All are invited to join us for REEF Fest 2021 on October 14-17 in Key Largo, Florida! REEF Fest is the perfect opportunity to experience the underwater world of the Florida Keys by diving, snorkeling, or kayaking. You can join REEF staff and marine life experts on the mornings of Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16, as we explore diverse ocean habitats like coral reefs and mangrove trails.
It’s easy to sign up, and there’s no need to contact any tour operators to reserve your space. You can book dive, snorkel, or kayak spaces when you register online for REEF Fest. Learn more and register by visiting www.REEF.org/REEFfest. Spaces are filling fast, so be sure to book your eco-excursions soon.
Diving and Snorkeling: We have reserved dedicated boat charters with Key Dives, Quiescence Diving Services, and Amoray Dive Resort. Each boat will have a REEF representative onboard, with REEF survey materials available for you to use during the trip. This is a great chance to practice your fish identification skills and participate in citizen science. The cost for a 2-tank morning trip is $90 per diver and snorkelers may also join on the Amoray boat for $45 per person.
Lionfish Collecting Dives: Forever Young Charter Company is offering a private invasive lionfish hunting charter for a maximum of 6 divers on the morning of Friday, Oct. 15. The cost for this special trip is $150 per diver and includes a 2-tank dive trip, tanks, weights, and local expert guide. All lionfish collecting gear will be provided. Due to the advanced nature of these dives, this trip is recommended for those have 30+ logged dives and are comfortable diving in conditions that may include currents and low visibility.
Kayaking Ecotours: Join a three-hour guided kayak tour through mangrove forests and tidal flats led by one of Florida Bay Outfitters’ experienced guides. Tours are offered on the mornings of Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16, and are great for beginners or experienced paddlers. This fully-guided tour is $60 per person and includes all rental equipment, a lesson on paddling techniques, snacks, and water.
In addition to these eco-excursions, REEF Fest 2021 also features conservation programs, social events with delicious food and drinks, and educational ocean seminars presented by scientists, naturalists, and more. You can check out all of event details at www.REEF.org/REEFfest.
If you have any questions, please contact events@REEF.org or call (305) 852-0030. We hope to see you this fall in Key Largo for REEF Fest 2021!