: The Avalon II offers up to 4 dives per day for 5 days (Sunday-Thursday), and 2 dives on the final day of the trip (Friday.) All diving is done from two skiffs, which hold 10 divers each. Average water tempertaure is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended.

Price Includes: The days of diving plus 1 half day of diving, all meals and snacks onboard, non-alcoholic beverages plus local beer and wine, round-trip airport transfers from Santa Clara, tanks and weights.

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

Other Fees Paid to REEF: $200/person inscription fee and $100/person conservation fee will be collected by REEF and paid to Avalon Cuban Diving Centers.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, optional gear rental, optional Nitrox available for $100 for the week. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adquate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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. Brice Semmens, Ph.D., is a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He is the lead scientist on REEF's Grouper Moon Project and is an expert level REEF surveyor in all of REEF's program areas.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Abel Santamaría Airport in Santa Clara (airport code SNU) or Ignacio Agramonte International Airport in Camaguey (airport code CMW). Participants should plan to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 18, by mid-afternoon, and depart any time after noon the following Saturday, Aug. 25. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel.

Transfers: Transfers are included in the trip package. After arriving at either airport, participants will board a bus to the port where Avalon II is located. The port is in Jucaro, an approximately 2.5 hour bus ride from either airport.

Large fish like Yellowfin Grouper can be found in the Gardens of the Queen. Photo credit: Noel Lopez

 

 

The Avalon II is a 125 ft. yacht.

 

 

The boat has 10 deluxe staterooms.

 

A Diamond Blenny perches on a reef in Cuba. Photo credit: Fausto de Nevi

2018
Aug 18
to
Aug 25
1 week

Belize - Splash Dive Center and Pelican Beach Resort

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

South Water Caye Marine Reserve, in southern Belize, is a unique mangrove/coral reef habitat and home to several endemic species including the Social Wrasse and the Maya Hamlet. The goal of this trip is to study the effects of stressors such as invasive lionfish and habitat loss on this remote area of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system, with a special focus on how these impacts are affecting species that are not found anywhere else in the Caribbean. Participants will work with local partners to conduct fish surveys as well as lionfish research and removals. In addition, other underwater survey methods will be utilized to gather data on this infrequently-studied area to determine how to best protect this unique marine ecosystem.

A view of the island of South Water Caye, located in the Mesoamerican barrier reef system.

Trip Type: This is an exploratory, research-based trip. The trip will include components of our Fish Survey and Invasive Lionfish trips. Click here to learn more about these projects. REEF volunteers who attend this trip will become actively engaged with a variety of survey methods to support the goals of the project. No prior experience is necessary, only enthusiasm!

Pricing: $2,520 per diver based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: Accommodations for this trip are provided by Laru Beya Resort (1 night on Belize mainland) and Pelican Beach Resort (6 nights at South Water Caye.) At Laru Beya Resort, rooms have either two double beds or one queen bed and are either garden view or ocean view, assigned based on bedding setups and availability. At Pelican Beach Resort, two room types are available: Brown Booby Roost (two double beds or one queen bed and a twin futon) or Pelican's Pouch (two double beds.)

Diving: This trip offers 6 days of 2-tank boat dives in the South Water Caye area of Belize, which is a marine reserve. The average water temperature in Belize during the time of the trip is 82-84 degrees Fahrenheit. Tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the trip package.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation (1 night in Placencia on Belize mainland, 6 nights at Pelican Beach Resort in South Water Caye), 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, all meals (starting with dinner on Aug. 18 and ending with breakfast on Aug. 25), domestic flight from BZE to Placencia on Aug. 18 and return domestic flight from Dangriga to BZE on Aug. 25, all ground transfers in Belize, boat transfers to and from Pelican Beach Resort, marine park fees, tanks, weights.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - International flights to Belize City, optional Nitrox available for additional fee. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adquate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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

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

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Participants should arrange to fly into Philip F. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (airport code BZE) arriving on Aug. 18 and departing on Aug. 25. From BZE, domestic flights to Placenia will be arranged through REEF.

