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Help Jupiter Dive Center Celebrate Earth Day!

Help Jupiter Dive Center Celebrate Earth Day!

Keep Palm Beach County beautiful! Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd with Jupiter Dive Center and help keep our local reefs trash free by participating in the Great American Cleanup. We’ll make it worth your while with a special charter rate, free lunch, and t-shirts for the first 25 divers who sign up! After all, the earth doesn’t stop at the high tide mark.

What is the Great American Cleanup?

The simple answer? The Great American Cleanup is a celebration of Earth Day that takes place during the entire month of April. Thousands of volunteers will show their appreciation and dedication to their communities by participating in community-sponsored events removing litter from our public spaces both above and below the water. Additional activities may include tree plantings, recycling events, graffiti removal, or any activity that will help safeguard the environment and beautify our communities. Jupiter Dive Center has partnered with Keep Palm Beach Beautiful to help bring this opportunity and more to Jupiter Florida.

Marine Debris

Marine debris is a growing environmental concern. Sadly, marine animals ingest plastics at an alarming rate. Debris can also smother delicate corals. Derelict fishing nets, line, six-pack plastics and other trash pose a significant entanglement issue to marine life. Debris can even damage boats and other watercraft upon contact. Not only does marine trash impact sea creatures, but it also negatively impacts the economic health of coastal communities. Learn more by visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program.

Jupiter Dive Center: Clean Reefs Clean Earth

Divers have always been stewards of the underwater realm. Take the plunge with Jupiter Dive Center and help scour the reefs for trash on Sunday, April 22. Need more incentive? How about a reduced charter rate? Join our reef cleanup and only pay $55.00 for a 2-tank charter. Chose morning or afternoon, but either way, we’re throwing in lunch. Still not convinced? The first 25 to register will receive a Great American Cleanup t-shirt!

Earth Day may only occur once a year, but divers know that keeping our reefs healthy is an ongoing concern. Jupiter Dive Center is dedicated to this mission and also partners with the Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN ) a reporting and response system designed to improve the protection and management of Florida’s southeastern reefs. If you can’t participate on our Earth Day event, please consider joining us in late July for another debris dive to safeguard our precious reefs.

Help keep the waters and reefs we love to dive debris-free. Join us. Together we can make a difference!

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Help Protect Goliath Groupers

Help Protect Goliath Groupers

In 1994, goliath groupers were declared critically endangered and the fishing of goliaths in both federal and state waters was prohibited.  Now, there is a push to reopen a limited sport season in Florida waters and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public comment before their April Meeting.  Jupiter dive center urges you to help keep the protection of this species in place.

Diving with Goliaths 

Diving with a goliath grouper is an unforgettable experience. You hear them first—their distinctive bark booming through the water. Then they swim into view, gentle giants stretching up to eight feet and weighing in at a svelte 500 pounds.

Historically, goliaths ranged well beyond our state’s shores, now, they are primarily found in southern Florida’s waters. In fact, every year from July through September, they aggregate off Jupiter, Florida to spawn.  Jupiter Dive Center and other dive operations often run charters specifically to observe these aggregations, and seeing sixty or more of these behemoths is truly an incredible opportunity that only a fortunate few get to experience.

Data on Goliaths 

An assessment of the goliath population was conducted in 2016, but the report was not accepted at the federal level. Because of lack of data to suggest the goliath population has adequately rebounded, the federal prohibition against harvesting goliaths will remain in place. The state, however, is considering altering their regulations.

The Next Step 

The FWC Commissioners will meet on both Wednesday April 25th and Thursday, April 26th. The discussion concerning goliath grouper management is currently slated for Thursday at 8:30 (but is subject to change).

According to the FWC website, staff will provide a review and discussion of goliath grouper, including biology, stock status, and stakeholder feedback. They will then seek the Commission’s direction on what steps to take next for goliath grouper management in state waters–which may include limited harvest.

Our View & What You Can Do To Help 

Until more data about goliath groupers is available any decision to open up harvesting opportunities is premature. Please speak out against the potential for a limited open season. You can post comments at

Want to do even more? Voice your opinion at the FWC Commission meeting on April 26th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Learn More

For more information, tune into the video of the goliath grouper workshop presented at one of the Florida Keys workshops last year.

