BugFest-By-The-Sea 2016 

More Lobsters! Less Driving!

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.

We are updating our Web site, so please check back soon. Online registration opens May 1.

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!

This year's Grand Raffle Prize is a 4-day, 4-night stay at UNEXSO in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, courtesy of Reef Safe! 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!  

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 summer rates for hotels in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea  are super and much more economical than the Keys! And if you stay in a hotel in Town, BugFest will waive your $20 contest fee!

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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