FAQ

+When is the best time to dive?

That question has several answers. During the spring, the water temperature is around the mid 70’s and the amount of marine life is well worth the plunge. Turtles are mating, there are schooling sharks jumping out of the water near shore and the chance to see eagle rays, manta rays and other wonderful animals is excellent.  Air temperatures range from the low 70’s to the low 80’s. During the summer, the water gets as warm as 86 degrees, air temperatures rise to the low 90’s and seas are mostly calm. The visibility in Palm Beach averages 60 feet but it can go up to 100 feet. In the fall and winter, the water temperature starts to drop slowly, with the coldest water around 70-72 degrees in January and February. The water is generally clearer in the winter partly due to less rainfall. With the cooler water comes more fish life. The larger fish start to move in, including groupers, jacks and many others. At Shark Canyon, there are usually more sharks in the winter. Fall and winter are considered our slow season. so you can expect our boats to be less crowded then.

+Should I bring all of my dive gear?

If you are planning to dive for just a day or two, it might be more convenient to rent your equipment from us so you don’t have to pack and carry it. We can outfit you from head to toe. You can also bring just your snorkeling gear and rent a BCD and regulator. If you are diving with us in the Bahamas, you can rent equipment for your trip as well.

+What thickness wetsuit should I wear?

In the summer, when the water temperature is between 80 and 86 degrees, a 0.5 mm or dive skin should be fine. In the winter, when the water temperature is between 70 and 75, we recommend a 3-5mm suit and a hood if you get really cold. We have 3mm one piece suits available for rental. We do not rent dive skins or hoods.

+Do I need to wear gloves?

We do not recommend wearing gloves unless you are diving a wreck or the water is cold. If you don’t wear gloves, there are less chances of you touching something that you could damage or that could cause you harm.

+What time should I arrive for a dive charter?

Check-in starts one hour prior to departure time for our local charter boat. Please check-in at least 45 minutes before departure if you need to rent dive equipment or if you need to get your tanks filled. If you are going to the Bahamas, we ask that you try to arrive at the boarding time listed on your contract.

+Are there snacks or refreshments on board?

Yes, drinking water, soda, fresh fruit, and an assortment of sweet and savory snacks are available on all charters.

+Is there fresh water for showers and rinsing gear?

Yes, there is fresh water for showers and rinsing gear.

+Do you have a place for cameras?

Yes, we have a fresh water rinse bin on board for cameras. There is also a fresh water hose on board that can be used for rinsing.

+Do I need a car?

We are located 20 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport and about 5-10 minutes from most hotels nearby. Some hotels have shuttles, but we recommend a car rental as taxi rides can be expensive, especially if you are spending more than a day or two in town. From the Ft. Lauderdale airport we are about 50-60 minutes north, and at least 2 hours north of the Miami airport. Additionally, most dining and shopping are not within walking distance.

+Can I park my car for a week if I’m going to the Bahamas?

Yes, you can leave your car in our parking lot while you are on board the Shear Water.

+Where should we stay?

There are many hotels within 10 minutes of our office and boats. If you want to stay on the beach, there are several hotels on Singer Island:

Hilton Singer Island
561 848-3888
3700 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida 33404

Marriott Ocean Point
561 882-3000
71 Ocean Avenue
Palm Beach Shores, Florida 33404

Crowne Plaza
800 230-4134
3200 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida 33404

For the more budget conscious:

Super 8 Motel
561 848-1242
757 US Highway 1 South
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

Super 8 Motel
561 848-1188
4112 Blue Heron Boulevard
Riviera Beach, Florida 33404

Day’s Inn
561 689-0450
2300 45th Street
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

+Are there any campgrounds or RV Parks nearby?

Yes, there are several campgrounds and RV Parks in the area. Most are between 25  minutes to 1 hour away.

Lion Country Safari KOA Campground
(561) 793-9797
www.lioncountrysafari.com

Pine Lake Camp Resort
(407) 686-0714

Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound
(772) 546-2771
www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson

For RV Parks try:

Juno Beach RV Park
(561) 622-7500

+Is there any shore diving in Palm Beach?

John D. Macarthur State Park has some nice snorkeling. There is a $4.00 entrance fee into the park and it is well worth it. You can also dive the Blue Heron Bridge at high tide, or, if you are unfamiliar with the site, JASA offers guided tours.

+Where should we eat in Palm Beach?

Here are a few of our favorites. For a great hamburger try The Brass Ring on US 1, a local bar/restaurant.  For lunch you may want to grab a yummy sub or sandwich at Out to Lunch on US 1. For seafood we recommend Captain Charlies Reef Grill on US1 in Juno Beach, or Sailfish Marina on Singer Island. For casual and great BBQ, try Park Ave BBQ on US1 in North Palm Beach for lunch or dinner. For great food any time, try The Tiki Waterfront Seafood Grill on 13th Street in Riviera Beach.

If you are headed downtown, try City Cellar or The Cheesecake Factory, both located at City Place.

+Where can we go for shopping and nightlife?

The Gardens Mall on PGA Blvd. is one of the nicest malls in the state. Palm Beach Outlets recently opened on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. City Place on Okeechobee Boulevard and Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach both offer restaurants, bars, dance clubs, movie theatres and shopping. There are numerous parking garages and lots downtown, and there is a trolley to and from Clematis Street and City Place.

+What is there to do when we are not diving?

Marine Life Center of Juno Beach
561 627-8280
14200 U.S. Highway 1
Juno Beach, Florida 33408

Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
561 547-9453
1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Butterfly World
954 977-4400
Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Lion Country Safari
561 793-1084
2000 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
561 575-3399
2500 Jupiter Park Drive
Jupiter, Florida 33458

Flagler Museum
561 655-2833
1 Whitehall Way
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

Norton Museum
561 832-5196
1451 South Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

For availability and bookings, call our office to speak with a reservation specialist!

(561)-842-6356

 Or email us at: info@scuba-adventures.com

A representative is available each day from 9AM-5PM.

 

216 North Federal Highway
Lake Park, FL 33403-3552

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