Your 86-foot home away from home for Tiger Beach Liveaboard trips 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. She 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.
The M/V Dolphin Dream is an 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!
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 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. A normal tip is at least 15% of ticket price, a total of approximately $400 to $500 per passenger. Tips are collected at the end of the trip. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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 divers wear 5mm full suits, hoods and gloves. Hoods and gloves are highly recommended due to the darker “less attractive” colors as well as for warmth and protection.
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 Dolphin Dream 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 trip sample itinerary.
NOTE:The weather is usually beautiful, but occasionally it may affect our itinerary. A typical 8-night trip on the Dolphin Dream will go as follows with good weather. Some trips are shorter at 6 or 7 nights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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