Transfers: All ground transfers after arriving in Belize City are pre-arranged and included in the trip package.

Itinerary:

Saturday, Aug. 18: Participants fly into Belize City and connect on Tropic Air flight to Placencia. Check into Laru Beya Resort in Placencia. Dinner included.

Sunday, Aug. 19: Transfer from Placencia to Pelican Beach Resort in South Water Caye, Belize via boat. 2 tank dive trip upon arrival.

Monday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 24: At South Water Caye, 2 dives each day.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Breakfast at South Water Caye. Transfer from Pelican Beach Resort to Dangriga airstrip via boat. Tropic Air flight from Dangriga to Belize City. Depart Belize City. Flights from BZE may be booked for any time after 11am.

Spacious accommodations at Pelican Beach Resort.

 

  

Kayaks are available for use after diving. 

 

 

The Social Wrasse is one endemic fish species in this area. Photo credit: Stephanie Green.

 

  

Meals are served in this breezy, open-air space.

2018
Sep 23
to
Sep 30
1 week

St. Lucia - Anse Chastanet Resort

Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Project
23 divers maximum
6 spaces available.

Expand your knowledge of fish ID and behavior at this lovely seaside resort in the heart of beautiful St. Lucia. The entire region is a protected marine area and excellent, easily accessible beach diving is available directly in front of the resort. When not diving or snorkeling, guests can enjoy many other activities including sea kayaking, jungle biking, yoga and sailing. Anse Chastanet is an environmentally-conscious, luxury resort with plenty of amenities and delicious food, making it a great destination for REEF surveyors of all levels. If you plan to attend REEF Fest 2018, this is the perfect post-REEF Fest survey trip. There are daily flights to St. Lucia from Miami International Airport, which a short drive from Key Largo.

Snorkel or dive on Anse Chastanet’s beautiful home reef.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $2,249 based on double occupancy in a superior room. Non-divers are $1,959 based on double occupancy in a superior room. Upgrades to Beach Deluxe or Hill Deluxe rooms are available, please contact REEF Trips for more information and pricing.

Accommodations: Anse Chastanet’s Superior rooms are located at various levels on the hillside* and they are octagonal or rectangular in shape. The superior rooms have either coralina tiles, clay tiles or tropical hardwood floors, glass or wooden louvered windows, balconies and beautiful views of the Pitons and/or the Caribbean Sea. All of the superior rooms have fridges, electric water kettle, coffee makers and hair dryers. Handmade bathrobes and Molton Brown amenities are provided. There is daily housekeeping and turn down service. All rooms have king size beds, ensuite bathrooms with sink, shower and toilet. Upon request, extra bed or twin beds can be provided. In room amenities include fridge, coffee makers, in-room safes, hand made bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, Molton Brown amenities, free Wi-Fi, twice daily housekeeping service with complimentary bottled water. 

*Per Anse Chastanet's webpage: Please note that there are approximately 100 stairs leading from beach level to mid-hillside level, thus making the property unsuitable for those with walking difficulties or cardiac problems. A complimentary shuttle service from beachside to hillside level is provided any time it is requested.

Diving: 6 days of 2-tank boat dives are included in the trip package. Shore diving is available at Anse Chastanet's home reef, and most dive sites are within a 10-15 minute boat ride. Average water temperature is 80-82 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodations, 12 boat dives plus scheduled shore diving at Anse Chastanet's home reef, free nitrox, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, all taxes, round-trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail upon arrival, tanks, weights and weight belts. Participants may also join resort activities including sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, tennis, hiking, sunrise and sunset yoga.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, marine park fee of $15 to be paid onsite. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia, arriving on Sept. 23, and departing on Sept. 30. All participants are responsible for booking air travel. REEF is not able to book airfare.

Transfers: Transfers are included in the trip package. Upon arrival, participants will board a shuttle to Anse Chastanet resort, a 50 minute ride from the airport.

