BugFest-By-The-Sea in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (July 24-Aug. 1, 2015) is just around the reef!
Now in its fourth year, BugFest is a week-long series of fun events, seminars and contests for scuba divers centered around Florida's annual two-day lobster mini-season, July 29 and 30. BugFest was featured on ScubaNation TV in April!
In a nutshell, there are eight separate lobster-hunting contests, 10 seminars/workshops and four fun social events!
Sponsored by Reef Safe sun care products, BugFest is again giving away $15,000 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.
One dive buddy team will win $1,000 in cash for bagging the 12 biggest bugs on mini-season opening day (Wednesday, July 29). 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 plan to 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.
In addition to hunting bugs, BugFest features a wreck diving workshop (two dives) with John Chatterton (Shadow Divers), a bug hunting seminar, mini-season kickoff party, photo contest, pier and beach clean-up, Stoked On Salt Family Fun, barbecue and a free Scuba Cowboy concert!
BugFest Schedule At-A-Glance (115 KB)