Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba Fundraiser

If you are going to the Miami Boat show this coming February be sure to stop by the SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled SCUBA) booth #1926 to buy your raffle ticket or place your bid in their silent auction fundraiser. The SUDS program is designed to help improve the lives of severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. By training the warriors in a challenging and rewarding activity, it can help facilitate the rehabilitation process and promote mobility unlike any other sport.

Juliet has donated a spot on one of our Bahamas cruises, also up for auction are stays at the Big Game Club in Bimini, dive trips on Blackbeard Cruises, and also a spot on board the Sundancer in Belize! We encourage you to show your support for this amazing cause by participating in their fundraising efforts however you can.

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Trip from the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos

Juliet crew and passengers arrived safe and sound with many new experiences under their belts in the Turks and Caicos last week. They departed Miami 10 days before to begin with a seemingly routine trip to the Bahamas, but this time, they just kept going…

[image size=”one-third” title=”Brain coral dive” alt=”coral reef dive bahamas” align=”left” fancy=”false” shadow=”true”][/image] After hitting up the usual spots in Bimini – the loggerhead turtles of the Hesperus and the jam-packed Strip – they headed to Nassau to dive some more famous wrecks, like the Bond wrecks which were featured in “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again.” The weather was perfect and they were sad to leave, but knew that even more incredible diving was just ahead.

From there Juliet continued south, and after a brief stop at the Nassau Blue Hole and cut through Highborne Channel to dive the walls on the east side of the Exumas. A quick jaunt across to Eleuthra for a dive at Jake’s Blue Hole with its intricate and unexplored cave system in the middle of a lush and beautiful coral garden!

A day of diving at Conception Island followed, which never disappoints. This uninhabited island is a Bahamian National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, and is only dove by a few boats a year. The dramatic walls are healthy and untouched. From there the diving would only get better as they very very slowly made their way to Hogsty Reef.

[image size=”one-half” caption=”Hogsty reef bahamas” title=”hogsty reef bahamas diving” align=”right” fancy=”false” shadow=”true”][/image] Hogsty Reef is a Caribbean anomaly. Its one of only three true atolls that can be found in the western hemisphere. An atoll is a lagoon island, or a ring-shaped reef in this case, that rises from 6,000 feet to break the surface of the ocean – in the middle of nowhere! It’s thought that atolls are formed from extinct volcanoes which created a seamount and then subsided over time to leave only the atoll in its place. To find remnants of a volcano in the very unvolcanic Bahamas is to say the least strange. Hogsty is home to many wrecks as you might imagine, two plainly visible on the surface and one in about 25′ of water.

The diving at Hogsty was the highlight of the trip. Covered with beautiful corals and sponges, the walls surrounding the atoll made a perfect backdrop for wide-angle photography and our underwater camera gurus on board were thoroughly impressed. The crew and passengers of Juliet were floored by the diving here, and chose to stay for two night dives. Two of the divers – who were celebrating their honeymoon on board – were lucky enough to have a close encounter with a Hammerhead shark! Not your typical honeymoon!

[image size=”one-third” title=”Hawksbill” alt=”diving turtle turks and caicos” align=”left” fancy=”false” shadow=”true”][/image]Reluctantly departing from Hogsty, Juliet headed to its final destination at the Turks and Caicos Islands. Everyone loved diving the Driveway, and were so jazzed about the walls elected to do a pre-breakfast dawn dive to watch the underwater world wake up.

After ten days at sea, over 25 dives, eight islands, three countries, 500 miles, and an incredible adventure, the passenger parted ways at Providenciales and the crew has taken Juliet over to Puerto Rico for another rare and amazing experience – diving Mona Island! Stay tuned for more vicarious diving…!

Fair Winds and Calm Seas,


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Juliet is on her way to the Virgin Islands

After a beautiful season in the Bahamas and Florida Keys, Juliet is on her way south for the winter. This afternoon she’ll head out of Miami to her normal stomping grounds of the Bahamas, but will travel farther south, hitting up new spots along the way. Past cruises have taken divers to the Berry Islands, Nassau, Exumas, Conception Island, Hogsty Reef, Cay Lobos Lighthouse, and Great Inagua to visit with the Flamingos at the Salt farm.

After a quick stop in Turks and Caicos, we’ll run a trip out of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico out to Mona Islands, Monito, and Desecheo off the west coast of Puerto Rico. Then on to the Virgin Islands for January!

Stay tuned for warm, tropical updates from the Caribbean!

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Sea Save Auction

We are proud to show out support for the Sea Save Foundation in donating a trip for two on Juliet to the Sea Save Holiday Auction!

Sea Save  increases awareness about ocean conservation issues and executes programs that will help protect marine ecosystems, including efforts to end shark finning and protecting the Cocos Islands.

Stay tuned for details on how you can participate in the up-coming auction.

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An addition to the family

We would like to welcome the newest member of the Juliet Family. Diego Finatti Skey, aka “Fin”, was born on September 27th at a very healthy 9 lbs 5 oz !! Fin is the son of John and Cristiane Skey who were part of the original Juliet crew. Cris continues to work part time for Juliet Sailing and Diving in a management capacity. Congratulations John and Cris!

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Bahamas trip

Lots of sharks on our last trip to the Bahamas of the year. Next few trips go to the Florida Keys before we head down to the Virgin Islands for the winter!

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