St. Lucia’s reefs are full of color and abundant fish life.

 

 

A Redlip Blenny perches on a coral head.

 

 

Bright and luxurious rooms at Anse Chastanet provide gorgeous views.

 

 

Anse Chastanet is known for excellent food.

2018
Oct 2
to
Oct 16
2 weeks

Philippines - Atlantis Dumaguete Resort and Azores Liveaboard

Led by Ned and Anna DeLoach, REEF Board of Trustees, Underwater Photographers, and Marine Life Authors
14 divers maximum
Sold out. Contact Trips@REEF.org to be added to waitlist.

REEF's first Field Survey to the Philippines was in April 2016, and we loved the area so much we have decided to return! Surveyors on our 2016 trip recorded an astounding 885 species throughout the two-week trip, including some previously unidentified fish! REEF surveyors joining the second Field Survey to the Philippines will be treated to an educational adventure led by REEF Board of Trustees members, Ned and Anna DeLoach, who are known for their engaging stories and talks on fish behavior. The trip begins with four nights at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort, to enjoy several days of fabulous muck diving. Wind down with a massage at the resort spa or a delicious meal at Toko's Restaurant, and then board the Atlantis Azores liveaboard to experience some of the best diving in the Philippines. The liveaboard portion of this trip features Atlantis's 10-day Malapascua-Cebu charter, with diving around Sumilon Island, Pescador Island and Cat Island. Unlimited nitrox is included as special perk for all REEF participants on this trip.

An underwater reef scene in the Philippines

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Deluxe Room at Dumaguete & Deluxe Cabin aboard Azores: $6,169 per person based on double occupancy.
Deluxe Room at Dumaguete & Owner's Suite aboard Azores: $6,869 based on double occupancy

Accommodations: Atlantis Dumaguete Resort: Deluxe rooms have a king bed (convertible to 2 twins) or a queen, shower, safe, air-conditioning, tv with cable, minibar and refrigerator. Atlantis Azores has 7 Deluxe Staterooms with double and single bunk-style berths, ensuite bathroom with a private head and shower; and 1 Owner's Suite, a spacious suite on the upper deck with double and single bunk-style berths and a desk, large picture windows, and extensive storage space.

Diving: Nitrox is included in the package for all dives on this trip! Atlantis Dumaguete Resort offers up to 5 dives per day. Most dive sites are within 10 minutes of the resort. Atlantis Azores offers up to 5 dives per day, with most of the diving done from two zodiac tender boats. Average water temperature is 77-82 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. You may want to bring a hooded vest for additional warmth. Tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the package.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 4 nights of accommodation at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort, 10 nights aboard the Atlantis Azores, up to 5 boat dives per day at Dumaguete including night dives, up to 5 dives per day aboard the Azores, nitrox for the entire duration of the trip, all meals at Dumaguete and aboard the Azores, local soft drinks, beer and wine aboard the Azores, 1 day trip to Apo Island from Dumaguete, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Other Costs Paid to REEF: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials. $260 per person round-trip domestic flights from Manila to Dumaguete will be booked by Atlantis and paid to REEF.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. International flights to Manila, $66 marine park fee at Dumaguete (subject to change), $198 marine park fee aboard Azores (subject to change), optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities are not included in the cost of the trip and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, but medical/dive insurance is required for all guests aboard the Azores. Insurance must cover medical evacuation and dive-related accidents. REEF also strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance is available on Dive Assure's webpage.

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

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Participants should arrange to fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (airport code MNL). Depending on arrival and departure times, arrangements for hotels and/or day rooms at Midas Hotel can be made by contacting REEF. Participants are responsible for booking their own international airfare to and from Manila.

Transfers: Due to continuity and scheduling, all portions of domestic transfers must be made through REEF. Atlantis provides round-trip transfers between Manila and Dumaguete for $260 per person. The transfer includes round-trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete with 66 lbs/30 kg of checked luggage per person, domestic terminal fees, round-trip private air-conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort, personal airport meet and greet and luggage assistance. This rate is subject to change to due changes in airfare.

