Open 9 am - 5 pm
  • Fish in all shapes, sizes and colors swim among the blue waters of the Caribbean.
  • Divers swim in clear blue waters
  • The bright branches of an orange coral look like grasping fingers.
  • The R/V Coral Reef II, Shedd's research vessel, is a floating research station in the Bahamas.


Shedd Aquarium’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, will be our primary base of operations and our home during the entire trip. It is equipped with the creature comforts necessary to make such a trip enjoyable. Cabins and heads (marine toilets) are shared, with two single-bed bunks in each stateroom. In addition, the boat is air-conditioned and has its own freshwater system, with hot water for showering. Regular 110-volt service is always available. Please note that Wi-Fi connectivity is not available, although there will be a satellite phone in case of emergencies, and cell roaming is possible when close to the islands. Meals aboard the boat are planned and prepared by our chef.

The beautiful blue waters of the Bahamas, when viewed above, reveal a multitude of sandy shoals dropping into deep darker areas.


  • 9 nights’ room and board on the R/V Coral Reef II
  • Welcome dinner the first night in Miami
  • All meals and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Bimini Shark Lab tour

Not included

  • Personal expenses incurred outside of the time you arrive on and depart from the boat.
  • Flights to/from Miami, Florida
  • Transportation to/from Miami International Airport to Merrill-Stevens shipyard
A school of yellow fish, about the size of an adult's hand, swim among fan-like clumps of coral.

Getting there and home

A valid passport for international travel is required. Once accepted to the program, you will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Miami. We recommend arriving in Miami on Oct. 16, sometime in the afternoon. Please book your return flight for Oct. 25, sometime in the late afternoon. Because many airfares are nonrefundable, please confirm with us before finalizing your plans.

Group Size

5 (plus Shedd staff members)


$2,995 per person, all shared cabins

Nature Requires Flexibility

Activities are weather-dependent and may be subject to change if our guide determines it is necessary.

Physical Requirements

Participants must possess the enthusiasm and stamina that it takes to make such an adventure enjoyable and rewarding. Scuba diving certification and experience are required.


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