For a look at the April Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agenda, click Here!


Please join Jupiter Dive Center and many other dive organizations in opposing the reopening of a limited sport season for goliath groupers.


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Improve Your Scuba Skills

You’ve done it! You’ve earned your basic scuba certification, gone on a few more dives, and decided scuba diving is a sport you enjoy. So now what? Well, it’s time to up your game.

By now, you’ve probably been able to identify if a particular skill is giving you problems, or if a certain situation makes you anxious. Or perhaps you see other divers doing things you want to do—go deeper, breath nitrox, take photos, explore wrecks. What about wanting to be able to take care of you or your partner in an emergency? Let’s explore the options.

First Up ~ Buoyancy

Newer divers often struggle with their buoyancy, and until it’s mastered, ever other aspect of diving will be harder than it needs to be. Divers who know how to control their buoyancy have better air consumption, don’t damage delicate reefs by crashing into them, and are less inclined to injure themselves with runaway ascents. Buoyancy is also a necessary skill if you are interested in pursuing other specialties—especially photography or wreck diving. Want to learn more? Click here.




Maybe you learned to dive in an area where boats hooked to mooring balls, but along the Palm Beaches, the dive sites are deeper—and all of the charters are drift dives. So what does that mean? The current does most of the work as it propels you across the reef. It also means you need to learn how to properly deploy a surface marker buoy, maintain contact with your buddy, and how to safely get on and off the boat—an important skill when divers are giant striding into the ocean one right after another.

As mentioned above, the reefs located off the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coasts are deep, which leads us to our next suggestion for improving your underwater experience…


The nitrox – enriched air certification is the most popular specialty certification available. Want to safely extend your no-decompression time and remain underwater longer? How about reducing your surface interval? Nitrox can help you accomplish both! The course is online, no dives are required, and you’ll work with an instructor as you demonstrate your ability to analyze tanks and confirm that you understand depth limitations. That’s it! You can be diving with enriched air your very next dive.

Advanced Scuba Diving

Let’s face it. Earning an advanced scuba certification allows you to explore more ocean while equipping you with the knowledge and skills to do it safely. Bonus, the class is tailored to your interests! Each class includes instruction on deep diving and underwater navigational skills, but then you can discuss the other options available with your instructor. Some of the areas you may want to consider include boat diving, underwater photography, fish identification, night diving, wreck diving and more!

Once you’ve earned your advanced certification, you’re done with skill building, right? Not so fast. Let’s take a quick peek at one of the most important classes you can take.


Nothing improves your confidence more than knowing what to do in an emergency—except perhaps knowing how to stop one before it begins. That’s where a rescue class comes in. Divers who have completed a rescue course often claim it’s the most challenging scuba class they’ve ever taken—and the most fun. This class requires an advanced certification and at least 40 dives under your belt. Rescue divers also must have first aid and O2 certifications. Your buddies will thank you.


The above courses are just a few of the many ways to improve your dive skills and enhance your enjoyment of the underwater realm. Diving skills are perishable if they aren’t practiced. Specific skills are best developed with an instructor, but to become an all-around better diver, you need to log dives. And Jupiter Dive Center is here to help.

Click here to review the upcoming schedule or call for your private class.

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How to Chose the Right Wetsuit

A wetsuit is the one piece of scuba equipment we all love to have, but hate to purchase. A good one fits snugly without binding and offers the perfect level of protection for the conditions we’re diving in.  Wetsuits can add stylish flair to our kits, but there is far more to selecting a wetsuit than what color to chose. Do you know what’s important? Read on.

About Neoprene

The rubber used in neoprene is a chemically-blown foaming process. There are basically two common methods of production. One relies on a two-step process with a bunch of really long words that derive from petroleum. The less common method is still a two-step process but is derived from limestone. Scubapro uses only 100% pure neoprene derived from limestone, and it’s called X-Foam.

Why Does It Matter? 

