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!  

Register Now For The BugHunt!

Great Florida BugHunt Details!

Schyler Cox covered BugFest for Scuba Diver Magazine.


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 25-29, 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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