West Palm Beach Photo Trip

Riviera Beach, FL, USA

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Aug 4 - 8, 2021
Group size: 9 - 14
West Palm Beach Photo Trip
Riviera Beach, FL, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
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52 reviews

Aug 4 - 8, 2021
Group size: 9 - 14

About this trip

Do you want to go on a dive trip where you can focus on your photography? No chasing guides or being constrained by the boat's time limits? Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of lazy diving on Florida’s Palm Beach and Singer Island! With 2 shore dives a day plus options for boat and blackwater dives, it's a photographer's dream. (And yes, non-photographers are more than welcome too!)


West Palm Beach Diving

Macro: In addition to great reef and wreck diving, this area is home to the famous Blue Heron Bridge, one of our favorite shore dives. This shallow dive site reveals a surprisingly diverse world of macro diving — watch for octopus, frogfish, seahorses, tons of juvenile fish and more. You can spend up to 2 hours in 20 feet of water on each dive, mastering your macro shots. The dives are tide dependent so expect to be on a strict schedule with downtime in between shore dives. 


Blackwater: Our friends at Pura Vida Divers also offer Blackwater drift dives where you can witness the massive migration of animals coming from the depths to the surface to feed at night. See breathtaking bioluminescent creatures, jellies, squid, and the larvae stages of many reef creatures. We'll do at least one of these dives while we're there!


Wide angle: And if you want a break from the small stuff, put on your wide angle lens for a 2-tank boat dive to explore the area's reefs and wrecks. You'll see hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, several species of sharks, morays and more. PLUS it's the start of Goliath Grouper spawning season so we'll see these massive fish starting to congregate. 


Minimum dive certification/experience

Bridge dives: Given the shallow depth, these dives are suitable for Open Water Divers and beyond. However it is essential you practice good buoyancy techniques to so as not to disturb the sensitive habitats we're visiting. We strongly recommend that you have taken the Peak Performance Buoyancy class prior to diving the Bridge, or we can do it at the beginning of the trip. 


Boat dives: 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. 


Blackwater dives: You will need an Advanced Open Water Diver or Night Diver certification plus you should be comfortable hovering in open water without a visual reference -- at night.


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, beach access and outdoor pool. Free parking included.


Travel

Fly into the West Palm Beach airport (PBI) on Wednesday, August 4th. 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 Sunday, August 8th — 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 shore dives
    Morning and evening shore dives at the Blue Heron Bridge
  • 1 Blackwater drift dive
    Must meet minimum qualifications
  • Photo workshops
    Work on your technique and editing with Jonas
  • 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 boat 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!

$770
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!

$1145
Deposit: $500

Available options

Two-tank boat dives w/ Nitroxonly 2 left
$140
Blackwater dive (Sat night)11 left
$129


Itinerary

Wednesday
Arrival in West Palm Beach

Fly into PBI airport. Check into hotel (4:00 PM) and dive shop. We'll do an evening shore dive (6:00 PM) at the Blue Heron Bridge!

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Blue Planet Scuba
52 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

Blue Planet executed a wonderful trip. We travelled with Jeff and Anthony, who were excellent teachers and fun, kind people besides; stayed at Hotel Phocea and dove with Phocea dive shop, which were also great. Instruction was taken seriously and and difficulties people had were addressed promptly and compassionately. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again!
By Anya V for May Certification Weekend in Mexico on 11 Jun, 2021
Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
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This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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COVID-safe responsible travel is now possible and quite enjoyable! Blue Planet guided us through the enhanced testing, paperwork, and travel restrictions that protect both travelers and hosts, allowing us to support island communities and dive spectacular reefs. I have been reluctant to travel since March 2020 but as we all enter the “new normal” of covid and economic recovery, I am pleased to experience and highly recommend *responsible travel done safely* with Blue Planet.
By Heidi K for St Lucia! February 2021 on 22 Feb, 2021
We are so happy you could join us, Heidi! We are thrilled that everyone felt safe and enjoyed the trip. We're looking forward to many more dive adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 23 Feb, 2021
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