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
  • Twitter verified
71 reviews

$NaN
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
only 2 left

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!

$1,145
Deposit: $500

Available options

Two-tank boat dives w/ Nitrox
$140
Blackwater dive (Sat night)
$129
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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
71 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

Thank you Blue Planet for another amazing trip! This was my 5th trip with Blue Planet and I am already signed up for more! Heather and Jonas did a great job with pre-travel communication, especially with unique requirements due to COVID-19. The dive operator was great. The Aggressor Okeanos II staff was very professional with a focus on safety. Diving in Cocos was amazing! So many sharks! We saw Hammerheads, Galapagos, Black Tip, White Tip Reef, and Tiger sharks in addition to rays, dolphins, tunas, octopus, mantas, lobsters, eels, and all of the fish!!! 100% recommend Blue Planet and looking forward to my next dive adventure!!
By Meryl G for New Year's at Cocos Island on 17 Jan, 2022
Thanks Meryl and we're thrilled you could join us on this bucket list trip! We're so glad to hear that you plan to keep traveling with us. We'll look forward to many more adventures with you both under the water and on land!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Jan, 2022
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AM
Blue Planet continues to organize great trips. The diving was amazing- I’m still amazed by what we saw underwater. The liveaboard crew was fantastic and worked extremely hard. The only thing that could have been improved was the condition of the boat- it’s in need of a refresh. This was out of Blue Planet’s control due to Covid difficulties and the general difficulties of getting to Cocos. Blue Planet trips always have great diving and great people!
By Andy M for New Year's at Cocos Island on 17 Jan, 2022
Thanks Andy! We're so glad you could join us on this epic trip! Hopefully the diving made up for the fact that the dive boat wasn't what you were expecting!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Jan, 2022
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Another great trip with Blue Planet, my fourth, and I look forward to going on more!!! The BP owners, Heather and Jonas, make everyone feel welcome and work hard to make sure they have a great experience. It really doesn't matter where, e.g., in their shop, while taking a class, working on a certification at the quarry, or on a sun soaked trip to the Caribbean. The lodging in St. Croix was quite good and the dive shop used for our boat and shore dives did an excellent job. Heather and Jonas apparently have great relationships with all of the business partners they use on their trips. In addition, the daily itineraries are well planned and provide ample opportunities to dive and socialize. You can do everything and more each day, or take a pass on a dive or a group dinner if you want to go explore something else or just rest and relax. There are always friendly people on the trips, it is great to meet new buddies and to dive with familiar ones when you meet up with them again!
By Stephen M for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on 17 Nov, 2021
Thank you so much, Stephen! It was fantastic diving with you, as always. We look forward to many more adventures with you in the future!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Nov, 2021
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It was fantastic. Jeff was a great trip lead and we met some really nice new friends. The accommodation and food was fabulous and way above expectations. The dive team at Sea Saba were informed, took care of everyone and showed us some great dive sites. Cant wait to book the next trip with Blue Planet
By Richard H for Saba: Stunning Above and Below on 30 Oct, 2021
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip, Richard! It was a pleasure diving with you again. And yes, we can't wait until the next trip with you!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 17 Nov, 2021
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MS
As usual another great trip with Blue Planet, Saba didn't disappoint either! The accommodations and diving was great and the food was amazing on the island. With covid still on the loose i definitely felt safe in Saba with their covid precautions as well. Looking forward to diving with my Blue Planet family again hopefully soon. Thank you Blue Planet DC!
By MICHELLE S for Saba: Stunning Above and Below on 25 Oct, 2021
So happy you joined us Michelle! Thanks for the great review, and we are looking forward to the next time underwater with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 26 Oct, 2021
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