Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach

Riviera Beach, FL, USA

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2021
Group size: 9 - 11
Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach
Riviera Beach, FL, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
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61 reviews

Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2021
Group size: 9 - 11

About this trip

Join Blue Planet on Florida’s Palm Beach and Singer Island for fantastic wreck and reef dives plus several dives at one of our favorite shore dive sites -- the Blue Heron Bridge. Just a 2.5 hour flight from DC, you can fly down Saturday and be back by Wednesday and still get up to 11 dives in. Plus it's the beginning of Goliath Grouper spawning season!


West Palm Beach

The mighty Gulf Stream makes its closest pass to Florida here. The strong current brings crystal-clear, warm waters and large marine life to the region. It also gives rise to the area’s special forte — drift diving! The reefs of West Palm Beach are a mere two miles offshore and covered with colorful sponges and corals. Divers who dive regularly on the reefs and wrecks of West Palm Beach routinely spot hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, different species of sharks and more. 

 

For those who love wrecks, Palm Beach County has a well-developed artificial reef program. Several barges and ships have been scuttled to make interesting dive spots. Plus these wrecks are where Goliath Grouper start gathering at the end of July as they wait to spawn. This is the perfect time to see these massive fish!


The Diving


Minimum dive certification/experience:  As these dives routinely reach depths of greater than 60 feet, Advanced Open Water Certification is required at a minimum. Enriched Air/Nitrox also strongly recommended. We can conduct both of these certifications on the trip.


We’ll do at least 6 dives with our friends at Pura Vida Divers (2-tank morning boat dives Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning) as well as 3 afternoon shore dives at the famous Blue Heron Bridge. This shallow dive site reveals a surprisingly diverse world of macro diving — watch for octopus, tons of juvenile fish and more. We’ll be done in time for you to fly home Wednesday afternoon OR you can stick around and join us for more diving the rest of the week! 


You can also squeeze in a Blackwater night drift dive if you meet the minimum qualifications (Advanced Open Water Diver or Night Diver certification plus be comfortable hovering in open water without a visual reference).


Accommodations

We’ll be staying at the Hilton Singer Island, right on the beach and a quick drive to the marina and the Blue Heron Bridge. Each room comes with 2 queen beds, a desk, TV, mini-fridge, coffeemaker and more. There’s also free WiFi, fitness center and outdoor pool. Free parking included.


Travel

Fly into the West Palm Beach airport (PBI) early on Saturday, July 31st. If you get in before noon, you can get in an afternoon dive at the Bridge! Rent a car if you'd like to explore on your own, or we can coordinate shared rentals. Hotel check-in is at 4:00 PM. You can fly back on Wednesday, August 4th — just be sure you give yourself 18-24 hours after your last dive! 


Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. 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 of $200 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
  • 6 boat dives
    3 mornings of 2-tank boat dives with Pura Vida
  • 3 shore dives
    3 afternoon shore dives at the Blue Heron Bridge
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox
    for the 6 included boat dives
  • Airfare
    Book your flight to Palm Beach
  • Ground transportation
    You'll need to rent a car or hook up with other divers on the trip and carpool
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Optional dives
    Add more boat or shore dives
  • 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
Sold Out

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


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

$995
Deposit: $500
Standard Room, Single Occupancy
Sold Out

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


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

$1365
Deposit: $500

Available options

Blackwater dive
$129
Tuesday afternoon shore dive
$17
Two-tank boat dives w/ Nitrox
$140


Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in West Palm Beach

Fly into PBI airport and check in at the dive shop. If you arrive before noon, you may be able to get in a 2:30 PM shore dive at the Blue Heron Bridge! Experienced divers can join Pura Vida for one of their famous Black Water dives at 7:30 PM.

Who’s interested

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Blue Planet Scuba
61 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.

Reviews

HC
This was my 4th trip with Blue Planet. They are my “go-to” group for diving trips. The Red Sea trip was on my bucket list and turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. We were originally scheduled for October 2020, but you know - COVID. Jonas and Heather kept us informed along the way on rescheduling, COVID requirements and other important information. I can’t say enough positive things about their customer service. It is obvious to all who deal with Blue Planet staff either in their shop, as a student or on a trip that customer service is their priority. I’ve already booked my next trip.
By Heidi C for Explore the Red Sea on 17 Sep, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, Heidi! We're so happy you were able to join us on this trip and we can't wait until the next one with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
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All aspects of this trip, both land and sea, were meticulously planned. Our dive boat and it’s staff were of highest quality. They accommodated all our requests in order to make this a five-star experience. We then participated in most of the land portion of the tour. Our guide was superb and, again, all details were well executed. We can’t wait to go back and look forward to future trips with Blue Planet Scuba!
By Carla S for Explore the Red Sea on 12 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much, Carla! We're thrilled to hear you two enjoyed the trip, both on the boat and the land tour. We look forward to diving with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
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Another AMAZING trip with Blue Planet!!! Originally scheduled for 2020 and delayed due to COVID-19. Heather and Jonas did a great job communicating changes, unique requirements due to COVID-19, and answering all questions. The dive operator was great. Really enjoyed the professionalism of the staff and dive guides on the Blue Horizon. The Red Sea dives were amazing and extra special since fewer boats are operating than normal. The Red Sea was beautiful!! We even saw a Whale Shark from the boat! I joined the Cairo portion of the land tour, which was also great. Hassan, our guide, was very informative. 100% recommend Blue Planet and looking forward to my next dive adventure!!
By Meryl G for Explore the Red Sea on 08 Sep, 2021
Thank you, Meryl! We're so happy you could join us and that you had a great time. We can't wait to dive with you again soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
BP
Relaxing Dives, great location. Blue Planet Scuba always delivers.
By Charles R for West Palm Beach Photo Trip on 20 Aug, 2021
Thanks, Charlie! It was a pleasure to dive with you again, as always. :-)
By Blue Planet Scuba on 20 Aug, 2021
BP
Such a fantastic time! The folks at Blue Planet planned an excellent trip and Heather and Jonas were great leaders through it all!
By Joey B for Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach on 16 Aug, 2021
Thank you so much, Joey! We're so glad you could join us on the trip. We can't wait to see you underwater again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Aug, 2021
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