Northbound trips cover almost 1000 miles over 2 weeks departing from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on Saturday night, and returning to Miami 2 weeks later (on Friday morning). First stops are Mona Island, Monito, and Desecheo, some rarely-dove spots in the Caribbean because of their remote locations. Beautiful walls and pristine reefs await! There are some crazy currents around these islands that attract some pretty interesting species of shark – you never know what you might see.
The next few (3-4) days will be travel days as we pass by the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos (short-term permitting requirements make diving here a no-go for trips just passing through). Not to worry, there is still plenty to do and see on board between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. We will pass through the Silver and Mouchoir Banks where the Humpback whales calve and breed in the spring so keep your eyes peeled while you are relaxing on deck. This is a sight not to be missed. Though we cannot get in the water with them in these protected areas, watching the from the boat is simply spectacular. Every winter, these majestic creatures come down from New England and Canada – where they have gorged themselves on food all summer – to breed and calve on the shallow banks just off of the Dominican Republic. The males are competing for mates so you will be treated to fantastic displays of acrobatics by these over 30-ton animals as they show off for the girls. During this transiting time there will likely be no diving so bring a book or two and your relaxed attitude!
We will pick up diving again at the southern end of the Bahamas and dive up the chain from Hogsty to Bimini every day. Weather permitting we will head to Hogsty Reef, one of the only coral atolls in the western hemisphere. Littered with giant wrecks around the perimeter, this atoll is dove by practically no one because its in the middle of nowhere. The entire atoll is one huge wall dive around the outside, and dozens of little wreck dives on the inside. From there, it is very weather dependent, we could head over to Great Inagua to see the beautiful light house, as well as the Salt Flats and huge Flamingo Colony that lives there. Or we could hit the road hard and bust up to Conception island and dive the gorgeous walls before diving the Exumas, Eleuthra and Nassau area on our way home. We will stop at Atlantis for an afternoon exploring the water parks, casino, and aquarium there, then it is back to our normal stomping grounds around Cat Cay. We are back in Miami by that following Friday morning to clear customs back into the US.