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 Bimini Shark Lab, one of the world’s top shark research centers, 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 hands on 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 2-9, 2020 for a very unique research experience with the world renown Bimini Shark Lab. This is a limited offer trip with only 8 spaces only 2 spots left available. Scroll down for more details on the trip, then register online now to secure your space.  

Trip Quick Facts

$3,990USD
  • Be a shark researcher!
  • Great Hammerheads & Tiger Sharks!
  • Includes roundtrip flight from FLL
  • 8 nights Accommodation/ 7 Days Activities
  • Airport: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Diving with great hammerheads in Bimini, The Bahamas. Photo by Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions

The Expedition

Our trip kicks off at Fort Lauderdale airport where we will be met by your ninja trip leader; conservationist & 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 most enthralling shark research activities including learning how to do a shark work up session, take a shark handling course, learn how & why they tag sharks, work with juvenile shark pups in a mangrove nursery, releasing juvenile sharks back into the wild, 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 hands on with the shark 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.

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Accommodation

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  midweek after finishing up our shark research experience we will move 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 next to the dive center. 

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.

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Shark research expedition accommodation - Bimini Big game club

What’s The Cost?

The trip is 7 nights/8 days long with a maximum capacity of 8 guests.  The 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. 

What’s Included

The trip price includes 7 days of activities including 4 days of shark research 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, free roundtrip private charter flights from FLL 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 and the cost is included in your ticket price. 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. 

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Tiger shark diving in Bimini Bahamas

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. 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. 

What’s Not Included

The price does not include flights to FLL, rental equipment, crew tips/gratuity (at your discretion), meals while in North Bimini, and any other meals or drinks not mentioned above.

Anything Else?

You do not need to be scuba certified or freediving certified to join this expedition. The shark research experience is open to all, but for the fun dives you will need to be SCUBA certified if you would like to scuba dive. Alternatively you are welcome to snorkel or freedive.  Please note that the research activities mentioned above are weather dependent and may change due to bad weather. Please contact our team if you have any questions. 

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Flight Information

Our private charter flight departs from, and returns to, the Shelter Terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (airport code FLL). We recommend arriving a day early to avoid any hiccups. We will be flying out mid morning on December 2nd 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. 

Great Hammerhead Mini-Expedition

Don’t have the time off to make the full shark research expedition? We have 4 spaces available only 2 spots left for a mini great hammerhead expedition that includes just the fun diving portion at the end of the trip. This mini trip runs from December 5-9 and includes accommodation and 3 days of great hammerhead dives as well as 1 extra 2 tank reef dive. The cost is $1500 USD per person. Please contact us for more details or to book. Please note that this mini expedition does not include any flights. 

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Expedition Quick Facts:

Location: Bimini, Bahamas
Arrive: Fort Lauderdale Airport
Depart: Fort Lauderdale Airport
Duration: 8 Days, 7 nights
Activity Days: 7 days
Airport:Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)
Trip Cost: $3990.00 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 30%

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