Grand Bahamas with Tiger Beach, Aggressor Liveaboard – May 7-14, 2022

Join Steve Philbrook on this awesome shark adventure!  Visit the remote areas around the West End of Grand Bahama aboard the Bahamas Aggressor.  This liveaboard offers up to 5 dives per day.

The West End area is rarely visited by guests and is home to many creatures – both large (sharks and dolphins) and small (grouper, snapper, assorted other reef fish).   At least one afternoon during the trip will be dedicated to a dive at the area know as “Tiger Beach” where we will try to attract sharks using a “scent triangle” filled with bait.   Both Caribbean Reef sharks, Lemon Sharks and Tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.

Please note:  All shark interactions are natural, passive and observational in style.  The Aggressor Fleet does not actively feed sharks nor chum the waters.

Diving Details:

  • Dive with Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and hopefully Great Hammerhead sharks, as well as dolphin, grouper, snapper  and  other abundant marine life
  • All dives from mothership
  • Water temperature: 78-84F, 25-28C
  • 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended
  • 7-night charters:  up to 27 dives
  • Trip Sign up Form

 

Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and nearly 2,500 cays.  About 30 of these islands are inhabited. Guests will fly in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport. Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.

 

Trip Sign up Form

Arrival/Boarding/Departure:

The BAHAMAS AGGRESSOR™ will dock in and out of “Old Bahama Bay Resort: Old Bahama Bay. Guests will fly in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport, (airport code is FPO). It is a 30 to 45 minute taxi ride to Old Bahama Bay and approx. $75.  Transfers are not included.

Flights: There are direct flights from Atlanta, Georgia;  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Miami, Florida to the Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO).

Trip Pricing: 
  • Double Occ:  $3195 (5 staterooms – 10 spots)
  • Quad Occ:  $2995 (1 quadroom – 4 spots)
1st Deposit – $500
2nd Deposit – $1500 by December 1, 2021
Final Balance – February 10, 2022
 
Trip Includes:
• 7 Nights Accommodations aboard the yacht
• Unlimited Diving
• Compressed air tanks, weights & belts
• All meals and snacks
• non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine

 

Not Included:

• Airfare (boat departs from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island)
• Ground Transfers (approx $75)
• $110 port fee per person – paid onboard

NOTE: A $500 deposit holds your spot for this trip.  All Liveaboard deposits/payments are Non Refundable.  Final payment is due February 10, 2022.  We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Lake Michigan Wreck Diving

Only 3 Spots Left!

September 14-16, 2018

Join Aquaventure for a weekend of Great Lakes shipwreck diving! Aquaventure instructor Mike Daust will be leading this trip to dive some of the popular Lake Michigan wrecks. Whether you’re a novice or experienced tech diver, the wrecks off Milwaukee offer some of the best diving in the Midwest. Here are a few the wrecks we will be diving:

of Mackinac.

Car Ferry Milwaukee

A 318 foot steel railroad car ferry was loaded with 27 box cars and 52 passengers. This is a popular dive destination as there are plenty of things to explore such as railcars, cars, or bath tubs. Penetration is possible for the trained and experienced diver.

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Prins Willem V Video – click here

Known as the “Willie” this is one of the most popular wrecks in Milwaukee. She lies intact on its starboard side at about 80ft with penetrations possible for the trained and experienced divers. The top side of the wreck can be reached at about 56ft making it a good beginner wreck diving site. While diving this wreck divers can observe the ship in its entirety including a mast on an angle, pilot house, companion ways, and the skylights into the engine room. There are barrels left behind in the cargo holds from when attempts to raise the ship were made. Her bow has been slowly getting berried into the bottom creating an interesting clay wall around. The stern shows the name of the ship and divers have been keeping it clean from algae bloom, zebra and quagga mussels.  Overall this is a very exiting dive site for a dive or two or many.

IMG_6529No. 6 Dredge

This large crane barge sits upside down and is held off the bottom with her boom. Divers can reach her top already at 30ft and the bottom is at about 70ft. It is a great introductory dive where diver can observe the barge’s machinery and structure. It offers overhead swim-throughs, but because the barge is upside down, divers need to exercise caution as not to get disoriented and lost.

