DOLPHIN EXPEDITION 2017

WANTED:  Adventurers, freedivers, photographers.

 

The turquoise waters of Bimini are home to several pods of Bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Bimini is known to have some of the most social, curious, and human friendly dolphins in the world. The largest pods are in the range of 50 dolphins. 

Swim and interact with the resident population of Atlantic spotted dolphins – all within their natural habitat, on their terms. 

5 days / 4 nights. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly into Miami International Airport. Check-in to the hotel. Meet up with the rest of the crew for dinner and a pre-departure briefing.  

You may also choose to fly into the Fort Lauderdale Airport and Uber to the hotel / marina. 

Day 2

We cast off from Miami Harbour at 7am aboard a 33-foot power yacht, making the 50 mile journey across the Gulf Stream towards South Bimini. After clearing customs and immigration, we will check-in to our 2300 sq ft waterfront home where we will stay the next 4 days / 3 nights.

We should be in search of dolphins by 2pm that afternoon and spend the rest of the day in the waters north of Bimini.

Day 3

After breakfast, head out around 11am to search for dolphins. Finding the dolphins can take 15 minutes to a couple of hours depending where they are hunting that day.

Return late afternoon just in time for dinner.

Day 4

Large schools of fish and other marine animals also call the shallow waters around Bimini home. We will use the day to explore the coral reefs around Bimini and to make some new aquatic friends.

It's common to see wild turtles, stingrays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, barracudas, and schools of colourful tropical fish.

 

Day 5

On our final day, we'll start the morning with a trip to Honeymoon Harbour to feed and swim with the stingrays until we return to the waters north of Bimini one last time to interact with the dolphins.

Around 5pm, we return to Miami to catch an evening flight home or check-in to a hotel for those flying out the following day.

Day 6

Fly home for those who didn't depart the night before or choose to stay in Miami a few extra days.

 

Getting There

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Fly into Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale International Airport anytime on Day 1. If you choose to take a red-eye, you MUST arrive by 6am on Day 2 to be at River Cove Marina for a 7am departure.

Flights directly into South Bimini are available from Miami International Airport on Silver Airways at 12:10pm from $69. Flights from Fort Lauderdale depart at 9:05am, 11:00am & 3:55pm from $69. Flights can be booked here. 

Ferry service is available from Miami to North Bimini departing at 9am everyday except Tuesday and Thursday during the month of June and everyday except Tuesday in the month of July.  Ferries depart North Bimini to Miami at 6pm. Tickets can be booked here ($129 one-way / $198 round-trip).

 

Expedition HQ

This 47m super-yacht will be the main control centre during our expedition. It sleeps up to 8 people, has four staterooms, a spa pool and gymnasium.  Those not sleeping on the boat will be accommodated in the Island Home on South Bimini. 

 

Our Vessel

The Sundancer 540 represents the impeccable craftsmanship and timeless elegance that are hallmarks of Sea Ray. The 540 carries itself with the air of luxury and seaworthiness that is inherent in every Sea Ray yacht. Premium performance, precision handling and gracious livability. 

A versatile boat - perfect for exploration, speed, and comfort. Double cabin, AC, full head, sleeps 6 , stove, fridge, hot water.

 

Island Accommodation

This waterfront home is one of the most luxurious residences on South Bimini Island. A charming island retreat with 100 ft dock, WiFi, Satellite TV, free calls to the USA & Canada, 2 gourmet kitchens, a BBQ, and a marble jacuzzi. It sleeps 11 people and includes the use of 8 bicycles.

1 king bed, 1 queen bed, and 4 bunk beds. It also includes 3 couches for additional sleeping accommodation.

A perfect atmosphere to relax under the Caribbean sun and enjoy the tropical breeze. Newly built, the custom decor includes marble floors, cherry wood cabinets, modern appliances, nautical bar, and balconies that highlight the beautiful ocean and natural surroundings.

The house has 8 complementary bicycles. If you want to visit North Bimini, you can ride your bike to the water taxi. They will take you and your bike across for $2. Golf cart rentals are also available. 

 

Tiny Details

INCLUDED:
Boat rental, fuel charges, captains fees, dock fees, customs and immigration fees, Bahamas cruising permit, fishing permit, Bahamian eco tax, food, snacks, drinks on the boat & on land, Miami hotel on the first night, and Bimini house rental.

NOT INCLUDED:
The $25 pp Bahamas departure tax, discretionary tip for the captain, and mask, fins & snorkel.

Maps

 

Weather

 The average maximum daytime temperature in Bimini in July is a hot 32°C (90°F) with very high heat & humidity. There are usually 10 hours of bright sunshine each day, which represents 72% of the 14 hours of daylight. The average sea temperature in and around Bimini in July is 29°C (84°F).  Expect 146mm (5.7 inches) of rainfall across the whole of July with 12 days with some rain falling. Maximum UV levels will be extreme (11 UV index) at midday when the skies are clear. The average night-time temperature is usually a warm 24°C (75°F).

The average maximum daytime temperature in Bimini in July is a hot 32°C (90°F) with very high heat & humidity. There are usually 10 hours of bright sunshine each day, which represents 72% of the 14 hours of daylight. The average sea temperature in and around Bimini in July is 29°C (84°F).

Expect 146mm (5.7 inches) of rainfall across the whole of July with 12 days with some rain falling. Maximum UV levels will be extreme (11 UV index) at midday when the skies are clear. The average night-time temperature is usually a warm 24°C (75°F).

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Shark Adoption

Blacktip season is coming up and we will be working with the Bimini Biological Field Station to implant acoustic transmitters, which will last for at least 10 years. These tags help us better understand the movement patterns and habitat use of the blacktip shark.  

Sharks are complex and valuable predators that help maintain a stable ecosystem. They play a vital role in the health of the ocean and their removal would contribute to the collapse of the whole ecosystem. 

By adopting a blacktip shark, it will allow the scientific community to advance their knowledge of the biology of sharks, educate future scientists, and raise public awareness of the importance of sharks to our ecosystem. We will name a shark and receive updates on our shark's movements around the islands.

The Bimini Biological Field Station has agreed to send us a full series of high resolution photographs of our blacktip shark, from capture to release! 

One year on from our adoption, we will receive another update on our shark. We will learn whether it has been caught again, how much it has grown, where else the researchers may have caught it and other unique information relating to our shark.

Images

Several underwater photographers will be joining us. We have some incredible photo gear so your social media accounts will be on steroids for the next few months!