TIGER SHARK EXPEDITION
OCTOBER 20 - 26, 2018
( 7 Day Trip / 5 days Diving )
10 of 12 Spaces Available
Day 1 - Arrival Day. The M/V Dolphin Dream is located at the Riviera City Beach Marina. You must be on board the ship before 6PM. Today we do the customs paper work and get you settled into your rooms. The crew will prepare dinner for you and departure time for the Bahamas is after 10 PM.
Day 2 - We arrive at West End, Grand Bahamas sometime after 7AM to check in with customs. Once we clear customs, we will travel to Tiger Beach dive site. After we arrive, (normally around 1PM) we will begin chumming for tigers and lemons. The first dive site, we will visit is called Tiger Chain. It is 20 feet deep. This is where we will spend the rest of the day. Here we will do a two tank dive. First dive is a check out dive (gear, cameras, weights). Second dive is a lemon shark encounter. With the possibility of encountering our first tiger sharks of the trip.
*Please note; Tiger Beach is not an actual beach. It is a shallow sand bank. The area we visit is called Tiger Beach. Within that area, there are many dive sites that the different dive boats use. The dive sites our boat visits are called 'Tiger Chain' and 'Fish Tales'
Day 3 - We will move locations to a dive site called Fish Tales, (40 feet deep). When we arrive, we begin chumming for tigers. We have 4 planned dives today. First dive will be a check out dive. The following three will be shark feeding dives. Depending on conditions, we may possibly do our first night dive today. (Please note, you are NOT required to do every dive.)
Day 4 - 5 - We will dive every day at Fish Tales. Each day 4 dives are planned. Every dive will be a shark feed. On one of the evenings, we will schedule our second night dive, (weather dependent).
Day 6 - Our final day of diving at Fish Tales. Today we schedule 3 shark feeding dives. 2 morning dives, and one after lunch. We will depart back to Riviera Beach, Florida after dinner. Normally around 6PM.
Day 7 - (Departure Day) - We arrive back in Florida, around 6AM. We have a US customs appointment at 9AM. After we clear customs, we will return to our marina at 9:30AM. If you are flying out of West Palm Beach International, you can make your return flights after 12 noon.
*If flying out of Miami, please make your return flights after 3pm.
PLANNING YOUR FLIGHTS...
Closest airport to the marina is West Palm Beach International Airport (30 minute taxi ride).
*If you are traveling from another country you may need to fly into Miami International airport for International flights. There are trains that will take you from Miami airport to West Palm Beach airport. (Also, there are free airport shuttles from the airport to the train stations) From there you can grab a taxi to the Marina.
We sail out of Riviera City Beach Marina.
WATER TEMPERATURES - 77- 82 F (24 - 26 C).
LAND TEMPERATURES - 75 - 80 F (23 - 25 C).
Located around 20 miles off West End, Grand Bahamas, Tiger Beach is the best place in the World to encounter tiger sharks in clear, shallow water. These are organized shark dives. We use chum and bait to attract the sharks in. The tiger sharks that annually visit this area, return year after year. Over the years we have gotten to know many of these sharks very well. Tigers are not the only sharks we see here, there is also large aggregations of lemons and Caribbean reef sharks that visit this area. Occasionally you can also see nurse sharks, bull sharks and great hammerheads. There truly is no place in the world like Tiger Beach.
OUR HISTORY AT TIGER BEACH
We have been traveling to Tiger Beach since 2003. In fact, we were on the boat in December (2003), which was the very first time Tiger Beach was chummed to try and bring in tiger sharks. We have seen how this area has evolved and changed through the years. From a few tigers and lemon sharks visiting these dive sites, - to dozens of tigers, lemons and reef sharks passing through each and every year. The number of sharks here has grown and continues to grow. Of course all the dive boats chumming these waters (nearly) year round for the past 13 years is the main reason. But added to that, the waters of the Bahamas have become a protected shark sanctuary, which means, no commercial fishing for sharks. This protection has allowed sharks to safely grow and reproduce. The results are...lots and lots of big healthy sharks off Tiger Beach.
These are baited dives. We use chum and fish parts to attract the sharks. The reason we do is to get the tiger sharks to come in close so that everyone has an opportunity to video and photograph these sharks. Before we dive, we give everyone a safety briefing on how and where to position themselves in the water for the safest experience. Safety is everything on these dives, so we only bring down enough bait to offer up a snack for the tigers, which keeps them focused on the bait box. Allowing you to comfortably capture your images.
Through these shark feeds we have been able to document new shark behavior. Some which has never been seen before. From the unique semi-tonic behavior of the tiger sharks, to the extremely social and intelligent lemon sharks. We have witnessed so many amazing things with these animals. These sharks feeds have allowed us a sneak peak into their lives. Most is behavior which was not previously known. Every time we visit this place we learn something new and we happily share this with you on these trips.
YOUR NEXT MOVE
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