Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys

      Key Largo, FL, USA

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      Sep 21 - 25, 2019
      Group size: 11 - 22
      Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys
      Key Largo, FL, USA

      Blue Planet Scuba
      • Facebook verified
      • Twitter verified
      136 reviews

      Sep 21 - 25, 2019
      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!


      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 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.


      We’ll be staying at the Marina del Mar Resort, right on the marina and only 8 miles from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Each marina view room comes with 2 double beds and a common balcony facing the marina, plus mini-fridge and coffeemaker. There’s also free WiFi, a fitness center, outdoor pool and more. Parking is included as is a light continental breakfast.


      Fly into Fort Lauderdale or Miami on Saturday, September 21st and drive down to Key Largo. We’ll be staying at the Marina del Mar Resort, right on the marina and walking-distance from a few great restaurants. You can fly back on Wednesday, September 25th — 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 $100 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

      Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.

      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      Deposit: $400
      Standard Room, Single Occupancy

       Single occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge. 


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      Deposit: $400

      Available options


      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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      136 reviews
      Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


      Trips with Blue Planet continue to amaze! The Sea of Cortez liveaboard was great value for the money- comfortable rooms, friendly and capable crew, and highly enjoyable diving. There are lots of moving parts re: a liveaboard and Blue Planet consistently provides excellent support. I highly recommend any and all of their trips!
      By Andy M for Sea of Cortez Liveaboard on Nov 12, 2023
      Jen is a fantastic trip leader! She really made the trip great! She made everything easy. Thank you!
      By Dee B for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on Oct 22, 2023
      Hi Dee! Thanks so much for joining us, we enjoyed adventuring with you. Hope to sea you on another trip soon!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Oct 22, 2023
      Another wonderful trip with Blue Planet! Thank you so much for coordinating a day with Dr. German Mendez and the Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program as well as setting up an opportunity for us to volunteer with baby sea turtle hatchlings. Helping to plant coral and release baby turtles into the ocean was truly life changing. Oh and I guess the diving was pretty good too. 😉 Thanks again BP! Looking forward to the next one.
      By Kristin D for September Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Oct 19, 2023
      Another great Blue Planet trip in the books!!! This was a very laid back and relaxing destination, I enjoyed every minute of it! Our trip leader Jen was awesome she was on top of everything and kept us informed!!! Cane Bay diving was great! The whole crew was very nice, communicated with everyone and was very friendly. I felt like I had already knew them, made me feel very welcomed! The topside events was fun, including the underwater pumpkin carving which I've never carved a pumpkin before and was able to do it Looking forward to our next adventure together some where around the world!
      By MICHELLE S for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on Oct 17, 2023
      Thanks for joining another Blue Planet adventure, Michelle. We are so glad you had a great time and congrats on your 300 dive milestone. Sea you again soon!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Oct 17, 2023
      This was my Open Diver certification weekend in Conzumel. It was a lot of fun and relaxing, at the same time, hanging out with an amazing group of people. The Resort and the restaurants that we visited during the trip were great (Wet Wendy's - Ask for Alex). Cozumel and the Dive Paradise shop was a perfect setting to complete the training under exceptional Blue Planet instruction and guidance. The training gave me the knowledge and confidence to continue my trip to Costa Rica and dive with family. I really can't express the value I received from my dive certification and my first diving experiences with Blue Planet. Special "Thanks" to Anthony and Joe. A+++++++
      By Jason S for September Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Oct 16, 2023
      So glad you had such a great time, Jason! You were a great student and it was a pleasure having you with us. We can’t wait for the many more adventures to come!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Oct 19, 2023
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