Trip Price – $395 (3 days of 2-tank boat dives) Hotel, travel, and meals are not included!

Call us at (763) 424-8717 for reservations!

Bahamas High School Adventure Trip June 16-22, 2018

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June 16-22, 2018

Trip Sign up Form

Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center has been in business for over 20 years. Safety and thorough training have always been our mission. In partnership with the Anoka Hennepin School District and Bob Ameli (teacher at Andover high school), we bring you a truly unique and unforgettable learning experience!

Blackbeard’s Cruises offers liveaboard scuba diving vacations to the Bahamas Out Islands. We offer the Caribbean’s largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Blackbeard’s Cruises 65′ sailboats depart Nassau, Bahamas every Saturday for a week of liveaboard diving in the Exumas, SW Eleuthera & Little San Sal in the Central Bahamas. The camaraderie and adventure on our liveaboard dive trips keep divers coming back year after year. Our motto is “Twice the Fun for Half the Price”….you won’t get a better bang out of your diving dollar anywhere else in the Caribbean!

Dive the Caribbean’s largest underwater park, the Exumas Land & Sea Park. Divers can experience deep sea diving on the many beautiful walls. Sharks are a big draw for divers! See Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, even tiger sharks on the sandy banks! Colorful reefs teeming with marine life sit in depths of 15- 80 feet so divers of all levels enjoy the scuba diving we offer on our Bahamas scuba diving vacations!  These dive sites are only reached by scuba diving liveaboards.

The central Bahamas were once the hideout of pirates and privateers… now these islands offer spectacular diving in warm, crystal clear waters with deserted beaches as backdrop each week during our adventure travel vacations. Visit Allen’s Cay to feed the iguanas.

There is no set itinerary- we go where conditions and weather are the best to offer our divers an adventure of a lifetime! Scuba liveaboards offer the best variety of diving available- dive with sharks at Amberjack Reef, watch eagle rays gracefully glide by the walls, get tumbled around on our high speed drift dive, the Washing Machine or shoot photos of all the great macro and micro shots you’ll see in the gin clear water of the Bahamas.

EARN COLLEGE CREDIT FOR YOUR PADI COURSE ON THE TRIP!

How It Works

Validating the quality of the PADI System of diver education, many institutions and national educational councils around the world recommend PADI scuba courses for college credit, occupational certificates or educational funding. Find out how it works in your area.

United States

The American Council on Education (ACE) through its College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended college credit for 18 PADI courses and one Emergency First Response course. ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions.

Want to learn more? Download an information sheet and Student Transcript Request form (pdf) or contact PADI Americas at training@padi.com.

High School Trip Reviews

This Adventure Includes:blackboard's shark dive

  • Round Trip Air from Minneapolis to Nassau, Bahamas
  • 7 days & 6 nights onboard a 65′ sailboat – cruising the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas
  • Daily hands-on exploration and study of the coral reef and ecosystem
  • Daily onboard assignments and Marine Biology lessons with Bob Ameli
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages onboard
  • A Lifetime PADI Open Water Scuba Certification (includes textbooks, classroom/pool instruction, open water dive training, and certification processing
  • Rental of Scuba Equipment for training and entire week in the Bahamas
  • Up to 5 dives a day and unlimited snorkeling with safe, certified Instructors/Divemaster
  • Scuba Mask, Fins, and Snorkel (yours to keep!)
  • Shark Dive (optional)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Sailing Assistant
  • Deckhand Duties – responsibilities at sea
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Marine Park Fees
  • Fuel surcharges and Port Taxes
  • Trip T-Shirt
  • Trip “Memories DVD”

Not Included:

  • Passport (required!)
  • Meals during travel days
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Incidentals/personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (www.dan.org)

Trip Payment Schedule:

  1. Reservation Deposit – $750
  2. January 15th – $750
  3. March 15th – $750
  4. Final Balance Due April 15th – $345

NOTE – reservation deposit is nonrefundable

Cash Price = $2595 (please add 3% for credit card payments)

Trip Sign up Form

Scuba-Palooza 9

Minnesota’s Largest Dive Event!

August 18-19, 2018

Join us for our Scuba Palooza 9 with over $5000 in prizes available to win!

