Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys

Key Largo, FL, USA

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Aug 25 - 29, 2018
Group size: 11 - 22
Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys
Key Largo, FL, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
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$835
Deposit: $400
Aug 25 - 29, 2018
Group size: 11 - 22

About this trip

Join Blue Planet in the Florida Keys for two days of hands-on training in coral reef restoration and monitoring with the Coral Restoration Foundation plus one day of recreational diving. This is your chance to “get your hands dirty” and give back to the beautiful coral reefs that we all love!


CORAL RESTORATION

We’ll be volunteering with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a non-profit conservation organization created to develop offshore coral nurseries and reef restoration programs for critically endangered coral reefs at local, national, and international levels.


On Monday and Tuesday mornings, we will learn about coral nursery operations, coral restoration techniques and coral monitoring procedures. We’ll then apply what we learn on two afternoon dives at a staghorn nursery and restoration sites. By the end of the trip, you will qualify for the optional PADI Coral Restoration Distinctive Specialty.


On Sunday morning, we’ll dive on wrecks and reefs to get a taste of the great diving in Key Largo. Want to dive more? Jump back in Sunday or Tuesday afternoon. Or add on extra days at the end of the trip.


THE DIVING

The 120-mile Florida Keys island chain is home to the continental United States’ only living-coral barrier reef. This teeming backbone of marine life runs the length of the Keys about five miles offshore and offers easy access to beautiful reefs and impressive wrecks.

 

We’ll be diving with Conch Republic Divers in Tavernier with access to the reefs from the southern edge of Pennekamp Park off of Key Largo down to Alligator Light just south of Islamorada. This gives us access to some of the best scuba diving in the Florida Keys including Molasses Reef, Pickles Reef, the Conch Reef System, Davis, Crocker, Victory, and many, many others. We can also dive the major wrecks in the area, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Duane and Bibb, Spiegel Grove and the Eagle.


ACCOMMODATIONS

We’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, right on the marina and only 8 miles from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Each room comes with 2 queen beds, a desk and flat-screen TV, plus mini-fridge and coffeemaker. There’s also free WiFi, fitness center and 2 outdoor pools. Parking is free.


TRAVEL

 Fly into Fort Lauderdale or Miami on Saturday, August 25th and drive down to Key Largo. We’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, right on the marina and walking-distance from a few great restaurants. You can fly back on Wednesday, August 29th — just be sure you give yourself 18-24 hours after your last dive! Fly on Southwest out of DCA for only $350 and get 2 free checked bags. We can help coordinate carpooling/rental cars too.


Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. Or if you need assistance with flights, just let us know!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodations
    Single or shared rooms available
  • 4 CRF dives
    2 days of 2-tank boat dives focused on Coral Restoration and Monitoring Training
  • 2 recreational dives
    1 morning of local wreck and reef diving
  • Airfare
    Book your flight to Miami or Fort Lauderdale
  • Ground transportation
    You'll need to rent a car to get to Key Largo, or hook up with other divers on the trip and carpool
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew
  • Meals
    There are a ton of great options at and near the hotel

Available Packages

Standard Room, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Standard room with two queen beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.

$835
Deposit: $400
Standard, Double Occupancy - Non-diver
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Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.

$415
Deposit: $400
Standard Room, Single Occupancy
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$1160
Deposit: $400
$835
Deposit: $400

Standard Room, Double Occupancy
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Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Key Largo

Fly into Fort Lauderdale or Miami and drive down to Key Largo. Check into hotel and dive shop. Dinner with the group.

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Reviews

We all enjoyed the trip. The dive crew was very well organized and great to dive with. The hotel that we stayed at was privately owned. The owners we very nice and responsive to needs. I Had never traveled with Blue Planet before. I found the group to be made up of great people. Very respectful of the differing skill level of the group. Their enjoyment of the dives as well as their respect for the environment was obvious. I plan to travel more with them in the future. Really relaxing week.
Had a great time with the crew from Blue Planet. Marin is the best! While the Hilton hotel (Resort,what a crock)was in a great location, the price they charged for breakfast is outrageous! 23 bucks what a rip off! Really ticked me off!!! Majority of the dive shop personal were very helpful,professional. Capt Scott a true professional in his briefings and handling the boat! Didn’t like how one dive guide was inattentive and basically lost the group, claiming we were “ ahead of her” . Overall Marin and the rest of the folks from Blue Planet made me feel right at home,
This was our first trip with Blue Planet, and we made a decision to join them any time we plan a dive trip. Everything was planned the best possible way and everyone was included the whole time. Both Josh and Michael are just amazing!!! We had the best dive experience !!! Thank you!
Another amazing trip with Blue Planet! Thanks so much to Marin for being an awesome trip leader. Can’t wait to go on our next adventure with Blue Planet!
Comfortable accommodations. Responsive staff and an excellent scuba operation.
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