X-foam complies with very strict requirements that lessen the impact on the environment wetsuits are designed to explore.  This should be a concern to every diver. The items we introduce into the ocean can be hazardous to the marine life we want to see. Scubapro, in their role as an ocean steward, recognizes the need to protect our oceans. The company’s choice of neoprene and compliance with strict pollutants-free regulations places them at the forefront of wetsuit manufacturers.

What Are Your Options?

In Europe, wetsuits are classified as personal protective equipment (PPE) and Scubapro wetsuits thicker than 3mm are compliance tested for mechanical resistance (wear and tear) and thermal protection ratification (warmth). In the States, we benefit from this rating system because the testing requires standardization—something not every wetsuit designer offers. In a nutshell, wetsuits are classified based on the water temperature they go into—your body may want something different, so this is just a starting point.How to Chose the Right Wetsu

  • Class A is for water temps between 45 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Class B is for water temps between 50 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Class C is best between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Class D is rated for water temperature above 72 degrees Fahrenheit

The Scubapro line consists of Novascotia, Everflex, Thermal Tec, Sport suits in 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm, Oneflex and Tradewind. Why so many? It all comes down to you. Where are you diving? What protection do you need? What makes you comfortable?


How To Decide What’s Right For You 

Sadly, one wetsuit is not ideal for all situations. Many divers opt to own multiple suits, or the rent the appropriate wetsuit when they travel to destinations with different water temperatures.  Not every wetsuit manufacture complies with—or even tests—thermal ratings. That means some suits may claim to be a 3 mm, but in the water offer less protection. That’s why it’s always a smart option to invest a bit more and get something you know is going to offer consistent protection.

Size Matters…Except When It Doesn’t

 There’s no way around it, you have to try on a wetsuit to determine if it’s going to fit. Label size will get you in the ballpark, but until you zip it up, you won’t know if it is the appropriate fit. The thinner or stretchier the neoprene, the easier it is to put on.

If you know in advance you are going to be trying on wetsuits, bring your swimsuit. For best results, the wetsuit should fit snugly. Too large, and the creases of extra fabric can compress at depth and pinch. Too snug, and you impede your ability to draw a deep breath. If the neck is too tight, that’s an obvious problem. Some divers like wetsuits with a notch or short zip at the throat. Not only will more room around the neck help if the water is warmer than anticipated, but for those prone to seasickness, it can be vastly more comfortable.

But Wait…There’s More!

Neoprene isn’t just for wetsuits. Hood vests, gloves, boots, beanies, head bands, and mask straps also make good use of the insulating properties and comfort provided by neoprene. (And don’t forget your surface interval.  A little sun is a great thing, but too much is hazardous. Wear a rash guard with UV protection!)

Getting a new wetsuit should be a fun experience! After all, this is a piece of equipment that is going to make your dive much more comfortable. At Jupiter Dive Center all of our staff is knowledgeable about the different styles of wetsuits we offer and can help navigate the options so you get exactly what you want. So come on in, because deep down you want the best!



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Leatherback Sea Turtles Return to Jupiter

Pelagic by nature, leatherback sea turtles are seldom spotted by divers. That’s about to change. Join Jupiter Dive Center and improve your odds of encountering one of these majestic sea creatures. Read on to find out why they’re here and how to spot them.

First Some Leatherback Basics

Critically endangered, leatherback sea turtles are the largest and deepest diving of the sea turtles. They typically weigh between 700 and 1500 pounds at maturity and can reach lengths between 4 and 8 feet. The largest leatherback ever recorded clocked in at a staggering 2,019 pounds and measured nearly 9 feet from beak to tail.

Leatherback sea turtles feed almost exclusively on jellyfish, eating their body weight of the gelatinous animals on a daily basis.

A Bit About Their Normal Habitat

Leatherbacks are typically found beyond the offshore sites frequented by recreational divers, and are capable of going far deeper than a diver’s limits. Although the majority of their time is spent swimming in the upper 900 feet of the water column, leatherbacks routinely dive deeper than 3,000 feet. Unlike other species of sea turtles, the leatherback has a soft shell that resembles leather (hence their name). As pressure increases, the leatherback’s shell compresses. But their shell is only one of their adaptations that allow them to explore depths few other creatures can reach. Their lungs are collapsible, which helps them avoid decompression issues. Factor in their slowed heart rate, the ability to store oxygen in their blood and muscles, and the ability stay underwater for long lengths of time, and leatherbacks are designed to go deep.

