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Summer’s here—and the Ocean Awaits!

Summer is Here

Summer’s here—and the Ocean Awaits!

Summer vacation doesn’t have to be a thing of the past—and we know just the place to visit. Jupiter, Florida! Imagine it: warm water, pristine reefs, exciting wrecks. Jupiter has something for every scuba diving enthusiast—and plenty for the non-divers in the family, too! Jupiter Dive Center is happy to announce we’re open for diving and we’ve taken considerable steps to ensure your vacation is safe and fun.

FUN FACT: Jupiter, Florida has warm water, tons of marine life, & healthy coral reefs. #JupiterSummer

Let’s start with the reef. A portion of the third largest barrier reef in the world runs parallel to the coast just a few miles from shore, providing a home to colorful tropical fish as well as a tremendous diversity of other marine life. It’s also part of a greater ecosystem that draws in larger pelagic animals.

Because of the proximity of the Gulf Stream, all of Jupiter Dive Center’s dives are drift dives, which allows divers to see more than you ever imagined as the current carries you along. At the end of the dive, the boat comes to you!

Looking for a wreck? We’ve got three on one dive when you dive our famed Wreck Trek. Look for goliath groupers who love to hang out in the large nooks and crannies of the Zion Train, Miss Jenny, and the Esso Bonaire. (And if you’ve never seen one of these gentle goliaths, their size can be a bit surprising. Imagine a VW Bug underwater!)

FUN FACT: Few places have more sea turtles in the water than Jupiter, Florida during nesting season.  #JupiterSummer

Centrally located on the Atlantic Coast, Jupiter, Florida is a premier destination with fabulous diving—and perfect for those who don’t want to gamble on making airline reservations. Our waterfront shop is easy to reach by major highways. Even better, we are a one-stop location with our boats mere steps from the store! Hotels are open and we can recommend several in the area that give our divers a special rate.

Safety is our highest priority—and we’ve adjusted some of our procedures to meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus. While restrictions may change at any time, our charters are currently limited to eight divers to comply with group gathering guidelines on deck. This also means reservations are highly recommended as our boats are selling out quickly.

Our safety precautions extend to our boats and crew as well. Our crew will be wearing gloves anytime they handle gear or tanks. The deck hand will be wearing gloves as divers get on and off the boat. A hose with fresh water will be available to rinse gear to avoid mixing multiple divers’ gear in rinse buckets.  On board, rails, benches and decks will be thoroughly cleaned before each charter. We are closely following the State guidelines and our policies and procedures may change as new guidelines are implemented or eased. 

FUN FACT: Goliath groupers return to Jupiter, Florida to spawn. #JupiterSummer

Our check-in procedures are new. In a nutshell, we are doing as much as we can in advance regarding payment and gear rental so we can sanitize and prepare things before you even arrive at the shop. Once here, you will see our entrance and exits are designated to help the flow of people in the shop where you need to check in and sign waivers. Please note, you must bring your certification cards. If you need a replacement, we’d be happy to order one for you, but this must be completed before the day of the charter. Seats on the boat will be assigned. The new procedures take a little bit more time, so please arrive promptly for check-in: 8:00a.m. for morning boats and 12:30p.m. for afternoon charters. To familiarize yourself with all of the procedures, click on our Temporary Procedures for Boat Charters link.

JUPITER, FLORIDA: Close to home, and a world away!

Summer is an exciting time to dive in Jupiter, Florida—and it’s a great place to take a fun and safe summer vacation! Sea turtles are already nesting and hang around until October. Goliath groupers are here year-round but their numbers skyrocket during August and September when they aggregate to spawn. You can catch your own lobster dinner during Florida’s July mini-season (or wait for the regular season to open in August). There’s even the occasional whale shark, hammerhead sharks, and manta rays that cruise through during warm months. So what are you waiting for? Dive in, the water’s fine! Call Jupiter Dive Center, today.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Diving and a Safari!

The Best of Both Worlds: Diving and a Safari!

