Bimini Ecotours

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2022 Dates Are Set! 17 - 22 July 2022

Read the details below and then email us at info[at]dcpmail[dot]org to reserve your space today! 

Summer 2022 Bimini Ecotour:

Check-in Sunday 17 July 2022, Check-out Friday 22 July 2022 (Recommend arrival on 16 July)

Stay tuned for pricing.

Includes: 5 nights' accommodation (double occupancy; single available for $389 fee), 5 boat trips (weather dependent), 3 meals/day (beginning with lunch on Sunday, ending after breakfast on Friday); Drinking water & snacks during boat trips, DCP talks, Bahamian tax (12% VAT)

Note: This package begins with lunch, then an afternoon boat trip on Day 1. Therefore, you may want/need to arrive a day early. Assistance with hotel booking can be provided and extra hotel nights (if at Sea Crest) can be paid directly once on Bimini. The program ends with hotel checkout on departure day. Meals are included and served family style by the group's private chef. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but must be clearly stated at the time of booking.

Not included: Meals, Transportation to/from Bimini, Transportation between airport/arrival port and hotel, Gratuity (to hotel & boat staff, not DCP)

Email us if you'd like to reserve your spot! info{at}dcpmail{dot}org. Non-refundable deposits ($350 per person) are now due to secure your space. *If the program is cancelled due to COVID-19, deposits may be carried over to a later program.*

Want to visit Bimini another time and meet the dolphins? Let us know! Or, check out www.biminiadventures.com for food-inclusive, 5-night, 5-boat trip opportunities. 

 

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Keep reading to learn more about our work off Bimini - and we hope to see you soon!

DCP is present at our Bimini, The Bahamas field site all year round. However, our data collection efforts are focused during the summer months and generally aboard vessels operators by Bimini Adventures. From time to time, DCP offers ecotours for those interested in learning more about the wild spotted dolphins that live around the beautiful island of Bimini.

DCP has had the support of Bimini Adventures since 2006. Bimini Adventures donates space on their wild dolphin trips to DCP researchers each summer. We encourage our supporters to join a dolphin trip or dolphin week package with Bimini Adventures - we'll look forward to seeing you there!

Please visit www.biminiadventures.com for more details (click on Wild Dolphins). You can email Captain Al any questions - and tell him DCP sent you! Or contact DCP if you have other questions.    alt

General Bimini Info

(Although this information is related to a DCP ecotour, much of it applies to Bimini Adventures' programs as well)

Bimini
 Bimini, the most westerly inhabited island of the Bahamas, is less than 50 miles from the coast of Florida, yet a world away. A small “family island,” Bimini is a place for those looking to escape from the noise and traffic of the “real world.” Less than 7 miles long and only a few hundred yards wide, Bimini is known for big game fishing, SCUBA diving, mangroves, and of course, wild dolphins.

Getting There
Bimini is most easily accessible via Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) on Silver Airways (codeshare partner of United Airlines and JetBlue) or Tropic Ocean Airways. Private charter companies are also available from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (Island Air Charters, Aztec Airways). You can also reach Bimini via Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) on Western Air. Prefer boats? Check out Balearia Caribbean to see ferry options from Fort Lauderdale cruiseport to North Bimini. All flights - except Tropic - go through South Bimini International Airport (BIM), a 20 minute bus/water taxi ride from North Bimini ($10-15 each way). Tropic's 8-passenger float (sea) plane lands on North Bimini (also $8-10 taxi ride, per person, to hotel) Airfare/Ferry is not included in the ecotour price.Note: Not all airlines can be found on travel sites like Kayak or Travelocity, etc. Bookings may need to be completed directly with airline.

Dolphin Trips
 Each afternoon, guests will accompany DCP researcher Kelly Melillo-Sweeting in search of Atlantic spotted and common bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins will be observed from the boat, and when possible, under water. All swims are done with mask, snorkel and fins (no SCUBA). Personal snorkel gear is recommended to ensure the best fit. If rental mask, fins, or snorkel is needed, please let us know at the time of booking. Click here to learn more about DCP's research in Bimini. There are also opportunities to snorkel some of Bimini's best shallow sites!

Accommodation
The Sea Crest Hotel & Marina is in the heart of “downtown” Bimini. Prices are based on double occupancy, with single occupancy available. Each room has two double beds, en suite bathroom, TV, A/C, and partial bay or ocean views. We are honored to collaborate with this small, locally-owned and operated business. Note: there is no elevator. Group sessions/meals are on the third floor.