So Why Are The Leatherbacks Here?

Simple. It’s nesting season—and Palm Beach County beaches are not only some of the most densely nested in Florida, but along the entire coastal United States. Leatherback sea turtles are the first to arrive (followed by loggerheads, greens, and Hawksbills) and nesting season generally begins in March.

Nesting occurs at night when the female crawls ashore. Using her powerful flippers, she’ll dig a nest above the high-tide mark, deposit her eggs, cover the nest with sand and return to the ocean. The whole event takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. A female leatherback will typically nest between 4 to 7 times per season and lay an average of 80 fertilized eggs in each clutch. While most other sea turtle eggs are the size of a ping-pong ball, a leatherback egg is closer to the size of a billiard ball.

How To Spot A Leatherback

Look up! Divers tend to look forward to see where they are going or down as they explore reefs, but turtles are most often seen on the surface. During nesting season, leatherbacks are closer to shore than at any other time of year. Book your charter now.

Want To Learn More?

Jupiter Dive Center has been a long-term partner with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach to support the protection of our local turtles. Together, we offer an exclusive opportunity to spend a morning at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to learn more about the sea turtles, and then scuba dive with Jupiter Dive Center in the afternoon and identify the different species in their natural habitat! Click here for more information.

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Scuba Dive in Raja Ampat

Join Jupiter Dive Center on a trip to Indonesia October 28 through November 14, 2018 and scuba dive in Raja Ampat. Nestled in the coral triangle between Papua New Guinea, Timor, and the Philippines, this Indonesian archipelago dots what is arguably the most biodiverse marine ecosystem in the world.

 The Diving

The crystal-clear waters that surround Raja Ampat Islands are home to many marine species found nowhere else. Imagine coming face-to-face with an electric-blue giti damselfish, photographing a jamal dottyback, or spying a colorful cuttlefish. Don’t forget about the pygmy seahorses—they like to hide in the gorgonian corals. Looking for something bigger? Watch for the manta rays and wobbegong sharks. The adventure doesn’t stop when the sun sets, either. At dusk, divers are treated to the enchanting courtship ritual of the Mandarinfishes. Finish with a night dive and meet a whole new cast of colorful characters.

The Gangga Island Resort

The adventure begins at the Gangga Island Resort in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Surrounded by lush tropical trees, the resort sits on the edge of a white sand beach. After diving with Gangga Divers, a 5-star PADI Dive Center, take a dip in the large salt-water infinity pool or relax in the traditional spa. Two open-air restaurants serve regional cuisine. Finish your evening with a cocktail in the full bar. After all, the time you spend topside should be every bit as amazing as your time underwater.

The Gaia Love

The second leg of the trip transports us to sea, where we’ll spend 8 nights on the luxury live-aboard dive boat Gaia Love. The boat accommodates 22 guests (11 air-conditioned en-suite rooms) and sports four decks that house a lounge, restaurant, and dedicated camera room. The spacious dive deck makes entering the water a snap.

Details by the Numbers
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 12 days diving
  • 1 complimentary massage at the Gangga Resort
  • Nitrox for all dives
  • Meals and snacks
  • Airport and resort transfers
  • Package price is $6250 per person based on double occupancy. (Please note this does not include airfare, marine park fees, or alcohol)
  • Upgrade option available for an upper deck room with a private outdoor balcony on the Gaia Love for $400 per person
  • Final payment required by May 1, 2018
Book Now

Reservations must be finalized by May 1, 2018. Call Jupiter Dive Center today to claim your spot! (561)745-7807

Dive one of the most pristine marine environments in the world. Scuba dive in Raja Ampat with Jupiter Dive Center.

