Live Aboard the M/V Dolphin Dream
Your 86-foot home away from home is the M/V Dolphin Dream, designed with your safety and comfort in mind. She has 6 spacious double occupancy cabins accommodating small groups of 12 or less. The Dolphin Dream is a US registered vessel with all US crew, meeting all safety and equipment requirements of the US. Relax in a comfortable salon with plenty of room for cameras and computers. Enjoy an informal lifestyle, simple relaxation and outstanding diving. Our days are spent experiencing nature, and the nights are spent anchored under the stars.
Why chose the Dream Team? The Dolphin Dream is an owned and operated by Captain Scott Smith with over 39 years experience in Bahamas live aboard shark diving. Captain Scott shares with you the best the Bahamas has to offer with the best boat, best service, best safety, and best fun!
Our trips depart from Florida with all US food, supplies and fresh water. We offer all-inclusive competitive prices, with taxes and fees included. The Dream Team’s professional, experienced, and fun staff will make certain that your expedition is unforgettable. Our crew offers personal attention and great service aboard a stable, clean, safe, and comfortable boat.
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.
The Dolphin Dream departs from West Palm Beach Florida. 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.
Our prices include all port fees, taxes, fuel, accommodations, meals, beverages, air tanks, weights and belts. Crew tips are very important to the crew, if they have given you great service than please give them a great tip. (10% of ticket price appreciated, approximately $300 to $400 from each passenger).
Tiger Shark and Great Hammerhead season runs from October through May. Water temperatures average around 76F (24C) with highs up to 80F (26.5C) and lows down to 72F (22C). Air temperatures range from highs up to 82F (28C) and lows occasionally down to 60F (15C). Coolest months are January, February and March. Most diver wear 5 mm full suits, hoods and gloves.
This Shark Diving is baited and feeding, no cage shark diving with Tiger and Hammerhead. These are not guided dives, nor are there safety divers, only shark handlers. You accept all risk and must be responsible for your own safety. Every participant will be required to sign a release of liability contract when boarding the vessel. There will be about 4 dives a day and occasionally night dives. 2 dives a day will be shark feeding dives, and 2 dives a day will be free swimming with the sharks. Dive depth is around 50 feet (15 meters).
The Dream Team offers you the best in live aboard diving with sharks. Our participants say, ”There is no competition!”
9 day, 8 night live aboard Shark Diving trips itinerary.
Generally the weather is beautiful, but occasionally it may effect our itinerary. With good weather a typical 8 night trip on the Dolphin Dream will go as follows. Some trips are shorter with only 6 or 7 nights.
Departure date, boarding is between 3.00pm-7.00pm. 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 of your adventure. We depart West Palm Beach this evening for our overnight cruise to “The Bahama Islands”.
Wake up to breakfast in the beautiful Bahamas. When Bahamas customs and immigration opens at 9.00am your Captain will get the paperwork completed, and soon after we are on our way. This morning we will be heading North to the prime dive sites. After lunch we'll arrive at the "Anchor Chain" for the first couple of dives. This site is within the "Tiger Beach" area, with a depth of about 6 meters. We will be chumming but not feeding these first few dives. You will see Lemon sharks and the occasional Tiger shark, but mainly these first dives are to get your gear situated, understand our diving procedures, and acclimate yourself to the sharks.
We will have breakfast around 8am and diving will start at 9am at "Fish Tales" reef site at about 50 ft (15m) of depth. “Fish Tales” is our prime Tiger Beach site for Tiger sharks and Great hammerheads. We will do about 4 dives this day, and two of these will be shark feeding dives.
We will continue to dive "Fish Tales" and start the diving day around 9: am everyday. We usually dive twice before lunch. Then a short break after lunch with two more dives in the afternoon.
Day 5, 6, 7)
More Tiger and Hammerhead feeding and diving at Fish Tales/Tiger beach. There are now two Great Hammerheads that are residence of Tiger Beach area. We usually see them multiply times during a trip and therefore do not go to Bimini for Hammerheads. We can visit other dive location around Tiger Beach if the group decides they want some variety. We may also spend half a day with friendly wild Spotted Dolphin, if everybody wants to see dolphins.
Last diving day we spend at Fish Tales feeding and diving with sharks. Then, late on this day we cruise overnight back to West Palm Beach, Florida.
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.
Captain Scott Smith
Dolphin Dream Team