Enjoy the Caribbean’s natural beauty right outside your doorstep with swaying coconut trees, a vibrant shoreline, and a beautiful sandy beach. Six days of diving with local operator Dive Aqua Marine allows plentiful opportunities to explore the wrecks, reefs, and walls of St. Thomas. After a day of diving, relax in Bongolo Bay Beach Resort's tropically adorned oceanview rooms, each with a private balcony. With an all-inclusive resort package and easy travel access (no passport needed for US citizens!) this trip makes a perfect getaway for both divers and non-divers.
Project Focus: The purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers and non-divers.
Accommodations: Participants will be accommodated in ocean view rooms at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, an all-inclusive property. Bedding arrangements consist of either a king bed or two queens. All rooms have a private balcony, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a refrigerator. The resort package includes all meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), and use of non-motorized water sports, such as kayaks and paddle boards.
Diving: There will be 6 days of two-tank morning dives with Dive Aqua Marine starting on Sunday, February 19. Rental equipment is included if needed for no extra charge. The average water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a 1-3mm wetsuit is recommended.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
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*subject to availability
Your Package Includes: The package includes 7 nights of all-inclusive accommodation at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, 6 days of two tank dives with Aqua Marine, rental gear (if needed), all meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), and use of all non-motorized watersports. Each participant will also receive a Dive Free Aqua Marine t-shirt.
Additional Fees - Payable to REEF: Ground transfers between the hotel and dive shop will be arranged a few months prior to the trip, and the cost will be invoiced to participants. We anticipate this cost to be no more than $20 per person, but it is subject to local pricing/availability.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials. The REEF Program Fee applies to all divers and any attendee age 18 or older.
Additional Fees - Not Included: All flights and associated travel to and from St. Thomas, marine park fees (subject to change; paid onsite), and gratuities to the dive shop are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion. Round trip airport transfers (approximately $9 per person plus a small baggage fee) are not included and can be paid onsite.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $500 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
St. Thomas Travel Info
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements through Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) arriving on Saturday, February 18, and departing in the afternoon on Saturday, February 25. There are vans at the airport that can provide transfers to the resort for a small fee.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: U.S. citizens do not need a passport when entering the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the official U.S. Virgin Islands passport requirements, but you may be required to show proof of citizenship (raised-seal birth certificate and valid government-issued ID card such as a driver’s license) when departing the U.S. mainland.
COVID-19 Considerations: All REEF Field Survey Trip attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 either need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to participation or comply with additional safety measures in order to participate.
It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section on our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.