Brendal’s Dive Center, A Guy Harvey Outfitter & Green Turtle Cay’s Reef Sharks

August 16, 2014 at 2:26 am | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Diving, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Scuba Diving, Sharks, Tarpon | Leave a comment
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If you want to dive in the northeastern Bahamas there is really only one man to see, Brendal Stevens.  There are other dive operators but Brendal’s Dive Center stands above all the rest and the Green Turtle Club gets you right on top of some of the best and most exciting dives including a variety of big animals.

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Photo: Brendal’s Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

If you want to get certified to SCUBA dive Brendal can teach you from square one or handle your check out dives for PADI, NAUI, SSI or SDI.  In 2006 the Bahamian Ministry of Tourism awarded Brendal with it’s Cacique Award for Sustainable Tourism.  This is the Bahamian “Oscar!”  

If you are ready for some big animals Brendal can put you with the “Silver King” tarpon, giant grouper, the island’s name sake Green Turtles or those camera hogs with the big grins, Sharks!  Nurse sharks are seen on many of Brendal’s dives.  If you want to see the “Sexy Stars” of the show, the Caribbean Reef Sharks then one of his Shark Observation Dives is the way to go. 

Shark Week may be coming to a close but our big animal “Stars” are available year round.  Don’t miss the show, call the Outpost Reservations Desk to find out more at (800) 513-5257. 

Photo: Brendal's Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Photo: Brendal’s Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Capt. Slate’s Creature Feature at the Islander Guy Harvey Outpost Islamorada

August 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not every creature is scary. Not every creature has hair either.

Capt Slate's Dive Center

Every Friday & Sunday morning at 8:30, Capt. Slate goes diving with his friends.  Some want to cuddle; some just like a scratch behind the fin.  Please do not try this at home, Capt. Slate is a trained professional and has been a practicing creature for 36 years!

Slate moray

When diving be careful of the “S” word… No not Sharks…  SLATE!!!

Capt. Slate is one of Guy Harvey Outpost’s “Go to guys.”  He relocated his shop just a short drive from the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada.  The drive from Miami International Airport it is less than two hour to the Islander.  So no matter where you are coming from we can get you in the water in no time.  And we promise, Slate is not as scary as he looks.

To get up close to Capt. Slate or one of his friends give our Reservation Wranglers a call at 800-513-5257 or drop them a line reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com

“Whale Sharks Are Our Friends” at Guy Harvery Outpost

August 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Dive Bimini, Diving, Galapagos, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Plankton eating Whale Sharks do not have the teeth that give some sharks that “Over Bite” reputation.  These gentle giants grow to 40 feet long and have a sense of curiosity.  They have been known to hang around and almost study divers and snorkelers.

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Photo: Guy Harvey PhD.

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Photo: Guy Harvey PhD.

On some levels Whale Sharks may be the most “User Friendly Sharks:” big, no teeth, warm waters, frequently at snorkel depth, and curious enough to interact with divers.  There is still much we do not know about them but one thing we do know is that they can be seen by Guy Harvey Outpost divers at the Iguana Crossing Galapagos, Bimini Sands, Bahamas, but almost guaranteed at Hotel Playa Media Luna at Isla Mujeres, Mexico. For more info on our Whale Shark Encounters at Isla Mujeres (scroll to the bottom of the page).

To learn more about our Whale Shark Encounters call our Reservations line at 800-513-5257 or reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com

Guy Harvey Outpost, Mako Shark in the Dredge, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

August 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Conservation, Fishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Science, Sharks | Leave a comment
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Very cool clip of a Mako Shark following & biting the dredge-cam.

This young male mako makes swimming with the fast moving dredge look effortless. Guy Harvey Research Institute scientists and the Guy Harvey Outpost Team based their Expedition efforts out of the Hotel Playa Media Luna on Isla Mujeres, just north of Cancun. During their trip the successfully caught and tagged eight mako sharks with satellite tags.

