BugFest-By-The-Sea 2016 

More Lobsters! Less Driving!

Great Florida BugHunt Details!

Photo/Video Contest Registration

Schyler Cox covered BugFest for Scuba Diver Magazine.

BugFest-By-The-Sea in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (July 26-July 30, 2016) is just around the reef!

Now in its fifth year, BugFest offers a ton of fun events, seminars and contests for scuba divers centered around Florida's annual two-day lobster mini-season, July 27 and 28. BugFest was featured on ScubaNation TV in April 2015!

Sponsored by Reef Safe sun care products, BugFest is giving away $20,000 in cash, dive gear and other great prizes. The cost to register for the Great Florida Bug Hunt is just $20, and you can catch spiny lobster anywhere off Broward, Palm Beach or Miami-Dade counties (you can also register and pay online with either a credit card or PayPal account). Unlike the Florida Keys, the daily bag limit north of Monroe County is 12 bugs per day per scuba diver.

Your Great Florida Bug Hunt registration is free if you stay in a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea hotel!  

One dive buddy team will win $1,000 in cash for bagging the 12 biggest bugs. How many divers per buddy team is up to you! The best part is that you don't even have to catch the biggest lobster to win, because every diver will receive a raffle ticket for each lobster they catch. And we have lots of great prizes to give away after the big winners are announced!

And if you stay in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, all the hotels listed are offering a 10 percent discount off their already low summer rates! The best thing about staying in town, of course, is that you can walk to any one of our great restaurants and bars after you're done diving.


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BugFest 2015 Photos!