Dolphin Dream is a comfortable standard dive yacht, offering both scuba diving and snorkeling trips in the Bahamas according, it can accommodate 12 guests.

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Boat

Dolphin Dream is a 26.21 meters long, 8 meters wide expedition expedition, designed with your safety and comfort in mind. It is a US registered vessel with all US crew, meeting all safety and equipment requirements of the US.

Dolphin Dream is owned and operated by Captain Scott Smith with over 40 years experience in Bahamas liveaboard shark diving. Captain Scott shares with you the Bahamas Best Shark Diving trips with the best boat, best service, best safety, and best fun!

The salon and cabins are located aft off center line, the most comfortable place in a boat. The salon has four benches and four chairs surrounding two tables for dining. The galley and salon are separated by a serving counter.

There is a drink bar with a refrigerator, ice maker, coffee pots and a sink. There is room for cameras on shelves with electric and below the benches, A 27” TV, DVD/VCR, stereo, book and video library.

The back deck has tables for cameras, fresh water rinse hose, aquarium, fishing equipment and the stairs to the upper deck. The large built in platform has the scuba tanks and benches. The water is just a short distance for entrance and a ladder to climb out on. There are big flood lights that shine into the water for night swims or dives.

Dolphin Dream's upper deck has the dingy (for rescues or shore excursions), gear storage boxes, a sundeck for sunbathing, and a covered deck to stay out of the sun with plenty of space for dolphin watching. The large bow fore deck has plenty of space for dolphin watching.

Life on board is informal and relaxing, comfortable and clean. While enjoying your solitude, you will encounter a stress free atmosphere where dressing down is encouraged and world news is only in the back of your mind. The days are spent experiencing nature and our nights are spent anchored under the stars. The cruise will normally avoid the tourist traps unless requested.

Meals onboard include outstanding home-style cooking. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are always prepared fresh. Our meals include meats, vegetarian options, starches, multiple vegetables, salads, and fresh fruits. Snacks including fruits, nuts, and sweets are always available.

Refreshments such as ice water, juices, soda, coffee, hot or cold tea, and lemonade are included. Notify us ahead of time and we can accommodate any special dietary needs.

Dolphin Dream is manned by two licensed captains, a cook and a mate all trained to give the safest and funnest service. Safety is our number one priority, particularly when you're in the water. At all times there are two crew on the boat watching, in case anybody has a problem while swimming. There is always one crew in the water with you while swimming.

The helpful friendly crew are experienced professionals, dedicated to making your adventure perfect! They will fill tanks, carry your camera, remember your name, cook, clean, drive and more to make sure you are having one of the best time of your life. As the safety is Dolphin Dream's motto, service is their pleasure.


Cabin

Dolphin Dream has 6 spacious cabins, it can host up to 12 guests each trip.

All cabins are air-conditioned, with electronic safety deposit boxes. 2 large towels per person are provided during the trip.

2 bathrooms with showers/toilets are shared between all the guests.

1 Guest Cabin:
Located on the lower deck, this cabin comes with 1 double bed and 1 single beds (bunk style).

5 Guest Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with 2 single beds (bunk style).


Diving

  • 7D/6N Snorkeling trip : 5 days snorkeling.
  • 9D/8N Diving trip : include 7 diving days.
  • 4 to 5 dives per day, include night dives.
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All divings are self-guided, guide only led the shark dive.

Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Not available at the moment
  • 15L Tanks:Not available at the moment
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash only (USD)
  • Crew Number:4 - 5, include 1 or 2 dive guide(s)

Itineraries

Embarkation & Disembarkation

The Dolphin Dream departs from West Palm Beach Florida and travels to Bimini Bahamas. The nearest airport is Palm Beach International (PBI), about 20 minutes from the boat. The biggest airport is Miami (MIA), about 2 hours from boat.

Boarding time is 3pm to 7pm on the departure day, and the boat departs for the Bahamas at 10pm. On our return date, disembarkation is around 10:30am.


9D/8N Diving Tiger Beach and Bimini

Day 1) : Departure day. Boat is available for boarding 3-7p.m. This gives you plenty of time to unpack and familiarize yourself with your floating home for the week. We will be serving dinner onboard this evening. An orientation briefing will be given on emergency procedures and information to ensure you get the fullest enjoyment from your adventure. We depart Riviera Beach this evening around 10 p.m. for our overnight crossing to the Bahamas.