Stay tuned we will have lots more detail for you following Shark Week.  Catch more Shark Week photos from Guy Harvey Outpost on Facebook.

— at Isla Mujeres, Cancún, México.

Shark Week Begins at Guy Harvey Outpost’s Bimini Sands

August 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Dive Bimini, Diving, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Neal Watson, Scuba Bimini, Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hamerhead, Grant Johnson Bimini Hammerhead Photo Credit: Grant Johnson

Shark Week reminds us that there are all sorts of great Big Animal Encounters and Guy Harvey Outpost has lots of them. Our Hammerhead Shark Safaris offered through Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center starts off our Shark Week. Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Award ranked the Bahamas #1 in Big Animals in the Caribbean & Atlantic in 2013 for a reason.

You do not have to go far to get your Shark on either; just 50 miles east of Miami on the island of South Bimini. The scuba diving with Great Hammerheads takes place in 25-feet of water over a white sand bottom just minutes from our docks at the Bimini Sands, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Property! Led by Neal Watson’s Undersea Adventures staff, the Hammerhead Shark dives run January through March and sell out early. This dive provides an unparalleled photo and video opportunity for serious divers.

Other Big Animal Adventures we offer at the Bimini Sands include our Wild Dolphin Safaris, Stingray Dives and Reef Shark Encounters with Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks. Snorkeling gear is all you need to enjoy the Dolphins, Stingrays and Reef Sharks. Call Guy Harvey Outpost Reservations for details: 800.513.5257!

Catch more shark photos with Guy Harvey Outpost on Facebook.

#SharkWeek is underway on Discovery Channel!

AUGUST 12th UPDATE: The Discovery Channel included this dive in their #MonsterHammerhead episode on #SharkWeek Congratulations Neal Watson & team!

USA Today featured the Bimini Great Hammerhead Dive as one of their top 5 Shark Dives: Swimming with Sharks: A Guide to the Best Dives

 

 

Guy Harvey Outpost’s Iguana Crossing Hotel Wins TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award AGAIN!

August 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Conservation, Diving, Galapagos, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2014Iguana Crossing has earned back to back Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor.  The top hotel on Isabela Island and ranked second in the Galapagos. Two hundred and forty-two reviewers rated the fourteen room boutique hotel.  Two-hundred and twenty-six of the reviewing guests rated this Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge either Excellent (189) or Very Good (37).

In addition to all the terrific land based adventures on Isabela.  There is excellent diving, snorkeling and surfing in the Galapagos and Isabela has some of the very best.

Call now for our end of Summer Special available August 13 and September 30, 2014.  reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com or 800-513-5257.

Can You Help Find a Missing Diver?

August 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Noah Cullen, a friend of the greater Guy Harvey Outpost family is missing off Key Largo.

Noah Cullen

It is believed Noah was free-diving in the vicinity of Molasses Reef on Sunday.  His plan was to photograph the reef for conservation purposes.  His sailboat, Jubilee, was found sinking 7 miles off shore at around 2:30p Sunday afternoon near Dixie Shoal (25.03.8120 N 80.15.054w). He was seen aboard Jubilee around 1pm. The storm sail was up and the boat completely sealed. He’s a young guy but a seasoned Captain/Diver who grew up on the water in the Keys. He’s been missing 32 hours now. If you know anyone in the Upper Keys, please ask them to keep an eye out today on the water.

If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please call the US Coast Guard Islamorada at 305-664- 8077 or Miami 305-278-6700.

If anyone could survive in the water for over 24 hours, it’s Noah! Thanks.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/05/4273381/rescuers-search-in-keys-waters.html

Join Guy Harvey Outpost for BugFest at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

July 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Diving, Fishing, Florida, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea | Leave a comment

Guy Harvey Outpost BugFest

Come join the Guy Harvey Outpost team for some fun, some bugs and some laughs.  Meet up with us at Guy Harvey Outpost’s local Dive Outfitter, South Florida Diving Headquarters, an official BugFest weigh station on Wednesday.  We will be there with a cold one for you when you get back to the dock.  We will be just south of the Hillsboro Inlet at South Florida Diving Headquarters.