Meals
For programs with meal packages: Meals are prepared by the group's own personal chef - and you won't want to miss them! Snacks and drinking water are provided during each dolphin trip. If you have a dietary restriction, please inform DCP when you register.

*A minimum of 10 guests (some booked through DCP, others through Sea Crest) are required in order for the meal plan to be included. If this minimum is not met, participants may have the option to remain registered for a hotel & boat only package or receive a refund.*


Getting Around
Alice Town, or “downtown,” Bimini is very easy to navigate on foot. Golf carts are available for rent to explore the island further. Although there are cars on Bimini, rental cars are very limited – but are not needed anyway!

Money
Both U.S. and Bahamian currency is used on Bimini, with equal value. There is an ATM on the hotel property (this is the only ATM in town!). The local bank operates on slightly shorter bank hours (M-F) and is available to cash traveler's checks or for cash advances on credit cards.

Cost Information
Price for Double Occupancy is listed. These fees includes everything except meals, drinks, airfare to and from Bimini, airport/hotel transportation ($20 - $30 round trip), and gratuities for hotel and boat staff (not DCP). A gratuity of $125 per participant (for meal inclusive programs) is recommended for the week (more is welcome if you are thrilled!). Remember - "everything" is a lot of good stuff! Your package includes your air conditioned accommodations with daily housekeeping, meals, 5 boat trips (weather dependent) in search of wild dolphins, additional snorkeling opportunities, general assistance, and drinking water.

Included in trip fee:
5, 4-5 hour boat trips in search of wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins
5 nights' hotel accommodation

Meals beginning with lunch on Day 1, ending with breakfast on Day 6

Snacks & drinking water during boat trips
Optional DCP-led discussions/activities each mornings
Additional snorkeling opportunities
VAT (local tax)

NOT Included in trip fee:
Airfare
Transportation from the airport to hotel and reverse ($10-15 each way, subject to change)
Gratuity (boat crew, hotel housekeeping)

Inclement Weather
There are no refunds if boat time is cancelled or reduced due to unsafe weather conditions. 

Is there a guarantee that I will see dolphins?
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will see dolphins on your ecotour - these are completely wild, free-ranging animals. However, there is over a 80% sighting success rate and over a 60% success rate for observing the dolphins under water on a daily basis. If you are uncomfortable with the possibility of not seeing the dolphins each day, please check out our ecotours at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences. If you are interested in joining DCP in observing the wild dolphins of Bimini, then this trip is for you!

Who can come?
Anyone with an interest in dolphins and laid back island life is welcome on this trip! Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, with no exceptions. Children are welcome, however, must remain at all times, the responsibility of their accompanying adult. It is highly recommended that only children comfortable in the water join us on our dolphin trips. Comfort in and around the water for all guests is recommended. Anyone susceptible to motion sickness should take necessary precautions. All U.S. citizens are now required to present a valid passport to enter and exit the Bahamas (birth certificates are not longer accepted). Citizens of other countries should check for requirements specific to them.

*COVID-19: Vaccinations are not required to participate in DCP's Bimini ecotour at this time. However, it is highly encouraged. All participants will be provided with DCP's COVID-19 protocols, including scenarios in which masks are required. Contact DCP for the latest requirements for travel to The Bahamas. All participants must follow all requirements of The Bahamas.* 

Optional Activities
Interested guests have the option to add additional activities (not included in ecotour price) during the morning hours. Activities include bone fishing, SCUBA diving, mangrove tours, and more. Most of these activities can be arranged on-island, however assistance is available in acquiring information before hand.

Does joining support DCP?
Yes! By participating in this ecotour program you support DCP: at our Bimini, Bahamas field site, we need boat time in order to reach the dolphins. By signing up for this program, you help ensure that DCP gets 5 dolphin trips on which to collect our data. 

Refund Info
If cancelling 60 days or more before the ecotour start date, we will refund 50% of the expedition fee No refunds are given if you cancel 59 days or less before the ecotour start date. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Bimini Research Video

 

DCP - Bimini Video 2015 from Dolphin Communication Project on Vimeo.

Contact Us

Write to us via snail-mail at:

Dolphin Communication Project
P.O. Box 7485
Port St. Lucie, FL, 34985
USA

Email us:

info {at} dcpmail {dot} org

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