Welcome Minnesota’s largest dive event.  A fun filled weekend for the whole family.  Meet new dive buddies as you hunt for medallions in beautiful lake Ore-be-gone.  Scuba Palooza 9 will be held at Sherwood Forest campground on Lake Ore-be-gone.  Plan for a weekend of fun events and fun dive with new friends.

KIDS Pokémon dive!!  That’s right!  This hunt is for certified divers 10-17 years of age.  Find the Pokémon (hidden within 25′ of water) and receive a $50 Aquaventure gift card!

Lake Ore-be-gone is one of Minnesota’s premiere dive destinations!  It’s clear water boasts many dive attractions.  Such as a WWII fighter plane, two military helicopters, a bus, twin engine airplane, a car, bicycle graveyard, transport speeders, a boat , and more!

If you’re not a diver – no problem.  Gilbert has many activities available for you too.  Mountain biking, four wheeling, hiking, and more.

Scuba Palooza Video

Scuba Palooza Gallery

We will be camping at Sherwood Forest Campground.  Each campsite can host multiple tents or a camper and a tent.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at event.  Non-divers $5 for the BBQ.Pokemon Hunt

  • Medallion Hunt
  • Photo Hunt
  • Kids Pokémon Hunt
  • Huge Raffle
  • BBQ
  • Campfire Social
  • Movies

Palooza Schedule 2018 – click link for downloadable schedule

  • 9:00am-11:00am – Registration at lakeside pavilion
  • 11:00am – Medallion Hunt begins
  • 11:00am – Photo Hunt begins
  • 12:30-2:30pm – BBQ Lunch at Lakeside Pavilion
  • 5:00pm – Awards, raffle, and prize distribution at campsites D8 & D9 under pavilion
  • 6:30pm – Corn Hole tournament
  • 8:00pm – Campfire movies

Scuba Palooza Rules:  Divers should be ready to enter the water at 11:00 am when the air horn sounds.  No Scuba Palooza participating divers are allowed in the water Saturday morning before the horn sounds at 11:00 am!  ONLY ONE medallion per person!  Please do not take more than one medallion from the lake!  Participants will not know the medallion’s corresponding prize until the prizes are awarded.  There are 15 medallions hidden throughout the lake.  All medallions are within 60′ of water (most within 40′).  Maps of the dive site locations are at the lakeside pavilion.  Bring your medallion to the pavilion if you find one!  PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE searcher…DO NOT remove, misplace, break, or ruin any part of any divesite!  Thank you and good luck!!

For reservations contact – Sherwood Forest Campground,  101 W Wisconsin Ave E, Gilbert, MN 55741, (218) 748-2221  NOTE – Even if the campground is Sold Out there generally plenty of room in their overflow area.  Multiple tents can also be put on each campsite for $10 per tent. 

NOTE – If you plan on renting gear from Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center for Scuba Palooza 8, please reserve your gear early as we run out every year!

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Madeira Shipwreck – Fun Dive

Saturday, July 8th

Madeira Shipwreck, Lake Superior

Cost $15 – Call us to sign up! 763-424-8717

Rental gear available for half price!

Artists drawing of wreck site; MHS/SHPO Collections

A great way to get introduced to shipwreck diving!

The remains of the Madeira lie broken and scattered in several large sections and numerous small pieces around Gold Rock cliff, immediately north of Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior. Water visibility varies from 20 to 60 feet in both shallow and deeper areas of the site. Water depths range from 15 to over 100 feet. Madeira’s wreckage covers a varied topography. A boulder-strewn slope begins at the base of Gold Rock cliff in approximately 10 feet of water, ending at varying depths where the bottom is composed of gently sloping sand.

For more info on the Madeira – click here

There is enough to see for those who want to bring 2 tanks. Aquaventure will offer a light snack and bottled water.

Meeting Point and Time: Meet at 11:00am at Split Rock Lighthouse.

Accessibility: Easy parking however, dive gear needs to be carried down path to the lake.

Two Bit – Fun Dive

Sunday, June 25th

Two Bit Dive Site in Huntington Mine Pit

Cost $15 – Call us to sign up! 763-424-8717

Rental gear available for half price!