Itinerary

October 1: Arrive in Manila by the evening on this date. Overnights hotels and transfers to and from the airport can be arranged if necessary.

October 2: Fly to Dumaguete from Manila on a morning flight. Ground transfer from airport to Atlantis Dumaguete Resort provided by Atlantis. Domestic flight will be booked by Atlantis and paid to REEF. Participants can begin diving after checking in and receiving a briefing. 

October 3-5: 3 days of diving in Dumaguete.

October 6: Board Atlantis Azores Liveaboard from Dumaguete Resort.

October 7-15: 9 days of diving around Cebu and Malapascua aboard Atlantis Azores.

October 16: Azores returns to Dumaguete. Disembark boat. Transfer to Dumaguete Airport for domestic flight to MNL at 8:55am, arrive MNL at approximately 10:20am. Depart Manila airport on international flights home. Please allow at least 3 hours between flight times for transfer between domestic and international terminals in Manila. 

Atlantis Dumaguete Resort is known for excellent service.

The Atlantis Azores is a 107 ft. yacht.

A Deluxe Stateroom aboard the Azores.

Pygmy Seahorses are a frequent sighting in the Philippines.

Swim with whale sharks at Apo Island!

2018
Nov 3
to
Nov 10
1 week 1 hour

Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands - Brac Reef Beach Resort

Led by Janna Nichols, REEF Citizen Science Program Manager
19 divers maximum
Sold Out. Please contact trips@REEF.org to be added to the waitlist.

This will be REEF's second trip to Cayman Brac, one of the Sister Islands of the Cayman Islands. Smaller and less developed than Grand Cayman, Brac offers a slow paced island getaway. Participants will help build REEF's fish survey database in this less-dived area by participating in a week of citizen science-based fish surveys! The dive staff at Brac Reef Beach Resort will take excellent care of the group and are known for providing a high level of service. The waters of the Cayman Islands have some of the best dive conditions in the Caribbean, with excellent visibility and few currents, making Cayman Brac a perfect destination for divers of all levels, as well as snorkelers. With plenty of land-based activities including cave explorations and hiking, Cayman Brac is also a great destination for non-divers.

The M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts is one of Cayman Brac’s most famous dive sites.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: $1,490 per diver based on double occupancy. Single occupancy and non-diver rates also available - please contact REEF Trips for more information.

Accommodations: The standard accommodation is an air-conditioned, ocean view room with either two doubles or one king bed, patios or balconies and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are housed in a two-story building surrounded by foliage and landscaped gardens.

Diving: The trip package includes 12 total boat dives. Average water temperature is 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Reef Divers is the onsite dive operator at the resort and will change tanks and rinse and store gear for all participants.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, daily breakfast and dinner, round-trip airport transfers, taxes and service fees, tanks, weights and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights and lunch. Optional afternoon dives available for an additional cost. Optional Nitrox available for additional cost. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Cayman Brac (CYB). Most itineraries will include a layover in Grand Cayman prior to flying to Cayman Brac. Flights should arrive on Nov. 3 and depart on Nov. 10.

Transfers: Round-trip transfers are included in the trip package. Participants will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Brac Reef Resort in Cayman Brac.

One of Reef Divers’ large dive boats.

 

Relax by the pool after a day of diving.

 

Take in a beautiful sunset each evening.

 

Spacious and bright rooms at Brac Reef Beach Resort.

2018
Dec 1
to
Dec 8
1 week

Cozumel - Chili Charters and Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

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

Join REEF's annual trip to Cozumel for a wonderful week of camaraderie, diving and citizen science! Enjoy the 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. Reserve your spot today - this popular trip always sells out early.

Cozumel is known for clear waters and excellent drift diving. Photo credit: Janna Nichols

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Safari Inn: $626 per diver based on double occupancy. $756 per diver based on single occupancy. Casa Mexicana: $774 per diver based on double occupancy. $1,097 per diver based on single occupancy.