Can’t decide between a dive trip and an African safari? Now you don’t have to choose! Join Jupiter Dive Center for a spectacular trip that starts underwater and ends on safari! The safari is optional, but you’re already in the neighborhood and once you see what we have planned, you won’t want to say no.

The Diving

The adventure starts with a night in Johannesburg, and then a quick transfer the next day to the stunning sub-tropical sea fortress of Saint Helena, Britain’s most remote and beautiful island. Spend the next several days exploring the clear warm waters beyond the seawall diving with enormous manta rays and other fascinating marine creatures and swimming with whale sharks. At night, relax in a British pub or enjoy fine wine and food. Enjoy a tour of the island and visit Napoleon’s grave and house.

Enjoy two dives a day for five days, two whale shark tours, two afternoon dives, three group dinners and an extensive island tour.

The Safari

Dry off your fins and prepare to enjoy a Zambezi river cruise, guided game park drives, great food, huge tented rooms with western style facilities, a small pool to cool down after a full day, and a fully stocked bar to ease into the evening. And then there are the animals: hippos, crocodiles, myriad birds, African elephants, and more!

This portion of the trip starts with a short regional flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The evening festivities include a 2-hour sunset river tour. The next morning, you’ll visit the glorious Victoria Falls, where water thunders from a height of 355 feet.  That afternoon, you’ll board the classic Stimela Star train and enjoy a comfortable sleeper car for the overnight trip toward Hwange National Park.

The next couple of days offers a range of activities, all in the heart of the park. Enjoy game drives with members of our group and be on the lookout for lion, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, zebra, and a stunning number of birds. Crocodiles guard the waterholes, so be sure to watch closely for movement!

The packages

Saint Helena includes:

1 night in the City Lodge Hotel Johannesburg Airport

Flights from Johannesburg to St. Helena and returning to Johannesburg

Airport Transfers on St. Helena Island

10 guided morning dives

2 guided afternoon dives

2 afternoon whale shark snorkel tours

1 full-day land tour in St. Helena

Shared accommodation in the Mantis Hotel St. Helena including breakfast

3 dinners

*Non diver package includes: 2 whale shark snorkel tours, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, and 1 full-day island hike with guide.

Hwange National Park extension includes:

1 night in Johannesburg Airport Hotel with breakfast

Transfer flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Road transfers to Victoria Falls airport and Victoria Falls town and hotel

1 night lodging in Victoria Falls Lodge

1 evening river cruise on the Zambezi with transport included

Transfer from Victoria Falls hotel to Dete / Stimela Star train station

1 night full board accommodation on sleeper train Stimela Star into Hwange

National Park

3 nights inside Hwange National Park in Bomani Safari Camp with all meals, soft drinks, park fees, activities, guides, and rangers included in either twin or double tented room

Road transfer from Bomani Campin Hwange NP to Victoria Falls Airport

Flights from Victoria Falls Airport returning to Johannesburg.

Call Jupiter Dive Center for additional information and to reserve you space on this incredible trip before it’s too late.

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Travel Lineup 2019 and Beyond

Travel Lineup 2019 and Beyond
Divers are some of the most well traveled people. Why? Divers enjoy exploring areas above and below the waterline. Jupiter Dive Center understands. We also know that planning a dive vacation can be daunting. That’s why we do it for you—and here’s what we have planned.

Solomon Islands, October 14-25, 2019
The walls, reefs, pinnacles, and coral gardens of Solomon Islands support an amazing variety of sea creatures—from small reef dwellers to large pelagic marine animals. Popular with underwater photographers, “muck dives” reveal small and unusual critters such as Manta shrimp, ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses and more.

This trip includes 10 nights accommodation, up to 5 dives a day, meals and snacks.

Add on Fiji! You’re already in the region, why not make your dream of diving in Fiji come true. Stay an additional three nights at Treasure Island and you can add on three more 2-tank charters. 

