Dive & Snorkel Trips General Information
Our half day snorkel trips costs just $119.00 per person which includes use of a mask, snorkel, fins and snorkel vest. Trips are 3 1/2 hours in duration and you will have plenty of time to snorkel on the shallow wrecks and reefs that lay right off of Key Biscayne. You will get to snorkel at two different 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. We offer snorkel trips on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
You must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling activities.
Scuba Diving in Miami (for certified divers):
Our boats depart from our sister store, Divers Paradise, at the Crandon Marina at Key Biscayne. The address there is 4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. We have vary spacious custom Newton Dive Boats, a 46′ and 40′. Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages for updates. You can check in at South Beach Dive and Surf and catch a ride or just meet at the boat, you will choose in the reservation process. During this time of Covid we recommend that you meet at the boat. There is plenty of free parking at the marina.
Two tank dives start at just $85 per person plus gear. Our typical schedule for two tank dive trips is Monday-Thursday 10am departure-2pm return. Friday 1pm departure-4pm return plus a night dive at 6pm (times vary according to sunset) and on the weekends we offer 8am, 9am, 12 noon and 1pm departures. Please refer to our online calendar to see the exact locations. Check in times as they vary according to check in location. Waivers can be filled out ahead of time by clicking this link.
Scuba Diving (for non-certified divers):
If you would like to try Scuba Diving but don’t have a Scuba license then this program is for you. We offer this every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday year round. The morning starts with a classroom presentation and video and then a pool session to learn the basics of scuba diving. After mastering some basic skills in the pool, you will be heading out on one of our custom dive boats to enjoy two dives right off the coast of Key Biscayne with your instructor right by your side. You must be able to swim for this activity. To maximize your safety and enjoyment, our ratio in this class for the ocean dives is 2 students to 1 instructor.
For more information on this program please click here.
Our general guidelines for running trips are:
Seas less than 2 ft- yahooooo, best day ever! This is what South Florida is all about.
Seas 2-3 ft diving is great but we suggest only strong snorkelers
Seas 3-4 ft diving is still great but no snorkelers
Seas 4-5 ft no novice divers or students but we will run the trip seasoned diver
Seas 6ft plus we will not run.
Weather conditions in South Florida are tropical and can change throughout the day. We will advise customers via email of trip updates or cancellations as soon as we are sure the trip will be cancelled. Please monitor your email regularly in the hours leading up to your trip.
Divers age 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Divers 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian OR obtain written permission. Transportation from our South Beach store to the boat in Key Biscayne is offered at no charge on a first reserved basis.
All of our dive trips are guided. Should you want a private guide, we have them available by request for an additional fee on almost every trip. You are required to have or rent a dive computer on all dives to 70′ or deeper.
There is a captain and crew on board at all times to supervise the diving and snorkeling activities from the boat.
To see our calendar (which has all the information on times, prices, rental and guides etc) and to make your reservations, please click here.
Miami Beach Accommodations:
There are well over 100 hotels just in the small South Beach area. We recommend Expedia or the like to see what fits your budget as they range from $20/night for a hostel to well over $500 for ultra chic hotels. Be sure to look for South Beach, not Miami Beach. Miami Beach runs up the coast quite a way and transportation becomes required at that point.
We provide ice water, a selection of sodas and pre packages snacks at no charge on all our dive trips. Our boats have a large cooler with ice for you to store your food and drinks in if you prefer to bring your own.
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 10% or 1pre pay for 10 trips (20 dives) and save 15%. Multiple dive packages are non refundable or transferable (must be used by one person only) and must be used within two years. Florida sales tax is 7% and will be added to all charters, classes and sales. Specialty trips such as Night Dives, Tech Dives, Spiegel Grove dives and three tank dives have surcharges.
Private charters are available 7 days a week. A half day (4 hours) private charter includes your own boat, captain and crew. Gratuity, tax, Gear, guides and instruction if needed are additional. Charters start at $1295 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.
- We do not offer refunds in the rare occasion that we only do one of the two schedules dives. If we abort a trip after departure prior to doing the first dive we will offer a 100% refund or you can reschedule to another 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. Be sure to meet the requirements for the class prior to making your reservation.
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.