BugFest-By-The-Sea 2015 

More Lobsters! Less Driving!

Writer Schyler Cox covered BugFest 2014 for Scuba Diver Magazine.

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!

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. 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 lower 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 2014 Photos!


BugFest is again giving away $15,000 in prizes and dive gear, including $1,000 in cash to the two, three or four person buddy-team that catches the biggest 12 lobsters (by weight) the first day of mini-season during the Great Florida Bug Hunt, BugFest's lobster-hunting competition.

You can catch your lobsters anywhere in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties. Bugs can be caught off a boat or off the beach. Doesn't matter. As long as they are legal, they can be entered in the contest. All divers participating in the contest must pay the $20 registration fee.

Divers will receive a raffle ticket for every lobster caught. So even if you don't catch the biggest lobster, you could still go home with a new regulator, BC, mask, wet suit or another great prize!

Unlike Monroe County, Florida allows divers outside the Keys to catch 12 lobsters per day per diver. You can also dive for lobsters at night. And unlike the Keys, not only are hotel rates much cheaper, driving home isn't a hassle and neither is grabbing dinner at a nearby local restaurant.

Great Florida Bug Hunt Categories & Prizes

Buddy Team

  • Biggest 12 Bugs Caught By A Buddy Team (all dive buddies must register) $1,000

Boat Diving

  • Biggest Bug Caught Off A Boat (private or commercial): $400 Second Place:$100
  • Biggest Lobster Caught Off Aqua View (SFDH) Wednesday Morning Aeris A300 Wrist Computer $390
  • Biggest Lobster Caught Off Black Pearl (SFDH) Wednesday Morning Aeris A300 Wrist Computer $390

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