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

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

Diving for marine life, a cleanup effort and a world record

Last Saturday we participated in our first underwater cleanup effort – diving Deerfield’s Beach Pier to remove mono-filament line, hooks, lead sinkers and whatever other debris we found in order to protect aquatic life. Turtles, fish and other marine life can get hurt, or worse die, from entanglement in discarded fishing line. Continue reading Diving for marine life, a cleanup effort and a world record

Exploring the backwaters on the Jungle Queen!

We recently had some family visiting so we were out on the tourist track taking them around to see local sites and attractions. One that we’ve done in the past ourselves was the Jungle Queen riverboat adventure. Located just across the southern point of Fort Lauderdale beach on the Intracoastal side, this attraction has been operating since 1935 and Continue reading Exploring the backwaters on the Jungle Queen!

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!

How to avoid disappointment and frustration when leaving on a cruise!

I’ve had to run many times through airports to catch my connecting flights because of flight delays or cancellations. One time that comes to mind happened when we were on our way to Papeete, Tahiti for our cruise in the South Pacific. We were traveling from Montreal via Detroit, and then connecting in Los Angeles, but as luck would have it there was freezing rain in Detroit so our flight was delayed for over an hour. Winter connections are always risky. As a result, we ended up having only 20 minutes to make our flight to Tahiti. We had to hustle. I said to my husband: “Follow me!” and I ‘bullied’ my way off the plane. Well actually, Continue reading How to avoid disappointment and frustration when leaving on a cruise!

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