Nothing beats a great day of diving with friends. Local Charter Boat Captains offer numerous opportunities weekly for you and your dive buddies to make a splash and explore the emerald waters of the Gulf. From our excellent man made reefs and wrecks to our spectacular live bottom reefs you will find something for everyone.
The Y-Knot ? is a sleek 29ft Pro Sport Kat known for it’s stability and comfort. It has twin 225 horsepower 4 stroke Yamaha outboards known for their dependability, this is 150 more horsepower than any of the other boats . The Y-Knot is rated as a “6 Pack” meaning she can carry 6 divers plus a crew of 2. Divers literally “fall” out of the boat, then climb back in via a dive ladder through the transom. She has a large salon that is great for stowing anything that you want to keep dry. She has 2 freshwater showers complete with hot water. Electrical outlets make it convenient to recharge those camera batteries between dives. One on the back deck and one in the private bathroom which also has a toilet for your convenience. During summer months she sports a sunshade over the entire back deck so divers don’t need to get sun burnt. She carries all First Aid gear required and then some. Portable Oxygen is always on board. The Captain has been a PADI Instructor since 1978, the crew consist of DM’s that are also instructors. In between dives, sandwiches and sliced pineapple if made available at no extra charge. Bottled water is always on hand also at no charge. When it comes to Lionfish Hunts, The Y-Knot was the first. She has been actively harvesting Lionfish for the past year. In fact we bought in so many, that the Dive Shop actually had to stop their incentive to bring them in. We offer spearfishing trips at no extra charge and you don’t even need a fishing license. We’ve got that covered also. Gulf Coast Blue Water Adventures would like to show you some of our great dive sites in the Pensacola area.
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Dr. Dive is a locally owned and operated dive operation offering not only dive charters but dive instruction, CPR, AED and First Aid education as well. Captain Jim Meyers has 40 years experience on Gulf Coast and Caribbean waters in both sailing and motor vessels, and has been both a NAUI and PADI dive instructor for 12 years.Dr. Dive offers divers a fast and comfortable ride on a 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran with its wave slicing hulls and 150 hp Yamaha engines. The ride is clean and dry in all sea conditions with a low environmental impact from the Ultra Low Emission outboards. Integrated electronics ensure accurate navigation, positive wreck location and safety with full radar and communication gear. Amenities for customer comfort include ample storage, enclosed head, cushioned seating, full fishing and spearfishing capability, and insulated fish boxes for your catch. Fresh water and salt water wash down, custom dive ladder, O2, First Aid, step-through transom and ample deck space provide a safe and diver friendly platform. Easy entry and exit make diving a pleasure, and plenty of insulated storage keeps your snacks and drinks cold for surface intervals. The Glacier Bay hull is the leading edge in catamaran design. The stable, semi-displacement hull tracks straight and resists roll, making for a smooth, comfortable ride. This hull design has crossed broad expanses of the Atlantic, Pacific and Bering Seas with safety, comfort and speed. Designed for serious, offshore service, this boat is capable of handling Gulf of Mexico conditions and delivering an unforgettable dive experience, safe passage and diver oriented comfort that will have you coming back for more.
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The Niuhi is a 25 foot Sea Cat Catamaran powered by twin Yamaha 150 horsepower 4-stroke engines. It’s a comfortable 6-pack and provides a quick, stable ride to the many available dive locations on the Pensacola Gulf Coast. The Niuhi is outfitted with redundant electronic systems, VHF radio with built-in DSC locating system, premium Bose stereo, fresh and saltwater rinse down, organized tank stowage, custom dive ladder, a cabin for dry storage and changing, all required coast guard equipment, emergency oxygen and first aid kits. Water and snacks are provided on all dive charters. The boat is named “Niuhi” (ny-u-ee) which is Hawaiian for Tiger Shark and is the basis for many Hawaiian legends.
Spearfishing in State and Federal Waters
Captain Andy’s Federal reef fishing permit allows Niuhi customers to spearfish in state and federal waters. Niuhi customers do not need their own fishing license as they will be covered by the boat’s permit. While most other Pensacola boats are restricted to state waters, the Niuhi can take you further and deeper to where the big fish really are.
The N 2 Deep is a 28 ft. twin-hulled Pro Sports ProKat known for its stability and comfort. Powered with Twin Yamaha 150 HP 4-stroke engines with state of the art electronics on board including Radar, GPS, Fishfinder, and VHF radio. The boat’s features a Center Console (giving you plenty of room to stretch out ride comfortably to and from the dive site), an enclosed head (restroom), deck lights, windlass, warm freshwater shower, custom dive ladder. The boat is laid out specifically for diving and provides for easy entry and exit. Always with safety in mind, the N 2 Deep is furnished with EPIRB, First Aid and 02 kits.
Capt. Clark Olander became a PADI Open Water Instructor in 2005 in Okinawa, Japan. He has worked as an Instructor in Okinawa, Virginia, Texas, and now in Pensacola, Fla. His passion is Wreck Diving and Spearfishing. He has traveled all over the world with extensive diving throughout Asia, Micronesia, Central America and the Caribbean. He has been in Pensacola since 2009 and still teaches all levels of diving at Dive Pros. He has a “6 pack” OUPV license and has been running the N 2 Deep since 2013.
Snorkeling and Sailing Tours
Create your own adventure, encompassing a variety of activities. Help to sail the boat or just relax and enjoy the serenity of sailing. Reserve your Captained private vessel for your party of up to six people.
Jolly Sailing operates out of Pensacola Beach Marina, located just past the Bob Sikes Bridge toll booth, and directly across from the pavilions near the Boardwalk. Year round, we offer two hour, half day or full day trips sailing around Santa Rosa Sound and Pensacola Bay. Seasonally these trips may include snorkeling, swimming and beachcombing. See our Cruises and Rates page for details. We are also available for special events, such as birthdays, anniversaries, engagement proposals, and other celebrations. Contact us at 850-723-6142 to find out how we can make your special occasion unique and extraordinary.
A SAMPLING OF ACTIVITIES WE OFFER:
- Dolphin Watching
- Bird/Wildlife Observation
- Secluded Beach Excursions