Two BitYou can see and play with a foosball table, see rail road ties as remnant from mining, and plenty of fish. For the more adventurous there is a crater at 90′ from a mining truck falling off a cliff. While the truck has been removed, the hole may be considered fun to see. This dive site is hot, hot, hot fully in the sun. Bring shade & plenty of water.  The entrance is a bit tricky, moderate watching of the step as we will be going around remnants right near the entry point. There is light boat traffic, so make sure to bring your dive flag.

There is enough to see for those who want to bring 2 tanks. Aquaventure will offer a light snack and bottled water.

Meeting Point and Time: Meet at 11:00am at Dairy Queen in Crosby.

Accessibility: Roadway is okay for cars of at least the size of a Ford Focus / Nissan Maxima.   If you have a Prius – Carpool!

South Alstead Fun Dive

Sunday, June 11th – Afternoon Dive 

A classic dive at South Alstead Dive Site in Alstead mine pit.

Cost – $15

Rental gear available for half price!  Call to sign up 763-424-8717

 

A dive site with easy access and many, many dive options. small mouth bass
Options include a loop around the bay, where there are fish and standing trees to see, or a longer swim and path around the island – or even a wall dive! After the first dive, Aquaventure will grill-out for dinner. Bring your lights because after we BBQ, we will head in for South Alstead’s fantastic night dive! The underwater road is easy to see and it’s a constant home to a wide variety of northern fish. This night dive is perfect for first-timers as it stays at a nice depth of 20 feet with a casual ramp in and out, and has enough night life to keep the most seasoned diver entertained. The best game to play is who can see the biggest fish? This is a FANTASTIC dive site.

You can even help build a dive site with Saralyn on this dive!

Meeting Point and Time: Meet at 11:00 am at Dairy Queen in Crosby.

Accessibility: The site is easy access, with lots of room. Even an electric car stands a chance of making it back there.

2017 Summer Fun Dive Schedule

The summer dive season is here!  Time to dust off your gear and hit the lakes!  There are many great dive sites in Minnesota!  Here’s your chance to check some out with us!

May 27-28 – Square Lake, Stillwater, MN – FreeCrosby

June 10-11 – Lake Louise, Crosby, MN – Free

June 11 – South Alstead, Crosby, MN – $15 – click here for details

June 24-25 – Square Lake, Stillwater, MN – Free

June 25 – Two Bit, Crosby, MN – $15 – click here for details

July 1-2 – Lake Louise, Crosby, MN – Free

July 8 – Madeira Shipwreck, North Shore – $15 – click here for details3053376_orig[1]

July 15-16 – Square Lake, Stillwater, MN – Free

July 29-30 – Square Lake, Stillwater, MN – Free

August 5-6 – Lake Wazee, Black River Falls, WI – Free

August 19-20 – Scuba Palooza, Lake Ore-be-gone, Gilbert, MN

Most of our fun dive are free of charge.  We will be out at the lake teaching classes and hanging out.    Fun dives that have a $15 charge are dives that will be lead by an Aquaventure divemaster or instructor.  These dives will include snacks and are designed to show divers dive sites they may not have dove before.

Scuba Palooza is our annual summer dive festival that includes a weekend of fun activities!  For more info on Scuba Palooza click here.  To sign up for our fun dives please call us 763-424-8717.

Need rental gear?  Aquaventure has rental scuba systems available for all weekends.  However, these system get rented quickly so please call and reserve early!  Half price gear rentals are available for South Alstead, Two Bit, and Madeira Shipwreck weekends ONLY!

Rental Gear Price List

Cozumel – High School Adventure Group – July 8-15, 2017

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July 8 – 15, 2017

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Aquaventure Dive & Photo Center has been in business for 22 years.  Safety and thorough training have always been our mission.  In Partnership with Anoka Hennepin School District and teacher Bob Ameli, we bring you a unique and truly unforgettable learning experience!

Cozumel waters are loaded with turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, moray eels, nurse sharks, and various species of reef fish. Night diving is incredible whether you dive from boat or shore. Lobster, crab, octopus, and reef squid are just a few types of marine life you can expect to see but this year we added something really special.  Whale sharks!  That’s right.  We will take a day and head over to the mainland where the largest congregation of whale sharks in the world will be migrating through.