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Scuba Dive with Lemon Sharks in Jupiter Florida

Scuba Dive with Lemon Sharks in Jupiter Florida
Scuba Dive with Lemon Sharks in Jupiter Florida

Grab your gear, it’s time to scuba dive with lemon sharks in Jupiter Florida! The lemons have arrived for the season, and Jupiter Dive Center will show you where.

Majestic. Graceful. Awe-inspiring.

Few underwater encounters spark the imagination as much as seeing a shark while diving.  This time of year, lemon sharks migrate from the waters of  North and South Carolina and congregate along our reefs in Jupiter. The sharks arrive in groups and favor a few specific locations (one aptly dubbed Lemon Drop). We do not bait or feed sharks. Instead, divers and underwater photographers get up close and personal with the sharks in their natural habitat.

Florida law protects lemon sharks. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists lemon sharks as “Near Threatened” on their Red List which is used to establish guidelines for conservation efforts.

A Bit About Lemon Sharks

First, some fast facts:

  • A mature lemon sharks typically measures in at 10.5 feet by age twelve
  • Their average age is 27+ years
  • They give birth to live young and their litters range in size from 4-17 pups.
  • Each pup is about 2 feet long.
  • Lemons feed on bony fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, rays, small sharks, and the occasional sea bird.
  • Like all sharks, lemons frequently lose teeth. There is no prohibition against collecting shark teeth, and sharp-eyed divers can find these souvenirs along the reefs and in the surrounding sand.
  • Lemon sharks can live in both salt and fresh water (but they tend not to venture too far upstream in freshwater environments)
The Fear Factor

Not everyone wants to see a shark. We get that. But a fear of sharks is often based on a lack of understanding. Peter Benchley, the author of the 1974 blockbuster novel, Jaws, became a shark conservationist and stressed that the book was fiction. “Sharks don’t target human beings, and they certainly don’t hold grudges.”

If encountering a large marine animal makes you nervous, consider taking a Shark Specialty course. This one day course starts in the classroom, where a dive instructor discusses the myths and realities regarding sharks. Learn how to identify the different species that frequent our waters and how to evaluate their behavior. After the classroom portion and lunch, you’ll be able to complete two guided dives with your instructor. Finish the day with a brand new certification!

Remember, knowledge is power.

Book Your Dive Now!

It’s easy with our online reservation system or call the shop at (561)745-7807. All Jupiter Dive Center charters are drift dives, so in addition to your certification card, divers will need to have a surface marker buoy and a timing device.

What are you waiting for? Now’s the time to scuba dive with lemon sharks in Jupiter, Florida!

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Staying Warm While Diving Dry

Staying Warm While Diving Dry

There comes a time in nearly every diver’s life when they realize they’re cold. Not just a “gosh, I should have worn a skin under my wetsuit” cold; we’re talking the teeth-chattering, bone-rattling shiver that makes them think about a drysuit. Jupiter Dive Center has you covered.

Water is very efficient at absorbing heat from our bodies. Diving in any water below the average body temperature of 98.6 degrees will eventually lead to hypothermia if you stay in long enough. Throw in multiple dives or colder temperatures and it may be time to add a drysuit to your exposure suit options.

As a Scubapro Platinum Dealer, Jupiter Dive Center has a variety of drysuits from which to choose.  Scubapro divesuits lead the industry in comfort, style, and thermal protection and exceed all industry certifications. The current Scubapro line includes Evertech Dry Breathable, Everydry 4, and Exodry. Each offers a different drysuit experience.


This premium trilaminate suit is lightweight and breathable on deck, but will keep you warm and comfortable at depth. It is designed for the avid diver and is loaded with nifty features. Ergo boots protect your feet on rocky or slippery surfaces without sacrificing comfort. Quality si-tech valves ensures trouble-free airflow to maintain warmth. The front diagonal zipper makes suiting up a breeze and doesn’t require help from your buddy! Damaged seals are easy to repair or replace and the suit is outfitted with cargo pockets, D-rings, and more to secure all your gear.