Limited space is still available on the dive boats.  To reserve your spot give our reservations line a call 800-513-5257

We will also be at the Pavilion in front of the Commercial Blvd Pier for the Final Weigh In and Awards on Thursday afternoon / evening.  Friday night and Saturday afternoon, we will be celebrating AND eating at the El Prado Park for the Lobster Cookout and BugFest BBQ

Bimini Beach Bash, Bonfire Tournament Results

July 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Art, Bahamas, Billfish, Bimini, Bonefish Bimini, Fishing, Tuna, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

Bouncer’s Dusky Takes Top Honors at the Bonfire Tournament

Bouncer's Dusky Takes Top Honors at the Bonfire Tournament! (Click image to enlarge.)
L-R: Ned Stone (Outpost), Rick Benitez,  Capt. Bouncer Smith, Victor Escobar, Billy Springer
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Bimini Beach Bash, Bonfire & Tournament Results

Bonfire Tournament Winner: Bouncer’s Dusky

Bonfire Runner-Up: White Pearl

Bonfire 3rd Place: Pisces

Top Angler, Victor Escobar, Bouncer’s Dusky

2nd Place Angler William Senne, White Pearl

3rd Place Angler, Chad Conner, White Pearl

Top Lady Angler, Irynne Mackay, Pisces

2nd Place Lady Angler, Margie McGough, Pisces

3rd Place Lady Angler, Danielle Keyser, White Pearl

Top Junior Angler (11-16) Devin Dellacava, Offshore Express

Top Small Fry Angler (10 and under) Bryanna Dellacava, Offshore Express

Top Reef Team: Bouncer’s Dusky

Top Offshore Team: Bouncer’s Dusky

Top Billfish Team: Tiboron

Largest Mackerel (Wahoo, Kingfish, etc): Brown’s Dusky

Largest Dolphin: White Pearl

Largest Tuna: Tito’s Vodka

Top Captain: Bouncer Smith

Bent Shaft Award (Hard Luck Trophy): White Pearl for a broken rod and lost fish that could have moved them within striking distance of Bouncer’s Dusky.

Most Unusual Catch: Bobby Little, Burning Marlin!

Sportsmanship Award: Pilot Rob Lowe

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Killing for Conservation!

July 23, 2014 at 12:04 am | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Conservation, Fishing, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Lionfish | Leave a comment
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Lionfish Derbies Work, 908 Dead Lionfish Cannot All Be Wrong!

Lionfish Derbies Work, 908 Dead Lionfish Cannot All Be Wrong!   Click Image to Enlarge.

 

 Killing for Conservation?

Lionfish are incredibly fertile and have no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean.  Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) has been leading the fight against this Indo-Pacific invader and after six years of Lionfish Derbies at Green Turtle Cay the evidence is clear: Lionfish Derbies Work!  Lionfish now range from Brazil to North Carolina and beyond.  They can live in fresh water too! The 908 Lionfish killed in this one day event was fewer than in previous years even with more divers and better weather.  AND those fish that were killed this year were smaller than in previous years; another good sign.  Lionfish Derbies will not send the fish back to the Pacific; they can however help local communities keep the population in check.

Three Contestants for the Smallest Lionfish Caught.  Photo Credit: Ellie Splain

Three Contestants for the Smallest Lionfish Caught. Photo Credit: Ellie Splain                        Click Image to Enlarge

The Green Turtle Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge hosted the event.  For six years, REEF scientists have conducted a Lionfish Census before and after each event to assess the impacts of the Derbies.  REEF estimates that had these 908 demons been allowed to roam Abaco waters for another year they would have consumed between 700,000 and 2.2 MILLION! Native prey fish.

Congratulations and Thanks to REEF & to The Green Turtle Club for executing a great event for an important conservation mission!

For more information on Reef Environmental Education Foundation and other Lionfish Derbies.

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