A Day In Cozumel Video – click here

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  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis to Cozumel
  • 7 days & 6 nights at the gated Scuba Club Cozumel Resort
  • Daily exploration and study of the coral reef and ecosystem
  • Daily marine biology lessons with Bob Ameli and research assignments
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners (no soda)
  • A lifetime PADI Open Water Scuba certification (includes textbook, scuba equipment rental, classroom & pool instruction, & certification processing)
  • 3 two tank boat dives
  • 1 day of snorkeling with the whale sharks
  • Unlimited snorkeling and shore diving in front of the resort with Aquaventure certified instructors and divemasters
  • Scuba mask fins, & snorkel (yours to keep)
  • Rental scuba equipment for the trip scuba club cozumel
  • Air and hotel taxes and transfers
  • Marine park fees
  • Trip T-shirt
  • Trip “Memories” DVD

Not Included

  • Passport
  • Food during travel days
  • Airline baggage feesoctopie
  • Incidentals / personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (www.Dan.org)

Cash Price = $2895

Roatan (Women Only) Trip! – November 11-18, 2017

Bonaire women's trip

Sold Out!

November 11-18, 2017

Join Jamie Sledd & Jolene Philbrook on Aquaventure’s 1ST ALL WOMEN’S TRIP!  That’s right, no studs or duds, just women!

The Diving

The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Spanning across the coast of 4 countries and nearly 700 miles, this reef boasts an astounding biodiversity of marine species with 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and over 500 species of fish in addition to rare endangered and protected animals like Sea Turtles and Manatees. Divers from all over the world travel to the Mesoamerican Reef for the opportunity to explore the secret underwater treasures buried beneath the waves.

The reef itself begins just minutes from shore, with plateaus at 10ft, 20ft, 45ft and then the amazing wall that drops away in places to over 2000+ feet. The ocean offshore is generally very calm and this area doesn’t experience too many strong currents, meaning the conditions here are perfect for divers of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced diver.  You can take the plunge and discover world famous dive sites such as West End Wall, Texas, Mandy’s Eel Garden, Blue Channel, Hole in the Wall, the El Aguila Wreck and many more. Whether your passion is for swimthroughs, wrecks, caves, walls, or stunning shallow reefs-Roatan has it all!

Over the reef you will be amazed as you discover countless trumpetfish, trunkfish, drum fish, hogfish, crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish, cowfish, filefish, eels and maybe even a squid or two. For those who love macro we also have a good population of nudibranchs, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, blennies, worms, sea spiders and many species of shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled on the sand and rubble patches for jawfish, flounders, mantis shrimp, conch and stingrays.  The reef itself is made up of a smorgasbord of hard and soft corals, corallimorphs, sea fans, tunicates, anemones and sponges of all colours, shapes and sizes.

The ResortMayan Princess

We will be staying at the Mayan Princess.  Enjoy the 250ft blue lagoon pool & heated 8 person jacuzzi, free in-villa & public area wifi, beach volleyball, board games, book exchange, and canopied shade beds & lounge chairs. Dine at 4 all-inclusive restaurants with á la carte & buffet style natural, low calorie, vegetarian and deli-style menus as well as unlimited premium drinks including domestic & international liquors, beers & wines and take in daily entertainment like live music and cultural shows.

Relax at Kukut (meaning “body” in ancient Mayan) spa with massage, facials, waxing & nail services or explore the island with the resorts onsite tour coordinator.

This ALL-INCLUSIVE Trip Includes:caribbean reef shark

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Hotel taxes and fees
  • 7 nights at the Mayan Princess Resort in a 1-bedroom pool villa
  • 3 meals daily
  • 3 Onsite Specialty Restaurants for Dinner
  • Unlimited premium Honduran liquor
  • 15 boat dives
  • 1 night dive
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party
  • Total cost is based on Double Occupancy

Rates and Options:

Diver or Non-Diver Double Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $1920

Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:   $2525

Non-Diver Single Occupancy Poolview Rate:  $2150

Beachfront Upgrade:  ADD $250 to above prices

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by September 1, 2017. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.