Day 2) : Wake up in the beautiful Bahamas. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. When Bahamas customs and immigration opens at 9a.m., your Captain will get the paperwork completed and soon after we’ll be on our way north to Tiger Beach.We’ll arrive at the "Anchor Chain" shortly after lunch for our first couple dives. This site is at a depth of about 20 feet. We will be chumming, but not feeding during these first few dives. You will see Lemon sharks and the occasional Tiger shark, but these first dives are mainly to get your gear situated, and to be sure everyone understands our diving procedures and acclimates to the sharks.

Day 3) : Breakfast at 8 a.m.Dives startingaround 9a.m. at "Fish Tales" dive site. Fish Tales has a maximum depth of about 50 ft (15m). Fish Tales is our prime Tiger Beach site for Tiger sharks, Lemon, Reef and Nurse sharks. We will do about 4 dives today and two will be shark feeding dives.

Day 4, 5, 6) : We will continue to dive Fish Tales, Tiger Beach starting around 9 a.m. We usually dive twice before lunch. Then we take a short break after lunch and continue with two more dives in the afternoon. The nearby vibrant reef and sea grass beds provide interesting alternatives to kneeling in the sand watching the shark parade. We can visit other dive locations, reefs, wrecks if the group decides they want some variety. We may also spend half a day with friendly wild Spotted Dolphin, if everybody would like to see the dolphins. The 6th afternoon we depart for Bimini to dive with Hammerheads!

Day 7) : Bimini Great Hammerhead diving! If we're lucky they show up in the morning but mostly they show up around noon. Also we'll see Bull sharks and Nurse sharks.

Day 8) : Last diving day we spend at Bimini feeding and diving with sharks. Then, late on this day we cruise overnight back to Riviera Beach, Florida.

Day 9) : A light Continental style breakfast will be served on this morning. After clearing US Immigration and Customs at the Port of Palm Beach, we will return to our dock at the marina for your disembarkation, around 10.30am on last day.


7D/6N Snorkeling in Bimini with Wild Dolphin

Day 1) : Saturday, board the vessel "Dolphin Dream" between 3.00pm-7.00pm. Time to unpack, and familiarize yourself with your floating home for the week. Dinner will be served onboard, then an orientation will be given on emergency procedures and information to ensure you get the fullest enjoyment from of your adventure. We depart Palm Beach late Saturday evening for our overnight cruise to 'The Bahama Islands'.

Day 2) : Wake up to breakfast in the beautiful Bahamas. As soon as Bahamas customs and immigration open at 9.00am your captain will get the paperwork completed, soon after we are on our way. This morning we south toward Great Issac and Bimini islands, where the our friendly family of wild Dolphins live. Afternoon be ready to snorkel with dolphin, if we come across playful spotted or bottlenose dolphin at anytime. The snokeling encounter length is entirely up to the dolphins. Encounters have been known to last from a few minutes to several hours.

The water depth here is between 25-35ft(8-11m). The water temperature ranges from mid to high 80's(27c) in summer.. The water is mostly crystal clear with a white sandy bottom. From the deck the scenic stripes of turquoise saffire and azure blue meander across the surface of the ocean. This phenomenal setting adds to the magic of the amazing dolphin encounters. In the evening we anchor up in a calm safe area for dinner and overnight. Stargazing is another wonderful pastime to enjoy during your nights onboard.

Day 3, 4, 5) : We start our days with breakfast around 8AM. We essentially spent the night in the dolphin grounds but we have to drive and look around for the exact location of the Dolphins. As yesterday we will swim with the dolphins when they come to play. We usually find a pod of dolphins around 10Am, some days we find them immediately and other days we have to look longer. We usually swim with them till around noon or 1pm, then take a lunch break.

The Spotted Dolphins are nocturnal and go in to a rest period in the afternoon, at this time we leave them alone to rest. During the dolphin encounter breaks you can relax and conserve energy, for the next encounter, listen to music, make new friends, sunbath, read, swim, snorkel and scuba diving, on a shallow reef. We look for dolphins again in the afternoon and evening when they are waking back up for their nighttime feeding. Often we will swim with them till sunset and if we're lucky, we may experience a night dolphin encounter, a magical occurrence…The stuff of dreams.

Day 6) : This day goes like the previous days with dolphin snorkeling encounter and fun in the sun! The evening around 6pm we must depart the dolphin grounds and make our way back to Florida

Day 7) : Morning arrival into West Palm Beach Florida, Breakfast will be served this morning as we get ready to clear US Customs. After clearing US Customs return back to our home the marina for your disembarkation, around 10-11.00am.