Truk Lagoon May 9-16, 2020
Join us as we travel with Odyssey Adventures  to see the ghost fleet of Truk Lagoon. Often cited as the best shipwreck destination in the world, this location offers a glimpse into history. Many divers go merely for the wrecks, but the area is also home to vivid tropical fishes, anemones, sponges, and larger marine life. On this trip, divers can choose to dive on their own or with experienced local guides for a truly memorable experience.

This 7-night live-aboard trip includes six days of diving—and divers can dive up to five times each day. The price includes nitrox (for those divers with enriched air certifications), meals and snacks. 

Little Cayman June 13-20, 2020
Little Cayman is a perennial favorite, but you have to book fast—our 2019 trip sold out quickly. Why is it so popular? One reason is the Bloody Bay wall—a pristine underwater site rated as the best diving in the Caribbean by National Geographic. But that’s only the beginning. Seventeen boat dives, an optional day trip to Cayman Brac, concierge diving with Reef Divers, and lodging and meals at Little Cayman Reef Resort make experience a holiday many of our divers return to year after year.

A word about insurance
There is a difference between dive insurance, which covers the diver, and travel insurance, which covers the trip. (Here’s a post that explains  more about travel insurance.) Jupiter Dive Center requires that traveling divers have DAN dive insurance or similar insurance to cover any dive-related health emergency. While not compulsory, travel insurance is highly recommended.

Ready to embark on your next adventure? The hardest decision is deciding where.  After that, Jupiter Dive Center will take care of the rest. Call us today at 561-745-7807.

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Celebrate Memorial Day with JDC!

Celebrate Memorial Day with JDC!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and at Jupiter Dive Center, we’re ready with a full schedule of dive charters. Enjoy warm tropical waters, exciting wrecks, beautiful reefs and marine life that will have you coming back again and again. The adventures are endless, but sadly, the spaces are not, so make sure to book early to claim your spot on the boat!

Mornings, afternoons, and night—we offer a variety of dive options to fit your schedule. Two-tank dive charters are available every morning and leave the dock at 9 a.m.  Want to sleep in? Our 2-tank weekend afternoon charter leaves at 1:30 p.m. We will also be running 3-tank trips that leave at 9 a.m. on Friday and Sunday. Still not enough? Add on a 2-tank night dive and enjoy the full moon on May 26th—the boat leaves the dock at 6 p.m. and divers will enjoy a sunset dive before their night dive.

The ocean off Jupiter Florida offers divers a bit of everything—including plenty of opportunities to encounter sea turtles, a variety of sharks, goliath groupers, and a vibrant array of tropical reef fish.

Jupiter Dive Center is a full service retail store offering equipment sales, daily dive charters, a full slate of instruction, equipment rental, gear service and repair, and travel services. The best part? Our two spacious 40-foot dive boats are conveniently docked right outside the shop.

This year Memorial Day Weekend is Friday May 24 through Monday May 27.  Book your dives early and celebrate the weekend with Jupiter Dive Center. It’s the perfect way to dive into summer!

 

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An Epic European Adventure with Jupiter Dive Center

An Epic European Adventure with Jupiter Dive Center

It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally divers need to dry out and we couldn’t think of a better place than Europe to do it! Join Jupiter Dive Center on an epic 9-day adventure September 7 – 15, 2019 as we visit the top sites in carefully selected regions of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

All the particulars about the trip can be found by clicking this link, but here are some of the highlights.

We start the adventure with a welcome dinner on the first of two nights in the scenic lake city of Lucerne, Switzerland. The next day, tour the idyllic alpine city with its cobbled streets of Old Town, cross the medieval Kapellbrücke—a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and then spend time exploring on your own or take advantage of the opportunity to visit Mount Pilatus via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway!

From Lucerne, we travel through the mountains of Bavaria on our way to Munich, Germany, stopping to explore the grand Neuschwanstein castle. We’ll spend the night and following day in Munich, where we’ll tour the Bavarian capital and explore the medieval heart of the city.

