MV Shear Water
Liveaboard At A Glance
The M/V Shear Water is a USCG and Bahamas inspected 65 ft liveaboard vessel that takes up to 10 divers on it's shark expeditions. Operating all year round out of West Palm Beach, Florida with the expeditions lasting 7, 8 and 10 days and are focussed on providing divers with an unforgettable diving experience.
The vessel has been custom built with divers in mind and has all the comforts of home. Our professional Captains and crew aim to provide the best shark experience including diving with Tiger, Hammerhead, Nurse and Lemon sharks, to name but a few, and all at a reasonable price.
Trips can be tailor-made to suit photographers, film crews, private or group charters and we are very flexible in the type of scuba diving you would like to do and the places you want to go.
There are ten individual beds complete with linens and fresh water shower towel. Three cabins with two beds in each (over/under) and four beds in the v-berth (bow common area) with privacy curtains.
Two bathrooms and showers with soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
Hot water showers.
800 gallons per day fresh water maker.
In the galley, a refrigerator/freezer, electric stove, oven and microwave.
In the saloon, a 36" flatscreen LCD TV with DVD/MP3 player and stereo system with surround sound.
For your convenience, we carry a large variety of minor first aid items (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, sinus medications, Band-Aids, antibiotics, sting-aids, stomach medicines, etc.)
The boat carries oxygen and fully stocked first aid kits.
The boat runs on two 30 KW generators, supplying 110V service throughout the boat for your convenience with several charging stations in the saloon for batteries and computers.
Full navigational electronics on the bridge. (Radar, GPS, VHF and single side band radio)
We have two 11 CFM compressors underneath the back deck with fill whips on each side of the boat so your tank can be filled in place.
Nitrox is available for an additional charge.
Camera table and charging stations in the salon and camera rinse bins on the back deck.
Custom dive seats, tank racks and dive platform with bins for personal dive gear, stowed under dive seats.
Hangers for wetsuits.
Fresh water rinse hose on back deck with soap and shampoo.
Large bow for sunning and relaxing.
Air-conditioning throughout the whole boat.
The MV Shear Water has been custom built with divers in mind and has all the comforts of home. Our professional Captains and crew aim to provide the best shark experience including diving with Tiger, Hammerhead, Nurse and Lemon sharks, to name but a few, and all at a reasonable price.
The dive deck and platform have custom dive seats, tank racks and dive platform with bins for personal dive gear, stowed under dive seats. For guests commodity after the dive, the boat has a fresh water rinse hose on back deck with soap and shampoo.
Relax between or after your dives on the large bow for sunning and relaxing.
Our 2 most popular trips are:
Tiger & Lemon Shark Expedition
Our most popular trip is to the world famous “Tiger Beach.” This spectacular location is unlike any other in the world. At Tiger Beach you will have one of the most unique underwater experiences ever. Imagine yourself surrounded by lemon and tiger sharks as far as the eye can see amidst a gorgeous backdrop of crystal blue Bahamian water and powder white sand — all this in less than 20 feet of water.
Tiger Beach has been popularized throughout the world through thousands of images, films, and numerous articles. It has graced the cover of National Geographic and has been on IMAX’s Deep Sea 3D film to name a few. We have been fortunate enough to work with these productions and many others to bring the amazing sharks of Tiger Beach to the whole world.
On our Tiger Beach expedition you will have the opportunity to dive face-to-face with our lovely and famous Tiger shark “supermodels.” The names Emma, Baby Cakes, Tanya, Begonia, Mini-T and numerous others will conjure affectionate feelings. For once you’ve seen these supermodel Tiger sharks in action you’ll have no choice but to fall in love. Our “supermodels” will help you produce some of the world’s best shark imagery. They love to smile for the camera! Lets not forget the plethora of lemon sharks you’ll see at Tiger Beach, too. With their sinister looking smile and their sleek “fighter jet” look, these lovely sharks will make the top of your photo collection.
Of course, no trip to the Bahamas would be complete without diving the dazzling reefs of the Bahamas. Surrounded by an abundance of marine life, both large and small, the reef’s beauty will take your breath away. Caribbean Reef sharks, large groupers, moray eels and numerous fish will adorn a single wide angle photograph.
Tiger & Great Hammerhead Shark Expedition
These unique shark trips are being run exclusively for shark enthusiasts and photographers. The emphasis will be on getting quality in-water time and photo opportunities; space is therefore limited to a maximum of ten people.
This is a fantastic opportunity you will find nowhere else, and with over 25 years experience in diving with sharks, Jim Abernethy can assure you the very best up close encounters. We have been doing these shark trips since 1999 and the shark action has never been better! We have numerous new locations, and we’re seeing a lot of the same sharks at each site, along with many new sharks every day. We are starting our very own identification catalog and look forward to sharing our encounters with you!
Our primary goal is to interact with great hammerhead sharks. These spectacular animals are among the most impressive yet rarely observed of oceanic predators. For many years, the great hammerhead has eluded underwater photographers. In 2000, following a hunch, we set off on our first dedicated shark expedition to find and photograph the King Kong of hammerheads, which can grow to a colossal 18 feet in length. The great hammerhead should not to be confused with the smaller and more common scalloped hammerhead, which can be seen schooling in many locations around the world. Encountering the great hammerhead, with its spectacular angularity, its Orca-like dorsal fin, and its bristle-toothed mouth, is at the very pinnacle of wildlife adventure.
In addition to great hammerheads, we are also in search of the tiger shark. Although the tiger shark tends to be more cautious than the great hammerhead, we regularly encounter tiger sharks from 6-18 feet in length. The giant of the tropical shark world, this awesome predator will sometimes cruise past in bulky silhouette, approaching the baits with fearless purpose, an exhilarating experience!
Our secret locations are often frequented by Caribbean reef sharks, bull sharks, lemon and nurse sharks while occasionally being visited by something more exotic such as a dusky shark or its little cousin, the silky. At the end of a good day, we have had as many as twenty sharks of as many as six different species.
We recommend that you have Advanced Open Water certification with drift and deep diving experience, minimum requirement is Open Water certification with the necessary experience.
We also have 10 day Whitetip Shark expeditions and dolphin snorkel trips as well as special departures throughout the year.
Schedule & Itinerary
MV Shear Water trips depart from West Palm Beach, Florida. We recommend flying to West Palm Beach with United Airlines via Newark.
Morning departure from London Heathrow to West Palm Beach, via Newark, arriving in the evening. Taxi to hotel for one night.
Make own way to Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures office between 4-5pm to check-in for the liveaboard. Dinner is served at 7pm and the boat will aim to leave the dock at 3am to clear customs at 8am the next morning.
Commence the exciting shark and reef diving programme.
Return to West Palm Beach before your evening return international flight.
Morning arrival to the UK
1 night in Hilton West Palm Beach plus 6 nights on the MV Shear Water from £2117 per person plus £377 departure taxes, fees and carrier charges
Price includes return international flights to West Palm Beach from the UK on United Airlines via Newark, with one night's hotel accommodation en-route. For MV Shear Water it includes 6 nights accommodation in bunk style accommodation, all meals, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, juice, tanks, weights and weight belt.
Price doesn't include Bahamanian tax ($105USD pp), fuel surcharge (TBC) and Nitrox ($100USD per week).