Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach

Riviera Beach, FL, USA

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2019
Group size: 6 - 17
Weekend Getaway to West Palm Beach
Riviera Beach, FL, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
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$800
Deposit: $400
Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2019
Group size: 6 - 17

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 Friday and be back in town by Tuesday and still get up to 14 dives in!


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. Green turtles and giant leatherbacks have also been spotted. 

 

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. With warm waters, sea turtles, treasure ships, reefs and wrecks, divers will be able to find dive spots to enjoy in West Palm Beach!


The Diving


Minimum dive certification/experience:  As these dives routinely reach depths of greater than 60 feet, an Advanced Open Water Certification is required at a minimum. Enriched Air/Nitrox also strongly recommended.


We’ll do at least 6 dives with our friends at Pura Vida Divers: 2-tank boat dives Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. Want to add more? You can do Saturday and Sunday afternoon boat dives, a night dive at the Blue Heron Bridge or a Black Water dive! Plus you’ll have multiple chances to dive 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 early Tuesday morning if you need to get back to work…or not.


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) any time on Friday, June 28th. If you get in early enough, you can get a late afternoon dive in 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 Tuesday, July 2nd — 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 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
  • 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
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Double occupancy in a Standard room with two queen beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge.


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

$800
Deposit: $400
Standard Room, Single Occupancy
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Single occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, television, mini fridge. 


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

$1095
Deposit: $400

Available options

Saturday afternoon boat dives w/ Nitrox
$117
Sunday afternoon boat dives w/ Nitrox
$117
$800
Deposit: $400

Standard Room, Double Occupancy
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Itinerary

Friday
Arrival in West Palm Beach

Fly into PBI airport. Check into hotel (4:00 PM) and dive shop. Dinner with the group.


If you arrive early enough, we can get a shore dive in at the Blue Heron Bridge! 

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
36 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

The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Another great Caribbean dive trip with Blue Planet. Dive shop, dive masters, and the BP staff made sure we had fantastic dives and fun as a group. Was a good value for the money too!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
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