Private Lionfish Expedition Safari Dive
The Pterois volitans and Pterois miles, commonly referred to as lionfish, began colonizing the Great Barrier Reef following the destruction of an artificial aquarium off the coast of Florida during Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. These beautiful fish with their spiky fin rays can quickly reproduce and have voracious appetites, and are now decimating the reefs and mangroves that border the sea. Because of this, lionfish safaris and SCUBAs are now legally allowed in an effort to get the exploding lionfish population under control and save the reefs.
During this very exclusive half-day, private dive safari you will participate in 2 dives and help hunt down these predators. You and your group will board a boat and venture out 10 miles offshore to virgin reefs, far beyond the local diving area. Dive groups are kept to a maximum amount of no more than 6 guests at a time to ensure personal attention and instruction. Prior to the first dive you will receive a briefing on how to use a Hawaiian harpoon as well as given tips on hunting and shooting techniques, minimal distances, how to avoid damaging the coral, and other safety protocols.
Lionfish are easy and exciting to hunt as they do not swim away from a slow approach. Once speared, your boat staff will collect your catch and expertly handle it, as the poisoning caused by being pricked from the lionfish's bones is not fatal, but extremely painful. They will also prepare a mouthwatering ceviche if there are enough lionfish caught to do so. Environmental associations have been encouraging the consumption of lionfish in an effort to promote fishing and reduce their population, and people are quickly discovering the lionfish's tasty meat.
This expedition safari is not only a thrilling dive in a virgin reef but you will be helping to protect it when you sign up for this private tour offer in Costa Maya. Towels are provided as well as beers after your dive takes place.