Swim with DOLPHINS expedition: Bimini - Cassie JENSEN

Come swim with us in Bimini!

Do you want to swim with wild atlantic spotted dolphins, wild bottlenose dolphins, wild southern stingrays, explore the Sapona shipwreck, and swim with reef sharks?

BIMINI is the place to make your dream a reality!


Why Bimini?

Bimini is made up of two beautiful islands in the Bahamas, only 50 miles east of South Florida, which makes it very easy to get to. Bimini has a North and South island; the North end is more populated and generally more suited for tourists (casino, large resort, many restaurants), and the South island is quieter,  with less traffic which is a great place to relax and enjoy the solitude. 

Bimini is a nursery for an abundance of different animals; bottlenose dolphins, atlantic spotted dolphins, southern stingrays, many different species of fish, reef, nurse, and lemon sharks (and other types of sharks are more prevalent during the winter season).

Beautiful video from one of our 2018 trips by Matt Bryant


2020 Dates:

                   -Trip 1: May 29-31 (Pending private charter)

                -Trip 2: June 5-7 (Limited space available)

       -Trip 3: June 13-15 (Space available)

                     -Trip 4: June 20-22 (Limited space available) 

       -Trip 5: June 27-29 (Space available)

                   -Trip 6: July 11-13 (Pending private charter)

   -Trip 7: July 18-20 (Private charter)


A passport is required for this trip.


Price

$1,310 USD per person


*A deposit of $450 is required to reserve your spot.


The deposit is nonrefundable.

Remaining balance due 90 days prior to the trip's start date. Once full payment has been made, if a cancellation is needed, refunds will be dealt with on a case by case basis.


Payments can be made via PayPal, wire transfer, Venmo, Zelle, etc.

If paying with PayPal in the United States, there will be a fee of 2.9%

If paying with PayPal internationally, there will be a fee of 4.4%


What's included:

-Ferry to Bimini and back from Fort Lauderdale

-2 nights accommodation (shared)

-3 days on the water

-Snacks on the boat

-Taxis

What's not included:

-Food

-Travel trip/health insurance

-Parking overnight at the ferry terminal: $15/day (total $45)

-Checked bag cost for the ferry 

(ONE carry-on item less than 26.5 lbs is allowed. If more than 26.5 lbs, The ferry charges $25 per leg for the extra weight). 


Where We Stay

We will be staying on the South Island, which is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the island life. We will be staying in a house, owned and managed by local friends. It is in a great location for our excursions, and is 50 yards from the ocean. Bedrooms, open living space, and a wraparound porch all have views of the beautiful Bimini Blue water.  

*This year, we will be staying in 2 separate locations depending on dates due to availability*

Accommodation is shared queen beds. Two rooms are closed off with a door, and two are loft style areas. See pictures above. There are two bathrooms with showers, plenty of room on the porch for rinsing and drying gear, and there is a washer and dryer if needed.

Dates we will stay here:

-May 29-31

-June 20-22

-June 27-29

-July 11-14


Accommodation is a shared queen bed, and rooms with single twin beds. It has three bathrooms with showers, and a full working kitchen with a wrap-around porch overlooking the canal. 

Dates we will stay here:

-June 5-7

-June 13-15


The numbers and the boat

Typically, there will be 8 people on the boat. Our captain Ken is extremely knowledgable and has been living in Bimini for many years. He knows the waters surrounding the islands extremely well, and is an asset to our trips!

There will typically be a maximum of six guests on each trip, and our captain and myself will be the remaining two people on the boat. *On occasion, depending on group dynamics, there is a possibility of there being an additional guest on the trip*

This trip is designed for everyone! Photographers, bucket listers, adventurers, and dream chasers.

Children are also welcome to join as long as they are closely monitored by an adult at all times. 


What will we see?

We will see all sorts of marine life. We will be mainly scouting for spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, stingrays, reef sharks, and whatever else the ocean wants to surprise us with!

**We are going to be in the open ocean, with the possibility of seeing and swimming with WILD animals!! It is important to remember these are wild animals, and they are the ones who decide if we will be able to swim with them or not. We will do our best to swim with them, but it is never guaranteed. That's one thing that makes interacting with these beings so special - they decide if we get to be in their presence or not. It is also possible that we will see animals from the boat, but not get in with them depending on their behavior... but if they want to play, play we will! 


What to bring:

-Please bring your own MASK, set of FINS, and SNORKEL!! These are not included in the trip, and we will not have extras so make sure to bring your own.

-Many people bring weight/weight belts; this is not essential, but if you would like to dive down, you should bring some. *Please do NOT overweight yourself, or wear weight if you are not experienced in diving down/ freediving. This is for your safety and everyone else's!

-Cash for extra supplies, extra taxi rides, etc.

-A wetsuit is not required, it is summer and the water and air is very warm. Wear one if you'd like, or a swimsuit or rash guard. I wear rash guard leggings and a rash guard shirt. 

-Please bring your own towel if you need one on the boat


Sample itinerary:

-Sat. Checkin at ferry between 6:30-7 AM

-9:00 - Depart Ft Lauderdale to Bimini

-11:00 - Arrival, customs, boat pickup from N side to S side, quickly drop our bags off. Quick bite to eat

~1:30-6pm - head out for dolphins!

-6pm - Drop off and settle in to our awesome beach house

-Organize, showers, dinner on N Island


-Sun: morning snorkel if desired in front of our house. 

-Breakfast at home

-Boat pickup at 10am, either to stingrays, Sapona, or reef sharks 

-Midday - lunch on the boat or at home (we will decide on what we feel that day)

-1:30 - Start scouting for dolphins for several hours (~3-4 hours)

-Back to our house for gear rinse, showers, dinner either out or cook


Mon: morning snorkel if desired in front of the house

-Breakfast at home

-Boat pickup at 10am, either to stingrays, Sapona, or reef sharks depending on the previous day or what everyone wants to do

-Midday - return home for lunch and *pack gear to have on the boat - we do not return to the house*

-1:30 - Start scouting for dolphins for several hours (~3-4 hours)

-5/5:30 - Head to the ferry  

-6:30 - Ferry to Ft Lauderdale


*This is a tentative itinerary and what has worked well in the past. Subject to change on weather, how the day is going, what the consensus is in the group

Jump in on an exciting, incredible adventure with us!

For more information, email me at cassiejensenphotography@gmail.com

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