BugFest Mini-Season Dive Festival! 

Maler family winners
Brothers Jim (l) and Bob Maler (bottom row) won $1500 at BugFest-By-The-Sea in 2016!


BugFest is fun for the whole family!  


Like spiny lobsters during mini-season, BugFest-By-The-Sea is right around the reef!

Sponsored again by Reef Safe, this year's event is July 25-30, 2017 and features a concert on Saturday, July 29 to benefit Diveheart, a non-profit which helps veterans with disabilities, as well as adults and children, build confidence, independence and self-esteem through scuba diving.

In addition to great Reef Safe sun care products, participating divers can win $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a 3-day, 2-night trip to Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center. We're also proud to announce a beer sponsor this year, Reef Donkey APA.

Unlike the Florida Keys, there's lots to do in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea besides hunting lobsters during mini-season. We have fabulous beachfront hotels on wide beaches at low summer rates, several restaurants, fun public plazas with kids games, quaint shops and pubs, all a short walk from your hotel.

Unlike the Keys, divers during lobster mini-season can bag up to 12 bugs per day!

You can find the latest lobster mini-season regulations at Florida Fish and Wildlife

Registration opens May 15, 2017. The contest fee is $20. Divers receive a BugFest Goody Bag and BugFest T-shirt. BugFest will waive the $20 fee this year upfront if you stay in a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea hotel.

BugFest this year includes:

- The Great Florida Bug Hunt (July 26 & 27). You can win a dive trip to Bimini or other prizes even if you don't catch any bugs!

- Lobster Mini-Season Kickoff Party (Tuesday, July 25) at Plunge, our newest beachfront hotel.

 - BugFest Mini-Season Awards Party and Chef Contest (Thursday, July 27) hosted by Billy and Mitch from ScubaNation TV.


- Underwater pier and beach clean-up (Saturday, July 29) followed by a beachfront barbecue at a private beach club.

- Free music concert (Saturday, July 29) in Anglin's Square to benefit Diveheart! 

If you have questions about Florida's lobster mini-season or BugFest, call Steve at 954-640-4209 or e-mail him at steved@lbts-fl.gov.




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