The Everdry 4 offers the fit, comfort, and flexibility of a wetsuit; but in a compressed neoprene drysuit that keeps divers warm and dry. The 4mm neoprene resists compression so the drysuit can be worn with or without a thin undergarment. So what makes this one stand out from the competition? It weighs 50% less than traditional drysuit neoprene and is significantly softer. Plus, it’s seams are triple glued, double-thread blind-stitched on the outside and coated with liquid polymer on the inside, so it’s built to last. The plush lining is cozy and the smooth neoprene neck and wrist seals provide a watertight fit. The neoprene soft socks allows divers to select their own footwear, heavy-duty drysuit boots or standard neoprene dive boots. It too has plenty of extra amenities including a suspender system, a cargo pocket, hood hook, and more.


The premium-plus Exodry offers a unique approach to drysuit design by fusing 4mm high-density neoprene with latex wrist and neck seals. It’s a hybrid design that delivers minimal inherent buoyancy, and maximum flexibility. Add in a warm collar made of neoprene that covers the neck seal to eliminate cold spots and ergo dive boots that protect your feet while still feeling soft and comfy, this drysuit is a smart choice for all types of diving. It can be worn with or without an undergarment.

And speaking of…


Sometimes you don’t want to be caught without them, and the new K2 Drysuit Undergarments are available in two thicknesses. Sporting an eye-catching design, both the K2 Light and K2 Extreme are drysuit compatible.

Selecting a dry suit is an investment in safety and comfort—and our knowledgeable staff can help you make the best decision for the diving you intend to do. Drop into Jupiter Dive Center and check out all the options to keep you warm while you’re diving dry!

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World’s Best Diving

World's Best Diving
World’s Best Diving – Large Encounters in Jupiter

Jupiter Dive Center is located in northern Palm Beach County in Southeast Florida and is home to some of the World’s Best Diving and big animal encounters around. Nearby reefs have an abundance of tropical and temperate water hard corals, sponges, and other marine species. You will create lasting memories while exploring reefs, ridges, and wrecks.

World’s Best Diving.

You hear – and feel – a booming resonance. You’re sensing the signature low frequency bellowing of Goliath groupers. Then you are in the midst of underwater titans up to eight feet long and weighing more than 500 pounds. It’s an unforgettable big-animal dive experience. The offshore reefs of Jupiter, Florida host a year-round population of these gentle giants. In late summer, several intentionally sunk ships host spawning aggregations of the largest grouper in the Atlantic. You’ll be diving the only known spawning site for this protected species on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Viewing up to sixty of these behemoths at once is a bucket list dive not to be missed.

World's Best Diving
Goliath Grouper

Jupiter Dive Center can put you in an aggregation of Lemon sharks during the months of January and February.

Spring and early summer bring large numbers of sea turtles for mating and laying eggs. The first species to arrive in March is the world’s largest sea turtle, the giant Leatherback. Loggerhead sea turtles arrive in April. Jupiter and its surrounding communities is the second largest nesting site in the world for this species. Diving among these photogenic giants is a real treat. In early summer, Green sea turtles arrive to mate and lay eggs on the nearby beaches. And Hawksbill sea turtles with their golden brown translucent shells can be seen year-round. If you’re lucky you’ll see four of the world’s eight species of sea turtles during your dive vacation.

Year Round Diving.

Diving the reefs off Jupiter, Florida is a year-round activity.  Warm water from the Gulf Stream allows the reefs to flourish despite their relatively northern latitude. Summer water temperatures are 76-82 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures are typically 68-72 degrees.

Jupiter Dive Center is steps away from two spacious 40 foot dive boats docked at its back door. Everything is on site at Sawfish Bay. You’ll be geared up and on the go quickly and easily. The offshore reefs are a quick 25-minute boat ride from Jupiter inlet.  During drift dives the Gulf Stream’s current does all of the work.  You simply float along the reef line or dive into a wreck following an experienced guide. Nothing could be easier.

Call 561-745-7807 or visit Jupiter Dive Center dot com for the exciting details on this big animal mecca. Then book the dive trip you’ve been longing for. Year-round diving adventure is waiting for you.

Go to our online store and purchase a Trip Card and receive a free dive.

If you would like to learn more about our Goliath Groupers check out our Goliath Grouper Awareness classes.