Dive & Snorkel Trips – General Information
Our one day snorkel trips costs $95.00 per person which includes all rental gear and 4 hours snorkeling from a boat in the John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary. You will get to snorkel at two different reef locations on the one trip. Children 6-15 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian OR obtain written permission prior to the trip. Sorry, no children under 6 are allowed on any of the boats. Total trip duration including ground transportation to and from Key Largo is 10:30am to 7:00pm. Transportation is offered at no charge based on space available.
Scuba Diving (for certified divers):
Two tank / two location dives including tanks and weights are $90 to $110 depending on location. Spiegel Grove trips and night dives are $10 additional. Children 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian OR obtain written permission.
All of our dive trips are self led in buddy groups. Group guides and private guides are available for a fee on almost every trip that we offer. If you are a solo diver you will be buddied up with another diver(s) unless you hire a guide. On all dives that are deeper than 100′, you either need to sign up with a buddy or call to check with us that there will be a buddy available to dive with you prior to booking. You will also be required to have or rent a dive computer on all dives deeper than 100′.
There is a captain and crew on board at all times to supervise the diving and snorkeling activities from the boat. Wet suits, when needed, are $12 additional. We recommend wet suits from October 1st until May 15th.
We offer round trip transportation from our store in South Beach to the boats in Key Largo at no charge. Transportation must be requested at the time of the reservation. Many customers prefer to drive their own vehicles to the Keys and enjoy some food, drinks and sunset prior to returning to Miami Beach. We will give you directions at check in. Drive time to Key Largo is 1hr 20min each way. There are tolls each way (about $5) so be sure you have a Sunpass in your car or you will be billed to your license plate with surcharges. There are no more cash toll plazas.
We will provide transportation to the boat at the Miami Beach Marina at no charge when marked available. We do no offer transportation to dive trips that are marked “check in at boat.” On those trips we will arrange to have your equipment on the boat or you can pick it up at the shop the day before. The boat in Miami Beach is located only 10 blocks from the dive shop.
All our boats have a large cooler with ice for you to store your food and drinks in and fresh drinking water. Most the boats have pretzels or fresh fruit but it is best to bring your own food to be sure. When you ride with us to Key Largo, we stop at a Subway sandwich shop to grab lunch. Next door to this Subway is a Dunkin Donuts, a mini mart and Mc Donald’s if your prefer. Most customers tend to get a large sandwich and eat half there and take the other half to the boat for later.
You may bring and consume alcoholic beverages if you are over 21 and have finished diving or snorkeling for the day. You will not be allowed back in the water after drinking alcohol.
Multiple Dive Discounts (for certified divers):
Pre-pay for 5 trips (10 dives) and save 15% or 10 trips (20 dives) and save 20%. Multiple dive packages are non refundable or transferable and must be used in one year. Florida sales tax is 7% and will be added to all charters, classes and sales. Night Dives and Spiegel Grove trips have a $10 supplement. These discounts are not in conjunction with the 5% on line discount and must be reserved by calling the store.
Private charters are available 7 days a week. A half day (4 hours) private charter includes your own boat, captain and crew. Gear, guides and instruction if needed are additional. Charters range from $950 to $1,500 plus gear and equipment depending on the day of the week and size of the boat.
We require at least 24 hours notice prior to the check in time to change your reservation with no fee or cancel your trip for a full refund. There will be no refunds, full or partial, for trips cancelled within 24 hours, or if you do not show up.
If WE cancel your trip to due weather (wind, not rain) you will receive a full refund. Keep in mind that South Florida is a tropical environment and afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. These storms are usually isolated and move on quickly and will not cause us to cancel a trip.
Special trips such as shark dives, private charters and group trips require 7 days notice to cancel.
Discover Scuba and Refresher classes require 72 hours notice to cancel for a refund or to reschedule without a fee.
- All Scuba certification classes are non refundable.
Flying after diving restrictions:
For Dives within the No-Decompression Limits: ( All of our dive trips are planned as no-decompression dives)
- Single Dives: A minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
- Repetitive Dives and/or Multi-day Dives: A minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.
- For Dives Requiring Decompression Stops: A minimum preflight surface interval greater than 18 hours is suggested.
On our Key Largo trips, you are out of the water by 4pm. According to the above guidelines you are able to safely fly as of 10am the following day. There is no wait needed to dive AFTER flying.