Next stop: Salzburg!  This famed Austrian city is renowned for its churches and rich musical history. Join the walking tour of the Old Town and view splendid Baroque architecture, the city’s university and churchyards. You may recognize some of the sights from the beloved film, The Sound of Music. Ride the funicular to one of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses and enjoy the view. Consider adding a special concert to your itinerary and enjoy a Mozart Concert and dinner, or spend the evening however you like!

We finish our adventure in Vienna as we step back in time to the Age of the Empires on our guided tour of the city. Fans of Gustav Klimt will enjoy the largest collection of the artist’s paintings inside the Belvedere Palace. Outside the palace, its impressive gardens beckon. Additional sites include the opera house, museums, and the grand Hofburg Palace. Finally, share a farewell dinner on the last night with all your new friends and fellow travelers.

Be prepared to walk about two and a half hours each day across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestones streets, hills and stairs.

The package includes:

7 nights in handpicked hotels
7 breakfasts
3 dinners with beer or wine
6 guided sightseeing tours
An expert tour director & local guides
A private deluxe motor coach.

There are also 4 optional excursions at an additional cost.

For the comfort of everyone, there is limited space on this trip, so don’t delay and reserve your spot by calling or visiting Jupiter Dive Center.  Join us on this trip of a lifetime. We promise you can get back in the water and dive as soon as you return!

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The Importance of Travel Insurance

You’ve finally done it. It’s been on your bucket list since you first became certified to dive and you’ve booked your dream dive vacation. You’ve counted down the days and now it’s the night before you’re supposed to embark on your holiday. Only there’s a problem: you’re sick, the tour company went belly up, you had a family emergency, or any other event that is going to keep you from your vacation.

Now what? The answer depends on whether or not you booked travel insurance and if it covers your particular problem.

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Do Your Due Diligence

Not all insurance travel policies are created equal, nor do they universally cover all eventualities that impact a holiday. Some policies are meant to assist with medical issues experienced on vacation—more on that in a bit. Other policies cover cancellations due to a provider going out of business or if transport to the destination causes you to miss the event. Still other policies cover evacuation due to a natural disaster or political unrest. Some even reimburse the cost of replacement clothing if you end up in your destination, but your luggage doesn’t.

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

Again, it depends. While peace of mind is often reason enough to purchase travel insurance, no one wants to toss away money on a policy that isn’t needed. Depending on the policy, the coverage may be extremely limited—making it difficult to collect on a claim. And while routine medical issues may be covered by one’s regular medical insurance, mishaps that occur during adventure sports such as scuba diving most likely won’t be covered without additional coverage.

Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center

We love to travel and have several adventures already planned for 2019, including Dunbar Rock in Honduras, Little Cayman Island, and the Solomon Islands. We’ve done our homework, visited the resorts, and made all the arrangements so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. Over the years, we’ve learned that travel insurance is a really good idea.

Our adventures take place across the globe, and Jupiter Dive Center highly recommends trip insurance that at the least covers cancellation and weather-related issues.

We require our travelers to be a member of DAN.  Divers Alert Network has been serving scuba divers for thirty years and provides emergency assistance, medical information, resources, education, and best of all—peace of mind. Dive accident insurance (and optional gear coverage) is only one aspect of this non-profit agency.  Even if you aren’t traveling with us, becoming a member of DAN is something you should consider.

Here are a few scuba diving medical and travel insurance options to explore:

DAN Medical Insurance

DAN Travel Insurance

Dive Assure Medical Insurance

Dive Assure Travel Insurance

 

 

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Dive with Jupiter Dive Center in the Solomon Islands!

Dive with Jupiter Dive Center in the Solomon Islands!

The nearly 1,000-island archipelago known at the Solomon Islands offers divers vibrant reefs, historic WWII wrecks, and exotic creatures in crystal clear waters. In short, it offers a bit of everything. Jupiter Dive Center invites you to join us in October 2019 as we visit these storied islands.

