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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61 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
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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!

$770
Deposit: $500
Standard Room, Single Occupancy
only 1 left

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/ Nitrox
$140
Blackwater dive (Sat night)
$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
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Reviews

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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
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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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