Freeport is the main city on Grand Bahama, an island in the northwest Bahamas off the Florida coast. It's best known for the oceanfront Lucaya district's beaches, resorts, and shopping. Nearby, Deadman's Reef is popular for snorkeling, and the surrounding offshore waters have many dive sites. Up the coast, Lucayan National Park features extensive underwater caves plus kayaking and nature trails.
Freeport, Grand Bahamas
8 July - 15 July 2017
Grand Bahama is the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, lying 86 kilometres (53 mi) off of Palm Beach, Florida. It is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain of approximately 700 islands and 2,400 cays. The island is approximately 153 kilometres (95 mi) long west to east and 24 kilometres (15 mi) at its widest point north to south. Administratively, the island consists of the Freeport Bonded Area and the districts of East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama.
Traveling to The Bahamas by sea offers more flexibility with the type of documents you will need to get through Bahamas immigration and back through U.S. immigration.The Bahamas Ferry Express is one of the only ways to travel to the Bahamas that does not require a passport for U.S. citizens, even when you stay overnight!
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
Be sure to have one of the following:
Valid Passport or Passport Card
If you don't have a valid passport you may use a Certified Birth Certificate (State Certified) with a government issued photo ID (drivers license)
If you are not a U.S. citizen you will need a valid passport to travel. Citizens of some countries are also required to have a Visa to travel. For a list of Visa requirements for each country visit: http://tinyurl.com/bahamas-visa-requirements
Guests will be meet in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades 1850 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Pier #1. Cruise departs Fort Lauderdale, FL at 8:00 am (check-in by 6:00 AM). Guests will board before 6:00 AM Saturday, July 8 before we depart at 8:00 AM. After a full week of diving, the Ferry returns to Fort Lauderdale Saturday, July 15. Friday evening the Aqua Hands hosts a sunset cocktail party at Agave Lucaya. Ferry ride to Grand Bahamas and back to U.S.A. and the Friday night dinner is included in the price. Check-out is Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. Transportation is provided back to the Ferry Saturday before 5:00 PM. Cruise departs Grand Bahamas Island at 6:30 pm (check-in by 5:00 PM).
Sheer walls with health corals, Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Gray Reef Sharks, Angelfish, Eagle Rays, Horse-eye Jacks, Lobster, Snapper, Garden Eels, Nurse Sharks and lots of macro life.
All dives are made from the Underwater Explorers Society.
Water temperature: 78 - 84F, 25 - 29C. 3mm wetsuit recommended
What else besides Scuba diving:
Port Lucaya Marketplace
Considered the shopping Mecca of Freeport, the Port Lucaya Marketplace offers eighty specialty stores, boutiques, restaurants, outdoor and indoor bars and cafes across 12 island-style buildings. Hunt for Bahamian-made handicrafts alongside designer labels, jewelry and more. The Marketplace is also home to casual and fine dining eateries, live music and entertainment.
Lucayan National Park
Lucayan National Park is a 40-acre Grand Bahama treasure known for its underwater cave system, one of the longest in the world. Two of the caves, Ben's Cave and Burial Mound Cave, are accessible via a short footpath. In 1986, bones of the island's earliest inhabitans were found in the Burial Mound Cave. The park is also unique because it is home to all six of the Bahamas' vegetation zones.
Goombay Summer Festival - July 13, 2017, Thursday
The Ministry of Tourism’s annual summer festival featuring live displays of Bahamian culture in the form of food & music.
Two Tanks: Every morning.
Dolphin Dive: Wednesday and Saturday Morning.
Shark Dive: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, afternoon: (Wetsuit Required.)
One Tank: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Afternoon.
Night Dive: Wednesday and Saturday Night.
All Suite are based on Double Occupancy Rate: King or Double -
Waterside King: One king bed and a spectacular view of the bay. Private veranda or balcony with two teak or rattan chairs, cocktail table. Spacious 640 square feet. Large entry/dressing area. Amenities include radio, with alarm clock, telephone, voicemail, TV with cable channels, in-room safe, two chair dining set, reading chair. Wet bar, compact refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, iron and ironing board. Shower/tub combination, hair dryer. Ceiling fan plus air conditioning. Wireless Internet access.
Waterside 2 Double: Two double beds and a spectacular view of the bay. Private veranda or balcony with two teak or rattan chairs, cocktail table. Spacious 640 square feet. Large entry/dressing area. Amenities include radio, with alarm clock, telephone, voicemail, TV with cable channels, in-room safe, two chair dining set, reading chair. Wet bar, compact refrigerator, coffee and tea making facilities, iron and ironing board. Shower/tub combination, hair dryer. Ceiling fan plus air conditioning. Wireless Internet access.
Taxes/Fees/Transfers: Transfers will be included.
Aqua Hands Polo
Ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport, Grand Bahamas and back to Fort Lauderdale.
7 nights Waterside King or Double Beds - Double Occupancy at Pelican Bay Hotel
Farewell Cocktail and Dinner at Agave Lucaya
25 dives guarantee/ 15 Aqua Hands dives planned.
Gratuities: Aqua Hands will include the tip in the package and if you wish to pay more to the boat crew are more welcome.
Rental of scuba gears (Optional): Complete Set of Rental Gear (includes BC, Regulator, Analog Gauge, Night Dive Light, Mask, Fins, Snorkel) INCLUDED! Strongly encourage to get your own mask.
Baggage- Each adult passenger is allowed two carry-on items (free of charge). Maximum dimensions for a carry-on item is 22 inches x 18 inches x 10 inches (length x width x height), with a maximum weight of 26.5 lbs. / 12 kgs. Items exceeding these dimensions and weight will be checked-in at the cost of $25.00 USD per way.
Airfare: Make your flight purchase to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) International Airport.
Overnight stay: Make a reservation to a hotel nearby Ferry at Port Everglades 1850 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Pier #1. It is only 3.3 miles from the Fort Lauderdale (FLL) International Airport.
Meal Plans: There are many options around the hotel where you could eat and at the hotel.
Any more questions: please contact Thomas Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org