Tiger Shark and Hammerhead Expedition
Grand Bahama and Bimini Jan 29-Feb 4, 2017
(SOLD OUT- If you would like to be notified of any cancellations, please contact Tanya at email@example.com)
Thank you for your interest in the tiger shark and hammerhead expedition to the Bahamas! Dive with some of the most beautiful sharks in the world, in one of the most beautiful places in the world, from the comfort of the liveaboard R/V Kate as we sail between Grand Bahama and Bimini! While most shark diving charters in the Bahamas offer one location or the other, we’ll be traveling between both locations to offer you an even greater variety of shark species! We will also have a small group of only 7 divers, ensuring that everyone has the maximum amount of time in the water with the sharks. I will also be available throughout the trip to assist guests with their underwater photography, so that everyone goes home with images they are proud of! If after reading this information sheet you have any questions, or if you would like to make reservations, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dive Conditions and Accommodations
We will be enjoying 5 days of cageless diving with tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and nurse sharks in the warm, clear waters off of Grand Bahama and Bimini. Depths are shallow, typically only 20-40 feet, which means ample bottom time. Although the water is warm (typically ~80 degrees Fahrenheit), remember that we will be in the water for long periods of time each day, so take that into consideration when choosing the thickness of the wetsuit you bring. We will be diving with Blue Iguana Charters (www.blueiguanacharters.com) while staying on their 65-ft liveaboard vessel, the R/V Kate, which boasts an abundance of hot fresh water, air conditioning, comfortable beds, an entertainment center including DVD, VHS, and CD players, media library, 110-volt electricity, an extensive galley (kitchen), two clean heads (restrooms) with large stand-up showers, and a full sundeck. Sleeping accommodations are in two spacious cabins. The bow cabin has two double and four single beds while the side cabin has four single beds. The beds are upper/lower bunk-style with privacy curtains and individual reading lights. There is also plenty of room for cameras and photography equipment. Meals on-board the R/V Kate include outstanding home-style cooking. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared fresh while snacks including fruit, nuts, and sweets are always available. Refreshments such as ice water, juices, coffee, hot and cold tea, and lemonade are included as well.
Travel To/From Grand Bahama
Guests will be arriving to and departing from Grand Bahama via Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport (airport code FPO). Guests are responsible for arranging their own air travel to and from Freeport. Upon arriving in Freeport, taxis are available to take you to Old Bahama Bay Marina where you will board the R/V Kate. Taxi prices are set by the Bahamian government, and run approximately $75 USD for transport between the airport and the marina.
Price and Payment
The price of the expedition is $3900 per person. This price includes all accommodations aboard the R/V Kate, all meals and snacks, all diving, weights and tanks (we will be using air, not Nitrox), and personal assistance with underwater photography. NOT included in the price is airfare to and from Grand Bahama, taxi to and from the airport to the marina, alcoholic beverages, and crew gratuities. Please note that there is no dive gear rental available, so please bring all of your dive gear with the exception of tanks and weights. A deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your slot, with the balance of $2900 due 90 days prior to the start of the trip. The deposit is NONREFUNDABLE; however, if the trip is full and someone is able to take your slot, your deposit will be refunded in full. All available slots must be filled before a deposit will be refunded for a canceled reservation. I strongly urge each guest to secure trip insurance in order to recoup your costs in the event that you must cancel your reservation. Some trip insurance carriers allow cancellations for any reason. If you would like information about trip insurance carriers, feel free to contact me. Payments may be made via check or PayPal. Please note that there is a 3% processing fee for paying via PayPal (3.9% if the payment is international). If you would like to pay by check, please contact me for the mailing address to send the check to.
What You Will Need To Bring
- Dive certification cards
- All scuba gear except tanks and weights. Please remember that even though the water is warm, we will be in the water for extended periods, so plan accordingly when choosing which wetsuit to bring (it is quite common for divers to wear 5mm and even 7mm wetsuits). Blue Iguana Charters requires that all divers be completely covered in full wetsuits, hood, and gloves, with black being the preferred color. Please no bright colors!
- Personal items (clothing, toiletries, etc.)
- Dive Insurance (e.g., DAN) - Blue Iguana Charters REQUIRES all divers to have dive insurance. Please review your policy to ensure that it covers medical evacuation and treatment. If you have any questions about dive insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- Photography/video equipment (and don’t forget spare o-rings and batteries!). I also urge you to consider insuring your photography/video equipment if you have not already done so.
For a list of FAQs about shark diving with Blue Iguana Charters, please go to this link: http://www.blueiguanacharters.com/questions/
If you have any questions, or if you are ready to make your reservation, please contact me at email@example.com. Hope to see you for what is sure to be a fun and exciting trip!