Tag Archives: Nature/Adventure

Treasure Hunting off the Dania Pier and Cleanup

Unable to resist the temptation of diving another pier in Florida, we signed up with Divers Cove for the Dania Pier Cleanup effort. It’s usually illegal to dive within 100 meters off Florida’s piers, for the good reason that fishermen frequent these and the threat of entanglement or being hooked is very real! Once a year, the pier is closed to fishing and the county and lifeguards open it up to divers for a ‘pier cleanup!’  Continue reading Treasure Hunting off the Dania Pier and Cleanup

Diving the Rapa Nui off Deerfield Beach

Just east of the Deerfield Pier lays the wreck of a 150 ft barge that was sunk carrying replicas of numerous Easter Island sculptures made by a local Boca Raton artist named Dennis MacDonald. Funded by the local Deerfield Beach Women’s Club, the sculptures were loaded onto the barge, which was sunk with the intention of displaying these in an Easter Island like setting under the sea. Continue reading Diving the Rapa Nui off Deerfield Beach

Volunteer diving with Rescue a Reef

Today was the day! We finally got to join Rescue a Reef on one of their coral restoration outings with Paradise Divers out of Key Biscayne. We had been in touch with Rescue a Reef for what seemed like forever, but with weather problems and travel conflicts it never worked out for us – until today! Whoo Hoo!

Rescue a Reef is a coral restoration program from the University of Miami and allows for volunteers, or citizen scientists, to learn about and participate in coral cleaning, maintenance, and replanting efforts. Continue reading Volunteer diving with Rescue a Reef

Diving Grand Cayman’s East End

We’re just back from a 5-day trip to Grand Cayman where we stayed at the Compass Point Dive Resort on the East End of the island and dove with the resident dive operation, Ocean Frontiers. What a great experience! It was our first dive resort and we’re already booked to stay at another one in Roatan this fall. That’s how much we loved it!

The hotel’s motto was ‘roll out of bed onto the dive boat’ and it was quite literally that for us. Our oceanfront suite was spacious and we enjoyed some beautiful sunrises from our balcony as we prepared for our morning dives. Continue reading Diving Grand Cayman’s East End

Vacationing at a dive resort

So while we are avid scuba divers, our typical vacation has been made up of a combination of scuba diving and sightseeing at our destination. We would normally stay at a traditional hotel and find a local dive shop that was close by. This model has worked well for us but has also been fraught with challenges when it comes to cleaning and transporting dive gear. After a morning two-tank dive, dragging our dripping equipment through a fancy hotel lobby and trying to rinse it in the shower or tub has always been a challenge. Continue reading Vacationing at a dive resort

Butterfly World, more than just butterflies!

Over by Pompano just north of the Fort Lauderdale airport, Butterfly World has been around since 1988 and it’s the first butterfly house in the US and the largest in the world! It encompasses 3 acres and houses botanical gardens and a working butterfly farm, and a couple of aviaries. Continue reading Butterfly World, more than just butterflies!

The United Caribbean (north side) and the importance of maintaining your scuba gear

We made it out with Dixie Divers to the United Caribbean and the Honeycomb Reef again. At first we were disappointed as we had dove this wreck before, but when we arrived at the planned dive site of the Sea Emperor, there was another boat tied up and we had a big group (28!) and needed our space. When we made our way down however, we realized Continue reading The United Caribbean (north side) and the importance of maintaining your scuba gear

Discovering the Anne Kolb Nature Center

Located just North of A1A off Sheridan Ave between Hollywood and Dania Beach, the Anne Kolb Nature Center is a 1,500 acre coastal mangrove wetland that is home to a large variety of plants, animals, reptiles and birds— including many endangered species. It makes for a great location for hiking, birdwatching, and kayaking in the mangroves. Continue reading Discovering the Anne Kolb Nature Center

Diving the United Caribbean off Pompano Beach

Waters are gradually warming up here in South Florida, and the winds are finally calming down. This past Saturday Apr 1, 2017 we went out with Dixie Divers from Pompano to visit the United Caribbean Wreck.

The United Caribbean is a 147-foot cargo ship, which was sunk in August of 2000 as part of Florida’s artificial reef program. The wreck is at a depth of 70 ft, approximately ¾ of a mile off the coast and about a mile south of the Boca Raton inlet. The ship was built in 1969 and was later used to Continue reading Diving the United Caribbean off Pompano Beach