More

Destinations Tiger Beach, Bimini
Facilities Camera Station, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Marine park fees & Port fees
  • VAT and local taxes
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Full-board meal plan (including snacks)
  • Complimentary beverages (water, tea, coffee)
  • Soft drinks
  • Diving activity (incl. tanks, weights, weight belts)
  • Dive guide service
  • Land excursions and activities throughout the trip
  • Boat accident insurance
  • Cabin towels and complimentary toiletries
  • Cabin cleaning service

Not included

  • Transfers from airport and/or hotel to the yacht
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance (mandatory requirement)
  • Travel insurance (trip cancellation insurance)
  • Crew gratuity

Useful information

Tiger Beach

Best time for diving
October - May, as there is a greater likelihood of great hammerheads, bull sharks. But tiger sharks, lemon sharks, nurse shars and Caribbean reef sharks are seen at Tiger Beach year-round. The visibility can be great at times with 60 meters clarity, current is usually mild tidal flow.

About temperatures
Air : winter months are between 18°C - 27°C, summer months are between 24°C - 33°C.
Sea : winter months are between 23°C - 26°C, summer months are between 28°C - 29°C.

Wetsuit Recommendation
Divers are required to wear a full-length wetsuit (3mm for summer months, 5mm for winter months) as well as a hood, gloves, and dive socks (to cover ankles). Dive equipment must be dark in color, no white or yellow dive gear (Yellow second-stage hoses are permitted and are not a problem).

Diver requirement
Shark diving can be a potentially dangerous sport and so divers should be should be fully comfortable with their skills in the water. We recommend divers should have OW with min 30 dives as the minimum. You can find out more informations about diving in The Tiger Beach here : Tiger Beach

Embarkation / Disembarkation
The embarkation and disembarkation for most liveaboards are in Nassau, Bahamas. Guests need to fly to/from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS).

For liveaboards are departing from Florida, USA. Guests may fly to/from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

Visa Requirements
Please refer to Visa Requirements for details of countries covered by visa exemption agreements or different visa requirements for all countries.

Vaccinations
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from traveller arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. the same is required for traveller having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. An overview of the countries which this applies to can be downloaded here: Yellow Fever Risk Countries. Further information can be found under the Visiting the Bahamas section of The Government of The Bahamas website.

Money Matters
The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), but USD is also readily used. Cards are used throughout most of the country, especially in the tourist areas, although on some of the smaller outer islands only cash is accepted for purchases. ATMs are readily available in any major town.

Drones
Drones can be brought into the Bahamas with pre-registration. To apply for registration please visit The Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority

Extending your holiday
We offer a range of hotels/resorts, land-based diving packages, and excursions that can be arranged before or after your liveaboard holiday. Just ask us if you need such service.


Bimini

Best time for diving
All year round, depends what you want to see. The great hammerhead sharks begin to congregate off of Bimini from January, and stay till March. Grouper spawning can be seen in late January and early February. Bull sharks and nurse sharks are more frequently seen from December to March. Tunas migrate in Bimini happens from March to May. And the summer months is best time for Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Bimini offers an great diversity of dive sites : coral reefs, walls, shipwrecks, blue holes, caverns... The visibility range from 25 - 30 meters, currents can be very strong at times.

About temperatures
Air : winter months are between 15°C - 25°C, summer months are between 25°C - 32°C.
Sea : winter months are between 24°C - 27°C, summer months are between 28°C - 30°C.

Wetsuit Recommendation
In the winter months, a 5 mm wetsuit is recommended. In summer months a skin or 3 mm shorty is recommended.

Diver requirement
Suitable for all levels. You can find out more informations about diving in Bimini here : Bimini

Embarkation / Disembarkation
Both embarkation and disembarkation are in Nassau, Bahamas. Guests need to fly to/from Nassau International Airport (NAS).

For liveaboards are departing from Florida, USA. Guests may fly to/from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

Visa Requirements
Please refer to Visa Requirements for details of countries covered by visa exemption agreements or different visa requirements for all countries.

Vaccinations
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from traveller arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. the same is required for traveller having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. An overview of the countries which this applies to can be downloaded here: Yellow Fever Risk Countries. Further information can be found under the Visiting the Bahamas section of The Government of The Bahamas website.

Money Matters
The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), but USD is also readily used. Cards are used throughout most of the country, especially in the tourist areas, although on some of the smaller outer islands only cash is accepted for purchases. ATMs are readily available in any major town.

Drones
Drones can be brought into the Bahamas with pre-registration. To apply for registration please visit The Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority

Extending your holiday
We offer a range of hotels/resorts, land-based diving packages, and excursions that can be arranged before or after your liveaboard holiday. Just ask us if you need such service.

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