The Solomon Islands

Located within the Coral Triangle of tropical waters, the Solomon Islands share a region that is recognized as the global center of mine biodiversity—including a 76% of all known coral species. What does that mean? Bring your camera! What will you see? Walls, reefs, caverns and wrecks for starters. Six of the 7 marine sea turtle species, massive bumphead parrotfishes, schooling barracuda, big-eye trevally, nudibranchs, seahorses, sharks, mantas, dolphins, and much, much more.

The MV Bilikiki

Your accommodations while in the Solomon Islands are on the 125’ MV Bilikiki, Consistently rated one of the best live-aboards in the world. All of the ten cabins are air conditioned and are ensuite. There is a large sundeck, comfortable lounge, spacious dive deck and dedicated camera area. Dive up to 5 times per day! The water temperature in October averages 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center

If you’ve never traveled with a Jupiter Dive Center before, you’re in for a treat! We recently wrote about all the perks in this blog post. In addition to having dive experts with you every step of the way, it’s nice to know that the most difficult decision you’ll face will be whether to book an aisle or window seat for the plane ride. After that, leave the travel and dive details to us! 

The Package October 15-25, 2019

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Up to 5 dives per day
  • Meals and snacks
  • Transfers

Not enough? Add Fiji! (October 11-14)

  • 3 nights ocean view bure (no, that’s not a typo. A bure is the Fijian word for a straw and wood structure)
  • 3 2-tank dives
  • Meals, drinks, and transfers

For more information regarding rates and payment options, click here or call Jupiter Dive Center at 561-745-7807. Don’t delay, this trip historically sells out!

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Why Your Next Dive Vacation Should Be With Jupiter Dive Center

Why Your Next Dive Vacation Should Be With Jupiter Dive Center

Divers are explorers, so it’s no surprise that they like to travel, too. So why travel with Jupiter Dive Center when you could strike out on your own? We’re glad you asked….

Before you became a diver, had you heard of Raja Ampat? How about the Bloody Bay Wall? Jupiter Dive Center knows all about these places, because we’ve been there. We’ve done the research, visited the resorts, and spoken to the dive operators we’ll be using. In short, we’ve done our homework and made all the arrangements, so you don’t have to.

Has it been a while since your last dive? We’re in the water with you. New divers in particular often feel more comfortable diving with a group. And a dive vacation allows you to dial in your skills and increase your confidence.  With advanced notice, we can even arrange various certification courses.

Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center will introduce you to other divers who share your passion for the ocean.  You can interact with the group as little or as much as you chose when traveling with us.

We always recommend travel insurance, because while we take care of all the arrangements, occasionally life intrudes and you may need to alter your plans.  One thing we do require is that all divers have DAN insurance (and really, that’s something you should obtain as soon as you are certified).

We believe in choices, and every year we offer a variety of trips. Ready to book your dive vacation? Check out the teasers below and follow the links for more information. Most of the divers who travel with us come back again and again.

Mark Your Calendar!

First up is Raja Ampat October 28-November 14, 2018. The vacation starts at Gangga Island Resort. The island is surrounded by a variety of marine life with rare species and pristine reefs in North Sulawesi. Then we transfer to the live-aboard dive boat, Gaia Love and spend the next week in the crystal clear waters of Raja Ampat.

Perhaps island living is more to your liking? Say, in a villa? If so, Dunbar Rock Honduras March 30- April 6, 2019, is the dream vacation for you.

Join us June 8-15, 2019 when we return to Little Cayman for what is quickly becoming an annual trip. You know it’s got to be good if National Geographic rates an area as the best diving in the Caribbean. Bloody Bay Wall’s has been designated as a marine park, and it’s—if you’ll pardon the pun—breathtaking.

October 15 – 25, 2019, you’ll find us in the Solomon Islands. Walls, reefs, pinnacles, and coral gardens await. If ten nights isn’t long enough, you can start the vacation earlier by adding three nights in Fiji October 11-14.

We’ll be adding even more adventures to our calendar in the coming months. Book early, as our trips routinely sell out. All it takes is a deposit, and all you need is your sense of adventure!!

What are you waiting for? Come diving with Jupiter Dive Center!

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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.