Bimini Shark Research Expedition
Have you ever dreamt of being a shark scientist? Working hands on with these remarkable creatures to protect them so that future generations can experience their mystique and beauty. This December we want to make that dream a reality. We have teamed up with our friends at the world renown Bimini Shark Lab, one of the top shark research centers on earth, to bring you a very unique & handcrafted shark filled expedition.
Dive Ninjas is putting you in the shoes of a shark scientist blending cutting-edge research with close-up encounters and fun research activities. Then after learning & working side by side with the experts at Shark Lab, we’ll celebrate by diving with one of the most sought after species of sharks on earth – the elusive Great Hammerhead! Bimini is one of the only places earth you can get up close encounters with these mysterious giants.
Join us in the Bahamas December 9-16, 2022 for a very unique research experience with the world renown Bimini Shark Lab. This is a limited offer trip with only 8 spaces available! Or if you can’t make the full trip, join us December 12-16, 2022 for our Great Hammerheads Mini Expedition! Scroll down for more details on the trip, then register online now to secure your space.
Trip Quick Facts
- Be a shark researcher!
- Great Hammerheads & Tiger Sharks!
- Includes roundtrip flight from FLL
- 8 nights Accommodation/ 7 Days Activities
- Airport: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
The Shark Research Experience
Our trip kicks off at Fort Lauderdale airport where we will be met by your ninja trip leader; conservationist & award winning photographer — Jay Clue, before boarding a private charter flight (included in your expedition price) to Bimini Shark Lab. Soon as we touch down we’ll get settled in and start our first shark research activities. We’ll experience some of the islands best and lesser known shark activities like visiting tiny shark pups in a mangrove nursery, encountering the islands elusive juvenile black tip sharks, and so much more! Plus we’ll be learning directly from the incredible research team at Shark Lab with talks & workshops on topics such as; how to do a shark work up session, how & why they tag sharks, why Bimini is such a hot spot for shark research, and so much more. And these aren’t just classes where you watch the pros do all the fun stuff, instead you will be actively involved and working with the scientists. And when we’re not involved in activities you’ll have time to chat and share stories with the incredible shark scientists and ocean lovers that make Bimini Shark Lab one of the best in the world.
After 4 full on days of working with sharks we will hop over to North Bimini for some well deserved relaxing and fun dives. But this is Dive Ninjas, so you know it’s not going to be some basic reef dives! Instead, we will be diving with the rare Great Hammerheads that visit Bimini every winter. We can see upwards of 10 individual great hammerheads on a dive. Coming face to face with these massive 4+ meter long giants is an experience you definitely won’t soon forget. Plus we’ll have the chance to see tiger sharks, reef sharks, nurse sharks, bull sharks, and more! After an incredible 8 days on this shark filled island we’ll say our good byes and hop back on our private charter flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Supporting Shark Research & Conservation
This special expedition helps Shark Lab to keep doing the incredible work they have been doing for the last 30 years. The charter flight we use from FLL helps them bring important supplies in from the mainland. The cost of your ticket price goes to helping fund their research efforts and projects. We will also be holding some fun games to help raise money to support the critical work Shark Lab is doing. On top of all this, Dive Ninja Expeditions will be making a donation on your behalf to name a shark in honor of everyone that is joining this expedition.
This unique trip takes place in 2 different areas of Bimini. We will begin our trip staying in South Bimini by Shark Lab at their guest houses, then on December 12 after finishing up our shark research experience we will make a quick 10 minute transfer over to North Bimini for the Great Hammerhead dives. In North Bimini we will stay at the historic Bimini Big Game Club. This is a beautiful hotel located right on the marina with the dive center on the property.
Shark Lab is located in a remote part of South Bimini, so to make things logistically easier they will prepare all of our meals while staying with them. We’ll be staying in a traditional Bimini guest house with a beautiful deck to relax and take in the fresh Bimini air in the evenings. Once we finish the research portion of our trip we will take a quick hop over to North Bimini and check into the Bimini Big Game Club hotel for the rest of the trip. This puts us closer to the area where the Great Hammerhead dives take place and right next to the dive center, so that we can spend our last couple days relaxing with great hammerheads and enjoying the crystal blue waters & white sand beaches of North Bimini. All accommodations have WiFi and air conditioning.
What’s The Cost?
The trip is 7 nights/8 days long with a maximum capacity of 8 guests. The full expedition package price is $3990 USD and includes our roundtrip private charter flight to Bimini from Ft Lauderdale and back. All prices are per person and on a shared double occupancy basis (2 guests per room). If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee. Your ticket price helps fund the great shark research and conservation work that Shark Lab does.
The trip price includes 7 days of activities including 4 days of activities with Shark Lab, and 3 days of fun diving with great hammerheads, tiger sharks, and more. The package includes 7 nights accommodation on a double occupancy basis, roundtrip private charter flights from Fort Lauderdale SheltAir airport to Bimini and back, photography tips & workshops (on request), air tanks for scuba dives, weights, and all marine park fees. Please note, for this trip we will spend the first half in South Bimini with Shark Lab staying in a private residence and the second half staying at Bimini Big Game Club in North Bimini. The transfer between the 2 places takes about 10 minutes. While in South Bimini we will have all meals prepared courtesy of Shark Lab and will eat with their team. While in North Bimini meals are not included as the hotel does not offer an all inclusive option, but there are many great restaurants to choose from. Your ninja guide will gladly give recommendations and help organize restaurants and reservations for everyone.
What’s Not Included
The price does not include flights to FLL, rental equipment, crew tips/gratuity (at your discretion), port & park fees, meals while in North Bimini, and any other meals or drinks not mentioned above.
Please note that the research activities mentioned above are dependent on multiple factors and may change due to bad weather. Please contact our team if you have any questions.
Our private charter flight departs from, and returns to, the SheltAir Terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (airport code FLL). This is the private jet terminal of the airport and located about 15 minutes from the other terminals. We recommend arriving a day early to avoid any hiccups. We will be flying out early morning on December 12th so that we can get started right away with the shark research experience! Fort Lauderdale International is serviced by all sorts of routes in North America, Europe and beyond making it quite easy to get to. Miami International Airport is also about a 45 minute drive away if it is easier for you to fly there and take a taxi to FLL.
Pre/Post Trip Add-ons
We are currently working on some options to do a few days of shark diving with our friends in South Florida as well as a potential small group trip to North Florida to visit the Manatees in the Florida Springs. If you’re interested in either of these please let our reservations team know when you book so they can get you the full info.
Great Hammerheads Mini Expedition
Great Hammerhead Mini-Expedition
Don’t have the time off to make the full shark research expedition? We have 5 special spaces available for our Great Hammerhead mini expedition that includes just the fun diving portion at the end of the trip. This mini trip runs from December 12-16 and includes accommodation and 3 days of great hammerhead dives as well as a reef shark dive and a wreck or reef dive. The cost is $1800 USD per person. Click here to book now! Or contact us for more details or to book. Please note that this mini expedition does NOT include flights, transfers, or meals.
Date: December 12 – 16, 2022
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
Airport: South Bimini (BIM)
Price: $1800 USD per person