Accommodations: Two accommodation options are available on this trip. Safari Inn is a small, locally owned hotel located on the waterfront. All rooms have air-conditioning and private bathrooms with showers. King beds or twin beds are available. Casa Mexicana's rooms are air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi and have private bathrooms with showers. The Casa Mexicana package includes a breakfast buffet. Both hotels are located across the street from Aqua Safari pier, where the dive boat will pick up divers each morning.

Diving: Average water temperature is 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Visibility is usually excellent, ranging from 75-125 ft. at most dive sites. Most diving in Cozumel is drift diving, so it is recommended to carry a surface marker buoy.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, deluxe breakfast buffet included in Casa Mexicana package, daily gear storage, tanks and weights.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, transfers to and from the airport, all meals on trip (breakfast is included if staying at Casa Mexicana.) Optional Nitrox available for an additional cost. Optional additional afternoon dives are $40 per person, optional night dives are $55 per person. A $2.50 per person per day marine park access fee will be collected onsite. Taxes and fees are subject to change. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

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. Tracey has completed more than 1,000 REEF 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.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Cozumel International Airport (airport code CZM), arriving on Dec. 1 and departing on Dec. 8. Participants are responsible for booking their own air travel. REEF is not able to book airfare.

Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the trip package, however taxis are readily available at the Cozumel airport. The fare for a ride from the airport to Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana is approximately $8 one way.

Casa Mexicana has modern, spacious rooms.

One of the large, comfortable rooms at Safari Inn.

Chili Charters has an excellent fleet of dive boats.

Relax by the pool at Casa Mexicana after a day of diving.

2018
Dec 1
to
Dec 8
1 week

Eastern Caribbean - Caribbean Explorer II Liveaboard

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

Explore the islands the Northeastern Caribbean aboard the Caribbean Explorer II, one of the only liveboard dive boats that visits this area year-round. Participants will begin the trip in St. Kitts and end the week in St. Maarten, allowing us to visit a variety of sites throughout the week. This special REEF itinerary will feature diving around Montserrat, which is known for being home to an active volcano. Less than 50 REEF surveys have conducted in the area surrounding Montserrat, and participants will have an opportunity to contribute much-needed data to REEF's online database. Weather permitting, several land-based tours will be offered throughout the week as well.

 

The Caribbean Explorer II visits excellent reefs of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Main or Lower Deck Stateroom: $2,095 per person based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: The Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard sleeps 18 passengers. There are 4 staterooms located on the main deck, and 5 staterooms on the lower deck. All staterooms are air-conditioned and have private ensuite bathrooms with shower. All 4 Main Deck Staterooms and 2 Lower Deck Staterooms have a window.

Diving: The Caribbean Explorer II offers up to 5 dives a day for 5.5 days. Average water temperature during the time of the trip is approximately 76 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3 or 5mm wetsuit is recommended. All diving is done directly from the dive platform of the mothership, which provides easy access to the water. Visibility is usually between 50-150 ft.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 5 full days of diving plus one half day of diving, three daily meals and snacks (except Friday night dinner which is ashore), all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

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

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - Port tax and fuel surcharge to be determined (subject to change until 30 days prior to the trip departure) all flights, transfers to and from the boat dock, dinner ashore in Providenciales on Friday night, optional Nitrox, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: Ellie Splain is REEF’s Education Program Manager and is a passionate teacher of the marine environment. Ellie primarily focuses on education programs and efforts at REEF’s headquarters in Key Largo, Florida, and various outreach events. Under Ellie’s leadership, REEF’s education programs have grown to include the Ocean Explorers Camp and weeklong marine science programs for students of all ages. Since her internship with REEF in 2013, Ellie joined the Advanced Assessment Team for the Tropical Western Atlantic region. Ellie is a divemaster and an experienced surveyor throughout the Caribbean.

How to Sign Up: 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. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into St. Kitts Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.

