Tiger Beach, Bahamas February 16-22 2020 - Blue Elements Imaging
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Kate and the Hammerhead

Tiger Beach, Bahamas Feb 16 - 22, 2020

Thank you for your interest in the Tiger Beach trip! Dive with tiger sharks, great hammerheads, lemon sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks from the comfort of the liveaboard M/V Kate off the coast of Grand Bahama. We will 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 tanya@blueelementsimaging.com.

Dive Conditions and Accommodations

We will be enjoying 5 days of cageless shark diving in the warm, clear waters off of Grand Bahama. Depths are shallow, usually 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. (PLEASE NOTE: Blue Iguana Charters requires that all divers be completely covered in full wetsuits, hood, and gloves, with black being the preferred color.)

We will be diving with Blue Iguana Charters (www.blueiguanacharters.com) residing aboard their 65ft liveaboard vessel, the M/V Kate, which boasts an abundance of hot fresh water, air conditioning, comfortable beds, 110-volt electricity, an extensive galley (kitchen), two marine heads (restrooms) with large stand-up showers, and a full sundeck. Sleeping accommodations are in two 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 room for cameras and photography equipment. Storage space for luggage is limited so please try to pack as lightly as possible and bring only what you need for the week.

Meals onboard the M/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 have the option of arriving to Freeport, Grand Bahama on Feb 16th  by air or ferry. Each guest is responsible for arranging their own travel to/from Grand Bahama. Guests traveling via air will arrive into Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport (airport code FPO). Guests traveling via ferry can use the Bahamas Fast Ferry that departs from Port Everglades in the Ft Lauderdale, FL area, and arrives at the seaport in Freeport (www.gobahamasplus.com/fast-ferry-info). Upon arriving in Freeport, taxis are available to take you to Old Bahama Bay Marina in the West End where you will board the M/V Kate. Taxi prices are set by the Bahamian government, and run approximately $75 USD for transport between the airport/seaport and the marina.

Departure from Freeport is on Feb 22. We will arrive back at the Old Bahama Bay Marina that morning, so please plan your travel from Freeport for that afternoon or evening.

Price and Payment

The price of the trip is $3485 per person. This price includes accommodations aboard the M/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 travel to and from Grand Bahama, taxi to and from the airport/seaport 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 $2485 due 90 days prior to the start of the trip. The deposit is NONREFUNDABLE. However, if you must cancel and the trip is full, your deposit will be refunded as a courtesy if someone else can take your slot. 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, wire transfer, or PayPal. Please note that there is a 3% processing fee for paying via PayPal (4.4% for international PayPal payment). If you would like to pay by check or wire transfer, please contact me regarding payment information.

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 answers to FAQs about shark diving with Blue Iguana Charters, please go to this link: www.blueiguanacharters.com/questions/

If you have any questions, or if you are ready to make your reservation, please contact me at tanya@blueelementsimaging.com. Hope to see you for what is sure to be a fun and exciting trip!