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Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center offers ferry with Day Trips and Packages

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Bimini based Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center and South Florida based Baleària Caribbean Fast Ferry announced today that they will be partnering to offer Ferry Inclusive Day Trips and 2-Night, 4-Night and 5-Night Hotel Packages.

Baleària Caribbean will resume passenger services to Bimini on February 10th, 2021. The ferry will depart from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9am. It will return from Bimini at 6.30pm.

Ferry + Dive Inclusive Day Trips will be available every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Guests will have the choice between diving with Great Hammerhead Sharks or exploring the historic Sapona Shipwreck and diving with Reef Sharks. Both day trips will be available to scuba divers, snorkelers and freedivers.

In addition to Day Trips, Ferry Inclusive Hotel Packages will also be available. 2-Night, 4-Night and 5-Night options will showcase the best of Bimini diving — including (depending on the length of stay) NWBSC’s exclusive Bull Shark Cage Dive, Great Hammerhead Safari, Sapona Shipwreck + Reef Shark Adventure and Stingray + Blacknose Shark Safari at Honeymoon Harbour. Hotel accommodations will be provided by Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. For more information about BBGC, please visit: https://biggameclubbimini.com

Regarding Baleària Caribbean Fast Ferry’s resumed service, strict sanitation protocols have been put in place to ensure passenger health and safety. Most notably, Baleària is the first shipping company in operation to receive a Global Safe Site Covid-19 Certificate by Bureau Veritas. Other safety measures include:

  • Temperature scanning for each passenger prior to boarding.
  • Easy access to sanitizer dispensers in the terminals and aboard the vessel.
  • Mandatory face masks/coverings.
  • Reduced capacity of the vessel by forty percent.
  • Required social distancing.
  • Plexiglass dividers added on every seat and common areas.
  • Deep and extensive sanitation process (on ship and terminals) before, during, and after each sailing.

Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center and Baleària Caribbean will continue to work closely with the US and Bahamas government to follow all travel guidelines and sanitation protocols.

Guests are urged to verify travel requirements before making travel arrangements. For more information, please visit: http://www.bahamas.com/TravelUpdates and https://travel.state.gov

For more information about Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba visit their website by clicking here.

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Lovin’ Saint Lucia: Two wreck dives and a wedding (part 3)

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Whilst we have been lucky enough to dive in much of the Caribbean, Saint Lucia was still on our wish list. Until November when we got a chance to visit this beautiful island on a 6-night diving trip that would see us enjoy with incredible scenery both above and below the waves. We were able to sample three different hotels, dined at a host of local eateries, spoke to local school kids about the ocean and even took a tour into the rainforest canopy. Find out all about this trip over this series of three blogs on Caribbean Dive Adventures.


Our final day of diving saw us heading south again to the wreck of the Lesleen M. The wreck was sunk as an artificial reef in 1986. It sits upright in the water just off Anse Cochon in about 20m of water at its deepest point. AS it has been in the water for over 3 decades, it is now covered in marine life. Yellow and purple sponges rise up from the deck and off railings. Gorgonian corals created huge curtains across the walkways and on the bow and stern. The prop is covered in orange sponges and cup corals. Barracuda and porcupinefish cruise the middle section of the boat. Schools of reef fish live in the covered section of the stern. There is life everywhere you look. To make the most of this dive, bring a light, as the colours are incredible.

We were lucky to have been able to dive the wreck as a buddy pair, without any other groups. But we loved the dive so much we asked if we could join the group for another dive on the wreck as our final dive of the trip. However, the group we were going to dive with were a little bit special! Two of the group had got married the day before. Nine of the family (mum, dad, the happy couple, sisters, brothers, and their partners) who had come to Saint Lucia for the wedding were on our boat. We offered to take an underwater photo of them. Getting the shot was not as easy as we had first thought though! Getting them all still, in the same place, not blowing bubbles at inappropriate times turned out to be a challenge! It was, however, a joyous way to finish off our diving on Saint Lucia.

Our final day saw us heading to new heights, via a cable car experience into the rainforest canopy. Not only does this trip offer stunning views over the island, but our guide was so knowledgeable we also learned plenty about the local fauna and flora of the island. This is the perfect activity for the non-diving day at the end of a trip. A final cocktail in the beautiful setting of the Harbor Club as the sun set saw us reflect on a super trip. We barely scratched the surface of what Saint Lucia has to offer. Alas we never got to experience the diving in the north of the island, so we will have to return to rectify that. Hopefully sometime soon!


Nick and Caroline were hosted by:

Eastern Caribbean Diving

Bay Gardens Marina Haven & Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa

The Harbor Club

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Lovin’ Saint Lucia: Kids and Critters (Part 2)

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Whilst we have been lucky enough to dive in much of the Caribbean, Saint Lucia was still on our wish list. Until November when we got a chance to visit this beautiful island on a 6-night diving trip that would see us enjoy with incredible scenery both above and below the waves. We were able to sample three different hotels, dined at a host of local eateries, spoke to local school kids about the ocean and even took a tour into the rainforest canopy. Find out all about this trip over this series of three blogs on Caribbean Dive Adventures.


After our first two days of diving in the south of the island, below the magnificent Piton mountains, it was time for a day off. Usually we would pack in a much diving as possible on a short trip like this, we had been invited to speak at a local school. Our hotel, Bay Gardens Beach Hotel and Spa, already support the school with a breakfast club to ensure the kids start the day with a good meal. They asked us if we might go and speak about the ocean, marine life, conservation and our work. As the school did not have a room big enough to hold all the kids, we setup in the local church. The kids filed in and sat in rows of pews and we chatted about the marine life that can be found both in the waters surrounding Saint Lucia and further afield. They knowledge of shark species was incredible! They even identified a Basking Shark correctly! We were stunned when they presented us with a huge box of local fruits they had picked from their gardens as a thank you. Our driver then took us for a drive around the north of the island to show us some of the plentiful beauty spots.

Back diving again, we still headed south, but to sample some different diving from our first two days. We were delighted to dive over a healthy seagrass bed that was home to a host of marine life. Snake eels skimmed along through the blades of grass, flounder lay camouflaged, and several species of crustacean could be found once you got your eye in. A huge Southern Stingray lay buried in the sand and our guide, Mervin, was delighted to find a seahorse (that did not want to be photographed). Dotted throughout the seagrass bed, coral bommies were a haven for small marine life critters. Eels and lobster hid in the crevices, while small juvenile fish darted through the coral and sponges.

Whilst we were on an all-inclusive basis at our hotels, we love to get out and about to try local establishments where we can. So each evening we would take a stroll to the waterfront to sample some excellent food and a local beer or cocktail, whilst watching the sun go down. The perfect way to finish off a great day of diving.


Nick and Caroline were hosted by:

Eastern Caribbean Diving

Bay Gardens Marina Haven & Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa

The Harbor Club

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