Transfers: Airport transfers are not included in the price of the package, but participants will be met at the airport by a driver. The transfer cost is $20-$30/person each way, depending on the size of the transfer group. Participants will board the boat at Port Zante marina in St. Kitts. The boat is available for boarding at 3pm on Dec. 1.

Be on the lookout for frogfish while diving!

 

 

Tiger Groupers are one of the most frequently seen grouper species in this part of the Caribbean.

 

 

The trip itinerary begins on the tranquil and historic island of St. Kitts.

 

 

Relax on the sun deck after a day of diving.

2019
Jan 6
to
Jan 16
1 week 3 days

Maldives - Carpe Vita Explorer Liveaboard

Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
19 divers maximum
Sold Out. Please contact trips@REEF.org to be added to the waitlist.

Participants on our inaugral Maldives Field Survey Trip will have the opportunity to conduct some of the very first fish surveys in REEF's newest region, the Eastern Indian Ocean! This itinerary will feature diving around the northwest and central islands, which typically have excellent visibility and colorful reef life. Maldivian waters support the world's largest known year-round population of reef manta rays, but this destination offers the chance to see many ocean creatures, both large and small. Help establish baseline data for this biodiversity hotspot by contributing to a meaningful citizen science project, while building your knowledge of Indian Ocean fishes! Please note: Educational and survey materials for this region are currently being developed and will be available for the trip.

The Carpe Vita Explorer is a 125 ft. yacht.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Lower Deck Stateroom: $3,935 per person
Main Deck Stateroom: $4,135 per person
VIP Stateroom: $4,335 per person
All rates based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: The Carpe Vita Explorer sleeps 20 passengers. The upper deck has two large VIP Staterooms with picture windows, glass showers and separate tubs. The main deck has two staterooms with windows, and the lower deck has 6 staterooms with spacious accommodations and port-light views. All staterooms have private bathrooms and showers.

Diving: The Carpe Vita Explorer offers up to 4 dives per day. All diving is done from a large, custom-built dhoni (tender), which is 60 feet long and has ample space for all divers, cameras and gear. Drift diving is common in the Maldives and reef hooks may be used at certain sites (available for rent onboard.) Please note that Maldivian regulations limit the maximum depth for all dives to 100 feet. Nitrox is available onboard for an additional fee. Tanks, weights and weight belts are included in the cost of the package.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 10 nights of accommodation, 8.5 days of diving, 3 daily meals, soft drinks, snacks, 2 glasses of beer or wine with dinner, same day transfers, good and service tax, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights, fuel surcharge (to be determined and payable onboard), $6 per person per night Government Green Tax. Gratuities are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. DAN membership and dive accident insurance or equivalent is required for this trip. If you arrive without proof of a policy, you will be required to purchase a short-term policy valid for the duration of your stay in the Maldives, which is approximately $20 (subject to change.) Travel insurance is not included, but REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adquate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance is available on Dive Assure's webpage.

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

How to Sign Up: 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.

How to Get There: Participants should arrange to fly into Male (airport code MLE) in the Maldives. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF cannot book air travel. It is recommended to arrive on January 5, at least one day early, to allow for any potential delays.

Transfers: Airport transfers on the day of embarkation (Jan. 6) and disembarkation (Jan. 16) are included in the package. Participants should meet at the airport information counter at 2:30pm for a transfer by dhoni (tender) to the boat. All guests arriving on embarkation day will be met at the airport by a representative.

Itinerary:

Sunday, Jan. 6: Arrive in Male by this date. Transfer by dhoni to Carpe Vita Explorer.
Monday, January 7 - Tuesday, January 15: Diving aboard Carpe Vita Explorer.
Wednesday, January 16: Disembark Carpe Vita Explorer by 8am. There is sufficient time to catch a flight out at any time on this day.

A Map Puffer swims among beautiful coral structures.

 

 

Many colorful schools of fish await surveyors in the Maldives.

 

 

Divers have a great chance of encountering whale sharks in the Maldives.

 

 

The Carpe Vita Explorer has 10 large, luxurious staterooms.

Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub