Join us this summer for a 5 day trip to the Dry Tortugas aboard the Mighty Vessel Spree. The trip includes 4 days of diving in the Dry Tortugas Ecological Preserve, the Fort Jefferson National Park, and on the USNS Vandenberg. We’ll have plenty of Nauticam demo gear on hand to try at no extra cost, daily presentations, a nightly photo presentation, and an opportunity to show off your images. Whether you are well versed in all things underwater photo and want to try the latest Nauticam gear, or are a novice interested in getting started, this trip is for you. No passport is required!
The Dry Tortugas are a remote collection of tiny islands about 70 miles west of Key West Florida. One of the islands is home to Fort Jefferson, which besides being the largest masonry structure in the western hemisphere, has a unique history and is quite photogenic. Oh, and the fort has a moat - how cool is that? The fort, along with the area around the islands, is part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. North of the park, where much of the best diving is located, is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
We'll have all of the latest models of housings (like Nikon D7100, Canon 6D, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic GH3 and more) - rigged and ready to dive, plus viewfinders, arms/clamps/trays, our DP4 external monitor, flash triggers, and all of the other latest gadgets and parts available to try out. There is no extra charge for demo gear - your only costs are getting to Key West and the liveaboard fare.
The details? We board the boat the evening of July 30th... July 31-Aug 3rd are the dive days. Plan on going out in Key West to check out the sunset on Mallory Square and the craziness on Duval Street the evening of the 3rd. You are welcome to stay on the boat on the last night, disembarking at 9am on Aug 4th.
The price is $1725, and includes diving, tanks, weights, nitrox... and meals, snacks, beer, wine (that's right - free beer!).
The boat holds 24 passengers but we limit it to 18 to allow a little extra space for all of our gear.
The fort has to be seen - it's an amazing structure - and it has a moat! For those who'd rather stay in the water than walk around a dusty old fort, we have you covered. We'll do an over/under session, taking advantage of the beautiful scenery at the fort coupled with the amazing blue water.
Laptop: Yes, bring your laptop. The Spree is laptop friendly and you’ll want it to process some images.
Cell Phone: There’s no cell service in the Dry Tortugas, so plan on shutting it off. The Spree has a satellite phone that is available if needed for an emergency.
Diving: Diving will be conducted in the Dry Tortugas Northern Ecological Reserve, The Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Key National Marine Sanctuary and the USNS Vandenberg, conditions permitting. Typical dives will be 50-70 feet, some more shallow, some deeper. We have one wreck in 20 feet of water that is amzingly photogeneic hen conditions are good. We’ll be trying to optimize the diving around good sites for photography. On a couple of the more shallow dive sites, we've made arrangements with the Spree for open deck diving for 1/2 day. This means you'll be able to dive longer and really take your time on some of these great sites.
Dry Tortugas has a nice mix of reef scenery, some large animals including the namesake turtles, tarpon, sharks, and grouper including Goliath Grouper. With a very healthy gorgonian and hard coral population, the macro opportunities are abundant. Night diving will be available as well which can bring out another cast of macro subjects.
Join us for this unique opportunity to dive with fellow photographers and try out the latest and greatest nauticam gear.